If you look at the condition book for the 145-day Finger Lakes meet that begins Saturday, it seems like business as usual. Purses are the same as a year ago, and while the meet is 10 days shorter, not much else seems to have changed.
Looks can be deceiving.
The annual Finger Lakes purse structure of about $15 million largely comes from revenue generated by the racino’s video lottery terminals. Those funds are going to shrink markedly this year since a full-blown Las Vegas-style casino, the Del Lago, opened 30 miles away in February.
While Finger Lakes owner Delaware North received a tax break from the state to make up for the gaming business it is expected to lose, the Finger Lakes horsemen were not compensated, putting live racing at the track in jeopardy.
David Brown, the president of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association at Finger Lakes, has worked the past three years to strike a deal with the state, Delaware North, and Del Lago to reimburse the horsemen. An agreement was finally reached last month.
“The deal was not particularly favorable to us, but with the timing of when we wanted to open, we felt it was good enough to move forward,” Brown said.
ElPrado2 wrote:There was a TV show back in the 60's sponsored by some grocery chain in NY that featured Finger Lakes. It was some kind of a contest. I remember watching it everyday. That's what got me really hooked on racing. There were prizes like winning groceries.
And yeah, most races were 4 1/2 to 6 furlongs.
Skip-A-Way wrote:I remember Count Mafosa! Oh my goodness that was so long ago.
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