Horsemen at Finger Lakes still do not know when the 2017 season of racing will begin, reports whec.com. The upstate New York racetrack typically kicks off its season in April, but opening dates have not yet been announced.
“It's up in the air. It's difficult,” said trainer Jon Buckley, active at Finger Lakes since 1977. “We are uncertain what this year will bring.”
Just 27 miles to the east of Finger Lakes is a brand new casino, set to open on Wednesday. The $440 million del Lago Resort and Casino is projected to cannibalize the business attracted to Finger Lakes' 1500 slot machines, which will in turn cause the track's purse account to suffer. Ten percent of Finger Lakes' gaming revenue directly supports horse racing.
According to Chris Riegle, Finger Lakes president and general manager, the track is engaged in discussions attempting “to reach an agreement with the horsemen regarding the 2017 live racing season at Finger Lakes, given the projected shortfall in the purse account due to declining gaming revenues.”
Read more at whec.com.
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