Edited press release
Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack announced that funds secured for the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program during its benefit dinner Aug. 18 will enable the construction of a stand alone adoption facility on the racetrack grounds. Allowing the program to showcase its adoptable horses to the public, the facility will also serve as a central headquarters for the organization.
In addition to the $26,000-plus raised through the dinner, New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio announced the procurement of $60,000 in funding from New York State to assist in the construction of the new center, which will include ten stalls, as well as a reception and office area. The new facility is projected to open in June 2007, and is the first of its kind that will reside on the grounds of a racetrack.
FLTAP was formed in 2004 as the result of a joint effort between Finger Lakes Racetrack and the Finger Lakes Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association. Base funding is supplied by both organizations, also an industry first.
Its mission is to assist in the placement of former Finger Lakes racehorses with equine adoption agencies or approved private individuals. By networking with several equine adoption facilities throughout the northeast, FLTAP ensures a quick and smooth transition for horses in need of a second career by providing for their transportation, board, feed, medication, and treatment.