Thoroughbred trainers, owners, and breeders are scrambling to determine the future of racing at Finger Lakes after lawmakers ended their 2016 session without resolving how racing will be able to compete in the face of a new commercial casino.
Racetrack executives said they are 'supportive' of guaranteed purses.
Championofthenile, a $840,000 sale 2-year-old earlier this year, figures to bounce back from his runner-up effort in Belmont's Bertram F. Bongard Stakes in the Oct. 17 New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes.
A push to develop a new commercial casino in the Finger Lakes region of New York was ordered to slow down by an appeals court, which determined local officials did not not follow environmental review procedures.
Trainer Michael S. Ferraro reached a career milestone of 3,000 wins when Sweet Sweet Afleet won the eighth race Nov. 12 at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.
Chief Officer broke right to the front and never looked back on her way to a 5 1/2-length victory in the $250,518 New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington, N.Y., on Monday.
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.
- By Tom LaMarra
The company that owns Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and operates video lottery terminals at two upstate New York harness tracks has joined the board of directors of Friends of New York Racing, the advocacy organization that seeks to create a better business model for horse racing in the state.
Zippy Chippy, the popular 13-year-old maiden who has failed to earn a victory in 98 career starts, will give it another shot when he makes his 2004 debut Sept. 4 at the Three-County Fair in Northampton, Mass.
- By Tom Precious
The New York Racing Association can give free passes to relatives of owners, trainers, and jockeys under a bill approved by the state legislature, but state regulators must be notified.
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