The number of racing dates at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack could plummet by at least 15 percent under a proposal pushed by state officials to help the track cope with competition from a newly opened commercial casino.
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With the opening of a new nearby casino already eating into racino revenues at Finger Lakes Racetrack, the horsemen's group at the track and state officials have stepped up negotiations to avoid what could be the closure of the track.
A labor dispute between the owners of Finger Lakes Racetrack in upstate New York and the horsemen's group at the Thoroughbred track is forcing a shutdown of its simulcasting operations on Jan. 1.
Because of a shortage of available horses, Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack has canceled its Saturday, Aug. 13 live racing card.
Jockey Michael Davila Jr. registered the 1,000th riding victory of his career July 18 when he guided Chickaletta to a front-running victory in the first race at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
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.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget would also increase the takeout to cover regulatory costs and could divert VLT money from purses to equine health initiatives.
New York regulators and the state's Thoroughbred industry are attempting to negotiate new workers' compensation rates for jockeys before the current system expires at the end of the year.
The move this week by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel may have its vocal detractors, but the state's racetrack owners support Schneiderman's move.
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Dutchess Views Farm's homebred Dr. Shane upset 1-4 favorite Championofthenile by two lengths in the $206,963 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 17, collecting his first stakes win at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
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.
Spring DeFranco, 14 of New York, wrote about her experience volunteering at the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Center.
New York's racetrack-based casino operators are urging state officials to go slow with any effort to legalize online poker and, if permitted, any internet poker program should be awarded only to licensed facilities.
Beginning July 27 at Saratoga Race Course, Erinn Higgins will become the first female steward at the Saratoga Springs track, serving as alternate state steward for the New York State Gaming Commission under Steve Lewandowski.
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.
Force proved one to be reckoned with in the $150,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack July 3, upsetting at odds of 13-1 to give trainer Mark Casse his second win in the New York Derby.
The top three finishers from the May 25 Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park will meet again July 3 in the New York Derby at Finger Lakes.
A measure to remove a mandate that exercise riders be provided workers' compensation coverage from the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund failed to get approved in either house of the New York legislature.
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The TOBA Owners Concierge, which launched in March, recently welcomed five new additions, boosting the initiative's participants to 25.