Fourth New York Racetrack Set to Activiate VGMs

Monticello Raceway--now called Mighty M Gaming at Monticello Raceway--will become the fourth New York racetrack to operate video gaming machines when it turns on the devices the morning of June 30.

Monticello, located in upstate New York but in proximity to the New York City metropolitan area, will have 1,743 VGMs, as they are called in the Empire state. Purses for harness racing at Monticello already have been raised 25% in anticipation of revenue from the machines.

Though located in a relatively small town in the Catskill Mountain region, Monticello is accessible from Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey. John Manzi, who handles publicity for the track, told the New York Daily News the operation has the potential to do bigger numbers than those at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, the state's first racino.

Saratoga became a racino earlier this year, followed by Finger Lakes Gaming and Raceway and Buffalo Raceway. Aqueduct and Yonkers Raceway in the New York City metro area also are in line for VGMs, as is Vernon Downs, an upstate harness track.