Finger Lakes moving forward with having grass turf course installed

Finger Lakes moving forward with having grass turf course installed

February 19, 2018 9:02 AM
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Representatives of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, along with other industry executives, are moving forward with an effort to have a grass turf course installed at Finger Lakes in the near future, reports the Bloodhorse, a major horseracing industry publication.

The historic track in a resort region of Upstate New York, remains popular with simulcast players nationally on the New York Racing Association’s (Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga) dark days during a meeting starting in late April and concluding in late November.

North American racetracks, in efforts to attract larger fields and provide a better racing product that is significantly more appealing to horseplayers, have recently utilized expanded grass racing to accomplish this goal.

Bloodhorse reports that the grass course was noted in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2018 budget plan and although the budget plan doesn’t say exactly how much funding would be needed, Cuomo indicated that up to $2 million “may” come from the track's owner, Delaware North Cos.

Added funding may also come from the Finger Lakes Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association, which has pledged $1 million towards purses in 2019.