An article on Bloodhorse.com discusses the fact that there is legislation in New York to require Tom Wilmot and Lago Casino to pay monies to Finger Lakes Race Track to make their purse structure whole to 2013 levels as part of their requirement to have a casino in Tyre, New York.
This is meant to make things palatable for the horsemen because they will keep purse and revenue levels at precasino levels. The truth is that the money is one thing and well worth it, but fan development is still going by the wayside. When you have a casino less than 30 miles from a race track; the number of gamblers who will attend both venues is minimal and those who attend the race track will be few.
What is clear is that the New York Thoroughbred Breeders have a much stronger voice and influence in Albany that Deleware North or Finger Lakes horsemen. For New York racing’s sake, it is my hope that this legislation passes and that the horsemen who work hard for so little in Canandaigua are protected through payments.