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Steve Martin
Director of Marketing/Gaming
Email: SMartin@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 585-742-9235
04.18.2019
Races now broadcast in high definition with assistance of The Jockey Club HD Grant Fund
Farmington, N.Y. - Thoroughbred racing returns to Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) for its 58th consecutive season on Saturday, April 27. Opening day of the 119-day season will kick off with a first race post time of 1:10 p.m.

For the first time, beginning in 2019 FLGR will broadcast all of its races in high definition (HD), as well as showing HD signals of other tracks for simulcast wagering. This switch to HD was made possible in part through a grant from The Jockey Club’s HD Grant Fund. Through the fund, tracks may receive up to $150,000 towards HD production equipment.

“We are very excited to announce a $500,000 studio upgrade so that we are able to transmit in HD for internal and external distribution for the upcoming 2019 race season. Since we transmit our live race product to over 500 locations across North America and worldwide, this upgrade will allow us to deliver the high quality presentation that our racing fans deserve.  And we greatly appreciate the Jockey Club’s generosity with a grant to assist us in this project,” said Chris Riegle, president and general manager of FLGR.

"Following analysis by McKinsey & Company that showed that fewer than one-third of racetracks that broadcast on TVG use HD, The Jockey Club established a grant fund to enable racetracks across the country to upgrade their signals," said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. "We are pleased to assist Finger Lakes in making this change and anticipate positive feedback from their customers when the track opens next week for the 2019 racing season."

After the opening of the season on Saturday April 27, Finger Lakes will run Monday and Saturday the following two weeks, before adding Tuesdays as a race day on May 14. Four-day race weeks will begin the week of May 27 and will generally run Monday through Wednesday and Saturday until Labor Day, when the schedule will revert to Monday through Thursday through the conclusion of the meet on November 27. First race post time will be 1:10 p.m. daily through October. Beginning November 4, post time will move to 12:15 p.m. each day to accommodate the end of daylight saving time. Post time for Saturday, November 2 is yet to be determined based on the schedule of the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Stakes
The 2019 stakes schedule features 13 events with purse levels estimated to total over $1 million combined. The New York Breeder’s Futurity on Monday, September 30 headlines the schedule with an estimated offering of $200,000.

Other highlights include the 47th running of the $150,000 (added) New York Derby on Saturday, July 20. The New York Derby is the second leg of the Big Apple Triple for New York-bred 3-year-olds, which begins Monday, May 27 with the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park and concludes with the Albany at Saratoga on Friday, August 23. Finger Lakes-based Tin Cup Chalice was the first horse to ever sweep all three legs of New York’s version of the Triple Crown, doing so in 2008.

The stakes season begins with the $50,000 George W. Barker Stakes on Monday, June 3.

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About Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack: In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offerings in 2004, and expanded again in 2013 by adding 33,000 square feet with a $12 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually visit the facility highlighted by over 1,100 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, Remedy Bar & Lounge, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Gaming doors open at 8am and racing doors open at 11:30am daily. For more information, visit fingerlakesgaming.com.

About The Jockey Club: Founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.
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