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David Mattice
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Email: Dmattice@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 585-742-9234
05.16.2016
Officials look to maintain field size as horses round into shape
FARMINGTON, N.Y. –. Officials at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) have called off Thursday’s live racing card for Thursday, May 19 in order to maintain horse field size for the remaining days on the schedule this week.

Last week marked the first five-day racing week of the season and low field size per race was becoming a more prevalent issue. It was determined that running five days this week as originally scheduled would undermine any progress towards increasing the numbers of available race ready horses for each race day.

"Although over 1,000 horses are on the grounds at this point, several hundred have yet worked into racing shape" said president and general manager Chris Riegle. "By racing on Thursday this week we would simply be spreading out the available horses over more days and thereby further reducing field size in each race, as well as the quality of our racing product."

No other changes were made at this time to the racing schedule. Racing will take place this week daily through Wednesday and resume on Saturday, with a 1:10 pm first post.

About Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack: In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 and expanded again in 2013 by adding 33,000 square feet with a $12 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually now visit the facility highlighted by over 1,500 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, Remedy Bar & Lounge, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Gaming doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit www.fingerlakesgaming.com.
 
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