Officials look to maintain field size as horses round into shape after long winter
FARMINGTON, N.Y. –. Officials at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) have called off the live racing card for Thursday, May 15 in order to maintain horse field size for the remaining days on the schedule this week.
While this would have been the first Thursday race card and the first five-day racing week of the season, it was determined that running would undermine the progress that has been made towards increasing the numbers of available race ready horses for each race day.
“Although the numbers of race ready horses has continued to improve, only about 40 percent of the over 1,000 horses on the grounds have raced at this point,” said president and general manager Chris Riegle. “By trying to race 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.”
The latest cancellation of the young season comes after an extremely harsh and long winter that severely limited training time leading up to the start of the meet on April 18.
No other changes were made at this time to the racing schedule. Live thoroughbred action will resume as scheduled on Friday, with a 12:35 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, Wolfgang Puck Express, 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.