07.18.2019
Potential heat index of 110 leads to cancelation; New York Derby to be rescheduled.
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Officials at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) today announced they have canceled thoroughbred racing scheduled for this Saturday, July 20, including the 47th running of the New York Derby, due to the forecasted excessive heat throughout the region.

With the area already under an Excessive Heat Watch and heat index values projected to potentially reach 110 degrees this Saturday, FLGR officials opted to cancel the live racing program in the best interest of the equine population, employees and other workers instrumental in the operation of racing.

‘Creating the safest environment for racing is at the forefront of our operation,’ said Chris Riegle, president and general manager. ‘The forecasted heat this Saturday would create conditions that are not suitable for the well-being of our equine athletes or those who work with and care for them.’

With the cancelation, FLGR will resume racing on Monday, July 22. First race post time will be 1:10 pm.
The New York Derby, which is the second leg of the Big Apple Triple for New York-bred 3-year-olds and originally scheduled for Saturday, will be rescheduled at a date to be announced. The New York Derby T-Shirt giveaway will also move to the rescheduled date.

Gaming floor operations will continue as normal each day from 8 a.m. – 4 a.m., daily.
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. The facility is 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.

Contact(s)

Steve Martin
Director of Marketing/Gaming
Email: SMartin@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 585-742-9235
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