05/13/2014 3:20PM

Finger Lakes cancels Thursday card


Finger Lakes canceled its Thursday card in order to maintain field size for the rest of the week, the track announced Tuesday. The card would have been the first Thursday program of the meet, which began April 18 and runs through Dec. 5.

This was to be the meet’s first five-day racing week, with cards scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday.

“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,” track president and general manager Chris Riegle said in a statement. “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.”

Friday’s nine-race card begins at 12:35 p.m. Eastern.

D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Even slots induced purses fail to attract the "Lower echelon" of horses to this dismal venue. My be time to wrap up racing here, it has become an eyesore as far as the racing is concerned. Only a matter of time before the Casino aspect of Finger Lakes takes over, and does away with racing altogether. Yes, plenty of horsemen will feel the crunch of FL closing, but there are other venues they can relocate to.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
And they cut purses at the allowance level this year, offer no open stakes; the horsemen must love these four and five horse fields.I agree, and that will be accelerated if Rochester gets the stand alone casino.