02/06/2015 4:08PM

Finley supports claim with new data


Terry Finley, the racing-partnership founder who narrowly lost an election late last year for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, has submitted additional information in his appeal of the voting results.

The information came in the form of a letter dated Thursday that Finley sent to the NYTHA board, along with addresses of individuals whom Finley claims were eligible to vote in the election because they were in a database of owners maintained by the New York State Gaming Commission. The letter claims that the addresses maintained by the gambling commission should have been used by the NYTHA for its mailing list, and it says the existence of the database contradicts the claims of NYTHA officials.

The NYTHA board is set to consider the appeal materials during a Tuesday hearing that will be closed to the public. Finley is asking for the previous election result to be thrown out, with a new election held.

Finley lost the election to two-time incumbent Rick Violette by a vote count of 625-611. Shortly after Finley appealed the results, he claimed in his first submission to the board that the election was mishandled and that voters who would have supported his candidacy were not sent ballots. NYTHA officials strongly disputed Finley’s allegations as part of their official response to the appeal.

russell More than 1 year ago
His brother was a NY Daily News reporter. He's probably better choice than Violette who's not interested in a better product. Its business as usual with that guy. NY racing isn't a mess. Come April 1 or when Keeeneland closes the best will come back to NY. CD is a mess and they don't want to race. NYRA at least wants to race to justify their obnoxious salaries.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
new york racing is a shambles from the inside out...jocks do what they want with no consequence.miracle trainers have free reign.so why is anybody surprised that elections are fixed too.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
You are backing the wrong horse Ray... This guy is a phony.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
It's not like Richard is any better. That guy will fight till the end to keep horses drugged up.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Really? I met him and he seemed to be a nice guy, what is it that you know to make a statement like that? Your posts are usually filled with blather but even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
For clarification my post was in response to Chad.
MsTBredRacing More than 1 year ago
All salesmen are nice. I've yet to meet one that isn't.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
But then you babble on at M Hood with blather about a broken clock.