"This horse is leaving for Ohio," said Buckley, "because of the uncertainty." Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack is under siege from the 0 million del Lago Resort and Casino, which is set to open Wednesday in Seneca County.Finger Lakes, with its 1,500 gaming machines, sees a tough road ahead competing with the Las Vegas-style del Lago.New York-bred horses account for 70 percent of starts at the track.
Finger Lakes expects a drop in gaming revenue because of its new competitor 27 miles to the east.
A thoroughbred racing trainer since 1977 at Finger Lakes racetrack, he is waiting - and hoping - he can keep working and living in Ontario County.
"We are uncertain as what this year will bring," said Buckley, a Vermont native who owns two race horses and trains 16 thoroughbreds in Farmington near Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.
The economic impact of the track is also far reaching.
Brown said it goes beyond the substantial business that employees and others connected with the track provide, from supermarkets to restaurants, rental and property tax dollars and more.