Monticello Standoff Profiled

Published: March 13, 2014 02:08 pm EDT

The current standoff between the operators of Monticello Raceway and the horsepeople that race their stock at the New York State track has been profiled by a mainstream media publication.

The Times Herald-Record has run an article that explains that both sides have dug in on either side of a contract dispute which is affecting both the on-track product and the operational side of things.

The report states that the issues centres on the horsepeople’s desire to get a percentage of gaming revenue for purses. That percentage has been capped at 2013 levels.

Perennial top trainer Bob Lounsbury has been quoted as saying that "the morale is very poor" within the local racing community.

Charles Degliomini, executive vice president of Empire Resorts/Monticello Casino & Raceway, has been quoted as saying, "It's unacceptable that the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association is attempting to leverage us into paying tens of millions of dollars beyond what is clearly stipulated in the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act."

(With files from the Times Herald-Record)