The New York Racing Association says it isn't planning on closing Aqueduct Race Track despite a report in today's Albany Times-Union that said the horse racing organization's financial oversight board suggested shuttering the track to save money.
At a meeting of the cash-strapped entity's reorganization board in Saratoga Springs, closure of the South Ozone Park track — one of three NYRA runs — was brought up, according to the Times-Union article.
But NYRA spokesman Eric Wing said that while everything is on the table, closure of the track is not imminent.
"All aspects of our operations are being reviewed by The New York Racing Association Reorganization Board," Wing said in an email Thursday. "There are no plans, however, to close Aqueduct Race Track."
Aqueduct only operates in the winter months, with the two other tracks — Belmont in Nassau County and Saratoga — operating in summer and autumn.
The track has undergone a revitalization since Resorts World Casino New York City opened next to it in 2011, adding thousands of video lottery terminals at the site. Casino patrons can bet on horse races and access the grandstand directly from the casino floor. But Robert Megna, the state's budget director, told NYRA not to rely on income from Resorts World to close the association's budget gap.
NYRA recorded a $10.3 million operating loss in the first half of 2013, more than doubt that of last year, despite bringing in slightly more in revenue this year when Resorts World's VLTs are included.