ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association says it’s facing a cash crunch that could threaten the Belmont Stakes and thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown because state government still hasn’t approved video slot machines at Aqueduct race track.
Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders have yet to name the winning bidder in a process that has been delayed for several years. But they’re now counting on $200 million in upfront payments from a vendor to help address the state’s own cash flow problems.
Some of the video slot revenue would go to NYRA, which operates the Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga tracks.