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Monticello dispute settled

June 08, 2004

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A strike by horsemen at Monticello Gaming and Raceway that led to the cancellation of four racing programs (June 7-10) has been resolved and the New York track is scheduled to reopen on Monday, June 14.

"There was a week-long boycott of the box by the horsemen but everything was worked out yesterday in Albany with track management, horsemen's representatives and the New York State Racing and Wagering Board," Monticello Raceway general manager Shawn Wiles told The Horseman June 8. "The contract expired May 31 and they didn't want to race without a contract. There were a couple issues we had to get over. The state wouldn't let anyone leave until both parties came to an agreement. There was give-and-take on both sides and we're ready to go."

According to Wiles, Monticello is still planning on opening its video gaming machines parlor on June 30. "You won't recognize the place," said Wiles.
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