We've been getting on Paul Post's case lately for reporting some recycled news as new developments. Today he has a story in the Saratogian with what seems like some new revelations about the Aqueduct racino selection process.....though it's buried in an otherwise so-what story about an appointment to the Saratoga Race Course Local Advisory Board. Seems as if that Aug 1 target date for announcing the winner has unofficially gone by the boards (big surprise there).
The state has hired an outside gaming consultant to help evaluate each Aqueduct bidder’s proposal, and state officials are expected to meet one-on-one next week with every firm. Hayward said an operator might [emphasis mine - ed.] be named by Labor Day Weekend.Add the 14 months which has been generally assumed as being the turnaround time until the facility is ready, and NYRA is out of business....at least based on the cash outlook that has been provided in the past. After the collapse of the Delaware North deal, Hayward told the Form: "I think we'll be fine through the third quarter of next year."
“I think they’re going to get this done by the end of the Saratoga meet,” he said.
Even so, the state and selected entity must still work out a series of detailed formal agreements, meaning construction might not begin until the end of this year or early 2010. [The Saratogian]
Some firms have proposed opening the racino in phases, meaning the first machines could come on line next spring or early summer.We've seen ad hoc temporary racinos go up before at tracks like Philly Park, and it could be a matter of necessity in this case.