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Batavia Downs Gets Ready for Opening

16 May 2005

NEW YORK – As reported by the Buffalo News: "Hundreds of guests gave Batavia Downs Gaming's 586 new video gambling machines a test run Friday night.

"…An estimated 1,200 people were expected to attend the invitation-only 'Friends and Family' evenings Friday night and tonight. Dottie Velletta of Oakfield couldn't wait to play the new games.

"…Track officials hope the new machines will turn around the fortunes of the track, which had been closed for one season.

"…They were still working on last-minute details in preparation for Friday's event, which precedes a grand reopening to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Track officials said the video gambling machines are overseen by the New York State Lottery, while the track is run by Western Regional Off-Track Betting…"

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