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GAMING CENTER OPENING AT DOWNS FACES DELAY

A new gaming center at the Batavia Downs racetrack should be complete by the middle of this month, but a delay in obtaining video lottery terminals from the manufacturer might postpone the opening until early May.

The historic track -- owned for four years by Western Regional Off-Track Betting -- has converted a second-floor area to accommodate nearly 600 of the devices, which are similar to slot machines but use script instead of coins.

Other changes at the track include a contract with Food Art Concessions of Buffalo for food service; a new marketing director, Gary Brown, former manager of the Clarendon Riverside Hotel in Rochester; and a new logo reading Batavia Downs/Gaming.

After being dark last year, the track will resume night harness racing in August.

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