David Brown didn’t have a lot to do with horses until he met folks from Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack some years ago.
It all started when he began talking with horse trainers and others from the track at nearby DiPacific’s Restaurant, where track people liked to gather. He was there to meet a fellow lawyer. Brown liked the people and eventually he got to know their horses, as well. Before he knew it, he was the owner of two horses.
“Then 80,” joked Brown, as he showed off the place in Farmington that has been his second home since 2001.
“You know, it grows on you,” said Brown, who lives in Victor, owns racehorses and is president of Finger Lakes Horsemen Benevolent Protective Association.
Behind the scenes, the track on Route 96 was full of activity this past Tuesday morning, a typical morning during peak racing season with trainers, riders, grooms, maintenance workers and others tending and exercising horses and keeping up the grounds.
Everyone at the track knows Brown, and he knows everyone.
In its 57th consecutive year, the track continues to employ generations of families whose thoroughbreds more often than not belong to locals.
“Most of our trainers own horses and they go home with them,” said Brown.