The New York State Gaming Commission have changed the rules to allow the uncoupling of entries in stakes races worth $50,000 or more as well as allowing coupled entries in superfectas.
While I suspect the superfecta rule will be of little use to harness tracks, it is nice to see the NYSGC is finally tip-toeing into the world of uncoupled entries (well, they had allowed it for races of $1 million and more, i.e. Belmont Stakes) as this should be of benefit to harness tracks. Yonkers Raceway, the recipient of most of the sires stakes dollars will be able to uncouple most sires stakes events and their regular stakes as well while upstate tracks such as Tioga and Vernon Downs should be able to uncouple their major stakes.
One can only hope after this step, the gaming commission will lower the threshold so other tracks can take advantage of this rule on sires stakes races and their stakes races under $50,000 as this threshold does little for tracks like Monticello, Batavia, and Buffalo. Hopefully at a later time, all entries may be uncoupled.
Interested in what Tioga Downs will look like if granted a racino? The Onedia Dispatch reports on the details.