Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting (2016)

Why OTB closed, its impact on the horse-racing industry, who benefited politically, and how the taxpayer ultimately paid the price for its demise.


Joseph Fusco


Joseph Fusco




Credited cast:
Eric Adams Eric Adams ... Self (as Senator Eric Adams)
Steven Baker Steven Baker ... Self
Jimmy Breslin ... Self
Clarence Campbelle Clarence Campbelle ... Self
Hazel Dukes Hazel Dukes ... Self
Eleanor Flannery Eleanor Flannery ... Self
Joseph Fusco Joseph Fusco ... Narrated by
Martin Golden Martin Golden ... Self (as Senator Martin Golden)
Andrew Johns Andrew Johns ... Self
Bill Mayr Bill Mayr ... Self
Michael Mellon Michael Mellon ... Self
David Robards David Robards ... Self
Luc Sante Luc Sante ... Self


"Finish Line: the Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting" is the only documentary film to tell the story of the defunct OTB system in New York, which shows why it closed, who benefited politically, and how the taxpayer ultimately paid the price for its demise. Its closure cost thousands of civil-service workers their jobs, retirees their promised health care, and the horse-racing industry a billion dollars a year in lost revenue. It is an enduring document for a lost era of New York City street culture, a rallying cry for those workers who lost their benefits, and a reminiscence for those who love the horse-racing industry too much to let it crumble. Written by Anonymous

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