Six bidders sprang out of the gate yesterday in the race to run 4,500 slots at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, Queens.
Representatives from the gaming industry appeared at a bidders' conference sponsored by the state Lottery Division at the Queens track.
In the running are: SL Green-Hard Rock International; Empire City Gaming-Yonkers Raceway; Delaware North-Saratoga Raceway; Penn National Gaming; Asian-powerhouse Genting; and Canadian-based Clairvest.
Clairvest was part of the controversial AEG consortium whose winning bid was disqualified in the last go-around following accusations of favoritism and licensing problems.
Bidders faced new upfront costs to help bail out the state's ailing horse-racing industry.
The winning bidder would have to assume payment of a $25 million loan to the cash-starved New York Racing Association and pay it an additional $2 million per month before the racino opens.