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Big Season Awaits Massachusetts-Breds

August 30, 2021:

The Massachusetts Standardbred breeding program has grown exponentially in recent years thanks to the Commonwealth’s Race Horse Development Fund (RHDV) that was started in 2011 in conjunction with the state’s expanded gaming legislation....read on

Percentage Boost For MA Standardbreds

September 20, 2019:

It has been announced that after a meeting between the Horse Racing Committee (HRC) and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 18) to discuss the distribution percentage, the HRC voted to recommend that the MGC increase the amount allocated to the Standardbreds from the Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF) from 60 to 65 percent....read on

Mass. Program Expanding Interest

June 13, 2017:

Breeding competitive Standardbreds in Massachusetts goes back to the 1800s when the Boston-based New England Trotting Horse Breeders Association backed and promoted it....read on

Positive Comments From Plainridge

April 2, 2017:

Plainridge Park Casino Director of Racing Steve O’Toole has shared some of the positive news that has come from the track since it introduced slot-machine gaming into the fold....read on

MA Allots More Funds For S-Bred Racing

June 23, 2016:

It has been reported this week that changes in the way Massachusetts distributes revenue it rakes in via slot machine taxes will provide a financial boost to the state’s harness racing industry....read on

Plainridge Dates In Governor's Hands

August 14, 2014:

Legislation supporting the reduction of race dates for harness racing at Plainridge Racecourse is awaiting the decision of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick....read on

Track, Horsemen Support Date Reduction

July 16, 2014:

It has been reported that a House committee in Massachusetts is supporting a bill that would see race dates at Plainridge Racecourse reduced....read on

Plainridge Faces Another Battle

June 25, 2014:

Massachusetts’ highest court has determined that a repeal of the state casino law will be voted on via referendum this coming November. Regardless of the news, work at Plainridge Racecourse continues in order to accommodate the $225-million, fully-integrated racing and gaming operation which will be located on the premises....read on

Plainridge Gets MA Slots License

February 28, 2014:

The preservation of existing harness racing jobs and of the entire Standardbred industry in Massachusetts was a determining factor to award the state’s single slots parlor license to Penn National Gaming Inc., which will develop the project at Plainridge Racecourse and complete purchase of the track....read on

Suffolk Says It Will Commit To Racing

January 9, 2014:

It has been reported that officials with Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts have said in writing that they will commit to continue live horse racing at the Boston-area raceway for at least 15 years if Mohegan Sun is allowed to construct a casino on the track’s property....read on

Another S-Bred Track In Store For Mass.?

August 19, 2013:

It has been reported that there is interest in bringing live harness racing and slot-machine gaming to the Brockton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts if Plainridge Racecourse is forced to close....read on

"Committed To Horse Racing"

December 6, 2011:

In the face of a possible deal with a Las Vegas casino giant that could bolster revenues yet compromise its core business, one track remains steadfast in its primary commitment to live racing...read on

More Slots Talk In Massachusetts

March 5, 2010:

"There is no doubt there is a social cost to gaming. But, too often we forget, there is also a social cost to joblessness."...read on

Holiday Hope in Boston

December 25, 2009:

The influential Speaker of the Massachusetts House, Robert DeLeo, was out raising money this week for the Salvation Army, standing in front of Macy’s department store in busy Downtown Crossing in Boston...read on

Dogs Before Humans In Massachusetts

November 7, 2008:

On Tuesday, November 4, voters in Massachusetts approved the banning of sanctioned greyhound racing in the state, even though the decision will mean 1,000 dog track employees will soon lose their jobs. The decision has incited a lively online discussion that horse racing in Massachusetts should be banned next....read on


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