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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

‘Spirit’ Bringing Plainridge To The Fore

June 19, 2017:

During its 18-year history, Plainridge Park had been considered mostly a ‘B’ track, hosting horses that may have been overmatched at other venues. However, as a direct result of the Race Horse Development Fund, expanded gaming in Massachusetts and the persistent hard work of all the horsemen and horsewomen in the state, Plainridge Park has now positioned itself as one of the more competitive tracks in the northeast....read on

PA Governance Bill Set For Gov. Wolf

February 12, 2016:

A bill that calls for Pennsylvania’s existing two racing commissions to be dissolved and replaced by a new sole commission that would operate under the Department of Agriculture has passed all legislative hurdles and is poised to be addressed by Governor Tom Wolf....read on

PA Responds To Proposed Cuts

February 1, 2014:

Two days after another threat to Pennsylvania's horse racing industry was presented in a new bill that would divert $250 million out of the state’s Horse Racing Development Fund, the horse racing industry in that state has responded....read on

PA Racing Avoids Funding Cut

July 2, 2013:

The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition today announced that a provision of state code that resulted in the diversion of 17 percent -- more than $200 million over the last four years -- from the Race Horse Development Fund has sunset with the adoption of the state budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year....read on

April Slots Revenue At PA Racinos Falls

May 7, 2013:

Continuing a trend of steady declines, revenues from slot machines at Pennsylvania’s six racetrack casinos were down 7.4 per cent for the month of April compared to the same month in 2012....read on

Meadows Purses To Drop By 10 Per Cent

January 29, 2013:

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association announced today that purses will decrease by 10 per cent at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino starting February 1....read on

Funding For PA Racing, Breeding Drops

January 8, 2013:

The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition reported today that funds generated from slot machine gaming to the Race Horse Development Fund decreased by 4.6 per cent or $6.36 million over the past six months, the most significant decline in the history of the fund....read on

OLG Softening On GTA Casino?

August 8, 2012:

After a hard sell to GTA residents on the merits of a casino as part of a massive entertainment destination, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation could be - as they say in horse racing - tucking back into a hole instead of gunning for the front....read on

The Ontario Government's "Biggest Boondoggle In A Decade"

July 10, 2012:

Calling it the "biggest boondoggle in a decade", Ottawa Life Magazine has published a tremendous story in its July/August issue on the Ontario government's decision to end the slots-at-racetracks program as of March 31, 2013....read on

Runciman: "Turning This Decision Around Is Possible"

July 8, 2012:

Senator Bob Runciman continues to receive attention for his comments and ideas in favour of Ontario's slots-at-racetracks program in advance of his media conference later this month....read on

Sen. Runciman Stepping Up His Fight

July 4, 2012:

Conservative Senator Bob Runciman has turned up the heat in his fight against the Ontario Liberals' planned scrapping of the slots-at-racetracks program, stating that "At a time when Ontario has lost almost 500,000 manufacturing jobs since McGuinty took office, it’s nothing short of mind-boggling that the government would initiate such a harmful policy (ending the slots-at-racetracks program).”...read on

Near Total Elimination Of PA Stakes Probable

March 5, 2012:

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed $72 million raid on the Race Horse Development Fund for 2012, together with a planned $47 million transfer to the state’s general fund, would make it virtually impossible to continue stakes racing at 2011 levels, according to the heads of the state’s standardbred horsemen’s organizations...read on


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