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"Committed To Horse Racing"


Published: December 6, 2011 12:44 pm ET

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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 and simulcast wagering.

Gary Piontkowski, President and CEO on Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts, told the Sun-Chronicle that representatives of casino mogul Steve Wynn reached out to the track last Spring in order to discuss a deal to bring expanded wagering to the Plainville, Mass. oval.

"They were intrigued by our site," noted Piontkowski, confirming that Wynn's reps made three or four inquiries but stopped short of an offer after Plainridge's owners adamantly stood behind continuing live harness racing. Of the 16 investors holding stake in Plainridge, 11 also own horses.

"We told them we are committed to horse racing....Live racing and simulcasting are our core business," he said.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed expanded gaming legislation into law in late November. Up to three resort casinos will be built in addition to an openly-bid slots-only facility that can be located anywhere in the state. Plainridge will compete for the slots-only license.

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