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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Plainridge Gets 100 Days. Will They Race Them?

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has given Plainridge Racecourse 100 days of racing for the 2014 racing season.  In addition, they have given the Brockton Fairgrounds 1 day of racing.

Now the question is will any of these days be raced?

It goes without saying, if Plainridge Racecourse is not approved for slots, kiss those 100 days of racing good bye because it is clear that Plainridge will fold without approval.  If that is the case, the Brocktown Fairgrounds would presumably race 40 days (they were given 1 day to hold the permit and allow the MGC more time to work on their license request, but that is dependent on the old Raynham Greyhound Park getting the slot parlor license.  The owner of Raynham has offered to race standardbreds at the Brockton Fairgrounds in his presentation, presumably to sway the MGC to give him the license, assuring them the standardbred industry wouldn't collapse (assuming a 40 day meet in the state is enough to keep the industry going).  

So before the end of the year we should know if there will be 100, 40, or 0 days of racing in the Bay State.  This is not a good time to be a standardbred horsemen in Massachusetts.

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