The struggling Massachusetts harness racing industry received a huge boost Feb. 27 when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission selected Penn National Gaming proposal to build a slots parlor at Plainridge Race Course.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan delivered her first State of the State address Feb. 6 and once again urged passage of a bill that would authorize a single high-end and highly-regulated destination resort casino.
A bill to expand gambling in New Hampshire that would have also opened the door for the return of live Thoroughbred racing at Rockingham Park was killed in a roll call vote of the House of Representatives May 22.
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan ardently supported the expansion of gambling in the state when she included $80 million from a casino licensing fee in her budget proposal.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission took steps Jan. 30 to ensure the highest standards in both integrity and safety as the state's horse racing industry prepares to coexist with planned casinos in the near future.
The race for the sole destination resort casino license designated for the Boston area won't be a walkover. Now Suffolk Downs will face formidable competition from Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn.
John Botty and Larry Collmus and others will be honored by the New England Turf Writers Association. The New England horse of the year will be revealed during the association's award dinner in July.
Suffolk Downs could soon be facing stiff competition for the sole destination-resort casino license to be awarded in the designated Boston area now that major Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn is interested in entering the fray.
There are new starters in the race with odds-on favorite Suffolk Downs to win the sole destination resort casino license designated for the Boston area, according to a published report Nov. 8.
Suffolk Downs will open for its 2012 live racing season June 2 and the horsemen and track management are expressing a new sense of optimism since the legalization of expanded gambling in Massachusetts last fall.
Owner/breeder Frank Bertolino, jockey Joseph Hampshire Jr., trainer Maurice Bresnahan, and longtime Suffolk Downs executive Robert M. O'Malley were elected to the New England Turf Writers
The full New Hampshire House of Representatives will take up the expansion of gambling this week and the floor vote expected on March 28 or 29 is anticipated to be as close as a photo finish.
Needy racetrack workers in New England will soon get a leg up from a locally-based charitable organization that has selected the region's backstretch assistance program for an award that comes with a sizable gift.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives delayed action Feb. 8 on a bill that would expand gambling and open the door for the return of live Thoroughbred racing.
Massachusetts is on the fast track to expand gambling after the State Senate passed a bill Oct. 13 authorizing three destination resort casinos and one slots facility.
On the heels of a new poll that revealed 56% of Massachusetts residents favor the expansion of gambling, state senators on Sept. 26 opened debate on a bill that has already passed the House by an overwhelming margin.
The State of Massachusetts took a major step toward expanding gambling on the night of Sept. 14 after the House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize three destination resort casinos and one slot machine facility.
After an insufficient number of entries forced the cancellation of live racing on May 25, Suffolk Downs was able to card eight races for Saturday, May 28 and live racing is back on schedule.
Putting aside disagreements between management and horseman, Suffolk Downs lifted the curtain on its 2011 racing season May 21.
After six weeks of intense negotiations on a new contract, the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Suffolk Downs finally sealed a two-year agreement late in the day March 4.
The New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association rejected the latest proposal from Suffolk Downs on the night of Feb. 24.
The board of directors of the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association met on the night of Feb. 20 to consider the latest counterproposal of Suffolk Downs, but a consensus was not reached.
Executives with the Boston area track met with horsemen representatives Feb. 17. No proposals on the table some "some progress" is made.
The management of Suffolk Downs and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are headed back to the bargaining table to seek resolution on a new contract for 2011.
Suffolk Downs has reduced its simulcasting operation in the wake of the ongoing dispute with the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association over a contract for the 2011 live racing season.
While the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association board of directors held a closed door meeting the night of Feb. 8, others were feeling the fallout from the ongoing and bitter dispute with Suffolk Downs.
The horsemen in Oregon have joined the list of groups supporting the New England chapter of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association as dispute over a 2011 live racing contract at Suffolk Downs continues.
While the management of Suffolk Downs and horsemen remain locked in a bitter stalemate over a new contract for live racing in 2011, Florida horsemen and the Ohio HBPA have pulled their signals in support.
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