Suffolk Downs has suspended its open stakes program, including the Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) and the James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap, in order to preserve overnight purses for the 117-day meet that begins April 30.
Paul Cellucci, who formerly served as governor of Massachusetts and United States ambassador to Canada, is the new executive vice president of corporate development for Magna Entertainment Corp. beginning May 1.
HorseRacing TV (HRTV), a subsidiary of Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC) announced Dec. 16 it had signed a multi-year agreement that provides for HRTV to appear on Comcast systems as part of a digital sports package.
The New England Turf Writers Association has selected its champions for 2004. The annual awards dinner will take place after the 2005 New England live racing season begins at Suffolk Downs next spring.
The Belmont Park signal returned to Suffolk Downs Oct. 21after the track and the New York Racing Association struck a deal outside of the MidAtlantic Cooperative, of which Suffolk is a member.
Zippy Chippy, the popular 13-year-old maiden who has failed to earn a victory in 98 career starts, will give it another shot when he makes his 2004 debut Sept. 4 at the Three-County Fair in Northampton, Mass.
Suffolk Downs has moved the running of the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) to June 19. The Mass Cap, which is returning from a one-year hiatus, was originally scheduled to be run on May 29.
As promised, the MassCap will return in 2004 after a one-year hiatus. Suffolk Downs has announced the 64th running of the grade II race will be May 29 with a $500,000 purse.
Francis P. Sears Jr., who won the 1983 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with Deputed Testamony, died Feb. 4 at his home in Hamilton, Mass.
Senate supporters of a proposal to bring casinos and video slot machines to Massachusetts are abandoning their efforts.
Within the week the Massachusetts legislature is expected to address an economic stimulus package which includes as many as 6,000 slot machines at racetracks. The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that the amendment was filed by Senator Brian Lees.
Call Me Mr. Vain gained a narrow advantage just before the finish to prevail by a half-length over Diplomatical in the "Suffolk Downs Showdown" match race between the two horses with the most wins in North America this year.
Horsemen at Suffolk Downs feared they would have nowhere to go if the Boston track's management chose to move the winter meet starting date from January to May. Those fears intensified when on Tuesday the track officials applied for 150-day meet that would open May 1.
Legislation to legalize video lottery terminals at Massachusetts racetracks failed to pass the state House of Representatives April 15, but racing industry officials remain upbeat, according to published reports.
An extension of its current meet to compensate for the loss of Thoroughbred racing at Rockingham Park led Suffolk Downs to cancel this year's $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap, its premier event.
Stakes-placed Pappy's Halo will enter stud for owner Ed Marcello at Briar Hill Farm near Rehoboth, Mass.
For the second time in as many years, Suffolk Downs has increased the minimum purses for stakes. And in another Massachusetts development, the Brockton Fair has expressed an interest in live racing once again.
Live Thoroughbred racing at Rockingham Park may be a thing of the past, but there could be racing of another breed at the New Hampshire track in 2003.
Joe Hampshire Jr. will try to keep his 23-day winning streak alive on Saturday.
Suffolk Downs has cancelled Wednesday's live racing card due to snow. The track is scheduled to resume live racing Saturday.
Following almost two years of on-again, off-again negotiations, Magna Entertainment has pulled out of negotiations to lease Suffolk Downs, the Boston Herald reported Oct. 15.
Having failed to reach an agreement with Suffolk Downs and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association on legislated revenue payments, Brockton Fair has scrapped its nine-day live meet this year.
Expanded gambling, including slot machines at racetracks, took a hit May 9 when the Masschusetts House voted against it, but legislators did establish a committee to make recommendations on the issue by the end of the year.
The Massachusetts legislature has approved a measure that would provide $5-million in purse supplements at the state's two horse tracks and two Greyhound tracks.
For the fourth time since Jan. 1, the Massachusetts legislature has passed an extension to current racing law while a new bill is being ironed out. The latest extension will ensure that simulcasting continues for 45 days through Sept. 30.
The future of horse racing in Massachusetts is brighter after the State House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that extends simulcasting rights to racetracks and earmarks additional revenue for purses. The state Senate is scheduled to tackle the legislation Thursday.
Hoping to recapture its popularity from nearly 30 years ago, the Brockton Fair in southeastern Massachusetts will open June 30 for a 30-day meet that will extend through Aug. 18. The meet originally was scheduled for 20 days.
Following four hours of intense discussion early Sunday morning, Rockingham Park management and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association reached a two-year agreement on a contract.
Suffolk Downs; Plainridge Racecourse, a Standardbred track; and two Greyhound tracks, Raynham-Taunton and Wonderland, have an agreement in place that allows for cross-breed and cross-species simulcasting, according to published reports. The racing law in Massachusetts expired last year, so the tracks are operating on an extension.
Racing makes a big return to Suffolk Downs Saturday when the track hosts a 14-race doubleheader card beginning at 11:30 a.m.
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