Massachusetts Racing Law Granted Extension

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.

On June 25, the House of Representatives passed its version of a racing
bill that continues simulcasting, increases purses at horse and Greyhound tracks, allows for telephone wagering, and creates a study committee to look into the feasability of off-track betting in Massachusetts.

The bill stalled in the Senate over increased capital improvement money for Greyhound tracks. The legislature is in informal session. The full session of both Houses will reconvene Sept. 10.

Suffolk Downs is due to reopen Sept. 29 and is negotiating with the horsemen on purses as if a favorable bill will be passed.