New England HBPA

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Horse racing organizations pursuing new track for thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts – Final Season at Suffolk Downs Starts June 9th for the Belmont Stakes Weekend

As Suffolk Downs turns the corner and heads into its 73rd and final racing season in East Boston, owners of the track and the two leading racehorse organizations in Massachusetts have agreed to jointly pursue legislation that will restructure current laws affecting horse racing in Massachusetts and develop a new thoroughbred horse racing facility to succeed Suffolk Downs.

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NEWSLETTER – September 2017

HBPA testifies on Massachusetts Gaming Commission legislation to revamp racing laws as the future of horse racing draws competing interests at State House legislative hearing

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Governor Baker Signs Simulcast Extension to Preserve Racing in Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker this morning signed into law a one-year extension of the simulcast law that will keep both simulcast rights and live racing alive in Massachusetts despite the efforts of a splinter group who opposed that extension. The House and Senate approved the legislation after a joint legislative committee moved quickly to protect racing before today’s deadline.

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Latest News

It has been a busy but productive month on Beacon Hill as our lobbying team, NEHBPA leadership and our members have spoken clearly about what is in the best interest of horsemen in Massachusetts and how we can revitalize full live racing after the expected closure of Suffolk Downs in 2018.

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Horse Park Feasibility Study