Thoroughbred racing could
return to Suffolk Downs on July 11
By Sean P. Murphy
May 20, 2015
Suffolk Downs is asking for state approval to bring back thoroughbred horse
racing to the East Boston track for the first time this year on July 11.
If the proposal is approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Suffolk
Downs would feature racing on only two other days in 2015: Aug. 8 and Sept. 5.
The commission would need to approve the use of $1.2 million collected from
casinos to fund the cash prizes paid to a winning horse’s owner, trainer, and
“The funds are essential for our ability to have racing this year,” Chip Tuttle,
Suffolk Downs chief operating officer, wrote in a May 14 letter to the
The request for purse money is being made in conjunction with a request for
$225,000 to pay the annual expenses of the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and
Protective Association, which represents about 900 horse owners and trainers.
The track owners also asked for $325,000 to fund the search for a new site for a
The gaming commission has collected more than $5 million in licensing fees from
casino developers in Springfield, Everett, and Plainville for a fund that
supports the horse racing industry. This fund, stipulated by the 2011 casino
law, is sure to grow as casinos open and begin contributing a percentage of
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