Advertisement

Bid to bring horse racing back to Berkshires faces hurdles

Horseracing at Saratoga Race Course Horseracing at Saratoga Race Course | Photo: File / AP Photo.

August 12, 2019 11:50 AM

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) - The owners of the former Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston are stepping up efforts to bring live horse racing to the Berkshires for the first time in more than two decades.
    
But the Berkshire Eagle reports obstacles remain to the plan to host racing at the Great Barrington fairgrounds beginning next year. The town's select board has scheduled a meeting for Monday to discuss the process.
    
Racing hasn't been held at the fairgrounds since 1998, but Suffolk Downs officials believe the license granted that year by what was then known as the state Racing Commission remains valid.
    
Even if that's the case, other local permits and state legislation may be necessary, and racing opponents are pushing for a referendum.
    
Suffolk Downs held its final live races in June, but remains open for simulcast wagering.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

Credits

AP

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Clear the Shelters: adoption fees waived/reduced across the Capital District

Albany County DA concerned about repeat offenders with bail reform coming

Signs of recession worry Trump ahead of 2020

Commemorating the Battle of Bennington

Severe storms knock out power to 11,000+ Capital Region customers

Advertisement