Massachusetts’ Racing center could turn into Las Vegas-style Facility

Raynham Park, a simulcast racing center in Raynham, Massachusetts, will be entering a massive transformation project to convert into a state-of-the-art betting facility. The makeover, set to begin in November, will make Raynham Park “rival Vegas,” according to Chris Carney, an investor whose family owns the venue.

According to Carney,the family will file plans with the town in November, reports The Taunton Daily Gazette. Should sports betting be legalized in the state of Massachusetts, Raynham Park will seek to include it among its offerings.

The sprawling site will also be home to a new distribution center, with rumors pointing towards Amazon. While the investor has confirmed the company approached him, no deal has been signed.

“We’re going to take it to the next level,” Carney describes the upcoming betting facility. “It will rival Vegas.” Simulcast betting on greyhound, thoroughbred and harness racing will also continue to be offered at the updated facility…

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A New, $25M Racetrack in Massachusetts? Horse Racing Could Return

The Sturbridge Agricultural and Equestrian Center has been proposed on the east side of Interstate 84 in Sturbridge, Worcester County. The project would include a mile dirt track and seven-eighths mile turf track on 223 acres. In-person and online sports betting, restaurants, a community center and athletic fields are being contemplated. The venue is expected to create roughly 100 local jobs.

The construction of a $25 million equine center with horseracing and sports betting has been proposed on the east side of Interstate 84 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The project is being pushed by a team led by longtime racehorse owner and businessman Armand Janjigian.

Called the Sturbridge Agricultural and Equestrian Center, the proposed project would include a mile dirt track and seven-eights mile turf track on 223 acres on Cross and Breakneck roads, reports Telegram & Gazette.

The equine center would bring horse racing and sports betting to the town, in Worcester County, but is also set to include restaurants, a community center, athletic fields, walking and education trails, and conference space. In-person and online sports betting are both being contemplated, as well as…

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Horse racing on the decline? Not in this state, according to local industry leader

The Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) became the third group to enter the race to re-establish the sport, partnering with an investment group in pursuit of a $60 million race complex in Rowley that seeks to hold at least 60 live racing events each year, the Boston Globe reported. Other projects include a $300 million pitch from the Notos Group to develop a multi-purpose complex around a new track and a $15 million initiative from Suffolk Downs’ former owners to revitalize the Great Barrington Fairgrounds.

The three projects seeking approval will have to overcome the financial difficulties that doomed Suffolk Downs as well as sagging fan interest, participation and horse safety concerns that have plagued the sport in recent years. MTHA President Bill Lagario argues that Suffolk Downs’ issues were due to mismanagement rather than a sign of a dying industry.

“We don’t feel as though we’re coming into a market that’s dead, but we feel as though we’re coming into a market that the perception around everybody was that it was pronounced dead a long time ago,” Lagario told FOX Business. “You don’t have to go back too long ago to see 35,000 people at the Massachusetts Handicap.”

Wagering on U.S. horse racing events experienced a significant decline in recent years to roughly $11.2 billion in 2018 from $16 billion in the early 2000s, according to Equibase. A recent New York Times report that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify failed a drug test ahead of his history-making run reignited calls for stricter, uniform standards for the treatment of horses.