Mass. Track Suffolk Downs working hard for Casino License

Little Suffolk Downs in Boston, MA is making strides towards turning the racetrack into a much larger complex that includes a full-scale casino.

“We would hope that the strength of having 76 years as a responsible participant in the gambling business would be a factor in our favor,’’ said Chip Tuttle, COO of Suffolk Downs.

Tuttle conceded that even with modest improvements, racing is still fighting for survival, not only in New England, but nationally.

Read the latest update here.

NY Times features story about controversial horse owner

One of the most hated men in the world is a Thoroughbred racehorse owner, and he is not just some “bit” player in the lucrative, worldwide game. He has owned horses in some of the biggest races in the world, including The Melbourne Cup.

Ramzan A. Kadyrov is the leader of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, and he has been accused of numerous atrocities against human kind. As a result, both of his racing applications in Kentucky and New York, arguably the top two racing jurisdictions in the United States, have been rejected.

Check out this except from Wired magazine in 2009:

Opponents and critics of Ramzan Kadyrov — the pro-Kremlin president of the Chechen Republic — have a habit of meeting violent, unexpected ends. Earlier this year [2009], Umar Israilov, a former bodyguard to Kadyrov, was tracked down and killed in Vienna; he had disclosed information on torture and extrajudicial killings in Chechnya.  And most famously, investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered outside her home in Moscow in late 2006. She had been researching a story on misdeeds by Kadyrov’s militia; the murder remains unsolved.

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