The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved a request from Suffolk Downs that will add two racing days to the track's calendar this year.
The Daily Racing Form reports that the gaming commission authorized the use of $800,000 from the Race Horse Development Fund to use for purses for the two days, which will be Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Suffolk Downs officials and a local horsemen's group agreed that they would use “money from uncashed tickets” to cover part of the expenses.
Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs' chief operating officer, told the Form that representatives from the track met with a local horsemen. The two sides determined that money from uncashed tickets from 2015 could be used to subsidize operating expenses.
“It was pretty easy,” Tuttle said. “Those guys want to race, and we're happy to have a place for them to do it.”
Read more in the Daily Racing Form
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