PLAINVILLE, MA - Penn National Gaming has applied for 100 dates to continue harness racing at Plainridge Racecourse next year, but it could have some competition.
George Carney has applied for harness dates for his track at the old Brockton Fairgrounds.
The fairgrounds used to hold thoroughbred racing when the summer fair was underway, but the track has not been used for years.
Carney first expressed an interest in bringing harness racing to Brockton when it looked like Plainridge might shut down.
Penn National has since obtained an option to buy Plainridge and wants to continue racing there.
However, the agreement to buy the track comes with the condition that the Pennsylvania firm win the state's sole license for operating a slots machine parlor.
Carney, a longtime competitor with Plainridge, has also applied for the license for 1,250 slot machines. He wants to turn his former dog track in Raynham into a slots facility.
The state Gaming Commission will decide who gets both the racing and the slot machine licenses.
Suffolk Downs in Boston has applied for a thoroughbred racing license. It is also seeking a resort casino permit.
by Jim Hand for the Sun Chronicle
(reprinted with permission from www.sunchronicle.com)