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The C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series has been taking annual weekend treks to New England for many years now with races in Maine and in Massachusetts but this season the Scarborough Downs race slated on Saturday, June 28 was cancelled. Still a race went to post at Bangor Raceway in Maine on June 27 and at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts on June 29. At Bangor "Sir Philip" Bo Sowers, who mostly trains and lets others do the driving, donned his driving colors and romped to an oh-so-easy victory with Motown Dreamgirl in a time of 2:01.1. Obviously the best on paper the 8 year old Keystone Nordic mare was sent off as an odds on favorite and she lived up to her billing when she took command early and then made every pole a winning one en route to victory, her fifth of the year. Although Peter "Sycamore Ventures" Gerry had a two-hole trip with Cantabmyway they had all the needed keeping Maine Muscle and Tony "the Capo" Verruso from getting second money in the event. Both trotters finished approximately two lengths behind the winner. Motown Dreamgirl is also trained by Sowers and owned by Standard Ventures. She paid just $2.20 for win. With the Saturday race cancelled the action moved to Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Mass. on Sunday afternoon. Six trotters went to past there that day and again the odds on favorite CSI What's My Name trotted to victory. His winning time was 1:58.3. Driver Dave" Steady as" Yarock sent the 9-year-old Tagliabue gelding toward the front and looked for a spot along the pylons which he found after the quarter pole behind the pace-setter, Rodeo Red and driver "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo. After following Faraldo past the half and up the backside Yarock moved CSI What's My Name out to challenge and they trotted to the front as they went by three quarters. Once on the lead Yarock's trotter rebuffed a late charge from LF Topaz and driver by "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli to score a 1-1/4 length triumph. Rodeo Red faded and finished third. It was the fourth victory of the season for CSI What's My Name who's co-owned by Yarock, Dave Glasser and Joel Golub. The trotter returned a $3.60 win mutuel. On Saturday July 5 Billings action will be featured over Historic Track in the Cradle of the Trotter. by John Manzi, for the C.K.G.Billings Driving Series

BOSTON -- Penn National, which was awarded a license earlier this year to install slot machines at Plainridge Racecourse, expressed disappointment in the Massachussets Supreme Judicial Court's decision today to allow a casino repeal question on the November ballot, but said it was confident that voters would preserve the law. "While we are disappointed by today's decision, we remain confident that Massachusetts voters will want to protect the thousands of new jobs and the hundreds of millions in annual tax revenues that our new industry will generate, in addition to recapturing over $1 billion being wagered by Mass residents in neighboring states each year," Eric Schippers, senior vice president of governmennt affairs at Penn National, said in a statement. "Our fight to protect jobs and preserve this economic development opportunity for Massachusetts begins today. Construction on the Plainridge Park Casino remains full steam ahead and we continue to anticipate a June 2015 opening." Massachusetts’ highest court this morning cleared the way for a repeal of the state casino law to appear on the November ballot, setting up a fierce referendum campaign for the fall and placing the fate of the state’s nascent gambling industry into the hands of the people. “We conclude that the Attorney General erred in declining to certify, and grant the requested relief so that the initiative may be decided by the voters at the November election,” the court said in a 55-page decision written by Justice Ralph Gants. The casino repeal campaign this summer and fall is expected to draw significant national interest — and money. From the Massachusetts State House News Service

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, June 6, 2014) - Scarborough Downs is preparing to host overflow crowds on Saturday (6/7) as the focus of the world turns to Belmont Park and California Chrome's attempt at Triple Crown immortality. While awaiting the Belmont Stakes, the local fans will be treated to an afternoon of top-level harness racing excitement featuring two $10,000 invitationals; The renewal of the fabled Dirigo Pace and the Triple Crown Trot. Burkentine Hanover has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Dirigo despite being bested in his most recent outing in Open competition at Bangor Raceway. The four-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark, owned by Michele Nelson of Temple, Maine, looms off a convincing score at Plainridge Racecourse (1:51.4) just two starts back and a tantalizingly close third place showing in a leg of the Meadowlands' What A Baron series in April where he was raced timed in 1:49.3. Scarborough's leading driver, Drew Campbell, will sulky-sit for trainer Joseph Nelson and score from post two. Chief to contend will be the classy Art Of Illusion, who remains a perfect three for three in state of Maine competition, included therein, a three length besting of Burkentine Hanover just last weekend. Starting from post three and named the second choice on the morning line at 7-2 odds, this son of Real Artist will once again be handled by driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. for trainer Bo Sowers and cheered on by the Halifax, Nova Scotia contingent headed by owner David MacDonald. The $10,000 Dirigo Pace Invitational will be contested as race nine of the eleven race Scarborough program on Belmont Stakes Day and is made up as follows: 1. PRAMATIC LIFE ... (Driver TBA) ... 6-1 2. BURKENTINE HANOVER (Drew Campbell) 5-2 3. ART OF ILLUSION (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) 7-2 4. MAXINE'S MENACE (David Ingraham) 8-1 5 WESTERN VICTORY (Wallace Watson)10-1 6. COOL RUNNINGS (Eddie Davis, Jr.) 9-2 7. MR NICE GUY (Kevin Switzer). 5-1 Other events happening for Belmont Stakes Day at The Downs: The Downs Club will be open for a BBQ Chicken luncheon, catered by CVC Catering Group of South Portland, for $11.00, which includes meals tax and buffet gratuity. Reservations are recommended, call 207-883-3022. The Downs will also be giving away a $100 win wager to place on the Belmont Stakes race, along with many gift certificates donated by local businesses. Drawings are free to enter, and take place after race 9 on the live race program (must be 18+ to enter, and must be present to win). "We are so excited for this day to finally get here," said Susan Higgins, Scarborough Downs' marketing director. "Triple Crown races always bring us great crowds and give the local fans a chance to see the horse racing that is going on right in their own backyard. We've got an exciting line up on the track for Saturday, and if Chrome wins it, we want people to remember that they watched history here with us, at our iconic track. I'm already working on T-shirt artwork!" For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

A dozen solid races, including three separate open events, highlight this Wednesday's card at Plainridge Racecourse. There is little doubt that this program is the strongest collection of overnight events that Plainridge has presented in several years. Although the Massachusetts track was awarded the state's first expanded gaming license earlier this year, it will be mid-2015 before that facility opens. Nonetheless just knowing that the industry will survive has generated confidence among local horsemen. That is reflected in the quality of the Wednesday card. Three separate open events are the co-features. The top trot is headed by Doully, who is undefeated at Plainridge during his few appearances in 2013-14. He will likely face a stiff challenge from Winemaster Hanover,who rides a six race win streak, and A Megabuck, the track's 2013 Trotter of the Year.   The open event for pacers features a pair of horses - Wheelaway and Western Victory - who have each defeated the top class twice already this season. Both figure to face a stiff challenge from newcomer Burkentine Hanover, a 1:51 winner already in 2014.   The penultimate race of the afternoon is the mares open, led by Young American, who has scored victories at three different tracks within the past month,   First post for the Wednesday card at Plainridge Racecourse is at 4:00 P.M.   From the Plainridge Racecourse Race Office

So at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 10, where was Dave Cochrane? “I was on my computer looking for the live video feed for Harnesslink’s Name The Foal Contest,” Dave said. “I then realized it was not really live so I decided to take a nap and an hour later when I woke up I looked on Harnesslink and there was the name I picked! Beach Showoff!I knew there were others that came up with the same name so I started to read the story and then saw I had won. I was jumping for joy!” Dave has been a devoted Standardbred fan and an active participant in harness racing for most of his life. “I am semi retired now,” Dave said, “I had a 40-year career as a Training Seminar Developer and Speaker. Over the years I have owned more than 50 Standardbreds and drove most of them myself. I was also the backup announcer to the late Hank Fenno at Scarbourth Downs and did a simulcasting handicapping show with him for ten years. I also hosted a horse racing radio show at Plainridge Racecourse in 2001 for an ESPN station in Rhode Island. “I also loved competing in the CKG Billings Series for more than ten years and was a Vice President for the association,” Dave said. So what does Dave have planned for the prize money? “The $1,500 prize will enable me to take an immediate "extended" vacation trip to New England,” Dave explained, “and return to my love of jogging horses in the morning, and warming them up for some busy driver and trainer  friends  in the afternoon and evenings.  My plans include Scarborough Downs, Plainridge Racecourse and Bangor Raceway. All tracks where I was very present at in the years 1995 through 2006. “As you can imagine,” Dave added, “I am quite proud of having my name selected. I have sent out emails to many friends and acquaintances and in my email I gave them a link to Harnesslink to see the story and video. “I want to thank Richard and Joanne Young, the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate, Hanover Shoe Farms and Harnesslink for sponsoring and coming up with this great contest,” Dave said. “I think events like this are great for promoting our sport and creating interest. I am glad that the name included both the sire and dam. Let’s now hope Beach Showoff will race as well as her parents did!” Here are the final winners in the contest. $1,500 Grand Prize Dave Cochrane, Mississauga, Ontario $250 prize Melissa Keith, Halifax, Nova Scotia $250 prize Blanche Satterfield, Wyoming, Delaware $250 prize Wayne Stapley, Christchurch, New Zealand $250 prize Richard Lease, Jr. Glenville, Pennsylvania By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

RAYNHAM, MA — After falling short in his application for the state’s lone slots parlor license, Raynham Park owner George Carney has sued the state Gaming Commission in an effort to block Penn National Gaming from opening its planned gambling facility in Plainville. The lawsuit, which was filed late Friday, calls for the state’s Supreme Judicial Court to revoke the slots license the commission issued in February to Penn National. Carney claims that Ourway Realty, the disqualified former owner of Plainridge Racecourse, will continue to profit once the slots parlor opens in 2015. Penn National said the lawsuit’s claims lack merit. The Gaming Commission banned Ourway from seeking a license last summer after state investigators accused Plainridge president Gary Piontkowski of pocketing more than $1 million from the track’s cash room over a 10-year period. Plainridge got back in the running after Springfield Gaming, a subsidiary of Penn National, struck a deal to buy the harness track from Ourway, then filed a new application. The commission awarded the slots license to Penn National in March on a 3-2 vote, with Raynham Park getting no votes. Carney’s lawsuit, however, claims the license was issued “in violation” of state law and that the purchase agreement between Ourway and Springfield Gaming calls for the disqualified former track owner to receive a percentage of the gambling operation’s earning “in perpetuity.” “Springfield Gaming’s failure to disclose Ourway’s interests, the nature of such interests and the names and addresses of all members of Ourway on its application rendered its application false and misleading…” the lawsuit states. A Gaming Commission spokeswoman said Monday that the panel had not yet been served with the lawsuit and was unable to comment. Springfield Gaming and Ourway are also listed as defendants. “Their claims are legally and factually deficient,” Eric Schippers, Penn National’s senior vice president of public affairs, said in a statement. “The Gaming Commission did a thorough and transparent job evaluating the applications and acted appropriately. Given that the Carney proposal did not garner even a single vote, I'm not sure what they're ultimately trying to accomplish.” Carney and his attorney, Matthew Kozol, did not return calls for comment. Penn National, which operates casinos and slots parlors in several states, plans to open the $225 million Plainridge Park Casino by spring 2015. The facility is expected to feature 1,250 slot machines, restaurants and entertainment space integrated with the existing harness racing track. When the Gaming Commission reviewed the applications and evaluation criteria during hearings in February, Raynham’s odds of landing the license grew longer as commissioners lauded the Penn National and Cordish Cos. proposals. “I believe we have two candidates who rose above the third in nearly every category,” commissioner Gayle Cameron said when Raynham Park was eliminated from the running. Reprinted with permission by Gerry Tuoti for the  www.milforddailynews.com

Penn National Gaming, Inc.announced today that Lance George, currently the General Manager of Argosy Casino Sioux City in Sioux City, Iowa, has been named General Manager of Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts. The appointment is effective May 26, 2014, and is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Mr. George, who will report directly to John Finamore, Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Penn National Gaming, will oversee the construction, staffing and anticipated 2015 opening of Plainridge Park Casino, as well as the current and ongoing Standardbred harness racing operations at the facility. From Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Fifteen years ago Jason Bartlett was just beginning his driving career. In those early years he divided his time between a home base in Maine and the newly opened Plainridge Racecourse. Both the young driver and the Massachusetts track were in their formative days, and Jason was an integral part of Plainrdge for much of its first decade.   In the intervening years, Bartlett has moved on to bigger and better things. While spending the overwhelming amount of his time at Yonkers Raceway, Jason's extraordinary abilities have made him among the top drivers in North America. Just this past Saturday, Bartlett guided PH Supercam to an upset victory in the $567,000 George Morton Levy series at Yonkers.   Wednesday afternoon Jason Bartlett returns to the familiar surroundings of Plainridge Racecourse, the venue where he enjoyed much success in the past. It will be the New England native 's first appearance in the Bay State in nearly four seasons.   Jason Bartlett arrives fresh off what must be considered one of the highlights of his driving career. Likewise Plainridge Racecourse recently tallied a defining moment of its own, when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded the track the state's sole Category 2 license. The addition of expanded gaming has preserved live racing and offers an optimistic future. Without such a decision, Plainridge would be unable to present such a talent as Jason Bartlett to its local fans.   Bartlett is programmed to drive in six of the nine races on Wednesday's card, including aboard Busta Move in the feature event for open pacers.   Post time for Wednesday at Plainridge is 4:00 P.M.   From the Plainridge Race Office

Plainville, MA, April 14, 2014 -- Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN) (the "Company" or "Penn National") announced today that it will host Opening Day of the Massachusetts Standardbred harness racing season at Plainridge Racecourse on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm ET. "Today is more than the start of another harness racing season - it is the beginning of a bright future for the Massachusetts equine industry," said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National. "With the opening of Plainridge Park Casino in little over a year, harness racing is here to stay and thrive in the Commonwealth. That's good news for our current employees, the hundreds more that will soon be joining them, and the thousands of families throughout Massachusetts whose livelihoods depend on the industry. We are very proud and excited to be here today and are thankful to the community and the Commonwealth." Plainridge Racecourse employees, horsemen, and local community officials will be in attendance for a brief ceremony and remarks to commemorate the day. Penn National held a groundbreaking ceremony for Plainridge Park Casino on March 14, 2014. Construction of the gaming facility will occur concurrently with the live racing season. The company expects minimal impact on the live racing season that takes place on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the year. About Plainridge Park Casino Plainridge Park Casino will include a fully integrated 106,000 square foot racing and gaming facility featuring live harness racing and simulcasting with 1,250 slot machines, an upscale casual dining restaurant, the first-ever Doug Flutie Sports Bar, four-venue food court, harness concourse bar, multi-purpose banquet room, entertainment lounge and casino bar, 1,620 structured and surface parking spaces, 26,000 square foot grandstand with box and reserved seats, and 13,000 square foot clubhouse with box seats. About Penn National Gaming Penn National Gaming, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates twenty-seven facilities in eighteen jurisdictions, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's operated facilities feature approximately 31,000 gaming machines, 800 table games and 2,900 hotel rooms. From Penn National Gaming Publicity Department

On Wednesday, April 9, the Plainridge Racecourse held their second round of qualifying races, and the six races went off without a hitch under partly cloudy skies as the temperature hovered around sixty. The results are as follows: Race one was won by owner, trainer, driver, Graham “ The Dragonman ” Lewis aboard Fantastic in 2:03.4. Dream On Darlin was the winner of the second race, owned by Jeff Kaylor and trained and driven by Joe Therrien, in a time of 2:04.3. Third race winner A J Sinister, is owned by Dean Malin with trainer, driver Steve Nason in the bike, in a time of 2:02.1, and Steve Nason came back again in race four with Yanother Round, for trainer, owner Irwin Rosenthal in a time of 2:01.3. Race five went to Manchine driven by the Plainridge Racecourse Jim Hardy , last years leading driver for owner Peter Goldberg and trainer, owner Brenda Provost in the quickest time of the qualifiers in 2:00.2 and repeated with another winner in the sixth race aboard Extreme Justice, for Bob Bogigian in a time of 2:01. Racing will start on Wednesday April 16, at 4 p.m., with Wednesday and Saturday post times at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday post time at 1:00 p.m., with the exception of April 20 ( Easter Sunday. ) There will be no racing that day. by Bob Lieberman, for Plainridge Raceway

With heavy rains and high winds forecast for southeastern Massachusetts, Plainridge Racecourse has postponed the qualifying session originally scheduled for Tuesday April 8th. Those qualifiers will instead be held on Wednesday April 9th.   Post time for the qualifying card remains at 1:00 P.M., and the entry box will now close at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday April 8th.   The Plainridge racing office will be open both Monday and Tuesday mornings for any horsemen needing more information.   From the Plainridge Race Office

The second qualifying session of the 2014 season will be held at Plainridge Racecourse on Tuesday April 8th. Post time for the qualifiers will be at 1:00 P.M., and the entry box will close at 10:00 A.M. on Monday April 7th. For the upcoming qualifying session, and throughout the 2014 season, Plainridge Racecourse will offer trainers the option to declare their horses via the U.S.T.A.'s new online entry system. Those trainers wishing to utilize this option must contact the U.S.T.A. and set up a member services account. Plainridge Racecourse and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission remind all horsemen that anyone entering the backstretch, which includes the barn area, the racetrack, and the paddock area, must have a 2014 M.G.C. license. Also, before any horse can participate in the qualifiers its owner, trainer and driver must be licensed by the M.G.C. The M.G.C. office at Plainridge is open for licensing on Monday through Friday from 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.   Trainers should also note that the M.G.C. has released its reference manual for the 2014 Plainridge meet. It can be downloaded at http://massgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/Plainridge-Trainer-Manual-2014.pdf.   The 2014 live opener will take place on Wednesday April 16th and will be drawn on Saturday April 12th.   From the Plainridge Racecourse racing office

Columbus, OH --- The USTA's online entry program, which has been in the beta testing phase during the past month, is scheduled to go live on April 7. When the platform kicks off officially on Monday, nine racetracks are signed up and ready to start taking online entries. The nine tracks are Balmoral Park, Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway, Maywood Park, The Meadows, Plainridge Racecourse, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Northfield Park, and Yonkers Raceway. "We are ready to go with nine tracks and about 40 trainers that have been part of the testing period," said USTA Director of Registry and Member Services T.C. Lane. "But this is going to grow rapidly as new racetracks and trainers are being added every day." During the beta testing period that began on March 17, more than 700 horses were entered electronically by nearly 40 trainers, including Ron Burke who entered more than 130 during the trial. Of the tracks participating, Dover Downs accepted 269 online entries as of April 1. "It's going to be a big help for stakes especially," said Burke, the 2013 Trainer of the Year. "But for the everyday racehorses, it's still going to be a tremendous advantage." The USTA has produced an informative video that describes the benefits of online entries and serves as a tutorial for trainers on how to use the platform. The video can be viewed here. With the USTA's new, online entry program, harness racing becomes the first of the racing breeds in North America to have the capability to enter horses electronically. It allows trainers to enter their horses via the internet from computers or mobile devices days ahead of the current system. The online entry project was spearheaded by Lane and Sherry Antion-Mohr, USTA director of information technology. "Trainers can now map out their racing schedules at their own leisure, a week or more in advance," said Lane. "It also makes things much easier for race secretaries at the tracks." Trainers can start to enter horses electronically as soon as the condition sheet is made available from the race office, typically seven to 10 days before the races. by Dan Leary, for the USTA

It might be April Fools' Day today, but on a beautiful near 50 degree day at the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA, the trotters and pacers in the five qualifying races were not fooling around, they meant business.   In the first race, the winner was All Natural, a 7 yr. old pacing mare owned, trained and driven by Frederick Ward Jr.,ME. who went wire to wire over a perfect racing surface in a quick 1:57.1.   The second race was won by Rhudaur Hanover, 4 yr. old bay pacing mare for owners Glenn Harris MA and Ralph Andersen MA driven by Ralph Andersen in 2:01.2.   The third race was won by Easy Sport, 7 yr. old bay pacing gelding, for owner & trainer Irwin Rosenthal, driven by Steve Nason in 2:01.2.   The fourth race was won by Minx, 7 yr. old bay pacing mare, owned by Graham Lewis, MA & Stacey Jacobs, MA, trained and driven by Graham Lewis in a time of 1:59.4   The fifth race was won by Pembroke Lil, a 9 yr. old pacing mare, owned by John Coffey, MA & William Lewis, RI, driven by Cornelius Bonetti in 1:59.3   Qualifying continues on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.   Racing will start on Wednesday April 16, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., with Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. with the exception of April 20, 2014. ( Easter Sunday ) There will be no racing that day.   by Bob Lieberman, for Plainridge Racecourse

Plainville, MA --- A new era in Massachusetts harness racing begins in mid-April when Plainridge Racecourse kicks off its 2014 season. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission recently awarded Penn National Gaming, the operator of Plainridge Racecourse, the state’s first expanded gaming license. The 2014 live opener will take place on Wednesday (April 16) with a first post at 4 p.m. Plainridge will also offer live racing on Saturday (April 19), again with a 4 p.m. post. Though Plainridge will be dark on Sunday (April 20) for the Easter holiday, the track will add Sunday afternoons to its live racing schedule the following week (April 27). Sunday afternoon post time will be at 1 p.m. Live racing will then continue on the Wednesday-Saturday-Sunday schedule for the balance of the 2014 meet, which runs through Dec. 6. Pre-meet qualifying races are scheduled for Tuesday (April 1) and Tuesday (April 8). Post time for the qualifying sessions will be at 1 p.m. and the entry box will close at 10 a.m. on Monday. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reminds all horsemen that as of April 1 anyone entering the Plainridge backstretch, which includes the barn area, the racetrack and the paddock area, must have a current MGC license. Also, before any horse can participate in the qualifiers its owner, trainer and driver must be licensed by the MGC. The MGC office at Plainridge is open for licensing on Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Trainers should also note that the MGC has released its reference manual for 2014. It can be downloaded at this link. Submitted by Plainridge Racecourse

Construction begins on the first racino in Massachusetts, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the new slots parlor at Penn Gaming's Plainridge Racecourse on Friday. State leaders, community members, and gaming officials came together at the Plainville harness racing track to welcome in a new era of gambling. It was with  gold-plated shovels that dozens of people helped break ground  at what will soon be the new Plainridge Park Casino, complete with more than 1,200 slot machines. It's a $225 million project featuring a full entertainment center, revolving around the newest main attraction: the slots.  Massachusetts projects over $400 million in new gaming tax revenue in the first 5 years, not counting spin-off business. "We have 42 cross marketing agreements that are in place with area businesses so that we can work in tandem with places like the Wrenthem Village Outlets, Patriot Place, the Comcast Center, and others to make sure that a rising tide lifts all boats in the community," said Eric Schippers, VP of Public Affairs for license holder Penn National Gaming.  The project boasts nearly 600 new jobs plus an additional 1,000 temporary constructions jobs, some of which have already begun. "What this is all about... is jobs, and economic development, and revenue to the commonwealth...we're now, so to speak, off to the races!" said Steve Crosby, Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Supporters say benefits should also trickle down to the harness racing industry, which has been the anchor business at Plainridge Park since 1999. "I think this is a great opportunity for harness racing here in Massachusetts to have somewhat of a rebirth - a renaissance if you will," said Bill Abdelnour, President of the New England Amateur Harness Drivers Club.  And as for the people who already come for the harness racing... they're welcoming the slots with open arms. "I think its a win-win for everybody, entertainment wise, economically because you got jobs coming, I just think its a great thing," said Peter Torilli, who came to the track today to bet on some races.  Penn National hopes to have construction on the slots completed within a year. "A large part of the legislative intent of this whole gaming act was to help repatriate those millions of dollars that are flooding across the border every day on buses going down south," said Schippers. By Steve Wolf with files from Plainridge Racecourse

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