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LEGISLATION WINDING THROUGH THE HOUSE / CAUSE FOR CONCERN


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The following proposed Massachusetts legislation is relevant to your future as a Massachusetts Horseman. Please review the legislation and contact William Lagorio or Patty Reardon for instructions to comment, contacting your state legislator or state senator and becoming part of this most important process. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S185 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S175 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H208 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H9 downthestretch

PRESIDENT POST GAMING COMMISSION ANALYSIS AND MESSAGE


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Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Inc. 189 Squire Road, #251 Revere, Ma. 02151 August 26, 2016 I, like the nearly 500 members of the MassTHA were extremely disappointed with the Massachusetts State Gaming Commission decision under-funding the Middleborough Agricultural Society application for live thoroughbred racing at Brockton. Disappointment was not limited to our membership. As a…read more »

HBPA “SPINS” OUT OF CONTROL AFTER ANNOUNCEMENT OF PURSE AGREEMENT


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The MassTHA provided notice to the Massachusetts State Gaming Commission it has entered into a purse agreement with the Middleborough Agricultural Society, produced through the regular contractual process between a race association and a horsemen’s group, to conduct live thoroughbred racing at the Brockton Fair Grounds in 2016. Racing could commence as early as July,…read more »

MassTHA OPPOSITION TO OFFTRACK BETTING HOUSE BILL 154 PROVIDED TO LEGISLATORS


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The MassTHA Board of Directors, by Corporate Resolution of the Board, has caused correspondence of opposition to House Bill 154 to be delivered to the House and Senate Chairs of the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. MATHA Corp Resolution 3.13.16 The committee has recently released House bill 154 to the floor with a recommendation…read more »

SUFFOLK DOWNS TO BECOME OFF TRACK BETTING PARLOR


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A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 154) offered up by Mr. Garrett J. Bradley of Hingham, creatively entitled “An Act relative to thoroughbred horse racing” has exited committee hearings after referral to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure with a favorable recommendation. The key language in the bill anticipates and would allow,…read more »

BOARD ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2016-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION


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The MassTHA is now accepting nominations to the Board of Directors. Ten (10) seats will be filled within 10 days after the election results are certified. The election will be conducted in April by Paper Ballot mailed directly to the postal address on a MassTHA member’s registration card. Trainers and Owners are eligible to be…read more »

BOARD SCHEDULES ELECTIONS PROTESTORS WITHDRAW-PROTEST


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The MassTHA Board has resolved to open nominations and conduct elections of board members for seating in 2016 through 2018. Nominations for trainers and owners will open and close in March with April 2016 elections. Details will be provided to the certified membership qualifying to cast ballots in the election. Please consult the MassTHA Bylaws…read more »

MEMBERSHIP ENCOURAGED TO COMMENT ON REGULATORY LANGUAGE


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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has posted proposed changes to the definition of a “horsemen’s group ” on their web site. There is no preamble for the change in the definition section, explanation for the need to change the definition nor reasoning for the proposed change to 205 CMR 1.49.00. Without a preamble or reason for…read more »

THIRD GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULED


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The third general membership meeting of the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will be commence at 1 P.M. February 14th , 2016 at the Revere VFW. Yes it’s Valentine’s Day afternoon and the Board invites you and your sweetheart to come and participate in a lively debate regarding the status of thoroughbred horse racing in the…read more »

TIME FOR SOLUTIONS NOT PROMISES


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I Would like to thank you dear readers for the kind words and comments. They inspire me. For those of you following or just stumbling upon this blog, please understand, much of it is driven by facts associated with Massachusetts thoroughbred racing over the last several years. There are now two groups vying to become…read more »