SUFFOLK DOWNS TO BECOME OFF TRACK BETTING PARLOR

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,

“that said licensee shall not be required to conduct any live racing to remain authorized to conduct simulcast wagering pursuant to said chapter 128C.”

YES – NO LIVE RACING – JUST OFF TRACK BETTING – NO KIDDING.

It is hard to believe the Massachusetts State Legislature is unaware hundreds of local horsemen and women are strung out up and down the east coast eking out a living at various out of state race tracks.
Despite the obvious plight of these horsemen, one state representative, Garrett J. Bradley of Hingham, found it prudent to end any hope of live racing in the Commonwealth simultaneously ensuring an extended road trip for his constituents.

Bradley’s bill 154 extends the the stranglehold over the lucrative simulcast signal until the end of 2016 by a defunct racing association (Suffolk Sterling Racing) and struggling horsemen’s group
(NEHBPA).

The Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure apparently saw the genius in Mr. Bradley’s proposal and recommended the bill favorably to the full house.

By now the entire planet recognizes the NEHBPA’s recent pie in the sky equine center proposal was a pretext and desperate attempt to regain “even a smidgen ” of credibility in the thoroughbred industry.
In reality, the ploy was a clever by half attempt to provide cover for a failed 2015 race season conducted jointly by the New England HBPA and Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle.

The introduction of House Bill 154 confirms this unholy alliance never intended to run another day of live racing at Suffolk Downs.
It is now readily apparent to all horsemen, no purse agreement will be reached between the the remnants of the HBPA and Suffolk Sterling, allowing the legitimate use of the simulcast signal.

House Bill 154 eliminates the state regulatory and statutory requirements to conduct a live race meet and negotiate a purse agreement through the regular contractual process with the horsemen’s group representing a majority of horsemen.

The change in the definition of a horsemen’s group now pending before theMassachusetts State Gaming Commission completes the parlay for this unholy alliance. GET THE PICTURE ?

This writer’s several posts has warned of the danger of silence and significance of your input before the Gaming Commission and now recommends you contact state legislators and Committee recommending adoption of House Bill 154 which may be taken up by the full house at any time.

The MassTHA intends to file a letter of opposition and supporting resolution opposing Mr. Bradley’s attempt to authorize off track betting through the use of horsemen’s property, the simulcast signal, which rightfully belongs to the majority of horsemen and not this unholy alliance.

Tomorrow I will post the telephone number and e mail address of each committee chairperson and committee member for your dialing and electronic contact convenience together with the opposition of the MassTHA.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, STATE SENATORĀ AND EACH OF THE CHAIRPERSONS AND MEMBERS WITH YOUR STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.B.154.

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