PRESIDENTS STATEMENT

The goal of the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is to restore meaningful and extended live thoroughbred racing to the Commonwealth as soon as possible. To accomplish this goal we intend to work with the Massachusetts State Legislature and Massachusetts State Gaming Commission in an attempt to require 100 days of live racing in the Commonwealth for the privilege to simulcast live racing.

Our 350 charter members are united in their beliefs the current 3 day racing meet proposed for 2015 provides little if any benefit to local horsemen and is foremost proposed to facilitate and secure the simulcast signal for Suffolk Downs. The expenditure of 1.2 million dollars from the Race Horse Development Fund to conduct a limited meet would be better utilized to secure the operation of a full race meet.

Our goal includes continued outreach to the major media outlets and education of the public to the complex issues specifically affecting the thoroughbred industry and to a greater understanding of local horsemen needs in a unified attempt to ensure a sustained daily racing meet.

As a direct result of our chartered member efforts,  the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the major media outlets such as The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and  Revere Journal have a better understanding of the complex issues facing and the needs of local horsemen.

We ask you to join our efforts and become part of the solution as we continue to educate and advocate the return of sustained thoroughbred racing and look forward to your continued input and support of our newly formed and thriving Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

Bill Lagorio, President

Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

masstha.com

williamlagorio@comcast.net

(617) 593 2982