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SUFFOLK DOWNS CLOSES BECAUSE OF CASINO

SUFFOLK DOWNS CLOSES BECAUSE OF CASINO

A Suffolk Downs official says horse racing will be coming to an end at the 79-year-old thoroughbred track as a result of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's decision to award a casino license to Wynn Resorts.

 

Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer at Suffolk Downs, said in a statement Tuesday that track officials will be meeting with employees and horesmen over the next several days to develop a plan for winding down racing operations.

 

Mohegan Sun had proposed a resort casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in Revere. The track had pledged to continue racing for at least 15 years if Mohegan Sun was awarded the license.

 

The commission on Tuesday voted 3-1 to go with a rival proposal by Wynn in Everett.

 

Tuttle says Suffolk Down was ``extraordinarily disappointed'' with the decision.

 

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