Could Live Horse Racing Find a Home in the Berkshires? | Connecting Point | June 18, 2018

Could Live Horse Racing Find a Home in the Berkshires? | Connecting Point | June 18, 2018


>>WITH LIVE HORSE RACING COMING
TO AN END IN SUFFICOLK DOWNS IN
THE EASTERN PART OF THE STATE,
THE SPORT COULD FIND A KNEW HOM
IN THE BECRKSHIRES.
SUFFILLFOLK DOWNS CHIEF OPERATI
OFFICE CHIP TUTTLE IS LOOKING AT
THE OLD FAIRGROUNDS IN GREAT
BARIRINGTON AS A PLACE TO HOLD
LIMITED NUMBER OF LIVE RACING
DATES WITH OFF TTRACK BETTING TE
PLACE IN BOSTON.
I SAT DOWN WITH TAXUTTLE TO LEA
MORE.
>>WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR
ALTERNATE SITES FOR RACE TRACK,
OR RACETRACK DEVELOPMENT IN
MASSACHUSETTS AND I CAME OUT TO
GREAT BARIRINGTON BACK IN POLIC
CAR AND MAR — MARCH AND IT HAD
GREAT RACETRACK.
I WAS REALLY PLEASANT LY
SURPRISED — IT HASN’T BEEN USED
IN A LONG TIME BUT THE STRUCTURE
IS STILL THERE.
IT’S A LITTLE BIT CESARSERENDIP.
HI MEAN, WE’RE LOOKING FOR A
RACING FACILITY AND THERE’S ONE
HERE IN THE SWCOMMONWEALTH THAT
HOPE,
HOPEFULLY, WE’LL BE ABLE TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF AND GET BACK UP AND
RUNNING MAYBE AS SOON AS NEXT
YEAR.
>>TO OYOUR POINT THE LAST TIME
THERE WAS RACING IN GREAT B
BARRINGTON WAS IN 1998 BUT
PREVIOUSLY IT HAD BEEN THERE FOR
A FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS SINCE
199 EI8, YOU KNOW THE INDUSTRY
SEEN A DECLINE IN THE PURSE W
WINNINGS, EIGT CETERA, YOU KNOW
WHAT WOULD BE DIFFERENT THIS
TIME AROUND IF YOU BROUGHT
RACING BACK TO GREAT BARIRINGTO?
>>YWELL, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME
DECLINES IN THUREO BRED RAI
RAISING — THUREO BRED RACING AS
OTHER FORMS OF GAMBLING HAVE
BECOME MORE POPULAR.
AS CASINO GAMBLING HAVE COME
DOWN TO 2 STATES 24 HOYEARS AGOO
NEVADA AND NEW JERSEY TO 40
STATES.
>>WE HAVE ONE HERE?
IN
SPRINGFIELD WITH ANYTHING THAT
YOU DO IN GREAT BARIRINGTON.
>>WHAT’S DIFFERENT THIS TIME
WE’RE NOT PROPOSE ING TO HAVE A
LONGER RACE MEET.
WE WEREN’T ABLE TO MAKE IT WORK
IN BOSTON WHEN WE WERE RUNNING
80 OR 1 00, OR 120 DAYS A YEAR.
WE’RE NOW ONLY RUNNING A FEW
DAYS A YEAR.
THERE’S ANOTHER DIFFERENCE IN
THAT THE PURSE MONEY NOW IS S
SUPPLEMENTED WITH FUNDING FROM
THE EXPANDED GAMING FACILITIES
IN MASSACHUSETTS.
THERE’S A THING CALLED THE R
RACEHORSE DEVELOPMENT FUND
CREATED BY THE GAMING LAW.
IT TAKES A SMALL PORTION OF THE
BETTING PROCEEDS FROM THE SLOT
PARLOR IN PLAINVILLE,
MASSACHUSETTS AND FROM THE
CASINOS WHEN THEY’RE UP SCAND
RUNNING.
THE ONE IN SPRINGFIELD AND THE
ONE IN EAVERETT SO THAT HELPS
FUND THE PURSES AND WHAT ARWE’R
PROPOSING IS NOT TO FHAVE A
YEAR-ROUND RACING FACILITY IN
GREAT BARIRINGTON.
>>SO WOULD IT WOULD SLAYER FOR
THE 3 LONG WEEKENDS.
>>YEAH , SO WE RUN 3, 6, 8 DAY
A YEAR.
6 DAY SCHEDULE FOR THIS YEAR.
WE MIGHT ADD ANOTHER WEEKEND OR
TWO.
WHAT ARWE’RE LOOKING TO DO IS T
WALK BEFORE WE RUN OUT THERE AND
GET A PROGRAM UP SCAND RUNNING D
ESTABLISHED AND WE’RE ALSO
PLANNING — HOPEFULLY ABLE TO
CONTINUE THE PROCESS OF WAGERING
IN BOSTON.
SO WHERE THE POPULATION CENTER
IS WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROCESS
SIMULTANEOUS C– SIM YOULCAST RG
THERE AND BIFURCATING THE RACES
HERE AT THE FAIRGROUNDS.
>>AND THAT WILL BE DE PEPENDEN
FOR A CHANGE IN THAT LITIGCENSED
YOU’VE REQUESTED THAT FROM THE
LEGISLATURE, RIGHT?
>>THERE’S 3 THINGS WE’RE
LOOKING FOR LEDGEGISLATIVELY
HELP GET THIS DONE.
THE BIFURCATION OF THE LICENSE
OR HTHE ABILITY TO HOLD TWO
LICENSES ONE IN BOSTON —
>>SO YOU’D RUN THE LIVE HORSE
RACING IN GREAT BARIRINGTON AND
KEEP —
>>AND WE’D ONLY HAVE WAGERING
ON GREAT BARIRINGTON ON THE DAY
THAT WE WERE RACING, RIGHT?
THE SECOND IS A 10-YEAR
EXTENSION OF OUR LICENSE.
RIGHT NOW WE’RE YEAR -TO-YEAR BT
IN ORDER TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL
INVESTMENT, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO
KNOW WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BOE
AROUND FOR A LONG TIME.
THE CASINO LICENSE I THINK AN
INITIAL 15-YEAR PERIOD.
WE’RE ASKING FOR 10-YEAR
EXTENSION OF OUR LICENSE SO THAT
WE CAN REALLY DO THIS AND DO
THIS THIS THE RIGHT WAY AND THE
OTHER THING WE’RE ASKING FOR AND
WE -DIDN’T REALLY COME UP WITH
THIS IS THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING
COMMISSION PROPOSED A BILL AND
THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE HAS A
BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW A PORTION
OF THAT RACEHORSE DEVELOPMENT
FUND THAT WE TALKED ABOUT — A
RAPORTION OF THAT COULD BE USED
FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND
OPERATION AL EXPENSES, AND IF
THAT’S THE CASE, YOU KNOW, AND
IT’S 10 M$10 MILLION TO RE FFUR
THE FAIRGROUNDS WE COULD PUT IN
6 OR 7 AND MAYBE GET 3 OR 4 FROM
THE FUND.
IT CERTAINLY WOULD GIVE THE
HORSE MAN AND THE HORSE WOMEN TE
PEOPLE WHO OWN THE HORIZON AND
TRAIN THEM AND OWN THE FAMILY
FARMS HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS AN
OPPORTUNITY TO RUN FOR THE MONEY
THAT’S BEEN BUILDING UP IN THAT
PURSE FUND YOU.
>>AND SO TO OYOUR POINT ABOUT
WHAT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN GREAT
BARIRINGTON LOOKS LIKE.
IT’S OWNED RIGHT NOW BUT IT’S
LARGELY DORM JANT.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF WHAT
THE INVESTMENT WOULD NEED TO BE?
>>WE’RE WORKING ON THAT RIGHT
NOW.
SORT OF AN INITIAL FORECAST IS
IN THE 10 M$10 MILLION RANGE, A
BUT I’VE GOT SOME ENGINEERS AND
ARCHITECTS AND OTHER EXPERTS
GOING IN TO LOOK AT THE PROPERTY
TO GIVE US A FULL JER
UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THOSE
COSTS WILL BE AND IF WE COULD DO
IT ALL AT ONCE OR IN PHASES SO
WE SHOULD KNOW THAT IN 3 OR 4
WEEKS.
>>AND DO YOU THINK THAT THE
SIZE OF THE OPERATION AT
SUFFSUFFOLK
DOWNS, THOSE 3 WEEKENDS YOU
CURRENTLY HAVE ON THE BOOKS AND
THE PEOPLE YOU THINK WOULD BE
COMPARABLE IN BARIRINGTON OR WIL
THE OPERATION BE SMALLER THERE?
>>SO THE FACILITIY’S SMALLER,
THE PLANT IS SMALLER, THE CROWDS
WOULD BE SMALLER.
THE BEAUTY OF THIS PROPOSAL IT
PROVERBS OUR WORK — PRESERVES
OR WORK FOURS — WORKFORCE AND
THE BET SELL JERS AND THE
RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES AND THE
CLEANING CREW AND THE TELEVISION
PRODUCTION CREW.
WE’VE GOT ALMOST 1 00 JOBS AT TE
FACILITY YEAR-ROUND FOR SIM
CASTING.
I WE HOPE TO PRESERVE THOSE JOBS
WHILE ADDING THE JOBS OF
MASSACHUSETTS OF BREED ERS AND
THE HORSEMEN AND HORSE WOMEN AND
THE FAMILY FARMS AND ALSO ADDING
ADDITIONAL SEASONAL JOBS OUT
HERE, WE NEED, YOU KNOW, DURING
THE TIME WE’RE RACING WE’D
PROBABLY NEED ANOTHER 60 TO 80
PEOPLE JUST TO WORK AT THE
FACILITY DURING THAT TIME FRAME.
WE’RE INITIALLY PROPOSING THE
FIRST YEAR OR SO WE HAVE A
PROGRAM SIMILAR TO WHAT WE’RE
DOING AT SUFFICOLK DOWNS WHICH
WE RACE A WEEKEND.
A WEEKEND IN JUNE, WEEKEND IN
JULY, WEEKEND IN AUGUST.
MAYBE A WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER FOR
GREAT BARIRINGTON I THINK WE’D
LOOK A LITTLE FURTHER IN THE
YEAR, INITIAL CONVERSATIONS WITH
SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THE TOWN,
TONG OFWN OFFICIALS AND SOME OF
BUSINESS AND THE SHOULDER SEASON
IS IMPORTANT —
>>THE TIME NOT DURING THE
SUMMER PEAK — T[TALKING
SIMULTANEOUSLY]
>>SO MAYBE — MAYBE MORE OF AN
AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER TIME
FRAME IN GREAT BARIRINGTON SO
THAT’S — YOU KNOW, IT’S VERY
EARLY IN THE GAME.
WE’VE GOT TO GET THROUGH THE
LEDGEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND THEN
KIND OF GO FROM THERE.
>>ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS HAVE
BEEN — RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT
THE CONDITIONS THAT THE HORIZON
LIVE UNDER, ARE RACE D UNDER AN
THERE’S A NON PRPROFIT CALLED HE
RACING WRONG.
IT SAYS DEATH OF THE TRACK IS
ALWAYS, HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL
BE AN INHERENT PART OF THIS
INDUSTRY.
DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?
>>I DON’T.
1AND WE WELCOME THAT CON
CONVERSATION.
AT SUFFICOLK DOWNS WE’RE VERY
PROUD OF OUR RECORD ON ISSUES OF
SAFETY AND WARILY WARILY AN
AND — WELFARE AND AFTERCARE WE
TAKE CARE OF THE HORSES.
I WOULD ARGUE THUREO BRED HORSES
ARE THE BEST CARED FOR ANIMAL IN
THE WORLD.
THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS
WEBWENT
FROM SORT OF BEHIND THE CURVE 20
YEARS AGO TO 3 OR 4 YEARS AGO
ADOPTING TO SOME OF THE MOST
STRINGENT SAFETY AND DRUG
TESTING MEDICATION STANDARDS IN
THE COUNTRY.
YOU KNOW, WE’RE NEVER GOING TO
BE ABLE TO SATISFY SORT OF
EXTREME FAR-FAR —
>>STILL 1 T,000 TO 2 T,000 HORA
YEAR — T
[TALKING SIMULTANEOUSLY]
>>THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NO
NO — THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE
A CHANCE THAT THERE’S SOMEARY OR
SOME ACCIDENT BUT WE WORK REALLY
HARD TO ENSURE THE SAFE RACING
ENVIRONMENT FOR THE HORSE AND
HUMAN AND WE HOPE THEY’RE
IMPORTANT CARED FOR WHEN THEY’RE
RACING AND WHEN THEY’RE DONE
RACING.
WE ADOPTED THE FIRST IN THE
COUNTRY, MANDATORY ANTISLAUGHTER
POLICY AT SUFFICOLK DOWNS IN 20.
SEVERAL OF THE TRACKS FOLLOWED
SUIT.
I PERSONALLY HAVE RETIRED A
SUFFICOLK DOWNS HORSE AND OWNED
THAT HORSE MYSELF, AS HAVE
OTHERS.
ONE OF OUR OWNERS, SOME OF THE
OTHER PEOPLE THAT WORKED THERE.
WE WORK WITH ACCREDITED
ORGANIZATIONS THETHORO BRED AT
THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
WITH INMATES.
IT’S A CULTUREAL INITIATIVE.
>>HYPOTHETICAL LY THE LED
LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WHICH YOU’RE
HOWORKING THAT IT DOES AND WHAT
YOU NEED IS HOPING IS 2019, IS
THE —
>>WE’RE PLANNING FOR 2019
BECAUSE WE HAVE NO IDEA IF WE’RE
STILL GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO
SUFFICOLK DOWNS FOR RACING I
2020.
THE DEVELOP JERS THAT BOUGHT TH
PROPERTY IS PITCHING AMAZON
HEADQUARTERS.
WO
IF THAT DOESN’T WORK O OUT, THE
THERE WILL BE SOME LARGE MIXED
USE DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL START
ON THE PROPERTY AS SOON AS NEXT
YEAR SO WE MAY BE EABLE TO EEK
OUT ONE MORE LYEAR AT SUFFIOLK
DOWNS AND BARIRINGTON WOULD BE
2020 BUT WE’RE PLANNING ON
ARRRACING AT GREAT BARIRINGTO
2019 IF WE’RE ABLE TO GET THE
CHANGES TO THE LEGISLATION.

2 thoughts on “Could Live Horse Racing Find a Home in the Berkshires? | Connecting Point | June 18, 2018”

  1. Great interview! For supplemental information on why horse racing is terrible for horses, please see this informational video on the subject.

    https://youtu.be/MrT0h6NXjcA

  2. They declined because they aren't giving the fans an reason to go.free umbrellas hats blankets t-shirts.. little plush horses for children.i loved going to sufflok.my last free gift white mass cap that. My gem…do it right this time .. it's about family going so they can make memories I rather go to Berkshires with grandkids but do it right..Don't fall like Saratoga starting too..

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