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What You Need to Know

  • On May 20, 2012, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission assumed regulatory responsibility for the state’s horse racing industry from the State Racing Commission
  • In preparation for the 2013 racing season, MGC’s Division of Racing is aggressively pursuing new protocols, procedures and standards to ensure the utmost integrity and efficiency for horse racing in Massachusetts
  • As of June 30, 2013, the Racing Division of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has tested over 750 post-race samples from Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses as part of its newly-adopted comprehensive accredited drug testing program

Horse Racing in the Commonwealth

Transition Information

On May 20, 2012, pursuant to St. 2011, c. 194, § 110, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission assumed all duties and responsibilities formerly carried out by the State Racing Commission. For the remainder of the 2012 racing season, all regulations promulgated by the State Racing Commission will remain unchanged and in full force and effect. In addition, the Gaming Commission has entered into an Inter-departmental Service Agreement with the Department of Public Licensure under which personnel employed by that Department will continue to carry out all of the operating functions they performed before May 20. Link to document formalizing the arrangements just described appear immediately below.

Information on the Simulcast of Greyhound Races

Pursuant to Chapter 388 of the Acts of 2008, and effective as of January 1, 2010, live racing where any form of betting or wagering on the speed or ability of dogs occurs, is prohibited in Massachusetts.

However, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission continues to oversee the conduct of racing meeting licensees within the Commonwealth that simulcast live greyhound races from outside of Massachusetts.

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