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
- On March 14, 2013, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission adopted emergency regulations in accordance with M.G.L. c.128A, s. 9B amending 205 CMR 3.00 and 4.00 Rules Governing Harness Horse Racing and Running Horse Racing
Horse Racing in the Commonwealth
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.