A statement from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission regarding announcement by Suffolk Downs to discontinue live thoroughbred racing

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission fully understands and is saddened by the impact discontinuance of live thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs will have on the lives of the dedicated men and women who have played a role in racing at the track for many, many years. The Commission and its Racing Division are fully committed to an extensive and sustained exploration of every available option that may preserve the long tradition of thoroughbred racing in the Commonwealth. In addition, the Commission is also dedicated to assisting racing employees through workforce development and by identifying additional employment solutions. Lastly, the Commission will address this important issue at its next public meeting on September 25, 2014.

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