What You Need to Know

  • The Division of Racing is responsible for regulating the Massachusetts horse racing industry and implementing M.G.L. Chapters 128A and 128C.
  • The Division of Racing prescribes rules, regulations, and conditions under which all horse racing meetings shall be conducted in the Commonwealth.
  • On May 20, 2012, MassGaming assumed all regulatory duties and responsibilities for the Massachusetts horse racing industry. Since that time, the Division of Racing has instituted sweeping new rules and regulations to promote the health and well-being of horses.

Reports and Rulings

The Board of Judges is responsible for overseeing the conduct of the harness racing meeting. Two of the Judges are employed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission; the third is employed by the association. The Board of Stewards is responsible for overseeing the conduct of the racing meeting. Two of the Stewards are employed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission; the third is employed by the association.

Their authority includes supervision of all racing officials, track management, licensed personnel, other persons responsible for the conduct of racing and patrons, as necessary to ensure compliance with the rules of racing. The Judges and Stewards have the authority to resolve conflicts or disputes related to racing and to discipline violators in accordance with the provisions of these rules.

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.

Pursuant to Chapter 128 of the Acts of 2022, and effective as of August 1, 2023, no Massachusetts racing meeting licensee, including a licensee holding racing meetings in connection with a state or county fair, as defined in section 1 of chapter 128A, shall simulcast or accept a simulcast wager on greyhound dog racing.

Annual Reports from the Division of Racing of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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