12/03/2013 3:08PM

Suffolk Downs: Massachusetts regulators delay vote on relocating casino

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Suffolk Downs and the Mohegan Sun will have to wait until at least next week to know whether they may move forward with their proposal to move the planned $1 billion casino resort project from the East Boston side of the racetrack grounds to the portion located within the city of Revere.

At a meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday, the five commissioners decided to delay their vote until their scheduled meeting next week.

“We are very encouraged about what we heard from the Commission today asserting Revere’s ability to move ahead and we look forward to providing additional information and to meeting again with the Commission next week.," said Suffolk Chief Operation Officer Chip Tuttle.

Track owners had originally partnered with Caesars and planned a combined casino and racetrack situated in East Boston and Revere, but Caesars was forced to withdraw in late October when the Gaming Commission determined the company would not pass its background check.

In referenda held Nov. 5, East Boston residents voted down the project, while Revere voters overwhelmingly approved it. Last week, Suffolk and Mohegan Sun announced their new partnership.

The Gaming Commission now must determine if the Revere vote is binding, given Suffolk’s new partner and the relocation of the project. The deadline for submission of the Phase 2 application is Dec. 31, and there is not time to hold another election. Meanwhile, a coalition of East Boston residents opposed to the casino at Suffolk indicated that they might take legal action if the Gaming Commission allows the new plan to move forward.

If the Gaming Commission rules in favor of Suffolk and Mohegan Sun, the partnership will compete with Steve Wynn for the sole destination resort casino license designated for the greater Boston region. Foxwoods Resorts also had completed its Phase 1 application, but its massive casino proposal was voted down overwhelmingly by citizens in the host community of Milford on Nov. 19.

Wynn, who has proposed a $1.2 billion casino project in the city of Everett near Suffolk Downs, is scheduled for a suitability hearing before the Gaming Commission on Dec. 16.

fred struss More than 1 year ago
I rode my first race 1968 Suffolk , still in racing , based in ky now , but continue to follow racing in ne and always will , was born and raised there , I pray they can revive racing in ne , I would have no reservations in returning if racing could be improved
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
I remember taking the blue line train to Suffolk during the 1970s. And a dice game with loaded dice just outside the track to rob a winning horseplayer of his funds!
Frank Leverone More than 1 year ago
Trivia question: What was the name of Bill Veck's book about racing at Suffolk Downs.
fred struss More than 1 year ago
20 tons
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
now I know why SW pulled out of his deal with philly.
Frank Raspy More than 1 year ago
2/3 rds of the plant is in East Boston, which has Logan Airport as their tax revenue provider. The far turn and barn area are in Revere. They have been trying to put something like slots in SD 1982. Good luck.
Joe Consolo More than 1 year ago
hope to see racing make a comeback,in Newengland,it could happen if this casino is built up in Revere,and the right people are there like Chip Tuttle to see over it need the rigt politicians to give the horsemen what they need to do it right.
Joe Consolo More than 1 year ago
up on the backside of suffolk downs,in the fiftys and sixties when the meets were onlyforty days.I worked for some great trainors,walking hots and then grooming,hard seven days a week job but what an education.Eddie Anspasch,Moon Mullins,definitly the best two trainors, who spet the time to do it right without the steriods.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Lets be honest suffolk downs is a disaster.bad racing bad facility ..the worst part is that it could have been a great racetrack had somebody done it right.the location is perfect just outside boston and close enough to connecticut to attract the racing fans.but the racing is just awful.maybe if they spruced up the facility and had areas that were more upscale and friendly they would attract a better crowd and with a casino maybe the purses would bring in better horses.
Sal Carcia More than 1 year ago
I read somewhere locally that the commissioners were not scheduled to vote on the proposal today.There was a chance discussion would come up and it did. I saw the head of the commission on TV last week and he felt they owed it to Revere to let this bid for a franchise go forward. I saw a drawing of the plans on TV yesterday and it appears the casino takes over the stable area. Finally, Mohegan Sun has not agreed to make the racetrack part of the deal. The owners of Suffolk Downs would have to run the track on their own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You better hope they take over the track look what they did at Pocono Downs they turned it into a first class operation
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
I hope they can save Suffolk, I went to college there . . . great place to watch a race, but very low class stock and very small fields in recent years have led to it's final nail in the coffin if they don't get this passed.