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Horse Racing Track Proposed In Rowley

October 8, 2019


STAY WITH WBZ FOR THE NEWEST DEVELOPMENTS. THE PATRIOTS WILL PLAY WITHOUT HIM AGAINST THE JETS SUNDAY AT ONE AND YOU CAN WATCH THE GAME RIGHT HERE ON WBZ. NEW AT 5:30, A NEW EFFORT TO REVIVE HORSERACING HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS. THERE IS NOW A THIRD PROPOSAL TO BUILD A TRACK IN THE STATE. IF APPROVED THE PLAN WOULD CREATE THE CLOSEST TRACK TO BOSTON IN THE SMALL NORTH SHORT TOWN OF RALEIGH. Reporter: IT’S A 280 ACRE PARCEL JUST OFF OF ROUTE 133 IN RALEIGH. A $60 MILLION PROPOSAL TO BRING HORSERACING BACK TO THE STATE. WE WANT TO BUILD A STATE-OF- THE-ART THEIR BREAD RACETRACK. Reporter: THAT TYPE OF RACING DISAPPEARED ONCE OF DOWNS CLOSED. VILLA BOREAL IS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM ALONG WITH THE RILEY GROUP, HE IS ALSO THE HEAD OF THE MASTER OF BREAD HORSEMAN’S ASSOCIATION. WE ARE LOOKING TO BRING IN A ONE MILE DIRT TRACK AND A 7/8 OF A MILE TURF COURSE. WE KNOW THE INDUSTRY ITSELF IS VIABLE. ONE OF THE PIECES THAT MAKES IT WORK IS THE RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT FUND. IN THAT STATE FUND IS DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING THE INDUSTRY. THE MONEY COMES FROM THE STATES CASINOS AND SLOTS PARLOR AND HELPS PAY FOR PURSES WHICH ARE THE BIGGEST EXPENSE FOR HORSE TRACK. RALEIGH ALSO STANDS TO PROFIT HANDSOMELY WITH TAX REVENUE AND JOBS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL SPRINGBOARD OFF AGRICULTURE SO THE FARMS WILL BENEFIT. Reporter: AT ROCCO’S BARBERSHOP, PEOPLE ARE APPROACHING THE IDEA WITH A LOT OF CAUTION. HELPING THE TOWN PROBABLY WOULD BE BETTER BUT ALSO THE TRAFFIC AND EVERYTHING ELSE. I’M SORT OF CONCERNED ABOUT CRIME AND THINGS LIKE THAT THAT MIGHT COME WITH SOMETHING OF THAT MAGNITUDE. IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HEAR WHOLE LOT MORE DETAILS. THERE IS ALSO A PROPOSAL TO BUILD HORSE TRACKS IN WHERE HAM AND GREAT BARRINGTON. THE PAST TWO DECADES HAVE BEEN ROUGH FOR THE HORSERACING INDUSTRY. THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS IN 2002 THERE WAS MORE THAN $15 BILLION BET ON RACES IN THE U.S.

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