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July 26hHarness Racing Gives Back day at Scarborough Downs

July 27thOpen Farm Day throughout the state

August 3rdFamily Fun Day at Scarborough Downs

August 7thMHHA board meeting 5:00 p.m. Augusta

August 14thMSHRC meeting August.

August 18thMSBOA golf outing Biddeford Saco CC

August 28thCandidates’ day at Windsor Fair

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Casino Referendum

Casino Referendum There will be a ballot question in Massachusetts in November that would repeal the current law which established casino wagering throughout the state. Penn National was awarded the license to operate Plainridge and many thought this would be a boon to horseracing in the northeast.

Despite this uncertainty, Penn has continued to move forward with construction of their facility. In addition, Springfield just recently accepted MGM’s bid of $3.2 million for a property where they expect to build a casino. More...

LD 1680

In addition, the Commission is planning more changes to Chapter 11: Medication and Testing as well as Chapter 17: Rules Violations; Penalties. The proposed language for both these Chapters can be found under the “Horsemen” tab above. More...

Pending Rule Changes. The Harness Racing Commission has adopted the rules that were previously posted on our website.

LD 1856 "Resolve, To Conduct a Market Analysis Regarding the Feasibility of Expanded Gaming in Maine." In the waning hours of the last legislative session this bill was passed as an emergency measure. It calls for a consulting firm to “provide an analysis that considers the following:

  1. The current regional gaming market's capacity for additional casino-style gaming facilities in the State, considering all existing facilities where wagering is currently conducted in the State and the potential or imminent establishment of casino facilities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire; and

  2. If a market exists:
    1. The best location for an additional casino-style gaming facility or facilities in the State;
    2. The scope of a facility or facilities that will best serve the objective of promotion of economic development in a region where a facility may be located, with a focus on job creation and increased tourism; More...

Total fair income from harness racing for Maine's 25 agricultural fairs since 2005 is over 10 million dollars.

Maine Harness Racing Industry Statement for Expansion of Gaming in Southern Maine

Since Greyhound set a world trotting mark at the Kite Track in Old Orchard Beach in 1939, harness racing has had a long and storied history in Maine.  With this committee’s assistance our industry would like to continue that time honored tradition.  Harness racing preserves open farmland and contributes millions of dollars to the economy, supporting Mainers who are both directly and indirectly involved in the industry. 

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Windsor Fair Legislator's Day

On Friday, August 30th, the Race For ME PAC, Windsor Fair, Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association, Maine Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association, Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs, Scarborough Downs and Ocean Properties hosted a Legislator’s Day at the Windsor Fair.  All of the Maine legislators were invited to attend the event held in a special tent next to the grandstand and the racetrack. Read the entire article.

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