Massachusetts: Stronach Group, Racing Representatives Discuss Possible Expansion Into State

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, met with several racing industry representatives in Massachusetts July 24 to discuss the possibility of partnering on a future live Thoroughbred racing venue.

The Blood-Horse reports that Ritvo met with state legislators, members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, and track owners George and Chris Carney about converting Raynham Park, a former greyhound venue, into one that could hold Thoroughbred racing.

“My father and I met with Timmy today and everything worked out good,” Chris Carney told the Blood-Horse. “He was going on from here to meet with some people up at the Statehouse and on the gaming commission.”

“We talked about whether Raynham was big enough, and whether the state had an appetite for this,” Carney continued. “I showed him some sketches to build a track there and that was about it. He was happy to see the location and he said he thought it was big enough to do whatever we needed to do. He was excited and so are we.”

Carney said that they would convert and expand the quarter-mile dog track into a six-furlong main track. They plan on building new barns with 300 total stalls.

Initial plans would call for a limited live racing season of 30 days in 2018, which would coordinate with The Stronach Group’s two Maryland tracks, Laurel Park and Pimlico.

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