Horse racing won't be returning to Brockton Fairgrounds

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BROCKTON, MASS. >> Thoroughbred horse racing will not make its long-anticipated return to the Brockton Fairgrounds this summer after the Massachusetts Gaming Condition denied part of a $4.2 million funding request.

Chris Carney, whose family owns the 60-acre fairgrounds, tells The Boston Globe that he's now shelving plans to host 15 days of horse racing at the site as a result of the decision.

The gaming commission unanimously voted to authorize more than $3 million for the races, but denied about $1 million requested for track upgrades and other expenses.

Commissioner Gayle Cameron says the gaming commission has the responsibility to use taxpayer money wisely.

Robert Scarano, general counsel for the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, says his client may ask the gaming commission to reconsider.

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com


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