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Plainville, MA---The live harness racing card and all simulcast scheduled for Thursday afternoon (Aug. 2) at Plainridge Park has been postponed as a result of the Massachusetts Legislature adjourning without taking action on a replacement or extension of the live racing and simulcast bill before the end of formal business for the year on Wednesday (Aug. 1). The Senate will be holding an informal session on Thursday (Aug. 2) and the hope is this issue gets resolved by the end of the day. If that happens, Thursday's race card will be run on Friday (Aug. 3) at 4 p.m. as drawn. Eric Schippers, Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs and Government Relations at the track's parent company Penn National Gaming said the company is hopeful that the Senate will take action on the bill Thursday morning. "We are optimistic that lawmakers will work toward a solution that allows live racing and simulcast wagering to resume in the Commonwealth soon," Schippers said in a statement. "More than 200 people including track employees, trainers, drivers and grooms earn a living as part of our racing program at Plainridge Park Casino and are unable to work until the suspension is lifted." Updates from Plainridge Park concerning this issue will be forthcoming as information becomes available. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WYOMISSING, PA -- December 7, 2017 -- Penn National Gaming, Inc., the largest operator of Standardbred racetracks in North America, today announced the inaugural Penn National Gaming Harness Racing Challenge, to be conducted throughout the 2018 racing season. The series includes six separate stakes events with purses totaling an estimated $800,000. The races will be conducted at three Penn National Gaming owned, or jointly owned racetracks – Freehold Raceway (Dexter Cup Final and Lady Suffolk - May 5), Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway (Dayton Trotting Derby and Dayton Pacing Derby - September 28) and Plainridge Park Casino (Spirit of Massachusetts and Clara Barton Distaff - July 26.) The top owner, driver and trainer based on points accumulated in the series will receive two (2) round trip airline tickets to Las Vegas and a three (3) night stay at either the Tropicana Las Vegas or M Resort in Henderson, NV, both Penn National Gaming owned properties. “We have had a similar successful series in place the past few years for our Thoroughbred racetracks and thought with our strong presence in the harness racing industry, and having key stake events throughout the season, this would be a nice incentive for those competing in our major races,” said Mark Loewe, Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations for Penn National Gaming. The series will feature two events at each track, both conducted on the same day. A new stakes race on the calendar this year will be the Clara Barton Distaff for aged pacing mares to be conducted at Plainridge Park Casino. “The Clara Barton fills a needed void for this division in this time frame and is a great compliment to our Spirit of Massachusetts (aged trot) which debuted last year as the richest harness race ever in the Commonwealth,” said Steve O’Toole, Director of Racing for Plainridge Park Casino. Complete rules and the point system for the Penn National Harness Racing Challenge will be posted shortly on the websites of the participating racetracks. Penn National Gaming

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