Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Consumer: Racing

D23 State Racing Commission
Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
Tel: 617-727-2581
Fax: 617-227-6062

This commission regulates all horse and harness racing in the state including the regulation of calculation on odds for payment of winnings. It licenses the track, the trainers, the horses, the jockeys, and any simulcast and inter-track wagering. The Commission regulates two thoroughbred tracks, Suffolk Downs and Great Barrington Racecourse and a harness track at Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville; and one racing fair located in Northampton. In 1997, racing returned to Berkshire County with a commercial license granted for thoroughbred racing in Great Barrington.

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