BOSTON (AP) — Suffolk Downs is warning that the 2014 season could be the last one at New England’s only thoroughbred track unless Mohegan Sun is awarded the eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.
Suffolk Downs has promised to continue racing for at least the next 15 years if the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards the license to Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun, which has proposed a $1.3 billion casino on land owned by the track in Revere.
Wynn Resorts has a competing proposal in Everett.
Suffolk Downs announced Wednesday that racing will begin May 3, the same day as the running of the Kentucky Derby.
Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of the 79-year-old track, said in a statement that the start of the racing season brings excitement tempered with “concern for our workforce and the future here.”