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2013 Point LeaderMARIO MARTELLOTTA
(Mario winning with Faith Tattler
“SUPER MARIO” CAPTURES NEAHDC TITLE
MARIO MARTELLOTTA AND FAITH’S TATTLER ROLLED TO VICTORY ON THE FINAL
Horsemen in their 'colors' delivered Penn National Gaming's
The following article was written by Jim Hand at The Sun Chronicle
Doug Flutie bar planned for Plainridge if slots approved
Penn National Gaming is proposing to operate a Doug Flutie sports bar along with a harness track if it gets a license for 1,250 slot machines at Plainridge Racecourse.
The Pennsylvania firm said the sports bar, named after former Boston College football star Doug Flutie, would be the first of its kind.
It would be part of a $225 million development at the Route 1 site that would include a gambling facility, the track and restaurants.
The details of the proposal were included in the company’s formal application for the slot machine licensed filed with the state Gaming Commission today.
Penn National, one of the largest gambling firms in the country, had harness drivers wearing their racing uniforms, or “colors,” deliver the application to the commission’s Boston office.
Calling the proposed development Plainridge Park Casino, Penn National said it would include a 106,000-square-foot racing facility featuring live harness racing and simulcasting, a 44,260-square-foot gaming floor with 1,250 slot machines, a high-end casual dining restaurant, the sports bar, food courts, a multi-purpose banquet room, entertainment lounge and casino bar.
“As the largest owner of both regional gaming and pari-mutuel racing facilities in the country, Penn National has established a strong track record of developing racing facilities into successful racing and gaming entertainment operations,” Tim Wilmott, president and chief operating officer, said.
“Our facilities benefit local horsemen, local communities and all state residents through economic development leading to the creation of new jobs and new tax revenues.”
He estimated the project would create 1,000 construction jobs as the facility is built and then require 500 permanent jobs at the track.
Penn National has also agreed to pay the Town of Plainville about $4 million a year in fees and taxes.
But, first the company has to win the license from the gaming commission and it has stiff competition.
George Carney is proposing a similar facility at his former dog track in Raynham while Cordish Co. wants to build a slots parlor in Leominster. There is only one license available.
Penn National is the only applicant for the slots-parlor license that also operates a race track.
Suffolk Downs, a thoroughbred track in Boston, is seeking a license for a full casino resort.
2012- A PRETTY GOOD YEAR
NEAHDC Charitable Contributions 2012
1. St. Judes Children’s Hospital $200
2. The Ellie Fund (to cure Breast Cancer) $200
3. Kentucky Derby Charity Raffle $200
4. Grafton St. School $200
5. Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue $150
6. Orleans County Fair $150
7. Vermont St. Fair $150
8. American Cancer Society $150
9. Maine Standard Breeders and Owners $100
( Scholarship Fund)
10. Sunshine Horses Inc. $100
11. Standardbred Retirement Foundation $100
12. Cooperstown Lions $100
13. Woman 2 Woman $25
(breast cancer Foundation)
14. New England Assoc. of Police Chiefs $25
Neadhc Driver Winners for 2012
John Sears won the Amateur Driving Title for 2012
NEAHDC Officers for the 2012 season