Massachusetts kills track slots, dogs

May 26, 2009 5:06 PM
by Ray Poirier | The racetrack slots debate within the Massachusetts Senate was as hot as the sizzling temperatures that surprised New Englanders last week.

But, after two hours of typical rhetoric, the senators voted against the measure 31-6, signaling an end to two of the commonwealth’s famed greyhound tracks – Wonderland Park in Revere and the Raynham-Taunton track.

Slots might have saved the tracks from extinction since voters agreed to ban dog racing in the state by Jan. 1, 2010. An effort to delay implementing the new law was rejected by a 29-8 vote.

Gambling expansion supporters were quick to point out that the racino bill demise would not impact the expected debate this fall on the governor’s plan for the licensing of three casinos.