SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 6, 2013

Suffolk Downs to reassess casino bid after defeat


The Salem News

---- — BOSTON (AP) — Suffolk Downs says it will reassess plans to build a resort casino at the 78-year-old thoroughbred race track after East Boston voters rejected its proposal.

In a statement, Chief Operation Officer Chip Tuttle thanked Revere voters for supporting the project in a separate referendum. He also thanked the people of East Boston for allowing the company to state its case.

Suffolk Downs had reached host community agreements with officials in Boston and Revere, but its recent decision to sever ties with operating partner Caesars Entertainment created some uncertainty over the project.

The move came after Suffolk Downs was briefed on concerns raised during the commission’s background check of Caesars.

Suffolk Downs had been hoping to compete for the sole eastern Massachusetts casino license allowed under the state’s 2011 gambling law.