Pair say Suffolk Downs sale reached

Boston Herald | By Jack Encarnacao and Matt Stout
March 1, 2017

A state lawmaker and a union official say they believe a deal has been reached to sell Suffolk Downs — but track officials are mum and no details have been made public.

State Rep. Adrian Madaro and the president of the union of horsemen who race at Suffolk told the Herald yesterday they have learned an agreement has been reached.

“It’s my understanding there is” a purchase-and-sale agreement, Madaro said. “I’m not sure if it’s been signed yet. … This is the furthest along in discussions of anything moving on that site since the whole casino debate was put to rest. That signals to me that something is real here.”

Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle said yesterday he “can’t confirm or deny” a purchase-and-sale has been reached, but said the track has been fielding interest from potential buyers dating to as long as nine months ago.

Anthony Spadea, president of the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, whose members race at Suffolk Downs, said Tuttle told him in a recent meeting that a deal was in place.

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