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Mass. gaming act gives horse racing prize boost

New state gaming act gives struggling horse racing industry revived hope with share of slot, casino, and licensing fee revenues to boost prize money

REHOBOTH — George Brown has successfully bred about a dozen mares a season for the past few years on his 48-acre horse farm near the Rhode Island border. But since a provision in last year’s casino legislation bumped up prize money for Massachusetts thoroughbreds, more aspiring racehorse owners have been calling on Brown and his four stallions.

Today, two dozen foals frolic on his gently sloping Briar Hill Farm — and he expects that number to double again next year.

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