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Slots decision casts a cloud over Plainridge harness track

Workers and patrons at harness racing track worry that slots decision will spell the end for the facility — and a way of life

PLAINVILLE — When George Pratt was 6 years old, he started working in his father’s stables in Rochester, N.H., shoveling horse droppings.

“I didn’t have a choice!” said Pratt, now 62, as his white-bearded father, also George, roared with laughter at a picnic table in front of Plainridge Racecourse recently.

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