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The owners of the Suffolk Downs horse track hope to continue simulcasting operations at the property even after the 161-acre site is redeveloped.

Chip Tuttle, Sterling Suffolk Racecourse chief operating officer, said Tuesday that the firm has submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, asking for approval of the track’s sale to a subsidiary of The HYM Investment Group. It’s the first time the track’s ownership group has confirmed the pending deal.

The track’s current owners plan to retain their racing and simulcasting license and operations after the sale, Tuttle said. Boston-based HYM has agreed to lease back a portion of the property to be used for live racing and simulcasting for the rest of 2017 and 2018, he said. Beyond 2018, the track owners hope to continue simulcast operations there “as the regulatory environment permits,” Tuttle said.

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The Globe reported earlier this month that HYM, led by former Boston Redevelopment Authority director Tom O’Brien, has signed a contract to buy the track property on the East Boston-Revere border.

Sterling Suffolk decided to sell the site for redevelopment after the gaming commission awarded a Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts in 2014. The track’s owners previously wanted to partner with casino operator Mohegan Sun to build a gambling complex on the Revere side of the property, but the commission picked Wynn’s proposal for Everett. Under the state’s gaming law, there can be only one casino in the area.

A spokeswoman for the gaming commission said the track owners would need the state Legislature’s approval to continue simulcasting at Suffolk Downs after live racing at the site ends.


Jon Chesto can be reached at jon.chesto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jonchesto.