Area youth speak out against horseracing at Fairgrounds

(Elizabeth Brown) Davon Young of Pittsfield socializes a shy kitty at the Berkshire Humane Society shelter.

GREAT BARRINGTON— The potential resurrection of horse racing in town has prompted residents from all over the county to voice their opposition — even those without the ability to vote.
In January, state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, co-sponsored the bill, “An Act Relative to Regulating Horse Racing and Wagering,” which was originally filed by state Sen. Joseph Boncore, D-Winthrop.
Approval of the bill is a necessity for Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, which had announced plans through another publication that it planned to open a commercial horse racing track at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in May.
Previously, Sterling Suffolk Racecourse maintained a live horse racing operation in East Boston at Suffolk Downs.
But as of last week, Hinds’ name no longer resides with the piece of legislation. He alerted constituents of the change via email last Friday.
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