A proposed live thoroughbred racing and equestrian center in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
Featuring stables, show grounds, racetracks, recreation and entertainment facilities and retirement home for thoroughbred horses.
“Sturbridge isn’t just about horse racing. It is also about preserving our rural economy, our farms and a way of life that will disappear forever if we don’t protect it and act now.”
Anthony Spadea, Jr., President
The New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Assn.
- Live thoroughbred racing meets and equestrian center
- Elegant New England-style architecture in a rural wooded setting
- Annual festival with racing occurring several weeks out of the year in the spring and fall
- Show grounds, stables, corrals, and equestrian center
- Recreation and entertainment facilities for general public
- One-mile dirt/synthetic racetrack & ⅞ mile turf racetrack
- Host onsite and online sports and horse racing betting
Location in Sturbridge
The proposed facility will be located on a 223 acre site in Worcester County. The site is on the east side of US 84 along the Massachusetts-Connecticut border, with access through last exit in Connecticut.
Sturbridge is home to popular tourist attraction Old Sturbridge Village, restaurants, breweries, hotels, and working farms and recreation trails.
Benefits for the Community
- New capital investment in Central Massachusetts of $25 million+
- Construction and permanent jobs
- New tax revenue for Town of Sturbridge and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Up to 1,000 fulltime equivalent jobs (FTEs) and $100 million in economic activity.
UMass/Amherst Center for Economic Development study says integrated horse park and racetrack is serious economic business.
The proposed facility is expected to bring approximately $53.7 million per year in new spending to the Massachusetts economy from out-of-state sources. The ripple effects would yield a total annual impact of $98.9 million across the entire economy and generate another $5 million per year in new state and local tax revenues… and support the creation of 958 full-time equivalent (FTE) year-round jobs in the Commonwealth. thoroughbred breeding and training farms across Massachusetts.
In the News
About Commonwealth Racing
- New group led by a local businessman, andhorse breeder and owner Armand Janjigian
- Support from New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (Anthony Spadea, Jr., President) and Massachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders Association (Donna Pereira, Chair)
- Horse enthusiast, rancher and resort developer Richard T. Fields enlisted to solicit investors