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Key vote Tuesday on slots

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Plainville residents will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to allow a slots parlor at the Plainridge Racecourse that town officials say will not only give this small community the economic boost it needs, but save harness racing in Massachusetts.

Prospects for a slots parlor and restaurant complex at the racetrack off Interstate 495 and Route 1 about 5 miles south of Gillette Stadium appeared grim in August when the state gaming commission ruled its owners unfit to hold a slots parlor license.

But Penn National Gaming made an eleventh hour move to secure an option to buy the track after failing to secure a zoning change for it’s slots parlor plans in Tewksbury. On Wednesday selectmen agreed to transfer the host agreement it had previously negotiated with Plainridge owners to Penn National.

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