Plainridge, Plain but Functional !
Opened in 1999, Plainridge Racecourse was built to fill the void in New England harness racing left by the closing of nearby Foxboro Raceway. Built on a small footprint with a major portion designed for simulcasting, it is a realistic approach for todays racing climate.
Plainridge is the first new race track to be built in New England in about fifty years, and is one of only a handful of tracks built in the country dedicated solely to harness racing in that time frame.
In 2011 the start of the racing season was delayed until May over a dispute with the Massachusetts Racing Commission. Plainridge ran a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday schedule for the year. James Hardy was the leading driver for the year.
In 2012 racing ran from April to December with the normal three day format. Plainridge also applied for the State's only Class 2 gaming license. A Class 2 license would allow slot machines but no casino style gaming. The Bert Beckwith Memorial which one time ran for a $75,000 purse, and attracted many top horses, was reduced to $25,000. James Hardy, once again came away with the driving title.