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Horse racing at Suffolk Downs on July 9, one of only six days scheduled this year. Facing a drop-off in gambling, Suffolk Downs has announced plans to redevelop the track. (Courtesy of Lauren Owens/The Eye)MoreCloseclosemore
Horse racing at Suffolk Downs on July 9, one of only six days scheduled this year. Facing a drop-off in gambling, Suffolk Downs has announced plans to redevelop the track. (Courtesy of Lauren Owens/The Eye)

A special fund, designed to save the Massachusetts horse racing industry, has an unusual problem: It has too much money and not enough places to spend it.

The situation has led to a turf war among owners of different breeds of racehorses -- over who should get the money and which group best represents the future of the ailing industry.

WBUR, in collaboration with the investigative news organization The Eye, has been examining the Massachusetts Race Horse Development Fund. Here, WBUR's Bruce Gellerman has the first story in our two-part series, "Trying To Win But No Place To Show."

Listen to Bruce's Part 2 here.

Or read The Eye's digital version here.

This segment aired on August 8, 2016.

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Bruce Gellerman is an award-winning journalist and senior correspondent, frequently covering science, business, technology and the environment.

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