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Chip Tuttle is the chief operating officer at Suffolk Downs. (WBUR File Photo)
Chip Tuttle is the chief operating officer at Suffolk Downs. (WBUR File Photo)

Before the turkey is on your table, the casino bill will be off Gov. Deval Patrick's desk. The governor says he will sign the expanded gambling bill before Thanksgiving.

There are no "show stoppers" to prevent that, but Patrick has said he was surprised by a last-minute change that would take $15 million intended for local aid to cities and towns and give it to the state's horse racing industry.

To talk about the provision and the bill at large, Morning Edition's Bob Oakes spoke with Chip Tuttle, the chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston.

Tuttle said Suffolk Downs will be applying to build a resort casino. "We really don't have any intention of bidding for a racino license," he said. "We are committed to doing a world-class development on the property at Suffolk Downs that will benefit local tourism, will create jobs."

This program aired on November 21, 2011.

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