The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that Penn National Gaming has reached an agreement to purchase Plainridge Racecourse. Penn National had hoped to secure a slots license in Tewksbury, Mass., but voters rejected the proposal. Plainridge officials had also hoped to secure a slots license by the state's gaming commission but were notified in early August that the application had been denied in light of allegations that former president Gary Piontkowski had taken more than $1 million from the track's money room without repayment.
According to the Globe story, a background check that is being done on Penn National is expected to be finished by the end of the month. Still, the report indicated that the commission has also not said if it would allow a new company to pursue slots at Plainridge.