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Suffolk Downs drops Caesars from casino bid

BOSTON (AP) -- The Suffolk Downs ownership group has dropped partner Caesars Entertainment from its bid to build a casino development at the racetrack.

Chip Tuttle of Suffolk Downs said late Friday that after a briefing from gambling regulators, the track asked Caesars to withdraw from their joint application. But Tuttle says Suffolk Downs is confident the track will be deemed suitable for licensing.

Messages seeking comment were left for Caesars.

The state's 2011 gambling law allows for a resort casino in eastern Massachusetts. The Suffolk Downs proposal with Caesars called for a casino, two hotels, restaurants and horse racing on the 163-acre site near Logan Airport. The plan is one of three that have been offered for the region.

Suffolk Downs straddles the East Boston neighborhood and the town of Revere.