Assembly Approves Horse Racing Bills

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TRENTON – Legislation intended to help New Jersey’s horse racing industry was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

The bills would:

  • Permit wagers to be placed at racetracks or casino simulcasting facilities in advance for races not simulcast at the facility, if the race is simulcast at other facilities in the state (A-2513). It was approved 77-0, giving it final legislative approval.
  • Permit the standardbred permit holder at the Meadowlands Racetrack to decrease the annually required minimum number of scheduled standardbred race dates from no fewer than 141 to no fewer than 75, upon written consent from the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. The bill also permits the standardbred permit holder at Freehold Raceway to decrease the annually required minimum number of scheduled standardbred race dates from 168 to no fewer than 75 upon written consent from association (A-3511). It was approved 75-0.
  • Provide the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority with the power to jointly run racetrack operations with a racetrack lessee during a transitionary period (A-3710). It was approved 76-0.

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