TRENTON--Legislation that permits Atlantic City to conduct a special horse race similar to an event held for centuries in Siena, Italy was signed into law by Gov. Christie Friday, Sept. 20. The racing event will be held on the Atlantic City beach. Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris A. Brown, both R-Atlantic, are sponsors of NJ Assembly Bill A-4149, which will allow patrons to place wagers on the race. The “American Palio in Atlantic City” is based on the Palio di Siena, an annual racing event in Italy.
“A horse racing event on the beach is a unique way to create excitement for the horse racing and tourism industries in New Jersey and will attract many fans to Atlantic City,” said Amodeo. “I am sure devoted racing fans will attend the races, but so will those who want to be part of something special. People don’t have to travel across the Atlantic Ocean to see history in the making. Now they’ll be able to spend a weekend in Atlantic City and see it up close.”
Last week, the Assembly and Senate unanimously passed the legislation by votes of 75-0 and 37-0, respectively.
“It won’t be just another day at the beach, in Atlantic City,” said Brown. “Thoroughbreds, jockeys, racing fans and tourists will be part of something quite unique. New Jersey is already home to popular racing events, such as the Hambletonian Stakes and the Haskell Invitation, and now the American Palio at Atlantic City. Watching a horse race against the backdrop of the ocean will be more than a novelty – it will be an annual event.”
A date for the American Palio in Atlantic City has not yet been determined.
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