The General Assembly approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer to guarantee consistent levels of funding from horse races to programs that benefit horsemen. Current law dedicates a percentage of purse money goes to programs that benefit horsemen, such as pension, health and benefits, but varies on the amount depending on race tracks. The bill, A-2913, would require Freehold Raceway’s statutory dedication to go from 3.2 percent to 5 percent, in line with the Meadowlands Racetrack. Presently, Freehold Raceway and the horseman have a contractual agreement that provides the 5 percent and this legislation will simply codify the same 5 percent into the statutes for consistency. “Horses cannot race without drivers, trainers and grooms and this ensures that programs that benefit vital members of the horse racing community are properly-funded,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington and Middlesex. “This level of funding will be the same at all standardbred racetracks in New Jersey, providing a consistent level of support to important programs for horse-racing employees.” The bill has bipartisan support from Assemblyman John Burzichelli. ####
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