Committee Turns Lights Out On Proposal For Thoroughbred Night Racing In New York

Legislation permitting the New York Racing Association to conduct night racing is dead, at least for now, New York Newsday reports.

A proposal permitting the change was removed from budget negotiations, John Bonacic, chairman of the New York Senate’s Racing and Wagering Committee, said. “I know it’s dead,” Bonacic told Newsday, adding that the proposal could be brought up again during the legislative session that ends June 20.

Standardbred tracks opposed the expansion of night for Thoroughbreds, first proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

New York Racing Association spokesman Patrick McKenna told Newsday: “NYRA believes that night racing is an important component in recruiting and maintaining new generations of fans to secure the long-term future of horseracing in New York.”

Read more at Newsday

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