Law permits commission to promote horse racing

  • Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer that would expand the duties of the New Jersey Racing Commission to include the advocacy of the growth, development and promotion of horse racing was signed into law on Aug. 8.
  • Dancer, son of Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer, stated that he was greatly pleased that the importance of this measure was acknowledged, and that he was confident that the new law will have an important role in ensuring a positive future for horse racing in New Jersey.

    “Horse racing is an exciting and vibrant industry and, for many communities throughout New Jersey, it is an integral part of the local economy,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth and Mercer.

    The bill, A-473, permits the commission to promote horse racing in New Jersey and to act as an advocate for the growth and development of the industry. Under current law, the primary duty of the commission is to regulate the horse racing industry.

    Dancer explained that the industry has suffered financial losses in recent years.

    “Allowing the commission to participate in the industry’s growth and development is an excellent way to help the industry get back on the right track,” he said.

    With the bill now being signed into law by the governor, Dancer plans to introduce new legislation for the 2004-05 legislative session that will provide a funding source for the promotion, growth and development of the horse racing industry.

    Six Flags and Red Cross

    to hold blood drive Oct. 2

    Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, will kick off the park’s 13th annual “Fright Fest” by joining forces with the American Red Cross in hosting a blood drive Oct. 2.

    All donors participating in the drive will receive a free ticket to “Fright Fest,” which is celebrated Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays in October plus Columbus Day, Oct. 11.

    The blood drive will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the park’s employment center. Up to 200 donors are needed, and those wishing to donate must make a reservation by calling (732) 928-2000, ext. 2836.

    Donors must be 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. American Red Cross information is available at or by calling (800) GIVE LIFE (448-3543).