Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John Burzichelli, Ralph Caputo and Eric Houghtaling to allow wagering at the annual Far Hills race meeting in Somerset County was approved earlier this week by the General Assembly.
The bill (A-1697) would allow a running race permit holder in good standing with the state to coordinate with the Far Hills Race Meeting Association to allow wagering on the races.
"These races have been taking place for almost 100 years. Not only is a time-honored Jersey tradition, it supports a wonderful cause," said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). "Allowing wagering would bring it up to par with current horse racing, and help further promote an event that is not only entertaining, but helps raise funds for The Steeplechase Cancer Center's fight against cancer."