Some of New Jersey's lawmakers have stepped up for horse racing in the Garden State. The Democratic leadership, under State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, unveiled a legislative package on Monday, October 18 that offers ideas that could pump money into the horse racing industry.
"We feel there is a ray of hope now," said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. "We want to thank Senator Sweeney and the leadership for supporting us and understanding the importance of the racing and breeding industries to New Jersey.
"We appreciate that they took the time to hold three public hearings and made the effort to understand our positions," Luchento noted. "The Commission that issued the Hanson Report did not hear us nor did it offer us much hope for survival.
"We look forward to working with these senators and assembly members as they take the steps to create a sound financial plan for our future," Luchento added. "In horse racing, there are winners and losers in every race, but when it comes to the economy of our state, there is every reason that we should all come out winners."
by Carol HODES, for the Standardbred Breeders and Owners