Atlantic City Race Track’s Out of the Running As Time Finally Passes It By
Inability to open casinos and offer sports betting gave big edge to out-of-state competitors
One more vestige of Atlantic City’s once-thriving past is disappearing.
The landmark Atlantic City Race Course, which opened nearly 70 years ago in the resort city, will close Friday, the victim of changes in the horse-racing industry and competition from tracks in neighboring states.
Dennis Drazin, owner of the still-operating Monmouth Park track, says the Atlantic City track – as well as his facility, and tracks at the Meadowlands and in Freehold – have been hurt by out-of-state legislative initiatives that allow horse-racing tracks to also offer casinos and sports betting while New Jersey laws still prohibit those offerings.
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