Horse farmers, racing fans criticize possible horse-racing changes

Farmers and harness horse-racing fans are voicing their displeasure with a plan that calls for reducing harness racing at Monmouth Park from 141 days a

EDISON - Farmers and harness horse-racing fans are voicing their displeasure with a plan that calls for reducing harness racing at Monmouth Park from 141 days a year to 30 days. Click 'NEXT' to see an extended interview with Anthony Perretti, the owner of Perretti Farms

The so-called "Hanson Report," written by aides to Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), recommends pumping nearly $5 million into improvements at Monmouth Park for the races. The report, which claims the state can't support two state-run tracks, also suggests ending live racing at the Meadowlands. Anthony Perretti, the owner of Perretti Farms, the largest horse farm in New Jersey, says the move would force him to take his business to New York.

Tom Lunchento, the president of the New Jersey Standard Breeders and Owners Association, says that losing the proximity to New York and the crowds at the Meadowlands in exchange for Monmouth Park will kill the industry.

Meadowlands horse racing may go out to pasture Full Hanson Report

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