Ruling deals blow to developer's bid to open betting parlor

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey developer has lost a round in its court battle to build a sports betting parlor on the site of a former racetrack.

A federal judge said in an opinion this week that companies associated with the former operators of Garden State Park likely can prove that a 1999 document gives them exclusive rights to offer wagering at the Cherry Hill facility. The last horse races there were held in 2001.

Developer Cherry Hill Towne Center Partners, which now owns the property, claims in a lawsuit the document isn't enforceable.

The track is one of only five locations outside Atlantic City casinos that can offer sports betting under New Jersey law.

Since sports gambling was legalized last year, New Jersey gamblers have wagered more than $3 billion.

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