senate Bill S5920

Relates to harness racing

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  • 29 / Jul / 2013
    • REFERRED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

Summary

Relates to harness racing.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7709A
Versions:
S5920
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง301, RWB L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Cycle:
A7709A

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BILL NUMBER:S5920 REVISED MEMO 01/14/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and
breeding law, in relation to harness racing

PURPOSE:

To allow competition and wagering on "racing under saddle" at
standardbred harness racetracks.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends subdivision 3 of section 301 of the Racing,
Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding law to permit a mounted rider as an
acceptable form of standardbred harness racing.

Section 2: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Under current law, the definition of harness racing limits the racing
of this very specific and unique breed of horse (standardbred a/kla
harness horse) to racing attached to "a sulky, carriage or similar
vehicle" and effectively prohibits the practice of "racing under
saddle" with a mounted rider.

A promotional event, where no purse money was awarded, was held at
Yonkers Raceway in 2010. While the Yonkers exhibition created interest
and excitement in this new form of racing, it has remained a novelty
with unrealized potential because of the inability to pay purses.
Permitting "racing under saddle" at New York State harness tracks
could have significant benefits for the racing industry, and
therefore, for the entire state.

This proposal would specifically limit such racing at harness tracks
only to registered standardbred horses (and only at a trot or a pace).
Such changes would allow licensed harness tracks to conduct either
harness races or "racing under saddle" races, and would allow wagers
to be made and purses to be paid under the same regulatory guidelines
currently in place for the conduct of harness races.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5920

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              July 29, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. BONACIC, LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and  breeding  law,  in
  relation to harness racing

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 301  of  the  racing,  pari-mutuel
wagering and breeding law is amended to read as follows:
  3.  The  term "racing", as used in this article, shall be construed to
mean UTILIZING only [horse racing in which the horses participating  are
harnessed]  HORSES  THAT ARE REGISTERED WITH A RECOGNIZED BREED REGISTRY
AS STANDARD (HARNESS) AND WHERE THE STANDARDBRED HORSE IS ATTACHED to  a
sulky,  carriage, or similar vehicle[, and shall not include any form of
horse racing in which the horses participating are]  OR  mounted  [by  a
jockey].
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11275-03-3

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