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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 2201
          Author:   Coto (D)
          Amended:  4/15/10 in Assembly
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE GOVERNMENTAL ORG. COMMITTEE  :  8-0, 6/29/10
          AYES:  Wright, Harman, Calderon, Florez, Negrete McLeod,  
            Padilla, Price, Yee
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Denham, Oropeza, Wyland  

          SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  74-0, 5/13/10 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT :    Horse racing:  harness racing: the Cane Pace

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill authorizes the California Horse Racing  
          Board to permit a California harness racing association to  
          accept wagers on the full card of races conducted by  
          another racing association on the date of the "Cane Pace."

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing law grants the California Horse  
          Racing Board (CHRB) the authority to regulate the various  
          forms of horse racing authorized in this state.  

          Existing law authorizes a licensed harness racing  
          association that is conducting a live racing meeting in  
          this state to accept wagers on the full card of races  
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          conducted by another racing association on the day that  
          other association conducts the Breeder's Crown Stakes, the  
          Meadowlands Pace, Kentucky Futurity the Hambletonian, or  
          the North American Cup.

          Existing law authorizes a licensed quarter horse racing  
          association that is conducting a live racing meeting in  
          this state to accept wagers on races conducted by the  
          racing association that conducts the American Quarter Horse  
          Racing Challenge, if the races are conducted on the same  
          day as the American Quarter Horse Racing Challenge.

          Existing law authorizes the inclusion of wagers authorized  
          pursuant to this section in the pari-mutuel pools of the  
          out-of-state association that conducts the race on which  
          the wagers are placed.

           Comments

           This bill allows a harness racing association in California  
          to import all of the races conducted on Cane Pace day,  
          irrespective of the six-race day limit.  The Cane Pace is a  
          harness horse race run annually since 1955.  In 1956, the  
          race joined with the Little Brown Jug and the Messenger  
          Stakes to become the first leg in the Triple Crown of  
          Harness Racing for Pacers.  Since 1998, the race has been  
          held at the Freehold Raceway in Freehold Borough, New  
          Jersey.  Established in 1853, Freehold Raceway is the  
          oldest half-mile racetrack in the United States.  This bill  
          is intended to provide the California harness racing  
          industry a marketing tool to increase on-track and  
          off-track attendance on this specific day.  This bill is  
          also intended to provide the industry with a mechanism to  
          increase track commissions, purses, and breeder's awards.

          In California, harness racing is held exclusively at Cal  
          Expo in Sacramento.  For 2010, the harness racing meets are  
          scheduled form December 26, 2009 to June 19, 2010 and from  
          August 13, 2010 to December 18, 2010.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  8/2/10)







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          California Harness Horsemen


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Bass, Beall,  
            Bill Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Block,  
            Blumenfield, Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Charles  
            Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto, Davis, De  
            La Torre, De Leon, DeVore, Emmerson, Evans, Feuer,  
            Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines,  
            Galgiani, Garrick, Gilmore, Hall, Harkey, Hayashi,  
            Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones, Knight,  
            Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza, Miller,  
            Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, Norby, V.  
            Manuel Perez, Portantino, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Silva,  
            Smyth, Solorio, Audra Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson,  
            Torres, Torrico, Tran, Villines, John A. Perez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Caballero, Eng, Hagman, Skinner, Yamada,  
            Vacancy


          TSM:cmk  8/17/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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