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Atlantic City to Open Six-Day Turf Meet

Full fields have been drawn for the first five programs at the New Jersey track.

Atlantic City Race Course begins its short all-turf racing season April 24 with the customary full fields in six races.

The southern New Jersey track located about 14 miles from Atlantic City will kick off the New Jersey Thoroughbred racing season. The meet runs six days through April 30, with April 28 a dark day.

First post time each day is 3:30 p.m. EDT. The signal will be transmitted to simulcast outlets and advance deposit wagering services.

The programs will be dominated by starter allowance events; there are no claiming races during the Atlantic City meet. The closing-day feature is the $50,000 Tony Gatto Dream Big Stakes at five furlongs on the grass.

Last year Atlantic City averaged 9.84 horses per race over 37 races. Purses averaged $129,533 per day according to The Jockey Club Information Systems.

Atlantic City is owned by Greenwood Racing, which also owns Parx Racing. Many of the horses that compete at Atlantic City are based at Parx, so the Pennsylvania track will not offer live racing during the Atlantic City meet.

After a break of more than a week, Monmouth Park in central New Jersey opens May 10.