SALEM — Live horse racing has been canceled at Rockingham Park for 2010, the track's president and general manager announced this afternoon.

The elimination of funding for the New Hampshire Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission, which oversees the racing, has forced the cancellation, according to Edward M. Callahan of Rockingham Park.

"We have waited as long as we can for the Legislature to correct this, but we cannot wait any longer," Callahan said in a statement. "We must notify the horsemen who come from all over the country so they can make other plans."

Callahan said the state has eliminated funding for racing over the past few years and raised fees that would cost the track nearly $500,000 per year to hold racing.

With no racing, more than 100 jobs would be lost and the state would lose more than 870 horsemen who had been licensed at Rockingham over the past year, he said.


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