TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bill signed by Gov. Chris Christie will allow for up to two days of horse racing next month on the beach in Atlantic City.

The legislation clears the way for the city to host the American Palio Celebration, an event modeled after races run in Siena, Italy, for hundreds of years.

State Sens. Donald Norcross and Jim Whelan said Friday they hope the event will provide another boost to Atlantic City’s revitalization efforts.

The bill authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant special permits for the races, to be run at a distance of three-quarters of a mile.

The date of the event was not announced.

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