Atlantic City Race Course, the New Jersey track that had recently begun to carve out a niche with its six-day, all-turf meet, will close, its owners said.

Greenwood ACRA, owners and operators of Atlantic City Race Course, have announced the racetrack is ceasing operations and closing permanently. The last open day of business for simulcasting will be Friday, January 16, 2015.

In a statement, Joe Wilson, President of Greenwood ACRA, said, “We regret to announce that we must close Atlantic City Race Course immediately due to continuous business decline in the industry, the current regional economic climate and the absence of alternative revenue opportunities. Most importantly, we would like to thank our dedicated employees and the supporters of Atlantic City Race Course who have contributed to its proud legacy in the racing industry over the years.”

Customers may cash winning tickets at Atlantic City Race Course until Friday, January 16th. After that date, winning tickets may be cashed at Favorites at Vineland OTW during normal business hours.

Though long considered on death’s doorstep, the track had in recent years show signs of life.  Its boutique meet had become a popular event for Atlantic City area residents, and in each of the last two the track drew more than 12,000 on at least one day.

(Featured image by Teresa Genaro.)