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(RED BANK) – State Senator Jennifer Beck on Wednesday, October 12 will visit two local horse farms as part of the effort to rally support for the gaming expansion ballot referendum. Senator Beck will join farm owners to assess their status and needs as New Jersey’s horse farm community faces mounting pressure to sell their property to real estate developers. Gaming expansion is a critical need to support New Jersey’s equine industry, one of the largest sources of open space in Monmouth County.   Beck will be visiting Hunters Run Farm in Neptune and Boxwood Farms in Manalapan.  She will be accompanied by Anthony Perretti, Director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey, as the group works to preserve and protect the equine industry throughout the state.   Beck and Perretti will tour the farms and speak with the owners about the state of the industry in New Jersey and how the Legislature can help farm owners maintain their way of life.   The visits and tours will take place at on Wednesday, October 12 at 11 a.m. at Hunters Run Farm, 4111 Belmar Blvd, Neptune NJ and at 12:30 p.m. at Boxwood Farms, 135 Iron Ore Road in Manalapan. ..................................................................................... We believe we can once again have the world's most dynamic sports and entertainment complex by adding a convention center, a casino and hotels to MetLife Stadium, American Dream and the Racetrack. Please join us as we hear from experts and public officials why a Press for Yes is so important. For more information click here. Courtney Stafford

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- June 4, 2016 -- Harness racing President Mark Ford along with Anthony Perretti and Mike Gulotta aligned forces with top state Democrats, county officials and union leaders on Friday at a news conference to convey their confidence to the public that casino gambling will be brought to the northern part of the state. Among those who spoke in favor of the expansion were Democrats Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Senator Paul Sarlo, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Bob Gordon, and Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney stood at the conference in front of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce stating that bringing casino gambling to the area was “the right thing to do for the whole state.” "This gives us an opportunity to create thousands and thousands of construction jobs in the northern part of the state of New Jersey," Sweeney said. "But guess what; it gives us the ability to create thousands and thousands of jobs in the southern part of the state and helps us to rebuild Atlantic City, and gives Atlantic City the opportunity to be the destination we want it to be." Building northern casinos will have a ripple effect that will benefit the economy state wide, not just Bergen County, according to County Executive Tedesco. The Meadowlands is not the only proposed location, Hudson and Essex County are also being considered. However, it is the most important location for New Jersey horsemen. Tedesco believes the Meadowlands is a “perfect spot” for gaming expansion it is already a “premier entertainment destination” because of the Met Life Stadium, large-scale concerts and the current development of the American Dream project that already take place in the area. “The best is yet to come especially when we add casino gaming to the mix.” The public will have the opportunity to vote this November on whether or not casinos should be expanded via ballot question. New Jersey Senate Democrats released figures that state casinos could generate an estimated $4 billion in economic activity, and up to 20,000 construction and permanent jobs in North Jersey. The Atlantic City region will also benefit with $3 billion and thousands of jobs. It is very important that all horsemen go out and vote in favor of casino expansion this November. Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

On behalf of the trustees at TrotPAC, I am seeking your financial support to aid in TrotPAC’s efforts to revitalize (standardbred) harness racing in New Jersey. TrotPAC works in conjunction with the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and is the official political action committee for New Jersey’s harness racing industry.  In the wake of recent changes at the SBOANJ, there has been some confusion over just where donations to the political action committee should be sent. Make no mistake, TrotPAC is the political action arm of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and is duly sanctioned to raise and distribute revenues for the specific purpose of the betterment of the New Jersey standardbred breeding and racing industry.  This is done with the aid of our industry’s official lobbyists at Advocacy & Management Group, Inc., a firm active at the State Capitol in Trenton. As you may be aware, the state legislature recently approved a referendum that will be on the ballot in November which will address the approval of casinos in north Jersey.  The harness racing industry will directly benefit by the establishment of gaming outside of Atlantic City, allowing our industry in New Jersey to finally have the opportunity to resurrect itself to a competitive level on par with our neighboring states. If we do not get the voters’ approval in November, our state’s standardbred programs, as we know them now and in the future, may not be sustainable. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to meet with legislators and gain their support.  With our help, they will be able to develop enabling legislation that will ensure the proper level of financial support for our industry here in New Jersey. The TrotPAC trustees will be reaching out to all of you in the near future to ask for your support. If you have questions regarding the upcoming election, the proposed casino operations, or the impact of the casinos on  harness racing in New Jersey, please contact me directly or contact the SBOANJ office. Thank you for your support, Anthony Perretti TrotPAC 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726 Office: 732-462-2357 Cell: 609-273-5742 TROTPAC@gmail.com anthonyp@anthonyperretti.com

MANALANPAN, NJ -- January 2, 2016 -- William "Bill" Perretti 36, close nephew of SBOANJ Board Director Anthony Perretti, passed away on December 26, 2015. Mr. Perretti was a passionate surfer, skateboarder and sport bike rider. Visitation for Mr. Perretti will be on Sunday January 3, 2016, between 1-2 p.m. at the Lohman Funeral Home Ormond, 733 W. Granada Blvd. Ormond, Beach FL 32174. Funeral service to immediately follow at 2 p.m. He was survived by his parents, William and Joan Peretti Jr., and his younger brother Ben. He is also the grandson of William Perretti Senior. The SBOANJ board is very sad to learn of the loss of director Anthony Perretti's nephew and offers their deepest condolences. Courtney Stafford

Coming off his first loss since December 13th, Rockeyed Optimist returned to the Meadowlands with a vengeance, winning his division of The Sonsam harness racing pacing series in 1:50.3. The first $17,500 division went post-ward as race two on the Saturday program with a field of six and Rockeyed Optimist was sent off as the 3/5 betting choice from post position one. The early speed came from Bettorever, fresh off his runner-up effort in round one with Corey Callahan. In fact, Bettorever would proceed to cut the mile, establishing fractions of 26.3, 55.4 and 1:24.4, stealing a 58.1 middle-half under no pressure, that is until Rockeyed Optimist and Brett Miller made their move. The favorite, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, sat back in fourth position early on and was guided to the outside approaching the half-mile pole where he would proceed first over, eventually racing on even terms with the pace-setter. Turning for home, Rockeyed Optimist exploded and powered away from the field winning in a sparkling 1:50.3, pacing the final quarter in an absurdly-fast 25.4. The win was one of four on the card for Brett Miller on the heels of his four-win performance Friday night. Rockeyed Optimist is trained by Steve Elliot for Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, A and B Srable and Joseph Battaglia. With the win, Rockeyed Optimist has surged past $100,000 in lifetime earnings while earning his ninth win of his career from 23 starts. Major Uptrend will be shooting for the series sweep, following his win in the second division of The Sonsam on Saturday night. After briefly allowing JK Patriot to claim the early lead, Yannick Gingras quickly guided Major Uptrend to the lead before the opening quarter and would click off fractions of 28, 55.4 and 1:23.4 before facing just mild pressure from Company Man who moved first over. In the stretch, Gingras called to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and the response was evident as there was never an anxious moment through the stretch. Major Uptrend won while racing well within himself equaling the mark of 1:50.3, identical to the winning time of Rockeyed Optimist in the first division of The Sonsam. Major Uptrend is trained by Ron Burke for Howard Taylor. In other racing action, National Seelster, the three year old colt that opened eyes winning upon debut two weeks ago returned to the races on Saturday night and returned with another win. Allowed to sit the pocket throughout the mile, National Seelster found room late in the stretch up the pylons and accelerated rapidly to win again, in 1:53.1. National Seelster, a son of Bettor's Delight is now two for two to start the career. An intriguing match-up could be on the horizon between a pair of undefeated and lightly raced three olds in the William "Buddy" Gilmour series between National Seelster and Wiggle It Jiggle It. The latter won a division of the first round of the Sonsam series and will square off with Rockeyed Optimist and Major Uptrend in the final of that series before tackling National Seelster in the Gilmour. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, but there were only two winning tickets which were paid a dividend of $4,257. The last race jackpot also carried over to the tune of $123,827 into the last race on the Thursday program, which will begin at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 21, 2014 - President Tom Luchento and his slate of officers were re-elected to the Board of Directors and Anthony Perretti was selected to fill a vacancy at the monthly meeting of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey at its Manalapan office on Monday, October 20, 2014. Perretti, a former Board member, returns to fill the vacancy created in the owners' category by the death on October 1 of Robert M. Baggitt, Sr. The re-elected officers include President Thomas F. Luchento, First Vice President Edward Razzetti, Second Vice President Alfred B. Ochsner Jr., Third Vice President Mark Ford, Treasurer Dennis Lane and Secretary Anthony Romano. Also on the Board of Directors are Robert Boni, Dr. Stephen P. Dey, Michael Gulotta, Kelvin Harrison, Jacqueline Ingrassia, Dr. Richard Meirs, Mark Mullen, Paul A. Wojtowicz and the newly added Anthony Perretti. The Board Meeting was preceded by the Annual Membership Meeting. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

Anthony Perretti will be hosting a commemorative celebration of the life and times of his late father, Bill Perretti, at the Watermark, 800 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 on Saturday March 22, 2014 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Directions can be found at www.watermarkap.com  

"He made all of our dreams come true!"

Pacing star Roll With Joe and breeder White Birch Farm were among the harness racing honorees at the 55th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton, NJ.

Boom harness racing sire Muscles Yankee only had two of his progeny competing in this month's Inter Dominion and both of his 5-year-old sons finished first and second in the $250,000 Trotters' Grand Final at Auckland's Alexandra Park.

Anthony Perretti admits he and his father William stumbled into harness racing by accident in the 1970s and now some 40 years later the Perrettis and their right hand man Bob Marks have created the largest farm in the state of New jersey specializing in the breeding and racing of standardbreds.

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