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MANALAPAN, NJ - June 26, 2015 - New Jersey's annual salute to the horse moves to Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge this Sunday, June 28, 2015. Fair Winds will open its gates from 1 to 4 p.m. for the celebration of the Month of the Horse. Events are free and will take place rain or shine. Fair Winds is home to dozens of mares and foals, and to the Hogan Equine operated by Dr. Patricia Hogan. Dr. Hogan will show visitors the workings of the clinic, where hundreds of horses, mostly thoroughbreds and standardbreds, are treated each year. Her client list reads like a "Who's Who" of horse racing, and includes 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones. Farrier Tom Mulryne will demonstrate how horses' feet are kept healthy by regular trimming and shoeing when needed. There will also be a few friendly horses for visitors to pet and groom; selfies are welcome. Horse drawn wagon rides throughout the farm will be available. The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey will demonstrate all the ways standardbreds excel off the track. Trainer-driver Jacqueline Ingrassia will prepare a "well-dressed standardbred" with the equipment worn on the racetrack. The Rutgers Equine Science Center and racing's ambassador, Independent Act - Indy - will also be among the participants. Food concession stands will be available. Guests are asked to leave dogs at home and to wear sensible shoes for walking around the farm. Fair Winds, located at 74 Red Valley Road, Cream Ridge, is off of County Road 526 [Trenton Lakewood Road]. For directions click here By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ              

SHREWSBURY, NJ - June 24, 2015 - Two retired standardbreds, Ozzy [Osborne's Shy Cam] and Indy [Independent Act] made friends at the Monmouth County Library's Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury as part of the Month of the Horse festivities in New Jersey. More than 70 attended the event on Wednesday morning, June 24, 2015, with Indy, a 14-year-old trotter owned by Suzanne D'Ambrose, and Ozzy, a 24-year-old pacer owned by Terry Keynton, getting brushed, fed carrots and photographed during the one-hour meet-and-greet. Carol Hodes  

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 17, 2015 - Thomas Pontone, whose TLP Stables has owned more than 250 horses including Hambletonian winners Muscle Hill and Market Share, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Pontone, who resides in Holmdel, NJ, is president of the Funeral Homes Products division of Matthews International. He has owned standardbred race horses since 1996 when he and his father, Lou, created the TLP Stables. "Tom Pontone will fill the vacancy in the owners' committee created by the passing of Eddie Razzetti," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "Tom has many years of experience as an owner, racing some of the leading horses of the last two decades." Pontone, 53, plans to call on his "deep-rooted passion for harness racing in the great State of New Jersey" in his role on the SBOANJ Board of Directors. "I absolutely love harness racing and am very devoted to it," he said. "My wish is that the sport can continue to grow and prosper here, and there is no doubt in my mind that it can." In addition to his ownership interest in 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill, the St. Johns University graduate was also was a partner in 1998 Pacer of the Year Red Bow Tie, 2013 Trotting Horse of the Year Market Share and 2003 Pacing Horse of the Year Art Major among many others. His current stable is now 65 horses. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 17, 2015 - Veronica "Ronni" Dugan-Julien, of South Hackensack, NJ, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 15, 2015, at the age of 55 years. Beloved wife for 23 years of Meadowlands judge Lawrence M. Julien, she was the devoted mother of Eleanor Julien of South Hackensack, NJ. She worked as the licensing coordinator for the New Jersey State Racing Commission at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. She was an NJRC employee since 1985. "She worked for the New Jersey Racing Commission for more than 25 years," said Larry Julien. "She tried to help the horsemen. As many of the horsemen know, she fought a long battle with cancer." The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 31 Chamberlain Avenue, Little Ferry, NJ. The family will receive friends at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601 on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. She also leaves her sisters and brothers: Kathy McGuire and husband James of Port Monmouth, Michele DelFino and husband Anthony Jersey City, Margaret Dorobis and husband Joseph of Whiting, Patrick Dugan and wife Maryann of Parlin, and John Dugan and wife Sheila of Bayonne. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. For more information, visit www.gentilefuneralserice.com. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 14, 2015 - New Jersey's celebration of the Month of the Horse features a personal appearance by two horses - including retired standardbred Indy -- and a presentation on equestrian fashion on Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan, NJ. Suzanne D'Ambrose's Independent Act [aka Indy] and the mustang DeFazio [aka Fez], will be available to meet and greet, starting at 6 p.m. Selfies and carrot feeding with these two friendly horses will be available. Tracy Brennan, who has 35 years of experience in training and riding horses, will speak about ladies' equestrian fashion from the Elizabethan Era to modern day. She has focused on riding aside [side-saddle] the last 10 years. The Equestrian Fashion Through the Ages presentation will take place at 7 p.m. The Monmouth County Library is at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan NJ. For more information call 732-431-7220 or visit monmouthcountylib.or. By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 4, 2015 - The deadline of June 15 is approaching for applications for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and the Backstretch Community Assistance Program 2015 college scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to the sons and daughters of New Jersey horsemen. Scholarships, valued at a total distribution of $7,500, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themselves a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing. Only one candidate per household will be considered, and there is a lifetime cap of $10,000 per individual. The applicant must have taken either the SAT or ACT test, be accepted to or attend a college or university and fill out the SBOANJ's Scholarship Award application. Financial need, student involvement in community work, extracurricular academic activities, evidence of strong character and leadership and interest in the equine industry will all be considered. Applications and requirements are available on the SBOANJ website - www.sboanj.com -- or at Freehold and the Meadowlands [see Horsemen's Rep Linda Goss], the Backstretch Community Assistance Program offices at the Meadowlands and Showplace Farms [see Dr. Chris Samaha] and the SBOANJ office at 64 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ        

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 3, 2015 - The plans for Hard Rock International to bring a casino to the Meadowlands Racetrack were unveiled at a well-attended media event on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in the Victory Sports Bar at the Meadowlands. Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International, and Jeff Gural, chairman of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, were joined by state legislators, chamber of commerce leaders and union leaders, all speaking on behalf of the plan, which calls for 5,000 slot machines and 200 gaming tables which could yield more than $400 million in new tax revenues annually for the State of New Jersey. "This was a positive step in the right direction," said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, who was among the SBOANJ contingent attending the event. "I see the action stirred up with a better than 50-50 chance to get this on the ballot this year. We have enough legislators to move it forward if Senate President Steve Sweeney will post the bill. "We understand Senator Sweeney's concerns about presenting a ballot question in an off-year election year [2015], but we'd get swallowed up in a Presidential election year [2016]," Luchento added. "And this is not only about bigger purses. This is funding for seniors, students, the Atlantic City casinos, farmers, inner city parks. So there is a lot to explain to people." "This is not a fight between North and South Jersey," Gural told journalists and other guests at the media event. "The reality is that the competition is already there [for Atlantic City] from New York and Pennsylvania. We're 15 minutes - when it isn't rush hour -- from Times Square. I'm even more optimistic. I think we can generate $500 million a year for the state." Gural proposes to give the state 55 percent of revenues, the same arrangement as Pennsylvania and its casinos. "We're the No. 1 harness track in the world, but we have a real struggle to get people to race here," Gural noted. "We need to help the purses here and at Monmouth Park. We run a very clean operation. The people running horses here are the cream of the crop. "Saving the horse racing industry is just as important as saving Atlantic City," he added. Among the legislators attending were State Senators Raymond J. Lesniak, Paul A. Sarlo, Robert Gordon and Loretta Weinberg as well as Assembly Members Ralph R. Caputo, Marlene Caride, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Vincent Prieto. "We have a lot to do with my colleagues," Sarlo said. "We'll get there as a group. We'll get to what we need to do to get this built. We can't wait two years. I'd like to get it up in six weeks if it was possible. But we'll work together. I promise to work with my colleagues to get this done." Two of the various issues are whether the referendum question for expanding casino wagering outside Atlantic City - public support is needed for a constitutional amendment - should be on this November's ballot or addressed in next year's; and whether there should be two or three licenses available in Bergen, Hudson and Essex Counties. As Hard Rock's Allen said, "This project [at the Meadowlands] as the ability to move ahead immediately. There are no financial contingencies." Hard Rock proposes a Phase 1 renovation, using areas of the existing Meadowlands grandstand, which opened two years ago. Phase 2 would entail additional casino construction. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 16, 2015 - Artspeak, the Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year in 2014, coasted to a three and a half-length harness racing victory in his season's debut, a $20,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, the fourth race on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Scott Zeron tipped the 3-2 favorite out and brushed to the lead before the half, hand driving the son of Western Ideal to a career best 1:49 flat. Gokudo Hanover [Cam's Card Shark] is second best with five and a half lengths to Dealt A Winner [Cam's Card Shark] in third. Artspeak, winner of the Governor's Cup and Metro Pace at two, lifted his bankroll to $752,185 with nine wins and two thirds in 11 career starts. The Tony Alagna trainee is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The Gym Partners. Artspeak Hurrikane Ali, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by John McDermott Jr., won the second of the two $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the ninth race, in 1:50 flat on a surfaced rated good. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Hurrikane Ali claimed the lead before the half and held off Rock N' Roll World by two lengths. Rock Of The Ages was third by seven and a quarter lengths. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Hurrikane Ali now has two wins in two starts in 2015 after going winless in five starts at two. He has earned $55,575 for the partnership of Kuhen Racing LLC, Jonathan Klee Racing, Dr. Kenneth Rucker and Robert Pucila. The card began with victories by daughters of Rocknroll Hanover in both of two $20,000 divisions of New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. In the first race, 3-5 favorite Lindys Old Lady, unraced at two, posted her second straight victory, drawing away to a two and a half-length victory over Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] with three and three-quarter lengths to Wicked Little Minx [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Lindys Old Lady, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Frank Antonacci, paced the mile in 1:51 flat. Lindy Farms of Connecticut owns and bred the filly who has now earned $19,200. In the second race, 1-9 favorite Happiness by Rocknroll Hanover, controlled the pace and repelled the late challenge of Stacia Hanover [Western Ideal] to win by a length and a quarter. Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by three lengths in the 1:50.4 mile. Yannick Gingras drove the Ron Burke-trained Happiness for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She won three of six starts at two and now has two wins and one third in three outings this year. Overall, she has banked $67,765. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ - May 2, 2015 - EL Love went wire-to-wire winner and Northern Obsession tipped out three-wide in the stretch to win their respective $35,750 divisions of the Lady Suffolk for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Riina Rekila, driver and trainer of EL Love, sent the Yankee Glide filly to the lead off the gate and repelled challenges throughout the mile to score a two and three-quarter length victory over 3-5 favorite Riley's Dream in the fifth race. It was four and a half back to Rules of the Road in third. EL Love [$8.20], who won both of her starts at two, is now two-for-two at three for a bankroll of $28,453. The mile in 1:58 flat was a career best for Finnish owner and breeder Erkki Laakkonen. Two races later, the seventh, 2-5 Jewels In Hock and 9-5 Blk Thai Optional broke stride in the first turn, leaving it to a trio of longshots to battle with 22-1 Northern Obsession [$46.20] who was a half-length winner over Southwind Cartier, the Muscle Hill filly who won the 2014 Marion Dancer Trot. Jewels In Hock recovered from her early break to finish third by a length and a quarter. Northern Obsession, driven to victory by Eric Abbatiello, picked up her second straight win for trainer Gilberto Garcia-Herrera of Columbus, NJ, who co-owns the daughter of Conway Hall with Barbara and Donald Arnstine of Sacramento, CA. Overall, the filly has two wins, three seconds and five third from 14 starts for career earnings of $50,813. By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 20, 2015 - The annual golf outing to benefit New Jersey harness racing horsemen will take place this year on Monday, July 13, 2015. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey's fundraiser will once again take place at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ, featuring a round of golf, a prime rib dinner and chances for door prizes, silent auction items and a 50-50. The fee is $180 per golfer. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m., preceded by registration, starting at 11:30 a.m., and buffet lunch. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and is available to non-golfers for $75. The money raised through the golf tournament supports the SBOANJ Horsemen's Benevolent Fund and TrotPAC. The Benevolent Fund has assisted struggling New Jersey horsemen with funeral expenses, rent, medical and other essentials. Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from a golf hole sponsorship at $250; putting, longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contest sponsorships at $300 each; drink cart and lunch sponsorships at $500 each and dinner and hole-in-one sponsorships at $750 each. Additionally, there are four levels of playing packages: $2,000 Platinum Sponsor [eight rounds of golf, hole sponsorship with name on cover and full page ad on inside front cover of the program], $1,500 Gold [four rounds of golf, hole sponsorship and full page ad on inside front or back cover of the program], $1,000 Silver [four rounds of golf and full page ad in program] and $500 Bronze [two rounds of golf and half page ad in program]. For more information, contact Leo McNamara or Polly Hartzell at the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - January 23, 2015 - Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento and Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural met Friday, January 23, 2015 and agreed to withdraw the trainers' rewards program and suspend ABC classification racing at the Meadowlands. "We have always been willing to explore any strategy that would bring about the best possible racing at the Meadowlands," said Luchento. "Until we have slots revenue, which I feel is not far off, we have to be responsive and creative to whichever concepts will fill the entry box and provide the full, competitive fields that are the hallmark of the Meadowlands. Director of Racing Peter Koch will be issuing his condition sheets to reflect the return to condition racing. "We hope these changes are reflective of both the needs of the trainers and race office," Luchento added. "The SBOANJ and the Gural team are partners in making the Meadowlands a success and look forward to a return to the glory days of harness racing in East Rutherford." The trainers' rewards program was a preference system instituted in 2014 to provide preferences to trainers who supported the spring and summer racing programs. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – December 27, 2014 – Sad news to report that longtime horseman Robert Sharkey has passed away. He was 60. In 2007, Sharkey was honored with the Stanley Dancer Media Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. The Dancer Award salutes an individual for their efforts on behalf of harness racing and their cooperation with the media. At the time of the presentation, NJ-USHWA President Moira Fanning said: “He is dedicated, responsible and absolutely reliable. Whenever someone needs a horse to train a legislator or media person for an exhibition race or any other media event, Bob Sharkey can be counted on to come through. Sharkey is an absolute jewel, whose patience with newbies and inexperienced media people has made more converts to the sport of harness racing than can be counted.” Graveside services with military honors will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 Southwest 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL. Arrangements are by the Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home, 126 East New York Avenue, De Land, FL. www.allensummerhillfuneralhome.com by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ Columbus, OH --- Arrangements have been announced for Bryce A. Truitt, 59, of Paxinos, Pa., who died Dec. 22, 2014. Friends may visit with his family from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 28) at the Frist Presbyterian Church, 238 Market St., Sunbury, Pa., followed by a celebration of life service at the church at 3 p.m. Mr. Truitt was born in Salisbury, Md., on February 4, 1955, a son of Norwood and the late Rhoda (Lambert) Truitt. He graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1973 in Berlin, Md. He was a second generation horseman and started driving with his P licence in 1973. In his career, Mr. Truitt had 2,414 winning drives and his mounts banked $8,657,290. He raced up and down the east coast and was one of the leading drivers on the Maryland circuit during the 1980s. Most recently, he was active at Pennsylvania racetracks and on the Pennsylvania fair circuit. He loved racing at the fairs, talking horses/racing, playing golf, and animals. His love for animals was so great he never met one he didn’t like. He spent hours a day petting and caring for his horses, dogs and cats. Mr. Truitt is survived by Cindy (Freck) Truitt, who is also a trainer; daughter, Kristy (Fred) Reichner; grandson, Trevor Reichner; step-grandson, Alexander Reichner; father, retired driver/trainer Norwood (companion Priscilla Nock); brother, former trainer/driver Randy (Dawn); niece, Shara; nephew, Zachary; cousins, Bryan and BJ; and brothers-in-law, Scott Freck and Chris Freck. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rhoda; and nephew, Shane. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frist Presbyterian Church, 238 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801 or to the Van Cornish Scholarship Fund, c/o Dayton Fair, Dayton, PA 16222. From the USTA Media Department

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 23, 2014 -Harness racings Hambletonian winner Trixton will receive the 2014 Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year as selected by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Trixton and Deo Volente Farms, the 2014 New Jersey Breeder of the Year and the trotter's new home, will be among the honorees at the 58th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 25, 2015 at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton Township, NJ. Trixton will begin his career as a stallion in 2015, standing at Deo Volente Farms in Franklin Township, NJ for a fee of $12,000. "We think Mike Gulotta [CEO of Deo Volente Farms] has demonstrated great foresight to stand Trixton in New Jersey," said Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association President Tom Luchento. "We hope breeders will share his faith in the future of the New Jersey program and breed their mares to Trixton." Trixton was one of three stellar three-year-old trotting colts in the stable of Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter in 2014, heading into the prestigious Hambletonian on August 2 at the Meadowlands. While his stablemates, Father Patrick and Nuncio, seemed like the stronger contenders, it was Trixton who prevailed, with Takter picking up his first Hambletonian as a driver and third as a trainer [Malabar Man in 1997 and Muscle Massive in 2010]. Nuncio was second and Father Patrick made an uncharacteristic break in stride, finishing out of contention. Trixton's sire, Muscle Hill, is a son of Muscles Yankee; all three generations are Hambletonian winners and stallions who have stood in New Jersey. Trixton's 2014 victories also included the Good Times, Simpson, Reynolds, Simcoe and the New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship. He was also honored as New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year. A $360,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, the trotter raced for the partnership of Bengt Agerup's Brixton Medical AB of Orsundsbro, Sweden and Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ. He was bred by Steve H. Stewart of Paris, KY; Martti Ala-Seppala of Hollola, Finland and John Bootsman of Ekero, Sweden. In two seasons of racing, Trixton earned $947,057, taking a mark of 1:50.3 and posting 12 wins, two seconds and two thirds in 19 career starts. For tickets to the awards luncheon, which are $35 each, contact Kim Tkacs at 609-292-8830. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ          

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 17, 2014 - The deadline is approaching for open enrollment for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey health insurance program for qualified drivers, trainers and grooms who are not currently insured. Eligible participants must be enrolled by December 31, 20143 to qualify for 2015 coverage. Application forms and other information are available on sboanj.com under the Health Insurance link. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – December 13, 2014 – Eric Abbatiello captured his fifth driving title and Nick Surick claimed his first training title when the 2014 racing season concluded at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Abbatiello completed the 2014 meet with 190 wins, 185 seconds and 134 thirds from 995 starts and earnings of $719,339.  “It’s been a pleasure to compete at Freehold Raceway and win the driving title the last five years,” Abbatiello said. “A special thanks to all the trainers, owners and grooms who have given me a chance to compete with their horses.” Abbatiello, 46, from East Windsor, NJ, has 1,647 career victories and nearly $11 million in earnings.  The runners-up in the driving competition at Freehold were James Marshall III with 148 wins, Stephen Smith with 127 and Vincent Ginsburg with 117. Surick collected 54 training wins during the meet toward his career total of 466. His stable also lead the way with earnings of $199,465.  “Freehold Raceway is synonymous with harness racing, and Freehold is my hometown,” said Surick, 26, from Freehold, NJ. “There is no higher honor than one being bestowed on you in your hometown. Winning the training title at Freehold Raceway was once a dream; now it’s a reality.” Vincent Fusco with 41 wins, Karen Garland with 33 wins and Julius Czermann Jr. with 31 wins were his closest challengers in the trainers’ race.  The end of the meet also marked the end of the racing career of Newsam, a 14-year-old gelding, who was honored in the winner’s circle after he won the second race. He retires with 63 victories, 49 second and 49 thirds from 313 starts, and earnings of $393,732.  He has spent most of his racing career with owner Robin Hess of Burlington, NJ and trainer Ken Hess. His final campaign also produced his most wins in a year – 10.  Freehold’s live racing season resumes on January 2, 2015 with a 110-date meet. The first qualifiers will be held on Friday, January 2 before switching to Thursday mornings. Post time for qualifiers is 9:30 a.m. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 12, 2014 - The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has selected Michael Gulotta's Deo Volente Farms as the 2014 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year. Deo Volente will be among the honorees at the 58th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 25, 2015 at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton Township, NJ. Deo Volente Farms features state-of-the-art accommodations for stallions, mares and foals. Currently, it is the home to 37 mares, 25 foals and two stallions. The 120 acres of black-fenced paddocks and stabling are located in Franklin Township, NJ. It was the success of a horse named Lis Mara, the 2006 Older Pacer of the Year and earner of more than $2 million, which led to the purchase of the land on Quakertown Road, construction of the farm and the concept of horses supporting a charity which builds homes in Haiti. The newest addition to Deo Volente is 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton, who will make his debut as a trotting stallion based in New Jersey in 2015. He will share the four-horse stallion barn at Deo Volente with pacer If I Can Dream. In two seasons of racing, Trixton earned $947,057, taking his mark of 1:50.3 in the Hambletonian. Trixton is by a Hambletonian winner - Muscle Hill, whose sire, Muscles Yankee also won harness racing's richest and most prestigious trotting event for three-year-olds. Trixton will stand for a fee of $12,000 in 2015. Deo Volente, which is Latin for "God Willing," is a showcase facility which opened in 2008, featuring a striking stone entrance and bronze statuary of a romping mare and foal. The cream of the broodmare band includes BJs Canouan, Electric Fool, See and Be Seen and Yursa Hanover. Gulotta was co-breeder of 2013 Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and New Jersey Standardbred of the Year I Luv The Nitelife, who retired with earnings of nearly $2 million. She is out of another Deo Volente broodmare of note, Lisjune. Previous New Jersey Breeder of the Year winners include three-time winner White Birch Farm, two-time winner Perretti Farms, Valley High Stables, Southwind Farms, Kentuckiana Farms, Fair Winds Farm, Walnridge Farm and Heritage Hill Farms. For tickets to the awards luncheon, which are $35 each, contact Kim Tkacs at 609-292-8830. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ  

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