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TRENTON, N.J. -- June 30, 2020 -- Horse racing has been a crucial part of New Jersey's economy and its history since the late 1800s. A lot has changed within the horse racing industry, and Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants the current law on betting to reflect those updates. Dancer's bill (A-2355) would give New Jersey residents the ability to place wagers on horse racing even when they are out of state. Currently, a New Jersey resident must be physically present in the state to place a wager. "All New Jersey residents should be allowed to place wagers on horse racing no matter where they are, whether it's online or through an agency," stated Dancer (R-Ocean). "With the changes in technology, our access to place wagers has changed and the law should reflect those changes. It's also critical we do everything we can do to keep our staple industries afloat during and after the coronavirus pandemic." Dancer's bill unanimously passed the Assembly with a 73 to 0 vote. Full Bill Listing https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/A2500/2355_I1.HTM by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 22 -- Magical Acres will host harness racing qualifiers on Tuesday, June 23rd, post time 9:00 A.M. Click the link here for a free printable program. Watch the live stream of the qualifiers at this link here Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 21, 2020 -- Watch Gaitway qualifiers live and view free harness racing program. To watch Gaitway Farm Live Stream click here  For the Gaitway Farm Program click here Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 8, 2020 -- Watch the harness racing baby races at Gaitway Farm . Click this link to view the live stream of today's races. Gaitway Farms will host baby races on the following Monday's which will also be available to watch: Monday, June 15th, and Monday, June 22. Please subscribe to the channel, enjoy the races, and best of luck to all! Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 5, 2020 - Live stream of the Gaitway Farm and Magical Acres harness racing baby races next week will be available, courtesy of SBOANJ, Gaitway Farm, and Magical Acres. Gaitway Farm will have baby races at 10:00 am on the following Mondays June 8th, June 15th, and June 22nd. Online entry will be available. Baby races will be at Magical Acres on the following Tuesdays June 9th, June 16th, and June 23rd also with a post time of 10:00 am. Online entry will be available. Ship-ins are welcome and stalls will be provided, please contact Tom Cancelliere 201-726-8660 for stall assignment. Live stream will be available at YouTube channel by clicking here. Please subscribe to the channel, enjoy the races, and best of luck to all! Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 29, 2020 - The SBOANJ would like to thank Governor Murphy for reopening harness racing in the state of New Jersey. Today (Friday, May 29), while New Jersey horsemen were busy qualifying at Gaitway Farms, with the hopes of live racing returning soon. The Governor announced the best news we have heard in over two months - racing will resume at the Meadowlands Racetrack next Friday, June 5, 2020. After weeks of working with Karyn Malinowski, of the Rutgers Equine and Science Center, to provide the safety protocols to return to racing at the number one harness track in the world, the Meadowlands, we look forward to the long anticipated start next weekend. The SBOANJ and all New Jersey horsemen are grateful that Governor Murphy and his administration, and Judy Nason and the NJRC, worked with us to reopen racing at the Meadowlands. This announcement gives the horsemen of New Jersey the opportunity to get back to business. With the successful conclusion of 24 qualifying races at Gaitway Farms, while practicing safety protocols, we look forward to the return of the best racing in North America. Good luck and safe racing. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 28, 2020 - It is extremely important that all New Jersey harness racing horsemen work together during this extraordinary situation that we have been faced with. Currently, the Meadowlands has received an exceedingly high volume of entries for Saturday's qualifiers. At this time, we would like to ask all trainers that have the ability to qualify at a training center to please do so. We have had great cooperation from the NJRC to allow qualifiers to be held multiple days at Gaitway Farm and Magical Acres for the convenience of all horsemen. Please take advantage of those dates. Keep in mind that the more horses that qualify at training centers will allow the Meadowlands to limit the number of trainers, drivers, and caretakers on-site at one time, lowering risk factors. It is vital to the future of racing that the Meadowlands is able to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols. If you have entered horses to qualify on Saturday at the Meadowlands that you are able to qualify on one of the dates allocated to a training center, we ask you to please contact the Meadowlands and take them out of the box. Preference dates will be the last race date and there will not be a penalty for any qualifying dates. If you have any questions, please call the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation as we move toward the return of live racing in New Jersey. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 28, 2020 -- After months of anticipation, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is very pleased to announce that New Jersey has been approved for harness racing qualifying dates. In conjunction with Dr. Karyn Malinowski of the Rutgers Science Center, the SBOANJ developed a very comprehensive "Risk Management and Racing Protocol" that had earlier been presented to Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Racing Commission. This program will be implemented for the qualifying races and our return to racing at the Meadowlands. Qualifiers will be held at Gaitway on Friday, May 29, Sunday, May 31, and Tuesday, June 2, for farm tenants only, no outside horses will be permitted. The Meadowlands will host qualifiers on Saturday, May 30. Magical Acres has applied to hold additional qualifiers on Monday, June 1, and Wednesday, June 3, pending approval from the New Jersey Racing Commission. Entries for training center qualifiers must be done online, through the USTA etrack system. Post time at Gaitway on Friday and Tuesday will be 10:00 AM; while Sunday's post time will be 9:00 AM. Pending approval Magical Acres post time will be 9:00 AM for both days. Entry fee will be $100.00 per horse. Only essential personnel will be permitted on-site on qualifying days; no owners or outside spectators are allowed. Proper PPE and social distancing will be required for all participants, and all COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed. The SBOANJ sent a formal request to the NJRC for a "Waiver of the Commission's Rules" in reference to the 45-day qualifying rule and administration of Lasix. It was proposed that the 45-day qualifying rule be temporarily amended. It was also requested that the administration of Lasix, by a state-approved licensed veterinarian, be allowed to take place at training centers where horses are stabled. Both requests are still pending NJRC approval. We will continue to work with the NJRC, in order to help minimize the number of trainers, drivers, and caretakers on-site at one time to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols. Please be aware of the importance of following the safety provisions that have been mandated. For a copy of the "Risk Management Protocol" click here http://sboanj.com/pictures/RMP.pdf. For further information please contact the SBOANJ. Best of luck and safe racing. Courtney Stafford

TRENTON, NJ -- May 19, 2020 -- As shuttered sectors of New Jersey's economy begin inching back to life with more outdoor activities approved, such as horseback riding, Assemblyman Ron Dancer has sponsored a resolution supporting the Meadowlands Racetrack to resume harness racing, initially without spectators. "With a proper plan in place, the Meadowlands Racetrack should be allowed to operate, especially with Governor Cuomo announcing the re-opening of all New York racetracks without fans effective June 1," said Dancer (R-Ocean). "By resuming horseracing, the gaming and racing industries would be able to generate revenue while stimulating our economy from internet wagering within the State, as well as, simulcasting the races to other states that have already approved the return of horse racing." He noted that the industry supports 13,000 jobs and has led to the preservation of more than 175,000 acres of farmland and open space in New Jersey. "We cannot let the gaming and racing industry fall to the wayside and must ensure they can reopen in the safest way possible," concluded Dancer. "This resolution would do just that and keep one of New Jersey's staple industries afloat." The resolution supports the Equine Center at Rutgers University and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey proposal to safely phase in the return of horseracing to the Meadowlands Racetrack with the "trifecta" health-related protocols of social distancing, hand sanitizing and face coverings. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 11, 2020 -- As we work towards a plan to re-open harness racing at the Meadowlands, the SBOANJ has been in constant contact with a number of New Jersey legislators that have consistently been supportive of our program, including Senate President Sweeney and Senators Sarlo and Gopal. Senator Sarlo has been appointed by Senator Sweeney to head "The Strategy for Fiscal Recovery to Restart the New Jersey Economy" Committee and both Sarlo and Gopal were sponsors of our Appropriation Bill. Assemblyman Ron Dancer, a longtime friend of our racing and breeding industry, was one of the invited participants to a special conference call with Governor Murphy this past Saturday, when the Governor acknowledged that he is aware of what we are doing to return to "spectator-less" racing. Governor Murphy added that his team is reviewing our plan and also commented that his office would follow up this week with more specifics. In conjunction with Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center, we have submitted an extremely comprehensive "Risk Management Plan" of safety and sanitation protocols to commence racing at the Meadowlands. This plan, along with significant information referencing the much needed economic benefit to New Jersey of the Meadowlands return to racing, has been presented to Governor Murphy as well as to the New Jersey Racing Commission and Douglas Fisher, the Secretary of Agriculture. Additionally, Jeff Gural from the Meadowlands and Dennis Drazin from Monmouth Park, have been appointed to the "Tourism Advisory Committee," in regard to the state's racing programs, giving us more important representation. Assemblyman Dancer also advised us that Governor Murphy said he would be making further announcements this week about the "restarting and recovery' of the New Jersey economy, and we are hopeful that there will be some indication of our future racing prospects. We appreciate the patience of our racing and breeding community in these most trying of times and we will continue to update you with any pertinent information. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 8, 2020 - Nominations and sustaining payments for SBOANJ sponsored harness racing due May 15, 2020 (postmarked). The nomination payments are as follows: Garden State Trot #4, yearling payment $25 Home Grown Pace #4, yearling payment (NJ sired or SDF nominated) $25 Home Grown Pace #4, yearling payment (NJ foaled but not SDF nominated) $150 The sustaining payments are as follows: Garden State Trot #3 $400 New Jersey Trotting Futurity #55 $300 Home Grown Pace #3 $300 For payment forms and conditions please visit www.sboanj.com. Any questions please call the office at 732.462.2357 Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 22, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey will again offer a resident mare rebate as well as pacing stallion incentive program in 2020. RESIDENT MARE The 2020 resident mare rebate program will pay up to $500 ($100,000 cap) to the owner of a mare bred in 2020. In order to qualify, the mare need not be bred to a New Jersey stallion but must reside in the state for 150 days up to and including foaling. Turn in your application when the mare is pronounced in foal. Deadline is October 31, 2020. Proof of foaling in New Jersey via USTA registration is required. Deadline is October 31, 2021 STALLION REBATE The 2020 pacing stallion incentive program will rebate 15% of the advertised stud fee, up to $1,500. ($150,000 cap) This rebate will be paid to the breeder of record at the time of foaling as per USTA registration. Eligible stallions must produce at least 5 live foals in order to be eligible for the rebate. Private treaties will receive a $250 rebate. Turn in your application when the mare is pronounced in foal. Deadline is October 31, 2020. Rebate checks will be issued after proof of a live foal. Deadline is October 31, 2021. All forms are available on the SBOANJ website. Applicant must be a current member of the SBOANJ. Application is not a guarantee of rebate. The SBOANJ has the right to void any application it deems fraudulent or does not provide proper documentation. No late applications will be accepted. Applications can be found on our website. A current W-9 form must be on file with the SBOANJ in order to receive payment. Important update: The SBOANJ will make every effort to honor these programs. However, due to the impact of the Coronavirus on our horse industry, these programs may be modified or suspended in the event the money may be needed to support our horsemen and women.   Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 20, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's 25th annual harness racing Golf Outing that was scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020, has been postponed until further notice. The SBOANJ board of directors will decide on a new date once Governor Murphy has reassessed the coronavirus outbreak and begins lifting the social distancing protocol that is currently in place. We will announce the new date as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding during these trying times. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 3, 2020 - Takter harness racing farm is in need of experienced general maintenance help: Mechanically inclined, operate tractors and other farm equipment, grass mowing, upkeep of different types of farm machinery and overall farm facilities. Salary depending on skills and experience. Contact Christina Takter by phone 609-636-3747 or by email christinatakter@gmail.com Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- April 3, 2020 -- First and foremost the SBOANJ hope's this communication finds you and your family safe and healthy. These are very scary and confusing times that we are currently living in but we want you to know that we are trying to supply you with up-to-date information as soon as it becomes available. There are currently two SBA programs that we feel are important to our members and you should consider applying for within the next few days. The first one is The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - for an explanation and overview https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp Small business and sole proprietorship - Accepting applications as of Friday, April 3, 2020. Click here for the application https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf Independent contractors and self-employed individuals - Accepting applications as of Friday, April 10, 2020 * Up to $10 million * Up to 8 weeks of payroll (2.5x monthly) * Employee Benefits * State and Local taxes on compensation * No Personal Guarantees * Loan maybe forgiven * PPP Fact Sheet - https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP--Fact-Sheet.pdf The second one is the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) - https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications * Applications Link - https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ * Directly through the SBA * Up to $2 million * CARES Act also includes up to $10,000 immediate grant * Use for Working capital * Requires personal Guarantee In addition, the Federal Assistance programs individual state programs have been established. These additional stimulus programs fall under State Economic Development Grants. The scope of businesses covered by these programs is limited so they will not apply to all businesses. https://www.withum.com/resources/state-economic-development-grants/ Our recommendation: Call your banker about PPP today and see if they process SBA loans. If so complete the application and submit it immediately. Some banks are not registered to handle SBA loans but contact us and we can help direct you to one that does. Apply for EIDL today - It is easy takes 10 minutes. You can decide whether you want the funding based upon terms and amounts. Stay safe and healthy, SBOANJ ........................................................... The SBOANJ would like to remind our members that our staff is continuing to work diligently during these difficult times. Recent state and federal assistance programs that have become available are currently listed on our website. We will continue to locate and post the latest information regarding these programs as it becomes available. The SBOANJ office remains open for regular hours during the week but is closed to visitors. Our staff has been working to make sure all businesses, including insurance claims, continue to be handled in a timely manner. Please continue to mail or deposit any payments or paperwork in the drop box located at the office front door. At this time we are all aware of the statewide stay-at-home order given by the governor, the order states that he will evaluate the Coronavirus outbreak mid-April. This means that racing will not resume until he lifts the stay-at-home order. That being said the SBOANJ, the NJ Racing Commission, other state officials, and the racetracks are working on a proposal to return to racing. With the implementation of screening programs at the training centers and racetracks and practicing safe distancing guidelines, we hope to persuade the governor to allow us to get back to racing as soon as possible. This plan would require coordinated efforts at multiple levels, especially the horsemen, but the final decision will rest with the governor. We will continue to update our members with the most important information we have. We urge you to continue to visit our website, sboanj.com, for pertinent information when it becomes available. Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - March 23, 2020 - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EID Loan) available for qualifying businesses that have suffered economic injury as a result of the epidemic. Funds from an EID loan may be used by small businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. The terms of an EID loan are determined by the SBA on a case-by-case basis. Generally, the maximum amount of an EID loan for the Coronavirus disaster is $2 million with an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses. The maximum repayment term of an EID loan is 30 years. There are no pre-payment penalties imposed by the SBA on an EID loan. The SBOANJ will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to keep our members up to date with all aid available at this time. Click here for an online application Courtney Stafford

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