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FREEHOLD, NJ -  Lucy Lightyear won the $70,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund Final for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday at Freehold Raceway. She repeated her winning ways from the second leg, and went right to the lead and never looked back in 1:57. Stacy Chiodo trains and drives the winner for owner Timothy Tobias.Ready Set Rock was a close second with Git Go coming in third. New Jersey Sires Stakes action returns to Freehold with more Standardbred Development Fund Stakes on Friday, September 20, 2019, with the 2-year-old trot finals. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 12, 2019 - Any member interested in running for a seat on the SBOANJ board may do so in one of the following three harness racing categories; breeder, owner, or trainer/driver. All candidates must notify the SBOANJ office in writing by September 27, 2019, of their intent to run and in which category they are running. Visit the By-Laws page at sboanj.com for the detailed qualifications. All members will receive voting instructions, ballots and candidate biographies via mail in October. The following incumbents have chosen to run for re-election: Mike Klau and Mark Mullen in the breeder category, Anthony Perretti and Anthony Romano in the owner category, and Yannick Gingras in the trainer/driver category. Election results will be announced at the annual board meeting which will be held on November 15, 2019, at Freehold Raceway. The meeting is currently scheduled to begin after the last race of the day. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 9, 2019 - Attention all New Jersey horsemen and anyone planning on racing in the Garden State, the New Jersey Racing Commission will no longer be accepting cash. All owners, trainers, and grooms must now pay for their license with a check or money order. Thank you for your cooperation. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 2, 2019 — This weekend Freehold hosted $10,000 first legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund for harness racing 2-Year-Olds.  On Friday (Aug 30), the Julie Miller trainee Contepartiro Deo lunged past the odds on favorite, Heart N Soul Deo to win the first leg of the SDF for 2-Year-Old filly trotters. Andy Miller set Contepartiro Deo in the two hole for a pocket trip behind the favorite. The daughter of Muscle Hill took her first win of the season in 2:00.0 for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Little E LLC, and Deo Volente Farms LLC.  Heart N Soul Deo was a close second with Tricky Sister finishing third. The 2-Year-Old SDF pacers took the stage at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (Aug 31) with two divisions for colts and fillies alike.  The first two legs took place as non-betting races before the actual racing card. Follow Your Heart took the first division for colt pacers on the day in the non-betting race for trainer Aaron Lambert.  George Brennan steered the Rock N Roll Heaven colt to a wire to wire victory in 1:57.4 last quarter in 28.4.  Southwind Dredge finished second and Rockin Jukebox came in third. The fillies first division of leg one went to the Tony Alagna trainee Odds On Hollywood, giving driver George Brennan his second win of the day.  The Captaintreacherous filly nosed out Ap Emily’s Dance in 2:00.0.  Ready Set Rock finished third. The second division for the pacing colts on the regularly scheduled racing card was won by Rockin The Gates for trainer Steve Le Blanc.  Driver Andy Miller pulled Rockin The Gates behind odds on favorite Columbo for a second over trip and then surged past him in the lane to stop the clock in 1:56.2.  This makes win number two for the Rock N Roll Heaven colt and a new lifetime mark.  Columbo finished second with JK Lucky Charms coming in third. The final division of the first leg of SDF for filly pacers was once again won by driver George Brennan and trainer Tony Alagna with Caviart Heather.  Caviart Heather stalked the field from the fifth position to make a late move in the stretch to take the win in 1:57.3.  The Somebeachsomewhere filly captured her first win of the season for owners Caviart Farms.  Git Go came in a close second with Lucy Lightyear finishing third. The SDF action will continue next weekend at Freehold Raceway on Friday and Saturday with post times of 12:30 pm.   Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 30, 2019 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will administer the distribution of New Jersey Sired bonus money which will be paid out on a monthly basis retroactive from April 1, 2019. These awards, the result of a $10 million state appropriation, have also funded a breeder's awards program and increased purses for SBOANJ sponsored races. The payouts for the New Jersey Sired awards will be distributed to 6-year-old and under sired horses who finish first through fifth. Payout is based on the average purse at each racetrack and distributed according to race placement. Only overnight races will receive bonus awards; series and stake races will be excluded. The bonus will be paid to the first owner of record and a W-9 form is required for distribution. Along with the breeders awards and New Jersey sired bonus money, the SBOANJ will contribute over $200,000 to SBOANJ sponsored races in order to further enhance the purses. Updated information on the final purses will be announced shortly. In an effort to provide more racing opportunities as well as enhanced purses for owners of New Jersey sired horses, the SBOANJ is sponsoring a late closing series at both Freehold and The Meadowlands for 3-year-old New Jersey bred trotters. There will be 2 legs with a purse of $15,000 each and a $50,000 final. A 4-year-old series will be offered next year. The New Jersey sired pacers will be represented by a SBOANJ sponsored open pace on Open Space Pace Day at Freehold Raceway on September 21st for a purse of $20,000. Freehold Raceway resumes racing today Friday, August 30, 2019, with a post time of 12:30. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -The SBOANJ would like to remind everyone that a W9 must be on file in order to receive rebates administered by the SBOANJ. These include breeders awards, stallion rebates and mare resident rebates. If you submitted an application last year for the stallion rebate, you must supply proof of stud fee payment to the SBOANJ office by August 31st. If you submitted a mare resident application, you must supply proof of foaling location via USTA records by October 31st. 2019 rebate applications are also due no later than October 31st. For more information on rebate programs visit sboanj.com or contact the office at 732-462-2357.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 29, 2019 - The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 2-year-olds on Friday (June 28) night. All five of the divisions raced for a purse of $25,000. The 2-year-old filly pacers started the night off in a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled card. David Miller teamed up with the Ross Croghan trainee Odds On Sarasota to claim the first NJSS division of the night. Miller sat with Odds on Sarasota in a two-hole trip until the stretch where he pulled her and marched past the leader Duck N Roll. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly stopped the clock in 1:56.1, with Bigforherbritches coming in second and Duck N Roll finishing third. Next up were the 2-year-old colt pacers in the first race of the regular card. Scott Zeron steered the odds on favorite Rockin The Ace to the winner circle for trainer Carmen Auciello. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt earned himself a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 with his first career win. Rock N Teen finished a close second with Cedar Hall Heaven coming in third. The 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters took the stage for the third division of the NJSS. Once again the odds on favorite took home the purse money in this race. Tim Tetrick wired the field with Play Trix On Me for trainer Gareth Dowse in 1:55.4. The Trixton colt opened up by eight lengths in the stretch to trot home in 27.4. Barley finished second with AP Hall Of Trix finishing third. The very next race was the first division of two for the 2-year-old filly trotters. Driver Anthony Macdonald pulled Spirit Of Deo first up at the half and was able to nose out the leader Caviart Eva at the wire. Spirit Of Deo, sired by Trixton, trotted her last quarter in a blistering 26.4 to upset the odds on favorite. Caviart Eva finished a close second with Common Sense S coming in third. This is the Andrew Harris trainees first start of her career and what a way to start her 2-year-old campaign. Spirit of Deo was bred by Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ. The last NJSS of the night was the second division for 2-year-old filly trotters. Scott Zeron teamed up with trainer George Ducharme this time, to win his second sire stakes race of the night with Dramatra. The odds on favorite daughter of Trixton wired the field, from post position number five to stop the clock in 1:57.3. Dramatra finished a good two lengths ahead of second place finisher Stella Kemp. Tricky Sister finished in third place. The second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds will take place on Friday July 5, 2019 at the Meadowlands. Courtney Stafford

CREAM RIDGE, NJ - June 28, 2019 - The New Jersey Department of Agriculture Board attended an intimate event on Wednesday (June 26) hosted by Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge. Secretary Douglas Fisher, Assemblyman Ron Dancer and the other board members in attendance were given a tour of the unique state-of-the-art equine medical facility at Hogan Equine by, internationally-renowned equine surgeon, Patricia Hogan, VMD. The group had the opportunity to see some racehorses recovering from recent surgeries Hogan had performed. After enjoying refreshments and pastries, provided by the SBOANJ, the NJDA board members and other attendees, took another tour this time of Fair Winds Farm's breeding facility. During which they were able to get up close and personal with a mare and her foal. From Left to Right: Assemblyman Ron Dancer,  NJ State board of Agriculture Vice President Angelo Trapani,  Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher,  NJ State Board of Agriculture President Shirley Kline, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, and Hogan Equine surgeon Patricia Hogan VMD All in all the event was a successful one, the NJDA was given another perspective on horse racing in New Jersey.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

CREAM RIDGE, NJ — June 21, 2019 — Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge will be hosting the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Board, on Wednesday, June 26th at 10 am. The NJDA’s monthly board meeting will begin at Fair Winds Farm for morning coffee and a tour of the facility. The event is open to the public, anyone interested in a meet and greet with the NJDA’s board members, including Secretary Douglas Fisher, Assemblymen Ron Dancer, and Eric Houghtaling, is encouraged to attend. After the tour, the board will be gathering at the New Jersey Horse Park for lunch and to continue their meeting. Fair Winds Farm is located at 74 Red Valley Rd, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514. Courtney Stafford

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 4, 2019 - The Meadowlands hosted the New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for harness racing 3-year-olds on Friday night. The pacing fillies raced for $160,000, the pacing colts for $120,000 and the trotters competed for a $200,000 purse. The pacing fillies kicked off the NJSS Finals action in the first non-betting race of two before the regularly scheduled card. Hurrikanesky was able to nose out the competition in 1:54.4 with a last quarter in 28.4 for owner, trainer, and breeder Patrick Hlubik of New Jersey. Driver Scott Zeron was able to hold off a fast charging Mollydooker who finished a tight second while Love Love Me Too came in third. This is the first win of the season and a new lifetime mark for the Hurrikane Kingcole filly. The second non-betting race was the final for the 3-year-old pacing colts. Once again the John McDermott and Dan Dube duo dominated the field with Hurrikane Emperor. Hurrikane Emperor and Dan Dube                         --Lisa Photo In typical fashion driver, Dan Dube sent the Hurrikane Kingcole colt to the lead when the gate folded and never looked back. Winning in 1:53.0 with a last quarter of 27.1, Clintock finished second with a time of 1:56.2 while Black Dan came in third. Hurrikane Emperor is now 3 for 3 in his 3-year-old career with lifetime earnings of $314,900 for his owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasus Investment Group and William Garofalo. The second race on the regularly scheduled racing card was 3-year-old the trotting colts. One week after an incredible start to his 3-year-old campaign, Greenshoe was even more remarkable Friday night, trotting the fastest mile of the year in the sport of 1:50.2 in taking the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for colts and geldings at the Meadowlands. Brian Sears and Greenshoe                    --Lisa Photo The son of Father Patrick inched his way toward the front before using a quick burst of speed to secure the top at three-quarters by an ever-increasing 2½ lengths. He trotted his third quarter in 26.4 before a final explosive split of 27.1 to hit the wire six lengths in front of a rallying Reign Of Honor. Galixton finished third. Greenshoe has stamped himself as one of the primary contenders for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian, for trainer Marcus Melander. In the last New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals, Evident Beauty stayed perfect in three 2019 starts by taking the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:52.3 for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dave Miller. Miller got the daughter of Trixton-Struck By Lindy into a third-over flow down the backstretch - with plenty left to do - but powered past her rivals nonetheless to best Sister's Promise by a length. Starita was third. This was a new lifetime mark for Evident Beauty. Evident Beauty and David Miller                          --Lisa Photo The Meadowlands will host the New Jersey Sires Stakes first leg for 2-year-olds on Friday, June 28, 2019.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - May 26, 2019 - On Friday night the Meadowlands hosted the second harness racing leg of NJSS for 3-year-olds. The 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers raced for a purse of $20,000 while the 3-year-old filly pacers and the 3-year-old trotters all raced for a purse of $25,000. The 3-year-old colt pacers race was held as a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled program. Once again the John McDermott Jr. trainee dominated the field in a similar fashion as the first leg. Daniel Dube sent Hurrikane Emperor to the lead from post position two and never looked back. The son of Hurrikane Kingcole stopped the clock in 1:52.0 with a 26 length lead ahead of the second place finisher Black Dan, Clintock finished third. Hurrikane Emperor is now undefeated in the NJSS and in his 3-year-old campaign for owners; Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasus Investment Group. The second non-betting race was the NJSS for 3-year-old filly pacers. This week Mollydooker came out on top for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. Mollydooker, daughter of Great Vintage, nosed out the competition in 1:57.0 with a last quarter in 29.3. Love Love Me Too was a close second with Hurrikanesky coming in third. Mollydooker is owned by Visionary Breeders LLC and has earned $69,750 for them lifetime. The last non-betting race was for 3-year-old filly trotters and was held after the second race in the regularly scheduled program. Joe Holloway's Trixton filly Starita and driver David Miller took the $25,000 purse in a time of 1:55.2 and a four length lead over the second place finisher Special Honor. Miss Trixton finished a very close third. This is Starita's first win of the season for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. The second division for 3-year-old filly trotters was won by the Nifty Norman trainee Evident Beauty. David Miller sat patiently with, the odds on favorite, Evident Beauty until pulling first up at the three quarter pole and surging past the leader in the stretch to win in 1:56.2 with a last quarter of 27.0. French Cafe was a close second with Sister's Promise closing out the trifecta. The Trixton filly is 2 for 2 in the NJSS and in her 3-year-old career for her owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine INC boosting her lifetime earnings to $273,192 for them. The last NJSS race on the card was for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters where the team of David Miller and Nifty Norman were victorious again with Reign Of Honor. Again David Miller sat back with his trotter to pick up the pieces in the stretch trotting past the odds on favorite with a last quarter move of 27.1, winning in 1:54.2. Trix And Stones was second with the second favorite No Drama Please finishing third. This is the first win for the Trixton colt's 3-year-old campaign, he has earned $223,125 lifetime for his owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Jennifer Dalton Stb LLC, ThomasPontone and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. The 3-year-old NJSS finals will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Meadowlands.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ — May 20, 2019 — The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds for pacers on Friday, May 15th. The colts and geldings competed for a purse of $25,000, while the pacing fillies raced for the $20,000 purse. Both races were held before the regularly scheduled harness racing program as non-betting races. The first NJSS race was for 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Hurrikane Emperor and Dan Dube stole the show wire to wire in 1:53.2 with an impressive last quarter of 25.4, for trainer John McDermott Jr.. Clintock was second with Black Dan coming in third. Hurrikane Emperor is a Hurrikane Kingcole colt, starting his 3-year-old season in the same winning ways he closed his 2-year-old season out. He has 8 lifetime wins in just 10 starts and has earned $237,900 for owners: Jonathan Klee Racing, Huhen Racing LLC, Pegasus Investment Group and William Garofalo. The next NJSS race was the first leg of the NJSS for 3-year-old pacing fillies also won by trainer John McDermott Jr.. Hurrikane Lori Ann also driven by Dan Dube stalked the leader from the two hole until the stretch where she surged ahead to win in 1:54.0. Mollydooker was a close second with Love Love Me Too finishing third. Hurrikane Lori Ann is one for one in 3-year-old career increasing her lifetime earnings to $50,415 for owners: Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC and Pegasis Investment Group. The second leg of the NJSS for 3-year-old pacers will be on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Meadowlands   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

CREAM RIDGE, NJ - May 17, 2019 - On Wednesday, May 15th the SBOANJ and TrotPAC sponsored a successful fundraiser for New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. The event was held at Fair Winds Farm and Hogan Equine Clinic to support his 2019 campaign.   Assembly Speaker Coughlin was greeted by directors from the SBOANJ, TrotPAC trustees, and many horsemen. Mark Mullen led a tour of his Fair Winds Farm breeding facility, while Patricia M. Hogan, VMD gave him a behind the scenes look at Hogan Equine Clinic.   The Meadowlands General Manager Jason Settlemoir and Freehold Raceway's General Manager Howard Burno and Director of Racing Karen Fagliarone were on hand to answer the Speaker's questions about the New Jersey tracks improvements since the appropriations were awarded.   Drivers Yannick Gingras, Andy Miller, and Hall of Famers David Miller and John Campbell, among others, also took time to discuss the Standardbred industry with him. This was his first visit to any New Jersey equine facility, and Speaker Coughlin was able to mingle with the many horsemen and Equine Industry Supporters in attendance before leaving the function.   Photo: Craig Coughlin speaking to Trainer Nancy Johansson.   New Jersey horseman's lobbyist AJ Sabath answered questions and explained how the appropriations would be awarded in the future. He also expressed the importance of our industry providing proof that the funding received has indeed bolstered New Jersey racing.   TrotPAC would like to thank everyone for their contributions and all of those who were able to attend. It is extremely important that we, as an industry, continue to support the various legislators that will be involved with the annual renewal of our appropriation.     Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

FLEMINGTON, NJ -- May 10, 2019 -- State and local officials visited Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, N.J. on May 8 and were provided a tour of the facility as well as an update regarding the benefits already realized from the state's five-year $100 million investment in New Jersey's horse racing and breeding industries. Deo Volente Farms CEO Mike Gulotta, who also is treasurer of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, offered welcoming remarks and gave officials information detailing the resurgence of racing and breeding in the short time since Gov. Phil Murphy approved the funding early this year. Gulotta detailed how increased breeders' awards, purse bonuses to owners of New Jersey-sired horses, and purses for the Sire Stakes program encourage more broodmare owners to breed to New Jersey stallions or send their mares to the state, as well as revitalize interest and increase sales prices for New Jersey-sired horses. The number of stallions standing in New Jersey already has increased from six in 2018 to 15 in 2019. In addition, it is estimated that more than 700 mares will be bred to New Jersey stallions this year, up from 435 in 2018. On the racing side, increased purses have attracted a greater number of horses to the tracks. The Meadowlands saw a 36-percent increase in horses competing in April 2019 compared to April 2018. Pari-mutuel handle jumped 22 percent, from $18.3 million in April 2018 to $22.3 million in April 2019. Among the event's attendees were New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher, State Senators Steven Oroho and Sam Thompson, State Assemblymen Kevin Rooney and Matthew Milam, Hunterdon County Freeholder Susan Soloway, New Jersey Sire Stakes Executive Director Christopher Castens, and SBOANJ Executive Administrator Al Ochsner. The equine industry in New Jersey preserves 222,000 acres in farmland, employs more than 10,000 people, and contributes $110 million annually in state and local taxes. For an NJTV News report on the event at Deo Volente Farms, click here.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ  

The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is proud to announce a new Breeders Award Program to be effective immediately. This new harness racing program has been made possible by the passage of the legislation appropriating $10 Million to the Standardbred industry each year. Of the $10 Million, $600,000 is earmarked for Breeders Awards. This program will award the Breeder of a horse which earns purse income in the eliminations and finals of the following races starting in 2019: New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier division, New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund, Renaissance Pace, New Jersey Futurity, Garden State Trot, and Home Grown Pace. Payments equal to 15% of purses earned will be made to the Breeder approximately 30 days after the running of each race. If you have any questions, please contact the SBOANJ office 732 462 2357. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- March 20, 2019 -- Ever since Governor Murphy signed the $100 Million, five-year appropriation into law on Valentine's Day, the Standardbred industry has experienced a much heightened interest in New Jersey. For example, in the last month, bookings to Lazarus N, "The Wonder from Down Under," has increased dramatically to the point that his book is nearly full. Mark Ford, President of the SBOA of New Jersey, said "attribute the increased interest in our breeding program in part to the projected 75% increase announced by the New Jersey Sire Stakes, as well as the allocation of a portion of the $100 million purse appropriation for purse bonuses for both breeders and owners of New Jersey sired horses." Ford also pointed to the continued implementation of the stud fee rebate program for New Jersey pacing stallions as a contributing factor. Mike Klau of Southwind Farms in Pennington, reported that "all three of our stallions, Muscle Hill, Walner, and Tactical Landing, will have full books this year." Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms said he expects both the newly introduced International standout Lazarus, and Trixton, after an impressive first crop in 2018, to also have full books. Additionally, Dr. Richard Meirs of Walnridge Farm, indicated that he has added a few stallions to his roster and he anticipates another 30 or 40 breedings. Clearly, the prospect of breeding over 700 mares in New Jersey in 2019 is a significant increase over 279 breedings in 2017 and 435 in 2018. Mike Gulotta, Treasurer of the SBOANJ and owner of Deo Volente Farms, added that "for years, we have been working on a renaissance of Standardbred racing and breeding in New Jersey and the tireless efforts by the SBOA and the Meadowlands management and the Thoroughbred horsemen, led by our lobbyist AJ Sabath, is already showing tremendous economic gain for the equine industry and for the state of New Jersey." The New Jersey legislators have given the overall New Jersey racing and breeding industry a great opportunity and it certainly appears that their commitment and support will be greatly rewarded. For further information about the various New Jersey stakes and breeding programs, as well as a listing of available stallions, please visit our website at sboanj.com.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ 

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