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Flemington, NJ — Deo Volente Farms is excited to announce the arrival of its first two Lazarus N foals of 2020. The first is a colt out of Worldly Beauty p,4,1:49.3 ($1,900,255). Worldly Beauty is the matriarch of the farm’s pacing broodmare band and was the 2- and 3-year-old Dan Patch champion filly of the year. Her full sister, Worldly Treasure, is the dam of superstar stallion Captaintreacherous. “This baby is beautifully bred, strong and handsome,” said Deo’s farm manager Fidencio Cervantez. Deo’s second colt is out of Daut Full p,1:51.3f ($158,994). Said Cervantez, “We are very happy with the looks of both these colts and we can’t wait for the arrival of two more foals by Lazarus this season — one out of Rocklamation 1:48.3 ($2,277,384), and one out of Double Jeopardy from the family of Delinquent Account.” Deo Volente has also been receiving news about other Lazarus N foals that have arrived. Ken and Kathy Weed, of Shadowbrook Farm, have welcomed a colt out of The Signature p,3,1:56.1f ($37,047) and a filly out of Make Magic p,4,1:53.4f ($137,133). They stated, “Our two foals from Lazarus are stunning. They are smart, correct, and very athletic. They travel across the field faster than their mothers can keep up. We can’t wait to see them on the racetrack. Both babies are a joy to be around. They handle like a Porsche. We are very excited and blessed.” Jess Smith also welcomed a colt from Veiques p,3,1:56.1f ($37,639) from the family of Sannabelle Island. Jess said, “We are very pleased. The colt is well conformed with great bone. His head and eye are sharp with a regal bearing. I look forward to getting started on next year’s crop!” In addition to being extremely impressed with Lazarus N’s first two foals, Fidencio Cervantez went on to say that in his 30-plus years in the business he has never seen a stallion with such an impressive and near perfect conformation as Lazarus N. He is so thrilled with Lazarus N and the first two colts that he decided to personally purchase a share in the Lazarus N syndicate. Mike Gulotta, CEO of Deo Volente Farms, had this to say about the arrival of Lazarus N’s first two foals. “We are grateful to Duncan and his brothers at Taylormade Stallions for their confidence in Deo Volente. By the looks of these foals, Lazarus is certain to make his mark on the pacing world. “New Jersey’s future has never been brighter due to the tremendous support from our state legislators and from the contribution to racing revenues from sports betting. Our new breeders’ award program, increased NJ Sire Stakes and other NJ restricted race purse increases are making it quite attractive to breed in New Jersey.” Limited breedings are available to Lazarus N for the 2020 season. Deo Volente Farms

Taylor Made Stallions and Deo Volente Farms are pleased to announce an exciting new program which will give you the opportunity to breed to the harness racing Wonder From Down Under, Lazarus N, in his second season at stud in North America in 2020 for 50% of the advertised stud fee! It is called the “Taylor Made Advantage Program”.  If you have a mare that meets certain criteria, you can breed a second mare for 50% off the advertised stud fee. Criteria that must be met for the mare to be qualified are If the mare is in foal, her last bred date must be May 31st or earlier, She must be a stakes winner and have career earnings of $300,000 or more, or She must be a daughter of a mare that is a stakes winner and has career earnings of $600,000 or more. Up to 10 qualified mares will be selected for this program at the discretion of Deo Volente Farms and the qualified mare must be nominated no later than January 31st. Lazarus N (Bettor’s Delight-Bethany) Q1:48.3 – BT 1:46.3 ($3,070,095 converted from $4,125,988 in real earnings) was retired from racing on November 30, 2018 to begin his dual hemisphere stud career.  Named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, 3 Yr. Old, 4 Yr. Old, and 5 Yr. Old Pacer of the Year as well as Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years, Lazarus N compiled an impressive International race record of 51 starts with 37 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and 2 unplaced races. Lazarus N seen above winning the Dan Patch in 1:48.4 at his first start in North America. He started from the outside post and was clearly the best of the best, beating easily the "Horse Of The Year" McWicked. Lazarus N is as impressive in the breeding shed as he was on the racetrack and has attracted some high profile mares to his 2019 book including Worldly Beauty  p, 1:49.3M ($1,900,255); Rocklamation p, 1:48.3M ($2,277,384); Odds On Stephanie, sister to Captaintreacherous p,1:47.1M ($3,148,657) and Shake It Miki, sister to Always B Miki, to name but a few ourstanding mares that he bred in 2019. Rocklamation p, 1:48.3M ($2,277,384) seen here is due to foal to Lazarus N in early 2020 Lazarus N stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ ( at a stud fee of $10,000. Please call Linda at 908-782-4848 for further information.  

Flemington, NJ --- World champion harness racing trotting stallion Six Pack was welcomed this week to his new home at Deo Volente Farms by farm CEO Michael J. Gulotta and members of the farm's staff. The celebration also included a visit from Sarah Svanstedt, whose husband, Ake, trained and drove Six Pack throughout the trotter's award-winning and record-setting career. Six Pack, a 4-year-old by Muscle Mass out of Pleasing Lady, won 19 of 35 career races and $1.93 million in purses. He was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3, when he became the fastest sophomore trotter in history with a time of 1:49.1 in winning the Kentucky Futurity. This season, he became the fastest 4-year-old male trotter with a 1:49.2 victory in the Allerage Open Trot. No other trotter in history has recorded sub-1:50 wins in multiple years. He closed his career with a track-record 1:50 victory in the TVG Series Open Trot championship last month at The Meadowlands. The performance gave Six Pack an unparalleled four lifetime wins of 1:50 or faster. In addition to the TVG, Kentucky Futurity and Allerage, Six Pack's wins included the Yonkers Trot, a Matron, a division of the Stanley Dancer, a New York Sire Stakes championship, and Empire Breeders Classic. "He's very good gaited," Ake Svanstedt said when Six Pack retired. "He's a big horse and heavy but he has a very light gait. He handled the short tracks in New York very good. When he won the Yonkers Trot, I let him go the last quarter full speed. I think it was the fastest I ever drove in a turn on a half-mile track. He was always perfect gaited. Never took a wrong step. "Of course, he had a good head. He was very nice to handle and drive." Six Pack is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E-Knutssontrotting (a partnership of Jeff Gural and Tristan Sjoberg), Stall Kalmar Inc. (Tomas Olofsson), and L Berg Inc. (Lars Berg). "We are thrilled to have a stallion of Six Pack's stature at Deo Volente Farms," Gulotta said. "This is proof that New Jersey is retaking its place of preeminence in the Standardbred racing world. This is thanks to the vision of New Jersey legislative leaders, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, as well as Governor Phil Murphy, who have shown tremendous support of the racing and breeding industry in our state." From Deo Volente Farms  

Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing have announced the retirement of American History (American Ideal-Pleasing Touch-Camluck) after his final race on November 23rd in the harness racing TVG at the Meadowlands. The ownership group is also pleased to announce that American History will stand stud at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey, signaling its support for the resurgence of standardbred racing and breeding in New Jersey. Among older pacers in 2019, American History is the Breeders Crown Champion having won that prestigious race at Woodbine Mohawk on October 26th in 1:48.3. George Segal said “this horse is a true champion and the reigning Breeders Crown Champion.  He has shown that he has been capable of winning on all size tracks, winning as a 3 year old in 1:47.0 at the Meadowlands, and he also equaled the all age track record on the half mile track at Yonkers Raceway in a time of 1:49.3.” Marvin Katz added, “He is a great individual and he has always been at or near the top of his class.  He will offer many great breeding opportunities to a wide variety of mares and, particularly, Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous mares.” Owner Myron Bell added “American History sold as a Brittany Farms yearling for $150,000.   He is an impeccably bred colt from a maternal family that has produced many great stallions.  He was trained magnificently by Tony Alagna and driven without error by Joe Bongiorno.” Trainer Tony Alagna went on to say, “American History is very correct, full of leg, he has a great attitude and work ethic.”  He also echoed Marvin Katz in saying “he is a perfect outcross for Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous mares.” Joe Bongiorno, expressing his appreciation for the opportunity to drive American History said, “American History is a wonderful race horse and he will make a great stallion.  He has the ability to do it on all size tracks as he proved to us at Yonkers, setting the track record, and winning the Breeders Crown at Woodbine.  He is certainly the fastest horse I’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting behind.” 2019 Breeders Crown - American History - Open Pace In addition to the Breeders Crown (1:48.3) some of American History’s other notable wins in a career in which he amassed over $1,000,000 in earnings are:                    Kentucky Sire Stakes Final 1:48.1                    The Tattersalls Pace  1:48.3                    The Bobby Quillen Memorial 1:49.3 The Bobby Quillen Memorial 1:49.3 Michael J. Gulotta , CEO of Deo Volente Farms  said “We are extremely pleased and proud to be affiliated with both this great equine athlete and his illustrious ownership group.  The owners’ move to stand American History in New Jersey is further evidence that standardbred racing in the Garden State is moving in a very positive direction.” Information regarding the American History Syndication can be obtained by calling Myron Bell at (201) 321-6353 or Deo Volente Farms at (908) 782-4848.  

The owners of Six Pack - Svanstedt, Inc. Little E LLC, Knutsson Trotting,  Stall Kalmar, Inc. and L Berg, Inc. have announced the retirement of Six Pack (Muscle Mass - Pleasing Lady - Cantab Hall) after his final race in the TVG at the Meadowlands on November 23rd  and will stand stud at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey. Renowned trainer Ake Svanstedt who trained Six Pack for his entire career said, “Six Pack is an incredibly powerful horse bundled with speed and intelligence.” He also went on to say “a natural talent in his freshman season that developed into a multiple world champion as a 3 and 4 year old.  He had a flawless gait that made him equally formidable over the half mile track as well as the mile track.” Co-owner Tristan Sjoberg said “It was apparent early on to me that he was a very special horse. He was a true professional on the track and always fought to the wire. Winning two legs of the Triple Crown and coming back as a 4 year old and setting a world record against aged horses just goes to show what a tough horse he is”. Tristan Sjoberg also added “he will certainly imprint that on his offspring.  Attitude and intelligence are two characteristics I always look for in a Stallion.” Some of Six Pack’s notable victories as he accumulated close to $2 million in career earnings include: The Stanley Dancer (1:50.0) World Record, The Kentucky Futurity (1:49.1) World Record, The Allerage Open Trot as a 4-year- old (1:49.2) World Record The Yonkers Trot, The Empire Breeders Classic, The Matron, and Several Divisions of the New York Sire Stakes as a 2-year- old and 3-year-old. Six Pack was named the Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in 2018. 2018 Kentucky Futurity - Six Pack Six Pack wins Empire Breeders Classic Final 3 yo colts in ($223,673) 1:51.2 at Vernon Two year old Six Pack wins in 1:56.1 at Pocono Downs Six Pack wins The Earl Beal Jr Memorial elimination in 1:53.3 at Pocono Downs Jeff Gural went on to say “We chose New Jersey because we believe horsemen want to race their two-year-olds on a mile track, with the top drivers available, and the Meadowlands is a great surface which provides the opportunity to get their racing careers off on the right foot.”   He concluded “New Jersey sired horses will have the opportunity to race more often and for significantly larger purses thanks to both the $100 million purse appropriation in New Jersey as well as the legalization of sports betting.” Deo Volente Farms

When you arrive at Deo Volente Farms, Latin for “God willing,” what comes to mind is how perfectly this place mirrors its name. There is a long, sky-colored building that serves as the centerpiece of this 110 acre property in Hunterdon County’s Franklin Township. Two large and small horse statues stand gallantly in the middle of a long, cobble-stoned driveway that is dotted with rows of manicured shrubs. The mother’s head is bent forward as if she’s either about to begin a race or is already exhausted from winning it. The whinnying of an unseen horse echoes, shattering the silence. Inside the building waits Michael Gulotta, owner of this award-winning horse breeding center, named the New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year in 2014 by the Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. While designing Deo Volente Farms prior to its opening in 2007, Gulotta deliberately chose this property because, he explained, it has land that produces horses of the highest caliber. The farm is located “at the highest point of Hunterdon County,” Gulotta said. “When I saw this land for the first time, it was just corn stalks. But if you look at the property, it’s undulating. It’s hilly. So the horses get good exercise going up and down hills.” The soil has limestone, which is to horses what milk is to humans, he said. “It’s comparable to the soil content in Kentucky, which builds strong bones. When the horses eat the grass, they’re growing stronger,” Gulotta explained. Deo Volente Farms has served as a home for a number of the top Standardbred horses in the world, including Princess Deo, who placed fifth in this past weekend’s Hambletonian Oaks, a premier harness racing event for 3-year-old Standardbred female trotters. To read the entire article written by Caroline Fassett, with a whole range of photos from Deo Volente Farms click on this link   Deo Volente Farms, 2019   By Caroline Fassett | NJ Advance Media for      

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  

Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms are pleased to announce that all available shares in Lazarus N,  “The Wonder From Down Under” have been sold celebrating a successful syndication and would like to thank every member for their support. Lazarus N (Bettor’s Delight – Bethany – Christian Cullen) New Zealand earnings $2,016,841 Australian earnings      $1,671,597 USA earnings               $  294,050 Canadian earnings       $  158,500 …………………………………........ Total earnings             $4,140,988 ………………………………….......... Lazarus, the richest son of super sire Bettor's Delight was retired from racing on November 30, 2018 to begin his dual hemisphere stud career.  Lazarus was named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, 3yr, 4yr, and 5yr old Pacer of the Year as well as Australian Pacer Of The Year and Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years. Lazarus N compiled an impressive International race record of 51 starts with 37 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and only 2 unplaced races lifetime. Lazarus N has attracted some outstanding high profile breeders to his court this season including; Hanover Shoe Farm, Blue Chip Farm, Deo Volente Farms, Tara Hills Stud, Concord Stud, Walnridge Farm, Spring Haven Standardbreds, Fox Valley Starndardbreds, Caviat Farm, Heritage Hill Farm, Preferred Equine, Let It Ride, Steve Stewart, Mark Ford, Twinbrook Farm, Anthony Perretti Farm and bloodstock, Taylor Made Stallions, Nick Surick, Chris Ryder, Thomas Pontone, Stonegate Standardbred etc etc Lazarus N is as impressive in the breeding shed as he was on the racetrack and has attracted some outstanding high profile mares to his 2019 book including; Worldly Beauty p1:49.3 ($2,146,076) Rocklamation p1:48.3 ($2,281,795) Odds On Stephanie, a race winning sister to Captaintreacherous p1:47.1 ($3,153,541) Artstopper, dam of Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) Shake It Miki, sister to Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) West Side Glory, the race winning dam of See You at Peelers p1:49.2f ($1,566,900). Realuhcamnation, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Teenage Paige, the dam of Agent Q 1:48.3 ($1,292,415) Ab Fab, a half to millionaires Betterthancheddar ($1,636,086) and Ashlees Big Guy ($1,009,523) Dashboard Dancer, a race winning half-sister to Maltese Artist 1:48.3 ($2,340,872). Docdor Cameo, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Double Jeopardy, a half to Western Terror 1:48.3 ($1,289,422) & If I Can Dream ($2,038,153) Dreamingofwichita, a half to A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.2 ($2,441,164) Olivette Hanover, from super race mare Ohyouprettything ($1,135,873) and a race winning full-sister to Jeremes Jet 1:47 ($1,659.413) Mach A Wish 1:50 ($601,975) Cinamony, 1:49.3 ($532,404) Etc, etc, etc The Lazarus N Syndicate is also pleased to announce a contract to breed from the owners of top race mare, Shartin N p, 5, 1:48.2M ($1,192,553) in 2020.  Lazarus N stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ ( at a stud for a fee of $10,000. For more information call Linda at 908-782-4848. Deo Volente Farms

On Friday (November 2) it was announced that star New Zealand harness racing pacer Lazarus will stand stud in 2019. The announcement was jointly made by the stallion's owner, Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms. The "Wonder from Down Under" will stand in New Jersey at Deo Volente Farms. The richest pacing stallion in Australasian harness racing history, Lazarus (Bettors Delight-Bethany) had a record of 2-3-0 in six North American starts. He retires with a lifetime summary of 37-8-4 from 51 starts and more than $3.1 million in earnings.   Further details as to stud fee and syndication information will be announced as they become available.

High Glider, 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Highland Ridge has been sold to Brixton Medical of Matawan, New Jersey, it was announced by Sue Agopian, a principal of Deo Volente Farms. Unraced at two, High Glider was painstaking prepared for his 3-year-old season by rising star Marcus Melander and lovingly groomed by caretaker Elise Tillerflaten  eventually trotting in 1:55.1f at three while earning $91,109. Deo Volente farms had previously participated in the ownership of High Glider who in effect had been prepared for what will prove to be” a Global Career as will all our trotters”  according to Ms. Agopian. “From the outset, Marcus prepared this horse for global competition and I will closely follow his career there and yes I’m a huge fan of Marcus Melander” continued Ms. Agopian. Daniel Reden will train High Glider upon his arrival in Sweden. Deo Volente Farms is the home of Hambletonian champion Trixton (Muscle Hill-Emile Cas El) whose impressive first crop will race this year and has been the subject of glowing training reports.  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 1, 2017 -- Harness racing's Mike Gulotta, the CEO of Deo Volente Farms and SBOANJ Treasurer, was recently on his way to Trenton to attend a meeting of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s budget transition committee, and he was feeling a range of emotions. “It’s exciting,” said Gulotta, who in mid-November was appointed a member of the committee. “I’m humbled, I’m honored, I’m flattered; I’m all those things at one time to be in a position to help.” Gov.-elect Murphy was endorsed by Gulotta’s Deo Volente Farms during this year’s gubernatorial race, which concluded Nov. 7 with Murphy defeating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno by 13 percentage points in the election to succeed Gov. Chris Christie. “Whenever you’ve got new leadership it’s exciting,” Gulotta said. “I think he is the right guy for where we are today in the state. The state has some significant financial stresses that need to be addressed. At the same time, there are so many ways of improving the situation.” During the campaign, Murphy spoke of the need to reinvigorate the state’s racing and breeding industries. “I think our best days in the racing industry, whether it’s Standardbred or Thoroughbred, and the best days in the equine industry are ahead of us,” Murphy said during a July visit to the Meadowlands to present the Meadowlands Pace trophy. “But we do need leadership that appreciates that, that understands what you have to do to move that needle, and I’m honored to be raising my hand to do that.” Earlier in the year at a fundraiser sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and TrotPAC, the organization’s political action committee, hosted by Deo Volente Farms, Murphy said it was time for the equine industry to get back on its feet to the benefit of all residents of the Garden State. “He felt the industry was important to the state,” Gulotta said. “He also thought there was an absence of leadership that caused us to decline. I think all those are well-stated sentiments. “You have to take him for his word. And I take him for his word. He’s a humble guy. He comes from a middle-class family on good days. He started working when he was 13. He knows what it means to grow up with financial challenges and he’s made himself. He’s basically a humble guy and I think he’s a truthful guy. I’m confident in that.” Following the election, SBOANJ President Mark Ford told Harness Racing Update the organization was ready to work with the governor-elect to improve the industry. “We’re very fortunate that we have a relationship with the governor,” Ford said. “There’s a lot of us in the industry, headed by Mike Gulotta and Deo Volente, that really went far and above to establish that relationship. We’re very fortunate to have Mike on our team and fortunate he has a relationship with the governor. “Maybe we’ve got a shot at relaying to the governor how important this industry is; how influential it is in New Jersey with all the open spaces, how many people are involved and what infrastructure there is in the racing industry in New Jersey. Hopefully, we’ve got a bit of an in.” Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ — November 22, 2017 — Governor-elect Phil Murphy has announced, the appointment of SBOANJ Director and CEO of Deo Volente Farms, Mike Gulotta to his Budget transition committee.  Gulotta will make recommendations on state policy, issues and initiatives as Murphy’s administration prepares to take office. The committees will meet over the next two months and then submit reports and recommendations to the governor-elect and his leadership team prior to inauguration. The SBOANJ congratulates Mike Gulotta on this amazing appointment and sees it as a positive for the New Jersey harness racing industry. Courtney Stafford

Dave DeLuca of Whitehouse, NJ is the winner of the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's and Deo Volente Farms' Name The Filly promotion held on July 8, 2017 at the Meadowlands. Deolicious was the winning selection out of 678 entries in the contest. The Filly, bred by Deo Volente Farms, is from the great sire Mach Three and out of the dam World Of Her Own. Mach Three, who passed away in January of this year, was the winner of the 2002 Meadowlands Pace and had total career earnings over $2.1 million. World of Her Own is the daughter of the two-time Dan Patch Award winner Worldly Beauty. With his winning submission, DeLuca won $500 and will receive 1% of Deolicious' 2 and 3 year old earnings courtesy of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "I know how tough it is to make it to the racetrack," DeLuca said during his post win interview. "I just hope I get to see this little filly on the track in a couple of years." Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment would like to thank everyone who came out to the track to submit a name, as well as Deo Volente Farms for their efforts in making this year's contest a huge success. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands    

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 11, 2017 -- Phil Murphy, the front-runner in the race among Democrats to represent the party in November’s general election for governor, met with harness racing horsemen and horsewomen on May 4 at Deo Volente Farms and said he is committed to helping struggling New Jersey industries --- including horseracing --- regain their edge both locally and nationally. Murphy met with a large group at a fundraiser sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and TrotPAC, the organization’s political action committee, and hosted by Deo Volente Farms, and said it was time for the equine industry to get back on its feet to the benefit of all residents of the Garden State. “There are a couple of industries in this state that we used to own,” Murphy said. “The equine industry is on the list. And it’s high on the list. And (what has happened) doesn’t make any sense. You look at the thousands of jobs, the millions in economic benefit, and the open space benefits that are provided to a state that is the densest state in the nation. Getting the open space and environment right is a pass/fail test; you can’t get a B-plus in that in New Jersey. “I’m an optimist. I believe the position we’re in as a state is due to a failure of leadership. It’s not that the people got bad or our assets got impaired or our prospects got diminished. This is bad leadership. I believe the right leader with the right priorities, who is committed to governing this state and nothing else, goes a long way toward beginning the process to getting back on our feet. “We’re going to get our edge back.” Murphy, a Monmouth County resident and former U.S. ambassador to Germany, leads in the polls for the Democratic nomination for governor. The Democratic and Republican primaries are June 6. Murphy also leads likely Republican nominee Kim Guadagno in the race to succeed Gov. Chris Christie in November’s general election. At the Deo Volente event, Murphy was introduced to attendees by Deo Volente Farms CEO and SBOA Treasurer Mike Gulotta and Richard Codey, a former governor and current state senator who has endorsed Murphy. Codey has long been an advocate for the racing industry and earlier this year co-sponsored legislation to permit Historic Racing at the state’s racetracks and off-track-wagering facilities. Gulotta first met Murphy through Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis. “Since then, I got to know Phil and I can honestly say that each and every time I speak with him, I discover something new that I like about him,” Gulotta said. “The last time we spoke we shared our mutual backgrounds about growing up under modest conditions. His comment to me was ‘That’s why you have your great attitude and that’s why you care about people.’ Right back at you Phil. Your deep concern for people is evidence that you will be a great governor indeed. “Obviously, I care about the racing and breeding industry in New Jersey. We must level the playing field for New Jersey horsemen and give them the chance to continue to work here. Thank you to the many horsemen here today for your help in supporting our next governor. “New Jersey used to be the equine leader in this country in racing and breeding. We held our preeminent position until New York and Pennsylvania stole our thunder. I am totally confident that we can take back our title and that we can re-emerge as the best there is.” During a question-and-answer period, SBOA Director and TrotPAC Chairman Anthony Perretti made an emotional plea to Murphy to support the equine industry. “I lost the biggest farm in the state,” said Perretti, referring to the nearly 400-acre breeding farm founded by his father Bill in the mid-1980s. “(Jeff Gural) built a $110 million track (at the Meadowlands). Many of the horsemen in this room who came out tonight came from other states to race and work and make a living here. “We were the best. We were the best in the country. These people’s livings are on the line. I want you to commit to us that you’re going to stand behind us.” Murphy responded, “Absolutely.” “Some things are really hard to figure out. Recognizing the importance of this industry to the state, both historically and what it can be again, is not exactly hard to figure out,” he said. “The question of how you do it, I’ll look to the folks who have forgotten more about it than I’ll ever know. But I’m really confident.” Murphy agreed that part of the job ahead involves making the public aware of the value of the equine industry as a whole. But the first order of business is to get the industry heading in the right direction. “I would want to get the public policy, working with guys like Gov. Codey, in place that allows the industry to see the daylight that it’s going to get back on its feet,” Murphy said. “When real progress is being made, then you start to figure out how promote it to make sure everyone realizes the totality of the industry. Making folks understand the jobs, revenue, pride, open space. There are a lot of elements that are complete consistent with what we should be as a state.” Ken Weingartner

Today, NJ based Deo Volente Farms, a leading Standardbred breeding operation, and Kentucky based Taylor Made Stallions and Taylor Made Sales Agency, an outstanding business in America’s Thoroughbred world, along with California Chrome’s breeder Perry Martin, announces an unprecedented crossover deal in which harness racing owners of Trixton and California Chrome will buy shares in their new partner’s horses. In doing so, these captains of their industries are establishing a strategic relationship that will encourage growth and new investment in the racehorse industry. California Chrome holds the top spot in the Longines 2016 World Ranking of Racehorses and is the highest earning racehorse in history having earned in excess of $13.4 Million in purses.  Bred by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, he won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2014, and after recovering from a minor injury in 2015, he made an extraordinary return to the track in 2016.  His athletic prowess is on full display as he has thus far been a perfect 6 for 6 this year under the expert handling of trainer Art Sherman, including victories in the $10 Million Dubai World Cup, the Pacific Classic and the Awesome Again. California Chrome’s next scheduled appearance is at Santa Anita for the $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic. With such an outstanding career, the 2014 Thoroughbred Horse of the Year out of Love the Chase by Lucky Pulpit, and grandson to the prominent sire Pulpit, is sure to have an exciting and promising career in the breeding shed. Trixton, trained by one of the world’s leading trainers, Jimmy Takter, captured the 2014 Hambletonian, the most prestigious race in the Standardbred world.  The stallion offers superior pedigree in the harness world today. He is by Muscle Hill, also a  Hambletonian winner (2009). In turn, Muscle Hill is a son of the 1998 Hambletonian winning sire, Muscles Yankee, a stallion responsible for three consecutive Hambletonian winners.  Muscles Yankee in turn is the foremost son of the foundation sire, Valley Victory.  Trixton’s dam is a full sister to three very successful stallions in the Standardbred industry. He retired from racing in 2014 and his innovative dual continent syndication sold out in two days. He secured a full book of the who’s who of mares globally in 2015 and 2016 and his first foals will be presented as yearlings in 2017.  “Both Taylor Made and Deo Volente Farms are shining examples of quality and integrity, following the bedrock foundations of horsemanship, customer service, and innovation; we are delighted that Ernie Martinez introduced us. Mike and I developed an immediate relationship, as we both are passionate not only about excellence, but also, and more importantly, about our Christian faith ” said Mr. Duncan Taylor, CEO of Taylor Made. The family run business began operations in Kentucky in 1976 by Joe Taylor, father of the Taylor brothers, Duncan, Chris, Ben, Frank, and Mark.   Taylor Made was soon recognized for their quality care and quickly ascended to the apex of the thoroughbred world, selling horses for over one million dollars each by the 80’s and establishing themselves as top sellers by the 90’s with continued success in breeding and on the racetrack today. Deo Volente Farms was founded in 2008 by its CEO, Michael J. Gulotta, and a board of investors.  Gulotta has been an owner in the harness racing business for over 25 years.  “My commitment to the Standardbred industry is unwavering and I am delighted to have the esteemed Taylor Made family join the Trixton Syndicate” said Gulotta, who is Treasurer, Chair of the Breeders Committee and an Executive Board Member of New Jersey’s Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association.  As innovative and forward looking leaders, both Taylor and Gulotta believe that this union is a unique example of thoroughbreds and standardbreds being mutually supportive and standing united so as to attract next-generation fans and investors. With these stellar stallions and thoughtful leaders, this is the first step in their collaborative journey together. Duncan Taylor | President & CEO Taylor Made Sales Agency, Inc. | Taylor Made Stallions, Inc. 2765 Union Mill Road | Nicholasville, KY 40356 Office (859) 885-3345 | Direct Line (859) 881-6128 Fax (859) 881-7032   | We consider referrals the highest compliment. Please keep us in mind if you know someone who would benefit from developing a relationship with Taylor Made. Sue Agopian  |  Managing Partner, CMO Deo Volente Farms LLC 487 Quakertown Road  | Flemington, NJ 08822 Office: 908/782-4848 |  Fax: 908/782-4870

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- October 10, 2016 -- With a month to go before voters statewide decide whether to allow casino gambling in North Jersey, harness racing supporters face a landscape of unfavorable poll numbers, a barrage of opposition TV and radio advertising, and the recent decision by deep-pocketed backers to suspend their public relations campaign. But many who have spent years dreaming of bringing a casino to the Meadowlands Sports Complex or other locations in North Jersey aren’t giving up just yet. Instead, they are getting together this week to discuss ways to get their message out in non-traditional ways. Several of the state’s most established harness racehorse owners have met recently with leaders of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber to talk strategy. A forum featuring the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and several state lawmakers on Friday is being pitched as an opportunity to gain attention for their cause. “Not passing this referendum would mean we are giving up $600 million a year” in new casino tax revenues “that has to be made up in the budget in some other way, like an increase in property taxes or income tax,” Mike Gulotta, a longtime horseman and the owner of Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, said in an interview at The Meadowlands Racetrack last week. Opponents of the casino expansion proposal — many of whom are from Atlantic County and other areas in South Jersey — counter that adding casinos in North Jersey would further devastate the economy of Atlantic City, which voters handed a statewide gambling monopoly 40 years ago but now is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. They say Atlantic County — which in recent years has had one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country — would also be devastated if thousands of additional casino jobs are lost. The closure of the Trump Taj Mahal today will leave the city with seven casinos, down from the dozen that were operating there at the start of 2014. But Gulotta and other horsemen — like Anthony Perretti, a Paramus native and Asbury Park resident, and Mark Ford, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey — frame the issue in a way that echoes what Ed Rendell said more than a decade ago when he was the governor of Pennsylvania. Rendell broke a logjam in public sentiment on legalizing casinos in his state by making the case that, regardless of one’s opinion of gambling, Pennsylvanians were spending almost a billion dollars annually at casinos in neighboring states — especially in New Jersey. The first casino in Pennsylvania opened in 2006, inducing many Keystone State residents to gamble closer to home. The half-dozen Pennsylvania casinos that have since opened near the New Jersey state line — as well as Empire City Resorts at Yonkers Raceway, which also opened in 2006 — lure tens of thousands of New Jersey gamblers each month to spend their entertainment dollars out of state. New Jersey license plates are plentiful on vehicles at Yonkers as well as at the Mount Airy Casino in the Poconos and at the Sands Bethlehem casino. “The people of New Jersey are subsidizing the tax burdens of the people of New York and Pennsylvania by gambling there,” Gulotta said. Racehorse owners also focus on the issue of preservation of farmland that has proven popular with voters in previous referendums. “There are more than 200,000 acres of equine-related farmland in New Jersey,” Gulotta said. “Do we want that to go away?” A 2014 Rutgers University study estimated that the state equine industry generates 13,000 jobs of which more than half — 7,000 — are related to horse racing. Perretti said he hoped to enlist support from construction unions, hotel workers, veterinarians, feed manufacturers and anyone else who would suffer economic harm from a shutdown or cutback in the state’s equine industry and who would benefit from increased state support for the racetracks. The horsemen support the casino expansion proposal even though the state’s horse racing industry might receive less than one-tenth of the $60 million annually in race purse subsidies that leaders say is needed to make the tracks truly competitive with the casino-subsidized tracks in surrounding states. They say that the gap could be diminished in the enabling legislation that would be passed in Trenton should voters approve casino expansion. “The referendum guarantees us a place at the table, and we can negotiate to get a bigger piece of the pie,” Perretti said, though Governor Christie — who privatized the tracks five years ago — is philosophically opposed to any industry subsidy. Dennis Drazin, who operates Monmouth Park, has been ambivalent about the ballot question. “We really don’t know where he is at,” Ford, the head of the harness racing organization, said of Drazin. “He’s an enigma. We’re supposedly on the same team, but I have yet to see it.” That may soon change. Drazin said in an interview last week that he hoped to reach an agreement within a matter of days with Jeff Gural, the operator of The Meadowlands Racetrack, that would allow for the state thoroughbred and harness racing industries to receive $15 million each of the revenue from a Meadowlands casino should Gural produce a winning bid to build one adjacent to his grandstand. “The thoroughbreds were depending on enabling legislation that was never drafted, and never voted upon, to clarify how much benefit there would be from the referendum,” Drazin said. “But I am in the drafting process with Jeff, and once it’s signed then we will support the referendum.” Mike Campbell, the executive director of the state Thoroughbred Breeders Association, said that adding a pair of casinos in North Jersey “will protect thousands of jobs associated with New Jersey’s equine industry.” The three most recent major polls on the issue show opponents with a double-digit lead, with a Stockton University poll last week revealing 68 percent opposition and just 27 percent support statewide. Meanwhile, Gural and Paul Fireman — a former Reebok chief executive who is seeking to build a $4.6 billion casino and resort complex on the grounds of his Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City — announced last month that they were suspending their OURTurnNJ campaign favoring the casino expansion, citing grim polling data. Ron Simoncini, a spokesman for the Regional Chamber, said the organization’s “Northstars” campaign “has scraped together a small budget to support a social media campaign and online advertising campaign” — an effort similar to what leaders of the state’s horse racing industry are planning via their partnership with the East Rutherford-based MWW public relations firm. Video footage of residents expressing their support for North Jersey casinos can be used to effectively counteract “the mercenaries being used by the ‘no’ vote people,” Simoncini said, noting that Genting Group, the Malaysia-based organization that owns Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct in Queens, is helping to finance the Trenton’s Bad Bet campaign against casino expansion. The chamber and the harness racing association are among the sponsors of the “mDest Tourism Conference: Press for Yes” forum at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack on Friday morning. One panel focuses on the economic impact of a Meadowlands casino, with another featuring Murphy and a number of state legislators from both parties — Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto; state Sens. Paul Sarlo, Jennifer Beck and Joseph Kyrillos; and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo. By John Brennan, Staff Writer, The Record

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