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FREEHOLD, NJ - October 3, 2018 - On Saturday (Sept 29) Freehold Raceway held the $59,885 Renaissance final for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Nancy Johansson trainee Jk American Beauty sat in the two hole until just past the half where she brushed past the leader and never looked back to stop the clock in 1:56.1 for driver Jordan Stratton. This is the first-lifetime win for the daughter of American Ideal, and boost her earnings to $125,395 for 3 Brothers Stables. Miss Raggedy Ann finished second with Surreality coming in third. Freehold resumes live racing on Friday (Oct 5) with a post time of 12:30 pm, featuring the SBOANJ sponsored Futurity #53 for 2-year-old trotters. Then on Saturday (Oct 6), they will host the Home Grown Pace #1 for 2-year-old pacers. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

FREEHOLD, NJ -  September 28, 2018 - Today Freehold Raceway hosted the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey sponsored Helen Smith Final for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies and an NJSDF Final for 2-year-olds. The $20,000 Helen Smith Final was held before the regularly scheduled racing card as a non-betting race. Samis Rolin Stone sat a pocket trip and nosed out the competition in 2:00.2 for trainer Dewayne Minor. This is lifetime win number three for the Wishing Stone filly owned by Daniel Lengacher. Diamondstone Us finished a close second for trainer Noel Daley. The 2-year-old trotting colt, No Drama Please was the winner of the $50,000 NJSDF Final. Leaving from post position number one, the odds-on favorite lead every call of the mile to win in 2:00.3 for trainer Julie Miller. The Trixton colt notched win number three and $71,732 in lifetime earnings for owner Stroy Inc. Gerris Trix finished second while Warrior One come in third. Freehold resumes live racing Saturday, September 29, 2018, with the featured Renaissance Final for 2-year-old fillies, post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ -  September 16, 2018 - Freehold Raceway hosted two more harness racing legs of the NJSDF and one final over the weekend. The $7,500 second leg for 2-year-old colt trotters took place on Friday (Sept 14), while Saturday (Sept 15) held the second leg for 2-year-old pacing colts and the NJSDF final for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The second leg for the 2-year-old trotting colts was won by Bordogna for Julie Miller. Bordogna defeated his competition in 2:01.1 from post position four. The Trixton colt earned his sixth-lifetime win and increased his earnings to $11,375 for his owners Rick Huffman, Caroll Huffman, Larry Mather and Alan Eden. Apocalypse came in second with Holiday Hangover finishing third. Saturday (Sept 15) Freehold held the 7th annual Open Space Pace with the featured $50,000 NJSDF final for 2-year-old filly pacers. Odds on favorite Surreality left from the two hole to take the lead and never looked back, stopping the clock in 1:56.2. Trained by Mark Harder finished her New Jersey series off with a win and a second in the two legs and a big win in the final. Notching win number 5 and lifetime earnings of $64,625 for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli, Mark Harder and Dawn Colucci. Hurrikane Lori Ann finished second with Surrealism coming in third. Later in the card, another odds-on favorite Trente Deo won the second leg of the NJSDF for 2-year-old colt pacers. The Michael Hall trainee nosed out Mark Witha K to stop the clock in 1:58.0. The Captaintreacherous colt earned his second-lifetime win and $34,316 in earnings his owners Michael Hall, David Hamm, and CTC Stable. Downtown Cruiser finished off the trifecta. Live racing resumes Friday, September 21 with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Above statement made by Mark Ford, President of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 7, 2018 -- There was a time in New Jersey when the best of the best came to compete at Freehold Raceway on Labor Day. It was not long ago, but seemed a distant memory Monday when the track was closed because of a lack of entries. In an announcement regarding the decision to close on Labor Day, Freehold General Manager Howard Bruno said, “Overall, it is increasingly difficult for us to compete in a market where we have the lowest purse structure in the region.” The statement is not hyperbole, it is fact. For more than a decade, New Jersey’s racing industry has suffered while horsemen in neighboring states have enjoyed increased purses thanks to casino-enhanced funding. Monday’s closure of Freehold illustrates the erosion of New Jersey’s standing in sport – once the envy of the industry — and the seriousness of the situation. A year ago, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle ran a story titled “How VLTs saved NY horse racing.” According to the story, New York’s seven harness racing tracks saw purses escalate from $35 million to $118 million since 2003. The average purse per race went from about $4,000 to $11,000 over the 14 years — putting New York among the top five in the nation.  “The figures have been extraordinary at some tracks: Batavia Downs’ purses grew from $1.8 million to $5.5 million; from $4 million to $18 million at Saratoga harness; and from $20 million to nearly $63 million at Yonkers,” the story stated. The average purse per race this past Saturday at Freehold was less than $5,000. Tracks in New York and Pennsylvania could be found offering averages — at a minimum — of 46 percent more than Freehold, up to the $30,000 average Yonkers offered for eight non-stakes races that night. A decade ago on Labor Day, Freehold hosted a card that included the prestigious Cane Pace and other top stakes. Freehold was home to the Cane Pace from 1998 through 2010, when the track gave up hosting the race because of purse-funding issues. It is clear the industry needs to see purses augmented in the absence of racinos and the ability to compete with neighboring states on a level playing field. Without it, the state’s billion-dollar equine industry will likely suffer the loss of thousands of jobs and tens of thousands of acres in open space while the state loses tens of millions of dollars in revenues. State Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester, told NJOnlineGambling last week, “The challenges faced by horse racing lead to an erosion of the ancillary [equine] economy — breeding, horse farms, and so on. That warrants our attention, because once a horse farm goes away, it never comes back. Nobody tears down a condo development to build a horse farm.” The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey implores the state’s legislators to consider the magnitude of any decision regarding the enhancement of purses and preservation of the equine industry in the Garden State. Time is running out. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ  - August 26, 2018  - This weekend Freehold held the first leg of the Standardbred Development fund for 2-year-olds. The $7,500 filly trotting divisions were held on Friday (Aug 24), while the $7,500 pacing divisions went on Saturday (Aug 25). The first leg of the two divisions for trotting fillies was won by Princess Deo for trainer Noel Daley in 1:59.4. Princess Deo captured her first-lifetime win for owners Noel Daley, Deo Volente Farms and John Fodera. The Trixton filly was bred by Deo Volente Farms. Big Weezy finished second with July coming in third. The Jimmy Takter trainee Flos Conch Shack won the second division on Friday in 2:01.3. The Father Patrick filly wired the field to notch her first-lifetime win for owner John Fielding. Marveloustrix finished a close second with Questing third. Saturday held all the pacing divisions for both colts and fillies. The first division for filly pacers was won by Hurrikanesky. Owned, trained and bred by Patrick Hlubik, the daughter of Hurrikane Kingcole nosed out the odds on favorite in 1:57.4. Surreality finished second with Devious Delight coming in third. The first division for pacing colts went to Just Plain Loco trained by Tom Fanning, in 1:57.1. This marks win number three for the Well Said colt’s owners Paul Lang and Fanning Racing LLC. Just Plain Loco was bred by Joseph Jannuzzelli of New Jersey. Trente Deo was a close second and Big Sky Boom was third. Miss Raggedy Ann took the second division for fillies for trainer Stacy Chiodo. The Bettor’s Delight filly stormed past the competition in the stretch to stop the clock in 1:59.2. Miss Raggedy Ann, bred by Timothy Tobias Stable in New Jersey, earned her first-lifetime win for owner Donald Wolf. After a little interference in the lane Love Love Me Too was placed second and Surrealism was placed third. The last division of the day for the pacing colts was won by Clintock for trainer Jason Skinner. The Hurrikane Kingcole colt nosed past a Aperfectdeal at the wire for the win in 1:58.4, while Cloudbreak finished third. Clintock earned his first-lifetime win for owner Kathleen Brewer. Live racing resumes Friday, August 31 with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- August 14, 2018 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey election and general meeting will be on Friday, October 19th. Please check our website ( for updates. Anyone interested in running for director in one of the following categories: breeder, owner or driver/trainer, may do so. There are two positions open in the breeder and driver/trainer category and one in the owner category. In order to run for one of the positions, you must send a letter of intent to the SBOANJ office by August 24, no later than 45 days prior to the date of the election as stated in the by-laws. You may also drop your letter off in person. In order to qualify, you must have been an active member in the designated category you wish to run for at least two years. A copy of the by-laws can be found on our website. Send your letters to: SBOANJ 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726 by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 6, 2018 - Travis Ceppaluni, Katie Eick, Ryan Fusco, Liam McDermott and Olivia Miller were selected to receive the SBOANJ and BCAP scholarships for 2018. Travis Ceppaluni of Jackson, N.J., is the son of Christopher Hubert and Shannon Ceppaluni and was also a 2017 SBOANJ scholarship recipient. He will continue to study at Ocean County Community College this year, where he received High Honor Roll his first two semesters. Katie Eick of Farmingdale, N.J., was the National Honor Society Award winner for the 2017 - 2018 school year and captain of the field hockey team at Howell High School. Daughter of Floyd and Jennifer Eick, has been accepted to many top universities, but plans to attend Rutgers University and majoring in Animal Science. Ryan Fusco, graduate of Jackson Liberty High School, has committed to attend University of North Carolina Charolette in the fall. Son of Paul and Robyn Fusco, Ryan was the recipient of the Science National Honor Society and Captain of his Varsity Golf team. Liam McDermott of Allentown, N.J., was captain of the Allentown wrestling team and received the Principals Award Senior Male Student. Liam is the son of trainer Kevin McDermott and Sheri McDermott, he plans to attend Roger Williams University. Olivia Miller, daughter of driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller of Millstone, N.J. will attend Fairleigh Dickinson University where she will purse a degree in Nursing. Olivia received the National English Honor Society award while Cheerleading at Allentown High School. Each student received a $2,000 check and a plaque from the SBOANJ and BCAP associations at the Meadowlands. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ  - July 30, 2018  - Allerage Farms (Jeff and Paula Gural) and the SBOANJ are hosting the Ted Wing Appreciation Night on Friday August 3, 2018, to celebrate his nomination to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Ted's record-setting career, which began in his home state of Maine, has spanned five decades. He was the youngest driver, at the age of 26 in 1975, to reach 1,000 wins and second youngest to 3,000. He was the top driver in New England from 1970 - 1975, enjoying an unprecedented run of titles at Foxboro and Rockingham, and thought of highly enough to be sought out by race secretary Joe DeFrank to race at the Meadowlands when it opened in 1976. In 1978, he won the Meadowlands driving title and made history as the only driver to simultaneously take top honors at the Meadowlands, Roosevelt and Yonkers. The cocktail party will be held in the Meadowlands Skyboxes on Friday August 3, 2018 from 6:30pm to 11:30pm. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate all of his accomplishments throughout his career. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 27, 2018 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is looking to hire a Bookkeeper Administrative Assistant. Requirements: Strong background in accounting practices Excellent computer skills - Quick Books, Microsoft Excel and Word a must Detailed oriented, excellent communicator, analytical skills, ability to multitask, strong management and administrative background Core Responsibilities to include: Payroll & 401(k), accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations Maintain documentation relevant to health and life insurance plans Electronic funds transfer and administration fees Help prepare annual budget and administer Pension plan Report directly to the Executive Administrator and work closely with Board of Directors when necessary Maintaining current database and develop new applications Oversee and manage office staff Benefits: Salary based on experience level Paid Health Insurance (90/10) and 401-K matching plan Paid vacation and personal days Ten paid holidays For more information contact Al Ochsner 732-462-2357, email all resumes to by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- July 16, 2018 -- Mark Ford, the President of the SBOA of NJ, has issued the following statement in response to the attached DRF article regarding the Saturday opening of Sport's Betting at the Meadowlands. "We have had ongoing dialogue with Jeff and the Meadowlands. In one of our more recent meetings, it was clearly understood, and stated by Jeff, that the horseman would participate in sport's betting revenues with details yet to be worked out. It was exciting to see the Fan Duel-Meadowlands opening, coinciding with a night of spectacular racing, and hopefully this is just the start of a new era at the Meadowlands."   DRF Full Article   by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - July 14, 2018 -  The Meadowlands hosted the New Jersey Sire Stakes finals for 2-year-olds on tonight. The pacers competed for a $75,000 prize while the trotters fought for the $125,000 purse. Hurrikane Emperor son of Hurrikane Kingcole swept the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in the final to remain unbeaten in three pari-mutuel starts. The John McDermott Jr. trainee left from post position one and never missed a beat to win in 1:53.3. Hurrikane Emperor upped his lifetime earnings to $58,500 for owners Johnathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George R Vierno. Black Dan finished second while Narrative came in third. The final for the 2-year-old pacing fillies went to odds on favorite Mollydooker. The daughter of Great Vintage trained by Tony Alagna brushed past the competition at the quarter and paced through the wire in 1:54.0. Giving Mollydooker her second win in 3 starts and lifetime earnings of $45,000 for owners Visionary Breeders LLC. Love Love Me Too came in second while Hurrikanesky finished third. The first division of the trotters was for the 2-year-old fillies race five. The Father Patrick sired Whispering Oaks for trainer Jimmy Takter took home the $125,000 purse. Whispering Oaks was able to hold off a hard charging French Cafe in the stretch to win in 1:55.1. Whispering Oaks is now 2 for 3 lifetime with earnings of $72,500 for her owners Brixton Medical Inc., Herb Liverman, and R A W Equine Inc. French Cafe finished a tight second while Golden Tricks finished third. The final NJSS for the night was 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Despite making a break behind the gait Greenshoe was able to collect himself and come back to claim the prize. Son of Father Patrick, trained by Marcus Melander, rushed past the leader and stopped the clock in 1:53.3. This win keeps Greenshoe undefeated and gives his owners Courtant Inc. $72,500 in purse money. Trix and Stones finished second and Hudson River was third. The Meadowlands live racing returns tonight with a post time of 6:35 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - Management at Gaitway Farms and the SBOANJ would like to thank all the trainers, drivers, and grooms that participated in the last three weeks of qualifiers at Gaitway Farms. Also, a thank you to the sponsors of the food and refreshments during the races. Despite rainy weather the first two weeks, all three sessions were very successful. Food and refreshments were provided by Colts Neck Equine, Cunningham & Cunningham Equine Insurance, Deo Volente Farms, Dey Equine Veterinarians, Fair Winds Farm, Freehold Raceway, Goshen Yearling Sale, Heritage Hill Farm, Meadowlands Racetrack, Northwood Bloodstock, Preferred Equine, SBOA-NJ, Southwind Farms, Tattersalls, TrotPac, Walnridge Farm, and Wedgewood Pharmacy. Thanks again to all participants and sponsors we hope to see you again next year. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

CREAM RIDGE, NJ -- June 11, 2018 -- New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Standardbred breeding facility Fair Winds Farm on Friday and presented owner Mark Mullen with a proclamation from Gov. Phil Murphy declaring June the Month of the Horse in the Garden State. The horse was designated the state animal in 1977. Other officials attending the ceremony included State Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Eric Houghtaling as well as Monmouth County Freeholders Gerry Scharfenberger and Patrick Impreveduto. The event, arranged through the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, included a tour of Fair Wind Farm, a visit with Dr. Patty Hogan at Hogan Equine Clinic, which is located on the grounds of the farm, and a presentation from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Fair Wind Farms, a 500-acre breeding and boarding facility in Upper Freehold Township, was the state’s Standardbred Breeder of the Year in 2017. It has been in operation for nearly 50 years. “It’s so exciting to be here at Fair Winds Farm,” Fisher said. “It’s a premier institution. We’re treated to foals out in the fields and it’s always wonderful. The equine industry is amazingly important in this state. We have rolling acres of farmland that are supporting equine activities in the state and it’s imbued in the history of New Jersey in so many ways.” Assemblymen Dancer and Houghtaling told those in attendance that Thursday was a “big day” for the state’s equine industry because the legislature had unanimously passed a bill that would permit casinos and racetrack to offer sports betting and the assembly advanced a bill that would exempt horse boarding from state sales tax. Gov. Murphy signed the sports betting bill Monday. “We didn’t get the slots at the tracks to help us, but we have an opportunity now to bring in additional incremental revenues that are direly needed,” Dancer said. “We have a great opportunity, we’re just waiting for the governor to sign the bill. (And) we’re going to do away with the sales tax being charged to everyone that is boarding horses. This affects the entire equine industry. We want to get this done so we can preserve and enhance this great industry that we have.” Houghtaling, too, was buoyed by the sports betting bill and its potential impact on the equine industry. “As I’m thinking about that bill, I’m also thinking about standing on properties like this and preserving these kinds of properties,” Houghtaling said. “We haven’t been able to make (racinos) happen but now we’re going to have sports betting that will be helpful to Freehold and Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. That will be great for our horse industry.” Monmouth County Freeholders Scharfenberger and Impreveduto also presented Mullen with a proclamation celebrating the equine industry and the Month of the Horse. “When I think of Monmouth County, certainly you think of the shore, but the other half of that equation is these beautiful farms we have out here,” Scharfenberger said. “It’s very important we keep it that way and support horse farms and horseracing and support the open space all this provides us.” Other speakers during the event included SBOANJ Executive Administrator Al Ochsner and Mullen. Fair Winds, which is home to 35 broodmares, last year enjoyed its best yearling sale at the Standardbred Horse Sale, with $1.74 million in gross sales and sales-leading average of $92,000 for 19 horses. “We’ve faced many challenges over the years keeping racing and breeding in New Jersey strong,” said Mullen, who also serves as the SBOANJ’s first vice president. “These recent legislatives success that we had yesterday with the sports wagering and the revision of the sales tax are significant and important improvements for us. “We have one other legislative effort that we’re hoping to lobby for, which is a little bit of a budget resolution that would help our purses for racing, both Standardbred and Thoroughbred, and we need some additional support in the assembly to help that go through. Thank you all for coming out.” Fisher and other visitors remained on the farm for more than an hour, touring the facilities and talking with members of the racing community. “I think we’re going to see some brighter days going forward,” Fisher said. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOA/NJ

MANALAPAN, NJ — April 27, 2018 — The SBOANJ urges all of the Nominators to the new harness racing stakes program which includes the Home Grown Pace and the Garden State Trot, to continue with their payments on May 15th.  These new stakes are important to help maintain New Jersey's breeding program and need your continued support. Sustaining payments due May 15th are the Garden State Trot #1 for 2-year-old trotters in the amount of $400, the New Jersey Trotting Futurity #53 for 2-year-old trotters in the amount of $300, and the Home Grown Pace #1 for 2-year-old pacers in the amount of $300. Nomination Payments for 2017 foals are also due May 15th.  Last year the SBOANJ paid nomination fees for all New Jersey sired foals.  This year owners will be required to make the nomination payments.  On the trotting side, the yearling payments for both the Garden State Trot #2 and the New Jersey Trotting Futurity #54 are $25.  The payment for the Home Grown Pace #2 for New Jersey sired yearlings that are SDF eligible is $25, the payment for yearlings that are New Jersey foaled but not SDF eligible is $150. Visit for payment schedule and forms.   MAY 15 DEADLINE TO NOMINATE YEARLINGS TO NJSS & OTHER NJ STAKES Important payments are due Tuesday, May 15 to make and keep horses eligible to the New Jersey Sire Stakes Program and the Standardbred Development Fund. Nominations are due for foals of 2017 that are yearlings in 2018. All horses nominated must be registered with the U. S. Trotting Association (USTA), Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS) or another appropriate breed registry. The fee is $50 for the NJSS Premier Division if a copy of the yearling’s registration certificate accompanies the nomination.  Without a copy of the certificate, the fee is $75.  It is important to note that the yearling nomination fee is $100 if the foal being nominated is the result of the interstate transport of a registered New Jersey stallion’s semen to a mare outside the state of New Jersey, provided a copy of the certificate accompanies the fee.  Without the certificate, the interstate semen transport nomination fee is $125. Yearling nominations are also due for the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund for horses by non-New Jersey based stallions whose dams have been previously registered for the program.  The fee is $50 for the NJSDF if a copy of the yearling’s registration certificate accompanies the nomination.  Without a copy of the certificate, the fee is $75. Yearlings by sires located in New Jersey do not have to pay a separate fee as nomination to the Sire Stakes automatically results in nomination to the SDF program. All pacing yearlings eligible to either the NJSS Premier Division or the Standardbred Development Fund are also eligible to be nominated to the Renaissance Pace.  The Renaissance Pace nomination fee, which is also due May 15, is an additional $25 for the open division and $15 for the filly division. Nomination forms may be obtained from the NJSS website at All payments should be mailed to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625.  NJSS strongly suggests the use of certified mail to avoid potential problems in mailing or delivery of payments. No late payments will be accepted. For further information contact Christopher C. Castens (609) 292-8830 Courtney Stafford

The second payment of the SBOANJ sponsored Charles Smith Trot and Helen Smith are due April 15, 2018 in the amount of $300.  The Charles Smith Trot for 3-year-old colts elimination will be held at Freehold Raceway on September 1, 2018 with the final on September 8, 2018.  The Helen Smith Trot for 3-year-old fillies elimination will be held at Freehold Raceway on September 21, 2018 and the final on September 28, 2018. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- March 28, 2018 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) will unveil a new program, Caretaker Care, Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The program will offer clean, gently used, clothing to caretakers and horsemen at no charge. The donated clothing will be located on a rack between the doors of the drivers lounge and medical office in the paddock. There are so many people in our sport that put in long hours and mean so much to what we do, said SBOANJ Second Vice President Bob Boni, who thought of this as an industry-wide initiative after donating clothing on an individual basis. This is an opportunity to provide a service to them and also show our appreciation for their dedication and hard work. Recipients are asked to neatly look through the clothing on the rack, leave hangers, and keep the area clean. Anyone wishing to donate clothing for the Caretaker Care program can drop off clean, gently used, items at the SBOANJ office at the Meadowlands Racetrack or at the SBOANJ office on Route 33 in Manalapan. Courtney Stafford

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