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MANALAPAN, NJ - September 17, 2015 - An Ake Svanstedt trainee won the $50,500 Charles I. Smith Trot for three-year-olds, but it was not 2-5 favorite Southwind Mozart, who finished second, but rather 2-1 Crescent Fashion, who scored a length and three-quarters victory in the featured third race on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. In the $35,000 Harold Dancer for two-year-olds, contested prior to the betting card, the Richard Johnson-trained Steed won with Daniel Dube driving. The Smith and the Dancer are both restricted to New Jersey-sired trotters and are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Crescent Fashion [$6.20], driven by Scott Zeron, rallied first over to pass the fraction-cutting Mountain Top, who hung on for third by seven and a half lengths, and out- brushed Southwind Mozart for his third win in 10 starts this year. All three top finishers are sons of Muscle Hill. The mile was clocked in 1:56.4. Svanstedt's third entrant, Natural Kemp, was fifth. Crescent Fashion has finished in-the-money in six of 13 career starts and banked $88,198 for owners Laura K. Noren of Eastampton, NJ; Order by Stable of Boras, Sweden and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia. PA. Steed, by Muscle Hill, was on the lead from gate-to-wire in the Harold Dancer, crossing the wire a half-length in front in 1:59.2, only two-fifths of a second off the stakes record of 1:59 established in 2010 by Chapter Seven. A pair of Julie Miller trainees battled for second and third with Inukchuck Chuck, driven by Julie Miller, finishing ahead of Stayin Strong, with Eric Abbatiello in the sulky. Both are sons of Muscles Yankee. Steed is owned by the partnership of TLP Stable of Florham Park, NJ; D'Elegance Stable IX of Florham Park, NJ; Vito Cucci of Belmar, NJ and Carmen Iannacone of Lyndhurst, NJ. The gelding picked up his first win in his sixth career outing, with two seconds to his credit, for earnings of $26,347. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 11, 2015 - Riley's Dream took advantage of an early miscue by Rules Of The Road to win the $30,000 Helen Smith Trot by half a length on Friday, September 11, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. With only four three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotting fillies entered, the race was contested prior to the betting card. The Helen Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Riley's Dream [Muscle Hill], driven by Steve Smith and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:00.3. Rules Of The Road [Muscle Hill], with earnings over $200,000 and the runner-up in the Hambletonian Oaks, broke stride at the start and spotted the field more than five lengths but closed well for second. It was a length and a half to Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] in third and four and a half lengths to Southwind Cartier [Muscle Hill] in fourth. Riley's Dream, unraced at two, has two wins, seven seconds and two thirds in 15 starts this year for earnings of $85,151. His owner-breeders are Jason Allen and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ, and Ronald Allen of Southampton, NJ. The Helen Smith stakes record of 1:56.2 is shared by Marla Bar [2002], Silver Credit [2013] and Cee Bee Yes [2014]. The team of driver Steve Smith and trainer Julie Miller were back in the winner's circle in the eighth race as Southwind Hope won a $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies. Southwind Hope, a daughter of Muscle Hill- Honey Pie, scored a two length victory over Cree [Muscle Hill]. It was 11¼ lengths to Peg O My Heart in third. She trotted the mile in 2:01.2 for her first win with two thirds in five starts. The $52,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase has banked $9,100. Southwind Hope, bred by Southwind Farm of Pennington, NJ, races for the partnership of the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone, NJ; Little E LLC of New York, NY and Lawrence Dumain of Pine Bush, NY. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 11, 2015 – The Bellino Family weighed the risks with the potential rewards and decided to relocate their eight-year-old stallion, Rock N Roll Heaven, to Deo Volente Farm in Flemington, NJ. The 2010 Horse of the Year, owned by Joe and Frank Bellino, stood at Blue Chip Farms in New York for the past four seasons. “The Bellinos want to help New Jersey because they see that New Jersey is working to help itself,” said Michael J. Gulotta, chief executive officer of Deo Volente Farm.  “I told them all the negatives but also the potential upside.  “Forces are moving in the right direction, and there is a great chance at revitalization in New Jersey,” noted Gulotta, who chairs the Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey [SBOANJ].  “Like the gentrification of Jersey City, where they took advantage of the natural resources, I think the same thing applies to horse breeding in this state.  I believe that taking the risk associated with being in the business will pay off.  And the greatest returns go to the greatest risk takers.  I think it is a risk but not without its merits.” Gulotta noted that the SBOANJ’s New Jersey Pacing Stallion Breeding Incentive Program played a role in the Bellinos decision.  For the 2015 breeding season, the incentive program offers a rebate of the full advertised stallion fee [up to $2,500 maximum] for New Jersey resident mares and 50 percent of the stallion fee [up to a $1,250 maximum] for non-resident mares. “I’m hopeful that program will be extended and attract more mares to New Jersey,” said Gulotta.  “We need to attract stallions to have a New Jersey program.  If there is no program, we won’t need New Jersey farms.” Joe Bellino and his father, Frank, announced their decision on Thursday after considering several options for moving their stallion "We've been disappointed in his last couple of breeding books,” Joe Bellino told harnessracing.com.  "Blue Chip tried their best with him, and I know they wanted to keep him, even until the end.” Bellino said that regardless of the money or other issues, he wanted to step up and help New Jersey racing and breeding. “Instead of everybody running away, maybe some people should run to help,” Bellino noted.  “Let's do the right thing.” “Now it is my obligation to make sure the horse’s career is a success,” said Gulotta, whose Deo Volente Farm was honored as New Jersey’s Breeder of the Year in 2014.  “I’ll do everything in my power from marketing to legislation to innovative programs.  I’ve been asked to run for state senate, but I’m having too much fun doing what I’m doing. “Our farm manager, Fidencio Cervantez, has handled some of the top stallions in our industry, including Rock N Roll Heaven's own sire Rocknroll Hanover, in addition to Muscles Yankee, Matt’s Scooter, Artiscape, and others.  And I have Bob Marks to market this horse,” Gulotta added.  “We have a solid team.” Deo Volente’s New Jersey farm stands the trotters Trixton and Wishing Stone along with the pacers World of Rocknroll, Lis Mara and If I Can Dream. Rock N Roll Heaven’s first foals are three year olds this year, led by the fillies Sassa Hanover p, 1:49.4 ($704,002), Band Of Angels p, 1:50 ($350,245) and Divine Caroline p, 1:49.4f ($344,333). For all the latest updates on Rock N Roll Heaven as at the 1st of September 2015 go to www.stallionsphere.com Rock N Roll Heaven’s 2016 stud fee will be announced soon. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Rules Of The Road, runner up to Wild Honey in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, faces three rivals in the $30,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. With only four entrants, the Helen Smith for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotting fillies, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, will be contested prior to the betting card with a post time of 12:10 p.m. Facing Rules Of The Road, driven by Jason Bartlett for trainer Janice Connor, will be Southwind Cartier [trained and driven by DR Ackerman], Blue Muse [trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt], and Riley's Dream [driven by Steve Smith for trainer Julie Miller]. Blue Muse is by Muscles Yankee and the other three are by Muscle Hill. Rules Of The Road, owned by Arden Homestead of Delhi, NY and Janice Connor of Goshen, NY, has five wins, four seconds and two thirds in 18 starts this year for earnings of $211,235 toward a career total of $244,285. Her wins this year include a division of the Tompkins Stakes at Tioga Downs on August 16 The Helen Smith stakes record of 1:56.2 is shared by Marla Bar [2002], Silver Credit [2013] and Cee Bee Yes [2014]. On the betting card, eight two-year-old trotting fillies, four by Muscles Yankee and four by Muscle Hill, are scheduled in a $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres. Installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the field of eight is Jazebel De Vie by Muscles Yankee. She is set to leave from post two with driver-trainer Chris Ryder. The eighth-race field, from the rail out with driver, trainer and morning line odds: Southwind Hope, Steve Smith, Julie Miller, 9-2; Jazebel De Vie, Chris Ryder, Chris Ryder, 5-2; American Spa, Jim Marshall III, Rick Gillock, 30-1; Cree, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 3-1; Casino Cutie It, Vincent Ginsburg, Ray Schnittker, 9-2; Peg O My Heart, Christopher Freck, Christopher Freck, 30-1; Energy Bar, Eric Abbatiello, Jonas Czernyson, 4-1 and Heal The World, Marcus Johansson, Nancy Johansson, 30-1. Carol Hodes

Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton are leading an effort to save Showplace Farms, which announced it will be closing on October 1. The facility covers over 150 acres in Millstone Township, and includes racetracks, a therapy swimming pool, paddocks and a blacksmith shop. Showcase Farms opened in 1979 and has been the venue for many of the nation’s most successful race horses and trainers. Dancer and Clifton both represent Millstone Township. "Ron Dancer and I began discussing the future of Showplace Farms as soon as word came out that it would be closing," said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, which represents New Jersey’s standardbred horsemen. “We have been exploring a variety of options, with the objective of maintaining the training center, which provides critical stabling and jobs for New Jersey’s horsemen. The loss of Showplace Farms would be a setback to those of us in racing but also to the rural character of Millstone Township and the surrounding community. The SBOANJ will do whatever it can to assist Assemblymen Dancer and Clifton, Howard Schoor and all the others working to preserve Showplace. “Every effort must be made to preserve Showplace Farms for open space and maintain its beautiful landscape,” said Dancer. “We are not only losing over 100 jobs with the Farms closing and the relocation of over 400 horses to out-of-state equine facilities, but we are concerned about the possibility of the grounds being sold for development." "I am encouraged by our initial meeting with the owners representative of Showplace Farms as well as local and state officials to find a way to protect this land. ” The two legislators held an initial meeting last Friday to discuss and formulate an action plan to preserve Showplace Farms’ prime real estate frontage on Route 33 from the threat of development. Dancer and Clifton were joined by Howard Schoor, representing the owners of Showplace Farms, and officials from the state, county and local levels, including: *Patricia Butch (Monmouth County Agricultural Development Committee) *Nancy Grbelja (Monmouth County Save The Horse Committee) *Amanda Brockwell (Monmouth Conservation Foundation). The Monmouth Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization, will assist to facilitate the preservation process. “I am encouraged by the support and concern expressed by the stakeholders we met last Friday,” said Clifton. “We all agree that finding a solution that protects the beauty of Showplace Farms and maintains its rural nature is what we’d like to achieve." "Assemblyman Dancer and I understand the importance of this issue to the community and will do everything we can to assist in preserving this as open space.” The stakeholders will meet again this Wednesday, August 19. Ron Dancer

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 29, 2015 - Jacqueline Ingrassia, affectionately known as Lady Jay, is about to break new ground. She and her harness racing and life partner for more than four decades, Frank Ingrassia, will be sending out their first Hambletonian Oaks starter on Saturday night, August 1, 2015 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Cocoacabana drew post two in the sixth race, the first of two $35,000 elimination races which will whittle down the 16 three-year-old trotting fillies to the 10 finalists who will face off in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Final on August 8. "This will be our first Hambletonian Oaks starter," the 68-year-old Allentown, NJ resident explained. "Just to be in it is an honor. To make the final would be icing on the cake." The Ingrassias currently have nine horses in training at White Birch Farm, which is two miles from their home. Three of their trainees, including Cocoacabana, are owned with Peter and Ebby Gerry's Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, NY; one they own outright and five are for Dr. Donna Franchetti and her husband, Tom Doran. Ingrassia, a member of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Board of Directors, is also a District 12 representative of the United States Trotting Association. A versatile horsewoman, she is also involved with the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey. Born in Ipswich in Great Britain, she started driving in races in the United States in 1977. She became the first woman driver to win a Triple Crown race when she guided Goalfish to victory in the 2000 Yonkers Trot. She topped the 1,000-victory plateau in 2003. She was a 1999 inductee into the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame. Jacquie Ingrassia will be driving Cocoacabana in the Oaks Elimination if John Campbell opts for the Jimmy Takter-trained Wild Honey, also in the same division. She would be the first woman driver in the Oaks since it debuted in 1971. Cocoacabana is aptly named, being a daughter of Chocolatier-Beachcomber. She has two wins, one second and nine thirds in 21 career starts. This year she has been in-the-money in five of 11 starts, including her first two trips to the winner's circle. She has a bankroll of $40,444 and a mark of 1:53.3, taken in her last start on July 17 at the Meadowlands. Cocoacabana winning at The Meadowlands on the 12th of July "Cocoa had the usual two-year-old issues last year - sickness, sore knees, growth spurts," Ingrassia explained. "We felt she needed time to develop and, hopefully, she is over the worst. She is a Chocolatier and has very pronounced haunches, and also doesn't carry much weight. I'm told this is a trait with them." The Gerrys' Arden Homestead bred the filly in partnership with Tad Egloff's Vieux Carre Farm. "We really liked her at the sale," she said. "I bought her [for $32,000 at Harrisburg], and, subsequently, Peter and Ebby bought 50 percent from me." "We have four nice two-year-old filly trotters, all racing, including Twice a Night [Donato Hanover-Working Girl], whom we co-own with Arden Homestead Stable," Ingrassia noted. "She won a leg of the Stallion Series at Pocono last week and is turning out to be a nice filly. Hopefully, you will see us again in the Oaks next year [with her]. Hope springs eternal!" Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Hambletonian Oaks with listed drivers and trainers: 1 - Lady Winona by Credit Winner -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  2 - Cocoacabana by Chocolatier -John Campbell-Frank Ingrassia  3 - Lock Down Lindy by Lucky Chucky -Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna  4 - Smexi by Explosive Matter -Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter  5 - Bright Baby Blues by Andover Hall -David Miller-Bob Stewart  6 - Gatka Hanover by Muscle Massive -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke  7 - Wild Honey by Cantab Hall -John Campbell-Jimmy Takter  8 - Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter -Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver  Race 7 1 - Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill -Corey Callahan-Janice Connor  2 - Sarcy by Donato Hanover -Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter  3 - Speak To Me by Muscle Massive -Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  4 - Magic Marker by Andover Hall -David Miller-R. Nifty Norman  5 - Katniss by Credit Winner -Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt  6 - Livininthefastlane by Donato Hanover -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  7 - Classical Annie by Andover Hall -Aaron Merriman-Jim Arledge Jr.  8 - Spirit To Win by Cantab Hall -Brett Miller-R. Dustin Jones By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – July 25, 2015 – Split The House gave harness racing trainer James “Friday” Dean his third Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic victory and Wicked Little Minx overcame post 10 and a first-over trip to win the Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey as the spotlight was on New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers on Saturday night, July 25, 2015 at the Meadowlands. In the hands of Randy Waples, Split The House [$8.60], a son of Rocknroll Hanover – Shake The Junk, got up for a half-length tally over Revenge Shark [Cam’s Card Shark] while 6-5 favorite Artspeak [Western Ideal], the Dan Patch divisional champion at two, was third by a length and a quarter in the 11th race. The $200,000 New Jersey Classic and the $100,000 Miss New Jersey are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  Friday Dean harnessed previous winners Big Jim in 2011 and Panther Hanover in 2012 “He’s a nice horse with all the parts,” said Waples of Split The House.  “His only flaw was that he was silly behind the gate, But he’s turned the corner [after some equipment changes]. “I just wanted to draft as long as I could [behind Artspeak],” Waples added.  “Then he swelled up and dug in.”  Split The House, bred by Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ, paced the mile in 1:48.3 A $60,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, Split The House was unraced at two and has now won seven of nine starts, including three straight.  He has banked $162,158 for Ontario owners Scott Horner of Toronto, Peter Milligan of Mississauga and James J. Dean of Guelph. Split The House Wicked Little Minx captured the filly companion race, the Miss New Jersey, the seventh race. “She’s like a big diesel truck,” said winning trainer Nancy Johansson of the Rocknroll Hanover – Beachy Lady filly who was driven to her second win of the year by Brett Miller.  She coasted past Stacia Hanover [Western Ideal], who cut most of the mile.  It was two and a half lengths to 6-5 favorite The Show Returns {Rocknroll Hanover], who had limited room trying to slip up the rail and finished third. Wicked Little Minx [$6.60], a $50,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase by Courant AB of Stockholm, Sweden, improved her record to two wins, one second and three thirds from eight starts this year and 10 of 19 in-the-money lifetime.  Her $109,199 earnings this year lifted her total to $157,234.  She was bred by Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ. Wicked Little Minx In other racing action, Graceful Vision put forth a sparkling debut, winning a maiden event for two year old filly pacers in 1:52.3.  The 1/2 favorite made a backstretch brush to the lead, dueled around the far turn and sprinted away from the competition to score and impressive maiden-breaking score with Steve Smith in the sulky.  She is owned and trained by Erv Miller. Graceful Vision Sayitall BB was a drop and pop winner, scoring an emphatic 1:50 triumph in the upper level condition event for the pacing mares.  On the heels of a troubled trip, the Breeders Crown winning mare earned a nice confidence building win which could set her up nicely for the Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day, with eliminations (if necessary) next Saturday night.  Sayitall BB was driven by Joe Bongiorno, one of two wins on the program for him and is trained by Ron Burke who co-owns the mare with Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Sayitall BB The Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed again on Saturday night and that carryover now stands at $219,579 into the Friday, July 31st racing program. Darin Zoccali

Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento has issued this statement/letter on the news that Showplace Farms is closing: It started with a four paragraph announcement, and it sent shockwaves through the harness racing industry in New Jersey. On July 23, 2015, Showplace Farms in Millstone, NJ announced that after 36 years in business, it would be closing its doors on October 1, 2015. Showplace is 140 acres of prime real estate on Route 33. When it opened nearly four decades ago, it reflected the health of the standardbred racing industry in New Jersey, thanks to the debut of the Meadowlands Racetrack in 1976. Showplace, home to more than 425 horses, was a new concept: a first-class training center with its own track, state-of-the-art barns, a swimming pool for rehabilitating horses, and fenced in pastures for grazing. It would be the inspiration for other training centers throughout Central New Jersey where horsemen would pay for the privilege to house their racehorses in pastoral Monmouth County rather than free stabling at the Meadowlands. New Jersey horsemen, however, have fallen on hard times, competing against the casino-fueled purses in surrounding states. It is making it more difficult for Showplace and other training centers to collect rent and make their businesses viable. Meanwhile, the racetracks - including Freehold and the Meadowlands - have torn down their barn areas, leaving many horsemen without stabling options. In a matter of months, the bulldozers will be demolishing Showplace Farms, and it will not be long before other training centers and breeding farms will be following their example. These farms will soon be shopping malls and housing developments. Until now, the owners of the farms and training centers were willing to gamble on the future of New Jersey racing, believing that the addition of gaming at the Meadowlands would raise the purses and justify the risks. However, the failure of our leadership in Trenton to put the question of North Jersey gaming on this year's ballot has been the last straw for Showplace Farms, and perhaps others to follow. "It has been a good run," said Bix DiMeo, general manager of Showplace, in the announcement of closure. "But with fewer horses racing and the current economic climate here in New Jersey for harness racing, this business model no longer works for us." For anyone in the state legislature and the governor's office who thought racing's leadership was crying wolf - well, the impending closure of Showplace Farms on the heels of the dismantling of the 1,000-acre Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge seem to suggest that instead of crying wolf, the wolf is at the door. This is an industry that represents thousands of your friends and neighbors, who could go from taxpayers to unemployed in a heartbeat. If the racing industry in the Garden State were to fail, it goes beyond track ownership and track employees. Its demise would trickle down to the veterinarians, hay and grain growers, blacksmiths, horse transport companies, and others who make their living in some fashion off the racing and breeding industries. This is a billion-dollar industry in jeopardy, a meaningful source of revenue to the state's economy. Unless New Jerseyans want to see our farmland, of which 20 percent is equine-related, paved over, we need Trenton to step up and bring gaming to the Meadowlands now. Thomas Luchento President of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Manalapan, NJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 21, 2015 - Artspeak, the Dan Patch divisional champion at two, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, which will be contested as the 11th race on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Meadowlands. The filly companion race, the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey, is slated as the seventh race. Both the New Jersey Classic for colts and geldings and the Miss New Jersey for fillies are restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers. Both events are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Artspeak, a son of Western Ideal, is on the cusp of crossing the $1 million mark in earnings with a total of $997,320 thanks to 11 wins, two seconds and two thirds in 18 career starts. In 2014, he was voted Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year after he won eight of 10 starts and never finished worse than third for a bankroll of $742,185. His victories included the Metro at Mohawk on August 30 and, in his season finale, the Governor's Cup on October 25 at Woodbine. This year he has been first or second in five of eight starts, including a lifetime best 1:48.4 mile on May 30 to win the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at the Meadowlands. His only off-the-board finishes were a fifth in the North America Cup on June 20 and sixth in last week's Meadowlands Pace. The Tony Alagna trainee, driven by Scott Zeron, is owned by his co-breeder, Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY, along with Marvin Katz of Toronto, Ontario; Joe Sbrocco of Brecksville, OH and In The Gym Partners [Showbiz Hall Partners, John Fodera & Steven Wienick] of Staten Island, NY. The field for the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey [seventh race] with early driver assignments plus trainers: 1-Lindys Old Lady, Jim Marohn Jr., Frank Antonacci; 2-Thirty X, Vincent Ginsburg, Richard Silverman; 3-Stacia Hanover, Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott; 4-Cheyenne Robin, John Campbell, Robert Siegelman; 5-Strut My Stuff, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 6-Happiness, TBA, Ron Burke; 7-The Show Returns, John Campbell, Chris Ryder; 8-Crescent City, Steve Smith, Chris Ryder; 9-Ideal Nuggets, TBA, Ed Lohmeyer, and 10-Wicked Little Minx, Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson. Stacia Hanover, Strut My Stuff and Ideal Nuggets are by Western Ideal; all others by Rocknroll Hanover. The field for the $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic [11th race] with early driver assignments and early morning line, plus trainers: 1-Pierce Hanover, Douglas McNair, Ken Sucee, 6-1; 2-Revenge Shark, Brett Miller Tony Alagna, 8-1; 3-Badix Hanover, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1; 4-Dealt A Winner, John Campbell, Mark Silva, 5-2; 5 Artspeak, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 8-5; 6-Hurrikane Ali, Yannick Gingras, John McDermott Jr., 10-1, and 10-Split The House, Tim Tetrick, James Dean, 9-2. Pierce Hanover, Revenge Shark and Dealt A Winner are by Cam's Card Shark; Badix Hanover and Artspeak are by Western Ideal; Hurrikane Ali and Split The House are by Rocknroll Hanover. Click on the following link for all historic facts. Facts & Figures for the NJ Classic/Miss New Jersey, and Meadowlands Media Guide pages for the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Lindsey Giannini, crowned Miss New Jersey 2015 in June, will visit the winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at the Meadowlands on Saturday night, July 25, 2015 to present the trophy to the winner of the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey for three-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing fillies. Giannini, 21, from Hammonton, NJ, continues a tradition of pageant winners meeting their equine counterpart at the Meadowlands. The $100,000 Miss New Jersey shares the program with the $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic for three-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing colts. Both events are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. A junior at Rowan University, Giannini is pursuing a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, with hopes of becoming a sports reporter. She has said that her dream job would be as a NASCAR pit reporter. But first she will compete for the title of Miss America on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City. Giannini's platform is the dangers of distracted driving. She has helped to install permanent street signs that raise awareness of the issue. She said the signs are in 25 states and that she testified before the legislature and municipalities. "If I can save one life, or get one teen to put the phone down because of the work that I'm doing, then everything I will do this year will be worth it," Giannini said. Carol Hodes

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 17, 2015 - New Jersey's horsemen and TROTPac were the beneficiaries of a sunny day of golf for the competitors in the 20th Annual Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey's Golf Outing & Fundraiser on Monday, July 13, 2015 at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ. A total of 121 golfers and banquet attendees feasted on a prime rib dinner, followed by cream puffs, cannolis and other desserts. A moment of silence was observed to remember SBOANJ directors Edward Razzetti and Robert Baggitt Sr., who co-chaired the golf outing for many years. Both passed away in the last several months. Numerous door prizes were distributed along with presentations for golfing prowess. For the second straight year, the best foursome honors went to the Kunz Equine Team of Symon Spicer, Mike Seddon, Shannon "Murph" Murphy and Johnny Pregman. Murphy was also the 50-50 winner, donating back a portion of the $793 prize. The "most honest" foursome award went to Chris Ryder, Patrick Ryder, Dean Bovino and Connor Bovino. Longest drive-prizes went to Ellie Sarama and Garrett Federico. Closest to the Pin was trainer Ross Croghan. Putting contest honors went to Mike Pasch from Team Meadowlands. Jake Hartline won the drawing for a Track Trainer jog cart, which was donated by Allen Eggert of Pennsbury Enterprises. Sponsorships, key to the fund raising effort which benefits New Jersey's standardbred horsemen in need and TROTPac, were provided at several levels. The tournament sponsors were Shay Cowan/Katz-Pierz Inc, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and La Ferla Group LLC. The dinner sponsor was Michael Parisi of White Birch Farm; the lunch sponsor was AJ Sabath of Advocacy & Management Group; the dessert sponsor was Berman, Gara & Rutsky Group; the drink cart sponsor was Green Acquisition Corporation; closest to the pin sponsor was the LaFerla Group LLC and the longest drive sponsors were [men] Bonnie Butler in memory of Pat and Bill Butler, and [women] Berman, Gara & Rutsky Group. Platinum Sponsors: Katz-Pierz Inc., La Ferla Group LLC, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and White Birch Farm. Gold Sponsor: Drucker, Math and Whitman PC Silver Sponsors: Aetna/Meridian Health; Baggitt Family; Berman, Gara & Rutsky Group; Ross Croghan; Emposimato Stables; Federico's Landscaping; Freehold Raceway; Marty Granoff/Val D'Or Farms; Tim Hundertpfund/Gaitway Farm; Hambletonian Society; Joie De Vie Farms; Dr. Celeste Kunz/ Kunz Equine LLC; Sam Landy; Nick Salenetri, BNS Exhibit Pros; Santoro & Santoro; Showplaces Farms and William Weaver/ Valley High Stables. Bronze Sponsors: Jeff Bamond, Mark Ford, New Jersey Community Bank, Anthony Perretti Farm & Bloodstock Inc., Chris Ryder, Nick Surick and Walnridge Farm. Other donors and sponsors: George and Ginny Whipple Berkner, John Campbell, Mark Mullen, Marc and Marcy Goldberg, Health Insurance Solutions Inc., Electric Battery Company LLC, Pantano Nursery & Landscape Supply, Chris Rahey/ Deep River Snacks. Prize donations were provided by Bluestone Farms, John Calabrese, Deo Volente Farm, Gambler Ridge Golf Club, Ellen Harvey, Northwood Bloodstock, Reynolds Hay & Straw/ Tribute Equine Nutrition, Rick's Saddle Shop/ Purina, Peter Roselle and SPHO-NJ. The hole sponsors were the Baggitt Family; Drucker, Math and Whitman PC; Freehold Raceway, The Horseman and Fair World; Katz-Pierz Inc.; Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment; Andy Miller Stable; Network Security Group; Razzetti Family; Maggi Romano in memory of Kash Cordial; Nick Salenetri; SPHO-NJ and Nick Surick. The Hole-In-One Prize, a 2015 Dodge pickup truck, was provided by Freehold Dodge. The 2015 SBOANJ golf outing was chaired by Dennis Lane, a member of the Board of Directors, and organized by office staffers Linda Goss, Maritsa Quijada-Dill and Polly Hartzell. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 1, 2015 - The daughters of three harness racing trainers were named 2015 recipients of $2,500 scholarships from the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The honorees are Caitlin McDermott of Allentown, NJ, daughter of Kevin and Sheri McDermott; Leah Mazer-Posner of Jackson, NJ, daughter of Colleen and Mike Posner, and Stephanie Lauer of Highstown, NJ, daughter of Bruce and Marie Lauer. Caitlin McDermott, 20, is preparing to combine her "knowledge of horses and human therapeutic techniques into an amazing career." McDermott expects to graduate from Florida Southern College in May of 2016 with a degree in biological sciences and athletic training. She was the recipient of an SBOANJ scholarship in 2012 and was a past Standardbred Equestrian of the Year. Posner "always knew I wanted to have a career that involved horses" and now has the goal to be an equine surgeon. The 18-year-old competitively shows horses and volunteers to foster rescue dogs. She is enrolled in Ocean County Community College where she took two courses while a senior in high school this past spring. Lauer, a four-year honor roll student in high school, spent her freshman year at Radford University and transferred to the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, in 2014. She is a competitive swimmer and owns a standardbred who raced in her father's stable and is now retired as her riding horse. "I am majoring in special education," Lauer said. "I plan on continuing my dream with a riding facility." She hopes to use standardbreds to teach riding "to mentally and physically challenged people...and work with wounded soldiers." McDermott, Posner and Lauer will be presented with their scholarship checks and plaques in the Meadowlands winner's circle on July 25, 2015, the night of the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ      

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

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

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

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

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