Day At The Track
Search Results
97 to 112 of 451

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      

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 4, 2015 - The deadline of June 15 is approaching for applications for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and the Backstretch Community Assistance Program 2015 college scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to the sons and daughters of New Jersey horsemen. Scholarships, valued at a total distribution of $7,500, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themselves a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing. Only one candidate per household will be considered, and there is a lifetime cap of $10,000 per individual. The applicant must have taken either the SAT or ACT test, be accepted to or attend a college or university and fill out the SBOANJ's Scholarship Award application. Financial need, student involvement in community work, extracurricular academic activities, evidence of strong character and leadership and interest in the equine industry will all be considered. Applications and requirements are available on the SBOANJ website - www.sboanj.com -- or at Freehold and the Meadowlands [see Horsemen's Rep Linda Goss], the Backstretch Community Assistance Program offices at the Meadowlands and Showplace Farms [see Dr. Chris Samaha] and the SBOANJ office at 64 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ        

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 20, 2015 - The annual golf outing to benefit New Jersey harness racing horsemen will take place this year on Monday, July 13, 2015. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey's fundraiser will once again take place at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ, featuring a round of golf, a prime rib dinner and chances for door prizes, silent auction items and a 50-50. The fee is $180 per golfer. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m., preceded by registration, starting at 11:30 a.m., and buffet lunch. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and is available to non-golfers for $75. The money raised through the golf tournament supports the SBOANJ Horsemen's Benevolent Fund and TrotPAC. The Benevolent Fund has assisted struggling New Jersey horsemen with funeral expenses, rent, medical and other essentials. Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from a golf hole sponsorship at $250; putting, longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contest sponsorships at $300 each; drink cart and lunch sponsorships at $500 each and dinner and hole-in-one sponsorships at $750 each. Additionally, there are four levels of playing packages: $2,000 Platinum Sponsor [eight rounds of golf, hole sponsorship with name on cover and full page ad on inside front cover of the program], $1,500 Gold [four rounds of golf, hole sponsorship and full page ad on inside front or back cover of the program], $1,000 Silver [four rounds of golf and full page ad in program] and $500 Bronze [two rounds of golf and half page ad in program]. For more information, contact Leo McNamara or Polly Hartzell at the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 16, 2015 - The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and the Backstretch Community Assistance Program will once again offer college scholarships in 2015 to the sons and daughters of New Jersey horsemen. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2015. Scholarships, valued at a total distribution of $7,500, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themselves a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing. Only one candidate per household will be considered, and there is a lifetime cap of $10,000 per individual. The applicant must have taken either the SAT or ACT test, be accepted to or attend a college or university and fill out the SBOANJ's Scholarship Award application. Financial need, student involvement in community work, extracurricular academic activities, evidence of strong character and leadership and interest in the equine industry will all be considered. Applications and requirements are available on the SBOANJ website - www.sboanj.com -- or at Freehold and the Meadowlands [see Horsemen's Rep Linda Goss], the Backstretch Community Assistance Program offices at the Meadowlands and Showplace Farms [see Dr. Chris Samaha] and the SBOANJ office at 64 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726. Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 13, 2015 - Rebates are not only for new cars. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, acting on a recommendation of its Breeders Committee, has announced a rebate program of up to $100,000 for 2015 breeding fees for pacing stallions standing in the State of New Jersey. The New Jersey Pacing Stallion Breeding Incentive 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. "Essentially, this will result in a heavily subsidized breeding with the strong likelihood that when the resulting foals reach the races, New Jersey will have a much improved purse structure," said Michael Gulotta, chairman of the SBOANJ Breeders Committee. "With expectations growing for a positive environment for racing in the next couple of years, these foals could very well be highly valuable assets." The rebate will coincide with the stud fee payment. A requirement for participation includes the nomination of the resulting foals as well as two-year-old sustaining payments for the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. The New Jersey Sire Stakes payments will be deducted from the rebate. Additionally, to be eligible, stallions must be enrolled in the USTA's STARS program. "We want to incentivize breeders who have not as yet bred their broodmares this year to consider New Jersey's pacing stallions," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "With the number of pacing mares booked so far in 2015, we foresee a limited number of two-year-old pacers competing in the New Jersey Sire Stakes in 2018. This is a pilot program for 2015, but if it proves successful, our Breeders Committee will review the possibility of renewing it." Eligible stallions are Great Vintage and Hurrikane King Cole, who are standing at Walnridge Farm; If I Can Dream and Lis Mara, who are at Deo Volente Farm, and Philos Hanover at Last Cance Farm. For further information, contact the SBOANJ.  

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 6, 2015 -- Edward R. Razzetti [October 9, 1935 - April 5, 2015], first vice present of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and a board member for nearly three decades, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Razzetti, 79, of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, formerly of East Rutherford, was born in Passaic to Edward and Florence Razzetti. "Ed was one of the finest men I ever knew," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "He always provided good counsel to me and to the SBOANJ. He was my right hand man. I will miss him dearly. All of us at the SBOANJ send our condolences to his family." An Army veteran, he was the owner of Fairmount Car and Truck Leasing in Hackensack for 50 years. Edward was a devoted horse owner and breeder for many years, racing horses at various tracks, including the Meadowlands. The longest serving member of the SBOANJ, he was also an active member of the United States Trotting Association. The beloved husband of Joanne (nee Meyer) Razzetti, he was the devoted father of James Razzetti of New York City, and Jill Bovino and her husband, Dean, of Saddle River. Loving grandfather of Connor and Devin. Funeral from Costa Memorial Home, Boulevard and Central Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 9 a .m. Funeral Liturgy from Corpus Christi R.C. Church, Hasbrouck Heights, at 10 a.m. Private cremation will follow. Visitation Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Costa Memorial Home, 170 Central Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For more information, www.costamemorialhome.com          

Trenton, NJ - Horsemen wishing to nominate their mares to the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund are reminded of the approaching due date to nominate mares to the program. The official due date is Jan. 31, but since that falls during the weekend registrations postmarked by Feb. 2 will be accepted. The Standardbred Development Fund will be replacing the New Jersey Sire Stakes’ Green Acres series beginning with the 2-year-old season in 2016. Last year 221 mares were nominated in the first year of the program. The Standardbred Development Fund series will be open to all New Jersey-sired horses as well as to the offspring of mares who have spent 150 consecutive days in New Jersey and foal within the state, regardless of the stallion they are in foal to. Only mares in foal to non-New Jersey based sires need to register at this time. The registration fee is $100. Registration forms may be downloaded from the NJSS website at www.newjerseysirestakes.com.      

MANALAPAN, NJ - January 23, 2015 - Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento and Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural met Friday, January 23, 2015 and agreed to withdraw the trainers' rewards program and suspend ABC classification racing at the Meadowlands. "We have always been willing to explore any strategy that would bring about the best possible racing at the Meadowlands," said Luchento. "Until we have slots revenue, which I feel is not far off, we have to be responsive and creative to whichever concepts will fill the entry box and provide the full, competitive fields that are the hallmark of the Meadowlands. Director of Racing Peter Koch will be issuing his condition sheets to reflect the return to condition racing. "We hope these changes are reflective of both the needs of the trainers and race office," Luchento added. "The SBOANJ and the Gural team are partners in making the Meadowlands a success and look forward to a return to the glory days of harness racing in East Rutherford." The trainers' rewards program was a preference system instituted in 2014 to provide preferences to trainers who supported the spring and summer racing programs. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ

97 to 112 of 451