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MANALAPAN, NJ - July 3, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of NJ (SBOANJ) has received notification that positive drug tests for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are showing up as racing has resumed in New Jersey. Please check New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) Rules and Regulations Subchapter 23 Medication and Testing Procedures 13:71-23.1 through 13:71-23.8 which also references the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule version 2.1 ( Revised April 17, 2014 ) for regulation details. Any questions please call the NJRC at 609-292-0613. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

TRENTON, N.J. -- June 30, 2020 -- Horse racing has been a crucial part of New Jersey's economy and its history since the late 1800s. A lot has changed within the horse racing industry, and Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants the current law on betting to reflect those updates. Dancer's bill (A-2355) would give New Jersey residents the ability to place wagers on horse racing even when they are out of state. Currently, a New Jersey resident must be physically present in the state to place a wager. "All New Jersey residents should be allowed to place wagers on horse racing no matter where they are, whether it's online or through an agency," stated Dancer (R-Ocean). "With the changes in technology, our access to place wagers has changed and the law should reflect those changes. It's also critical we do everything we can do to keep our staple industries afloat during and after the coronavirus pandemic." Dancer's bill unanimously passed the Assembly with a 73 to 0 vote. Full Bill Listing https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/A2500/2355_I1.HTM by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 29, 2020 - The SBOANJ would like to thank Governor Murphy for reopening harness racing in the state of New Jersey. Today (Friday, May 29), while New Jersey horsemen were busy qualifying at Gaitway Farms, with the hopes of live racing returning soon. The Governor announced the best news we have heard in over two months - racing will resume at the Meadowlands Racetrack next Friday, June 5, 2020. After weeks of working with Karyn Malinowski, of the Rutgers Equine and Science Center, to provide the safety protocols to return to racing at the number one harness track in the world, the Meadowlands, we look forward to the long anticipated start next weekend. The SBOANJ and all New Jersey horsemen are grateful that Governor Murphy and his administration, and Judy Nason and the NJRC, worked with us to reopen racing at the Meadowlands. This announcement gives the horsemen of New Jersey the opportunity to get back to business. With the successful conclusion of 24 qualifying races at Gaitway Farms, while practicing safety protocols, we look forward to the return of the best racing in North America. Good luck and safe racing. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 28, 2020 - It is extremely important that all New Jersey harness racing horsemen work together during this extraordinary situation that we have been faced with. Currently, the Meadowlands has received an exceedingly high volume of entries for Saturday's qualifiers. At this time, we would like to ask all trainers that have the ability to qualify at a training center to please do so. We have had great cooperation from the NJRC to allow qualifiers to be held multiple days at Gaitway Farm and Magical Acres for the convenience of all horsemen. Please take advantage of those dates. Keep in mind that the more horses that qualify at training centers will allow the Meadowlands to limit the number of trainers, drivers, and caretakers on-site at one time, lowering risk factors. It is vital to the future of racing that the Meadowlands is able to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols. If you have entered horses to qualify on Saturday at the Meadowlands that you are able to qualify on one of the dates allocated to a training center, we ask you to please contact the Meadowlands and take them out of the box. Preference dates will be the last race date and there will not be a penalty for any qualifying dates. If you have any questions, please call the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation as we move toward the return of live racing in New Jersey. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 28, 2020 -- After months of anticipation, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is very pleased to announce that New Jersey has been approved for harness racing qualifying dates. In conjunction with Dr. Karyn Malinowski of the Rutgers Science Center, the SBOANJ developed a very comprehensive "Risk Management and Racing Protocol" that had earlier been presented to Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Racing Commission. This program will be implemented for the qualifying races and our return to racing at the Meadowlands. Qualifiers will be held at Gaitway on Friday, May 29, Sunday, May 31, and Tuesday, June 2, for farm tenants only, no outside horses will be permitted. The Meadowlands will host qualifiers on Saturday, May 30. Magical Acres has applied to hold additional qualifiers on Monday, June 1, and Wednesday, June 3, pending approval from the New Jersey Racing Commission. Entries for training center qualifiers must be done online, through the USTA etrack system. Post time at Gaitway on Friday and Tuesday will be 10:00 AM; while Sunday's post time will be 9:00 AM. Pending approval Magical Acres post time will be 9:00 AM for both days. Entry fee will be $100.00 per horse. Only essential personnel will be permitted on-site on qualifying days; no owners or outside spectators are allowed. Proper PPE and social distancing will be required for all participants, and all COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed. The SBOANJ sent a formal request to the NJRC for a "Waiver of the Commission's Rules" in reference to the 45-day qualifying rule and administration of Lasix. It was proposed that the 45-day qualifying rule be temporarily amended. It was also requested that the administration of Lasix, by a state-approved licensed veterinarian, be allowed to take place at training centers where horses are stabled. Both requests are still pending NJRC approval. We will continue to work with the NJRC, in order to help minimize the number of trainers, drivers, and caretakers on-site at one time to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols. Please be aware of the importance of following the safety provisions that have been mandated. For a copy of the "Risk Management Protocol" click here http://sboanj.com/pictures/RMP.pdf. For further information please contact the SBOANJ. Best of luck and safe racing. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 8, 2020 - Nominations and sustaining payments for SBOANJ sponsored harness racing due May 15, 2020 (postmarked). The nomination payments are as follows: Garden State Trot #4, yearling payment $25 Home Grown Pace #4, yearling payment (NJ sired or SDF nominated) $25 Home Grown Pace #4, yearling payment (NJ foaled but not SDF nominated) $150 The sustaining payments are as follows: Garden State Trot #3 $400 New Jersey Trotting Futurity #55 $300 Home Grown Pace #3 $300 For payment forms and conditions please visit www.sboanj.com. Any questions please call the office at 732.462.2357 Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 22, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey will again offer a resident mare rebate as well as pacing stallion incentive program in 2020. RESIDENT MARE The 2020 resident mare rebate program will pay up to $500 ($100,000 cap) to the owner of a mare bred in 2020. In order to qualify, the mare need not be bred to a New Jersey stallion but must reside in the state for 150 days up to and including foaling. Turn in your application when the mare is pronounced in foal. Deadline is October 31, 2020. Proof of foaling in New Jersey via USTA registration is required. Deadline is October 31, 2021 STALLION REBATE The 2020 pacing stallion incentive program will rebate 15% of the advertised stud fee, up to $1,500. ($150,000 cap) This rebate will be paid to the breeder of record at the time of foaling as per USTA registration. Eligible stallions must produce at least 5 live foals in order to be eligible for the rebate. Private treaties will receive a $250 rebate. Turn in your application when the mare is pronounced in foal. Deadline is October 31, 2020. Rebate checks will be issued after proof of a live foal. Deadline is October 31, 2021. All forms are available on the SBOANJ website. Applicant must be a current member of the SBOANJ. Application is not a guarantee of rebate. The SBOANJ has the right to void any application it deems fraudulent or does not provide proper documentation. No late applications will be accepted. Applications can be found on our website. A current W-9 form must be on file with the SBOANJ in order to receive payment. Important update: The SBOANJ will make every effort to honor these programs. However, due to the impact of the Coronavirus on our horse industry, these programs may be modified or suspended in the event the money may be needed to support our horsemen and women.   Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- April 3, 2020 -- First and foremost the SBOANJ hope's this communication finds you and your family safe and healthy. These are very scary and confusing times that we are currently living in but we want you to know that we are trying to supply you with up-to-date information as soon as it becomes available. There are currently two SBA programs that we feel are important to our members and you should consider applying for within the next few days. The first one is The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - for an explanation and overview https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp Small business and sole proprietorship - Accepting applications as of Friday, April 3, 2020. Click here for the application https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf Independent contractors and self-employed individuals - Accepting applications as of Friday, April 10, 2020 * Up to $10 million * Up to 8 weeks of payroll (2.5x monthly) * Employee Benefits * State and Local taxes on compensation * No Personal Guarantees * Loan maybe forgiven * PPP Fact Sheet - https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP--Fact-Sheet.pdf The second one is the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) - https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications * Applications Link - https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ * Directly through the SBA * Up to $2 million * CARES Act also includes up to $10,000 immediate grant * Use for Working capital * Requires personal Guarantee In addition, the Federal Assistance programs individual state programs have been established. These additional stimulus programs fall under State Economic Development Grants. The scope of businesses covered by these programs is limited so they will not apply to all businesses. https://www.withum.com/resources/state-economic-development-grants/ Our recommendation: Call your banker about PPP today and see if they process SBA loans. If so complete the application and submit it immediately. Some banks are not registered to handle SBA loans but contact us and we can help direct you to one that does. Apply for EIDL today - It is easy takes 10 minutes. You can decide whether you want the funding based upon terms and amounts. Stay safe and healthy, SBOANJ ........................................................... The SBOANJ would like to remind our members that our staff is continuing to work diligently during these difficult times. Recent state and federal assistance programs that have become available are currently listed on our website. We will continue to locate and post the latest information regarding these programs as it becomes available. The SBOANJ office remains open for regular hours during the week but is closed to visitors. Our staff has been working to make sure all businesses, including insurance claims, continue to be handled in a timely manner. Please continue to mail or deposit any payments or paperwork in the drop box located at the office front door. At this time we are all aware of the statewide stay-at-home order given by the governor, the order states that he will evaluate the Coronavirus outbreak mid-April. This means that racing will not resume until he lifts the stay-at-home order. That being said the SBOANJ, the NJ Racing Commission, other state officials, and the racetracks are working on a proposal to return to racing. With the implementation of screening programs at the training centers and racetracks and practicing safe distancing guidelines, we hope to persuade the governor to allow us to get back to racing as soon as possible. This plan would require coordinated efforts at multiple levels, especially the horsemen, but the final decision will rest with the governor. We will continue to update our members with the most important information we have. We urge you to continue to visit our website, sboanj.com, for pertinent information when it becomes available. Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - March 23, 2020 - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EID Loan) available for qualifying businesses that have suffered economic injury as a result of the epidemic. Funds from an EID loan may be used by small businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. The terms of an EID loan are determined by the SBA on a case-by-case basis. Generally, the maximum amount of an EID loan for the Coronavirus disaster is $2 million with an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses. The maximum repayment term of an EID loan is 30 years. There are no pre-payment penalties imposed by the SBA on an EID loan. The SBOANJ will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to keep our members up to date with all aid available at this time. Click here for an online application Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- March 19, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey offer our deepest condolences to the Fusco family. The devastation to one family is unfathomable and particularly personal as the Fusco's are a large part of our local racing community. We would like to remind our members that the SBOANJ is available to help if needed. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - March 15, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey has announced purse increases for the following 2020 races. The purse for the New Jersey Garden State Trot #2 for both 3-year-old colt and fillies at Freehold Raceway has been increased to $80,000. The purse for the New Jersey Garden State Trot #3 for both 2-year-old colt and fillies at the Meadowlands increased to $90,000. All other SBOANJ sponsored races remain as advertised in the USTA stake guide. If you have any questions please call the office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - March 9, 2020 - In lieu of the recent indictments in New York, The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey would like to make the following statement. As New Jersey's horsemen's representatives, the SBOANJ, would like to remind everyone that our number one concern is that of the integrity of racing and the proper care of all animals competing in our sport. In no way do we condone any of the illegal activity alleged in the release of the indictments Monday morning. We are confident that the justice system will act accordingly and in the best interest of our sport and the welfare of our horses. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take appropriate action if and when necessary. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Manalapan, NJ - March 7, 2020 - Supplemental nominations and sustaining payments for SBOANJ sponsored races are due March 16, 2020 (postmarked). The sustaining payments are as follows: Garden State Trot #3 2-year-old payment $250 Garden State Trot #2 3-year-old payment $400 New Jersey Futurity #54 3-year-old payment $300 New Jersey Trotting Futurity #55 2-year-old 1st payment $200 Home Grown Pace #3 2-year-old 1st payment $200 Home Grown Pace #2 3-year-old payment $300   If you did not previously nominate to the garden State Trot, the Trotting futurity or the Home Grown Pace as a yearling, you may do so as a 2-year-old. The fee is $300 and must be paid along with the sustaining payment. For payment forms and conditions please visit www.sboanj.com. Any questions please call the office at 732.462.2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- February 12, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will again offer a resident mare rebate as well as a pacing stallion incentive program in 2020. SBOANJ membership is required to qualify for all programs. The resident mare rebate will pay up to $500 to owners of mares bred in 2020. A mare does not have to be bred to a New Jersey stallion but must reside in New Jersey for 150 days up to and including foaling. Proof of foaling in New Jersey via U.S. Trotting Association registration is required. The mare rebate program will be capped at $100,000. The pacing stallion incentive program will rebate 15 percent of the advertised stud fee, up to $1,500, to the breeder of record as per the breeding contract. Stallions must breed at least 5 mares to be eligible for the rebate. Private treaties will receive a $250 rebate. The pacing stallion rebate program will be capped at $150,000. Forms will be available on the SBOANJ website. Please call the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357with any questions. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 7, 2020...Pompano Park, in the midst of a successful 2019-2020 racing season, has announced that an agreement has been reached by The Isle Pompano Park and The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to conduct a 126 night racing season for the 2020-2021 season. The calendar for the season will be released at a future date. From Pompano Park/FSBOA

MANALAPAN, NJ -- January 16, 2020 -- Both the Senate and Assembly passed legislation (A1045 / S2856), sponsored by Assembly members Ron Dancer, Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey and Senators Vin Gopal and Steve Oroho, to exempt horse boarding, maintenance and related services from the state sales tax. Horse boarding, maintenance and servicing businesses are required to register as a seller with the Division of Taxation in the Department of Treasury. Under current law, they are being taxed as "space for storage." The bill relieves these businesses and services from sales tax obligations. The bill is now with Governor Phil Murphy for consideration. The more NJ residents that contact the Governor and ask him to sign the bill the better. Please click on the link below, the form contains a "message" box where you can tell Governor Murphy how important this tax exemption is to our industry and ask for him to sign it. Please contact the governor before Monday, January 20th or the bill will be put into pocket veto and the process will have to start over. https://nj.gov/governor/contact/ by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

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