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MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 29, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) applauds the New Jersey Legislature for passing the Fiscal Year 2021 budget which includes a $15 million appropriation to help support the New Jersey horse racing industry, particularly as we recover from the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, the Legislature passed critical legislation which annually appropriates $20 million in purse money for five years. The tourism and racing industry, along with the rest of the state, was forced to close and reduce operations due to the pandemic beginning in March. Fortunately, with the help of the Legislature and the Governor's support in the FY21 budget, the industry will be able to more immediately and effectively recover. "We are grateful for the commitment to horseracing demonstrated by elected leaders at the highest levels of State Government to provide this vital appropriation in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget," said Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ. "We want to thank Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Coughlin and Budget Committee Chairs, Assemblywoman Pintor Marin and Senator Sarlo, for acknowledging the importance of the purse appropriation. SBOANJ is thankful for their leadership on this issue. Beyond making NJ a competitive state with surrounding states' purse appropriations, the money this year will be especially impactful for the state's economic recovery." The industry and horse farms not only aid and protect the preservation of open space in New Jersey, they support an entire agribusiness of hay producers, straw producers, grain producers, trainers, grooms, veterinarians, equine dentists, and blacksmiths. If the horse racing industry fails, these support businesses stop production and contribution to the New Jersey economy as well. This budget shows the state's commitment to the thousands of workers employed throughout the industry. SBOANJ remains committed to working alongside the Legislature and the Murphy administration to encourage the preservation and growth of the horse racing industry and its prestigious rank among American pastimes. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 18, 2020 -- The BCAP free medical clinic is opening Monday, October 5, 2020, at Gaitway Farm. The Free medical clinic is available to all NJ farm and harness racing training center stable employees, trainers, second trainers, farm employees, and NJRC licensed horsemen. The BCAP medical clinic is staffed by Centra State Hospital Physicians, and RN, and 3rd year Rutgers University Resident Doctors. The staff is available to provide free medical attention to insured as well as un-insured NJ horsemen. All patients must make an appointment, there will be no walkups this year. Please call when you arrive outside the clinic and wait until instructed to enter. Face masks/ face coverings must be worn at all times within the clinic. To make an appointment call or text Chris Samaha at 732-740-5376. For more information visit sboanj.com and click on the BCAP tab. Click link for the autumn clinic dates. http://sboanj.com/assets/autumn-clinic-dates-2020.pdf  by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 17, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is aware of the recently introduced Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act and welcomes collaboration among all horse racing participants. The SBOANJ supports all efforts to address the safety and welfare of all Standardbreds. The Standardbred breed of horse is unique as is Standardbred Racing, and the SBOANJ is hopeful that consideration will be given to those aspects when final legislation is proposed. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 17, 2020 -- The 2020 Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of NJ (SBOANJ) election will take place on November 16th, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and in the interest of safety, the annual open meeting is canceled. Anyone interested in running for director must send a letter of intent to the SBOANJ office via certified mail, or in person, no later than September 30th. In order to qualify as a director, you must have been an active member for the past 2 years in the designated category in which you wish to run. There are two positions available in the driver/trainer category, one position in the breeder category, and two positions in the owner category. Running for re-election are Mark Ford and Julie Miller in driver/trainer category, Stephen Dey in the breeder category, and Bob Boni and Sam Landy in the owner category. A copy of the by-laws can be found on our website. Please check our website (sboanj.com) for updates. Send your letter and a short biography to: SBOANJ 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726 by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 3, 2020 -- UMH Properties President and CEO Sam Landy ran the New York Stock Exchange's opening bell on August 25, 2020, to celebrate a new Fannie Mae loan product for manufactured housing communities. Representatives from UMH Properties, Wells Fargo and Fannie Mae participated in the ceremony alongside Landy in commemoration of the first-of-its-kind loan. The loan, which was arranged by Wells Fargo, facilitates UMH's acquisition of communities with vacancies that might normally create problems for underwriting community loans. This new loan's flexibility will allow UMH Properties to upgrade communities and offer more options for residents. The agreement allows for a mix of UMH-owned rental units and land leases for residents who site their own homes. This more flexible loan allows UMH Properties to make acquisitions, reduce vacancies and maintain a mix of land lease sites and home rentals tailored to local market conditions. "Our recent credit facility with Fannie Mae and Wells Fargo underscores our collective effort in providing quality affordable housing through manufactured home communities," said Landy. "We are honored to commemorate this commitment with Fannie Mae and Wells Fargo Bank by ringing the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange." Fannie Mae has a statutory "Duty to Serve" manufactured housing, including a specific responsibility to develop innovative loan products. The combination of a low interest rate and flexibility under this new Fannie Mae loan is a critical innovation that will allow UMH Properties to offer manufactured home units at affordable rents and finance new home purchases for buyers in their communities. UMH Properties is a public equity real estate investment trust founded in 1968 that owns and operates a portfolio of around 23,200 homesites in 123 manufactured home communities nationwide. UMH has received a number of honors from MHI, including Retail Sales Center of the Year Award, 2019 Interior Design Award and 2018 Operator of the Year Award. Last year, for the fourth consecutive time, UMH received MHI's Land-Lease Community of the Year Award. These awards recognize UMH Properties' long-term commitment to innovation and advancement of the manufactured housing industry, and dedication to providing quality, affordable housing. Not only is Sam Landy the President of UMH Properties, but he is a vital member of the New Jersey racing community. He is currently a director on the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's board. He owns the New Jersey training center Congress Hill and he and his wife Laurie lead the nonprofit program helping individuals with special needs called Special Strides. The SBOANJ congratulates Mr. Landy on these momentous occasions and thanks to him for his commitment to the New Jersey racing program. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- August 26, 2020 -- Yesterday, the Governor proposed what he wanted the budget to look like from his vantage point. I want to reassure you that this is only the beginning of the budget process. The budget is now in the hands of the Legislature. Between now and the September 30th budget deadline, the Legislature will be negotiating their own budget with the Governor. Legislative leaders have their own budget priorities with the power to add and remove what is in the final budget. This is not the time to be discouraged that the $20 million for purse appropriation was not in the proposed budget. We need to keep advocating for our industry. The foundation of our years of advocacy has made it clear to policy makers that our industry is part of the fabric of what makes New Jersey the state it is in the Union. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- August 5, 2020 -- The SBOANJ would like to remind all harness racing horsemen, horsewomen, owners, trainers, and drivers to continue to follow all COVID-19 protocol while attending the Hambletonian and other major events this weekend at the Meadowlands. It is especially important to our future that all persons in the winner's circle have facemasks on at all times, even when taking the picture. We cannot be too careful and we must take all precautions possible, as we are now making efforts to maintain our appropriations and we do not want to give Trenton any reason to not look favorably upon us, or even worse shut us down. It is no secret that Governor Murphy continues to monitor COVID-19 numbers in NJ and he is very aware of social media and we do not want to show up on his radar in a negative way. Please be sure to wear facemasks and social distance when in the winner's circle and while in the paddock areas. You never know when a camera may be watching. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Harness racing trainers are fuming over recent positive tests at the Meadowlands on their horses for phenylbutazone or Bute medication. They now understand that the new medication ruling calls for no use of Bute 48 hours before a Standardbred can compete in a race. The former rule was 24-hours out. The problems lie in that the trainers, practicing veterinarians and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) claim they were never sent problem notification of the new rule and when it would go into effect by the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC). Yet the New Jersey Thoroughbred horsemen and veterinarians were contacted well in advance. Bute, is probably the most widely used drug in horses of all disciplines. Bute is an inexpensive, highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain that can be injected intravenously or given orally to horses as a powder or paste.  All of these questions erupted at a New Jersey Racing Commission hearing involving three prominent trainers at the Meadowlands racetrack on Friday, July 17. Since then, other high profile trainers have also received positive Bute tests. Present at the hearing were the three trainers, Mark Ford, president of the SBOANJ, the judges at the Meadowlands and the new executive director of the NJRC, Judith Nason. The ruling in question is N.J.A.C. 13:71-23.8, which calls for special procedures for the use of phenylbutazone and that it can only be administered by a licensed veterinarian. The first offense penalties are very strict and call for first offense to receive a $500 fine, loss of purse and a 15-day suspension from racing. NJRC executive director Nason stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ was sent a letter of notification for the practicing veterinarians in NJ, the same as was done with the Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association. SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated that the SBOANJ was never sent any letter from the NJRC. All three trainers have appealed the rulings and SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ would provide legal services for all three trainers in this case. “Why would all three of us trainers allow our veterinarians to administer Bute only 24 hours out as we always have if we had received proper notification in advance?” said one trainer. “And now more harness racing trainers are coming up with positives. We all can’t be wrong and this includes our vets who administer the Bute. "This is a case of entrapment by the NJ Racing Commission." Calls and emails to both the NJRC and the SBOANJ have gone unanswered. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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

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