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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  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 16, 2019 --The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) will once again this year be continuing their Caretaker Care Program, at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The program offers clean, gently used, clothing to caretakers and horsemen at no charge. The donated clothing will be located on a rack between the doors of the drivers' lounge and medical office in the paddock. Recipients are asked to neatly look through the clothing on the rack, leave hangers, and keep the area clean. Anyone wishing to donate clothing for the Caretaker Care program can drop off clean, gently used, items at the SBOANJ office at the Meadowlands Racetrack or at the SBOANJ office on Route 33 in Manalapan. (SBOANJ) by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 12, 2019 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey announce effective immediately in order to qualify and receive harness racing awards for all SBOANJ sponsored programs you must be a member and have a current W-9 form on file. The SBOANJ programs include the New Jersey sired bonus awards and the New Jersey breeder's awards. No money will be released until all information is verified. Membership forms and W-9 forms can be found at www.sboanj.com, if you have any questions please contact the office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - December 7, 2019 - The $65,000 SBOANJ New Jersey Sired Trot Final for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Friday night (Dec 6.) ended in exciting harness racing fashion. The favorite Evident Beauty and second favorite Princess Deo could not be split at the wire, stopping the clock as co-winners in 1:52.2. The two fillies sat back allowing the colt Lucius Vorenus to make the front uncontested to a first-quarter time of 28.1. Just past the quarter Andrew McCarthy moved is filly Princess Deo to the front to take the lead from Lucius Vorenus, while Evident Beauty and David Miller waited to make their move after the half-mile marker. David Miller and Evident Beauty eased their way around the last turn, and the two fillies hooked up in the lane battling to the dead heat for the win. The NJSS horse of the year Evident Beauty is trained by Richard (Nifty) Norman and owned by Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and R A W Equine Inc. The Trixton filly has notched win number 13 and $805,301 in lifetime earnings. Bred by White Birch Farms in Allentown, NJ, Evident Beauty has put together a noteworthy 3-year-old campaign. The other winner in this dead heat Princess Deo is trained by Noel Daley for owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone and John Fodera. Princess Deo was also sired by Trixton, but she was bred by Deo Volente Farms LLC. Princess Deo captured her fifth win and boosted her lifetime earnings to $405,974. This was the first year for the SBOANJ 3-year-old sired trot race, it is planned to return next year for 3 and 4-year-olds. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 24, 2019 - The series for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired Trotters sponsored by the SBOANJ will be held at Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands beginning in November without starting fees. Freehold will have two legs for $15,000 and a $50,000 final. The first leg will be held on November 1st with the second leg on November 8th and the final on November 15th. The Meadowlands series will have one leg for $15,000 and final for $65,000. The first leg will be on Friday, November 29th with the final on Friday, December 6th. Racing of this event with regard to separation by gender will be determined by the host track. If you have any questions please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 12, 2019 - The SBOANJ has announced that there will be a significant purse increase to both the Garden State Trot #1 and the Garden State Trot #2 based on the addition of the state sired appropriation funding. The Garden State Trot #1 for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired trotters scheduled to race at Freehold Raceway, fillies Friday October 25 and colts Saturday 26 , was previously advertised with an estimated purse of $50,000. The new minimum purse has been increased to $80,000 for both fillies and colts. The Meadowlands will host the Garden State Trot #2 for 2-year-old New Jersey Sired trotters, which was advertised as a $60,000 purse will be increased to a minimum purse of $90,000 for both fillies and colts to be raced on November 9th. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

East Rutherford, NJ - With the major yearling sales coming up, we felt it necessary to have those with an interest in harness racing be made aware of a few recent developments involving The Meadowlands for 2020 listed below. On Wednesday, September 18 at a meeting of the New Jersey Racing Commission, a request by The Meadowlands to eliminate Lasix for 2-year-old Standardbreds racing in New Jersey for 2020 and 2021 and for the 2021 Meadowlands Pace was rejected. This request was opposed unanimously by the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and by some practicing veterinarians. It is our intention to re-submit this request within the next six to eight months once we have a better understanding of how the public is going to react to the negative press that the thoroughbred industry has recently received. In addition, we have been officially notified by the Monmouth Park Thoroughbreds that they intend to exercise their option to convert the surface of the racetrack and race on the Meadowlands main track from October 2 through December 5 next fall. While it is still possible that they will reconsider based on the costs, we must assume that there will be no live harness meet next fall at the Meadowlands. Should that occur, The Meadowlands would extend the 2020 live meet beyond Hambletonian Day, racing until mid-September. Regarding a few of the important stakes that have historically been raced during the fall meet, our intention would be to race the Kindergarten Classic Finals and TVG Finals right after the Little Brown Jug and prior to the beginning of the Lexington meet. It is as of now unclear what will be done with the Fall Freshman Final Four stakes which have annually taken place at the end of November. In any case, we thought it important that everyone be aware of these developments so you may plan accordingly. From the Meadowlands Media Department

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 12, 2019 - Any member interested in running for a seat on the SBOANJ board may do so in one of the following three harness racing categories; breeder, owner, or trainer/driver. All candidates must notify the SBOANJ office in writing by September 27, 2019, of their intent to run and in which category they are running. Visit the By-Laws page at sboanj.com for the detailed qualifications. All members will receive voting instructions, ballots and candidate biographies via mail in October. The following incumbents have chosen to run for re-election: Mike Klau and Mark Mullen in the breeder category, Anthony Perretti and Anthony Romano in the owner category, and Yannick Gingras in the trainer/driver category. Election results will be announced at the annual board meeting which will be held on November 15, 2019, at Freehold Raceway. The meeting is currently scheduled to begin after the last race of the day. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 30, 2019 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will administer the distribution of New Jersey Sired bonus money which will be paid out on a monthly basis retroactive from April 1, 2019. These awards, the result of a $10 million state appropriation, have also funded a breeder's awards program and increased purses for SBOANJ sponsored races. The payouts for the New Jersey Sired awards will be distributed to 6-year-old and under sired horses who finish first through fifth. Payout is based on the average purse at each racetrack and distributed according to race placement. Only overnight races will receive bonus awards; series and stake races will be excluded. The bonus will be paid to the first owner of record and a W-9 form is required for distribution. Along with the breeders awards and New Jersey sired bonus money, the SBOANJ will contribute over $200,000 to SBOANJ sponsored races in order to further enhance the purses. Updated information on the final purses will be announced shortly. In an effort to provide more racing opportunities as well as enhanced purses for owners of New Jersey sired horses, the SBOANJ is sponsoring a late closing series at both Freehold and The Meadowlands for 3-year-old New Jersey bred trotters. There will be 2 legs with a purse of $15,000 each and a $50,000 final. A 4-year-old series will be offered next year. The New Jersey sired pacers will be represented by a SBOANJ sponsored open pace on Open Space Pace Day at Freehold Raceway on September 21st for a purse of $20,000. Freehold Raceway resumes racing today Friday, August 30, 2019, with a post time of 12:30. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -The SBOANJ would like to remind everyone that a W9 must be on file in order to receive rebates administered by the SBOANJ. These include breeders awards, stallion rebates and mare resident rebates. If you submitted an application last year for the stallion rebate, you must supply proof of stud fee payment to the SBOANJ office by August 31st. If you submitted a mare resident application, you must supply proof of foaling location via USTA records by October 31st. 2019 rebate applications are also due no later than October 31st. For more information on rebate programs visit sboanj.com or contact the office at 732-462-2357.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 17, 2019 - The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey would like to remind all breeders that you must have a current 2019 W9 on file at the SBOANJ office, in order to receive any breeders awards money from the NJSS races. There is a W9 form on the SBOANJ website for your convenience, you may fax the form to the office fax number at 732-409-0741. Breeders awards will not be granted to any breeders that have not sent in their W9 forms. If you have any questions please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357.  

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 8, 2019 - The SBOANJ and TrotPAC would like to thank those who supported TrotPAC's efforts these past few years as our industry struggled. Through your generosity, TrotPAC was able to play a crucial role in New Jersey Legislature passing the 5 year $100 million appropriations for horse racing and breeding. Although the appropriations were awarded, it is not guaranteed. The legislature has established requirements for renewing this funding on an annual basis. We must continue to work together to ensure the funding receives that approval. With that in mind, TrotPAC will be sponsoring a fundraiser for Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, a vital player in the passing of the appropriations. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 15th at Fair Winds Farm and Hogan Equine Clinic in Cream Ridge, NJ at 3:00 pm. For more information on the event please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. It is very important that we maintain the relationships with political decision makers that TrotPAC has established in the past few years. With your continued support, TrotPAC will be able to do just that. SBOANJ President Mark Ford and TrotPAC Chairman Anthony Perretti

The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is proud to announce a new Breeders Award Program to be effective immediately. This new harness racing program has been made possible by the passage of the legislation appropriating $10 Million to the Standardbred industry each year. Of the $10 Million, $600,000 is earmarked for Breeders Awards. This program will award the Breeder of a horse which earns purse income in the eliminations and finals of the following races starting in 2019: New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier division, New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund, Renaissance Pace, New Jersey Futurity, Garden State Trot, and Home Grown Pace. Payments equal to 15% of purses earned will be made to the Breeder approximately 30 days after the running of each race. If you have any questions, please contact the SBOANJ office 732 462 2357. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ — March 7, 2019 — Attention harness racing horsemen, it is not too late to stake your horses to SBOANJ sponsored races and take advantage of the purse increases in New Jersey.  With the anticipated allocation of appropriation money from the state, the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey expects considerable purse increase for their events.  If you did not nominate your yearling, you have the opportunity to supplement your 2-year-old to the following stakes: The Garden State Trot #2, The NJ Trotting Futurity #54  The Home Grown Pace #2. The Supplemental payment for 2 year olds and Sustaining payments for both 2 and 3-year-olds are due March 15, 2019.  For payment forms and conditions please visit sboanj.com.  Any questions please call the office at 732-462-2357 Courtney Stafford  

MANALAPAN, NJ — March 5, 2019 — The annual golf outing to benefit New Jersey harness racing horsemen will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey’s fundraiser will once again take place at Knob Hill Golf Club, in Manalapan N.J., featuring a round of golf, cocktails, dinner, chances for door prizes, silent auction items and a 50-50. The money raised through the golf tournament supports the SBOANJ Horsemen’s Benevolent Fund and TrotPAC. For more information, contact the SBOANJ office at 732.462.2357.

TRENTON, NJ — January 28, 2019 — The New Jersey state Assembly Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill that would provide  a five-year appropriation of $20 million a year to benefit the New Jersey breeding program and open spaces and the New Jersey Sire Stakes and the purses at the Meadowlands Racetrack, Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway. The New Jersey Racing Commission would distribute the funds to the three racetracks and it would provide a much-needed boost to the standardbred and Thoroughbred industry in New Jersey. The complete state Assembly will vote on the bill on Thursday January 31, 2019.  Should the bill pass the Assembly, it would then go to Governor Phil Murphy for approval before it can become a law. Courtney Stafford

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