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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

EAST RUToHERFORD, NJ - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey debuted their Garden State Trot for harness racing 2-year-olds on Saturday (Nov 10) night at the Meadowlands. Battenberg started the night off winning the $50,000 purse in the first race for 2-year-old colt and geldings. Driver Corey Callahan left from post position six to take the lead for every call of the mile. The Joe Holloway trainee nosed out at strong charging Hudson River to stop the clock in 1:56.1. This marks lifetime win number two for the son of Trixton. Owners Crawford Farms Racing and Val D’Or Farms have enjoyed earnings of $66,446 from the New Jersey Bred colt. Hudson River finished a close second with No Drama Please coming in third. The filly trotters took over the stakes action in the third race, battling it out for the $55,000 purse. Andrew McCarthy and Noel Daley teamed up to upset the odds on favorite with Princess Deo. The Trixton filly took the lead in the stretch and held off the competition to win in 1:56.2. This is the fillies third lifetime win earning $173,046 for her owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Noel Daley, Thomas Pontone and John Fodera. Princess Deo was also bred by Deo Volente Farms LLC of Flemington, NJ. Evident Beauty finished second and Golden Tricks rounded out the trifecta. The SBOANJ applauds it’s Board of Directors Mike Gulotta, owner of Deo Volente Farms, and Thomas Pontone for their continued support and dedication to New Jersey racing. Wishing them them much success in the future. Live racing resumes Friday November 16, 2018 at the Meadowlands with a post time of 7:15 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

East Rutherford, NJ - The inaugural edition of a new stake for New Jersey sired 2 year-old trotters christened the "Garden State", a joint effort by the SBOA of NJ and The Meadowlands, will make it's debut on Saturday, November 10.   The colts race in the Saturday opener where three Father Patrick rookies will face three by Trixton for a purse of $50,000.   Reign Of Honor comes in to the Garden State hot on the heels of his mild upset score in last week's $221,540 Kindergarten final. The Father Patrick gelding broke maiden in style with the Grand Circuit stake for owners Deo Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable and Tom Pontone. Nifty Norman trains and David Miller drives Reign Of Honor.   It is a very competitive group of seven in the $55,000 filly division led by a pair of Trixton fillies, Evident Beauty and Princess Deo, both of whom have been in fine recent form.   Evident Beauty converted the difficult Red Mile double, winning both weeks of Grand Circuit racing in 1:54.4 to go along with her runner up finish in the Peaceful Way. Nifty Norman trains the winner of $178,582 on the year for Mel Hartman, Little E and R A W Equine. Dave Miller has the drive.   Princess Deo raced to a win and a second in Lexington then used a sharp close to nab the place in the Kindergarten filly final. She's at $145,546 seasonally for Deo Volente, Tom Pontone, John Fodera and trainer Noel Daley. Andy McCarthy drives.   The Meadowlands is giving away donuts to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the opening of the new grandstand, stick around for the doughy delights on both Friday and Saturday.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 29, 2018 - Freehold Raceway hosted the $15,000 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old trotters, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. The feature race was held before the regularly scheduled card on Saturday (Oct 27). U Need Stones won the $15,000 purse for trainer Ron Bue rke. Driver George Brennan sent the 3-year-old gelding from post position number two to the front, to lead the competition every step of the way in 2:01.1. The son of Wishing Stone captured lifetime win number eight and earnings of over $150,000 for his owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura. Samis Rolin Stone finished second. Freehold resumes live racing on Friday, November 2, 2018, with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 22, 2018 - This weekend three $50,000 New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund finals were held at Freehold Raceway. Apollo's Creed kicked off the sires stakes action, taking the NJSDF final for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Andy Miller sent the Erv Miller trainee to the front, from post position number three, and lead every call of the mile to stop the clock in 1:58.2. This is lifetime win number five for the son of Muscle Hill. Boosting his earnings to $55,840 for owners Ron Michelon, Daniel Plouffe and J&T Silva Stables LLC. U Need Stones finished second with Allindotime coming in third. The second NJSDF final held on Friday was for 3-year-old filly trotters. Take A Wish trained by Dawn Anderson won in similar fashion to the colts. Driver Steve Smith left from the three hole and lead every step of the way in 1:59.0. This is win number two for the Wishing Stone filly. She has earned $81,845 for her New Jersey based owners Dawn Anderson and Mark Schollstrom. Diamondstone Us came in second with Chapreress finishing third. On Saturday, Thor De Vie took the NJSDF final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Jason Bartlett drove the odds on favorite to the winners circle in 1:55.3 for trainer Ed Hart. This is win number 12 for the So Surreal gelding. Iluvtomakemoney finished second with Fordham Sixty Two coming in third. Freehold resumes live racing Friday October 26, 2018 featuring the New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old trotters with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's annual board of director's meeting and election was held on Friday (Oct 19) at Freehold Raceway. The committee summary reports were given by board of directors. Mike Gulotta reported that the Pension Funds are benefiting from the change of investment managers with returns better than expected and funds in line with benchmarks. Chris Ryder reported that racing days in New Jersey are still in negotiations however, he is hopeful that 2019 race dates will be similar to the 2018 dates. He also reported that the Benevolent Fund has assisted many members and horsemen with health issues and funeral assistance. Mike Klau reported that over 400 mares were bred in New Jersey this season. Insurance committee head Anthony Romano announced that there will not be any changes to insurance benefits and no increases to premiums for members in 2019. Anthony Perretti reported that TrotPac is continuing to build important relationships with Legislators to help raise awareness to the need for alternative revenue to support our industry and to help push the $20 million dollar appropriation bill through. The board of director election results were announced from the 360 ballots that were received. Mike Gulotta and Richard Meirs were each re-elected in the breeder category as they ran unopposed. Thomas Pontone and Dennis Lane were both running for one spot in the owner category. Incumbent Thomas Pontone will continue to represent the owners as board of director. The driver/trainer category had two open seats available this election. The nominees were incumbents Chris Ryder and Thomas Luchento, and new comers Linda Toscano and Ray Baynes. Chris Ryder and Linda Toscano were elected to fill the two positions. The SBOANJ would like to thank all members who ran and voted in this years election. It is important to have members involved in all aspects of the election. We would also like to thank all those that attended the meeting especially Mr. Taylor Palmer, one of the original founders of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

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