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A reversal in plans for the Perretti Farms

05:51 PM 17 Feb 2012 NZDT
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Courtesy Of Perretti Farms

The harness racing reports that Perretti Farms is going out of business, to paraphrase Mark Twain, are greatly exaggerated.

Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ, is in the market for fillies coming off the track to add to the broodmare band of the state’s largest standardbred farm.

This marks a reversal in plans for the Perrettis – father, William, and son, Anthony. In the fall of 2011, the farm sold 135 broodmares, retaining only 28, and put 400 of its 1,000 acres on the market.

“The remaining 600 acres are sufficient to operate a downsized operation in the future,” said Anthony Perretti. “A high-quality, smaller operation is better suited for today's market. We are fully committed to carry on the Perretti legacy of breeding and racing in the standardbred industry in the state of New Jersey.”

“We are not really shopping for mares but will pay attention to any well-bred trotting or pacing fillies coming off the track that would be compatible with the studs,” said farm spokesman Bob Marks. “We will also look at any in-foal mare that becomes available.”

The farm is home to two of the premier stallions in the industry – the pacer Rocknroll Hanover and the trotter Muscles Yankee.

“Given that the studs are still here and given the climate in Pennsylvania and Ontario, the New Jersey-bred horses might not be as penalized as previously,” Marks added.

“It should be noted that both Rocknroll and Muscles are extremely fertile and the lesser number of mares now here allows us to accept boarders seeking to breed to those studs,” Marks explained. “The core of our excellent staff is still on hand. In addition we have a powerful group of 118 yearlings to be sold this year and, as usual, could offer yearling credit as compensation in addition to cash.”

by Carol HODES for SBOANJ

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