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TRENTON, NJ -- May 19, 2020 -- As shuttered sectors of New Jersey's economy begin inching back to life with more outdoor activities approved, such as horseback riding, Assemblyman Ron Dancer has sponsored a resolution supporting the Meadowlands Racetrack to resume harness racing, initially without spectators. "With a proper plan in place, the Meadowlands Racetrack should be allowed to operate, especially with Governor Cuomo announcing the re-opening of all New York racetracks without fans effective June 1," said Dancer (R-Ocean). "By resuming horseracing, the gaming and racing industries would be able to generate revenue while stimulating our economy from internet wagering within the State, as well as, simulcasting the races to other states that have already approved the return of horse racing." He noted that the industry supports 13,000 jobs and has led to the preservation of more than 175,000 acres of farmland and open space in New Jersey. "We cannot let the gaming and racing industry fall to the wayside and must ensure they can reopen in the safest way possible," concluded Dancer. "This resolution would do just that and keep one of New Jersey's staple industries afloat." The resolution supports the Equine Center at Rutgers University and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey proposal to safely phase in the return of horseracing to the Meadowlands Racetrack with the "trifecta" health-related protocols of social distancing, hand sanitizing and face coverings. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 11, 2020 -- As we work towards a plan to re-open harness racing at the Meadowlands, the SBOANJ has been in constant contact with a number of New Jersey legislators that have consistently been supportive of our program, including Senate President Sweeney and Senators Sarlo and Gopal. Senator Sarlo has been appointed by Senator Sweeney to head "The Strategy for Fiscal Recovery to Restart the New Jersey Economy" Committee and both Sarlo and Gopal were sponsors of our Appropriation Bill. Assemblyman Ron Dancer, a longtime friend of our racing and breeding industry, was one of the invited participants to a special conference call with Governor Murphy this past Saturday, when the Governor acknowledged that he is aware of what we are doing to return to "spectator-less" racing. Governor Murphy added that his team is reviewing our plan and also commented that his office would follow up this week with more specifics. In conjunction with Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center, we have submitted an extremely comprehensive "Risk Management Plan" of safety and sanitation protocols to commence racing at the Meadowlands. This plan, along with significant information referencing the much needed economic benefit to New Jersey of the Meadowlands return to racing, has been presented to Governor Murphy as well as to the New Jersey Racing Commission and Douglas Fisher, the Secretary of Agriculture. Additionally, Jeff Gural from the Meadowlands and Dennis Drazin from Monmouth Park, have been appointed to the "Tourism Advisory Committee," in regard to the state's racing programs, giving us more important representation. Assemblyman Dancer also advised us that Governor Murphy said he would be making further announcements this week about the "restarting and recovery' of the New Jersey economy, and we are hopeful that there will be some indication of our future racing prospects. We appreciate the patience of our racing and breeding community in these most trying of times and we will continue to update you with any pertinent information. 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 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 20, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's 25th annual harness racing Golf Outing that was scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020, has been postponed until further notice. The SBOANJ board of directors will decide on a new date once Governor Murphy has reassessed the coronavirus outbreak and begins lifting the social distancing protocol that is currently in place. We will announce the new date as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding during these trying times. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 3, 2020 - Takter harness racing farm is in need of experienced general maintenance help: Mechanically inclined, operate tractors and other farm equipment, grass mowing, upkeep of different types of farm machinery and overall farm facilities. Salary depending on skills and experience. Contact Christina Takter by phone 609-636-3747 or by email 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 Small business and sole proprietorship - Accepting applications as of Friday, April 3, 2020. Click here for the application 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 - The second one is the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) - * Applications Link - * 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. 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,, 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 19, 2020 - The New Jersey Racing Commission held a meeting at Monmouth Park yesterday (March 18) where Governor Murphy's Executive Order #104 relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak was addressed. Effective March 16, 2020, all three New Jersey racetracks, Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands, and Monmouth Park are closed until the Governor either revokes or modifies his order. The minimum days closed could be 30 but due to the current conditions, the number would seem to be much greater. The SBOA will evaluate the Coronavirus outbreak mid-April to determine the next course of action. It is very important at this time we all work together, the SBOANJ will be scheduling meetings with both harness tracks and NJRC to establish priorities and possible economic relief for the horseman. Click the link to view the full Executive Order #104 Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - March 16, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey would like to announce to their harness racing members that there is no need to come into the office to make insurance payments. Please just mail them or put them in the SBOANJ's drop box near the front door. We appreciate everyone's cooperation at this time. We are doing our best to keep in compliance with social distancing ourselves from others. If you have any questions please call the office at 732-462-2357. 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 Any questions please call the office at 732.462.2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- February 24, 2020 --On Saturday February 22, 2020 the North American Harness Horse Alliance held their first official meeting at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando Florida. The NAHHA sees an opportunity to unite the Harness Racing Community. • Cooperatively work together to achieve results to benefit the Harness Racing Industry. • Provide a wealth of experience in contracts, contract negotiations, Health Insurance and Horsemen’s Benefits • Share best practices throughout the industry. • Respond and provide solutions to current issues and future issues that are the facing the Harness Racing Industry • We have identified a number of issues that we will be working on to provide guidance for the Harness Racing Industry • NAHHA wants to sustain and grow the Harness Racing Industry in North America and make sure that Harness Horse Racing Members have a strong voice with race tracks, regulators and Governments at all levels. • Timely communications to the Harness Horse Racing Industry • No Membership Fees • Each organization to be involved in the resolution of issues • Meetings will be held by conference call and in person in conjunction with other industry events, (USHWA Annual Meeting, USTA Annual Meetings, etc.), when required • Each Organization to work towards promoting Harness Racing and working together to advertise and promote Harness Racing and our equine athletes. • Each Organization will have one vote on resolutions or implementations • Membership is open to all Harness Racing Organizations Current Membership Consist of: • OHHA of Canada • SBOA of New Jersey • SOA of New York • OHHA of Ohio To become a member please contact: Alfred Ochsner Executive Administrator of the SBOA NJ at 732-462-0411. Email: or NAHHA at   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ -- February 16, 2020 -- Service arrangements for Amanda Harris will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the Peppler Funeral Home in Allentown, NJ. Visiting hours will be held from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Funeral Services will begin at 6 pm. The Peppler Funeral Home 114 South Main Street, Allentown, New Jersey 08501. The Pepper Funeral Home website:  by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

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