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MANALAPAN, NJ - January 24, 2020 - The SBOANJ is in the process of collecting data to complete the state required status report on the harness racing industry. The state has requested an end of the year report be submitted to determine whether or not the state appropriation funding has helped the horse industry as a whole. The state will review the report and determine the status of future funding. We need cooperation, from all trainers stabled at New Jersey training centers, to gather information which is vital for the future of our industry. It is very important to the final report that we receive the two forms back by February 1, 2020. Click on links below for the two forms: a historical data form and a quarterly data form which is for 2019. Please fill them out to the best of your ability. If you are unable to complete the historical data questionnaire information, fill in as "NA". Please return the forms to the SBOANJ by one of the following means Email: mlauer@sboanj.com  Fax: 732-409-0741  Mail: 64 Rt. 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office at 732-462-2357. Historical Data Form - http://sboanj.com/pictures/Trainers_Historic.pdf Current Data Form - http://sboanj.com/pictures/Trainers_Current.pdf Courtney Stafford  

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  

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 9, 2019 - The application deadline to stand a harness racing stallion in New Jersey is February 15, 2020. If you are interested in standing your stallion in New Jersey please visit sboanj.com for application and condition forms. If you have any questions feel free to 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  

FREEHOLD, NJ - November 16, 2019 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's annual board of director's meeting and election was held on Friday (Nov 15) at Freehold Raceway. The board would like to thank all those who attended and their input. The committee summary reports were given by the board of directors. Tom Pontone reported that the Pension Funds continue to benefit from the change of investment managers. Both the Pension Fund and Insurance Fund have a positive gain of over 10%. Mark Ford reported that racing days in New Jersey are still in negotiations however, he is hopeful that 2020 race dates will be similar or better than 2019 dates. Al Ochsner reported that the Benevolent Fund continues to assist many members and horsemen with special needs and health issues. Mike Klau reported that breeding in New Jersey is on the rise and is projecting that 1,000 mares will be bred in 2020, the most since 2008. Insurance committee chairman Anthony Romano announced that there should not be any changes to the current insurance program or increased premiums for 2020. However, coverage and benefits will be reviewed to keep up with rising prescription costs. Anthony Perretti expressed the importance of maintaining the relationships that TrotPAC has built with legislators that helped passed the appropriations bill. Perretti stated that "now is a crucial time for our industry we must stay proactive with legislators to continue to receive the appropriations that we were awarded." The board of directors election results were announced; Mike Klau and Mark Mullen were each re-elected in the breeder category as they ran unopposed. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - November 12, 2019 - The SBOANJ will hold their annual board meeting at Freehold Raceway on November 15, 2019, the same day as the $50,000 SBOANJ sponsored 3-year-old trot series final. The SBOANJ board of directors' election results will be announced at the meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 PM, with a buffet to follow. 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  

FREEHOLD, NJ -  Lucy Lightyear won the $70,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund Final for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday at Freehold Raceway. She repeated her winning ways from the second leg, and went right to the lead and never looked back in 1:57. Stacy Chiodo trains and drives the winner for owner Timothy Tobias.Ready Set Rock was a close second with Git Go coming in third. New Jersey Sires Stakes action returns to Freehold with more Standardbred Development Fund Stakes on Friday, September 20, 2019, with the 2-year-old trot finals. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

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 - September 9, 2019 - Attention all New Jersey horsemen and anyone planning on racing in the Garden State, the New Jersey Racing Commission will no longer be accepting cash. All owners, trainers, and grooms must now pay for their license with a check or money order. Thank you for your cooperation. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 2, 2019 — This weekend Freehold hosted $10,000 first legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund for harness racing 2-Year-Olds.  On Friday (Aug 30), the Julie Miller trainee Contepartiro Deo lunged past the odds on favorite, Heart N Soul Deo to win the first leg of the SDF for 2-Year-Old filly trotters. Andy Miller set Contepartiro Deo in the two hole for a pocket trip behind the favorite. The daughter of Muscle Hill took her first win of the season in 2:00.0 for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Little E LLC, and Deo Volente Farms LLC.  Heart N Soul Deo was a close second with Tricky Sister finishing third. The 2-Year-Old SDF pacers took the stage at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (Aug 31) with two divisions for colts and fillies alike.  The first two legs took place as non-betting races before the actual racing card. Follow Your Heart took the first division for colt pacers on the day in the non-betting race for trainer Aaron Lambert.  George Brennan steered the Rock N Roll Heaven colt to a wire to wire victory in 1:57.4 last quarter in 28.4.  Southwind Dredge finished second and Rockin Jukebox came in third. The fillies first division of leg one went to the Tony Alagna trainee Odds On Hollywood, giving driver George Brennan his second win of the day.  The Captaintreacherous filly nosed out Ap Emily’s Dance in 2:00.0.  Ready Set Rock finished third. The second division for the pacing colts on the regularly scheduled racing card was won by Rockin The Gates for trainer Steve Le Blanc.  Driver Andy Miller pulled Rockin The Gates behind odds on favorite Columbo for a second over trip and then surged past him in the lane to stop the clock in 1:56.2.  This makes win number two for the Rock N Roll Heaven colt and a new lifetime mark.  Columbo finished second with JK Lucky Charms coming in third. The final division of the first leg of SDF for filly pacers was once again won by driver George Brennan and trainer Tony Alagna with Caviart Heather.  Caviart Heather stalked the field from the fifth position to make a late move in the stretch to take the win in 1:57.3.  The Somebeachsomewhere filly captured her first win of the season for owners Caviart Farms.  Git Go came in a close second with Lucy Lightyear finishing third. The SDF action will continue next weekend at Freehold Raceway on Friday and Saturday with post times of 12:30 pm.   Courtney Stafford

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  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 29, 2019 - The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 2-year-olds on Friday (June 28) night. All five of the divisions raced for a purse of $25,000. The 2-year-old filly pacers started the night off in a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled card. David Miller teamed up with the Ross Croghan trainee Odds On Sarasota to claim the first NJSS division of the night. Miller sat with Odds on Sarasota in a two-hole trip until the stretch where he pulled her and marched past the leader Duck N Roll. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly stopped the clock in 1:56.1, with Bigforherbritches coming in second and Duck N Roll finishing third. Next up were the 2-year-old colt pacers in the first race of the regular card. Scott Zeron steered the odds on favorite Rockin The Ace to the winner circle for trainer Carmen Auciello. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt earned himself a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 with his first career win. Rock N Teen finished a close second with Cedar Hall Heaven coming in third. The 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters took the stage for the third division of the NJSS. Once again the odds on favorite took home the purse money in this race. Tim Tetrick wired the field with Play Trix On Me for trainer Gareth Dowse in 1:55.4. The Trixton colt opened up by eight lengths in the stretch to trot home in 27.4. Barley finished second with AP Hall Of Trix finishing third. The very next race was the first division of two for the 2-year-old filly trotters. Driver Anthony Macdonald pulled Spirit Of Deo first up at the half and was able to nose out the leader Caviart Eva at the wire. Spirit Of Deo, sired by Trixton, trotted her last quarter in a blistering 26.4 to upset the odds on favorite. Caviart Eva finished a close second with Common Sense S coming in third. This is the Andrew Harris trainees first start of her career and what a way to start her 2-year-old campaign. Spirit of Deo was bred by Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ. The last NJSS of the night was the second division for 2-year-old filly trotters. Scott Zeron teamed up with trainer George Ducharme this time, to win his second sire stakes race of the night with Dramatra. The odds on favorite daughter of Trixton wired the field, from post position number five to stop the clock in 1:57.3. Dramatra finished a good two lengths ahead of second place finisher Stella Kemp. Tricky Sister finished in third place. The second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds will take place on Friday July 5, 2019 at the Meadowlands. Courtney Stafford

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