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MANALAPAN, NJ -- April 15, 2021 -- Attention all Owners and Breeders of New Jersey Sired horses you must be a current SBOANJ member and have a W9 on file with the SBOANJ to be eligible for NJ Sired and Breeder Awards. Owners of New Jersey Sired horses 6-years-old and under racing in overnight races are eligible for an award from the SBOANJ if their horse finishes in the top five at a New Jersey racetrack. Owners must have a current SBOANJ membership and a W9 on file with the SBOANJ to receive these awards. Breeders of New Jersey Sired horses that earn purse money in NJSS and SBOANJ Sponsored races are eligible to receive breeder awards. Breeders must also have a current SBOANJ membership and a W9 on file. If you have any questions please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 26, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is proud to announce Play Trix On Me as the 2020 harness racing horse of the year. Play Trix On Me, by Trixton out of the Credit Winner mare Lima Playmate, won the NJSS final for 3-year-old colt trotters at the Meadowlands. A winner of $433,843 in 2020, the 3-year-old colt trotter won four of his 17 starts this year. With a lifetime mark of 1:53 which he took winning the Carl Erskine at Hoosier Park, she was also second in the Breeders Crown Final at Hoosier Park. Play Trix On Me is owned by Renee Spahr, trained by Linda Toscano and bred by Steve Jones of Montgomery, N.Y. Play Trix On Me's connections will be honored at the 64th annual Breeder Awards Ceremony. The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey has selected Fair Winds Farm as the 2020 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year. Fair Winds Farm is located in Cream Ridge and currently ranked in the top 20 breeders by earnings with over $1.9 million in 2020. Fair Winds Farm had more than a few standouts racing in 2020. Zenith Stride the 2-year-old Muscle Hill filly out of Open Access, trained by Mark Harder, won the International Stallion in a lifetime record of 1:52.2 at Lexington, helping boost her lifetime earnings to $226,168. Another 2-year-old filly trotter, Mazzarati, trained by Lucas Wallin ended her 2-year-old campaign with four wins in 11 starts and $250,552 in earnings. Mazzarati is a Cantab Hall out of Falls For You. Pub Crawl the 2-year-old Bar Hopping filly trotter out of Myth also made a name for herself on the grand circuit tour winning the Bluegrass in a lifetime mark of 1:53.4 at Lexington. The Julie Miller trainee exceeded the $200,000 mark in lifetime earnings for her connections. Fair Winds also had a 2-year-old pacing filly on the scene, Podium Girl the Somebeachsomewhere out of Cinamony won five of 11 starts. Trained by Chris Ryder Podium Girl won the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund final and the Renaissance Final both at Freehold Raceway. These are just a few highlights from the Fair Winds Farm award-winning year. Fair Winds Farm will be among the honorees at the 64th annual Breeders Awards Ceremony, details to follow. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- November 17, 2020 -- On Monday (Nov. 16) Executive Administrator Al Ochsner hosted the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's annual meeting along with President Mark Ford and the board of directors. For the first time ever, the meeting was held virtually online, and streamed live on Facebook. The meeting opened with messages from President Mark Ford and Executive Administrator Al Ochsner. Mark Ford mentioned that the SBOANJ is now a member of the newly formed North American Harness Horse Alliance. They both thanked the SBOANJ staff, all those involved with the Rutgers Risk Management Plan to enable racing to resume, the tracks and training centers that hosted dozens of qualifiers, and those who have reached out to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Al Ochsner addressed the cancellation of the Golf Outing which is the main source of revenue for TrotPAC the SBOANJ's Political Action Committee. He thanked all those members that helped continue fundraising capabilities to support legislators. That support along with the completion of the 2019 NJ Horse Racing Impact Study that was sent to all state legislators really made a difference in the state approving the appropriation funding for 2021. He also applauded Sam Landy's son Harry for making a great and informative video of the Standardbred business, in an effort to bring attention to the need for the appropriation funding. The SBOANJ has been working since 2016 to reduce the driver workmen's compensation insurance premium at both races tracks. Finally, NJRC established the Standardbred premium to be based on the number of claims and the money associated with them. For many years the Standardbreds had low claims or none at all but had to share a much higher premium with the thoroughbreds. In 2020, because of the adjustment and cash reserve available no money was needed to pay the cost of insurance. Plus there is a cash reserve to carry forward. Plans have been made with Freehold Raceway to have two memorial races for the Fusco family and Harold Kelly in December and January. The SBOANJ and BCAP presented four scholarships to SBOANJ member's children totaling $9,000. The 2021 racing dates were announced, the Meadowlands will race 90 dates and Freehold Raceway will race 82 dates. The Breeding Committee reported that the breeding industry in NJ has shown gains for the third year in a row. There were 279 mares bred in 2017 and 780 bred in 2020. The Insurance Committee reported another year without an increase to the insurance premiums for the fourteenth year in a row. The Finance and Pension Committee is very pleased with the investment policies at this time and continues to review UBS performances. They reported the investments to be good relative to benchmarks, especially during these uncertain times. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- October 9, 2020 -- Any foals eligible for 2019 stallion rebate and or resident mare rebates must be registered with the USTA by October 31, 2020. Rebate checks will be issued to, current SBOANJ members only, after proof of live foal, and a current W-9 form is on file. Applications for the 2020 programs are also due October 31, 2020, no late applications will be accepted. Visit for 2020 applications, if you have any questions call the office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- October 1, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) has breeder and sired award money available for 2020 distribution. The harness racing awards were earned in designated NJ races for breeders or in overnight events for owners of New Jersey sired horses. In order to receive award money, you must be a member of the SBOANJ and have a current W-9 form on file by December 31, 2020. Money will no longer be available after December 31, 2020, please be sure to have all the necessary documents in place before the deadline. Click here to view the stables/individuals that are eligible for New Jersey award money, but do not have required membership and or W-9 on file. For SBOANJ Membership Form, click here. For a W9 Form, click here. Any questions call the SBOANJ office 732-462-2357 by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 29, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) applauds the New Jersey Legislature for passing the Fiscal Year 2021 budget which includes a $15 million appropriation to help support the New Jersey horse racing industry, particularly as we recover from the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, the Legislature passed critical legislation which annually appropriates $20 million in purse money for five years. The tourism and racing industry, along with the rest of the state, was forced to close and reduce operations due to the pandemic beginning in March. Fortunately, with the help of the Legislature and the Governor's support in the FY21 budget, the industry will be able to more immediately and effectively recover. "We are grateful for the commitment to horseracing demonstrated by elected leaders at the highest levels of State Government to provide this vital appropriation in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget," said Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ. "We want to thank Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Coughlin and Budget Committee Chairs, Assemblywoman Pintor Marin and Senator Sarlo, for acknowledging the importance of the purse appropriation. SBOANJ is thankful for their leadership on this issue. Beyond making NJ a competitive state with surrounding states' purse appropriations, the money this year will be especially impactful for the state's economic recovery." The industry and horse farms not only aid and protect the preservation of open space in New Jersey, they support an entire agribusiness of hay producers, straw producers, grain producers, trainers, grooms, veterinarians, equine dentists, and blacksmiths. If the horse racing industry fails, these support businesses stop production and contribution to the New Jersey economy as well. This budget shows the state's commitment to the thousands of workers employed throughout the industry. SBOANJ remains committed to working alongside the Legislature and the Murphy administration to encourage the preservation and growth of the horse racing industry and its prestigious rank among American pastimes. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 18, 2020 -- The BCAP free medical clinic is opening Monday, October 5, 2020, at Gaitway Farm. The Free medical clinic is available to all NJ farm and harness racing training center stable employees, trainers, second trainers, farm employees, and NJRC licensed horsemen. The BCAP medical clinic is staffed by Centra State Hospital Physicians, and RN, and 3rd year Rutgers University Resident Doctors. The staff is available to provide free medical attention to insured as well as un-insured NJ horsemen. All patients must make an appointment, there will be no walkups this year. Please call when you arrive outside the clinic and wait until instructed to enter. Face masks/ face coverings must be worn at all times within the clinic. To make an appointment call or text Chris Samaha at 732-740-5376. For more information visit and click on the BCAP tab. Click link for the autumn clinic dates.  by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 17, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is aware of the recently introduced Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act and welcomes collaboration among all horse racing participants. The SBOANJ supports all efforts to address the safety and welfare of all Standardbreds. The Standardbred breed of horse is unique as is Standardbred Racing, and the SBOANJ is hopeful that consideration will be given to those aspects when final legislation is proposed. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 17, 2020 -- The 2020 Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of NJ (SBOANJ) election will take place on November 16th, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and in the interest of safety, the annual open meeting is canceled. Anyone interested in running for director must send a letter of intent to the SBOANJ office via certified mail, or in person, no later than September 30th. In order to qualify as a director, you must have been an active member for the past 2 years in the designated category in which you wish to run. There are two positions available in the driver/trainer category, one position in the breeder category, and two positions in the owner category. Running for re-election are Mark Ford and Julie Miller in driver/trainer category, Stephen Dey in the breeder category, and Bob Boni and Sam Landy in the owner category. A copy of the by-laws can be found on our website. Please check our website ( for updates. Send your letter and a short biography to: SBOANJ 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726 by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 3, 2020 -- UMH Properties President and CEO Sam Landy ran the New York Stock Exchange's opening bell on August 25, 2020, to celebrate a new Fannie Mae loan product for manufactured housing communities. Representatives from UMH Properties, Wells Fargo and Fannie Mae participated in the ceremony alongside Landy in commemoration of the first-of-its-kind loan. The loan, which was arranged by Wells Fargo, facilitates UMH's acquisition of communities with vacancies that might normally create problems for underwriting community loans. This new loan's flexibility will allow UMH Properties to upgrade communities and offer more options for residents. The agreement allows for a mix of UMH-owned rental units and land leases for residents who site their own homes. This more flexible loan allows UMH Properties to make acquisitions, reduce vacancies and maintain a mix of land lease sites and home rentals tailored to local market conditions. "Our recent credit facility with Fannie Mae and Wells Fargo underscores our collective effort in providing quality affordable housing through manufactured home communities," said Landy. "We are honored to commemorate this commitment with Fannie Mae and Wells Fargo Bank by ringing the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange." Fannie Mae has a statutory "Duty to Serve" manufactured housing, including a specific responsibility to develop innovative loan products. The combination of a low interest rate and flexibility under this new Fannie Mae loan is a critical innovation that will allow UMH Properties to offer manufactured home units at affordable rents and finance new home purchases for buyers in their communities. UMH Properties is a public equity real estate investment trust founded in 1968 that owns and operates a portfolio of around 23,200 homesites in 123 manufactured home communities nationwide. UMH has received a number of honors from MHI, including Retail Sales Center of the Year Award, 2019 Interior Design Award and 2018 Operator of the Year Award. Last year, for the fourth consecutive time, UMH received MHI's Land-Lease Community of the Year Award. These awards recognize UMH Properties' long-term commitment to innovation and advancement of the manufactured housing industry, and dedication to providing quality, affordable housing. Not only is Sam Landy the President of UMH Properties, but he is a vital member of the New Jersey racing community. He is currently a director on the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's board. He owns the New Jersey training center Congress Hill and he and his wife Laurie lead the nonprofit program helping individuals with special needs called Special Strides. The SBOANJ congratulates Mr. Landy on these momentous occasions and thanks to him for his commitment to the New Jersey racing program. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- August 26, 2020 -- Yesterday, the Governor proposed what he wanted the budget to look like from his vantage point. I want to reassure you that this is only the beginning of the budget process. The budget is now in the hands of the Legislature. Between now and the September 30th budget deadline, the Legislature will be negotiating their own budget with the Governor. Legislative leaders have their own budget priorities with the power to add and remove what is in the final budget. This is not the time to be discouraged that the $20 million for purse appropriation was not in the proposed budget. We need to keep advocating for our industry. The foundation of our years of advocacy has made it clear to policy makers that our industry is part of the fabric of what makes New Jersey the state it is in the Union. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- August 5, 2020 -- The SBOANJ would like to remind all harness racing horsemen, horsewomen, owners, trainers, and drivers to continue to follow all COVID-19 protocol while attending the Hambletonian and other major events this weekend at the Meadowlands. It is especially important to our future that all persons in the winner's circle have facemasks on at all times, even when taking the picture. We cannot be too careful and we must take all precautions possible, as we are now making efforts to maintain our appropriations and we do not want to give Trenton any reason to not look favorably upon us, or even worse shut us down. It is no secret that Governor Murphy continues to monitor COVID-19 numbers in NJ and he is very aware of social media and we do not want to show up on his radar in a negative way. Please be sure to wear facemasks and social distance when in the winner's circle and while in the paddock areas. You never know when a camera may be watching. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Harness racing trainers are fuming over recent positive tests at the Meadowlands on their horses for phenylbutazone or Bute medication. They now understand that the new medication ruling calls for no use of Bute 48 hours before a Standardbred can compete in a race. The former rule was 24-hours out. The problems lie in that the trainers, practicing veterinarians and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) claim they were never sent problem notification of the new rule and when it would go into effect by the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC). Yet the New Jersey Thoroughbred horsemen and veterinarians were contacted well in advance. Bute, is probably the most widely used drug in horses of all disciplines. Bute is an inexpensive, highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain that can be injected intravenously or given orally to horses as a powder or paste.  All of these questions erupted at a New Jersey Racing Commission hearing involving three prominent trainers at the Meadowlands racetrack on Friday, July 17. Since then, other high profile trainers have also received positive Bute tests. Present at the hearing were the three trainers, Mark Ford, president of the SBOANJ, the judges at the Meadowlands and the new executive director of the NJRC, Judith Nason. The ruling in question is N.J.A.C. 13:71-23.8, which calls for special procedures for the use of phenylbutazone and that it can only be administered by a licensed veterinarian. The first offense penalties are very strict and call for first offense to receive a $500 fine, loss of purse and a 15-day suspension from racing. NJRC executive director Nason stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ was sent a letter of notification for the practicing veterinarians in NJ, the same as was done with the Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association. SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated that the SBOANJ was never sent any letter from the NJRC. All three trainers have appealed the rulings and SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ would provide legal services for all three trainers in this case. “Why would all three of us trainers allow our veterinarians to administer Bute only 24 hours out as we always have if we had received proper notification in advance?” said one trainer. “And now more harness racing trainers are coming up with positives. We all can’t be wrong and this includes our vets who administer the Bute. "This is a case of entrapment by the NJ Racing Commission." Calls and emails to both the NJRC and the SBOANJ have gone unanswered. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 3, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of NJ (SBOANJ) has received notification that positive drug tests for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are showing up as racing has resumed in New Jersey. Please check New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) Rules and Regulations Subchapter 23 Medication and Testing Procedures 13:71-23.1 through 13:71-23.8 which also references the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule version 2.1 ( Revised April 17, 2014 ) for regulation details. Any questions please call the NJRC at 609-292-0613. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

TRENTON, N.J. -- June 30, 2020 -- Horse racing has been a crucial part of New Jersey's economy and its history since the late 1800s. A lot has changed within the horse racing industry, and Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants the current law on betting to reflect those updates. Dancer's bill (A-2355) would give New Jersey residents the ability to place wagers on horse racing even when they are out of state. Currently, a New Jersey resident must be physically present in the state to place a wager. "All New Jersey residents should be allowed to place wagers on horse racing no matter where they are, whether it's online or through an agency," stated Dancer (R-Ocean). "With the changes in technology, our access to place wagers has changed and the law should reflect those changes. It's also critical we do everything we can do to keep our staple industries afloat during and after the coronavirus pandemic." Dancer's bill unanimously passed the Assembly with a 73 to 0 vote. Full Bill Listing by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 29, 2020 - The SBOANJ would like to thank Governor Murphy for reopening harness racing in the state of New Jersey. Today (Friday, May 29), while New Jersey horsemen were busy qualifying at Gaitway Farms, with the hopes of live racing returning soon. The Governor announced the best news we have heard in over two months - racing will resume at the Meadowlands Racetrack next Friday, June 5, 2020. After weeks of working with Karyn Malinowski, of the Rutgers Equine and Science Center, to provide the safety protocols to return to racing at the number one harness track in the world, the Meadowlands, we look forward to the long anticipated start next weekend. The SBOANJ and all New Jersey horsemen are grateful that Governor Murphy and his administration, and Judy Nason and the NJRC, worked with us to reopen racing at the Meadowlands. This announcement gives the horsemen of New Jersey the opportunity to get back to business. With the successful conclusion of 24 qualifying races at Gaitway Farms, while practicing safety protocols, we look forward to the return of the best racing in North America. Good luck and safe racing. Courtney Stafford

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