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MANALAPAN, NJ -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey want to remind all owners and breeders that you must be a current member and have a W9 on file in order to qualify for all breeder and sired awards. Also, as stated in the USTA stakes guide, all owners must be current members of the SBOANJ to be eligible to participate in all SBOANJ sponsored races. For more information visit or call the office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 10, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and the Backstretch Community Assistance Program of New Jersey will award scholarships to qualified students currently enrolled in or plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college or university. Candidates must be either a son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing and SBOANJ member or are themselves a full- time participant. Only one candidate per household will be considered, and there is a lifetime cap of $10,000 per individual. Applications and a complete list of qualifications and instructions can be found on the sboanj website. Application deadline July 17, 2020. Application can be found here by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ    

MANALAPAN, NJ -- January 29, 2019 -- On Sunday (Jan 26), the New Jersey Department of Agriculture held its 63rd Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at Hilton Gardens Inn in Hamilton. SBOANJ directors in attendance were Mark Mullen, Anthony Romano, Mike Klau and Executive Administrator Al Ochsner. Taylor Palmer also attended the function. Evident Beauty was awarded the New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the year and the Standardbred of the Year honors by a joint presentation from the SBOANJ and the NJSS committee for owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and R A W Equine. Richard "Nifty" Norman accepted the award as trainer of the Trixton filly. Evident Beauty was bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, N.J. A winner of $532,734 in 2019, the 3-year-old filly trotter won nine of her 17 starts this year. With a record of 1:52.3 which she took in winning the Premier Division final at The Meadowlands, she was also victorious in open company with wins in a $124,000 Del Miller division at The Meadowlands, the $282,000 Elegantimage at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the $135,000 Moni Maker at Hoosier Park. Mike Klau from the Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey awarded Stefan Balazsi's Order By Stable as the 2019 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year. Stefan Balazsi started his breeding career in Sweden with just a handful of broodmares, he has since expanded his operation to Concord Stud Farm in Cream Ridge, New Jersey. He currently has 30 broodmares at Concord Stud Farm. Order By Stable bred three of the top four sellers on the opening day of the Standardbred Horse sale this year. The sale topper was his Muscle Hill trotting filly Gangsta Rat out of Order By Wish sold for $550,000. Julie Meirs of Concord Stud Farm accepted the award on behalf of Stefan Balazsi. The Secretary of Agriculture, Douglas H. Fisher, and Dr. Karyn Malinowski, with Rutgers, both presented Jacqueline Ingrassia with the Governor's Trophy as Horseperson of the year, for all of her wonderful accomplishments as a horsewoman both on and off the racetrack. Ingrassia is a well-known driver, trainer, and owners in the New Jersey standardbred industry, but she also rides and shows for pleasure. The SBOANJ congratulates all of the award winners for their accomplishments in 2019.   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 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  

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  

Freehold, NJ --- Ever since coming to Freehold Raceway, Lucius Vorenus has excelled over the half-mile oval. He continued his winning ways on Friday (November 15), as he took the harness racing $50,000 final of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owner's Association of New Jersey trotting series.   Sent off as the even-money favorite, he was put right on the lead by driver Jason Bartlett. French Cafe, the clear-cut second choice, drafted in the pocket, but Lucius Vorenus was still able to set steady fractions of 28.4 for a quarter and 59.0 for a half.   Nearing three-quarters, Lucius Vorenus began to pull away, as he set the fraction in a slow 1:28.2. French Cafe had to settle for second, as Lucius Vorenus cruised under the wire in 1:56.3.   This is the third win in the last four starts for the Crawford Farms-owned gelding, who is sired by Father Patrick and trained by Nick Surick. He won the Garden State trot for colts & geldings in his Freehold debut on October 26, then added a win and a runner-up in the first two legs of the series. He's now earned $109,655 in his career; $74,375 of that total has come in his last four races.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

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  

Freehold, NJ --- The Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) harness racing trotting series for 3-year-olds concludes on Friday at Freehold Raceway, with the $50,000 final. The race is scheduled as the third on the 11-race Friday program, and drew a field of seven.   The headliners look to be drawn to the inside: NJSS-SDF champion French Cafe, and SBOANJ second leg winner Lucius Vorenus. French Cafe finished third in the first leg of the series two weeks ago, behind Evident Beauty. This time around, there's no Evident Beauty to deal with, and the Julie Miller-trained filly should find things easier as such. She's drawn post position one, with Andy Miller driving.   Lucius Vorenus has done well since arriving at Freehold in late October, with two wins and a second-place finish to his credit. The Nick Surick-trained gelding will be driven by Jason Bartlett, and leave from post position three.   Trainer Lucas Wallin sends out a pair: Princess Deo and Sovereign Deo. Both of them broke in the second leg, and will seek rebounds here. Wallin will drive Princess Deo, while Joe Bongiorno has the call on Sovereign Deo. They have post positions two and seven, respectively.   Dark as a Pocket looks to finally break through in the series, as she's finished second in each of the first two legs. Last out, she closed well, but finished three-quarters of a length behind in second. The Linda Toscano-trained filly will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr from post position six.   Marveloustrix, for trainer Karen Garland, and Warrior One, conditioned by Nik Drennan, round out the field.   The first race on Friday at Freehold will be at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Lucius Vorenus picked up another win at Freehold Raceway on Friday (November 8), as he took the second leg of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) harness racing trotting series by three-quarters of a length.   The race began on an auspicious note, when three of the six horses in the field, Warrior One, Sovereign Deo, and Princess Deo, all broke stride. Lucius Vorenus avoided trouble, and rated in third off leader Alternative Fact. At the three-quarter point, driver Jason Bartlett pulled with Lucius Vorenus, and took dead aim at the leader.   Turning for home, Lucius Vorenus pulled clear of Alternative Fact, but had to deal with Dark as a Pocket, who rated in the pocket and was rallying up the inside. Lucius Vorenus held sway, crossing the wire in front in 1:58.1.   This is the second win in the last three starts for Lucius Vorenus, who won the Garden State Trot for 3-year-old colts & geldings on October 26. He's owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Nick Surick.   Lucius Vorenus is expected to appear in the $50,000 SBOANJ final of the series, scheduled for next Friday at Freehold. Both first-leg winners, Evident Beauty and No Drama Please, are also expected headliners.   Live racing continues at Freehold this Saturday, with a first race post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) sponsored trot for New Jersey-sired trotters continues on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway, attracting a field of six three-year-olds. It is scheduled as the third race, with an approximate post time of 1:10 PM EDT.   Two of the five fillies who entered the first leg last week return for leg two. Dark as a Pocket tracked the dominant Evident Beauty throughout, before ending up second. Without Evident Beauty, Dark as a Pocket should have an easier time of things. She drew post position four, with Jim Marohn Jr. driving for trainer Linda Toscano.   Princess Deo is the other filly in the field, and she's one of two entrants for the Lucas Wallin stable. She finished fourth last week, and will seek a rebound from post position two. As a 2-year-old, she won the Garden State trot at the Meadowlands, and was second in the Goldsmith Maid, but has not been able to find that form as a 3-year-old.   Four colts & geldings entered, including Wallin's other entrant, Sovereign Deo. Alternative Fact is the only one in the field who did not race in the first leg, having most recently come in fifth in the Garden State trot two weeks ago. Prior to that, he reeled off five straight wins. Ray Schnittker trains and drivees from post position one.   Luicus Vorenus won the Garden State two starts back, and was a close second in the first leg last out. The Nick Surick trainee will leave from post position six, with Jason Bartlett in the sulky.   Warrior One, third in the first leg last week, completes the field.   The final will be held next Friday (November 15), and carry a purse of $50,000.   The first of ten races at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Going into the first leg of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) Trot, Evident Beauty looked like the classiest harness racing member of the five-horse field. She proved it on the Freehold Raceway oval Friday afternoon, winning by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:56.4.   Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, driver David Miller rated her in third place early, behind early leader French Cafe and Dark as a Pocket. Heading up the backstretch the final time, Miller sent his charge out after the leader, and drew up to French Cafe as they rounded the final turn. Although French Cafe gave a good fight, Evident Beauty proved too good, and she pulled away for the victory.   This marks the eighth win of the season for Evident Beauty, who has bankrolled more than $500,000 in her sophomore campaign. Five of those wins have come in stakes finals. She was the 3/2 favorite in her Breeders' Crown elimination last week, but broke stride turning for home and lost all chance to qualify for the final. She's owned by Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and RAW Equine, and is trained by Nifty Norman.   The first leg of the series drew twelve entries, and was subsequently split by gender. No Drama Please won the division for colts & geldings, wearing down early leader Lucius Vorenus to win by 3/4 of a length. He went the mile in a season's best 1:57.3 for owner Joseph Smith, trainer Tom Fanning, and drive Austin Siegelman.   The SBOANJ series continues next Friday, with the second leg. The final will be worth $50,000, and is scheduled for November 15.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway, in association with the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), is kicking off a harness racing series for 3-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters on Friday. Six colts & geldings and six fillies were entered, as such, the first leg was split up into two divisions of six horses apiece.   The division for the fillies has been scheduled as the third race. The expected heavy favorite is Evident Beauty, winner of the Casual Breeze and the Elegant Image at Woodbine Mohawk Park, along with the Moni Maker at Hoosier Park.   She was the favorite in her Breeders' Crown elimination two weeks ago, before breaking stride in the stretch and finishing sixth-placed-eighth. Usual driver Dave Miller will be in the bike for the Nifty Norman-trained filly, who will leave from post position four.   Dark as a Pocket, who finished third in the Casual Breeze, and French Cafe, winner of the NJSS-SDF Final, figure to be the primary challengers to Evident Beauty. Marveloustrix, Sexy Wow, and Princess Deo complete the ensemble.   The top four finishers in last week's Garden State Trot will return for the colts & gelding division. Lucius Vorenus, the upset winner, drew post position five, and will be driven by Andy Miller for trainer Nick Surick. No Drama Please recovered nicely after an early break to finish a nice-closing second. Austin Siegelman is in the bike for trainer Tom Fanning, from the inside post.   Sovereign Deo was third at 32/1 last week, while Cotton to You was fourth at 8/1. Lucas Wallin sends out both, who will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr and Pat Lachance, respectively.   Hold My Heart and Warrior One complete the field. That division will go as the fifth race.   The first of eleven races at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 28, 2019 - On Saturday (Oct 26.) Lucius Vorenus was victorious in the $80,000 SBOANJ sponsored New Jersey Garden State Trot for 3-year-old harness racing colt and gelding trotters at Freehold Raceway. Andy Miller and Nick Surick teamed up for the win in the 3rd race at Freehold on Saturday afternoon. Andy Miller sent the 3-year-old to the front from post position four when the gate folded. Without looking back Lucius Vorenus lead every step of the way stopping the clock in 1:58.2. The son of Father Patrick is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and notched the third win of his career. Lucius Vorenus now has lifetime earnings of $75,280 for his winning connections. No Drama Please finished a very close second with Sovereign Deo coming in third. Live racing resumes on Friday, November 1, 2019, at Freehold, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EDT. By Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ — October 18, 2019 — As previously announced the SBOANJ will be sponsoring a harness racing series for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired Trotters 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. Due to scheduling issues, 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. If you have any questions please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

The Colts Neck, NJ, horse farm founded by the late Hall of Famer Anthony T. Abbatiello, a leader in the growth of harness racing that propelled New Jersey to prominence in the sport for four decades, is to be sold at auction on site on September 5. Sale of the 64.3-acre property, reduced from its original 450 acres many years ago by a state takeover of land for a major state highway (Route 18), includes a house, two barns with horse or livestock stalls, a half-mile horse training track, an accessory building with three large garage-type bays, four ponds for fishing or irrigation. The farm, a significant real estate part of shaping New Jersey harness racing history, is in close proximity to Freehold Raceway and convenient to Monmouth Park and The Meadowlands racetracks. The prominent Max Spann real estate firm will conduct the auction at 11 AM on September 5, with on-site property previews scheduled for August 13 and 24 from 12 to 2 PM. For auction details click on this link. Abbatiello, who died in October 2017, established the standardbred-training farm 65 years ago after his heroic service in the Korean War that earned him three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and a nomination for the Silver Star, among numerous battle citations and honors. Named Five Point Farm for the road on which it is located, Abbatiello brought his two younger brothers Carmine, who also is a Harness Racing Hall of Famer, and Matt with him to create one of the eventual focal points of New Jersey harness racing. Carmine, one of harness racing's premier drivers, was inducted in 1985. When Anthony was inducted nine years later, they became the first brother combination to be so honored. Abbatiello, born and raised in Staten Island, NY, bought and founded the farm shortly after he returned from the war and worked briefly for the late Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer, whose Egyptian Acres farm was located nearby. Abbatiello co-founded with Dancer the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, served as the group's president for nearly 30 years and was influential in the establishment of The Meadowlands and bringing the world famous Hambletonian race to that racetrack. By Leon Zimmerman  

Anthony J. Parenti, a long-time former police chief of Fanwood, NJ, and former president of the Standardbred Breeders Association of New Jersey, died on August 1 at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, surrounded by family. He was 87. A career police official for 60 years, Parenti also became involved in harness racing as a horse owner. He was elected to several three-year terms on the Standardbred Association Board of Directors, and elected by his colleagues as president for 14 years of the organization. He was also honored by Harness Horsemen International as man of the year. He served as Fanwood police chief from 1975 to 1998 and five years as director of the John Stamler Police Academy in Union County. He was a police officer in Plainfield, NJ, one year and for 18 years in Fanwood before becoming chief. In addition, Parenti was president of the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police. He established and served as president 30 years of the New Jersey Traffic Officers Association. In those capacities, he was directly involved in the passage of numerous traffic safety laws in New Jersey and wrote a weekly drive-time column for newspapers in his area. Parenti's career in public office continued in his retirement with his election to the Fanwood Borough Council for two three-year terms before retiring. Born of Italian immigrants, he was raised in Plainfield, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1951-1955 and earned an associates degree at Rutgers College. He will be sadly missed by his loving family, survived by: his wife of 62 years, Sally; three children, Anthony Jr., an assistant county prosecutor in Somerset County; William, the current police chief of North Plainfield, NJ, and a candidate for Sheriff of Somerset County; a daughter Nancy, two daughters-in-law; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, August 4, at the Fanwood Memorial Home, 155 South Avenue, Fanwod. A funeral is scheduled for 10 AM, Monday, August 5, from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Catholic Burial to be celebrated at 11 AM at St. Bernard's Church, 368 Sumner Avenue, Plainfield. In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with his desire to continue to protect and serve, the family requests donations be made to the Fanwood PBA, Fanwood Rescue Squad or Fanwood Fire Department. By Leon Zimmerman

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