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Tommy Luchento, former trainer-driver, is this week's Harness Racing Alumni Show's guest. Tommy started his harness racing career working for legends Stanley Dancer and Tony Abbatiello. After racing for many years, he became President of the NJSOA and is now the President of Harness Horsemen's International.   On this broadcast he speaks to Freddie and the guys openly about how he and Jeff Gural saved the Meadowlands...!!! His ideas on setting up a harness racing Commissioner and his opinions on Lasix are outstanding -- do not miss this exciting broadcast.   To listen to broadcast, click here.    

Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold their annual meetings from February 24-27, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield, Beach, Florida, beginning with an opening reception at 5:30 pm, meet and greet, on Monday evening, Feb. 24.   HHI meetings begin Tuesday morning, Feb. 25 at 9:00 am as HHI President Tom Luchento welcomes all associations from throughout North America to the General Session, with presentations by the American Horse Council, the United States Trotting Association and the Standardbred Transition Alliance.   On Wednesday, Feb. 26th, at 9:00 am, the featured speaker, Dr. Clara Fenger, will enlighten HHI members with a presentation entitled "Collision of Ultra-Sensitive Drug Testing and the Absolute Insurer Rule, time to bring back common sense." Other topics slated to be discussed include the recent threat to the Pennsylvania Racing Fund, and the recent approval of slots at Illinois racetracks, followed by Association Reports.   Following Wednesday's morning session, the HHI Standing Committees will meet: HHI Budget Committee; Dues & Finance Committee; Convention Committee; HHI Scholarship Foundation Committee; and the HHI Legal Committee, with a pending application for membership by the Nevada Standardbred Association.   Thursday, Feb. 27th activities begin at 9:00 am and include a General Session, followed by HHI Elections and the HHI Awards Luncheon, honoring Tony Somone as the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year; Dot Morgan of New Vocations with the HHI Appreciation Award; and Dawnelle Mock with the HHI's Clyde Hirt Media Award.   From Harness Horsemen International  

Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold their annual meetings from February 24-27, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield, Beach, Florida, beginning with an opening reception at 5:30 pm, meet and greet, on Sunday evening, Feb. 24. HHI meetings begin Monday morning, Feb. 25 at 9:00 am as HHI President Tom Luchento welcomes all associations from throughout North America to the General Session, which focuses on Association Reports and a panel discussion entitled "The Importance of Horsemen Association's Lobbying." Bob Reeber, Esquire, a lobbyist for the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA) and Rebecca Kidner, Esquire, a Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) lobbyist, are the panelists. As well, a discussion has been scheduled regarding the recent events in Ontario concerning an attempt by Ontario Racing to disband the Ontario Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA), who have represented the Ontario-based horsemen for 50 years. On Tuesday, Feb. 26th, at 9:00 am, the featured speaker, Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill U.S.A. will enlighten HHI members on Sports Wagering, which--since the favorable SCOTUS Ruling last Spring--has emerged as a potential new revenue source for horsemen and is both a timely and relevant topic of discussion as many states are considering legalizing this new form of gaming. As well, representatives from the American Horse Council and Mike Tanner, Executive Vice President of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) will speak Tuesday morning, followed by HHI Standing Committees: HHI Budget Committee; Dues & Finance Committee; Convention Committee; HHI Scholarship Foundation Committee; and the HHI Legal Committee, with a pending application for membership by the Nevada Standardbred Association. Wednesday, Feb. 27th activities start at 9:00 am and include a General Session, followed by HHI Elections and the HHI Awards Luncheon, honoring Salvatore DiMario as the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year; Foiled Again with the HHI Appreciation Award; and Chris Gooden with the HHI's Clyde Hirt Media Award. From Harness Horsemen International  

My Name is Tom Luchento, most of you know, I am President of Harness Horsemen International.   I would like to take this time to speak to you about a problem that has recently come to my attention. By now, most of you probably have heard about it, but for those who haven't, please let me explain. In order to be respectful, I will not mention names or places, but rather speak to the issue.   As I write this, there is an ongoing fight caused by a racetrack management and two horsemen's organizations. At this particular time the racetrack is dividing health and welfare monies to two horsemen's organizations from funds dedicated to the horsemen. Currently these 2 horsemen's organizations co-exist representing horsemen at different racetracks. Each provides health and welfare benefits from funds dedicated for that purpose.   Recently, the track has decided to choose one group over the other. Now, if this were the opinion of both organizations it maybe alright, but that decision belongs to the horsemen they represent, not the racetrack. In today's democratic society's horsemen must be allowed to be governed by the people that they have freely elected. There must be acknowledgement of a democratically elected and legitimate horsemen's association. This action is a detriment to every horsemen's organization, which has the inherent right to elect their representatives.   When horsemen fail to stand together united against a tyrannical management who is trying to eliminate bona fide elected officials representing the men and women that they were elected to represent, all horsemen suffer. I implore all horsemen's organizations to not let this happen in your jurisdictions, for if we stand united, no one can tear us apart. At our upcoming annual meeting in Florida later this month, we will discuss this issue in greater depth.   Thank you, I remain, Tom Luchento President, H.H.I.       Harness Horsemen International 319 High St. Suite 2 Burlington, NJ 08016 (609) 747-1000 www.harnesshorsemeninternational.com   Kimberly A. Rinker 708-557-2790 www.kimberlyrinker.com @Trotrink  

I am writing this response to a letter written by Joe Faraldo to HarnessLink. First of all, I feel qualified to respond because of the fact that I am president of Harness Horsemen International and past president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  The first thing that comes to my mind is this senseless vendetta that Joe has with Jeff Gural. I think Joe is an intelligent man, who truly has done his best to help the horse people at Yonkers Raceway, but I think in his letter he has his facts all wrong about Jeff's motives. He has taken Jeff's comments way out of context.  Let me begin by saying that the Jeff I know is honest, well meaning, and loyal to a fault. I am going to start from the beginning.   We raised $100,000 through a fundraiser by the horsemen of New Jersey for the then candidate for New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, based on his promises of how he was going to help our industry.  But after he was elected, Christie proceeded to tell me at a very early date, that we had 24 hours to come up with eight million dollars [$8 million] or he was going to shut down the Sports Authority racing facilities, which meant the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park would close immediately. I thought of only one person that I knew who could help, Jeff Gural, if he was so inclined. I proceeded to call him and tell him of our predicament. Without hesitation he told me he would meet me in Trenton the next morning.  As it turns out, Jeff was able to make a deal with the state to keep the Meadowlands open.    What is interesting about all of this, is that Jeff never thought or knew anything about a possible casino. Jeff's only thought was to save our horsemen and our industry from a sudden tragic end.  To address Joe Faraldo's comments that Jeff was saying that he did a favor for a couple of horsemen is ludicrous. He did it for all of us and the industry which he loves.  He saved harness racing for without the Meadowlands there would be no racing in New Jersey or,  for that matter, most racing in this country would probably succumb.    I sometimes wonder why some people want to take something good and turn it into something bad for their own gratification  Joe took Jeff's comments way out of context.  I don't care how you look at it, the Meadowlands is a success, especially when you look at the surrounding racinos with all their slot money.  They don't wager half of what the Meadowlands does without any help from the slot money, good horses, or many of the top drivers. I am not saying that horsemen should not think about themselves or their families, but don't act or think that Jeff did this solely for his own monetary enhancement, because he stepped up to the plate initially to save our industry.   So whenever you read the articles that criticize Jeff, remember (A) maybe someone has an axe to grind and (B) when you are racing at the Meadowlands some night, you probably wouldn't be there if it wasn't for Jeff Gural.  I know that many of you, including myself at times, don't agree with all of Jeff's decisions, but they all come from his love of the game and what he thinks is best.  So I am taking this time to thank him and all the GRATEFUL horsemen and women who can still enjoy making a living at what they love at the Meadowlands.  Sincerely, Thomas F. Luchento

MANALAPAN, NJ - November 17, 2015 - The Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey elected Mark Ford as its president at a reorganization meeting held on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Association's offices in Manalapan, NJ. Ford, one of the leading trainers in Meadowlands history, owns and operates the Mark Ford Training Center. He fills the position occupied for more than a dozen years by Thomas Luchento. "We made tremendous gains while Tom was president," said Ford. "And we will redouble our efforts to expand racing opportunities in New Jersey, pushing ahead with plans for an expanded gaming referendum in 2016. We thank Tom Luchento for his leadership and know he will continue to contribute as a member of the Board of Directors." In the election of other officers, Mark Mullen was named first vice president, Robert Boni as second vice president, Chris Ryder as third vice president, Alfred Ochsner Jr. as treasurer and Anthony Romano as secretary. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 20, 2015 - Tom Luchento and Chris Ryder were elected to the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Ballots were returned by 438 of the 789 members and counted on Monday, October 19, 2015 by the accounting firm of Drucker, Math & Whitman, certified public accountants in North Brunswick, NJ. In the only contested category - driver/trainer - Luchento was re-elected and Ryder was a winning challenger. Incumbent Kelvin Harrison and challenger Nancy Johansson were the others on the ballot. In uncontested categories, Thomas Pontone [owner], Michael Gulotta [breeder] and Dr. Richard Meirs [breeder] were re-elected. "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue on the Board of Directors," said Luchento, who has a dozen years of experience and is the incumbent president and chief executive officer of the SBOANJ. "Both 2015 and 2016 are pivotal years in our efforts to revitalize harness racing in New Jersey. This Board has a full agenda of challenges. "This is no slam dunk, but we are hopeful to get expanded gaming - casinos - at our racetracks to make our purses on par with any in the country," Luchento added. "We continue to work for sports wagering, historic racing and other alternate gaming options just as long as our purses are the beneficiaries." This was Chris Ryder's first bid for a seat on the SBOANJ Board of Directors. "I had been thinking about [running for the Board] for 10 or 12 years, but with my two boys off to college now, I had more time available," said Ryder, 60, who maintains a stable of 25 at Winners in Chesterfield, NJ. "My main concerns are insurance [for horsemen] and the New Jersey-owned and bred races," noted Ryder, a New Jersey resident and horseman since 1989. "I want to listen and be independent, and make the best decisions I can" Ryder added. "I intend to represent the grassroots. I've been there; I'm still there. I want to represent all horsemen. I thank everyone for their support." The Board will hold its re-organization meeting on November 9, 2015. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton are leading an effort to save Showplace Farms, which announced it will be closing on October 1. The facility covers over 150 acres in Millstone Township, and includes racetracks, a therapy swimming pool, paddocks and a blacksmith shop. Showcase Farms opened in 1979 and has been the venue for many of the nation’s most successful race horses and trainers. Dancer and Clifton both represent Millstone Township. "Ron Dancer and I began discussing the future of Showplace Farms as soon as word came out that it would be closing," said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, which represents New Jersey’s standardbred horsemen. “We have been exploring a variety of options, with the objective of maintaining the training center, which provides critical stabling and jobs for New Jersey’s horsemen. The loss of Showplace Farms would be a setback to those of us in racing but also to the rural character of Millstone Township and the surrounding community. The SBOANJ will do whatever it can to assist Assemblymen Dancer and Clifton, Howard Schoor and all the others working to preserve Showplace. “Every effort must be made to preserve Showplace Farms for open space and maintain its beautiful landscape,” said Dancer. “We are not only losing over 100 jobs with the Farms closing and the relocation of over 400 horses to out-of-state equine facilities, but we are concerned about the possibility of the grounds being sold for development." "I am encouraged by our initial meeting with the owners representative of Showplace Farms as well as local and state officials to find a way to protect this land. ” The two legislators held an initial meeting last Friday to discuss and formulate an action plan to preserve Showplace Farms’ prime real estate frontage on Route 33 from the threat of development. Dancer and Clifton were joined by Howard Schoor, representing the owners of Showplace Farms, and officials from the state, county and local levels, including: *Patricia Butch (Monmouth County Agricultural Development Committee) *Nancy Grbelja (Monmouth County Save The Horse Committee) *Amanda Brockwell (Monmouth Conservation Foundation). The Monmouth Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization, will assist to facilitate the preservation process. “I am encouraged by the support and concern expressed by the stakeholders we met last Friday,” said Clifton. “We all agree that finding a solution that protects the beauty of Showplace Farms and maintains its rural nature is what we’d like to achieve." "Assemblyman Dancer and I understand the importance of this issue to the community and will do everything we can to assist in preserving this as open space.” The stakeholders will meet again this Wednesday, August 19. Ron Dancer

Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento has issued this statement/letter on the news that Showplace Farms is closing: It started with a four paragraph announcement, and it sent shockwaves through the harness racing industry in New Jersey. On July 23, 2015, Showplace Farms in Millstone, NJ announced that after 36 years in business, it would be closing its doors on October 1, 2015. Showplace is 140 acres of prime real estate on Route 33. When it opened nearly four decades ago, it reflected the health of the standardbred racing industry in New Jersey, thanks to the debut of the Meadowlands Racetrack in 1976. Showplace, home to more than 425 horses, was a new concept: a first-class training center with its own track, state-of-the-art barns, a swimming pool for rehabilitating horses, and fenced in pastures for grazing. It would be the inspiration for other training centers throughout Central New Jersey where horsemen would pay for the privilege to house their racehorses in pastoral Monmouth County rather than free stabling at the Meadowlands. New Jersey horsemen, however, have fallen on hard times, competing against the casino-fueled purses in surrounding states. It is making it more difficult for Showplace and other training centers to collect rent and make their businesses viable. Meanwhile, the racetracks - including Freehold and the Meadowlands - have torn down their barn areas, leaving many horsemen without stabling options. In a matter of months, the bulldozers will be demolishing Showplace Farms, and it will not be long before other training centers and breeding farms will be following their example. These farms will soon be shopping malls and housing developments. Until now, the owners of the farms and training centers were willing to gamble on the future of New Jersey racing, believing that the addition of gaming at the Meadowlands would raise the purses and justify the risks. However, the failure of our leadership in Trenton to put the question of North Jersey gaming on this year's ballot has been the last straw for Showplace Farms, and perhaps others to follow. "It has been a good run," said Bix DiMeo, general manager of Showplace, in the announcement of closure. "But with fewer horses racing and the current economic climate here in New Jersey for harness racing, this business model no longer works for us." For anyone in the state legislature and the governor's office who thought racing's leadership was crying wolf - well, the impending closure of Showplace Farms on the heels of the dismantling of the 1,000-acre Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge seem to suggest that instead of crying wolf, the wolf is at the door. This is an industry that represents thousands of your friends and neighbors, who could go from taxpayers to unemployed in a heartbeat. If the racing industry in the Garden State were to fail, it goes beyond track ownership and track employees. Its demise would trickle down to the veterinarians, hay and grain growers, blacksmiths, horse transport companies, and others who make their living in some fashion off the racing and breeding industries. This is a billion-dollar industry in jeopardy, a meaningful source of revenue to the state's economy. Unless New Jerseyans want to see our farmland, of which 20 percent is equine-related, paved over, we need Trenton to step up and bring gaming to the Meadowlands now. Thomas Luchento President of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Manalapan, NJ

Harness Horsemen International's Annual Meetings got underway today at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida. Tom Luchento, HHI President opened the March 2 General Session with welcoming remarks to the group of harness racing association members from the United States and Canada.   After association member reports and HHI business topics were discussed, a lengthy and lively discourse followed concerning racing commission issues and frustrations on the perception of whipping and kicking at North American raceways.   Keynote speaker Dr. Mary Robinson of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, Chester, PA will present "Equine Drug Testing in the 21st Century" during Tuesday's (March 3) General Session beginning at 9 am. HHI committees will later convene to deliberate insurance, finance, legal, convention and foundation issues. HHI elections and committee reports are the highlight of Wednesday's (March 4) General Session, starting at 9 am, followed by the HHI Awards Luncheon at 12:30 pm, during which harness racing's Gene Oldford, Jerry Knappenberger and Derick Giwner will be feted with HHI's top honors of 2014. Oldford, an HHI past president, is the 2014 Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year; Knappenberger, former GM of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, will accept the 2014 HHI Appreciation Award; and Giwner, the Daily Racing Form's harness racing editor and writer, is the 2014 Clyde Hirt Media Award winner. Kimberly A. Rinker

Harness Horsemen International's Annual Meetings are set to begin this Sunday, March 1 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida.   Sunday's activities include registration beginning at 2 pm, and a welcome reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. HHI Board members will meet briefly beginning at 4:45 pm that afternoon as well.   Monday's (March 2) General Session begins promptly at 9 am, with opening statements from HHI President Tom Luchento and Jay Hickey, President of the American Horse Council (AHC). Topics to be reviewed that morning include HHI business and association reports, along with a panel discussion concerning current racing commission issues on whipping and kicking.   The General Session on Tuesday, March 3 begins at 9 am and features keynote speaker Dr. Mary Robinson of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, Chester, PA who will articulate "Equine Drug Testing in the 21st Century." Later, HHI committees will convene to deliberate insurance, finance, legal, convention and foundation issues.   Wednesday's (March 4) General Session begins at 9 am with HHI elections and committee reports, followed by the annual HHI Awards Luncheon at 12:30 pm where racing's Gene Oldford, Jerry Knappenberger and Derick Giwner will be feted with HHI's prestigious honors for 2014.   Oldford, an HHI past president, is the 2014 Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year; Knappenberger, former GM of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, will accept the 2014 HHI Appreciation Award; and Giwner, the Daily Racing Form's harness racing editor and writer, is the 2014 Clyde Hirt Media Award winner.   HHI is comprised of horsemen's associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represents the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI's governing body consists of representatives from its member associations.   Kimberly A. Rinker

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 23, 2014 -Harness racings Hambletonian winner Trixton will receive the 2014 Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year as selected by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Trixton and Deo Volente Farms, the 2014 New Jersey Breeder of the Year and the trotter's new home, will be among the honorees at the 58th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 25, 2015 at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton Township, NJ. Trixton will begin his career as a stallion in 2015, standing at Deo Volente Farms in Franklin Township, NJ for a fee of $12,000. "We think Mike Gulotta [CEO of Deo Volente Farms] has demonstrated great foresight to stand Trixton in New Jersey," said Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association President Tom Luchento. "We hope breeders will share his faith in the future of the New Jersey program and breed their mares to Trixton." Trixton was one of three stellar three-year-old trotting colts in the stable of Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter in 2014, heading into the prestigious Hambletonian on August 2 at the Meadowlands. While his stablemates, Father Patrick and Nuncio, seemed like the stronger contenders, it was Trixton who prevailed, with Takter picking up his first Hambletonian as a driver and third as a trainer [Malabar Man in 1997 and Muscle Massive in 2010]. Nuncio was second and Father Patrick made an uncharacteristic break in stride, finishing out of contention. Trixton's sire, Muscle Hill, is a son of Muscles Yankee; all three generations are Hambletonian winners and stallions who have stood in New Jersey. Trixton's 2014 victories also included the Good Times, Simpson, Reynolds, Simcoe and the New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship. He was also honored as New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year. A $360,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, the trotter raced for the partnership of Bengt Agerup's Brixton Medical AB of Orsundsbro, Sweden and Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ. He was bred by Steve H. Stewart of Paris, KY; Martti Ala-Seppala of Hollola, Finland and John Bootsman of Ekero, Sweden. In two seasons of racing, Trixton earned $947,057, taking a mark of 1:50.3 and posting 12 wins, two seconds and two thirds in 19 career starts. For tickets to the awards luncheon, which are $35 each, contact Kim Tkacs at 609-292-8830. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ          

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 1, 2014 - The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has been consulting with legislators and other officials in Trenton and feels confident that there should be a resolution to the matter of the horses being mistreated at a Swedesboro, NJ farm. "We are aware of the inhumane treatment of Standardbreds owned by Monica Thors, and we have used our contacts in state government to push for actions to remove the horses from her," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "The appropriate agencies in Trenton will be moving forward to rectify this problem. We are shocked and incensed that the mistreatment of these horses has been ongoing and the issues unresolved despite previous interventions by state agencies. "We have reached out to our contacts in state government, and we are adding the pressure we can provide to the voices of many who have spoken out about this shocking incident," Luchento added. "We have been assured that there will be action and a resolution to this shortly." By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ              

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is pleased to announce the $1 million Graduate Series, a new initiative designed to provide racing opportunities for four-year-old trotters and pacers in 2015.   While the schedule will not be finalized until the December stakes meetings, the series will offer three legs tentatively beginning in late May with $50,000e legs at Tioga Downs, continue through June at The Meadowlands with the purse increasing to $75,000e then $100,000e for legs two and three. The Graduate Finals will be raced at The Meadowlands in early July with the purse for each gait guaranteed at $250,000.   Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural has been vocal in his advocacy of keeping the equine stars of the sport on the track beyond their sophomore season and spoke on the intent of the series.   "I consider keeping the best horses on the racetrack a priority to generate fan interest in racing. This series will provide what the connections of those horses have indicated a need for, a chance to race against horses of their own age until mid-season, when they will graduate into the open stakes," said Gural. "I appreciate the support of Tommy Luchento, Leo McNamara and the New Jersey horsemen in recognizing the importance of creating races that will appeal to our customers by bringing back recognizable names that hopefully will attract new younger customers while appealing to our regular customer base as well."   Further details on the Graduate Series will be made available as they become final.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

In March of this year, The Meadowlands announced that it will begin keeping track of trainer's entries with the purpose of implementing a rewards program which would go into effect on November 14th of this year. In conjunction with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, The Meadowlands has identified the following trainers as earning entrance into the Rewards Program. These names are strictly alphabetical as each of these trainers shares equal benefits when entering their horses to race at The Meadowlands. 1. Eric Abbatiello 2. Tony Alagna 3. Ronald Burke 4. Mark Capone 5. Ron Coyne Jr. 6. Jonas Czernyson 7. Nikolas Drennan 8. Steve Elliot 9. Mark Ford 10. Mark Harder 11. Joseph Holloway 12. Richard Johnson 13. Douglas Lewis 14. Joseph Martin 15. Julie Miller 16. Larry Remmen 17. Christopher Ryder 18. Mark Silva 19. Jeffrey Smith 20. Ake Svanstedt 21. Jimmy Takter 22. Linda Toscano The trainers listed above achieved entry in the program by meeting one of two criteria: 1) Accumulating over 60 starts at The Meadowlands from March 28, 2014 through August 2, 2014 or 2) Having at least 20 starts at The Meadowlands from March 28, 2014 through August 2, 2014 where the trainer's horses raced at The Meadowlands more than all other tracks combined over that period of time. "I want to thank The Meadowlands for implementing this program," said SBOANJ President Thomas Luchento. "I am proud of the position they have taken to reward all trainers that remain steadfast in their conviction that The Meadowlands is the best place to race in the world. This program rewards loyalty, and the SBOANJ is a proud supporter of that." "I appreciate the loyalty these trainers have shown to The Meadowlands throughout this past racing season," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "I am happy that they will be given every opportunity to get all of their horses raced at The Meadowlands when we reopen on November 14th. Hopefully this information will prove beneficial to all the owners and trainers that are heading to Harrisburg for the upcoming Standardbred Mixed Sale." The rewards program will be applied to overnight races that are classified as B-2 or below as well as all non-winners of 1, 2, 3 or 4 pari-mutuel races. The program does not apply to early or late closers, nor does it apply to stakes events. Any horsemen with questions can contact The Meadowlands Race Office or the SBOANJ. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 21, 2014 - President Tom Luchento and his slate of officers were re-elected to the Board of Directors and Anthony Perretti was selected to fill a vacancy at the monthly meeting of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey at its Manalapan office on Monday, October 20, 2014. Perretti, a former Board member, returns to fill the vacancy created in the owners' category by the death on October 1 of Robert M. Baggitt, Sr. The re-elected officers include President Thomas F. Luchento, First Vice President Edward Razzetti, Second Vice President Alfred B. Ochsner Jr., Third Vice President Mark Ford, Treasurer Dennis Lane and Secretary Anthony Romano. Also on the Board of Directors are Robert Boni, Dr. Stephen P. Dey, Michael Gulotta, Kelvin Harrison, Jacqueline Ingrassia, Dr. Richard Meirs, Mark Mullen, Paul A. Wojtowicz and the newly added Anthony Perretti. The Board Meeting was preceded by the Annual Membership Meeting. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

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