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MANALAPAN, NJ -- October 11, 2018 -- The following message is from Mark Ford, President of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.  "Contrary to our ongoing dialogue with the Meadowlands, we were not given any notice and were as much surprised as anyone to read their release indicating that they were putting in for a 68 day meet with a significant reduction of added-money events. We found this particularly disappointing in that we have been working very hard with various legislators and did feel that we had made progress in getting some assistance from the state. That said, a 68 day meet at the Meadowlands in 2019, which does violate their contract with the SBOA regarding a minimum amount of days, is clearly unacceptable and we will address that immediately." by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ   

James "Jimmy" Scott Murray, 60, of Chesterfield, NJ, passed away on September 29th, 2018 at his home. There will be a celebration of life held at The Chesterfield Inn on October 13th, 2018 at 1:00PM. Jimmy was born in Lewiston, Maine to Elizabeth “Betty” and John Murray on July 14th, 1958. He went to high school at East Bridgewater High School in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He worked most recently as Second Trainer for Ron Coyne Harness Racing Stable, along with various others throughout the years. He loved harness racing, watching his beloved New England Patriots, cooking, watching the Three Stooges, music, and mostly being with family and friends. He had an incredible sense of humor and the ability to make everyone around him laugh and feel loved. He was an amazing horseman and was an all-around animal lover. There is no doubt he is still raising trouble with his brothers Greg and John carrying out practical jokes and bringing laughs to everyone. Jimmy is survived by his mother Elizabeth Murray, George Bartlett, Susan Murray, and Valerie Murray: children, Julie Dimakis, Jamie Lendon, Chris Lendon, Sarah Rogers, Stephanie Murray and Shawn Herrick: brothers, Dan Murray, Joe Murray, and Jason Murray. He is preceded in death by his father John Murray, brother Greg Murray, and brother John Murray Jr: and many friends and family that loved him dearly. In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial donation in Jimmy’s name to either The Standardbred Retirement Foundation or The New Jersey Standardbred Owners Association (Benevolent Fund). The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Knott's Colonial Funeral Home for all their help! The Chesterfield Inn 633 Chesterfield Arneytown Rd Chesterfield, NJ 08515 Standardbred Retirement Foundation 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Rd Cream Ridge, NJ 08514 609-738-3255 SBOANJ  Benevolent Fund 64 Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726 732-462-2357 by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

FREEHOLD, NJ -- October 8, 2018 -- Freehold Raceway hosted two divisions of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's Homegrown Pace for 2-year-olds on Saturday (Oct 6). The first division of the Homegrown Pace for 2-year-old pacing fillies was held as a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled card.   The Mark Harder trainee Surreality captured the $21,000 purse in 1:56.4. George Brennan and Surreality left from the rail position to lead the way every step of the mile. This is win number six and boosts her lifetime earnings to $83,361 for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli, Mark Harder and Dawn Colucci all New Jersey natives. Hurrikane Lori Ann finished second with Miss Raggedy Ann coming in third. The second division was for the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers with a purse of $25,000. This division was won by odds-on favorite Hurrikane Emperor for trainer John McDermott Jr. Driver Dan Dube sent the Hurrikane Kingcole colt out of the gait to take the lead and never relinquish it stopping the clock in 1:55.1.   Hurrikane Emperor continued his winning ways for owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasis Investment Group and George Viemo banking $226,900 in lifetime earnings.   Hurrikane Emperor is also a dual sires stakes winner as he won the KYSS Final and the NJSS Final earlier this year. Trente Deo was second with Cool Your Heels finishing third. Live racing resumes at Freehold Raceway on Friday, October 12, 2018, with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

FREEHOLD, NJ  - October 5, 2018 -  Freehold Raceway hosted the SBOANJ sponsored New Jersey Futurity #53 and a leg of the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. The non-betting $22,500 New Jersey Futurity #53 for 2-year-old trotters was won by the Ron Burke trainee Cheap Tricks. Joe Bongiorno steered the trotting colt to victory in 2:04.3. This is the first-lifetime win for the son of Trixton, he has earned $42,612 for his owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Pumel &Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. No Drama Please finished second. The first leg of the NJSDF for 3-year-old filly trotters took place in the third race. The odds on favorite Chaperess nosed out the competition for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Driven by George Brennan Chaperess inching past the leader in the stretch to stop the clock in 1:59.3. The daughter of Chapter Seven earned her seventh-lifetime win and $78,898 for her owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. Diamondstone Us finished second with Michando coming in third. Freehold resumes racing Saturday, October 6, with the SBOANJ sponsored Home Grown Pace #1 for 2-year-olds, post time 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

FREEHOLD, NJ -  September 28, 2018 - Today Freehold Raceway hosted the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey sponsored Helen Smith Final for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies and an NJSDF Final for 2-year-olds. The $20,000 Helen Smith Final was held before the regularly scheduled racing card as a non-betting race. Samis Rolin Stone sat a pocket trip and nosed out the competition in 2:00.2 for trainer Dewayne Minor. This is lifetime win number three for the Wishing Stone filly owned by Daniel Lengacher. Diamondstone Us finished a close second for trainer Noel Daley. The 2-year-old trotting colt, No Drama Please was the winner of the $50,000 NJSDF Final. Leaving from post position number one, the odds-on favorite lead every call of the mile to win in 2:00.3 for trainer Julie Miller. The Trixton colt notched win number three and $71,732 in lifetime earnings for owner Stroy Inc. Gerris Trix finished second while Warrior One come in third. Freehold resumes live racing Saturday, September 29, 2018, with the featured Renaissance Final for 2-year-old fillies, post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 27, 2018 -- The trainer and co-owners of the New Jersey-sired stallion Hurrikane Kingcole enjoyed much success with him as a racehorse and now as a sire. In 2012, Hurrikane Kingcole paced 1:48.1 at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs to equal the then world record for a three-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track. Then in 2015 after going 2 for 2 on the season and posting a 1:49.4 win he suffered a broken splint bone and was retired to stud. On Sunday (Sept 16) at the Red Mile Hurrikane Emperor, son of Hurrikane Kingcole, became a two-state champion for McDermott, Klee, Kuhen and their partners. Already a winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes final, the John McDermott trainee captured the $250,000 KYSS final for 2-year-old pacing Colts at The Red Mile. Leading every step of the way, Hurrikane Emperor held off the competition to win in a blistering 1:49.3. Jonathan Klee said, "This is a great win for New Jersey breeding, he is now a dual sire stakes champ and has posted the fastest 2-year-old time to date." This win earns Hurrikane Emperor his sixth win in eight starts and brings his earnings to $214,400 for breeder and co-owner Jonathan Klee Racing. He is also owned by Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, and Lind Racing Stable. McDermott, Klee, Kuhen, and partners have also had success with the Hurrikane Kingcole filly Hurrikane Empress, a full sister to Hurrikane Emperor who won a leg of the KYSS for 3-year-old pacing fillies. As a 2-year-old, Hurrikane Empress was a NJSS champion and the winner of the New Jersey Futurity and Renaissance Final. To date, the filly has eight wins and earnings of over $180,000. McDermott, Klee, Kuhen, and partners are doing an amazing job with their New Jersey-sired horses. The trio has worked hard committing time and money to the New Jersey breeding program and are getting the results they deserve. by Courtney Stafford for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ - Freehold Raceway hosted two of the $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund Finals for 2-year-olds harness racing trotters and pacers. On Friday (Sept 21), the 2-year-old filly trotters competed for the $50,000 purse in race number four. Jimmy Takter's filly Flos Conch Shack lead the way, after avoiding a breaking Golden Tricks, to stop the clock in 2:00.2. This makes lifetime win number two for the daughter of Father Patrick, her other win coming in the first leg of the series. The New Jersey-sired filly has now earned $29,850 her owner John Fielding. Trelanney finished second with Big Weezy coming in third. Saturday, (Sept 22) the NJSDF final for 2-year-old colt pacers went to Michael Hall's Trente Deo in 1:57.0. Trente Deo left from post position number four to make the front by the first quarter and was able to nose out odds-on favorite Downtown Cruiser at the wire. Trente Deo, bred by Deo Volente Farms, LLC, has earned $59,316 for owners Michael Hall, David Hamm, and CTC Stable. Downtown Cruiser came in second with Just Plain Loco finished out the trifecta. More stakes action Friday, September 29, 2018, when Freehold resumes racing with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

FREEHOLD, NJ -  September 16, 2018 - Freehold Raceway hosted two more harness racing legs of the NJSDF and one final over the weekend. The $7,500 second leg for 2-year-old colt trotters took place on Friday (Sept 14), while Saturday (Sept 15) held the second leg for 2-year-old pacing colts and the NJSDF final for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The second leg for the 2-year-old trotting colts was won by Bordogna for Julie Miller. Bordogna defeated his competition in 2:01.1 from post position four. The Trixton colt earned his sixth-lifetime win and increased his earnings to $11,375 for his owners Rick Huffman, Caroll Huffman, Larry Mather and Alan Eden. Apocalypse came in second with Holiday Hangover finishing third. Saturday (Sept 15) Freehold held the 7th annual Open Space Pace with the featured $50,000 NJSDF final for 2-year-old filly pacers. Odds on favorite Surreality left from the two hole to take the lead and never looked back, stopping the clock in 1:56.2. Trained by Mark Harder finished her New Jersey series off with a win and a second in the two legs and a big win in the final. Notching win number 5 and lifetime earnings of $64,625 for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli, Mark Harder and Dawn Colucci. Hurrikane Lori Ann finished second with Surrealism coming in third. Later in the card, another odds-on favorite Trente Deo won the second leg of the NJSDF for 2-year-old colt pacers. The Michael Hall trainee nosed out Mark Witha K to stop the clock in 1:58.0. The Captaintreacherous colt earned his second-lifetime win and $34,316 in earnings his owners Michael Hall, David Hamm, and CTC Stable. Downtown Cruiser finished off the trifecta. Live racing resumes Friday, September 21 with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Above statement made by Mark Ford, President of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 7, 2018 -- There was a time in New Jersey when the best of the best came to compete at Freehold Raceway on Labor Day. It was not long ago, but seemed a distant memory Monday when the track was closed because of a lack of entries. In an announcement regarding the decision to close on Labor Day, Freehold General Manager Howard Bruno said, “Overall, it is increasingly difficult for us to compete in a market where we have the lowest purse structure in the region.” The statement is not hyperbole, it is fact. For more than a decade, New Jersey’s racing industry has suffered while horsemen in neighboring states have enjoyed increased purses thanks to casino-enhanced funding. Monday’s closure of Freehold illustrates the erosion of New Jersey’s standing in sport – once the envy of the industry — and the seriousness of the situation. A year ago, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle ran a story titled “How VLTs saved NY horse racing.” According to the story, New York’s seven harness racing tracks saw purses escalate from $35 million to $118 million since 2003. The average purse per race went from about $4,000 to $11,000 over the 14 years — putting New York among the top five in the nation.  “The figures have been extraordinary at some tracks: Batavia Downs’ purses grew from $1.8 million to $5.5 million; from $4 million to $18 million at Saratoga harness; and from $20 million to nearly $63 million at Yonkers,” the story stated. The average purse per race this past Saturday at Freehold was less than $5,000. Tracks in New York and Pennsylvania could be found offering averages — at a minimum — of 46 percent more than Freehold, up to the $30,000 average Yonkers offered for eight non-stakes races that night. A decade ago on Labor Day, Freehold hosted a card that included the prestigious Cane Pace and other top stakes. Freehold was home to the Cane Pace from 1998 through 2010, when the track gave up hosting the race because of purse-funding issues. It is clear the industry needs to see purses augmented in the absence of racinos and the ability to compete with neighboring states on a level playing field. Without it, the state’s billion-dollar equine industry will likely suffer the loss of thousands of jobs and tens of thousands of acres in open space while the state loses tens of millions of dollars in revenues. State Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester, told NJOnlineGambling last week, “The challenges faced by horse racing lead to an erosion of the ancillary [equine] economy — breeding, horse farms, and so on. That warrants our attention, because once a horse farm goes away, it never comes back. Nobody tears down a condo development to build a horse farm.” The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey implores the state’s legislators to consider the magnitude of any decision regarding the enhancement of purses and preservation of the equine industry in the Garden State. Time is running out. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ -  Freehold Racing hosted another harness racing weekend of New Jersey stakes races. On Friday (Aug 31) the first leg of the 2-year-old colt trotters NJ Standard Development Fund with a purse of $7,500, while the 3-year-old open NJ Futurity went on Saturday (Sept 1). No Drama Please took the first leg of the NJSDF for 2-year-old colt trotters in 1:58.3 for trainer Julie Miller. The Yankee Glide colt, bred by TLP Stable of New Jersey, notched win number two for owner Stroy Inc. American Dream Boy finished second with Cheap Tricks in third. The second division went to Nick Drennan trainee Warrior One, the odds-on favorite in 2:01.0. The son of Father Patrick earned his first-lifetime win for owners Joseph Davine, Brad Shackman and Drennan Stable LLC. Gerris Trix was a close second with The Light In Me third. The New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old pacers with a purse of $15,475 was won on Saturday (Sept 1) by Hypnotic Tale. The Hypnotic Blue Chip mare is owned by Ronald Mario and trained by Ross Croghan. Melanie's Fran was second with Dream Police Woman coming in third. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ  - August 26, 2018  - This weekend Freehold held the first leg of the Standardbred Development fund for 2-year-olds. The $7,500 filly trotting divisions were held on Friday (Aug 24), while the $7,500 pacing divisions went on Saturday (Aug 25). The first leg of the two divisions for trotting fillies was won by Princess Deo for trainer Noel Daley in 1:59.4. Princess Deo captured her first-lifetime win for owners Noel Daley, Deo Volente Farms and John Fodera. The Trixton filly was bred by Deo Volente Farms. Big Weezy finished second with July coming in third. The Jimmy Takter trainee Flos Conch Shack won the second division on Friday in 2:01.3. The Father Patrick filly wired the field to notch her first-lifetime win for owner John Fielding. Marveloustrix finished a close second with Questing third. Saturday held all the pacing divisions for both colts and fillies. The first division for filly pacers was won by Hurrikanesky. Owned, trained and bred by Patrick Hlubik, the daughter of Hurrikane Kingcole nosed out the odds on favorite in 1:57.4. Surreality finished second with Devious Delight coming in third. The first division for pacing colts went to Just Plain Loco trained by Tom Fanning, in 1:57.1. This marks win number three for the Well Said colt’s owners Paul Lang and Fanning Racing LLC. Just Plain Loco was bred by Joseph Jannuzzelli of New Jersey. Trente Deo was a close second and Big Sky Boom was third. Miss Raggedy Ann took the second division for fillies for trainer Stacy Chiodo. The Bettor’s Delight filly stormed past the competition in the stretch to stop the clock in 1:59.2. Miss Raggedy Ann, bred by Timothy Tobias Stable in New Jersey, earned her first-lifetime win for owner Donald Wolf. After a little interference in the lane Love Love Me Too was placed second and Surrealism was placed third. The last division of the day for the pacing colts was won by Clintock for trainer Jason Skinner. The Hurrikane Kingcole colt nosed past a Aperfectdeal at the wire for the win in 1:58.4, while Cloudbreak finished third. Clintock earned his first-lifetime win for owner Kathleen Brewer. Live racing resumes Friday, August 31 with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- August 14, 2018 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey election and general meeting will be on Friday, October 19th. Please check our website (sboanj.com) for updates. Anyone interested in running for director in one of the following categories: breeder, owner or driver/trainer, may do so. There are two positions open in the breeder and driver/trainer category and one in the owner category. In order to run for one of the positions, you must send a letter of intent to the SBOANJ office by August 24, no later than 45 days prior to the date of the election as stated in the by-laws. You may also drop your letter off in person. In order to qualify, you must have been an active member in the designated category you wish to run for at least two years. A copy of the by-laws can be found on our website. Send your letters to: SBOANJ 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726 by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 6, 2018 - Travis Ceppaluni, Katie Eick, Ryan Fusco, Liam McDermott and Olivia Miller were selected to receive the SBOANJ and BCAP scholarships for 2018. Travis Ceppaluni of Jackson, N.J., is the son of Christopher Hubert and Shannon Ceppaluni and was also a 2017 SBOANJ scholarship recipient. He will continue to study at Ocean County Community College this year, where he received High Honor Roll his first two semesters. Katie Eick of Farmingdale, N.J., was the National Honor Society Award winner for the 2017 - 2018 school year and captain of the field hockey team at Howell High School. Daughter of Floyd and Jennifer Eick, has been accepted to many top universities, but plans to attend Rutgers University and majoring in Animal Science. Ryan Fusco, graduate of Jackson Liberty High School, has committed to attend University of North Carolina Charolette in the fall. Son of Paul and Robyn Fusco, Ryan was the recipient of the Science National Honor Society and Captain of his Varsity Golf team. Liam McDermott of Allentown, N.J., was captain of the Allentown wrestling team and received the Principals Award Senior Male Student. Liam is the son of trainer Kevin McDermott and Sheri McDermott, he plans to attend Roger Williams University. Olivia Miller, daughter of driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller of Millstone, N.J. will attend Fairleigh Dickinson University where she will purse a degree in Nursing. Olivia received the National English Honor Society award while Cheerleading at Allentown High School. Each student received a $2,000 check and a plaque from the SBOANJ and BCAP associations at the Meadowlands. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ  - July 30, 2018  - Allerage Farms (Jeff and Paula Gural) and the SBOANJ are hosting the Ted Wing Appreciation Night on Friday August 3, 2018, to celebrate his nomination to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Ted's record-setting career, which began in his home state of Maine, has spanned five decades. He was the youngest driver, at the age of 26 in 1975, to reach 1,000 wins and second youngest to 3,000. He was the top driver in New England from 1970 - 1975, enjoying an unprecedented run of titles at Foxboro and Rockingham, and thought of highly enough to be sought out by race secretary Joe DeFrank to race at the Meadowlands when it opened in 1976. In 1978, he won the Meadowlands driving title and made history as the only driver to simultaneously take top honors at the Meadowlands, Roosevelt and Yonkers. The cocktail party will be held in the Meadowlands Skyboxes on Friday August 3, 2018 from 6:30pm to 11:30pm. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate all of his accomplishments throughout his career. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 27, 2018 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is looking to hire a Bookkeeper Administrative Assistant. Requirements: Strong background in accounting practices Excellent computer skills - Quick Books, Microsoft Excel and Word a must Detailed oriented, excellent communicator, analytical skills, ability to multitask, strong management and administrative background Core Responsibilities to include: Payroll & 401(k), accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations Maintain documentation relevant to health and life insurance plans Electronic funds transfer and administration fees Help prepare annual budget and administer Pension plan Report directly to the Executive Administrator and work closely with Board of Directors when necessary Maintaining current database and develop new applications Oversee and manage office staff Benefits: Salary based on experience level Paid Health Insurance (90/10) and 401-K matching plan Paid vacation and personal days Ten paid holidays For more information contact Al Ochsner 732-462-2357, email all resumes to aochsner@sboanj.com by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - July 14, 2018 -  The Meadowlands hosted the New Jersey Sire Stakes finals for 2-year-olds on tonight. The pacers competed for a $75,000 prize while the trotters fought for the $125,000 purse. Hurrikane Emperor son of Hurrikane Kingcole swept the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in the final to remain unbeaten in three pari-mutuel starts. The John McDermott Jr. trainee left from post position one and never missed a beat to win in 1:53.3. Hurrikane Emperor upped his lifetime earnings to $58,500 for owners Johnathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George R Vierno. Black Dan finished second while Narrative came in third. The final for the 2-year-old pacing fillies went to odds on favorite Mollydooker. The daughter of Great Vintage trained by Tony Alagna brushed past the competition at the quarter and paced through the wire in 1:54.0. Giving Mollydooker her second win in 3 starts and lifetime earnings of $45,000 for owners Visionary Breeders LLC. Love Love Me Too came in second while Hurrikanesky finished third. The first division of the trotters was for the 2-year-old fillies race five. The Father Patrick sired Whispering Oaks for trainer Jimmy Takter took home the $125,000 purse. Whispering Oaks was able to hold off a hard charging French Cafe in the stretch to win in 1:55.1. Whispering Oaks is now 2 for 3 lifetime with earnings of $72,500 for her owners Brixton Medical Inc., Herb Liverman, and R A W Equine Inc. French Cafe finished a tight second while Golden Tricks finished third. The final NJSS for the night was 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Despite making a break behind the gait Greenshoe was able to collect himself and come back to claim the prize. Son of Father Patrick, trained by Marcus Melander, rushed past the leader and stopped the clock in 1:53.3. This win keeps Greenshoe undefeated and gives his owners Courtant Inc. $72,500 in purse money. Trix and Stones finished second and Hudson River was third. The Meadowlands live racing returns tonight with a post time of 6:35 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

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