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MANALAPAN, NJ — May 20, 2019 — The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds for pacers on Friday, May 15th. The colts and geldings competed for a purse of $25,000, while the pacing fillies raced for the $20,000 purse. Both races were held before the regularly scheduled harness racing program as non-betting races. The first NJSS race was for 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Hurrikane Emperor and Dan Dube stole the show wire to wire in 1:53.2 with an impressive last quarter of 25.4, for trainer John McDermott Jr.. Clintock was second with Black Dan coming in third. Hurrikane Emperor is a Hurrikane Kingcole colt, starting his 3-year-old season in the same winning ways he closed his 2-year-old season out. He has 8 lifetime wins in just 10 starts and has earned $237,900 for owners: Jonathan Klee Racing, Huhen Racing LLC, Pegasus Investment Group and William Garofalo. The next NJSS race was the first leg of the NJSS for 3-year-old pacing fillies also won by trainer John McDermott Jr.. Hurrikane Lori Ann also driven by Dan Dube stalked the leader from the two hole until the stretch where she surged ahead to win in 1:54.0. Mollydooker was a close second with Love Love Me Too finishing third. Hurrikane Lori Ann is one for one in 3-year-old career increasing her lifetime earnings to $50,415 for owners: Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC and Pegasis Investment Group. The second leg of the NJSS for 3-year-old pacers will be on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Meadowlands   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

CREAM RIDGE, NJ - May 17, 2019 - On Wednesday, May 15th the SBOANJ and TrotPAC sponsored a successful fundraiser for New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. The event was held at Fair Winds Farm and Hogan Equine Clinic to support his 2019 campaign.   Assembly Speaker Coughlin was greeted by directors from the SBOANJ, TrotPAC trustees, and many horsemen. Mark Mullen led a tour of his Fair Winds Farm breeding facility, while Patricia M. Hogan, VMD gave him a behind the scenes look at Hogan Equine Clinic.   The Meadowlands General Manager Jason Settlemoir and Freehold Raceway's General Manager Howard Burno and Director of Racing Karen Fagliarone were on hand to answer the Speaker's questions about the New Jersey tracks improvements since the appropriations were awarded.   Drivers Yannick Gingras, Andy Miller, and Hall of Famers David Miller and John Campbell, among others, also took time to discuss the Standardbred industry with him. This was his first visit to any New Jersey equine facility, and Speaker Coughlin was able to mingle with the many horsemen and Equine Industry Supporters in attendance before leaving the function.   Photo: Craig Coughlin speaking to Trainer Nancy Johansson.   New Jersey horseman's lobbyist AJ Sabath answered questions and explained how the appropriations would be awarded in the future. He also expressed the importance of our industry providing proof that the funding received has indeed bolstered New Jersey racing.   TrotPAC would like to thank everyone for their contributions and all of those who were able to attend. It is extremely important that we, as an industry, continue to support the various legislators that will be involved with the annual renewal of our appropriation.     Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

FLEMINGTON, NJ -- May 10, 2019 -- State and local officials visited Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, N.J. on May 8 and were provided a tour of the facility as well as an update regarding the benefits already realized from the state's five-year $100 million investment in New Jersey's horse racing and breeding industries. Deo Volente Farms CEO Mike Gulotta, who also is treasurer of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, offered welcoming remarks and gave officials information detailing the resurgence of racing and breeding in the short time since Gov. Phil Murphy approved the funding early this year. Gulotta detailed how increased breeders' awards, purse bonuses to owners of New Jersey-sired horses, and purses for the Sire Stakes program encourage more broodmare owners to breed to New Jersey stallions or send their mares to the state, as well as revitalize interest and increase sales prices for New Jersey-sired horses. The number of stallions standing in New Jersey already has increased from six in 2018 to 15 in 2019. In addition, it is estimated that more than 700 mares will be bred to New Jersey stallions this year, up from 435 in 2018. On the racing side, increased purses have attracted a greater number of horses to the tracks. The Meadowlands saw a 36-percent increase in horses competing in April 2019 compared to April 2018. Pari-mutuel handle jumped 22 percent, from $18.3 million in April 2018 to $22.3 million in April 2019. Among the event's attendees were New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher, State Senators Steven Oroho and Sam Thompson, State Assemblymen Kevin Rooney and Matthew Milam, Hunterdon County Freeholder Susan Soloway, New Jersey Sire Stakes Executive Director Christopher Castens, and SBOANJ Executive Administrator Al Ochsner. The equine industry in New Jersey preserves 222,000 acres in farmland, employs more than 10,000 people, and contributes $110 million annually in state and local taxes. For an NJTV News report on the event at Deo Volente Farms, click here.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ  

The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is proud to announce a new Breeders Award Program to be effective immediately. This new harness racing program has been made possible by the passage of the legislation appropriating $10 Million to the Standardbred industry each year. Of the $10 Million, $600,000 is earmarked for Breeders Awards. This program will award the Breeder of a horse which earns purse income in the eliminations and finals of the following races starting in 2019: New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier division, New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund, Renaissance Pace, New Jersey Futurity, Garden State Trot, and Home Grown Pace. Payments equal to 15% of purses earned will be made to the Breeder approximately 30 days after the running of each race. If you have any questions, please contact the SBOANJ office 732 462 2357. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- March 20, 2019 -- Ever since Governor Murphy signed the $100 Million, five-year appropriation into law on Valentine's Day, the Standardbred industry has experienced a much heightened interest in New Jersey. For example, in the last month, bookings to Lazarus N, "The Wonder from Down Under," has increased dramatically to the point that his book is nearly full. Mark Ford, President of the SBOA of New Jersey, said "attribute the increased interest in our breeding program in part to the projected 75% increase announced by the New Jersey Sire Stakes, as well as the allocation of a portion of the $100 million purse appropriation for purse bonuses for both breeders and owners of New Jersey sired horses." Ford also pointed to the continued implementation of the stud fee rebate program for New Jersey pacing stallions as a contributing factor. Mike Klau of Southwind Farms in Pennington, reported that "all three of our stallions, Muscle Hill, Walner, and Tactical Landing, will have full books this year." Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms said he expects both the newly introduced International standout Lazarus, and Trixton, after an impressive first crop in 2018, to also have full books. Additionally, Dr. Richard Meirs of Walnridge Farm, indicated that he has added a few stallions to his roster and he anticipates another 30 or 40 breedings. Clearly, the prospect of breeding over 700 mares in New Jersey in 2019 is a significant increase over 279 breedings in 2017 and 435 in 2018. Mike Gulotta, Treasurer of the SBOANJ and owner of Deo Volente Farms, added that "for years, we have been working on a renaissance of Standardbred racing and breeding in New Jersey and the tireless efforts by the SBOA and the Meadowlands management and the Thoroughbred horsemen, led by our lobbyist AJ Sabath, is already showing tremendous economic gain for the equine industry and for the state of New Jersey." The New Jersey legislators have given the overall New Jersey racing and breeding industry a great opportunity and it certainly appears that their commitment and support will be greatly rewarded. For further information about the various New Jersey stakes and breeding programs, as well as a listing of available stallions, please visit our website at sboanj.com.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ 

MANALAPAN, NJ — March 7, 2019 — Attention harness racing horsemen, it is not too late to stake your horses to SBOANJ sponsored races and take advantage of the purse increases in New Jersey.  With the anticipated allocation of appropriation money from the state, the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey expects considerable purse increase for their events.  If you did not nominate your yearling, you have the opportunity to supplement your 2-year-old to the following stakes: The Garden State Trot #2, The NJ Trotting Futurity #54  The Home Grown Pace #2. The Supplemental payment for 2 year olds and Sustaining payments for both 2 and 3-year-olds are due March 15, 2019.  For payment forms and conditions please visit sboanj.com.  Any questions please call the office at 732-462-2357 Courtney Stafford  

MANALAPAN, NJ - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey would like to clarify to all horsemen how the $20 million appropriation will be utilized. The amounts will be allocated by the New Jersey Racing Commission equally between the thoroughbred industry and the standardbred industry. Of the funds allocated to the standardbred industry, 60 percent will be allocated to the Meadowlands overnight purses; 16 percent to Freehold overnight purses; 12 percent to the New Jersey Sire Stakes purses; 12 percent to purse bonuses for New Jersey sired horses and for breeders awards programs. Additionally, the Meadowlands purse account will receive a minimum of $1 million per year from the Meadowlands sports betting revenue. The SBOANJ's breeders committee will be meeting shortly to determine the best way to fund the breeding programs. If you have any questions please feel free to call the office 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

TRENTON, NJ -- February 14, 2019 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) thanks Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature for passing and signing into law an essential measure to propel New Jersey's horse racing and breeding industry. The $100 million over 5 years will be used for horse racing purse allocations and greatly increase the participation in this thriving industry in the Garden State. "The SBOANJ is grateful for the tremendous support the horse racing and breeding industry has received from the State and the continuous effort to ensure that the many careers and businesses created through the industry are protected," said Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ. "The New Jersey Legislature and Governor Murphy have made it a priority to create a sound and reasonable appropriation in an effort to bring tremendous economic development to NJ," Ford added. "For these reasons, we thank the Sponsors and the Governor for their leadership on this issue. This measure guarantees New Jersey's position in the industry in order to compete with the surrounding states." The horse racing industry and breeding farms not only aid and protect the preservation of open space in New Jersey, they heavily support the agribusiness and ensure thousands of jobs around the state. The new law will encourage growth in these businesses and throughout the State's economy. The SBOANJ would like to express its gratitude for the remarkable work accomplished through our advocacy efforts. The relentless work of the Association in conjunction with the valiant efforts of the State will pay dividends for the horse racing and breeding industry and the economy as a whole, allowing us to continue to provide compelling purses that will undoubtedly attract unparalleled competitors back to the state. The SBOANJ is also appreciative of the support shown by their longstanding partners  the Meadowland Racetrack, Freehold Raceway, the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen Association and the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - February 9, 2019 - The SBOANJ 2019 rebate programs will be determined once the Governor has signed into law the $10 million annual 5 year appropriation bill. Once the funding is approved an announcement will be made with all the information on our website. Please make sure you file all the necessary paperwork for the current programs to remain eligible. Any questions please call 732-462-2357. From Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- February 6, 2019 -- Yesterday the Meadowlands canceled the Governor's Cup and the Three Diamonds, fall races for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies, respectively, with nominations due next week on Feb. 15. The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) had not been notified of these cancellations prior to the announcement, and to clarify the Meadowlands release, while the $6 million earmarked for the Meadowlands from the proposed New Jersey state $10 million appropriation cannot be used for stakes events, that is not the case for the minimum of $1 million guaranteed to be received from sports betting revenues as that would be part of the general purse account, and can, in fact, be used for stakes and added money events. The $4 million balance of the purse allocation will be directed to Freehold Raceway overnight purses and the New Jersey Sire Stakes and other breeding related programs. The SBOA plans to communicate this to the Meadowlands for further discussion, with the hope that these two important events can be reinstated. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

TRENTON, NJ -- January 31, 2019 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) applauds the New Jersey Legislature for passing critical legislation to help support New Jersey's horse racing and breeding industry. S2992/A4810 will allocate $100 million over 5 years to be used for horse racing purse allocations. "We are grateful for the commitment to our industry demonstrated by Senators Gopal, Sarlo, Oroho and Assemblymembers Burzichelli, Hougtaling, Downey and Dancer by ushering this bill through the Legislature," said Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ. "Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin took the time to understand the challenging position our industry is in and made this a priority. The SBOANJ is thankful for their leadership on this issue. This funding will start to even the playing field for the New Jersey horse racing and breeding industry and help us to compete with the surrounding states which have very lucrative incentive programs" The industry and horse racing and breeding farms not only aid and protect the preservation of open space in New Jersey, they heavily support the agribusiness and ensure thousands of jobs around the state. Without stimulation from the horse racing and breeding industry, these support businesses stop production and contributing to the New Jersey economy as well. This legislation will help to prevent this from happening in New Jersey. The SBOANJ is proud of the strides taken by our advocacy efforts. The relentless work of the Association will pay dividends for the horse racing and breeding industry and the State of New Jersey, enabling the horse industry to continue to grow and provide top of the line purses that will undoubtedly attract unparalleled competitors back to the state. The SBOANJ is also appreciative of the support shown by their longstanding partners  the Meadowland Racetrack, Freehold Raceway, the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen Association and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of New Jersey. The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) was established in 1961. The membership is comprised of horse breeders, drivers, trainers, owners, and backstretch personnel, active and interested in the standardbred horse industry in the State of New Jersey. Its mission is to support and promote the standardbred industry in New Jersey by nurturing and preserving a favorable business climate, while striving to secure closer business and personal relationships among all industry participants throughout the State. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -January 28, 2019 - On Sunday (Jan 27), the New Jersey Department of Agriculture held its 62nd Annual New Jersey Breeder Awards Luncheon at Hilton Gardens Inn in Hamilton. This year the committee dedicated the luncheon to the late Steve Williams, longtime farm manager of White Birch Farm. SBOANJ directors in attendance were Mark Mullen, Anthony Romano, Chris Ryder, and Executive Administrator Al Ochsner. Take a Wish won the NJ Sire Stakes Horse of the Year for owner Dawn Anderson and the John McDermott trainee Hurrikane Emperor received the Standardbred of the year honors. The $7 million dollar horse Foiled Again also received special recognition. Mark Mullen presented Steve Williams sons Steve and Joseph Williams the Breeder of the Year award for White Birch Farm. The SBOANJ congratulates all of the award winners and wishes them continued success in 2019. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

TRENTON, NJ — January 28, 2019 — The New Jersey state Assembly Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill that would provide  a five-year appropriation of $20 million a year to benefit the New Jersey breeding program and open spaces and the New Jersey Sire Stakes and the purses at the Meadowlands Racetrack, Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway. The New Jersey Racing Commission would distribute the funds to the three racetracks and it would provide a much-needed boost to the standardbred and Thoroughbred industry in New Jersey. The complete state Assembly will vote on the bill on Thursday January 31, 2019.  Should the bill pass the Assembly, it would then go to Governor Phil Murphy for approval before it can become a law. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 11, 2018 - The New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced the proposed legislation on Monday by a vote of 13 - 0. The proposed legislation will provide a $20 million subsidy to New Jersey's horse racing industry, to be divided equally between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries. The state's funding would benefit not just racetracks but everyone involved in racing. "The horse racing industry has had a long road to recovery, and we feel this purse supplement money, as well as the ability to enter into agreements with sports book operators at the racetracks, would provide a necessary shot of adrenaline into the horse racing industry," AJ Sabath, a lobbyist representing the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, told the committee before the vote. The SBOANJ and TrotPac have been and will continue to work with AJ Sabath on behalf of New Jersey horsemen and women to see this legislation through to the end. The full story is below. Lawmakers want to give horse racing industry $100M state subsidy By Ryan Hutchins  TRENTON, NJ - Lawmakers want to give a $20 million annual subsidy to New Jersey's horse racing industry, restoring state support for the first time since former Gov. Chris Christie redirected casino gambling revenue back to Atlantic City early this decade. The proposed legislation, NJ S2992 (18R), which advanced out of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday by a vote of 13-0, comes just four months after it became legal for the tracks to offer sports betting. Supporters of the bill say the subsidy, which would come from the state's general fund and be divided equally between the Thoroughbred and the Standardbred industries, would benefit not just racetracks but everyone involved in racing — from jockeys to those working on equine farms. The bill also requires agreements with sports book operators that ensure some of that revenue will be shared with the breeders and owners. "The horse racing industry has had a long road to recovery, and we feel this purse supplement money as well as the ability to enter into agreements with sports book operators at the racetracks would provide a necessary shot of adrenaline into the horse racing industry," AJ Sabath, a lobbyist representing the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, told the committee before the vote. The legislation is sponsored by state Sens. Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) and Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen), the budget chairman and big booster of the industry. The bill would provide the annual subsidy for five years, starting this fiscal year, funneling the $100 million through the New Jersey Racing Commission and requiring the funds be used for purse subsidies and track operations. The money would benefit the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport and Freehold Raceway. Monmouth Park and Meadowlands both have sports books on site. Representatives for Freehold said the track's operators are talking to potential sports betting partners. The struggling horse racing industry has been counting on sports betting to pull it back from the edge, especially after Christie in 2011 stripped it of a similar-sized subsidy paid by casinos. Now, the horse racing sector hasn't done that bad; through October, Meadowlands Racetrack had won $15.2 million and Monmouth Park Racetrack had taken in $7.5 million. But supporters of the bill say the state needs to make sure that benefit trickles down to those who don't own or operate the tracks. "This will be a huge help for the horse racing industry that is an important part of New Jersey's heritage and culture and a key source of jobs and economic activity," Gopal said in a statement. "There are tens of thousands of jobs impacted directly or indirectly by the racing industry, including the long-term survival of Monmouth Racetrack." To view online click here.    : From Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

FREEHOLD, NJ — December 10, 2018 — With sports betting up and running at the  Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, it appears that Freehold Raceway is ready to join the action. According to Christopher McErlean, vice president at Penn National - which co-owns the track, “We are in negotiations with vendors for both retail and online, and we hope to have a decision by the end of the month.” Freehold plans to follow the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park sports betting set up by having one vendor handle both in house and online operations. The goal is to have a vendor by December 31 but that does not mean that everything will be up and running by NFL playoff weekend.  Freehold is watching how things have been playing out in New Jersey and is approaching sports betting for the long game. For more information on Freehold Raceway and sports betting read the Full Article https://www.njonlinegambling.com/freehold-raceway-sports-betting-coming/?fbclid=IwAR2oSOUmxbaM5g-roryVbFAQU1fn_nd9zcfRAj7RiaiQh1MIQePyosinjSQU8 From Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

EAST RUToHERFORD, NJ - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey debuted their Garden State Trot for harness racing 2-year-olds on Saturday (Nov 10) night at the Meadowlands. Battenberg started the night off winning the $50,000 purse in the first race for 2-year-old colt and geldings. Driver Corey Callahan left from post position six to take the lead for every call of the mile. The Joe Holloway trainee nosed out at strong charging Hudson River to stop the clock in 1:56.1. This marks lifetime win number two for the son of Trixton. Owners Crawford Farms Racing and Val D’Or Farms have enjoyed earnings of $66,446 from the New Jersey Bred colt. Hudson River finished a close second with No Drama Please coming in third. The filly trotters took over the stakes action in the third race, battling it out for the $55,000 purse. Andrew McCarthy and Noel Daley teamed up to upset the odds on favorite with Princess Deo. The Trixton filly took the lead in the stretch and held off the competition to win in 1:56.2. This is the fillies third lifetime win earning $173,046 for her owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Noel Daley, Thomas Pontone and John Fodera. Princess Deo was also bred by Deo Volente Farms LLC of Flemington, NJ. Evident Beauty finished second and Golden Tricks rounded out the trifecta. The SBOANJ applauds it’s Board of Directors Mike Gulotta, owner of Deo Volente Farms, and Thomas Pontone for their continued support and dedication to New Jersey racing. Wishing them them much success in the future. Live racing resumes Friday November 16, 2018 at the Meadowlands with a post time of 7:15 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

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