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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 ( 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 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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - July 8, 2018 - The Meadowlands hosted the second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds on Friday night. The pacing races competed for $15,000 each while the trotters raced for $20,000 each. The six 2-year-old NJSS races included one division for pacing colts and one for the fillies, the trotters were split into two divisions for the fillies and two divisions for the colts. The first NJSS was raced off the card for 2-year-old pacing colts. Hurrikane Emperor, son of Hurrikane Kingcole, was once again the winner of that division for trainer John McDermott Jr. in 1:56.1. Leaving from post position number two to take the lead, and despite a bobble in the stretch, driver Dan Dube got him back on gait in time to win. Hurrikane Emperor is now two for two in lifetime starts for owners Johnathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasis Investment Group and George Viemo. Clintock finished second while Black Dan came in third. Mollydooker, trained by Tony Alagna, took the pacing division for the 2-year-old fillies in the first race of the regular scheduled card. Driver Brett Miller moved Mollydooker first up to take the lead at the half and win in 1:55.1. Owned by Visionary Breeders LLC, the Great Vintage sired Mollydooker has her first lifetime win. Hurrikane Lori Ann and Hurrikanesky dead heated for second. The first division of the 2-year-old trotting fillies, was won by odds on favorite French Cafe trained by Julie Miller. Andy Miller sat patiently with French Cafe and stormed past the competition in the stretch to win in 1:58.1. The Father Patrick filly notched her first win of the season for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Given finished second while Sari Bout It came in third. Joe Holloway's Father Patrick sired Lucius Vorenus took the next race on the card, the first division of the NJSS for 2-year-old trotting colts. Lucius Vorenus and David Miller held off a charging Soul Strong in the stretch to win in 1:58.0. Lucius Vorenus is owned and bred by Crawford Farms Racing. Soul Strong finished a strong second and Gerris Trix was third. Odds on favorite Battenberg gave trainer Joe Holloway the sweep in the NJSS for 2-year-old trotting colts. The son of Trixton was able to find the wire before No Drama Please could catch him in 1:55.4. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and Val D'Or Farms, Battenberg now has his first lifetime win. Finishing a very close second was No Drama Please and Galixton was third. The last NJSS of the night was for the 2-year-old trotting fillies, where Mother Bonnie upset the favorite for trainer Noel Daley. Andrew McCarthy steered the Trixton sired Mother Bonnie to the front to wire the field in 1:55.0. Mother Bonnie is owned and bred by Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Rcng Ent LLC. The favorite Special Honor held on for second while Golden Tricks took third place. The final for all the 2-year-old NJSS divisions will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Meadowlands. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ  -  June 29, 2018 - The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of NJSS for 2-year-old pacers and trotters on Friday night. The New Jersey harness racing pacing colts raced off the card in a single division while the fillies raced on the card in their single division both for $15,000. The $20,000 NJSS for trotters were split and went two division for both the colts and fillies all on the card. The NJSS for 2-year-old colts was the first contested off the regular card. Hurrikane Emperor left the gait from the rail position to win his first lifetime start in 1:53.1 for trainer John McDermott Jr. The son of Hurrikane Kingcole is owned and bred by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC and Pegasis Investment Group. Clintock finished second while Black Dan was third. Another John McDermott Jr. trainee Hurrikane Lori Ann took the 2-year-old pacing fillies division in 1:56.4. Sired by Lis Mara the filly is starting her year off right for owners Johnathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasis Investment Group and George Viemo. Hurrikanesky took second while Love Love Me Too was third. The first division of the 2-year-old trotting colts went to morning line favorite Greenshoe after making a break at the start. Greenshoe got back on gait and made a huge move heading to the three-quarter pole to win in 1:56.2 for trainer Marcus Melander. The son of Father Patrick is owned by Courant Inc. Lucius Vorenus came in a close second while Sheena’s Boy finished third. The second division of trotting colts was won by another Father Patrick sired 2-year-old, Hudson River. Hudson River trained by Jimmy Takter came first up at the half to take the lead and stop the clock in 1:55.2. This is Hudson River’s first start and first win for owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. A tight second went to Battenberg while third place was Trix and Stones. The 2-year-old trotting fillies kicked off their first leg in the 9th race with odds on favorite Special Honor taking the field in 1:57.1 for trainer Julie Miller. The Father Patrick sired filly moved to the front at the quarter and cruised home for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Strita finished second and Devilish Delight came in third. The second division for the fillies was also won by a daughter of Father Patrick. Whispering Oaks nosed out the competition in the lane to win in 1:55.4 for trainer Jimmy Takter. Whispering Oaks is owned by Brixton Medical Inc, Herb Liverman and R A W Equine Inc. French Cafe finished a very close second while Atonement was third. The second leg of NJSS for 2-year-old pacers and trotters will be held on July 6, 2018 at the Meadowlands. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - Management at Gaitway Farms and the SBOANJ would like to thank all the trainers, drivers, and grooms that participated in the last three weeks of qualifiers at Gaitway Farms. Also, a thank you to the sponsors of the food and refreshments during the races. Despite rainy weather the first two weeks, all three sessions were very successful. Food and refreshments were provided by Colts Neck Equine, Cunningham & Cunningham Equine Insurance, Deo Volente Farms, Dey Equine Veterinarians, Fair Winds Farm, Freehold Raceway, Goshen Yearling Sale, Heritage Hill Farm, Meadowlands Racetrack, Northwood Bloodstock, Preferred Equine, SBOA-NJ, Southwind Farms, Tattersalls, TrotPac, Walnridge Farm, and Wedgewood Pharmacy. Thanks again to all participants and sponsors we hope to see you again next year. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — May 20, 2018 — The Meadowlands held the $15,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for harness racing sophomore pacers and trotters on Friday (May 18).  The colts raced in non-bettting races, while the fillies were during the regular scheduled card. The 3-year-old pacing colts was won by Melanie’s Fran (David Miller) trained by Kevin McDermott in 1:57.3.  The son of Hypnotic Blue Chip owned by 80 Slot Right Stable of New Jersey, easily beat the competition, Hypnotico. Shoshie Deo (George Brennan) took the first leg of 3-year-old colt trotters in 1:56.2.  Trained by Deshawn Minor and owned by Annemette Minor, Shoshie Deo moved to the front at the quarter after U Need Stones made a break, making it an easy win for him.  U Need Stones (Yannick Gingras) came back to finish second while Brutal Storm (Eric Abbatiello) came in third. The Linda Toscano trainee Hypnotic Tale (David Miller) won the 3-year-old filly pacing division in 1:53.1.  Owned by Ronald Mario, the Hypnotic Blue Chip sired filly sat patiently in the pocket then wore down the competition at the wire.  Hurrikane Empress (Yannick Gingras) held on for second while Cruzinforavictory (Frank Milby) finished third. The 3-year-old filly trotting division was won by Samis Rolin Stone (Brett Miller) also trained by Deshwan Minor in 1:56.4.  The Wishing Stone filly owned by Daniel Lengacher took the lead at the half and never looked back.  Diamondstone Us (David Miller) finished second and Take A Wish (Steve Smith) came in third. The second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for 3-year-olds is scheduled for Friday, May 25, 2018, at the Meadowlands. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 17, 2018 -- New Jersey Racing Commission Executive Director Frank Zanzuccki said Wednesday he will be retiring from his position effective July 1. He made the announcement at yesterday's NJRC meeting at Monmouth Park. No replacement has been named. Zanzuccki joined the NJRC in 1978 and served in various positions prior to being appointed executive director in 1992. The next meeting of the NJRC is July 18 at Monmouth Park. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 16, 2018 -- Mark Ford, President of The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that New Jersey can implement legalized sports betting:  “Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the state’s rights to permit sports betting is important to New Jersey’s harness racing industry. We thank all of those who pursued this lengthy litigation, which was designed to help the state’s horse racing and casino industries. “The Standardbred breeding and racing industry has a long and important history in New Jersey and has been a vital part of the state’s economy, maintaining farms and open spaces and providing jobs. We believe that a fair division of profits from sports betting can benefit the state and our industry, and that this new addition to the gambling menu can have a positive impact on the handle on harness races.” “We look forward to working with the state of New Jersey, legislators, and horse racing leadership, to ensure that sports betting is a plus for New Jersey’s horse racing industry.” Courtney Stafford

CREAM RIDGE, NJ — May 14, 2018 — May 12th, from 1 pm to 3 pm Fair Winds Farm hosted an equine event for youngsters from the 4-H and scouting community.  Approximately 60 youngsters and parents attended. The first hour was a presentation by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Ellen Taylor, Kati Eick, and Travis Ceppaluni and his Standardbred Let's Elope, gave a harnessing demonstration.  Attendees were also introduced to equine careers and learned about drivers' colors. The second half of the schedule, attendees met driver and trainer Stacy Chiodo.  Also with Stacy was Maggie Romano with her Standardbred, Wicked Business. They showed racing equipment and discussed the harness racing business. Attendees were excited to take a tour of Fair Winds Farm, with Mark Mullen and Suzanne D’Ambrose.  Facts about mares and foals were also discussed, as they walked along the fields filled with active mares and foals.  And an overview of the breeding farm operation was given by Mr. Mullen. The tour ended with Dr. Patty Hogan giving a presentation and tour of her equine medical clinic.  She explained the different types of medical equipment and their uses. The finale of the day was a giveaway of a complimentary week at at HHYF camp at Gaitway Farms.  One attendee from Allentown,NJ was the winner who will be announced at a later date. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ — April 27, 2018 — The SBOANJ urges all of the Nominators to the new harness racing stakes program which includes the Home Grown Pace and the Garden State Trot, to continue with their payments on May 15th.  These new stakes are important to help maintain New Jersey's breeding program and need your continued support. Sustaining payments due May 15th are the Garden State Trot #1 for 2-year-old trotters in the amount of $400, the New Jersey Trotting Futurity #53 for 2-year-old trotters in the amount of $300, and the Home Grown Pace #1 for 2-year-old pacers in the amount of $300. Nomination Payments for 2017 foals are also due May 15th.  Last year the SBOANJ paid nomination fees for all New Jersey sired foals.  This year owners will be required to make the nomination payments.  On the trotting side, the yearling payments for both the Garden State Trot #2 and the New Jersey Trotting Futurity #54 are $25.  The payment for the Home Grown Pace #2 for New Jersey sired yearlings that are SDF eligible is $25, the payment for yearlings that are New Jersey foaled but not SDF eligible is $150. Visit for payment schedule and forms.   MAY 15 DEADLINE TO NOMINATE YEARLINGS TO NJSS & OTHER NJ STAKES Important payments are due Tuesday, May 15 to make and keep horses eligible to the New Jersey Sire Stakes Program and the Standardbred Development Fund. Nominations are due for foals of 2017 that are yearlings in 2018. All horses nominated must be registered with the U. S. Trotting Association (USTA), Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS) or another appropriate breed registry. The fee is $50 for the NJSS Premier Division if a copy of the yearling’s registration certificate accompanies the nomination.  Without a copy of the certificate, the fee is $75.  It is important to note that the yearling nomination fee is $100 if the foal being nominated is the result of the interstate transport of a registered New Jersey stallion’s semen to a mare outside the state of New Jersey, provided a copy of the certificate accompanies the fee.  Without the certificate, the interstate semen transport nomination fee is $125. Yearling nominations are also due for the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund for horses by non-New Jersey based stallions whose dams have been previously registered for the program.  The fee is $50 for the NJSDF if a copy of the yearling’s registration certificate accompanies the nomination.  Without a copy of the certificate, the fee is $75. Yearlings by sires located in New Jersey do not have to pay a separate fee as nomination to the Sire Stakes automatically results in nomination to the SDF program. All pacing yearlings eligible to either the NJSS Premier Division or the Standardbred Development Fund are also eligible to be nominated to the Renaissance Pace.  The Renaissance Pace nomination fee, which is also due May 15, is an additional $25 for the open division and $15 for the filly division. Nomination forms may be obtained from the NJSS website at All payments should be mailed to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625.  NJSS strongly suggests the use of certified mail to avoid potential problems in mailing or delivery of payments. No late payments will be accepted. For further information contact Christopher C. Castens (609) 292-8830 Courtney Stafford

The second payment of the SBOANJ sponsored Charles Smith Trot and Helen Smith are due April 15, 2018 in the amount of $300.  The Charles Smith Trot for 3-year-old colts elimination will be held at Freehold Raceway on September 1, 2018 with the final on September 8, 2018.  The Helen Smith Trot for 3-year-old fillies elimination will be held at Freehold Raceway on September 21, 2018 and the final on September 28, 2018. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- March 28, 2018 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) will unveil a new program, Caretaker Care, Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The program will offer clean, gently used, clothing to caretakers and horsemen at no charge. The donated clothing will be located on a rack between the doors of the drivers lounge and medical office in the paddock. There are so many people in our sport that put in long hours and mean so much to what we do, said SBOANJ Second Vice President Bob Boni, who thought of this as an industry-wide initiative after donating clothing on an individual basis. This is an opportunity to provide a service to them and also show our appreciation for their dedication and hard work. Recipients are asked to neatly look through the clothing on the rack, leave hangers, and keep the area clean. Anyone wishing to donate clothing for the Caretaker Care program can drop off clean, gently used, items at the SBOANJ office at the Meadowlands Racetrack or at the SBOANJ office on Route 33 in Manalapan. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- March 10 , 2018 -- The SBOANJ is proud to announce the award-winning lineup of New Jersey harness racing stallions for 2018. Three world champion trotting stallions - Muscle Hill, Trixton, and Walner. In addition, four pacing stallions - Great Vintage, Lis Mara, Santa Fe Beachboy and Sunfire Blue Chip. Muscle Hill is the 2009 “Horse of the Year” and 2017’s leading money-winning trotting sire.  He has sired 7 millionaire trotters from his first five crops.  He led all trotting sires in average price at both the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and at Harrisburg.  He also sired the sale toppers at both sales, $480,000 and $320,000, respectively.  The son of Muscles Yankee with lifetime earnings exceeding $3 million stands at Southwind Farms in Pennington, NJ for a private treaty stud fee. Trixton, sired by Muscle Hill, is the winner of the 2014 Hambletonian, Goodtimes, Simcoe, Reynolds and NJSS Final bringing his earnings to $947,057.  Trixton’s first crop of foals will race this season.  He continues to stand at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ  for a 2018 stud fee of $12,000. Walner, the 2016 Dan Patch two-year-old trotting colt of the year, with a record of nine wins in 10 starts and a lifetime mark of 1:50.2. Walner was the 2016 Breeders Crown Champion and has earnings of $567,652.  The son of Chapter Seven debuts his stallion career at Southwind Farms with a stud fee of $20,000. On the pacing side, Great Vintage is one of the fastest and richest sons of leading sire American Ideal.  He has bankrolled over $1.1 million in lifetime earnings and holds a mark of 1:49.1.  Great Vintage stands at Walnridge Farm in Cream Ridge, NJ for a stud fee of $2,000. Lis Mara’s 1:47.3 Breeders Crown win in 2006 makes him the fastest and richest son of champion sire Cambest.  Lis Mara previously stood in Ontario but has been in New Jersey since 2015.  His total foal earnings currently exceed $12 million.  He stands at Deo Volente Farms for a stud fee of $2,500. Santa Fe Beachboy comes to New Jersey after a racing career that includes earnings over $500,000 and a lifetime mark of 1:49.1.  The son of world champion Somebeachsomewhere stands at Walnridge Farm for a stud fee of $2,000. Sunfire Blue Chip, the son of American Ideal, defeated some of the toughest competition throughout his racing career to gain a mark of 1:48.3 and $1.2 million in earnings.  During his three-year-old campaign he won the $450,000 Adios, defeating the likes of Vegas Vacation. Sunfire Blue Chip will stand at Walnridge Farm with a $3,000 stud fee. Owners that breed their mares to any of the above-mentioned pacing stallions will be eligible to receive a 50% paid stud fee rebate (up to $1,250).  Visit for details on the 2018 pacing stallion rebate program. For New Jersey breeding information or pacing stallion rebate program guidelines please contact the SBOANJ office. Courtney Stafford

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