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MANALAPAN, NJ -- April 15, 2021 -- Yearling nominations and sustaining payments for SBOANJ sponsored stakes are due May 15, 2021. Garden State Trot #4 and Home Grown Pace #4 sustaining payments for 2YO due May 15, 2021. Garden State Trot #5 and Home Grown Pace #5 yearling nomination payments are due on May 15, 2021. Visit for payment forms, schedules, and a list of eligibilities. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- March 4, 2021 -- This is the first time the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of NJ is offering a supplemental payment in March for 3-year-olds who nominated but made no subsequent payments to the Home Grown Pace and the Garden State Trot. Home Grown Pace and Garden State Trot supplemental payments for 2-year-olds not nominated by May 15th and for 3-year-olds who nominated but did not make subsequent payments due March 15th. Both supplemental and sustaining payments must be made in order to remain eligible. Sustaining payment for the New Jersey Trotting Futurity #55 also due March 15th. Visit for the full 2021 Stakes Payment Schedule and Stakes Payment Forms. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ -- January 18, 2021 -- The second leg of the SBOANJ sponsored Harold Kelly Memorial Pacing Series took place on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Freehold Raceway with six harness racing divisions. Frankandjoanne took the first division for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and trainer Dawn Anderson in 1:59.0. Driver George Brennan teamed up with trainer Scott DiDomenico winning the second division with Nothing To Prove. Steve Smith piloted Panter's Pinot for trainer Michael Russo to the winner's circle in 1:56.3 to win the third division. The fourth division went to Taste Of History for driver Austin Siegelman and trainer Edwin Quevedo. Siegelman also won the fifth division with I Am The Cowboy for trainer Michael Fiumenero. The last division on the card went to Pirates Alley for driver George Brennan and trainer John Wyatt. Freehold resumes racing on Thursday with a post time of 12:30 pm. The SBOANJ sponsored Vinny Fusco Jr. Memorial Pacing Series Finals on Friday, January 22nd, and Finals of the Harold Kelly Memorial Pace will be on Saturday, January 23rd. The top 8 horses with the most points will be drawn into each final. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- January 18, 2021 -- All harness racing stallions standing in New Jersey need to be registered with the SBOANJ by February 15, 2021. Registration applications can be found on the SBOANJ website or click this link. For more information please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357.   Courtney Stafford

TRENTON, N.J. -- January 10, 2020 -- Home is where the horse is— at least that’s the case in New Jersey after Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill permitting full-time, year-round farm employees to reside on premises where horses are boarded. “Groomers, trainers and other full-time farm employees often need extended access to the horses they care for,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Permitting them to live on the premises will allow them to fully perform their duties and take better care of these animals.” The legislation (A2768/S1245) amends the Right to Farm Act to allow housing for equine-related farm employees as long as it is in a separate area or level from the horses, has its own ventilation system and meets all uniform construction code standards, including fire ratings. The Right to Farm Act protects responsible commercial farms from public and private nuisance actions and unduly restrictive municipal regulations. “Taking care of a horse is one of the most demanding and worthwhile jobs one could do,” said Dancer. “The horse industry is important to New Jersey’s economy, providing over 13,000 jobs, as well as to our environment with more than 7,200 horse farms providing 176,000 acres of green pasture land and open space.” New Jersey has more horses per capita than any other state in the nation. Horses are so important to the state’s economy, history and culture that they are designated the state animal.   Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 26, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is proud to announce Play Trix On Me as the 2020 harness racing horse of the year. Play Trix On Me, by Trixton out of the Credit Winner mare Lima Playmate, won the NJSS final for 3-year-old colt trotters at the Meadowlands. A winner of $433,843 in 2020, the 3-year-old colt trotter won four of his 17 starts this year. With a lifetime mark of 1:53 which he took winning the Carl Erskine at Hoosier Park, she was also second in the Breeders Crown Final at Hoosier Park. Play Trix On Me is owned by Renee Spahr, trained by Linda Toscano and bred by Steve Jones of Montgomery, N.Y. Play Trix On Me's connections will be honored at the 64th annual Breeder Awards Ceremony. The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey has selected Fair Winds Farm as the 2020 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year. Fair Winds Farm is located in Cream Ridge and currently ranked in the top 20 breeders by earnings with over $1.9 million in 2020. Fair Winds Farm had more than a few standouts racing in 2020. Zenith Stride the 2-year-old Muscle Hill filly out of Open Access, trained by Mark Harder, won the International Stallion in a lifetime record of 1:52.2 at Lexington, helping boost her lifetime earnings to $226,168. Another 2-year-old filly trotter, Mazzarati, trained by Lucas Wallin ended her 2-year-old campaign with four wins in 11 starts and $250,552 in earnings. Mazzarati is a Cantab Hall out of Falls For You. Pub Crawl the 2-year-old Bar Hopping filly trotter out of Myth also made a name for herself on the grand circuit tour winning the Bluegrass in a lifetime mark of 1:53.4 at Lexington. The Julie Miller trainee exceeded the $200,000 mark in lifetime earnings for her connections. Fair Winds also had a 2-year-old pacing filly on the scene, Podium Girl the Somebeachsomewhere out of Cinamony won five of 11 starts. Trained by Chris Ryder Podium Girl won the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund final and the Renaissance Final both at Freehold Raceway. These are just a few highlights from the Fair Winds Farm award-winning year. Fair Winds Farm will be among the honorees at the 64th annual Breeders Awards Ceremony, details to follow. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 7, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association is looking for additional harness racing pacing stallions to stand stud in the state of New Jersey. While our state is fortunate to have a strong selection of trotting stallions for 2021, our hope is to increase our representation on the pacing side. The SBOANJ has developed the Home-Grown Pace for pacing foals in an attempt to increase racing opportunities for pacers. The offspring from any new pacing stallions in New Jersey in 2021, will have the opportunity to race in this program in addition to the revitalized NJ Sire Stakes. If you are interested in standing a pacing stallion in New Jersey, or if you have any questions, please call the SBOANJ office at 732.462.2357. The deadline for registering a new stallion for the 2021 breeding season is February 15, 2021. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- November 10, 2020 -- Tied as the fastest three-year-old harness racing colt pacer in the world, Cattlewash will stand at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey for the 2021 breeding season. The Somebeachsomewehere colt trained by Ron Burke has 6 wins in 16 lifetime starts, tied the world record for pacers on a mile track in a time of 1:46.4 (tying his sire Somebeachsomewhere), and has earnings of over $490,000. The 3-year-old is set to race in $350,000 Progress Pace on Wednesday (Nov, 25) at Dover Downs hoping to increase his earnings before the end of the year. Cattlewash will stand at Walnridge Farm with a stud fee of $7,500, for more information contact Walnridge farm at 609-758-8208. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANY  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- November 17, 2020 -- On Monday (Nov. 16) Executive Administrator Al Ochsner hosted the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's annual meeting along with President Mark Ford and the board of directors. For the first time ever, the meeting was held virtually online, and streamed live on Facebook. The meeting opened with messages from President Mark Ford and Executive Administrator Al Ochsner. Mark Ford mentioned that the SBOANJ is now a member of the newly formed North American Harness Horse Alliance. They both thanked the SBOANJ staff, all those involved with the Rutgers Risk Management Plan to enable racing to resume, the tracks and training centers that hosted dozens of qualifiers, and those who have reached out to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Al Ochsner addressed the cancellation of the Golf Outing which is the main source of revenue for TrotPAC the SBOANJ's Political Action Committee. He thanked all those members that helped continue fundraising capabilities to support legislators. That support along with the completion of the 2019 NJ Horse Racing Impact Study that was sent to all state legislators really made a difference in the state approving the appropriation funding for 2021. He also applauded Sam Landy's son Harry for making a great and informative video of the Standardbred business, in an effort to bring attention to the need for the appropriation funding. The SBOANJ has been working since 2016 to reduce the driver workmen's compensation insurance premium at both races tracks. Finally, NJRC established the Standardbred premium to be based on the number of claims and the money associated with them. For many years the Standardbreds had low claims or none at all but had to share a much higher premium with the thoroughbreds. In 2020, because of the adjustment and cash reserve available no money was needed to pay the cost of insurance. Plus there is a cash reserve to carry forward. Plans have been made with Freehold Raceway to have two memorial races for the Fusco family and Harold Kelly in December and January. The SBOANJ and BCAP presented four scholarships to SBOANJ member's children totaling $9,000. The 2021 racing dates were announced, the Meadowlands will race 90 dates and Freehold Raceway will race 82 dates. The Breeding Committee reported that the breeding industry in NJ has shown gains for the third year in a row. There were 279 mares bred in 2017 and 780 bred in 2020. The Insurance Committee reported another year without an increase to the insurance premiums for the fourteenth year in a row. The Finance and Pension Committee is very pleased with the investment policies at this time and continues to review UBS performances. They reported the investments to be good relative to benchmarks, especially during these uncertain times. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- November 12, 2020 -- This year the SBOANJ's annual Board of Director's meeting will be held via zoom conference, on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 3:00 pm. The meeting will be streamed live on the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association Facebook page, for everyone to view. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey residents can now place bets on horse races even when they are out of state. Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer (A2355) that allows residents to place wagers using New Jersey's account wagering system while in another state. "All New Jersey residents should be allowed to place wagers on horse racing no matter where they are, whether it's online or through an agency," stated Dancer (R-Ocean). "With the changes in technology, our access to place wagers has changed and the law should reflect those changes. It's also critical we do everything we can do to keep our staple industries afloat during and after the coronavirus pandemic." The Assembly voted 73-0 on the bill in June, and last month the state Senate passed it with a 35-0 vote. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- November 6, 2020 -- Earlier this week the SBOANJ reached out to the NJRC regarding the implementation of the new whipping rule and a possible transition period with written warnings. The SBOANJ was told that the NJRC staff considered a transition period with written warnings but decided against it. The new whipping rule became effective on October 19, 2020, but the NJRC delayed the implementation of the rule until November 6, 2020, to allow judges time to meet with drivers and explain the requirements of the new rule. The NJRC stated that the new rule is intended to protect the horses and the staff cannot delay implementation any further. As of November 6, 2020 penalties, which will be determined by the Board of Judges, will be imposed after the judges conduct their hearing. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- November 5, 2020 -- Attention all New Jersey harness racing drivers. There will be a drivers meeting at the Meadowlands on Friday (Nov 6) and Saturday (Nov 7) at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held outside of the paddock office to discuss the implementation of the New Jersey Racing Commission's new whipping rule. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- October 9, 2020 -- Any foals eligible for 2019 stallion rebate and or resident mare rebates must be registered with the USTA by October 31, 2020. Rebate checks will be issued to, current SBOANJ members only, after proof of live foal, and a current W-9 form is on file. Applications for the 2020 programs are also due October 31, 2020, no late applications will be accepted. Visit for 2020 applications, if you have any questions call the office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- October 1, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) has breeder and sired award money available for 2020 distribution. The harness racing awards were earned in designated NJ races for breeders or in overnight events for owners of New Jersey sired horses. In order to receive award money, you must be a member of the SBOANJ and have a current W-9 form on file by December 31, 2020. Money will no longer be available after December 31, 2020, please be sure to have all the necessary documents in place before the deadline. Click here to view the stables/individuals that are eligible for New Jersey award money, but do not have required membership and or W-9 on file. For SBOANJ Membership Form, click here. For a W9 Form, click here. Any questions call the SBOANJ office 732-462-2357 by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 18, 2020 -- The BCAP free medical clinic is opening Monday, October 5, 2020, at Gaitway Farm. The Free medical clinic is available to all NJ farm and harness racing training center stable employees, trainers, second trainers, farm employees, and NJRC licensed horsemen. The BCAP medical clinic is staffed by Centra State Hospital Physicians, and RN, and 3rd year Rutgers University Resident Doctors. The staff is available to provide free medical attention to insured as well as un-insured NJ horsemen. All patients must make an appointment, there will be no walkups this year. Please call when you arrive outside the clinic and wait until instructed to enter. Face masks/ face coverings must be worn at all times within the clinic. To make an appointment call or text Chris Samaha at 732-740-5376. For more information visit and click on the BCAP tab. Click link for the autumn clinic dates.  by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

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