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It is beyond doubt that one of New Zealand’s greatest harness racing exports is the standardbred stallion, Lazarus. His strength, stamina and speed – and sheer willingness to win – was equal to the best of the best of “All Blacks” forwards. During his Southern Hemisphere racing career, he entertained the crowds, broke the hearts of his competitors and endeared himself to not only racing tragics – but any sporting enthusiast who recognised a true champion. The handsome black stallion simply oozed class! His outstanding record and credentials were recognised in North America and he was subsequently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions to race in the United States and Canada - and then to undertake a career as a sire, post racing. Lazarus undertook his first North American season as a sire at Deo Volente Farms, New Jersey in 2019. The translation of the Latin “Deo Volente” to the English equivalent is “God Willing”. The Heavens must have been smiling on Lazarus as he received an outstanding book of mares and returned a fertility rate close to eighty per cent. Australia’s premier harness racing club – Club Menangle – subsequently purchased the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to Lazarus.  Club Menangle is located in the heart of the birthplace of Australian merino breeding, the Macarthur region of New South Wales. Club Menangle and Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga Wagga NSW entered into a partnership to stand Lazarus at Wagga Wagga, the gateway to one of Australia’s premier agricultural regions, the historic Riverina. Lazarus winning his first USA start in the Dan Patch Stakes. After an extremely promising start to his Southern Hemisphere siring career, returns from services became varied, with hits and misses throughout the season. Shortly prior to his return to North America and following exhaustive investigation by veterinarians at Charles Sturt University, Goulburn Valley Equine, Sydney University and the University of Newcastle a subfertility issue was identified which appears to have been related to scrotal damage somewhere in his travels to Australia. Following his return to Deo Valente Farms for the 2020 North America breeding season, his semen production was returning to normal - as the veterinarians predicted. Early returns suggest an “in-foal” rate in the high eighties, in North America. Club Menangle and Yirribee Stud are excited by the early North American fertility rates and look forward to his return to the Southern Hemisphere in the Spring of 2020. Since shuttling back to North America, the world has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the lives of many and the serious economic damage being wrought across the globe. As an industry driven partner, Club Menangle recognises that broodmare owners will face serious financial challenges, post the outbreak of Covid-19. The Club has determined that it will support broodmare owners by providing a post Covid-19 bonus and implement a new Southern Hemisphere fee structure for Lazarus. Recognising the impact Covid-19 will have on economic activity and the use of scarce capital resources, the Club will play its part in harness racing’s recovery by reducing Lazarus’ service fee to $8,000, including GST. The revised Covid-19 service fee structure will also provide an additional bonus to broodmare owners who booked to Lazarus in 2019. This fee will apply to each booking made to Lazarus in 2019, whether semen was ordered or otherwise. The additional bonus available to those who booked to Lazarus in 2019 recognises the commitment broodmare owners made to one of the Southern Hemisphere’s greatest standardbred champions, last year. Some of whom chose to try on a number of occasions. The bonus will provide a further reduction to $6,000. Club Menangle intends to contact broodmare owners in Australia and New Zealand who made bookings to Lazarus last year to offer the reduced Covid-19 service fee. Club Menangle looks forward to the return of Lazarus this spring. Club Menangle

In the wake of trying times recently, we are excited to share a bit of good harness racing news and positive spirit.   An auction of four 2020 stallion breedings will be donated to help those New Jersey horsemen most affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The proceeds will be donated directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund.   Deo Volente Farms’ owners Thomas Pontone and Michael Gulotta are announcing a donation of 2020 breedings to Lazarus, Trixton and Lis Mara to benefit the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund.  In addition, the original ownership group of Six Pack - Jeff Gural, Svanstedt Stables, Stall Kalmar Inc., Lars Berg, and Knutson Trotting - are also generously donating a 2020 breeding to Six Pack to the Fund.   Lazarus N                                                                                                                Lis Mara  Six Pack                                                                                                             Trixton 100% of the proceeds generated from the online auction of these four breeding will go directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund. Jeff Gural, Chairman of the Meadowlands, said “It is the right thing to do. New Jersey horseman have been particularly hard hit and I am extremely happy to lend a hand.”  The auction will take place on Ongait beginning on Passover, April 8, 2020, and running through Easter Monday, April 13, 2020.  Winning bidders will make their checks out directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund. The winning bidders will be offered one breed back opportunity in a subsequent breeding season in the event that the 2020 breeding does not result in a live foal.  When Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ, heard about the program he responded by saying, “I really appreciate these owners stepping up to help the horsemen.  These are unchartered waters for us as an industry right now. We as an organization will make sure that these funds get into the right hands.” Mike Gulotta President and CEO of Deo Volente Farms said: ” I am a strong believer in the commandment to love our neighbors. Especially at this religious time of the year, lending some assistance to those most affected by the virus is entirely consistent with the season and with that commandment.” Thomas Pontone added ” I love harness racing and its community. It hurts to witness the pain being borne by our horsemen. I needed to help and I am proud to do so.” Questions about the auction may be directed to Joe Savare at Deo Volente Farms at 908-399-8400 or to joe@deovolentefarms.com.   Linda Petrenko, Stallion & Breeding Administration Deo Volente Farms LLC 487 Quakertown Road Flemington, NJ 08822 Office 908-782-4848   Fax 908-782-4870 www.deovolentefarms.com

Flemington, NJ — Deo Volente Farms is excited to announce the arrival of its first two Lazarus N foals of 2020. The first is a colt out of Worldly Beauty p,4,1:49.3 ($1,900,255). Worldly Beauty is the matriarch of the farm’s pacing broodmare band and was the 2- and 3-year-old Dan Patch champion filly of the year. Her full sister, Worldly Treasure, is the dam of superstar stallion Captaintreacherous. “This baby is beautifully bred, strong and handsome,” said Deo’s farm manager Fidencio Cervantez. Deo’s second colt is out of Daut Full p,1:51.3f ($158,994). Said Cervantez, “We are very happy with the looks of both these colts and we can’t wait for the arrival of two more foals by Lazarus this season — one out of Rocklamation 1:48.3 ($2,277,384), and one out of Double Jeopardy from the family of Delinquent Account.” Deo Volente has also been receiving news about other Lazarus N foals that have arrived. Ken and Kathy Weed, of Shadowbrook Farm, have welcomed a colt out of The Signature p,3,1:56.1f ($37,047) and a filly out of Make Magic p,4,1:53.4f ($137,133). They stated, “Our two foals from Lazarus are stunning. They are smart, correct, and very athletic. They travel across the field faster than their mothers can keep up. We can’t wait to see them on the racetrack. Both babies are a joy to be around. They handle like a Porsche. We are very excited and blessed.” Jess Smith also welcomed a colt from Veiques p,3,1:56.1f ($37,639) from the family of Sannabelle Island. Jess said, “We are very pleased. The colt is well conformed with great bone. His head and eye are sharp with a regal bearing. I look forward to getting started on next year’s crop!” In addition to being extremely impressed with Lazarus N’s first two foals, Fidencio Cervantez went on to say that in his 30-plus years in the business he has never seen a stallion with such an impressive and near perfect conformation as Lazarus N. He is so thrilled with Lazarus N and the first two colts that he decided to personally purchase a share in the Lazarus N syndicate. Mike Gulotta, CEO of Deo Volente Farms, had this to say about the arrival of Lazarus N’s first two foals. “We are grateful to Duncan and his brothers at Taylormade Stallions for their confidence in Deo Volente. By the looks of these foals, Lazarus is certain to make his mark on the pacing world. “New Jersey’s future has never been brighter due to the tremendous support from our state legislators and from the contribution to racing revenues from sports betting. Our new breeders’ award program, increased NJ Sire Stakes and other NJ restricted race purse increases are making it quite attractive to breed in New Jersey.” Limited breedings are available to Lazarus N for the 2020 season. Deo Volente Farms

Taylor Made Stallions and Deo Volente Farms are pleased to announce an exciting new program which will give you the opportunity to breed to the harness racing Wonder From Down Under, Lazarus N, in his second season at stud in North America in 2020 for 50% of the advertised stud fee! It is called the “Taylor Made Advantage Program”.  If you have a mare that meets certain criteria, you can breed a second mare for 50% off the advertised stud fee. Criteria that must be met for the mare to be qualified are If the mare is in foal, her last bred date must be May 31st or earlier, She must be a stakes winner and have career earnings of $300,000 or more, or She must be a daughter of a mare that is a stakes winner and has career earnings of $600,000 or more. Up to 10 qualified mares will be selected for this program at the discretion of Deo Volente Farms and the qualified mare must be nominated no later than January 31st. Lazarus N (Bettor’s Delight-Bethany) Q1:48.3 – BT 1:46.3 ($3,070,095 converted from $4,125,988 in real earnings) was retired from racing on November 30, 2018 to begin his dual hemisphere stud career.  Named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, 3 Yr. Old, 4 Yr. Old, and 5 Yr. Old Pacer of the Year as well as Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years, Lazarus N compiled an impressive International race record of 51 starts with 37 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and 2 unplaced races. Lazarus N seen above winning the Dan Patch in 1:48.4 at his first start in North America. He started from the outside post and was clearly the best of the best, beating easily the "Horse Of The Year" McWicked. Lazarus N is as impressive in the breeding shed as he was on the racetrack and has attracted some high profile mares to his 2019 book including Worldly Beauty  p, 1:49.3M ($1,900,255); Rocklamation p, 1:48.3M ($2,277,384); Odds On Stephanie, sister to Captaintreacherous p,1:47.1M ($3,148,657) and Shake It Miki, sister to Always B Miki, to name but a few ourstanding mares that he bred in 2019. Rocklamation p, 1:48.3M ($2,277,384) seen here is due to foal to Lazarus N in early 2020 Lazarus N stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ (www.deovolentefarms.com) at a stud fee of $10,000. Please call Linda at 908-782-4848 for further information.  

Flemington, NJ --- World champion harness racing trotting stallion Six Pack was welcomed this week to his new home at Deo Volente Farms by farm CEO Michael J. Gulotta and members of the farm's staff. The celebration also included a visit from Sarah Svanstedt, whose husband, Ake, trained and drove Six Pack throughout the trotter's award-winning and record-setting career. Six Pack, a 4-year-old by Muscle Mass out of Pleasing Lady, won 19 of 35 career races and $1.93 million in purses. He was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3, when he became the fastest sophomore trotter in history with a time of 1:49.1 in winning the Kentucky Futurity. This season, he became the fastest 4-year-old male trotter with a 1:49.2 victory in the Allerage Open Trot. No other trotter in history has recorded sub-1:50 wins in multiple years. He closed his career with a track-record 1:50 victory in the TVG Series Open Trot championship last month at The Meadowlands. The performance gave Six Pack an unparalleled four lifetime wins of 1:50 or faster. In addition to the TVG, Kentucky Futurity and Allerage, Six Pack's wins included the Yonkers Trot, a Matron, a division of the Stanley Dancer, a New York Sire Stakes championship, and Empire Breeders Classic. "He's very good gaited," Ake Svanstedt said when Six Pack retired. "He's a big horse and heavy but he has a very light gait. He handled the short tracks in New York very good. When he won the Yonkers Trot, I let him go the last quarter full speed. I think it was the fastest I ever drove in a turn on a half-mile track. He was always perfect gaited. Never took a wrong step. "Of course, he had a good head. He was very nice to handle and drive." Six Pack is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E-Knutssontrotting (a partnership of Jeff Gural and Tristan Sjoberg), Stall Kalmar Inc. (Tomas Olofsson), and L Berg Inc. (Lars Berg). "We are thrilled to have a stallion of Six Pack's stature at Deo Volente Farms," Gulotta said. "This is proof that New Jersey is retaking its place of preeminence in the Standardbred racing world. This is thanks to the vision of New Jersey legislative leaders, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, as well as Governor Phil Murphy, who have shown tremendous support of the racing and breeding industry in our state." From Deo Volente Farms  

Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing have announced the retirement of American History (American Ideal-Pleasing Touch-Camluck) after his final race on November 23rd in the harness racing TVG at the Meadowlands. The ownership group is also pleased to announce that American History will stand stud at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey, signaling its support for the resurgence of standardbred racing and breeding in New Jersey. Among older pacers in 2019, American History is the Breeders Crown Champion having won that prestigious race at Woodbine Mohawk on October 26th in 1:48.3. George Segal said “this horse is a true champion and the reigning Breeders Crown Champion.  He has shown that he has been capable of winning on all size tracks, winning as a 3 year old in 1:47.0 at the Meadowlands, and he also equaled the all age track record on the half mile track at Yonkers Raceway in a time of 1:49.3.” Marvin Katz added, “He is a great individual and he has always been at or near the top of his class.  He will offer many great breeding opportunities to a wide variety of mares and, particularly, Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous mares.” Owner Myron Bell added “American History sold as a Brittany Farms yearling for $150,000.   He is an impeccably bred colt from a maternal family that has produced many great stallions.  He was trained magnificently by Tony Alagna and driven without error by Joe Bongiorno.” Trainer Tony Alagna went on to say, “American History is very correct, full of leg, he has a great attitude and work ethic.”  He also echoed Marvin Katz in saying “he is a perfect outcross for Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous mares.” Joe Bongiorno, expressing his appreciation for the opportunity to drive American History said, “American History is a wonderful race horse and he will make a great stallion.  He has the ability to do it on all size tracks as he proved to us at Yonkers, setting the track record, and winning the Breeders Crown at Woodbine.  He is certainly the fastest horse I’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting behind.” 2019 Breeders Crown - American History - Open Pace In addition to the Breeders Crown (1:48.3) some of American History’s other notable wins in a career in which he amassed over $1,000,000 in earnings are:                    Kentucky Sire Stakes Final 1:48.1                    The Tattersalls Pace  1:48.3                    The Bobby Quillen Memorial 1:49.3 The Bobby Quillen Memorial 1:49.3 Michael J. Gulotta , CEO of Deo Volente Farms  said “We are extremely pleased and proud to be affiliated with both this great equine athlete and his illustrious ownership group.  The owners’ move to stand American History in New Jersey is further evidence that standardbred racing in the Garden State is moving in a very positive direction.” Information regarding the American History Syndication can be obtained by calling Myron Bell at (201) 321-6353 or Deo Volente Farms at (908) 782-4848.  

The owners of Six Pack - Svanstedt, Inc. Little E LLC, Knutsson Trotting,  Stall Kalmar, Inc. and L Berg, Inc. have announced the retirement of Six Pack (Muscle Mass - Pleasing Lady - Cantab Hall) after his final race in the TVG at the Meadowlands on November 23rd  and will stand stud at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey. Renowned trainer Ake Svanstedt who trained Six Pack for his entire career said, “Six Pack is an incredibly powerful horse bundled with speed and intelligence.” He also went on to say “a natural talent in his freshman season that developed into a multiple world champion as a 3 and 4 year old.  He had a flawless gait that made him equally formidable over the half mile track as well as the mile track.” Co-owner Tristan Sjoberg said “It was apparent early on to me that he was a very special horse. He was a true professional on the track and always fought to the wire. Winning two legs of the Triple Crown and coming back as a 4 year old and setting a world record against aged horses just goes to show what a tough horse he is”. Tristan Sjoberg also added “he will certainly imprint that on his offspring.  Attitude and intelligence are two characteristics I always look for in a Stallion.” Some of Six Pack’s notable victories as he accumulated close to $2 million in career earnings include: The Stanley Dancer (1:50.0) World Record, The Kentucky Futurity (1:49.1) World Record, The Allerage Open Trot as a 4-year- old (1:49.2) World Record The Yonkers Trot, The Empire Breeders Classic, The Matron, and Several Divisions of the New York Sire Stakes as a 2-year- old and 3-year-old. Six Pack was named the Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in 2018. 2018 Kentucky Futurity - Six Pack Six Pack wins Empire Breeders Classic Final 3 yo colts in ($223,673) 1:51.2 at Vernon Two year old Six Pack wins in 1:56.1 at Pocono Downs Six Pack wins The Earl Beal Jr Memorial elimination in 1:53.3 at Pocono Downs Jeff Gural went on to say “We chose New Jersey because we believe horsemen want to race their two-year-olds on a mile track, with the top drivers available, and the Meadowlands is a great surface which provides the opportunity to get their racing careers off on the right foot.”   He concluded “New Jersey sired horses will have the opportunity to race more often and for significantly larger purses thanks to both the $100 million purse appropriation in New Jersey as well as the legalization of sports betting.” Deo Volente Farms

When you arrive at Deo Volente Farms, Latin for “God willing,” what comes to mind is how perfectly this place mirrors its name. There is a long, sky-colored building that serves as the centerpiece of this 110 acre property in Hunterdon County’s Franklin Township. Two large and small horse statues stand gallantly in the middle of a long, cobble-stoned driveway that is dotted with rows of manicured shrubs. The mother’s head is bent forward as if she’s either about to begin a race or is already exhausted from winning it. The whinnying of an unseen horse echoes, shattering the silence. Inside the building waits Michael Gulotta, owner of this award-winning horse breeding center, named the New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year in 2014 by the Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. While designing Deo Volente Farms prior to its opening in 2007, Gulotta deliberately chose this property because, he explained, it has land that produces horses of the highest caliber. The farm is located “at the highest point of Hunterdon County,” Gulotta said. “When I saw this land for the first time, it was just corn stalks. But if you look at the property, it’s undulating. It’s hilly. So the horses get good exercise going up and down hills.” The soil has limestone, which is to horses what milk is to humans, he said. “It’s comparable to the soil content in Kentucky, which builds strong bones. When the horses eat the grass, they’re growing stronger,” Gulotta explained. Deo Volente Farms has served as a home for a number of the top Standardbred horses in the world, including Princess Deo, who placed fifth in this past weekend’s Hambletonian Oaks, a premier harness racing event for 3-year-old Standardbred female trotters. To read the entire article written by Caroline Fassett, with a whole range of photos from Deo Volente Farms click on this link   Deo Volente Farms, 2019   By Caroline Fassett | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com      

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  

Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms are pleased to announce that all available shares in Lazarus N,  “The Wonder From Down Under” have been sold celebrating a successful syndication and would like to thank every member for their support. Lazarus N (Bettor’s Delight – Bethany – Christian Cullen) New Zealand earnings $2,016,841 Australian earnings      $1,671,597 USA earnings               $  294,050 Canadian earnings       $  158,500 …………………………………........ Total earnings             $4,140,988 ………………………………….......... Lazarus, the richest son of super sire Bettor's Delight was retired from racing on November 30, 2018 to begin his dual hemisphere stud career.  Lazarus was named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, 3yr, 4yr, and 5yr old Pacer of the Year as well as Australian Pacer Of The Year and Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years. Lazarus N compiled an impressive International race record of 51 starts with 37 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and only 2 unplaced races lifetime. Lazarus N has attracted some outstanding high profile breeders to his court this season including; Hanover Shoe Farm, Blue Chip Farm, Deo Volente Farms, Tara Hills Stud, Concord Stud, Walnridge Farm, Spring Haven Standardbreds, Fox Valley Starndardbreds, Caviat Farm, Heritage Hill Farm, Preferred Equine, Let It Ride, Steve Stewart, Mark Ford, Twinbrook Farm, Anthony Perretti Farm and bloodstock, Taylor Made Stallions, Nick Surick, Chris Ryder, Thomas Pontone, Stonegate Standardbred etc etc Lazarus N is as impressive in the breeding shed as he was on the racetrack and has attracted some outstanding high profile mares to his 2019 book including; Worldly Beauty p1:49.3 ($2,146,076) Rocklamation p1:48.3 ($2,281,795) Odds On Stephanie, a race winning sister to Captaintreacherous p1:47.1 ($3,153,541) Artstopper, dam of Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) Shake It Miki, sister to Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) West Side Glory, the race winning dam of See You at Peelers p1:49.2f ($1,566,900). Realuhcamnation, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Teenage Paige, the dam of Agent Q 1:48.3 ($1,292,415) Ab Fab, a half to millionaires Betterthancheddar ($1,636,086) and Ashlees Big Guy ($1,009,523) Dashboard Dancer, a race winning half-sister to Maltese Artist 1:48.3 ($2,340,872). Docdor Cameo, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Double Jeopardy, a half to Western Terror 1:48.3 ($1,289,422) & If I Can Dream ($2,038,153) Dreamingofwichita, a half to A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.2 ($2,441,164) Olivette Hanover, from super race mare Ohyouprettything ($1,135,873) and a race winning full-sister to Jeremes Jet 1:47 ($1,659.413) Mach A Wish 1:50 ($601,975) Cinamony, 1:49.3 ($532,404) Etc, etc, etc The Lazarus N Syndicate is also pleased to announce a contract to breed from the owners of top race mare, Shartin N p, 5, 1:48.2M ($1,192,553) in 2020.  Lazarus N stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ (www.deovolentefarms.com) at a stud for a fee of $10,000. For more information call Linda at 908-782-4848. Deo Volente Farms

On Friday (November 2) it was announced that star New Zealand harness racing pacer Lazarus will stand stud in 2019. The announcement was jointly made by the stallion's owner, Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms. The "Wonder from Down Under" will stand in New Jersey at Deo Volente Farms. The richest pacing stallion in Australasian harness racing history, Lazarus (Bettors Delight-Bethany) had a record of 2-3-0 in six North American starts. He retires with a lifetime summary of 37-8-4 from 51 starts and more than $3.1 million in earnings.   Further details as to stud fee and syndication information will be announced as they become available.

High Glider, 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Highland Ridge has been sold to Brixton Medical of Matawan, New Jersey, it was announced by Sue Agopian, a principal of Deo Volente Farms. Unraced at two, High Glider was painstaking prepared for his 3-year-old season by rising star Marcus Melander and lovingly groomed by caretaker Elise Tillerflaten  eventually trotting in 1:55.1f at three while earning $91,109. Deo Volente farms had previously participated in the ownership of High Glider who in effect had been prepared for what will prove to be” a Global Career as will all our trotters”  according to Ms. Agopian. “From the outset, Marcus prepared this horse for global competition and I will closely follow his career there and yes I’m a huge fan of Marcus Melander” continued Ms. Agopian. Daniel Reden will train High Glider upon his arrival in Sweden. Deo Volente Farms is the home of Hambletonian champion Trixton (Muscle Hill-Emile Cas El) whose impressive first crop will race this year and has been the subject of glowing training reports.  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 1, 2017 -- Harness racing's Mike Gulotta, the CEO of Deo Volente Farms and SBOANJ Treasurer, was recently on his way to Trenton to attend a meeting of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s budget transition committee, and he was feeling a range of emotions. “It’s exciting,” said Gulotta, who in mid-November was appointed a member of the committee. “I’m humbled, I’m honored, I’m flattered; I’m all those things at one time to be in a position to help.” Gov.-elect Murphy was endorsed by Gulotta’s Deo Volente Farms during this year’s gubernatorial race, which concluded Nov. 7 with Murphy defeating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno by 13 percentage points in the election to succeed Gov. Chris Christie. “Whenever you’ve got new leadership it’s exciting,” Gulotta said. “I think he is the right guy for where we are today in the state. The state has some significant financial stresses that need to be addressed. At the same time, there are so many ways of improving the situation.” During the campaign, Murphy spoke of the need to reinvigorate the state’s racing and breeding industries. “I think our best days in the racing industry, whether it’s Standardbred or Thoroughbred, and the best days in the equine industry are ahead of us,” Murphy said during a July visit to the Meadowlands to present the Meadowlands Pace trophy. “But we do need leadership that appreciates that, that understands what you have to do to move that needle, and I’m honored to be raising my hand to do that.” Earlier in the year at a fundraiser sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and TrotPAC, the organization’s political action committee, hosted by Deo Volente Farms, Murphy said it was time for the equine industry to get back on its feet to the benefit of all residents of the Garden State. “He felt the industry was important to the state,” Gulotta said. “He also thought there was an absence of leadership that caused us to decline. I think all those are well-stated sentiments. “You have to take him for his word. And I take him for his word. He’s a humble guy. He comes from a middle-class family on good days. He started working when he was 13. He knows what it means to grow up with financial challenges and he’s made himself. He’s basically a humble guy and I think he’s a truthful guy. I’m confident in that.” Following the election, SBOANJ President Mark Ford told Harness Racing Update the organization was ready to work with the governor-elect to improve the industry. “We’re very fortunate that we have a relationship with the governor,” Ford said. “There’s a lot of us in the industry, headed by Mike Gulotta and Deo Volente, that really went far and above to establish that relationship. We’re very fortunate to have Mike on our team and fortunate he has a relationship with the governor. “Maybe we’ve got a shot at relaying to the governor how important this industry is; how influential it is in New Jersey with all the open spaces, how many people are involved and what infrastructure there is in the racing industry in New Jersey. Hopefully, we’ve got a bit of an in.” Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ — November 22, 2017 — Governor-elect Phil Murphy has announced, the appointment of SBOANJ Director and CEO of Deo Volente Farms, Mike Gulotta to his Budget transition committee.  Gulotta will make recommendations on state policy, issues and initiatives as Murphy’s administration prepares to take office. The committees will meet over the next two months and then submit reports and recommendations to the governor-elect and his leadership team prior to inauguration. The SBOANJ congratulates Mike Gulotta on this amazing appointment and sees it as a positive for the New Jersey harness racing industry. Courtney Stafford

Dave DeLuca of Whitehouse, NJ is the winner of the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's and Deo Volente Farms' Name The Filly promotion held on July 8, 2017 at the Meadowlands. Deolicious was the winning selection out of 678 entries in the contest. The Filly, bred by Deo Volente Farms, is from the great sire Mach Three and out of the dam World Of Her Own. Mach Three, who passed away in January of this year, was the winner of the 2002 Meadowlands Pace and had total career earnings over $2.1 million. World of Her Own is the daughter of the two-time Dan Patch Award winner Worldly Beauty. With his winning submission, DeLuca won $500 and will receive 1% of Deolicious' 2 and 3 year old earnings courtesy of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "I know how tough it is to make it to the racetrack," DeLuca said during his post win interview. "I just hope I get to see this little filly on the track in a couple of years." Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment would like to thank everyone who came out to the track to submit a name, as well as Deo Volente Farms for their efforts in making this year's contest a huge success. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands    

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 11, 2017 -- Phil Murphy, the front-runner in the race among Democrats to represent the party in November’s general election for governor, met with harness racing horsemen and horsewomen on May 4 at Deo Volente Farms and said he is committed to helping struggling New Jersey industries --- including horseracing --- regain their edge both locally and nationally. Murphy met with a large group at a fundraiser sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and TrotPAC, the organization’s political action committee, and hosted by Deo Volente Farms, and said it was time for the equine industry to get back on its feet to the benefit of all residents of the Garden State. “There are a couple of industries in this state that we used to own,” Murphy said. “The equine industry is on the list. And it’s high on the list. And (what has happened) doesn’t make any sense. You look at the thousands of jobs, the millions in economic benefit, and the open space benefits that are provided to a state that is the densest state in the nation. Getting the open space and environment right is a pass/fail test; you can’t get a B-plus in that in New Jersey. “I’m an optimist. I believe the position we’re in as a state is due to a failure of leadership. It’s not that the people got bad or our assets got impaired or our prospects got diminished. This is bad leadership. I believe the right leader with the right priorities, who is committed to governing this state and nothing else, goes a long way toward beginning the process to getting back on our feet. “We’re going to get our edge back.” Murphy, a Monmouth County resident and former U.S. ambassador to Germany, leads in the polls for the Democratic nomination for governor. The Democratic and Republican primaries are June 6. Murphy also leads likely Republican nominee Kim Guadagno in the race to succeed Gov. Chris Christie in November’s general election. At the Deo Volente event, Murphy was introduced to attendees by Deo Volente Farms CEO and SBOA Treasurer Mike Gulotta and Richard Codey, a former governor and current state senator who has endorsed Murphy. Codey has long been an advocate for the racing industry and earlier this year co-sponsored legislation to permit Historic Racing at the state’s racetracks and off-track-wagering facilities. Gulotta first met Murphy through Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis. “Since then, I got to know Phil and I can honestly say that each and every time I speak with him, I discover something new that I like about him,” Gulotta said. “The last time we spoke we shared our mutual backgrounds about growing up under modest conditions. His comment to me was ‘That’s why you have your great attitude and that’s why you care about people.’ Right back at you Phil. Your deep concern for people is evidence that you will be a great governor indeed. “Obviously, I care about the racing and breeding industry in New Jersey. We must level the playing field for New Jersey horsemen and give them the chance to continue to work here. Thank you to the many horsemen here today for your help in supporting our next governor. “New Jersey used to be the equine leader in this country in racing and breeding. We held our preeminent position until New York and Pennsylvania stole our thunder. I am totally confident that we can take back our title and that we can re-emerge as the best there is.” During a question-and-answer period, SBOA Director and TrotPAC Chairman Anthony Perretti made an emotional plea to Murphy to support the equine industry. “I lost the biggest farm in the state,” said Perretti, referring to the nearly 400-acre breeding farm founded by his father Bill in the mid-1980s. “(Jeff Gural) built a $110 million track (at the Meadowlands). Many of the horsemen in this room who came out tonight came from other states to race and work and make a living here. “We were the best. We were the best in the country. These people’s livings are on the line. I want you to commit to us that you’re going to stand behind us.” Murphy responded, “Absolutely.” “Some things are really hard to figure out. Recognizing the importance of this industry to the state, both historically and what it can be again, is not exactly hard to figure out,” he said. “The question of how you do it, I’ll look to the folks who have forgotten more about it than I’ll ever know. But I’m really confident.” Murphy agreed that part of the job ahead involves making the public aware of the value of the equine industry as a whole. But the first order of business is to get the industry heading in the right direction. “I would want to get the public policy, working with guys like Gov. Codey, in place that allows the industry to see the daylight that it’s going to get back on its feet,” Murphy said. “When real progress is being made, then you start to figure out how promote it to make sure everyone realizes the totality of the industry. Making folks understand the jobs, revenue, pride, open space. There are a lot of elements that are complete consistent with what we should be as a state.” Ken Weingartner

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