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MANALAPAN, NJ — October 15, 2017 — The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey’s annual board of director’s meeting and election was held on Friday at Freehold Raceway. In the breeder category, incumbent Stephen Dye III ran unopposed and was reelected. The owner category, had two incumbent directors, Bob Boni and Dennis Lane along with new comer Sam Landy running for two open seats.  The results determined that incumbent Bob Boni and Sam Landy were elected to fill the two owner director positions. The driver/trainer category, also had two open seats available this election cycle.  The nominees were incumbent Mark Ford, new comers, Julie Miller and Ray Baynes. Mark Ford and Julie Miller were elected to fill the two driver/trainer positions. We congratulate all the elected 2017 directors and thank those who took the time and effort to run for the open positions. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ — August 12, 2017 — Any member interested in running for a seat on the board may do so in one of the three categories; breeder, owner, or driver/trainer.  All harness racing candidates must notify the SBOANJ office in writing by August 24, 2017. To be eligible for a specific category you must be a member of the SBOANJ in that category for at least two years.  Check the By Laws at sboanj.com for all detailed qualifications. All members will receive voting instructions, ballots and candidate biographies via mail in September. The results will be announced at the annual board meeting on October 13, 2017 at Freehold Raceway.  Keep an eye out for more details at sboanj.com Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- August 1, 2017 -- The SBOA, on behalf of the harness racing horsemen of New Jersey, believes it must address the Meadowlands Racetrack's decision to ban Lady Shadow from the Lady Liberty Stakes this Saturday, August 5, 2017. While the SBOA applauds and supports the efforts to protect the integrity of the sport, it cannot agree with this decision. Lady Shadow had a Class 3 overage for a therapeutic medication. The ruling is under appeal, with a stay granted by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission. The SBOA believes Lady Shadow's owners are entitled to due process and no action should be taken pending the outcome of the legal proceedings. Courtney Stafford Here is the original Jeff Gural letter to Howard Taylor I see Lady Shadow will be racing this weekend at the Meadowlands and I would appreciate it if you and Ed Gold did not make an appearance.  The last thing I want to see is the two of you in the winner’s circle after the way you have treated me and my partners.  Apparently you do not understand the financial burden that rebuilding the Meadowlands and keeping it open the last few years has put on myself and my partners.  When I got involved it was less than 48 hours before the Government was planning to announce its closing.  In the last few years just to keep the doors open it has cost me personally over $14 Million.  Your decision to sue us and the SBOA of NJ when everyone else in the industry has joined hands to help us survive going forward now that we know that a casino is not imminent is a disgrace.  While obviously it is your right to sue us, I really don’t need to see you or Ed in the winner’s circle or on the premises.  Adding insult to injury, over the last 60 days you have raced 23 different horses either in overnight qualifiers or baby races.  The last two stakes that I added when we were considering reducing our stakes schedule were the Golden Girls and Lady Liberty even though I knew Lady Shadow would be the presumptive favorite.  To continue to force me to spend more to defend your frivolous lawsuit is quite annoying so please watch the races we have over the next few weeks at home or over the internet.    Jeff Gural

MANALAPAN, NJ — July 14, 2017 — The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey have implemented many new incentive programs for New Jersey Breeders in 2017. Part one of the Renaissance Incentive program offers those resident mare applicants a $400 rebate.  Your foal must be registered and proof of registration is due to the SBOANJ office by October 15, 2017. Renaissance Program part two will refund 25% of the paid stud fee (up to $1,500) for foals of mares bred to New Jersey stallions the application due date for this rebate is August 10, 2017. Two other rebates due September 1, 2017 are as follows:  2017 Pacing Stallion rebate for foals of Lis Mara and 2017 Resident Mare program. Applications and explanations of each program can be found at SBOANJ.com Courtney Stafford

Pompano Beach, FL - Screaming and shouting, cries of joy echoing throughout the grandstand. These echoes travel across the racetrack to where drivers, trainers, owners, and grooms can hear. Anyone within an ears distance can hear these chants and cheers. The atmosphere of the racetrack brings a variety of emotions whether it be tears of joy or sadness, screams of happiness or anger, the crowd is never silent. The noise doesn't fall short of the horsemen and women that work behind the scenes and stand near the paddock gate watching their horse race on any given night. However, there is one voice that overpowers them all, draining out all of the noise. Rather than putting the name to the face, people put the name to the voice for one track announcer, John Berry. John Berry is a man of many talents and wears many hats as most would say. “He is the Picasso of Harness Racing. Journalistic knowledge and professionalism second to none,” Wally Hennessey, Hall of Fame Driver and leading trainer at Pompano Park, recounts. Aside from a race announcer, John Berry has played a vital role in harness racing as anything from a race office assistant to a publicity man to a live broadcaster. It's no doubt that John Berry is one of many that form the base of the horse racing business. In the February 5, 1964 edition of The Horseman and Fair World, the week Pompano Park opened, there was a letter to the editor concerning time trials by John Berry. And here we are, 53 years later, and Berry is still at it---writing brilliant, informative stories, announcing on occasion, co-hosting the Pompano Park pre-race show, writing a handicapping column, and serving the horsemen and our sport with the same enthusiasm that was evident back more than a half century ago. Inducted into the Hall of Fame as a communicator several years ago, he has participated in school career days, countless charitable events, seminars, and many promotions to enhance the image of harness racing. He was even highlighted on a CBS (Chicago) news segment entitled “Someone You Should Know.” The feeling all horsemen know or come to know at some point in their careers is the moment when your horse is pacing or trotting lengths ahead of the pack at the three-quarter pole. Down the stretch and the win is a guarantee. That moment in time is brief but the memory of the feeling lasts a lifetime. At this point in John Berry’s life, it was like he had experienced this brief moment forever. “That was amazing, I must admit,” Berry smiled. “It was a surreal moment. “I used to get films from Sportsman’s Park---16 millimeter films---and I went to different nursing homes and rehab facilities lugging my 50-pound projector to put racing programs on for the patients there. “I went to the administrators of these facilities to see who needed a morale boost, so to speak.” Berry explained. “Then, I made programs up and put patients down as drivers of the horses. On this one occasion, the ‘winning’ driver was a lady that had a stroke several months prior and could not speak. “Well, after the race,” Berry said. “I went right up to her with her daughter alongside and congratulated her on her win. I asked her to tell me how she won the race (as the doctors and nurses were cautioning me that she couldn't speak) and she grabbed the ‘mike’ and, after struggling a bit, said, “I tried hard’. “To say that the doctors and nurses were amazed is an understatement,” Berry recalled. “Their jaws literally dropped. The administrators got ahold of CBS news about this miracle of sorts and, a few weeks later, when another show at the facility was arranged, CBS was there with a crew and it became a segment on a newscast in Chicago. “It wasn't necessary,” John said, “but they said this story must be told. “It merely propelled me to keep trying and looking for yet another miracle.” John Berry, a man with a long history that keeps growing. Aside from racing, he holds his own titles himself - for bowling. Interestingly enough, the 16-year-old's career in bowling led him to harness racing. In Chicago of 1959, Berry won a match that began his new and long lived career. “It was a match,” Berry recalled, “where four of us put up five dollars apiece with the winner taking $15, second place getting his money back and the lowest two scorers paying for the highest two bowler’s lines (games). “I bowled a 248, 268, and 258 and I took the money.” Berry said with a smile. “A gentleman by the name of Luke Schroer approached me after that match to give me a “tip” of sorts,” Berry added, “as he won some money betting on the match.” Although John refused the offer, they ended up going out for a bite to eat. On that August in 1959, Schroer had taken John Berry to the racetrack, up to a box at Sportsman's Park---”41-A” Berry recalls. From that night on, Berry had an ever-growing interest in the sport. The gentleman who arranged for Berry to get Sportsman's Park films, Don Stevens, introduced him to Stan Bergstein. Bergstein, who later would become harness racing’s only double Hall of Famer, being inducted to both the Living Hall of Fame and as a Communicator, helped John to get his very first position in the harness racing world, as an Associate Editor of the ‘The Illinois Sulky News,’ working for the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association. His first position led to other doors opening. These ‘doors’ included jobs in publicity and public relations at Balmoral Park. At Balmoral, he wrote press releases and worked on handicapping and interviews. “It was demanding since it turned out to be a seven day a week grind from early morning to late at night.” John said. Developing a passion as well as a talent for writing, John Berry won a few regional awards for journalistic evidence. In 1979, Berry accepted a position with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. His new agenda included handling publicity and public relations; and hosting the long running series of television shows featuring Stakes races from The Meadowlands, Freehold Raceway and Garden State Park. He also created and designed New Jersey's Stallion Directory and hosted several Miss Equine New Jersey contests. “The Board of the SBOANJ was extremely active in partnering with the racetracks to publicize the sport,” Berry said. “Tony Abbatiello and Ronnie Dancer led the brigade back then and one couldn't have asked for a more dedicated Board of Directors looking to move the sport in the right direction. “I worked with John Higgins, then the Executive Director, a very knowledgeable horseman.” Berry added. “I also worked with an extremely talented gentleman by the name of Leon Zimmerman, who know every nook and cranny in Trenton, New Jersey, where the political stuff went on. “Leon and I got elected to the Hall of Fame the same year,” Berry said. “and it was an honor to work with him and gain a bit of insight into the world of politics.” During that time, Berry won the prestigious National John Hervey Award for an article he wrote in 1979 for Hub Rail Magazine about the Little Brown Jug. “I have written many, many articles,” he said, “but this is, absolutely, one of my favorites because, when I put it in the typewriter---yes, we still used typewriters back then---the words just kept flowing and I, literally, didn't make any changes once the article was finished. “It included a Roger Huston race call and I have been told on many occasions that the reader could ‘hear’ Roger’s voice while reading it.” After three years with the SBOANJ, he accepted a position with the USTA as Public Relations Manager, working from an office, in Freehold, New Jersey, to cover the New York-New Jersey and eastern racing scene, which was blossoming at the time. When they asked him to move to Columbus, Ohio, he parted ways with the USTA and accepted a position with Sports Information Database (SIDB) as a Senior Editor for harness racing with the objective of putting the entire history of harness racing on computer. “I was honored to work with many of the great minds in sport, including Bill Shannon, the famed official scorer for baseball; Logan Hobson and Bob Canobbio, the inventors of ‘punch-stat’ for boxing matches; and one of harness racing’s great geniuses, Phil Sporn.” A consolidation deal fell through and SIDB went out of business. Berry was asked if he was interested in moving to South Florida to be Public Relations Director at Pompano Park. The track enjoyed its finest two seasons in history benefitting from promotions like a car giveaway, cruise nights, where 10,000 cruise passes were distributed to guests, and mall promotions. John Berry has always worked to make the name of harness racing go viral across the world. He gained more exposure to the track when he became the host of his own radio show, featuring big bands and jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s. “The show featured music from many of the great bands that were left somewhat obscure to the vast majority,” Berry explained. “I guess you would call them ‘territory bands.’ While modern and pop music was taking over the radio stations, Berry’s interests in the ‘throwback’ tunes caught on in the public ‘ear’, so to say, and he had a lot of loyal listeners. Around this time, Berry was elected President of the United States Harness Writers Association and served that organization for a two-year term. In the 1980’s, he was lured into taking a position with a newly formed company--brainchild of well-known owner and breeder Eric Cherry. The start-up company, National Raceline, had a goal to provide results and race calls from tracks coast-to-coast. Within the company, Berry secured many racetracks that sent in results by fax for the information to be disseminated over a “900” network of telephone lines. In short order, the “Raceline” became the nation's leader in providing information on racing results with nightly calls growing by “leaps and bounds”. Later, he was approached by Allen Greenberg to see if he would be interested in conducting auctions aboard cruise ships. “I agreed to ‘try it for a couple of weeks’ to see if I liked it enough to continue.” Not only did Berry like the position, he was “auctioneer of the year” the first two years the award was given and broke several records along the way. During one of the auctions at sea, a representative of WPBT-Channel 2 Public Television approached John with an offer to go on the air during the station’s membership drives. Accepting the offer, John became one of the hosts of the show and eventually served the station during their on-air auctions. Conducting over 1,800 auctions within his career and raising money for many charitable organizations, libraries, and his beloved Harness Writers Association; the most expensive item sold at one of his auctions was an internet domain name --Sex.net--for $450,000. Serving as an auctioneer, Berry was absent from the sport for a few years. However, like any true horseman who cannot stray too far from the track, he returned after an offer from Isle of Capri’s director, Jim Patton, and Director of Publicity and Marketing, Steve Wolf, in 2004. Both directors persuaded Berry to return to the track, to work in publicity, serving as a “point man” for the upcoming referendum on allowing casinos to be built in Broward County. “Steve (Wolf) came up with an ingenious plan to canvas the area to try and secure support for the casino referendum,” Berry said. “which had failed in two previous attempts. “Well, we got it done and it was quite a scene as we broke ground and, here we are, with a now well established casino that has a 10-year history and racing is still flourishing in South Florida.” Today, Berry, now approaching his mid-70’s, continues to perform several duties at the track---a “three-of-all-trades” ---as he says. He particularly enjoys handicapping for his many followers and looks for “value” in his selections. “Hardly a man in now alive,” he says, “who paid his mortgage at 3 to 5!” One of his most memorable recollections from the handicapping floor comes from the time he predicted a dead-heat during a seminar at The Meadowlands in 1980. Other moments being earning his PHD--Professional Handicapping Degree-- from Tele-Track in 1983 after a six-for-six night there, selecting a “cold” pentafecta at Pompano Park this season, and a string of recent longshot winners in his nightly Pickin’ Berrys handicapping column, one as high as 50 to 1. “The prediction of a dead-heat was as much luck and handicapping skill---something like Babe Ruth predicting his home run at Wrigley Field. “I couldn't separate numbers six and seven and just happened to blurt out, ‘to tell you the truth, I cannot separate these two horses, so I think it'll wind up to be a dead-heat and it was!” Aside from picking his most memorable handicapping memory, John claims the most memorable race he has ever seen was on March 17, 1962 at Maywood Park in Chicago. “I've seen a lot, yes, from Su Mac Lad to Bret Hanover to Albatross to Niatross to Nihalator, to the stars of today but [this] was my most memorable race.” John describes the temperatures to have been wavering in the 30’s mixed with snow, sleet, and rain. “The track had turned into a quagmire,” John explained. “There was a horse named Scotsman, driven by Ken Lighthill, who won in 3:38 ⅗… yes, 3:38 ⅗, which was the slowest winning pari-mutuel mile in history. “It's a record that will ever be broken and it, indeed, is the most memorable race I have ever seen.” John has gotten some well-deserved accolades when in the announcer's booth, too, subbing for Gabe Prewitt when called upon. Racing fan Rich Stern from Chicago lamented, “I love his race calls. They are clear and concise and he's added some nice terms like ‘double-bubbled’ when a horse is three wide. “He gives those behind the scenes nice credit, too. I like that!” His meticulous morning lines have also drawn praise and he was the first and only Morning Line maker to make all horses the same odds--7 to 2--in a six-horse field last season at Pompano Park. The horses had all been around the same time, been beaten about the same number of lengths and were so evenly matched that they all deserved consideration. “I decided to make them all the same in the morning line and that race got huge attention from the media because of it!” Clearly, John Berry has a knack for talent as well as talent himself, in the harness racing world. As a publicity man, fill-in announcer, and writer among many other hats that Berry wears, he covers all bases of harness racing. “He is the equivalent of an encyclopedia of harness racing, a true gentleman,” Standardbred owner and trainer, John Hallett, conveys. Outside of racing, as mentioned before, John was a champion bowler, including capturing the Illinois State Bowling Singles in 1970 by averaging 246 for the tournament. And he is one of few who have ever bowled a perfect 300 game. He lives with his “bride of many years,” Abby and their Quaker Parrot, Pistachio, who, as he says, “brings us joy beyond belief.” Berry has had a lot of “firsts” during his career and plans on helping the sport he loves and its participants as long as possible. Today, John splits his time helping publicize the sport for the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association in the am and doing the late shift in Pompano Park's racing operations office in the afternoon and night. Many horsemen know and recognize John Berry for his talent as a writer and his character as a horseman. “I've known John for many years. He's a nice guy and fun to be around. Working with him sure makes the day go by faster,” iterates Rosie Huff, who works with Berry at the FSBOA office. Berry related, “at the FSBOA, I am lucky enough to work with Rosie Huff, one of the most dedicated individuals with whom I have ever worked. At Pompano, I am honored to work alongside someone as great as Gabe Prewitt, who has an enthusiasm for the sport like no other. “We enjoy and respect each other's talent and company. “You could call it a ‘pari-mutuel’ admiration society!” If there is anyone that the sport of harness racing needs to clone to help promote the industry, they should look no further than John Berry. By Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink   Jessica Hallett is a new correspondent for Harnesslink. Jessica, 17, lives in Margate, Florida and is currently a senior at Deerfield Beach High School. She is the daughter of Pompano Park owner/trainers John and Michelle Hallett.

MANALAPAN, NJ May 9, 2017 -- The SBOANJ has revamped their harness racing stakes program for foals of 2016. In an effort to attract more eligible horses and create competitive races the SBOANJ sponsored stakes program has developed three new races. All nominations for these events are due May 15, 2017. The New Jersey Garden State Trot for 2 and 3 year-olds will replace the Dancer and Smith trots once these events have ended. The 2 year-old race will be held at the Meadowlands in 2018. The 3 year-olds will race at Freehold Raceway in 2019. Nominations are due May 15, 2017. This year's nominations will be paid by the SBOANJ. Please send in a nomination form only. The Futurity #53 will be limited to trotters only. Nomination fee of $25 is due May 15, 2017. The New Jersey Home Grown Pace is a new event open to foals of 2016 that are New Jersey sired OR New Jersey Sire Stake Development Fund eligible OR foaled in New Jersey. Ideally the dates will coincide with the New Jersey Sire Stakes program at Freehold Raceway and offer owners an opportunity to race extended dates. Nominations are due May 15, 2017. The fee is $25 for New Jersey sired and Standardbred Development Fund eligible and $150 for yearlings who are not eligible to the Standardbred Development Fund. The conditions and nomination forms are available on our website under the stakes and stakes conditions tabs. Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ cstafford@sboanj.com 732-462-2357

MANALAPAN, NJ — April 22, 2017 — The SBOANJ stakes nomination Form has been updated.  Please review the form below and use the current form to nominate 2016 foals to the new SBOANJ sponsored stake races for 2018 - 2019. http://sboanj.com/2017/Nomination%20Form%202017.pdf Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- April 8, 2017 -- As part of the 2016 Renaissance Incentive Program, the SBOANJ will pay up to a $400 rebate to those harness racing mares that qualified for the program. The office will rely on the USTA foal registrations to verify that the mare foaled in New Jersey. Your foal must be registered by October 15, 2017 in order to receive the rebate. Part Two of the Renaissance program is for foals of mares bred to New Jersey stallions in 2016. (Great Vintage, Lis Mara, Rock N Roll Heaven and Trixton.) The SBOANJ will rebate up to 25% of the paid stud fee, maximum of $1,500. The mare does not need to reside in New Jersey. Applications are due August 10, 2017. Applications with an explanation of requirements are on our website. The SBOANJ is offering a 2017 pacing stallion rebate for New Jersey stallions enrolled in the USTA STARS program. Eligible stallion: Lis Mara, 50% rebate of the paid stud fee (up to $3,000) to the owner of a mare who resides in New Jersey for 150 days up to and including the foaling. A 25% rebate of the paid stud fee (up to $1,500) for non-resident mares. Applications are due September 1, 2017. Applications with an explanation of requirements are on our website. Also in 2017, the SBOANJ will rebate up to $500 to resident mares who have been bred and reside in New Jersey for 150 days up to and including foaling. Mare does not have to be bred to a New Jersey sire. Applications are due September 1, 2017. Applications with an explanation of requirements are on our website. $100,000 caps for each program. Courtney Stafford 

MANALAPAN, NJ March 23, 2017. On Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and TrotPAC will host a fundraiser reception in support of Ambassador Phil Murphy, the likely Democratic nominee for Governor, at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey. Murphy has earned significant Democratic Party support from coveted county ballot line placements to political support from leaders like former Governor Dick Codey to labor unions and political activists. Given that New Jersey is considered to be a "blue state' and Republican Governor Chris Christie has very low approval ratings it appears that Ambassador Murphy is the favorite to win the governor's race this November. We urge your support of this private event. It will be an opportunity to inform Ambassador Murphy about our industry and discuss our challenges. Several SBOA Directors have already had the opportunity to meet with the ambassador and start a dialogue with him. We are in a strong position to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with him and his team. We would appreciate your attendance as well as you generous financial support of the event. For More Information: http://sboanj.com/pictures/Fundraiser.pdf Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ cstafford@sboanj.com 732-462-2357

MANALAPAN, NJ — January 30, 2017 — This past November, New Jersey’s racing industry suffered a major setback, as the Casino Expansion Referendum was defeated by the voters.  It was apparent that New Jersey’s surrounding states were funding the campaign against the cause. Since, the defeat the SBOANJ board members have been diligently working on an alternative plan that would generate another source of revenue for our racing industry to survive. The idea of Historic Racing was brought to their attention.  Most recently, the state of Kentucky has successfully implemented Historic Racing machines into both thoroughbred and standardbred racetracks. A Historic Racing Bill was introduced to the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey on January 9, 2017.  The bill is being sponsored by Senators Richard J Codey and Christopher “Kip” Bateman.  It has also gained co-sponsorship from Senator Oroho.  The bill will permit wagering at racetracks and off track wagering facilities in the State of New Jersey on previously recorded live thoroughbred or standardbred horse races that do not identify the actual race. To see the details of the bill go to “ State of New Jersey 217th Legislature Senate # 2886 “ After the bill was introduced to the Senate and General Assembly, a copy was sent to the SBOANJ for review.  Currently they are evaluating the bill and its content. In the meantime, they will continue to work on an alternative plan to help generate revenue that New Jersey racetracks need to compete with neighboring states that have casino revenue to support their purse accounts. “We continue to ask for your help and cooperation during these trying times.  Also, continue to show your support to both the Meadowlands and Freehold racetracks,” said SBOANJ President Mark Ford. Click here to view the bill Pacesetter Jan/Feb 2017 Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ cstafford@sboanj.com 732-462-2357

MANALAPAN, NJ -- January 27, 2017 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) would like to clarify its involvement with the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey stakes races, which the Meadowlands previously announced as being cancelled for 2017. At one time purses for the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey were supported in part by the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS). In a Nov. 20, 2009, letter to the SBOANJ, the NJSS advised that it was withdrawing its guaranteed support of the races. In 2009, the NJSS contributed $50,000 to the Classic and Miss New Jersey, but between 2010 and 2015 no payments were made to the races. The SBOANJ has been collecting nominating and sustaining payments for both the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey to be put in the purses of the races. The SBOANJ has not contributed funding to the purses of the races. "The New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey were raced with short fields in 2016, with just five in the Classic and only four in the Miss New Jersey, which prompted the filly stake to be raced as a non-betting event. It appears that there would be fewer entries for this year." said SBOANJ president Mark Ford. EDITORS NOTE: This controversary came about from owner Howard Taylor's statement on Harnessracing.com. Click here to view. by Courtney Stafford for the SBOANJ 

The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey is pleased to announce that the Dancer and Smith trotting races as well as the New Jersey futurities will continue to be raced in the future. In spite of a limited number of nominations, we believe we have an obligation to the harness racing owners, breeders and trainers to provide them with an opportunity to race in New Jersey, both now and in the future. Unfortunately, the NJ Classic and Miss NJ are being suspended until further notice.  Careful consideration was given to this decision by both the Meadowlands and the SBOA.  Hopefully, these races will be restored in the future. ...................................................................... In an effort to incentivize breeding and boarding in New Jersey, the SBOANJ announces the continuation in 2017 of the New Jersey stallion breeding rebate program and the rebate program for resident mares. The stallion rebate program, FOR NEW JERSEY PACING STALLIONS ONLY, will issue a 50% rebate of the paid stud fee (up to $3,000) to the owner of a mare who resides in New Jersey for 150 days. A 25% rebate of the paid stud fee (up to $1,500) will be paid to a non-resident mare. Stallions must be enrolled in the USTA’s STARS program. The resident mares program will rebate the owner up to $500 for a mare who has been bred and resides in the state for 150 days. The stallion does not have to stand in New Jersey. ......................................................................... The deadline for anyone wanting to stand a stallion in New Jersey is January 1st. Registration forms are available on the SBOANJ’s website. As a reminder, the SBOA is offering a rebate of 50% of the paid stud fee (up to $3,000) for resident mares and 25% (up to $1,500) for non-resident mares. The rebate program is for pacing stallions only. The stallion must be enrolled in the USTA STAR program. Registration form    Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- November 1, 2016 -- The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey today launched two commercials urging voters to Vote Yes for the public ballot question that would allow casino gaming outside of Atlantic City. “The farmers, breeders, and members of SBOANJ need to convince the public that new casino revenue in New Jersey will help protect the equine industry and our overall quality of life,” said SBOANJ President Mark Ford. “We cannot sit back and let outside casino interests spread misinformation.” If the ballot question passes, the New Jersey Legislature could authorize two new casinos to be built in northern New Jersey. A percentage of the state tax revenue collected from the new casinos would be dedicated to supporting the horse racing industry. The first spot to air emphasizes that farms, open space, and thousands of jobs could be lost unless voters pass the ballot question. The second spot educates voters on the revenue that New York and Pennsylvania collect from casino patrons, thousands of which reside in northern New Jersey. “Although the polls show that passage of the ballot question is unlikely, the horsemen believe we still have to do everything we can to get our story out to the public,” said TrotPAC President Anthony Perretti. “We need financial support from various places to protect our industry.” The spots beginsairing on Friday, October 28thon various cable networks and will continue through November 8th. To view the commercials, visit www.trotpac.org or request a copy through the SBOANJ. Courtney Stafford 

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 14, 2016 – Harness racing drivers Yannick Gingras was elected to the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. Of the 758 members, 347 ballots were returned and counted on Friday October 14, 2016 by the accounting firm Drucker, Math & Whitman certified public accountants in North Brunswick, NJ. In one of the two contested categories – driver/trainer – Gingras received the most votes over incumbent Jacqueline Ingrassia and the other challenger Vincent Ginsburg. In the second contested category owners Anthony Perretti and Anthony Romano were both re-elected to another term.  The two incumbents were on the ballot with challenger Joe Jannuzzelli. In the uncontested breeders category Mike Klau and Mark Mullen were re-elected. This was Yannick Gingras’ first bid for a seat on the SBOANJ Board of Directors.  “I am happy to have been elected, I am looking forward to start working with those already in place on ways to get people in the stands and improve racing in New Jersey” said Gingras, who is currently top driver by earnings in North America. In other news reported from the annual SBOANJ meeting the board of directors took the opportunity to update members on the current status of the boards they chair. Anthony Romano Chairman of Insurance reported that the current status of the insurance account is in line to finish where it has been in the last few years.  Therefore, he does not foresee any increases to rates moving into 2017.  He also discussed the current alignment with the BCAP association, which recently opened its new medical trailer at Gaitway Farm.  The trailer is staffed by a Physician and Registered Nurse from Centra State and is currently open every other Friday to all members for medical needs. Chairman of Finance, Tom Pontone, discussed the benevolent fund payouts thus far, totaling $6,650.00 with a few more requests up for review. The benevolent fund has also been assisting a member navigate through the billing process and helping with claims while fighting cancer. Maritsa Quijada’Dill has been personally assisting this member in any way possible to help ease the financial burden during this difficult time.  The Benevolent Fund is available to help in more ways than simply awarding money if necessary. Mike Gulotta, treasurer, stated that the current conditions of the SBOANJ’s finances remain strong.  He made a point to mention the recent statements made by the Meadowlands that purses maybe cut in the upcoming winter meet.  If that does in fact happen, the SBOANJ income will drop and the budget will need to be reevaluated.  Gulotta assured all members that this was a matter that would continue to be monitored. Chairman of TrotPAC, Anthony Perretti updated all members on the grassroots campaign promoting the expansion of gaming in North Jersey. He played the two commercials that have been released to the public via social media, as well as appears on both the TrotPAC and SBOANJ’s websites.  Everyone is very happy with the response to the commercials as well as the amount of people they have reached on Facebook. The board held a closed-door meeting at the conclusion of the public meeting to further discuss campaign plans moving forward. Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ cstafford@sboanj.com 732-462-2357

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 23, 2016 -- Despite the suspension of a statewide campaign to encourage residents to support casino gaming outside of Atlantic City, the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey today announced that it would continue its grassroots efforts to help pass the ballot question that could provide much needed revenue to bolster New Jersey's struggling harness racing horsemen. It's frustrating that the best financed advocates for casino gaming in North Jersey decided to pull the plug on their statewide campaign,' said Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ. " Our members now must use our limited financial resources to drive the message to voters that a YES vote on Question 1 will provide our industry with additional revenue to continue offering the residents and taxpayers of New Jersey important entertainment and quality of life benefits. Even if others are stepping back from the fight, the horsemen have no choice but to step up and do our part." This November 8th, voters will choose whether to allow casino gaming outside of Atlantic City. If the ballot question passes, the New Jersey Legislature could authorize two new casinos to be built in northern New Jersey. A percentage of the state tax revenue collected from the new casinos would be dedicated to supporting the horse racing industry. The SBOANJ has scheduled series of media interviews, public appearances, and social media events to highlight the Association and the benefit its members bring to their towns and communities. Courtney Stafford

(MANALAPAN, NJ) – The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey today hired national public relations powerhouse MWWPR to provide better messaging and strategic guidance as state voters are asked to vote this November in favor of a ballot question that could provide much needed revenue to the harness racing industry.  This November 8th, voters choose whether to allow casino gaming outside of Atlantic City.  If the ballot question passes, the New Jersey Legislature could authorize two new casinos to be built in northern New Jersey.  A percentage of the state tax revenue collected from the new casinos would be dedicated to supporting the horse racing industry. “MWWPR’s proven background in positive brand building and public relations strategies will be a valuable addition to our Association at this critical juncture,” said Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ.  “With the very real possibility of new casino revenue coming to our horsemen, the team at MWWPR will help us leverage our assets and show how we provide critical entertainment and quality of life benefits to the residents and taxpayers of New Jersey.” MWWPR will be tasked with convincing the public to vote favorably for the ballot question through a series of public relations, media, and advertising events sanctioned by SBOANJ.  Additionally, the firm also will highlight individual Association members and the benefit they bring to their towns and communities. “The horsemen are a vital part of the historic fabric of New Jersey,” said Brian Hague, Vice President of MWWPR.  “This campaign will do everything to get their story told and ensure that the Legislature provides the financial support necessary to protect this industry.” The MWWPR public relations campaign for the SBOANJ will begin September 6. Al Ochsner  

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