Luchento re-elected SBOANJ president
October 20, 2009
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Thomas F. Luchento was re-elected president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) when the board of directors re-organized after the group’s annual membership meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in East Windsor, N.J.
Luchento was a unanimous selection to head the executive board which includes Edward Razzetti as first vice president, Alfred Ochsner Jr. as second vice president, Mark Ford as third vice president, Anthony Romano as secretary and Dennis Lane as treasurer.
Luchento also welcomed to the board Anthony Perretti, whose Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge is the largest standardbred breeding facility in New Jersey. He fills the position previously occupied by Gary Bergmann.
The board also includes Robert Baggitt Sr., Robert Boni, Dr. Stephen P. Dey III, Kelvin Harrison, Jacqueline Ingrassia, Mark Mullen and Paul Wojtowicz.
In addition to reports from the chairs of the various SBOANJ sub-committees, both Meadowlands director of racing Peter Koch and Freehold director of racing Karen Fagliarone spoke.
Koch noted that the Meadowlands planned to open on New Year’s Day with purses at the level they were at when the 2009 meet concluded in August. “I hope to bump up the purses in April,” he said.
Koch indicated that he is looking to add a pair of May trotting series for 3 year olds and has re-positioned the Art Unger and Matt’s Scooter Series. The winter stakes schedule will be posted to sboanj.com as soon as provided by the Meadowlands.
Freehold general manager Howard Bruno also spoke to the group. Bruno said that Freehold would request 168 dates, racing four days a week, Wednesday through Saturday (trading Wednesdays when open for Monday holidays).
Fagliarone said she has two versions of her stakes schedule prepared, depending on whether or not Freehold’s management elects to accept its share of the Purse Enhancement Agreement funds. A decision is expected by mid-December.
“Peter Koch and Karen Fagliarone have thankless jobs but they have been much more open to the input of horsemen,” said trainer and SBOANJ director Mark Ford. “We are working together to fill the races at Freehold and the Meadowlands.”
Director Bob Boni pointed out that the New Jersey Sire Stakes program is a “still tremendous and a great value” with $200,000 finals at the Meadowlands.
Prior to the SBOANJ Annual Membership Meeting, the United States Trotting Association District 12 directors met to present the rule and bylaw changes that are up for consideration in 2010.
Occupying the dais were District 12 chairman John Brennan, horsemen’s representatives Jacqueline Ingrassia and Jeff Gregory and track representatives Alex Dadoyan from the Meadowlands and Chris McErlean from Freehold Raceway along with USTA executive director Mike Tanner.
Tanner reported on the accomplishments of the USTA in the past year and a renewed focus on service.
Brennan and Ingrassia were elected to three-year terms and Brennan was re-appointed the chairman. (SBOANJ)