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SBOANJ Calls Horsemen's Meeting

Published: November 8, 2008 12:00 pm ET

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The future of racing in central New Jersey and the current dispute over purse supplement money at Freehold are the subjects of a special meeting of horsemen called for Tuesday, November 11 at Freehold Raceway.

The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has called the horsemen's meeting for 11:30 a.m. in the Freehold Paddock.

"We urge all horsemen to attend," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "The refusal of Pennwood Racing to accept $1.6 million in casino supplement funds for Freehold's purses is endangering the future of racing at Freehold and the infrastructure of farms, training centers and related industries that have flourished in the state.

"We're calling this meeting so that our members understand what is at stake," he added. "We have attempted to broker a resolution of the problem but, thus far, Pennwood has balked at signing off on the purse supplement agreement that is required to release the funds for the purse account."


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