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New Jersey Breeders Awards Distributed

Published: January 29, 2020 10:34 pm ET

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On Sunday (Jan. 26), the New Jersey Department of Agriculture held its 63rd annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hamilton, N.J.

Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey directors in attendance included Mark Mullen, Anthony Romano, Mike Klau, and executive administrator Al Ochsner. Taylor Palmer also attended the function.

Evident Beauty was awarded the New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year and Standardbred of the Year honours by a joint presentation from the SBOANJ and the NJSS committee for owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine. Richard “Nifty” Norman accepted the award as trainer of the Trixton filly. Evident Beauty was bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, N.J. A winner of $532,734 in 2019, the three-year-old trotting filly won nine of her 17 starts. With a record of 1:52.3, which she took in the Premier Division final at The Meadowlands, she was also victorious in open company with wins in a $124,000 Del Miller division at The Meadowlands, the $282,000 Elegantimage at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the $135,000 Moni Maker at Hoosier Park.

Mike Klau, from the Breeders Committee of the SBOANJ, awarded Stefan Balazsi’s Order By Stable as the 2019 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year. Balazsi started his breeding career in Sweden with just a handful of broodmares, and has since expanded his operation to Concord Stud Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J.. He currently has 30 broodmares at Concord Stud Farm. Order By Stable bred three of the top four sellers on the opening day of the Standardbred Horse sale this year. The sale topper was his Muscle Hill trotting filly Gangsta Rat out of Order By Wish, who sold for $550,000. Julie Meirs of Concord Stud Farm accepted the award on behalf of Balazsi.

Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and Dr. Karyn Malinowski from Rutgers University presented Jacqueline Ingrassia with the Governor’s Trophy as Horseperson of the Year for all of her wonderful accomplishments as a horsewoman both on and off the racetrack. Ingrassia is a well-known driver, trainer and owner in the New Jersey Standardbred industry, but she also rides and shows for pleasure.

The SBOANJ congratulates all of the award winners for their accomplishments in 2019.


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