Golf outing raises funds for N.J. standardbred industry

UPPER FREEHOLD — New Jersey horsemen benefited from a recent golf outing at the Gambler Ridge Golf Course.

The course in Cream Ridge welcomed 110 golfers to the 15th annual Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey’s (SBOANJ) golf outing on July 12. Another 18 people arrived later for a prime rib dinner and gift drawings, which helped raise funds for horsemen in need, according to a SBOANJ press release.

Two fundraising efforts yielded more than $800 for horsemen benevolence — the 50-50 and an auction of two tickets to Yankees Stadium for a New York vs. Kansas City game donated by SBOANJ Director Bob Boni. Deb Burgett, a visitor to the area from Illinois, won the 50-50. Trainer Ross Croghan won the tickets with a bid of $400.

Golfing honors went to trainer Jeff Webster for the longest drive. He received an iPod Nano. Trainer Randy Beeckman received a Sony Portable DVD player for getting closest to the pin.

Best foursome honors went to the quartet of Shay Cowan, Katie Rupert, Chris Riley and Chris Cowan, who received a $100 gift certificate to the newly renovated Luchento’s restaurant in Millstone.

The foursome with the highest score was from Joie De Vie Farm. Marty O’Hare, James Pusey, Perry Soderberg and Henrik Lundell took the highest score prize of a free foursome at Gambler Ridge.

Dennis Watson won the drawing for the Premier Trainer Jog Cart, donated by Al Eggert of Pennsbury Enterprises in Penndel, Pa. All the entries fees for that drawing benefited the Horsemen’s Benevolent Fund.

Everyone admired but no one took home the 2010 Mercedes-Benz 30 WZ Sport Sedan, which was the hole-in-one prize, courtesy of Prestige Motors in Paramus.


ponsorships, as always, were key to

the success of the fundraising effort. Katz/Pierz Inc. was a platinum sponsor. Silver sponsors were Meadowlands Racetrack, Newport Graphics’ John DiSomma, Freehold Raceway, Clarksburg Inn, LaFerla Group-UBS Financial Services, Sterns and Weinroth, Loomis Insurance, Ross Croghan Stables, Valley High Stables, Joie de Vie Farm, Morgan Stanley/ Smith Barney and New Jersey Community Bank. Northwood Bloodstock was a Bronze Sponsor.

Other sponsors included Marc D. Goldberg, Electric Battery Co., Gateway Pine Shavings, John and Paula Campbell, Nick Salenetri and Irv and Vic Sportswear.

The event was co-chaired by SBOANJ directors Eddie Razzetti and Bob Baggitt Sr.

Based out of Freehold, the SBOANJ works in the interest of the New Jersey standardbred industry, providing support for and promoting the industry by nurturing and preserving a favorable business climate while striving to secure closer business and personal relationships among all industry participants.