The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey announced April 14, the creation of the $50,000 New Jersey-Bred Racing Challenge, which will determine the top New Jersey-bred runner during the 2016 Monmouth Park meet.
"I am excited about this new and creative idea that TBANJ formed and I want to thank the TBANJ Board of Directors for their hard work in putting together the New Jersey-Bred Challenge," said Daniel J. Lopez, president of the TBANJ. "The intent of the New Jersey-Bred Racing Challenge is to bring attention to the New Jersey-bred program and the positive impact the breeders and owners have on the economy and environment of New Jersey, by aiding the preservation of the state's open space and green acres.
"We also want to thank Monmouth Park for working with us on the New Jersey-Bred Challenge, as they also understand the value of New Jersey-breds to their racing program."
All registered New Jersey-bred horses are eligible to earn points in any race run at Monmouth Park. There will be two divisions, one for colts and geldings, and another for fillies and mares. The bonus will be distributed to the breeder, owner, and trainer of the top four New Jersey-bred horses in each division who have accumulated the highest point totals at the conclusion of the New Jersey-Bred Racing Challenge and have competed in at least three races at Monmouth Park between May 14 and September 25.
The TBANJ website, www.njbreds.com, will have updated standings at the end of each racing day so fans and participants are able to follow the results.