The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey, on approval of the New Jersey Racing Commission, has amended its rules to redefine a state-bred foal to include those horses sired by a registered New Jersey stallion standing in the state, even if the mare foals outside of New Jersey. The progeny of any mare conceived in New Jersey by a registered New Jersey stallion will be eligible to compete in restricted races in the state and receive a breeder award to be determined by the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey, initially established at 20%. "We feel that this rule change will have a positive impact on the horse breeding industry in New Jersey," said Mike Campbell, the association's executive director. "The quantity and quality of New Jersey-bred foals should increase and we look forward to bringing in some excellent stallions to stand in New Jersey."
Joe Jennings, owner of Walnford Stud near Allentown, N. J., agreed the change would help bring a higher class of stallions into the state's industry. "This rule change will help bring in better stallions to New Jersey and in turn attract an increased number of mares to the state as well," Jennings said. With the recently signed bill that extends eligibility for New Jersey-bred awards to horses winning purse money in out-of-state races, association president Michael Harrison noted that the state has now made some important advancements with its breeding program. "It is my hope that New Jersey will once again be recognized as a great place to breed and raise Thoroughbred horses," Harrison said.