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N.J. Sire Stakes Program Gets New Executive Director

For Immediate Release: December 2, 2002


Hope Gruzlovic




New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus today announced the appointment of Gregory Boehmer as executive director of the N.J. Sire Stakes racing program.

Boehmer, of Fort Washington, Md., brings more than 15 years of experience in the harness racing industry. He most recently served as director of corporate communications for Rosecroft Raceway, in Fort Washington, Md., where he managed public relations campaigns for the harness racing track and served as the liaison between track management and the public.

"Mr. Boehmer's experience in the racing industry makes him a valuable asset to the Department as we work to increase participation in the Sire Stakes program and attract new fans to the sport of horse racing," Secretary Kuperus said.

The Sire Stakes program is a state-run racing program that encourages the breeding of standardbred horses by offering generous purses for winning standardbreds sired by registered New Jersey stallions. The program provides stallion owners an incentive to locate their horse farms in New Jersey, and as a result is instrumental in maintaining open space throughout the state.

Standardbreds are the largest segment of New Jersey's racehorse population and have a total estimated value of $273 million. The standardbred sector is an important contributor to the state's overall equine operations, which generate $284 million in annual revenues from sales, boarding, breeding, training, racing, riding lessons and other activities.

Boehmer's duties will include supervising the arrangement of races, directing the development of promotional and marketing programs, managing the N.J. Sire Stakes unit within the state Department of Agriculture and serving as secretary to the N.J. Sire Stakes Board of Trustees.

"I look forward to working with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and am excited about contributing to the success of the renowned Sire Stakes racing program," said Boehmer, who officially joined the Department today.