The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association was incorporated in 1988 to represent owners and trainers in the state, specifically to improve racing conditions in the Thoroughbred industry and promote the common business interests of members in matters before government agencies, racetrack management, and other industry organizations.
The NJTHA board has nine members who represent owners and trainers. It oversees the NJTHA Employee Benefit Trust, which was established in 1992 to administer programs related to medical, dental, vision, prescription medications, counseling and scholarships.
In February 2012 the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority entered into a ground lease with the NJTHA in connection with operations at Monmouth Park. The NJTHA has an agreement with Darby Development, which manages the track on behalf of the organization. The horsemen’s group also facilitates an all-turf meet in the fall at Meadowlands.
The NJTHA has offered a blanket workers’ compensation program since 2008. It allows for all trainers’ employees to be covered while their horses are stabled in New Jersey.
Michael Musto, Executive Director
William Hunter, Benefits Coordinator
Dr. Chris Samaha, Sports Psychologist
Dennis Drazin, President
Benjamin Perkins Jr.