James “J.J.” Crupi is the founder, owner and driving force behind Crupi’s New Castle Farm. Located in Fellowship, just a mile off of Highway 27. The 200 plus acre state of the art facility was founded in 1995 on the site of the former Happy Valley Farm.
Crupi, himself, is a horseman’s Horseman maintaining a broad client base among trainers and owners alike who want to avail themselves of his knowledge, experience and commitment in developing young horses. The atmosphere and protocol for each horse at the farm intentionally replicates that of a racetrack environment to ensure a smooth transition from farm life to the track.
J.J. himself a thoroughbred trainer for more than 30 years. An iconic, dominant presence in New Jersey racing, Crupi earned the leading trainer title four times at Monmouth Park and once at The Meadowlands.
The three-quarter mile racetrack is the showpiece of the farm. Originally commissioned by Louis Wolfson for Happy Valley, the track was built by Joe King whose name is synonymous with Belmont Park and Aqueduct racetracks, and is one of the finest training surfaces in the area. Sixty feet wide with a quarter-mile chute and six-horse starting gate, the track is meticulously irrigated, groomed and monitored from base to cushion at all times. It is interesting to note that Wolfson’s Affirmed, the last winner of the elusive Triple Crown, trained over this track. The summer of 2008 saw the installation of a new ‘safety rail’ and all-weather trainer’s stand.
Inherently kind to racehorses, the superior footing enables Crupi to train forwardly for sales or racing at whatever rate he deems appropriate for each individual horse. He personally oversees every aspect of the track care and maintenance that must meet his exacting standards. This diligence is visibly rewarded in the high annual percentage of race- and sales-ready horses that consistently complete his training programs. It is also worthy of note that there are no missed training days on the track except during weather so inclement that the horses do not leave the barn. The racetrack is accredited and certified by the Daily Racing Form and the State of Florida so workouts can be called in for publication.
There are 12 barns on the farm, 300 stalls, European walkers,as well as numerous paddocks both great and small to accommodate the needs of groups and/or individual horses. The cold salt water spa is beneficial in reducing soreness and swelling. There are several stalls on the farm with therapeutic vibrating floors, ensuring all or these young horses in training have every advantage.
The barns are all refurbished with fans, skylights, full mats, varnished wood for kick plates and fly systems.