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$100,000 Babic Pace final at Freehold Raceway

10:12 AM 27 Sep 2014 NZST
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MANALAPAN, NJ - September 26, 2014 - Dealt A Winner and Smart Zone, New Jersey-sired two-year-olds, put their winning streaks on the line in a pair of Lou Babic Pace finals on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway.

Dealt A Winner [Cam's Card Shark] is the even-money favorite in the $100,000 Lou Babic for colts and geldings, the ninth race, while Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] is the 7-5 choice in the $59,000 Lou Babic for fillies, the seventh race.

Dealt A Winner has four wins from his five starts, including his last three in-a-row. He took his mark of 1:52.3 in the Reynolds at Tioga Downs on September 12

The Ed Hart trainee will leave from post two with Jason Bartlett driving. He has banked $69,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City.

Smart Zone, trained by Erv Miller and driven by Steve Smith, carries a four-race winning streak into the filly division of the Babic. She has finished in-the-money in six of nine starts, earning $33,757 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M Trading LLC of Chicago, IL.

The stakes record for the Babic Open of 1:54.3 was set by Dontloseyourdayjob [Life Sign] in 2007. The filly record, also 1:54.3, belongs to Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] and came in 2013. Both events are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes program.

Also on Saturday as a non-wagering event is a $7,000 third leg of the New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts.

The Babic fields with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds.

7th Race - $59,000 Lou Babic Filly Final

1-World of Rock-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Meittinis-Chris Ryder- 15-1

2-Strut My Stuff-Western Ideal-Jack Baggitt Jr.-Ross Croghan-2-1

3-Lissan-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Marshall III-Larry Remmen- 7-2

4-Smart Zone-Rocknroll Hanover-Steve Smith-Erv Miller 7-5

5-Hollyrocker-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Larry Remmen 9-1

6-New Joez-Western Ideal-Jason Bartlett-Stacy Chiodo- 30-1

7-Cheyenne Robin-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Robert Siegelman- 30-1

9th Race- $100,000 Lou Babic Colt Final

1-Edward Teach-Rocknroll Hanover-Pat Berry-Ron Burke- 15-1

2-Dealt A Winner-Cam's Card Shark-Jason Bartlett-Edward Hart- even

3-Too Darn Hot-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Ron Burke- 2-1

4-Rock Of The Ages-Rocknroll Hanover-Nick Surick-Nick Surick- 30-1

5-Devils Cut-Western Ideal-Jim Marshall III-Stacy Chiodo- 15-1

6-Mitt Jagger-Rocknroll Hanover-Scott Young-Ron Coyne Jr.- 20-1

7-Rock N' Roll World-Rocknroll Hanover-George Brennan-Nifty Norman- 6-1

8-Ticket To Roll-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Tony Alagna- 30-1

Model Behavior cut the fractions and held on for a length and a half victory in the $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Freehold Raceway.

The Muscles Yankee filly posted a personal best of 1:59.3, picking up her third win in seven starts.

Eric Abbatiello was at the lines of the Robert Baggitt Jr. trainee who has earned a check in every start for a bankroll of $14,310.  She is owned and bred by Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ.

Finishing second was Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] while it was four and three-quarter lengths to Prinsessa [Muscle Hill] in third. 

Only three fillies went postward in the non-wagering event.

by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

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