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New Jersey Futurity highlights weekend

04:05 PM 16 Oct 2016 NZDT
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Dominion Beach with driver Marcus Johansson Every Way Out Boston Red Rocks Southwind Woody
Dominion Beach with driver Marcus Johansson
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Every Way Out wired the field from the rail position in 1:55.1
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Boston Red Rocks dominated the $26,000 three-year-old pacer division
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Southwind Woody
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MANALAPAN, NJ – October 15, 2016 – This week Freehold Raceway hosted four New Jersey Futurity races for harness racing three and four year old pacers and trotters alike.

The first of the four New Jersey Futurity races took place on Thursday October 13, 2016 for three-year-old trotters with a purse of $22,000. Dominion Beach with driver Marcus Johansson moved to take the lead from Inukchuck Chuck just past the half-mile mark, to win in 1:57.3. Inukchuck Chuck finished second while Heal The World came in third. This marks win number six with earnings over $170,000 lifetime for the Nancy Johansson trainee.  Ernst Gerbaulet bred the Muscle Hill colt.

Friday October 14, 2016 continued New Jersey Futurity action with the two-year-old trotters battling for the $23,500 purse.  Andy Miller sent Southwind Prius to the front from postposition three only to relinquish the lead at the head of the stretch eventually finishing third. Bongiorno guided Southwind Woody around some road trouble to win in 1:59.1 holding off a late surge from Romancing Rachel.  The Muscle Hill colt bred by Southwind Farm of New Jersey notched his first lifetime win.

The conclusion of the racing week held two races for pacers on Saturday October 15, 2016.

The first of the two was the third race of the day.  The $20,300 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers was won by the favorite Every Way Out.  Driven by Tim Tetrick, Every Way Out wired the field from the rail position in 1:55.1.  The only mare in the race, Misqued out paced the other colts to finish second. Notenough For Me finished third.  This win pushed the If I Can Dream colt’s earnings to $181,805; Bulletproof Enterprises bred him.

In the seventh race, another favorite, Boston Red Rocks dominated the $26,000 three-year-old pacer division.  Tim Tetrick coasted the Steve Elliott trainee to the wire in 1:53.4.  Bred by Andray Farms, the RocknRoll Hanover colt boosted his lifetime earnings to $876,785.

Freehold Raceway also honored long time paddock judge Mike Fuschini in the eighth race on Saturday.  Drivers, trainers, and grooms joined Mike’s family in the winner circle to commemorate the loss of an amazing individual.  Mike will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.

Freehold raceway resumes racing on Thursday October 20, 2016 with a post time of 12:30 pm.

Courtney Stafford

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