Day At The Track

Mountain Top wins feature at Freehold's opening day

09:10 AM 29 Aug 2014 NZST
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Mountain Top, harness racing
Mountain Top and driver/trainer Francisco Del Cid
World Wide Racing Photo/Helene Gregory

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 28, 2014 - Mountain Top drew off to a length and three-quarter victory, besting a trio of Ray Schnittker trainees in the $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the third race and opening day feature at Freehold Raceway on Thursday.

Schnittker's odds-on entry finished second [Broken Record], third [Switchblade Hall] and fourth [Cruzinwith muscles] in the field of seven. There was no show wagering.

Mountain Top [$6.40, $2.20], trained and driven by Francisco Del Cid, benefited from a two-hole trip behind Broken Record, tipping out and going by in the stretch for the victory in 2:02.2.

The son of Muscle Hill [all the other starters were by Muscles Yankee] posted his first win in his eighth career start. Unraced at two, the trotter has now banked $21,220 for owner Mario Mazza of Newton, PA.

The first foal of Diana Hall was a $45,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase.

By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

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