New Jersey Classic draws 45 nominations

06:29 PM 06 Apr 2009 NZST
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Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey

Dial Or Nodial, who won the 2008 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals at both the Meadowlands and Freehold, is among the 45 colts and geldings nominated to the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic.

The New Jersey Classic for three-year-old New Jersey-sired pacers and its filly companion event, the $200,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey, will share the spotlight with a pair of $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-old trotters on June 13 at the Meadowlands.

Elimination races will take place on June 6 for the New Jersey Classic and June 5 for the Miss New Jersey, which drew 39 nominees.

The New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.

Dial Or Nodial, a son of Western Ideal-Smart Dialing, won eight of 12 starts and earned $414,124 at two, racing for owner-breeders Arlene and Jules Siegel of New Hope, PA. The Jim Campbell trainee won both the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at the Meadowlands on July 10 but also the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at Freehold on September 20 and was voted the divisional champion by the NJSS Board of Trustees.

The colt also won a pair of stakes at Lexington's Red Mile - the Bluegrass and the International Stallion Stakes, taking his mark of 1:51.2. He was fourth in the $647,800 Governor's Cup at Woodbine and third in the $700,000 Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands.

Twist N Clout, also a Western Ideal offspring, was the NJSS filly divisional champion in 2008 and is among the Miss New Jersey eligibles. Owned by Val d'Or Farms of Millstone, NJ, bred at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ and trained by Joe Holloway, she banked nearly $500,000 at two.

The filly had five wins, a second and a third in 13 starts, winning a division of the Debutante and the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at the Meadowlands. She also captured a pair of $100,000 races, the Kentuckiana in Indianapolis and the International Stallion Stakes in Lexington, taking a mark of 1:53.2. She was fourth in two $400,000 stakes, the Sweetheart and Three Diamonds, and second by three-quarters of a length to Fox Valley Topaz in the $700,000 Breeders Crown.

This year marks the 30th edition of the New Jersey Classic, the richest of all state-bred races. Among the previous winners have been divisional champions On The Road Again [1984], Jate Lobell [1987], Matt's Scooter [1988], Western Hanover [1992], Presidential Ball [1993], Cam's Card Shark [1994], Jenna's Beach Boy [1995], Bettor's Delight [2001] and Rocknroll Hanover [2005].

The stakes record of 1:49.1 was set in 2006 by Feelin Friskie.

John Campbell, who won the inaugural edition in 1980 with Bold Rush, and Mike Lachance have each driven five New Jersey Classic winners.

In March 2006, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey renamed the stakes to salute two of its longest-serving leaders. Abbatiello, a member of the harness racing's Hall of Fame and currently a New Jersey Racing Commission member, was a founder of the SBOANJ in 1961. He served as its president for nearly three decades. D'Altrui served 33 years as an SBOANJ board member, 22 years as vice president.

The progeny of seven stallions are represented in the nominees for both events this year, topped by Western Ideal with 22 colts and fillies, the late Artsplace with 20 and Cam's Card Shark with 17.

2009 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic Nominated Colts

Allamerican Chief-Cam's Card Shark-Chippie Gabby

Amazon Art -Artsplace-Can Du River

Art Colony-Artsplace-Asleep Onthe Beach

Art For Living-Artiscape-Tyler's Prime Time

Artners In Crime-Artiscape-Pretty Daring

Art-Tastic-Artsplace-Blu's Girl

Buffalo Rome-Western Ideal-Roman Art

Cam's Western-Cam's Card Shark-Western News

Catch the Shark-Cam's Card Shark-Bearnaise Hanover

Champs Folly-Artiscape-Western Riddler

Come Together-Artsplace-Pleasantville

Dial Or Nodial-Western Ideal-Smart Dialing

Dr. C's Z Tam-Artiscape-Best of Memories

Estero Bay-Western Ideal-Sanabelle Island

Fireintheshark-Cam's Card Shark-Fie Foe Fire

Harry Bluedini-Artiscape-Swanson Blue Chip

Homerun Baby-Artiscape-Dreamland's Sachi

Ideal Danny-Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine

Justin's Art-Artsplace-Vidality Hanover

Lightning Elvis-McArdle-Gotta Token

Lisdean -Artsplace-Liscara

Mattifioso-Western Ideal-Mattmoiselle

McLaren-McArdle-Juliets Fate

Mindfreak-Cam's Card Shark-Town Feather

Mr Biba Fra-Cam's Card Shark-Village Jovial

Mr Terry Fra-Artsplace-Christine's Return

One Card Please-Cam's Card Shark-She's The One

One Wild Nite-Artsplace-The Dragon Flu

Passmaster Hanover-Cam's Card Shark-Panned Out

Poker Shark-Cam's Card Shark-Ramilette Hanover

Redneck Riviera-Red River Hanover-Cape Matteras

Richie's Place-Artsplace-Lasting Flower K

Riding The Rapids-Red River Hanover-Riding Around

Roger's Place-Artsplace-Jate Mate

Sam Hill-Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye

Sir Arthur-Artsplace-Perfect Profile

Smart And Fast-Cam's Card Shark-Caramba Hanover

Sombrero Blue Chip-Western Ideal-Advantest

Special Art-Artsplace-Wendy M Hanover

Table and Chair-Cam's Card Shark-Macks Table

Vertical Horizon-Western Ideal-Summer Mystery

Vintage Master-Western Ideal-Art's Vintage

Western Avenue-Western Ideal-Arts Touch

Western Blood-Western Ideal-Prettiestgalintown

Western Posse-Western Ideal-Coochie Mama

2009 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey Nominated Fillies

All Or None-Cam's Card Shark-Heather's Western

Allamerican Octave-Artsplace-Observe me

Arbeedo-Artsplace-Shoobeedobeedo

Best Til Last-Artiscape-Wild At Heart

Britash Redcoat-Red River Hanover-Expensive Ashley

Bryan's Ideal-Western Ideal-Diamond Mil

Caminated-Cam's Card Shark-Paula's Promise

Cammy's Heart-Cam's Card Shark-Hattie

Dawn's Legacy-Western Ideal-Dawn Q

Dingle Bay-McArdle-Nantucket Beach

Dream McQueen-McArdle-Shady Desire

Ella Mae-Artsplace-Nukessa

Enjoy The View-Life Sign-Daylon Flyer

Gadgets To Go-Cam's Card Shark-Arl's Troublemaker

Get The Scoop-Life Sign-Open Book

Giovanna Fra-Artiscape-Sangria Red

Ideal Sign-Western Ideal-Impressive Sign

JKMusicofthenite-Western Ideal-L'Chaim

Lilly Langtree-Life Sign-Henrietta MacFaber

LuLu Q-McArdle-Taylor Lou Q

Matter of Life-Western Ideal-Life Mattes

McGibson-McArdle-Armbro Althea

Mezuzah Hanover-McArdle-Miss Easy

Perfectionist-Western Ideal-Sounds Perfect

Personal Ad-Artiscape-Lookinforagirllikeu

Precious Stone-Western Ideal-Bewitching Jewell

Regal Wish-Cam's Card Shark-Classic Wish

Scarlet McZara-McArdle-Zara

Showherthemoney-Cam's Card Shark-Stienam's Place

Smilesplace-Artsplace-Miss Smiles

Southwind Mocha-Artsplace-Musical Dreamer

Special Sweetheart-Western Ideal-Ladys Special Girl

Spirit To Spare-Artsplace-Bust Out The Bid

Sweet Jane-Western Ideal-Natalia

That's The Plan-Western Ideal-Best Laid Plans

Twist N Clout-Western Ideal-Economic Clout

U Foria BB-Life Sign-U Neek BB

Up Front River Girl-Red River Hanover-Ever And Again

Windsun Celestial-Artsplace-Windsun Dee

Carol HODES

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