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MANALAPAN, NJ - October 23, 2015 - Demons N Diamonds held off SS Poseidon to win the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. One of two fillies in the field of five in the non-wagering race, Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] was a three-quarter length winner over the colt SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill], trotting the mile in 1:58.2. Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] was 18¼ lengths back in third. Daniel Dube was the winning driver for trainer John McDermott Jr. Demons N Diamonds races in the name of Jonathan Klee Racing of Mineola, NY; Domenic Costanzo of Westbury, NY and Kuhen Racing LLC of Yardley, PA. She was bred by the TLP Stable of Kearny, NJ This year, the filly has six wins, two seconds and two thirds from 20 starts for earnings of $60,080. Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 17 of 34 starts, banking $112,619. At two, she won the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final and was second in the NJ Futurity. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 22, 2015 - Ideal Rocky, winner of the Lou Babic and a division of the International Stallion Stakes, will face five others in a $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for harness racing two-year-old pacers while Green Acres champion SS Poseidon takes on four in the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old trotters this weekend at Freehold Raceway, site of a "Racing for a Cure" fundraiser. The three-year-old trotters will meet in a non-wagering event at 12:10 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015 while the two-year-old pacers have been slotted as race six on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The New Jersey Futurities are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and are the final New Jersey-sired stakes of the year. On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Freehold's horsemen will observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, spearheaded by Lori Urbanski, with donations plus the presentation of blankets for each race. The white and pink coolers, prepared by tack man Lenny Ferrara, were sponsored by: Dennis Watson Stable, Eric Abbatiello Stable, Vinnie Ginsburg Stable, T.K. Racing Stable, Steve Smith Stable, Vinnie Fusco Jr. Stable, Nick Surick Stable, Ivan Llopez Stable, Jim Marshall Stable, Mike Fiumenero Stable, Kerin Warner Stable, Irish Joe Hanney Stable, Theo's Kitchen and The Tack Man. The field for the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old trotters, from the rail out with sire, driver and trainer: SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill], Steve Smith, Erv Miller; Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee], Vincent Ginsburg, Ray Schnittker; Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill], Daniel Dube, John McDermott Jr.; Shesoneinamillion [Muscles Yankee], Oyvind Hegdal, Oyvind Hegdal, and Mountain Top [Muscle Hill], Irish Joe Hanney, Noel Daley. The co-ed event features three colts and two fillies. The $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line: Uncle Nicky [Philos Hanover], Jeff Gregory, Thomas Cancelliere, 7-1; Lissilas [Rocknroll Hanover], Jim Marshall III, Larry Remmen, 15-1; Don'tcallmefrancis [Rocknroll Hanover], Irish Joe Haney, Nifty Norman, 3-1; LL Jackpot [Philos Hanover], Ivan Llopez, 5-1; Katies Rocker [Rocknroll Hanover], Jim Marohn Jr., Jim Campbell, 3-1, and Ideal Rocky [Rocknroll Hanover], Marcus Miller, John Butenschoen, 2-1. LL Jackpot is the lone filly in the field. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 20, 2015 - Tom Luchento and Chris Ryder were elected to the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Ballots were returned by 438 of the 789 members and counted on Monday, October 19, 2015 by the accounting firm of Drucker, Math & Whitman, certified public accountants in North Brunswick, NJ. In the only contested category - driver/trainer - Luchento was re-elected and Ryder was a winning challenger. Incumbent Kelvin Harrison and challenger Nancy Johansson were the others on the ballot. In uncontested categories, Thomas Pontone [owner], Michael Gulotta [breeder] and Dr. Richard Meirs [breeder] were re-elected. "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue on the Board of Directors," said Luchento, who has a dozen years of experience and is the incumbent president and chief executive officer of the SBOANJ. "Both 2015 and 2016 are pivotal years in our efforts to revitalize harness racing in New Jersey. This Board has a full agenda of challenges. "This is no slam dunk, but we are hopeful to get expanded gaming - casinos - at our racetracks to make our purses on par with any in the country," Luchento added. "We continue to work for sports wagering, historic racing and other alternate gaming options just as long as our purses are the beneficiaries." This was Chris Ryder's first bid for a seat on the SBOANJ Board of Directors. "I had been thinking about [running for the Board] for 10 or 12 years, but with my two boys off to college now, I had more time available," said Ryder, 60, who maintains a stable of 25 at Winners in Chesterfield, NJ. "My main concerns are insurance [for horsemen] and the New Jersey-owned and bred races," noted Ryder, a New Jersey resident and horseman since 1989. "I want to listen and be independent, and make the best decisions I can" Ryder added. "I intend to represent the grassroots. I've been there; I'm still there. I want to represent all horsemen. I thank everyone for their support." The Board will hold its re-organization meeting on November 9, 2015. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 17, 2015 - Three offspring of the late Rocknroll Hanover - Roland N Rock, Quick Aint Fair and Don'tcallmefrancis - swept a trio of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for harness racing pacers on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Two of the three - Quick Aint Fair and Don'tcallmefrancis - were bred by Stephen P. Dey III of Allentown, NJ while Roland N Rock is a product of Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ. Roland N Rock [$2.60] was a two and three-quarter length winner over Artsmah [Western Ideal] in the third race for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by four lengths. Daniel Dube drove the winner for trainer Rob Harmon. Roland N Rock paced the mile in 1:52.3, only two-fifths of a second off the stakes record. Owned by Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, IA, Roland N Rock posted his seventh win of the year and has finished in-the-money in 10 of 13 starts in 2015 for earnings of $107,705 toward a career bankroll of $191,150. Quick Aint Fair [$4.60], driven by George Brennan for owner-trainer Christopher Ryder of Allentown, NJ, rallied for her third straight victory, finishing a length ahead of Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:55.2 in the fifth race division for three-year-old pacing fillies. Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length and three-quarters. Unraced at two, Quick Aint Fair has five wins, two seconds and four thirds from 18 starts for earnings of $83,696. Don'tcallmefrancis overcame an outside journey to win the sixth race, the split for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, in 1:57.1. It was a career best for the Nifty Norman trainee who races in the name of the Enzed Racing Stables of Allentown NJ. Irish Joe Haney was at the lines as Don'tcallmefrancis [$5.00] got up for a one and three-quarter length win over Lissilas [Rocknroll Hanover]. Rock N Roll Style [Rocknroll Hanover] cut the fraction and held on for third, five and a half lengths back. Don'tcallmefrancis has three wins, two seconds and one third from seven starts and two straight trips to the winner's circle, banking $40,458. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 16, 2015 - Steed captured the $16,000 New Jersey Futurity for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, setting a track record 1:58.4, on Friday, October 16, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Steed's time for a two-year-old gelded trotter eclipsed the 1:59.2 track record he established on September 17 when he won the Harold Dancer Trot. The Futurity and Dancer are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Steed, the 5-1 third choice in the featured third race, cut the fractions of 29.1, 59 and 1:28.2, romping to a 12¾-length victory. The 5-2 second choice, Stayin Strong [Muscles Yankee], broke stride on the final turn. Southwind Flash [Muscle Hill], the 1-2 favorite, miscued in the first turn. Driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Richard Johnson, Steed is a son of Muscle Hill - Armbro Emma. He has two wins and three seconds in 10 starts. Bred by Flintlock Farm, he was a $50,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase. He races for TLP Stables of Kearny, NJ; D'Elegance Stable IX of Florham Park, NJ; Vito Cucci of Belmar, NJ and Carmen Iannacone of Lyndhurst, NJ. Steed returned $12.40 to win. The gelding's bankroll grew to $39,657. Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill] was second with Inukchuk Chuck [Muscles Yankee] third by 13 lengths. Prior to the betting card, Coco Truffles [Muscle Hill] was a two-length winner over Cree [Muscle Hill] in the $15,000 New Jersey Futurity division for two-year-old trotting fillies. It was five and a quarter lengths to Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee] in third. Coco Truffles was driven to victory by David Miller for trainer Chuck Sylvester. She covered the mile in 2:01.2, improving her record to two wins, four seconds and two thirds from 11 starts. She has earned $33,673 for the ownership of Four Aces With A Kicker from Williamstown, NJ; Pinstripe Stable of Ponte Vedra, FL; Anthony Perretti of Asbury Park, NJ and Myron Finkelstein of Mountain Lakes, NJ. Ross Stables LLC bred the daughter of Muscle Hill - Pilgrims Truffles. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 15, 2015 - SS Poseidon rallied past Mountain Top to score a three and a quarter length victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Mountain Top, who had won the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres, cut the fractions but SS Poseidon got up in the stretch to claim the win in 1:59.3. Both are sons of Muscle Hill. Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] was third by 13¾ lengths. SS Poseidon, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Erv Miller, posted his fourth win of 2015 and has finished in-the-money in 10 of 15 starts this year. Lifetime, he has seven wins, six seconds and five thirds from 28 starts. His $67,953 earned this year lifted his bankroll to $174,262 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Shim Racing LLC of Deerfield, IL. His breeders are Mary Jane Anderson and Shim Racing. The event was a non-wagering race. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 14, 2015 - Stayin Strong, winner of three straight, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the third race, the second of two divisions of the New Jersey Futurity for harness racing two-year-old trotters on Friday, October 16, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Seven colts and geldings will vie for $16,000 on the betting program while five fillies will face off in a $15,000 non-wagering event. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Stayin Strong drew outside post seven with Julie Miller turning over the lines to Eric Abbatiello. The son of Muscles Yankee has four wins, a second and two thirds in 10 starts, banking $39,964 for Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. His four wins came in a sweep of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres. Taking on Stayin Strong will be Southwind Flash [Muscle Hill], George Brennan, Ron Burke, 5-1; Steed [Muscle Hill], Daniel Dube, Richard Johnson, 9-2; Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill], Steve Smith, Erv Miller, 7-2; Luv At First Site [Muscles Yankee], Kyle DiBenedetto, Ron Coyne Jr., 12-1; Sigmund [Muscles Yankee], Don Swick, Don Swick, 30-1 and Inukchuk Chuck [Muscles Yankee], Julie Miller, Julie Miller, 5-1. In the filly division, with 12:10 post time, the field includes Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee], Vincent Ginsburg, Ray Schnittker; Coco Truffles [Muscle Hill], David Miller, Chuck Sylvester; Cree [Muscle Hill], George Brennan, Trond Smedshammer; HS Baby Grace [Muscle Hill], Ladarrius Whitaker, Ladarrius Whitaker, and Peg O My Heart [Muscle Hill], Christopher Freck, Christopher Freck. Freehold will also host four $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Finals this week. Four three-year-old trotting colts and geldings will go postward prior to the betting card on Thursday. The finalists are: SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill], Steve Smith, Erv Miller; Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee], Vincent Ginsburg, Ray Schnittker; Firestop [Muscles Yankee], Syl King Jr., Syl King Jr. and Mountain Top [Muscle Hill], Eric Abbatiello, Noel Daley. Saturday's card features three finals: three-year-old pacing colts and geldings [third race], three-year-old pacing fillies [fifth race] and two-year-old pacing colts and geldings [sixth race]. Prior to driver changes and morning lines, the entrants for the three-year-old colt pace are: Artsmah [Western Ideal], Roland N Rock [Rocknroll Hanover], Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover], Devils Cut [Western Ideal] and Rock Of The Ages. The three-year-old pacing fillies are: Crescent City [Rocknroll Hanover], Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover], Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal], Quick Aint Fair [Rocknroll Hanover], Lissan [Rocknroll Hanover], Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] and Callacam [Cam's Card Shark]. The two-year-old pacing colt finalists are: Rock N Roll Style [Rocknroll Hanover], Lissilas [Rocknroll Hanover], Perchance To Dream [If I Can Dream], Cedar Hall Dream [If I Can Dream], Nullity [If I Can Dream] and Don'tcallmefrancis [Rocknroll Hanover]. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 10, 2015 - LL Jackpot had the lead at every call and drew off to a three and a quarter length victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies, the third race on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Jim Marshall III guided the daughter of Philos Hanover - Wygant Rose to victory over Queenofthedreams [If I Can Dream]. It was four and a half lengths to On Top Ofthe Rock [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The mile was timed in 2:01.4. LL Jackpot [$6.80] has finished in-the-money in five of nine starts, including three wins. She has banked $39,310 for trainer Ivan Llopez of Millstone Township, NJ, who is the co-owner and co-breeder with Louis T. Ferdinandi of Clark, NJ. Prior to the betting card, a pair of sons of Rocknroll Hanover won $7,000 third leg divisions of the Green Acres. In the two-year-old split, Don'tcallmefrancis was a length and a quarter winner over Lissilas [Rocknroll Hanover] and Perchance To Dream [If I Can Dream] was third by a length and a half. Driven by Joe Hanney and trained by Nifty Norman, Don'tcallmefrancis paced the mile in 1:58.3. The gelding races in the name of the Enzed Racing Stable of Allentown, NJ and has two wins, two seconds and one third in six starts for earnings of $22,958. He was bred by Stephen P. Dey III. Edward Teach, driven by Joe Bongiorno and trained by Ron Burke, won the three-year-old event by a half-length over Rock Of The Ages [Rocknroll Hanover]. Devils Cut [Western Ideal] was third by a length. Dale Towle of Leamington, Ontario owns Edward Teach, who was bred by Perretti Farms. This year the colt has four wins, two second and two thirds from 18 starts, banking $41,090 toward a career total of $68,340. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 9, 2015 - On a sunny, fall day, Southwind Hope was the clear-cut winner of the $40,000 Marion Dancer for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. A week ago, the Muscle Hill -Honey Pie filly broke stride at the start of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final on a sloppy track and finished last. Southwind Hope, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:01.2 on a fast track, finishing a length and a half ahead of Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee]. It was 16 lengths to Heal The World [Muscle Hill] in third. Southwind Hope improved her record to three wins, one second and two thirds from nine starts and lifted her earnings to $35,600 for the partnership of the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone Township, NJ; Little E LLC of New York, NY, and Lawrence Dumain of Pine Bush, NY. She was bred by Southwind Farms of Pennington, NJ. Sonny Dancer, celebrating his 80th birthday, presented the trophy. The Marion Dancer is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeder & Owners Association of New Jersey. Marion Millionair [Muscle Hill], with Jim Marohn Jr. driving, scored a three-length victory over Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] was 19 lengths back in third. Marion Millionair, trained by William Popfinger, is owned and bred by William Mulligan of New Hope, PA. She now has seven wins, six second and four thirds in 22 starts this year for earnings of $93,560 toward a career bankroll of $97,460. Both stakes were non-wagering and prior to the card. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 8, 2015 - Stayin Strong completed a sweep of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts with a narrow victory in the $25,000 final on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. The son of Muscles Yankee - Loch Katrine, with Eric Abbatiello driving for trainer Julie Miller, held off Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill] by a head. Inukchuk Chuck [Muscles Yankee] was third by a half-length. Stayin Strong crossed the wire in 2:00.1. He had been tested early by the Harold Dancer winner Steed [Muscle Hill], who broke stride on the second turn of the non-wagering event, and repelled the closers near the wire. Stayin Strong captured all three preliminary legs of the Green Acres and now has four wins, one second and two thirds from 10 starts. He has banked $39,964 for the owners Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. He was bred by Lauren and Robert Tucker. In a two-horse field, Mountain Top [Muscle Hill] was a five and a quarter length winner over Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in the $7,000 Green Acres for three-year-old colt trotters. Abbatiello drove Mountain Top for trainer Noel Daley, who co-owns with Mario Mazza. The time of the race was 2:01.4. Mountain Top has won all three Green Acres preliminary splits. The $25,000 final is on October 15. New Jersey-sired horses highlight the Friday and Saturday cards at Freehold. The $40,000 Marion Dancer for two-year-old trotting fillies, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, has a field of four: Peg O My Heart [Muscle Hill], Heal The World [Muscle Hill], Southwind Hope [Muscle Hill] and Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee]. It will be contested at 12 noon on Friday, prior to the betting card, along with the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, featuring Blue Muse, Riley's Dream, Marion Millionair and Demons N Diamonds. On Saturday, the pacers are in the spotlight. Green Acres third-round prelims, one for two-year-old colts and geldings and one for three-year-old colts and geldings, will be presented before the card. The $25,000 Green Acres Final for two-year-old pacing fillies is the third race on the betting program. The finalists, from the rail out [with sire, driver and morning line odds] are: LL Jackpot [Philos Hanover], Jim Marshall III, 3-2; Queenofthedream [If I Can Dream], Marcus Miller, 5-2; Rocknroll Palz [Rocknroll Hanover], Vincent Ginsburg, 9-1; Heatherjean [Rocknroll Hanover], Gareth Dowse, 20-1, and On Top Ofthe Rock [Rocknroll Hanover], Steve Smith, 9-5. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Cheyenne Robin and a pair of two-year-olds by If I Can Dream turned in winning efforts in New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. In the $7,000 three-year-old filly pace, the third race, Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] was a half-length winner over even-money favorite Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal]. It was a length and three-quarters to Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The mile was paced in 1:55.2 on a sloppy track. Cheyenne Robin [$6.20], driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Robert Siegelman, races for The Cheyenne Gang LLC of Port Washington, NY. It was the filly's fifth win of the year. She has finished in-the-money in 18 of 37 lifetime starts for a bankroll of more than $126,000. If I Can Dream, who stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ, was the sire of the winners of both the two-year-old pacing colt and two-year-old pacing filly $7,000 splits contested prior to the betting card. Perchance To Dream, driven by Steve Smith, won the colt division by a neck over Don'tcallmefrancis [Rocknroll Hanover] with Rock N Roll Style [Rocknroll Hanover] in third by five and three-quarter lengths. The time of the mile was 1:58.3. Perchance To Dream picked up his third win in eight starts. He races for the ownership of trainer Brian Wright and breeder Willard D. Hall Jr. of Berlin, MD. Queenofthedreams won the filly division by a nose over On Top Of the Rock [Rocknroll Hanover] with a length and a half to LL Jackpot [Philos Hanover] in third. Marcus Miller guided the Nick Surick trainee to the 2:01.3 victory. She has three wins, two seconds and two thirds in eight starts. She is owned and bred by Michael Boutilier of Nova Scotia. Carol Hodes

Cree [Muscle Hill] overcame heavy rain and a sloppy track to win the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. George Brennan drove the Trond Smedshammer trainee to her second win with two seconds and one third in eight starts. She trotted the mile in 2:03 in the non-wagering event. It was nine lengths back to Jazebel De Vie [Muscles Yankee] in second, nine and three-quarter lengths to Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee] in third and 10 ½ lengths to Heal The World [Muscle Hill] in fourth. Southwind Hope [Muscle Hill] broke stride at the start and finished last in the field of five. Cree, bred and owned by Michael D. Andrew of Gorham, ME, had a win and two seconds in the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres and overall earnings of $27,300. Swedish-born Lucas Wallin, 22 years old and based in Wrightstown, NJ, guided Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] to a half-length victory in a $7,000 preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies, also contested prior to the betting program. Blue Muse held off Marion Millionair [Muscle Hill], who broke stride near the wire. Riley's Dream [Muscle Hill] was distanced in third-place in the field of three, taking missteps at the start. Blue Muse trotted the mile in 2:00.1 and posted her fourth win with one second and three thirds in 10 starts this year. Lifetime, she has finished on-the-board in 10 of 16 starts, banking more than $43,000. Blue Muse is owned by her trainer, Ake Svanstedt, in partnership with Little E LLC of New York City. Carol Hodes  

Driver Eric Abbatiello collected wins in a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres - one by seven lengths and the other by a head - on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. In the first of the two trotting events, both prior to the betting card, Abbatiello guided Mountain Top [Muscle Hill] to a seven-length tally over Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in the three-year-old trotting colt division. SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill] was nearly 26 lengths back in third. The time for the mile was 2:01 flat. Noel Daley trains the colt and co-owns with Mario Mazza of New Hope, PA. Mountain Top has won two straight and has three wins, one second and two thirds in 15 starts this year. He has a lifetime bankroll of $61,570. It was more of a battle in the two-year-old trotting colt division as Stayin Strong [Muscles Yankee] won by a head over Steed [Muscle Hill]. It was seven and a half lengths to Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill] in third. The Julie Miller trainee trotted the mile in 2:00.1. Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ own Stayin Strong, who has three wins, one second and two thirds in nine starts for earnings of $27,114. He has swept the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres, heading into the $25,000 final on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Carol Hodes

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 30, 2015 - The free health screenings and flu shots for New Jersey horsemen at Gaitway Farms have been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 21, 2015, according to Dr. Chris Samaha of the Backstretch Community Assistance Program. With a hurricane scheduled to hit the area on the originally scheduled date, Monday, October 5, it was decided to cancel and reschedule. The Gaitway screenings will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Upcoming screenings are set for Wednesday, October 7 at Crystal Brook Farm [11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.] and Thursday, October 8 in the Freehold Paddock [12 p.m. to 3 p.m.]. For more information, contact Chris Samaha at 732-956-7139 on Mondays and Wednesday at Freehold and the Farms at 732-571-5376 at Monmouth Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

It was a sweep by offspring of the late, great Rocknroll Hanover in a trio of stakes for New Jersey-sired pacers on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. Rock N' Roll World captured the New Jersey Futurity while Babic Finals went to Ideal Rocky and On Topof the Rock. In a battle to the wire between a pair of Mark Silva trainees, Rock N' Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover] drew off from Dealt A Winner for a length and a quarter victory in the $37,500 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old pacers, the eighth race, in a sizzling 1:52.3. Rock N' Roll World [$2.80], sent off as the 2-5 favorite, cut the fractions with Daniel Dube driving. Jason Bartlett sent Cane Pace victor Dealt A Winner [Cam's Card Shark], the 8-5 second choice, after his stablemate but had to settle for second. It was 11 lengths to third-place Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal], one of three fillies in the field. Owned by Jeffrey Snyder of New York City and Three Decades Ra of Moorestown, NJ, Rock N' Roll World posted his third win of the year, finishing in-the-money in 10 of 16 starts this year. Lifetime, he has banked more than $270,000. He was bred by MJG Racing & Hill View Enterprises. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Ideal Rocky, who won the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship in July at the Meadowlands, turned in an effortless two and a half-length victory in the $85,400 Lou Babic Final for two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing colts, the sixth race. Corey Callahan guided even-money Ideal Rocky [$4] to an early lead and held off 6-5 Boston Red Rocks. It was 10 lengths to Don'tcallmefrancis in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Ideal Rocky paced the mile in 1:55.1, picking up his fourth win of the year. He has finished in-the-money in seven of nine starts for earnings of $198,163 for the ownership of William Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI; Janet Goehlen of Aurora, IL and Eugene Schick of Elgin, IL. John Butenschoen trains the colt who was bred by Fashion Farms. It took a photo to separate the top three finishers in the $56,000 Lou Babic Final for two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing fillies. On Top Ofthe Rock [Rocknroll Hanover], in the middle of the three-way finish, got up for a nose victory over Queenofthedreams [If I Can Dream] with a neck back to LL Jackpot [Philos Hanover] in third. The time of the mile was 2:01 flat. The race was contested prior to the betting program. Steve Smith guided the Karen Garland trainee to her first victory in her third career start. In her first two outings, she finished third and then second to LL Jackpot in New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres events the prior two weeks. Owned by Night Rogue Racing Stable of Hillsborough, NJ; David Rousso of Aventura, FL; Charles Krippendorf of Spring Lake, NJ and Stephen Smith of Freehold, NJ, she has now banked $30,590. Bred by Goldfinger Enterprises, she was a $25,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase. The Lou Babics are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes. Carol Hodes            

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 25, 2015 - Daughters of Muscle Hill won $7,000 divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for harness racing trotting fillies on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Both splits were contested prior to the betting card. In the division for three-year-old trotting fillies, Marion Millionair was the leader at every call and finished four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Riley's Dream [Muscle Hill], with five lengths back to Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] in third. The mile was timed in 1:59.1. Jeff Gregory was at the lines of Marion Millionair for trainer William Popfinger. Owned and bred by William Mulligan of New Hope, PA, the filly has six wins, five second and four thirds in 20 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 16 of 22 career outings for earnings of $77,650. In the two-year-old division, Southwind Hope was a two-length winner over Cree [Muscle Hill] in 2:01.1. Jazebel De Vie [Muscles Yankee] was third by two and three-quarter lengths. Steve Smith guided the Julie Miller trainee to victory in the third leg of Green Acres action. After winning the opening leg, Southwind Hope had finished second to Cree last week. Overall, Southwind Hope, bred by Southwind Farms, has two wins, a second and two thirds from seven starts and has banked $14,350 for the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone, NJ; Little E LLC of New York, NY and Lawrence Dumain of Pine Bush, NY. Saturday's card features pacers with eight entrants in the $37,500 New Jersey Futurity, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, for three-year-old New Jersey-sired colts and fillies [the eighth race]. There will also be a pair of Lou Babic Memorials, sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The $56,000 Lou Babic for two-year-old pacing fillies will be a non-wagering contest while the $85,400 Lou Babic for two-year-old pacing colts is the sixth race of the day. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

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