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MANALAPAN, NJ - September 24, 2015 - Eric Abbatiello piloted both winners - Mountain Top and Stayin Strong - in a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres - on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Both were contested as non-wagering events prior to the program. In the three-year-old trotting colt division, only two went to post and Mountain Top prevailed by three quarters of a length over SS Poseidon, driven by Steve Smith, in a 1:59.2 mile. Both entrants are sons of Muscle Hill. Mountain Top, trained by Noel Daley, posted his second win of the year and has finished in-the-money in five of 14 starts this year. He was third in last week's $50,500 Charles Smith Trot. He has banked more than $55,000 lifetime for Mario Mazza of New Hope, PA and Daley. Stayin Strong [Muscles Yankee] made it two straight in Green Acres competition for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill], also driven by Smith. Inukchuk Chuck [Muscles Yankee] was third by three and a half lengths. While Steed [Muscle Hill], the Harold Dancer, broke and finished last in the field of four. Stayin Strong, trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:00.1. James and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ own Stayin Strong who has two wins, one second and two thirds in eight starts for earnings of $23,264. The New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres continue on Friday with splits for two and three-year-old trotting fillies. 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

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 19, 2015 - Sevruga cut all the fractions in the Open Space Pace Day $20,000 preferred trot, setting a harness racing world record for a mile and a half on a half-mile track with a time of three minutes flat on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. The fourth edition of Open Space Pace Day, which begin with a parade down Main Street in Freehold, drew a family-friendly crowd of several thousand who took advantage of live music, petting zoo, exhibitions, displays, food trucks and perfect weather. To the best of anyone's knowledge, this was the first time the distance - three times around the track - was ever offered. Sevruga [$4], a seven-year-old gelding, was sent off as the even-money favorite in the featured seventh race and cruised the three times around the track on the front end. The anticipated challenge from 6-5 Gural Hanover never developed when that horse broke stride at the start. Trained by Julie Miller and driven by Andy Miller, Sevruga won by a length and three-quarters over Pop I with Silver Credit third by two and three-quarters in the field of nine veteran trotters. "He is the same old grinder of races," said Julie Miller, who with Hannah Miller signed autographs before the card began. "I knew if Andy could set the fractions, and with Gural Hanover breaking, it was ours to have. "I couldn't be more pleased with him," the trainer added. "It was a beautiful day, and it was great for the Landy Family and Freehold to host this event. It's very important to New Jersey racing." The previous world record for the distance on a half-mile track was 3:01.3 by Kash Minbar on July 30, 1977 at Roosevelt Raceway. Sevruga, who is owned by Joe P Racing LLC of Delray Beach, FL, picked up his sixth win in 20 starts this year, and it was his 36th win in 104 career starts. He has earned $1,159,326 lifetime. Sponsors of the preferred trot were New Jersey-based trainers and owners Ross Croghan's Dockside Stables, Joe Holloway. Linda Toscano, Mark Harder, Weaver & Bruscemi Stable. Ron Burke, Tom Fanning, Scott DiDomenico, Julie and Andy Miller, and Tony Alagna. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 18, 2015 - Cree collected her first career victory in the $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies, the third race on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Trainer Trond Smedshammer drove the daughter of Muscle Hill - Firstclassprincess to a three-quarter length victory over Southwind Hope [Muscle Hill], who captured the opening leg of the Green Acres division. It was four and a quarter lengths to Heal The World [Muscle Hill] in third. Cree [$3.60], bred and owned by Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME, was on the front at every call in the 2:02.1 mile. She now has a win, a second and a third in six starts and earnings of $8,050. With only three entrants, the $7,000 opening leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies, Riley's Dream [Muscle Hill] was a three-quarter length winner in 2:00.3. Last week the Julie Miller trainee won the $30,000 Helen Smith Final. Steve Smith was in the sulky as Riley's Dream improved her record to three wins, with 12 of 16 in-the-money finishes. She has banked $88,651 for Jason, Douglas and Ronald Allen. Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] was second with Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] was third by eight and three-quarter lengths. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 17, 2015 - Saturday is Open Space Pace Day at Freehold Raceway, but the racing highlight of the card is actually a trot -- a $20,000 preferred trot -- with nine going to post for a mile and a half race. That is three times around the half-mile track, and the first mile and a half race in the modern era of Freehold Raceway, or as long as anyone can remember. The traditional distance for most harness races is one mile. Gural Hanover, driven by Joe Bongiorno and trained by Ron Burke, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the featured seventh race, the $20,000 Open Space Pace Preferred Trot Handicap. "This is the first featured mile and a half distance race at Freehold Raceway," said Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Karen Fagliarone. "We have an outstanding field of trotters, totaling lifetime earnings of over $3.3 million. We are excited to offer something new to both our patrons and horsemen. We are thankful to the group of trainers and owners who co-sponsored this event along with Freehold Raceway." New Jersey-based trainers and owners donated half the purse: Ross Croghan's Dockside Stables, Joe Holloway. Linda Toscano, Mark Harder, Weaver & Bruscemi Stable. Ron Burke, Tom Fanning, Scott DiDomenico, Julie and Andy Miller, and Tony Alagna. The field, from the rail out with driver, trainer and morning line odds: PL Eureka, Nick Surick, Tara Hynes, 10-1; Pip I, Harry Landy, Harry Landy, 15-1; Silver Credit, Steve Smith, Karen Garland, 12-1; In Nomine Patri, Joe Haney, Joe Haney, 15-1; Mugshot Jess, Pat Lachance, Taylor Gower, 10-1; Sevruga, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 4-1; Lucky Colby, Eric Abbatiello, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, 9-2; Gural Hanover, Joe Bongiorno, Ron Burke, 8-5, and Photosavvy, Vincent Ginsburg, Robert Bresnahan Jr., 9-1. Photosavvy, the nine horse, will leave from the second tier. Longtime standardbred owners and the founding sponsors of the event, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Landy will serve as grand marshals for the Fourth Annual Open Space Pace Day "Parade of Horses," starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Freehold Borough's Hall of Records and ending at Freehold Raceway. The parade will feature marching bands from Freehold Township and Freehold Borough high schools. After the parade, the festivities move to Freehold Raceway where there will be live harness racing, a petting zoo, vendor tables, food trucks and educational exhibits. There will be an autograph session with Julie Miller and Hannah Miller from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the winner's circle at Freehold Raceway A concert featuring Burlap to Cashmere and The Nerds begins at 3 p.m. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 15, 2015 - Southwind Mozart, one of a trio of entrants from the barn of trainer Ake Svanstedt, has been installed as the 7-5 favorite in the $50,500 Charles I. Smith Final for three-year-old trotting colts on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. The Smith and the $35,000 Harold Dancer for two-year-old colts are both restricted to New Jersey-sired trotters and are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The Smith will also be contested on Thursday at 12:10 p.m., prior to the betting card. Svanstedt trainees Southwind Mozart [Muscle Hill], Natural Kemp [Muscles Yankee] and Crescent Fashion [Muscle Hill] are separate betting interests as are a pair of Ray Schnittker trainees, Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] and Broken Record [Muscles Yankee]. Also entered is the Noel Daley protégé Mountain Top [Muscle Hill]. Southwind Mozart's performance in the $500,000 Yonkers Trot [third across the wire but placed second] in his last start on September 5 helped to elevate his status. He has now finished first or second in five of 12 starts this year and has a career bankroll of $200,540 for the Wolfgang A Stable Inc. of Vero Beach, FL. Carded as the third race, the Charles I. Smith's field of six, from the rail out with driver and morning line odds: Mountain Top, George Brennan, 4-1; Southwind Mozart, Daniel Dube, 7-5; Natural Kemp, Lucas Wallin, 7-1; Crescent Fashion, Scott Zeron, 5-2; Switchblade Hall, Steve Smith, 30-1 and Broken Record, Ray Schnittker, 6t-1. The Smith stakes record of 1:55.4 was set by Flex The Muscle [Muscles Yankee] in 2010. The four-horse Harold Dancer Trot features, from the rail out, Steed with Daniel Dube at the lines for trainer Richard Johnson; Inukchuk Chuck with trainer Julie Miller driving; Stayin Strong, also a Julie Miller trainee with Eric Abbatiello in the sulky, and Luv At First Site handled by Kyle DiBenedetto for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. Steed is by Muscle Hill with the other three by Muscles Yankee. The stakes record of 1:59 for the Harold Dancer was established by Chapter Seven in 2010. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 12, 2015 - Harness racing pacers were on display in New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres action on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Winning efforts were turned in by Roland N Rock and Smart Zone, both three-year-olds by Rocknroll Hanover, and LL Jackpot, a two-year-old daughter of Philos Hanover. Each division carried a $7,000 purse. Roland N Rock [$2.10], driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Rob Harmon, was the odds-on pick and delivered a length and a half victory over Artsmah [Western Ideal] in the third race. Edward Tech [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length in three-quarters. The mile was timed in 1:54.3. The Perretti-bred gelding took the lead at the quarter and was on top at every pole. Owned by Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, IA, Roland N Rock has six wins and two seconds in 10 starts this year and has won 20 of 24 career outings for a bankroll now over $160,000. In the three-year-old fillies division, the sixth race, longshot Smart Zone [$29] was a length winner over Lissan [Rocknroll Hanover]. Favorite Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal] cut the mile and faded to third by a length and three-quarters. Smart Zone, driven by Eric Abbatiello, paced the mile in 1:56.2. Bred by Winbak Farm, the filly is trained by Matias Ruiz for Roslyn Delgaudio of Philadelphia, PA. It was her third win with two seconds in 16 starts this year. She has seven wins, four seconds and two thirds in 28 career starts for a bankroll topping $80,000. LL Jackpot, co-bred and owned by his trainer, Ivan Llopez, made it two straight in Green Acres competition for two-year-old filly pacers in a non-wagering event. She finished a half-length ahead of On Top Ofthe Rock and two and a quarter ahead of Rocknroll Palz in third. The runners up are both by Rocknroll Hanover. Jim Marshall III guided LL Jackpot in her 2:02 mile. LL Jackpot has two wins in six starts and earnings of $13,900 for Llopez and Louis T. Ferdinandi's LTF Racing Stable of Clark, NJ. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 11, 2015 - Riley's Dream took advantage of an early miscue by Rules Of The Road to win the $30,000 Helen Smith Trot by half a length on Friday, September 11, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. With only four three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotting fillies entered, the race was contested prior to the betting card. The Helen Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Riley's Dream [Muscle Hill], driven by Steve Smith and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:00.3. Rules Of The Road [Muscle Hill], with earnings over $200,000 and the runner-up in the Hambletonian Oaks, broke stride at the start and spotted the field more than five lengths but closed well for second. It was a length and a half to Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] in third and four and a half lengths to Southwind Cartier [Muscle Hill] in fourth. Riley's Dream, unraced at two, has two wins, seven seconds and two thirds in 15 starts this year for earnings of $85,151. His owner-breeders are Jason Allen and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ, and Ronald Allen of Southampton, NJ. The Helen Smith stakes record of 1:56.2 is shared by Marla Bar [2002], Silver Credit [2013] and Cee Bee Yes [2014]. The team of driver Steve Smith and trainer Julie Miller were back in the winner's circle in the eighth race as Southwind Hope won a $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies. Southwind Hope, a daughter of Muscle Hill- Honey Pie, scored a two length victory over Cree [Muscle Hill]. It was 11¼ lengths to Peg O My Heart in third. She trotted the mile in 2:01.2 for her first win with two thirds in five starts. The $52,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase has banked $9,100. Southwind Hope, bred by Southwind Farm of Pennington, NJ, races for the partnership of the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone, NJ; Little E LLC of New York, NY and Lawrence Dumain of Pine Bush, NY. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Stayin Strong, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Julie Miller, was a length and a quarter winner in the $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts, the third race on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Stayin Strong, a son of Muscles Yankee, picked up his first win in six starts, covering the mile in 2:00.4. He paid $6.20 to win. Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill] was second with five and a half lengths to Luv at First Site [Muscle Yankee] in third. Stayin Strong, bred by Lauren and Robert Tucker, campaigns for Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. Carol Hodes  

Rules Of The Road, runner up to Wild Honey in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, faces three rivals in the $30,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. With only four entrants, the Helen Smith for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotting fillies, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, will be contested prior to the betting card with a post time of 12:10 p.m. Facing Rules Of The Road, driven by Jason Bartlett for trainer Janice Connor, will be Southwind Cartier [trained and driven by DR Ackerman], Blue Muse [trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt], and Riley's Dream [driven by Steve Smith for trainer Julie Miller]. Blue Muse is by Muscles Yankee and the other three are by Muscle Hill. Rules Of The Road, owned by Arden Homestead of Delhi, NY and Janice Connor of Goshen, NY, has five wins, four seconds and two thirds in 18 starts this year for earnings of $211,235 toward a career total of $244,285. Her wins this year include a division of the Tompkins Stakes at Tioga Downs on August 16 The Helen Smith stakes record of 1:56.2 is shared by Marla Bar [2002], Silver Credit [2013] and Cee Bee Yes [2014]. On the betting card, eight two-year-old trotting fillies, four by Muscles Yankee and four by Muscle Hill, are scheduled in a $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres. Installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the field of eight is Jazebel De Vie by Muscles Yankee. She is set to leave from post two with driver-trainer Chris Ryder. The eighth-race field, from the rail out with driver, trainer and morning line odds: Southwind Hope, Steve Smith, Julie Miller, 9-2; Jazebel De Vie, Chris Ryder, Chris Ryder, 5-2; American Spa, Jim Marshall III, Rick Gillock, 30-1; Cree, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 3-1; Casino Cutie It, Vincent Ginsburg, Ray Schnittker, 9-2; Peg O My Heart, Christopher Freck, Christopher Freck, 30-1; Energy Bar, Eric Abbatiello, Jonas Czernyson, 4-1 and Heal The World, Marcus Johansson, Nancy Johansson, 30-1. Carol Hodes

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 7, 2015 - You can call Don'tcallmefrancis a winner now. The two-year-old pacing gelding posted his first career victory in his third start, the $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres - on Monday, September 7, 2015 in the third race at Freehold Raceway. Don'tcallmefrancis, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Nanny WIthafanny, got up in the final sixteenth of a mile for a three-quarter of the length victory over Perchance To Dream [If I Can Dream] with Nullity [If I Can Dream] in third by four and a quarter lengths. Irish Joe Hanney guided the Nifty Norman trainee who races for Norman's Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. Bred by Stephen P. Dey III of Allentown, NJ, Don'tcallmefrancis was a $25,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase. He now has earnings of $7,460 with a win and a second in three starts. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 5, 2015 - Harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno and trainer Ron Burke teamed to win a pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Both events were pre-card, non-wagering races and both were $7,000 opening legs for three-year-old pacers. In the event for fillies, Bongiorno guided Lissan to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:57 flat, finishing a length and a half in front of Smart Zone with a nine-length margin to Callacam in third. The colts and geldings split went to Edward Teach who also had the lead at every call and crossed the wire in 1:55.3. He was two and a half lengths ahead of Devils Cut with three lengths back to Rock Of the Ages. Both winners were offspring of Rocknroll Hanover. Lissan, owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ, picked up her second win of the year in 13 starts and has a career total of four wins, four seconds and four thirds from 20 starts for earnings of $44,538. Edward Teach, who was winless at two, now has three wins, two seconds and one third in 14 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in six of 14 career outings, banking $60,650 for Dale Towle of Leamington, Ontario. All seven entrants in the Charles Smith Trot will advance to the $50,500 final on September 17, 2015 at Freehold. No eliminations will be needed. Three - Crescent Fashion, Natural Kemp and Southwind Mozart - are from the stable of trainer Ake Svanstedt. Both Broken Record and Switchboard Hall are Ray Schnittker trainees. Mountain Top is conditioned by Noel Daley and P Mac Attack by Nancy Johansson. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 4, 2015 - LL Jackpot picked up the top prize in the $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres on Friday, September 4, 2015, opening day of the summer-fall Freehold Raceway meet. Jim Marshall III guided LL Jackpot in her first win in five career starts in the third-race feature. She is trained by Ivan Llopez of Millstone, NJ, who co-bred and co-owns the daughter of Philos Hanover - Wygant Rose with Louis T. Ferdinand of Clark, NJ. She paced the mile in 2:01.2. Five two-year-old pacing fillies went to post, four of which are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover, with odds-on favorite Rock My Girl breaking at the start and finishing last. LL Jackpot [$14.20] took the lead in the opening quarter and drew off to a length and a half victory over Rocknroll Palz. On Top Ofthe Rock was third by a length and three-quarters. The 44-day meet continues through December 12, 2015. Racing will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus a holiday program on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Post time is 12:30 p.m. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 2, 2015 -- The opening leg of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres and nine other races on Friday, September 4, mark the first program of the 2015 summer-fall Freehold Raceway meet. The $7,000 Green Acres leg for two-year-old pacing fillies has been carded as the third race, drawing five entrants [in post order]: Heatherjean, Rock My Girl, On Top of the Rock, LL Jackpot and Rocknroll Palz. LL Jackpot is a daughter of Philos Hanover while the other four are by Rocknroll Hanover. All four entrants for the Helen Smith Trot for three-year-old trotting fillies will advance to the $30,000 final on September 11, 2015. The Helen Smith is among the stakes for New Jersey-sired horses that are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The others include the Charles Smith for three-year-old trotting colts [September 17], Harold Dancer for two-year-old trotting colts [September 17], Marion Dancer for two-year-old trotting fillies [October 9] and a quartet of New Jersey Futurity stakes [September 26, October 16, October 23 and October 24]. This year's Helen Smith quartet are Blue Muse, Riley's Dream, Rules of the Road and Southwind Cartier. Blue Muse is by Muscles Yankee and the other three are by Muscle Hill. The Helen Smith stakes record of 1:56.2 is shared by Marla Bar [2002], Silver Credit [2013] and Cee Bee Yes [2014]. On Opening Day, the track offers a free t-shirt with a paid Freehold live program, while supplies last. The Fourth Annual Open Space Pace, featuring a parade of horses, petting zoo, exhibitions, food trucks and live music, will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The 44-day meet continues through December 12, 2015. Racing will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus a holiday program on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Post time is 12:30 p.m. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- August 24, 2015 - Live harness racing returns to New Jersey's Freehold Raceway on Friday, September 4, 2015. The 44-day meet continues through December 12, 2015. Racing will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays [plus a holiday program on Labor Day, Monday, September 7]. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Pre-meet qualifiers will take place on Friday, August 28 with the box closing at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 27. The initial draw schedule is Tuesday, September 1 for Friday, September 4; Wednesday, September 2 for Saturday, September 5 and Thursday, September 3 for Monday, September 7 [Labor Day]. Declarations are due at 9 a.m. for each draw. The standard draw schedule for the balance of the meet is Saturday for Thursday, Tuesday for Friday and Wednesday for Saturday. Opening Day features the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old pacing fillies and eliminations for the Helen Smith for three-year-old trotting fillies. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey is the sponsor of the Helen Smith [September 11], Charles Smith for three-year-old trotting colts [September 17], Harold Dancer for two-year-old trotting colts [September 17], Marion Dancer for two-year-old trotting fillies [October 9] and a quartet of New Jersey Futurity stakes [September 26, October 16, October 23 and October 24]. All are restricted to New Jersey-sired horses. The Lou Babic Finals for two-year-old pacers on September 26 are part of the New Jersey Sire Stakes program along with the Green Acres events, which will featured three preliminary legs and a final for each genders two and three-year-olds on the trot and pace. All the $25,000 finals are in October. Overnight purses will average $40,000 per day, according to Freehold General Manager Howard Bruno. Special events include a free t-shirt with a paid Freehold live program, while supplies last, on Opening Day. On Labor Day, there is a free cap with paid Freehold live program, while supplies last; 50-cent hot dogs and 50-cent sodas and drawings for season parking passes. The Fourth Annual Open Space Pace, featuring a parade of horses, petting zoo, exhibitions, food trucks and live music, will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Mark Mullen of Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, NJ had two reasons to celebrate on Saturday night – the winners of both the harness racing features, $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic for three-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing colts and geldings and the $100,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey, the companion event for fillies were born at his farm.  "For a breeder, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a horse you've raised, go on to do well for its new owner," said Mullen. "It is a year's long process with many pitfalls along the way." "For a smaller breeder like Fair Winds, it is particularly gratifying to experience two big stakes wins on the same night at the greatest racetrack in North America [the Meadowlands]." "We are very happy for all the connections!" Split The House, by Rocknroll Hanover and out of Shake That Junk, captured the New Jersey Classic in 1:48.3 for trainer James "Friday" Dean while Wicked Little Minx, also by Rocknroll Hanover, is out of Beachy Lady and won the Miss New Jersey with a 1:50 mile. She is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner Courant AB of Stockholm, Sweden. "Steve Jones and I bought Beachy Lady from a Perretti dispersal at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale in 2011 for $37,000," Mullen recalled. "She was carrying this Rocknroll Hanover foal [Wicked Little Minx]." "She was foaled and raised at Fair Winds." "We sold her at the sale for $50,000." "As with many Rocknroll Hanovers, she was big, strong and with good conformation" "Ake Svanstedt trained her at two." "She has a Well Said colt to sell at Harrisburg this fall," Mullen noted. "I purchased Shake That Junk [the dam of Split The House] at Harrisburg in 2008 for $120,000," he said. "She is a good-looking, correct Camluck from the family of Western Maverick [p, 2, 1:52 -'01 $236,278]." "Her dam, Diamond Dawn, won over $370,000." "Split The House too was a big, good looking colt," Mullen said. "He sold for $60,000." He is owned by Ontario-based Scott Horner of Toronto, Peter Milligan of Mississauga and James J. Dean of Guelph Both mares are still at Fair Winds Farm with "Beachy" in foal to So Surreal and "Shake" in foal to American Ideal. Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Lindsey Giannini, crowned Miss New Jersey 2015 in June, will visit the winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at the Meadowlands on Saturday night, July 25, 2015 to present the trophy to the winner of the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey for three-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing fillies. Giannini, 21, from Hammonton, NJ, continues a tradition of pageant winners meeting their equine counterpart at the Meadowlands. The $100,000 Miss New Jersey shares the program with the $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic for three-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing colts. Both events are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. A junior at Rowan University, Giannini is pursuing a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, with hopes of becoming a sports reporter. She has said that her dream job would be as a NASCAR pit reporter. But first she will compete for the title of Miss America on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City. Giannini's platform is the dangers of distracted driving. She has helped to install permanent street signs that raise awareness of the issue. She said the signs are in 25 states and that she testified before the legislature and municipalities. "If I can save one life, or get one teen to put the phone down because of the work that I'm doing, then everything I will do this year will be worth it," Giannini said. Carol Hodes

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