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MANALAPAN, NJ - December 21, 2015 - Harness racing's trotting filly Mission Brief has been named the winner of the Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year for 2015. Also selected New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year, Mission Brief will be honored on January 24, 2016 at the 59th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. at O'Connor's Restaurant [formerly Charley's Other Brother] in Eastampton, NJ. Voted the nation's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year in 2014, she also won the Dan Patch Award as Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year in 2015. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena wrapped up her three-year-old campaign with 10 wins and three seconds in 14 starts, banking more than $1 million toward a career total of $1,599,587 for the ownership of the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Ron Burke trainee was regularly driven by Yannick Gingras. Undefeated in her New Jersey Sires Stakes competition, including the $100,000 final at the Meadowlands, she also won the $307,040 ElegantImage at Mohawk Raceway, the $185,000 Zweig at Vernon Downs, the $187,400 Matron at Dover Downs, the $144,000 Continentalvictory at the Meadowlands and the $174,000 Money Maker at The Meadows. She made a bid to best the boys in the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, winning her elimination, but finishing second to Pinkman in the $1 million final on August 8. Bred by Steve H. Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc., she sold for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. At two, she won both the Merrie Annabelle and Breeders Crown, for nine wins in 13 starts and earnings just shy of $600,000. She collected 150 of 156 votes for freshman honors in 2014, and 118 of 136 votes for 2015 divisional honors. Her 1:50.3 mark still stands as the fastest mile by a two-year-old trotter, male or female, and she lowered her personal best to 1:50.2 on November 12, 2015 on the five-eighths mile track at Dover Downs in the Matron Final. Her sire, Muscle Hill was the 2009 New Jersey Standardbred of the Year. Tickets for the luncheon cost $40 per person and may be purchased from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. For further information, call 609-984-4389 or email Lynn.Mathews@ag.state.nj.us By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 19, 2015 - December is open enrollment month for the health insurance program provided by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, with changes which ease the rules for qualification and a cut rates for harness racing caretakers. "We are trying to be more inclusive," said SBOANJ President Mark Ford. "We are trying to encourage qualified individuals to apply." The cost for premiums for caretakers/grooms have been cut in half for single enrollees and nearly so for families. The monthly rate for singles has been reduced from $100 to $50 for 2016. To be eligible, the caretaker must be a full-time employee for a trainer qualified for the New Jersey program. Paycheck stubs must be provided as proof. Requirements for eligibility for the insurance program have been adjusted for trainers and drivers in 2016. The minimum number of starts in New Jersey has been reduced from 36 to 24. Additionally, the percentage of starters raced in New Jersey has been lowered from 51 percent to 33.3 percent, as long as the trainer-driver does not qualify for an insurance program in another jurisdiction. Applications are available on the SBOANJ website, from the Horsemen's Representative at Freehold and the Meadowlands, and in the SBOANJ office in Manalapan. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 12, 2015 - It was all in the family when Vincent Ginsburg captured top driver honors and Vincent Fusco Jr. was the leading trainer when the 109-date Freehold Raceway meet concluded on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Ginsburg is the nephew of Fusco In the driver standings, Ginsburg posted 154 wins from 875 starters for earnings of $573,914. Finishing second was Eric Abbatiello with 148 wins and $586,070 while Stephen Smith topped earnings with $632,072, with 133 wins for third place. Rounding out the Top 5 are James Marshall III with 123 wins and Joseph Bongiorno with 78. Fusco led the way in the trainer standings with 72 wins and $223,271 in earnings. The Top 5 also included Nick Surick with 49 wins, John Urbanski with 40, Kelvin Harrison with 26 and Robert Bongiorno with 25. The 2016 meet opens on Friday, January 1, with qualifiers in the morning at 9:30 a.m. and the first pari-mutuel race at 12:30 p.m. Entries for the opening day card will close at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 while the box for qualifiers will close at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2015. "I am looking forward to the 2016 racing season," said Freehold's Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Karen Fagliarone. "We have the Standardbred Development Fund for two year olds scheduled in the fall next year, and I am optimistic that we will offer fuller fields. Our stake schedule also includes the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres, the Dexter Cup, the Lady Suffolk, the Charles and Helen Smith Trots, the Lou Babic Paces, the Harold and Marion Dancer Trots, and a late closer which will be scheduled sometime in September. The Open Space Pace is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016." Live racing will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus three Mondays: January 18, February 15 and September 5. "Our draw schedule will remain the same with the exception of Martin Luther King Day," Fagliarone said. "We are hopeful that we can get together a race to honor Martin Luther King Day. I have reached out to Montrell and George Teague, and they have both expressed interest. The race will be held the prior week, though, to accommodate their schedule." By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 11, 2015 - Southwind Farms in Pennington has been selected as the New Jersey Breeder of the Year for 2015, it was announced by the harness racing Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey on December 11, 2015. Among the Southwind standouts of 2015 was Southwind Frank, the likely divisional champion among the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Southwind Farms will receive the presentation on January 24, 2016 at the 59th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. at O'Connor's Restaurant [formerly Charley's Other Brother] in Eastampton, NJ. Southwind Frank, a son of Muscle Hill - Flawless Lindy, won 11 of 12 starts in 2015, earning $786,419 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables LLC. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, he was trained by Ron Burke and driven in most of his starts by Yannick Gingras. Beginning with the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on July 17 at the Meadowlands, he strung together 10 straight victories, including the $349,850 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, the $283,480 William Wellwood Final at Mohawk and the $600,000 Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine. His record of 1:52.2 was taken on October 8, winning an International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. "Receiving this award is bittersweet," said Laura Young, Southwind's general manager. "It is wonderful we are being recognized as the top breeder in New Jersey, but on the other hand there are not many of us left. At Southwind Farms, we choose to fly under the radar. Sometimes being silent is louder than loud. We have always produced top quality racehorses from our facility. We average 75 percent two-year-old starter and 85 percent three-year-old starter stats, which is pretty impressive for any breeding farm. This does not go unrecognized by owners and trainers. "There are many things that sets Southwind Farms apart from other breeding facilities in New Jersey" she added "Many of these things have assured our survival through tough times. We continue to keep everything we possibly can in-house. We make our own hay and straw, and we outsource very little on the facility. Southwind has also found many other ways to ensure revenue flow to keep us going, such as managing stallions [Muscle Hill, Sportswriter and El Titan] from afar. "Our clients want security," Young noted. "We offer that at every level here at Southwind. From our yearlings to the stallions we manage, our clients feel very secure when they do business with us. That's a rare incentive to offer in today's world. We work tirelessly to make Southwind Farms the best it can be, and we will continue to do so for many years to come." This is the second Breeders Award for Southwind Farms. Founded by Connie & Allen Skolnick in 1986, the farm features 235 acres near the Village of Pennington, NJ. Both Skolnicks passed away in 2013, and the farm is currently owned by their son, Barry. Previous New Jersey Breeder of the Year winners include three-time winner White Birch Farm, two-time winner Perretti Farms, Deo Volente Farms, Valley High Stables, Kentuckiana Farms, Fair Winds Farm, Walnridge Farm and Heritage Hill Farms. Tickets for the luncheon cost $40 per person and may be purchased from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. For further information, call 609-984-4389 or email Lynn.Mathews@ag.state.nj.us By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - November 19, 2015 - New Jersey's two harness tracks - the Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway - have been awarded a combined 200 racing dates for 2016. The dates were approved at the New Jersey Racing Commission, meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Trenton, NJ. Mark Ford, attending his first Commission meeting as president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, advised the Commission that the SBOANJ was reluctantly accepting the Meadowlands dates as an experiment for 2016. "We are concerned about losing dates in January and February and replacing them with September and October dates," Ford said. The Meadowlands requested 90 dates, Fridays and Saturdays only [plus Sunday, May 8], from January 2 through August 6 and from September 9 through December 31 [dark on Saturday, December 24]. Post time is 7 p.m. Freehold received 110 dates, racing January 1 through May 21 plus August 26 and 27, and September 2 through December 10. Racing days will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus three holiday Mondays - January 18, February 15 and September 5. Dark days are September 1 and November 24. Post time is 12:30 p.m. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - November 17, 2015 - The Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey elected Mark Ford as its president at a reorganization meeting held on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Association's offices in Manalapan, NJ. Ford, one of the leading trainers in Meadowlands history, owns and operates the Mark Ford Training Center. He fills the position occupied for more than a dozen years by Thomas Luchento. "We made tremendous gains while Tom was president," said Ford. "And we will redouble our efforts to expand racing opportunities in New Jersey, pushing ahead with plans for an expanded gaming referendum in 2016. We thank Tom Luchento for his leadership and know he will continue to contribute as a member of the Board of Directors." In the election of other officers, Mark Mullen was named first vice president, Robert Boni as second vice president, Chris Ryder as third vice president, Alfred Ochsner Jr. as treasurer and Anthony Romano as secretary. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - November 3, 2015 - It is rewarding to breed in the Garden State thanks to the newly approved Renaissance Incentive issued by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Effective with the 2016 breeding season, breeders will be incentivized to stand stallions and foal their mares in New Jersey with reimbursements and bonuses. "We are enhancing the mare residency program and adding trotting stallions along with pacing stallions to the successful program we introduced last year," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "These programs will help to bridge the gap until we start to see the potential revenue from expanded gaming. We have every expectation that racetrack-based casinos will be a referendum question in November of 2016." The mare residency program requires that the mare reside in New Jersey for 150 days, be veterinarian-certified as fit for breeding and the foal be made eligible for the New Jersey Sire Stakes or New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. Payments of up to $500 per mare will be issued to the registered owner after verification of breeding and residency, but not prior to August 1, 2016. The maximum pool for payments is $150,000. The foals of mares bred to New Jersey-based pacing and trotting stallions will be eligible to a 25 percent refund of the paid stud fee, up to a maximum of $1,500, for breedings in 2016. The incentive rebate will be issued on or about August 1, 2017, and the stud fee must be paid by the registered owner prior to that date. It is required that the participating stallions be enrolled in the USTA's STARS Program and the resulting foals be nominated to the New Jersey Sire Stakes. A maximum of $100,000 per gait will be paid out. Among the participating stallions are the trio of Trixton, Rock N Roll Heaven and Lis Mara, all of whom stand at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ, and Philos Hanover, a son of Cam's Card Shark, who stands at Last Cance Farm in Chesterfield, NJ. The program is also available to any other New Jersey stallions that meet the eligibility requirements. "The Breeders Committee and the SBOANJ has approved what I believe to be a truly forward looking and innovative program to create excitement around the breeding and racing industry in New jersey, said Michael Gulotta, chairman of the Breeders Committee and president of Deo Volente Farms. "The cash breeding incentives will make standing stallions in New Jersey even more attractive. As the odds of a November 2016 referendum for casino gaming in Northern New Jersey are improving by the day, it is highly likely that we will see larger purses in the future for New Jersey-sired horses. Given the circumstances it is both logical and advantageous to be breeding to a New Jersey sire now." Trixton, the 2014 Hambletonian winner, was bred to 140 mares in North America and 120 in Europe during his first season, 2015. The son of Muscle Hill stands for a fee of $12,000 Rock N Roll Heaven, the 2010 Horse of the Year and a son of the late Rocknroll Hanover, has been relocated to New Jersey for a fee of $6,500 and will join Breeders Crown winner Lis Mara, a son of Cambest, who stands for $2,500, as the pacing stallions at Deo Volente. Philos Hanover, the foundation horse of the farm and racing operations of John and Tom Cancelliere, competed from 2006 to 2011, finishing in-the-money in 64 of 110 starts for earnings of $523,246. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 28, 2015 - When the daughters of Rock N Roll Heaven, Divine Caroline and Sassa Hanover, finished one-two in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Woodbine, it pushed the stallion's earnings to the top of his class. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has been relocated to New Jersey for his 2016 season at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ. His first foals, now three, have accounted for $3,447,949 this year with 71 of 103 foals making starts. This makes him the most accomplished United States-based sire of three-year-old pacers this year, based on earnings, and second only to Bettor's Delight, now in Ontario. Sassa Hanover with $910,311, Divine Caroline with $717,758 and Band of Angels with $482,303 are the top three earners credited to Rock N Roll Heaven, according to statistics provided by the United States Trotting Association. All are three-year-old fillies. His top colts are Rockin In Heaven with $363,099 and Arque Hanover with $223,841. Divine Carolina, driven by David Miller and trained by Joe Holloway, won her Breeders Crown in 1:51 flat and extended her winning streak to four. She also won her Crown elim, preceded by the Glen Garnsey and Bluegrass, both at Lexington's Red Mile. This year the filly, who is out of Loving Caroline, posted seven wins, five seconds and six thirds from 20 starts for $576,332. Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 25 of 31 starts. She is owned by Val D'Or Farms of Freehold, NJ; Ted Gewertz of New York City; Rojan Stables of Wilmington, DE and Michael Ouriel of Webster, NY. Rock N Roll Heaven, who is by Rocknroll Hanover and out of Artistic Vision, stands for a 2016 fee of $6,500 at Deo Volente Farms. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 24, 2015 - In a battle to the wire, 2-1 Katies Rocker slipped up the harness racing pylons to nip 1-2 Ideal Rocky in the $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the featured sixth race at Freehold on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Ideal Rocky, winner of the Lou Babic at Freehold and a division of the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile, took the lead from Katies Rocker before the half and was leading well into the stretch. But then Jim Marohn Jr. moved the pocket-sitting Katies Rocker up the pylons to win the tight photo finish by a nose. It was a length and a quarter back to Don'tcallmefrancis in third. The time of the race was 1:55.3. The top three finishers are all sons of the late Rocknroll Hanover. Katies Rocker [$6.80], trained by Jim Campbell, posted his fifth win with two seconds in 10 starts. A winner of divisions of the Reynolds and Bluegrass, he is owned by his breeder, Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. The victory lifted his earnings to $134,348. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

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

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