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MANALAPAN, NJ - September 17, 2015 - An Ake Svanstedt trainee won the $50,500 Charles I. Smith Trot for three-year-olds, but it was not 2-5 favorite Southwind Mozart, who finished second, but rather 2-1 Crescent Fashion, who scored a length and three-quarters victory in the featured third race on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. In the $35,000 Harold Dancer for two-year-olds, contested prior to the betting card, the Richard Johnson-trained Steed won with Daniel Dube driving. The Smith and the Dancer are both restricted to New Jersey-sired trotters and are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Crescent Fashion [$6.20], driven by Scott Zeron, rallied first over to pass the fraction-cutting Mountain Top, who hung on for third by seven and a half lengths, and out- brushed Southwind Mozart for his third win in 10 starts this year. All three top finishers are sons of Muscle Hill. The mile was clocked in 1:56.4. Svanstedt's third entrant, Natural Kemp, was fifth. Crescent Fashion has finished in-the-money in six of 13 career starts and banked $88,198 for owners Laura K. Noren of Eastampton, NJ; Order by Stable of Boras, Sweden and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia. PA. Steed, by Muscle Hill, was on the lead from gate-to-wire in the Harold Dancer, crossing the wire a half-length in front in 1:59.2, only two-fifths of a second off the stakes record of 1:59 established in 2010 by Chapter Seven. A pair of Julie Miller trainees battled for second and third with Inukchuck Chuck, driven by Julie Miller, finishing ahead of Stayin Strong, with Eric Abbatiello in the sulky. Both are sons of Muscles Yankee. Steed is owned by the partnership of TLP Stable of Florham Park, NJ; D'Elegance Stable IX of Florham Park, NJ; Vito Cucci of Belmar, NJ and Carmen Iannacone of Lyndhurst, NJ. The gelding picked up his first win in his sixth career outing, with two seconds to his credit, for earnings of $26,347. 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, 2014 - Trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer fired Skates N Plates off the gate and was never headed, winning the $55,000 Charles I. Smith Trot, the seventh race on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Charles I. Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Skates N Plates, who is by Revenue, was tested by 1-2 favorite Hillustrious both in the first quarter and again in the homestretch, but repelled the son of Muscle Hill both times for a three-quarter length victory in 1:56.3. It was four lengths to Angels Ransom [Revenue] in third. Skates N Plates [$19.40] picked up his third win with a second and a third in 13 starts in 2014. Owned and bred by Robert J. Key of Leechburg, PA, he has banked $87,703 this year and $162,541 for his career. The stakes record for the Smith of 1:55.4 was set in 2010 by Flex The Muscle [Muscles Yankee]. In the co-featured $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies, carded as the third race, Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee-Marla Bar] was a three-quarter -length winner over Prinsessa [Muscle Hill] in 2:02.2. Contraire [Muscles Yankee] was third by a length. Model Behavior, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Robert Baggitt Jr., is owned by her breeder, Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ. She now has two wins in five starts. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ                  

Rancousy established a new track record of 1:56.1 for three-year-old male pacers at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon with his dominant 22-1/4 length romp in the $9,960 Nova Scotia Stake for trainer/driver Darren Crowe. Owned and bred by Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S., the Western Paradise-Too Spicy For You colt's winning time was two-fifths of a second faster than the former mark set by Clinton Debriefed in 2003. Leaving from post two, Rancousy escaped the commotion caused by breaker Touch Of Thunder (Earl Smith) to most of the field and extended his leading margin as he raced past panels of :29.2, :58.4 and 1:27.1 en route to the 1:56.1 triumph. West River Yannik (Paul Langille) raced in second and Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald) finished third. Touch Of Thunder finished fourth, but was set back to eighth for causing interference to the other starters. To view the rest of this story click here.

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 21, 2014 - When Freehold Raceway re-opens for its 2014 Summer/Fall Meet on Thursday, August 28, there will be a return to condition racing and the introduction of automated morning lines. "In a mutual agreement with the SBOA [Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey], we are returning to conditioned races when we re-open August 28," said Freehold's General Manager Howard Bruno. "We had some success with the ABC classified system, however, the seasonal fluctuations in horse supply made it difficult to maximize its potential." The 48-day meet [August 28 through December 13] will occupy Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week along with a special Labor Day card on Monday, September 1. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Overnight purses will average $40,000 daily, according to Bruno. Automated morning lines, generated by TrackMaster, will debut this meet. "Several other tracks have begun using the system and the feedback has been positive," said Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Karen Fagliarone. "We feel the automation will lead to increased accuracy and be more timely than our current system." Opening weekend includes stakes action, an opening day t-shirt giveaway, and, on Labor Day, discounted food items, autograph session and a cap giveaway. The free t-shirt will be distributed with a paid Freehold live racing program [while supplies last] on Thursday, August 28. The opening day feature is the first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts. Friday, August 29 spotlights eliminations, if needed, for the Helen Smith Trot for three-year-old fillies which has a $55,000 estimated final on September 5. Saturday, August 30 will showcase three-year-old pacing colts in Green Acres action. Two-year-old pacers, both colts and fillies, face off in opening round Green Acres on Labor Day, September 1. Labor Day is also Back to the Track, a cooperative effort by the United States Trotting Association, its member racetracks, and horsemen from coast-to-coast that combines exciting harness racing and fan-friendly promotions. Freehold's Labor Day festivities include a free Back to the Track cap with paid Freehold live program [while supplies last], 50-cent hot dogs, 50-cent sodas, drawings for a season's parking pass and Back to the Track t-shirts. Additionally, there will be a drivers' autograph session. Saturday, September 20 marks the Third Annual Open Space Pace, which starts with a morning parade of horses on Main Street in Freehold Borough, ending at Freehold Raceway where additional events will be staged, including celebrity amateur races, demonstrations, educational exhibits, great food, live harness racing, family fun activities, petting zoo, a concert and fireworks. In addition to the Green Acres stakes for New Jersey-sired two and three-year-olds, the fall schedule includes the Lou Babic Paces [September 27] and the SBOANJ-sponsored Marion Dancer Trot [September 4], Helen Smith Trot [September 5], Charles Smith Trot [September 12], Harold Dancer Trot [September 25] and New Jersey Futurities [September 6, October 10, October 16 and October 25]. Qualifiers are on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. with declarations due the prior day at 10 a.m. Fourteen baby races and qualifiers are carded for Thursday, August 21. The opening week draw schedule: Thursday, August 28 - Draw on Monday, August 25 [Declare in by 9 a.m.] Friday, August 29 - Draw on Tuesday, August 26 [Declare in by 9 a.m.] Saturday, August 30 - Draw on Wednesday, August 27 [Declare in by 9 a.m.] Monday, September 1 [Labor Day] - Draw on Thursday, August 28 [Declare in by 9 a.m.] The remainder of meet will follow Freehold's traditional draw schedule of Saturday for Thursday, Tuesday for Friday and Wednesday for Saturday. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

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Atlantic Sires Stakes colts put on an impressive show at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon as five divisions of the three-year-old pacers took to the local oval. Touch of Thunder took first place honours in his 'A' division heat, crossing the finish line in 1:59.3 with Brodie MacPhee in the bike. The ownership papers for the colt are held by Peter Smith, Charlottetown, PE, Don Smith Pownal, PE, Gerald Morrissey Vernon Bridge, PE and Larry Chappell Marshfield, PE. The event also saw a three way dead heat for second place with Mr Vaive, Super S Yzerman and Just A Professor crossing the finish line in unison. The second 'A' division event of the afternoon race card went to Arties Magic and driver Todd Trites in a time of 1:57.3 for owners Windemere Farms, North Wilshire, PE and Clive Balderston, Moncton, NB. Rancousy and driver Darren Crowe captured the third 'A' division event in 1:57.3 for owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, NS. Meanwhile the first 'B' division event of the afternoon went to Post Haste and owner, driver, trainer Angelo Camilli of Sydney, NS. Locky and driver Redmond Doucet crossed the finish line first in their 'B' division event for owner Lennan MacIsaac of Inverness, NS. Atlantic Sires Stakes action returns to Cape Breton Island on Saturday when the three-year-old pacing colts and fillies meet for racing action at Northside Downs in North Sydney. First race post time at Northside Downs on Saturday is 1 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 25, 2013 – Trainer and co-owner Chris Ryder is bringing a lot of "muscle" to the $66,500 Harold Dancer Trot on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Ryder will send out both Muscle On In and Well Built in the stakes for two-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters.  Both colts are by first year sire Muscle Hill. The entry is rated 5-2 in the morning line in race seven. A break at the start cost Muscle On In any hope in his last start, the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final on September 20.  The victory in that race went to Choco Sun who nosed out Chocolate Day, both by Chocolatier.  Those two trotters are also in the Harold Dancer.  Chocolate Day is the 7-2 second choice in the morning line from post six and Choco Sun is listed at 9-2 from post eight. While Daniel Dube gets the call on Muscle On In from the rail, Ryder will take the lines on Well Built from post seven.  Muscle On In comes into the Harold Dancer with two wins in eight starts for earnings of $19,415.  He took his mark of 1:58.3 in a $20,000 Arden division at the Meadows.  A $15,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, he races for the partnership of Ryder, Robert Mondillo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY. Entrymate Well Built, owned by Ryder and Mondillo, has two seconds in six starts, banking $11,375.  He was a $30,000 Lexington Selected Sale acquisition. The stakes record for the Harold Dancer, which is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, is 1:59, established in 2010 by Chapter Seven. The field for the $66,500 Harold Dancer Trot: HD #    POST   HORSE                  SIRE                        DRIVER                        TRAINER                 ML 1          1          Muscle On It         Muscle Hill             Daniel Dube                Chris Ryder                    5-2 1A       7          Well Built              Muscle Hill             Chris Ryder                  Chris Ryder                    5-2 2          2          Celebrity Spitfire  Muscles Yankee    Eric Abbatiello             Susanne Strandqvist    6-1 3          3          Resolve                 Muscle Hill             Jim Pantaleano          Roman Lopez               8-1 4          4          Hot Type               Chocolatier            DR Ackerman              DR Ackerman               5-1 5          5          Skates N Plates   Revenue                 Jim Marshall III            Paul Reid                      10-1 6          6          Chocolate Day     Chocolatier            Marcus Johansson      Julie Miller                     7-2 7          8          Choco Sun            Chocolatier            Jim Meittinis                Orjan Torstensson        9-2 In other stakes action on Friday, two $7,000 divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres will be contested prior to the betting card.  In the first event, the third leg for two-year-old trotting fillies, drew a field of five, including first leg winner Shelikescandy by Chocolatier and second leg winner Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee. The second non-wagering stakes is the first leg for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings with five entrants, including $38,500 Charles Smith runner up Dagget by Chocolatier. The $25,000 Green Acres Final for three-year-old pacing fillies is the featured seventh race on Thursday, September 26, 2013. The 6-5 morning line favorite is the Ross Croghan trainee Certified Ideal by Western Ideal who will be driven by Jim Pantaleano from post two.  Four of the finalists are by Western Ideal, two by Cam’s Card Shark and one by Rocknroll Hanover. Prior to the Thursday card, five three-year-old trotting fillies will face off in the second round of the Green Acres. by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 20, 2013 – Choco Sun led a Chocolatier sweep of the top three spots of the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres and Super Classic won the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Trot on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Choco Sun, driven by Jim Meittinis and trained by Oriano Torstensson, captured the Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:59.3, finishing a nose ahead of Chocolate Day and a length and a quarter in front of Holiday Spirit. All three are sons of Chocolatier. The seventh race longshot, Choco Sun paid $54.20 to win, picking up his second straight victory. He has been first or second in four of five starts, banking more than $21,000 for Eirik Djuve of Sola, Norway. Muscle On In, the betting favorite, broke stride, finished seventh and was placed eighth on a disqualification. Super Classic, a son of Muscles Yankee, romped to a six and a quarter length tally over Dagget [Chocolatier] and Bouncer [Muscles Yankee] was nine and a quarter back in third in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters. The Jim Doherty trainee, driven by Eric Abbatiello, trotted the mile in 2:00.2. William Augustine of Hammonton, NJ owns Super Classic, who picked up his second straight win and pushed his career bankroll to $73,953 with three wins, one second and four thirds in 22 starts. The Charles Smith, contested before the betting card, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. In a three-horse $7,000 division of the Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies, also took place off the betting card, Worldrecordsweeper [Muscles Yankee] finished a neck ahead of I’ll Bring Dessert [Chocolatier] in 2:03.1 Muscle Pump Queen [Muscles Yankee] was third by 15 ¼ lengths. Kevin Oscarsson drove Worldrecordsweeper, who is trained by Jim Oscarsson and owned by Jokikunnan Tila Oy of Finland. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 19, 2013 - Muscle On In has been installed as the slight 3-1 morning line favorite in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.. The son of Muscle Hill, driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Chris Ryder, drew post seven. The colt has two wins in seven starts, including an Arden division and last week's third leg of the Green Acres. He has banked nearly $20,000 for Ryder and partners Robert Mondilo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY. Second choice in the morning line is the Revenue gelding Angels Ransom, trained and driven by Roland Mallar, listed at 7-2 from post three. Angels Ransom won the opening leg of the Green Acres and finished second in his last two starts. He has finished in-the-money in four of eight starts for owner Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME. The Green Acres field [from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line]: Holiday Spirit, Chocolatier, Steve Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1; Skates N Plates, Revenue, Jim Marshall III, Paul Reid, 8-1; Angels Ransom, Revenue, Roland Mallar, Roland Mallar, 8-1; Celebrity Spitfire, Muscles Yankee, Eric Abbatiello, Susanne Strandqvist, 10-1; Choco Sun, Chocolatier, Jim Meittinis, Orjan Torstensson, 6-1; Chocolate Day, Chocolatier, Marcus Johansson, Julie Miller, 9-2; Muscle On It, Muscle Hill, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 3-1 and Time N Tide, Chocolatier, Steven Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1. Chocolate Day and Time N Tide are coupled in the wagering. Hall of Fame driver Cat Manzi, who suffered a fracture pelvis in a racing accident at Freehold Raceway on September 6 and went into rehab on September 11, is scheduled to be released and head home on Friday, September 20, 2013, according to his wife, Ellen. Super Classic, a Hambletonian hopeful in August, makes his next start in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Final, a non-wagering event for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters which drew three entrants. Super Classic, owned by William J. Augustine of Hammonton, NJ, has two wins, one second and four thirds from 21 career starts and earnings of $54,703. Eric Abbatiello will drive for trainer Jim Doherty. The competition includes Bouncer, a son of Muscles Yankee driven by Tom Jackson and trained by James Petruccelli, and Dagget, a Chocolatier gelding from the barn of John Butenschoen and driven by Tyler Butenschoen. The Charles Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The Charles Smith Final has a post time of 12:20 p.m. and follows a $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies at 12:15 p.m. Three are entered in the filly trot: Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee, I'll Bring Dessert by Chocolatier and Muscle Pump Queen by Muscles Yankee. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 17, 2013 – Super Classic, a Hambletonian hopeful in August, makes his next start in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Final on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The non-wagering event for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters drew three entrants.  "This colt was in against [eventual winner] Royalty For Life on August 3 at the Meadowlands, clearly the toughest of the three Hambletonian divisions,” said owner William J. Augustine of Hammonton, NJ.  “I think he raced well that day, considering the fierce competition.  He has been freshened up and showed that he can handle Freehold's half-mile track by winning his last start pretty handily.” Augustine, owner of Winners Circle Blueberries and an accomplished amateur driver, made a barn change after the Hambletonian, turning the gelded son of Muscles Yankee over to Hall of Famer Jim Doherty.  Freehold’s leading driver, Eric Abbatiello, will be in the sulky and leave from the rail position. Super Classic has two wins, one second and four thirds from 21 career starts and earnings of $54,703. The competition includes Bouncer, a son of Muscles Yankee driven by Tom Jackson and trained by James Petruccelli, and Dagget, a Chocolatier gelding from the barn of John Butenschoen and driven by Tyler Butenschoen.  The Charles Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  The Charles Smith Final has a post time of 12:20 p.m. and follows a $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies at 12:15 p.m. Three are entered in the filly trot: Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee, I’ll Bring Dessert by Chocolatier and Muscle Pump Queen by Muscles Yankee.  The feature on the betting card is the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race.  by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 13, 2013 – Choco Sun and Shelikescandy, two-year-olds by Chocolatier, accounted for two of the three victories in $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Choco Sun [$8.60] was a head winner over Angels Ransom [by Revenue] and held a nine and a quarter length advantage over Rannoch Moor [by Muscles Yankee] in third race division for colts and geldings. Marcus Johansson was at the lines of the Orjan Torstensson trainee.  The mile was clocked in 2:02.4. It was Choco Sun’s first win along with two seconds in four starts.  He is owned by Eirik Djuve of Sola, Norway. Only four contested the filly division, carded as a non-betting event, and Shelikescandy prevailed by a length and three-quarters over first-time starter Worldrecordsweeper [by Muscles Yankee].  I’ll Bring Dessert [by Chocolatier] was third by two lengths in the 2:03.4 mile. Shelikescandy, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Nifty Norman, now has a win and two thirds in four starts, racing for the Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. Muscle On It [$11] by Muscle Hill claimed the third division, a split for colts, carded as the ninth race, with the fastest clocking, 2:00.4. Muscle On It, a Chris Ryder trainee, was handled by Daniel Dube.  He finished a length and three-quarters ahead of Chocolate Day and four and a quarter head of Holiday Spirit, both by Chocolatier. Ryder co-owns the trotting colt with Robert Mondilio of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New York, NY. No elims were necessary for the Charles Smith Trot for three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters which drew three entrants – Bouncer, Dagget and Super Classic – who will vie for $38,500 on September 20.  by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ    

Nomination payments for stakes in 2014 and 2015 plus sustaining payments for two of this year's events are due to the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey by May 15, 2013.

The second sustaining payment of $300 for the harness racing 'Charles and Helen Smith Trots', sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, is due by April 15, 2013.

The first sustaining payments for this year's harness racing editions of the Charles and Helen Smith Trots are due by February 15, 2013. The fee is $200 for the Charles Smith open and $200 for the Helen Smith for fillies.

World Cup, for whom checks have been plentiful but wins scarce, attempts to make a major harness racing score in the $80,000 Charles Smith Final on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

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