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Take A Wish has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes' harness racing "Horse of the Year" for 2018. The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS-sponsored races and other major stakes for NJ-sired or bred horses. Take A Wish, by Wishing Stone out of the SJ's Caviar mare Take A Taste, was the only horse to score double finals wins with victories in the finals of the Sire Stakes' Premier Division at the Meadowlands and the Standardbred Development Fund at Freehold Raceway. A winner of $87,395 in 2018 the three-year-old filly trotter was on the board in five out of the six Sire Stakes races that she entered. Regular driver Steve Smith handled Take A Wish in all her races this season. With a record of 1:55.2 which she took in winning the Premier Division final at The Meadowlands, Take A Wish is owned by Dawn Anderson and Mark Schullstrom of Colts Neck, New Jersey. Ms. Anderson also performs double duty as the trainer of the filly. She was bred by Rivers Stable of Flemington, NJ. Take A Wish's connections will be honored at the 62nd annual Breeder Awards Luncheon on January 26, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hamilton, New Jersey. For further information: Christopher Castens (609) 292-8830 Wishing Stone - The sire of Take A Wish winning against the best in Europe The 2012 Copenhagen Cup - Group 1 Wishing Stone seen here in the first heat of The Kentucky Futurity Wishing Stone seen here in the second heat of The Kentucky Futurity

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 9, 2014 - Shelikescandy was the sweetest of all, winning the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Chocolatier, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Dawn Anderson, bested a field of three in a non-wagering event. She stayed flat; the other two starters did not. The margin of victory was 14 ¾ lengths and for a clocking of 2:03.3. Revergreen [Revenue] was second and Coin Collector [Chocolatier] was distanced. Shelikescandy completed a sweep of the four-week Green Acres and improved her record to five wins and one third in 16 starts this year. Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 11 of 22 starts. Bred by Dr. Stephen Perrine Dey, she has earned $67,009 for owner George Beck of Freehold, NJ. In a $7,000 second-round Green Acres for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, also contended prior to the betting card, Choco Sun [Chocolatier] held on for a head victory over Angels Ransom [Revenue] in 1:58.2. It was a length back to Holiday Spirit [Chocolatier] in third. Choco Sun has now won two straight in Green Acres action. The Orjan Torstensson trainee was driven to victory by Jim Meittinis. Choco Sun, owned by Eirik Djuve Inc. of Bordentown, NJ, picked up his second win with a second and two thirds from eight starts this year. He has finished in-the-money in 10 of 15 career starts, earning $51,706. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 4, 2014 - Nubble Light was widest of all in a four-horse charge to the wire, winning by a neck in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the sixth race on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Steve Smith tipped Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] wide in the stretch, getting up in the final strides to catch Sassy Hanover [Western Ideal] in a career best 1:55 flat. It was half a length to Card Shock [Cam's Card Shark] in third. Nubble Light paid $8.60 to win as the third choice in the wagering. The Deleston Cote trainee also won the $25,000 Green Acres Final as a two-year-old on October 19, 2013. Nubble Light now has five wins, two seconds and four thirds in 19 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 13 of 28 career starts for a bankroll of $54,619. The gelding races for the partnership of Deleston Cote of Cream Ridge, NJ; Henry Faragalli III of Bryn Mawr, PA; Trevor Johnson of Phoenixville, PA and Jeffrey Ruben of Bryn Mawr, PA. In the third race, the third leg of the Green Acres for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Too Darn Hot [Rocknroll Hanover] was a head winner over 1-2 favorite Rock N Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:58.4. Devils Cut [Western Ideal] was two lengths back in third. Too Darn Hot [$5.40], driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Ron Burke, picked up his fifth win and has been first or second in seven of 10 starts. He is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr. The $25,000 Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies drew three entrants and will be raced as the first of two non-wagering events on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Shelikescandy [Chocolatier], who won all three of the preliminary legs, will bid for a sweep, facing Coin Collector [Chocolatier] and Revergreen [Revenue]. Shelikescandy, trained by Dawn Anderson and owned by George Beck of Freehold, NJ, will leave from post three with Steve Smith driving. The second non-betting event is the $7,000 second leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 3, 2014 - Demons N Diamonds picked the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes -Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting fillies to post her first career victory on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Muscle Hill - Half Ours filly trotted the mile in 2:00 flat, passing the pacesetter Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee] in the stretch for a half-length victory in the non-wagering event. Contraire [Muscles Yankee] was three and three quarter lengths back in third. Demons N Diamonds, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by John McDermott Jr., improved her record to one win, three seconds and two thirds from 11 starts for a bankroll of $38,921. The filly, bred by TLP Stable of Kearny , NJ, passed through the Lexington Selected Sale for $20,000. She is owned by the partnership of Jonathan Klee Racing of Mineola, NY; Domenic Costanzo of Westbury, NY and Kuhen Racing LLC of Yardley, PA. In the $7,000 third leg of the Green Acres for two-year-old pacing fillies, Cheyenne Robin [$7.60] was much the best, putting away 1-5 favorite Smart Zone in the co-featured sixth race. Cheyenne Robin, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Robert Siegelman, was a seven-length winner in a stakes record equaling 1:55.4. It was 11 ½ lengths to World Of Rock in third. All three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. The mile matched the Green Acres mark of 1:55.4 set by Happy Dreamer [McArdle] in 2007. Cheyenne Robin races for The Cheyenne Gang of Port Washington, NY. In Green Acres action on Thursday, October 2, Jim Meittinis drove the winners of both non-wagering divisions for three-year-old trotters, both offspring of Chocolatier. Shelikescandy won the filly split in 2:01.3 for a sweep of the three preliminary legs of the series. The Dawn Anderson trainee, owned by George Beck of Freehold, NJ, won by 24 ½ lengths over Coin Collector [Chocolatier]. In the first leg of the colt division, Choco Sun was a half-length winner over Angels Ransom [Revenue] in 1:57.2. The Orjan Torstensson trainee races for Eirik Djuve Inc. of Bordentown, NJ. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 19, 2014 - Four two-year-old trotting fillies hit the wire together, and it took the photo finish to award a victory in the $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres to Contraire in the sixth race on Friday, September 19, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Contraire [$6.00], with Ake Svandstedt driving, slipped up the rail to win by a nose over four-wide Model Behavior in 2:01.2. Both are daughters of Muscles Yankee. It was a head back to 9-5 Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] in third and a neck to pacesetting Prinsessa [Muscle Hill] in fourth. Contraire picked up her second win in her fifth start of the year. The Glenn Bailey trainee races in the name of Irony Alliance LLC of Gansevoort, NY. In a non-wagering $7,000 Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies, Shelikescandy [Chocolatier] was a length and a quarter winner over Coin Collection [Chocolatier] in 1:59.2. Revergreen [Revenue] broke stride and was a distanced third. Shelikescandy has now won two in a row and three of 14 starts this year. Driven by Steve Smith, she is trained by Dawn Anderson. Her owner is George Beck of Freehold, NJ for whom she has won just shy of $50,000 lifetime. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 11, 2014 - It took his tenth career start but Switchblade Hall finally reached the winner's circle with a sharp effort in the $7,000 third leg of New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the second of two non-wagering events on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Trainer Ray Schnittker drove the son of Muscles Yankee, who covered the mile in 2:01.2, finishing three and a half lengths ahead of Firestop [Muscles Yankee]. It was six and a quarter lengths to Cruizinwithmuscles [Muscles Yankee] in third. Switchblade Hall had a second and four thirds in his prior nine starts, earning shy of $10,000 for Schnittker, Walnut Hall Ltd. of Lexington, KY; Fam Alber Horse Racing LLC of Long Branch, NJ and Brian Pedersen of Delaware. In the first of the two pre-card events, a $7,000 Green Acres opening leg for three-year-old trotting fillies, Shelikescandy by Chocolatier was a five and three-quarter length winner over Revergreen, a daughter of Revenue. Coin Collector by Chocolatier was third by six and a quarter lengths in the field of three. The time for the mile was 2:03.4. Shelikescandy, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Dawn Anderson, is owned by George Beck of Freehold, NJ. It was her second win in 13 starts this year and improved her lifetime record to four wins, one second and three thirds from 19 starts and earnings of $44,409. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 3, 2014 - Cee Bee Yes had an ambitious mission a month ago in the Hambletonian Oaks but now is back at Freehold, scene of her past successes, for the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 5, 2014. The Helen Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old filly trotters and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on August 2 at the Meadowlands would have been quite a feather in the cap of the filly, a daughter of Muscles Yankee - Enbeecee. But she broke at the start and was never a factor. She won a qualifier on August 21 at Freehold in 2:00.3 in preparation for the Helen Smith, where she will leave from post three in the field of six. She has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite. "Cee Bee Yes made an unfortunate break at the start of the Oaks," trainer Julie Miller noted. "Since them, we wanted to target the Helen Smith at Freehold. She has had success at Freehold in the past. She is good and healthy, and ready to return to action." At Freehold, Cee Bee Yes won the $33,075 Lady Suffolk on May 3. At two, she was second to Chocolate Crisp in the $58,025 Marion Dancer. In New Jersey Sire Stakes action at the Meadowlands, she won the $150,000 final at two and was second in the $100,000 final for three-year-olds on May 31, 2014. A $45,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Cee Bee Yes has banked $273,182 for owners Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. This year she has finished first or second in four of eight starts and has a lifetime record of six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 19 starts. With her husband, Andy, on the sidelines, recovering from a racing accident, Miller is turning the lines over to Steve Smith. "Steve drove her last year and got along real well with her," she noted. "As a trainer, I take each start race by race. As long as she is healthy, she still has stakes racing to compete in." The field for the $40,000 Helen Smith, the seventh race on September 5 [with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds]: 1-Yoga-Muscles Yankee-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-5-2 2-Shelikescandy-Chocolatier-James Marshall IV-Dawn Anderson-12-1 3-Cee Bee Yes-Muscles Yankee-Steve Smith-Julie Miller-9-5 4-You And I-Muscles Yankee-Ed Lohmeyer-Ed Lohmeyer-7-1 5-Celebrity Fantasy-Muscles Yankee-Eric Abbatiello-Jimmy Salerno-20-1 6-Mistresswithmuscle-Muscle Hill-Jeff Gregory-George Ducharme-5-2 by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

The $32,800 Hambletonian Monte Series Final will go postward at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day between the second and third races. A fine field on 12 qualifying point leaders will face the starter led by six 2013 monte winners, Chinese Cuisine, Motown Dreamgirl, Point of Honour, A Penny Earned, Flex The Muscle and Sundance Bayama. The full field of equine stars, riders and trainers are listed below in post position order: 1. Chinese Cuisine, Tina Duer, Brett Bittle 2. Waldorf Hall, Jenny Melander, Jim Raymer 3. Flowing James, Emma Pettersson, Mark Harder 4. Motown Dreamgirl, Jennifer Lowery, Robert Lounsbury 5. Muscolo, Michelle Crawford, Paul Kelley 6. Armbro Doyle, Ashley Eldred, Dawn Anderson 7. Admirable Hanover, Jennifer Connor, Janice Connor 8. Point Of Honour, Tara Hynes, Frank Scamporino Jr. 9. Amoreena, Marielle Enberg, Pat Lachance 10. A Penny Earned, Heather Reese, George Ducharme 11. Flex The Muscle, Ray Schnittker (also trainer) 12. Sundance Bayama, Stephanie Werder, Henrik Lundell Separately, yesterday the New York Fair at Morris, NY conducted a monte race with the win going to Vassar Hall (9f Striking Sahbra-Vera Hall-Conway Hall). Michelle Crawford rode the winner for trainer Brett Crawford, covering the mile in 2:13.4h over an off track. Veteran Lemon Pepper was placed second ridden by Jennifer Lowery with First Tail U See second placed third for Ashley Eldred. by Thomas H. Hicks  

The Hambletonian Society managed Hambletonian Monte Series Leg #2 takes place Friday at The Meadowlands. The Final, comprised of the top point earners in the two legs, will face the starter on Hambletonian Day for a $25,000 purse. Be there tomorrow night to watch the non-wagering monte action starting at 7:00 pm and wager on an exciting Meadowlands card of pari-mutuel harness racing. Leg #2 entries (horse, rider, trainer) are shown below with the first division slated to go postward at 7:00pm. Monte RUS 1st Division, one mile, $5,000 purse, non-wagering 7:00pm 1. Armbro Doyle, tba, Dawn Anderson 2. Where's Harry, Caroline Green, James Porter 3. Chinese Cuisine, Tina Duer, Brett Bittle 4. First Tail U See, Ashley Eldred, John Battiato 5. Admirable Hanover, Jennifer Connor, Janice Connor 6. Amoreena, Marielle Enberg, Pat Lachance 7. Muscolo, Michelle Crawford, Paul Kelley Monte RUS 2nd Division, one mile, $5,000 purse, non-wagering after race 3 1. Sundance Bayama, Stephanie Werder, Henrik Lundell 2. Waldorf Hall, Jenny Melander, Jim Raymer 3. Pointe Of Honour, Tara Hynes, Frank Scamporino Jr. 4. Celebrity Playboy,Maria Andersson, Ron Burke 5. Flowing James, Emma Pettersson, Mark Harder 6. Flex The Muscle, Ray Schnittker (also trainer) 7. Motown Dreamgirl, Jennnifer Lowrey, Robert Lounsbury 2013 monte winners in the fields include First Tail U See, Sundance Bayama, Flex The Muscle and Motown Dreamgirl. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Two divisions of Hambletonian Monte's first leg are set to go Friday at the new Meadowlands. Last year winners Master Pine, Chinese Cuisine and Armbro Doyle will be at the start along with early 2013 winners Flex The Muscle, First Tail U See and Sundance Bayama. Entries are shown below (horse, rider, trainer). Second division entrant Flowing James just qualified under saddle at M1 on July 13, scoring in 2:00 for rider Emma Johansson. Thanks go to the host track, all participants, series manager The Hambletonian Society and sponsors Allerage Farm, William Weaver, White Birch Farm, Back on Track, Blue Chip Farm, Burke Stable and Global Graphics for supporting this exciting series that showcases the leading point winners final on Hambletonian Day for a $25,000 purse. Monte/RUS Division 1 - post time 7:00pm, Purse $5,000, One Mile Master Pine, Helene Gregory/Julie Miller Where's Harry, Caroline Green/James Potter Admirable Hanover, Jennifer Connor/Janice Connor Waldorf Hall, Jenny Melander/Jim Raymer Pointe of Honour, Tara Hynes/Frank Scamporino Jr. A Penny Earned, Heather Reese/George Ducharme' Amoreena, Marielle Enberg/Pat Lachance Chinese Cuisine, Tina Duer/Brett Biddle Monte/RUS Division 2 - after race 3 on M1 card, Purse $5,000, One Mile Motown Dreamgirl, Jennifer Lowery/Robert Lounsbury Flowing James, Emma Pettersson/Mark Harder Flex The Muscle, Ray Schnittker (also trainer) Muscolo, Michelle Crawford/Paul Kelley Celebrity Playboy, Maria Andersson/Ron Burke First Tail U See, Ashley Eldred/John Battiato Sundance Bayama, Stephanie Werder/Henrik Lundell Armbro Doyle, tba/Dawn Anderson by Thomas H. Hicks  

Two $5,100 Massachusetts Sire stake harness racing events were in the spotlight Thursday (October 10_ at Plainridge Racecourse.

The Plainridge Racecourse will never ever forget the way the sixth race was raced and eventually won, because of the scenario that took place during the race. We must first backtrack with an explanation, which goes like this, going into today Jim Hardy and Dawn Anderson were both tied with forty-eight harness racing wins and prior to the sixth race both contenders had two drives and neither one was able to crack the win column.

Over another rainy day,driven by the wind, Plainridge Racecourse had some harness racing excitement going on today, because not only did Brad Irvine win three races over the off track, but after being eleven wins down to the leader Jim Hardy in the trainer standings five weeks ago, Dawn Anderson has closed the gap.

The weather has taken a turn for the worse at the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, MA, because the light weight harness racing driving colors have now turned into the winter colors. The winds have picked up and we now see temperatures in the thirties, which is quite a difference now, but not for John Kakaley, who braved the elements Friday to win the final three races on the card.

Age holds no barriers for the likes of Satin Time N, Hezaumpn Bluegrass and Southwind Night, harness racing pacers who raced on Friday's (Oct. 2nd) card at Plainridge Racecourse.

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