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Freehold, NJ --- Lucan Hanover employed a different harness racing style this Saturday (January 4) at Freehold Raceway, and it worked like a charm, as he took the featured Preferred Handicap pace.   Usually, Lucan Hanover goes to the lead and tries to wire the field. However, driver Andy Miller elected to take him to the back of the pack early, sitting in sixth at the opening quarter. Nearing the half mile, he got into a live cover-flow, drafting his stablemate The Onlyest One. Heading into the final turn, Miller moved him three-wide, took charge turning for home, and held on to win by 1 1/4 lengths. He paced the mile over a sloppy track in 1:55.4.     Since coming to Freehold from Batavia Downs, Lucan Hanover has been in sharp form. he's won three times in five starts, and has been no worse than third. He's owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick.   Ozone Blue Chip rallied wide down the stretch and got up for second. The Onlyest One, Exit Cam, Polak, Mako Banner, and Statement Made completed the order of finish. Lucan Hanover paid $10.00 to win.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Thursday, beginning at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Inukchuk Chuck began his 2020 harness racing season the same way he ended his 2019 campaign: with a win in the Freehold Raceway Preferred trot. He scored in Friday's feature race by 3 1/4 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:58 over a sloppy track.   Just like last week, driver Joe Bongiorno blasted him to the lead and cleared as soon as he could. The early tempo was slow: the quarter went in 29.2, while the half mile fraction was 59.3. Favored Money Maven moved first over just before the half, and applied serious pressure to "Chuck" as they neared three-quarters. However, the leader easily dismissed the challenge and pulled away down the stretch for a convincing victory.     The winner is owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick. He won eleven times in 2019, while earning more than $63,000. For his career, he's accrued 22 victories, and earned more than $230,000.   Abbie's Celticlass got up for second over Money Maven at 10/1. Caviar Star, River Otter, Mugshot Jess, Barney Mac, and Boots N Chains rounded out the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a 10-race program beginning at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway will host 10 races this Saturday (January 4), with a 7-horse Preferred Handicap harness racing pace serving as the headliner.   The winners of the past two Preferreds are back for more: The Onlyest One and Exit Cam. The former took the Preferred on December 21, then won by a nose last week for a $20,000 tag. He's finished first or second in three of his last four starts. Joe Bongiorno will steer from post position four for trainer Nick Surick.   Exit Cam has also won two in a row, most recently scoring in the Preferred by a neck last week at 15/1. He was assigned post position six for trainer Karen Garland and driver Steve Smith.   The Onlyest One is one of two in the race for Surick. The other, Lucan Hanover, has been in fine form since coming to Freehold. In four starts at this track, he's won twice, and hit the board the other two times. Most recently, he finished third in the Preferred after leading most of the way. Andy Miller was named to drive, from post position five.   Statement Made, from post position seven, is the likely favorite. He's coming off a fifth-place finish in the Preferred at the Meadowlands. Two starts back, he won an upper-condition pace at Harrah's Philadelphia, pacing the mile in a sharp 1:51. For the first time, Jim Marohn Jr. will drive, for trainer Tahnee Camilleri,   Polak, Ozone Blue Chip, and Mako Banner round out the field.   The contest is scheduled as Saturday's 7th race, with a listed post time of 2;50 PM EST. The first race at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- A field of eight has signed up to do battle in Freehold Raceway's first Preferred Handicap harness racing trot of the year this Friday (January 3). The headliners are the top two finishers from last week's Preferred, Inukchuk Chuck and Money Maven.   "Chuck" won at the level last week, blasting off from post position three and cruising to a 3 1/2 length win in 1:57. Two weeks ago, he finished third in the Preferred. He was assigned post position seven this week, as he seeks to turn in another strong performance in Freehold's top class. Joe Bongiorno retains the drive for trainer Nick Surick.   Money Maven was assigned directly to his outside, off a runner-up finish at the class last week. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, he was wide most of the way, but still rallied well for second, one length clear of third. Andy Miller will drive for his wife, Julie.   Taylor Gower will send out two entrants: Mugshot Jess and Boots N Chains. "Jess" is known as a lover of Freehold; all five of his 2019 wins came at that track, including three Preferred victories. He'll leave from post position two. Boots N Chains was most recently sixth in the Preferred, a race where he had a difficult outside grind. Patt Berry will steer from post position four.   Caviar Star, River Otter, Abbie's Celticlass, and Barney Mac complete the ensemble. The race is scheduled as the seventh race on the nine-race program.   The first of those nine races at Freehold on Friday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ ---It was about as good an outcome as anyone could've hoped for on Saturday (December 28) at Freehold Raceway. The two 14-year-olds in the "Free-Old" Pace, Bobjacks Angle A and Camwiser, finished first and second, respectively, to close out their harness racing careers.   Sent off as the 5/1 second favorite in the field of seven, Camwiser moved right to the lead and set the early tempo. Meanwhile, Bobjacks Angle, off at 2/5, was parked for the first half mile.   Heading around the third turn, owner/driver Steve Smith was able to slide Bobjacks Angle into the pocket, and he rated there heading into the stretch. Turning for home, Camwiser remained clear, but Bobjacks Angle got by in the last sixteenth, to win by a length. The pair of war horses finished five lengths clear of third-place Hello Hot Shot.     This is the 35th win in the career of Bobjacks Angle, from 284 starts. He earned more than $330,000 in his career. Camwiser concludes his career with 56 wins in 387 starts, including earnings of more than $225,000.   Following the race, the two veterans were honored with a ceremony in the winner's circle, including a carrot bouquet.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Thursday, starting at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehoild, NJ --- Inukchuk Chuck stole the Preferred Handicap harness racing trot at Freehold Raceway on Friday (December 27), winning it with a gate-to-wire trip.   Leaving from post position three, driver Joe Bongiorno put his drive on the front end, setting a moderate early tempo. Heading up the backstretch the final time, he was met with pressure from Hashtagmadeyalook, along with favored Money Maven. Although the latter drew close on the final turn, "Chuck" was unfazed, and drew off to a 3 1/2 length win. He went the mile in 1:57.   That was the eleventh win of 2019 for Inukchuk Chuck, most of which have come in amateur driver races. His earnings for the year total $63,248. He was third in the Preferred last week, but with a front-running trip, he was able to find his way to the winner's circle. He's owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick.   The Preferred was one of four wins for Bongiorno on the Friday program. He won race 2 with R Sam, race 3 driving Northern Credit, and race 5 with Major Frost. That gives him 82 wins at Freehold on the calendar year, and 37 at the current fall/winter stand.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (December 28), starting at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- With mandatory retirements for 14-year-old horses approaching on December 31, tracks all over the country are holding celebrations of the hard-knocking veterans of the sport. Freehold Raceway is no different, as they will play host to the "Free-Old" Pace on Saturday (December 28). The race is restricted to horses 11 years old or older, and was invite-only.   Two 14-year-olds will take the track for the final time in this race. Bobjacks Angle A, for Steve Smith and Karen Garland, has been in fine form as of late, with three wins in his last five starts. This year, he's won six times in 27 tries, while earning almost $25,000. Lifetime, he's won 34 races in 283 starts, in a career that did not begin until 2012. He's won at least one race every year since then, including a win every year at Freehold since 2016. He will leave from post position three.   The other 14-year-old is Camwiser, for owner/trainer Vincent Valente and driver Jack Baggitt Jr. He's won four times this year from 41 races, earning $24,175. Since starting his career at Indiana Grand Race Course in 2008, he has won 56 races in 386 starts, with earnings of $224,130. He has won a race in every year of his career but one. For his career finale, he drew post position seven.   The race also features one 13-year-old -- Dirty Devil -- three 12-year-olds -- Here We Go Again, Broadies Song, and Colonial Road -- and two 11-year-olds -- Hello Hot Shot and Woodmere Ultimate. It will go as the fifth race on Saturday, with a scheduled post time of 1:50 PM EST.   The first race at Freehold on Saturday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a pair of top-class harness racing pacing events on Saturday afternoon (December 21): a $15,000 Invitational, and a $12,000 Preferred.   The Invitational was won by Sunfire Blue Chip, for trainer Gary Candell and driver Austin Siegelman. Off a third-place finish in the Preferred last week, he was sent off as the 3/1 third choice. Siegelman rocketed him to the lead from post seven, set up shop before the quarter, and established a modest early pace.   They reached the quarter in 27.4, and the half in a slow 57.1. They then opened up a bit nearing three-quarters, and looked clear as they turned for home. Despite a frantic rally up the pylons by favored Clint Westwood, the wire came in time for Sunfire Blue Chip, and he held on for a 3/4-length victory. The final time for the mile was 1:55.4.   The 9-year-old horse is owned by Takter, Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc, and R A W Equine. He's won four times from 21 starts this year, earning more than $90,000.   In the Preferred, The Onlyest One showed a lot of heart to hold off the rally of Ideal One and secure the victory. Parked out early, The Onlyest One cleared to the lead after the quarter, getting to the half in a comfortable 58.1. On the third turn, Ideal One swooped three wide, then drew up alongside The Onlyest One after three-quarters. Turning for home, it looked like Ideal One would roll by, but The Onlyest One was game and held on for a neck victory.   The winner is owned by Cliff Grundy, trained by Nick Surick, and driven by Joe Bonigorno. He's won seven times on the calendar year, including two of his last three.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (December 27), starting at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Drazmatazz surprised most Freehold Raceway harness racing bettors on Friday (December 20), as he won the featured Preferred Handicap trot at 12/1.   Leaving from post position one, driver Vinny Ginsburg tucked him into the pocket off early leader Dynamic Edge. While he and Limerence got into an early duel, Drazmatazz watched the action unfold while saving ground. Heading up the backstretch the final time, numerous horses made their moves, but no one could catch up to Dynamic Edge, who remained clear turning for home.   Ginsburg kept Drazmaztazz glued to the pylons turning for home, and angled him out for a clear shot in the stretch. Dynamic Edge was game, but Drazmatazz had all the momentum, and got up to win by a head. The final time was 1:57.3.   This gelding has been doing his best trotting at Freehold as of late: he's got three wins and two seconds in his last five starts over the Jersey half-miler. He's owned by Danbry Racing and trained by Tom Angerame. Angerame also won race 5, with Great Emancipator.   Ginsburg's win in the Preferred was one of four he bagged on Friday. He teamed up with Angerame on Great Emancipator, and also won race 3 with Data and race 11 with Jacinta Hanover.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, starting at roughly 12:30 PM EST. There will be two carryovers: the early pick 4, starting in race 2, has a carryover of $1,151.56, while the pick 5, beginning in race 5, will have a carryover of $735.45.   From Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway would like to remind its harness racing horsemen of the draw schedule change for next week:   The draw for Friday, December 27, will take place on Monday, December 23. The box will close at 9:00 AM; the board closes at 2:30 PM the same day.   The racing office will be closed both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.   The draw for Saturday, December 28, will take place on Thursday, December 26, with the box closing at 9:00 AM, and the board closing at 2:30 PM.   In addition, starting January 2, Freehold will add Thursdays to the racing calendar. The draw for January 2 will take place on Saturday, December 28.   Anyone with questions can call the racing office at (732) 252-2322.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- The entry cup runneth over at Freehold Raceway this Saturday (December 21), with a 12-race card featuring many big harness racing fields. The co-headliners will be two top level paces, including a $15,000 Invitational Handicap.   A field of eight will contest the invitational, scheduled as the eighth race. The outside two will likely be the favorites: Sunfire Blue Chip, coming off a third-place finish in the Preferred last week, and Goduko Hanover, who finished second by a neck in the Preferred at Yonkers Raceway two starts ago. The former is trained by Gary Candell, and will leave from post position seven. The latter drew post position eight for Scott DiDomenico.   Other headliners of that field include Triple Seelester, who has been dominating the claiming classes at Yonkers, Bullet Bob, the runner-up in the Preferred last week, Kimberlee, a mare in sharp form for Ake Svanstedt, and Clint Westwood, a dominant winner of the NW $6,000 last 5 class last week.   The Preferred handicap immediately follows the invitational, and also drew a field of eight. Ideal One was assigned post position six, and while has yet to win a race stateside, he qualified sharply at Freehold back in November. The Doug Dilloian trainee will leave from post position six.   Mako Banner and Western Bayama, both coming from Harrah's Philadelphia, were also assigned towards the outside. The former won a NW $10,000 last 5 contest there four starts ago, and finished third after a rough trip last out. He'll leave from post seven for trainer Mike Russo. Ken Tisa sends outt he later, who is coming off four consecutive claims at the Pennsylvania oval. He's won four out of his last five starts, to boot.   The first race at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- A field of seven signed up for the Freehold Raceway harness racing feature on Friday (December 20), a $12,000 Preferred Handicap trot. The race is scheduled as the seventh on the card, with a post time of 2:30 PM EST.   The headliner is expected to be Dot Dot Dot Dash, who drew the outside post. She's won the Preferred six times at Freehold in 2019, most recently on August 30. Last out, she won a NW $14,000 trot at Harrah's Philadelphia, her second win in her last three races. Expect her to tuck in near the back early on, and make a big closing rally.   Limerence, leaving from post position six, will likely challenge her for wagering supremacy. He finished fifth last out in a NW $20,000 trot at Yonkers Raceway. He's won six times on the year, including one win at Freehold, earning more than $98,000. Steve Smith will drive his own for trainer Karen Garland.   Leading trainer Nick Surick will send out two horses: Lily's Swan Pond and Inukchuk Chuck. The latter has been competing primarily in amateur races, with two recent wins in the Billings in his running lines. Most recently, he was fifth in a NW $6,500 trot at the Meadowlands. Andy Miller was named to drive from post position two. Lily's Swan Pond has been knocking at the door at Yonkers Raceway as of late, with a second and a third in his last two. Joe Bongiorno will drive from the five-hole.   Drazzmatazz, for Tom Angerame, Dynamic Edge, for Mark Ford, and Boots N Chains, for Taylor Gower, complete the septet.   The first race at Freehold on Friday is listed for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing pacer Hot Deuce lived up to his 3/5 billing on Saturday at Freehold Raceway, taking the Preferred Handicap by 4 1/2 lengths.   Driver Joe Bongiorno blasted off with his drive, sending him hard from post five and putting him on the lead. He went through a quarter in 27.3 and a half in 56.3, not encountering any serious competition.   Heading up the backstretch the final time, Shellie de Vie and Sunfire Blue Chip made moves on the outside, but Hot Deuce scooted away from the competition at the three-quarter pole and drew off. He coasted under the wire in 1:54.3 over a sloppy track with a two-second variant.   This is Hot Deuce's eighth win of the year, five of which have come at Freehold. He's owned by Robert Weinstein and trained by Jenn Bongiorno.   Bullet Bob saved ground and held second at 8/1. Sunfire Blue Chip, Spirit of Truth, Shellie de Vie, and Tisadream completed the order of finish.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at about 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- A field of seven will line up for the Preferred Handicap Pace this Saturday (December 14) at Freehold Raceway, featuring an almost entirely different cast of harness racing characters from last week's Preferred.   The outside two horses, both shipping in from Yonkers Raceway, figure to be the favorites. Gokudo Hanover, from the Scott DiDomenico barn, lost the preferred at Yonkers by a neck on November 16. Last out, he was sixth in a NW $30,000 race at the New York oval. On the year, he's won three races, and earned almost $107,000. Pat Berry will drive from post position six.   Sunfire Blue Chip, trained by Gary Candell, was assigned the outside post position. He won a NW $30,000 event by a nose two races back, and finished fifth in the open last week. Austin Siegelman will be in the bike, for the 9-year-old horse's first trip over the Freehold half-miler.   Hot Deuce has been in sharp form lately, having won three of his last six races. He's no stranger to Freehold, with two victories at the fall meet. Joe Bongiorno will drive for his sister Jenn.   Tisadream, shipping from Plainridge, Spirit of Truth, a two-time recent winner at Freehold, Shellie de Vie, most recently seventh in the fillies & mares open at Yonkers, and Bullet Bob, fifth in last week's Preferred at Freehold, complete the septet.   The Preferred is scheduled as the eighth race on Friday at Freehold, at approximately 2:50 PM EST.   The first of eleven at Freehold on Saturday is listed for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- An aggressive drive by Andy Miller paid off in Freehold Raceway's Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday, as Rockin M went coast-to-coast for the harness racing victory.   Off a win in the NW $8,000 last 5 starts class, Rockin M was sent off as the 7/2 second choice in the field of eight. Miller blasted off with his horse, sending him right to the lead from post five and setting a fast opening quarter of 27 seconds. Meanwhile, favored Lyons Steel, seeking his fight win in a row, couldn't clear from post eight and was parked out almost the whole way.   Miller slowed things down in the second quarter, going the half-mile in 56.3 seconds. Nearing three-quarters, Lyons Steel drew up to within a length of Rockin M, but the slow middle quarter gave Rockin M something left in the tank. He brushed off Lyons Steel's challenge, and held on for a one-length victory in 1:54.3.   This is the seventh win of the year for Rockin M, his third of the Freehold season, and his second win in the Preferred. He's owned by JL Benson Stables, and trained by Nick Surick.   Despite his wide trip, Lyons Steel held on for second, while Ginger Tree Marty closed well for third. Northern Virgin, Bullet Bob, Drinkin Again, Texican, and Letschasethedream completed the order of finish.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at about 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Jim Marohn Jr. kicked off his December at Freehold Raceway in a big way on Friday, as he piloted home four winners on the nine-race program.   Marohn got his first victory in the 3rd race, guiding Catalyst to the winner's circle for trainer Jody Dunning. He picked up another victory in race 5, steering Tom Fanning's Unspoken Promise to an easy win. The hat trick was completed with 1/5 Mugshot Jess in race 7, who won for trainer Taylor Gower. Marohn got his fourth driving Canary Hanover in race 8, who had to fly down the stretch to get up over So It Goes Hanover in the last stride. Bucky Angle trained that winner.   Marohn's big afternoon gives him 47 winners on the calendar year at Freehold, from 300 drives. He's got 20 wins from 105 mounts since the resumption of racing on August 30.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a first post time scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

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