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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  

Freehold, NJ --- Lyons Steel has been one of the hottest harness racing pacers on the east coast as of late, with four consecutive victories under his belt. He'll seek to make it five on Saturday at Freehold Raceway, as he takes on seven challengers in the Preferred Handicap pace.   The Dennis Watson-trained gelding is no stranger to Freehold: he's won four races there this year. Three starts back, he won the Preferred by half a length in a gate-to-wire effort, storming to a fast early lead and holding on for the win. Since that victory, he's shipped to Harrah's Philadelphia and Yonkers Raceway, and won at both tracks. He was assigned the outside post position eight for his return to the New Jersey half-miler, with Jack Baggitt Jr. down to drive.   Perhaps the toughest of his opponents will be Ginger Tree Marty, for Ron Burke. He was bet down to 4/5 favoritism in his most recent start at Freehold, but finished a fast-closing second behind Lyons Steel. He'll seek a rebound off an eighth-place finish at the Meadowlands last week, from post position six.   Three recent Freehold winners will also try their luck. Bullet Bob, a recent winner of the NW $5,000 class, and a two-time winner of the Preferred last year, drew post position three. Austin Siegelman drives for trainer Mark Harder.   Northern Virgin won the NW $6,000 class at 12/1 two races ago, and returns from a sixth-place finish at Yonkers. Steve Smith will drive for Nick Surick.   Andy Miller is named on Surick's other entrant, Rockin M, who won the Preferred over this track on October 5. He won the NW $8,000 by 3/4 of a length last week.   Drinkin Again, Texican, and Letschasethedreamn complete the field. The race is scheduled as the seventh on the ten-race card, with an approximate post time of 2:30 PM EST.   The first post at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   Freehold Raceway will kick off the new month on Friday (December 6) with a nine-race card, headlined by a carryover in the 50-cent pick 5. The sequence went unsolved on Saturday afternoon, leading to a carryover for Friday of $705.85. The wager begins in race 5, starting at 1:50 PM EST. Four eight-horse fields and one seven-horse field comprise the sequence. The day's feature race, the sixth race, will be the headliner. It's an upper-level filly and mare pace, drawing a field of eight. Fear My Shadow and Petal to the Metal, second and third at the level last week, return to competition. They drew post positions four and seven, respectively. Jimbelina was 3/5 in that race, but faded late to finish seventh. She'll seek a rebound from post position five. The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EST. From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Saturday's 10th race at Freehold Raceway was an unforgettable one for Alex Urbanski, as she conditioned Mister Love to victory, for her first career harness racing training win.   The 10-year-old gelding, one of two horses in the 18-year-old's stable, was sent off as the 1/1 favorite from the inside post.   Driver Vinny Ginsburg put him on the lead, then encountered a stiff first-over challenge from Northern Jack heading around the third turn. Northern Jack began to give way after the three-quarter point, and Mister Love cruised under the wire four lengths in front. He stopped the clock in a season's best 1:57.2.   Urbanski has been working with her dad, John, a regular trainer at Freehold, for many years. She began sending out her own string in March. She's had horses race at Freehold, Ocean Downs, Yonkers Raceway, and Harrah's Philadelphia. So far in her career, she's had 53 starters, with one win, four seconds, and seven thirds. Her career earnings stand at $13,491.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday afternoon, starting at around 12:30 PM EST. From Freehold Raceway          

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted the "Turkey Trot" on Friday afternoon, sponsored by Peter Grandich & Co. It turned out to be a thriller, as Data won the race in a harness racing photo finish over Lionhead.   Sent off as the 4/1 third choice in the field of eight, Data left well from post position three, and pocketed up behind Lionhead. Driver "Irish Joe" Hanney stayed patient with his mount, keeping him on the pylons almost the whole way.   Turning for home, Hanney angled Data out for a clear shot, but Lionhead remained clear until the last few strides. Data kept on coming, and got up in the last stride to win by a nose. He trotted the mile in 2:02.3 for owner Domenico Costagliola and trainer Anouk Busch.   Following the race, Grandich, along with Freehold general manager Howard Bruno, racing secretary Karen Fagliarone, and former New York Jet Fred Baxter, made the trophy and blanket presentation in the winner's circle. Earlier in the day, Baxter signed autographs and took photos with Freehold racing fans.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a 12-race card beginning at 12:30 PM EST. From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway has announced a three-leg trotting series for amateur harness racing drivers, kicking off this Saturday (November 30).   The first two legs will be held on November 30 and December 7, with a purse of $7,500 each. The final will be contested on December 14, for a purse of $15,000. Horses must compete in at least one leg to be eligible for the final.   All horses who competed in an amateur race in 2019 are automatically eligible for this series. For all other horses, the conditions are non-winners of $6,000 in their last five starts, or optional claiming tag of $15,000.   The box for the first leg closes on Wednesday morning (November 27) at 9:00 AM. Horsemen with any questions can call the racing office at (732) 252-2322.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway, in association with Peter Grandich and Co, will be hosting the "Turkey Trot" harness racing event on November 29, the day after Thanksgiving.   The event will be highlighted by an appearance by Fred Baxter, the former New York Jet and New England Patriot. The first 100 fans at Freehold will receive an autographed photo of Baxter. All fans at Freehold that day can bring up to three items for Baxter to sign. Baxter will also be available for photos. The meet and greet will run from 11:30am to 12:30pm.   In addition, numerous pieces of sports memorabilia, including signed footballs from Baxter, will be given away in a drawing.   The Turkey Trot race will also be held that afternoon. The winner of that race will receive a turkey-shaped trophy, presented by Freehold Raceway and Peter Grandich.   Peter Grandich and Co, based in Spring Lake, New Jersey, provides business, retirement, and estate planning services to individuals, business owners, and professional athletes. The company offers professional advice and risk management strategies to clients.   The first race that day at Freehold will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway announced their harness racing calendar for 2020 on Wednesday afternoon. 85 dates are scheduled for the calendar year, representing an increase from 76 in 2019.   The winter/spring portion of the season begins on January 2, with racing on a Thursday/Friday/Saturday basis until the second week of February. From there, racing will be conducted on Friday and Saturday until May 23.   After Freehold takes their customary summer vacation, live racing resumes for the summer/fall portion of the meet, beginning August 29. Racing will continue on Fridays and Saturdays until December 31.   First post time for each day is scheduled for 12:30 PM ET.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a preferred handicap harness racing pace and a preferred handicap trot on Saturday (November 16). Lean Hanover and Lyons Steel were the respective winners.   Sent off as the 4/5 favorite in the preferred handicap trot, Lean Hanover was sent after the early lead, but dropped into the pocket as they approached the half mile. Turning for home, Money Maven held on to the lead, but Jim Marohn Jr. angled Lean Hanover out for clear sailing, and he slingshotted by for a 1 3/4 length victory in 1:58.   The winner is owned by PC Wellwood Enterprises Inc and Karen Carroll, and trained by Linda Toscano. This is his fifth win of the year, and his third in his past five starts. Both of those earlier victories came at Yonkers Raceway.    Lyons Steel, off a win in the preferred pace last week, was sent off as 5/2 second choice in the field of seven. Jack Baggitt Jr. blasted off from the outside post, and put him on the lead through fast fractions. Approaching three-quarters, Lyons Steel and Born to be Bad, who rated off the leader throughout, had drawn seven lengths clear of third place.   Turning for home, Lyons Steel began to get leg-weary, and favored Ginger Tree Marty was rallying strongly in the center of the track. Lyons Steel was all-out, but the wire came just in time, and he won by 3/4 of a length in an impressive 1:53.1.   The winner is owned by BD Racing LLC and trained by Dennis Watson. This is the fourth win of the meet for the gelding, who has the fastest mark of anyone at Freehold this meet: 1:52.2.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, with a listed first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

FREEHOLD, NJ - November 16, 2019 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's annual board of director's meeting and election was held on Friday (Nov 15) at Freehold Raceway. The board would like to thank all those who attended and their input. The committee summary reports were given by the board of directors. Tom Pontone reported that the Pension Funds continue to benefit from the change of investment managers. Both the Pension Fund and Insurance Fund have a positive gain of over 10%. Mark Ford reported that racing days in New Jersey are still in negotiations however, he is hopeful that 2020 race dates will be similar or better than 2019 dates. Al Ochsner reported that the Benevolent Fund continues to assist many members and horsemen with special needs and health issues. Mike Klau reported that breeding in New Jersey is on the rise and is projecting that 1,000 mares will be bred in 2020, the most since 2008. Insurance committee chairman Anthony Romano announced that there should not be any changes to the current insurance program or increased premiums for 2020. However, coverage and benefits will be reviewed to keep up with rising prescription costs. Anthony Perretti expressed the importance of maintaining the relationships that TrotPAC has built with legislators that helped passed the appropriations bill. Perretti stated that "now is a crucial time for our industry we must stay proactive with legislators to continue to receive the appropriations that we were awarded." The board of directors election results were announced; Mike Klau and Mark Mullen were each re-elected in the breeder category as they ran unopposed. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Freehold, NJ --- Ever since coming to Freehold Raceway, Lucius Vorenus has excelled over the half-mile oval. He continued his winning ways on Friday (November 15), as he took the harness racing $50,000 final of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owner's Association of New Jersey trotting series.   Sent off as the even-money favorite, he was put right on the lead by driver Jason Bartlett. French Cafe, the clear-cut second choice, drafted in the pocket, but Lucius Vorenus was still able to set steady fractions of 28.4 for a quarter and 59.0 for a half.   Nearing three-quarters, Lucius Vorenus began to pull away, as he set the fraction in a slow 1:28.2. French Cafe had to settle for second, as Lucius Vorenus cruised under the wire in 1:56.3.   This is the third win in the last four starts for the Crawford Farms-owned gelding, who is sired by Father Patrick and trained by Nick Surick. He won the Garden State trot for colts & geldings in his Freehold debut on October 26, then added a win and a runner-up in the first two legs of the series. He's now earned $109,655 in his career; $74,375 of that total has come in his last four races.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway's has an 11-race card this Saturday, with the preferred handicap trot and the preferred handicap pace serving as the co-features. The preferred trot is scheduled as the sixth race, and features a field of seven battling it out. Money Maven was the winner of the most recent preferred at Freehold, back on October 12. In his last start, he broke stride not long after the start in the preferred trot at Yonkers Raceway. Three starts back, he won a NW $20,000 trot at the New York oval. Andy Miller will drive from the outside post for trainer Julie Miller.   Lean Hanover, for trainer Linda Toscano, looks like the most formidable rival. He's won two of his last four starts, both at Yonkers. He was assigned post position six for his Freehold debut. Jim Marohn Jr. will be in the bike.   The preferred pace will go as the eighth race, and also attracted seven entries. The clear headliner is Lyons Steel, coming off a dominant win in the preferred last week. He's won three times since Freehold's re-opening on August 30. He'll leave from post position seven, with driver Jack Baggitt Jr for trainer Dennis Watson.   The first of eleven races at Freehold on Saturday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway        

MANALAPAN, NJ - November 12, 2019 - The SBOANJ will hold their annual board meeting at Freehold Raceway on November 15, 2019, the same day as the $50,000 SBOANJ sponsored 3-year-old trot series final. The SBOANJ board of directors' election results will be announced at the meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 PM, with a buffet to follow. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

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