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Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raeway has a 12-race card for Breeders' Cup Saturday (November 2), with a salty non-winners of $8,000 last five harness racing pace serving as the featured event.   Seven horses entered that contest, which has been scheduled as the seventh race. The top three finishers from the same-conditioned race on October 26 have returned. B Well drew post position six, and won last week in a 15/1 upset after a good first-over move. Eric Abbatiello will be in the bike for owner/trainer Vinny Valente.   Lyons Steel has won twice at the Freehold meet so far, and owns the fastest time of the meet, going a mile in 1:52.2 five weeks ago. The Dennis Watson trainee finished second as the favorite last week, and will seek to exert his revenge from post position seven. "Hungry Jack" Baggitt Jr, who has won eight races at the meet so far as he continues his comeback, will drive.   Barefoot Bluejeans has been in good form since shipping down from Batavia Downs, having won three of his last five races. He puled off a 17/1 upset against TrackMaster-conditioned pacers last week at the Meadowlands, and won twice at Freehold earlier in the season. Pat Berry will drive the Miriam Kraemer owned-and-trained gelding, who got post position three.   Leading trainer Nick Surick will send out two horses: The Onlyest One, who won against similar horses two starts back at Freehold, ad Gotta Go BB, shipping back from Yonkers Raceway. They drew post positions four and five, respectively.   Machiatto, a Jenn Bongiorno trainee who qualified well at Freehold last week, and Paprike Blue Chip, second or third in each of his last four races, round out the field.   The first race on Saturday at Freehold is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway, in association with the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), is kicking off a harness racing series for 3-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters on Friday. Six colts & geldings and six fillies were entered, as such, the first leg was split up into two divisions of six horses apiece.   The division for the fillies has been scheduled as the third race. The expected heavy favorite is Evident Beauty, winner of the Casual Breeze and the Elegant Image at Woodbine Mohawk Park, along with the Moni Maker at Hoosier Park.   She was the favorite in her Breeders' Crown elimination two weeks ago, before breaking stride in the stretch and finishing sixth-placed-eighth. Usual driver Dave Miller will be in the bike for the Nifty Norman-trained filly, who will leave from post position four.   Dark as a Pocket, who finished third in the Casual Breeze, and French Cafe, winner of the NJSS-SDF Final, figure to be the primary challengers to Evident Beauty. Marveloustrix, Sexy Wow, and Princess Deo complete the ensemble.   The top four finishers in last week's Garden State Trot will return for the colts & gelding division. Lucius Vorenus, the upset winner, drew post position five, and will be driven by Andy Miller for trainer Nick Surick. No Drama Please recovered nicely after an early break to finish a nice-closing second. Austin Siegelman is in the bike for trainer Tom Fanning, from the inside post.   Sovereign Deo was third at 32/1 last week, while Cotton to You was fourth at 8/1. Lucas Wallin sends out both, who will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr and Pat Lachance, respectively.   Hold My Heart and Warrior One complete the field. That division will go as the fifth race.   The first of eleven races at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 28, 2019 - On Saturday (Oct 26.) Lucius Vorenus was victorious in the $80,000 SBOANJ sponsored New Jersey Garden State Trot for 3-year-old harness racing colt and gelding trotters at Freehold Raceway. Andy Miller and Nick Surick teamed up for the win in the 3rd race at Freehold on Saturday afternoon. Andy Miller sent the 3-year-old to the front from post position four when the gate folded. Without looking back Lucius Vorenus lead every step of the way stopping the clock in 1:58.2. The son of Father Patrick is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and notched the third win of his career. Lucius Vorenus now has lifetime earnings of $75,280 for his winning connections. No Drama Please finished a very close second with Sovereign Deo coming in third. Live racing resumes on Friday, November 1, 2019, at Freehold, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EDT. By Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Freehold, NJ --- Golden Tricks may not have made it to Mohawk this weekend, but Freehold Raceway suited her just fine.   The Ake Svanstedt-trained filly dominated the Garden State Trot for 3-year-old harness racing fillies on Friday, winning by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:56.2.   Leaving from post position four in the field of six, driver Andy Miller tucked her in the three-hole early, rating behind Starita and Sexy Wow. At the five-eighths point, Miller pulled with Golden Tricks, and she boldly accelerated to the lead. Starita had no response, and Golden Tricks rolled away to victory. Her final quarter was a sharp 28.1 seconds.   This is the seventh career win for the Brixton Medial Inc-owned filly, who has now bankrolled more than $260,000. She finished seventh in the Breeders' Crown elimination last weekend, and won the Hudson at Yonkers Raceway earlier in the year.   Starita, Marveloustrix, Princess Deo, Sexy Wow, and Taja Mahala completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues on Saturday at Freehold, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EDT. The 12-race program is headlined by the Garden State Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   From Freehold Raceway    

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 24, 2019 - The series for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired Trotters sponsored by the SBOANJ will be held at Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands beginning in November without starting fees. Freehold will have two legs for $15,000 and a $50,000 final. The first leg will be held on November 1st with the second leg on November 8th and the final on November 15th. The Meadowlands series will have one leg for $15,000 and final for $65,000. The first leg will be on Friday, November 29th with the final on Friday, December 6th. Racing of this event with regard to separation by gender will be determined by the host track. If you have any questions please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Freehold, NJ --- Two weeks ago, No Drama Please was the solid favorite in the harness racing final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters. Unfortunately for him, he faded late to finish sixth, while Cotton to You pulled off the upset.   Now, the Tom Fanning-trained trotter will seek his revenge in the Garden State Trot this Saturday at Freehold Raceway. He drew the inside post in the field of six, while NJSS-SDF champion Cotton to You will leave from post position five, for trainer Lucas Wallin and driver Jim Marohn Jr. Wallin will also send out Sovereign Deo, who broke stride after the start in the final and lost all chance. He rebounded with a runner-up finish at Pocono Downs last out.   Three new shooters will seek to challenge the NJSS-SDF veterans. Sheena's Boy drew post position three, for Ake Svanstedt and George Brennan. He finished second in the Muscle Hill at the Meadowlands earlier in the year, and crossed the wire fourth in the Yonkers Trot, before being disqualified for breaking stride in the stretch. Last out, he went off stride in the Bluegrass at the Red Mile. If he can stay trotting here, he's got a big chance.   Ray Schnittker will send out New Jersey Futurity winner Alternative Fact, who drew the outside post. He's won five races in a row, most recently winning a conditioned trot in wet weather at Harrah's Philadelphia. Jason Bartlett will be in the sulky.   Lucius Vorenus, shipping from Vernon Downs and trained by Nick Surick, rounds out the field.   The Garden State Trot is scheduled as the third race, with a post time of 1:10 PM EDT. The first of 12 races at Freehold on Saturday will be at approximately 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway has an appetizing 10-race harness racing card this Friday (October 25), featuring the Garden State Trot for 3-year-old fillies, as well as a double pick 5 carryover.   The Garden State Trot attracted a field of six, and is scheduled as the third race, with a listed post time of 1:10 PM EDT. Golden Tricks, for trainer Ake Svanstedt, looks like the most likely winner. She won the Hudson at Yonkers Raceway earlier this year, and finished second in the Bluegrass at the Red Mile three starts back. She was well-supported in her Breeders' Crown elimination last week, going off at 4/1. However, she was parked for most of the mile, and ended up seventh. She drew post position four for this race, and will be driven Andy Miller.   Sexy Wow, for trainer Nick Surick, also looks to rebound off a disappointing race. She was the solid second choice in last week's NJSS-SDF Final for 3-year-old trotters, but finished a tiring third, passed in the late stages by Karen Garland's Marveloustrix. Sexy Wow drew post position two, with Marveloustrix drawn directly to her outside.   Starita, Princess Deo, and Taja Mahala round out the field.   The pick 5 begins in the fifth race, with a 50-cent minimum bet, and has a double carryover pool of $1,525.76. All five races in the sequence feature full fields of eight. The co-headliners are two non-winners of $3,500 last five races: one for filly and mare pacers, and one for trotters. The fifth race begins at approximately 1:30 PM EDT.   The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

Freehold, NJ - The New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) series wrapped up at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, with a pair of finals for 3-year-old pacers. There was one logical result, and one big upset.   Ponder the Odds completed a sweep of the NJSS-SDF series for 3-year-old fillies, winning the final by 1 1/4 lengths. Sent off as the 1/20 favorite, driver Pat Lachance put her on the lead heading around the second turn, and never relinquished it, winning it easily with minimal challenges in 1:56.2.   This was the fifth win in a row for the Kathleen La Montagne-trained filly. The daughter of Ponder has now earned more than $106,000 in her career.   A Beach Cowgirl, fourth in the second leg last week, rallied well down the stretch to finish second. Stood Up, Surreality, Hurrikane Lori Ann, and Fear No Evil completed the order of finish.   Prince of Tides was also 1/20 in the final for 3-year-old colts & geldings. For the first seven-eighths of a mile, everything was going to plan: driver George Brennan put the Ross Croghan-trained gelding on the lead on the second turn, and was holding steady turning for home.   However, Admiral Ballsy, who sat in the pocket most of the way, popped out as they turned for home, and Prince of Tides could not pull away. In the last few strides to the wire, the 15/1 shot got up over the favorite, winning by a head.   Admiral Ballsy, a son of Captaintreacherous, is trained by Michael Hall, and was driven to victory by Joe Bongiorno. He went the mile in a career-best 1:53.2, pushing his career earnings over $70,000.   Trente Deo, Reigning Deo, Black Dan, Just Plain Loco, and Cool Your Heels rounded out the field.   Admiral Ballsy's upset win helped trigger a pick 5 carryover into Friday's card. The sequence will feature a carryover of $1,525.76, and begin in Friday's fifth race.   The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

French Cafe and Sexy Wow traded wins in the first two legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Standardbred Development Fund for three-year-old filly trotters. French Cafe was the 1/2 choice to win the NJSS-SDF Final on Friday afternoon (Oct. 18) at Freehold Raceway, and lived up to the hype. Driver Andy Miller put his filly right on the lead early, letting her cruise through a half-mile in a meandering 1:00. George Brennan made a menacing first-over move with Sexy Wow nearing the three-quarter point, but French Cafe brushed her off and drew off to victory by 3-1/2 lengths. Marveloustrix got up for second, edging out Sexy Wow. French Cafe has now won eight races from 21 career starts, including two legs of the Kentucky Sire Stakes earlier in the year. She's trained by Julie Miller and owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Her victory was one of four for Andy Miller on the Friday card, as he swept the early pick 4. Miller also won with Deep Dreamer in Race 2, Rockn Legend in Race 4, and Real World Goal in Race 5. He teamed up with leading trainer Nick Surick on all three of those wins. That makes 116 wins for Miller at Freehold this calendar year, good for first place by more than 50 victories. Live harness racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 p.m. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

MANALAPAN, NJ — October 18, 2019 — As previously announced the SBOANJ will be sponsoring a harness racing series for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired Trotters at Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands beginning in November without starting fees. Freehold will have two legs for $15,000 and a $50,000 final. The first leg will be held on November 1st with the second leg on November 8th and the final on November 15th. Due to scheduling issues, the Meadowlands series will have one leg for $15,000 and final for $65,000. The first leg will be on Friday, November 29th with the final on Friday, December 6th. If you have any questions please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Freehold, NJ --- Ponder the Odds and Prince of Tides will look to cap off their respective dominant harness racing streaks at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, when they compete in the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) Finals for 3-year-old pacing fillies and colts and geldings, respectively.   Ponder the Odds, sired by Ponder and trained by Kathleen La Montagne, has reeled off four consecutive victories, including the first two legs of the NJSS-SDF series. Like she did the past two weeks, she drew the inside post. This will play right into her front-running style of racing. Pat Lachance will be the driver.   Surreality and Stood Up look to have the best chance to upset among her five rivals. Stood Up, trained by Michael Hall, almost pulled it off last week, losing to Ponder the Odds by just a neck. She drew the outside post in the field of six, with Joe Bongiorno in the bike. Surreality has hit the board at long odds in each of the first two legs, most recently finishing third at 42/1. Austin Siegelman will drive her from post five, for trainer Nicholas Devita.   Hurrikane Lori Ann, A Beach Cowgirl, and Fear No Evil round out the field. The final has been scheduled as the third race, with an approximate post time of 1:10 PM EDT.   Meanwhile, Prince of Tides, sired by Somebeachsomewhere, has been nothing short of a beast in his two starts at Freehold this meet. He won the Homegrown pace by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:52.3 two starts back, then won the first leg by three lengths in 1:53.4 last out. The Ross Croghan trainee bypassed the second leg of the series, to stay fresh for the final. He drew post position three in the field of seven, and will be driven by George Brennan.   Nick Surick will send out two, including Trente Deo, the winner of the second leg. Andy Miller will drive from post position six. Surick's other horse, Black Dan, drew directly to his inside. He'll seek to improve off a fourth and a fifth in the first two legs.   Reigning Deo, Admiral Ballsy, Just Plain Loco, and Cool Your Heels, the latter two both trained by Tom Fanning, complete the ensemble. It will go as the fifth race, with an approximate post time of 12:30 PM EDT.   The first of twelve races at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

Freehold, NJ --- The phrase "short but select" comes to mind when talking about the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund Final (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old filly harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway on Friday.   While there's only five horses in the field, the race features a rubber match between the winners of the first two legs of the series: French Cafe and Sexy Wow.   A winner of two legs of the Kentucky Sire Stakes earlier in the year, French Cafe impressed in the first leg of the NJSS-SDF two weeks ago, defeating Sexy Wow by 1 1/4 lengths. However, Sexy Wow turned the tables in the second leg, sitting a perfect pocket trip to win by 3/4 of a length.   French Cafe will have the post position edge in the final, drawing post position two. Andy Miller will drive, while his wife, Julie, is the trainer. Sexy Wow has the outside post in the five-horse field, with George Brennan in the sulky for trainer Nick Surick.   Marveloustrix, Lady Lone Star, and Taja Mahala round out the field. They finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, in the second leg last week. The final is scheduled as the third race on the card, with a scheduled post time of 1:10 PM EDT.   The first of ten races at Freehold on Friday will go postward at 12:30 PM EDT.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

Freehold, NJ --- It wasn't quite as easy as last week, but Ponder the Odds won another leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies on Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. Off an impressive win in the first leg last week, Ponder the Odds was sent off as the 1/10 favorite. Driver Pat Lachance put her right on the early lead, and let her cruise through early fractions of 28.0 and 58.1 seconds. At the half-mile point, A Beach Cowgirl applied some stiff first-over pressure, and continued to pester approaching the final turn.   Ponder the Odds held firm as they turned for home, then had to fight off the late rally of ground-saving Stood Up. Although Stood Up surged late, Ponder the Odds held on to win by a neck.   This was the fourth consecutive win for the Kathleen and Donald La Montagne owned and trained filly. She's won eight races this year from 21 starts, and has earned over $70,000 lifetime. She figures to be a big favorite in next week's final.   Andy Miller had five victories on the card, with the biggest one coming with Trente Deo in the second leg of the NJSS-SDF Final for 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Miller sent his horse right to the lead in the four-horse field, and let him cruise on the front end through easy fractions. He held off the late rally of Admiral Ballsy to win by a head, going the mile in 1:54.4.   Miller won four consecutive races later on the day, winning the preferred handicap pace and trot with The Wall and Money Maven, respectively. He also scored with Cheyenne Jeffrey in race 8 and Northern Virgin in race 10.   Live racing resumes on Friday at Freehold, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EDT.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department    

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 12, 2019 - The SBOANJ has announced that there will be a significant purse increase to both the Garden State Trot #1 and the Garden State Trot #2 based on the addition of the state sired appropriation funding. The Garden State Trot #1 for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired trotters scheduled to race at Freehold Raceway, fillies Friday October 25 and colts Saturday 26 , was previously advertised with an estimated purse of $50,000. The new minimum purse has been increased to $80,000 for both fillies and colts. The Meadowlands will host the Garden State Trot #2 for 2-year-old New Jersey Sired trotters, which was advertised as a $60,000 purse will be increased to a minimum purse of $90,000 for both fillies and colts to be raced on November 9th. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Freehold, NJ --- Cotton to You stayed on stride and sat a great trip, and that proved to be a winning combination in Friday's New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) Final for 3-year-old colt & gelding harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway. The purse for the final at $70,000.   The Lucas Wallin-trained gelding won the first leg by a neck, but broke stride last week and finished last in the second leg. Bettors, perhaps scared by the break, sent him off at 7/1.   In the early stages, he rated well off the early pace on the pylons for driver Jim Marohn, Jr., content to sit midpack. Meanwhile, Brownie, owned and driven by Dan Dube, made a successful move to the lead at the three-eighths point and began to open up around the final turn. While several rivals elected to go to the outside, driver Jim Marohn Jr patiently kept Cotton to You on the inside, waiting for the passing lane.   Turning for home, Brownie's strides began to shorten, but he nevertheless maintained the advantage. Cotton to You finally found clear sailing in the stretch, and powered on through, closing in with every stride. In the last few yards, Cotton to You got up and overtook Brownie, winning by a head in 1:57.3.   For Cotton to You, it was his fourth win of the year from thirteen starts. He's earned $84,685 in his career, for owners Harbor Racing Stable, Boyd Henderson, and Lucas Wallin.   Earlier in the day, Sexy Wow won the second leg of the NJSS-SDF for 3-year-old filly trotters, in a non-wagering affair. Driver George Brennan sat a pocket trip off leader French Cafe, then angled out in the stretch and got by. Nick Surick trains the winner for owner Crawford Farms Racing.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EDT.   For full results and entries, click here.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

Freehold, NJ --- Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi will prepare for a trip to the Breeders' Crown by qualifying at Freehold Raceway on Friday morning (October 11). "Ozzi", trained by Freehold-based Bill MacKenzie and owned by Vincent Ali and Alma Iafelice, is coming off a second-place finish in the Tattersalls at the Red Mile on October 6. In addition to his Jug victory, he won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final and the Adios earlier in the year. All told, he's won nine races from twelve starts on the year, while bankrolling more than $800,000. He will qualify by himself on Friday morning, at approximately 11:20 AM EDT. Steve Smith will be the driver. Freehold will live-stream the qualifier on their Facebook page, starting at around 11:15 AM. Following the qualifier, Freehold will conduct a ten-race pari-mutuel program, beginning at 12:30 PM. There will also be a non-betting race at 12:15 PM. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

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