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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  

Freehold, NJ --- Ponder the Odds dominated in the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old filly pacers last Saturday at Freehold Raceway. She'll seek to continue her hot streak this Saturday, as she drew post one in the second leg of the series. The Kathleen La Montagne-trained filly has won three races in a row, and went the mile in an impressive 1:56.2. She went right to the lead in that race, and never looked back for a 2 1/2 length win. Many of her rivals from that race have returned, including Surreality. The Nicholas Devita-trained filly finished second at 55/1, and will seek to pull off the upset again from post position six. That race is scheduled as race 5, with an approximate post time of 1:50 PM EDT. The card also features the second leg of the NJSS-SDF for colts & geldings. Trainers Nick Surick and Tom Fanning send out four of the five horses in the race. Surick trains Black Dan and Trente Deo, who were fifth and third, respectively, in the first leg of the series last week. Fanning conditions Cool Your Heels, who was seventh last week, and Just Plain Loco, who placed fourth. Michael Hall-trained Admiral Ballsy rounds out the field. The race is scheduled as the third race, at approximately 1:10 PM EDT. Post time for the first race on Saturday at Freehold is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Last year, No Drama Please won the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS - SDF) Final for 2-year-old colt & gelding harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway. This Friday, he'll seek to add the 3-year-old title to his mantle, as he faces seven rivals in the $70,000 final. After bypassing the first leg, the Tom Fanning-trained colt took the second leg last Friday, winning by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:58.1. It was the first win of his sophomore year, a season that has seen him earn almost $106,000. He'll leave from post position six in the final, and will be driven by Austin Siegelman. Powerscourt figures to be his chief rival. The Cheryl McGivern-trained gelding finished third in the NYSS Final at Batavia Downs on September 14, where he was third behind Gimpanzee. After losing the first leg of the NJSS-SDF by a neck, he went up to Saratoga Harness, where he won a conditioned trot by seven lengths in 1:56.1. He drew post position four in his Freehold return, with Michael McGivern in the bike. Cotton to You also looks like a contender. He defeated Powerscourt by a neck in the first leg, then broke stride int he second leg. He'll seek a rebound in the final for trainer Lucas Wallin, with Jim Marohn Jr back in the sulky from the inside post. Wallin also trains Sovereign Deo, who finished second in the second leg. That one will leave from the outside post, with Joe Bongirono driving. Warrior One, American Dream Boy, Brownie, and Innisfallen round out the field. The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

There were no surprises in the first legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, as heavy harness racing favorites Prince of Tides and Ponder the Odds won their respective divisions. Coming off a big win in the Homegrown Pace, Prince of Tides was sent off as the 1/20 favorite in the first leg for 3-year-old colts & geldings. Driver George Brennan sent him aggressively from post position five. He cleared to the lead before the opening quarter, and never had an anxious moment from there. He crossed the wire three lengths in front, stopping the clock in 1:53. That was the ninth win of the year for the Ross Croghan-trained gelding, who is owned by Let it Ride Stables, Dana Parham, and Howard Taylor. He paid $2.10 to win and $2.10 to place, with no show wagering offered. Reigning Deo made a good first-over move and held on for second, while Trente Deo checked in third. Two races later, Ponder the Odds dominated the first leg for 3-year-old fillies. Off two big wins at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Yonkers Raceway, she was dismissed as the 1/10 favorite. Driver Pat Lachance sent her right to the front, and she opened up a three-length lead at the opening quarter. Longshot Fear No Evil drew close as the field turned for home, but Ponder the Odds brushed off the challenge. She cruised under the wire by 2 1/2 lengths, going the mile in 1:56.2. Ponder the Odds is trained and co-owned by Kathleen La Montagne; Donald La Montagne also owns the horse. She paid $2.20 to win, $2.10 to place, and $2.10 to show. Surreality was second, while Stood Up finished third. Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, October 11, with a first race post time of 12:30 PM EDT. For full results and rentries, click here. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Freehold, NJ  --- Trainer Tom Fanning elected to bypass the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) with his trotter, No Drama Please, hoping to keep him fresh for the later legs in the series. The strategy worked like a charm, as No Drama Please won the second leg of the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. One of Lucas Wallin's two trotters in the field, Sovereign Deo, went out and set a loose early lead. Aided by some breaks to his chief rivals, he was in front by six lengths heading up the backstretch the final time. Nearing three-quarters, Austin Siegelman launched his rally with No Drama Please, advancing him up the pylons with dead aim on the leader. Turning for home, Sovereign Deo was still in front, but No Drama Please had all the momentum, and he coasted on by for a 1 1/2 length victory. No Drama Please showed promise as a 2-year-old, including a victory in the NJSS-SDF Final over this track. However, while he's picked up $106,000 worth of paychecks, this was his first win of his sophomore campaign, from seventeen starts. He's owned by Joseph Smith, and was bred by TLP Stable of New Jersey. He went the mile in 1:58.1. The second leg of the NJSS-SDF for 3-year-old filly trotters drew a field of four, and was contested as a non-wagering race. French Cafe was sent right to the lead by driver Troy Beyer, and held steady for a 1 1/4 length victory. She went the mile in 2:00.1 for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfield, and trainer Julie Miller. That was her fourth win of her 3-year-old year, including two victories in Kentucky Sire Stakes action at the Red Mile. She's earned almost $106,000 this year. Live racing continues on Saturday at Freehold, with a 12-race program beginning at 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Freehold, NJ --- The New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) series has been going on for more than a month at Freehold Raceway, but 3-year-old harness racing pacers will get their moment in the sun on Saturday. Prince of Tides, the impressive winner of the Homegrown Pace over this track on September 21, is the clear headliner of the colts & geldings division. He won that race by 2 1/2 lengths, going a mile in an impressive 1:52.3. Earlier in the season, he was second in the Adios, behind eventual Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi. So far in his sophomore year, he's won eight races, while earning more than $237,000. He's likely to be the big favorite from post position five, for trainer Ross Croghan and driver George Brennan. Trainers Nick Surick and Tom Fanning will do their best to conquer the favorite, as they'll send out five horses between the two of them. Surick trains Trente Deo, who has post position one, Black Dan, who leaves from post position two, and Thelinestartshere, who drew post position four. Fanning has Homegrown runner-up Just Plain Loco, along with Cool Your Heels. They have post positions three and eight, respectively. Mark witha K, Admiral Ballsy, and Reigning Deo round out the field. The race is scheduled as the fourth race, with a post time of 1:30 PM EDT. The division for fillies attracted a field of seven, and is scheduled as the sixth race. The field features three of the four horses who contested the Homegrown for fillies on September 21. Stood Up finished second in that race, and rebounded with a solid win at Harrah's Philadelphia on September 27. She has post position four for trainer Michael Hall. Fear No Evil finished third in that race, for owners James Craparotta and Pat Berry, and trainer Traci Berry. She began her career with two wins in a row at Dover Downs, but has yet to find her winning form since then. She has post position two in this spot. Hurrikane Loriann was fourth in the Homegrown, after making a break after the start. She won a leg of the NJSS at the Meadowlands in May, and won the Landmark at Goshen back in July. She'll try to get the job done from post position three. Hurrikanesky, the winner of the NJSS Final at the Meadowlands, will make her first start since June 17 in this spot. She qualified at Freehold twice in anticipation of this spot, most recently going the mile in 1:59. The Patrick Hlubik owned and trained filly will have the outside post, and will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr. Surreality, the winner of the 2-year-old filly NJSS Final last year, Ponder the Odds, a winner of two races in a row at Yonkers Raceway and Pocono Downs, and Love Love Me Too complete the ensemble. 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 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old trotters continues at Freehold Raceway on Friday (October 4), with the second leg of the harness racing series for male and filly trotters, respectively. The filly division drew a field of four, and is carded as a non-betting race, with a scheduled post time of 12:15 PM EDT. French Cafe, who drew the inside post, is the headliner of the field. She won the first two legs of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at the Red Mile earlier in the year, before finishing fourth in the final. Most recently, she was second in the Buckette at the Delaware County Fair. Troy Beyer will drive for trainer Julie Miller. Sexy Wow, Lady Lone Star, and Taja Mahala round out the field. The division for colts and geldings attracted a field of seven, and is scheduled as the sixth race. Lucas Wallin is sending out two of the favorites. Sovereign Deo finished second in the New jersey Futurity on September 20, and finished fourth in the first leg last week. He has post position three and driver Joe Bongiorno. Cotton to You took the field gate-to-wire in the first leg last week, holding on by a neck in 1:58. He'll look for another victory this week, with Jim Marohn Jr. retaining the drive. He's got post position five. The biggest challengers to the Wallin duo look to be No Drama Please and Warrior One. The former won the final of the NJSS-SDF last year as a 2-year-old, and finished fourth in the Yonkers Trot earlier this year. He's got post position four for trainer Tom Fanning. Warrior One finished third in the first leg of the series last week as the favorite. He also won a leg of the NJSS-SDF last year, before finishing third in the final. The Nik Drennan trainee will leave from post position six Innisfallen, American Dream Boy, and Brownie complete the field. Freehold's Friday card also features a carryover in the pick 5, worth $605.75. The sequence begins in race 5, and includes the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old males. Four full fields of eight round out the wager. The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT. For race results and entries click here. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a pair of harness racing stakes for 2-year-old pacers on Saturday (September 28). In the Renaissance Final for 2-year-old filly pacers, Lucy Lightyear was sent off as the 6/5 favorite, coming off three straight wins. However, Caviart Heather pulled off the upset, winning at 25/1. In the early stages, Joe Bongiorno and Sus kept Lucy Lightyear and Stacy Chiodo parked out through fast fractions. Lucy Lightyear managed to clear to the lead around the second turn, but had to work hard to get there. Meanwhile, Caviart Heather was well back in the early stages, and it didn't look as if she would threaten. However, George Brennan made a daring four-wide move up the backstretch the final time, and Caviart Heather zoomed by everyone and drew off to a convincing win. The final time of 1:55.4 marked a new lifetime top for the Tony Alagna-trained filly, who is owned by Caviart Farms. Earlier in the meet, she won the first two legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 2-year-old filly pacers, before finishing a dull fifth in the final and third in last week's elimination. She clearly regained her form here, however, as she picked up her third career win, while pushing her lifetime earnings over the $58,000 mark. Rockin Jukebox won the second stakes race of the day, the NJSS-SDF Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. He tracked early leader and favorite Columbo most of the way, then angled out and made his move in the stretch. Despite some challenges in the stretch, he held on to win by 1 3/4 lengths at 5/2. His final time of 1:55.1 is a lifetime top. For Rockin Jukebox, it was his second career win, with his first one coming last week in the second leg of the series. He's owned and driven by Russell Foster, and is trained by Megan Foster. Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EDT. The card will include a carryover on the pick five, worth $605.75. That sequence begins in race 5. For entries and race results click here.  From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a trio of trotting stakes on Friday, September 27. Cotton to You won the stakes with wagering, the $10,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driver Jim Marohn Jr. sent his charge right to the lead from post position one, opening up a clear early lead. At about the five-eighths point, Michael McGivern sent Powerscourt, coming out of NYSS action, up first over and after the leader. On the final turn, Powerscourt put a head in front, and it looked as if Cotton to You was in trouble. However, Cotton to You showed a lot of heart, and fought back to win by a neck in 1:58. This was Cotton to You's fourth lifetime win, from twenty starts. He finished sixth in the Dexter Cup at this track earlier in the year, but clearly found more success when returning. He's owned by Harbor Racing Stable LLC, W Boyd Henderson, and Lucas Wallin, and trained by Lucas Wallin. In addition, Freehold hosted two non-wagering divisions of the New Jersey Futurity, for 2-year-old trotters. Barley won the division for colts and geldings, going on the lead all the way for owners Enzed Racing Stable and Gus Dovi, trainer Nifty Norman, and driver Eric Abbatiello. Tricky Sister prevailed in the filly division, sitting in the pocket behind her rival, DJ's Midnight Jazz, and powering to victory. The NJSS-SDF champ is owned by Robert Key, trained by Andrew Harris, and was driven by Dan Dube. Live racing continues on Saturday at Freehold, with a first race post time of 12:30 PM EDT. There's two stakes races on the card: the Renaissance for 2-year-old pacing fillies, and the NJSS-SDF Final for 2-year-old male pacers. In addition, all on-track patrons will receive a free cap with purchase of a Freehold live program, plus $1.00 hot dogs and $ 1.00 small sodas. Freehold Raceway is the nation's oldest and fastest daytime half mile harness racing track. From Freehold Raceway Media Department

Harness racing stakes action will continue at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Sept. 27), when the track will play host to three trotting stakes. The New Jersey Futurity, for two-year-old trotters, was split up by sex. The two races will be contested as non-wagering events, with post times of 12:10 p.m. and 12:20 p.m. (EDT), respectively. The colts and geldings will clash in the first division, which will feature a field of five. Nifty Norman's gelding Barley figures as the most likely winner. He finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund Final last Friday. He won two races in a row earlier in the year, including the first leg of the series back on September 6. Trickydickson will also contest the final for Andy and Julie Miller. Raintree Rebel, Kasha V, and Sloanie round out the field. Two fillies will face the gate for the second division. Tricky Sister, a winner of the NJSS-SDF final last week, looks like the one to beat. DJs Midnight Jazz, who was third in the final, will be her rival. The first leg of the NJSS-SDF for three-year-old male trotters drew a field of five, and has been programmed as the third race on the pari-mutuel card. Powerscourt, who will be taking a big drop in class, is heading in off of a third-place finish in the NYSS Final at Batavia Downs on September 14. He'll line up in Post 3 for trainer Cheryl McGivern, and Michael McGivern will be coming in for the drive. Sovereign Deo, second in the New Jersey Futurity in his last start, Warrior One, third in the NJSS-SDF final for two-year-olds last year, Cotton To You, sixth in the Dexter Cup over Freehold back in May, and Innisfallen round out the field. Post time is scheduled for approximately 1:10 p.m. In addition to the stakes racing, the Preferred Handicap Trot drew a competitive field of seven, and has been carded as Race 7. Mugshot Jess will be seeking his third consecutive win in the Preferred, and will start from Post 5. Jim Marohn Jr. will drive for owner/trainer Taylor Gower. Mugshot Jess will have to deal with some formidable competition, however. Marleys Guy won the Preferred on September 6 for ‘Team Bongiorno,’ and followed that up with an impressive gate-to-wire score at Yonkers Raceway on September 20. He'’’ start from Post 6 on Friday. Swansea had a brutal trip in his first start off the layoff last time out, but closed well and lost to Mugshot Jess by just a length. He'll seek to rebound from Post 7. The first pari-mutuel race at Freehold on Friday will be at approximately 12:30 p.m. From Freehold Raceway

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