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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  

Freehold, NJ --- The Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) harness racing trotting series for 3-year-olds concludes on Friday at Freehold Raceway, with the $50,000 final. The race is scheduled as the third on the 11-race Friday program, and drew a field of seven.   The headliners look to be drawn to the inside: NJSS-SDF champion French Cafe, and SBOANJ second leg winner Lucius Vorenus. French Cafe finished third in the first leg of the series two weeks ago, behind Evident Beauty. This time around, there's no Evident Beauty to deal with, and the Julie Miller-trained filly should find things easier as such. She's drawn post position one, with Andy Miller driving.   Lucius Vorenus has done well since arriving at Freehold in late October, with two wins and a second-place finish to his credit. The Nick Surick-trained gelding will be driven by Jason Bartlett, and leave from post position three.   Trainer Lucas Wallin sends out a pair: Princess Deo and Sovereign Deo. Both of them broke in the second leg, and will seek rebounds here. Wallin will drive Princess Deo, while Joe Bongiorno has the call on Sovereign Deo. They have post positions two and seven, respectively.   Dark as a Pocket looks to finally break through in the series, as she's finished second in each of the first two legs. Last out, she closed well, but finished three-quarters of a length behind in second. The Linda Toscano-trained filly will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr from post position six.   Marveloustrix, for trainer Karen Garland, and Warrior One, conditioned by Nik Drennan, round out the field.   The first race on Friday at Freehold will be at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Vinny Ginsburg had a big day at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (November 9), as he piloted home four harness racing winners on the 12-race card.   Ginsburg swept the early double, winning with Tim Lancaster's Rap it Up in race 1 and Davids Coming Home, trained by Brandon Mongiello, in race 2. He completed the hat trick with Sutton Seelster, for Allie Reynolds, in race 4, and got the grand slam while driving Jody Dunning's Real Flight in race 12.   In addition to his four wins, Ginsburg had two second-place finishes. He finished second with Astor in race 6, and again with Rockinwiththebest in race 7.   Ginsburg's four wins gives him 20 since Freehold's re-opening on August 30, and 56 on the calendar year. Both totals are good for third place in the driver standings.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EST.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Lucius Vorenus picked up another win at Freehold Raceway on Friday (November 8), as he took the second leg of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) harness racing trotting series by three-quarters of a length.   The race began on an auspicious note, when three of the six horses in the field, Warrior One, Sovereign Deo, and Princess Deo, all broke stride. Lucius Vorenus avoided trouble, and rated in third off leader Alternative Fact. At the three-quarter point, driver Jason Bartlett pulled with Lucius Vorenus, and took dead aim at the leader.   Turning for home, Lucius Vorenus pulled clear of Alternative Fact, but had to deal with Dark as a Pocket, who rated in the pocket and was rallying up the inside. Lucius Vorenus held sway, crossing the wire in front in 1:58.1.   This is the second win in the last three starts for Lucius Vorenus, who won the Garden State Trot for 3-year-old colts & geldings on October 26. He's owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Nick Surick.   Lucius Vorenus is expected to appear in the $50,000 SBOANJ final of the series, scheduled for next Friday at Freehold. Both first-leg winners, Evident Beauty and No Drama Please, are also expected headliners.   Live racing continues at Freehold this Saturday, with a first race post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) sponsored trot for New Jersey-sired trotters continues on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway, attracting a field of six three-year-olds. It is scheduled as the third race, with an approximate post time of 1:10 PM EDT.   Two of the five fillies who entered the first leg last week return for leg two. Dark as a Pocket tracked the dominant Evident Beauty throughout, before ending up second. Without Evident Beauty, Dark as a Pocket should have an easier time of things. She drew post position four, with Jim Marohn Jr. driving for trainer Linda Toscano.   Princess Deo is the other filly in the field, and she's one of two entrants for the Lucas Wallin stable. She finished fourth last week, and will seek a rebound from post position two. As a 2-year-old, she won the Garden State trot at the Meadowlands, and was second in the Goldsmith Maid, but has not been able to find that form as a 3-year-old.   Four colts & geldings entered, including Wallin's other entrant, Sovereign Deo. Alternative Fact is the only one in the field who did not race in the first leg, having most recently come in fifth in the Garden State trot two weeks ago. Prior to that, he reeled off five straight wins. Ray Schnittker trains and drivees from post position one.   Luicus Vorenus won the Garden State two starts back, and was a close second in the first leg last out. The Nick Surick trainee will leave from post position six, with Jason Bartlett in the sulky.   Warrior One, third in the first leg last week, completes the field.   The final will be held next Friday (November 15), and carry a purse of $50,000.   The first of ten races at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Going into the first leg of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) Trot, Evident Beauty looked like the classiest harness racing member of the five-horse field. She proved it on the Freehold Raceway oval Friday afternoon, winning by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:56.4.   Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, driver David Miller rated her in third place early, behind early leader French Cafe and Dark as a Pocket. Heading up the backstretch the final time, Miller sent his charge out after the leader, and drew up to French Cafe as they rounded the final turn. Although French Cafe gave a good fight, Evident Beauty proved too good, and she pulled away for the victory.   This marks the eighth win of the season for Evident Beauty, who has bankrolled more than $500,000 in her sophomore campaign. Five of those wins have come in stakes finals. She was the 3/2 favorite in her Breeders' Crown elimination last week, but broke stride turning for home and lost all chance to qualify for the final. She's owned by Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and RAW Equine, and is trained by Nifty Norman.   The first leg of the series drew twelve entries, and was subsequently split by gender. No Drama Please won the division for colts & geldings, wearing down early leader Lucius Vorenus to win by 3/4 of a length. He went the mile in a season's best 1:57.3 for owner Joseph Smith, trainer Tom Fanning, and drive Austin Siegelman.   The SBOANJ series continues next Friday, with the second leg. The final will be worth $50,000, and is scheduled for November 15.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

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  

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