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MANALAPAN, NJ – December 13, 2014 – Eric Abbatiello captured his fifth driving title and Nick Surick claimed his first training title when the 2014 racing season concluded at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Abbatiello completed the 2014 meet with 190 wins, 185 seconds and 134 thirds from 995 starts and earnings of $719,339.  “It’s been a pleasure to compete at Freehold Raceway and win the driving title the last five years,” Abbatiello said. “A special thanks to all the trainers, owners and grooms who have given me a chance to compete with their horses.” Abbatiello, 46, from East Windsor, NJ, has 1,647 career victories and nearly $11 million in earnings.  The runners-up in the driving competition at Freehold were James Marshall III with 148 wins, Stephen Smith with 127 and Vincent Ginsburg with 117. Surick collected 54 training wins during the meet toward his career total of 466. His stable also lead the way with earnings of $199,465.  “Freehold Raceway is synonymous with harness racing, and Freehold is my hometown,” said Surick, 26, from Freehold, NJ. “There is no higher honor than one being bestowed on you in your hometown. Winning the training title at Freehold Raceway was once a dream; now it’s a reality.” Vincent Fusco with 41 wins, Karen Garland with 33 wins and Julius Czermann Jr. with 31 wins were his closest challengers in the trainers’ race.  The end of the meet also marked the end of the racing career of Newsam, a 14-year-old gelding, who was honored in the winner’s circle after he won the second race. He retires with 63 victories, 49 second and 49 thirds from 313 starts, and earnings of $393,732.  He has spent most of his racing career with owner Robin Hess of Burlington, NJ and trainer Ken Hess. His final campaign also produced his most wins in a year – 10.  Freehold’s live racing season resumes on January 2, 2015 with a 110-date meet. The first qualifiers will be held on Friday, January 2 before switching to Thursday mornings. Post time for qualifiers is 9:30 a.m. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

East Rutherford, N.J. (December 12th) - Thanks to a work share agreement between Meadowlands Racetrack, Freehold Raceway, and Vernon Downs, some new harness racing voices will be heard describing the racing action at those facilities during the 2015 season. Effective January 2nd, Ken Warkentin will become the full-time announcer at Freehold Raceway. Warkentin will still remain an integral part of the Meadowlands broadcast team as well as sharing duties with longtime Meadowlands announcer and host Sam McKee. "We're excited to begin our 2015 racing season with an announcer of Ken's caliber," said Freehold Raceway General Manger Howard Bruno. "We think our patrons will enjoy having Ken call our races on a daily basis beginning in January. We're fortunate to be able to work out this arrangement with the Meadowlands." Vernon Downs patrons will hear a combination of race callers including James Witherite, Ken Warkentin and Director of Racing Scott Warren during the 2015 season. Witherite will also be back as the regular voice of Tioga Downs. "We're blessed to have several talented announcers on staff at the three facilities operated by Jeff Gural," said Meadowlands CEO/GM Jason M. Settlemoir. "Thanks to the work share agreements now in place, we can maximize opportunities and further utilize our talented line-up to help provide guests with top quality announcers at multiple facilities. We appreciate Freehold Raceway working with us and see it as a win-win for both organizations. At anytime during the upcoming year, you could hear Sam McKee, Ken Warkentin, Scott Warren, James Witherite, Darin Zoccali, or myself calling the races at any of our three properties." Both Freehold and Meadowlands begin their 2015 season on Friday, January 2nd. Vernon Downs is scheduled to open for live racing on April 10th. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

MANALAPAN, NJ - November 20, 2014 - The New Jersey Racing Commission awarded 191 standardbred racing dates for 2015 with 110 dates at Freehold and 81 dates at the Meadowlands. The possibility of adding four dates to the Meadowlands live racing schedule will be addressed at the January 14, 2015 meeting of the NJRC. The Meadowlands schedule, as approved, will begin on January 2 and run through August 8 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through February 28 and Fridays and Saturdays from March 6 through August 8. The fall meet will take place on November 27-28, December 4-5, December 11-12, December 18-19 and December 26. Post time at the Meadowlands will be 7:15 p.m. except for noon on Hambletonian Day, August 8. Freehold's two meets run from January 2 through May 16 and September 4 through December 12. Racing days will be Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in January February [dark on Monday, February 23]; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from March 5 to May 16 and also September 4 through December 12 [Dark on Thursday, November 26] with the addition of live racing on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Post time at Freehold is 12:30 p.m. Thoroughbred racing dates were awarded to Atlantic City Racecourse and Monmouth Park. Atlantic City's six dates of racing are April 23, 24, 25, 26, 28 and 29. Post time is 3 p.m. Monmouth Park's 49-day season will run from May 9 through September 7 with post time of 12:50 p.m. The Monmouth schedule will be Saturdays and Sundays for May 9 through June 28 [plus Monday, May 25 and Friday, June 26] and then Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 3 through September 6 [plus Labor Day, September 7]. The issue of racing Monmouth Park thoroughbred dates on the Meadowlands turf course was tabled until the January meeting of the NJRC. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 29, 2014 - Angels Ransom not only won the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotters but did so in stakes record time on Thursday, October 29, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The autumn air must agree with the gelded son of Revenue - Queen of Angels, who now has two straight wins to improve his 2014 record to five wins, three seconds and two thirds in 16 starts. George Brennan was at the lines of Angels Ransom, who crossed the wire in 1:56.4, with a last quarter in 28.3 seconds. It was five and a quarter lengths back to Choco Sun [Chocolatier] in second and Holiday Spirit [Chocolatier] in third. Angels Ransom, trained by Roland Mallar, eclipsed the Green Acres record for three-year-old gelded trotters of 1:58 set by Spat One [Malabar Man] in 2002 and bested the colt mark of 1:57 established by Watch Out [Malabar Man] in 2004. Bred and owned by Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME, Angels Ransom has banked $58,150 this year and $70,760 lifetime. The Green Acres Final was contested as a non-wagering event prior to the card. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 25, 2014 - Western Pioneer, making his first start for new owners, overcame a judges' inquiry to post his first career victory in the $43,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the ninth race on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Western Pioneer, a son of Western Ideal bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, paced the mile in 1:55.1, getting up in the final strides to catch Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] for a three-quarters of a length victory, his first in 12 career starts. Rock N' Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover], the Green Acres champion, was third by four and a half lengths. Dealt A Winner, the pre-race favorite, was scratched sick, leaving seven starters. Western Pioneer, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Nancy Johansson, was purchased as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale for $15,000 by Perry Soderberg of Highstown, NJ. Ownership was transferred to 3 Brothers Stables of New York City and Johansson on October 17, 2014. Sent off as the slight 2-1 favorite over Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover], one of two fillies in the field, Western Pioneer [$6.20] made his move to the outside at the three-quarters as Edward Teach took the lead, prompting the judges' review. Western Pioneer has finished in-the-money in five of 12 starts for earnings of $72,274. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Western Pioneer By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ        

In five of his six starts, Dealt A Winner has been dealt a winning hand. The gelded son of Cam’s Card Shark puts a three-race winning streak on the line in the $43,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the ninth race on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway.  The Futurity, which is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, drew eight starters, including two fillies. Dealt A Winner, trained by Edward Hart, is coupled in the wagering with Green Acres Champ Rock N’ Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover], who is conditioned by Nifty Norman.  Jeffrey Snyder of New York City owns Dealt A Winner and is partners with Three Decades Racing LLC of Moorestown, NJ on Rock N’ Roll World. The entry is rated the favorite at 6-5 on the morning line. Dealt A Winner, who has a bankroll of $119,879 posted an eight-length victory in his last start, the $100,000 Lou Babic Final at Freehold on September 27.  He has also won divisions of the Reynolds and Geers, both at Tioga Downs, and a preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands. The only flaw in his record was when he uncharacteristically went off stride at the start of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on July 12, rallied from ninth and still finished third. 9th Race - $43,000 New Jersey Futurity – 2yo Pacers Hd#-Post#-Horse-Sire-Driver – Trainer - ML 1-6-Dealt A Winner-Cam’s Card Shark-Jason Bartlett-Edward Hart – 6-5 1A-8-Rock N’ Roll World- Rocknroll Hanover – Steve Smith – Nifty Norman – 6-5 2-1-Cheyenne Robin [filly] – Rocknroll Hanover – Daniel Dube- Robert Siegelman – 7-2 3-2-Edward Teach- Rocknroll Hanover – George Brennan – Ron Burke -12-1 4-3-Rock Of the Ages-Rocknroll Hanover – Vincent Ginsburg – Nick Surick – 50-1 5-4-Devils Cut- Western Ideal – Jim Marshall III – Stacy Chiodo- 20-1 6-5-Western Pioneer- Western Ideal- Tim Tetrick – Nancy Johansson – 7-1 7-7-Strut My Stuff [filly] – Western Ideal – Jack Baggitt Jr. – Ross Croghan – 3-1 Green Acres third leg to Angels Ransom Angels Ransom, the runner up in his last three starts, got up at the wire for a neck victory in the $7,000 third leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Angels Ransom, a gelded son of Revenue, trotted the mile in 1:59.1 on a track rated good. He edged out a pair of Chocolatier offspring, Choco Sun, who was second and Holiday Spirit, who was a half-length back in third. Angels Ransom, driven by Chase Vandervort and trained by Roland Mallar, races for owner-breeder Michael D. Andrew of Gorham, ME. This year, the trotter has four wins, three seconds and two thirds in 15 starts. Lifetime, he has finished in-the-money in 14 of 25 starts. Career earnings are $58,260. The $25,000 divisional final is on October 30 at Freehold. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 18, 2014 - George "The Minister of Speed" Brennan pressed Cut A Deal in a move to the lead on the final turn and drew away for a nine and three-quarter length victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old pacing fillies, the third race on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Cut A Deal [$8.20] followed 1-5 favorite Fanticipation before pulling away for the victory, crossing the wire in 1:54.2, tossing in a last quarter of 28.4. Both are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] was third by 13 1/4 lengths. Cut A Deal, trained by Nick Surick, improved her record to four wins, two seconds and six thirds in 24 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 20 of 36 career outings. The victory pushed her career bankroll to $106,295 for the JL Benson Stables Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Cut A Deal The Green Acres program has two more events in 2014 - both for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters - the third leg on October 23 and the $25,000 final on October 30. The last of the New Jersey Futurity divisions for two-year-old pacers is set for October 25, also at Freehold. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

Reinforcing his support for legal sports wagering in New Jersey, on Friday Governor Chris Christie signed legislation that reflects recent court rulings and removes prohibitions against sports wagering in New Jersey. "As I've said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation," Governor Christie said. "I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort." In a signing statement with the bill (S-2460), the Governor explains that this bill corrects the critical flaws in the Legislature's earlier bill on sports wagering that was vetoed. For example, the new bill specifies that certain collegiate sports contests and athletic events shall not be the subject of wagering, as the New Jersey Constitution mandates, and it limits the repeal to wagers placed by persons at least 21 years of age. The bill also repeals the prior Sports Wagering Act in its entirety, thereby providing certainty and clarity to the law. While Freehold Raceway and Meadowlands Racetrack have yet to offer an official statement, Monmouth Park Racetrack announced late Friday that it will begin offering and accepting wagers on sporting contests and athletic events on Sunday, Oct. 26 at the racetrack. “We thank Governor Christie for his leadership on this issue,” said Dennis Drazin, advisor to Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park. “The New Jersey horse racing industry and the associated agriculture support services is a $1 billion industry and is responsible for 13,000 jobs in the Garden State, as well as the open spaces and green acres that are the direct result of horse racing,” Drazin said in a statement. “The Governor’s signature on S-2460 is a wire-to-wire winner for horse racing, the gaming industry and the people of New Jersey.” Following a vote in the New Jersey Senate of 27-1 on Oct. 14 and in the General Assembly of 73-4, the Governor affixed his signature to S-2460, thus paving the way for sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and New Jersey’s racetracks to commence immediately. “I want to express our thanks and gratitude to the entire New Jersey Legislature,” continued Drazin. “Particularly to Senator Lesniak, who has championed this cause from the onset and Assemblyman Caputo, who led the legislation through the Assembly. Also, the tireless work of Senators Kyrillos, Beck and Whelan as well as Assemblymen Dancer, Burzichelli, Mazzeo and Mukherji have brought us to where we are today. We can’t wait to welcome new fans to the racetrack as we embark on this exciting new era in the long and storied history of Monmouth Park.” (with files from The Office of the Governor of New Jersey and Monmouth Park)

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 16, 2014 - Sumatra made it two straight trips to the winner's circle with a two-length tally in the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The gelded son of Muscles Yankee - Lola Seelster covered the non-wagering mile in 1:57.2 with Brian Sears in the sulky. Angels Ransom [Revenue] was second with Choco Sun [Chocolatier] two and a half lengths back in third. Sumatra, trained by Tom Fanning, now has back-to-back stakes wins, having captured the Old Oaken Bucket at Delaware, OH on September 18. This year's record features three wins, two seconds and two thirds from 13 starts for earnings of nearly $170,000. Lifetime, he has finished in-the-money in 16 of 24 starts, banking $277,339. The $9,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase by Joseph Smith of Vero Beach, FL, was bred by Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ and Black Horse Racing of Lebanon, NJ. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 11, 2014 - Rock N' Roll World took the lead off the gate and never looked back, capturing the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Jack Baggitt Jr. drove the 3-5 favorite, who covered the third-race mile over the sloppy track in 1:58 flat, finishing a length and a quarter ahead of Too Darn Hot. Both are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. It was five and a quarter lengths back to Devils Cut [Western Ideal] in third. Rock N' Roll World [$3.20] is a royally bred son out of $1.9 million-earner Worldly Beauty. Dam of Rock N' Roll World, Worldly Beauty seen here winning the 2003 Lady Liberty The Nifty Norman trainee is owned by Jeffrey Snyder of New York City and Three Decades RA of Moorestown, NJ. Bred by MJG Racing and Hill View Enterprises, he was a $125,000 Harrisburg Sale yearling purchase. To date, Rock N' Roll World has two wins, three seconds and one third from 10 starts and earnings of $84,503. Runner- up in the Sheppard Final at Yonkers, his prior win came in a division of the Geers at Tioga Downs. Rock N' Roll World In the second race, 1-2 favorite Evil Fight [Western Ideal] repelled challengers at the half and in the stretch to win a $7,000 Green Acres third leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:56.4. It was three-quarters of a length back to Cut A Deal [Rocknroll Hanover] in second and three lengths to Fiyonce [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Evil Fight [$3.00] was driven to victory by her owner-trainer Daryl Bier. She now has nine wins, two seconds and four thirds from 25 starts, earning nearly $55,000. She was unraced at two. The $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old trotters drew four entrants: Angels Ransom, Sumatra, Choco Sun and Opulent Yankee. It will be contested as a non-wagering event at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 10, 2014 - SS Poseidon, winner of the Harold Dancer Trot, added the $33,500 New Jersey Futurity to his list of stakes wins on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Futurity, restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotters, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill] was a two and a quarter-length winner over the filly Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] in the open trot, carded as the third race. It was six lengths to Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in third. Steve Smith guided SS Poseidon, who paid $4.20 to win, to his third win in 10 starts. The Erv Miller trainee has finished in-the-money in eight of those starts. In addition to the Harold Dancer at Freehold, he also won a division of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs. The victory pushed the trotter's earnings to $105,255 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Shim Racing LLC of Deerfield, IL. In the co-featured $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old pacing fillies, the eighth race, Strut My Stuff was a half-length winner over the pacesetting Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] in a stakes record 1:55.3. Lissan [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length and a quarter. Strut My Stuff [$9.80], who captured the Lou Babic Filly in her prior start, extended her winning streak to four in the tenth start of her career. Jack Baggitt Jr. drove the Ross Croghan-trained daughter of Western Ideal who is owned by the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc. of New York, NY. She has a bankroll of $52,620. The clocking of 1:55.3 was a fifth of a second faster than the previous stakes record shared by Happy Dreamer [2007] and Cheyenne Robin [2013]. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 9, 2014 - Shelikescandy was the sweetest of all, winning the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Chocolatier, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Dawn Anderson, bested a field of three in a non-wagering event. She stayed flat; the other two starters did not. The margin of victory was 14 ¾ lengths and for a clocking of 2:03.3. Revergreen [Revenue] was second and Coin Collector [Chocolatier] was distanced. Shelikescandy completed a sweep of the four-week Green Acres and improved her record to five wins and one third in 16 starts this year. Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 11 of 22 starts. Bred by Dr. Stephen Perrine Dey, she has earned $67,009 for owner George Beck of Freehold, NJ. In a $7,000 second-round Green Acres for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, also contended prior to the betting card, Choco Sun [Chocolatier] held on for a head victory over Angels Ransom [Revenue] in 1:58.2. It was a length back to Holiday Spirit [Chocolatier] in third. Choco Sun has now won two straight in Green Acres action. The Orjan Torstensson trainee was driven to victory by Jim Meittinis. Choco Sun, owned by Eirik Djuve Inc. of Bordentown, NJ, picked up his second win with a second and two thirds from eight starts this year. He has finished in-the-money in 10 of 15 career starts, earning $51,706. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 9, 2014 – SS Poseidon, winner of the $40,000 Harold Dancer Trot, is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $33,500 New Jersey Futurity for harness racing two-year-old trotters, the third race on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Futurity, restricted to New Jersey-sired trotters, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill], coupled in the wagering with Firestop [Muscles Yankee], will leave from post one with Steve Smith driving for trainer Erv Miller.  He has two wins, four seconds and a third in nine starts this year, banking $88,505 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Shim Racing LLC of Deerfield, IL. Paymaq is co-owner of Firestop, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Julie Miller.  The partnership also includes Douglas Sipple of Georgetown, DE and Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Quebec. Firestop has two seconds in six starts and leaves from post six. The Ray Schnittker trained entry of Broken Record and Switchblade Hall, both sons of Muscles Yankee, are rated 7-5 in the morning line.  Broken Record, who will be driven by Schnittker, drew post two while Jordan Stratton gets the call on Switchblade Hall, leaving from post five.   Broken Record won the New Jersey Sire Stakes –Green Acres Final at Freehold on September 18 and finished third in the Harold Dancer Final while Switchblade was third in the Green Acres Final and second in the Dancer. The Francisco Del Cid trained and driven Mountain Top [Muscle Hill] starts from post three and is rated 7-1. Two fillies will take on the colts in the open event.  Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill], who won the filly division of the Green Acres, is 4-1 in the morning line from post four with Daniel Dube in the sulky, and Contraire [Muscles Yankee] is 25-1 from outside post seven with Ake Svanstedt listed to drive. Co-featured on the Friday card is the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for two-year-old pacing fillies, the eighth race. Seven fillies are scheduled to go postward with Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] rated the 7-5 morning line favorite from post two.  Steve Smith will handle the Erv Miller trainee, who is owned by Paymaq Racing and D&M Trading LLC of Chicago.  She has a record of four wins, two seconds and two thirds from 11 starts and earnings in excess of $50,000.  Strut My Stuff, who captured the Lou Babic Filly in her last start, carries a three-race winning streak and is the 5-2 second choice from post three.  Jack Baggitt Jr. will drive the Ross Croghan-trained daughter of Western Ideal. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 4, 2014 - Nubble Light was widest of all in a four-horse charge to the wire, winning by a neck in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the sixth race on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Steve Smith tipped Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] wide in the stretch, getting up in the final strides to catch Sassy Hanover [Western Ideal] in a career best 1:55 flat. It was half a length to Card Shock [Cam's Card Shark] in third. Nubble Light paid $8.60 to win as the third choice in the wagering. The Deleston Cote trainee also won the $25,000 Green Acres Final as a two-year-old on October 19, 2013. Nubble Light now has five wins, two seconds and four thirds in 19 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 13 of 28 career starts for a bankroll of $54,619. The gelding races for the partnership of Deleston Cote of Cream Ridge, NJ; Henry Faragalli III of Bryn Mawr, PA; Trevor Johnson of Phoenixville, PA and Jeffrey Ruben of Bryn Mawr, PA. In the third race, the third leg of the Green Acres for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Too Darn Hot [Rocknroll Hanover] was a head winner over 1-2 favorite Rock N Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:58.4. Devils Cut [Western Ideal] was two lengths back in third. Too Darn Hot [$5.40], driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Ron Burke, picked up his fifth win and has been first or second in seven of 10 starts. He is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr. The $25,000 Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies drew three entrants and will be raced as the first of two non-wagering events on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Shelikescandy [Chocolatier], who won all three of the preliminary legs, will bid for a sweep, facing Coin Collector [Chocolatier] and Revergreen [Revenue]. Shelikescandy, trained by Dawn Anderson and owned by George Beck of Freehold, NJ, will leave from post three with Steve Smith driving. The second non-betting event is the $7,000 second leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 3, 2014 - Demons N Diamonds picked the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes -Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting fillies to post her first career victory on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Muscle Hill - Half Ours filly trotted the mile in 2:00 flat, passing the pacesetter Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee] in the stretch for a half-length victory in the non-wagering event. Contraire [Muscles Yankee] was three and three quarter lengths back in third. Demons N Diamonds, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by John McDermott Jr., improved her record to one win, three seconds and two thirds from 11 starts for a bankroll of $38,921. The filly, bred by TLP Stable of Kearny , NJ, passed through the Lexington Selected Sale for $20,000. She is owned by the partnership of Jonathan Klee Racing of Mineola, NY; Domenic Costanzo of Westbury, NY and Kuhen Racing LLC of Yardley, PA. In the $7,000 third leg of the Green Acres for two-year-old pacing fillies, Cheyenne Robin [$7.60] was much the best, putting away 1-5 favorite Smart Zone in the co-featured sixth race. Cheyenne Robin, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Robert Siegelman, was a seven-length winner in a stakes record equaling 1:55.4. It was 11 ½ lengths to World Of Rock in third. All three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. The mile matched the Green Acres mark of 1:55.4 set by Happy Dreamer [McArdle] in 2007. Cheyenne Robin races for The Cheyenne Gang of Port Washington, NY. In Green Acres action on Thursday, October 2, Jim Meittinis drove the winners of both non-wagering divisions for three-year-old trotters, both offspring of Chocolatier. Shelikescandy won the filly split in 2:01.3 for a sweep of the three preliminary legs of the series. The Dawn Anderson trainee, owned by George Beck of Freehold, NJ, won by 24 ½ lengths over Coin Collector [Chocolatier]. In the first leg of the colt division, Choco Sun was a half-length winner over Angels Ransom [Revenue] in 1:57.2. The Orjan Torstensson trainee races for Eirik Djuve Inc. of Bordentown, NJ. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 30, 2014 - The schedule for the free health screenings supervised by the Backstretch Community Assistance Program [BCAP] and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, has been revised, shifting the Freehold Raceway event to Thursday, October 9, 2014. This is a week later than originally announced. The time remains 12 noon to 3 p.m. The program, which began in mid-September, will make its next stop on Monday, October 6 at Gaitway Farms from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For further information, contact Dr. Chris Samaha at 732-740-5376. Dates, times and which screenings are available at each location are listed below: 2014 HEALTH SCREENINGS & FLU VACCINATIONS DATES Monday, October 6 at Gaitway Farms 355 Highway 33 Manalapan Township, NJ 07726 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, BP, G, BF, V & Flu Shots) Thursday, October 9 at Freehold Raceway Paddock 12 pm - 3 pm (CH, G, BP & Flu Shots) Wednesday, October 15 at White Birch 214 Route 526 Allentown, NJ 08501 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, G, BP, BF & Flu Shots) Monday, October 20 at Magical Acres 160 Crosswicks-Chesterfield Road Trenton, NJ 08620 11:30 am - 2 pm (CH, BP, G & Flu Shots) Wednesday, October 22 at Showplace Farms [BCAP Office, Above Barn J] 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, BP, G, BF, V & Flu Shots) Screening Legend: BF= Body Fat Index BP= Blood Pressure. CH=Cholesterol G= Glucose V= Vision by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

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