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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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