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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

The annual NAADA Fall Trotting Series got underway at Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon and when the dust had settled Bob Hechkoff and Get Packin trotted on to a wire to wire 2:00 victory. Starting on the outside in sixth position, Hechkoff sent the betting favorite to the front and they made every pole a winning one en route to a one length victory over Wygant Prince and driver Bob Davis third place went to Rev It Now driven by Hannah Miller. "He's an old veteran and just a pleasure to drive," noted Hechkoff who is an executive recruiter by trade.. "He can leave, he'll sit in a hole comfortably and with 60 victories in his career he has a desire to win." Hechkoff's R.B.H Ventures Stable has owned the veteran 12 year old Muscles Yankee gelding since this past February and the old guy has been nothing but good for Hechkoff earning him nearly $40,000 this season, not to mention the seven winning rides Get Packin has afforded his owner this season. However, over the veteran trotter's career he has earned more than $545,000 for those who paid the bills on him. Hechkoff and Get Packin can be found competing in many amateur events not the least being the C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series. Although Hechkoff didn't earnestly get involved in amateur racing until 2004 he has become a force to be reckoned with. He drove his first winner that year and since then he has recorded 54 victories usually driving about 35 races a year. Open to drivers who are members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association-and anyone can easily become a member-- the NAADA Trotting Series differs from others in that the organization donates to deserving charities at the end of their series of races. Next stop will be at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, Oct. 2 where the competing amateurs will race for $6,000 purses in the two events that are expected that evening. At series end the drivers who earned the most points in the preliminaries will get a chance to race in the $14,000 Final. John Manzi

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 27 2014 - Harness racing two-year-olds Dealt A Winner and Strut My Stuff won the Lou Babic Pace Finals for New Jersey-sired two-year-olds on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Dealt A Winner, a son of Cam's Card Shark, extended his winning streak to four and secured his fifth win in six career starts in the $100,000 Babic for colts, the ninth race. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, the Ed Hart trainee drew away to an eight-length victory over Mitt Jagger [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was eight and a quarter lengths to Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Dealt A Winner [$2.10], driven by Jason Bartlett, added the Babic title to wins in the Reynolds and Geers. He has now earned $119,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City. In the $59,000 filly division, contested as the seventh race, 5-1 Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal] passed 1-5 Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in the stretch for the one-length victory in 1:57.4. It was two lengths to Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Strut My Stuff, driven by Jack Baggitt Jr. and trained by Ross Croghan, posted her Third Straight win and paid $12.20 to win. In nine starts, she has bankrolled $49,120 for the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc of New York City. Smart Zone, who held on for second, had her winning streak snapped at four. In a non-wagering New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Cheyenne Louie was a half-length winner over Card Shock in 1:55.3. Both are sons of Cam's Card Shark. It was a length to Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The Harry Landy trained and driven Cheyenne Louie has won two straight and five of 17 this year for Glat Kosher Racing of Monroe, NJ. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 26, 2014 - Dealt A Winner and Smart Zone, New Jersey-sired two-year-olds, put their winning streaks on the line in a pair of Lou Babic Pace finals on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Dealt A Winner [Cam's Card Shark] is the even-money favorite in the $100,000 Lou Babic for colts and geldings, the ninth race, while Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] is the 7-5 choice in the $59,000 Lou Babic for fillies, the seventh race. Dealt A Winner has four wins from his five starts, including his last three in-a-row. He took his mark of 1:52.3 in the Reynolds at Tioga Downs on September 12 The Ed Hart trainee will leave from post two with Jason Bartlett driving. He has banked $69,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City. Smart Zone, trained by Erv Miller and driven by Steve Smith, carries a four-race winning streak into the filly division of the Babic. She has finished in-the-money in six of nine starts, earning $33,757 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M Trading LLC of Chicago, IL. The stakes record for the Babic Open of 1:54.3 was set by Dontloseyourdayjob [Life Sign] in 2007. The filly record, also 1:54.3, belongs to Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] and came in 2013. Both events are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. Also on Saturday as a non-wagering event is a $7,000 third leg of the New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts. The Babic fields with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds. 7th Race - $59,000 Lou Babic Filly Final 1-World of Rock-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Meittinis-Chris Ryder- 15-1 2-Strut My Stuff-Western Ideal-Jack Baggitt Jr.-Ross Croghan-2-1 3-Lissan-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Marshall III-Larry Remmen- 7-2 4-Smart Zone-Rocknroll Hanover-Steve Smith-Erv Miller 7-5 5-Hollyrocker-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Larry Remmen 9-1 6-New Joez-Western Ideal-Jason Bartlett-Stacy Chiodo- 30-1 7-Cheyenne Robin-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Robert Siegelman- 30-1 9th Race- $100,000 Lou Babic Colt Final 1-Edward Teach-Rocknroll Hanover-Pat Berry-Ron Burke- 15-1 2-Dealt A Winner-Cam's Card Shark-Jason Bartlett-Edward Hart- even 3-Too Darn Hot-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Ron Burke- 2-1 4-Rock Of The Ages-Rocknroll Hanover-Nick Surick-Nick Surick- 30-1 5-Devils Cut-Western Ideal-Jim Marshall III-Stacy Chiodo- 15-1 6-Mitt Jagger-Rocknroll Hanover-Scott Young-Ron Coyne Jr.- 20-1 7-Rock N' Roll World-Rocknroll Hanover-George Brennan-Nifty Norman- 6-1 8-Ticket To Roll-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Tony Alagna- 30-1 Model Behavior cut the fractions and held on for a length and a half victory in the $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Muscles Yankee filly posted a personal best of 1:59.3, picking up her third win in seven starts. Eric Abbatiello was at the lines of the Robert Baggitt Jr. trainee who has earned a check in every start for a bankroll of $14,310.  She is owned and bred by Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ. Finishing second was Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] while it was four and three-quarter lengths to Prinsessa [Muscle Hill] in third.  Only three fillies went postward in the non-wagering event. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

So we had an OK last week of selections but nothing great to brag about. Now we are on to the Grand Circuit at Lexington’s Red Mile with tons of Bluegrass Stakes action today, Saturday and Sunday. Plus Saturday night is the Ohio Sire Stakes Championships at Scioto Downs and we will also venture to Freehold Raceway Saturday for the Lou Babic Memorial. Good Luck! $78,400 Trot Bluegrass Stake 2YO Colts Red Mile 3rd race FRIDAY – Considering that Centurion ATM has nearly three times the purse earnings of anyone else in the field, trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt should be able to take his colt to the front after the opening quarter mile and never look back. $207,000 winner is super good and takes another in here. Use Whataworkout and Mercury Fashion in exotic plays. $78,400 Trot Bluegrass Stake 2YO Colts Red Mile 5th race FRIDAY – Being undefeated in seven starts and owning a record of 1:55.2 in his last starts most certainly makes Billy Flynn the horse to beat in here. Super good trotter will be tested on one mile oval for first time but I think he is up to the task and watch the teletimer in this race. Use Muscle Diamond and Progression in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace Lou Babic Memorial Freehold Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – The afternoon delight of harness racing hosts 2yo NJ sired final and it will be an interesting battle between Dealt A Winner and Too Darn Hot. I am going with Dealt A Winner as he has been a winner, winning four of five lifetime starts including some Grand Circuit races. Gets tested on half mile track but shows too much speed to lose in here. Use Too Darn Hot and Rock N’ Roll World in exotic plays. $83,250 Pace Bluegrass Stake 2yo Colts Red Mile 7th race SATURDAY – Top rated colt in the nation gets to strut his stuff on the Red Mile’s clay oval. Artspeak puts his six-race win streak on the line but as long as he has returned from rest break in peak form he should be able to crush this field as he has been doing to others all season long. Use Blood Brother and Traceur Hanover in exotic plays. $92,600 Pace Bluegrass Stake 2yo Colt Pace Red Mile 8th race SATURDAY – This will be a great race with top colts going at it. Giving credit to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach that he has found his niche and will continue his winning ways against tough competition. Use He’s Watching and Let’s Drink On It in exotic plays. $200,000 Trot OSS Final 3yo Fillies Scioto Downs 10th race SATURDAY – Super strong field of fillies for this final and half the field can be the winner. I am going with Turbochargedroxie as this filly has the front end speed needed to lead all the way as she has done in two of her last three starts, just getting nipped at the wire last week. Use Sandys Victory and Anniesbluejeanbaby in exotic plays. $200,000 Pace OSS Final 3yo Fillies Scioto Downs 11th race SATURDAY – While everyone will be watching Crown Time Keeper from post nine, I think that Paydaze On The Way is the horse to beat. She does not win all the time but is in perfect position to get a dream trip to score from. Burke/Kakaley combo has been super sharp and this one could pay a price. Use Crown The Keeper and Shakin Friskie in exotic plays. $200,000 Pace Jim Ewart Memorial Invite Scioto Downs 13th race SATURDAY – Very good field of top pacers from around the nation in this event. I think Sweet Lou needed some rest and should be able to come back to his winning ways and close out the 2014 season with no more losses. Certainly gets tested in here. Use Bigtown Hero and Foiled Again in exotic plays. $86,700 Trot Bluegrass Stakes 3yo Fillies Red Mile 5th race SUNDAY – Too tough to even consider going against Jimmy Takter’s Lifetime Pursuit in here. She is so awesome right now and in this short field she can bide her time to make her move to the front and not look back. Use Cooler Schooler and Bikini So Teeny in exotic plays. $94,100 Trot Bluegrass Stakes 3yo Colts Red Mile 8th race SUNDAY – With no Father Patrick in this division it becomes Nunzio’s race to win. He has been very good all season long and should be able to trot up a storm in here although you still have to watch out for Datsyuk as he looms a threat whenever he races. Use Datsyuk and Hillustrious in exotic plays. $94,100 Trot Bluegrass Stakes 3yo Colts Red Mile 10th race SUNDAY – With the weather forecast calling for sun and warm with no rain all weekend long, the Red Mile’s clay track should be perfect for Father Patrick to put on a trotting clinic in this division. If trainer Jimmy Takter allows Yannick Gingras to cut loose with this exceptional colt the teletimer could explode! Use Auspicious Hanover and Martiniwithmuscle in exotic plays. $86,700 Trot Bluegrass Stakes 3yo Fillies Red Mile 11th race SUNDAY – It won’t be a walk in the park for Shake It Cerry in here but she should still be able to have things her own way. Top filly has had a great season and can cap it off with a world record performance in here. Use Take The Money and Highest Peak in exotic plays.    

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 25, 2014 - It was smooth sailing for SS Poseidon who scored a two and three-quarter length harness racing victory in the $40,000 Harold Dance Trot on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Harold Dancer, restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. It was contested as a non-wagering event. SS Poseidon, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Erv Miller, overcame a rainy, sloppy track to trot the mile in 2:00.1, besting Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee]. It was three and three-quarter lengths to Broken Record [Muscles Yankee], who had a two-race winning streak snapped, who cut the early fractions and finished third. The well-traveled SS Poseidon, a son of Muscle Hill, had picked up checks in recent weeks, finishing fifth in the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, second in both the Tompkins and Kindergarten prelim at Tioga, winning a Reynolds at Tioga, finishing third in a Kindergarten leg at the Red Mile and, most recently, finishing second in a deadheat in the American National at Balmoral Park. He now has two wins, four seconds and a third in nine starts and a bankroll of $84,490 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and his co-breeder, Shim Racing of Deerfield, IL. In a field of three sophomore pacing fillies, Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] prevailed by a half-length over Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] in 1:56.1 in a $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres leg prior to the betting card. Cut A Deal [Rocknroll Hanover] was a length and three-quarters back in third. Fanticipation, driven by Jason Bartlett and trained by Michael Forte, picked up her sixth win of the year and has finished in-the-money in 11 of 15 starts this year. She has won two straight at Freehold for Ricky Bucci of Stormville, NY. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 23, 2014 - Broken Record, who dominated in his last two starts in the Green Acres Series, bids to extend his winning streak to three in the $40,000 Harold Dance Trot on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Trainer Ray Schnittker, who has three entered in the five-horse final, will turn the lines over to Jason Bartlett. The non-wagering race is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. The Harold Dancer is restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. One of four sons of Muscles Yankee in the Harold Dancer Trot, Broken Record won the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final on September 18 at Freehold, matching his career best of 2:00.1, which he posted two weeks earlier in the second leg of the Green Acres in a 27 1/2 -length victory. Broken Record has now collected four wins, a second and three thirds from nine starts, banking $59,513 for co-owners Schnittiker and Ted Gewertz of New York City. He is out of the prolific broodmare Miss Garland, making him a half-brother to multi-millionaire Vivid Photo. The Harold Dancer is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The $40,000 Harold Dancer field with sire, driver and trainer: 1-SS Poseidon-Muscle Hill-Steve Smith-Erv Miller 2-Cruizinwithmuscles-Muscles Yankee-Jim Marshall III-Ray Schnittiker 3-Switchblade Hall-Muscles Yankee-Jordan Stratton-Ray Schnittker 4-Firestop-Muscles Yankee-Eric Abbatiello-Julie Miller 5-Broken Record-Muscles Yankee-Jason Bartlett-Ray Schnittker Freehold Raceway has hosted the Harold Dancer, which was previously contested at Garden State Park and the Meadowlands, since 2001. The stakes record at Freehold of 1:59 flat was set by Chapter Seven in 2010. The $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies will be the second of two non-wagering races on the card. The three entrants are Cut A Deal, Fanticipation and Ideal Helen. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

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