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FREEHOLD, NJ -- December 1, 2017 -- Nick Surick notched his 1,000th training win on Friday November 24th at Freehold Raceway. The 29 year old harness racing conditioner sent out six winners Friday afternoon. Uppercutz’s fifth race victory gave Surick his 1,000th career training victory. Surick has been a regular at Freehold Raceway since starting his training career in 2009.  Just eight years later, with virtually no racing background the Freehold native, is on the verge of capturing his second training title at Freehold Raceway.  The young trainer is dominating the Freehold racing scene. He is currently the leading trainer with 181 wins, 101 seconds and 65 thirds in just 487 starts. This season, he has already matched his career-best seasonal earnings of $1.7 million with a month left to go. His career earning total currently sits at just under $10 million lifetime. The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey would like to congratulate Nick Surick on his milestone. Courtney Stafford 

Trenton, NJ --- Of the gazillion different professions there are in life, Cecile and Kenneth Andersen encouraged son Bryan to explore pretty much all of them. Except one. “You have no idea how bad my parents tried to kick me away from harness racing,” Andersen said with a laugh. So, what did they want him to do? “Just about anything but,” he said. That wasn’t happening, however, as Bryan’s passion for harness racing was overwhelming. And it seems to be working out, as the 25-year-old took his first trip to heaven on Nov. 2. If Andersen hits the Power Ball and is set financially for life, it still won’t amount to the high he experienced at Freehold that day when he achieved something money can’t buy. Bryan earned his first career driving victory by taking Rock Star wire-to-wire. As he crossed the line, Andersen’s joy was worth more than $1 million a day. “I’d say (it felt like) winning the lottery, but if I won the lottery I don’t think it would be close to how this felt,” he said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. My grandfather was in the business, my father was in the business. I basically took over for my father, I’ve been working for my license all year.” And the win came in his 16th career race. It’s about time he got some good fortune, as Bryan has had some tough breaks in his life. A resident of Columbus, N.J., Andersen was the equivalent of an equine gym rat. His grandfather, the late Robert Andersen, was a trainer and driver. “He really wasn’t all that great,” Bryan said. “He just loved the horses and did it for the love of it.” When Robert stopped training, he worked as a security guard at Pompano just to stay around it. Ken was in it his entire life as a trainer and driver working for others, and he had the leading pacer at Tioga several years ago. Ken’s brother, Ralph, is a trainer in Massachusetts and his other brother, Al, is a veterinarian. Cecile has been around race horses and riding horses for a lifetime, and Bryan’s sister, Amy Seuss, is the Head Western Pleasure teacher for Delaware Valley College. And they wanted to keep this kid away from horses? Good luck. Bryan grew up helping at his dad’s stable. He wrestled in middle school and gave that up after eighth grade to focus on the horses. But he got sidelined shortly after graduating from Northern Burlington County High School when a scar tissue build-up in his girder resulted in a swollen kidney three times its natural size. “They had to cut it and clip and everything else,” he said. “I was bed-ridden and couldn’t do anything (physical) for six months.” Andersen could not sit around that long, so he attended trade school for massage therapy. He and some partners started a franchise called Massage Delivery, in which they transformed a car trailer into a traveling massage studio and would go from home to home to give massages. Horses, however, were still in the equation. “I would schedule all my massages, then go right back to the stable,” he said. “I always had a project on the side, whether it was a riding horse, or whatever. I always had to be around the horses.” The table-to-stable practice did not last, however. A year after healing from his kidney issues, more misfortune struck Bryan when Massage Delivery went out of business. “I enjoyed doing it very much, but the whole entire franchise fell through, “Andersen said. “The name fell through, one of the partners backed out. It was just a. . . .” Mess? “Yeah, basically.” That just meant more time for the horses. Even if the massage business thrived, Andersen would have never left the barn, saying, “Going around that track, whether it be three minutes and 30 seconds breaking a baby or be it 1:50, that’s my happy place. That’s just where I find the most serenity. Everything else doesn’t matter but me and the animal.” And while Andersen assures that his days as a massage therapist are over, he feels the involvement will be forever invaluable. “It gave me experience a little more with the horses as well; now I can feel problems,” he said. “It becomes like a second set of eyes. Basically, it’s just following a muscle. It’s all muscular, I’ve been around the horses enough to know where they go, how they lead.” After the business folded, Andersen continued to help his dad at their New Egypt barn and, at the start of this year, Bryan took over for his dad and now runs Andersen Stable. He has grown it from two horses to seven. Bryan owns one, Ken owns a baby they just purchased at Harrisburg, and the rest are owned by Robert Zakian. Prior to getting his training and driving licenses this year, Andersen worked for the likes of Linda Toscano, Tony O’Sullivan and Robert Cleary. He spent the summer at Tioga and is currently doing all the training at his stable, although his dad is on hand to provide any necessary help. Four of the seven horses are racing, one is being healed up and the plan is to break two babies in Florida. It took some work to get Rock Star back on the track, as the pacer blew his right front suspensory a while ago. “It ended up being inflamed so we had to baby him back,” Andersen said. “We qualified him, dropped him in the box. I knew he was good and ready. He’s just a good overall horse.” The 7-year-old drew the rail at Freehold, and Bryan took it from there. “I figured if I went a nice and easy :28 in the first quarter, then came back and saw how far I could go with it I knew he could take me the rest of the way,” Andersen said. “He ended up going (1):53 and 4. I cut the mile and it was wire-to-wire.” It was his first win, but not his first time in the money. In 19 drives this year, Andersen has hit the board six times and 33 times as a trainer in 79 starts (with 10 wins). “I want to do both,” he said. “I want to be able to have a barn with a comfortable 30, with a few people working with me; and be able to drive my own but catch drive as well.” Needless to say, the family has changed its thinking on Bryan’s career choice. “They’re all happy for me,” he said. “As of right now, starting out, I’m absolutely happy with where I’m at. I’ve had a killer year as a trainer so far with me just starting out. I’m pretty sure my horses have cleared over $100,000 this year ($141,052 to be exact). It’s been awesome. It took a little longer to get my driver’s license and I still have a lot to learn, but I couldn’t honestly be happier.” by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

FREEHOLD, NJ — November 2, 2017 — Freehold Raceway hosted the $10,000 New Jersey Futurity for harness racing 2-year-old open pacers on Saturday (Oct. 28). For the first time in history this particular New Jersey Futurity was referred to as the battle of the brothers.  Hurrikane Empress trained and driven by John McDermott faced off against his brothers Kevin McDermott’s trained and driven, Melanie’s Fran. Melanie’s Fran and Kevin Mcdermott left as the gate folded to take the lead over Hurrikane Empress and John McDermott.  The Hurrikane Kingcole filly stalked the Hypnotic Blue Chip Colt in the two hole until the stretch where she tested the leader.  The brothers were battling it out down the lane when Hurrikane Empress surged at the wire to nose out her competition in 1:58.2. This makes win number 6 out of 13 starts for the partnership of Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhn Racing LLC and Pegasus Investment Group.  Bred by Johnathan Klee Racing, Kuhn Racing LLC and Hurrikane Racing LLC the New Jersey filly has banked $140,815 in her career thus far. Freehold Revises Live Racing Schedule Freehold Raceway will be dropping four Thursdays of live racing due to limited horse supply.  The dates being dropped are November 9, 16, 30 and December 7.  Freehold will be adding back two days of racing on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16.  According to Freehold General Manager Howard Bruno, “There simply aren’t enough horses to support a three day a week schedule this time of year.  We will pick up with Thursday racing again in late December once some of the regional tracks have closed for the winter.” Freehold will race Friday and Saturday through Saturday, December 16.  After a brief break, the winter/spring meet will begin Thursday, December 28.  Racing dates for 2018 will be released in mid-November. Post time will remain 12:30pm.   Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ — October 22, 2017 — This week Freehold Raceway hosted the four $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Finals for harness racing two-year-olds. On Thursday (Oct. 19), I Know My Rights scored in the two-year-old colt final for trotters.  The Muscle Massive colt left from post position No. 5 to take the lead and never look back.  Driven by Tyler Buter I know My Rights stopped the clock in 1:59.2.  This makes win number 7 out of 12 starts for the two-year-old owned by trainer Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms LLC and Tyler Buter.  Bred by White Birch Farms of NJ, the colt has $106,037 in earnings this year.  Finishing second was Shoshie Deo with Allindotime coming in third. The Friday (Oct. 20) card included two finals both for the fillies.  The pacing fillies were the first to compete.  Some Renditions, trained by Michael Hall, wired the field with Vincent Ginsburg in 1:55.3. Giving the Somebeachsomewhere filly’s owners CTC Stable, Howard Taylor and Bradley Grant their third win of the season.  The White Birch Farm bred filly has earned $67,816 during her career thus far.  Solitary finished second and Lainey Deo came in third. Also, on Friday (Oct. 20) was the SDF final for two-year-old filly trotters, where Chaperess and George Brennan prevailed.  Starting from the rail position Brennan ducked Chaperess off the gate to get away forth.  Sitting second over at the half, the Chapter Seven filly was called on to fan three wide at the three quarter pole to march by the competition.  The Trond Smedshammer trainee crossed the wire in 1:59.4. Bred by David A Meirs and Boyd Henderson the filly has won 6 of her 10 starts earning $63,750 for her owner the Purple Haze Stables LLC. Diamondstone Us came in second and Samis Rolin Stone finished third. Saturday (Oct. 21) held the last SDF final for two-year-olds, Thor De Vie took home the $50,000 prize for the pacing colts.  Gregory Merton positioned Thor De Vie in the two hole and took advantage of a pocket trip behind the favorite.  The Jim Graham trainee rushed past the opposition in the stretch to get his second win in 1:54.0.  Bred by Joie De Vie Farm LLC, the So Surreal colt has earned $42,525 for the partners Jame Graham, Lee Winters, Paul Tandlmayer and Giuseppe Micchia.  Born To Be Bad finished up second and Iluvtomakemoney picked up the third place check. Freehold Raceway resumes live racing on Thursday October 26, 2017 with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ — October 13, 2017 — Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stable and Gty Stable’s Fly On notched his 10th career win Friday at Freehold Raceway in the $18,000 New Jersey Futurity for harness racing three-year-old trotters. Andy Miller and Fly On took a seat behind Southwind Cobra through three quarters of a mile, before pulling the pocket to challenge the leader. The Julie Miller trainee nosed out the competition in 1:57.0 last quarter in 29.3.  The Muscle Hill son has increased his lifetime earnings to $198,457. Southwind Cobra finished a close second while Southwind Woody came in third. Freehold Raceway resumes live racing on Saturday with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ — October 8, 2017 — Freehold Raceway held the $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund Final for harness racing three-year-old colt trotters Saturday (Oct 7) afternoon. Southwind Woody and George Brennan left from post position No. 1 to wire the field in 1:57.2 last quarter in 29.3. This makes lifetime win number five for the Rob Burke trainee bred by Southwind Farms of Pennington NJ. Making his earnings $131,520 for the winning connections of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva Stables LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Frankie Mullins and Eric Goodell came in second while Backstage Pass and Jim Marshall III finished third. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ — October 2, 2017 — Freehold Raceway hosted the $40,000 Renaissance final for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts on Saturday (Sept 30). Lucky Leonard and Jordan Stratton opted for the front when the gate folded.  While a pocket sitting Melanie’s Fran stalked the leader from the two hole eventually pulling mid stretch to nose out the competition for the win in 2:01.2.  The Kevin McDermott trainee marked her forth win in six starts.  Owned by Francis Azur the Hypnotic Blue Chip filly pushed her lifetime earnings to $117,000. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 29, 2017 — Freehold Raceway hosted the $55,300 Renaissance Final for two-year-old filly pacers, in a early race before the harness racing card. The third race was the NJSDF Final where three-year-old filly trotters competed fro a $50,000 purse. Hurrikane Empress was parked to the quarter in 28.0 before taking the lead from Some Renditions.  The John McDermott Jr. trainee, kept the lead throughout the rest of the mile, until her and driver Dan Dube stopped the timer in 1:58.3.  The Hurrikane Kingcole daughter, notched win number 5 of 10 starts and bumping her lifetime earnings to $131,815 for owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhn Racing LLC and Pegasis Investment Group.  Cruzinforavictory recovered from an early break behind the gate to finish second, while Some Renditions came in third. In the third race, of the card Southwind Avanti continued her winning ways at Freehold Raceway in the $50,000 New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund Final for three-year-old filly trotters.  This victory bettered the Muscle Hill filly's record to three wins in four starts on New Jersey's half mile track.  Jason Bartlett and Southwind Avanti left from post position No. 4 to wire the field in 1:58.1.  Owned by SRF Stable and bred by Southwind Farms of Pennington, NJ, her lifetime earnings are now $121,495.  Easy Passer finished second while Romancing Rachel came in third. Freehold resumes live racing action on Saturday September 30, 2017 with a post time of 12:30pm Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ -- September 28, 2017 -- Freehold Raceway has implemented a new system for issuing Purse, or Driver, Trainer commissions. They will no longer be issuing paper checks, all monies will be settled through direct deposit to a checking or savings account with a bank or credit union of your choice. Click on the direct deposit form here and send it to Freehold Raceway Horseman's Bookkeeper. Forms are also available from the Horseman's Bookkeeper. If you have any questions contact Freehold Raceway. Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 25, 2017 —On Friday (Sept 22), Freehold Raceway hosted the $15,000 Harold Dancer for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and it was won by Shoshie Deo. Dewayne Minor left from post position No1 with Shoshie Deo to take the lead and never look back, stopping the timer at 1:59.0, in the Harold Dancer.  The son of Wishing Stone out of Fortune Dream marked win number three out of seven starts. Bred by Deo Volente Farms Shoshie Doe pushed his lifetime earnings to $63,490.  U Need Stones finished second. Saturday (Sept 23), Southwind Wood won the $35,000 Charles Smith for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Freehold Raceway. The third race called for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters to compete for the $35,000 Charles Smith. George Brennan and Southwind Woody left the gate to take the lead from start to finish in fractions of 28.2, 58.1, 1:26.2 and 1:55.2, setting a new track and stakes record. The Muscle Hill bred by Southwind Farms exceeded $100,000 in lifetime earnings with this win.  Andy Miller and Fly On came in second while Southwind Hydro and Marcus Johansson crossed the wire third. Freehold resumes racing on Thursday September 28, 2017 with a 12:30pm post time. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 18, 2017 — Freehold Raceway hosted the $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund for harness racing three-year old colts final on Saturday (Sept. 16). Every Way Out took the lead from post position No. 2 going into the first turn, Victor Kirby put him on the front avoiding a breaking Firefox Hanover which caused some commotion and scattered the field. Every Way Out crossed the wire to stop the clock in 1:54.2. Sir Pugsley followed him every step of the way to finish second. The son of If I Can Dream out of Every Play grabbed win number five out of eight starts this year.  The Dylan Davis trainee surpassed $300,000 in lifetime earning with this win. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 15, 2017 — Freehold Raceway Friday afternoon (Sept. 15) hosted the $25,000 Helen Smith Final for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. From post No. 3 driver Jason Bartlett tucked Southwind Avanti behind Hillarmbro (Trond Smedshammer) and followed her through intervals of :28.3, :58.1, 1:27.2.  Bartlett moved Southwind Avanti in the stretch where she stormed by Hillarmbro to stop the clock in 1:56.2. This makes lifetime win number six for the daughter of Windsong’s Legacy out of the mare Auvergne. Owned by SRF Stable, trained by Anette Lorentzon and bred by Southwind Farm of NJ, Southwind Avanti pushed her lifetime earnings to $95,995. Hillarmbro was able to hold off a late charge from Romancing Rachel and Joe Bongiorno, to finish second. Courtney Stafford

Michael Luchento, 59 of Manalapan, passed away at Cranbury Center, Monroe on May 12th, 2017. Born in Jersey City, he was a resident of Parlin, NJ, before settling in Manalapan. Michael was employed by Freehold Raceway for 20 years as valet to the harness drivers. He was a drummer and an avid fan of the group Rush. Michael had Fabry disease, and served as a pioneer for clinical trials that led to FDA approved enzyme replacement therapy. He was predeceased by his mother Carmella and brother George. Mike is survived by his father Natale; wife Cheryl; son Michael Jr. and wife Lauren; daughter Amanda and fiancé Braden Price, brother Tom and sister in law Carol; sister in law Alice. A favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews and a pseudo dad to many friends of the family. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 16th, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, 344 Route 9 North, Manalapan. The funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 17th at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Englishtown. Burial will take place after the service at Old Tennent Cemetery, Manalapan. Donations to honor Michael's memory can be made to or the Fabry Support Information Group 108 NE 2nd Street, Suite C, P.O. Box 510, Concordia, MO 64020. To leave a condolence or find directions, visit Published in Asbury Park Press on May 14, 2017 Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ 732-462-2357    

Freehold, NJ --- Lord Cromwell and driver John Campbell moved to the lead on the backstretch and were never threatened from there, cruising to a 5-1/4 length win in Saturday's $143,737 Dexter Cup for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters in a stakes- and track-record 1:55 at Freehold Raceway. Gustavo Fring finished second and Southwind Cobra was third. The Dexter Cup is the first Grand Circuit event for 3-year-old trotters on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes at the Meadowlands. Southwind Cobra, who started from post five, took the early lead from Sir John F and reached the opening quarter-mile in :28.1. Lord Cromwell, the 4-5 favorite, was on the move after Southwind Cobra hit the half in :57.3 and was in front by the time he reached three-quarters in 1:26.4. "I knew they were going to trot out of there and he's actually better from behind," Campbell said. "Once I spoke to him at the five-eighths, he was gone. He actually finished well within himself. I was very happy with the trip. He was very handy. I think he's got a pretty good future." Said winning trainer Ed Hart, "I loved the post position. A lot of it is post position on a half-mile track. We drew good and John drove him perfect and everything worked out. "He's got a big set of lungs. He just goes." Lord Cromwell, bred and owned by Carolyn Atherton, is not eligible to the Hambletonian. The horse was limited to four starts last year because of sickness and complications from being gelded. "Looking right now, I'm sorry that we didn't," Hart said about the Hambletonian. "You never know. He's staked a bit lightly. Last year we couldn't really stake him heavily." Lord Cromwell paid $3.60, $2.80, $2.40. Lord Cromwell The previous stakes record of 1:55.3 was set by Anders Bluestone in the 2009 Dexter Cup. Anders Bluestone shared the track record for a 3-year-old male trotter with Keystone Activator. "He was super today," Hart said about Lord Cromwell. "He's just a really nice horse." Lord Cromwell, by Chapter Seven out of the mare Oh Oh Its Magic, is 2-for-2 this year and won two of his four races last season. He has earned $97,588 in his career. Campbell, who is retiring in July to become president of the Hambletonian Society, won for the 10,655th time in his Hall of Fame career. He pushed his lifetime purses to $299.61 million. He ranks first all-time in driver earnings, leading No. 2 Ron Pierce by $84 million, and is ninth in wins. Driver Yannick Gingras won both $36,850 divisions of the Lady Suffolk Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. In the first division, Gingras guided Princess Aurora to victory by 4-3/4 lengths over Sparkle Plenty in 1:57. Royal Pinot finished third. Princess Aurora, trained by Jimmy Takter, is owned by breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She is 2-for-2 this season and has won five of 13 career races, earning $309,277. Princess Aurora, who is eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks, is by Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Vulcanize. Princess Aurora In the second division, Romancing Rachel won by five lengths over Celebrity Ruth in 1:57.3. Southwind Prius was third. Romancing Rachel is trained by Ron Burke, who owns the filly with Howard Taylor and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. It was her first win in four tries this year and second victory in 15 career starts. She has earned $59,655. Also eligible to the Oaks, Romancing Rachel is by Muscle Hill out of the mare Tady's Comer. Romancing Rachel Ken Weingartner

Ron Burke is unsure what to expect from Southwind Cobra. There is no question, the harness racing trainer says, the horse is talented. There remains question whether he will fulfill his potential. Southwind Cobra might give Burke and his fellow owners some indication on Saturday when he faces seven rivals in the $143,737 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old male trotters at Freehold Raceway. The Dexter Cup is the first Grand Circuit race on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes. Four of the eight Dexter Cup finalists are eligible to the Hambletonian: Southwind Cobra, Another Chapter, Earl Variera, and Sir John F. Another Chapter won one of last weekend's two Dexter Cup eliminations. Lord Cromwell won the other. Southwind Cobra did not compete in the elims because Burke elected to take a bye, based on career earnings, to the final. "We thought at the beginning of last year he was our best 2-year-old," said Burke, who owns Southwind Cobra with Jack Piatt II, Larry Karr, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. "He was a disappointment. There were points where he would show some things, but then there were points where he would show nothing. It was inconsistency and a lack of, really, wanting to win. "It's wait-and-see with him. He has all the talent in the world. He just needs to put it together." Southwind Cobra is a son of Muscle Hill, the 2009 Hambletonian winner and Horse of the Year, out of the mare Caerphilly. He was purchased for $120,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes stakes-winner No Pan No Gain (the dam of Burke-trained millionaire Crazy Wow) and, more distantly, Hall of Famer Proximity. Last year Southwind Cobra won two of 13 races and earned $96,296. Both wins came on the Grand Circuit, in divisions of the International Stallion Stakes and Tompkins-Geers, and his mark of 1:53.3 was fifth best among all 2-year-old male trotters in 2016. But he went off stride in eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and Breeders Crown and failed to advance to any of those finals. Southwind Cobra has raced once this season, finishing third in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands on April 21. Burke was happy the Dexter Cup attracted a number of starters (17) that required one horse to take a bye so the group could be divided into two eight-horse eliminations on Freehold's half-mile oval. "I wanted the bye," said Burke, who won the 2015 Dexter Cup with Habitat. "I thought (Southwind Cobra's) first race was just all right. I wasn't thrilled with it. I was looking to give him a week off, but didn't think I would have the opportunity. Then when I got the bye it gave me a week to train him and get him ready. "I trained him (Wednesday) on the half-mile track at Gaitway. I wasn't sure how he would handle the half, but he got around it perfect. It didn't seem like it affected him at all. I look for him to be sharp hopefully." Southwind Cobra will start the Dexter Cup final from post No. 5. Elim winners Lord Cromwell will leave from post two and Another Chapter from post eight. Another Chapter, who broke his maiden with his elim victory, is a half-brother to stakes-winner Spider Blue Chip. Sir John F, who won at Freehold the week prior to finishing third in the Dexter Cup elimination captured by Another Chapter, is from the stable of four-time Dexter Cup winner Jimmy Takter. Sir John F, who drew post one, is a half-brother to Ontario star Emoticon Hanover, who finished second to Broadway Donna in last season's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters. Earl Variera, winless in six career races, will start from post three for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, who won last year's Dexter Cup with Dante. Saturday's Freehold card also includes two $36,850 divisions of the Lady Suffolk Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Princess Aurora, a stakes-winner last season and runner-up to Ariana G in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, leads a group of three Hambletonian Oaks eligibles (with Pennys N Dimes and Sparkle Plenty) in the first division. Romancing Rachel and Winter Sweet Frost are the Oaks eligible in the second division. Following is the Dexter Cup field in post order with listed drivers and trainers. The Dexter is race 10, with a 3:30 p.m. estimated post time. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - Sir John F - Donato Hanover - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 2 - Lord Cromwell - Chapter Seven - John Campbell-Ed Hart-9/2 3 - Earl Variera - Explosive Matter - Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-25/1 4 - Gustavo Fring - Explosive Matter - Eric Carlson-Gilbert Garcia-Herrera-9/2 5 - Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - Joe Bongiorno-Ron Burke-4/1 6 - Southwind Cruze - Chapter Seven - Andy Miller-Julie Miller-9/2 7 - Arch Credit - Credit Winner - Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-25/1 8 - Another Chapter - Chapter Seven - Brian Sears-Mark Silva-12/1 Click here for Saturday's complete Freehold card. Ken Weingartner

Harness Racing This Week: Dexter Cup eliminations, Freehold Raceway, Freehold, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Freehold this week features two $24,000 Dexter Cup eliminations for 3-year-old open trotters. Seventeen horses entered the race, with Southwind Cobra getting a bye into the final. The remaining 16 will compete in a pair of eight-horse eliminations on Saturday (April 29). Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Keystone Velocity charged through the stretch to overtake pacesetting McWicked and then held off Somewhere In L A by a head to win Saturday's (April 22) $529,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship for older male pacers in 1:51.2 over a track labeled "good" at Yonkers Raceway. Even-money favorite Missile J finished third and Bit Of A Legend N, the defending champion, was fourth. McWicked led the field around the first turn, but Keystone Velocity moved to the front prior to the opening quarter-mile, which was reached in :26.1. McWicked regained the top spot prior to the halfway point, in :54.4, and set the pace from there until the top of the stretch when Keystone Velocity moved to the passing lane and kicked home to victory. "We had to be up close," winning driver Daniel Dube said. "It worked out real good. He was really good today. I was hoping (McWicked) could bring me to the top of the stretch because on the last turn I had a lot of horse. He was real strong; he's a nice little horse." Dube drove Keystone Velocity for trainer Rene Allard, who owns the horse with Kapildeo Singh, Earl Hill Jr., and VIP Internet Stable. The 9-year-old stallion has won three of seven races this year and earned $323,000 in purses. For his career, Keystone Velocity has won 22 of 95 starts and banked $863,971. Sent off at odds of 11-1, he paid $24.80 to win. Earlier on the card, Mackenzie A won the $310,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship for pacing mares by 2-1/4 lengths over Medusa in 1:53.1. Divas Image was third and favorite Mach It A Par finished fourth. Jordan Stratton drove Mackenzie A for owners Harry von Knoblauch Stable and Ellen Kinser. The 5-year-old mare is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Kept For Pleasure. Mackenzie A has won two of eight races this year and earned $205,800. Going off at odds of 5-1, she paid $12.80 to win. "The trip just worked out perfect," Stratton said. "Mach It A Par got used hard. She's a tough mare, but she's usually a little better from behind. But she had to make the move and it worked out for us. It was the plan to race (Mackenzie A) from behind, but I didn't know it would work out like that. It worked out for the best I guess." Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 148; 2. Jordan Stratton - 96; 3. Matt Kakaley - 91; 4. Tim Tetrick - 61; 5. Daniel Dube - 59. Trainers: 1. Peter Tritton - 92; 2. Richard Banca - 86; 3. Rene Allard - 59; 4. Scott DiDomenico - 37; 5. Ron Burke - 36. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 73.5; 2. Fred Monteleone Stable - 32; 3. Bamond Racing - 22.5; 4t. Carmen Iannacone - 21.7; 4t. D'Elegance Stable IX - 21.7; 4t. T L P Stable - 21.7. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Miami Valley Raceway. Freehold has the Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters and the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (May 6); Meadowlands Racetrack will host the Cutler Memorial for older trotters and the first leg of the Graduate for 4-year-old pacers on Saturday (May 6); and Miami Valley Raceway features the Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting mares on Sunday (May 7) and older pacing mares on Monday (May 8). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

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