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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

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved on to Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (April 22) where a seven-horse field went to post and when the judges hung the official sign Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin emerged victorious with his own Permanent Joy in a 2:01:1 clocking. In a race marred by breaking horses on the first turn "Hurricane Hannah" Miller cleared the confusion with Winwood Scout from the seven- hole but had to sizzle to a :28.4 first quarter which arguably took its toll later in the race. She did get her trotter a breather but "Buffalo Bob" Davis kept the pressure on with Mr. Butterworth. However, the eventual winner, Permanent Joy wasn't quite as lucky in clearing the breaking horses . "Permanent Joy is handy little horse so I was able to avoid the confusion On the first turn but by then I was 10 lengths back of two leaders," Krivelin related via email. As the field headed up the backside the final time around Winwood Scout was joined by Permanent Joy and from there a battle ensued. "Once I caught the field I felt I had a shot (to win). Coming around the final turn I thought I would go right by Hannah (with Winwood Scout) but she did a great job keeping her horse alive and we battled till the (finish) line. Fortunately I came out on top." The margin of victory had to be determined by the photo-finish camera and when the judges developed the print Permanent Joy won by a head. Third place went to Windsong Illusion driven by "Slate Hill Allen" Sisco. The crowd sent the winner off at odds of over 7-1 and Permanent Joy returned $16.80 to those who backed him. Krivelin owns and trains the veteran 9-year-old Permanent Vocation gelding who years ago was the State of Maine's 3 year old trotting champion. For Permanent Joy it was the trotter's second seasonal victory and for Krivelin, a three-time National Amateur Driving Champion, it was his fifth win in just nine seasonal starts. By John Manzi for the Billings Series

After three exciting divisions in the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series at Pompano Park on April 3rd harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow moved on to Freehold Raceway on Saturday, April 8 for a contest in the daylight and when that race was completed Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff emerged victorious with The Franchise in a time of 2:02.1. The executive recruiter took advantage of the pole position and hustled his trotter to the lead and they were comfortable in front as the quarter mile timer flashed :29.3. Surprisingly there were two horses in the six-horse field that were hung on the limb and Hechkoff played them like a fisherman plays a big snare keeping them at bay and never letting either gain command. First-over was BL Class Act and driver "Slate Hill Allen" Sisco with whom Hechkoff played hardball from the get-go. Despite starting from the two-hole Sisco's charge never saw the pylons and went a gutsy mile finishing in the exact time as the winner when three trotters crossed the finish line just heads apart. Unfortunately for Sisco and his trotter they were relegated to a third place finish. Brad "Quality Control" Rathbone and Northern Obsession, who were enjoying a two-hole journey, rallied in the passing lane but fell a head short of the winner although a head better than BL Class Act. "If I didn't keep Sisco's trotter on the limb I wouldn't have won the race," Hechkoff reasoned after the mile. "Even though BL Class Act never saw the pylons my horse (The Franchise) had all he could do to keep him at bay. I had no other choice." The first three finishers in the contest were each clocked in the identical time of 2:02 and fourth place finisher Landonfitz (Dave "Steady As" Yarock) was just two ticks behind the winner. The Franchise, owned by Hechkoff's RBH Ventures and trained by Kyle Spagnola, paid $8.20 for win. For Hechkoff, his victory was his 91st of his amateur career which began in 2000 and his second of the 2017 season. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

It's been about three weeks since "Hurricane Hannah" Miller has graced a winner's circle but today (Sat. Oct. 22) at Freehold Raceway the queen of amateur harness racing did it again, and for the 29th time this season. Hannah won the NAADA trot with Rocket Master in a time of 2:01.2. After starting from the five hole Hannah eased her trotter away cautiously from the mobile starting gate and slid Rocket Master down to the pylons ending up in fifth position some six lengths behind Trotalot and Bob Hechkoff who lead the six-horse field by the quarter in :29.2. When Dave Offenberg heard Hannah moving toward the leaders going to the half he moved Bluebird Kidsqueen out in front of Rocket Master which gave cover to Ms. Miller's mount. Hannah followed Offenberg up the backside and then went three-deep and by the time the field rounded that final turn Rocket Master was in front and trotting away from his competition going on to a 4-1/2 length triumph. Joe Lee, who followed Hannah Miller around the final turn with Lou Lou's Princess, ended-up finishing second. Bluebird Kingsqueen and Offenberg held on for the show dough. The winner, Rocket Master, a veteran 8-yer-old Glidemaster gelding , is owned by her driver along with the Nick Surick Stable and the Erv Miler Stable. Trained by Erv Miller, Rocket Master paid $2.60 for win. Now with 29 seasonal driving victories and still over two months remaining before the curtain comes down on the 2016 racing season Hannah Miller has a chance to extend her record of 32 wins in one season, the most ever by an amateur driver in the modern era. John Manzi

FREEHOLD, NJ – October 22, 2016 – A pair of Standardbred Development Fund finals for harness racing two-year-old totting fillies and colts alike were held this week at Freehold Raceway.  Each final was contested for a purse of $35,000. The two-year-old colt final was on Thursday (Oct 20) with a total of seven entries.  Driven by Pat Lachance, Backstage Pass left the gate from postposition eight to wire the field in 2:01 flat.  He’s In The Game settled for second, while Body Slam finished third. A son of Donato Hanover, Backstage Pass now has eight wins in ten starts this season.  Bred by White Birch Farms, and trained by Kevin McDermott, Backstage Pass has now earned $71,300 in his rookie season.   He paid $3.80 to win. Race three on Friday’s card was the final for two-year-old filly trotters.  Ez Passer driven by Jeff Gregory got away fifth to manage a second over trip behind Romancing Rachel before pulling around her halfway through the last turn stopping the clock in 1:58.0.  Romancing Rachel finished second, while Southwind Prius came in third. Ez Passer has three wins in twelve starts.  The Crazed, homebred filly has banked $75,308 this season for owner Joseph Jannuzzelli of Manalapan, NJ.  The Harder trainee paid $4.40 to win. Courtney Stafford

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno scored his 1000th victory Friday (Oct. 21) at Freehold Raceway guiding Fathers Amiga for trainer Chris Marino in 1:59. The 23-year-old native of Colts Neck, N.J. had his first pari-mutuel drive just five short years ago at this very facility with Mr. Bennett, which landed him in the winner’s circle. Bongiorno comes from a family of Hall of Fame horsemen. He is the grandson of the late Harold (Sonny) Dancer and the son of Robert and Barbara Bongiorno. A graduate of Colts Neck High School, he began jogging horses at 14 years of age at Showplace Farms. He knew after his first time out on the track this is what he wanted to do with his life. “Although every time I get to the winners circle, it is an amazing accomplishment, it is extra special to win with a family owned horse," Bongiorno said. This weekend he is programmed to drive two horses in his first Breeders Crown appearance in eliminations at the Meadowlands. The horses he will be steering are Regil Elektra for trainer Keith Armer and Southwind Woody for trainer Ron Burke. Freehold Raceway resumes live racing on Saturday (Oct. 22). Post time is 12:30 p.m. Freehold Raceway 

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 15, 2016 – This week Freehold Raceway hosted four New Jersey Futurity races for harness racing three and four year old pacers and trotters alike. The first of the four New Jersey Futurity races took place on Thursday October 13, 2016 for three-year-old trotters with a purse of $22,000. Dominion Beach with driver Marcus Johansson moved to take the lead from Inukchuck Chuck just past the half-mile mark, to win in 1:57.3. Inukchuck Chuck finished second while Heal The World came in third. This marks win number six with earnings over $170,000 lifetime for the Nancy Johansson trainee.  Ernst Gerbaulet bred the Muscle Hill colt. Friday October 14, 2016 continued New Jersey Futurity action with the two-year-old trotters battling for the $23,500 purse.  Andy Miller sent Southwind Prius to the front from postposition three only to relinquish the lead at the head of the stretch eventually finishing third. Bongiorno guided Southwind Woody around some road trouble to win in 1:59.1 holding off a late surge from Romancing Rachel.  The Muscle Hill colt bred by Southwind Farm of New Jersey notched his first lifetime win. The conclusion of the racing week held two races for pacers on Saturday October 15, 2016. The first of the two was the third race of the day.  The $20,300 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers was won by the favorite Every Way Out.  Driven by Tim Tetrick, Every Way Out wired the field from the rail position in 1:55.1.  The only mare in the race, Misqued out paced the other colts to finish second. Notenough For Me finished third.  This win pushed the If I Can Dream colt’s earnings to $181,805; Bulletproof Enterprises bred him. In the seventh race, another favorite, Boston Red Rocks dominated the $26,000 three-year-old pacer division.  Tim Tetrick coasted the Steve Elliott trainee to the wire in 1:53.4.  Bred by Andray Farms, the RocknRoll Hanover colt boosted his lifetime earnings to $876,785. Freehold Raceway also honored long time paddock judge Mike Fuschini in the eighth race on Saturday.  Drivers, trainers, and grooms joined Mike’s family in the winner circle to commemorate the loss of an amazing individual.  Mike will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. Freehold raceway resumes racing on Thursday October 20, 2016 with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ -- October 8, 2016 -- Freehold Raceway hosted two New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund Finals for harness racing two year old pacers, on Saturday October 8. The $35,000 final in the colt division was won by Every Way Out. The Dylan Davis trainee made up for his miscue last week in the second leg of the series winning in 1:56.2. Driven by Joe Bongiorno the If I Can Dream colt notched his eighth win on the season. Bred by Bulletproof Enterprise of Pennsylvania, Every Way Out has boosted his earnings to $171,655. Deo Galileo just nosed out Sir Pugsley for second place. The one to five favorite Misqued dominated the $35,000 final in the filly division stopping the clock in 1:56.3. The If I Can Dream filly trained by John Balzer won both legs and the final of the NJSS Standardbred Development Fund series. This makes win number three of five starts for Misqued, bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky. Rita Maid driven by Joe Bongiorno finished second, while Jordan Stratton and Designated Drinker took third. Freehold resumes racing Thursday October 13, 2016 with more New Jersey Sire Stakes action. Courtney Stafford 

FREEHOLD, NJ – October 6, 2016 – On Top Of the Rock and Steve Smith rally to take the featured event of the afternoon, the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for three-year-old filly pacers, at Freehold Raceway on Thursday (Oct. 6). The Karen Garland trained filly left from post position two to wire the field in 1:58.3.  The Rocknroll Hanover filly, bred by Goldfinger Enterprises of NY, dominated the field to push her earnings to $69,801. Eric Abbatiello and Heart of Gold held off a late charge from Chase Vendervort with Heatherjean to finish second. The feature trot race on the card was the $10,000 NJSS Standardbred Development Fund for two-year-old colts.  Kevin McDermott sent the favorite Backstage Pass to the track hoping for a repeat of the first leg, and the Donato Hanover colt did just that.  Jim Marshall called on Backstage Pass when the gate closed and never looked back winning by three lengths in 2:01.3.  This gives the colt; bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ, win number seven of nine lifetime starts.  Chili finished second while He’s In The Game followed in third. Freehold Raceway resumes racing on Friday October 7 with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford

Freehold Raceway was back in action with New Jersey Sire Stakes on Saturday afternoon. The $25,000 NJSS Green Acres Final for three-year-old colt pacers was held as a non-wagering race before the harness racing card. Two divisions of the newest NJSS races were held during the card, the second leg of the $10,000 Standardbred Development Fund for two-year-old pacers. Austin Rocks with driver Eric Abbatiello left the gate from the rail position and held off a quarter move from Perchance To Dream to get the win in 1:59.1. Rock N Roll Style was second while Perchance To Dream held on for third. The Rocknroll Hanover colt picked up his first lifetime win in the $25,000 final. Kerry Feyker-Weed and M Kenneth Weed of Egg Harbor Township, NJ bred the Stacy Chiodo trainee. The third race was the NJSS Standardbred Development Fund for two-year-old colt pacers; Deo Galileo, trained by Rick McNair, upset the 1-9 favorite Everyway Out. Driver Jeff Gregory avoided two breakers to brush to the lead just before the quarter. Down the stretch Deo Galileo held off a late surge by Sir Pugsley stopping the clock in 1:57.4, Firefox Hanover finished the trifecta. The If I Can Dream colt notched win number two in eight starts for the season, bred by MJG Racing Stables Inc and Louis A Willinger. The filly division of the Standardbred Development Fund had another upset. Steve Smith guided Misqued to take the lead from the 2-5 favorite Designated Drinker just before the half. Drawing away from the field the John Balzer trainee cruised to a four-length win in 1:57.3. Designated Drinker and Rita Maid rounded out the trifecta for the eighth race. The If I Can Dream filly remains undefeated in both legs of the Standardbred Development Fund stakes, bred by Steve Stewart. Live racing a Freehold will resume on Thursday October 6th with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford 

Two NJSS Green Acres finals for harness racing three-year-old trotters took center stage at Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon. Both the filly and colt divisions competed for a purse of $25,000 each. The fillies took to the track for the first division. This was a non-betting race held before the regular scheduled race card. Southwind Venus with driver Lucas Wallin overcame her break at the half to edge out HS Baby Grace at the wire, Coco Truffles finished third. The Muscle Hill filly bred by Southwind Farms picks up her second lifetime win. Going wire to wire, Southwind Flash finished in front of Luv At First Site and Inukchuck Chuck trotting the colt division in 1:58.4. The Muscle Hill out of the Friendly Amigo mare won his fourth race of the season, pushing his lifetime earnings $99,824. Trained by Ron Burke and Driven by Joe Bongiorno, he paid $2.10 to win. Courtney Stafford

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