MANALAPAN, NJ - August 27, 2014 - Trainer Ray Schnittker will send out a trio of Muscles Yankee colts in the first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Division action when Freehold Raceway re-opens for its 2014 Summer/Fall Meet on Thursday, August 28. The 48-day meet [August 28 through December 13] will occupy Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week along with a special Labor Day card on Monday, September 1. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Seven New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings are scheduled to go postward in the $7,000 first leg of the Green Acres, the third of 10 races, with the Schnittker entry of Switchblade Hall, Cruizinwithmuscles and Broken Record installed as the 1-5 morning line favorite by the newly adopted TrackMaster automated morning line. Broken Record, leaving fro post six with Steve Smith in the sulky, has two wins and three thirds from six starts and earnings of $41,763 for the ownership of Schnittker and Ted Gewertz. He finished third in his last start, the Tompkins at Tioga Downs. Harry Landy will handle Switchblade Hall from post three while Pat Berry has the assignment behind Cruizinwithmuscles from post four. The other starters are Firestop [Muscles Yankee] from the rail with Eric Abbatiello driving at 12-1; Wolfpack Muscle [Muscles Yankee] with David Pinkney Jr. at 25-1 from post two; the Francisco Del Cid trained and driven Mountain Top [Muscle Hill], the 5-2 second choice from post five and Muscle Night [Muscles Yankee] with Jim Marshall III from post seven at 25-1. A free t-shirt will be distributed with a paid Freehold live racing program [while supplies last] on Thursday, August 28. With six in the box, there will be no eliminations on Friday of this week and all the three-year-old filly trotters entered will advance to the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 5, 2014. The field includes Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee], Celebrity Fantasy [Muscles Yankee], Mistressswithmuscle [Muscle Hill], She Likes Candy [Chocolatier], Yoga [Muscles Yankee] and You And I [Muscles Yankee]. The Julie Miller trained Cee Bee Yes has banked more than $273,000 for Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ, with six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 19 career starts. This year, she has two wins and two seconds in eight starts. She captured the $33,075 Lady Suffolk at Freehold on May 2 and was second in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at the Meadowlands on May 31. She qualified for the Hambletonian Oaks but broke at the start of the final and finished last. Labor Day is also Back to the Track, a cooperative effort by the United States Trotting Association, its member racetracks, and horsemen from coast-to-coast that combines exciting harness racing and fan-friendly promotions. Freehold's Labor Day festivities include a free Back to the Track cap with paid Freehold live program [while supplies last], 50-cent hot dogs, 50-cent sodas, drawings for a season's parking pass and Back to the Track t-shirts. Additionally, there will be a drivers' autograph session. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ
MANALAPAN, NJ - August 21, 2014 - When Freehold Raceway re-opens for its 2014 Summer/Fall Meet on Thursday, August 28, there will be a return to condition racing and the introduction of automated morning lines. "In a mutual agreement with the SBOA [Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey], we are returning to conditioned races when we re-open August 28," said Freehold's General Manager Howard Bruno. "We had some success with the ABC classified system, however, the seasonal fluctuations in horse supply made it difficult to maximize its potential." The 48-day meet [August 28 through December 13] will occupy Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week along with a special Labor Day card on Monday, September 1. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Overnight purses will average $40,000 daily, according to Bruno. Automated morning lines, generated by TrackMaster, will debut this meet. "Several other tracks have begun using the system and the feedback has been positive," said Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Karen Fagliarone. "We feel the automation will lead to increased accuracy and be more timely than our current system." Opening weekend includes stakes action, an opening day t-shirt giveaway, and, on Labor Day, discounted food items, autograph session and a cap giveaway. The free t-shirt will be distributed with a paid Freehold live racing program [while supplies last] on Thursday, August 28. The opening day feature is the first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts. Friday, August 29 spotlights eliminations, if needed, for the Helen Smith Trot for three-year-old fillies which has a $55,000 estimated final on September 5. Saturday, August 30 will showcase three-year-old pacing colts in Green Acres action. Two-year-old pacers, both colts and fillies, face off in opening round Green Acres on Labor Day, September 1. Labor Day is also Back to the Track, a cooperative effort by the United States Trotting Association, its member racetracks, and horsemen from coast-to-coast that combines exciting harness racing and fan-friendly promotions. Freehold's Labor Day festivities include a free Back to the Track cap with paid Freehold live program [while supplies last], 50-cent hot dogs, 50-cent sodas, drawings for a season's parking pass and Back to the Track t-shirts. Additionally, there will be a drivers' autograph session. Saturday, September 20 marks the Third Annual Open Space Pace, which starts with a morning parade of horses on Main Street in Freehold Borough, ending at Freehold Raceway where additional events will be staged, including celebrity amateur races, demonstrations, educational exhibits, great food, live harness racing, family fun activities, petting zoo, a concert and fireworks. In addition to the Green Acres stakes for New Jersey-sired two and three-year-olds, the fall schedule includes the Lou Babic Paces [September 27] and the SBOANJ-sponsored Marion Dancer Trot [September 4], Helen Smith Trot [September 5], Charles Smith Trot [September 12], Harold Dancer Trot [September 25] and New Jersey Futurities [September 6, October 10, October 16 and October 25]. Qualifiers are on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. with declarations due the prior day at 10 a.m. Fourteen baby races and qualifiers are carded for Thursday, August 21. The opening week draw schedule: Thursday, August 28 - Draw on Monday, August 25 [Declare in by 9 a.m.] Friday, August 29 - Draw on Tuesday, August 26 [Declare in by 9 a.m.] Saturday, August 30 - Draw on Wednesday, August 27 [Declare in by 9 a.m.] Monday, September 1 [Labor Day] - Draw on Thursday, August 28 [Declare in by 9 a.m.] The remainder of meet will follow Freehold's traditional draw schedule of Saturday for Thursday, Tuesday for Friday and Wednesday for Saturday. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ
MANALAPAN, NJ - May 7, 2014 - Nomination payments are due for New Jersey-sired yearlings on May 15, 2014 for the 2015 Harold and Marion Dancer Trots, the 2015 New Jersey Futurity and the 2016 editions of the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey, the Charles and Helen Smith Trots. Additionally, the second sustaining payments for the 2014 Harold and Marion Dancer Trots and this year's New Jersey Futurity are also due on May 15. Applications and conditions are available on www.sboanj.com or by contacting the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey at 732-462-2357. The payments for these stakes should be sent to SBOANJ, 64 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726. The yearling nominating fees range from $25 to $35 while the sustaining payments are $400 for the Dancers and $300 for the Futurity. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ
MANALAPAN, NJ – September 4, 2013 – Time To Kill has picked up checks in the Hambletonian Oaks and Hudson Filly but victory in 2013 has thus far eluded the trotting filly who makes her next start in the $40,000 Helen Smith Final on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Time To Kill drew post four in the field of six New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotting fillies in the third race co-feature. She is the 2-1 morning line favorite. A quartet of New Jersey-sire two-year-old trotting fillies will go postward in the $56,525 Marion Dancer Final which will take place off the betting card at 12:15 p.m. Both the Smith and the Dancer are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. At two, Time To Kill posted four wins and six seconds from 12 starts, banking more than $350,000. This year the Ross Croghan trainee has added $58,361 to push her total over $410,000 but has yet to hit the board in 12 starts. Some of it has to do with chasing Bee A Magician in the open filly trots like the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks where Time To Kill finished fourth. The daughter of Muscles Yankee will be teamed with Jim Pantaleano in the Smith Final. She races in the name of Let It Ride Stables and Robert Cooper Stables, both of Boca Raton, FL, and J&T Silva Stables of Long Beach, NY. The $40,000 Helen Smith finalists, from the rail out, with sire, driver, trainer and morning line: Find The Magic, Chocolatier, Steve Smith, Ross Croghan, 8-1; Silver Credit, Muscles Yankee, Cat Manzi, Randy Beeckman, 3-1; Vintage Oaks, Muscles Yankee, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 5-1; Time To Kill, Muscles Yankee, Jim Pantaleano, Ross Croghan, 2-1; Vida De Vie, Muscles Yankee, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 6-1, and Southwind Cocoa, Chocolatier, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 4-1. The quartet of fillies in the Marion Dancer include the Jimmy Takter trainee Yoga, winner of both of her career starts, the Kindergarten Final and Historic. Cee Bee Yes, trained by Julie Miller, won the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final and was third in the Merrie Annabelle, both at the Meadowlands. Chocolate Crisp carries a three-race winning streak and Shelikescandy is winless in two tries. The $56,525 Marion Dancer finalists, from the rail out, with sire, driver and trainer: Shelikescandy, Chocolatier, George Brennan, Nifty Norman; Chocolate Crisp, Chocolatier, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; Cee Bee Yes, Muscles Yankee, Cee Bee Yes, Andy Miller, Julie Miller and Yoga, Muscles Yankee, Jimmy Takter Jr., Jimmy Takter. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ
MANALAPAN, NJ – August 28, 2013 – All six entrants for the Helen Smith Memorial Trot for New Jersey-sired three-year-old fillies will advance to the $40,000 final on September 6, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. No eliminations will be necessary this Friday. Trainer Trond Smedshammer, who sent out 2011 winner Firstclassprincess [Classic Photo] and 2012 winner Chilitodayhotamale [Muscles Yankee] will attempt to make it three-in-a-row with Vintage Oaks, a daughter of Muscles Yankee, who has three career wins in 18 starts and has banked $56,151 for the Ontario partnership of Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband. This year, the filly was third to Shared Past and Miss Steele in the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on June 1 at the Meadowlands. The richest of the finalists is Time To Kill by Muscles Yankee. The Ross Croghan trainee has earned $410,079 for Let It Ride Stables and Robert Cooper Stables, both of Boca Raton, FL, and J&T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY. More than $351,000 of her earnings came at two when she was first or second in 10 of 12 starts. In 2013, Time To Kill is looking for her first win after 12 starts. She was fifth in the Hudson Filly Final, sixth in the Delvin Miller Final and fourth in the Hambletonian Oaks. The other entrants are Find The Magic by Chocolatier, Silver Credit by Muscles Yankee, Southwind Cocoa by Chocolatier and Vida De Vie by Muscles Yankee. The Helen Smith Trot stakes record of 1:56.3 is shared by Muscle Shirt  and Chilitodayhotamale . The Helen Smith Trot is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ
Nomination payments for stakes in 2014 and 2015 plus sustaining payments for two of this year's events are due to the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey by May 15, 2013.
The second sustaining payment of $300 for the harness racing 'Charles and Helen Smith Trots', sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, is due by April 15, 2013.
The first sustaining payments for this year's harness racing editions of the Charles and Helen Smith Trots are due by February 15, 2013. The fee is $200 for the Charles Smith open and $200 for the Helen Smith for fillies.
Chilitodayhotamale, with harness racing driver George Brennan in the sulky, took advantage of the misfortune of several of her competitors and registered a wire-to-wire win in the $50,000 final of the Helen Smith for three-year-old trotting fillies at Freehold Raceway on Friday.
Muscolo, looking for his first win of the year, nipped Kingstone for a nose victory in the $80,000 Charles Smith Trot on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.
Aunt Mel, who carries a three-race winning streak, is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the $50,000 Helen Smith for harness racing three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotting fillies on Friday, September 7, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.
Freehold Raceway, Park Avenue, Freehold, whose roots date back to 1853, is set to open for live harness racing on Aug. 30. Freehold Raceway will present several stakes races during the fall-winter meet on the half-mile oval.
Aunt Mel breezed to victory in the $10,000 elimination race, marking the three-year-old trotting filly as the harness racing favorite in next week's $50,000 Helen Smith Final at Freehold Raceway.
Aunt Mel puts a harness racing two-race winning streak on the line in the $10,000 Helen Smith Elimination, the fourth race on Friday, August 31, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.
Live harness racing returns to Central New Jersey on March 1, 2012 with the opening of the 90-day meet at Freehold Raceway, America's oldest pari-mutuel harness track.
Sustaining payments for the Charles I. and Helen Smith Trotting Classics are due on February 15, 2012. The Charles Smith and its filly companion event, the Helen Smith, are for harness racing three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters and are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.