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Manalapan, NJ - March 7, 2020 - Supplemental nominations and sustaining payments for SBOANJ sponsored races are due March 16, 2020 (postmarked). The sustaining payments are as follows: Garden State Trot #3 2-year-old payment $250 Garden State Trot #2 3-year-old payment $400 New Jersey Futurity #54 3-year-old payment $300 New Jersey Trotting Futurity #55 2-year-old 1st payment $200 Home Grown Pace #3 2-year-old 1st payment $200 Home Grown Pace #2 3-year-old payment $300   If you did not previously nominate to the garden State Trot, the Trotting futurity or the Home Grown Pace as a yearling, you may do so as a 2-year-old. The fee is $300 and must be paid along with the sustaining payment. For payment forms and conditions please visit Any questions please call the office at 732.462.2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a trio of trotting stakes on Friday, September 27. Cotton to You won the stakes with wagering, the $10,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driver Jim Marohn Jr. sent his charge right to the lead from post position one, opening up a clear early lead. At about the five-eighths point, Michael McGivern sent Powerscourt, coming out of NYSS action, up first over and after the leader. On the final turn, Powerscourt put a head in front, and it looked as if Cotton to You was in trouble. However, Cotton to You showed a lot of heart, and fought back to win by a neck in 1:58. This was Cotton to You's fourth lifetime win, from twenty starts. He finished sixth in the Dexter Cup at this track earlier in the year, but clearly found more success when returning. He's owned by Harbor Racing Stable LLC, W Boyd Henderson, and Lucas Wallin, and trained by Lucas Wallin. In addition, Freehold hosted two non-wagering divisions of the New Jersey Futurity, for 2-year-old trotters. Barley won the division for colts and geldings, going on the lead all the way for owners Enzed Racing Stable and Gus Dovi, trainer Nifty Norman, and driver Eric Abbatiello. Tricky Sister prevailed in the filly division, sitting in the pocket behind her rival, DJ's Midnight Jazz, and powering to victory. The NJSS-SDF champ is owned by Robert Key, trained by Andrew Harris, and was driven by Dan Dube. Live racing continues on Saturday at Freehold, with a first race post time of 12:30 PM EDT. There's two stakes races on the card: the Renaissance for 2-year-old pacing fillies, and the NJSS-SDF Final for 2-year-old male pacers. In addition, all on-track patrons will receive a free cap with purchase of a Freehold live program, plus $1.00 hot dogs and $ 1.00 small sodas. Freehold Raceway is the nation's oldest and fastest daytime half mile harness racing track. From Freehold Raceway Media Department

Harness racing stakes action will continue at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Sept. 27), when the track will play host to three trotting stakes. The New Jersey Futurity, for two-year-old trotters, was split up by sex. The two races will be contested as non-wagering events, with post times of 12:10 p.m. and 12:20 p.m. (EDT), respectively. The colts and geldings will clash in the first division, which will feature a field of five. Nifty Norman's gelding Barley figures as the most likely winner. He finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund Final last Friday. He won two races in a row earlier in the year, including the first leg of the series back on September 6. Trickydickson will also contest the final for Andy and Julie Miller. Raintree Rebel, Kasha V, and Sloanie round out the field. Two fillies will face the gate for the second division. Tricky Sister, a winner of the NJSS-SDF final last week, looks like the one to beat. DJs Midnight Jazz, who was third in the final, will be her rival. The first leg of the NJSS-SDF for three-year-old male trotters drew a field of five, and has been programmed as the third race on the pari-mutuel card. Powerscourt, who will be taking a big drop in class, is heading in off of a third-place finish in the NYSS Final at Batavia Downs on September 14. He'll line up in Post 3 for trainer Cheryl McGivern, and Michael McGivern will be coming in for the drive. Sovereign Deo, second in the New Jersey Futurity in his last start, Warrior One, third in the NJSS-SDF final for two-year-olds last year, Cotton To You, sixth in the Dexter Cup over Freehold back in May, and Innisfallen round out the field. Post time is scheduled for approximately 1:10 p.m. In addition to the stakes racing, the Preferred Handicap Trot drew a competitive field of seven, and has been carded as Race 7. Mugshot Jess will be seeking his third consecutive win in the Preferred, and will start from Post 5. Jim Marohn Jr. will drive for owner/trainer Taylor Gower. Mugshot Jess will have to deal with some formidable competition, however. Marleys Guy won the Preferred on September 6 for ‘Team Bongiorno,’ and followed that up with an impressive gate-to-wire score at Yonkers Raceway on September 20. He'’’ start from Post 6 on Friday. Swansea had a brutal trip in his first start off the layoff last time out, but closed well and lost to Mugshot Jess by just a length. He'll seek to rebound from Post 7. The first pari-mutuel race at Freehold on Friday will be at approximately 12:30 p.m. From Freehold Raceway

FREEHOLD, NJ  - October 5, 2018 -  Freehold Raceway hosted the SBOANJ sponsored New Jersey Futurity #53 and a leg of the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. The non-betting $22,500 New Jersey Futurity #53 for 2-year-old trotters was won by the Ron Burke trainee Cheap Tricks. Joe Bongiorno steered the trotting colt to victory in 2:04.3. This is the first-lifetime win for the son of Trixton, he has earned $42,612 for his owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Pumel &Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. No Drama Please finished second. The first leg of the NJSDF for 3-year-old filly trotters took place in the third race. The odds on favorite Chaperess nosed out the competition for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Driven by George Brennan Chaperess inching past the leader in the stretch to stop the clock in 1:59.3. The daughter of Chapter Seven earned her seventh-lifetime win and $78,898 for her owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. Diamondstone Us finished second with Michando coming in third. Freehold resumes racing Saturday, October 6, with the SBOANJ sponsored Home Grown Pace #1 for 2-year-olds, post time 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

FREEHOLD, NJ -  Freehold Racing hosted another harness racing weekend of New Jersey stakes races. On Friday (Aug 31) the first leg of the 2-year-old colt trotters NJ Standard Development Fund with a purse of $7,500, while the 3-year-old open NJ Futurity went on Saturday (Sept 1). No Drama Please took the first leg of the NJSDF for 2-year-old colt trotters in 1:58.3 for trainer Julie Miller. The Yankee Glide colt, bred by TLP Stable of New Jersey, notched win number two for owner Stroy Inc. American Dream Boy finished second with Cheap Tricks in third. The second division went to Nick Drennan trainee Warrior One, the odds-on favorite in 2:01.0. The son of Father Patrick earned his first-lifetime win for owners Joseph Davine, Brad Shackman and Drennan Stable LLC. Gerris Trix was a close second with The Light In Me third. The New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old pacers with a purse of $15,475 was won on Saturday (Sept 1) by Hypnotic Tale. The Hypnotic Blue Chip mare is owned by Ronald Mario and trained by Ross Croghan. Melanie's Fran was second with Dream Police Woman coming in third. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

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 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

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

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 24, 2015 - In a battle to the wire, 2-1 Katies Rocker slipped up the harness racing pylons to nip 1-2 Ideal Rocky in the $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the featured sixth race at Freehold on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Ideal Rocky, winner of the Lou Babic at Freehold and a division of the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile, took the lead from Katies Rocker before the half and was leading well into the stretch. But then Jim Marohn Jr. moved the pocket-sitting Katies Rocker up the pylons to win the tight photo finish by a nose. It was a length and a quarter back to Don'tcallmefrancis in third. The time of the race was 1:55.3. The top three finishers are all sons of the late Rocknroll Hanover. Katies Rocker [$6.80], trained by Jim Campbell, posted his fifth win with two seconds in 10 starts. A winner of divisions of the Reynolds and Bluegrass, he is owned by his breeder, Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. The victory lifted his earnings to $134,348. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 23, 2015 - Demons N Diamonds held off SS Poseidon to win the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. One of two fillies in the field of five in the non-wagering race, Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] was a three-quarter length winner over the colt SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill], trotting the mile in 1:58.2. Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] was 18¼ lengths back in third. Daniel Dube was the winning driver for trainer John McDermott Jr. Demons N Diamonds races in the name of Jonathan Klee Racing of Mineola, NY; Domenic Costanzo of Westbury, NY and Kuhen Racing LLC of Yardley, PA. She was bred by the TLP Stable of Kearny, NJ This year, the filly has six wins, two seconds and two thirds from 20 starts for earnings of $60,080. Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 17 of 34 starts, banking $112,619. At two, she won the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final and was second in the NJ Futurity. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 22, 2015 - Ideal Rocky, winner of the Lou Babic and a division of the International Stallion Stakes, will face five others in a $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for harness racing two-year-old pacers while Green Acres champion SS Poseidon takes on four in the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old trotters this weekend at Freehold Raceway, site of a "Racing for a Cure" fundraiser. The three-year-old trotters will meet in a non-wagering event at 12:10 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015 while the two-year-old pacers have been slotted as race six on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The New Jersey Futurities are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and are the final New Jersey-sired stakes of the year. On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Freehold's horsemen will observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, spearheaded by Lori Urbanski, with donations plus the presentation of blankets for each race. The white and pink coolers, prepared by tack man Lenny Ferrara, were sponsored by: Dennis Watson Stable, Eric Abbatiello Stable, Vinnie Ginsburg Stable, T.K. Racing Stable, Steve Smith Stable, Vinnie Fusco Jr. Stable, Nick Surick Stable, Ivan Llopez Stable, Jim Marshall Stable, Mike Fiumenero Stable, Kerin Warner Stable, Irish Joe Hanney Stable, Theo's Kitchen and The Tack Man. The field for the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old trotters, from the rail out with sire, driver and trainer: SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill], Steve Smith, Erv Miller; Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee], Vincent Ginsburg, Ray Schnittker; Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill], Daniel Dube, John McDermott Jr.; Shesoneinamillion [Muscles Yankee], Oyvind Hegdal, Oyvind Hegdal, and Mountain Top [Muscle Hill], Irish Joe Hanney, Noel Daley. The co-ed event features three colts and two fillies. The $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line: Uncle Nicky [Philos Hanover], Jeff Gregory, Thomas Cancelliere, 7-1; Lissilas [Rocknroll Hanover], Jim Marshall III, Larry Remmen, 15-1; Don'tcallmefrancis [Rocknroll Hanover], Irish Joe Haney, Nifty Norman, 3-1; LL Jackpot [Philos Hanover], Ivan Llopez, 5-1; Katies Rocker [Rocknroll Hanover], Jim Marohn Jr., Jim Campbell, 3-1, and Ideal Rocky [Rocknroll Hanover], Marcus Miller, John Butenschoen, 2-1. LL Jackpot is the lone filly in the field. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 25, 2014 - Western Pioneer, making his first start for new owners, overcame a judges' inquiry to post his first career victory in the $43,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the ninth race on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Western Pioneer, a son of Western Ideal bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, paced the mile in 1:55.1, getting up in the final strides to catch Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] for a three-quarters of a length victory, his first in 12 career starts. Rock N' Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover], the Green Acres champion, was third by four and a half lengths. Dealt A Winner, the pre-race favorite, was scratched sick, leaving seven starters. Western Pioneer, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Nancy Johansson, was purchased as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale for $15,000 by Perry Soderberg of Highstown, NJ. Ownership was transferred to 3 Brothers Stables of New York City and Johansson on October 17, 2014. Sent off as the slight 2-1 favorite over Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover], one of two fillies in the field, Western Pioneer [$6.20] made his move to the outside at the three-quarters as Edward Teach took the lead, prompting the judges' review. Western Pioneer has finished in-the-money in five of 12 starts for earnings of $72,274. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Western Pioneer By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ        

In five of his six starts, Dealt A Winner has been dealt a winning hand. The gelded son of Cam’s Card Shark puts a three-race winning streak on the line in the $43,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the ninth race on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway.  The Futurity, which is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, drew eight starters, including two fillies. Dealt A Winner, trained by Edward Hart, is coupled in the wagering with Green Acres Champ Rock N’ Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover], who is conditioned by Nifty Norman.  Jeffrey Snyder of New York City owns Dealt A Winner and is partners with Three Decades Racing LLC of Moorestown, NJ on Rock N’ Roll World. The entry is rated the favorite at 6-5 on the morning line. Dealt A Winner, who has a bankroll of $119,879 posted an eight-length victory in his last start, the $100,000 Lou Babic Final at Freehold on September 27.  He has also won divisions of the Reynolds and Geers, both at Tioga Downs, and a preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands. The only flaw in his record was when he uncharacteristically went off stride at the start of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on July 12, rallied from ninth and still finished third. 9th Race - $43,000 New Jersey Futurity – 2yo Pacers Hd#-Post#-Horse-Sire-Driver – Trainer - ML 1-6-Dealt A Winner-Cam’s Card Shark-Jason Bartlett-Edward Hart – 6-5 1A-8-Rock N’ Roll World- Rocknroll Hanover – Steve Smith – Nifty Norman – 6-5 2-1-Cheyenne Robin [filly] – Rocknroll Hanover – Daniel Dube- Robert Siegelman – 7-2 3-2-Edward Teach- Rocknroll Hanover – George Brennan – Ron Burke -12-1 4-3-Rock Of the Ages-Rocknroll Hanover – Vincent Ginsburg – Nick Surick – 50-1 5-4-Devils Cut- Western Ideal – Jim Marshall III – Stacy Chiodo- 20-1 6-5-Western Pioneer- Western Ideal- Tim Tetrick – Nancy Johansson – 7-1 7-7-Strut My Stuff [filly] – Western Ideal – Jack Baggitt Jr. – Ross Croghan – 3-1 Green Acres third leg to Angels Ransom Angels Ransom, the runner up in his last three starts, got up at the wire for a neck victory in the $7,000 third leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Angels Ransom, a gelded son of Revenue, trotted the mile in 1:59.1 on a track rated good. He edged out a pair of Chocolatier offspring, Choco Sun, who was second and Holiday Spirit, who was a half-length back in third. Angels Ransom, driven by Chase Vandervort and trained by Roland Mallar, races for owner-breeder Michael D. Andrew of Gorham, ME. This year, the trotter has four wins, three seconds and two thirds in 15 starts. Lifetime, he has finished in-the-money in 14 of 25 starts. Career earnings are $58,260. The $25,000 divisional final is on October 30 at Freehold. by Carol Hodes, for 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

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