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Freehold, NJ --- The New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund series wraps up at Freehold Raceway this Saturday (October 24), with the final for 2-year-old filly pacers. A full gate of eight horses will go, vying for a purse of $56,000.   Among the eight, Podium Girl looks like the one to beat. She won the first leg of the series in impressive fashion on October 10, cruising to the wire in 1:55.2 at 1/20 odds. Last week, she finished second in a leg of the Simpson Series at Harrah's Philadelphia. In her career, she's already won four times from ten races, and earned almost $77,000.   George Brennan has the drive on Podium Girl, for trainer Chris Ryder. She'll leave from post position one.   All seven of Podium Girl's challengers competed in the first two legs of the series. In High Cotton won the second leg last week, for trainer Ron Coyne. She went off at 1/5 in the absence of Podium Girl, and won by 2 1/2 lengths in a sharp 1:56.4. Dan Dube will drive on Saturday, from post position five.   Summer Rae won her division of the first leg of the series, holding on for a half-length win. She had a wide trip last out, and stopped badly. She'll look for a rebound from post position three, for trainer Tom Fanning.   Always B Laughin, Significant Other, Major Houlihan, Del Diggity and Mom's Command round out the field. The race is scheduled as the seventh on the card, with a post time of 2:30 PM.   The first of twelve races at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Saturday afternoon (October 17) was a big day for harness racing driver Dan Dube, as he won both 2-year-old pacing stakes on the Freehold Raceway card.   The big one came in the $56,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. He guided the Bill MacKenzie-trained Captain Fancy to a 3 1/2 length win as the favorite. He had it rough early on, battling for the early lead with a host of rivals and getting double-parked. After the quarter, he dropped into the pocket, then made a bold first-over move to the lead after the half. From there, he drew off to a handy win.   He paced the mile in 1:56, for owners Vincent ali, Alma Iafelice, and Theodore Gewertz. In his career, Captain Fancy has now earned more than $70,000, with three wins from seven races.       Dube then won the second leg of the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old filly pacers, with In High Cotton. He retook the lead with his filly after the quarter, and never gave up the lead thereafter, winning by 2 1/2 lengths. In High Cotton paced the mile in 1:56.4, for owners Kelly Hoerdt and Blair and Erna Corbeil, and trainer Ron Coyne.   Dube also won the eighth race on Drinkin Again, for owner/trainer Phil Jasper.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at 12:30 PM. There will be a double pick 5 carryover, starting in race 5, worth $2,025.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Lyons Steel has been a dominant harness racing force at Freehold Raceway, winning the Preferred Handicap pace each of the past two weeks. He'll seek a three-peat on Saturday afternoon (October 10).   The Dennis Watson-trained gelding has been a regular at Freehold lately, competing in the Preferred each of the past six weeks. After missing in the first four, he got up to win by a head two weeks ago, going the mile in a meet best-1:53.2. Last week, he rallied from last to win by 1 1/4 lengths at 13/1. Over the past twelve months, he's won the Preferred six times. He was assigned post position eight on Saturday, with usual driver Pat Lachance.   A full field will take him on, including Pyro, a winner of four in a row earlier in the year for Ron Burke, and Century Endeavor, a recent Open winner at Saratoga Harness for Kevin McDermott. The race is scheduled as the eighth on a 12-race card, with a post time of 2:50 PM.   The Saturday card also features New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund action. In the second leg of the series for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, King James Express will seek redemption. He was the 1/5 favorite in the first leg last week, but made multiple breaks and ended up last. He's got post position three, for trainer Mark Harder and driver Jason Bartlett.   The series for 2-year-old pacing fillies begins, with two divisions of leg 1. One division is scheduled as a non-betting race, with a field of five. The second division features a field of six, including Renaissance winner Podium Girl. That will be the sixth race.   Post time for the first race at Freehold on Saturday is about 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Last week's Renaissance Pace at Freehold Raceway for 2-year-old colts and geldings saw an exciting harness racing showdown between New York Sire Stakes champion King James Express, and up-and-comer Captain Fancy. Even though Captain Fancy led most of the way, King James Express got up late to beat him by a head.   Now, those two are rematched in the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund this Saturday (October 3) at Freehold. King James Express, w winner of three straight, will leave from post position two, for trainer Mark Harder and driver Jason Bartlett. Captain Fancy, trained by Bill MacKenzie and driven by Dan Dube, has post position five.   Hurrikane Georgie, Imaginary Line, Not Today, and Solid Alibi round out the field. It will go as the fifth race, with post time scheduled for 1:50 PM.   The Saturday card also features the Renaissance Pace for 2-year-old fillies. It attracted a field of seven, with three of them prior winners. JK Disarray, a recent miadne winner at Harrah's Philadelphia, AP Blaze of Glory, who won two in a row at that track earlier in the year, and Podium Girl, who won a leg of the Stallion Series at the Meadows, all profile as contenders. That will be the ninth race, scheduled to go at 3:10 PM.   Post time for the first race at Freehold on Saturday is 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- A win by Kasha V has become a harness racing staple of Friday racing at Freehold Raceway. He's won four races in a row, sweeping the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund series, and adding the Garden State Trot for good measure.   Now, he'll seek a fifth consecutive win, in the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-olds on Friday (October 2). He's got the inside post, and only four rivals, for trainer Tom Corelli and driver Austin Siegelman. However, one of those rivals will be tough.   That's Nifty Norman-trained Barley, who leaves from post position four for driver George Brenna. He was the runner-up four consecutive times in Kentucky Sire Stakes action at the Red Mile, including the final on September 20. He won the Futurity for 2-year-olds at this track last year, along with the Garden State Trot at the Meadowlands.   Never Late Kait, Sloanie, and Kixton Hanover round out the field. It'll go as the fifth race on the card, with a post time scheduled for 2:10 PM.   The NJSS-SDF rolls on for 2-year-old trotters on Friday as well. There will be one division of the second leg for colts & geldings, featuring a field of nine. First leg winners Muscle Dynasty and Torrey Pines drew posts seven and nine, respectively. That race will be the ninth, scheduled to go off at 3:10 PM.   The second leg for fillies attracted eleven entries, and was split into two divisions. The first division will go as a non-betting race, with a field of five. The second division features a field of six, and will be the third race, with a post time of 1:10 PM.   Post time for the first race on Friday is 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Watching Kasha V win has become a Friday tradition at Freehold Raceway. He continued his dominant harness racing streak this Friday (September 25), completing a sweep of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund Final for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings.The purse was $56,000.   Austin Siegelman was aggressive with his drive, putting him on the lead just after the quarter. He controlled the pace most of the way, and was clear at the top of the stretch. However, he had to hold off the surge of second choice Kyrie Deo, who was flying for Corey Callahan. Fortunately for Kasha V, the wire came just in time, and he held on to win by a head as the 7/5 favorite. The final time was 1:58.       That's the fourth win in a row for this gelding, who won all three legs of the NJSS-SDF series, plus the Garden State Trot. Of his $78,000 in lifetime earnings, $60,500 have come within those four races. He's owned by Theologos Moutafis and trained by Tom Corelli.   Friday's card at Freehold also featured several divisions of the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old trotters. Ake Svanstedt swept both divisions of the first leg of the series for fillies, winning division one with Illuminata and division two with Wet My Whistle.   Two divisions of the series for colts and geldings were held as well. The first division was held as a non-betting affair, and was won by Torrey Pines, for trainer/driver Dan Daley. Division two went to Canadian invader Muscle Dynasty, for trainer Paula Wellwood and driver Jim Marohn Jr.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Young New Jersey-sired trotters will have the spotlight at Freehold Raceway this Friday (September 25), with five stakes races in the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund series.   The card is headlined by the $56,000 final for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters, scheduled as the eighth race. Kasha V seeks his fourth win in a row, after wins in the first two legs of the series and the Garden State Trot. Austin Siegelman will once again be in the sulky, for owner Theologos Moutafis and trainer Tom Corelli. He drew post position five.   He will encounter several rivals who figure to give him a fight. Fly Eagle Fly just missed in the first leg of the series two weeks back, then was a non-threatening third last out. He'll get a driver change to Jim Marshall, for trainer Marcus Melander.   Gerard won the other division of the second leg last week, edging out AP Hall of Trix, who also returns here. Eric Abbatiello and James DeLucia team up on Gerard, while Pat Berry and David Hoover drive and train, respectively, AP Hall of Trix.   Kyrie Deo was the 1/2 favorite in the second leg last week, but lost by just 3/4 of a length for trainer John Butenschoen and trainer Corey Callahan. He'll seek revenge from post position six.   The card also features two divisions of the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old colt & gelding trotters, and two more for 2-year-old trotting fillies. The first division of the former series will be held as a non-betting race, at 12:15 PM. The second division also has five horses, and is scheduled as the third race.   The first division for the fillies features a field of seven, and will go as the seventh race. Ake Svanstedt will send out a duo, in Broad Strokes and Illuminata. The former looks like the stronger half of the two, having finished fifth in the New York Sire Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway last out.   The second division is race nine on the card, and has six horses. Svanstedt is also represented in this division, with Wet My Whistle. She finished third in a leg of the Kindergarten last week at the Meadowlands.   Post time for the first race on Friday at Freehold is at approximately 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- An anticipated clash between two top harness racing trotting fillies on Friday afternoon (September 18) at Freehold Raceway saw Ab'sattitudexpress win the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old trotting fillies by two lengths.   The Lucas Wallin trainee won the first leg of the series on August 28 by 6 3/4 lengths, then broke stride in the Garden State Trot last week. In that same race, second leg winner Common Sense S equaled the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Freehold. Off that win, Common Sense S was 4/5 in the final, while Ab'sattitudexpress was the second choice.   Leaving from post one, driver George Brennan took Ab'sattitudexpress straight to the lead, and forced Common Sense S into the pocket. Nearing the three-quarter point, Ake Svanstedt took Common Sense S outside and made a bid for the lead, but Ab'sattitudexpress repelled the challenge and drew off for the win. The final time was 1:56.3.   On the year, she's now earned over $150,000, and won four races, for owners Stop the Jade Farm. Earlier in the season, she won the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands, and has continued her good form at Freehold.   Earlier in the card, Kasha V won his third in a row at Freehold, winning the Garden State Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Austin Siegelman put him on the lead early, and he encountered no challenges as he strolled under the line 1 3/4 lengths in front. He's owned by Theologos Moutafis and trained by Tom Corelli.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a 12-race card starting at 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold,NJ --- The final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, along with a tough renewal of the Preferred Handicap pace, headline Freehold Raceway's Saturday harness racing card. Both races will go through trainer Brett Pelling.   In the final, Pelling will seek a sweep of the series, with JK Lucky Charms. This gelding, who Pelling co-owns with 3 Brothers Racing, won the first two legs of the series in front-running efforts. Last week, he won by 3/4 of a length in a sharp 1:54.3. His task will be a bit tougher than usual, however. In the first two legs, he had post position one. On Saturday, he'll have to leave from post position eight. Todd McCarthy maintains the drive.   Force N Fury, who has hit the board in both legs, Rock N Teen, who was a fast-closing second to JK Lucky Charms last out, and Rockin Jukebox, second in the first leg two weeks ago, look like the toughest rivals. The race is scheduled as the sixth race, with a post time of 2:10 PM EDT.   One race later, Pelling will send out the appropriately named Springsteen in the Preferred. This 5-year-old is best known for winning the 2018 Max Hempt Memorial at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He's won three times from five starts on the year, including an impressive 1:48.1 mile at the Meadowlands. Most recently, he was seventh in the Send it In Invitational at Scioto Downs.   He was assigned post position eight, with driver George Brennan.   The first of twelve at Freehold on Saturday will be at about 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway will host a pair of stakes for 3-year-old harness racing trotters this Friday (September 18), including one featuring a track record holder.   In her last start, Common Sense S equaled the mark for 3-year-old filly trotters at Freehold, winning the Garden State Trot in 1:55.2. She'll seek her third win in a row in the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund. Two races back, she won the second leg of the series by 3 1/2 lengths, in an easy front-running effort. Her task will be made a bit more difficult by her post: she's on the outside. Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt will likely be sending her hard to the lead from that spot.   In contrast, her fiercest rival will leave from post position one. Ab'sattitudeexpress won the first leg of the series by 6 3/4 lengths, stopping the clock in an impressive 1:56.2. Last out, she chased Common Sense S all the way around the track, and was in position to strike when she broke stride on the final turn. She'll look to avoid any mishaps here, for trainer Lucas Wallin and driver George Brennan.   That race is scheduled as the seventh race, with a post time of about 2:30 PM EDT.   Earlier in the day, the colts & geldings division of the Garden State Trot will take place, with a field of five signed up. Kasha V, who won the first two legs of the NJSS-SDF, looks like the one to beat. He has post position four, for trainer Tom Corelli and driver Austin Siegelman. They'll go to post in the third race, scheduled for about 1:10 PM EDT.   The first of eleven on Friday at Freehold will go at approximately 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- JK Finendandy proved her big win last Saturday was no fluke, as she won the $56,000 final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old harness racing filly pacers Saturday (September 12) at Freehold Raceway.   She won her division of the second leg last week by an impressive 5 1/2 lengths. Off that win, she was the 1/5 favorite. Leaving from the inside post, Joe Bongiorno got her to the lead after a quarter-mile, after sitting second early on. She encountered steady pressure from Caviart Heather as they rounded the third turn and neared three-quarters, but JK Finendandy shook off that challenge and drew off. She cruised under the wire 2 1/4 lengths in front, stopping the clock in 1:54.3.       This marks her second win in a row, and of her career, and puts her earnings over the $140,000 mark. She's owned by Mark and Jacob Graber, Loren Schmucker, and Brookside Stables, trained by Jenn Bongiorno, and driver Joe Bongiorno. The Bongiornos teamed up for another win in the next race, scoring in the eighth race with Hot Deuce.   Git Go got second at 25/1, while Caviart Heather held well after her wide trip and was third. \   Earlier in the card, the second leg of the NJSS-SDF for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers was held. JK Lucky Charms got the victory there, holding off a surge from Rock N Teen to win by 3/4 of a length. He's now won both legs of the NJSS-SDF series, for owner 3 Brothers Stables and Pelling Racing, trainer Brett Pelling, and driver Todd McCarthy. His final time was also 1:54.3.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at about 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- It's been a sweet run indeed for Feeling Sweet at Freehold Raceway. She's won the first two legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old pacing fillies, and will seek a sweep of the series on Saturday afternoon (September 12).   Last week was her most impressive win yet. Sent off as the 1/5 favorite in the field of six, she instantly made it to the lead and drew off handily, coasting under the wire 9 1/2 lengths in front in 1:56. This time, she'll leave from post position five, and driver Mike Cole will almost certainly be aggressive with her once again. She's trained by Joseph Columbo, and owned by George and Tina Dennis Racing.   It won't be easy for her to get the sweep, though. She's got several imposing rivals from some top stables. Jenn Bongiorno sends out JK Finendandy from the inside post position. After Feeling Sweet caught her on the fire in leg 1, JK Finendnady roared to a convincing 5 1/2 length win in the other division of the second leg last week. Two weeks ago, she almost won the first leg gate-to-wire, before Feeling Sweet nailed her late. Joe Bongiorno has the drive.   Tony Alagna sends out Caviart Heather, looking for one more shot at redemption. In both legs of the series, she's gone off as the odds-on favorite, but has finished second both times. She'll look for a rebound from post position four, with Jason Bartlett in the sulky.   That race is scheduled as the seventh, with a scheduled post time of 2:30 PM.   Earlier in the day, a field of seven 3-year-old colt & gelding pacers will do battle in the second division of their NJSS-SDF series. JK Lucky Charms was an impressive gate-to-wire winner in the first leg last week, and he'll look to do it again from post position one. Todd McCarthy will drive for trainer Brett Pelling. They'll go in the third race, with a listed off time of 1:10 PM.   The first of twelve races at Freehold on Saturday will be at 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ ---- A pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund races were held at Freehold Raceway on Friday (September 4). One race saw the heavy chalk win, another saw an upset.   1/10 favorite Common Sense S won the second leg of the series for 3-year-old trotting fillies by 3 1/2 lengths. Steve Smith put her on the lead early on, clearing to the pylons just after the opening quarter. From there, she never looked back, and drew off to a handy win. She went the mile in 1:58.2, for co-owner and trainer Ake Svanstedt and co-owner SRF Stable. This was her first win of the year from seven starts, and pushed her earnings past the $200,000 mark.       In the first leg of the series for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, Kasha V got the job done at 10/1. He got the dream trip in the pocket behind early leader Fly Eagle Fly, who set a moderate tempo while not sneaking away from the rest. In the stretch, Kasha V and driver Austin Siegelman moved outside and wore down Fly Eagle Fly for a half-length win. That was his first career win from nineteen starts, for owner Theologos Moutafis and trainer Tom Corelli. The final time was 2:00.       Live racing continues on Saturday, with a first post of 12:30 PM EDT. There's a double carryover on the pick 5, worth $1,885.39.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Last Saturday's divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old filly pacers at Freehold Raceway looked like coronations for two Tony Alagna-trained fillies. Odds on Sarasota, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion at the Meadowlands went off at 4/5 in her race. Meanwhile, Caviart Heather went off at 2/5 in her division.   However, both of them lost, with Odds on Sarasota breaking stride early on, and Caviart Heather finishing second by half a length. Both will seek revenge on Saturday, in the second leg of their series.   Caviart Heather drew post position four in her division, which is scheduled as the third race on the program. She has some stiff competition, including Git Go, who won her division of the first leg last week, and Thundra, who finished one length behind Git Go. Jason Bartlett will be in the sulky on Caviart Heather.   In the second division, Odds on Sarasota drew the inside post position in the field of seven, which will be the fifth race on the card. Feeling Sweet, who upset her stablemate last week, is drawn to Odds on Sarasota's direct outside, and once again looks like a serious win contender.   The card also features the first division of the NJSS-SDF for 3-year-old colt & gelding pacers. A field of seven will line up in there, with JK Lucky Charms, for Brett Pelling, the likely favorite. He won a division of the Stallion Series at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last out, going the mile in 1:50.4. That race is scheduled as the seventh, with a post time of about 2:30 PM EDT.   The first of thirteen races at Freehold this Saturday will be at 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway's 11-race harness racing program this Friday (September 4) is headlined by a pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund races for 3-year-old trotters.   The division for fillies drew a field of six, and is scheduled as the third race, with a listed post time of 1:10 PM EDT. The expected favorite is Common Sense S, for trainer Ake Svanstedt and driver Steve Smith. A winner of several stakes races this year, Common Sense S is seeking her first win of her sophomore campaign. She's coming off a fifth-place finish in the Continentalvictory at the Meadowlands. She has post position five for this race.   Her five rivals all exit the first leg of the series, held last Friday. The best finisher of the group, Alyvia Deo, finished third at 45/1 last week. She's got post position three here, for trainer Rob Harmon and driver Vinny Ginsburg.   The division for colts & geldings features a field of eight, and will go as the fifth race, scheduled to be run at 1:50 PM EDT. Marcus Melander sends out a pair: Southwind Hillrazr, coming off a runner-up finish against winners at Harrah's Philadelphia, and Fly Eagle Fly, a recent maiden winner at that track. They drew the inside two post positions.   Freehold's Friday card also features two carryovers. The early pick 4, beginning in race 2, has a carryover of $1,223.86. The pick 5, which starts in race 5, features a carryover of $863.91.   The first race at Freehold on Friday begins at about 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Opening weekend rolls on at Freehold Raceway this Saturday (August 29), with an 11 race harness racing card. The heat of the action is in races 5-7, with two divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old fillies bookending a Preferred Handicap pace.   The first division will go as the fifth race, scheduled for 2:10 PM EDT. Odds on Sarasota headlines the field of five, coming off a sweep of the New Jersey Sire Stakes series at the Meadowlands. She'll make her first start for the Tony Alagna barn, after previously racing for Ross Croghan. Jason Bartlett drives from post position three.   Alagna also has the likely favorite in the second division, which will go as the seventh race. Caviart Heather won the division of the Stallion Series at Pocono Downs two races back, and finished second by half a length in the same series at Harrah's Philadelphia last out. She'll leave from post position two, also with Jason Bartlett.   In between the two NJSS races is an excellent edition of the Preferred Handicap pace. Keep on Rocking A, who won three races in a row at Running Aces over the summer, and Gratian Hanover, a winner of the Yonkers Raceway open three races back, headline the field of eight. Lyons Steel, a noted lover of the Freehold track, and a winner at Harrah's Philadelphia two starts back, also figures to be a contender.   Post time for the first race on Saturday will be about 12:30 PM EDT.   Publicity Freehold Raceway    

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