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French Cafe and Sexy Wow traded wins in the first two legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Standardbred Development Fund for three-year-old filly trotters. French Cafe was the 1/2 choice to win the NJSS-SDF Final on Friday afternoon (Oct. 18) at Freehold Raceway, and lived up to the hype. Driver Andy Miller put his filly right on the lead early, letting her cruise through a half-mile in a meandering 1:00. George Brennan made a menacing first-over move with Sexy Wow nearing the three-quarter point, but French Cafe brushed her off and drew off to victory by 3-1/2 lengths. Marveloustrix got up for second, edging out Sexy Wow. French Cafe has now won eight races from 21 career starts, including two legs of the Kentucky Sire Stakes earlier in the year. She's trained by Julie Miller and owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Her victory was one of four for Andy Miller on the Friday card, as he swept the early pick 4. Miller also won with Deep Dreamer in Race 2, Rockn Legend in Race 4, and Real World Goal in Race 5. He teamed up with leading trainer Nick Surick on all three of those wins. That makes 116 wins for Miller at Freehold this calendar year, good for first place by more than 50 victories. Live harness racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 p.m. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Freehold, NJ --- Ponder the Odds and Prince of Tides will look to cap off their respective dominant harness racing streaks at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, when they compete in the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) Finals for 3-year-old pacing fillies and colts and geldings, respectively.   Ponder the Odds, sired by Ponder and trained by Kathleen La Montagne, has reeled off four consecutive victories, including the first two legs of the NJSS-SDF series. Like she did the past two weeks, she drew the inside post. This will play right into her front-running style of racing. Pat Lachance will be the driver.   Surreality and Stood Up look to have the best chance to upset among her five rivals. Stood Up, trained by Michael Hall, almost pulled it off last week, losing to Ponder the Odds by just a neck. She drew the outside post in the field of six, with Joe Bongiorno in the bike. Surreality has hit the board at long odds in each of the first two legs, most recently finishing third at 42/1. Austin Siegelman will drive her from post five, for trainer Nicholas Devita.   Hurrikane Lori Ann, A Beach Cowgirl, and Fear No Evil round out the field. The final has been scheduled as the third race, with an approximate post time of 1:10 PM EDT.   Meanwhile, Prince of Tides, sired by Somebeachsomewhere, has been nothing short of a beast in his two starts at Freehold this meet. He won the Homegrown pace by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:52.3 two starts back, then won the first leg by three lengths in 1:53.4 last out. The Ross Croghan trainee bypassed the second leg of the series, to stay fresh for the final. He drew post position three in the field of seven, and will be driven by George Brennan.   Nick Surick will send out two, including Trente Deo, the winner of the second leg. Andy Miller will drive from post position six. Surick's other horse, Black Dan, drew directly to his inside. He'll seek to improve off a fourth and a fifth in the first two legs.   Reigning Deo, Admiral Ballsy, Just Plain Loco, and Cool Your Heels, the latter two both trained by Tom Fanning, complete the ensemble. It will go as the fifth race, with an approximate post time of 12:30 PM EDT.   The first of twelve races at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

Freehold, NJ --- The phrase "short but select" comes to mind when talking about the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund Final (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old filly harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway on Friday.   While there's only five horses in the field, the race features a rubber match between the winners of the first two legs of the series: French Cafe and Sexy Wow.   A winner of two legs of the Kentucky Sire Stakes earlier in the year, French Cafe impressed in the first leg of the NJSS-SDF two weeks ago, defeating Sexy Wow by 1 1/4 lengths. However, Sexy Wow turned the tables in the second leg, sitting a perfect pocket trip to win by 3/4 of a length.   French Cafe will have the post position edge in the final, drawing post position two. Andy Miller will drive, while his wife, Julie, is the trainer. Sexy Wow has the outside post in the five-horse field, with George Brennan in the sulky for trainer Nick Surick.   Marveloustrix, Lady Lone Star, and Taja Mahala round out the field. They finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, in the second leg last week. The final is scheduled as the third race on the card, with a scheduled post time of 1:10 PM EDT.   The first of ten races at Freehold on Friday will go postward at 12:30 PM EDT.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

Freehold, NJ --- Cotton to You stayed on stride and sat a great trip, and that proved to be a winning combination in Friday's New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) Final for 3-year-old colt & gelding harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway. The purse for the final at $70,000.   The Lucas Wallin-trained gelding won the first leg by a neck, but broke stride last week and finished last in the second leg. Bettors, perhaps scared by the break, sent him off at 7/1.   In the early stages, he rated well off the early pace on the pylons for driver Jim Marohn, Jr., content to sit midpack. Meanwhile, Brownie, owned and driven by Dan Dube, made a successful move to the lead at the three-eighths point and began to open up around the final turn. While several rivals elected to go to the outside, driver Jim Marohn Jr patiently kept Cotton to You on the inside, waiting for the passing lane.   Turning for home, Brownie's strides began to shorten, but he nevertheless maintained the advantage. Cotton to You finally found clear sailing in the stretch, and powered on through, closing in with every stride. In the last few yards, Cotton to You got up and overtook Brownie, winning by a head in 1:57.3.   For Cotton to You, it was his fourth win of the year from thirteen starts. He's earned $84,685 in his career, for owners Harbor Racing Stable, Boyd Henderson, and Lucas Wallin.   Earlier in the day, Sexy Wow won the second leg of the NJSS-SDF for 3-year-old filly trotters, in a non-wagering affair. Driver George Brennan sat a pocket trip off leader French Cafe, then angled out in the stretch and got by. Nick Surick trains the winner for owner Crawford Farms Racing.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EDT.   For full results and entries, click here.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

Freehold, NJ --- Last year, No Drama Please won the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS - SDF) Final for 2-year-old colt & gelding harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway. This Friday, he'll seek to add the 3-year-old title to his mantle, as he faces seven rivals in the $70,000 final. After bypassing the first leg, the Tom Fanning-trained colt took the second leg last Friday, winning by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:58.1. It was the first win of his sophomore year, a season that has seen him earn almost $106,000. He'll leave from post position six in the final, and will be driven by Austin Siegelman. Powerscourt figures to be his chief rival. The Cheryl McGivern-trained gelding finished third in the NYSS Final at Batavia Downs on September 14, where he was third behind Gimpanzee. After losing the first leg of the NJSS-SDF by a neck, he went up to Saratoga Harness, where he won a conditioned trot by seven lengths in 1:56.1. He drew post position four in his Freehold return, with Michael McGivern in the bike. Cotton to You also looks like a contender. He defeated Powerscourt by a neck in the first leg, then broke stride int he second leg. He'll seek a rebound in the final for trainer Lucas Wallin, with Jim Marohn Jr back in the sulky from the inside post. Wallin also trains Sovereign Deo, who finished second in the second leg. That one will leave from the outside post, with Joe Bongirono driving. Warrior One, American Dream Boy, Brownie, and Innisfallen round out the field. The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

There were no surprises in the first legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, as heavy harness racing favorites Prince of Tides and Ponder the Odds won their respective divisions. Coming off a big win in the Homegrown Pace, Prince of Tides was sent off as the 1/20 favorite in the first leg for 3-year-old colts & geldings. Driver George Brennan sent him aggressively from post position five. He cleared to the lead before the opening quarter, and never had an anxious moment from there. He crossed the wire three lengths in front, stopping the clock in 1:53. That was the ninth win of the year for the Ross Croghan-trained gelding, who is owned by Let it Ride Stables, Dana Parham, and Howard Taylor. He paid $2.10 to win and $2.10 to place, with no show wagering offered. Reigning Deo made a good first-over move and held on for second, while Trente Deo checked in third. Two races later, Ponder the Odds dominated the first leg for 3-year-old fillies. Off two big wins at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Yonkers Raceway, she was dismissed as the 1/10 favorite. Driver Pat Lachance sent her right to the front, and she opened up a three-length lead at the opening quarter. Longshot Fear No Evil drew close as the field turned for home, but Ponder the Odds brushed off the challenge. She cruised under the wire by 2 1/2 lengths, going the mile in 1:56.2. Ponder the Odds is trained and co-owned by Kathleen La Montagne; Donald La Montagne also owns the horse. She paid $2.20 to win, $2.10 to place, and $2.10 to show. Surreality was second, while Stood Up finished third. Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, October 11, with a first race post time of 12:30 PM EDT. For full results and rentries, click here. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Freehold, NJ  --- Trainer Tom Fanning elected to bypass the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) with his trotter, No Drama Please, hoping to keep him fresh for the later legs in the series. The strategy worked like a charm, as No Drama Please won the second leg of the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. One of Lucas Wallin's two trotters in the field, Sovereign Deo, went out and set a loose early lead. Aided by some breaks to his chief rivals, he was in front by six lengths heading up the backstretch the final time. Nearing three-quarters, Austin Siegelman launched his rally with No Drama Please, advancing him up the pylons with dead aim on the leader. Turning for home, Sovereign Deo was still in front, but No Drama Please had all the momentum, and he coasted on by for a 1 1/2 length victory. No Drama Please showed promise as a 2-year-old, including a victory in the NJSS-SDF Final over this track. However, while he's picked up $106,000 worth of paychecks, this was his first win of his sophomore campaign, from seventeen starts. He's owned by Joseph Smith, and was bred by TLP Stable of New Jersey. He went the mile in 1:58.1. The second leg of the NJSS-SDF for 3-year-old filly trotters drew a field of four, and was contested as a non-wagering race. French Cafe was sent right to the lead by driver Troy Beyer, and held steady for a 1 1/4 length victory. She went the mile in 2:00.1 for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfield, and trainer Julie Miller. That was her fourth win of her 3-year-old year, including two victories in Kentucky Sire Stakes action at the Red Mile. She's earned almost $106,000 this year. Live racing continues on Saturday at Freehold, with a 12-race program beginning at 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Freehold, NJ --- The New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) series has been going on for more than a month at Freehold Raceway, but 3-year-old harness racing pacers will get their moment in the sun on Saturday. Prince of Tides, the impressive winner of the Homegrown Pace over this track on September 21, is the clear headliner of the colts & geldings division. He won that race by 2 1/2 lengths, going a mile in an impressive 1:52.3. Earlier in the season, he was second in the Adios, behind eventual Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi. So far in his sophomore year, he's won eight races, while earning more than $237,000. He's likely to be the big favorite from post position five, for trainer Ross Croghan and driver George Brennan. Trainers Nick Surick and Tom Fanning will do their best to conquer the favorite, as they'll send out five horses between the two of them. Surick trains Trente Deo, who has post position one, Black Dan, who leaves from post position two, and Thelinestartshere, who drew post position four. Fanning has Homegrown runner-up Just Plain Loco, along with Cool Your Heels. They have post positions three and eight, respectively. Mark witha K, Admiral Ballsy, and Reigning Deo round out the field. The race is scheduled as the fourth race, with a post time of 1:30 PM EDT. The division for fillies attracted a field of seven, and is scheduled as the sixth race. The field features three of the four horses who contested the Homegrown for fillies on September 21. Stood Up finished second in that race, and rebounded with a solid win at Harrah's Philadelphia on September 27. She has post position four for trainer Michael Hall. Fear No Evil finished third in that race, for owners James Craparotta and Pat Berry, and trainer Traci Berry. She began her career with two wins in a row at Dover Downs, but has yet to find her winning form since then. She has post position two in this spot. Hurrikane Loriann was fourth in the Homegrown, after making a break after the start. She won a leg of the NJSS at the Meadowlands in May, and won the Landmark at Goshen back in July. She'll try to get the job done from post position three. Hurrikanesky, the winner of the NJSS Final at the Meadowlands, will make her first start since June 17 in this spot. She qualified at Freehold twice in anticipation of this spot, most recently going the mile in 1:59. The Patrick Hlubik owned and trained filly will have the outside post, and will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr. Surreality, the winner of the 2-year-old filly NJSS Final last year, Ponder the Odds, a winner of two races in a row at Yonkers Raceway and Pocono Downs, and Love Love Me Too complete the ensemble. The first of twelve races at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Please be advised that the nomination date for the 2020 New Jersey Breeders Maturity has been revised. The new date for the nominating payment is February 15, 2020.  

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

The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has announced that it will institute four new events for four-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers beginning in the spring of 2020. The new races, called the New Jersey Breeders' Maturity, will be open to all horses that were nominated as yearlings to either the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division or the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. It is expected that the races will be conducted at The Meadowlands in late March or early April and will consist of a preliminary leg and a final. Preliminary legs will go for $12,500 or $15,000 depending upon the number of entries, with the top ten point earners advancing to the finals. All preliminary legs will be contested, regardless of the number of entries. Purses for the finals shall be tiered based upon the number of entries. If less than five horses enter the purse for the final will be $30,000; if five to seven horses are entered the purse will be $40,000, and if more than seven enter the purse will increase to $50,000. To remain eligible, a nomination fee of $200 must be made for each horse by January 15, 2020. A $200 starting fee will be required to enter the preliminary leg. There will be no additional starting fees for horses that qualify for the finals. From the New Jersey Sire Stakes

FREEHOLD, NJ -  Lucy Lightyear won the $70,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund Final for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday at Freehold Raceway. She repeated her winning ways from the second leg, and went right to the lead and never looked back in 1:57. Stacy Chiodo trains and drives the winner for owner Timothy Tobias.Ready Set Rock was a close second with Git Go coming in third. New Jersey Sires Stakes action returns to Freehold with more Standardbred Development Fund Stakes on Friday, September 20, 2019, with the 2-year-old trot finals. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

Freehold, NJ — After a three-month hiatus, harness racing is set to return to Freehold Raceway on Friday (Aug. 30), when the venerable Freehold, N.J.-based harness racing oval kicks off its summer/fall portion of the meet. Live racing will be conducted every Friday and Saturday, with a first post time of 12:30 p.m. (ET). The headliners of the schedule include New Jersey Sire Stakes action for 2- and 3-year-olds. The 2-year-old finals are scheduled for September, while the 3-year-old finals will take place in October. The last weekend of October features the Garden State Trot, carrying a purse of $50,000. The 3-year-old filly division will go on Oct. 25, while the male division is scheduled for Oct. 26. Freehold will also be home to the eighth annual Open Space Pace day on Sept. 21. The event is dedicated to the preservation and protection of open space in New Jersey. It will kick off with a parade in downtown Freehold, followed by a great day of harness action. Bettors can expect the same wagering menu as before, including two $1 Pick-3s and two $1 Pick-4s per day. The 50-cent Pick-5 will begin in race five every day. Both the Pick-4 and the Pick-5 have carryover potential. The draw schedule remains the same: unless announced otherwise, the draw for Friday will take place on Tuesday. Saturday’s draw will be conducted on Wednesday. The entry box will close at 9 a.m. both days. Qualifiers will take place on Fridays; the entry box will close on Thursday at 10 a.m. The first qualifiers of the season will take place Aug. 23, with eight of them scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. Horsemen with questions can contact the racing office at 732.252.2322. From the Freehold Raceway Media Center

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 29, 2019 - The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 2-year-olds on Friday (June 28) night. All five of the divisions raced for a purse of $25,000. The 2-year-old filly pacers started the night off in a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled card. David Miller teamed up with the Ross Croghan trainee Odds On Sarasota to claim the first NJSS division of the night. Miller sat with Odds on Sarasota in a two-hole trip until the stretch where he pulled her and marched past the leader Duck N Roll. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly stopped the clock in 1:56.1, with Bigforherbritches coming in second and Duck N Roll finishing third. Next up were the 2-year-old colt pacers in the first race of the regular card. Scott Zeron steered the odds on favorite Rockin The Ace to the winner circle for trainer Carmen Auciello. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt earned himself a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 with his first career win. Rock N Teen finished a close second with Cedar Hall Heaven coming in third. The 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters took the stage for the third division of the NJSS. Once again the odds on favorite took home the purse money in this race. Tim Tetrick wired the field with Play Trix On Me for trainer Gareth Dowse in 1:55.4. The Trixton colt opened up by eight lengths in the stretch to trot home in 27.4. Barley finished second with AP Hall Of Trix finishing third. The very next race was the first division of two for the 2-year-old filly trotters. Driver Anthony Macdonald pulled Spirit Of Deo first up at the half and was able to nose out the leader Caviart Eva at the wire. Spirit Of Deo, sired by Trixton, trotted her last quarter in a blistering 26.4 to upset the odds on favorite. Caviart Eva finished a close second with Common Sense S coming in third. This is the Andrew Harris trainees first start of her career and what a way to start her 2-year-old campaign. Spirit of Deo was bred by Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ. The last NJSS of the night was the second division for 2-year-old filly trotters. Scott Zeron teamed up with trainer George Ducharme this time, to win his second sire stakes race of the night with Dramatra. The odds on favorite daughter of Trixton wired the field, from post position number five to stop the clock in 1:57.3. Dramatra finished a good two lengths ahead of second place finisher Stella Kemp. Tricky Sister finished in third place. The second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds will take place on Friday July 5, 2019 at the Meadowlands. Courtney Stafford

Important payments are due Wednesday, May 15 to make and keep harness racing horses eligible to the New Jersey Sire Stakes Program and the Standardbred Development Fund. Nominations are due for foals of 2018 that are yearlings in 2019. All horses nominated must be registered with the U. S. Trotting Association (USTA), Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS) or another appropriate breed registry. The fee is $50 for the NJSS Premier Division if a copy of the yearling's registration certificate accompanies the nomination. Without a copy of the certificate, the fee is $75. It is important to note that the yearling nomination fee is $100 if the foal being nominated is the result of the interstate transport of a registered New Jersey stallion's semen to a mare outside the state of New Jersey, provided a copy of the certificate accompanies the fee. Without the certificate, the interstate semen transport nomination fee is $125. Yearling nominations are also due for the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund for horses by non-New Jersey based stallions whose dams have been previously registered for the program. The fee is $50 for the NJSDF if a copy of the yearling's registration certificate accompanies the nomination. Without a copy of the certificate, the fee is $75. Yearlings by sires located in New Jersey do not have to pay a separate fee as nomination to the Sire Stakes automatically results in nomination to the SDF program. All pacing yearlings eligible to either the NJSS Premier Division or the Standardbred Development Fund are also eligible to be nominated to the Renaissance Pace. The Renaissance Pace nomination fee, which is also due May 15, is an additional $25 for the open division and $15 for the filly division. Nomination forms may be obtained from the NJSS website at www.newjerseysirestakes.com. All payments should be mailed to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. NJSS strongly suggests the use of certified mail to avoid potential problems in mailing or delivery of payments. No late payments will be accepted. For further information contact Christopher C. Castens (609) 292-8830  

The recent passage of legislation providing $20 Million in assistance for New Jersey horse racing-both standardbred and thoroughbred-will mean a significant boost to the purse structure for the New Jersey Sire Stakes over the next five years. "This legislation will supply the New Jersey Sire Stakes with an additional $1.2 million that will be applied to purses for both the Premier Division and the Standardbred Development Fund," noted Sire Stakes executive director Chris Castens. "This will allow us to increase our total purse distribution by an estimated 75% over the amount distributed in 2018. There will be across the board increases for each division." Mr. Castens added that "Final purses for divisions in each program will be established later this year." The New Jersey Sire Stakes operates a two-tiered program for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers. In the spring and early summer the Premier Division, which is limited to horses sired by New Jersey-based stallions, is contested at the Meadowlands. During the late summer and fall attention shifts to Freehold Raceway where the Standardbred Development Fund (SDF) races are contested. SDF races are open to horses sired by New Jersey-based stallions as well as the offspring of any stallion whose dam spends at least 150 days in New Jersey, inclusive of foaling. For further information: contact NJSS at 609-292-8830. From the New Jersey Sire Stakes  

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