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The deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes, Green Acres and Standardbred Development Fund's first sustaining payments is rapidly approaching. Because February 15 falls on Presidents' Day this year, the deadline for mailing purposes will be February 16. The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2016 starting in May for three-year-olds and in July for two-year-olds. The Green Acres Division, which will only be contested for three-year-olds in 2017, begins August 26 at Freehold Raceway. Once again this year, the NJSS rule is that the Green Acres Program is limited to horses that have earned less than $25,000 in New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division earnings during the current calendar year. For 2016 two-year-olds the Green Acres Division is being replaced by a new series-the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. The SDF is open to all horses sired by a New Jersey-based stallion as well as the offspring of mares who have resided in New Jersey for a minimum of 150 days, regardless of where the sire stands. Previous registration of the mare while she is in foal and nomination are required to establish eligibility. The first SDF race will be held on September 23 at Freehold Raceway, the location of all races in the series. The NJSS Premier Division's first sustaining payment remains $300 for both two-year-olds and three-year-olds. The initial Green Acres Division payment for three-year-olds also remains $100. $100 is also the amount of the first sustaining fee for two-year-olds that are eligible to the Standardbred Development Fund. Also on February 16, a $650 supplemental 2014 yearling nomination (for foals of 2013) can be made for eligibility to the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division and the SDF. Those fees are in addition to the sustaining payments for two-year-olds also due on February 16. The supplemental fee for the Sire Stakes Premier division is $850 if the foal was produced by an out-of-state breeding. The first two-year-old sustaining payments must be made in order to keep the horse eligible as a three-year-old in 2017 to both the Premier Division and the Standardbred Development Fund, even if the horse does not race in 2016 as a two-year-old. Supplemental yearling nominations are also due February 17 for the NJSS-sponsored 2016 Lou Babic Open Pace ($500) and Babic Filly Pace ($400). Sustaining payment and supplemental nomination forms, as well as race dates and other information, may be found on the NJSS website at www.newjerseysirestakes.com. All payments must be in U. S. funds. No late payments will be accepted and no billing notices will be mailed. Certified mail is strongly recommended to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. Christopher Castens        

Mission Brief has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes' Premier Division Horse of the Year for 2015 while Stayin Strong was named the Green Acres' Horse of the Year. The awards, which are voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, are based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS races and other major stakes for NJ-sired horses. Mission Brief was undefeated in NJSS competition, winning a preliminary leg of the Premier Division and the $100,000 final. Her regular driver, Yannick Gingras, handled her in both victories for trainer Ron Burke. After her NJSS campaign, Mission Brief went on to win the Elegant Image at Mohawk Raceway and the Continental Victory at the Meadowlands. The three-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill won ten of 14 starts overall during the season, earning $1,008,517 overall this year for her owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva LLC, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The filly was bred by Steve H. Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. . Stayin Strong was undefeated in four NJSS Green Acres series starts at Freehold, including the $25,000 championship final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The son of Muscles Yankee earned $39,964 from 11 starts this season with $23,700 of it coming in the Green Acres series. Stayin Strong was trained by Julie Miller for co-owners Jason E. Allen and Douglas W. Allen of Vincentown, NJ and was bred by Lauren and Robert Tucker of Glen Gardner, NJ. Christopher Castens    

MANALAPAN, NJ - November 19, 2015 - New Jersey's two harness tracks - the Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway - have been awarded a combined 200 racing dates for 2016. The dates were approved at the New Jersey Racing Commission, meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Trenton, NJ. Mark Ford, attending his first Commission meeting as president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, advised the Commission that the SBOANJ was reluctantly accepting the Meadowlands dates as an experiment for 2016. "We are concerned about losing dates in January and February and replacing them with September and October dates," Ford said. The Meadowlands requested 90 dates, Fridays and Saturdays only [plus Sunday, May 8], from January 2 through August 6 and from September 9 through December 31 [dark on Saturday, December 24]. Post time is 7 p.m. Freehold received 110 dates, racing January 1 through May 21 plus August 26 and 27, and September 2 through December 10. Racing days will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus three holiday Mondays - January 18, February 15 and September 5. Dark days are September 1 and November 24. Post time is 12:30 p.m. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 17, 2015 - Three offspring of the late Rocknroll Hanover - Roland N Rock, Quick Aint Fair and Don'tcallmefrancis - swept a trio of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for harness racing pacers on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Two of the three - Quick Aint Fair and Don'tcallmefrancis - were bred by Stephen P. Dey III of Allentown, NJ while Roland N Rock is a product of Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ. Roland N Rock [$2.60] was a two and three-quarter length winner over Artsmah [Western Ideal] in the third race for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by four lengths. Daniel Dube drove the winner for trainer Rob Harmon. Roland N Rock paced the mile in 1:52.3, only two-fifths of a second off the stakes record. Owned by Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, IA, Roland N Rock posted his seventh win of the year and has finished in-the-money in 10 of 13 starts in 2015 for earnings of $107,705 toward a career bankroll of $191,150. Quick Aint Fair [$4.60], driven by George Brennan for owner-trainer Christopher Ryder of Allentown, NJ, rallied for her third straight victory, finishing a length ahead of Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:55.2 in the fifth race division for three-year-old pacing fillies. Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length and three-quarters. Unraced at two, Quick Aint Fair has five wins, two seconds and four thirds from 18 starts for earnings of $83,696. Don'tcallmefrancis overcame an outside journey to win the sixth race, the split for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, in 1:57.1. It was a career best for the Nifty Norman trainee who races in the name of the Enzed Racing Stables of Allentown NJ. Irish Joe Haney was at the lines as Don'tcallmefrancis [$5.00] got up for a one and three-quarter length win over Lissilas [Rocknroll Hanover]. Rock N Roll Style [Rocknroll Hanover] cut the fraction and held on for third, five and a half lengths back. Don'tcallmefrancis has three wins, two seconds and one third from seven starts and two straight trips to the winner's circle, banking $40,458. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 15, 2015 - SS Poseidon rallied past Mountain Top to score a three and a quarter length victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Mountain Top, who had won the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres, cut the fractions but SS Poseidon got up in the stretch to claim the win in 1:59.3. Both are sons of Muscle Hill. Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] was third by 13¾ lengths. SS Poseidon, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Erv Miller, posted his fourth win of 2015 and has finished in-the-money in 10 of 15 starts this year. Lifetime, he has seven wins, six seconds and five thirds from 28 starts. His $67,953 earned this year lifted his bankroll to $174,262 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Shim Racing LLC of Deerfield, IL. His breeders are Mary Jane Anderson and Shim Racing. The event was a non-wagering race. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 10, 2015 - LL Jackpot had the lead at every call and drew off to a three and a quarter length victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies, the third race on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Jim Marshall III guided the daughter of Philos Hanover - Wygant Rose to victory over Queenofthedreams [If I Can Dream]. It was four and a half lengths to On Top Ofthe Rock [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The mile was timed in 2:01.4. LL Jackpot [$6.80] has finished in-the-money in five of nine starts, including three wins. She has banked $39,310 for trainer Ivan Llopez of Millstone Township, NJ, who is the co-owner and co-breeder with Louis T. Ferdinandi of Clark, NJ. Prior to the betting card, a pair of sons of Rocknroll Hanover won $7,000 third leg divisions of the Green Acres. In the two-year-old split, Don'tcallmefrancis was a length and a quarter winner over Lissilas [Rocknroll Hanover] and Perchance To Dream [If I Can Dream] was third by a length and a half. Driven by Joe Hanney and trained by Nifty Norman, Don'tcallmefrancis paced the mile in 1:58.3. The gelding races in the name of the Enzed Racing Stable of Allentown, NJ and has two wins, two seconds and one third in six starts for earnings of $22,958. He was bred by Stephen P. Dey III. Edward Teach, driven by Joe Bongiorno and trained by Ron Burke, won the three-year-old event by a half-length over Rock Of The Ages [Rocknroll Hanover]. Devils Cut [Western Ideal] was third by a length. Dale Towle of Leamington, Ontario owns Edward Teach, who was bred by Perretti Farms. This year the colt has four wins, two second and two thirds from 18 starts, banking $41,090 toward a career total of $68,340. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 9, 2015 - On a sunny, fall day, Southwind Hope was the clear-cut winner of the $40,000 Marion Dancer for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. A week ago, the Muscle Hill -Honey Pie filly broke stride at the start of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final on a sloppy track and finished last. Southwind Hope, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:01.2 on a fast track, finishing a length and a half ahead of Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee]. It was 16 lengths to Heal The World [Muscle Hill] in third. Southwind Hope improved her record to three wins, one second and two thirds from nine starts and lifted her earnings to $35,600 for the partnership of the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone Township, NJ; Little E LLC of New York, NY, and Lawrence Dumain of Pine Bush, NY. She was bred by Southwind Farms of Pennington, NJ. Sonny Dancer, celebrating his 80th birthday, presented the trophy. The Marion Dancer is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeder & Owners Association of New Jersey. Marion Millionair [Muscle Hill], with Jim Marohn Jr. driving, scored a three-length victory over Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] was 19 lengths back in third. Marion Millionair, trained by William Popfinger, is owned and bred by William Mulligan of New Hope, PA. She now has seven wins, six second and four thirds in 22 starts this year for earnings of $93,560 toward a career bankroll of $97,460. Both stakes were non-wagering and prior to the card. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 8, 2015 - Stayin Strong completed a sweep of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts with a narrow victory in the $25,000 final on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. The son of Muscles Yankee - Loch Katrine, with Eric Abbatiello driving for trainer Julie Miller, held off Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill] by a head. Inukchuk Chuck [Muscles Yankee] was third by a half-length. Stayin Strong crossed the wire in 2:00.1. He had been tested early by the Harold Dancer winner Steed [Muscle Hill], who broke stride on the second turn of the non-wagering event, and repelled the closers near the wire. Stayin Strong captured all three preliminary legs of the Green Acres and now has four wins, one second and two thirds from 10 starts. He has banked $39,964 for the owners Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. He was bred by Lauren and Robert Tucker. In a two-horse field, Mountain Top [Muscle Hill] was a five and a quarter length winner over Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in the $7,000 Green Acres for three-year-old colt trotters. Abbatiello drove Mountain Top for trainer Noel Daley, who co-owns with Mario Mazza. The time of the race was 2:01.4. Mountain Top has won all three Green Acres preliminary splits. The $25,000 final is on October 15. New Jersey-sired horses highlight the Friday and Saturday cards at Freehold. The $40,000 Marion Dancer for two-year-old trotting fillies, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, has a field of four: Peg O My Heart [Muscle Hill], Heal The World [Muscle Hill], Southwind Hope [Muscle Hill] and Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee]. It will be contested at 12 noon on Friday, prior to the betting card, along with the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, featuring Blue Muse, Riley's Dream, Marion Millionair and Demons N Diamonds. On Saturday, the pacers are in the spotlight. Green Acres third-round prelims, one for two-year-old colts and geldings and one for three-year-old colts and geldings, will be presented before the card. The $25,000 Green Acres Final for two-year-old pacing fillies is the third race on the betting program. The finalists, from the rail out [with sire, driver and morning line odds] are: LL Jackpot [Philos Hanover], Jim Marshall III, 3-2; Queenofthedream [If I Can Dream], Marcus Miller, 5-2; Rocknroll Palz [Rocknroll Hanover], Vincent Ginsburg, 9-1; Heatherjean [Rocknroll Hanover], Gareth Dowse, 20-1, and On Top Ofthe Rock [Rocknroll Hanover], Steve Smith, 9-5. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Cree [Muscle Hill] overcame heavy rain and a sloppy track to win the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. George Brennan drove the Trond Smedshammer trainee to her second win with two seconds and one third in eight starts. She trotted the mile in 2:03 in the non-wagering event. It was nine lengths back to Jazebel De Vie [Muscles Yankee] in second, nine and three-quarter lengths to Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee] in third and 10 ½ lengths to Heal The World [Muscle Hill] in fourth. Southwind Hope [Muscle Hill] broke stride at the start and finished last in the field of five. Cree, bred and owned by Michael D. Andrew of Gorham, ME, had a win and two seconds in the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres and overall earnings of $27,300. Swedish-born Lucas Wallin, 22 years old and based in Wrightstown, NJ, guided Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] to a half-length victory in a $7,000 preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies, also contested prior to the betting program. Blue Muse held off Marion Millionair [Muscle Hill], who broke stride near the wire. Riley's Dream [Muscle Hill] was distanced in third-place in the field of three, taking missteps at the start. Blue Muse trotted the mile in 2:00.1 and posted her fourth win with one second and three thirds in 10 starts this year. Lifetime, she has finished on-the-board in 10 of 16 starts, banking more than $43,000. Blue Muse is owned by her trainer, Ake Svanstedt, in partnership with Little E LLC of New York City. Carol Hodes  

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 25, 2015 - Daughters of Muscle Hill won $7,000 divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for harness racing trotting fillies on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Both splits were contested prior to the betting card. In the division for three-year-old trotting fillies, Marion Millionair was the leader at every call and finished four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Riley's Dream [Muscle Hill], with five lengths back to Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] in third. The mile was timed in 1:59.1. Jeff Gregory was at the lines of Marion Millionair for trainer William Popfinger. Owned and bred by William Mulligan of New Hope, PA, the filly has six wins, five second and four thirds in 20 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 16 of 22 career outings for earnings of $77,650. In the two-year-old division, Southwind Hope was a two-length winner over Cree [Muscle Hill] in 2:01.1. Jazebel De Vie [Muscles Yankee] was third by two and three-quarter lengths. Steve Smith guided the Julie Miller trainee to victory in the third leg of Green Acres action. After winning the opening leg, Southwind Hope had finished second to Cree last week. Overall, Southwind Hope, bred by Southwind Farms, has two wins, a second and two thirds from seven starts and has banked $14,350 for the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone, NJ; Little E LLC of New York, NY and Lawrence Dumain of Pine Bush, NY. Saturday's card features pacers with eight entrants in the $37,500 New Jersey Futurity, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, for three-year-old New Jersey-sired colts and fillies [the eighth race]. There will also be a pair of Lou Babic Memorials, sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The $56,000 Lou Babic for two-year-old pacing fillies will be a non-wagering contest while the $85,400 Lou Babic for two-year-old pacing colts is the sixth race of the day. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 24, 2015 - Eric Abbatiello piloted both winners - Mountain Top and Stayin Strong - in a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres - on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Both were contested as non-wagering events prior to the program. In the three-year-old trotting colt division, only two went to post and Mountain Top prevailed by three quarters of a length over SS Poseidon, driven by Steve Smith, in a 1:59.2 mile. Both entrants are sons of Muscle Hill. Mountain Top, trained by Noel Daley, posted his second win of the year and has finished in-the-money in five of 14 starts this year. He was third in last week's $50,500 Charles Smith Trot. He has banked more than $55,000 lifetime for Mario Mazza of New Hope, PA and Daley. Stayin Strong [Muscles Yankee] made it two straight in Green Acres competition for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill], also driven by Smith. Inukchuk Chuck [Muscles Yankee] was third by three and a half lengths. While Steed [Muscle Hill], the Harold Dancer, broke and finished last in the field of four. Stayin Strong, trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:00.1. James and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ own Stayin Strong who has two wins, one second and two thirds in eight starts for earnings of $23,264. The New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres continue on Friday with splits for two and three-year-old trotting fillies. Saturday's card features pacers with eight entrants in the $37,500 New Jersey Futurity, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, for three-year-old New Jersey-sired colts and fillies [the eighth race]. There will also be a pair of Lou Babic Memorials, sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The $56,000 Lou Babic for two-year-old pacing fillies will be a non-wagering contest while the $85,400 Lou Babic for two-year-old pacing colts is the sixth race of the day. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 12, 2015 - Harness racing pacers were on display in New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres action on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Winning efforts were turned in by Roland N Rock and Smart Zone, both three-year-olds by Rocknroll Hanover, and LL Jackpot, a two-year-old daughter of Philos Hanover. Each division carried a $7,000 purse. Roland N Rock [$2.10], driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Rob Harmon, was the odds-on pick and delivered a length and a half victory over Artsmah [Western Ideal] in the third race. Edward Tech [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length in three-quarters. The mile was timed in 1:54.3. The Perretti-bred gelding took the lead at the quarter and was on top at every pole. Owned by Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, IA, Roland N Rock has six wins and two seconds in 10 starts this year and has won 20 of 24 career outings for a bankroll now over $160,000. In the three-year-old fillies division, the sixth race, longshot Smart Zone [$29] was a length winner over Lissan [Rocknroll Hanover]. Favorite Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal] cut the mile and faded to third by a length and three-quarters. Smart Zone, driven by Eric Abbatiello, paced the mile in 1:56.2. Bred by Winbak Farm, the filly is trained by Matias Ruiz for Roslyn Delgaudio of Philadelphia, PA. It was her third win with two seconds in 16 starts this year. She has seven wins, four seconds and two thirds in 28 career starts for a bankroll topping $80,000. LL Jackpot, co-bred and owned by his trainer, Ivan Llopez, made it two straight in Green Acres competition for two-year-old filly pacers in a non-wagering event. She finished a half-length ahead of On Top Ofthe Rock and two and a quarter ahead of Rocknroll Palz in third. The runners up are both by Rocknroll Hanover. Jim Marshall III guided LL Jackpot in her 2:02 mile. LL Jackpot has two wins in six starts and earnings of $13,900 for Llopez and Louis T. Ferdinandi's LTF Racing Stable of Clark, NJ. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 7, 2015 - You can call Don'tcallmefrancis a winner now. The two-year-old pacing gelding posted his first career victory in his third start, the $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres - on Monday, September 7, 2015 in the third race at Freehold Raceway. Don'tcallmefrancis, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Nanny WIthafanny, got up in the final sixteenth of a mile for a three-quarter of the length victory over Perchance To Dream [If I Can Dream] with Nullity [If I Can Dream] in third by four and a quarter lengths. Irish Joe Hanney guided the Nifty Norman trainee who races for Norman's Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. Bred by Stephen P. Dey III of Allentown, NJ, Don'tcallmefrancis was a $25,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase. He now has earnings of $7,460 with a win and a second in three starts. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 4, 2015 - LL Jackpot picked up the top prize in the $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres on Friday, September 4, 2015, opening day of the summer-fall Freehold Raceway meet. Jim Marshall III guided LL Jackpot in her first win in five career starts in the third-race feature. She is trained by Ivan Llopez of Millstone, NJ, who co-bred and co-owns the daughter of Philos Hanover - Wygant Rose with Louis T. Ferdinand of Clark, NJ. She paced the mile in 2:01.2. Five two-year-old pacing fillies went to post, four of which are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover, with odds-on favorite Rock My Girl breaking at the start and finishing last. LL Jackpot [$14.20] took the lead in the opening quarter and drew off to a length and a half victory over Rocknroll Palz. On Top Ofthe Rock was third by a length and three-quarters. The 44-day meet continues through December 12, 2015. Racing will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus a holiday program on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Post time is 12:30 p.m. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 2, 2015 -- The opening leg of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres and nine other races on Friday, September 4, mark the first program of the 2015 summer-fall Freehold Raceway meet. The $7,000 Green Acres leg for two-year-old pacing fillies has been carded as the third race, drawing five entrants [in post order]: Heatherjean, Rock My Girl, On Top of the Rock, LL Jackpot and Rocknroll Palz. LL Jackpot is a daughter of Philos Hanover while the other four are by Rocknroll Hanover. All four entrants for the Helen Smith Trot for three-year-old trotting fillies will advance to the $30,000 final on September 11, 2015. The Helen Smith is among the stakes for New Jersey-sired horses that are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The others include the Charles Smith for three-year-old trotting colts [September 17], Harold Dancer for two-year-old trotting colts [September 17], Marion Dancer for two-year-old trotting fillies [October 9] and a quartet of New Jersey Futurity stakes [September 26, October 16, October 23 and October 24]. This year's Helen Smith quartet are Blue Muse, Riley's Dream, Rules of the Road and Southwind Cartier. Blue Muse is by Muscles Yankee and the other three are by Muscle Hill. The Helen Smith stakes record of 1:56.2 is shared by Marla Bar [2002], Silver Credit [2013] and Cee Bee Yes [2014]. On Opening Day, the track offers a free t-shirt with a paid Freehold live program, while supplies last. The Fourth Annual Open Space Pace, featuring a parade of horses, petting zoo, exhibitions, food trucks and live music, will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The 44-day meet continues through December 12, 2015. Racing will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus a holiday program on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Post time is 12:30 p.m. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

The result was never in doubt. That was the consensus of the $26,000 Open Trot on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Released as the odds-on favorite at twenty-cents on the dollar, Bee A Magician went straight to the lead off the wings of the gate and that was all she needed to do. While the 2013 Horse of the Year had to sprint to the opening quarter in 27-seconds, that wasn't the case for the middle-half mile of the race, as Bee A Magician was allowed to stroll through a 30.2 second quarter, picking it up a bit through a 28.4 third panel. But, give Bee A Magician a 59.1 middle half-mile and you simply are not going to catch here. The world champion sprinted to the wire with a 26.2 final quarter to score in 1:52.4. DW's NY Yank held second throughout the mile while Appomattox checked in third. Market Share was too far back and couldn't threaten with the slow fractions, but did trot the fastest final quarter in the race, 26-seconds flat. Bee A Magician won for the 38th time in 55 starts with earnings now standing at $3,143,340. The magnificent mare is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David Mc Duffee and is trained by Nifty Norman. Her usual partner, Brian Sears, was in the sulky. Bee A Magician New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals Driver Yannick Gingras scored two victories, including a stakes record with Southwind Frank, in a quartet of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two-year-olds on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Boston Red Rocks, sent off as the 1-5 favorite, controlled the pace but in the end he had to fight off two challengers and one of them, Ideal Rocky, got by him in the final strides to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts, the second race. Ideal Rocky [$10.20], driven by Corey Callahan and trained by John Butenchoen, brushed three-wide to win by head, handing Boston Red Rocks his first loss in three starts. It was half a length to Winning Linc in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Ideal Rocky did not get off to an auspicious start, refusing to put his nose anywhere near the gate. "He decided the last couple of starts when we had the five-hole that he doesn't want to be close to the darn thing [the starting gate car]," said Butenschoen. "I guess we'd better go back to the drawing board to make sure he knows what to do when he's behind the car itself [and not the wings]. But he was able to overcome that. I was tickled. "The owner, Bill Wiswell, we were watching on the backstretch, and we were in an impossible spot here right now off of those soft fractions [27.3 to the quarter and 57.2 to the half]," Butenschoen noted. "If we got a check here, we'll be in good shape. Then he started motoring up around the last turn and mowed them down. That was great." A $47,000 Harrisburg Sale yearling purchase, Ideal Rocky paced a lifetime best of 1:53.1, with a last quarter in 26.2 seconds. He was bred by Fashion Farms LLC. He races for Bill Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI; Jean Goehien of Aurora, IL and Eugene Schick of Elgin, IL. He now has two wins and one third in three starts for earnings of $63,000. Ideal Rocky All The Time, handled by Yannick Gingras, was the best of three Jimmy Takter trainees in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting fillies, the fourth race. All The Time [$3.20] trotted the mile in 1:55.4, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Silent Blessings [by Muscles Yankee]. It was four lengths to Gifted Lady [Muscle Hill] in third. Takter also trains Gifted Lady and Hollywood Hill [Muscle Hill], who finished fifth. "All the credit to Jimmy Takter," said Marvin Katz, the Toronto-based co-owner and co-breeder of All The Time. "He developed this filly and was careful with her through the winter. Of course, she's a homebred. Jimmy Takter trained the mother [Cantab It All] and was kind enough to sell her to myself and to Al [co-owner and breeder Al Libfeld]. We bred her to Muscle Hill, and this is a topflight filly." All The Time has two wins in three career starts and has earned $52,400. All The Time Gingras was back in the winner's circle with Southwind Frank [$9.00] in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race. The son of Muscle Hill, bred by Southwind Farms, trotted the mile in a stakes record 1:53.4, supplanting Hill I Am [Muscle Hill, who set the mark of 1:55.3 in 2013. Southwind Frank controlled the tempo through fractions of 27.2, 56.4 and 1:26.2, covering the final quarter in 27.2 for a length and a half victory. Rallying for second was Bar Hopping [Muscle Hill] with Marion Marauder [Muscle Hill] third by a length and three-quarters. "I wanted to cut the mile; I thought he was the horse to beat," said Gingras. "I just wanted to have a clear path. My horse was a little bit shaky tonight, and I had to wait on him [to settle]. But I knew if I could keep him trotting, there was no one who would get near." Southwind Frank, trained by Ron Burke, won his opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes but broke stride last week. He has banked $60,000 with two wins in three starts for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. Southwind Frank In the final division, 3-5 Blue Moon Stride [$3.40] popped out of the pocket at the top of the stretch, claimed the lead in deep stretch and held off Show Time Hill to win the $100,000 New Jersey Stakes for pacing fillies, in the 11th race. Andrew McCarthy guided the Mark Harder trained Blue Moon Stride, who paced the mile in 1:53.1, finishing a neck ahead of Show Time Hill. It was a length and a half back to Sonoma Valley in third. All three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. "They're all good in March, April and May but you just really don't know until you start racing them," said Harder. "And she's shown up good now." Blue Moon Stride was bred by Perretti Farms and races for Emilio and Maria Rosati of Condell Park in Australia's New South Wales. She has two wins in three starts for earnings of $68,750. Blue Moon Stride All-sources handle for the Friday card of $2,397,254 yielded a 17-percent gain over this same night last year. Both programs included 13-races. The $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 in the last race went unclaimed and the carryover into Meadowlands Pace night will be $202,817. Post time for Meadowlands Pace night is 7:15 P.M. The 14-race blockbuster card features 8-stakes races, highlighted by the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace, slated as race 10. There are also four guaranteed pools on the program including the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 encompassing races 7 through 10. Post time for The Meadowlands Pace is 10:39 P.M. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC

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