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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A pair of threes is not normally a strong hand, unless it's referring to this weekend's racing at the Meadowlands, where a trio of New Jersey Sire Stakes events top the Friday racing program while three series finals highlight the Saturday evening card. Friday's action sees Samis Rolin Stone listed as the even-money morning-line choice in the 3-year-old NJSS filly trot for driver DeWayne Minor. U Need Stones is 4-5 for Yannick Gingras in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot while Hypnotic Tale will start out at 4-5 in the 3-year-old filly pace with David Miller in the bike. On Saturday, all eyes will be on Meadowlands Pace eligible Thinkbig Dreambig in the $47,000 Escort Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The Jimmy Takter trainee was headed for victory lane a week ago in his career debut after being bet down to 3-5 only to suffer interference and end up fourth, then placed third. Takter will drive the son of Bettor's Delight. K J's Justine and Ideal Talker were the winners of the two divisions of the second leg of the Rainbow Blue Series last week and will go at it in the $42,500 final for 3-year-old pacing fillies before the $35,200 Hot Lead Final for pacers of any age hit the track, featuring Leg Two winners Commentariat and Ballerat Boomerang, as well as Santiago Style, who went off stride while rallying in deep stretch as the 9-5 choice in the Ballerat Boomerang division. Post time is 7:15 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday live programs. BEST BETS: Last weekend, the Meadowlands' signature Pick-4 wager saw an average pool of over $100,000. The bet features a low 15 percent takeout and free program pages for the Pick-4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. The carryover for harness racing's biggest pot of gold is nearing the quarter-million-dollar mark. The Big M's Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five carryover stands at $233,359. If after the race is declared official there is only one bettor holding a ticket with the winning combination, he or she will rake the gigantic pot. The track's 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 played out like a jackpot last weekend. Friday night's payout to one winner was $17,070 while one lucky player walked away with $15,257 on Saturday. MEMORIAL DAY AT VERNON: On Monday, May 28, $500,000 will be up for grabs as Vernon Downs hosts the Empire Breeders Classic Finals for 3-year-olds of both sexes on the trot. Post time at Vernon on Monday is 1:05 p.m. BRING YOUR APPETITE: On Saturday, June 2, the Jerseyfest Food Truck Mash-Up returns to the Big M. Specialty food trucks serving everything from nostalgic hot dogs to surf and turf to exotic desserts will be offered. Vote for your favorite food truck to enter a chance to win a $50 cash card. JUSTIFY YOUR BIG M VISIT: On Saturday, June 9, come on out to the Meadowlands and see if Justify can complete a sweep of Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown, as the Big M will simulcast all of the action of the Belmont Stakes. Don't sit in traffic heading for Belmont Park, go to the Big M for your Belmont Stakes fix. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The first race at Belmont is at 11:35 a.m. The Belmont Stakes is scheduled for 6:37 p.m. While watching and wagering on the Belmont card, and then, the live program of harness racing at the Meadowlands, enjoy burgers from the area's best food trucks in the track's third-annual Burger Battle. If you think you make the best burger around, try to impress the judges for a chance to win $1,000. The event is in the Backyard from 1-10 p.m. There is no admission fee and fans are encouraged to purchase burgers from each food truck/restaurant. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com. I KNEW IT, IT'S PREWITT: The Meadowlands TV team will add harness racing jack of all trades Gabe Prewitt to the group that includes Dave Brower, Dave Little, Ken Warkentin and Hall of Famer Bob "Hollywood" Heyden for the remainder of the Championship Meeting. Prewitt makes his debut Friday night when he will serve as co-host of the live in-house simulcast presentation of "Racing from the Meadowlands". From the Meadowlands Media Relations Office

The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has established a new purse structure for the upcoming harness racing Premier Division season which is based upon the number of entrants in a race. Legs will be contested for $20,000 if there are eight or more entries, regardless of age, sex, or gait. If fewer than eight horses enter a leg, the purse will be $15,000, again regardless of age, sex, or gait. Premier Division finals will carry a purse of $75,000 if there are less than eight entries and $125,000 in the event eight or more horses are entered in a final race. "The Board has chosen to place its available resources to the classes that will have the most participation," said Board of Trustees Chairman Mike Gulotta. "The two-year-old trotting divisions account for approximately 74% of all of the eligible horses while some of the other divisions have only a handful of horses eligible. The Board has decided to devote the available purse money to the divisions that will have the most participation." The three-year-old Premier Division season will begin at The Meadowlands on Friday, May 18 while the two-season will commence on Friday, June 29. The Board of Trustees has also announced revisions to the purse estimates for the Standardbred Development Fund races to be raced this fall at Freehold Raceway. All legs will be contested for $7,500. All finals for both two- and three- year-olds will carry a purse of $50,000. The schedule of dates for all Sire Stakes races, as well as other pertinent information, can be found at www.newjerseysirestakes.com. Christopher Castens 

The deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes and Standardbred Development Fund’s first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of two-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2018 Premier Division and Standardbred Development Fund harness racing programs.  The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2018 starting in May/early June for three-year-olds and in late June/July for two-year-olds.  In the fall the competition will switch to the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund series of races. 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 was in foal and a yearling nomination are required to establish eligibility. The SDF races will be held beginning in September 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 Standardbred Development Fund sustaining payment for both two-year-olds and three-year-olds continues at  $100.  Also on February 15, a $650 supplemental 2017 yearling nomination (for foals of 2016) 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 15. 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 2019 to both the Premier Division and the Standardbred Development Fund, even if the horse does not race in 2018 as a two-year-old.  Horsemen are also reminded of the upcoming nomination for the Renaissance Pace for two-year-old pacers—open and filly divisions. The Renaissance will be raced in September at Freehold Raceway and is open to all horses that have been nominated to the Standardbred Development Fund.  Sustaining fees of $700 for the Open Division and $400 for the Filly Division are due March 15. 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. New Jersey Sire Stakes

Ariana G has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes harness racing 'Horse of the Year' for 2017. Ariana G won both of the New Jersey-restricted races that she entered, including the final of the Sire Stakes' Premier Division at the Meadowlands where she took her lifetime mark of 1:51.1. The three-year-old trotting filly used those races as a springboard to the rest of the season which saw her victorious in major stakes such as the Del Miller Memorial, the Hambletonian Oaks, the Simcoe, the Elegant Image and the Breeders' Crown, earning $1,123,690 during the course of the season. Regular driver Yannick Gingras handled Every Way Out in all of her starts for trainer Jimmy Takter With lifetime earnings of $1,867,657, the remarkable filly is owned by Marvin Katz and Al J. Libfeld of Ontario who also were responsible as breeders for the mating of Muscle Hill to Yankee Blondie. Ariana G's connections will be honored at the 61st annual Breeder Awards Luncheon on January 28, 2018 at O'Connor's Restaurant in Eastampton, New Jersey. Christopher Castens (609) 292-8830      

FREEHOLD, NJ — October 22, 2017 — This week Freehold Raceway hosted the four $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Finals for harness racing two-year-olds. On Thursday (Oct. 19), I Know My Rights scored in the two-year-old colt final for trotters.  The Muscle Massive colt left from post position No. 5 to take the lead and never look back.  Driven by Tyler Buter I know My Rights stopped the clock in 1:59.2.  This makes win number 7 out of 12 starts for the two-year-old owned by trainer Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms LLC and Tyler Buter.  Bred by White Birch Farms of NJ, the colt has $106,037 in earnings this year.  Finishing second was Shoshie Deo with Allindotime coming in third. The Friday (Oct. 20) card included two finals both for the fillies.  The pacing fillies were the first to compete.  Some Renditions, trained by Michael Hall, wired the field with Vincent Ginsburg in 1:55.3. Giving the Somebeachsomewhere filly’s owners CTC Stable, Howard Taylor and Bradley Grant their third win of the season.  The White Birch Farm bred filly has earned $67,816 during her career thus far.  Solitary finished second and Lainey Deo came in third. Also, on Friday (Oct. 20) was the SDF final for two-year-old filly trotters, where Chaperess and George Brennan prevailed.  Starting from the rail position Brennan ducked Chaperess off the gate to get away forth.  Sitting second over at the half, the Chapter Seven filly was called on to fan three wide at the three quarter pole to march by the competition.  The Trond Smedshammer trainee crossed the wire in 1:59.4. Bred by David A Meirs and Boyd Henderson the filly has won 6 of her 10 starts earning $63,750 for her owner the Purple Haze Stables LLC. Diamondstone Us came in second and Samis Rolin Stone finished third. Saturday (Oct. 21) held the last SDF final for two-year-olds, Thor De Vie took home the $50,000 prize for the pacing colts.  Gregory Merton positioned Thor De Vie in the two hole and took advantage of a pocket trip behind the favorite.  The Jim Graham trainee rushed past the opposition in the stretch to get his second win in 1:54.0.  Bred by Joie De Vie Farm LLC, the So Surreal colt has earned $42,525 for the partners Jame Graham, Lee Winters, Paul Tandlmayer and Giuseppe Micchia.  Born To Be Bad finished up second and Iluvtomakemoney picked up the third place check. Freehold Raceway resumes live racing on Thursday October 26, 2017 with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ — October 8, 2017 — Freehold Raceway held the $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund Final for harness racing three-year-old colt trotters Saturday (Oct 7) afternoon. Southwind Woody and George Brennan left from post position No. 1 to wire the field in 1:57.2 last quarter in 29.3. This makes lifetime win number five for the Rob Burke trainee bred by Southwind Farms of Pennington NJ. Making his earnings $131,520 for the winning connections of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva Stables LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Frankie Mullins and Eric Goodell came in second while Backstage Pass and Jim Marshall III finished third. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 18, 2017 — Freehold Raceway hosted the $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund for harness racing three-year old colts final on Saturday (Sept. 16). Every Way Out took the lead from post position No. 2 going into the first turn, Victor Kirby put him on the front avoiding a breaking Firefox Hanover which caused some commotion and scattered the field. Every Way Out crossed the wire to stop the clock in 1:54.2. Sir Pugsley followed him every step of the way to finish second. The son of If I Can Dream out of Every Play grabbed win number five out of eight starts this year.  The Dylan Davis trainee surpassed $300,000 in lifetime earning with this win. Courtney Stafford

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 14, 2017) - Champions of the Garden State were crowned on Friday night at the Meadowlands as a four-pack of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals were contested for harness racing 2-year-olds. Princess Marxxx drifted to the middle of the track but was able to outsprint her opponents to win the Filly Trot in 1:58 after winning last week's second preliminary leg in 1:57.4. She was driven by Andy Miller and is trained by Justin Lebo for owner and breeder Steve Stewart. Princess Marxxx In non-wagering events before the main program, U Need Stones made it a clean sweep through the Sire Stakes, winning the Colt Trot by four lengths in 1:55.2. He is a homebred by Wishing Stone for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and Larry Karr. Hurrikane Empress finished off her sweep of the pacing filly division with a two-length victory in her $100,000 final in 1:53.4. Yannick Gingras won his second Sire Stakes of the night for trainer John McDermott, Jr. She is a homebred by Hurrikane Kingcole, bred and owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, and Pegasis Investment Group. Melanie's Fran won his third straight match race over Hypnotico to win the $100,000 final for pacing colts and geldings. He is a homebred gelding by Hypnotic Blue Chip owned by Francis Azur. He is trained by Kevin McDermott. Two first leg divisions each for colts and fillies were contested in the Kindergarten Classic Series. Closing Statement (1:52.1) and Speed To Market (1:53.4) were winners in the colts and geldings division while All On Top Hanover (1:52.3) and Kissin In The Sand (1:53) were impressive winners in the filly splits. Gingras added three more wins on the main card to his two wins in the non-wagering Sire Stakes Finals. Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan each won a pair of races. Total handle on the 10-race card was $1,920,414. The $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace highlights a stakes-filled Saturday night card. The 13-race program has an early post time of 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 2, 2017) - After winning an unprecedented three straight Hambletonian Oaks, how could harness racing Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter possibly top it? Her name is Ariana G. The 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill might be even better than those three fillies after she left jaws dropped with a 1:51.1 stroll in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Long Tom, Every Way Out, and Misqued also won their $100,000 Sire Stakes finals on a warm, late spring evening. Yannick Gingras moved Ariana G to the lead past an opening quarter mile in :27.3. From there, Gingras was just a passenger through a Sire Stakes record final time that was just 2/5 of a second off the track record. She's coming back scary good," said Takter in the winner's circle after the race. "We still have 60 days to Hambletonian Day. Yannick said if he let her go she would have gone 49. Hopefully I haven't peaked her too soon. I would say at this point, she could be the most talented one I have developed." Two races later, Long Tom officially threw his hat into the Hambletonian picture with an impressive front-end score in 1:52.2 to win the $100,000 trotting colts division. King On The Hill won the place photo over 3/5 favorite What The Hill. Long Tom was a stakes winner last year at Lexington and is now 2-for-2 as a sophomore. With stablemate Enterprise, who is 3-for-3 in 2017, 25-year-old trainer Marcus Melander has a potent 1-2 punch on the road to the first Saturday in August. "Long Tom got sore after Lexington last year and then grew a lot over the winter," explained Melander, whose uncle Stefan won the Hambletonian in 2001 with Scarlet Knight. "I was only nine years old when Scarlet Knight won so I don't remember much, but hopefully I can get another Hambletonian for the family." Every Way Out completed his sweep of the pacing colts division with a five-length win in 1:52. The If I Can Dream gelding paid $2.10 for the third straight week. Tim Tetrick, who won four of the night's 11 races, piloted the winner for trainer Dylan Davis. The only Sire Stakes upset came in the 3-year-old pacing filly division when 1/5 favorite Colorful Jasmine faded to finish fourth while 7/2 second choice Misqued held off the late charge of Livinginthedream. Misqued was driven by Steve Smith for trainer John Balzer. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,420.245. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Marcus Melander hopes Long Tom is a big man in the big races this year. After opening his 2017 harness racing campaign with a 1:52.1 win in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes series for 3-year-old male trotters, Long Tom is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line in Friday's $100,000 championship at the Meadowlands Racetrack, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. The colt's win time is the fastest this season for a 3-year-old trotter. "I couldn't be happier with him after the first race he did," said Melander, who trains Long Tom for owner AMG Stable Oy of Finland. "He's been training great. I was very happy he won because we didn't have to race the week after (in the second round of the Sire Stakes. It was perfect for him to have a week off and go into the final." What The Hill, who won last year's New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old male trotters and the Peter Haughton Memorial, is the 6-5 favorite in Friday's championship. The colt is undefeated in three races this season for driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke. Returning Dan Patch Award-winner Ariana G is the even-money favorite in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old female trotters. She won her only start this season for trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras in 1:52.2, which is tied for the second-fastest win time for a 3-year-old trotter behind only Long Tom. Every Way Out, who is 2-for-2 this year, is the 1-5 morning line favorite for driver Tetrick and trainer Dylan Davis in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old male pacers. Colorful Jasmine, from the stable of trainer Tom Cancelliere, is the 3-5 choice in the $100,000 final for 3-year-old female pacers. Corey Callahan is the driver. Long Tom, who arrived from Europe to Melander's stable in April 2016, won three of seven races last year and earned $60,950. He had three wins and a second in his first four starts, capped by a 1:55.2 victory in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. He was third in a division of the International Stallion before finishing off the board in his Breeders Crown elimination and the Matron Stakes. "He raced very good before Lexington and he raced very good at Lexington, but then we had some bad luck in the Breeders Crown and Matron," Melander said. "He got a little sore, but he's a very good horse. We knew that when we shut him down last year. "He came back very good. He grew a lot over the winter. He's a very big boy now. He put a lot of muscle on him over the winter. He looks really good. I can't be happier with him." Following the New Jersey Sire Stakes, Long Tom is eligible to the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial, and Hambletonian Stakes. The $1 million Hambletonian is Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. "That's the plan with him at least," said Melander, whose uncle Stefan won the 2001 Hambletonian with Scarlet Knight. "It's going to be tough to beat (returning Dan Patch Award winner) Walner, that's for sure, but behind Walner it's pretty open. I think Long Tom is one of those horses with the potential to race in the big races. It's horseracing, so you never know what might happen." In addition to Long Tom, Melander has a Hambletonian hopeful in Enterprise. The colt raced only once last year after a late arrival from overseas, but is undefeated in four career starts for Melander. His most recent triumph was a 1:53.4 score in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs. "He's been very good too," Melander said. "I'm very happy with my 3-year-olds. The main thing is to keep them sound and healthy and we could have a good year for both of them." Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ariana G gave notice Friday night at the Meadowlands that the road to the Hambletonian Oaks goes through her as she crushed seven overmatched foes in a division of the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies by 7¾ lengths in 1:52.2. The Jimmy Takter trainee was more than prepared for her seasonal debut as driver Yannick Gingras put the daughter of Muscle Hill on the lead just after the quarter. Racing unpressured, the winner of 10-of-12 lifetime starts opened up an insurmountable edge after pocket-sitting Ice Attraction broke at the head of the stretch. She then sprinted home in :27.2, paying $2.10 as the 1-9 favorite for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Dream Baby Dream was second with Southwind Prius third. "She was really good," said Gingras. "I couldn't be any happier with her. She was as good as I expected her to be. I'm crossing my fingers she stays healthy and let her talent do the rest." Ariana G Glitzey Gal ($7.40 to win, 1:52.3 for the mile, David Miller driving, trainer Nifty Norman) and Colorful Jasmine ($2.40, 1:54.1, Corey Callahan, Thomas Cancelliere) were victorious in the other two NJSS filly divisions. Ron Burke trainee What The Hill lowered his lifetime best by two-and-two-fifth seconds, impressively taking one of three NJSS divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driven by David Miller, the son of Muscle Hill stopped the clock in 1:52.2 to stay perfect in two seasonal starts. He returned $2.40 as the 1-5 public choice. Every Way Out ($2.10, Dylan Davis) and Long Tom ($3.80, Marcus Melander) won the other sophomore colt and gelding divisions in identical clockings of 1:52.1. Both were driven by Tim Tetrick. JL Cruze CHALK TALK: Seven favorites scored on the card, bringing the total over the last three programs to 18 winning chalks from 32 races (56%). ... David Miller piloted four winners on the card. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,475,077. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with the Graduate for 4-year-old trotters, featuring Dayson and Broadway Donna. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

The deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes and Standardbred Development Fund's final sustaining payments is approaching on April 17, 2017. Normally the deadline would be on the 15th of the month but since that date falls on a Saturday this year, the deadline is extended to Monday, April 17. The NJSS Premier Division's second sustaining payment remains $500 for both two-year-olds and three-year-olds. The Standardbred Development Fund second sustaining payment for both two-year-olds and three-year-olds continues at $150. Sustaining payment, 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. For further information: Christopher Castens (609) 292-8830            

Every Way Out has been selected as the harness racing New Jersey Sire Stakes' Horse of the Year for 2016. The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS races and other major stakes for NJ-sired horses. Every Way Out won six of the seven New Jersey-restricted races that he entered, including the finals of the Sire Stakes' Premier Division at the Meadowlands and the Standardbred Development Fund at Freehold Raceway. Along the way, the colt by If I Can Dream out of Every Play was also victorious in the Lou Babic Memorial Pace and the New Jersey Futurity. Regular driver Tim Tetrick handled Every Way Out in all of his victories with the exception of the Standardbred Development Fund final where he was steered by Joe Bongiorno. Among his other wins on the season were the Arden Stakes at The Meadows and the Geers Stake, where he took his seasonal mark of 1:51.2f, and Reynolds Stakes both at Tioga Down. A winner of $181,805 on the year, Every Way Out was purchased just prior to his win in the Premier Division Final by Howard A. Taylor, Abraham N. Basen, Edwin J. Gold and Thomas A. Lazzaro. After the purchase, Dylan Davis assumed the training duties from Aaron Lambert. The colt was bred by Bulletproof Enterprises of Oley, Pennsylvania Every Way Out's connections will be honored at the 60th annual Breeder Awards Luncheon on January 29, 2017 at O'Connor's Restaurant in Eastampton, New Jersey. For further information: Christopher Castens (609) 292-8830      

FREEHOLD, NJ -- October 8, 2016 -- Freehold Raceway hosted two New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund Finals for harness racing two year old pacers, on Saturday October 8. The $35,000 final in the colt division was won by Every Way Out. The Dylan Davis trainee made up for his miscue last week in the second leg of the series winning in 1:56.2. Driven by Joe Bongiorno the If I Can Dream colt notched his eighth win on the season. Bred by Bulletproof Enterprise of Pennsylvania, Every Way Out has boosted his earnings to $171,655. Deo Galileo just nosed out Sir Pugsley for second place. The one to five favorite Misqued dominated the $35,000 final in the filly division stopping the clock in 1:56.3. The If I Can Dream filly trained by John Balzer won both legs and the final of the NJSS Standardbred Development Fund series. This makes win number three of five starts for Misqued, bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky. Rita Maid driven by Joe Bongiorno finished second, while Jordan Stratton and Designated Drinker took third. Freehold resumes racing Thursday October 13, 2016 with more New Jersey Sire Stakes action. Courtney Stafford 

FREEHOLD, NJ – October 6, 2016 – On Top Of the Rock and Steve Smith rally to take the featured event of the afternoon, the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for three-year-old filly pacers, at Freehold Raceway on Thursday (Oct. 6). The Karen Garland trained filly left from post position two to wire the field in 1:58.3.  The Rocknroll Hanover filly, bred by Goldfinger Enterprises of NY, dominated the field to push her earnings to $69,801. Eric Abbatiello and Heart of Gold held off a late charge from Chase Vendervort with Heatherjean to finish second. The feature trot race on the card was the $10,000 NJSS Standardbred Development Fund for two-year-old colts.  Kevin McDermott sent the favorite Backstage Pass to the track hoping for a repeat of the first leg, and the Donato Hanover colt did just that.  Jim Marshall called on Backstage Pass when the gate closed and never looked back winning by three lengths in 2:01.3.  This gives the colt; bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ, win number seven of nine lifetime starts.  Chili finished second while He’s In The Game followed in third. Freehold Raceway resumes racing on Friday October 7 with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford

Freehold Raceway was back in action with New Jersey Sire Stakes on Saturday afternoon. The $25,000 NJSS Green Acres Final for three-year-old colt pacers was held as a non-wagering race before the harness racing card. Two divisions of the newest NJSS races were held during the card, the second leg of the $10,000 Standardbred Development Fund for two-year-old pacers. Austin Rocks with driver Eric Abbatiello left the gate from the rail position and held off a quarter move from Perchance To Dream to get the win in 1:59.1. Rock N Roll Style was second while Perchance To Dream held on for third. The Rocknroll Hanover colt picked up his first lifetime win in the $25,000 final. Kerry Feyker-Weed and M Kenneth Weed of Egg Harbor Township, NJ bred the Stacy Chiodo trainee. The third race was the NJSS Standardbred Development Fund for two-year-old colt pacers; Deo Galileo, trained by Rick McNair, upset the 1-9 favorite Everyway Out. Driver Jeff Gregory avoided two breakers to brush to the lead just before the quarter. Down the stretch Deo Galileo held off a late surge by Sir Pugsley stopping the clock in 1:57.4, Firefox Hanover finished the trifecta. The If I Can Dream colt notched win number two in eight starts for the season, bred by MJG Racing Stables Inc and Louis A Willinger. The filly division of the Standardbred Development Fund had another upset. Steve Smith guided Misqued to take the lead from the 2-5 favorite Designated Drinker just before the half. Drawing away from the field the John Balzer trainee cruised to a four-length win in 1:57.3. Designated Drinker and Rita Maid rounded out the trifecta for the eighth race. The If I Can Dream filly remains undefeated in both legs of the Standardbred Development Fund stakes, bred by Steve Stewart. Live racing a Freehold will resume on Thursday October 6th with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford 

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