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Freehold, NJ --- Andy Miller is perennially the leading harness racing driver at Freehold Raceway, and he asserted himself on Thursday (January 9), as he won five races on the nine-race program.   Miller teamed up with leading trainer Nick Surick for four of those victories: Cam's Tux ($17.80) in race 1, Always Picky ($4.80) in race 2, Ginger Spice ($2.10) in race 4, and Newbie ($3.60) in race 7. Miller completed the five-pack with Fat Boy, for owner/trainer John Urbanski, in the 9th race ($4.40).     That makes ten wins for Miller in the new year at Freehold, giving him a six-win edge over the competition. He's earned those ten wins from 29 drives, good for a 34.4% strike rate.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Friday, beginning at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Lucan Hanover employed a different harness racing style this Saturday (January 4) at Freehold Raceway, and it worked like a charm, as he took the featured Preferred Handicap pace.   Usually, Lucan Hanover goes to the lead and tries to wire the field. However, driver Andy Miller elected to take him to the back of the pack early, sitting in sixth at the opening quarter. Nearing the half mile, he got into a live cover-flow, drafting his stablemate The Onlyest One. Heading into the final turn, Miller moved him three-wide, took charge turning for home, and held on to win by 1 1/4 lengths. He paced the mile over a sloppy track in 1:55.4.     Since coming to Freehold from Batavia Downs, Lucan Hanover has been in sharp form. he's won three times in five starts, and has been no worse than third. He's owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick.   Ozone Blue Chip rallied wide down the stretch and got up for second. The Onlyest One, Exit Cam, Polak, Mako Banner, and Statement Made completed the order of finish. Lucan Hanover paid $10.00 to win.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Thursday, beginning at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Inukchuk Chuck began his 2020 harness racing season the same way he ended his 2019 campaign: with a win in the Freehold Raceway Preferred trot. He scored in Friday's feature race by 3 1/4 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:58 over a sloppy track.   Just like last week, driver Joe Bongiorno blasted him to the lead and cleared as soon as he could. The early tempo was slow: the quarter went in 29.2, while the half mile fraction was 59.3. Favored Money Maven moved first over just before the half, and applied serious pressure to "Chuck" as they neared three-quarters. However, the leader easily dismissed the challenge and pulled away down the stretch for a convincing victory.     The winner is owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick. He won eleven times in 2019, while earning more than $63,000. For his career, he's accrued 22 victories, and earned more than $230,000.   Abbie's Celticlass got up for second over Money Maven at 10/1. Caviar Star, River Otter, Mugshot Jess, Barney Mac, and Boots N Chains rounded out the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a 10-race program beginning at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway will host 10 races this Saturday (January 4), with a 7-horse Preferred Handicap harness racing pace serving as the headliner.   The winners of the past two Preferreds are back for more: The Onlyest One and Exit Cam. The former took the Preferred on December 21, then won by a nose last week for a $20,000 tag. He's finished first or second in three of his last four starts. Joe Bongiorno will steer from post position four for trainer Nick Surick.   Exit Cam has also won two in a row, most recently scoring in the Preferred by a neck last week at 15/1. He was assigned post position six for trainer Karen Garland and driver Steve Smith.   The Onlyest One is one of two in the race for Surick. The other, Lucan Hanover, has been in fine form since coming to Freehold. In four starts at this track, he's won twice, and hit the board the other two times. Most recently, he finished third in the Preferred after leading most of the way. Andy Miller was named to drive, from post position five.   Statement Made, from post position seven, is the likely favorite. He's coming off a fifth-place finish in the Preferred at the Meadowlands. Two starts back, he won an upper-condition pace at Harrah's Philadelphia, pacing the mile in a sharp 1:51. For the first time, Jim Marohn Jr. will drive, for trainer Tahnee Camilleri,   Polak, Ozone Blue Chip, and Mako Banner round out the field.   The contest is scheduled as Saturday's 7th race, with a listed post time of 2;50 PM EST. The first race at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- A field of eight has signed up to do battle in Freehold Raceway's first Preferred Handicap harness racing trot of the year this Friday (January 3). The headliners are the top two finishers from last week's Preferred, Inukchuk Chuck and Money Maven.   "Chuck" won at the level last week, blasting off from post position three and cruising to a 3 1/2 length win in 1:57. Two weeks ago, he finished third in the Preferred. He was assigned post position seven this week, as he seeks to turn in another strong performance in Freehold's top class. Joe Bongiorno retains the drive for trainer Nick Surick.   Money Maven was assigned directly to his outside, off a runner-up finish at the class last week. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, he was wide most of the way, but still rallied well for second, one length clear of third. Andy Miller will drive for his wife, Julie.   Taylor Gower will send out two entrants: Mugshot Jess and Boots N Chains. "Jess" is known as a lover of Freehold; all five of his 2019 wins came at that track, including three Preferred victories. He'll leave from post position two. Boots N Chains was most recently sixth in the Preferred, a race where he had a difficult outside grind. Patt Berry will steer from post position four.   Caviar Star, River Otter, Abbie's Celticlass, and Barney Mac complete the ensemble. The race is scheduled as the seventh race on the nine-race program.   The first of those nine races at Freehold on Friday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a pair of top-class harness racing pacing events on Saturday afternoon (December 21): a $15,000 Invitational, and a $12,000 Preferred.   The Invitational was won by Sunfire Blue Chip, for trainer Gary Candell and driver Austin Siegelman. Off a third-place finish in the Preferred last week, he was sent off as the 3/1 third choice. Siegelman rocketed him to the lead from post seven, set up shop before the quarter, and established a modest early pace.   They reached the quarter in 27.4, and the half in a slow 57.1. They then opened up a bit nearing three-quarters, and looked clear as they turned for home. Despite a frantic rally up the pylons by favored Clint Westwood, the wire came in time for Sunfire Blue Chip, and he held on for a 3/4-length victory. The final time for the mile was 1:55.4.   The 9-year-old horse is owned by Takter, Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc, and R A W Equine. He's won four times from 21 starts this year, earning more than $90,000.   In the Preferred, The Onlyest One showed a lot of heart to hold off the rally of Ideal One and secure the victory. Parked out early, The Onlyest One cleared to the lead after the quarter, getting to the half in a comfortable 58.1. On the third turn, Ideal One swooped three wide, then drew up alongside The Onlyest One after three-quarters. Turning for home, it looked like Ideal One would roll by, but The Onlyest One was game and held on for a neck victory.   The winner is owned by Cliff Grundy, trained by Nick Surick, and driven by Joe Bonigorno. He's won seven times on the calendar year, including two of his last three.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (December 27), starting at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- An aggressive drive by Andy Miller paid off in Freehold Raceway's Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday, as Rockin M went coast-to-coast for the harness racing victory.   Off a win in the NW $8,000 last 5 starts class, Rockin M was sent off as the 7/2 second choice in the field of eight. Miller blasted off with his horse, sending him right to the lead from post five and setting a fast opening quarter of 27 seconds. Meanwhile, favored Lyons Steel, seeking his fight win in a row, couldn't clear from post eight and was parked out almost the whole way.   Miller slowed things down in the second quarter, going the half-mile in 56.3 seconds. Nearing three-quarters, Lyons Steel drew up to within a length of Rockin M, but the slow middle quarter gave Rockin M something left in the tank. He brushed off Lyons Steel's challenge, and held on for a one-length victory in 1:54.3.   This is the seventh win of the year for Rockin M, his third of the Freehold season, and his second win in the Preferred. He's owned by JL Benson Stables, and trained by Nick Surick.   Despite his wide trip, Lyons Steel held on for second, while Ginger Tree Marty closed well for third. Northern Virgin, Bullet Bob, Drinkin Again, Texican, and Letschasethedream completed the order of finish.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at about 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Ever since coming to Freehold Raceway, Lucius Vorenus has excelled over the half-mile oval. He continued his winning ways on Friday (November 15), as he took the harness racing $50,000 final of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owner's Association of New Jersey trotting series.   Sent off as the even-money favorite, he was put right on the lead by driver Jason Bartlett. French Cafe, the clear-cut second choice, drafted in the pocket, but Lucius Vorenus was still able to set steady fractions of 28.4 for a quarter and 59.0 for a half.   Nearing three-quarters, Lucius Vorenus began to pull away, as he set the fraction in a slow 1:28.2. French Cafe had to settle for second, as Lucius Vorenus cruised under the wire in 1:56.3.   This is the third win in the last four starts for the Crawford Farms-owned gelding, who is sired by Father Patrick and trained by Nick Surick. He won the Garden State trot for colts & geldings in his Freehold debut on October 26, then added a win and a runner-up in the first two legs of the series. He's now earned $109,655 in his career; $74,375 of that total has come in his last four races.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- The Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) harness racing trotting series for 3-year-olds concludes on Friday at Freehold Raceway, with the $50,000 final. The race is scheduled as the third on the 11-race Friday program, and drew a field of seven.   The headliners look to be drawn to the inside: NJSS-SDF champion French Cafe, and SBOANJ second leg winner Lucius Vorenus. French Cafe finished third in the first leg of the series two weeks ago, behind Evident Beauty. This time around, there's no Evident Beauty to deal with, and the Julie Miller-trained filly should find things easier as such. She's drawn post position one, with Andy Miller driving.   Lucius Vorenus has done well since arriving at Freehold in late October, with two wins and a second-place finish to his credit. The Nick Surick-trained gelding will be driven by Jason Bartlett, and leave from post position three.   Trainer Lucas Wallin sends out a pair: Princess Deo and Sovereign Deo. Both of them broke in the second leg, and will seek rebounds here. Wallin will drive Princess Deo, while Joe Bongiorno has the call on Sovereign Deo. They have post positions two and seven, respectively.   Dark as a Pocket looks to finally break through in the series, as she's finished second in each of the first two legs. Last out, she closed well, but finished three-quarters of a length behind in second. The Linda Toscano-trained filly will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr from post position six.   Marveloustrix, for trainer Karen Garland, and Warrior One, conditioned by Nik Drennan, round out the field.   The first race on Friday at Freehold will be at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raeway has a 12-race card for Breeders' Cup Saturday (November 2), with a salty non-winners of $8,000 last five harness racing pace serving as the featured event.   Seven horses entered that contest, which has been scheduled as the seventh race. The top three finishers from the same-conditioned race on October 26 have returned. B Well drew post position six, and won last week in a 15/1 upset after a good first-over move. Eric Abbatiello will be in the bike for owner/trainer Vinny Valente.   Lyons Steel has won twice at the Freehold meet so far, and owns the fastest time of the meet, going a mile in 1:52.2 five weeks ago. The Dennis Watson trainee finished second as the favorite last week, and will seek to exert his revenge from post position seven. "Hungry Jack" Baggitt Jr, who has won eight races at the meet so far as he continues his comeback, will drive.   Barefoot Bluejeans has been in good form since shipping down from Batavia Downs, having won three of his last five races. He puled off a 17/1 upset against TrackMaster-conditioned pacers last week at the Meadowlands, and won twice at Freehold earlier in the season. Pat Berry will drive the Miriam Kraemer owned-and-trained gelding, who got post position three.   Leading trainer Nick Surick will send out two horses: The Onlyest One, who won against similar horses two starts back at Freehold, ad Gotta Go BB, shipping back from Yonkers Raceway. They drew post positions four and five, respectively.   Machiatto, a Jenn Bongiorno trainee who qualified well at Freehold last week, and Paprike Blue Chip, second or third in each of his last four races, round out the field.   The first race on Saturday at Freehold is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

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

HARRINGTON, Del. - Louis Willinger, William Daggett Jr., Lawrence Vukovic and JL Benson Stable's Ella Christina ($8.80, Tony Morgan) was a 1:54 harness racing winner Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the $18,500 Mares Open. The Nick Surick-trainee notched her 22nd career win and 7th win of the year with a game first over effort over Moments Of Joy and Artrageous. Ella Christina, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal, has banked more than $325,000 in her career. It was one of three driving wins on the card for Morgan. Russell Foster and Allan Davis each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $16,000 races shared the harness racing spotlight with trainer Nick Surick on a dank Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the featured event for female pacers, the sophomore Captaintreacherous filly Tarryn A Strip had no difficulties in taking her first U.S. start, negotiating the course rated "good" in 1:54.1. Joe Bongiorno, holding hot driving hands as of late, let the import take her time before making the lead in front of the stands, and no one would get close enough to her to threaten as she recorded her fifth triumph in nine starts this year. Joe's sister Jennifer Bongiorno trains the promising sophomore for Glenview Livestock LTD and Cheryl Cherry. In the trotting headliner, the Yankee Glide gelding Amador got an early forward position, was reserved off a contested pace, then came up the inside under the guidance of Jeff Gregory to post a 1:58 victory, his fifth of the campaign. Joseph King is the winning owner and trainer. Among the horsemen, trainer Nick Surick was the biggest winner of the day, harnessing four successful charges. Each of them used the front end - often considered a good place to be on an off track - and each of them was driven by a horseman with the initials "A. M.": Andrew McCarthy (twice), Anthony Morgan, and Andy Miller. Surick is currently second in the trainers' standings at Harrah's Philadelphia behind Gilbert Garcia-Owen. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, PA - The Pennsylvania harness racing fair circuit split up into opposite corners of the state this week, with two-year-old action on Tuesday and three-year-old racing on Wednesday at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg PA and - 347 miles to the northeast - the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale PA. The fastest mile of the week came from the star attraction of the week, as trainer/driver Nick Surick brought the Invitational ranks standout The Wall, winner of the Camluck Classic in 1:52h in Ontario earlier this year, to Honesdale to race in a division of the FFA pace. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding responded with a 1:59.3 mile for Surick and J L Benson Stables Inc. with the photo finish revealing a winning margin of 20½ lengths. Surick recorded a sweep of the FFA pace divisions when he won with the mare Wynnfrith in 2:02.2. Although his father Todd and his uncle Tony each won five races during the two-day session (shortened by three races on Tuesday due to rain) to share top driver honors, the sulky star was 17-year-old Cody Schadel, who joined the exclusive club of drivers who won with their first steer when he piloted Shady Grey to victory in 2:06.2. Later on the Wednesday card, his father recorded the fastest mile of the fair week with Way To Close in 2:01.1, the Western Terror gelding which he trains and also co-owns with wife Christine. Way To Close paced the York oval in 1:57.4 for the fastest mile at the PA fairs so far this year. On the trot, there were a pair of 2:04.4 winners: the filly Bumper Hanover, driven by Roger Hammer for his co-owner on Vivid Photo and trainer, Todd Schadel, and the gelding Andovers Asset, who now sports a record of 5-4-1-0 at the fairs for driver Tony and trainer Linda Schadel. The freshman "A" Sire Stakes colts races were among those washed out on Tuesday, so speed honors went to the ladies: the Well Said filly Search Light in 2:06.4, and the Father Patrick miss Cocktails N Dreams, undefeated in two fair outings after a 2:08.2 mile. At Waynesburg, a trio of horses tied for fastest winners at 2:02.2 - the two sophomores were the A Rocknroll Dance colt Under Paid, whom Chris Shaw handled in a rare fair start for the Burke Brigade, and the Delmarvalous filly April Ava, who stunned with a 1:59 mile in her fair debut in "B" SS company, and here won in "A" for driver Eric Neal, owner Wayne Glessner, and trainer Scott Betts. If miles equally timed were decided for honors by the youth of the performer, then the meet's outstanding mile was the Ponder - Odds On Affair colt Champ Charbel's 2:02.2 win Tuesday for driver Shawn Johnston and owner/trainer Joe Karrat. The baby won twice in "B"s, and since coming to "A" he has gone second, first, and first in impressive fashion. Quickest trot of the two days was the 2:06.2 time turned in by RT Gloria De Dios for driver Kyle Bolon and trainer Bob Rougeaux III. Her fellow 2018 Fair Championship-winning filly, Sure R Lookin Good, also visited the winners circle during the meet. Fastest clocking for freshmen trotters went to two fillies who won in 2:07.3, Furious Fast and Siouxpergirl. Just as Schadels tied for most driving victories at Honesdale, so did Johnstons, Shawn and Aaron, deadheat for those meet honors at Waynesburg, also at five each. There was certainly no domination of the winners circle by any trainer at Waynesburg on Wednesday - there were fourteen heats, and fourteen different winning conditioners. Next week the fair circuit will make two stops, but back-to-back instead of side-by-side. Arden Downs, a former home of the Grand Circuit operating as the Washington County Fair, races on Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m., while on Wednesday and Thursday there will be racing at the Dayton Fair starting at high noon; at both meets, the freshmen will precede the sophomores. From the PHHA, MSOA and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

When eight horses from the barn of harness racing trainer Nick Surick were scratched starting on December 20 at The Meadowlands and Dover Downs, a report came out on Harnesslink.com stating that the trainer was suspended indefinitely by the New Jersey Racing Commission. To read the full article written by Derick Giwner on The Daily Race Form click on this link.

A source at The Meadowlands has told Harnesslink that harness racing trainer Nick Surick has been suspended indefintly by the New Jersey Racing Commission from the Meadowlands and Feehold Raceway.   Seven of his horses were just scratched from tonights racecard at The Meadowlands. They were;   Race 1 - Idle Bones N Race 4 - Mac's Secure Race 5 - Hepburn Hanover Race 5 - Livingthedream Race 6 - JK Parlay Race 9 - American Image Race 10 - Abbeylara   More news will be coming out in the following days.    Harnesslink Media

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