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MANALAPAN, NJ - September 25, 2014 - It was smooth sailing for SS Poseidon who scored a two and three-quarter length harness racing victory in the $40,000 Harold Dance Trot on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Harold Dancer, restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. It was contested as a non-wagering event. SS Poseidon, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Erv Miller, overcame a rainy, sloppy track to trot the mile in 2:00.1, besting Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee]. It was three and three-quarter lengths to Broken Record [Muscles Yankee], who had a two-race winning streak snapped, who cut the early fractions and finished third. The well-traveled SS Poseidon, a son of Muscle Hill, had picked up checks in recent weeks, finishing fifth in the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, second in both the Tompkins and Kindergarten prelim at Tioga, winning a Reynolds at Tioga, finishing third in a Kindergarten leg at the Red Mile and, most recently, finishing second in a deadheat in the American National at Balmoral Park. He now has two wins, four seconds and a third in nine starts and a bankroll of $84,490 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and his co-breeder, Shim Racing of Deerfield, IL. In a field of three sophomore pacing fillies, Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] prevailed by a half-length over Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] in 1:56.1 in a $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres leg prior to the betting card. Cut A Deal [Rocknroll Hanover] was a length and three-quarters back in third. Fanticipation, driven by Jason Bartlett and trained by Michael Forte, picked up her sixth win of the year and has finished in-the-money in 11 of 15 starts this year. She has won two straight at Freehold for Ricky Bucci of Stormville, NY. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 23, 2014 - Broken Record, who dominated in his last two starts in the Green Acres Series, bids to extend his winning streak to three in the $40,000 Harold Dance Trot on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Trainer Ray Schnittker, who has three entered in the five-horse final, will turn the lines over to Jason Bartlett. The non-wagering race is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. The Harold Dancer is restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. One of four sons of Muscles Yankee in the Harold Dancer Trot, Broken Record won the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final on September 18 at Freehold, matching his career best of 2:00.1, which he posted two weeks earlier in the second leg of the Green Acres in a 27 1/2 -length victory. Broken Record has now collected four wins, a second and three thirds from nine starts, banking $59,513 for co-owners Schnittiker and Ted Gewertz of New York City. He is out of the prolific broodmare Miss Garland, making him a half-brother to multi-millionaire Vivid Photo. The Harold Dancer is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The $40,000 Harold Dancer field with sire, driver and trainer: 1-SS Poseidon-Muscle Hill-Steve Smith-Erv Miller 2-Cruizinwithmuscles-Muscles Yankee-Jim Marshall III-Ray Schnittiker 3-Switchblade Hall-Muscles Yankee-Jordan Stratton-Ray Schnittker 4-Firestop-Muscles Yankee-Eric Abbatiello-Julie Miller 5-Broken Record-Muscles Yankee-Jason Bartlett-Ray Schnittker Freehold Raceway has hosted the Harold Dancer, which was previously contested at Garden State Park and the Meadowlands, since 2001. The stakes record at Freehold of 1:59 flat was set by Chapter Seven in 2010. The $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies will be the second of two non-wagering races on the card. The three entrants are Cut A Deal, Fanticipation and Ideal Helen. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 19, 2014 - Four two-year-old trotting fillies hit the wire together, and it took the photo finish to award a victory in the $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres to Contraire in the sixth race on Friday, September 19, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Contraire [$6.00], with Ake Svandstedt driving, slipped up the rail to win by a nose over four-wide Model Behavior in 2:01.2. Both are daughters of Muscles Yankee. It was a head back to 9-5 Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] in third and a neck to pacesetting Prinsessa [Muscle Hill] in fourth. Contraire picked up her second win in her fifth start of the year. The Glenn Bailey trainee races in the name of Irony Alliance LLC of Gansevoort, NY. In a non-wagering $7,000 Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies, Shelikescandy [Chocolatier] was a length and a quarter winner over Coin Collection [Chocolatier] in 1:59.2. Revergreen [Revenue] broke stride and was a distanced third. Shelikescandy has now won two in a row and three of 14 starts this year. Driven by Steve Smith, she is trained by Dawn Anderson. Her owner is George Beck of Freehold, NJ for whom she has won just shy of $50,000 lifetime. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 16, 2014 - Three of the six entrants in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts will carry the banner of trainer Ray Schnittker on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Schnittker will handle Broken Record, who leaves from post six while Jack Baggitt Jr. gets the call on Cruizinwithmuscles and Steve Smith will pilot Switchblade Hall in the non-wagering event scheduled for 12:10 p.m. All three of the Schnittker trainees are sons of Muscles Yankee, who sired five of the six finalists. Mountain Top, who won the first leg of the Green Acres, is by Muscle Hill, a son of Muscles Yankee. He is trained and driven by Francisco Del Cid. Broken Record is the richest of the six trotters with earnings of $47,013 thanks to three wins, one second and three thirds in eight starts. He posted a mark of 2:00.1 in the second leg of the Green Acres when he won by 27 ½ lengths over the Julie Miller-trained Firestop. With Broken Record sitting out the third leg of the Green Acres, it was left to Switchblade Hall to collect top money. Cruizinwithmuscles was fourth in the first leg and third in both the second and third legs. The field for the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final [from the rail out with driver and trainer]: Cruizinwithmuscles, Jack Baggitt Jr., Ray Schnittker; Wolfpack Muscle, David Pinkney Jr., Colleen Chambers; Switchblade Hall, Steve Smith, Ray Schnittker; Firestop, Eric Abbatiello, Julie Miller; Mountain Top, Francisco Del Cid, Francisco Del Cid and Broken Record, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker. A $7,000 opening leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies, will be the second of two non-wagering events with a quartet of entrants: Fiyonce, Fanticipation, Ideal Helen and Mona Mona. Ideal Helen is by Western Ideal while the other three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Trotting fillies will be featured in second leg Green Acres events on Friday, September 19. In the sixth race for two-year-old trotting fillies, first leg winner Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee] will face off against Contraire [Muscles Yankee], Prinsessa [Muscle Hill], Showy Starlet [Muscles Yankee], Shes On Fire [Muscle Hill], Starter Up [Muscles Yankee] and Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill]. Only a trio of three-year-old trotting fillies will meet in a non-wagering event at 12:15 p.m. in a rematch of the opening leg won by Shelikescandy [Chocolatier], who has the rail. Runner-up Revergreen [Revenue] drew post three. Coin Collector [Chocolatier], who was third last week, leaves from post two. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 13, 2014 - Favorites dominated in a quartet of $7,000 legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for pacers on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The most dominant performance was by Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in a non-wagering division for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Erv Miller trainee collected her fourth straight win. Steve Smith was at the lines as Smart Zone scored a five and three-quarter length victory over Lissan [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was seven and a quarter back to Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Smart Zone, who paced the mile in 1:56.3, races for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M Trading of Chicago, IL. She now has four wins and two thirds in nine starts for earnings of more than $33,500. The second division for two-year-old pacing fillies, carded as the tenth race, went to 1-9 favorite Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal] who was a one-length winner over Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:59.3 on a track rated sloppy. Rocknroll Olivia [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length and a half. Strut My Stuff [$2.10], driven by Jack Baggitt Jr. and trained by Ross Croghan, picked up her second straight win in eight starts, pushing her earnings over $10,000 for Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures of New York City. The focus was on two-year-old pacing colts in the third race as 1-9 Too Darn Hot [Rocknroll Hanover] held off Devils Cut [Western Ideal] for a neck victory in 1:59. Boulder Roller [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by seven and a quarter. Too Darn Hot [$2.10], a Ron Burke trainee, cut the fractions as Devils Cut drafted behind him until challenging in the stretch. Too Darn Hot held on for his fourth win with two seconds in seven starts, pushing his earnings over $45,000 for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr. In the eighth race for three-year-old pacing colts, 3-5 Art History took the lead off the gate and extended it the stretch for a three and a quarter tally in 1:55.4 on a sloppy track. In the photo for second, Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] edged out In The Clear [Western Ideal]. Art History [$3.40], a Western Ideal gelding, was piloted by Pat Berry for trainer Steve Elliott. This year he has three wins, one second and three thirds from nine starts for earnings of $31,840. Art History races in the name of his breeders, Kenneth Klein of Armonk, NY and the Old Block Stables of New York City. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 11, 2014 - It took his tenth career start but Switchblade Hall finally reached the winner's circle with a sharp effort in the $7,000 third leg of New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the second of two non-wagering events on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Trainer Ray Schnittker drove the son of Muscles Yankee, who covered the mile in 2:01.2, finishing three and a half lengths ahead of Firestop [Muscles Yankee]. It was six and a quarter lengths to Cruizinwithmuscles [Muscles Yankee] in third. Switchblade Hall had a second and four thirds in his prior nine starts, earning shy of $10,000 for Schnittker, Walnut Hall Ltd. of Lexington, KY; Fam Alber Horse Racing LLC of Long Branch, NJ and Brian Pedersen of Delaware. In the first of the two pre-card events, a $7,000 Green Acres opening leg for three-year-old trotting fillies, Shelikescandy by Chocolatier was a five and three-quarter length winner over Revergreen, a daughter of Revenue. Coin Collector by Chocolatier was third by six and a quarter lengths in the field of three. The time for the mile was 2:03.4. Shelikescandy, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Dawn Anderson, is owned by George Beck of Freehold, NJ. It was her second win in 13 starts this year and improved her lifetime record to four wins, one second and three thirds from 19 starts and earnings of $44,409. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 5, 2014 - Cee Bee Yes breezed to a length and a quarter victory, taking the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot in stakes record equaling time on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Cee Bee Yes's 1:56.2 clocking matched Silver Credit's time in the 2013 edition of the Helen Smith. Both fillies are daughters of Muscles Yankee. The Helen Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old filly trotters and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Driven by Steve Smith and trained by Julie Miller, Cee Bee Yes cleared to the lead past the quarter pole and maintained the advantage, crossing the wire ahead of Yoga [Muscles Yankee] and five and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mistressswithmuscle [Muscle Hill]. Cee Bee Yes, sent off as the 1-2 favorite, paid $3 to win. There was no show wagering in the featured seventh race. Cee Bee Yes, who also won the Lady Suffolk at Freehold in May, improved her record to three wins and two seconds in nine starts this year for earnings of $94,302 toward a two-year total of $293,182. A $45,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Cee Bee Yes competes for owners Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 5, 2014 - A well-balanced field of eight three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, including New Jersey Classic winner Sweet Rock, will face-off in the $42,000 New Jersey Futurity, the ninth race on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Sweet Rock rallied for a nose victory in the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on August 2 at the Meadowlands in a lifetime best of 1:49.4. In his last start, the $54,072 Geers at Tioga Downs on August 17, he was third. The Wayne Givens trainee, driven by Brett Miller, has been rated 9-2 in the morning line from post eight. This year, he has two wins, four seconds and two thirds from 15 starts, banking $142,133 toward a career total of $167,391 for the Delaware-based ownership of Legacy Racing, RA Hazzard and GP Calloway. Art History [Western Ideal] was given the slight 3-1 morning line nod from the rail with Hall of Famer David Miller driving. Art History, trained by Steve Elliott, has two wins and three thirds in seven starts this year, banking $17,840 for Kenneth Klein of Amonk, NY and the Old Block Stables of New York City. The Tony Alagna-trained Gold Rocks [Rocknroll Hanover] will be paired with driver George Brennan, leaving from post five, and is rated 7-2 in the morning line. The New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired horses and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The field for the $42,000 New Jersey Futurity [3yo open division] with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: 1-Art History-Western Ideal-David Miller-Steve Elliott-3-1 2-Card Shock-Cam's Card Shark-Daniel Dube-Mark Silva-10-1 3-Earthshaker-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-James Petruccelli-6-1 4-Nubble Light-Rocknroll Hanover-Steve Smith-Deleston Cote-9-1 5-Gold Rocks-Rocknroll Hanover-George Brennan-Tony Alanga-7-2 6-Cheyenne Seeber-Rocknroll Hanover-Jack Baggitt Jr.-Robert Siegelman-30-1 7-Rocknroll Reality-Rocknroll Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-John Butenschoen-9-2 8-Sweet Rock-Rocknroll Hanmover-Brett Miller-Wayne Givens-9-2. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 4, 2014 - Southwind Cartier reached the winner's circle for the first time in her young career in the $35,000 Marion Dancer Trot on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Daughter of Muscle Hill had the lead at every call and won by a half-length over Rules of the Road [Muscle Hill], and it was two lengths to Showy Starlet [Muscles Yankee] in third. The three-filly race was contested as a non-wagering event prior to the betting card. Southwind Cartier, driven and trained by DR Ackerman, toured the Freehold course in 2:04.2. She now has a win, a second and a third in eight starts, lifting her bankroll over the $30,000 mark for the Doug Ackerman Stables of Aberdeen, NC. The Marion Dancer for New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting fillies is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Also on the non-wagering card was the $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The outcome was never in doubt as Broken Record [Muscles Yankee] scored a 27 1/2 -length victory in 2:00.1 Firestop and Cruizinwithmuscles, both also by Muscles Yankee, finished second and third, respectively. Broken Record, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Ray Schnittker, picked up his third win along with a second and three thirds from eight starts this year and lifted his earnings to $47,013 for Schnittker and co-owner Ted Gewertz of New York City. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 3, 2014 - Cee Bee Yes had an ambitious mission a month ago in the Hambletonian Oaks but now is back at Freehold, scene of her past successes, for the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 5, 2014. The Helen Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old filly trotters and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on August 2 at the Meadowlands would have been quite a feather in the cap of the filly, a daughter of Muscles Yankee - Enbeecee. But she broke at the start and was never a factor. She won a qualifier on August 21 at Freehold in 2:00.3 in preparation for the Helen Smith, where she will leave from post three in the field of six. She has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite. "Cee Bee Yes made an unfortunate break at the start of the Oaks," trainer Julie Miller noted. "Since them, we wanted to target the Helen Smith at Freehold. She has had success at Freehold in the past. She is good and healthy, and ready to return to action." At Freehold, Cee Bee Yes won the $33,075 Lady Suffolk on May 3. At two, she was second to Chocolate Crisp in the $58,025 Marion Dancer. In New Jersey Sire Stakes action at the Meadowlands, she won the $150,000 final at two and was second in the $100,000 final for three-year-olds on May 31, 2014. A $45,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Cee Bee Yes has banked $273,182 for owners Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. This year she has finished first or second in four of eight starts and has a lifetime record of six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 19 starts. With her husband, Andy, on the sidelines, recovering from a racing accident, Miller is turning the lines over to Steve Smith. "Steve drove her last year and got along real well with her," she noted. "As a trainer, I take each start race by race. As long as she is healthy, she still has stakes racing to compete in." The field for the $40,000 Helen Smith, the seventh race on September 5 [with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds]: 1-Yoga-Muscles Yankee-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-5-2 2-Shelikescandy-Chocolatier-James Marshall IV-Dawn Anderson-12-1 3-Cee Bee Yes-Muscles Yankee-Steve Smith-Julie Miller-9-5 4-You And I-Muscles Yankee-Ed Lohmeyer-Ed Lohmeyer-7-1 5-Celebrity Fantasy-Muscles Yankee-Eric Abbatiello-Jimmy Salerno-20-1 6-Mistresswithmuscle-Muscle Hill-Jeff Gregory-George Ducharme-5-2 by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 1, 2014 - Too Darn Hot was too much the best, winning the $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Freehold Raceway on Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Ron Burke, Too Darn Hot scored an easy five and a quarter length victory in 1:59 flat in the co-featured eighth race. Skullhouse Raider [Cam's Card Shark] edged out Devil's Cut [Western Ideal] for second. Too Darn Hot [$2.20], as on of Rocknroll Hanover, has been first or second in five of seven starts, banking $33,475 for the ownership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, PA; Our Horse Cents Stables of Clifton Park, NY; Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA and Lawrence Karr of Randolph, NJ. In a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for two-year-old pacing fillies, one division was a stretch battle with a narrow margin of victory and another was a wire-to-wire tally, extending a winning streak to three. In the second race, Smart Zone by Rocknroll Hanover, drew off to a five and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.1 after leading at every call. The Erv Miller trainee, in the hands of Steve Smith, has won three in a row and finished in-the-money in five of eight starts. Lissan was second best and it was eight lengths to Cheyenne Robin in third. Both are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Smart Zone paid $2.40 to win and pushed her career bankroll over $30,000 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M trading LLC of Chicago, IL. Strut My Stuff by Western Ideal won the second division, the third, racing, prevailing by a neck over Crescent City in a closely contested duel. Jack Baggitt Jr. was at the lines of the Ross Croghan trainee who paced the mile in 1:58.1. She paid $8.20 to win. Runner-up Crescent City and Hollyrocker, who was six and a half lengths back in third, are both by Rocknroll Hanover. It was Strut My Stuff's first win in seven starts. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc. of New York City. Green Acres action at Freehold continues on Thursday with the second leg of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings with six going postward in a non-wagering event at 12:10 p.m. The six, in post order, are Algorithm, Broken Record, Cruizinwithmuscles, Firestop, Switchblade Hall and El Diablo BR. Algorithm and El Diablo BR are sons of Muscle Hill. The others are by Muscles Yankee. The $40,000 estimated Marion Dancer Final for New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting fillies will also be a non-wagering race and is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. Three fillies dropped in the box: Southwind Cartier by Muscle Hill, Showy Starlet by Muscles Yankee and Rules of the Road by Muscle Hill. The Marion Dancer's stakes record of 1:59 was set by Lovely in 2005. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey sponsors the Marion Dancer. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 30, 2014 - Nubble Light took advantage of a second-over trip, swept four-wide in the stretch and drew off to a one-length victory in the $7,000 opening leg of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Deleston Cote, covered the third-race mile in 1:56.3, putting away Earthshaker [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was two lengths back to third-place Sassy Hanover [Cam's Card Shark], who cut the fractions. Nubble Light picked up his fourth win with one second and three thirds from 15 starts in 2014, pushing his earnings to $20,729 for the year and $37,429 lifetime. He is owned by Cote, Henry Faragalli III, Trevor Johnson and Jeffrey Ruben. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

Harness racing two year old colt and gelding trotters were in town on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to take part in the New York Sire Stakes. Three divisions of the $53,500+ stakes races for freshman trotters highlighted the card with Trond Smedshammer's Buen Camino (Cash Hall) leading the way as the fastest among stakes winners. Buen Camino was the favorite in his four horse division of the Sire Stakes after three rivals were scratched. Coming off of a convincing, career best win in 1:58 at Batavia, Buen Camino moved out to the early lead in his local debut and battled major danger Home'n Dry (Wally Hennessey) throughout the final quarter before that one made a break late in the stretch and was subsequently disqualified from second. Buen Camino was the fastest of the three winners in the 'big time' stakes races by almost two seconds. Favored Sugarmakesmecrazy (Crazed) held on to win for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt in 2:02.3 and Andy Ray (Crazed) pulled off an upset for reinsman Steve Smith and trainer Erv Miller with his victory in 2:01 while dismissed at odds of 17-1 in the other two big stakes races on the card. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 27, 2014 - Trainer Ray Schnittker will send out a trio of Muscles Yankee colts in the first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Division action when Freehold Raceway re-opens for its 2014 Summer/Fall Meet on Thursday, August 28. The 48-day meet [August 28 through December 13] will occupy Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week along with a special Labor Day card on Monday, September 1. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Seven New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings are scheduled to go postward in the $7,000 first leg of the Green Acres, the third of 10 races, with the Schnittker entry of Switchblade Hall, Cruizinwithmuscles and Broken Record installed as the 1-5 morning line favorite by the newly adopted TrackMaster automated morning line. Broken Record, leaving fro post six with Steve Smith in the sulky, has two wins and three thirds from six starts and earnings of $41,763 for the ownership of Schnittker and Ted Gewertz. He finished third in his last start, the Tompkins at Tioga Downs. Harry Landy will handle Switchblade Hall from post three while Pat Berry has the assignment behind Cruizinwithmuscles from post four. The other starters are Firestop [Muscles Yankee] from the rail with Eric Abbatiello driving at 12-1; Wolfpack Muscle [Muscles Yankee] with David Pinkney Jr. at 25-1 from post two; the Francisco Del Cid trained and driven Mountain Top [Muscle Hill], the 5-2 second choice from post five and Muscle Night [Muscles Yankee] with Jim Marshall III from post seven at 25-1. A free t-shirt will be distributed with a paid Freehold live racing program [while supplies last] on Thursday, August 28. With six in the box, there will be no eliminations on Friday of this week and all the three-year-old filly trotters entered will advance to the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 5, 2014. The field includes Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee], Celebrity Fantasy [Muscles Yankee], Mistressswithmuscle [Muscle Hill], She Likes Candy [Chocolatier], Yoga [Muscles Yankee] and You And I [Muscles Yankee]. The Julie Miller trained Cee Bee Yes has banked more than $273,000 for Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ, with six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 19 career starts. This year, she has two wins and two seconds in eight starts. She captured the $33,075 Lady Suffolk at Freehold on May 2 and was second in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at the Meadowlands on May 31. She qualified for the Hambletonian Oaks but broke at the start of the final and finished last. Labor Day is also Back to the Track, a cooperative effort by the United States Trotting Association, its member racetracks, and horsemen from coast-to-coast that combines exciting harness racing and fan-friendly promotions. Freehold's Labor Day festivities include a free Back to the Track cap with paid Freehold live program [while supplies last], 50-cent hot dogs, 50-cent sodas, drawings for a season's parking pass and Back to the Track t-shirts. Additionally, there will be a drivers' autograph session. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

Although Crazshana's 2:00 victory was topped by two others on the afternoon card, still that clocking established a new Monticello Raceway track record for freshmen trotting geldings at Monticello Raceway when Trond Smedshammer drove him to a 2:00 victory in a division of the Excelsior "B" Series of the New York Sire Stakes on Monday, August 11. The altered son of Crazed-Keystone Shana, owned by the Purple Haze Stable, finished three lengths ahead of Mythology Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) and was one tick faster than the former standard of 2:00.1 set by Donttellmywife in 2006. In all, nine divisions of 2 year old trotting colts and geldings, in both the New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series, were featured that afternoon and the colts who won their NYSS splits were most impressive, each winning rather handily. Gabe The Bear Dean's 1:58.4 victory was the fastest of the three while Mambo Blue Chip scored in 1:59.3, and in his first lifetime start Sugarmakesmecrazy was victorious in 2:00.2. Ray Schnittkker guided Gabe The Bear Dean, a son of Lucky Chucky-Madam Hooch, to a four-length triumph in 1:58.4 in the first $35,867 NYSS split. They finished just two ticks slower than Fashion Blizzard's 1:58.2 track record two years ago. Although Gabe the Bear Dean was abetted by breaking colts early in the mile still the powerful youngster needed no ulterior assistance as he trotted unchallenged through fractions of :29.2,:59.3,1:29.2 before finishing four lengths ahead of the Brent Holland -driven Andy Ray. A $105,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, it was the fourth victory in six seasonal starts for Gabe The Bear Dean who now has nearly $75,000 for co-owner Ray Schnittker and the Minix Stable. "He's a nice colt and does everything right," Schnittker said about Gabe The Bear Dean, and then added: "He's got a big motor, too. Sent off at odds of 2-1 Gabe The Bear Dean paid $6.20 for win Mal and Janet Burroughs were on hand to watch Jeff Gregory drive their Mambo Blue Chip to a 1:59.3 triumph over Insomniac and Mark MacDonald in another $35,876 NYSS spilt and that had Burroughs smiling...and chirping. "I've missed the Hambletonian the last few years but this guy (Mambo Blue Chip) is gonna get us back there next year," said Burroughs, only the second amateur driver to win the famed Hambletonian. (He won the 2006 edition with Malabar Man while Harrison Hoyt was the other when he won with Demon Hanover in 1948). Trainer Linda Toscano had Jeff Gregory again drive Mambo Blue Chip and he responded with their third victory together. Understandably, Gregory was all smiles when he spoke of the colt's attributes. "He a smart colt and handles like an aged horse. Yeah, we got a good trip but he knew just what to do when he saw daylight in the stretch." After traveling along in third position from the start and still in third place at the top of the lane, when Gregory had room in the stretch he aimed Mambo Blue Chip toward freedom and the colt responded with a one length triumph. Mambo Blue Chip, a $40,000 yearling purchase was second choice in the betting and returned a $4.40 win mutuel. As impressive as any of the other colts was Sugarmakesmecrazy. Racing for the first time for money off just one qualifying start at the Meadowlands where he was beaten a nose in 1:58.1, he breezed to a wire to wire two-length victory in a time of 2:00.2 and kept favored Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer) at bay. Asked why the colt hadn't started earlier Svanstedt said; "He's so big that he had problems" as he pointed to the colt's right hind ankle and foot. "He's a good trotter now but he will be a very good 3-year-old." An $80,000 yearling purchase, the son of Crazed-Maple Frosting, paid $4.80 for win. He is owned by Mellby Gard, Inc. The supporting undercard featured three freshman trots in the Excelsior "A" Series and three in the Excelsior "B" Series. Besides Crazshana's 2:00 victory other Excelsior winners included; Deadhead Royalty, 2:04.1 (Howard Okusko), Abir Hanover, 2:04.2 (Jason Bartlett), Lucic, 2:04.2 (Steve Smith), Lucky Bud, 2:01.1 (Homer Hockstetler) and Titanium, 2:01.2 (Jason Bartlett) In all, a total of 11 of the 13 races were for trotters on that Monday and Shortest Distance, driven by Jimmy Taggart, Jr. won in 1:57 and scored her 17th victory of the season. She now has drawn even with Diamond Tiara as the harness horses with the most wins in North America this season. -John Manzi

Batavia, NY - The first of eight visits by the lucrative New York Sire Stakes takes place Sunday afternoon at Batavia Downs and for the local fans it's a chance to see some of the biggest names in harness racing. The 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers will be on hand and that means some very exciting action. There will be three legs of the NYSS and two of the Excelsior series and the entrants will be competing for combined purses in excess of $140,000. The first division goes for $39,200 and looks to be the main event as it is loaded with talent and speed. Perennial training leader Ron Burke will start 3-5 morning line favorite All Bets Off, who ships in with some impressive credentials. He won the $300,000 Art Rooney pace at Yonkers Raceway in May and after winning his elimination heat in 1:48.3, finished third in the $500,000 Hempt final at Pocono Downs behind McWicked last month. In that race, McWicked set a new world record for 3-year-old colts on a five-eighths mile track (1:47.3). This will be the third start in the NYSS for All Bets Off this year who won at Vernon Downs in 1:50.2 and just ten days ago finished second at Yonkers in 1:52.4 to Capital Account, who looks to be his toughest competition in today's race. He has earnings of $291,575 already this year. All Bets Off, who starts from post five and will be driven by Matt Kakaley, is part of an entry that includes stablemate Keystone Honor. Capital Account has competed in some high-profile stakes already but without positive results. He drew post eight in both the $69,000 Somebeachsomewhere and $45,500 North America Cup elimination at Mohawk and finished well beaten in both. But even though he does not sport the gaudy numbers of the morning line favorite, he certainly has beaten him. In his last start at Yonkers in NYSS action, Capital Account was pulled third over up the backside before tipping four-deep around the leader All Bets Off at the top of the stretch. He then outpaced the 1-5 favorite to the wire to win by a half-length. The 16-1 shot was overlooked last week but certainly won't be in here. Capital Account is trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter and will start from post three for leading NYSS driver Jim Morrill Jr. The second $39,200 division is headed by Canadian conditioner Cassie Coleman's Twin B Tenacious. After getting 2014 off to an inauspicious start, Twin B Tenacious has now strung together four straight wins (the last a NYSS event at Yonkers) and registered a 1:50.3 lifetime mark at the Meadowlands in the process. Steve Smith, who has been at the helm for all four victories, will once again be in the bike and start from post four. Forty Five Red, who is another entry from the powerful Burke stable, comes in off two consecutive wins at Yonkers Raceway which includes his seasonal mark of 1:52.3 in his last outing. Although he hasn't missed a check all year, his most recent outings have probably been his best to date and indicate he will be a legitimate threat to the favorite. The third division is worth $38,500 and looks to be a wide-open affair. Stay Up Late has been made the morning line favorite but has yet to win in stake action at three. He has gone off the favorite in his last three starts but his sole victory this year came in an overnight event at Yonkers Raceway on July 8 in 1:53.3. He gets Jim Morrill Jr. up for the first time this year and starts from post four Neat draws the rail for trainer Erv Miller and is coming in off three very impressive starts. After just getting beat in 1:53.4 in a NYSS race at Buffalo on June 27, Neat finished second in an overnight at Pocono Downs in 1:50.1 over a sloppy track the following week. He was then back in Sire Stake action at Yonkers his last start where he got away sixth and chased a :56 flat last half parked out to finish third in 1:52.3. Neat is rated at 5-2 for driver Brent Holland. 3-1 third choice Sir Sam's Z Tam has the fastest seasonal mark and the most money earned of any other horse in this race, but also has the only NYSS victory this year. After hitting the board four consecutive times, he found himself parked out in a fast last half at Yonkers before finishing fifth. Sam's Z Tam will start from post three for trainer/driver the Pat Lachance. The undercard features two divisions of the Excelsior series and they are slated to go as race seven and ten. The first split goes for $12,600 and has two horses that have dominated the class; Cabbie's Delight and Murder He Wrote. 8-5 favorite Cabbie's Delight has not been worse than second in six Excelsior starts. In fact he is the point's leader to date in the series. He won four straight out of the gate before finishing two close seconds in his most recent starts. Trainer Sam Serianni has Jason Bartlett in the bike this week as he looks to get back in the winner's circle. 9-5 co-favorite Murder He Wrote has won his last two starts, including a NYSS event at Buffalo Raceway where he blew up the tote board at 45-1. The roan gelding drew immediate respect after that when he went off the prohibitive favorite the following week at Yonkers where he won wire to wire in 1:54.1. Jim Morrill Jr. will drive Murder He Wrote and starts from post five for conditioner Linda Toscano. The final $12,600 Excelsior contest is headlined by 2-1 choice Believeinthespirit. After having negligible success in four straight NYSS races, trainer Ed Lohmeyer reclassified his charge to the Excelsior and the change has proven fruitful. Believeinthespirit has won his last two starts in convincing fashion and looks to continue the streak from post two. 5-2 second choice Archetto Hanover is the second highest point getter in the Excelsior series behind Cabbie's Delight and has three wins and two seconds to show for his efforts. Trainer Erv Miller has Brent Holland up for this trip and will depart from post five. Post time for the first race is 1:15. For more racing information or to watch race replays as soon as they are declared official, logon to www.bataviadonwsgaming.com. Or if you would like to bet online and watch live streaming coverage of the races as they occur, logon to www.bataviabets.com and open an account. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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