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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 17, 2014-The Empire's best 3-year-old colts and geldings-save for He's Watching-invaded Yonkers Raceway Thursday night for the $221,000 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace. The odds-on gelding Twin B Tenacious (Steve Smith, $3.90) won the first ($72,800) division from second-over. Unhurried from the pole, "Tenacious" chased Twin B Speedo (Mark MacDonald) through intervals of :27.2, :58 and 1:25.4. "Speedo" swung wide and whipped the leader by a half-length in 1:54. Third went to Keystone Honor (Matt Kakaley). Smith is now 4-for-4 since picking up the drive behind Twin B Tenacious. "To be honest, I had the drive the first time (Meadowlands) when a lot of the guys were out of town," Smith said. "He had some chicken lines (breaks) previously, and has doesn't always relax. "I learned you have to let him settle, but when I've asked him, he's finished very well. Twin B Tenacious, a son of Bettor's Delight trained by Casie Coleman for owner West Wins Stable, is 4-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $12, with the triple returning $114. The second ($74,100) statebred event was supposed to be fairly simple work night for Art Rooney Pace winner All Bets Off (Kakaley). However, despite a perfect tow from entrymate I'm All Heart (George Brennan), the 1-5 tandem found themselves run over. Capital Account (Yannick Gingras, $35.80), third-over from post position No. 4, snapped All Bets Off by a half-length in 1:52.4. Big Boys Dreams (Jason Bartlett) was third. Fifth choice Capital Account, a Brittany Farms homebred American Ideal colt trained by Jimmy Takter, is now 4-for-11 this season. The exacta paid $76, with the triple returning $336.50. "This was his best race so far," Gingras said. "Sometimes, he's been known to throw in steps, but tonight, this worked out. When I saw Matt (Kakaley) working (on All Bets Off), I knew I had him beat. "The last time he was here (NYSS last month), he was locked in. If I had come first-up, he'd have won but I had to use him leaving. It was a much better trip tonight." Thursday night's final ($74,100) sires soiree saw Forty Five Red (Brennan, $22.60)-last season's winner of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace here-make the lead right at the half and hold sway. Forty Five Red, from post No. 4, took over from Sir Jake's Z Tam (Jordan Stratton) after that one's :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, it was a 1:24.1 three-quarters and a season's-best 1:52.3 finale, which found Forty Five Red a length better than Winds of Change (Tim Tetrick). Neat (Marcus Miller) was third, while 1-2 choice Stay Up Late (Brian Sears) was a never-in-it dead-heat for fifth. Forty Five Red, a son of If I Can Dream co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Our Horse Cents Stable, has won his last couple after beginning the season 0-for-6. The exacta paid $133, with the triple returning $379.50. "Last week (overnight here), he was all out to win and just didn't race well," Brennan said. "Tonight, I scored him down much harder he was a totally different horse...on the bit and alert." Forty Five Red's winning time Thursday was more than two seconds faster than his previous effort. After Saturday night's $125,000 final of the Sheppard Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings), New York Sire Stakes continue Tuesday night, with the $200,200 Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies colts and geldings. Four, $50,050 groupings go as races 2,4,5 and 6. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Manalapan, NJ ---Trainer Ron Burke sent out seven winning 2-year-olds Monday (June 16) as the second round of qualifiers was held at Gaitway Farm. There were 17 qualifiers for the 2-year-olds, with 101 horses competing. It was more than double the number of horses that appeared last week when heavy rains forced numerous scratches. Burke picked up wins with colt pacers Too Darn Hot, Play The Field and Cartoon Daddy, filly pacers Sassa Hanover and Eloquently Stated, colt trotter Habitat, and filly trotter Mission Brief. Cartoon Daddy recorded the fastest mile of the day, winning in 1:55 over a “good” track with driver Mike Lachance. Cartoon Daddy edged stablemate K-Rock by one length thanks to covering the final half-mile in :54. Cartoon Daddy (Art Major-Ask Alice) is a full brother to colt Ari Allstar, who finished fourth in the 2013 Breeders Crown, and his family includes multiple-stakes-winner Western Ace. Too Darn Hot won in 2:00 with Yannick Gingras at the lines. Too Darn Hot (Rocknroll Hanover-Kiss Me Kate) is the first foal out of Kiss Me Kate, who is a full sister to multiple-stakes-winners Kikikatie and Just Wait Kate. Habitat (Conway Hall-Habit’s Best) was driven to a 27-1/4 length win in 1:58.1 by Gingras, covering the final half-mile in :56. It was the second winning qualifier of the month for Habitat, whose dam is a half-sister to millionaire Civil Action. Mission Brief won by 23 lengths with Gingras in the bike, stopping the clock in 1:57.4, also with a :56 back half. Mission Brief (Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena) was purchased for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. Her dam won a Breeders Crown in 2007 and is a half-sister to Burke’s stakes-winning Southwind Spirit. Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover) notched her second qualifying win with a 1:58.1 effort with Gingras. She is the first foal out of Sayo Hanover, who is a half-sister to multiple-stakes-winner Shadyshark Hanover and 2009 New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Shaky Hanover. Play The Field (Bettor's Delight-A Votre Pante) and Gingras won in 1:57. He is a half-brother to 2012 Ontario Sire Stakes champion filly Love Canal. Eloquently Stated won her second qualifier of June in 2:00, finishing with a :26.1 final quarter-mile. She won her debut in 1:55.4. Eloquently Stated (Well Said-Jennie Fanetta) is a half-sister to 2012 New Jersey Futurity winner Verdad. Trainer Steve Elliott won twice on the card. First came colt trotter Twain Drive (Credit Winner-What’s Your Name), who was guided to a 2:05 win by Jeff Gregory. One race later, Scott Zeron won in 1:57 with filly pacer Stacia Hanover (Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip). Scott DiDomenico also had two winners. Filly pacer Harmony Hudson (The Panderosa-Heavenly Hudson) won for driver Tim Tetrick in 2:00.3 in her first try. She is a half-sister to Huxley, who finished second to Michael’s Power in the 2012 Upper Canada Cup. Filly pacer American Truth (American Ideal-Copywriter) also won for the Tetrick-DiDomenico duo. American Truth is a full sister to 2014 Buddy Gilmour Memorial runner-up Capital Account and his family includes millionaire Image Of Dawn. Colt trotter Elettrizzante, bred and owned by renowned race-caller Tom Durkin and Joe Spadaro, won in 2:01.1 for driver Gingras and trainer Julie Miller. Elettrizzante (Conway Hall-Electra Hanover) is a full brother to 2012 New York Sire Stakes champion Coraggioso, who also was bred and is owned by Durkin and Spadaro. Steve Smith drove filly pacer Arielle Lynn to victory for trainer Kevin McDermottin 1:57.4. Arielle Lynn (Somebeachsomewhere-Ladyking) is a half-sister to former McDermott trainee Lookout Hanover and current McDermott trainee Lonewolf Currier, who both have banked more than $325,000 lifetime. Filly trotter Tuscanellie (Andover Hall-Ornellaia) won in 2:01 for driver Jim Marshall III and trainer Donna Marshall. The Marshalls’ son, Jim IV, finished second in the qualifier with Doc Simon’s Dream (Muscle Massive-Lady Valla Hanover) in his first-ever drive. Rockntouch, a colt pacer, won in 1:57.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Monte Gelrod. Rockntouch (Rock N Roll Heaven-Touch Of Bogart) is a half-brother to two-time Indiana Sire Stakes champion Right Touch. Filly trotter Champagne Taste was the toast of her division, winning in 2:02.4 for driver Gregory and trainer Richard Johnson. Champagne Taste (Striking Sahbra-CR Mimosa) is a half-sister to multiple Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion Windshield. Colt pacer Dragon N Kickin, driven by Brett Miller for trainer Staffan Lind, won in 1:57. Dragon N Kickin (Dragon Again-Eicarls Valentine) is a half-brother to millionaire My Boy David. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Grand Circuit racing makes its 2014 debut at The Meadowlands with Saturday night's $49,000 W. N. Reynolds Memorial stake for sophomore pacing colts. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship winner Allstar Partner makes his seasonal bow in the race for trainer John Butenschoen and owners VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. The son of Four Starzzz Shark gelding won seven of ten and over $280,000 in his freshman campaign, primarily in PASS competition and took his 1:51.4 mark at The Meadows. Corey Callahan was aboard for the PA Championship win at Harrah's Philly and made Allstar Partner his choice of four he was listed to drive in the field on Saturday. That left the drive on Always B Miki open for the meet's leading driver Yannick Gingras to pick up for trainer Joe Holloway. Always B Miki was a presence in the Indiana program last season and looked formidable in his first foray as a soph roaring home in 26 seconds flat on the end of a 1:51 mile here but a fortnight ago. He races for the interests of the Bluewood Stable, Val D'Or Farms and Roll The Dice Stable. Callahan will also take part in the $30,000 Final of the "Legends vs Phenoms" drivers' competition. Covering a six week period beginning on March 22, the competition offered a $2,000 top prize to the top point earner for both the "Legends" and "Phenoms" in each of the five legs. The format resulted in a cash bonanza for Meadowlands newcomer Scott Zeron who swept all five preliminary legs on the "Phenom" side and collected a cool $10,000 for his efforts. Saturday's competition includes the aforementioned drivers along with Joe Bongiorno, John Campbell, Vincent Ginsburg, Jimmy Marohn, Jr, Dave Miller, Jim Morrill, Jr, Steve Smith and Mike Wilder. The contest covers five races and offers a top prize of $15,000 to the driver amassing the highest point total with $5,000 to the second place finisher and $3,000 for the show with the other drivers awarded $1,000 for their participation in the event. The Meadowlands races live on Friday and Saturday evening with first post set for 7:15pm. Other pertinent information is available by visiting the track's website. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Saturday night at The Meadowlands was pleasant weather-wise with temperatures in the 50's and little to no wind while the action on the harness racetrack was hot right from the start. The sixth race was the $63,000 What Baron final, remembering one of the great pacers of the early years at The Meadowlands and it turned out to be a slugfest. Captive Audience and Wake Up Peter were both in line for a sweep and Dave Miller made a bold early statement, flaunting the impressive early speed of Captive Audience through the 26.3 opening quarter while Scott Zeron and Wake Up Peter could not find position from his outside post and were forced to press on for the lead. The pair met at the half in a demanding 53.3 and went toe to toe from that point forward. At the wire, it was Captive Audience prevailing in a close photo while Wake Up Peter had to settle for the place after an absolutely paint peeling effort. The time of 1:48.3 was a new career best for the winner, trained by Corey Johnson for Debbie Element and Mac Nichol of Ontario. The $55,800 Artistic Vision final (race 11) pitted favored American In Paris, questing for a series sweep, against JK Letitgo who had her own reign of terror interrupted by a pair of losses to her rival in the series legs. Jim Morrill, Jr was intent on the lead with American In Paris and set honest fractions as JK Letitgo made a bid around the final bend, taking a bravening tuck passing the 1:21.4 three panels. In the stretch, JK Letitigo emerged from the pocket and wore down the favorite to win in 1:50-. Driver Jonathan Roberts had this in the post-race interview, "I wanted to be close up, the fractions were fast enough that I thought she had enough to win. She actually was good enough last week but had no room in the stretch". The winner is trained by Joshua Parker, he is a partner in the filly with Nanticoke Racing, Barry Spedden and Kevin Evans. On the pari-mutuel front, Saturday's first race offered a Pick 5 carryover of $30,782 which attracted $140,596 in new money and those first few winners were not easy to have. Pierce came into the opener, a $30,000 instant series for Non Winners of 2 races with a perfect record, he had never won in 18 previous races. Tonight would be a different story as driver Scott Zeron, who had spoken to this particular horse's penchant for keeping himself classified in a Friday paddock interview, pressed to the lead passing the three eighths and held on in a photo for the 1:51.2 maiden breaker at odds of 8-1. The second race was the fast class A-2/B-1 pacers going for $22,500 and it was bombs away here when Rockin Wizard scored from off the pace for Mike Wilder in a new personal best of 1:49- returning $75.40 for a $2 win bet. The suspense continued to build when Jamaican Cowboy and Vinny Ginsburg won the fourth race from the clouds at 19-1. The will pays leading into the fifth and final leg of the bet revealed one uncovered combination and every held combination returning either $120,000 or $60,000 on the wager. In the end it was 5-1 shot Moonliteonthebeach scoring in a new record of 1:51 for Jonathan Roberts resulting in a published payoff of $60,140 for each fifty cent wager with the correct combination. The fifth and final preliminary leg of the Legends vs. Phenoms Driver Challenge was contested Saturday night as well. For the Phenoms, it was the same story as Scott Zeron swept each of the five preliminary legs, doing so this time with 79 points. On the Legends side, it came down to the final race as Dave Miller and Corey Callahan were tied after 12 races. Miller won the finale with OK Fame and took the $2,000 prize with 94 points. The 10 drivers qualifying for the Championship Round on Saturday April 26th, which will offer a $15,000 first place grand prize are Dave Miller, Corey Callahan, John Campbell, Jim Morrill Jr., Scott Zeron, Joe Bongiorno, Vincent Ginsburg, Jim Marohn Jr., Steve Smith and Mike Wilder. The championship round will be contested over a limited number of races and all ten drivers will have the same number of drives, giving them all an equal opportunity to take home the grand prize. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

On paper, the $83,000 Clyde Hirt Final appeared to be a wide open race. But on the racetrack, it was anything but. Avatartist, sent off as the 9-5 favorite, made the early lead in 26.1 prior to yielding to the pocket. Driver Dave Miller made an aggressive move down the backstretch, reclaiming the lead past a 53.3 half-mile. The Buckeye threw down the gauntlet and opened up a commanding lead heading to the top of the stretch and never had an anxious moment in the stretch winning in a stakes record 1:50.1. Alexa's Jackpot rallied very well off dull cover to be second, while Wake Up Peter came from an impossible spot to be third. The winner is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owners William Hill, Peter Harrisson, Michael Saftic and James Walker. Ironically, Avatartist is not eligible to the upcoming Whata Baron series which begins Saturday April 5th, while Alexa's Jackpot and Wake Up Peter are heading to that series next. In the $60,600 Final of The Horse & Groom, it was a perfect storm for Hldontghttoyurdrms in more ways than one. First, the 3-5 favorite Bambino Glide made a break prior to the start, never to be involved. At the start, round one winner Amigo Ranger went off-stride. Next, turning down the backstretch, with Hldontghttoyurdrms leading through a 27.3 opening quarter, pocket-sitting March Awareness broke stride, leaving the pace-setter with a six length lead heading to the half. Hldontghttoyurdrms got that half in 55.4 and three quarters in 1:24.3, while never facing a challenge and romping to an easy score in 1:53.4 for Canadian based driver Jonathan Drury. The winner had been a bit disappointing in the first two rounds of the series, but with the money down, the gelded son of Muscles Yankee got the job done. He is trained by Corey Johnson for owners Saverio Spagnolo, Frank Schimizzi and Frank Spagnolo. Longshot Magglio was second with Crosbys Clam Bake finishing third. Scott Zeron and Jim Morrill, Jr. were the Winners in Round 2 of the Legends vs. Phenoms Drivers Challenge. Scott Zeron continues to make plenty of noise at The Meadowlands as he easily led the Phenoms from gate to wire to win the second leg of the Driver Challenge with 85 points. Zeron also won the "phenom" category last week as well. While Zeron is dominating the Phenoms, the Legends category has been a battle. Tonight, Andy Miller and Jim Morrill Jr. went into the last race each with 83 points, with first round winner Dave Miller right behind with 81 points. In the end, it was Jim Morrill Jr, with 90 points winning round 2 for the Legends. For the tournament, Dave Miller (172) leads the "Legends" followed by Andy Miller (160), Jim Morrill Jr. (158), Corey Callahan (74) and John Campbell (73). Scott Zeron (163) is cruising along in the "Phenoms" category. Joe Bongiorno (90) is a clear-cut second. Rounding out the top 10 are Tony Hall (60), Jonathan Drury (54), Steve Smith (52), Jim. Marohn Jr. (49), Vincent Ginsburg (46), Tyler Smith (45), Jim Meittinis (33) and Eric Abbatiello (22). On Saturday April 26th, the top five Legends and the top five Phenoms will qualify for the Driver Challenge Final, with the winner earning $15,000. Racing resumes on Friday with the first round of the Artistic Vision series for pacing mares, with post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

Harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno was taken off two drives at the Meadowlands Racetrack Saturday evening because in a pre-race interview he said “I will not be pushing my horses because the owners said not to try too hard, they are in a series next week.” The two horses in question that Bongiorno spoke about and was replaced on were Shoobee's Place in the sixth race and Code Word in the eighth race. “The decision to replace Joe Bongiorno on those two horses was done by the judges,” said John Tomasello, presiding judge at the Meadowlands. “It was done because of the interview he gave before the races and in the best interests of the betting public. “He was only taken off the two horses he talked about,” Tomasello explained, “Those two horses he indicated would get “easy trips” and we understand about racing and how racing lays out. However we expect horses to be raced to win and we don’t want to hear that they are in a series next week. We are concerned about the races here tonight. That was the reason we made the driver changes tonight. We want to see every horse here tonight given the best chance to win.” When asked if there will be a further investigation into this situation, Tomasello said “possibly.” In the sixth race, Shoobee’s Place was driven by Marcus Miller and finished fourth in a photo at odds of 4-1. Code Word was driven by Steve Smith in the eighth race and was never a factor, finishing eighth at odds of 6-1. Bongiorno, 21, of Colts Neck, NJ, has been driving professionally for less than five years. He currently has 407 career victories and $2.9 million in purses earned by the horses he has driven. In 2011 he was voted the national Amateur Driver of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association. Bongiorno could not be reached for comment. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

FREEHOLD, NJ -- January 31, 2014 - The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association and the horsemen who compete at Freehold Raceway gathered in the winner's circle on Friday, January 31, 2014 to salute outrider Beth Cumberland. After the fourth race on the card, Cumberland was presented with a plaque which read: "Thank you for your exemplary horsemanship on January 10, 2014." Joining her for the presentation were SBOANJ Executive Administrator Leo McNamara and nearly two dozen trainers and drivers. Cumberland has been the outrider at Freehold Raceway since 1999. A former jockey, she also serves as an exercise rider for the stable of thoroughbred trainer Alan Goldberg, based in Colts Neck, NJ. On a daily basis, Cumberland leads post parades and assists drivers with their horses who might not want to go to the gate or turn properly. But every once in a while she and her horse, Jazz, are put to the test by a miscue on the track, as was the case of the multi-horse accident on January 10. "Beth is someone who does her job so well that she often doesn't get acknowledged for the role she plays in the safety of our horsemen," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "We thought we'd take this opportunity to honor her for both her day-to-day work ethic and her extraordinary job of rounding up loose horses after the accident earlier this month." Freehold Raceway will also honor Cumberland for her 15 years of service at the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey's awards banquet on February 9, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in East Windsor, NJ. "Having an outrider of Beth's caliber out on the track is extremely comforting to me as both the director of racing and a harness racing fan," Karen Fagliarone said. "We are extremely lucky and grateful to have her here at Freehold. She is without a doubt one of the best in the business." Cumberland, 46, is from Manchester, NJ and is the mother of 28-year-old Shawna Nicole. She started galloping horses in 1988, rode her first race at the Meadowland in 1989 and picked up her first victory as a jockey in 1990 at Garden State Park. Her career stats include 78 wins, 88 seconds and 109 thirds from 997 starts for earnings of $523,664. Riding spills, broken bones and concussions took their toll, and she decided to hang up her tack, working at various track jobs, including ponying horses and filling in as outrider at Philadelphia Park [now Parx]. In 1999, she was asked to work the summer meet as the outrider at Freehold and never left. While she is still exercising thoroughbreds for Alan Goldberg in the spring, summer and fall, she has filled in the gap in her schedule the last two winters, jogging and training trotters and pacers for Steve Smith and Karen Garland. Cumberland's mount, Jazz, is a striking chestnut thoroughbred with white stockings and blaze, who retired as a racehorse when he was four after some success on the turf. "I thought he was a show horse prospect," explained Cumberland. "But then I realized he was great at outriding and maybe a bit too hot for showing. He's very agile and can reach full speed in three or four steps." by Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ  

East Rutherford, NJ - While there were many storylines on the racetrack at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Saturday night, the most important story was in the final numbers. Comparing to the Opening night Saturday of last season, the results could not have been any better. Most notably, the live handle of $360,212 yielded a 56-percent increase over this same day in 2012. The total handle of $3,248,413 was a 12-percent increase over that same card and marked the first time the Meadowlands eclipsed $3 Million in the month of December since December 27, 2008. On the racetrack, it was the 2013 Rising Star Award winner Corey Callahan who led the charge. Callahan scored four wins on the night, and more impressively he did so in his last five drives of the night and came within one length of winning the last five races on the card. The first of his four wins came with a repeat winner in Road Untravelled who took the 9th race B-1 Pace in a 1:50.3 dead heat for trainer Gail Wrubel and owners Mike Simons and Christopher Giaccio. The Captain came right back in the 10th race with A Sweet Ride who scored in the $50,000 Claiming Pacing event in 1:50.3 for trainer Aaron Lambert and C&G Racing Stable. Callahan narrowly missed in the 11th race, but came right back to win the 12th with a rallying Late Night Joke in the C-1 event in 1:51 for P.J. Fraley and Bamond Racing. Callahan put a bow on the night winning the C-1 event to close the card with heavily favored Avenue Hanover in 1:52.1 for owner/trainer Mark Silva. The dead heat on the card not only featured one of Callahan's four wins, but a triumphant ending to a marvelous career. Forest Vic A, having never won a race at the Meadowlands in his 14 years, got his nose on the wire simultaneously with Road Untraveled to dead heat for the win and close out his career on the highest of high notes. Forest Via A was campaigned by Karen Garland for Night Rogue Racing Stable, B. Kay and Steve Smith, who was in the bike for the gelding's last trip around the oval. The featured $30,000 A-1/FFA Handicap was won by Arockin Hanover who rallied from dead last to win in 1:49.2 for Jason Robinson and owner Robert Main. The victory was one of three on the card for John Campbell. Ron Pierce also scored a driving triple on the night. The fastest mile of the night went to Dovuto Hanover, who looked like a powerhouse drawing clear impressively in a 1:48.4 triumph in the B-1/A-2 Handicap for 3 Year Olds. Ron Pierce Drove for trainer Darran Cassar and Marty Scharf. Racing returns as we flip the calendar to 2014 on Thursday night, featuring a 13-race program and the opening round of The Super Bowl Trotting Series containing four divisions. Post Time for the Thursday card is 7:15 P.M. For more information, log onto playmeadowlands.com

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 17, 2013 - Driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Vincent Fusco Jr. wrapped up meet titles when Freehold Raceway wrapped up its 2013 season on Saturday, December 14, 2013. "I believe this is the third consecutive driving title for me at Freehold," said Abbatiello. "I appreciate the opportunities given to me by the trainers at Freehold." Abbatiello held a five-win margin over Jim Pantaleano for the combined January to May and August to December meet. "My own stable did well this year and a special thanks to my loyal owners," he noted. Abbatiello's stable produced 15 wins from 91 starters for earnings of $87,118. "Freehold is where I grew up, so it makes it that much more special," he added. Abbatiello, who received a degree in philosophy and business from Catholic University, switched from stockbroker and financial planner to harness horseman in 1999. But that was no surprise given his roots. His father, Carmine, and his uncle, Anthony, are both Hall of Fame horsemen. Abbatiello finished the year with 173 wins at Freehold, holding off Jim Pantaleano with 168 wins. Rounding out the driving Top 5 were Steve Smith, Cat Manzi and Vincent Ginsburg. Name  Starts  W P S UDR ITM% Earnings Abbatiello, Eric 956 173 153 132 0.316 48% $743,984 Pantaleano, James 832 168 124 101 0.325 47% $708,351 Smith, Stephen 824 119 102 141 0.270 44% $628,563 Manzi, Catello 511 115 73 65 0.347 50% $448,372 Ginsburg, Vincent 788 90 108 99 0.232 38% $466,075 Topping the trainer standings was Vincent Fusco Jr. with 65 wins, more than twice Nick Surick with 32 wins.  Fusco’s stable earned nearly $236,000 thanks, in part, to an in-the-money percentage of 56 percent.   Name  Starts  W P S UDR ITM% Earnings Fusco, Vincent Jr  278 65 45 47 0.380 56% $235,908 Surick, Nick  113 32 21 12 0.422 58% $130,949 Garland, Karen  181 31 19 34 0.292 46% $142,946 Mackenzie, William  140 26 27 20 0.340 52% $142,653 Scamporino, Frank Jr  128 23 24 12 0.315 46% $119,480   Live racing returns to Freehold Raceway on January 2, 2014. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ            

MANALAPAN, NJ – November 24, 2013 – Jim Pantaleano instigated the fundraising effort, and both Freehold Raceway and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey matched funds to raise more than $5,000 on Saturday, November 23, 2013 to benefit injured harness driver Anthony Coletta. Pantaleano made the pledge to donate his five percent fee as a driver in all 13 of Freehold’s races on Saturday.  That totaled $463. Meanwhile, the SBOANJ and Freehold agreed to match his donation and those of any other drivers and trainers on the program.  The result was $2,520 in fees and an equal amount from the SBOANJ and Freehold. Plus there were other donations from the racing community that well exceeded the $5,040. The beneficiary is driver Anthony Coletta, who suffered severe injuries in a racing accident on November 17, 2013 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. “We know it is a challenge for horsemen to give up their income for the day, but we thank all of those who did step up to assist a fallen colleague with this fundraising effort,” said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento.  “ “Many thanks to Jimmy and Christi Pantaleano for starting the ball rolling and to all the other horsemen who joined the effort,” said Freehold’s Director of Racing Karen Fagliarone. Christi Pantaleano collected additional cash donations on Saturday, including a generous gift from the Landy family, to add to the total. From the racing fees, Andy Miller was the top money earner and contributor for the day with $620, followed by Pantaleano’s $463.  Other drivers involved were Nick Surick, Steve Smith, Eric Abbatiello, Jim Marshall and Pat Berry.  Donated training percentages came from Pete Fusco, Ken Hess and Mike Posner. by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 1, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all duly authorized--were won by a pointed-to-the-passing lane Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $2.60) a two-move Zooming (Jason Bartlett, $7.20). Late to the dance in her last two starts, Royal Cee Cee N was in this game at the outset. Making the first lead from post position No. 5, the 3-10 choice gave it up to last week's winner, Rock N Load (Dan Dube) right at the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. After a cheap, 29-second next interval (:56.1 half), Marty Party (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth, with Ginger and Fred (George Brennan) in behind. It was Rock N Load leading in the out of the 1:24.3, up a length entering the lane. The people's choice was all dressed up in her after-Halloween best, waiting for her close-up. She ducked inside, went past the lead and getting the best of a wide Ginger and Fred by a head 1:53.2. Third went to Rock N Load, with Mary Party and Dawn's Legacy (Jordan Stratton) grabbing the minor moolah. For Royal Cee Cee N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her eighth win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.60, with the triple returning $56.50, The weekly trotting feature saw Zooming, from post No. 4 (in one notch after an inside defection), made a second move to work around Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland). Zooming made the lead before a :27.3 opening two furlongs, then rated a comfy :57.4 half. It was 3-2 choice DW's NY Yank (Brennan), who had left into a three-hole,. moving again. Meanwhile, Zooming maintained the lead through the 1:26 three-quarters, widening to 2 1/2 lengths turning for home. He prevailed by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:54.1. Lorenzo held second with a flattening "DW," with Whata Winner (Steve Smith) and Super Manning (Dube) earning the small change. Returning millionaire Little Brown Fox (Sears) broke early as the second choice. For third choice Zooming, a 5 year-old Classic Photo gelding trained by Amber Buter for co-owners Stephen Oldford, Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter, he's now 10-for-32 this season. The exacta paid $59, the triple returned $281 and the superfecta paid $1,227. Saturday night features finals for both the 58th Messenger Stakes ($450,000) and Lady Maud ($176,684), premier events for 3-year-old pacers. The former, third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, goes as the eight race...1- Odds On Equuleus (Corey Callahan, 8-1), 2- Ronny Bugatti (Jason Bartlett, 6-1), 3-Word Power (Brennan, 6-1), 4-Good Day Mate (Eric Goodell, 10-1), 5-Twilight Bonfire (Tim Tetrick, 8-1), 6-Lonewolf Currier (Sears, 5-1), 7-Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras, 3-1), 8-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller, 4-1). The Lady Maud, carded as the sixth race...1-Certified Ideal (Jim Pantaleano, 12-1),2-Handsoffmycupcake (Dube, 8-1), 3-Antigua Hanover (Bartlett, 10-1), 4-Charisma Hanover (Gingras, 7-5), 5-Scandalous Hanover (e) (Miller 3-1, 6-Live Entertainment (Sears, 12-), 7-Parlee Beach (e) (Tetrick, 3-1), 8-Jerseylicious (Callahan, 10-1). Note that Scandalous Hanover and Parlee Beach raced as a coupled entry. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 25, 2013 – Power Wheel claimed the lead at the head of the backstretch and never was pressed, winning the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting colts on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The son of Muscles Yankee trotted the mile in 2:00.1, finishing two lengths ahead of Fandango Tornado [by Revenue] and four and a quarter lengths in front of the 3-5 favorite, Chocolate Delight [by Chocolatier].  Power Wheel was driven to victory by Steve Smith for trainer Gary Cameron II.  It was the trotter’s third win of the year.  He has finished in-the-money in five of 11 starts.  Lifetime, he has four wins, two seconds and one third from 14 starts. Owned and bred by John F. Swart Jr. and Sarah Swart of Oakton, VA, Power Wheel’s victory pushed his career bankroll over the $50,000 mark.  This year he has earned $36,750. by Carol Hodes for the SBOA/NJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 19, 2013 – Filly favorite Ideal Helen did not disappoint while longshot Nubble Light lit up the toteboard in a pair of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Finals for two-year-old pacers on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. In the final for fillies, Ideal Helen [$2.60], a daughter of Western Ideal, was a five-length winner over Fanticipation and six and a half over third-place Cut A Deal, both by Rocknroll Hanover.  The time of the third race mile was 1:57.1. The Erv Miller trainee, driven by Andy Miller, controlled the pace of the race and easily recorded her seventh win along with two seconds and one third in 13 starts.  Ideal Helen has banked $118,770 for her owner-breeder, DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL. In contrast, the colts and geldings final, the sixth race, went to a longshot.  Nubble Light, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Nifty Norman, was a one-length winner over Rock Absorber.  The first two are both sons of Rocknroll Hanover.  It was a length and a half back to Useful Hanover, by Western Ideal, in third. Nubble Light paid $90.60 to win.  The betting choice, Card Shock, finished last in the field of seven. It was the second win in nine career starts for Nubble Light who paced the mile in 1:57.4. The victory pushed Nubble Light’s earnings to $21,700 for owner-breeder David H. McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL.  by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 16, 2013 – Vida De Vie, winner of all three preliminary legs, puts her streak on the line in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Muscles Yankee – Velma K has won her last three straight for a combined 27 ½ lengths. Trained by Chris Ryder, the filly will be in the hands of Daniel Dube, leaving from post four in the field of five. Owned by her breeder, Joie De Vie Farm of Jobstown, NJ, Vida De Vie has finished in-the-money in eight of 18 starts this year, banking $54,187 toward a career total of $96,316.  The Green Acres Final will be a non-wagering event at 12:15 p.m. The field, from the rail out with sire, driver and trainer: Connie Keeper, Muscles Yankee, Jim Marshall III, Christopher Freck; Ninety Five Janet, Muscles Yankee, Steve Smith, Karen Garland; Tax Revenue, Revenue, Arthur Giambrone, Arthur Giambrone; Vida De Vie, Muscles Yankee, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder and Queen Of More, Chocolatier, Mike Simons, Gail Wrubel. By Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 11, 2013 – Cane Pace runner-up Word Power makes his next start in the $41,125 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old pacers, the featured seventh race on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Driven by George Brennan and trained by Larry Remmen, the son of Western Ideal has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite and will leave from post five. Word Power finished a neck behind 2012 Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous in the $360,211 Cane on September 2 at Tioga Downs.  On September 19, an interference break in a preliminary heat of the Little Brown Jug cost him any hope of qualifying for the final.  Word Power picked up his fifth win of the year in a condition pace at Yonkers on October 1.  Unraced at two, he has finished in-the-money in nine of 12 starts, banking $235,802 for owner Bradley J. Grant of Milton, Ontario.  Rockaholic, who won the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres Final for colts, and Certified Ideal, who carries a four-race winning streak, including the Green Acres Final for fillies, will be challenging Word Power.  Rockaholic, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, drew the rail and is 4-1 with Eric Abbatiello driving.  Certified Ideal, rated 5-1 in the morning line, will have Jim Pantaleano at the lines from post four. The field for the $41,125 New Jersey Futurity [from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds]: Rockaholic, Rocknroll Hanover, Eric Abbatiello, Yogi Sheridan, 4-1; Ahdoughnolum, Rocknroll Hanover, Vincent Ginsburg, Vincent Fusco Jr., 8-1; Troon, Rocknroll Hanover, Andy Miller, John Butenschoen, 10-1; Certified Ideal, Western Ideal, Jim Pantaleano, Ross Croghan, 5-1; Word Power, Western Ideal, George Brennan, Larry Remmen, 6-5; Always There, Western Ideal, Nick Surick, Nick Surick, 12-1; Sky Is The Limit, Western Ideal, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller, 6-1 and Rocnrolwilneverdie, Rocknroll Hanover, Steve Smith, Jim Campbell, 15-1. The New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired pacers and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The Saturday program also includes two $7,000 third-leg New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres divisions for two-year-old pacers.  The fillies are prior to the betting card with Ideal Helen, the Babic Filly and New Jersey Futurity winner, putting her four-race winning streak on the line.  Card Shock is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the colts division, the fourth race. by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 4, 2013 – It was a sweet win for Shelikescandy who finished a neck in front of I’ll Bring Dessert in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The two daughters of Chocolatier finished seven lengths ahead of Muscle Pump Queen [Muscles Yankee], who was third in the non-wagering event contested prior to the betting card. Shelikescandy covered the mile in 2:01.2, a career best, for her second win along with a second and two thirds in six starts. Steve Smith drove the filly for trainer Nifty Norman whose Enzed Racing Stable of Allentown, NJ is the owner.  Shelikescandy has banked $31,449. Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ

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