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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

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 19, 2013--Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted the $235,887 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions, at $78,629 each, made up the event. Division leader Maud Blue Chip (Tyler Buter) did nothing to hurt her resume, airing at 2-5 in the first grouping. In play from post position No. 4, she never had any angst through fractions of :30.2, 1:00.4, 1:31.2 and 2:00.3. "Maud" held pocket-sitting Crediama (Trond Smedshammer) at bay by a length-and-a-half. It was another 4½ lengths back to Sky to the Max (Gates Brunet), while second- and third-choices Beauty of Gray (Jim Meittinis) and Annie's List (Jason Bartlett) both broke. For Maud Blue Chip, a daughter of Credit Winner trained by Chuck Sylvester for co-owners David McDuffee, Melvin Hartman and Little E LLC, it was her fifth win (fourth consecutive) in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $7.90, with the triple returning $31.60. It was another two-speed number in the second event, with outside entities L Dee's Scripture (Bartlett) whipping 11-10 fave Exotic Form (Dan Daley) Starting outside her six rivals, L Dee's Scripture sashayed through sub-stations of :30.3, 1:01.1, 1:31.4 and 2:01.1. The margin was a length, with How Bout Cash (Dan Dube) recovering from an early misstep to snatch third--beaten 6½ lengths. For "Scripture," a Credit Winner lass trained by Julie Miller for co-owners Larry Dumain and Carlo Lattinelli, she returned $11.60 (third choice) for her third win in a half-dozen '13 tries. The exacta paid $28.40, the triple returned $151.50 and the superfecta (Low Valley Dream [Steve Smith] was fourth) paid $976. The final event saw Market Rally (John Cummings Jr.)--who won at 100-1 here last month--have a few more bettin' buddies this time around. From the pole as the 3-5 favorite, she took over from Flyhawk Falina (Daley) after a :29.4 opening quarter-mile. Market Rally then won as she pleased (:59.4, 1:29.3, 2:00). The final distance at the wire was 4¾ lengths over Share My Secret (Smedshammer), with "Falina" fading to third. For Market Rally, a Cash Hall miss co-owned by (trainer) Megan Wilson and Johnny Yoder, she returned $3.20 for her third win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $23.20, with the triple returning $40.80. New York Sire Stakes continue Friday night, with the $227,488 Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts/geldings. The $1.8 million New York Night of Champions is set for Saturday, Sept. 28. 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. Frank Drucker

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 19, 2013 - Muscle On In has been installed as the slight 3-1 morning line favorite in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.. The son of Muscle Hill, driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Chris Ryder, drew post seven. The colt has two wins in seven starts, including an Arden division and last week's third leg of the Green Acres. He has banked nearly $20,000 for Ryder and partners Robert Mondilo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY. Second choice in the morning line is the Revenue gelding Angels Ransom, trained and driven by Roland Mallar, listed at 7-2 from post three. Angels Ransom won the opening leg of the Green Acres and finished second in his last two starts. He has finished in-the-money in four of eight starts for owner Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME. The Green Acres field [from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line]: Holiday Spirit, Chocolatier, Steve Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1; Skates N Plates, Revenue, Jim Marshall III, Paul Reid, 8-1; Angels Ransom, Revenue, Roland Mallar, Roland Mallar, 8-1; Celebrity Spitfire, Muscles Yankee, Eric Abbatiello, Susanne Strandqvist, 10-1; Choco Sun, Chocolatier, Jim Meittinis, Orjan Torstensson, 6-1; Chocolate Day, Chocolatier, Marcus Johansson, Julie Miller, 9-2; Muscle On It, Muscle Hill, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 3-1 and Time N Tide, Chocolatier, Steven Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1. Chocolate Day and Time N Tide are coupled in the wagering. Hall of Fame driver Cat Manzi, who suffered a fracture pelvis in a racing accident at Freehold Raceway on September 6 and went into rehab on September 11, is scheduled to be released and head home on Friday, September 20, 2013, according to his wife, Ellen. Super Classic, a Hambletonian hopeful in August, makes his next start in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Final, a non-wagering event for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters which drew three entrants. Super Classic, owned by William J. Augustine of Hammonton, NJ, has two wins, one second and four thirds from 21 career starts and earnings of $54,703. Eric Abbatiello will drive for trainer Jim Doherty. The competition includes Bouncer, a son of Muscles Yankee driven by Tom Jackson and trained by James Petruccelli, and Dagget, a Chocolatier gelding from the barn of John Butenschoen and driven by Tyler Butenschoen. The Charles Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The Charles Smith Final has a post time of 12:20 p.m. and follows a $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies at 12:15 p.m. Three are entered in the filly trot: Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee, I'll Bring Dessert by Chocolatier and Muscle Pump Queen by Muscles Yankee. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 13, 2013 – Choco Sun and Shelikescandy, two-year-olds by Chocolatier, accounted for two of the three victories in $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Choco Sun [$8.60] was a head winner over Angels Ransom [by Revenue] and held a nine and a quarter length advantage over Rannoch Moor [by Muscles Yankee] in third race division for colts and geldings. Marcus Johansson was at the lines of the Orjan Torstensson trainee.  The mile was clocked in 2:02.4. It was Choco Sun’s first win along with two seconds in four starts.  He is owned by Eirik Djuve of Sola, Norway. Only four contested the filly division, carded as a non-betting event, and Shelikescandy prevailed by a length and three-quarters over first-time starter Worldrecordsweeper [by Muscles Yankee].  I’ll Bring Dessert [by Chocolatier] was third by two lengths in the 2:03.4 mile. Shelikescandy, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Nifty Norman, now has a win and two thirds in four starts, racing for the Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. Muscle On It [$11] by Muscle Hill claimed the third division, a split for colts, carded as the ninth race, with the fastest clocking, 2:00.4. Muscle On It, a Chris Ryder trainee, was handled by Daniel Dube.  He finished a length and three-quarters ahead of Chocolate Day and four and a quarter head of Holiday Spirit, both by Chocolatier. Ryder co-owns the trotting colt with Robert Mondilio of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New York, NY. No elims were necessary for the Charles Smith Trot for three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters which drew three entrants – Bouncer, Dagget and Super Classic – who will vie for $38,500 on September 20.  by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ    

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 4, 2013 – Time To Kill has picked up checks in the Hambletonian Oaks and Hudson Filly but victory in 2013 has thus far eluded the trotting filly who makes her next start in the $40,000 Helen Smith Final on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.  Time To Kill drew post four in the field of six New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotting fillies in the third race co-feature.  She is the 2-1 morning line favorite. A quartet of New Jersey-sire two-year-old trotting fillies will go postward in the $56,525 Marion Dancer Final which will take place off the betting card at 12:15 p.m. Both the Smith and the Dancer are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  At two, Time To Kill posted four wins and six seconds from 12 starts, banking more than $350,000.  This year the Ross Croghan trainee has added $58,361 to push her total over $410,000 but has yet to hit the board in 12 starts.  Some of it has to do with chasing Bee A Magician in the open filly trots like the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks where Time To Kill finished fourth.  The daughter of Muscles Yankee will be teamed with Jim Pantaleano in the Smith Final.  She races in the name of Let It Ride Stables and Robert Cooper Stables, both of Boca Raton, FL, and J&T Silva Stables of Long Beach, NY. The $40,000 Helen Smith finalists, from the rail out, with sire, driver, trainer and morning line: Find The Magic, Chocolatier, Steve Smith, Ross Croghan, 8-1; Silver Credit, Muscles Yankee, Cat Manzi, Randy Beeckman, 3-1; Vintage Oaks, Muscles Yankee, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 5-1; Time To Kill, Muscles Yankee, Jim Pantaleano, Ross Croghan, 2-1; Vida De Vie, Muscles Yankee, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 6-1, and Southwind Cocoa, Chocolatier, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 4-1. The quartet of fillies in the Marion Dancer include the Jimmy Takter trainee Yoga, winner of both of her career starts, the Kindergarten Final and Historic.  Cee Bee Yes, trained by Julie Miller, won the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final and was third in the Merrie Annabelle, both at the Meadowlands.  Chocolate Crisp carries a three-race winning streak and Shelikescandy is winless in two tries.  The $56,525 Marion Dancer finalists, from the rail out, with sire, driver and trainer: Shelikescandy, Chocolatier, George Brennan, Nifty Norman; Chocolate Crisp, Chocolatier, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; Cee Bee Yes, Muscles Yankee, Cee Bee Yes, Andy Miller, Julie Miller and Yoga, Muscles Yankee, Jimmy Takter Jr., Jimmy Takter. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

Impressive scoring from Christchurch Casino #4 picking the last 2 winners.. With 2 races having just 2 place dividends, scoring was a little tough & Christchurch Casino #2 & Ben McMillan couldn’t get a placegetter from their 6 selections. After a draw at Head Office, Christchurch Casino #2 is the unlucky one to be eliminated. Next week the Challenge is back to Addington. 2013 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup ‘Survivor’ $5,000 Challenge   Round 3   Challenger Name & Representing   Terry McDonald   The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup $9.70 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 2 - Eliminated Week3   The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup $0.00 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 3   The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup $2.90 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 4   The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup $18.80 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 5   The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup $11.60 Reilly Mallard $1.80 Steve Smith $0.00 Gary Allen   Charmain HRNZ $2.90 Greg O'Connor   TABTV/Trackside $2.90 Sam Langrope   The Box Seat $4.80 Ben McMillan $0.00 Duane Ranger   HRNZ Racing Correspondent $0.00 - Lifeline   Wellington RDA $2.90 Sean Morris   Radio Trackside $2.90  

A night of mixed results tonight with some short-priced favourites getting home & a few rather rough results. Three players found the going particularly tough with Casino #5, Steve Smith & Gary Allen all failing to score. After a random draw at TAB head office - Steve Smith is the unlucky one to be eliminated this week. www.RaceChat pick up the lifeline with a strong $15.90 score this week. Study up for next week’s action which is at Alexandra Park.    2013 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup ‘Survivor’ $5,000 Challenge Round 2 Challenger Name & Representing Terry McDonald  The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup     $6.30 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 2  The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup $9.60 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 3 The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup $6.90 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 4 The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup $5.90 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 5 The 'Christchurch Casino' Sponsors of the 2013 NZ Trotting Cup $0.00 Reilly Mallard $1.50 Steve Smith Eliminated Round 2  $0.00 Gary Allen  Charmain HRNZ $0.00 Greg O'Connor TABTV/Trackside $7.80 Sam Langrope The Box Seat $3.40 Ben McMillan $14.00 Duane Ranger Eliminated Round 1 HRNZ Racing Correspondent $0.00 Lifeline Wellington RDA $15.90 Sean Morris Radio Trackside $6.30  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 17, 2013--Statesman N (Jordan Stratton) snapped favored Malak Uswaad N (Eric Goodell) on the money Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Pace. Watching early from post position No. 5, Statesman N saw China Grill (Steve Smith) seat Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett) early Then, Mr. Hasani (Dan Dube) and 2-5 choice Malak Uswaad N stuck their noses in. It resulted in early fractions of :27.2 and 55-flat. Pancetta (Brent Holland) then moved from fifth, with Statesman N towed along. Mr. Hasani owned the lead in and out of a 1:23.1 three-quarters, but was about done entering the lane. Malak Uswaad N ducked in, Statesman N went wide and earned the nose nod in 1:51.3. China Grill, Mr. Hasani N and Pancetta settled for the small change. For Statesman N, a 6-year-old Down Under Christian Cullen gelding trained by Mark Harder co-owners Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva Stables and Peter Venturini, he returned $11.40 (second choice) for his sixth win (second consecutive) in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.80, with the triple returning $46.80. The driving colony shared the wealth during the 13-race card. Holland won four races, while Stratton and Bartlett each won three. George Brennan added a couple, while Goodell won once. 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. Frank Drucker

A “shaky” start to this season’s Survivor Series in more ways than one.  Hot favourite Freespin (50% of picks) was nabbed late in the opening event paying just $1 on the tote ($1.08 fixed). 8 of the 14 selectors managed to score well in the trot picking Bruno Paillard with a further 4 players having the narrow runner-up Celeris. The swoopers charged home from the rear to help out only 5 Survivors in the final event leaving HRNZ representative Duane Ranger stranded on $1 & eliminated from the competition. The equal winners of Round 1 were Gary Allen (Chairman HRNZ) and Wellington RDA ( - Both of them finished up on $11.60 after selecting Freespin ($1) Bruno Paillard ($4.60) and Jonny Wilkinson ($6) Meanwhile, Harnesslink's very own representive, Ben Mcmillian, just did enough to scrap by finishing up on $4.40. Next week will feature the final 3 races from the NZ Metro meeting at Addington and remember the winner of the round gets a life-line.  by Richard Wilson     2013 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup ‘Survivor’ $5,000 Challenge   Round 1 Eliminated Round 1     Challenger Name & Representing 1 2 3   1 Terry McDonald 7 - Freespin 7 - Celeris 7 - Jonny Wilkinson       $1.00 $1.50 $6.00 $8.50 2 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 2  4 - Dougie Maguire 1 - Bruno Paillard 8 - Viewfield Apache       $0.00 $4.60 $0.00 $4.60 3 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 3  3 - Bettor Romance 1 - Bruno Paillard 8 - Viewfield Apache       $0.00 $4.60 $0.00 $4.60 4 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 4 3 - Bettor Romance 7 - Celeris 8 - Viewfield Apache       $0.00 $1.50 $0.00 $1.50 5 Christchurch Casino Challenger # 5 8 - Elsudoku 7 - Celeris 3 - Mighty Creation       $8.90 $1.50 $0.00 $10.40 6 Reilly Mallard 8 - Elsudoku 8 - Te Kouka Breeze 3 - Mighty Creation $8.90 $1.80 $0.00 $10.70 7 Steve Smith 7 - Freespin 1 - Bruno Paillard 3 - Mighty Creation $1.00 $4.60 $0.00 $5.60 8 Gary Allen   7 - Freespin 1 - Bruno Paillard 7 - Jonny Wilkinson   Charmain HRNZ $1.00 $4.60 $6.00 $11.60 9 Greg O'Connor 3 - Bettor Romance 1 - Bruno Paillard 9 - Our Southern Man   TABTV/Trackside $0.00 $4.60 $2.40 $7.00 10 Sam Langrope 7 - Freespin 1 - Bruno Paillard 8 - Viewfield Apache   The Box Seat  $1.00 $4.60 $0.00 $5.60 11 Ben McMillan 7 - Freespin 7 - Celeris 5 - Winstone P $1.00 $1.50 $1.90 $4.40 12 Duane Ranger 7 - Freespin 4 - Dead Cat Bounce 8 - Viewfield Apache   HRNZ Racing Correspondent $1.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1.00 13 7 - Freespin 1 - Bruno Paillard 7 - Jonny Wilkinson   Wellington RDA $1.00 $4.60 $6.00 $11.60 14 Sean Morris 3 - Bettor Romance 1 - Bruno Paillard 3 - Mighty Creation   Radio Trackside $0.00 $4.60 $0.00 $4.60                

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- The New York Sire Stakes arrives at Batavia Downs for the first time this season and it will feature two-year-old trotting fillies who will go for over $100,000 split into three divisions on Friday night. Post time for the 12-race program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. There will also be three $12,800 divisions of the Excelsior Series as well for the two-year-old filly trotters.   The group of talented freshmen trotters will also bring in an array of driving stars to Batavia Downs including Hall of Famer Cat Manzi and Jim Morrill Jr. Also making their way to town will be the likes of Gates Brunet, Jim Marohn Jr., Steve Smith, Jim Meittinis, and former Western New York regulars Ray Schnittker and Jeff Gregory   Manzi has won 14,770 races in his career, making him the third all-time dash-winning driver in North America. He also has earnings of nearly $158 million, placing him fourth all-time in North America. Manzi is a member of the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. He has 175 victories thus far in 2013 and over $2 million in winnings. Manzi is scheduled for seven drives on Friday.   Morrill Jr. will be in the sulky nine times Friday night and loves the home cooking of Western New York. At Buffalo Raceway this season, he won 58 of 183 races, posting a 31.7 win percentage. His UDRS at Buffalo was an astounding .461 and earned $538,623. This season nationally, Morrill Jr. is 20th in victories with 260 and 10th in earnings with over $4.1 million. He's fifth in North America in UDRS with a .382 mark. Morrill Jr. won the 2006 Batavia Downs driving title with a record 177 victories, a mark that still hasn't been challenged.   The first race on the card will be a $34,577 division of the Sire Stakes. Flyhawk Falina has been installed as the 2-1 favorite in the field of six and scores from the two post for driver/trainer Dan Daley. Flyhawk Falina is a Cash Hall filly out of Nowerland Nanette and has posted a wire-to-wire win in the Sires Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on July 3rd. She has been in the money in three out of four career starts and has earned $36,764.   The fourth race on the program has a field of seven going postward in the Sire Stakes and will feature local favorite Crediama who is owned by the Purple Haze Stable LLC of nearby Fairport, N.Y.  Crediama is tagged the 4-1 morning line second choice. She won her last time out, winning by a nose over Beauty Of Gray at Tioga Downs in 1:57.4 on August 3.  Crediama is a Credit Winner filly out of Mama B.   Ruby Ruby Who is a major danger. She enters with first and second place finishes in her last two starts in the Sire Stakes. Jeff Gregory will be aboard the 3-1 favorite.   The final division of the Sire Stakes will be seventh race and it looks very competitive. The favorite is Avalicious (3-1) who starts out of the five spot. She turned in a 1:58.2 time at Tioga Downs, finishing a game third last time out and will be driven by Chris Lems.   The main threat could come from the rail where Beauty Of Gray will start for driver Jim Mettinis. As mentioned earlier, Beauty Of Gray was nosed out by Crediama last time out and is the 4-1 second choice. Another contender lurking is out of the seven spot. That's where Share My Secret starts. She scored a victory in 1:59.3 at Tioga Downs on August 3rd and sits at 7-2. With expected nice weather on Friday and the racing strip being lightning fast during the first three weeks of the season, the track record of 1:59.0 set by Dreamy Dawn in 2010 could be in jeopardy.   In the three Excelsior Series, also for two-year-old filly trotters, Brookside Lily in the third race, and both Jesse T and Trish in the sixth race all come to town riding two-race winning streaks.    Driver/trainer Ray Schnittker delivers Baby Shaq in the ninth race, the final Excelsior race of the night, and is the 5-2 favorite from the seven post. Baby Shaq has already competed in both the Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series but is looking for her first win. For more information on all the upcoming Sire Stakes coming to Batavia Downs, the promotional schedule, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek  

East Rutherford, NJ – The stage is set for the 2013 88th edition of the Hambletonian Trot, harness racing’s most prestigious race with 23 three-year-olds entered. The Hambletonian is the second leg of the trotting Triple Crown and features purses totaling more than $1.4 million. The three first heat eliminations will each be contested for a purse of $70,000. The first three horses in the official order of finish from each race will return for the final, plus the one horse finishing fourth with the highest lifetime earnings, to provide 10 horses for the $1.2 million final. It is a true test of stamina as the ten horses in the final will have raced twice in one day. Featured in the seventh race first elimination heat will be Dewycolorintheline for owner/trainer/driver Ray Schnikkter from post three.He is the only possible contender for the Trotting Triple Crown after winning the first jewel, the Yonkers Trot, last Saturday at Yonkers Raceway for a purse of $450,000. The early favorite in the race is Royalty For Life in post eight. He has won his last two starts impressively. Other contenders include High Hope and Smilin Eli. The eighth race second elimination heat is headed by the 2012 Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, Wheeling n Dealin, who drew post position 1. Undefeated in nine starts last year, Wheeling n Dealin is winless in three outings so far in 2013. But last week was a close second to High Bridge at the Meadowlands. Other standouts include Dontyouforgetit and Aperfectyankee. In post four is Jacks To Open, who was sold on Sunday at the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale for $122,000 and the new owners promptly entered him in the Hambletonian. The ninth race final elimination heat features Corky (post 5) and Spider Blue Chip (post 6), both of whom have won their last start, All Laid Out and Lauderdale, who was third last week to Dewycolorintheline in the Yonkers Trot. Post positions for both the Hambletonian and the companion Hambletonian Oaks for fillies were drawn at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Below are the fields, in post position order, with listed drivers and trainers.. First Elimination Hambletonian Race 7 est. off: 2:24 pm Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Punxsutawney-Tim Tetrick-John Butenschoen 2-Smilin Eli-Tim Tetrick-David Smith 3-Dewycolorintheline-Ray Schnittker -Schnittker 4-High Bridge-Yannick Gingras -Jimmy Takter 5-Super Classic-Brian Sears -Greg Peck 6-Dreams Of Thunder-George Brennan-Jonas Czernyson 7-E L Rocket-Yannick Gingras -Ron Burke 8-Royalty For Life-Brian Sears-George Ducharme Second Elimination Hambletonian Race 8 est. off: 2:51 p.m. Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Wheeling N Dealin-Sylvain Filion-Dustin Jones 2-Aperfectyankee-Jim Oscarsson-Oscarsson 3-Your So Vain-Andy Miller -Julie Miller 4-Jacks To Open-Jim Morrill, Jr.-Nick Surick 5-Celebrity Maserati-Tom Jackson-Susanne Strandqvist 6-Caveat Emptor-Steve Smith-Ray Schnittker 7-Dontyouforgetit-Yannick Gingras -Jimmy Takter 8-Creatine-Mike Lachance-Bob Stewart Third Elimination Hambletonian Race 9 est. off: 3:18 pm Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Possessed Fashion-John Campbell-Tom Fanning 2-Murmur Hanover-Randy Waples-Normand Bardier, Jr. 3-Banco Solo-Ron Pierce-Ken Oscarsson 4-All Laid Out-Tim Tetrick -Noel Daley 5-Corky-David Miller -Jimmy Takter 6-Spider Blue Chip-Ron Pierce-Chuck Sylvester 7-Lauderdale-Corey Callahan-Jonas Czernyson $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Race 11 est. off: 4:14 pm Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Fashion Athena-John Campbell -Jim Campbell-30-1 2-Bee A Magician-Brian Sears-Nifty Norman-2-5 3-Classic Martine-Ron Pierce-Chris Oakes-15-1 4-Mistery Woman-David Miller-Jonas Czernyson-9-2 5-Coffeecake Hanover-Jim Morrill Jr.-Ron Burke-20-1 6-Frau Blucher-Jim Morrill Jr.-Chris Oakes-8-1 7-To Dream On-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-12-1 8-Time To Kill-Simon Allard-Ross Croghan-50-1 9-Handover Belle-Mike Lachance-Tony Alagna-50-1 10-Ma Chere Hall-Corey Callahan-Jonas Czernyson-10-1 By Steve Wolf  

A nearly horrific accident marred the fourth race $10,000 claiming pace at Freehold Raceway Saturday. Fortunately all eight harness racing drivers and horses were able to walk off the track and none required the assistance of an ambulance.

Freehold Raceway will host a $10,000 Driving Challenge on Saturday (Dec. 8). The eight local harness racing drivers involved are Hall of Famer Catello Manzi, Jeff Gregory, Jim Marshall III, Steve Smith, Jim Panteleano, Eric Abbatiello, Harry Landy and Joe Bongiorno.

Peter Grandich, the managing member of Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Co., LLC, announced today (Monday October 22) that he will be one of four sponsors of a one-day harness driving championship at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

Aunt Mel recorded the ninth win of the year and 11th of her harness racing career in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies, the featured ninth race on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

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