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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The night before the 93rd Hambletonian it was bombs away at the Meadowlands Friday, as a track that had seen 29 favorites score in its previous 60 races (48 percent) became the land of long shots. Five times on the 12-race harness racing card the winner's odds were 16-1 or higher, and even though the 50-Cent Pick-5 saw a 2-5 shot win leg four, the payout was still a hefty $12,016.25. The non-chalk parade began in the opening race when amateur driver Roberto Michelotto guided Cheeky Little Minx ($48.60) to victory in an event for Hambletonian Amateur Drivers. The second amateur drivers race saw Jennifer Lappe guide Fox Valley Steffen ($69.80) to victory lane in race five. Ake Svanstedt, who has a big chance to win both the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks Saturday, took race seven with Can't Afford It ($35.80) before Sprinter N ($69.80) rocked the clock to the tune of 1:48.3 in the eighth. The ninth race saw Steve Smith score with Atlas Alliance N ($49.60) to complete a Pick-3 that returned a whopping $6,797.00, while the 50-Cent Pick-4 (races eight through 11) came back $6,128.50 - despite being anchored by 3-1 and 3-5 winners - given the big prices that started the sequence in the eighth and ninth. A LITTLE MORE: Brett Miller, Andy Miller and Andy McCarthy all recorded driving doubles. ... All-source handle totaled $2,332,354. HAMBO DAY! The 93rd edition of the Hambletonian is the centerpiece for Saturday's 16-race, stakes-laden card at the Big M. Doors open at 10 a.m. Post time for the first race is noon. Post time for the Hambletonian is 5:14 p.m. If you can't make it to the track, the Hambo can be seen live on the CBS Sports Network. The 90-minute broadcast begins at 4 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 11, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night (May 11th) recognized harness racing driver Steve Smith for his latest milestone. Smith won the 4,000th race of his career last Friday (May 4th) at his 'day job,' Freehold Raceway. He then moved toward the next plateau, upsetting Saturday afternoon's (May 5th) $66,400 Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old trotting fillies with 21-1 longshot Special Miss. The affable 56-year-old Smith, a native of Boston, has been a New York/New Jersey area standout seemingly forever. He has accumulated seven-figure purse seasons every year since 2000, with a career total of more than $35 million. "I'm not a numbers guy, but I appreciate it" Smith said. "Just keep grinding away." Smith's obligatory sign of congratulations was presented by Fred Opper, the Raceway's long-time publicity department icon and crack statistician. Frank Drucker

Freehold, NJ --- In Friday's (May 4) fourth race at Freehold Raceway, harness racing driver Steve Smith left from the rail with Nora's Tandt and never looked back for his 4,00th career driving victory. The 1:56.2 mile was a new lifetime mark for the 10-year-old pacing mare trained by Mark Infante. She is owned by Praim Harrinauth. Since 1985 Smith has driven in nearly 35,000 races, with his mounts earning more than $35 million. Congratulations Steve! Freehold Raceway

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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 1, 2016 -- A pocketed Wings of Royalty (Steve Smith, $17) and a first-up Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube, $12.40) tickled the twine Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's first-of-the-month harness racing $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Wings of Royalty worked out a cozy trip from the post position No. 3, nestled in behind a four-wide-early Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) in the week's marquee trot. The 3-4 choice led through intervals of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:26, hounded by Money Maven (Brent Holland) entering the lane. 'Melady' put away that rival, but was beaten up the inside by a pair of others. Wings of Royalty whipped E R Ellie (Jordan Stratton) by a half-length in 1:55.1, with Melady's Monet tiring to third. Luminosity (George Brennan) and Money Maven rounded out the payees. For fourth choice Wings of Royalty, a 4-year-old son of RC Royalty owned by Ray Campbell Jr. and trained by George Ducharme, it was his fifth win 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $143.50, with the triple returning $512. As for Melmerby Beach, he moved from fourth in the weekly pacing feature. He moved to challenge Winds of Change (Holland), who had quarter-moved around Lucan Hanover (Eric Goodell). The leader (:27.2, :56.3, 1:24.1) was dueled into submission in and out of the final turn, with Melmerby Beach taking over and holding sway. He defeated a second-up, slight 2-1 fave Polak A (Joe Bongiorno) by three-quarter of a length. Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) was a ground-saving third, with Mach it So (Bartlett) and Winds of Change settling for the remainder. The cashers were separated by just a length-and-a-half, while the entire octet was divided by just 3¼ lengths. For fourth choice Melmerby Beach, a 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned and trained by Ettore Annunziata, he's now 5-for-32 this season. The exacta paid $100, the triple returned $400 and the superfecta paid $1,511. In between the co-features, out popped Americanprimtime (Stratton, $7.20), who beat up his rivals by seven lengths in the $35,000 4-Year-Old Open Handicap Pace. The time of 1:50.1 matched the all-age track record (Crombie A, Forty Five Red, Limelight Beach and Go Daddy Go). The son of American Ideal is trained by Rick Dane Jr. for Rock&Roll Stable. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - If harness racing driver Steve Smith brings in a 95-1 shot, are we in for more, six more weeks of winter? Smith and Bullseye ($192.50) was cited for excessive tote board lighting Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $10,000, eighth-race pace with the chunkiest mutuel of the season. Unhurried from post position No. 7, Bullseye was seventh at the three-quarters and fifth into the lane. He outmuscled Inthenameofjames (Jason Bartlett) by three-quarters of length in 1:55, his first board finish in three 2016 tries. Last Dragon (Brian Sears), the just-over-even-money favorite, led into the stretch but tired and finished last. Bullseye, a 5-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding owned by Alroy Chow and trained by Anita Vallee, also led the highest exacta ($793) thus far this season. It's fair to say upset, which begin the Pick 5 sequence, was responsible for the wager going unclaimed. Thus, Friday night's gimmick features a carryover of $2,163.39 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 9, 2015 - On a sunny, fall day, Southwind Hope was the clear-cut winner of the $40,000 Marion Dancer for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. A week ago, the Muscle Hill -Honey Pie filly broke stride at the start of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final on a sloppy track and finished last. Southwind Hope, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:01.2 on a fast track, finishing a length and a half ahead of Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee]. It was 16 lengths to Heal The World [Muscle Hill] in third. Southwind Hope improved her record to three wins, one second and two thirds from nine starts and lifted her earnings to $35,600 for the partnership of the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone Township, NJ; Little E LLC of New York, NY, and Lawrence Dumain of Pine Bush, NY. She was bred by Southwind Farms of Pennington, NJ. Sonny Dancer, celebrating his 80th birthday, presented the trophy. The Marion Dancer is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeder & Owners Association of New Jersey. Marion Millionair [Muscle Hill], with Jim Marohn Jr. driving, scored a three-length victory over Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] was 19 lengths back in third. Marion Millionair, trained by William Popfinger, is owned and bred by William Mulligan of New Hope, PA. She now has seven wins, six second and four thirds in 22 starts this year for earnings of $93,560 toward a career bankroll of $97,460. Both stakes were non-wagering and prior to the card. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 11, 2015 - Riley's Dream took advantage of an early miscue by Rules Of The Road to win the $30,000 Helen Smith Trot by half a length on Friday, September 11, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. With only four three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotting fillies entered, the race was contested prior to the betting card. The Helen Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Riley's Dream [Muscle Hill], driven by Steve Smith and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:00.3. Rules Of The Road [Muscle Hill], with earnings over $200,000 and the runner-up in the Hambletonian Oaks, broke stride at the start and spotted the field more than five lengths but closed well for second. It was a length and a half to Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] in third and four and a half lengths to Southwind Cartier [Muscle Hill] in fourth. Riley's Dream, unraced at two, has two wins, seven seconds and two thirds in 15 starts this year for earnings of $85,151. His owner-breeders are Jason Allen and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ, and Ronald Allen of Southampton, NJ. The Helen Smith stakes record of 1:56.2 is shared by Marla Bar [2002], Silver Credit [2013] and Cee Bee Yes [2014]. The team of driver Steve Smith and trainer Julie Miller were back in the winner's circle in the eighth race as Southwind Hope won a $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies. Southwind Hope, a daughter of Muscle Hill- Honey Pie, scored a two length victory over Cree [Muscle Hill]. It was 11¼ lengths to Peg O My Heart in third. She trotted the mile in 2:01.2 for her first win with two thirds in five starts. The $52,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase has banked $9,100. Southwind Hope, bred by Southwind Farm of Pennington, NJ, races for the partnership of the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone, NJ; Little E LLC of New York, NY and Lawrence Dumain of Pine Bush, NY. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 10, 2014 - SS Poseidon, winner of the Harold Dancer Trot, added the $33,500 New Jersey Futurity to his list of stakes wins on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Futurity, restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotters, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill] was a two and a quarter-length winner over the filly Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] in the open trot, carded as the third race. It was six lengths to Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in third. Steve Smith guided SS Poseidon, who paid $4.20 to win, to his third win in 10 starts. The Erv Miller trainee has finished in-the-money in eight of those starts. In addition to the Harold Dancer at Freehold, he also won a division of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs. The victory pushed the trotter's earnings to $105,255 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Shim Racing LLC of Deerfield, IL. In the co-featured $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old pacing fillies, the eighth race, Strut My Stuff was a half-length winner over the pacesetting Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] in a stakes record 1:55.3. Lissan [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length and a quarter. Strut My Stuff [$9.80], who captured the Lou Babic Filly in her prior start, extended her winning streak to four in the tenth start of her career. Jack Baggitt Jr. drove the Ross Croghan-trained daughter of Western Ideal who is owned by the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc. of New York, NY. She has a bankroll of $52,620. The clocking of 1:55.3 was a fifth of a second faster than the previous stakes record shared by Happy Dreamer [2007] and Cheyenne Robin [2013]. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 9, 2014 - Shelikescandy was the sweetest of all, winning the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Chocolatier, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Dawn Anderson, bested a field of three in a non-wagering event. She stayed flat; the other two starters did not. The margin of victory was 14 ¾ lengths and for a clocking of 2:03.3. Revergreen [Revenue] was second and Coin Collector [Chocolatier] was distanced. Shelikescandy completed a sweep of the four-week Green Acres and improved her record to five wins and one third in 16 starts this year. Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 11 of 22 starts. Bred by Dr. Stephen Perrine Dey, she has earned $67,009 for owner George Beck of Freehold, NJ. In a $7,000 second-round Green Acres for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, also contended prior to the betting card, Choco Sun [Chocolatier] held on for a head victory over Angels Ransom [Revenue] in 1:58.2. It was a length back to Holiday Spirit [Chocolatier] in third. Choco Sun has now won two straight in Green Acres action. The Orjan Torstensson trainee was driven to victory by Jim Meittinis. Choco Sun, owned by Eirik Djuve Inc. of Bordentown, NJ, picked up his second win with a second and two thirds from eight starts this year. He has finished in-the-money in 10 of 15 career starts, earning $51,706. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 9, 2014 – SS Poseidon, winner of the $40,000 Harold Dancer Trot, is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $33,500 New Jersey Futurity for harness racing two-year-old trotters, the third race on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Futurity, restricted to New Jersey-sired trotters, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill], coupled in the wagering with Firestop [Muscles Yankee], will leave from post one with Steve Smith driving for trainer Erv Miller.  He has two wins, four seconds and a third in nine starts this year, banking $88,505 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Shim Racing LLC of Deerfield, IL. Paymaq is co-owner of Firestop, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Julie Miller.  The partnership also includes Douglas Sipple of Georgetown, DE and Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Quebec. Firestop has two seconds in six starts and leaves from post six. The Ray Schnittker trained entry of Broken Record and Switchblade Hall, both sons of Muscles Yankee, are rated 7-5 in the morning line.  Broken Record, who will be driven by Schnittker, drew post two while Jordan Stratton gets the call on Switchblade Hall, leaving from post five.   Broken Record won the New Jersey Sire Stakes –Green Acres Final at Freehold on September 18 and finished third in the Harold Dancer Final while Switchblade was third in the Green Acres Final and second in the Dancer. The Francisco Del Cid trained and driven Mountain Top [Muscle Hill] starts from post three and is rated 7-1. Two fillies will take on the colts in the open event.  Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill], who won the filly division of the Green Acres, is 4-1 in the morning line from post four with Daniel Dube in the sulky, and Contraire [Muscles Yankee] is 25-1 from outside post seven with Ake Svanstedt listed to drive. Co-featured on the Friday card is the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for two-year-old pacing fillies, the eighth race. Seven fillies are scheduled to go postward with Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] rated the 7-5 morning line favorite from post two.  Steve Smith will handle the Erv Miller trainee, who is owned by Paymaq Racing and D&M Trading LLC of Chicago.  She has a record of four wins, two seconds and two thirds from 11 starts and earnings in excess of $50,000.  Strut My Stuff, who captured the Lou Babic Filly in her last start, carries a three-race winning streak and is the 5-2 second choice from post three.  Jack Baggitt Jr. will drive the Ross Croghan-trained daughter of Western Ideal. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 4, 2014 - Nubble Light was widest of all in a four-horse charge to the wire, winning by a neck in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the sixth race on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Steve Smith tipped Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] wide in the stretch, getting up in the final strides to catch Sassy Hanover [Western Ideal] in a career best 1:55 flat. It was half a length to Card Shock [Cam's Card Shark] in third. Nubble Light paid $8.60 to win as the third choice in the wagering. The Deleston Cote trainee also won the $25,000 Green Acres Final as a two-year-old on October 19, 2013. Nubble Light now has five wins, two seconds and four thirds in 19 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 13 of 28 career starts for a bankroll of $54,619. The gelding races for the partnership of Deleston Cote of Cream Ridge, NJ; Henry Faragalli III of Bryn Mawr, PA; Trevor Johnson of Phoenixville, PA and Jeffrey Ruben of Bryn Mawr, PA. In the third race, the third leg of the Green Acres for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Too Darn Hot [Rocknroll Hanover] was a head winner over 1-2 favorite Rock N Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:58.4. Devils Cut [Western Ideal] was two lengths back in third. Too Darn Hot [$5.40], driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Ron Burke, picked up his fifth win and has been first or second in seven of 10 starts. He is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr. The $25,000 Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies drew three entrants and will be raced as the first of two non-wagering events on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Shelikescandy [Chocolatier], who won all three of the preliminary legs, will bid for a sweep, facing Coin Collector [Chocolatier] and Revergreen [Revenue]. Shelikescandy, trained by Dawn Anderson and owned by George Beck of Freehold, NJ, will leave from post three with Steve Smith driving. The second non-betting event is the $7,000 second leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 26, 2014 - Dealt A Winner and Smart Zone, New Jersey-sired two-year-olds, put their winning streaks on the line in a pair of Lou Babic Pace finals on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Dealt A Winner [Cam's Card Shark] is the even-money favorite in the $100,000 Lou Babic for colts and geldings, the ninth race, while Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] is the 7-5 choice in the $59,000 Lou Babic for fillies, the seventh race. Dealt A Winner has four wins from his five starts, including his last three in-a-row. He took his mark of 1:52.3 in the Reynolds at Tioga Downs on September 12 The Ed Hart trainee will leave from post two with Jason Bartlett driving. He has banked $69,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City. Smart Zone, trained by Erv Miller and driven by Steve Smith, carries a four-race winning streak into the filly division of the Babic. She has finished in-the-money in six of nine starts, earning $33,757 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M Trading LLC of Chicago, IL. The stakes record for the Babic Open of 1:54.3 was set by Dontloseyourdayjob [Life Sign] in 2007. The filly record, also 1:54.3, belongs to Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] and came in 2013. Both events are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. Also on Saturday as a non-wagering event is a $7,000 third leg of the New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts. The Babic fields with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds. 7th Race - $59,000 Lou Babic Filly Final 1-World of Rock-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Meittinis-Chris Ryder- 15-1 2-Strut My Stuff-Western Ideal-Jack Baggitt Jr.-Ross Croghan-2-1 3-Lissan-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Marshall III-Larry Remmen- 7-2 4-Smart Zone-Rocknroll Hanover-Steve Smith-Erv Miller 7-5 5-Hollyrocker-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Larry Remmen 9-1 6-New Joez-Western Ideal-Jason Bartlett-Stacy Chiodo- 30-1 7-Cheyenne Robin-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Robert Siegelman- 30-1 9th Race- $100,000 Lou Babic Colt Final 1-Edward Teach-Rocknroll Hanover-Pat Berry-Ron Burke- 15-1 2-Dealt A Winner-Cam's Card Shark-Jason Bartlett-Edward Hart- even 3-Too Darn Hot-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Ron Burke- 2-1 4-Rock Of The Ages-Rocknroll Hanover-Nick Surick-Nick Surick- 30-1 5-Devils Cut-Western Ideal-Jim Marshall III-Stacy Chiodo- 15-1 6-Mitt Jagger-Rocknroll Hanover-Scott Young-Ron Coyne Jr.- 20-1 7-Rock N' Roll World-Rocknroll Hanover-George Brennan-Nifty Norman- 6-1 8-Ticket To Roll-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Tony Alagna- 30-1 Model Behavior cut the fractions and held on for a length and a half victory in the $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Muscles Yankee filly posted a personal best of 1:59.3, picking up her third win in seven starts. Eric Abbatiello was at the lines of the Robert Baggitt Jr. trainee who has earned a check in every start for a bankroll of $14,310.  She is owned and bred by Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ. Finishing second was Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] while it was four and three-quarter lengths to Prinsessa [Muscle Hill] in third.  Only three fillies went postward in the non-wagering event. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

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

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