Day At The Track

Abbatello guides a pair of NJSS-GA winners

10:50 AM 25 Sep 2015 NZST
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Mountain Top - The son of Muscle Hill was too strong, winning in 1:59.2 Stayinstrong
Mountain Top - The son of Muscle Hill was too strong, winning in 1:59.2
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MANALAPAN, NJ - September 24, 2015 - Eric Abbatiello piloted both winners - Mountain Top and Stayin Strong - in a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres - on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Freehold Raceway.

Both were contested as non-wagering events prior to the program.

In the three-year-old trotting colt division, only two went to post and Mountain Top prevailed by three quarters of a length over SS Poseidon, driven by Steve Smith, in a 1:59.2 mile. Both entrants are sons of Muscle Hill.

Mountain Top, trained by Noel Daley, posted his second win of the year and has finished in-the-money in five of 14 starts this year. He was third in last week's $50,500 Charles Smith Trot. He has banked more than $55,000 lifetime for Mario Mazza of New Hope, PA and Daley.

Stayin Strong [Muscles Yankee] made it two straight in Green Acres competition for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill], also driven by Smith.

Inukchuk Chuck [Muscles Yankee] was third by three and a half lengths. While Steed [Muscle Hill], the Harold Dancer, broke and finished last in the field of four.

Stayin Strong, trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:00.1.

James and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ own Stayin Strong who has two wins, one second and two thirds in eight starts for earnings of $23,264.

The New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres continue on Friday with splits for two and three-year-old trotting fillies.

Saturday's card features pacers with eight entrants in the $37,500 New Jersey Futurity, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, for three-year-old New Jersey-sired colts and fillies [the eighth race]. There will also be a pair of Lou Babic Memorials, sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes.

The $56,000 Lou Babic for two-year-old pacing fillies will be a non-wagering contest while the $85,400 Lou Babic for two-year-old pacing colts is the sixth race of the day.

By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

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