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Chocolate Day & Muscle On win NJ Futurities

08:58 AM 11 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Marcus Johansson, harness racing
Marcus Johansson trains NJ Futurity winner Chocolate Day

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 10, 2013 – Chocolate Day and Muscle On In turned in winning performances in New Jersey Futurities for two-year-old trotters on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.

In the third race, Chocolate Day battled Choco Sun, prevailing for a length and a half victory in the $14,500 division.  It was three and a half lengths to Hot Type in third.  All three are sons of Chocolatier.

Chocolate Day [$3.40], driven by Marcus Johansson and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:02.2, picking up his fourth win with six seconds and one third in 14 starts.

The trotter has earned $42,601 for the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone, NJ and Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, NY.

Harold Dancer winner Muscle On It added the New Jersey Futurity to his credits with a wire-to-wire half-length victory in the first split, a non-wagering race with a purse of $14,000.  The mile was timed in 2:00.2

Daniel Dube drove the son of Muscle Hill for trainer Chris Ryder. 

Skates N Plates was second and Angels Ransom was three-quarters of a length back in third.  Both are sons of Revenue.

Muscle On In has earned $59,665 for co-owner Ryder and his partners Robert Mondillo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY.

The New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired trotters and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.

Dube and Ryder also combined to win a $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies with Vida De Vie in the first of two non-wagering events, in 2:00.4 

Vida De Vie, owned and bred by Joie De Vie Farm LLC of Jobstown, NJ, completed a sweep of the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres.  Connie Keeper was second and Ninety Five Janet was third, 23 ½ lengths back.  All three are daughters of Muscles Yankee.

by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ


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