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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Harness racing driver Eric Abbatiello, who reached the 2,000-win milestone early in the day, was duly recognized by Yonkers Raceway. Proving it's nothing if not a good sport, the Raceway offered congrats to Abbatiello, who arrived at his latest plateau at Freehold Raceway. The 47-year-old Abbatiello, whose Harness Hall of Fame father, Carmine, won a few Yonkers races in his day, is actually at 2,001 wins and more than $13.2 million in career purses. His single-season bests are 212 wins (2014) and $1.6 million in purses (2008) in career which began in 1999, but wasn't 'full-time' until 2005. Yonkers' Thursday Pick 5 wager, beginning with a double-carryover of just under $8,200, attracted $25,620 of fresh funding. The winning combination of 5/1/2/1/4 paid $217.50 for every correct half-a-buck wager. Frank Drucker

Driver Eric Abbatiello collected wins in a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres - one by seven lengths and the other by a head - on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. In the first of the two trotting events, both prior to the betting card, Abbatiello guided Mountain Top [Muscle Hill] to a seven-length tally over Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in the three-year-old trotting colt division. SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill] was nearly 26 lengths back in third. The time for the mile was 2:01 flat. Noel Daley trains the colt and co-owns with Mario Mazza of New Hope, PA. Mountain Top has won two straight and has three wins, one second and two thirds in 15 starts this year. He has a lifetime bankroll of $61,570. It was more of a battle in the two-year-old trotting colt division as Stayin Strong [Muscles Yankee] won by a head over Steed [Muscle Hill]. It was seven and a half lengths to Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill] in third. The Julie Miller trainee trotted the mile in 2:00.1. Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ own Stayin Strong, who has three wins, one second and two thirds in nine starts for earnings of $27,114. He has swept the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres, heading into the $25,000 final on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Carol Hodes

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

Stayin Strong, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Julie Miller, was a length and a quarter winner in the $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts, the third race on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Stayin Strong, a son of Muscles Yankee, picked up his first win in six starts, covering the mile in 2:00.4. He paid $6.20 to win. Threeupthreedown [Muscle Hill] was second with five and a half lengths to Luv at First Site [Muscle Yankee] in third. Stayin Strong, bred by Lauren and Robert Tucker, campaigns for Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. Carol Hodes  

FREEHOLD, NJ - May 2, 2015 - EL Love went wire-to-wire winner and Northern Obsession tipped out three-wide in the stretch to win their respective $35,750 divisions of the Lady Suffolk for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Riina Rekila, driver and trainer of EL Love, sent the Yankee Glide filly to the lead off the gate and repelled challenges throughout the mile to score a two and three-quarter length victory over 3-5 favorite Riley's Dream in the fifth race. It was four and a half back to Rules of the Road in third. EL Love [$8.20], who won both of her starts at two, is now two-for-two at three for a bankroll of $28,453. The mile in 1:58 flat was a career best for Finnish owner and breeder Erkki Laakkonen. Two races later, the seventh, 2-5 Jewels In Hock and 9-5 Blk Thai Optional broke stride in the first turn, leaving it to a trio of longshots to battle with 22-1 Northern Obsession [$46.20] who was a half-length winner over Southwind Cartier, the Muscle Hill filly who won the 2014 Marion Dancer Trot. Jewels In Hock recovered from her early break to finish third by a length and a quarter. Northern Obsession, driven to victory by Eric Abbatiello, picked up her second straight win for trainer Gilberto Garcia-Herrera of Columbus, NJ, who co-owns the daughter of Conway Hall with Barbara and Donald Arnstine of Sacramento, CA. Overall, the filly has two wins, three seconds and five third from 14 starts for career earnings of $50,813. By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ – December 13, 2014 – Eric Abbatiello captured his fifth driving title and Nick Surick claimed his first training title when the 2014 racing season concluded at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Abbatiello completed the 2014 meet with 190 wins, 185 seconds and 134 thirds from 995 starts and earnings of $719,339.  “It’s been a pleasure to compete at Freehold Raceway and win the driving title the last five years,” Abbatiello said. “A special thanks to all the trainers, owners and grooms who have given me a chance to compete with their horses.” Abbatiello, 46, from East Windsor, NJ, has 1,647 career victories and nearly $11 million in earnings.  The runners-up in the driving competition at Freehold were James Marshall III with 148 wins, Stephen Smith with 127 and Vincent Ginsburg with 117. Surick collected 54 training wins during the meet toward his career total of 466. His stable also lead the way with earnings of $199,465.  “Freehold Raceway is synonymous with harness racing, and Freehold is my hometown,” said Surick, 26, from Freehold, NJ. “There is no higher honor than one being bestowed on you in your hometown. Winning the training title at Freehold Raceway was once a dream; now it’s a reality.” Vincent Fusco with 41 wins, Karen Garland with 33 wins and Julius Czermann Jr. with 31 wins were his closest challengers in the trainers’ race.  The end of the meet also marked the end of the racing career of Newsam, a 14-year-old gelding, who was honored in the winner’s circle after he won the second race. He retires with 63 victories, 49 second and 49 thirds from 313 starts, and earnings of $393,732.  He has spent most of his racing career with owner Robin Hess of Burlington, NJ and trainer Ken Hess. His final campaign also produced his most wins in a year – 10.  Freehold’s live racing season resumes on January 2, 2015 with a 110-date meet. The first qualifiers will be held on Friday, January 2 before switching to Thursday mornings. Post time for qualifiers is 9:30 a.m. 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      

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 27, 2014-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $2.60) fooled no one Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Odds-on from post position No. 5, he had the field at his feet at every (:27.2, :56.3, 1:24.4, 1:52) pylon. The final margin was two lengths over a chasing McErlean (Eric Goodell), with Fameous Western (Larry Stalbaum) a ground-saving third. Pancetta (Eric Abbatiello) and Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) closed for the minor awards. For P H Supecam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was his eight win in 29 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $7.80, with the triple returning $48.80. 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 - 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 16, 2014 - Three of the six entrants in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts will carry the banner of trainer Ray Schnittker on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Schnittker will handle Broken Record, who leaves from post six while Jack Baggitt Jr. gets the call on Cruizinwithmuscles and Steve Smith will pilot Switchblade Hall in the non-wagering event scheduled for 12:10 p.m. All three of the Schnittker trainees are sons of Muscles Yankee, who sired five of the six finalists. Mountain Top, who won the first leg of the Green Acres, is by Muscle Hill, a son of Muscles Yankee. He is trained and driven by Francisco Del Cid. Broken Record is the richest of the six trotters with earnings of $47,013 thanks to three wins, one second and three thirds in eight starts. He posted a mark of 2:00.1 in the second leg of the Green Acres when he won by 27 ½ lengths over the Julie Miller-trained Firestop. With Broken Record sitting out the third leg of the Green Acres, it was left to Switchblade Hall to collect top money. Cruizinwithmuscles was fourth in the first leg and third in both the second and third legs. The field for the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final [from the rail out with driver and trainer]: Cruizinwithmuscles, Jack Baggitt Jr., Ray Schnittker; Wolfpack Muscle, David Pinkney Jr., Colleen Chambers; Switchblade Hall, Steve Smith, Ray Schnittker; Firestop, Eric Abbatiello, Julie Miller; Mountain Top, Francisco Del Cid, Francisco Del Cid and Broken Record, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker. A $7,000 opening leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies, will be the second of two non-wagering events with a quartet of entrants: Fiyonce, Fanticipation, Ideal Helen and Mona Mona. Ideal Helen is by Western Ideal while the other three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Trotting fillies will be featured in second leg Green Acres events on Friday, September 19. In the sixth race for two-year-old trotting fillies, first leg winner Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee] will face off against Contraire [Muscles Yankee], Prinsessa [Muscle Hill], Showy Starlet [Muscles Yankee], Shes On Fire [Muscle Hill], Starter Up [Muscles Yankee] and Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill]. Only a trio of three-year-old trotting fillies will meet in a non-wagering event at 12:15 p.m. in a rematch of the opening leg won by Shelikescandy [Chocolatier], who has the rail. Runner-up Revergreen [Revenue] drew post three. Coin Collector [Chocolatier], who was third last week, leaves from post two. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 12, 2014 - Trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer fired Skates N Plates off the gate and was never headed, winning the $55,000 Charles I. Smith Trot, the seventh race on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Charles I. Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Skates N Plates, who is by Revenue, was tested by 1-2 favorite Hillustrious both in the first quarter and again in the homestretch, but repelled the son of Muscle Hill both times for a three-quarter length victory in 1:56.3. It was four lengths to Angels Ransom [Revenue] in third. Skates N Plates [$19.40] picked up his third win with a second and a third in 13 starts in 2014. Owned and bred by Robert J. Key of Leechburg, PA, he has banked $87,703 this year and $162,541 for his career. The stakes record for the Smith of 1:55.4 was set in 2010 by Flex The Muscle [Muscles Yankee]. In the co-featured $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies, carded as the third race, Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee-Marla Bar] was a three-quarter -length winner over Prinsessa [Muscle Hill] in 2:02.2. Contraire [Muscles Yankee] was third by a length. Model Behavior, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Robert Baggitt Jr., is owned by her breeder, Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ. She now has two wins in five starts. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ                  

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 5, 2014 - A well-balanced field of eight three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, including New Jersey Classic winner Sweet Rock, will face-off in the $42,000 New Jersey Futurity, the ninth race on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Sweet Rock rallied for a nose victory in the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on August 2 at the Meadowlands in a lifetime best of 1:49.4. In his last start, the $54,072 Geers at Tioga Downs on August 17, he was third. The Wayne Givens trainee, driven by Brett Miller, has been rated 9-2 in the morning line from post eight. This year, he has two wins, four seconds and two thirds from 15 starts, banking $142,133 toward a career total of $167,391 for the Delaware-based ownership of Legacy Racing, RA Hazzard and GP Calloway. Art History [Western Ideal] was given the slight 3-1 morning line nod from the rail with Hall of Famer David Miller driving. Art History, trained by Steve Elliott, has two wins and three thirds in seven starts this year, banking $17,840 for Kenneth Klein of Amonk, NY and the Old Block Stables of New York City. The Tony Alagna-trained Gold Rocks [Rocknroll Hanover] will be paired with driver George Brennan, leaving from post five, and is rated 7-2 in the morning line. The New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired horses and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The field for the $42,000 New Jersey Futurity [3yo open division] with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: 1-Art History-Western Ideal-David Miller-Steve Elliott-3-1 2-Card Shock-Cam's Card Shark-Daniel Dube-Mark Silva-10-1 3-Earthshaker-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-James Petruccelli-6-1 4-Nubble Light-Rocknroll Hanover-Steve Smith-Deleston Cote-9-1 5-Gold Rocks-Rocknroll Hanover-George Brennan-Tony Alanga-7-2 6-Cheyenne Seeber-Rocknroll Hanover-Jack Baggitt Jr.-Robert Siegelman-30-1 7-Rocknroll Reality-Rocknroll Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-John Butenschoen-9-2 8-Sweet Rock-Rocknroll Hanmover-Brett Miller-Wayne Givens-9-2. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 3, 2014 - Cee Bee Yes had an ambitious mission a month ago in the Hambletonian Oaks but now is back at Freehold, scene of her past successes, for the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 5, 2014. The Helen Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old filly trotters and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on August 2 at the Meadowlands would have been quite a feather in the cap of the filly, a daughter of Muscles Yankee - Enbeecee. But she broke at the start and was never a factor. She won a qualifier on August 21 at Freehold in 2:00.3 in preparation for the Helen Smith, where she will leave from post three in the field of six. She has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite. "Cee Bee Yes made an unfortunate break at the start of the Oaks," trainer Julie Miller noted. "Since them, we wanted to target the Helen Smith at Freehold. She has had success at Freehold in the past. She is good and healthy, and ready to return to action." At Freehold, Cee Bee Yes won the $33,075 Lady Suffolk on May 3. At two, she was second to Chocolate Crisp in the $58,025 Marion Dancer. In New Jersey Sire Stakes action at the Meadowlands, she won the $150,000 final at two and was second in the $100,000 final for three-year-olds on May 31, 2014. A $45,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Cee Bee Yes has banked $273,182 for owners Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. This year she has finished first or second in four of eight starts and has a lifetime record of six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 19 starts. With her husband, Andy, on the sidelines, recovering from a racing accident, Miller is turning the lines over to Steve Smith. "Steve drove her last year and got along real well with her," she noted. "As a trainer, I take each start race by race. As long as she is healthy, she still has stakes racing to compete in." The field for the $40,000 Helen Smith, the seventh race on September 5 [with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds]: 1-Yoga-Muscles Yankee-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-5-2 2-Shelikescandy-Chocolatier-James Marshall IV-Dawn Anderson-12-1 3-Cee Bee Yes-Muscles Yankee-Steve Smith-Julie Miller-9-5 4-You And I-Muscles Yankee-Ed Lohmeyer-Ed Lohmeyer-7-1 5-Celebrity Fantasy-Muscles Yankee-Eric Abbatiello-Jimmy Salerno-20-1 6-Mistresswithmuscle-Muscle Hill-Jeff Gregory-George Ducharme-5-2 by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 1, 2014 - Too Darn Hot was too much the best, winning the $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Freehold Raceway on Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Ron Burke, Too Darn Hot scored an easy five and a quarter length victory in 1:59 flat in the co-featured eighth race. Skullhouse Raider [Cam's Card Shark] edged out Devil's Cut [Western Ideal] for second. Too Darn Hot [$2.20], as on of Rocknroll Hanover, has been first or second in five of seven starts, banking $33,475 for the ownership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, PA; Our Horse Cents Stables of Clifton Park, NY; Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA and Lawrence Karr of Randolph, NJ. In a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for two-year-old pacing fillies, one division was a stretch battle with a narrow margin of victory and another was a wire-to-wire tally, extending a winning streak to three. In the second race, Smart Zone by Rocknroll Hanover, drew off to a five and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.1 after leading at every call. The Erv Miller trainee, in the hands of Steve Smith, has won three in a row and finished in-the-money in five of eight starts. Lissan was second best and it was eight lengths to Cheyenne Robin in third. Both are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Smart Zone paid $2.40 to win and pushed her career bankroll over $30,000 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M trading LLC of Chicago, IL. Strut My Stuff by Western Ideal won the second division, the third, racing, prevailing by a neck over Crescent City in a closely contested duel. Jack Baggitt Jr. was at the lines of the Ross Croghan trainee who paced the mile in 1:58.1. She paid $8.20 to win. Runner-up Crescent City and Hollyrocker, who was six and a half lengths back in third, are both by Rocknroll Hanover. It was Strut My Stuff's first win in seven starts. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc. of New York City. Green Acres action at Freehold continues on Thursday with the second leg of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings with six going postward in a non-wagering event at 12:10 p.m. The six, in post order, are Algorithm, Broken Record, Cruizinwithmuscles, Firestop, Switchblade Hall and El Diablo BR. Algorithm and El Diablo BR are sons of Muscle Hill. The others are by Muscles Yankee. The $40,000 estimated Marion Dancer Final for New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting fillies will also be a non-wagering race and is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. Three fillies dropped in the box: Southwind Cartier by Muscle Hill, Showy Starlet by Muscles Yankee and Rules of the Road by Muscle Hill. The Marion Dancer's stakes record of 1:59 was set by Lovely in 2005. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey sponsors the Marion Dancer. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 27, 2014 - Trainer Ray Schnittker will send out a trio of Muscles Yankee colts in the first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Division action when Freehold Raceway re-opens for its 2014 Summer/Fall Meet on Thursday, August 28. The 48-day meet [August 28 through December 13] will occupy Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week along with a special Labor Day card on Monday, September 1. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Seven New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings are scheduled to go postward in the $7,000 first leg of the Green Acres, the third of 10 races, with the Schnittker entry of Switchblade Hall, Cruizinwithmuscles and Broken Record installed as the 1-5 morning line favorite by the newly adopted TrackMaster automated morning line. Broken Record, leaving fro post six with Steve Smith in the sulky, has two wins and three thirds from six starts and earnings of $41,763 for the ownership of Schnittker and Ted Gewertz. He finished third in his last start, the Tompkins at Tioga Downs. Harry Landy will handle Switchblade Hall from post three while Pat Berry has the assignment behind Cruizinwithmuscles from post four. The other starters are Firestop [Muscles Yankee] from the rail with Eric Abbatiello driving at 12-1; Wolfpack Muscle [Muscles Yankee] with David Pinkney Jr. at 25-1 from post two; the Francisco Del Cid trained and driven Mountain Top [Muscle Hill], the 5-2 second choice from post five and Muscle Night [Muscles Yankee] with Jim Marshall III from post seven at 25-1. A free t-shirt will be distributed with a paid Freehold live racing program [while supplies last] on Thursday, August 28. With six in the box, there will be no eliminations on Friday of this week and all the three-year-old filly trotters entered will advance to the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 5, 2014. The field includes Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee], Celebrity Fantasy [Muscles Yankee], Mistressswithmuscle [Muscle Hill], She Likes Candy [Chocolatier], Yoga [Muscles Yankee] and You And I [Muscles Yankee]. The Julie Miller trained Cee Bee Yes has banked more than $273,000 for Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ, with six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 19 career starts. This year, she has two wins and two seconds in eight starts. She captured the $33,075 Lady Suffolk at Freehold on May 2 and was second in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at the Meadowlands on May 31. She qualified for the Hambletonian Oaks but broke at the start of the final and finished last. Labor Day is also Back to the Track, a cooperative effort by the United States Trotting Association, its member racetracks, and horsemen from coast-to-coast that combines exciting harness racing and fan-friendly promotions. Freehold's Labor Day festivities include a free Back to the Track cap with paid Freehold live program [while supplies last], 50-cent hot dogs, 50-cent sodas, drawings for a season's parking pass and Back to the Track t-shirts. Additionally, there will be a drivers' autograph session. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

The countdown is on. In just a few days, horses and riders will be competing to capture the first title of the New York Racing Under Saddle Fair Series. The seven race series, which featured six race legs that were held at county fairs across the state, will culminate in a championship final race at Tompkins County Fair in Trumansburg. The series ran throughout the months of July and August, giving participants the opportunity to earn points towards the final. In order to be eligible for the final, horses needed to compete and finish in any two of the six legs. Eleven horses participated in the series with seven qualifying to race in the final. Six of those will be racing for the championship. Entries are as follows and are based on points earned: Vassar Hall to be ridden by Michelle Crawford Kash Now to be ridden by Michelle Miller Truth In Action to be ridden by Karen Isbell My Irish Molly to be ridden by Jocelyn Lavigne John-Michael to be ridden by Tara Hynes Lemon Pepper to be ridden by Jennifer Lowrey Vassar Hall leads the group going into the final race with 75 points. The 10-year-old mare trained by Brett Crawford has won every leg she has participated in. Her first victory of the series was on July 10 at Afton Fair in a time of 2:11.4. She then defended her title at the Otsego County Fair in Morris on July 29. Crawford then continued her winning streak with Vassar Hall at the Chenango County Fair in Norwich on Aug. 5. There, she won the second RUS division, crossing the finish line in 2:07.4. Kash Now is sitting in second on the point list with 51 points. Michelle Miller has ridden the 10-year-old mare to one victory this season, winning in 2:12 at the Seneca County Fair on July 14 in Waterloo. Kash Now, trained by Michael Miller and owned by Lance Diehl, has also taken a second and three thirds in the series.  Truth In Action was ridden to victory by owner and trainer Karen Isbell during the first leg of the series on July 3 at Goshen Historic Track. The 8-year-old gelding took second to Vassar Hall in the second division of the Norwich race. Although Truth In Action only raced in two races, he has earned 35 points and sits third on the point list. My Irish Molly got a late start in the series, but it was a great one. Jocelyn Lavigne rode her to a victory in the first division of the Norwich race. Although the mare only raced in one race, she earned a point and qualification into the final for showing up at Steuben County Fair in Bath, which was cancelled due to rain. Horses that showed up and checked in earned a point and eligibility for the final race.  John-Michael, owned by Terry Miller and trained by Michael Miller, has earned 21 points. The 6-year-old gelding raced in Afton and Norwich, taking second in both with Tara Hynes aboard. He also earned a point for showing up for the race in Bath. Lemon Pepper has also only raced in two legs of the series and has earned five points. The 15-year-old gelding is owned, trained and ridden by Jennifer Lowrey and received one point for finishing in the first leg, three points for placing fourth in the second division in Norwich and one point for showing up at Bath. The RUS NY 2014 Fair Series has a final race purse of $2,000 along with more than $1,500 in prizes from sponsors. In addition to series sponsors Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, Hawthorne Products donated a gift basket and NY Equine Fitness Center at Cleremont Farms is donating a Race & Recovery package valued at more than $1,250. The R&R package includes three treatments in their equine salt water spa and their hyperbaric chamber -- the only hyperbaric chamber in all of New England. Riders in the final race will also receive gift bags from the sponsors in addition to a pair of riding gloves donated by Big D’s. There will also be a High Point Rider Award presented at the final to the rider who has earned the most points, regardless of horse(s) ridden throughout the series, with points earned for their finish in the final race as well. The current standings of qualified riders are as follows: Michelle Crawford–75, Michelle Miller–50, Karen Isbell-35, Jennifer Lowrey–25 and Tara Hynes–25. Many other sponsors also contributed services and financial support to the series. The series was made possible thanks to the following sponsors: Flagship Sponsor: New York Sire Stakes; Marketing Sponsor: Horsefly Group; Series Sponsors: Draper Therapies, Horse Quencher, Crawford Farms, Hawthorne Products, and Eric Abbatiello Racing. Race sponsors included Barb and Rick Bateman and T&K Harrington, LLC. by C J Millar, for RUS NY

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