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July 7, 2014, Goshen, NY – The much anticipated RUS New York’s 2014 Fair Series  kicked off this past Thursday with a successful race at Goshen Historic Track on  their Fair Day of racing. Despite the heat and humidity, there was a great turnout  with 6 starters going into the first leg of the series. Every rider received gift bags from  sponsors Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, to show their thanks for supporting  this new and exciting sport and race series.    The race went in a time of 2:05.2, won by Karen Isbell on her own Truth In Action.  Second went to Admiral Hanover, ridden by Vanessa Karlewicz trained by Janice  Connor and third went to Michelle Miller on Kash Now, trained by Michael Miller. The  other three finishers included E R Anna with Mary Lu Dolci Conte aboard, Conway  Cruiser ridden by Brian Connor, and Lemon Pepper, owned and ridden by Jennifer  Lowrey. All horses stayed flat and competitive with a close race to the finish, making  for a successful and exciting first leg of the all new RUS New York 2014 Fair Series.    July 7, 2014, Goshen, NY – The much anticipated RUS New York’s 2014 Fair Series  kicked off this past Thursday with a successful race at Goshen Historic Track on  their Fair Day of racing. Despite the heat and humidity, there was a great turnout  with 6 starters going into the first leg of the series. Every rider received gift bags from  sponsors Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, to show their thanks for supporting  this new and exciting sport and race series.    The race went in a time of 2:05.2, won by Karen Isbell on her own Truth In Action.  Second went to Admiral Hanover, ridden by Vanessa Karlewicz trained by Janice  Connor and third went to Michelle Miller on Kash Now, trained by Michael Miller. The  other three finishers included E R Anna with Mary Lu Dolci Conte aboard, Conway  Cruiser ridden by Brian Connor, and Lemon Pepper, owned and ridden by Jennifer  Lowrey. All horses stayed flat and competitive with a close race to the finish, making  for a successful and exciting first leg of the all new RUS New York 2014 Fair Series.    RUS New York is thankful to flagship sponsor New York Sire Stakes and to two  nationally recognized brands, Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, in conjunction  with series sponsors Crawford Farms and Eric Abbatiello Racing. As more sponsors  come on board, purses and prizes may increase, so we encourage everyone to  consider becoming a sponsor! All marketing is being handled by Horsefly Group, an  international marketing agency. Horsefly Group’s digital director, CJ Millar, is also  the marketing director for RUS New York and RUS Nation, and a licensed RUS rider  as well as an avid equestrian. All sponsorship inquiries can be directed to her at  cj@horseflygroup.com or 973-626-3673.      All photographs provided by Geri Schwarz and Chris Tully are copyrighted, used  with permission, all rights reserved. Photos are available for purchase by clicking on the photographer's name on the RUS New York website sponsors page, and  contacting them with your request. Thank you.     RUS NY Committee  • Michelle Miller, Racing Coordinator, current RUS licensed rider  • Jennifer Lowrey, RUS Advisor, current RUS licensed rider  • CJ Millar, Marketing Director, current RUS licensed rider (pre-race  coordinator with all RUS competitors, and winner’s circle presenter on behalf  of sponsors)    CJ Millar

June 25, 2014, Monticello, NY – The official conditions for the RUS New York 2014 Fair Series has been published and is available on the RUS-NewYork.com website (http://rus-newyork.com/2014-fair-series/). Conditions differ slightly from some of the other RUS events such as the Hambletonian Series, to allow a wider selection of horses and riders to participate, in keeping with traditional fair racing. Some of the key differences are a more lenient qualifying time of 2:20 on a half mile or larger tracks for horses, and the allowance of horses over the age of 14 to participate in the Fair Series. Rider requirements, however, remain the same and all riders must hold a current, active RUS license on file with the USTA. Full details in the NYSS Fair Book can be found at RUS New York’s website, including entry deadlines and draw dates. RUS New York is thankful to flagship sponsor New York Sire Stakes and to two nationally recognized brands, Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, in conjunction with series sponsors Crawford Farms and Eric Abbatiello Racing. Thanks to their generous support, RUS New York has put together an estimated purse schedule for each of the races. The following purses are tentative with the minimum purse listed below as of 6/25.  As more sponsors come on board, purses may increase, so we encourage everyone to consider becoming a sponsor! 7/3 Thurs - Goshen Meet, Goshen, NY – $1,000 est., plus winner prizes from Horse Quencher and Draper Therapies 7/10 Thu – Afton Fair, Afton, NY – $1,000 est. 7/14 Mon - Seneca County Fair, Waterloo, NY – $500 est. 7/29 Tues – Otsego County Fair, Morris, NY – $500 est. 8/5 – Chenango County Fair, Norwich, NY – $500 est. 8/12 Tues – Steuben County Fair, Bath, NY – $500 est. 8/19 Tues – Tompkins County Fair, Trumansburg, NY Series Final race – $2,000 est. plus 20# bucket of Horse Quencher, and embroidered championship cooler from Draper Therapies. Rider gift bags from our sponsors for all participants. In addition to the Goshen and Tompkins County Fair races, many of the legs will have prizes awarded to the winner from our sponsors, Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, and some races will also have rider gift bags for all participants. Sponsorship is a great way to support the world of Standardbred Racing and RUS, while also gaining exposure for your company and brand. Benefits vary by level of sponsorship, and include mention in fair programs, across the web, and ongoing mention in all publications online and off — including social, blogging, press releases and in the winner’s circle at the conclusion of each race. All marketing is being handled by Horsefly Group, an international marketing agency. Horsefly Group’s digital director, CJ Millar, is also the marketing director for RUS New York and RUS Nation, and a licensed RUS rider as well as an avid equestrian. All sponsorship inquiries can be directed to her at cj@horseflygroup.com or 973-626-3673. by CJ Millar for RUS NY  

June 3, 2014, Monticello, NY - Racing Under Saddle has seen a surge in popularity the past few years as an exhibition sport. The 2013 RUS season was supported in the United States by 47 trainers, 41 horses, and 29 riders, including fair races at Afton, Morris, and Goshen, and a series hosted by the Meadowlands culminating on Hambletonian Day. However, because it has yet to be supported by wagering, sponsorship has been the biggest challenge when trying to get races scheduled. Getting sponsors has been and will continue to be the key to making this year’s inaugural RUS NY Fair Series a success. RUS New York is thankful to the New York Sire Stakes and to two nationally recognized brands, Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, which have signed on as series sponsors to support RUS as a sport, and promote the RUS NY 2014 Fair Series. RUS NY is also excited to announce two new sponsors - Crawford Farms and Eric Abbatiello Racing. The leading driver at Freehold, Eric Abbatiello of Eric Abbatiello Racing, has been a supporter of RUS since 2013, and was happy to support the RUS New York 2014 Fair Series. In addition, RUS New York is incredibly excited to announce Crawford Farms as a full series sponsor for the 2014 season. Crawford Farms has been a family-owned and operated farm since its inception in 1966. Located on more than 100 acres in Durhamville, NY, it’s in the heart of New York State, and their support for the 2014 Fair Series is greatly appreciated. Along with supporting RUS New York, Crawford Farms is also a major sponsor of the upcoming harness racing television series. They are a wonderful farm that is deeply committed to the harness racing and standardbred industry, and their sponsorship and support will help promote RUS and harness racing across the nation. RUS NY is still seeking funds to make the series a success.  Benefits vary by level of sponsorship, and include mention in fair programs, across the web, and ongoing mention in all publications online and off — including social, blogging, press releases and in the winner’s circle at the conclusion of each race. All marketing is being handled by Horsefly Group, an international marketing agency, to ensure that sponsors gets their brand in front of as many potential customers as possible. Horsefly Group’s digital director, CJ Millar, is also the marketing director for RUS NY, and a licensed RUS rider as well as an avid equestrian. All sponsorship inquiries can be directed to her at cj@horseflygroup.com or 973-626-3673. About RUS NY and Racing Under Saddle in America Founded by Helene Gregory, RUS America in conjunction with support from the USTA, oversees the sport of Racing Under Saddle in the United States (known as Montè Racing in Europe). As interest in the sport grew in America, RUS New York was formed in early 2014 to assist with the organization and management of Racing Under Saddle series and races across New York State. The main goal is to promote RUS as a sport, increase interest in Standardbred racing, and showcase the versatility of the Standardbred breed. For more information on RUS America, contact Helene Gregory at 609-439-7818 or kickan@comcast.net. RUS NY Committee Michelle Miller, Racing Coordinator, current RUS licensed rider Jennifer Lowrey, RUS Advisor, current RUS licensed rider CJ Millar, Marketing Director, current RUS licensed rider (pre-race coordinator with all RUS competitors, and winner’s circle presenter on behalf of sponsors) by CJ Millar for RUS NY

Nick Surick, the leading harness racing trainer at Freehold Raceway, did not have a racing background when he became a horseman. All Nick knew was he wanted to be a part of harness racing industry any way possible. As of the 22nd of May, Nick leads as the top trainer at Freehold Raceway with 26 wins out of 118 starts resulting in $86,000 in total purse winnings for 2014. "I have no horse racing background whatsoever" says Nick. "I actually grew up in Freehold, NJ and I lived about five minutes away from Freehold Raceway which was a ten minute bike ride. I used ride my bike to the track to watch the races as a kid." Nick credits his mom, Debbie, for always supporting him. "Through the bad times she helped me, good or bad she always stood behind me. She always wanted me to be happy" says Nick. His parents divorced right around the time Nick was getting into the harness racing industry and it must have been difficult for him, for anyone in that position. What originally drew Nick to the track was the gambling component. Nick's father, Kevin, helped introduce Nick to this unhealthy lifestyle due to the fact that Nick's father had substance abuse issues and was a known gambler. "I was a gambler; I was actually thrown out of a lot of tracks for underage gambling. My father was an alcoholic and a degenerate gambler." Nick admits. "I was more hooked that way more than anything. Aside from the gambling back then, I think the horse itself intrigued me and I liked the animal so much that it was good for me. " "I really wasn't the best student when it came to school." Nick explains, "I really couldn't care less about school. I dropped out of my second year in college so I could train full time when I got the opportunity from one of my big owners, Howard Schneidler. It all came together at the right time. "Once I learned the backside to horse racing, that's when I lost the itch for gambling. It was about growing up, maturing and getting smarter." Nick says. "Now that I was physically with the horse, gambling was not an issue anymore." The fact Nick was able to break away and cut the cord, so to speak, speaks volumes. Once Nick established himself as a horseman, it came to the point where Nick's father was constantly causing Nick problems at the Raceway and in life as a whole. "He caused me a lot of headaches at the track" Nick says about his father. "With me training horses, it wasn't good for him. He started making things up, telling people to bet horses (based) on what I said which are things I never said. If I talk to him a couple times a year, that's a lot. He was hurting my livelihood. "I had to take a step back, even though he's my dad I had to cut him out." Nick admits. "I had to think about my future and hopefully I have a lot of years ahead of me. "Drug and alcohol abuse made him a person he wasn't." Nick continues, "He was nasty to people... when you're under the influence you become a different person." The best piece of advice Nick ever received was from Richard Annunziata and it was about Nick ensuring he surrounds himself with good people. "He told me this when I was 16 and I am 26 now but I still remember it" says Nick. "Surround yourself with successful people; surround yourself with people that are better than you.... If you surround yourself with bad apples, that's who you're going to be. "That's what I did" says Nick. "I cut out all of the bad people from my life. The people who were bringing me down." Once Nick graduated from high school, he admits he changed lives. Nick did a 180 degree turn to better his life and to develop into a better person. Was it easy? That's tough to say as everyone deals with changes in their own manner but knowing that change is needed and working towards that is a task in itself. What Nick did is commendable, not many people can switch 'tracks' in life and to do so at a young and impressionable age is astounding. When Nick got started, he first worked for fellow trainer Eric Abbatiello. "I never had anyone behind me to push me, I did it all on my own." After working with Eric Abbatiello, Nick and his (now former) partner Anna Glide joined forces. "We worked together for four or five years and the business grew together between us" Nick explains. "We went from two horses to thirty five horses almost overnight. "When it comes to owners, I am happy with who I have," Nick says. Once Nick finds people he is comfortable with and who he believes has a good heart, Nick is content and doesn't go looking for more. It's about quality, not quantity for Nick. "I've learned a lot from Erv Miller... like who to accept in your barn." Nick states. "My girlfriend Hannah is his daughter." Working with Erv, Nick says "I've learned to individualize each horse. Treating each horse as their own... treat each horse as a separate entity." "Anytime I need any advice, I can pick up the phone and call Erv," says Nick. "He has one of the best managed barns I've ever seen. His memory is unbelievable!" Nick is open when he admits he doesn't like change, right now he's very happy residing near Freehold Raceway and all the major tracks are within driving distance. "Right now I take it one day at a time" says Nick when asked about what the future may hold for him. "I'm comfortable with my 30 to 40 horse barn." When it comes to Pacers or Trotters, hands down Nick prefers the Pacers. "I just haven't had any luck with the Trotters" laughs Nick. Nick pulls double duty at Freehold Raceway where he drives as well. Nick only plans on driving at Freehold Raceway and admits it's a lot of fun. Nick considers driving more of a hobby compared to training which is his passion. Nick believes the harness racing industry is headed in the proper direction by pushing to have the major races showcased on National TV. "We need a lot more one on one interaction with the drivers, trainers and the public." Nick says. Nick credits the success of his barn to his employees, the second trainers, the grooms and most importantly his owners. "I'm nothing without them and their financial backing" Nick states. "I've got great people behind me; I've got to give them credit. Nick Surick can't take care of 35- 40 horses, it takes a team. There's no magic, its teamwork." Roderick Balgobin's column will appear weekly on Harnesslink. You can contact him at rod.balgobin @supernovasportsclub.com or Twitter: ScSupernova        

Often overlooked when it comes to amateur racing is that, besides driving, a good many of the sportsmen are also owners and many race their own stock in the amateur events, especially in the granddaddy of all amateur driving events, the C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series. And furthermore, these gentlemen drivers employ professional trainers. Take for instance the Billings Trot at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (May17). In that race the first three horses under the wire were, Mr. Jim Dandy, Get Packin and Gimme The Loot, and each was driven by its owner; Dave "Yes Its True" Offenberg, Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff and Bob "Rapid Rail" Krivelin, respectively. Add that to the fact that each of the aforementioned horses is under the care of a professional trainer and you get a glimpse of what amateur drivers bring to the table. In what was the fifth event in the year-long series, and third in the eastern region, Offenberg's victory, his second in the east at Freehold , has vaulted him to the top of the leaderboards, both in the east region as well as in the overall points standings board. Now with 29 points his total is two points better than that of runner-up Bob Hechkoff's. Now in his 17th season of amateur driving, Offenberg is coming off a personal best having won six races last year and now with two wins already this year he could be heading for a personal milestone. A longtime owner of quality racehorses Offenberg, a successful businessman, whose won 45 races thus far in his amateur driving career, earned his nickname after having been the owner of the great pacing mare, Yes Its True. In the Freehold Raceway contest last Saturday Offenberg and his trotter Mr Jim Dandy got away in fifth position from the six-hole and they used a second-over trip to wear down Get Packin and then go on to a 1-1/4-length triumph in a time of 2:01.3. Hechkoff's Get Packin held on for second while Gimme The Loot and Krivekin took home the show dough,. As aforementioned Mr. Jim Dandy a 6-year-old Classic Photo gelding, is owned by Offenberg and trained by the "Little Redman", Eric Abbatiello. He paid $11.90 for win. Next Billing's action will be in the eastern region at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, May 22 by John Manzi, for the Billing Amateur Driving Series

On paper, the $83,000 Clyde Hirt Final appeared to be a wide open race. But on the racetrack, it was anything but. Avatartist, sent off as the 9-5 favorite, made the early lead in 26.1 prior to yielding to the pocket. Driver Dave Miller made an aggressive move down the backstretch, reclaiming the lead past a 53.3 half-mile. The Buckeye threw down the gauntlet and opened up a commanding lead heading to the top of the stretch and never had an anxious moment in the stretch winning in a stakes record 1:50.1. Alexa's Jackpot rallied very well off dull cover to be second, while Wake Up Peter came from an impossible spot to be third. The winner is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owners William Hill, Peter Harrisson, Michael Saftic and James Walker. Ironically, Avatartist is not eligible to the upcoming Whata Baron series which begins Saturday April 5th, while Alexa's Jackpot and Wake Up Peter are heading to that series next. In the $60,600 Final of The Horse & Groom, it was a perfect storm for Hldontghttoyurdrms in more ways than one. First, the 3-5 favorite Bambino Glide made a break prior to the start, never to be involved. At the start, round one winner Amigo Ranger went off-stride. Next, turning down the backstretch, with Hldontghttoyurdrms leading through a 27.3 opening quarter, pocket-sitting March Awareness broke stride, leaving the pace-setter with a six length lead heading to the half. Hldontghttoyurdrms got that half in 55.4 and three quarters in 1:24.3, while never facing a challenge and romping to an easy score in 1:53.4 for Canadian based driver Jonathan Drury. The winner had been a bit disappointing in the first two rounds of the series, but with the money down, the gelded son of Muscles Yankee got the job done. He is trained by Corey Johnson for owners Saverio Spagnolo, Frank Schimizzi and Frank Spagnolo. Longshot Magglio was second with Crosbys Clam Bake finishing third. Scott Zeron and Jim Morrill, Jr. were the Winners in Round 2 of the Legends vs. Phenoms Drivers Challenge. Scott Zeron continues to make plenty of noise at The Meadowlands as he easily led the Phenoms from gate to wire to win the second leg of the Driver Challenge with 85 points. Zeron also won the "phenom" category last week as well. While Zeron is dominating the Phenoms, the Legends category has been a battle. Tonight, Andy Miller and Jim Morrill Jr. went into the last race each with 83 points, with first round winner Dave Miller right behind with 81 points. In the end, it was Jim Morrill Jr, with 90 points winning round 2 for the Legends. For the tournament, Dave Miller (172) leads the "Legends" followed by Andy Miller (160), Jim Morrill Jr. (158), Corey Callahan (74) and John Campbell (73). Scott Zeron (163) is cruising along in the "Phenoms" category. Joe Bongiorno (90) is a clear-cut second. Rounding out the top 10 are Tony Hall (60), Jonathan Drury (54), Steve Smith (52), Jim. Marohn Jr. (49), Vincent Ginsburg (46), Tyler Smith (45), Jim Meittinis (33) and Eric Abbatiello (22). On Saturday April 26th, the top five Legends and the top five Phenoms will qualify for the Driver Challenge Final, with the winner earning $15,000. Racing resumes on Friday with the first round of the Artistic Vision series for pacing mares, with post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

Saturday, March 22nd will begin the six week long, Legends vs. Phenoms Drivers Challenge. Each race on the next five Saturday programs will be a part of the Challenge, with the following format. · The driver with the most points accumulated for each team will win a $2,000 bonus. · Points are accrued as follows: o Win - 10 points o 2nd - 9 points o 3rd - 8 points o 4th - 7 points o 5th - 6 points o 6th - 5 points o 7th - 4 points o 8th - 3 points o 9th - 2 points o 10th-12th - 1 point On the sixth Saturday, April 26th, the top 5 point earners for The Legends and the top 5 point earners for The Phenoms from the first five weeks will qualify for the Final, where the Overall winner will win $15,000, the runner-up will receive $5,000, third place will receive $3,000 and fourth through tenth will each receive $1,000. For purposes of this coming Saturday, March 22nd, the drivers will be divided as follows: Legends: Dave Miller, Andy Miller, Jody Jamieson and Jim Morrill Jr. Phenoms: Scott Zeron, Tony Hall, Tyler Smith, Joe Bongiorno, Jim Meittinis, Vincent Ginsburg , Jim Marohn Jr., Steve Smtih, Eric Abbatiello and all other drivers on the card. The Drivers Challenge will take place each Saturday through April 26th. Darin Zoccali

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Yonkers Raceway's stakes season continued Tuesday night, with the opening round of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The annual tribute to Teddy Roosevelt, for 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offered up eight, $12,500 divisions. Turns out that the last division (Touchdown Mindale) was also the swiftest (1:53.3), with the entire list of winners as such... --Artist Night,g,4 (by American Ideal); co-owners (as Burke Racing) trainer Ron Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,Howard Taylor/driver George Brennan; 1:54/$3.20; --Sir Michigan Z Tam,g,4 (by Somebeachsomewhere); co-owners (trainer/driver) Pat Lachance,M&M Harness Racing,Ira Rosenblum; 1:55.4/$4.10; --Rocks N Bonds,g,4 (by Rocknroll Hanover); owner Kostas Tsanakos/trainer Ivan Llopez/driver Eric Abbatiello; 1:55.1/$4.60; --A Stitch in Time,g,4 (by Kent's on Nuke); owner A Piece of the Action/trainer Lou Pena/driver Brian Sears; 1:54.1/$2.10; --I Dream a Dream,g,4 (by Western Ideal); co-owners Lomangino Standardbreds,Leo Lomangino/trainer-driver Lachance; (life-best) 1:54/$18.60; --Ashley's Husband,g,4 (by Henry Clay); owner W J Donovan/trainer Kyle Spagnola/driver Jordan Derue; 1:56.1/$2.50; --K-Lee's Shakenbake,g,4 (by Raycer Thad); co-owners Martin Scharf,David Linker/trainer Darren Cassar/driver Ron Pierce; 1:54.4/$3; --Touchdown Mindale,g,4 (by Always A Virgin); co-owners Erv Miller Stb,Harvey Eisman,Leland & Owen Mathias/trainer Nick Surick/driver Marcus Miller; 1:53.3/$22.40. 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 - December 17, 2013 - Driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Vincent Fusco Jr. wrapped up meet titles when Freehold Raceway wrapped up its 2013 season on Saturday, December 14, 2013. "I believe this is the third consecutive driving title for me at Freehold," said Abbatiello. "I appreciate the opportunities given to me by the trainers at Freehold." Abbatiello held a five-win margin over Jim Pantaleano for the combined January to May and August to December meet. "My own stable did well this year and a special thanks to my loyal owners," he noted. Abbatiello's stable produced 15 wins from 91 starters for earnings of $87,118. "Freehold is where I grew up, so it makes it that much more special," he added. Abbatiello, who received a degree in philosophy and business from Catholic University, switched from stockbroker and financial planner to harness horseman in 1999. But that was no surprise given his roots. His father, Carmine, and his uncle, Anthony, are both Hall of Fame horsemen. Abbatiello finished the year with 173 wins at Freehold, holding off Jim Pantaleano with 168 wins. Rounding out the driving Top 5 were Steve Smith, Cat Manzi and Vincent Ginsburg. Name  Starts  W P S UDR ITM% Earnings Abbatiello, Eric 956 173 153 132 0.316 48% $743,984 Pantaleano, James 832 168 124 101 0.325 47% $708,351 Smith, Stephen 824 119 102 141 0.270 44% $628,563 Manzi, Catello 511 115 73 65 0.347 50% $448,372 Ginsburg, Vincent 788 90 108 99 0.232 38% $466,075 Topping the trainer standings was Vincent Fusco Jr. with 65 wins, more than twice Nick Surick with 32 wins.  Fusco’s stable earned nearly $236,000 thanks, in part, to an in-the-money percentage of 56 percent.   Name  Starts  W P S UDR ITM% Earnings Fusco, Vincent Jr  278 65 45 47 0.380 56% $235,908 Surick, Nick  113 32 21 12 0.422 58% $130,949 Garland, Karen  181 31 19 34 0.292 46% $142,946 Mackenzie, William  140 26 27 20 0.340 52% $142,653 Scamporino, Frank Jr  128 23 24 12 0.315 46% $119,480   Live racing returns to Freehold Raceway on January 2, 2014. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ            

MANALAPAN, NJ – November 24, 2013 – Jim Pantaleano instigated the fundraising effort, and both Freehold Raceway and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey matched funds to raise more than $5,000 on Saturday, November 23, 2013 to benefit injured harness driver Anthony Coletta. Pantaleano made the pledge to donate his five percent fee as a driver in all 13 of Freehold’s races on Saturday.  That totaled $463. Meanwhile, the SBOANJ and Freehold agreed to match his donation and those of any other drivers and trainers on the program.  The result was $2,520 in fees and an equal amount from the SBOANJ and Freehold. Plus there were other donations from the racing community that well exceeded the $5,040. The beneficiary is driver Anthony Coletta, who suffered severe injuries in a racing accident on November 17, 2013 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. “We know it is a challenge for horsemen to give up their income for the day, but we thank all of those who did step up to assist a fallen colleague with this fundraising effort,” said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento.  “ “Many thanks to Jimmy and Christi Pantaleano for starting the ball rolling and to all the other horsemen who joined the effort,” said Freehold’s Director of Racing Karen Fagliarone. Christi Pantaleano collected additional cash donations on Saturday, including a generous gift from the Landy family, to add to the total. From the racing fees, Andy Miller was the top money earner and contributor for the day with $620, followed by Pantaleano’s $463.  Other drivers involved were Nick Surick, Steve Smith, Eric Abbatiello, Jim Marshall and Pat Berry.  Donated training percentages came from Pete Fusco, Ken Hess and Mike Posner. by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

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 5, 2013 - Rockaholic caught Sky Is The Limit to win the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in the ninth race on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Yogi Sheridan, Rockaholic [by Rocknroll Hanover] paced the mile in 1:54.1 for the half-length victory, snapping the two-race winning streak of Sky Is The Limit [Western Ideal]. It was a length and a quarter to Always There [Western Ideal] in third. Rockaholic [$6.00], racing for Joseph Zicchino of Point Pleasant, NJ, improved his record to three wins, three seconds and two thirds from 20 starts this year. Lifetime, the gelding has finished in-the-money in 15 of 32 starts for a bankroll of $66,780. Earlier in the card, two-year-old pacers competed in a pair of $7,000 preliminary Green Acres legs. Useful Hanover [by Western Ideal] was a length and a quarter winner over Rock Absorber [Rocknroll Hanover] in the second leg for pacing colts and geldings. Card Shock [Cam's Card Shark] was two lengths back in third.  Useful Hanover [$3.80] was driven to victory by Jim Pantaleano for trainer Black MacIntosh, who co-owns with Harry Landy of Monroe, NJ. The mile was timed in 1:57.4. In the filly division, Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] extended her winning streak to four with a length and a quarter victory over Cut A Deal [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:57.1. Ideal Helen paid $2.60 to win. Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] was a length and a half back in third. Ideal Hanover, owned by breeder DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL, has already recorded victories in the Babic Filly Final and the New Jersey Futurity for two-year-olds in recent weeks. She has six wins and two seconds in 11 starts and earnings that now top $100,000. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 25, 2013 – Trainer and co-owner Chris Ryder is bringing a lot of "muscle" to the $66,500 Harold Dancer Trot on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Ryder will send out both Muscle On In and Well Built in the stakes for two-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters.  Both colts are by first year sire Muscle Hill. The entry is rated 5-2 in the morning line in race seven. A break at the start cost Muscle On In any hope in his last start, the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final on September 20.  The victory in that race went to Choco Sun who nosed out Chocolate Day, both by Chocolatier.  Those two trotters are also in the Harold Dancer.  Chocolate Day is the 7-2 second choice in the morning line from post six and Choco Sun is listed at 9-2 from post eight. While Daniel Dube gets the call on Muscle On In from the rail, Ryder will take the lines on Well Built from post seven.  Muscle On In comes into the Harold Dancer with two wins in eight starts for earnings of $19,415.  He took his mark of 1:58.3 in a $20,000 Arden division at the Meadows.  A $15,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, he races for the partnership of Ryder, Robert Mondillo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY. Entrymate Well Built, owned by Ryder and Mondillo, has two seconds in six starts, banking $11,375.  He was a $30,000 Lexington Selected Sale acquisition. The stakes record for the Harold Dancer, which is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, is 1:59, established in 2010 by Chapter Seven. The field for the $66,500 Harold Dancer Trot: HD #    POST   HORSE                  SIRE                        DRIVER                        TRAINER                 ML 1          1          Muscle On It         Muscle Hill             Daniel Dube                Chris Ryder                    5-2 1A       7          Well Built              Muscle Hill             Chris Ryder                  Chris Ryder                    5-2 2          2          Celebrity Spitfire  Muscles Yankee    Eric Abbatiello             Susanne Strandqvist    6-1 3          3          Resolve                 Muscle Hill             Jim Pantaleano          Roman Lopez               8-1 4          4          Hot Type               Chocolatier            DR Ackerman              DR Ackerman               5-1 5          5          Skates N Plates   Revenue                 Jim Marshall III            Paul Reid                      10-1 6          6          Chocolate Day     Chocolatier            Marcus Johansson      Julie Miller                     7-2 7          8          Choco Sun            Chocolatier            Jim Meittinis                Orjan Torstensson        9-2 In other stakes action on Friday, two $7,000 divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres will be contested prior to the betting card.  In the first event, the third leg for two-year-old trotting fillies, drew a field of five, including first leg winner Shelikescandy by Chocolatier and second leg winner Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee. The second non-wagering stakes is the first leg for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings with five entrants, including $38,500 Charles Smith runner up Dagget by Chocolatier. The $25,000 Green Acres Final for three-year-old pacing fillies is the featured seventh race on Thursday, September 26, 2013. The 6-5 morning line favorite is the Ross Croghan trainee Certified Ideal by Western Ideal who will be driven by Jim Pantaleano from post two.  Four of the finalists are by Western Ideal, two by Cam’s Card Shark and one by Rocknroll Hanover. Prior to the Thursday card, five three-year-old trotting fillies will face off in the second round of the Green Acres. by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 20, 2013 – Choco Sun led a Chocolatier sweep of the top three spots of the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres and Super Classic won the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Trot on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Choco Sun, driven by Jim Meittinis and trained by Oriano Torstensson, captured the Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:59.3, finishing a nose ahead of Chocolate Day and a length and a quarter in front of Holiday Spirit. All three are sons of Chocolatier. The seventh race longshot, Choco Sun paid $54.20 to win, picking up his second straight victory. He has been first or second in four of five starts, banking more than $21,000 for Eirik Djuve of Sola, Norway. Muscle On In, the betting favorite, broke stride, finished seventh and was placed eighth on a disqualification. Super Classic, a son of Muscles Yankee, romped to a six and a quarter length tally over Dagget [Chocolatier] and Bouncer [Muscles Yankee] was nine and a quarter back in third in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters. The Jim Doherty trainee, driven by Eric Abbatiello, trotted the mile in 2:00.2. William Augustine of Hammonton, NJ owns Super Classic, who picked up his second straight win and pushed his career bankroll to $73,953 with three wins, one second and four thirds in 22 starts. The Charles Smith, contested before the betting card, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. In a three-horse $7,000 division of the Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies, also took place off the betting card, Worldrecordsweeper [Muscles Yankee] finished a neck ahead of I’ll Bring Dessert [Chocolatier] in 2:03.1 Muscle Pump Queen [Muscles Yankee] was third by 15 ¼ lengths. Kevin Oscarsson drove Worldrecordsweeper, who is trained by Jim Oscarsson and owned by Jokikunnan Tila Oy of Finland. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

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 17, 2013 – Super Classic, a Hambletonian hopeful in August, makes his next start in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Final on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The non-wagering event for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters drew three entrants.  "This colt was in against [eventual winner] Royalty For Life on August 3 at the Meadowlands, clearly the toughest of the three Hambletonian divisions,” said owner William J. Augustine of Hammonton, NJ.  “I think he raced well that day, considering the fierce competition.  He has been freshened up and showed that he can handle Freehold's half-mile track by winning his last start pretty handily.” Augustine, owner of Winners Circle Blueberries and an accomplished amateur driver, made a barn change after the Hambletonian, turning the gelded son of Muscles Yankee over to Hall of Famer Jim Doherty.  Freehold’s leading driver, Eric Abbatiello, will be in the sulky and leave from the rail position. Super Classic has two wins, one second and four thirds from 21 career starts and earnings of $54,703. 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.  The feature on the betting card is the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race.  by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

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