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Freehold, NJ – September 14, 2013 – Ideal Helen [$9.40] bested a field of eight colts and one other filly to take the $42,100 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Western Ideal, driven by Andy Miller and trained by Erv Miller, paced the mile in 1:57.2, finishing a half length in front of Frankandjoanne  Odds on favorite Gold Rocks, who had a two-race winning streak stopped, was a length and a half back in third.  The second and third-place finishers are both by Rocknroll Hanover. Ideal Helen, who started in the second tier in the 10-horse field, improved her record to four wins and two seconds in nine starts.  Her victories included the Review Stakes at Springfield, IL and the $61,900 Lou Babic Filly last week at Freehold. The winner’s share improved Ideal Helen’s earnings to $93,430 for owner-breeder DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  Earlier in the day, Rockaholic by Rocknroll Hanover won a $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, a non-wagering event. Driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Yogi Sheridan, Rockaholic prevailed by a neck over Sky Is The Limit [Western Ideal].  Always There [Western Ideal] was third by six and a quarter lengths. Rockaholic pushed his career earnings over $50,000 with his fifth career victory for Joseph Zicchino of Point Pleasant, NJ.  The gelding has finished in the money in 13 of 30 career starts. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

Freehold, NJ – An accident that involved horses and drivers falling to the track and four horses unable to finish the race marred the fourth race $5,700 pace at Freehold Raceway Friday. As the field was on the final turn after the three-quarter mile marker, Matt’s Smokin Lil, driven by Jeff Gregory, was first-over on the outside when his horse fell to the track. They were immediate run over by Fantail Hanover and driver Catello Manzi, who was racing second-over. Then those two were run into by the trailing horses My Op Doll (Vicent Ginsburg) and Look Siera (Jack Baggitt, Jr.) Both Catello Manzi and Jeff Gregory were taken by ambulance to local hospitals. Manzi was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center and was reported to have suffered fractures to both sides of his pelvis, Gregory was taken to Centra State Medical Center with a broken left elbow. Both  Vincent Ginsburg and Jack Baggitt, Jr. received bruises but did not go to the hospital. All four horses involved in the accident were able to walk off the track on their power. The race was won by Superstar Dream (Eric Abbatiello) in 1:57.   by Steve Wolf for

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 5, 2013 - Time N Tide and Chocolate Day turned in winning performances in a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres divisions for two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday, September 5,2013 at Freehold Raceway. In the first division, the sixth race, Time N Tide [$19] held off Martiniwithmuscle for a half-length tally in 2:03.3. Time N Tide, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Ray Schnittker, picked up his first win in seven tries. The son of Muscles Yankee - Almond Joy races for Ray Schnittker, Frank Baldassare, Edward Pachuta and Arden Homestead Stable [the co-breeder with Jacqueline Ingrassia]. Martiniwithmuscle by Muscle Hill was second and it was three quarters of a length to Holiday Spirit by Chocolatier in third. Chocolate Day [$2.60] by Chocolatier posted his second straight win in Green Acres action with a 2:02.4 mile in the second division, the eighth race. It was three-quarters of a length to Angels Ransom by Revenue in second and four lengths to Celebrity Spitfire by Muscles Yankee in third. Chocolate Day, driven by Marcus Johansson and trained by Julie Miller, now has three wins, four seconds and one third in 10 starts. He has banked more than $35,000 for the Andy Miller Stable and Arden Homestead Stable. Two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacers will be in the spotlight on Saturday at Freehold in $61,900 Lou Babic Memorial for fillies in the third race and the $96,200 Lou Babic open, the ninth race. Beautiful Lady by Rocknroll Hanover is the 2-1 morning line choice in the filly division, leaving from the rail with George Brennan driving. The Nifty Norman trainee has a win and a second in two career starts. Babic elim winner Gold Rocks, also by Rocknroll Hanover, is the 2-1 morning line pick in the open division. He has a win and a second in three starts. Tony Alagna trains the colt. The Babics are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

Freehold, NJ – On a rainy Labor Day, My Tallia Ideal and Rockaholic won first leg divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres on September 2, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. My Tallia Ideal by Western Ideal won the third race, the $7,000 division for three-year-old pacing fillies, with a 1:57 mile on an off track. Daniel Dube handled the Scott Di Domenico trainee who was a half-length winner over Light Of Day [Rocknroll Hanover].  It was a length and a half to Get The Look [Cam’s Card Shark] in third. My Tallia Ideal [$2.80], unraced at two, picked up her fifth win and has now finished in-the-money in eight of 12 starts.  She races for Quebec owners Gestion Mario Audet Inc. and Yves Sarrazin. Rockaholic [$16.60] picked up his first win of the year in his 16th start, the $7,000 division for three-year-old pacing colts and gelding, carded as the eighth race.  The son of Rocknroll Hanover, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Yogi Sheridan, paced the mile in a career best 1:54.1. It was a length and a quarter to Always There by Western Ideal in second and two lengths to Nick Fotiu by Cam’s Card Shark in third.  Rockaholic improved his career record to four wins, four seconds and four thirds from 28 attempts and has earned nearly $50,000 for Joseph Zicchino of Point Pleasant, NJ. by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

When the winter-spring harness racing meet concluded on May 18 at Freehold Raceway, Eric Abbatiello had claimed his third straight driving title, Vincent Fusco topped the trainers' standings at the Monmouth County track for the first time and 61 days of racing drew a total of $26 million in wagering.

When the Freehold harness racing meet for 2012 ended on December 22, the man on the top of the driver standings was Eric Abbatiello.

Freehold Raceway will host a $10,000 Driving Challenge on Saturday (Dec. 8). The eight local harness racing drivers involved are Hall of Famer Catello Manzi, Jeff Gregory, Jim Marshall III, Steve Smith, Jim Panteleano, Eric Abbatiello, Harry Landy and Joe Bongiorno.

Peter Grandich, the managing member of Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Co., LLC, announced today (Monday October 22) that he will be one of four sponsors of a one-day harness driving championship at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

New Jersey Futurity winner All Day Ray added the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres Final for two-year-old pacing colts to his harness racing resume on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

Verdad scored a half-length victory over Mortal Zin in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

Child's Play was tested to the wire but held on for a half-length victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres Final for three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Freehold Raceway, the site of the inaugural Open Space Pace & Festival of Horses.

Child's Play, who won two of three preliminary harness racing legs, gets the 2-1 morning line nod in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres Final for three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

Eric Abbatiello claimed his first Freehold Raceway harness racing driving title, adding three wins on closing day, Saturday, May 26, 2012, to lift his total to 73.

In the 1970s and '80s, when Eric Abbatiello was growing up his father Carmine transcended the sport of harness racing throughout North America, starring in a beer commercial and being featured in Sports Illustrated.

Balancing a badge with barn duty paid off handsomely for Philadelphia police officer Owen Eiler Jr. on Thursday night as he scored his first Meadowlands harness racing stakes win with Dontevenknowmymame in the $58,500 Super Bowl final.

The harness racing pacers take center stage in a trio of New Jersey Futurities on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Freehold Raceway. Six will go postward in the $45,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-olds in the sixth race while 11 two-year-olds have been split into two divisions, five going for $28,000 in the first race and six vying for $29,000 in the eighth race.

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