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MANALAPAN, NJ - March 15, 2020 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey has announced purse increases for the following 2020 races. The purse for the New Jersey Garden State Trot #2 for both 3-year-old colt and fillies at Freehold Raceway has been increased to $80,000. The purse for the New Jersey Garden State Trot #3 for both 2-year-old colt and fillies at the Meadowlands increased to $90,000. All other SBOANJ sponsored races remain as advertised in the USTA stake guide. If you have any questions please call the office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

(Freehold, NJ, March 12, 2020) – Freehold Raceway has been advised that an individual, who has been in contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), was in attendance at the harness racing track on Saturday, March 7.     As of today, the individual who was in attendance at Freehold Raceway has not tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) but continues to be monitored.    In light of these circumstances Freehold Raceway has issued the following statement: “In the interest and health of our guests, horsemen/horsewomen and employees we have made the decision to close all operations at Freehold Raceway until all areas of our racing and grandstand buildings have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.  Live racing scheduled for March 13-14 and March 20-21 will be cancelled and no simulcasting will be conducted.  “The Freehold Area Health Department is requesting that if you were present at the Freehold Raceway on March 7, 2020 you self-monitor or self-observe. The health department advises that Self-monitoring/observation means people should remain alert for subjective fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and if they feel feverish or develop cough or difficulty breathing during the self-observation period, they should take their temperature, and stay home. Please seek health advice (by telephone when possible).” Freehold Raceway is committed to continuing to adjust our efforts as directed by public health officials.  In addition, the following items will be implemented going forward for guest safety: More frequent public restroom cleaning rotations Additional sanitation stations in high volume areas  Increased sanitation of door handles and wagering devices Sanitation of menus after each guest use in all food and beverage venues Continued awareness amongst team members regarding cleanliness and sanitation, i.e. handwashing Additional carpet cleaning in high volume areas  

Freehold, NJ — Freehold Raceway has been advised that an individual, who has been in contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), was in attendance at the track on Saturday (March 7). As of today, the individual who was in attendance at Freehold Raceway has not tested positive for COVID-19 but continues to be monitored. In light of these circumstances Freehold Raceway has issued the following statement: “In the interest and health of our guests, horsemen/horsewomen and employees we have made the decision to close all operations at Freehold Raceway until all areas of our racing and grandstand buildings have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Live racing scheduled for March 13-14 and March 20-21 will be canceled and no simulcasting will be conducted. “All employees, and any other individuals who were in the Freehold racing areas on March 7 are being requested to self-quarantine. Freehold Raceway has been in communication with local health officials regarding this situation and will continue to communicate updates as needed.” Freehold Raceway is committed to continuing to adjust our efforts as directed by public health officials. In addition, the following items will be implemented going forward for guest safety: – More frequent public restroom cleaning rotations – Additional sanitation stations in high volume – Increased sanitation of door handles and wagering devices – Sanitation of menus after each guest use in all food and beverage venues – Continued awareness among team members regarding cleanliness and sanitation, i.e. hand washing – Additional carpet cleaning in high volume areas From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold Raceway will celebrate the harness racing luck of the Irish on Friday the 13th this year, when they play host to the annual St. Patrick's Day Pace.   The race is scheduled as the fourth on the ten-race program. As usual, the race features a lineup of all Irish drivers.   The field, from the rail out, consists of Classic River, with George Brennan, JV'z Dream, with Ron Burke, Happilyeverfaster, for Jim Whelan, Anotherprettyface, with last year's winner, Jack Killeen, Our Royal Majesty, for Jack Baggitt Jr, Nora's Tandt, with Mike Whelan, Dear Diary, with Irish Joe Hanney, and J Danae, for Anthony Haughan.   Race sponsor, Peter Grandich & Co,. will make a presentation to the winning driver after the race.   The first race on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Last week, Lyons Steel was pace compromised in the Freehold Raceway harness racing feature, and finished up the track. On Saturday (March 7), he removed all doubt early on, and destroyed the field on the lead.   Leaving from post position six, driver Pat Lachance immediately cleared to the front and opened up a big margin, going the first quarter in a blazing 26.4. That's the fastest opening quarter of the new year at Freehold. Undeterred, Lachance slowed things down with Lyons Steel in the second quarter, going the half in 55.4 while maintaining a comfortable advantage.   Heading up the backstretch the final time, Lyons Steel began to open up on the field, holding a five-length advantage as he went by three-quarters. No one was able to make up any ground on the dominant pace-setter, and Lyons Steel coasted under the wire 5 1/4 lengths in front. The final time was 1:53.1.     Lyons Steel has now won twice at Freehold this season, having won the Preferred back on February 15. He paid $3 to win, $3 to place, and $2.80 to show. He's owned by BD Racing LLC and trained by Dennis Watson.   Although Lyons Steel was well clear of the rest, the other seven were separated by just two lengths on the wire. Exit Cam got up for second at 32/1, while National Seelster was third at 15/1. Casual Cool, Hudsen A, Newbie, Lucan Hanover, and Tie Your Shoe Ed.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, beginning at 12:30 PM EDT. From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Bronskimackenzie A grabbed cover and slingshot wide to win Freehold Raceway's Friday (March 6) feature, the Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap Pace.   Sent off at 5/1 in the seven-horse field, driver Eric Abbatiello had her in midpack early on, then began to peek to the outside as they neared the half-mile point. It looked as if he would send her first-over, but when Jim Marshall pulled with When Sharks Fly, Abbatiello elected to sit second-over.   The move worked like a charm. Nearing three-quarters, with When Sharks Fly head-to-head with early leader Sue's Night Out, Bronskimackenzie was angled three-wide and moved to the lead easily. She pulled clear in the stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:58 over a good track.     That's the third win of the year for this Australian mare, adding to victories at Freehold and Yonkers earlier in the season. In her career, she's won ten races from 53 starts, and earned almost $95,000. Tahnee Camilleri is the winning owner and trainer.   Bronskimackenzie's win was one of three for Abbatiello on the Friday card. He also won race 1 with Bruce Lauer's Always as Fast, as well as the 5th race driving R Sam for owner/trainer Stefan Dorosz.   When Sharks Fly held on for second, while Faithful Desire rallied wide and finished third. Last Flight In N, Sue's Night Out, Askmysecretary, and Fear My Shadow completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- The Saturday (March 7) card at Freehold Raceway is loaded with harness racing action. There's 13 races, many with overflow fields. The headliner is the Preferred Handicap pace, scheduled as the ninth race.   Last week's Preferred winner, Tie Your Shoe Ed, will seek to defend his title from post position five. The John Bavosi-trained gelding won last week with a great inside trip. He's won three times at Freehold in 2020, while bankrolling $14,456. Jim Marshall III has been named as the pilot.   Freehold hosted a special invitational handicap pace last week, won by Soho Lennon A. While he will not return this week, three of his rivals from that spot will. Lyons Steel was seventh last week, and it was a flat effort on the surface. However, that was largely because he had to close off a very slow early pace. Three starts back, sitting behind a faster pace, he rolled from behind and won going away. He'll hope to get a similar pace setup this time, for trainer Dennis Watson and driver Pat Lachance.   Newbie has been in fine form since joining the Nick Surick barn earlier in the year. So far in 2020, he's hit the board in seven starts out of nine, while earning more than $19,000. He finished third in the invitational last week, and will seek to duplicate the magic here. Andy Miller will drive.   Lucan Hanover was well-backed last week, but couldn't get an outside rally going and finished fifth. He's got post position eight this week, for trainer Eric Ell and driver Drew Monti.   National Seelster, Exit Cam, Casual Cool, and Hudsen A complete the field. The latter will make his American debut in Sunday, after a solid qualifying mile last week at Freehold.   The first race at Freehold on Saturday will be at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- A field of seven filly and mare harness racing pacers has been assembled for the featured race on Friday afternoon (March 6) at Freehold Raceway, the Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap. It's scheduled as the 6th race, with a post time of 2:10 PM EST.   Faithful Desire, from the barn of Robert Bongiorno, is the likely favorite. She won a NW $15,000 pace at Yonkers Raceway back on February 14, pacing the mile in a sharp 1:54.4. She finished fourth and fifth in her two most recent tries at the level. This will mark her first start at Freehold since January 19, when she won this class. Joe Bongiorno will drive.   When Sharks Fly, from post position six, figures to be the most formidable opponent. She won two races in a row earlier in the meet, and was most recently second in a NW $6,000 pace back on February 28. Jim Marshall III will drive for trainer Donna Marshall.   Fear My Shadow, Last Flight In, Askmysecretary, Sue's Night Out, and Bronskimackenzie complete the septet. The latter two have also won at Freehold this year, and will seek to bounce back off seventh and sixth-place finishes, respectively, behind When Sharks Fly last out.   The first of ten races at Freehold on Friday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ ---Saturday's featured race at Freehold Raceway is a $14,000 Invitational Handicap pace, with a full field of eight signed on. The race features an interesting harness racing matchup: Freehold veteran Lyons Steel against up-and-comer Rollwithpapajoe.   Rollwithpapajoe will make his 4-year-old debut on Saturday afternoon, for trainer Jenn Bongiorno. As a 3-year-old, the bay gelding won three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes, before finishing third in the final at Batavia Downs on September 14. He wrapped up his sophomore campaign with a win in the Simpson at Harrah's Philadelphia on September 21. To prep for his return, he qualified at Freehold last week, pacing a mile in 1:53.3. Joe Bongiorno will drive from the outside post position.   Lyons Steel was dominant two races back at Freehold, effortlessly winning the Preferred Handicap pace in 1:53.3, in his second start off the layoff. He'll seek a rebound off a dull try at the Meadowlands last out. Pat Lachance is in the bike from post position seven, for trainer Dennis Watson,   Two other recent Preferred winners will do battle here. Lucan Hanover won the Preferred in January 4, back when he was int he care of Nick Surick. Since being claimed by Eric Ell on February 1, he's had a fourth place and a sixth place at the Meadowlands to his credit. He'll seek improvement in his return to Freehold, where he's won four times from six tries. Pat Berry drives from post position four.   Shneonucrzydiamnd A was impressive in victory back on January 25, taking the Preferred by two lengths in 1:53.2. He was pulled up last out at Yonkers Raceway on February 8, and qualified in 1:54.3 at Freehold last Friday. Eric Goodell has been named to drive from post position six, for trainer Ross Croghan.   Art Scene, Ozone Blue Chip, Newbie, and Soho Lennon A complete the field. The race will go as the ninth race on the 13-race Saturday program, with a post time scheduled for 3:10 PM EST.   Racing at Freehold on Saturday will begin at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway harness racing veteran driver, Eric Abbatiello, had a big afternoon on Saturday (February 22), booting home four winners on the 12-race program, including the feature race of the day.   Abbatiello got his first winner of the afternoon in race 2, sending Ultimate Flyer up the passing lane for the win, for trainer Mark Infante. He found the winner's circle again in the third race driving Dalton Did It for trainer Ted Suleski.   After coming up short in races 4, 5, and 7, Abbatiello completed the hat trick with Winning Linc in the $12,000 Preferred Handicap pace. Well behind early on, he closed stoutly from behind and got up to win over Newbie. Sent off at 9/1, he went the mile in 1:54 for owners D'Elegance Stable, Carmen Iannacone, TLP Stables, and Gandolfo Stable.     Following that big win, Abbatiello had one more drive, in race 9. He made the most of it, as Rockinwiththebest came rolling up the passing lane to win and complete the grand slam. The winning horse is owned and trained by Brandon Mongiello.   On the calendar year, Abbatiello now has 23 wins from 169 drives, putting him in fourth place. No one has more drives at Freehold than Abbatiello.   Live racing at Freehold resumes on Friday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway drew a field of eight for their weekly harness racing renewal of the Preferred Handicap pace this Saturday (February 23).   An Australian invader, Major Pocket A, was assigned the outside post position for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Dan Dube. He qualified for the first time stateside on February 8, finishing second by a neck to the excellent pacing mare Imprincessgemma A in 1:55.4. Last year in Australia, he finished in the top two fifteen times in 22 starts, while earning almost $62,000.   Ozone Blue Chip will seek a breakthrough in the Preferred after numerous tries at the level, leaving from post position seven for Pat Berry and Ron Coyne. Last week, he finished second at 30/1 behind Lyons Steel. He hasn't won yet this year, but has finished second three times, while earning over $9,500.   The rest of the field consists of, from the inside out: Texican, Newbie, Rancousy, Bronskimackenzie, Art Scene, and Winning Linc. The race is scheduled as the eighth on the twelve-race program, with a listed post time of 3:10 PM EST.   The first race on the Saturday card at Freehold will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Lyons Steel made his first harness racing victory of 2020 a dominant one on Saturday (February 15) at Freehold Raceway, winning the Preferred Handicap pace by three lengths.   After a brief layoff, Lyons Steel returned to the races last week, finishing fifth in the Preferred with a strong closing rally. Off that big effort, he was made the 3/5 choice in this week's Preferred.   Dropped into sixth in the early stages, driver Pat Lachance took him to the outside nearing the half-mile point, then went three-wide at the 5/8 marker to get around a stalled rival. He continued his move nearing three-quarters, effortlessly moving by early leader Smileandsaycheese and getting a clear advantage as they turned for home. With no serious competition in the stretch, he coasted home a three-length winner. The final time over the fast track was an impressive 1:53.3.     Lyons Steel made waves at Freehold last year, winning the Preferred three times. He picked up where he left off Saturday afternoon, continuing his impressive ways over that track. He's owned by BD Racing LLC and trained by Dennis Watson.   Live racing resumes on Friday at Freehold, starting at 12:30 PM EST. There will be a double carryover in the pick 5, worth $1,474.46.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Phil Jasper's Drinkin Again has quickly taken a liking to Freehold Raceway, with three wins over the track in his last eight races. Last out, he won the Preferred Handicap pace by half a length at 12/1. He'll seek to defend his title on Saturday (February 15), lining up against seven contenders.   Jack Baggitt will be back in the sulky on the 6-year-old, who will seek to become the first pacer to win the Freehold Preferrred Handicap twice in 2020. He'll leave from the outside post position eight. It will be interesting to see if Jack takes back, or tries to send like he did last week.   Two others drew for the outside post positions, and they'll line up directly to Drinkin Again's inside. Lyons Steel turned in a strong closing effort in his 2020 debut last week, rallying to finish fifth with a final quarter of 28 seconds. During the fall/winter portion of the Freehold season, he won the Preferred three times. Pat Lachance will leave from post position six for trainer Dennis Watson.   Winning Linc drew post position seven, for driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Richard Johnson. He caught fire at the Meadowlands last fall, with three wins in his last four starts of the year. This will be his 2020 debut.   Smileandsaycheese, Ozone Blue Chip, Gotta Go BB, Solo Story, and Ginger Tree Marty complete the ensemble. The Preferred will go as the seventh race, with a listed post time of 2:50 PM EST.   Saturday's Freehold card also features another renewal of the American Harness Drivers Club amateur trot, which will go as the fifth race. Wygant Prince, for owner/driver Paul Minore, will seek to make it two in a row at the class.   In addition, the hottest pacer based at the track, Jackamino, will seek his fifth win in a row in the sixth race, a NW $8,000 last 5/NW 9 pace. Vinny Ginsburg will drive from post position four for trainer Taylor Gower, who also trains Wygant Prince.   The first of ten races at Freehold on Saturday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- In hopes of being able to fill a 3-day race week, Freehold Raceway will conduct a double draw on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.   The box for both Thursday (February 13) and Friday (February 14) will close on Tuesday, February 11 at 9:00 AM. The board for Thursday's card will close at 2:00 PM the same day, while the board for Friday will close at 10:00 AM the next day.   Horsemen with questions should call the race office at (732) 252-2322.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway will host a 13-race program this Saturday (February 8), with full harness racing fields in every race. The co-headliners will be the Preferred Handicap Pace and the Preferred Handicap Trot.   The Preferred Trot is scheduled as the seventh race, with a post time of approximately 2:30 PM EST. The top two finishers from last week's Preferred, Caviar Star and Dot Dot Dot Dash, will do battle once again. Caviar Star scored a 39/1 upset in last week's Preferred, saving ground after a pocket-sitting trip for owner and trainer Tom Lail. Dot Dot Dot Dash came from way out of it to narrowly miss last week, losing by a head at 17/1. Two weeks ago, she won the Preferred by a length. Chase Vandervort will be in the sulky for trainer Leah Vandervort.   The Preferred Pace will go as the ninth race, with a scheduled post time of 3:10 PM EST. Lyons Steel, who won the Preferred three times at the fall/winter Freehold meet, will make his 2020 debut, leaving from post position eight for trainer Dennis Watson and driver Pat Lachance.   Another Daily Copy, who put in a big qualifying mile at Freehold last week, Vapour, who was second in the Preferred last week, and Rancousy, who came in third in the same race, also profile as contenders.   Saturday will also feature qualifying races, beginning at 11:00 AM. The box will close on Thursday at 10:00 AM.   The first race at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway announced that their harness racing card scheduled for Friday, February 7, 2020 had been cancelled due to a lack of entries. All horses entered for Friday can be re-entered for Saturday; anyone with questions should contact the race office. Racing for Thursday, February 6, 2020 will continue as scheduled with a first race post of 12:30pm.   From Freehold Raceway          

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