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Freehold, NJ -- A short six- horse field went to post on the bright and sunny afternoon of April 10 in the $9,000 American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway and when the judges hung the official sign Shoemaker Hanover emerged victorious when John Calabrese guided the veteran harness racing trotter to a solid 1:59 triumph. After the starter released the field Paul Minore gunned If I Must to the lead and got away with a soft :30.3 quarter as Tony Verruso settled Masster Blue in behind the leader and they were closely followed by Calabrese with Shoemaker Hanover. When the field headed to the halfway point Calabrese moved out in front of Joe Faraldo and Always A Good Time and both trotters moved closer to the pace-setter as the half mile time flashed 1:00.3. Still If I Must showed the way but Shoemaker Hanover was on his throat-latch as they trotted by the third quarter in 1:29.4. In the homestretch they were noses apart but as they approached the finish line Calabrese's horse began to draw away and they were home free in 1:59. If I Must was was second best and Masster Blue garnered the show dough. SHOEMAKER HANOVER REPLAY   Shoemaker Hanover, an 8-year-old son of Cantab Hall, paid $4.80 for win. He is owned and trained by Tracy Tarantino. And for driver John Calabrese it was his 5th win in 25 starts this year for a solid .400UDR. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the AHDC

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Austin Siegelman went into the Friday (April 9) card on a hot streak. He had won four races on each of the last three race days at Freehold Raceway. This Friday, he did one better, with five victories.   His biggest victory came in the Preferred Handicap trot, where he guided Levitation to victory. Coming off a win in the A.H.D.C. Amateur Trot, Levitation was the 8/5 favorite in the field of eight. Siegelman sent him to the early lead, but Winneress wrestled back control and cleared to the front just after the opening quarter. Undeterred, Siegelman kept his drive in the pocket, letting Winneress set the pace.   Siegelman's plan worked to perfection. As they turned for home, he angled Levitation off the inside for clear sailing, and he got by in the last few strides for a half-length victory. The final time was 1:57.   LEVITATION REPLAY       Levitation has now won twelve times from 69 career starters, with earnings of more than $177,000. He's owned and trained by Franz Wolf.   Siegelman began his day with a win in race 1, scoring on Betziesbookinit for trainer Travion Jones. He took race 3 on Perseverance, for trainer Robert Baggitt Jr, then won a pair of trainer Mike Kimelman, scoring in race 4 with Loud Brazilian and race 8 on Sweet You.   Siegelman has a comfortable lead in the driver standings, with 74 wins.   Live racing at Freehold continues on Saturday (April 10) with an 11-race card starting at about 12:30 PM.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- As a harness rawcing prep for the upcoming Grand CIrcuit Lady Suffolk and Dexter Cup trots, Freehold Raceway has scheduled a special open trot for 3-year-olds on Saturday, April 17.   The race carries a purse of $7,500, and is open to fillies, horses, and geldings. The race will be split by gender if there are enough entries.   All 3-year-old trotters are eligible, although Dexter and Lady Suffolk nominees will have preference.   The box for Saturday's card closes on Wednesday, April 14 at 9:00 AM.   Horsemen with questions are advised to call the racing office at (732) 252-2322.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ -- On the warm and sunny afternoon of April 3rd harness racing amateur driver Joe Faraldo and Always Good Time rallied and then held off a hard-charging Masster Blue and driver Tony Verruso to win the $,9000 American Harness Drivers Club (AHDC) trot in 1:59.2 at Freehold Raceway Lightly regarded and sent away at odds of over 21-1 Always A Good Time paid $44.60 for win. "Despite the odds I thought we had a good chance to win even though we were the second longest shot in the race ," Faraldo said. "It's a good thing my horse couldn't read the tote board." After the starter released the field one of the favorites Southwind Frost (Bob Hechkoff) went off-stride as did DaBoogie Man (Tony Ciufettteli) but the betting favorite, Ooh Rah (John Calbrese), who started from the seven hole, trotted to the front and led the field by the first stanza in :28.3. Once on top Calabrese kept the pedal to the metal and they showed the way by the half in :58.3 Faraldo was the first to move and once on the limb his trotter chugged forward and they finally ranged alongside the pace-setter at the three quarters as the timer flashed 1:29.1. ALWAYS A GOOD TIME REPLAY   "When we rounded the final turn and headed for home I had a couple of lengths on Verruso," Faraldo said " But that lead began to diminish and when we hit the wire we were noses apart and it was hard to tell who the winner was. But the photo showed that we (Always a Good Time) held on by a nose.." For the driving barrister it was his 153rd career victory. Always A Good Time is owned by the Triple D Stable and trained by Scott Di Domenico. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club

Freehiold, NJ --- On Friday (April 2) at Freehold Raceway, Obrigado avenged last week's Preferred Handicap trot defeat with an emphatic 4 3/4 length win. It was his third harness racing victory in the Freehold Preferred handicap this season.   Driver Dan Dube sent Obrigado to the lead from post five, but immediately received a challenge on the outside from last week's Preferred Handicap winner, Smalltownthrowdown. That rival made his way to the front just before the opening quarter, but Dube elected not to retake, instead waiting patiently in the pocket.   As they rounded the far turn, Dube decided that the moment was right, and he pulled Obrigado out of the pocket and challenged Smalltownthrowdown for the lead. Without much resistance from the leader, Obrigado took off and drew away, winning as the 11-10 favorite. The final time over a fast track with a one-second variant was 1:56.1.   OBRIGADO REPLAY       All three of Obrigado's wins this year have come at Freehold Raceway. This was his first victory since January 8, when he won the Preferred Handicap by three lengths. Lifetime, he's earned more than $1.9 million, with 55 victories from 124 starts. He's owned by Paul Kelley Racing Stable, SRF Stable, and Linwood Higgins, and trained by Paul Kelley.   Smalltownthrowdown held on for second, while Allindotime got up for third. Drazzmatazz, Sumatra, and Goes Down Smooth completed the order of finish.   Live racing at Freehold continues on Saturday (April 3), with a 12-race card starting at 12:30 PM.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Drinkin Again picked up another harness racing victory at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (March 27), winning the Preferred Handicap Pace for his third win in his last four starts.   Last week, Drinkin Again won an upper-level conditioned pace at 35/1, coming from behind to win by a nose. Off that win, he was the 2/1 second choice in the field of seven for the Preferred Handicap. Leaving from post position five, driver Eric Abbatiello dropped him into the three-hole, close to early leaders Dongal Rundlscrk N and Lively Rocket. Although Drinkin Again was anxious to move, Abbatiello stayed patient and kept him inside early on.   Just after the half-mile, Vapour N began to gain ground off the pylons, and Abbatiello decided the moment was right and flushed Drinkin Again to the outside. Nearing three-quarters, Drinkin Again poked a half-length in front of Dongal Rundlscrk N, and took control entering the stretch. Although Vapour N delivered a stiff challenge late, the wire came in time for Drinkin Again, who won by a neck. The final time for the mile was 1:53 3/5.   DRINKIN AGAIN REPLAY     Drinkin Again is owned and trained by Phil Jasper. In his career, Drinkin Again has won 20 times from 167 starts, with earnings of more than $240,000.   Vapour N, Dongal Rundlscrk N, Vasari N, Lively Rocket, Outkast Blue Chip, and Tisadream N rounded out the order of finish.   Live racing at Freehold resumes on Friday, April 2, starting at about 12:30 PM EDT.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ - Harness racing amateur driver Chip Allen knows that when a driver has the best horse in a race there's only one place to be and that is on the front-end. And that is precisely where he put favored Levitation and they rebuffed all challenges on the way to a 2:00.1 triumph in the $9000 American Harness Divers Club trot today (March 27) at Freehold Raceway. Despite having to start from post seven Allen was undaunted and sent the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding immediately to the lead when the wings of the mobile starting gate folded and then rebuffed any and all challenges. The first to move off the pylons was Tony Beltrami but his Big Smoove never looked Levitation in the eye and at the third stanza Allen's charge had complete control. When they rounded the final turn Tony Ciuffetelli, who was enjoying a two-hole journey, moved Someway Same Hall out to challenge as they straightened for home. However, Levitation was still full of trot and kept Someway Same Hall at bay and went on to a solid one-length victory. Big Smoove finished third, two lengths behind the winner. LEVITATION REPLAY   The Levitation is owned and trained by Franz Wolf. He paid $5.60 for win. by John Manzi, for the AHDC

Freehold, NJ --- Smalldownthrowdown threw down the challenge early, and no one was able to catch him as he cruised to victory in the Preferred Handicap harness rawcing trot at Freehold Raceway on Friday (March 26).   Off three wins earlier this season, and a recent fifth-place finish in the Open Handicap at Yonkers, Smalltownthrowdown was the 7/2 third choice in the field of six. Driver Jim Marohn Jr left quickly from post position five, setting up shop on the front end and setting respectable opening fractions. He went the first quarter in 28 4/5 seconds, followed by an opening half mile in 58 seconds.   As they neared three-quarters, Casino Cutie It launched a strong first-over bid, with Chaptiama grabbing cover and favored Obrigado saving ground in the pocket. However, Smalltownthrowdown remained strong on the lead, never looking like he was in serious danger. In the stretch, he drew away to win by two lengths. His time of 1:55 3/5 is the second-fastest ever trotted by an aged gelding at Freehold, eclipsed only by the 1:54 4/5 mark set by Stormy Kromer last August.   SMALLTOWNTHROWDOWN REPLAY       Smalltownthrowdown, an eight-year-old gelding by Cash Hall, is owned by Wish Me Luck Stables and trained by Mike Terpolilli. His career earnings are now north of $1.07 million.   Obrigado, Chaptiama, Casino Cutie It, Allindotime, and King Cast rounded out the order of finish.   Live racing at Freehold continues on Saturday (March 27), with a 13-race card starting at about 12:30 PM.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing bettors were stumped by the Pick 5 at Freehold Raceway last Saturday (March 20), a sequence that included just one winning favorite.   As a result, there will be a double carryover into the card this Friday (March 26), worth $1,940.02. The sequence starts in race 5, starting at 1:50 PM.   The wager will include this week's edition of the Preferred Handicap trot, a race that includes the return of Obrigado. The Paul Kelley-trained veteran won the Preferred Handicap twice earlier in the Freehold season, and is making his first start since February 19. In his illustrious career, Obrigado has won 54 races, including numerous stakes races, while earning more than $1.9 million. He was assigned the outside post position in the field of six. Dan Dube will be in the sulky.   Obrigado is the 5/2 second choice on the morning line, behind 9/5 favorite Smalltownthrowdown, a recent two-time winner at Yonkers Raceway for trainer Mike Terpolilli. Chaptiama, for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer, finished second in the New York Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old trotters last year, and will leave from post position four. Casino Cutie It won the Preferred Handicap at Freehold two weeks ago, and was assigned post position three, for trainer Tom Fanning.   King Cast, trained by Mike Posner, and Bill MacKenzie trainee Allindotime complete the field. That race will go as the sixth race, with a scheduled post time of 2:10 PM.   Approximate post time for the first of ten races at Freehold on Friday is 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Last week, harness racing trainer Ron Burke and driver George Brennan won the Preferred Handicap pace at Freehold Raceway with the favorite from the outside post. For Saturday's (March 20) edition, it was like deja vu.   While Bettor Memories prevailed last week, they teamed up this time with Yankee Roller A, who crushed the field by 1 1/4 lengths in Saturday's feature race.   Despite the outside post, Yankee Roller A went off at 3/5. As soon as the race started, Brennan sent his drive towards the lead, clearing to the front before they got to the opening quarter. Once he made the front, Brennan slowed things down. He went the opening quarter in a relatively slow 27 4/5 seconds, followed by a half-mile split in 57 1/5 seconds.   Heading past three-quarters in 1:26 1/5, Brennan began to open up a bit with Yankee Roller A. With the rest of the field stuck behind the slow early pace, he turned on the jets, opening up in the stretch and getting the last quarter in 27 2/5 seconds. No one had much hope of catching Yankee Roller A from there, and he cruised under the wire as much the best. The final time was 1:53 3/5.   YANKEE ROLLER A REPLAY       Yankee Roller A has an impressive 2021 campaign so far. Since joining the Burke Brigade at the start of the year, he's won six times from eight races, while earning $32,575. His career earnings are now almost $140,000.   Dongal Rundlscrk N, Capozzo, Best Honey Hanover, Hot Deuce, Soho Chelsea A, and Tisadream N completed the order of finish.   Live racing at Freehold resumes on Friday, March 26, starting at about 12:30 PM. There will be a double pick 5 carryover on the card, $1,940.02.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ -- After trying to come from behind in his recent starts harness racing amateur driver Dave Offenberg put Fiji on the engine and went down the road taking no prisoners and scored a wire to wire 1:57.2 triumph in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway today, Saturday, March 20. "I had the rail (pole position) and saw no early speed so I sent Fiji immediately to the front and in doing so kept Levitation and Chip Allen on the limb as we trotted by the quarter in :28.1.And once Allen found a hole we were all alone on the lead, " Offenberg said. Offenberg kept the pedal to the metal and Fiji was three lengths in front of Levitation when they passed the half in :57 as the betting favorite, Allindotime (Joe Lee), began moving up. Still Fiji and Levitation were one-two by the three quarters in 1:26.4. As they headed for paydirt Fiji still showed the way and went on to a length triumph over Allindotime as the final timer flashed 1:57.2. Masster Blue and Tony Verruso rallied for the show dough. FIJI REPLAY   "Fiji likes to be on the front-end and today he raced real game once on top," Offenberg offered, and then added, "when he wants to do it he's tough to beat,and today he wanted to do it." Owned by Offenberg's Allister Stables and trained by Noel Daley, Fiji paid $10.60 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club

Freehold, NJ --- Life Well Lived went into the Friday (March 19) harness racing feature at Freehold Raceway looking for revenge. Last week, he set the pace in the Preferred Handicap trot, only to fade in the stretch. This time, he sought to seal the deal on the front end.   He did just that, holding off his rivals to win the Preferred Handicap by half a length. Leaving from post position five, Jim Marohn Jr marched him up to the early lead, and cleared to the front just after the opening quarter. After a strong first quarter of :28 seconds, Marohn slowed things down in the second quarter, going the half mile in :57 4/5 seconds while starting to inch clear of his rivals.   As they rounded the final turn, Life Well Lived remained on the lead. Grey, a Florida invader, and Casino Cutie It, last week's Preferred winner, both mounted serious bids as they turned for home. Life Well Lived had enough left in the tank, and he held on for the victory. He trotted the mile in 1:58 1/5, for his first victory of the year.   LIFE WELL LIVED REPLAY       Life Well Lived is owned by Fox Racing Inc and trained by Carmen Auciello. He's won 18 times from 146 starts, with earnings of more than $307,000. He was bred by Winbak Farm.   Grey held on for second, while Casino Cutie It finished third. Stinglike a B K, Drazzmatazz, Slated to Win, and Lionhead completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold this Saturday (March 20), with a 13-race card starting at 12:30 PM. There will be a pick 5 carryover worth $478.66, starting in race 5.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway harness racing fans have known how good Lyons Steel is for a long time. He's won four of his last five races over this track, including a perfect 2-for-2 mark in 2021.   In recent times, Lyons Steel has enjoyed great success elsewhere as well. The six-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven won the winners-over pace at the Meadowlands February 20, for his second straight win at that track. On Monday night (March 15), he won a division of the first leg of the MGM Borgata series at Yonkers Raceway.   This Saturday, he returns to Freehold, for the Preferred Handicap pace. He's been assigned the outside post position eight, for trainer Dennis Watson. Austin Siegelman, who drove him to victory on Monday at Yonkers, will be in the sulky.   Lyons Steel will face an interesting field of top-level pacers. Two mares have entered: Dongal Rundlscrk N, for trainer Shaun Vallee, and Best Honey Hanover, trained by Edwin Quevedo. Dongal Rundlscrk N was fourth in the Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap at Yonkers last out, and won three races in a row at that track earlier in the year. Best Honey Hanover has won three of her last six between the Meadowlands and Yonkers. They were assigned the inside two post positions, respectively.   The field also includes three recent Freehold winners. Tisadream N, from post position three, has been on a hot streak. He's won his last three races at Freehold, including a narrow win at the non-winners of $8,000 last 5 pace last out. Tom Fanning is his trainer.   Soho Chelsea A won at the non-winners of $8,000 last 5 level two starts back, for trainer Travis Kolaczynski. Both of his wins this year have come at Freehold. He'll leave from post position four. Capozzo won a non-winners of $6,000 last 5 pace gate-to-wire last out, for trainer Tom Shay. He was assigned post position five.   Two of the top trainers in harness racing, Jenn Bongiorno and Ron Burke, entered a horse. Hot Deuce, making his second start of the year for Team Bongiorno, will leave from post position six. Yankee Roller A represents the Burke Brigade, having won five of his seven races on the year. He was assigned post position seven.   The Preferred Handicap will go as the ninth race on the card, with a scheduled post time of 3:10 PM.   The first of thirteen races at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- The outside post was no deterrent for Bettor Memories at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (March 13), as he cruised to an easy win in the Preferred Handicap pace.   Despite the outside post, Bettor Memories went off as the 3/2 favorite in his Freehold debut. Driver George Brennan sent him directly to the lead, and crossed over to the pylons without much trouble before the opening quarter. Bettor Memories got the opening quarter in a sharp 27.4, then slowed it down for a 57.1 half mile.   At the three-quarter point, Brennan began to open up his drive, and got through three-quarters in 1:25.3. No one was able to seriously challenge the leader in the stretch, and Bettor Memories cruised under the wire a length in front, stopping the clock in a sharp 1:53.3.       That's the first win of the year for Bettor Memories, and his 36th score lifetime. His earnings are now more than $727,000. He's owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Phillip Collura, and trained by Ron Burke.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (March 19), starting at about 12:30 PM.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ-- After being a bridesmaid in five previous starts, Pearly "Chip" Allen notched his first seasonal triumph when he reined Levitation to a 2:00.2 victory in the $9000 American Harness Drivers Club trot today at Freehold Raceway. Sent away as betting favorite from post two, his backers took a deep breath when Levitation bobbled after the start of the race, but Allen landed the trotter back on gait quickly and they settled down along the pylons as Wygant Prince (Paul Minore) and Fiji (Dave Offenberg) battled for command. When they passed the first quarter in :29.4, Minore and Offenberg were still at it as they passed the half in :59.4, with the eventual winner just biding his time behind Wygant Prince When Wygant Prince passed the third stanza in 1:30.2, Fiji began to fade, and with the inside open, there was room for Levitation to move up and battle Wygant Prince for the lead. But the pacesetter showed signs of fatigue, and his stride shortened as Levitation trotted clear and held off a late rally from Always A Good Time and driver Joe Faraldo who got up for second money, a neck ahead of Wygant Prince who walked away with the show dough.       Levitation, a 6 year old altered son of Kadabra, is owned and trained by Franz Wolf. He paid $5.60 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club

Freehold, NJ --- The weather was warm at Freehold Raceway this Friday (March 12), and harness racing driver Eric Abbatiello was sizzling. He piloted home six winners on the 11-race card.   The highlight of his day came in the featured Preferred Handicap trot, where he drove Casino Cutie It to a 13/1 upset win. He rated her in fourth place in the early stages, while Life Well Lived set the early fractions. As they passed the five-eighths point, favored Kinda Lucky Lindy moved first-over to challenge the leader, and Abbatiello grabbed cover with his mare.   At the top of the stretch, he flipped Casino Cutie It three-wide, and she stormed down the center of the track for the victory. The final time was 1:56.1 over a fast track.   Casino Cutie It has now won twice this year, with both of her wins coming at Freehold. She's owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Fanning.       That win was Abbatiello's fifth on the day. He began the day a winner, guiding Sheer Talent to victory in race 1 for trainer Bruce Lauer. He then rattled off a natural hat trick a few races later, scoring in race 4 with Dalton Did It, trained by Ted Suleski, race 5 on Lionhead, for owner/trainer Terry Morgan, and race 6 with Rock Flush, for owner/trainer Mike Fiumenero. In race 11, Abbatiello wrapped up the day a winner, steering Johnny Fly Swatter to victory for trainer David Wiskow.   Abbatiello now has 21 wins on the Freehold season. With his big day, he surged from seventh to fourth in the driver standings.   Friday's card also saw a milestone win for owner/trainer Marianna Monaco. She sent out Powerful Pulse to victory in race 9, with Joe Bongiorno in the sulky. Monaco has been driving since 2019, and began training horses earlier this year.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (March 13) starting at 12:30 PM.   For full results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway  

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