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Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing drivers Jack Pelling and Steve Smith both got hot in the cold weather at Freehold Raceway on Thursday (January 28), as they won three races apiece on the ten-race harness racing card.   Pelling's patience paid off for most of his winning drives. He gave Beaver Creek Misty a perfect pocket trip in race 1, then popped her out in the stretch for the win, for owner/trainer John Urbanski. He gave a similar winning drive to Tom Lail trainee Bad Day Black Rock in race 3. In race 8, he came from behind to win on Beach Fire K, for trainer Aaron Lambert, and the late owner and breeder Robert Key.   Smith won twice for trainer Bruce Lauer. He made a bold three-wide move with Prom King in the 7th race, and powered away to victory from there. In race 9, he guided Bruce's Magic up the passing lane in the stretch to give Lauer his second win of the day. Smith completed the hat trick in the 10th race, as he drove Caviar Star to a gate-to-wire win, giving Lail a training double.   Smith now has 16 wins during the winter/spring meet, placing him tied for second with Dan Dube. Pelling's 13 wins are the fourth-most of any driver this season.   Lail and Lauer were two of the three trainers to register training doubles on the Thursday card. Urbanski also won two races on the day. In addition to his race 1 win, he sent out She'snobeachboy to a 26/1 upset victory in the second race. Luke Hanners had the winning drive.   Live racing at Freehold continues on Friday (January 29) with a ten-race card starting at about 12:30 PM.   Freehold Raceway    

Harnness racing driver Jack Pelling - A 3rd generation US-born/raised for the first decade of his life, only to return to his family's roots in da land down unda, Perth, Australia; but the bug of sport kept biting him as his blood in the Industry is super thick. He decided to move back to the states a few years ago and worked his way from the ground up to prove himself as a horseman. Only three (3) months driving on the East Coast and he's already making his own name known in the Standardbred Industry. Very appreciative of all of the support and love from fellow horsepeople; he's a Driver/Trainer to watch! Amber Sawyer - A 2nd generation horsewoman (AKA the 'Pink Lady') who's instilling her knowledge of the sport to her 3rd generation son; she delved into her history of being privileged to be around horses everyday of her life. Very well-travelled around most racetracks and fairs in the Midwest and out East, she become known as a trainer with patience in fixing broken down horses. When an acquaintance had an old war horse (248 starts with 26 wins, 36 places and 37 shows in the US all besides his 6 wins Down Under) with a broken-down suspensory issue it took a lil nudging to finally convince her and the rest is well, soon to be history! This story becomes a story in itself - a literal book was published and she's now garnering local, regional, national and now INTERNATIONAL press! Her story is now turning into a true love of the sport through future plans in the works to "travel to local schools and libraries and teach kids about harness racing!"   The next edition of The Horseman's Voice is set for next Monday, January 25, 2021, so hold onto your lines - we've got our January 2021 EXCLUSIVE interview of an owner/breeder (and more) that promises to be a good one!   For more information on The Horseman's Voice, feel free to contact Publisher@HorsemansVoice.com   The International Source for Harness Racing Facebook App: https://www.FaceBook.com/HorsemansVoice YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVKGhpC8YwUit0qokiCHiZQ     Eric Poders

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