Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 25

Freehold, NJ --- For more than four decades, the harness racing driving colony at Freehold Raceway has included "Diamond Jim" Marshall III. That era came to an end on Saturday, but not before Marshall notched one more victory.   In his penultimate drive, race 10, Marshall won his 3,820th race. He put Rancousy on the lead early on, and never gave it up, holding for a half-length win. The winner is owned by Barbara Bongiorno and John Papadakis, and trained by Robert Bongiorno.   Following the race, Marshall was honored with a ceremony on the track, where he was presented with a ceremonial mug. Jim's wife, Donna, a trainer, and his son, Jim IV, a driver, were present.   His final drive came in the eleventh race, on Nobles Finesse, for trainer Paul Fusco. He encountered traffic trouble, and ended up fifth.   Marshall won his first race in 1977, guiding Governor Duke to victory at Freehold. His more than 33,000 drives have earned more than $25 million.   When not driving at Freehold, Marshall serves as the assistant starter at the Meadowlands. In February, he'll begin serving as a judge at Pocono Downs.   Live racing resumes at Freehold next Saturday (December 26), starting at 12:30 PM     Rancousy and Jim Marshall 111  

Freehold, NJ --- For more than four decades, "Diamond Jim" Marshall III has been a harness racing driving institution at Freehold Raceway. He'll bring the curtain down on his driving career this Saturday (December 19), after more than 33,000 drives.   His finale will come in the eleventh race, driving Noble Finesse, for trainer Paul Fusco. Post time is scheduled for about 3:50 PM.   Marshall began his driving career in the late 1970s, and has spent the majority of his career at Freehold. In his career, he's won 3,818 races, with earnings of more than $25 million. Many of his drives have come for his wife, Donna, a trainer.   Marshall's best year in the sulky came in 2004, when he won 225 races and earned more than $1.6 million. So far this year, he's won 54 races from 428 drives, with earnings of $325,584. All but one of his drives this year have come at Freehold, where he's currently in fourth place in the driver standings.   When not driving at Freehold, Marshall serves the assistant starter at the Meadowlands. Next year, he'll begin serving as a judge at Pocono Downs.   His son, Jim Marshall IV, has also driven at Freehold this meet. On October 10, the father/son tandem finished 1-2 in the fourth race, when Jim IV won on Good Day Mate, and Jim III finished second on Let's Foal Around.     Father / son tandem finished 1-2   The first race at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM.   Freehold Publicity

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 --- Not many bettors could predict Caviar Star's win in the Preferred Handicap harness racing trot on Friday (January 31) at Freehold Raceway. Those that did were well-rewarded, as the 7-year-old won at 38/1.   Driver Jim Marshall kept him in the pocket early on, drafting off leader Inukchuk Chuck. While rivals began to move to the outside to take on the leader, Marshall continued to save ground.   Turning for home, "Chuck" tried to pull clear of the rest, but got leg-weary and began to come back to the field. Sensing the opportunity, Marshall activated Caviar Star towards the passing lane, and trotted up a storm towards the wire. At the same time, Dot Dot Dot Dash, who had been last most of the way, was rallying four-wide around the turn and closing with fury. It was close, but Caviar Star got up to win by a head over Dot Dot Dot Dash.     This was Caviar Star's tenth career win, in his 70th start. He was third at the Preferred level two starts ago, and was able to break through and it done in Freehold's top class here, trotting the mile in 1:57.4. Tom Lail is the winning owner and trainer. He paid $78 to win, $30.80 to place, and $9.40 to show.   Inukchuk Chuck managed to hold third after setting the pace. Abbie's Celticlass, Magic MVP, Rock of Cashel, Southwind Cruze, and Mugshot Jess completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, starting at 12:30 PM EST. There will be a double pick 5 carryover, starting in race 5, worth $2,832.31.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- They call him "Diamond Jim", and he had a gem of an afternoon on Saturday (January 25) at Freehold Raceway. Harness racing driver Jim Marshall III won four of the eleven races on the program.   He didn't waste any time, taking race 1 with Brandon Mongiello's Northern Jack ($4.40). After missing in races 2 and 3, he bounced back in the 4th race, guiding the John Bavosi-trained gelding Tie Your Shoe Ed ($5) to his second consecutive win.   Marshall completed the hat trick with Bullet Bob ($5.80) in race 6, for trainer Mark Harder. He had three chances to complete the grand slam, and did so in race 11 with R M Blackhawk ($2.60). That win also gave Mongiello his second training win of the day.   The veteran driver has gotten off to a strong start in 2020.   On the calendar year, he's won 15 races from 88 starts, good for third place in the Freehold driver standings.   Since Freehold restarted on August 30, Marshall has 40 victories in 336 drives.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Thursday, beginning at 12:30 PM EST. Marshall is named to drive in every race on the card.   Northern Jack     Tie Your Shoe Ed     Bullet Bob     R M Blackhawk

Freehold, NJ --- Jim Marshall IV and 2-year-old female trotter Women’s Lib are learning together, with the racetrack serving as classroom. Harness racing driver and horse look to continue their educations Tuesday (Aug. 22) when they compete in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania. Marshall, the 32-year-old son of driver Jim Marshall III and trainer Donna Marshall, is a regular on the amateur driving circuits, where he has recorded nine of his 12 lifetime victories. But Marshall’s three most recent starts have been with Women’s Lib, a horse he co-owns with Arden Homestead Stable, and he dreams of graduating to the Grand Circuit winner’s circle in the future. “I feel like I’m learning something every time we race,” said Marshall, who has guided Women’s Lib to one win in three starts. “I know I’m going to make mistakes. It’s inevitable. The guys I’m racing against drive more races in a month than I’ve driven in my whole life and they still make mistakes, so of course I’m going to make some. “As long as I can learn something from it and be a little more confident going to the next one, then I think it was worth it. That experience out there is priceless, for both of us.” Women’s Lib is a daughter of stallion Muscle Massive out of the mare New Day and her family includes 1997 Hambletonian Oaks winner Must Be Victory. Women’s Lib, bred by Arden Homestead Stable and Vieux Carre Farms, sold for $21,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. Marshall, who served in the Navy as an aviation electrician before turning his attention to harness racing, was hoping the filly would be ready to qualify in June at Gaitway Farm, where the Marshall family’s training stable is based, but Women’s Lib suffered a cut to her left hind heel and was out of action for three weeks. She ended up qualifying on July 11 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, where she won in 2:02.1. Six days later, she won her debut in 1:58.4 in a division of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. “I was excited for the (Gaitway) qualifiers to come so we could show her off a little bit,” Marshall said. “It was totally disappointing. You never know what’s going to happen. You have to take it literally one day at a time. “But maybe someone was telling us to check the brakes a little bit. All you can do is look for the silver lining. She was a finicky eater and she was starting to look like she was losing a little bit of weight, so maybe that time off was for the best.” Women’s Lib went off stride in her elimination for the Jim Doherty Memorial Stakes, but following equipment adjustments to help her relax she rebounded with a fifth-place finish in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Aug. 10. She was beaten by only 1-1/4 lengths and timed in 1:55.3. “There are some things that I would have done differently in hindsight,” Marshall said. “But she raced awesome. I was super thrilled with the effort she put in. She definitely did her job.” In addition to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Women’s Lib is eligible to the Liberty Bell in September at Philly and the Breeders Crown in October at Hoosier Park. “I’m thrilled to have her,” Marshall said. “It couldn’t have worked out any better, especially to have partners like Peter Gerry and his brother (Ebby, the principals of Arden Homestead). “She’s been a pleasure to have.” Marshall and Women’s Lib will start from post No. 3 in the third of three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions Tuesday at The Meadows. Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. and the complete card can be accessed here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Elysium Lindy, the only horse coming into Monday night's $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championship for trotting males with two consecutive harness racing victories, made it three straight with a gate-to-wire victory in 1:55.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Jim Marshall III put the son of Cantab Hall on the lead early, reaching the quarter in 27.4, then combined a stretch headwind with a rating of his sophomore's speed and hit the half in 58 flat. That conserving of energy likely aided his cause greatly, as he was able to turn away the challenge of 9-5 second choice Magenta Man through a 1:26.1 3/4s, then continued on gamely to the wire to deny Dominus Hanover "pocket rocket" status by a neck, with Celebrity Bugatti, a three-time series winner who was the 7-5 chalk despite the outside post nine, closing very strongly to be third, just a half-length further behind, after being outside virtually the entire mile.   Elysium Lindy, with two wins and two seconds in his four Weiss preliminaries for owner George Beck, was second in the pointstandings behind Celebrity Bugatti, who was undefeated in three Weiss prelims before Elysium Lindy caught him late in the final preliminary. This time Elysium Lindy took control of the throttle and kept control of the race to the wire, running his seasonal tally to 7-4-3-0-$48,000 and his lifetime bankroll to $67,460, with tonight's clocking only 2/5 off the personal best he posted last week.   As driver Marshall left the winners circle, his wife, trainer Donna Marshall, gave him a kiss as everyone headed back to the paddock. Elysium Lindy turned back to look at them at that particular moment - but he's a gelding, so his reaction was of utter indifference.   PHHA / Pocono  

Elysium Lindy, let go at 21-1 despite a win and two seconds in the first three preliminary legs of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting males at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overhauled 1-5 favorite Celebrity Bugatti in the shadow of the wire to post a 1:55.1 win in one of two $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final preliminary round for this harness racing group Tuesday night. In the other division, Magenta Man was on his best behavior and posted a 1:56.1 victory.   Celebrity Bugatti came into Monday's race having gone a perfect 3-for-3 to date in the Weiss, and in midstretch he looked ready to complete a sweep of the prelims. But the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Elysium Lindy had another idea, being moved outside from third late on the final turn by driver Jim Marshall III, and then kicking into overdrive in the last 1/16 to get a head decision while lowering his lifetime mark, posted in a Weiss event last week, by a tick. Donna Marshall trains the developing youngster for owner George Beck.   Magenta Man had finished second to Celebrity Bugatti in a Weiss cut last week after making a break in his only other start in the series, but this week all systems were "go" as the four-year-old altered son of Muscles Yankee, bet down to 3-5 favoritism, was put on the lead and held off a spirited late charge by Explosive Yankee to post a ¾-length victory. "Magenta" and "orange" may not be two colors you often see together, but for driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller (collectively known as "Team Orange Crush"), along with owners Little E LLC and RBH Ventures Inc., the sight of Magenta and Orange in the Pocono winners circle after next Monday's $30,000 Weiss Series Championship would be beautiful indeed.   Despite tonight's upset, Celebrity Bugatti was still the #1 prelim pointwinner for this group; behind him in line in qualifying for their Championship are Elysium Lindy, Dominus Hanover, Steed, Taxed To The Max, Explosive Leggs, Magenta Man, and (tied) Sweet Royalty and Dominion Beach.   The $30,000 Weiss Championship for trotting distaffs headlines the Tuesday night card at The Downs. Stirling Debutant will likely be a heavy favorite from post three for driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer Steve Salerno after sweeping her four prelims, and her task was made easier by the fact that the Todd Schadel duo of South Side Hanover and Real Caviar, #2 and #3 in the prelim pointstandings with five prelim victories between them, were not dropped in for the Championship. They will reportedly be heading to The Meadows Saturday afternoon for the 2016 debut of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action in a three-year-old trotting filly event, to be drawn tomorrow.   PHHA / Pocono    

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 10, 2015 - LL Jackpot had the lead at every call and drew off to a three and a quarter length victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies, the third race on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Jim Marshall III guided the daughter of Philos Hanover - Wygant Rose to victory over Queenofthedreams [If I Can Dream]. It was four and a half lengths to On Top Ofthe Rock [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The mile was timed in 2:01.4. LL Jackpot [$6.80] has finished in-the-money in five of nine starts, including three wins. She has banked $39,310 for trainer Ivan Llopez of Millstone Township, NJ, who is the co-owner and co-breeder with Louis T. Ferdinandi of Clark, NJ. Prior to the betting card, a pair of sons of Rocknroll Hanover won $7,000 third leg divisions of the Green Acres. In the two-year-old split, Don'tcallmefrancis was a length and a quarter winner over Lissilas [Rocknroll Hanover] and Perchance To Dream [If I Can Dream] was third by a length and a half. Driven by Joe Hanney and trained by Nifty Norman, Don'tcallmefrancis paced the mile in 1:58.3. The gelding races in the name of the Enzed Racing Stable of Allentown, NJ and has two wins, two seconds and one third in six starts for earnings of $22,958. He was bred by Stephen P. Dey III. Edward Teach, driven by Joe Bongiorno and trained by Ron Burke, won the three-year-old event by a half-length over Rock Of The Ages [Rocknroll Hanover]. Devils Cut [Western Ideal] was third by a length. Dale Towle of Leamington, Ontario owns Edward Teach, who was bred by Perretti Farms. This year the colt has four wins, two second and two thirds from 18 starts, banking $41,090 toward a career total of $68,340. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

While fireworks filled the skies across the country on Saturday night, there were fireworks of a different kind around midnight as one lucky customer purchased the winning ticket in the last race jackpot super hi-5 which returned $173,094.02 at the harnes racing meeting at The Meadowlands. The lucky ticket was bought through the advance deposit wagering site, TVG. The correct combination of 7-6-9-3-8 included a 45-1 winner over the 1/2 betting choice followed by a 15-1 longshot, the 7/2 second choice and the longest shot on the board finishing fifth. This is the second highest payout in Meadowlands history, following a Jackpot Super Hi-5 that returned $200,000 earlier in the meet. The good news is there still is one Jackpot Super Hi-5 that is still alive at The Meadowlands, with a carryover now of $175,602. With major stakes races at The Meadowlands on the horizon, it was important for several of Ron Burke's contingent find their best stride. Rocklamation did her part on Friday and on Saturday it was Bettor's Edge and Sayitall BB's turn. Bettor's Edge won eight times in 2014 for earnings of over $673,000. While 2015 has not brought the same amount of success, the gelding still oozes class and that class was on display Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite in a field of six in an upper-level condition pacing event, Bettor's Edge took no prisoners from the start of the race and was launched after Mister Virgin around the first turn and cleared the lead past the opening quarter in 26.3. From there, Bettor's Edge settled into his rhythmic stride and he would lead the charge to the half-mile in 55.1. At that point, a challenge came from Art History, who committed first over and tried to engage the favorite past three-quarters in 1:23, but Art History proved no match for Bettor's Edge. As the field turned for home, Joe Bongiorno called to his gelding for more speed and he responded, scampering three lengths clear. Melmerby Beach, who trailed throughout, was shown racetrack in the stretch and launched a relentless rally in the last eighth of a mile, but he came up just one-half of a length short as Bettor's Edge held on in 1:49.3. Mister Virgin was third. Bettor's Edge is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable. The win was the 23rd of his career and his earnings are rapidly approaching $1.5 Million. Sayitall BB also returned to her winning form, with an authoritative triumph in a condition event for fillies and mares on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. On the heels of an excellent three year old campaign that included a Breeders Crown Championship, Sayitall BB has struggled while making her transition to her four year old season, winning just once in eleven starts in 2015 entering her Saturday night contest. She took a positive step tonight. Sent off as the 6/5 choice, Sayitall BB went forward off the gate and allowed the speed to settle through an opening quarter of 26.4, before launching her bid for the lead as the field moved into the backstretch, where she would clear the front as the field straightened up. From there, the Breeders Crown champion reached the half-mile in 55-seconds before facing a challenge from All About Kisses who looked the favorite in the eye past three-quarters in 1:22.3. But, Sayitall BB had plenty left in the tank and when Joe Bongiorno called on his mare for pace, the response was instantaneous as Sayitall BB sprinted away from the field in the stretch to win going away in 1:50.1. Sayitall BB is eligible to The Golden Girls at The Meadowlands, as is her stablemate Rocklamation who won on Friday night. The Final for that event is Meadowlands Pace night, Saturday July 18th, with eliminations on July 11th if necessary. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and is approaching $600,000 in lifetime earnings. Lady Winona, who could be making her next start in the Del Miller Memorial was an emphatic winner of a condition trotting event on Saturday night. Allowed to settled off the speed, Lady Winona launched a first over blitz into fractions of 27.4 and 56.2 before clearing the lead and drawing away impressively to win decisively in 1:54.1. The win was the second of the season for the Credit Winner filly for owner Stroy Inc and trainer Julie Miller. Steve Smith was at the lines. Revenge Shark may have earned a berth in The Meadowlands Pace with a powerful stretch drive to score in a tough condition event in 1:50.2. Jim Marshall III guided the three year old colt to victory for trainer Tony Alagna in come-from-behind fashion. He defeated three other Meadowlands Pace eligible colts and a pair of talented New York Sire Stakes performers in the process. Revenge Shark is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Bradley Grant. The $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final went to Kingofthejungle who worked out a perfect second over trip and rallied boldly in the stretch to score his second victory of the season in a lifetime best 1:50.4 with Jim Pantaleano in the sulky. The winner is trained by Brandon Simpson, who co-owns the four year old gelding with Fox Racing Inc. Untouchable One captured the $20,000 Mini-Series Final for the $10,000 claimers rallying into a frantic speed duel that included a 53.2 half-mile to win going away with Joe Bongiorno in 1:51.1. It was Bongiorno's second win on the card. The winner was trained by Bill Mac Kenzie for Anthony and Alma Iafelice. Racing returns on Friday, July 10th with a special post time of 5:30 P.M. Saturday's racing card, which is Meadowlands Pace night, also has a special 5:30 P.M. start time.   Darin Zoccali

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.

Power Wheel, making his third career start, posted a three-length harness racing victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

Pancleefandarpels (Jim Pantaleano), knocking on the million-dollar door, edged closer Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

New Jersey based harness racing driver Jim Marshall III tallied career win number 3,000 at Freehold on Thursday (October27). The 53-year-old Jackson resident recorded the milestone in the seventh race with Big Sky Thunder (2.60, 2.10, 2.10).

Harness racing driver Jim Marshall III scored two wins at Freehold on Saturday, bringing his lifetime mark to 2,999. The 53-year-old Jackson resident made the winner's circle in the first race with Ira's Sunny Boy (2.40, 2.10, 2.10) and again in the fourth race with GW Wade (16.20, 7.60, 4.60).

1 to 16 of 25