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Freehold, NJ---The old adage 'when you're hot you're hot' could easily apply to driver John Calabrese after he scored his second consecutive driving victory in the $9000 American Harness Drivers Club series trot at Freehold Raceway on the sunny afternoon of November 21. Unlike last week when Calabrese used a pocket trip to score a 1:59.3 victory with Shoemaker Hanover today he put Ooh Rah on the engine and used the front-end route for a solid 1:58.1 triumph Having great credentials and starting from the three-hole, Ooh Rah took "all the money" when the attending crowd sent the trotter away at odds-of 1-5 ...and none of his backers was disappointed. When the starter released the field Calabrese sent Ooh Rah immediately to the lead from the three-hole and they had command when the quarter mile timer flashed :28.4. From there it was little more than a buggy ride for Calabrese as Ooh Rah passed the half-way point in :58.2 and they had no challenges up the backside and past the three quarters in 1:28.1. In the lane Ooh Rah was on cruise control all the way to the wire and scored an easy 1-1/2 length triumph over 53-1 shot Can Do, who was driven by Joe Lee. Third place went to 13-year-old Wygant Prince, driven by Paul Minore.   Ooh Rah is owned by Kathleen La Montagne and Donald La Montagne and trained by Kathleen La Montagne. He returned a paltry $2.40 for win. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing Julie Miller celebrated her birthday in grand style on Friday afternoon (November 20) at Freehold Raceway, as she won her 2,000th race as a trainer.   It didn't come easy, as Keystone Orion won the third race in a nail-biter. Her son, Tyler, put the horse on the lead early, and set comfortable early fractions in the TrackMaster-conditioned trotting affair. Around the third turn, favored Bad Day Black Rock moved first-over, and poked a head in front as they neared three-quarters.   As they turned for home, Bad Day Black Rock began to increase his lead on the outside. However, Tyler and Keystone Orion fought back, gamely dueling with their rival in the stretch. It was close, but the photo finish camera revealed that Keystone Orion won by a nose.       Julie Miller won her first race as a trainer in 1993, at Quad City Downs. Her career began to take off in the late 2000s, when she and her husband Andy relocated to the east coast from Illinois. Her stable cracked the $1 million mark in earnings for the first time in 2007, and won more than 100 races for the first time in 2009.   On the year, Miller now has 74 wins from 407 starts, with earnings of more than $3.2 million.   For Keystone Orion, it was his sixth win of the year, from eighteen starts. He's now earned more than $25,000 on the campaign. Andy Miller is the winning owner.   The Millers added on to their big day in race 6, as Age is a Number won by length. That was the mare's first start for the barn.   Live racing at Freehold continues on Saturday (November 21), with a first post time of 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ-- Last week in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway harness racing driver John Calabrese and Shoemaker Hanover had road trouble and finished off the board. However today, in this week's edition, Calabrese benefited from a perfect covered journey to rally to a 1:59.3 triumph over Drazzmatazz, the trotter that won this event last Saturday. A late scratch and only six horses behind the starting gate proved beneficial for Drazzmatazz after Tony Verruso hustled the veteran to the lead from post six. The :28.4 first panel forced the rest of the field to settle in behind the leader. Heading to the halfway point Dave Offenberg moved the betting favorite, Broadway Bruiser, off the pylons and charged alongside Drazzmatazz and they raced as a team by the half in :59.4 and they were still heads apart as they passed the third stanza in 1:30 before Broadway Bruiser began to tire.   That allowed Shoemaker Hanover who was traveling second along the pylons to have a clear shot at the leader and when they rumbled for home Calabrese's trotter was the strong horse and rallied to a solid one-length victory over Verruso's charge. Third money went to Exuberance who was driven by Paul Minore. Shoemaker Hanover, a 7 year old son of Cantab Hall is owned and trained by Tracy Tarantino. Sent off as second choice in the field he returned a $6.40 win mutuel. by John Manzi, for the AHDC  

Freehold, NJ --- To accommodate the running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Saturday, November 7, Freehold Raceway has made a slight post time adjustment.   The first race will be run at 12:25 PM, in contrast from the usual harness racing post time of 12:30 PM.   The track will open at 9:45 AM for simulcasting.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Harnes racing drivers Jack Pelling and Austin Siegelman both had a day to remember at Freehold Raceway this Saturday (October 31).   Pelling, the son of trainer Brett Pelling, won his first race as a driver in race 3, on Cote Keim-trained Jackamino. Sent off as the favorite from the inside post, Pelling kept Jackamino in the pocket early on, watching the action unfold in front of him. As they turned for home, Pelling steered his horse into clear sailing, and he won by 1 3/4 lengths.       Pelling, 25, got his provisional license earlier in the year, and began driving in qualifiers in June. He drove in his first pari-mutuel race last Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Siegelman, meanwhile, continued a scary good Halloween weekend. After winning four races at Freehold on Friday, he won four more on Saturday. He got his first win in dominant fashion, scoring on favored Haymitch in race 4 for trainer Vincent Stallworth. He then won race 7 on Bettor BB, surging late to win a four-horse photo. Scott DiDomenico was the winning trainer.   After that, Siegelman went back-to-back guiding Vasari to a strong win for owner/trainer Mike Posner. In the 12th race, Siegelman wrapped up the grand slam on Bill Height-trained Momma's Artist.   Eight members of the America Harness Drivers Club congregated in Freehold to compete in a $9,000 leg of the group's 2020 series and when the dust settled Pearly Allen was victorious with the veteran Mugshot Jess in 1:59.2. Allen gave his trotter a perfect drive following cover from the half and then rallying in the deep stretch to hold off John Calabrese's Shoemaker Hanover When the starter said "go"Dave Offenberg gunned Fiji to the front and they had command as the quarter mile timer flashed :28.4. Still on the lead as the field passed the halfway point in :58.2 the trailers moved out to challenge and at the three quarters Joe Faraldo and Always a Good Time got first call. But right there on the outside was Mugshot Jess and in the deep stretch Allen's charge sprinted to the lead and finished a 1-1/2 length victor over John Calabrese's Shoemaker Hanover who rallied late. Always A Good Time held o for the show dough. It was the third seasonal triumph for Mugshot Jess and 54th victory of his illustrious career.and the 13-year old trotter has amassed purses of over $660,000. And for Allen it marked his second seasonal triumph and 35th of his amateur career Mugshot Jess is owned and trained by Taylor Gower. He paid $4.20 for win. Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (November 6), with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway and John Manzi  

Freehold, NJ --- On Halloween Eve, harness racing driver Austin Siegelman had a scary good afternoon at Freehold Raceway. He drove four winners on the Friday (October 30) program.   He got his first win of the afternoon on Sheeza Shark N in race 2, winning a stretch battle to win on the Bill MacKenzie-trained mare. He got the double in race 7, guiding Twin B Friendly to the score for trainer Shaun Vallee.       Siegelman got the hat trick in race 9, as Massive Talent trotted to victory for trainer Jeff Smith. After a near-miss in race 10, Siegelman completed the grand slam on Odds on Daytona in the 11th race, who was indeed the odds-on favorite for trainer John Wyatt.   On the calendar year, Siegelman has 44 wins, good for fourth place in the driver standings. Since the resumption of racing on August 28, Siegelman's 31 wins are best among Freehold drivers.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (October 31) with a 12-race card, starting at about 12:30 PM. There will be a pick 5 carryover, starting in race 5, worth $428.57.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing history was made at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, as Podium Girl wrapped up the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund series with a bang. She won the $56,000 final for 2-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54.3, equaling the track record.   Off an impressive win in the first leg of the series two weeks ago, she was sent off as the 1/5 favorite in the field of eight. Driver George Brennan had her in the pocket early on, off In High Cotton, but soon moved her to the front and got her to the lead at the half. She maintained a comfortable lead going by three-quarters, and pulled away in the stretch to win by 3 1/2 lengths.       Podium Girl's win marks the third time a 2-year-old filly has paced in 1:54.3 at Freehold. The mark was first set by Darlin's Delight, who won the Molly Pitcher on August 20, 2005. It was then equaled by I Kill Time, while winning the NJSS-SDF Final on September 25, 2010.   For Podium Girl, Saturday's win marks her fifth career win from eleven starts, and pushes her career earnings past the $104,000 mark. She's owned by Henderson Farms, Robert Mondillo, and Barry Spak, and trained by Chris Ryder.   Live racing resumes at Freehold Raceway on Friday, October 30, starting at 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ -- Another $9,000 amateur harness racing trot in the American Harness Drivers Club is now in the books after "Coach Paul" Minore gunned If I Must to the lead from the five-hole and then proceeded to make every pole a winning one en route to 2-1/4 length victory in 2:00.4 over seven others at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (Oct 24). Mugshot Jess, driven by Pearly Allen, got all the early betting money and was sent away as the 1-2 favorite but road trouble from the six-hole never allowed him to contend until it was too late. After he grabbed the lead in a soft :30.2 first quarter Minore tapped the breaks and led Fji (Dave Offenberg) by the first stanza and they were one-two by the half in 1:01:2 while Mugshot Jess was stalled by breaking horses on the first turn. A lazy Tough Get Going (Joe Faraldo) who was in third place behind the leaders early, had trouble chasing the top two and in doing so it kept the trailers from a clear shot at the leaders. It was still If I Must and Fiji showing the way as the field rounded the final turn and in the lane the former opened daylight on the latter and coasted to an easy victory. Mugshot Jess finally shook free but too late to do any damage to the leaders and had to settle for third money.   If I Must, a 5-year-old altered son of Muscles Yankee, is owned by his driver and trained by Taylor Gower. He was sent off as third choice in the contest and returned a $14.70 win mutuel. Minore was the high school track and field coach for the great Carl Lewis. by John Manzi, for the AHDC

Freehold, NJ --- The New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund series wraps up at Freehold Raceway this Saturday (October 24), with the final for 2-year-old filly pacers. A full gate of eight horses will go, vying for a purse of $56,000.   Among the eight, Podium Girl looks like the one to beat. She won the first leg of the series in impressive fashion on October 10, cruising to the wire in 1:55.2 at 1/20 odds. Last week, she finished second in a leg of the Simpson Series at Harrah's Philadelphia. In her career, she's already won four times from ten races, and earned almost $77,000.   George Brennan has the drive on Podium Girl, for trainer Chris Ryder. She'll leave from post position one.   All seven of Podium Girl's challengers competed in the first two legs of the series. In High Cotton won the second leg last week, for trainer Ron Coyne. She went off at 1/5 in the absence of Podium Girl, and won by 2 1/2 lengths in a sharp 1:56.4. Dan Dube will drive on Saturday, from post position five.   Summer Rae won her division of the first leg of the series, holding on for a half-length win. She had a wide trip last out, and stopped badly. She'll look for a rebound from post position three, for trainer Tom Fanning.   Always B Laughin, Significant Other, Major Houlihan, Del Diggity and Mom's Command round out the field. The race is scheduled as the seventh on the card, with a post time of 2:30 PM.   The first of twelve races at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM   From Freehold Raceway    

Harnessracing.com has reported that harness racing driver Harold Kelly, who drove more than 4,500 winners with $19.3 million in purses in his career, died Monday night, Oct. 19. He was 85. Mr. Kelly retired from driving in 2002, when his home track of Freehold Raceway for almost 50 years, honored him with Harold Kelly Day. In his later years he worked for Hall of Fame trainer Joe Holloway. Mr. Kelly was on or near the top of the driver's standings at Freehold, from the mid-1950's through to the mid-1990's, winning his first of several driving titles at the central New Jersey oval in 1960.  Mr. Kelly's best season for winners was 1987 when he collected 292. His best year for earnings came in 1988 when he drove horses that won an aggregate of $1.96 million. Mr. Kelly's best streak came in the late 1980's when another Freehold legend, Stanley Dancer, asked him to drive for his stable. The duo combined to win a number of rich and prestigious races, including the $863,250 Sweetheart final with Concertina at the Meadowlands in 1988. Both Dancer and Concertina come quickly to Mr. Kelly's mind when reminiscing about his long career.  To read the rest of the story, click here.

Freehold, NJ --- Saturday afternoon (October 17) was a big day for harness racing driver Dan Dube, as he won both 2-year-old pacing stakes on the Freehold Raceway card.   The big one came in the $56,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. He guided the Bill MacKenzie-trained Captain Fancy to a 3 1/2 length win as the favorite. He had it rough early on, battling for the early lead with a host of rivals and getting double-parked. After the quarter, he dropped into the pocket, then made a bold first-over move to the lead after the half. From there, he drew off to a handy win.   He paced the mile in 1:56, for owners Vincent ali, Alma Iafelice, and Theodore Gewertz. In his career, Captain Fancy has now earned more than $70,000, with three wins from seven races.       Dube then won the second leg of the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old filly pacers, with In High Cotton. He retook the lead with his filly after the quarter, and never gave up the lead thereafter, winning by 2 1/2 lengths. In High Cotton paced the mile in 1:56.4, for owners Kelly Hoerdt and Blair and Erna Corbeil, and trainer Ron Coyne.   Dube also won the eighth race on Drinkin Again, for owner/trainer Phil Jasper.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at 12:30 PM. There will be a double pick 5 carryover, starting in race 5, worth $2,025.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ -- It was bombs away in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway ​on Saturday afternoon (Oct 17) when "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello hustled 47-1 Latoka up the inside to collar "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo and 30-1 Tough Get Going and together the trotters produced a whopping $1,017.40 exacta, one of the biggest in recent memories in amateur racing. And the third place finish by Wygant Prince ,with "Coach Paul" Minore at the controls, produced a near record $3,813.80 trifecta. When the gate sprung Minore sent his veteran trotter to the lead as Faraldo ducked in the two-hole, a place where he stayed until the stretch drive. In the meantime Minore played hardball with Marianna Monaco who had her Awol Hanover challenging for the lead from the six-hole in the :29.2 first quarter. But with Minore's insistence Awol Hanover never was able to drop down along the pylons as the trotters race one-two all the way to the final turn. With Wygant Prince showing the way and Tough Get Going following Faraldo was content with the way the race was breaking for him. "I moved Tough Get Going to the outside and when we rounded the final we had the lead and I thought we were going to win it," Faraldo said."I was eyeing Wygant Prince and I knew we had him beat. " Faraldo was right but his trotter drifted in the deep stretch which permitted Zuccarello and Latoka, who was fifth at the head of the lane, with a clear path to the finish line now that they were down along the pylons. With daylight the veteran 9-year-old Groton Hall gelding kicked it in another gear and collared the leader and went on to a head victory over Tough Get Going in 2:01.1.   For Zuccarello, who doubles as the publicist for the GSY Amateur Series, it was his first seasonal driving victory and the 17th of his career. The winner is owned and trained by Donald Maiorano by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club    

Freehold, NJ --- A field of seven 2-year-old pacers are set to square off in the $56,000  New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund Final at Freehold Raceway this Saturday (October 17). Some are looking to build off big efforts, others are seeking redemption.   Renaissance winner King James Express was heavily bet in each of the first two legs, going off at 1/5 in leg 1, and 2/5 in leg 2. Unfortunately for him, he made breaks both times, and lost all chance. When he won the Renaissance, he made an early miscue, but managed to stay pacing the rest of the way. To win this one, he'll have to keep the breaks to a minimum. Jason Bartlett is in the bike from post position seven, for trainer Mark Harder.   The winners of each leg will face off here as well. Captain Fancy lost the Renaissance by a head, then went on to win the first leg, in a sharp 1:58. Trainer Bill MacKenzie elected to bypass the second leg last week, to keep him fresh for the final. Daniel Dube keeps the drive, from post position four.   Not Today won the second leg in gate-to-wire style, setting a cozy pace and cruising to the wire in 1:59.4. Marcus Miller will likely send him to the lead again, from post position three, for trainer Erv Miller.   Cheese Omelet, Imaginary Line, Hurrikane Georgie, and Solid Alibi round out the field. The race is scheduled as the third race, with a listed post time of 1:10 PM.   Post time for the first race on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- In one of the most dominant harness racing pacing performances at Freehold Raceway in a long time, Lettuceriprita obliterated the field in the Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday (October 10). He won by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1, missing the track record for aged pacing geldings by 1/5 of a second.   He was 15/1 in the field of eight, and left from post position one. Driver Dan Dube had him in third early on, sitting off a very hot pace set by Lyons Steel. Just after the half, which was paced in 55 seconds, Dube activated Lettuceriprita first-over, and moved up to the throatlach of Lyons Steel nearing three-quarters.   As they paced by that mark, in 1:23.3, Lyons Steel had no response, and Lettuceriprita powered away from the field. He went the final quarter in a very impressive 27.3 seconds.   The track record for aged pacing geldings is held by Francam, who paced a mile in 1:51 on September 16, 2006. Lettuceriprita also came close to the all-time record mile of 1:50.3, set by One More Laugh in the 2010 Cane Pace.   For Lettuceriprita, it was his second win of the year, from six starts. The race also shattered his previous lifetime best mark of 1:52.1, set at Harrah's Philadelphia in 2016 and equaled Yonkers Raceway in 2017. Bill MacKenzie trains the winner, and co-owns in partnership with Vincent Ali. Daniel Dube is the winning driver.   Dube and MacKenzie also teamed up to win the eleventh race, with Clint Westwood. Dube was the only driver on the 12-race card to win multiple races.   Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff wins the A.H.D.C. Trot   Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff knows that when a driver have the best horse in the race there's only one place to be and that place is on the lead. So that's just where he put Pound Sterling in the $9000 leg of the American Harness Drivers Club series at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon, October 10. After being roughed-up though a :28.4 first quarter Hechkoff's charge made the top from the five-hole and once there it was catch me if you can-- and nobody could as the veteran trotter chugged to a  2:00.1 victory When the starter said “go” Paul “the Coach” Minore grabbed the racetrack with his old veteran, Wygant Prince, and then allowed a parked -out Pound Sterling to take command . Hechkoff lead the competition by the first stanza but he had to contend with Permanent Joy, and driver Bobby “Rapid Rail” Krivlen, who moved first-up as the field headed to the half. Krivelin”s trotter was at first troubling to the leader but Hechkoff's charge was up to the task and rebuffed the challenge When the field straightened for home Pound Sterling was in command and 7-year-old Muscle Hill gelding held the lead all the way to the wire. After a two-hole journey Wygant Prince was second best while Fiji and driver Dave “the Rave” Offenberg garnered the show dough. The winner is co-owned by Kyle Spagnola and his driver and is trained by Spagnola. He paid $4.80 for win.    John Manzi      

Freehold, NJ --- Going into the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund finals for 2-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway on Friday (October 9), Ake Svanstedt looked loaded for bear. He had five horses between the two races: three males and two fillies. He won one final, and just missed winning the other.   In the final for colts and geldings, Svanstedt's Calle Palema prevailed by three lengths. He went to the lead early on, and encountered no serious challenges. Torrey Pines sat in the pocket the whole way, but as they went past three-quarters, Calle Palema pulled away. He coasted under the wire in 1:58, for owner Bender Sweden Inc and driver Steve Smith. That's his second career win, both of which have come in the NJSS-SDF series. Svanstedt also sent out fourth-place finisher Swan By Land and seventh-place finisher Capital T Storm.   Earlier in the day, Svanstedt finished second by a head with Illuminata, losing to Trond Smedshammer-trained Duchesspedia. Smedshammer put his filly in the pocket early, allowing Illuminata to set the tempo. As they turned for home, Duchesspedia came towards the outside, and loomed large over Illuminata. They hit the line together, with Ducesspedia getting the nod in 1:58. The winner is owned by Purple Haze Stables.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (October 10), starting at 12:30 PM. There is a carryover in the pick 5, worth $702.05.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Lyons Steel has been a dominant harness racing force at Freehold Raceway, winning the Preferred Handicap pace each of the past two weeks. He'll seek a three-peat on Saturday afternoon (October 10).   The Dennis Watson-trained gelding has been a regular at Freehold lately, competing in the Preferred each of the past six weeks. After missing in the first four, he got up to win by a head two weeks ago, going the mile in a meet best-1:53.2. Last week, he rallied from last to win by 1 1/4 lengths at 13/1. Over the past twelve months, he's won the Preferred six times. He was assigned post position eight on Saturday, with usual driver Pat Lachance.   A full field will take him on, including Pyro, a winner of four in a row earlier in the year for Ron Burke, and Century Endeavor, a recent Open winner at Saratoga Harness for Kevin McDermott. The race is scheduled as the eighth on a 12-race card, with a post time of 2:50 PM.   The Saturday card also features New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund action. In the second leg of the series for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, King James Express will seek redemption. He was the 1/5 favorite in the first leg last week, but made multiple breaks and ended up last. He's got post position three, for trainer Mark Harder and driver Jason Bartlett.   The series for 2-year-old pacing fillies begins, with two divisions of leg 1. One division is scheduled as a non-betting race, with a field of five. The second division features a field of six, including Renaissance winner Podium Girl. That will be the sixth race.   Post time for the first race at Freehold on Saturday is about 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway

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