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Freehold, NJ --- With mandatory retirements for 14-year-old horses approaching on December 31, tracks all over the country are holding celebrations of the hard-knocking veterans of the sport. Freehold Raceway is no different, as they will play host to the "Free-Old" Pace on Saturday (December 28). The race is restricted to horses 11 years old or older, and was invite-only.   Two 14-year-olds will take the track for the final time in this race. Bobjacks Angle A, for Steve Smith and Karen Garland, has been in fine form as of late, with three wins in his last five starts. This year, he's won six times in 27 tries, while earning almost $25,000. Lifetime, he's won 34 races in 283 starts, in a career that did not begin until 2012. He's won at least one race every year since then, including a win every year at Freehold since 2016. He will leave from post position three.   The other 14-year-old is Camwiser, for owner/trainer Vincent Valente and driver Jack Baggitt Jr. He's won four times this year from 41 races, earning $24,175. Since starting his career at Indiana Grand Race Course in 2008, he has won 56 races in 386 starts, with earnings of $224,130. He has won a race in every year of his career but one. For his career finale, he drew post position seven.   The race also features one 13-year-old -- Dirty Devil -- three 12-year-olds -- Here We Go Again, Broadies Song, and Colonial Road -- and two 11-year-olds -- Hello Hot Shot and Woodmere Ultimate. It will go as the fifth race on Saturday, with a scheduled post time of 1:50 PM EST.   The first race at Freehold on Saturday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a pair of top-class harness racing pacing events on Saturday afternoon (December 21): a $15,000 Invitational, and a $12,000 Preferred.   The Invitational was won by Sunfire Blue Chip, for trainer Gary Candell and driver Austin Siegelman. Off a third-place finish in the Preferred last week, he was sent off as the 3/1 third choice. Siegelman rocketed him to the lead from post seven, set up shop before the quarter, and established a modest early pace.   They reached the quarter in 27.4, and the half in a slow 57.1. They then opened up a bit nearing three-quarters, and looked clear as they turned for home. Despite a frantic rally up the pylons by favored Clint Westwood, the wire came in time for Sunfire Blue Chip, and he held on for a 3/4-length victory. The final time for the mile was 1:55.4.   The 9-year-old horse is owned by Takter, Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc, and R A W Equine. He's won four times from 21 starts this year, earning more than $90,000.   In the Preferred, The Onlyest One showed a lot of heart to hold off the rally of Ideal One and secure the victory. Parked out early, The Onlyest One cleared to the lead after the quarter, getting to the half in a comfortable 58.1. On the third turn, Ideal One swooped three wide, then drew up alongside The Onlyest One after three-quarters. Turning for home, it looked like Ideal One would roll by, but The Onlyest One was game and held on for a neck victory.   The winner is owned by Cliff Grundy, trained by Nick Surick, and driven by Joe Bonigorno. He's won seven times on the calendar year, including two of his last three.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (December 27), starting at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Drazmatazz surprised most Freehold Raceway harness racing bettors on Friday (December 20), as he won the featured Preferred Handicap trot at 12/1.   Leaving from post position one, driver Vinny Ginsburg tucked him into the pocket off early leader Dynamic Edge. While he and Limerence got into an early duel, Drazmatazz watched the action unfold while saving ground. Heading up the backstretch the final time, numerous horses made their moves, but no one could catch up to Dynamic Edge, who remained clear turning for home.   Ginsburg kept Drazmaztazz glued to the pylons turning for home, and angled him out for a clear shot in the stretch. Dynamic Edge was game, but Drazmatazz had all the momentum, and got up to win by a head. The final time was 1:57.3.   This gelding has been doing his best trotting at Freehold as of late: he's got three wins and two seconds in his last five starts over the Jersey half-miler. He's owned by Danbry Racing and trained by Tom Angerame. Angerame also won race 5, with Great Emancipator.   Ginsburg's win in the Preferred was one of four he bagged on Friday. He teamed up with Angerame on Great Emancipator, and also won race 3 with Data and race 11 with Jacinta Hanover.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, starting at roughly 12:30 PM EST. There will be two carryovers: the early pick 4, starting in race 2, has a carryover of $1,151.56, while the pick 5, beginning in race 5, will have a carryover of $735.45.   From Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway would like to remind its harness racing horsemen of the draw schedule change for next week:   The draw for Friday, December 27, will take place on Monday, December 23. The box will close at 9:00 AM; the board closes at 2:30 PM the same day.   The racing office will be closed both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.   The draw for Saturday, December 28, will take place on Thursday, December 26, with the box closing at 9:00 AM, and the board closing at 2:30 PM.   In addition, starting January 2, Freehold will add Thursdays to the racing calendar. The draw for January 2 will take place on Saturday, December 28.   Anyone with questions can call the racing office at (732) 252-2322.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- The entry cup runneth over at Freehold Raceway this Saturday (December 21), with a 12-race card featuring many big harness racing fields. The co-headliners will be two top level paces, including a $15,000 Invitational Handicap.   A field of eight will contest the invitational, scheduled as the eighth race. The outside two will likely be the favorites: Sunfire Blue Chip, coming off a third-place finish in the Preferred last week, and Goduko Hanover, who finished second by a neck in the Preferred at Yonkers Raceway two starts ago. The former is trained by Gary Candell, and will leave from post position seven. The latter drew post position eight for Scott DiDomenico.   Other headliners of that field include Triple Seelester, who has been dominating the claiming classes at Yonkers, Bullet Bob, the runner-up in the Preferred last week, Kimberlee, a mare in sharp form for Ake Svanstedt, and Clint Westwood, a dominant winner of the NW $6,000 last 5 class last week.   The Preferred handicap immediately follows the invitational, and also drew a field of eight. Ideal One was assigned post position six, and while has yet to win a race stateside, he qualified sharply at Freehold back in November. The Doug Dilloian trainee will leave from post position six.   Mako Banner and Western Bayama, both coming from Harrah's Philadelphia, were also assigned towards the outside. The former won a NW $10,000 last 5 contest there four starts ago, and finished third after a rough trip last out. He'll leave from post seven for trainer Mike Russo. Ken Tisa sends outt he later, who is coming off four consecutive claims at the Pennsylvania oval. He's won four out of his last five starts, to boot.   The first race at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- A field of seven signed up for the Freehold Raceway harness racing feature on Friday (December 20), a $12,000 Preferred Handicap trot. The race is scheduled as the seventh on the card, with a post time of 2:30 PM EST.   The headliner is expected to be Dot Dot Dot Dash, who drew the outside post. She's won the Preferred six times at Freehold in 2019, most recently on August 30. Last out, she won a NW $14,000 trot at Harrah's Philadelphia, her second win in her last three races. Expect her to tuck in near the back early on, and make a big closing rally.   Limerence, leaving from post position six, will likely challenge her for wagering supremacy. He finished fifth last out in a NW $20,000 trot at Yonkers Raceway. He's won six times on the year, including one win at Freehold, earning more than $98,000. Steve Smith will drive his own for trainer Karen Garland.   Leading trainer Nick Surick will send out two horses: Lily's Swan Pond and Inukchuk Chuck. The latter has been competing primarily in amateur races, with two recent wins in the Billings in his running lines. Most recently, he was fifth in a NW $6,500 trot at the Meadowlands. Andy Miller was named to drive from post position two. Lily's Swan Pond has been knocking at the door at Yonkers Raceway as of late, with a second and a third in his last two. Joe Bongiorno will drive from the five-hole.   Drazzmatazz, for Tom Angerame, Dynamic Edge, for Mark Ford, and Boots N Chains, for Taylor Gower, complete the septet.   The first race at Freehold on Friday is listed for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing pacer Hot Deuce lived up to his 3/5 billing on Saturday at Freehold Raceway, taking the Preferred Handicap by 4 1/2 lengths.   Driver Joe Bongiorno blasted off with his drive, sending him hard from post five and putting him on the lead. He went through a quarter in 27.3 and a half in 56.3, not encountering any serious competition.   Heading up the backstretch the final time, Shellie de Vie and Sunfire Blue Chip made moves on the outside, but Hot Deuce scooted away from the competition at the three-quarter pole and drew off. He coasted under the wire in 1:54.3 over a sloppy track with a two-second variant.   This is Hot Deuce's eighth win of the year, five of which have come at Freehold. He's owned by Robert Weinstein and trained by Jenn Bongiorno.   Bullet Bob saved ground and held second at 8/1. Sunfire Blue Chip, Spirit of Truth, Shellie de Vie, and Tisadream completed the order of finish.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at about 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- A field of seven will line up for the Preferred Handicap Pace this Saturday (December 14) at Freehold Raceway, featuring an almost entirely different cast of harness racing characters from last week's Preferred.   The outside two horses, both shipping in from Yonkers Raceway, figure to be the favorites. Gokudo Hanover, from the Scott DiDomenico barn, lost the preferred at Yonkers by a neck on November 16. Last out, he was sixth in a NW $30,000 race at the New York oval. On the year, he's won three races, and earned almost $107,000. Pat Berry will drive from post position six.   Sunfire Blue Chip, trained by Gary Candell, was assigned the outside post position. He won a NW $30,000 event by a nose two races back, and finished fifth in the open last week. Austin Siegelman will be in the bike, for the 9-year-old horse's first trip over the Freehold half-miler.   Hot Deuce has been in sharp form lately, having won three of his last six races. He's no stranger to Freehold, with two victories at the fall meet. Joe Bongiorno will drive for his sister Jenn.   Tisadream, shipping from Plainridge, Spirit of Truth, a two-time recent winner at Freehold, Shellie de Vie, most recently seventh in the fillies & mares open at Yonkers, and Bullet Bob, fifth in last week's Preferred at Freehold, complete the septet.   The Preferred is scheduled as the eighth race on Friday at Freehold, at approximately 2:50 PM EST.   The first of eleven at Freehold on Saturday is listed for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- An aggressive drive by Andy Miller paid off in Freehold Raceway's Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday, as Rockin M went coast-to-coast for the harness racing victory.   Off a win in the NW $8,000 last 5 starts class, Rockin M was sent off as the 7/2 second choice in the field of eight. Miller blasted off with his horse, sending him right to the lead from post five and setting a fast opening quarter of 27 seconds. Meanwhile, favored Lyons Steel, seeking his fight win in a row, couldn't clear from post eight and was parked out almost the whole way.   Miller slowed things down in the second quarter, going the half-mile in 56.3 seconds. Nearing three-quarters, Lyons Steel drew up to within a length of Rockin M, but the slow middle quarter gave Rockin M something left in the tank. He brushed off Lyons Steel's challenge, and held on for a one-length victory in 1:54.3.   This is the seventh win of the year for Rockin M, his third of the Freehold season, and his second win in the Preferred. He's owned by JL Benson Stables, and trained by Nick Surick.   Despite his wide trip, Lyons Steel held on for second, while Ginger Tree Marty closed well for third. Northern Virgin, Bullet Bob, Drinkin Again, Texican, and Letschasethedream completed the order of finish.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at about 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Jim Marohn Jr. kicked off his December at Freehold Raceway in a big way on Friday, as he piloted home four winners on the nine-race program.   Marohn got his first victory in the 3rd race, guiding Catalyst to the winner's circle for trainer Jody Dunning. He picked up another victory in race 5, steering Tom Fanning's Unspoken Promise to an easy win. The hat trick was completed with 1/5 Mugshot Jess in race 7, who won for trainer Taylor Gower. Marohn got his fourth driving Canary Hanover in race 8, who had to fly down the stretch to get up over So It Goes Hanover in the last stride. Bucky Angle trained that winner.   Marohn's big afternoon gives him 47 winners on the calendar year at Freehold, from 300 drives. He's got 20 wins from 105 mounts since the resumption of racing on August 30.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a first post time scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Lyons Steel has been one of the hottest harness racing pacers on the east coast as of late, with four consecutive victories under his belt. He'll seek to make it five on Saturday at Freehold Raceway, as he takes on seven challengers in the Preferred Handicap pace.   The Dennis Watson-trained gelding is no stranger to Freehold: he's won four races there this year. Three starts back, he won the Preferred by half a length in a gate-to-wire effort, storming to a fast early lead and holding on for the win. Since that victory, he's shipped to Harrah's Philadelphia and Yonkers Raceway, and won at both tracks. He was assigned the outside post position eight for his return to the New Jersey half-miler, with Jack Baggitt Jr. down to drive.   Perhaps the toughest of his opponents will be Ginger Tree Marty, for Ron Burke. He was bet down to 4/5 favoritism in his most recent start at Freehold, but finished a fast-closing second behind Lyons Steel. He'll seek a rebound off an eighth-place finish at the Meadowlands last week, from post position six.   Three recent Freehold winners will also try their luck. Bullet Bob, a recent winner of the NW $5,000 class, and a two-time winner of the Preferred last year, drew post position three. Austin Siegelman drives for trainer Mark Harder.   Northern Virgin won the NW $6,000 class at 12/1 two races ago, and returns from a sixth-place finish at Yonkers. Steve Smith will drive for Nick Surick.   Andy Miller is named on Surick's other entrant, Rockin M, who won the Preferred over this track on October 5. He won the NW $8,000 by 3/4 of a length last week.   Drinkin Again, Texican, and Letschasethedreamn complete the field. The race is scheduled as the seventh on the ten-race card, with an approximate post time of 2:30 PM EST.   The first post at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   Freehold Raceway will kick off the new month on Friday (December 6) with a nine-race card, headlined by a carryover in the 50-cent pick 5. The sequence went unsolved on Saturday afternoon, leading to a carryover for Friday of $705.85. The wager begins in race 5, starting at 1:50 PM EST. Four eight-horse fields and one seven-horse field comprise the sequence. The day's feature race, the sixth race, will be the headliner. It's an upper-level filly and mare pace, drawing a field of eight. Fear My Shadow and Petal to the Metal, second and third at the level last week, return to competition. They drew post positions four and seven, respectively. Jimbelina was 3/5 in that race, but faded late to finish seventh. She'll seek a rebound from post position five. The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EST. From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Saturday's 10th race at Freehold Raceway was an unforgettable one for Alex Urbanski, as she conditioned Mister Love to victory, for her first career harness racing training win.   The 10-year-old gelding, one of two horses in the 18-year-old's stable, was sent off as the 1/1 favorite from the inside post.   Driver Vinny Ginsburg put him on the lead, then encountered a stiff first-over challenge from Northern Jack heading around the third turn. Northern Jack began to give way after the three-quarter point, and Mister Love cruised under the wire four lengths in front. He stopped the clock in a season's best 1:57.2.   Urbanski has been working with her dad, John, a regular trainer at Freehold, for many years. She began sending out her own string in March. She's had horses race at Freehold, Ocean Downs, Yonkers Raceway, and Harrah's Philadelphia. So far in her career, she's had 53 starters, with one win, four seconds, and seven thirds. Her career earnings stand at $13,491.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday afternoon, starting at around 12:30 PM EST. From Freehold Raceway          

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted the "Turkey Trot" on Friday afternoon, sponsored by Peter Grandich & Co. It turned out to be a thriller, as Data won the race in a harness racing photo finish over Lionhead.   Sent off as the 4/1 third choice in the field of eight, Data left well from post position three, and pocketed up behind Lionhead. Driver "Irish Joe" Hanney stayed patient with his mount, keeping him on the pylons almost the whole way.   Turning for home, Hanney angled Data out for a clear shot, but Lionhead remained clear until the last few strides. Data kept on coming, and got up in the last stride to win by a nose. He trotted the mile in 2:02.3 for owner Domenico Costagliola and trainer Anouk Busch.   Following the race, Grandich, along with Freehold general manager Howard Bruno, racing secretary Karen Fagliarone, and former New York Jet Fred Baxter, made the trophy and blanket presentation in the winner's circle. Earlier in the day, Baxter signed autographs and took photos with Freehold racing fans.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a 12-race card beginning at 12:30 PM EST. From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway has announced a three-leg trotting series for amateur harness racing drivers, kicking off this Saturday (November 30).   The first two legs will be held on November 30 and December 7, with a purse of $7,500 each. The final will be contested on December 14, for a purse of $15,000. Horses must compete in at least one leg to be eligible for the final.   All horses who competed in an amateur race in 2019 are automatically eligible for this series. For all other horses, the conditions are non-winners of $6,000 in their last five starts, or optional claiming tag of $15,000.   The box for the first leg closes on Wednesday morning (November 27) at 9:00 AM. Horsemen with any questions can call the racing office at (732) 252-2322.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway, in association with Peter Grandich and Co, will be hosting the "Turkey Trot" harness racing event on November 29, the day after Thanksgiving.   The event will be highlighted by an appearance by Fred Baxter, the former New York Jet and New England Patriot. The first 100 fans at Freehold will receive an autographed photo of Baxter. All fans at Freehold that day can bring up to three items for Baxter to sign. Baxter will also be available for photos. The meet and greet will run from 11:30am to 12:30pm.   In addition, numerous pieces of sports memorabilia, including signed footballs from Baxter, will be given away in a drawing.   The Turkey Trot race will also be held that afternoon. The winner of that race will receive a turkey-shaped trophy, presented by Freehold Raceway and Peter Grandich.   Peter Grandich and Co, based in Spring Lake, New Jersey, provides business, retirement, and estate planning services to individuals, business owners, and professional athletes. The company offers professional advice and risk management strategies to clients.   The first race that day at Freehold will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway announced their harness racing calendar for 2020 on Wednesday afternoon. 85 dates are scheduled for the calendar year, representing an increase from 76 in 2019.   The winter/spring portion of the season begins on January 2, with racing on a Thursday/Friday/Saturday basis until the second week of February. From there, racing will be conducted on Friday and Saturday until May 23.   After Freehold takes their customary summer vacation, live racing resumes for the summer/fall portion of the meet, beginning August 29. Racing will continue on Fridays and Saturdays until December 31.   First post time for each day is scheduled for 12:30 PM ET.   From Freehold Raceway  

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