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Stakes season begins at Freehold Raceway on Friday

Freehold, NJ —- When the trotters are released from the starting gate in the fourth race at Freehold Raceway on Saturday May 1st it will mark the beginning of the stakes season at the historic track.

In addition, it will kick off the Grand Circuit season in harness racing.

Eight 3 year old trotters will be cut loose in the $51,900 elimination of the 51st edition of the Dexter Cup. The first 3 finishers will return for the $156,000 final on Saturday May 8th.

The entire Dexter Cup elimination field is making its’ 2010 debut.

The Jimmy Takter trained entry of Hard Livin and Senor Glide are tabbed  as the 2-1 morning line favorites. The second choices at 3-1 are the Ray Schnittker trained entries of Shaq Is Back and Margarita  Man.   The third coupling in the race has  common ownership and they are Scent Of  Oil and Wicked Style labled at 5-1.

The complete field for the elimination by post position, driver and odds is as follows:

Shaq Is Back – pp1, George Brennan, 3-1; Hard Livin – pp2, Ron Pierce, 2-1; Mamas Boo Bear – pp3, Steve Smith, 6-1; Scent Of  Oil – pp4, Dave Miller, 5-1; Margarita Man – pp5, Ray Schnittker, 3-1; Carnegie – pp6, Andy Miller, 4-1; Senor Glide – pp7, Daniel Dube, 2-1; Wicked Style- pp8, Cat Manzi, 5-1.

The three that come out of the elimination will join Big Stick Lindy, Celebrity Blue Chip, Flex The Muscle, Indefensible and Take My Picture, all of whom received byes to the final by rule.

The Dexter Cup elimination will be part of a 15 live racing program.  First race post is set for 12:30pm .

Also available on Saturday will be wagering on the 136th Kentucky Derby.  Gates open at 9:45am .