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Live Racing Returns Friday, September 4

Freehold, NJ—-Live racing returns to New Jersey’s Freehold Raceway on Friday (Sept. 4).

The 44-day meet continues through Dec. 12. Racing will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (plus a holiday program on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7). Post time is 12:30 p.m.

Pre-meet qualifiers will take place on Friday (Aug. 28) with the box closing at 10 a.m. on Thursday (Aug. 27).

The initial draw schedule is Tuesday (Sept. 1) for Friday (Sept. 4); Wednesday (Sept. 2) for Saturday (Sept. 5) and Thursday (Sept. 3) for Monday (Sept. 7 - Labor Day). Declarations are due at 9 a.m. for each draw.

The standard draw schedule for the balance of the meet is Saturday for Thursday, Tuesday for Friday and Wednesday for Saturday.

Opening Day features the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres for 2-year-old pacing fillies and eliminations for the Helen Smith for 3-year-old trotting fillies.

The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey is the sponsor of the Helen Smith (Sept. 11), Charles Smith for 3-year-old trotting colts (Sept. 17), Harold Dancer for 2-year-old trotting colts (Sept. 17), Marion Dancer for 2-year-old trotting fillies (Oct. 9) and a quartet of New Jersey Futurity stakes (Sept. 26, Oct. 16, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24). All are restricted to New Jersey-sired horses.

The Lou Babic finals for 2-year-old pacers on Sept. 26 are part of the New Jersey Sire Stakes program along with the Green Acres events, which will feature three preliminary legs and a final for each genders’ 2- and 3-year-olds on the trot and pace. All the $25,000 finals are in October.

Overnight purses will average $40,000 per day, according to Freehold General Manager Howard Bruno.

Special events include a free t-shirt with a paid Freehold live program, while supplies last, on Opening Day. On Labor Day, there is a free cap with paid Freehold live program, while supplies last; 50 cent hot dogs and 50 cent sodas and drawings for season parking passes.

The fourth annual Open Space Pace, featuring a parade of horses, petting zoo, exhibitions, food trucks and live music, will take place on Saturday (Sept. 19).

-courtesy Carol Hodes