Surprises Abound in Freehold Feature Friday
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Freehold Raceway kicked off Labor Day weekend on Friday (September 3) with a bevy of action. The 11-race card included the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old filly trotters and 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters. In the race for fillies, Taylor Gower trainee Limoges sprung a 37/1 upset. She moved to the lead as they rounded the far turn, taking dead aim on odds-on favorite Duchesspedia. She took charge entering the stretch, but then had to deal with Spruce Creek, who came rolling up the inside. In the end, Limoges held on for the surprise win. She’s owned by Dreamville Stable and trained by Jim Marohn Jr.
The NJSS-SDF for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters was split into two divisions. In division one, Vinny Ginsburg rated Camden Hills in the pocket most of the way off favored leader Calle Palema. In the stretch, Ginsburg angled Camden Hills wide, and he rolled by for the win. The final time was 1:58.2 for this Jenn Bongiorno trainee, who is owned by Robert Weinstein. Camden Hills has now won twice in his career, from fourteen starts, with earnings of almost $25,000.
In division two, Seventier, for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer, moved to the lead nearing three-quarters and held them off for the win. The 2/1 shot went the mile in 1:58.1, for Purple Haze Stables.
Freehold also hosted a Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap pace and a Preferred Handicap trot. Bronskimackenzie A won the Fillies & Mares Preferred, in an exciting stretch run. After sitting behind horses entering the stretch, trainer/driver Luke Hanners switched her wide in the last sixteenth, and she surged to victory in the final strides. She crossed the wire a length in front, stopping the clock in 1:55.1. She’s owned by Tahnee Camilleri.
The Preferred Handicap trot saw a blanket finish, with several horses in the mix as they came to the wire. 10/1 Brownie snuck through up the inside late and got up for a head victory in 1:58.1. Dan Dube is the winning owner and driver, Pierre Paradis the winning trainer.
No one picked five winners in the pick 5 sequence. The carryover for the Saturday sequence is $846.80.
Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (September 4), with a 13-race card starting at 12:30 PM.