Freehold Toys for Tots Pace Spotlights Young Drivers
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Freehold Raceway will host a Toys for Tots drive this Saturday (December 4), sponsored by Peter and Mary Grandich. The track will collect toys and monetary donations to benefit local children in need.
This year’s Toys for Tots Pace is scheduled as the sixth race, with a listed post time of 2:10 PM. In a unique twist, the race features all drivers who are under the age of 30. The race serves as a showcase for the many young drivers in Freehold’s driving colony.
The field from the rail out consists of Bettor’s Outlaw, driven by 26-year-old Jack Pelling, Frankie Boy, with 27-year-old Kasper Foget, Bolder, with 26-year-old Troy Beyer, Steady Pulse and 18-year-old Brett Beckwith, Hypothetical, driven by 23-year-old Tyler Miller, Ideal Tyson A, controlled by 29-year-old Austin Siegelman, Whata Twist, with 20-year-old Trae Porter, and Ideal Suspect, driven by 21-year-old Luke Hanners.
Just like with the Turkey Trot last week, a pair of former NHL players will be on hand for the winner’s circle presentation. Bruce Driver, a longtime member of the New Jersey Devils from 1983 to 1995, and Grant Marshall, an 11-year NHL veteran who played for the Devils from 2002 to 2006, are the special guests. Driver was on the 1995 Stanley Cup-winning Devils team, while Marshall played for the Devils in their championship year of 2003.
The 12-race card also features an interesting renewal of the Preferred Handicap pace, with a full field of eight. The 2/1 morning line favorite is Rockapelo, for trainer Ron Burke and driver Joe Bongiorno. He’s earned more than $320,000 this year. Highlights of his season include second-place finishes in the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Harness and the MGM Borgota Pacing Series final at Yonkers Raceway. He’ll leave from post position eight.
Post time for the first race at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM.