Freehold, NJ — Common Sense S equaled the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Sept. 11), winning the Garden State Trot by 21-1/2 lengths.
Driver Åke Svanstedt sent her out to the front early on to lead the four-horse field in the early going. Ab’sattitudexpress, an impressive Sire Stakes winner two weeks ago, kept her honest. She stayed right on her heels in the pocket as Common Sense set fractions of :28, :57 and 1:26.2.
As they rounded the final turn, George Brennan pulled Ab’sattitudexpress off the pylons, and it looked like she would give Common Sense a challenge. However, she broke stride, leaving Common Sense all alone on the lead. From there, Svanstedt’s filly crossed the wire well out in front, stopping the clock in 1:55.2.
For Common Sense, it was her second win in a row, having won here last week. Her time matched the track record, previously set by Bee Line during the 2006 New Jersey Sire Stakes. Svanstedt also trains and co-owns the winner with SRF Stable.
Never Late Kait, Alyvia Deo and Ab’sattitudexpress rounded out the order of finish. There was no wagering offered on the race.
Later in the day, two divisions of the second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old male trotters was held. The first division went to Gerard, who opened up a big lead early on and held on to win by two lengths. Eric Abbatiello drove him for owner This N That Stable and trainer James DeLucia.
In the second division, Kasha V won for the second week in a row, wearing down early leader Kixton Hanover and holding off the late-charging Kyrie Deo to win by two lengths. He is owned by Theologos Moutafis and trained by Tom Corelli, and was driven by Austin Siegelman. His final time of 1:57 was more than two seconds faster than Gerard’s.
Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (Sept. 12), with a 12-race card beginning at about 12:30 p.m. EDT.