Tandem of trotting stakes at Freehold Friday

Freehold, NJ — Freehold Raceway will host a pair of stakes for 3-year-old trotters this Friday (Sept. 18), including one which features a track record holder.

In her last start, Common Sense S equaled the mark for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Freehold, winning the Garden State Trot in 1:55.2. She seeks her third win in a row in the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund. Two races back, she won the second leg of the series by 3 1/2 lengths in an easy front-trotting effort. Her task will be made a bit more difficult by her post: she has drawn the outside. Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt will likely be sending her hard to the lead from that spot.

In contrast, her fiercest rival will leave from post one. Ab’sattitudexpress won the first leg of the series by 6-3/4 lengths, stopping the clock in an impressive 1:56.2. Last out, she chased Common Sense S all the way around the track, and was in position to strike when she broke stride on the final turn. She will look to avoid any mishaps here for trainer Lucas Wallin and driver George Brennan.

That race is scheduled as the seventh race, with a post time of about 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Earlier in the day, the colt and gelding division of the Garden State Trot will take place with a field of five signed up. Kasha V, who won the first two legs of the NJSS-SDF, looks like the one to beat. He has post position four for trainer Tom Corelli and driver Austin Siegelman. They go to post in the third race, scheduled for about 1:10 p.m. EDT.

The first of 11 races on Friday at Freehold will go at approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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