Freehold, NJ — Saturday’s (Sept. 26) card at Freehold Raceway is headlined by two divisions of the Homegrown for 3-year-old pacers. The race drew a total of 13 entries, and was subsequently split up by gender.
The division for the colts and geldings features a field of five, and will go as the fourth race. All five competed in the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development final last Saturday, won by Rockin The Gates in a 26-1 upset. He’ll seek to continue his good form from the outside post, for trainer Steve LeBlanc and driver Pat Berry.
JK Lucky Charms looked for a sweep of the series last week, but couldn’t get to the lead from an outside post and ended up losing by less than a length. He’s got post position one in the Homegrown, so he shouldn’t have much trouble getting his ideal trip. Brett Pelling is the trainer, Todd McCarthy the driver.
Level Up, Force N Fury, and Rock N Teen round out the field.
The fillies will go in the sixth race, in a field of eight. JK Finendandy, coming off a big win in the NJSS-SDF final, figures to once again be the favorite. She’ll leave from post position five, for Jenn Bongiorno and Joe Bongiorno.
Tony Alagna sends out a pair. Caviart Heather hit the board in every leg of the series, but never won. She’ll seek a rebound from post position seven, with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Her stablemate, Libspeak, has post position four, with driver Todd McCarthy.
Make A Scene, American In London, Ready Set Rock, Git Go, and Run Deo Run complete the field.
The card also features the Renaissance final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. King James Express looks like the one to beat, coming off a win in the New York Sire Stakes final at Yonkers Raceway. He’s got post position two, for trainer Mark Harder and driver Jason Bartlett.
Captain Fancy, Not Today, Solid Alibi, and Fika Time complete the ensemble. It’s scheduled as the seventh race on the program.
The first race on the card is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (EDT).