Upsets in both New Jersey Sire Stake divisions at Freehold

Freehold, NJ — The first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old filly trotters was split into two divisions on Saturday (Aug. 29) and both divisions saw odds-on favorites get upset.

Off a sweep of the NJSS series at The Meadowlands, Odds On Sarasota was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the first division. On the second turn, however, she went off-stride and lost all chance. That made things easier for Git Go, who sat a perfect trip in the pocket and came up the inside for the victory. She won by a half-length over Brush N Crush, going the mile in 1:57. Andy Miller was the winning driver, for trainer/co-owner Ron Coyne Jr. and co-owners Blair Corbeil and Edward Pachuta.

Two races later, Caviart Heather was made the 2-5 choice in the second division. She sat in the three-hole in the early stages, then was sent first-over by Jason Bartlett nearing the three-quarter point. She loomed large turning for home, but Feeling Sweet got a great pocket trip, and was able to rocket through and deny her the win by a half-length. She covered the mile in 1:55.3 for owner George & Tina Dennis Racing, trainer Joe Columbo, and driver Mike Cole.

Live racing resumes on Friday (Sept. 4), with a first post time of 12:30 p.m. (EDT). There’s a pair of carryovers on the card: the early Pick-4 has a carryover of $1,223.86, while the Pick-5 has a carryover of $863.91.

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