The 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings were divided into a pair of seven-horse divisions, carded as the first and fifth races on the 10-race program. Each division will carry a purse of $7,000. The colts will compete in three weeks of preliminary legs for a spot in the $25,000 final on Sept. 20.
The top contenders this week will include two sons of Chocolatier, Chocolate Day from the barn of trainer Julie Miller, and Hot Type, conditioned by D.R. Ackerman. They both drew into the fifth race.
Chocolate Day has one win, four seconds and a third in eight starts, banking $28,555. In recent starts, he was second in both the Historic Trot and the Kindergarten.
Hot Type has a win, three seconds and a third in six starts to his credit. He races for his owner and breeder, Doug Ackerman Stables of Aberdeen, N.C., and has earned $14,851.
Live racing for the 48-date meet will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays -- plus a special holiday card on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. Post time remains 12:30 p.m., ET.
Attendees on opening day will receive a free T-shirt with the purchase of a Freehold live program, while supplies last.