Manalapan, NJ --- Muscle On In has been installed as the slight 3-1 morning line favorite in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres fnal for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race on Friday (Sept. 20) at Freehold Raceway.
The son of Muscle Hill-Viking's Goddess, driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Chris Ryder, drew post seven.
The colt has two wins in seven starts, including an Arden Downs division and last week’s third leg of the Green Acres. He has banked nearly $20,000 for Ryder and partners Robert Mondilo and Max Wernick.
Second choice in the morning line is the Revenue-Queen Of Angels gelding Angels Ransom, trained and driven by Roland Mallar, listed at 7-2 from post three.
Angels Ransom won the opening leg of the Green Acres and finished second in his last two starts. He has finished in the money in four of eight starts for owner Michael Andrew.
The Green Acres field (from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line): Holiday Spirit, Chocolatier, Steve Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1; Skates N Plates, Revenue, Jim Marshall III, Paul Reid, 8-1; Angels Ransom, Revenue, Roland Mallar, Roland Mallar, 8-1; Celebrity Spitfire, Muscles Yankee, Eric Abbatiello, Susanne Strandqvist, 10-1; Choco Sun, Chocolatier, Jim Meittinis, Orjan Torstensson, 6-1; Chocolate Day, Chocolatier, Marcus Johansson, Julie Miller, 9-2; Muscle On It, Muscle Hill, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 3-1; and Time N Tide, Chocolatier, Steven Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1. Chocolate Day and Time N Tide are coupled in the wagering.
Manzi heading home
Hall of Fame driver Cat Manzi, who suffered a fractured pelvis in a racing accident at Freehold Raceway on Sept. 6 and went into rehab on Sept. 11, is scheduled to be released and head home on Friday (Sept. 20), according to his wife, Ellen.
Super Classic to Charles Smith
Super Classic, a Hambletonian hopeful in August, makes his next start in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith final, a non-wagering event for New Jersey-sired 3-year-old trotters which drew three entrants.
Super Classic, owned by William J. Augustine, has two wins, one second and four thirds from 21 career starts and earnings of $54,703. Eric Abbatiello will drive for trainer Jim Doherty.
The competition includes Bouncer, a son of Muscles Yankee driven by Tom Jackson and trained by James Petruccelli, and Dagget, a Chocolatier gelding from the barn of John Butenschoen and driven by Tyler Butenschoen.
The Charles Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.
The Charles Smith final has a post time of 12:20 p.m. and follows a $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres for 2-year-old trotting fillies at 12:15 p.m.
Three are entered in the filly trot: Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee, I’ll Bring Dessert by Chocolatier and Muscle Pump Queen by Muscles Yankee.