Manalapan, NJ --- Trainer and co-owner Chris Ryder is bringing a lot of Muscle to the $66,500 Harold Dancer Trot on Friday (Sept. 27) at Freehold Raceway.
Ryder will send out both Muscle On In and Well Built in the stakes for 2-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters. Both colts are by first year sire Muscle Hill.
The entry is rated 5-2 in the morning line in race seven.
A break at the start cost Muscle On In any hope in his last start, the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres Final on Sept. 20. The victory in that race went to Choco Sun who nosed out Chocolate Day, both by Chocolatier. Those two trotters are also in the Harold Dancer. Chocolate Day is the 7-2 second choice in the morning line from post six and Choco Sun is listed at 9-2 from post eight.
While Daniel Dube gets the call on Muscle On In from the rail, Ryder will take the lines on Well Built from post seven.
Muscle On In comes into the Harold Dancer with two wins in eight starts for earnings of $19,415. He took his mark of 1:58.3 in a $20,000 Arden Downs division at the Meadows.
A $15,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase, he races for the partnership of Ryder, Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick.
Entrymate Well Built, owned by Ryder and Mondillo, has two seconds in six starts, banking $11,375. He was a $30,000 Lexington Selected Sale acquisition.
The stakes record for the Harold Dancer, which is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, is 1:59, established in 2010 by Chapter Seven.
The field for the $66,500 Harold Dancer Trot:
1-1-Muscle On It-Muscle Hill-Daniel Dube-Chris Ryder-5-2
1A-7-Well Built-Muscle Hill-Chris Ryder-Chris Ryder-5-2
2-2-Celebrity Spitfire-Muscles Yankee-Eric Abbatiello-Susanne Strandqvist-6-1
3-3-Resolve-Muscle Hill-Jim Pantaleano-Roman Lopez-8-1
4-4-Hot Type-Chocolatier-D.R. Ackerman-D.R. Ackerman-5-1
5-5-Skates N Plates-Revenue-Jim Marshall III-Paul Reid-10-1
6-6-Chocolate Day-Chocolatier-Marcus Johansson-Julie Miller-7-2
7-8-Choco Sun-Chocolatier-Jim Meittinis-Orjan Torstensson-9-2
In other stakes action on Friday, two $7,000 divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres will be contested prior to the betting card.
The first event, the third leg for 2-year-old trotting fillies, drew a field of five, including first leg winner Shelikescandy (by Chocolatier) and second leg winner Worldrecordsweeper (by Muscles Yankee).
The second non-wagering stakes is the first leg for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings with five entrants, including $38,500 Charles Smith runner-up Dagget (by Chocolatier).
The $25,000 Green Acres final for 3-year-old pacing fillies is the featured seventh race on Thursday (Sept. 26). The 6-5 morning line favorite is the Ross Croghan trainee Certified Ideal (by Western Ideal) who will be driven by Jim Pantaleano from post two.
Four of the finalists are by Western Ideal, two by Cam's Card Shark and one by Rocknroll Hanover.
Prior to the Thursday card, five 3-year-old trotting fillies will face off in the second round of the Green Acres.