Manalapan, NJ --- Chocolate Day and Choco Sun, both by Chocolatier, are the top contenders in a $14,500 division of the New Jersey Futurity for 2-year-old trotters on Thursday (Oct. 10) at Freehold Raceway.
The two will face four others in the third race while Harold Dancer winner Muscle On In takes on four others in a $14,000 division that will be contested prior to the betting card.
The New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired trotters and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.
Chocolate Day, driven by Marcus Johansson and trained by Julie Miller, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite while Choco Sun, with Jim Meittinis driving for trainer Orjan Torstensson, is the 3-1 second choice. Both uncharacteristically broke stride in the $66,500 Harold Dancer final on Sept. 27 at Freehold.
Prior to the Dancer, Chocolate Day defeated Choco Sun by a nose in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres final.
Chocolate Day has three wins, six seconds and one third in 13 starts and earnings of $43,555 for the Andy Miller Stable and Arden Homestead Stable.
Choco Sun, owned by Norwegian Eirik Djure, has two wins and two seconds from six starts for a bankroll of $24,885.
The field from the rail out, with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: 1. Celebrity Spitfire, Muscles Yankee, Tom Jackson, Susanne Strandqvist, 6-1; 2. Hot Type, Chocolatier, D.R. Ackerman, D.R. Ackerman, 5-1; 3. Chocolate Day, Chocolatier, Marcus Johansson, Julie Miller, 2-1; 4. Choco Sun, Chocolatier, Jim Meittinis, Orjan Torstensson, 3-1; 5. Body Talk, Muscles Yankee, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron, 4-1; and 6. Clavicle Hanover, Muscles Yankee, Vincent Ginsburg, Ned Urbanski, 8-1.
Harold Dancer winner Muscle On It, who has three victories in nine tries, drew the rail in the non-wagering division. Daniel Dube will drive the son of Muscle Hill for trainer Chris Ryder.
Muscle On In has earned $52,665 for co-owner Ryder and his partners Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick.
The competition includes Yoga, a daughter of Muscles Yankee, who has four wins in five starts, including three divisions of the Kindergarten Series and a division of the Historic Stakes. Jimmy Takter trains and drives Yoga who races in the name of Christina Takter and brothers John and Jim Fielding.
The field, from the rail out, with sire, driver, trainer: 1. Muscle On In, Muscle Hill, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder; 2. Skates N Plates, Revenue, Jim Marshall III, Paul Reid; 3. Angels Ransom, Revenue, Roland Mallar, Roland Mallar; 4. Yoga, Muscles Yankee, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; and 5. Valbrunella, Muscles Yankee, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron.
There are three fillies in the Futurity -- Body Talk, Yoga and Valbrunella.