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Abbatiello and Fusco take 2013 titles at Freehold
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

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Manalapan, NJ --- Driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Vincent Fusco, Jr. wrapped up meet titles when Freehold Raceway closed its 2013 season this past Saturday (Dec. 14).

“I believe this is the third consecutive driving title for me at Freehold,” said Abbatiello. “I appreciate the opportunities given to me by the trainers at Freehold.”

Abbatiello held a five-win margin over Jim Pantaleano for the combined January to May and August to December meet.

“My own stable did well this year and a special thanks to my loyal owners,” he noted.

Abbatiello’s stable produced 15 wins from 91 starters for earnings of $87,118.

“Freehold is where I grew up, so it makes it that much more special,” he added.

Abbatiello, who received a degree in philosophy and business from Catholic University, switched from stockbroker and financial planner to harness horseman in 1999. But that was no surprise given his roots. His father, Carmine, and his uncle, Anthony, are both Hall of Fame horsemen.

Abbatiello finished the year with 173 wins at Freehold, holding off Jim Pantaleano with 168 wins. Rounding out the driving Top 5 were Steve Smith, Cat Manzi and Vincent Ginsburg.

Name 

Starts 

W

P

S

UDR

ITM%

Earnings

Abbatiello, Eric

956

173

153

132

0.316

48%

$743,984

Pantaleano, James

832

168

124

101

0.325

47%

$708,351

Smith, Stephen

824

119

102

141

0.270

44%

$628,563

Manzi, Catello

511

115

73

65

0.347

50%

$448,372

Ginsburg, Vincent

788

90

108

99

0.232

38%

$466,075

Topping the trainer standings was Vincent Fusco, Jr. with 65 wins, more than twice Nick Surick's total of 32 wins. Fusco’s stable earned nearly $236,000 thanks, in part, to an in-the-money percentage of 56 percent.

Name 

Starts 

W

P

S

UDR

ITM%

Earnings

Fusco, Vincent Jr 

278

65

45

47

0.380

56%

$235,908

Surick, Nick 

113

32

21

12

0.422

58%

$130,949

Garland, Karen 

181

31

19

34

0.292

46%

$142,946

Mackenzie, William 

140

26

27

20

0.340

52%

$142,653

Scamporino, Frank Jr 

128

23

24

12

0.315

46%

$119,480

Live racing returns to Freehold Raceway on Jan. 2, 2014.


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