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Mountain Top upsets Schnittker entry in Green Acres opener
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

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Manalapan NJ---Mountain Top (Muscle Hill-Diana Hall) drew off to a length and three-quarter victory, besting a trio of Ray Schnittker trainees in the $7,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the third race and opening day feature at Freehold Raceway on Thursday (August 28).

Helene Gregory/World Wide Racing Photo 
Mountain Top increased his earnings to $21,220 with his Green Acres victory in 2:02.2
Schnittker’s odds-on entry finished second with Broken Record (Muscles Yankee-Miss Garland), third with Switchblade Hall (Muscles Yankee-Shooting Starlet) and fourth with Cruzinwithmuscles (Muscles Yankee-Alix Hall) in the field of seven. There was no show wagering.

Mountain Top ($6.40, $2.20), trained and driven by Francisco Del Cid, benefited from a two-hole trip behind Broken Record, tipping out and going by in the stretch for the victory in 2:02.2.

 

The son of Muscle Hill (all the other starters were by Muscles Yankee) posted his first win in his eighth career start. The trotter has now banked $21,220 for owner Mario Mazza of Newton, PA.

 

The first foal of Diana Hall was a $45,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase.


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