In a pair of $7,000 opening round Green Acres divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts, Angel Ransom and Chocolate Day captured the opening day co-features on Thursday at Freehold Raceway.
The colts and geldings are competing in three weeks of preliminary legs for a spot in the $25,000 final on Sept. 20.
Angels Ransom ($18) (Revenue-Queen Of Angels) had the lead at every call of the first division, the first race, picking up his first victory in six starts with a mile in 2:02.4. Roland Mallar is the driver-trainer of the gelding who races for Michael Andrew of Gorham, Maine.
It was a length back to runner up Holiday Spirit, by Chocolatier, and 2 1/4 lengths to Time N Tide, by Muscles Yankee, in third.
Odds on favorite Chocolate Day (Chocolatier-Day For Night) was a length and three-quarters winner over Choco Sun in the second division, the fifth race. It was 4 1/4 lengths to Celebrity Spitfire, a son of Muscles Yankee, in third.
Chocolate Day, driven by Marcus Johansson and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:02 flat. He now has two wins, four seconds and a third from nine starts and earnings of more than $30,000.
Chocolate Day is owned by the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone, N.J. and Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, N.Y. (SBOANJ)