Choco Sun and Shelikescandy, 2 year olds by Chocolatier, accounted for two of the three victories in $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres on Friday at Freehold Raceway.
Choco Sun ($8.60) was a head winner over Angels Ransom (by Revenue) and held a nine and a quarter length advantage over Rannoch Moor (by Muscles Yankee) in third race division for colts and geldings.
Marcus Johansson was at the lines of the Orjan Torstensson trainee. The mile was clocked in 2:02.4.
It was Choco Sun's first win along with two seconds in four starts. He is owned by Eirik Djuve of Sola, Norway.
Only four contested the filly division, carded as a non-betting event, and Shelikescandy prevailed by a length and three-quarters over first-time starter Worldrecordsweeper (by Muscles Yankee). I'll Bring Dessert (by Chocolatier) was third by two lengths in the 2:03.4 mile.
Shelikescandy, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Nifty Norman, now has a win and two thirds in four starts, racing for the Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ.
Muscle On It ($11) by Muscle Hill claimed the third division, a split for colts, carded as the ninth race, with the fastest clocking, 2:00.4.
Muscle On It, a Chris Ryder trainee, was handled by Daniel Dube. He finished a length and three-quarters ahead of Chocolate Day and 4 1/4 ahead of Holiday Spirit, both by Chocolatier.
Ryder co-owns the trotting colt with Robert Mondilio of Delaware, Ohio, and Max Wernick of New York, N.Y.
No elims were necessary for the Charles Smith Trot for 3-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters which drew three entrants – Bouncer, Dagget and Super Classic – who will vie for $38,500 on Sept. 20. (SBOANJ)