World Cup, for whom checks have been plentiful but wins scarce, will attempt to make a major score in the $80,000 Charles Smith Final on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.
The Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.
World Cup, a son of Yankee Glide, has two wins in 10 starts this year but was also second on six occasions, including three of those losses by the margin of a neck. He has banked $39,867 toward a career total of $46,982. His 1:55.3 mark came at Mohawk Racetrack on July 19. Driven by George Brennan and trained by Frank Antonacci, World Cup has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the featured eighth race and will leave from post five.
World Cup was purchased for $170,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by Lindy Racing Stable of Enfield, CT; Robert Rudolph of Vineland, NJ and TLP Stable of Kearny, NJ.
The stakes record for the Charles Smith of 1:55.4 was set by Flex The Muscle in 2010.
The Smith shares the Friday afternoon program with two $25,125 divisions of the New Jersey Futurity, also sponsored by the SBOANJ.
The 2-year-old pacing fillies, carded as the seventh race, includes Lou Babic Filly winner Panera Hanover, at odds of 2-1. Andy Miller will be in the sulky as the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, trained by Julie Miller, bids for her third win in a row. The 2-year-old open pace is a non-wagering event with five sons of Rocknroll Hanover and one by Tell All.
The $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies is slotted in race three.
The field for the $80,000 Charles Smith Trot [with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds]:
1-Kingstone-Mucles Yankee-Brent Holland-Erv Miller-7-2
2-Paper Backed Lindy-Chocolatier-Frank Antonacci-Frank Antonacci-6-1
3-Muscolo-Muscles Yankee-Mike Lachance-Ray Schnittker-9-2
4-Kingapore-Revenue-Ray Schnittker-Ray Schnittker-5-1
5-World Cup-Yankee Glide-George Brennan-Frank Antonacci-3-1
6-Map of Hawaii-Chocolatier-Harry Landy-Zach Tackett-8-1
7-New York Muscle-Muscles Yankee-Cat Manzi-Joseph Vance-10-1
8-Blomkvist-Muscles Yankee-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-12-1