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2YO Rockin The Gates takes NJ stakes at Freehold

September 02, 2019

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The Labor Day holiday weekend included the $10,000 first legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund (SDF) for 2 year olds at Freehold Raceway. 

On Friday (Aug 30), the Julie Miller trainee Contepartiro Deo lunged past the odds on favorite Heart N Soul Deo to win the first leg of the SDF for 2-year-old filly trotters. Andy Miller settled Contepartiro Deo in the two hole for a pocket trip behind the favorite. The daughter of Muscle Hill took her first win of the season in 2:00 for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Little E LLC, and Deo Volente Farms LLC.  Heart N Soul Deo was a close second with Tricky Sister finishing third.

The 2-year-old SDF pacers took the stage on Saturday with two divisions for colts and fillies alike.  The first two legs took place as non-betting races before the actual racing card.

Follow Your Heart took the first division for colt pacers on the day in the non-betting race for trainer Aaron Lambert.  George Brennan steered the Rock N Roll Heaven colt to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:57.4 with a last quarter in :28.4.  Southwind Dredge finished second and Rockin Jukebox came in third.

The fillies first division of leg one went to the Tony Alagna trainee Odds On Hollywood, giving driver George Brennan his second win of the day.  The Captaintreacherous filly nosed out AP Emily’s Dance in 2:00.  Ready Set Rock finished third.

The second division for the pacing colts on the regularly scheduled racing card was won by Rockin The Gates for trainer Steve Le Blanc.  Driver Andy Miller pulled Rockin The Gates behind odds-on favorite Columbo for a second-over trip and then surged past him in the lane to stop the clock in 1:56.2.  This makes win number two for the Rock N Roll Heaven colt and a new lifetime mark.  Columbo finished second with JK Lucky Charms coming in third.

The final division of the first leg of SDF for filly pacers was once again won by driver George Brennan and trainer Tony Alagna with Caviart Heather.  Caviart Heather stalked the field from the fifth position to make a late move in the stretch to take the win in 1:57.3.  The Somebeachsomewhere filly captured her first win of the season for owners Caviart Farms.  Git Go came in a close second with Lucy Lightyear finishing third.

The SDF action will continue next weekend at Freehold Raceway on Friday and Saturday with post times of 12:30 pm. (SBOA/NJ)
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