Freehold, New Jersey – After a one-year hiatus, the Turkey Trot, sponsored by Peter Grandich and Co, returns to the Freehold Raceway on Friday 26 November. This year’s Turkey Trot has been scheduled as the seventh race, with a stated start time of 2:30 pm, and features a field of six preferred handicap trotters.
The morning line’s favorite at 5/2 is Mister Muscle, for owner Mark Beckwith and trainer Paul Fusco. Since joining the Fusco barn earlier in the month, he has touched the board twice at Yonkers Raceway, including a third place finish against the remaining top tier contenders. Brett Beckwith has the drive for sixth place.
Two other Yonkers invaders, Windsong Pioneer and Our White Knight, are also expected to play. Windsong Pioneer secured fourth place for coach Paul Stafford and driver Austin Siegelman, and claimed eight of the year’s 31 wins. Out White Knight, fifth, put in a strong closing rally to finish fourth against the non-winners of the $ 20,000 guys. He is in fifth place for coach Scott DiDomenico and driver Joe Bongiorno.
Allindotime, for Bill MacKenzie, Slated to Win, trained by Symon Spicer, and Southwind Frost, an intern with Vincent Stallworth, complete the field.
The winner of the race will be given a blanket in the winner’s circle.
The Friday card also features the preferred handicap rhythm of fillies and mares.
A full field of eight will depart at approximately 2:50 p.m. Siegelman had his choice of four horses here, and he picked Dbldelitebridgade N, from position seven for trainer Tom Fanning. She has had four wins in 26 starts this year and qualified last week at this track in 1: 57.3. She is the favorite in the morning line at 7/2.
The second choice at 9/2 is Scandalicious, for DiDomenico and Bongiorno. She won twice in a row at Yonkers earlier in the fall and is looking for a rebound from a sixth place finish last. Corsini A, who has hit the board in his last five starts for Jeff Smith and Brett Beckwith, and Best Honey Hanover, who won 1: 54.1 at Freehold on October 15 for Edwin Quevedo, also believe they have some play. Tyler Miller has the record on Best Honey Hanover.
Thaneeya, coached by Lewis Nunes, Anne Bonney N, for coach Paul Fusco, Chelski, coached by Tom Shay, and Mike Annunziata’s apprentice Milady Denver A complete the byte.
Freehold Open Door, a charity providing food, financial assistance, mentorship and scholarships to local residents, will be on the track Friday. Fans are encouraged to make a monetary and / or food donation.
Former New York Ranger Ron Greschner and former New Jersey Devil Jim Dowd will be in attendance to support Freehold Open Door, and will be in the winner’s circle to present the Turkey Trot.
Doors open at Freehold on Fridays at 11:00 am. The first of ten live races is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
From Freehold Raceway