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Thursday, September 27, 2012


MANALAPAN, NJ – Child’s Play, who won two of three preliminary legs, gets the 2-1 morning line nod in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres Final for three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

This is the first of eight Green Acres Finals this fall, spotlighting New Jersey-sired horses, and is the third race on the inaugural Open Space Pace & Festival of Horses card.

The Open Space Pace Event begins with a Parade of Horses down Main Street in Freehold, starting at 9:30 a.m., and features bands, vendors and exhibits, celebrity races, petting zoo, a racing under saddle competition, 12 pari-mutuel races and a concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. 

Child’s Play, who drew the rail and will be driven by Eric Abbatiello, has a record of six wins in 14 starts this year, including the first and second legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Division.  The daughter of Cam’s Card Shark has finished first or second in nine of 19 career starts, banking $47,192. 

The Ed Hart trainee races in the name of WJ Donovan of Ft Lauderdale, FL, who purchased her for $50,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale where she had the name Yourgooseiscooked.  Her prolific dam Duck Duck Goose also produced $800,000-earner Duneside Perch and $540,000-earner Aba Daba Doo.

The field for the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres [with sire, driver, trainer and morning line]:

1-Child’s Play-Cam’s Card Shark-Eric Abbatiello-Ed Hart- 2-1.
2-Ideal In Vegas – Western Ideal-Cat Manzi-Anthony Mannino-3-1
3-Vy Hanover-Cam’s Card Shark-Steve Smith-David Duspiva-8-1
4-Carolsideal-Western Ideal-Jeff Dauplaise-Jeff Smith-6-1
5-Air Guitar Hanover-Rocknroll Hanover-Jeff Gregory-Linda Toscano-5-1
6-Babe Per View-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Pantaleano-Ron Burke-4-1

For more information on the Open Space Pace, visit

 - Carol Hodes for SBOANJ