The Harold Dancer is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.
Only three colts went to post. Chocolate Delight [by Chocolatier] broke early and was never a factor.
Driver Jeff Gregory sent Marion Mayday [Chocolatier] to the lead off the gate and repelled a first half challenge from King Muscles, who settled into second until tipped out in the stretch.
King Muscles, with Cat Manzi driving, flew past Marion Mayday, crossing the wire first in 2:04 flat. Chocolate Delight was a distant third.
King Muscles picked up his first career win in the Harold Dancer. He also has three seconds and one third in his six starts, banking $70,805 for owners J&T Silva Stables LLC [Jerry and Teresa Silva] of Long Beach, NY.
Aaron Lambert trains the $22,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase.
The stakes record of 1:59, set in 2010 by Chapter Seven, was never in jeopardy.
--Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ