By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ
MANALAPAN, NJ – September 27 2014 – Dealt A Winner and Strut My Stuff won the Lou Babic Pace Finals for New Jersey-sired two-year-olds on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway.
Dealt A Winner, a son of Cam’s Card Shark, extended his winning streak to four and secured his fifth win in six career starts in the $100,000 Babic for colts, the ninth race.
Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, the Ed Hart trainee drew away to an eight-length victory over Mitt Jagger [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was eight and a quarter lengths to Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] in third.
Dealt A Winner [$2.10], driven by Jason Bartlett, added the Babic title to wins in the Reynolds and Geers.
He has now earned $119,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City.
In the $59,000 filly division, contested as the seventh race, 5-1 Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal] passed 1-5 Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in the stretch for the one-length victory in 1:57.4.
It was two lengths to Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] in third.
Strut My Stuff, driven by Jack Baggitt Jr. and trained by Ross Croghan, posted her third straight win and paid $12.20 to win. In nine starts, she has bankrolled $49,120 for the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc of New York City.
Smart Zone, who held on for second, had her winning streak snapped at four.
In a non-wagering New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Cheyenne Louie was a half-length winner over Card Shock in 1:55.3. Both are sons of Cam’s Card Shark.
It was a length to Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] in third.
The Harry Landy trained and driven Cheyenne Louie has won two straight and five of 17 this year for Glat Kosher Racing of Monroe, NJ.