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Friday, September 26, 2014


By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 26, 2014 – Dealt A Winner and Smart Zone, New Jersey-sired two-year-olds, put their winning streaks on the line in a pair of Lou Babic Pace finals on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway.

Dealt A Winner [Cam’s Card Shark] is the even-money favorite in the $100,000 Lou Babic for colts and geldings, the ninth race, while Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] is the 7-5 choice in the $59,000 Lou Babic for fillies, the seventh race.

Dealt A Winner has four wins from his five starts, including his last three in-a-row.  He took his mark of 1:52.3 in the Reynolds at Tioga Downs on September 12

The Ed Hart trainee will leave from post two with Jason Bartlett driving.  He has banked $69,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City.

Smart Zone, trained by Erv Miller and driven by Steve Smith, carries a four-race winning streak into the filly division of the Babic.  She has finished in-the-money in six of nine starts, earning $33,757 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M Trading LLC of Chicago, IL. 

The stakes record for the Babic Open of 1:54.3 was set by Dontloseyourdayjob [Life Sign] in 2007.  The filly record, also 1:54.3, belongs to Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] and came in 2013.  Both events are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes program.

Also on Saturday as a non-wagering event is a $7,000 third leg of the New Jersey Sire Stake – Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts.

The Babic fields with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds.

7th Race - $59,000 Lou Babic Filly Final
1-World of Rock-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Meittinis-Chris Ryder- 15-1
2-Strut My Stuff-Western Ideal-Jack Baggitt Jr.-Ross Croghan-2-1
3-Lissan-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Marshall III-Larry Remmen- 7-2
4-Smart Zone-Rocknroll Hanover-Steve Smith-Erv Miller 7-5
5-Hollyrocker-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Larry Remmen 9-1
6-New Joez-Western Ideal-Jason Bartlett-Stacy Chiodo- 30-1
7-Cheyenne Robin-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Robert Siegelman- 30-1

9th Race- $100,000 Lou Babic Colt Final
1-Edward Teach-Rocknroll Hanover-Pat Berry-Ron Burke- 15-1
2-Dealt A Winner-Cam’s Card Shark-Jason Bartlett-Edward Hart- even
3-Too Darn Hot-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Ron Burke- 2-1
4-Rock Of The Ages-Rocknroll Hanover-Nick Surick-Nick Surick- 30-1
5-Devils Cut-Western Ideal-Jim Marshall III-Stacy Chiodo- 15-1
6-Mitt Jagger-Rocknroll Hanover-Scott Young-Ron Coyne Jr.- 20-1
7-Rock N’ Roll World-Rocknroll Hanover-George Brennan-Nifty Norman- 6-1
8-Ticket To Roll-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Tony Alagna- 30-1