Abbatiello Sharp In NJ Sire Stakes

Published: October 1, 2015 03:42 pm EDT

Driver Eric Abbatiello collected wins in a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres, one by seven lengths and the other by a head, on Thursday, October 1 at Freehold Raceway.

In the first of the two trotting events, both prior to the betting card, Abbatiello guided Mountain Top (by Muscle Hill) to a seven-length tally over Switchblade Hall in the three-year-old trotting colt division. SS Poseidon was nearly 26 lengths back in third.

The time for the mile was 2:01 flat.

Noel Daley trains the colt and co-owns with Mario Mazza of New Hope, PA. Mountain Top has won two straight and has three wins, one second and two thirds in 15 starts this year. He has a lifetime bankroll of $61,570.

It was more of a battle in the two-year-old trotting colt division, as Stayin Strong (Muscles Yankee) won by a head over Steed. It was seven and a half lengths to Threeupthreedown in third.

The Julie Miller trainee trotted the mile in 2:00.1.

Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ own Stayin Strong, who has three wins, one second and two thirds from nine starts for earnings of $27,114. He has swept the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres, heading into the $25,000 final on Thursday, October 8, 2015.