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ABBATIELLO & SURICK TAKE 2014 MEET TITLES AT FREEHOLD

MANALAPAN, NJ – December 13, 2014 – Eric Abbatiello captured his fifth driving title and Nick Surick claimed his first training title when the 2014 racing season concluded at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Abbatiello completed the 2014 meet with 190 wins, 185 seconds and 134 thirds from 995 starts and earnings of $719,339.

“It’s been a pleasure to compete at Freehold Raceway and win the driving title the last five years,” Abbatiello said. “A special thanks to all the trainers, owners and grooms who have given me a chance to compete with their horses.”


Eric Abbatiello accepts the leading driver award from GM Howard Bruno and Director of Racing Karen Fagliarone.


Abbatiello, 46, from East Windsor, NJ, has 1,647 career victories and nearly $11 million in earnings.

The runners-up in the driving competition at Freehold were James Marshall III with 148 wins, Stephen Smith with 127 and Vincent Ginsburg with 117.

Surick collected 54 training wins during the meet toward his career total of 466. His stable also lead the way with earnings of $199,465.

“Freehold Raceway is synonymous with harness racing, and Freehold is my hometown,” said Surick, 26, from Freehold, NJ. “There is no higher honor than one being bestowed on you in your hometown. Winning the training title at Freehold Raceway was once a dream; now it’s a reality.”


Nick Surick accepts the leading trainer award.


Vincent Fusco with 41 wins, Karen Garland with 33 wins and Julius Czermann Jr. with 31 wins were his closest challengers in the trainers’ race.

The end of the meet also marked the end of the racing career of Newsam, a 14-year-old gelding, who was honored in the winner’s circle after he won the second race. He retires with 63 victories, 49 second and 49 thirds from 313 starts, and earnings of $393,732.


Newsam is honored in the Freehold winner's circle for his final victory as he heads into retirement.


He has spent most of his racing career with owner Robin Hess of Burlington, NJ and trainer Ken Hess. His final campaign also produced his most wins in a year – 10.

Freehold’s live racing season resumes on January 2, 2015 with a 110-date meet. The first qualifiers will be held on Friday, January 2 before switching to Thursday mornings. Post time for qualifiers is 9:30 a.m.

--Quotes courtesy of Freehold Raceway
--Photos by Helene Gregory for WorldWideRacingPhotos.com

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