StandardBRED breeders & owners association of New Jersey

Representing the drivers, trainers, caretakers, breeders and owners of New Jersey

64 Business Route 33

Manalapan, NJ 07726

Phone: 732-462-2357

Fax: 732-409-0741




January 10 - September 19

Friday & Saturday

Post Time 7:15pm


Special Thursday Race Days

July 16 & August 6

Post Time 7:15pm


August 8, 2020 Hambletonian Day

Special Post Time Noon


November 27 - December 31

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

No Racing on December 24 & 25

Post Time 7:15pm



January 2 - February 15

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Post Time 12:30pm


February 21 - May 23

Friday & Saturday

Post Time 12:30pm


August 28 - December 31

Friday & Saturday

Post Time 12:30pm


No Racing on December 25


Special Thursday Race Day December 31

Jay Bergman, for the Hambletonian Society

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- July 18, 2020 -- Gimpanzee and Brian Sears overcame post 13 — as well a solid field — to capture the $464,900 Hambletonian Maturity in rather easy fashion Saturday night (July 18) at The Meadowlands.

The 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven covered the 1-1/8 mile distance in 2:05.4 as the 3-5 betting choice.

There was much action in the early stages, as Marseille and driver Åke Svanstedt blasted out from post eight to loop many of the horses going into the first turn. Last year’s Hambletonian Oaks champion, When Dovescry, was away in good position as well for David Miller through the hot :26 second opening quarter.

Southwind Avenger and Andy McCarthy were parked three-eighths of a mile before clearing to the front, and that was Dave Miller’s cue to send the lone mare in the field to the top. When Dovescry got to the half in :55.2 and was soon joined when Yannick Gingras and Kings County made a power move to try to gain control.

When Dovescry and Kings County were locked in battle through much of the final turn, Forbidden Trade attempted to keep with cover second-over and Sears sat third-over in the flow waiting to make his move.

When Dovescry shook off pressure and secured the lead in upper stretch, but after passing the mile marker in 1:52.2, the mare — making her first start this year — began to tire. Sears and Gimpanzee were in full flight and easily powered on in the stretch to win convincingly by 3-1/4 lengths. Forbidden Trade, last year's Hambletonian winner, was pushed hard by driver Scott Zeron and just held down the place spot, holding off a wicked rally by Soul Strong and driver Dexter Dunn.

When Dovescry settled for fourth, and Don’t Let’em finished fifth — but did so while on a break and thereby lost the position. The judges moved Kings County up to fifth and Reign Of Honor to sixth in the official order of finish.

Trained by Marcus Melander, two-time Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee won for the 21st time in his career and is now unbeaten in four 2020 starts. Owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable, Gimpanzee returned $3.40.

“I thought Scott (Zeron aboard Forbidden Trade) would be a good one to follow,” said Sears. “I had to move him on the turn he such a class animal.”

The victory pushed Gimpanzee’s lifetime earnings over the $2 million mark.

Sears, looking ahead to racing Gimpanzee against older foes, spoke of the attributes required to compete:

“He’ll need a trip against those horses, but he’s so handy.”

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