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




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August 6 - Hambletonian Day

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Post time 6:20pm


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September 1 & September 8


November 4 - December 17

Friday & Saturday

Post time 6:20pm


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December 1


December 30 & 31

Post time 6:20



March 11 - May 28

Friday & Saturday

Post Time 12:30 pm


August 26 - December 31

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— Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — July 2, 2022 — Bella Bellini and driver Dexter Dunn rallied in the stretch to overtake When Dovescry and win Saturday’s (July 2) $131,250 Six Pack Mares Open Trot by one length in a career-best 1:50.1 at The Meadowlands. Weslynn Quest finished third and Atlanta was fourth.

Bella Bellini, a 4-year-old mare winning for the third time in her past four starts, was fourth throughout most of the mile. Next Level Stuff led the field to the opening quarter in :27, then yielded the front briefly to Weslynn Quest on the backstretch, but was back on top at the half, which was reached in :54.1.

Heading around the final turn, Next Level Stuff remained in front, but When Dovescry and driver David Miller were making a first-over move and Bella Bellini followed their cover. When they reached the stretch, When Dovescry took the lead but was unable to hold off Bella Bellini, who covered the last quarter-mile in :26.2.

“She is really, really fast,” winning driver Dexter Dunn said about Bella Bellini. “Once we found David’s helmet, it was a good helmet to follow, and it took me right into the stretch. Once you tip her off a helmet, she really explodes. She did the rest. It couldn’t have worked out any better.

“Tonight, to be honest, is probably the sharpest she’s felt all year. It’s exciting. I just have to try to get her in the right spots and let her show her speed.”

Bella Bellini is trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman for breeder-owner David McDuffee. The daughter of Bar Hopping-Bella Dolce has won three of seven starts this year and 14 of 33 lifetime, earning $1.27 million.

Last year, Bella Bellini won 11 of 19 races, missed the board only once, and received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female trotter. He wins included the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown, both at The Meadowlands.

She was winless in seven starts at age 2.

“I think she’s gained a step, to be honest,” Dunn said about Bella Bellini’s improvement this season. “She’s been really good this year. She actually grew a lot from her 3-year-old year, and she looks amazing. She obviously improved a lot from 2 to 3, so I’m hoping for the same thing. She’s really hitting her stride.”

Sent off as the 8-5 co-favorite with When Dovescry, Bella Bellini paid $5.40 to win.

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