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Thursday, October 17, 2013


MANALAPAN, NJ – October 17, 2013 – Two-year-old pacers will be in the spotlight on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Freehold Raceway in a pair of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Finals for colts and fillies.

Seven fillies will face off in the third race where Ideal Helen, teamed by Andy Miller for trainer Erv Miller, has been installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite from post five.

Colts and geldings face off in the sixth race.  The linesmaker has given the rail horse, Card Shock, the slight 5-2 preference over Rock Absorber at 7-2 from post five.

Ideal Helen, a daughter of Western Ideal, had a four-race winning streak snapped last week in the third leg of the Green Acres, finishing third behind Cut A Deal [by Rocknroll Hanover] and Tech Trade [Western Ideal].  Still, she comes into the final as the richest of the fillies with $101,270 in earnings and a record of six wins, two seconds and one third in 12 starts. 

Ideal Helen is owned by her breeder, DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL.

Card Shock, by Cam’s Card Shark, drew the rail with Daniel Dube driving for trainer Ed Hart.  The colt is seeking his first win after collecting a second and two thirds in four starts. 

Card Shock races in the name of Jeffrey and Michael Snyder of New York City, and Robert Unice of Elizabeth, NJ.

Rock Absorber, by Rocknroll Hanover, has two wins and a second in the three preliminary legs of Green Acres competition.  Overall, he has finished in-the-money in five of 12 starts.  Kyle DiBenedetto drives the colt for trainer and co-owner Robert Horowitz. 

The field for the fillies final, from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds:  Odds On Magic, Rocknroll Hanover, Steve Smith, Clyde Oglesby Jr., 8-1; Tech Trade, Western Ideal, Jim Pantaleano, Tim Crissman, 9-2; Cut A Deal, Rocknroll Hanover, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 5-1; Seaside Gal, Western Ideal, Pat Lachance, Christopher Freck, 6-1; Ideal Helen, Western Ideal, Andy Miller, Erv Miller, 7-2; Fanticipation, Rocknroll Hanover, Jim Marshall III, Chuck Sylvester, 5-1 and My Caroline, Rocknroll Hanover, Eric Abbatiello, Jacob Hartline, 10-1.

The field for the colts final, from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: Card Shock, Cam’s Card Shock, Daniel Dube, Edward Hart, 5-2; Cheyenne Seeber, Rocknroll Hanover, Eric Abbatiello, Robert Siegelman, 5-1; Useful Hanover, Western Ideal, Harry Landy, Blake MacIntosh, 9-2; Nubble Light, Rocknroll Hanover, Steve Smith, Nifty Norman, 6-1; Rock Absorber, Rocknroll Hanover, Kyle DiBenedetto, Robert Horowitz, 7-2; Bottega, Western Ideal, Jim Meittinis, William Moffett, 8-1 and Dragon Wings, Tell All, Jim Marshall III, Paul Reid, 10-1.

-Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ