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Sunday, October 13, 2013


MANALAPAN, NJ – October 12, 2013 – George Brennan put odds-on favorite Word Power on the lead, coasting to victory in the $41,125 New Jersey Futurity on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.

Word Power [by Western Ideal] won by two and a half-lengths over Rockaholic [Rocknroll Hanover] with a 10-length margin to Sky Is The Limit [Western Ideal] in third.  The mile was clocked in 1:53 flat.

Word Power returned $2.40 to win.

It was the sixth win of the year for the Larry Remmen trainee who finished a neck behind 2012 Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous in the $360,211 Cane on September 2 at Tioga Downs. 

Unraced at two, he has finished in-the-money in 10 of 13 starts, banking more than $256,000 for owner Bradley J. Grant of Milton, Ontario. 

This division of the New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.

The Saturday program also includes two $7,000 third-leg New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres divisions for two-year-old pacers and both were won by offspring of Rocknroll Hanover. 

Rock Absorber, driven by Kyle DiBenedetto and trained by Robert Horowitz, won the colts and geldings division by three-quarters of a length over Cheyenne Seeber [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:57.2.  The betting favorite, Card Shock by Cam’s Card Shark, was third by three and a half lengths. 

Rock Absorber is owned by Robert Horowitz, Brian Clark, Jeffrey Morris and Brandon Horowitz.

In the filly split, Cut A Deal won by a length and a half over Tech Trade [Western Ideal] and a length and three quarters over third-place Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] in 1:57.2.  Ideal Helen had her winning streak snapped at four.

Cut A Deal, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Chris Ryder, races for owner-breeder Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA.

-Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ