MANALAPAN, NJ – October 11, 2013 – Cane Pace runner-up Word Power makes his next start in the $41,125 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old pacers, the featured seventh race on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.
Driven by George Brennan and trained by Larry Remmen, the son of Western Ideal has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite and will leave from post five.
Word Power finished a neck behind 2012 Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous in the $360,211 Cane on September 2 at Tioga Downs.
On September 19, an interference break in a preliminary heat of the Little Brown Jug cost him any hope of qualifying for the final. Word Power picked up his fifth win of the year in a condition pace at Yonkers on October 1.
Unraced at two, he has finished in-the-money in nine of 12 starts, banking $235,802 for owner Bradley J. Grant of Milton, Ontario.
Rockaholic, who won the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres Final for colts, and Certified Ideal, who carries a four-race winning streak, including the Green Acres Final for fillies, will be challenging Word Power. Rockaholic, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, drew the rail and is 4-1 with Eric Abbatiello driving. Certified Ideal, rated 5-1 in the morning line, will have Jim Pantaleano at the lines from post four.
The field for the $41,125 New Jersey Futurity [from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds]: Rockaholic, Rocknroll Hanover, Eric Abbatiello, Yogi Sheridan, 4-1; Ahdoughnolum, Rocknroll Hanover, Vincent Ginsburg, Vincent Fusco Jr., 8-1; Troon, Rocknroll Hanover, Andy Miller, John Butenschoen, 10-1; Certified Ideal, Western Ideal, Jim Pantaleano, Ross Croghan, 5-1; Word Power, Western Ideal, George Brennan, Larry Remmen, 6-5; Always There, Western Ideal, Nick Surick, Nick Surick, 12-1; Sky Is The Limit, Western Ideal, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller, 6-1 and Rocnrolwilneverdie, Rocknroll Hanover, Steve Smith, Jim Campbell, 15-1.
The New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired 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. The fillies are prior to the betting card with Ideal Helen, the Babic Filly and New Jersey Futurity winner, putting her four-race winning streak on the line. Card Shock is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the colts division, the fourth race.
-Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ