Manalapan, NJ --- Marcus Miller drove a pair of Erv Miller-trained pacers to victory in New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres action on Saturday (Sept. 28) at Freehold Raceway.
The father and son tandem posted an easy victory with Ideal Helen (by Western Ideal) in the first of four New Jersey Sire Stakes. They were back in the winner’s circle with Sky Is The Limit (by Western Ideal).
Ideal Helen, who won the Babic Filly final and the New Jersey Futurity for 2-year-olds in her last two starts and extended her winning streak to three, was a 2-1/2 length winner over Fanticipation (by Rocknroll Hanover) in the $7,000 first leg for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Odds On Magic (by Rocknroll Hanover) was third by 6-3/4 lengths in the non-wagering event.
Idea Helen, owned and bred by D R Van WItzenburg, paced her mile in 1:58. She now has five wins and two seconds in 10 starts.
Sky Is The Limit ($4.20) was a head winner over Rockaholic (by Rocknroll Hanover) in a $7,000 third leg of the Green Acres for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Sky Is The Limit covered the mile in 1:55.2. Ima Giggity Fool (Cam's Card Shark) was third by 2-1/2 lengths.
Trainer Erv Miller co-owns Sky Is The Limit with Anthony Lombardi, Jim Fielding and Richard Strachan. The gelding now has six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 27 starts this year and earnings of more than $60,000.
Cut A Deal (by Rocknroll Hanover) was a 4-1/2 length winner over Seaside Gal (by Western Ideal) in a non-wagering split for 2-year-old pacing fillies. My Caroline (by Rocknroll Hanover) was third by 4-3/4 lengths.
Driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Chris Ryder, Cut A Deal paced the mile in 1:58.1. She is owned and bred by Diamond Creek Farm. She has two wins, one second and two thirds in her nine starts.
In the final division, the opening leg for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, longshot Rock Absorber ($30.40 and by Rocknroll Hanover) was a three-quarter length winner over Card Shock (by Cam's Card Shark) and Useful Hanover (by Western Ideal) in 1:58.3.
Rock Absorber was driven to his first victory in 10 tries by Kyle DiBenedetto for trainer Robert Horowitz, the colt’s co-owner with Brian Clark, Jeffrey Morris and Brandon Horowitz.