Manalapan, NJ--George Brennan put odds-on favorite Word Power on the lead, coasting to victory in the $41,125 New Jersey Futurity on Saturday (Oct. 12) at Freehold Raceway.
Word Power [by Western Ideal] won by 2-1/2 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 Pace on Sept. 2 at Tioga Downs.
Unraced at 2, he has finished in-the-money in 10 of 13 starts, banking more than $256,000 for owner Bradley J. Grant of Milton, Ont.
This division of the New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired 3-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 2-year-old pacers and both were won by offspring of Rocknroll Hanover.
Rock Absorber [Rocknroll Hanover-Promysquous Lady], 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 3-1/2 lengths.
Rock Absorber is owned by Robert Horowitz, Brian Clark, Jeffrey Morris and Brandon Horowitz.
In the non-betting filly split, Cut A Deal [Rocknroll Hanover-Yes Maam] 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.