Manalapan, NJ --- Filly favorite Ideal Helen did not disappoint while longshot Nubble Light lit up the toteboard in a pair of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres finals for 2-year-old pacers on Saturday (Oct. 19) at Freehold Raceway.
In the final for fillies, Ideal Helen ($2.60), a daughter of Western Ideal, was a five length winner over Fanticipation and 6-1/2 lengths over third-place Cut A Deal, both by Rocknroll Hanover. The time of the third race mile was 1:57.1.
The Erv Miller trainee, driven by Andy Miller, controlled the pace of the race and easily recorded her seventh win along with two seconds and one third in 13 starts. Ideal Helen has banked $118,770 for her owner-breeder, DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, Ill.
In contrast, the colts and geldings final, the sixth race, went to a longshot.
Nubble Light, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Nifty Norman, was a one length winner over Rock Absorber. The first two are both sons of Rocknroll Hanover. It was 1-1/2 lengths back to Useful Hanover, by Western Ideal, in third.
Nubble Light paid $90.60 to win. The betting choice, Card Shock, finished last in the field of seven.
It was the second win in nine career starts for Nubble Light, who paced the mile in 1:57.4. The victory pushed Nubble Light’s earnings to $21,700 for owner-breeder David H. McDuffee of Delray Beach, Fla.