Freehold, NJ – September 14, 2013 – Ideal Helen [$9.40] bested a field of eight colts and one other filly to take the $42,100 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.
The daughter of Western Ideal, driven by Andy Miller and trained by Erv Miller, paced the mile in 1:57.2, finishing a half length in front of Frankandjoanne Odds on favorite Gold Rocks, who had a two-race winning streak stopped, was a length and a half back in third. The second and third-place finishers are both by Rocknroll Hanover.
Ideal Helen, who started in the second tier in the 10-horse field, improved her record to four wins and two seconds in nine starts. Her victories included the Review Stakes at Springfield, IL and the $61,900 Lou Babic Filly last week at Freehold.
The winner’s share improved Ideal Helen’s earnings to $93,430 for owner-breeder DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL.
The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.
Earlier in the day, Rockaholic by Rocknroll Hanover won a $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, a non-wagering event.
Driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Yogi Sheridan, Rockaholic prevailed by a neck over Sky Is The Limit [Western Ideal]. Always There [Western Ideal] was third by six and a quarter lengths.
Rockaholic pushed his career earnings over $50,000 with his fifth career victory for Joseph Zicchino of Point Pleasant, NJ. The gelding has finished in the money in 13 of 30 career starts.
by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ