Day At The Track

The $43,000 New Jersey Futurity

11:26 AM 26 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Nancy Johansson
Nancy Johansson
USTA/Mark Hall photo
Western Pioneer

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 25, 2014 - Western Pioneer, making his first start for new owners, overcame a judges' inquiry to post his first career victory in the $43,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the ninth race on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway.

Western Pioneer, a son of Western Ideal bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, paced the mile in 1:55.1, getting up in the final strides to catch Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] for a three-quarters of a length victory, his first in 12 career starts. Rock N' Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover], the Green Acres champion, was third by four and a half lengths.

Dealt A Winner, the pre-race favorite, was scratched sick, leaving seven starters.

Western Pioneer, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Nancy Johansson, was purchased as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale for $15,000 by Perry Soderberg of Highstown, NJ. Ownership was transferred to 3 Brothers Stables of New York City and Johansson on October 17, 2014.

Sent off as the slight 2-1 favorite over Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover], one of two fillies in the field, Western Pioneer [$6.20] made his move to the outside at the three-quarters as Edward Teach took the lead, prompting the judges' review.

Western Pioneer has finished in-the-money in five of 12 starts for earnings of $72,274.

The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.

Western Pioneer

By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ





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