Cane Pace runner-up Word Power makes his next start in the $41,125 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old pacers, the featured seventh race on Saturday at Freehold Raceway.
Driven by George Brennan and trained by Larry Remmen, the son of Western Ideal has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite and will leave from post five.
Word Power finished a neck behind 2012 Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous in the $360,211 Cane on Sept. 2 at Tioga Downs. On Sept. 19, an interference break in a preliminary heat of the Little Brown Jug cost him any hope of qualifying for the final. Word Power picked up his fifth win of the year in a conditioned pace at Yonkers on Oct. 1.
Unraced at two, he has finished in-the-money in nine of 12 starts, banking $235,802 for owner Brad Grant.
Rockaholic, who won the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres final for colts, and Certified Ideal, who carries a four-race winning streak, including the Green Acres final for fillies, will be challenging Word Power. Rockaholic, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, drew the rail and is 4-1 with Eric Abbatiello driving. Certified Ideal, rated 5-1 in the morning line, will have Jim Pantaleano at the lines from post four.
The New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired 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. The fillies are prior to the betting card with Ideal Helen, the Babic Filly and New Jersey Futurity winner, putting her four-race winning streak on the line. Card Shock is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the colts division, the fourth race. (SBOANJ)