Vida De Vie Dominates Again

Vida De Vie, winner of all three preliminary legs, made it a series sweep with her fourth victory in a row in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 17 at Freehold Raceway.

The daughter of Muscles Yankee–Velma K continued her dominance of the trotting fillies division with a nine-length tally over Connie Keeper. Ninety Five Janet finished third, beaten 23 and three-quarter lengths.

Vida De Vie, trained by Chris Ryder and driven by Daniel Dube, trotted the mile in 1:59.3, picking up her fifth win with one second and three thirds in 19 starts this year. Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 15 of 30 starts.

Owned by her breeder, Joie De Vie Farm of Jobstown, NJ, Vida De Vie pushed her career bankroll to $108,816 with the winner’s share.

Green Acres Finals For Two-Year-Old Pacers On Tap Saturday At Freehold

Two-year-old pacers will be in the spotlight on Saturday, October 19 at Freehold Raceway in a pair of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Finals for colts and fillies.

Seven fillies will face off in the third race where Ideal Helen, teamed by Andy Miller for trainer Erv Miller, has been installed as the 7-2 morning-line favourite from Post 5.

Colts and geldings will face off in the sixth race. The oddsmaker has given the rail horse, Card Shock, the slight 5-2 preference over Rock Absorber at 7-2 from Post 5.

Ideal Helen, a daughter of Western Ideal, had a four-race win streak snapped last week in the third leg of the Green Acres, where she finished third behind Cut A Deal and Tech Trade. Still, she comes into the final as the richest of the fillies with $101,270 in earnings and a record of six wins, two seconds and one third in 12 starts.

Ideal Helen is owned by her breeder, DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL.

Card Shock, by Cams Card Shark, drew the rail with Daniel Dube driving for trainer Ed Hart. The colt is seeking his first win after collecting a second and two thirds in four starts.

Card Shock races in the name of Jeffrey and Michael Snyder of New York City, and Robert Unice of Elizabeth, NJ.

Rock Absorber, by Rocknroll Hanover, has two wins and a second in the three preliminary legs of Green Acres competition. Overall, he has finished in-the-money in five of 12 starts. Kyle DiBenedetto drives the colt for trainer and co-owner Robert Horowitz.

The field for the fillies final appears below.

(Post - Horse - Driver - Morning Line Odds)
1 - Odds On Magic - Steve Smith - 8-1
2 - Tech Trade - Jim Pantaleano - 9-2
3 - Cut A Deal - Daniel Dube - 5-1
4 - Seaside Gal - Pat Lachance - 6-1
5 - Ideal Helen - Andy Miller - 7-2
6 - Fanticipation - Jim Marshall III - 5-1
7 - My Caroline - Eric Abbatiello - 10-1.

The field for the colts final appears below.

(Post - Horse - Driver - Morning Line Odds)
1 - Card Shock - Daniel Dube - 5-2
2 - Cheyenne Seeber - Eric Abbatiello - 5-1
3 - Useful Hanover - Harry Landy - 9-2
4 - Nubble Light - Steve Smith - 6-1
5 - Rock Absorber - Kyle DiBenedetto - 7-2
6 – Bottega - Jim Meittinis - 8-1
7 - Dragon Wings - Jim Marshall III - 10-1