World champion Nihilator came from the second tier Saturday night to win the inaugural running of the $225,000 Walt Whitman for 3-year-old pacers at Garden State Park by 2 3/4 lengths.
Driver William O'Donnell maneuvered Nihilator to the outside and remained there throughout the mile. The son of Niatross worked his way to third passing the half mile and gained the lead from Pershing Square entering the stretch.
Equitable, driven by Jim Doherty, finished second, and Armbro Dallas, driven by Ron Waples, took third money. The winning time was 1:52 4/5.