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92-1 Sweet Rock upsets in $225,000 Classic

05:41 AM 03 Aug 2014 NZST
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Purchased just last Sunday at the Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands for $63,000, Sweet Rock rewarded his new owners with a $112,500 return on their investment just six days later as the gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover scored a head triumph at 92-1 odds in winning the $225,000 SBOANJ New Jersey Pacing Classic at the Meadowlands Saturday. Sweet Rock paid $187.80 to win.

“I knew absolutely knowing about this horse coming into the race,” said winning driver Brett Miller. “I just read about him in the race program. From his lines he looks like he was OK. The trainer said to me they just purchased him and that he did not know that much about him and just handed me the lines.”

With just one win in 13 starts this year year, Sweet Rock and Miller got away in the back of the pack as Bushwacker (David Miller) led the field early on with Rock Out (Tim Tetrick) sitting second through early fractions of :26.3 and :55.1.

Beat The Drum (Ron Pierce) then came first-over with race favorite Doo Wop Hanover (Yannick Gingras) second-over but Yannick then moved three-wide but could not clear by the three-quarters in 1:22.

There was a wall of horses coming down the stretch and that is when Brett Miller found clearance and was able to weave his way through the field and get up in the final strides to the wire in 1:49.4. Beat The Drum was second with Bushwacker third.

“Honestly, I got lucky,” said Brett Miller, “I kind of stayed in. I just kept weaving my way through traffic. Half way down the stretch I thought he was a winner if I could get some room and things just opened up. We got clearance and he just shot right up there.”

Trained for just the week by Wayne Givens, Sweet Rock scored a lifetime mark for his new owners, Legacy Racing of Delaware, R. Hazzard and G Calloway, all of Delaware.

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$100,000 Miss New Jersey to Gettingreadytoroll

Trainer Jimmy Takter got his first win on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands with a pacer, Gettingreadytoroll, who held off Act Now to win the $100,000 SBOANJ Miss New Jersey Pacing Classic for three-year-old fillies in 1:50.1.

Driven by Yannick Gingras, Gettingreadytoroll did not begin to roll until the field reached the backstretch. Kate Can’t Wait (Corey Callahan) shot out from post ten to take the early lead over Ideal Helen (Marcus Miller) to the opening quarter mile in :26.

That lead was short lived as Act Now and driver Brian Sears came rushing first over and cleared and following her was Gingras and Gettingreadytoroll, but Sears stung them a little to the half mile in :52.4 before they could clear to the front.

Gettingreadytoroll then lived up to her name, holding the field at bay as My Lady Day (David Miller) tried coming first over and then in the stretch, Act Now could not catch her as Gettingreadytoroll went on to win by three-quarters of a length. Act Now was second with Kate Can’t Wait third.

“We were going pretty good in here,” Gingras said. “I know the only way that Brian’s mare could beat me is if she cut the mile, so I know I was going to get parked so I took my chance anyway.”

It was the fourth win this year for Gettingreadytoroll, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover who is owned by Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ with John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Canada. She paid $3.20 to win.


by Steven Wolf, for 

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