It took the photo finish camera to separate A Rocknroll Dance and Clear Vision after a dramatic stretch drive and A Rocknroll Dance emerged the winner by a whisper of a nose over Clear Vision in winning the $651,000 final of theMohawk Raceway Saturday.
The time of the race rewrote the stakes record at 1:47.2. It also tied the Canadian and track record at Mohawk Raceway last set by Won The West.
Ten of the best pacers in the world lined up behind the starting gate for the 10th race feature. It was Bolt The Duer the first to show from post two for driverwith Pet Rock and flying on the outside and taking command by the opening quarter mile in :26.2.
The action never slowed down the entire mile as Macdonald came right back out and to the front with Bolt The Duer. Then it was A Rocknroll Dance and drivercoming first-over at the half mile in :53.4 with Clear Vision and driver Brett Miller hoping to get their cover. But it never emerged as A Rocknroll Dance was able to clear to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:20.4 and Clear Vision was left first-over as they went around the final turn.
Then in the stretch it became a two horse race. Bolt The Duer had the lead, Clear Vision wouldn’t go away and started to surge and collared A Rocknroll Dance, but Tetrick urged his horse on and they held a head lead coming to the wire but Clear Vision had true grit and would not quit as the two horses matched stride for stride at the finish. Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was third with Pet Rock fourth.
“It was very very tight at the finish,” Tetrick said. “He caught us and had a head up and my horse came back and he wouldn’t give up.
“(trainer) has him on his toes,” said Tetrick. “he’s brave, he has really showed how good he is his last few starts. He’s a big, strong, good looking horse. He knows how to get the job done and Mulinix had done a great job with him. He just keeps on going.”
It was a lifetime mark for A Rocknroll Dance as the son ofposted his fifth win this year for the A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Wauseon, Ohio.
It was the third race in a row of sub 1:48 miles for A Rocknroll Dance, his last three starts resulting in 1:47.4, 1:47.3 and 1:47.2 winning times. I believe this to be a record for any horse of any age in harness racing history.
Sent off as the second choice in the race at odds of 2-1, A Rocknroll Dance returned $6.70 to win.
By Steve Wolf