Both A Rocknroll Dance and Bolt The Duer continued their winning ways with impressive victories in capturing their respective $40,000 elimination divisions of theat Mohawk Raceway Saturday.
The 10th race second division got underway with Aracahe Hanover and driver Doug McNair going out to the early lead with A Rocknroll Dance and Tim Tetrick securing the two-hole trip. But by the opening quarter mile in :26.3, Tetrick wasted no time sending A Rocknroll Dance right to the front.
Holding the field at bay at the three-quarters in 1:21.1, A Rocknroll Dance was finally challenged by Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) coming first up and the rest of the short field gathering stretch for a final charge in the stretch.
Tetrick had A Rocknroll Dance in command to the finish but it was a close one as Clear Vision and driver Brett Miller closed from fifth place and nearly caught the race leader with A Rocknroll Dance winning by a scant neck in 1:47.3. Foiled Again was third. Betting favorite Pet Rock was fourth and Aracache Hanover fifth.
The time was a Canadian record for older horses as A Rocknroll Dance posted his fourth win this year with a lifetime mark. The son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained byand is owned by the A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Wauseoa, Ohio.
“The connections got him really sharp right now,” said winning driver. “He’s on his game…he’s ready to roll. He’s really tough. Going down the backside he felt like he did not go that fast to the half and after that he did the rest of the work on his own. I’m very very happy with him.”
Two late scratches of Warrawee Needy and Thinking Out Loud reduced the field to just five starters with everyone returning for the final next week. A Rocknroll Dance will get to pick his post position in next week’s final. Sent off as the 3/2 second choice in the race, A Rocknroll Dance paid $5.10 to win.
The fourth race started off with Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) scooting out to the early lead with both Sweet Lou (Yannick Gingras) and Bolt The Duer both leaving. Helston Blue Chip led to the opening quarter mile in :26.1 before Gingras took command with Sweet Lou.
Both those leads were short lived as Macdonald had Bolt The Duer on the move and in the lead down the backstretch as they reached the half mile marker in :54.1. But there was no rest for the weary as Gingras came back on the outside with Sweet Lou at the three-quarters in 1:21.2 and started inching their way trying to collar Bolt The Duer.
Bolt The Duer and Macdonald were to have none of that as they turned for home and started to pull away from Sweet Lou and with Macdonald leaning as far back as he could in the race bike, Bold The Duer breezed home an easy winner by three and one-quarter open lengths in 1:48.1.
Sweet Lou held for second with Atochia third, Dapper Dude fourth and Heston Blue Chip fifth. The first five official finishers return next Saturday, August 31 for the $600,000 final.
For Ponder’s world champion son, it was Bolt The Duer’s second straight win and fourth victory of the year for trainer Peter Foley and the All Star Racing Stable of Towaco, NJ.
“He’s just a really special horse,” Macdonald said, “He was a lightly raced two-year-old and now he has really come into his own. He had just started to loosen up and then last week at Saratoga that was an unbelievable mile. Tonight may be the best mile he has raced this season. He has a huge set of lungs and never gets tired.”
Sent off as the 7/5 betting favorite, Bolt The Duer paid $4.90 to win. Bolt The Duer will now get to choose his post position for next week’s final.
By Steve Wolf