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Empire continues to rock the breeding scene

04:35 PM 11 Jun 2015 NZST
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Pet Rock
Pet Rock will stand at Empire for a very competitive fee of $5,500
Empire Stallions is pleased to announce that Triple World Champion PET ROCK 2,1:52.3; 3,1:50; 4,1:47 ($1,984,2014) will be joining our stallion roster and standing in Victoria for the upcoming 2015/16 harness racing breeding season.
 
A fierce competitor with extraordinary race credentials, PET ROCK started a total of 45 times with 16 wins and 18 placings while amassing over $1.9 million in earnings.PET ROCK has the distinction of being the fastest horse in history of any age winning on a half mile track in a world record 1:48.1. He is also the current World Champion and fastest 4YO ever on a five-eighths mile track winning in 1:47.2 at Scioto Downs.
 
PET ROCK was destined for greatness the moment he first stepped foot onto a racetrack. In his first 2YO trial at Scioto Downs in Ohio, PET ROCK caught the eye of trainer Virgil Morgan Jr when he won solidly in 1:58. Morgan discovered that the colt was for sale and after his second qualifying win, this time at The Meadowlands in 1:55.3, PET ROCK was purchased by Frank & Joe Bellino of New York with Morgan accepting training duties.
 
PET ROCK hit the board in all of his 5 starts at 2 with 2 wins and 3 seconds while winning a New Jersey Sire Stakes at The Meadowlands in 1:52.3 and the Hoosier Stake at Indianapolis. His three second place finishes were by a total of less than three-quarters of a length.
 
At 3, PET ROCK banked $934,500 with 8 wins including the $306,000 Art Rooney Memorial Final in a Stakes & Track Record over Yonkers half-mile oval in 1:51. He also won the $215,000 Windy City Pace Final at Maywood Park in 1:51.4, the $50,000 Confederation Cup elimination and placed in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace Final, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Final, the $415,000 Messenger Stakes Final and the $312,000 Cane Pace Final.
 
PET ROCK’s four-year-old season would become one for the record books with 6 wins (5 of these between 1:47 and 1:48.2) for a further $972,820 in earnings while lowering his lifetime mark to 1:47 neat at The Meadowlands.
 
In early September 2013, PET ROCK took his first World Champion title in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs to become the fastest 4YO ever on a 5/8ths mile track winning in a sizzling 1:47.2.
 
Just 12 days after his record setting performance at Scioto Downs, PET ROCK became the fastest pacer of any age or sex on a half-mile track with his impressive 1:48.1 victory in the Winbak Pace at Delaware, Ohio over A Rocknroll Dance.

PET ROCK’s gutsy performance in the $184,000 Roll With Joe Final at Tioga Downs saw him set yet another 5/8ths track record in 1:48.1 while defeating a stellar field of seasoned performers including Foiled Again, A Rocknroll Dance, Sweet Lou and Betterthancheddar.
 
This World Champion season was punctuated with his win in the prestigious $471,000 William Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands starting from post nine. PET ROCKlowered his lifetime mark to 1:47 (with a last quarter of :26.3) while establishing a new stakes record and once again dominated a star-studded field in Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou, Golden Receiver and Foiled Again. He also scored wins in the $200,000 American National Stake in a great stretch duel over Foiled Again in 1:48.2 and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in 1:50.1.
“PET ROCK’s records speak for themselves. He is a true champion, winning on all-sized tracks speaks to his versatility” said trainer Virgil Morgan Jr who has 5,529 race wins to his credit for $46.5 million in earnings.
PET ROCK is by the prolific ROCKNROLL HANOVER, a World Champion himself who was the USA 3YO & Horse of the Year sweeping most of the sport’s classics including the Breeders Crown, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup while earning over $2.7 million. Before his untimely death, ROCKNROLL also stood at Empire Stallions and is currently the leading 2YO sire in Australia from the first of his two crops resulting from the years he stood in Victoria. ROCKNROLL HANOVER is one of North America’s premier sires from just 6 crops of racing age banking an astonishing $77 million in earnings, 190 $100,000+ earners and 59 in 1:50. With his1:47 record, PET ROCK is ROCKNROLL HANOVER’s fastest performer ever.
 
PET ROCK is bred on the golden ROCKNROLL HANOVER ARSTPLACE cross. His dam, CASUAL BEAUTY is by ARTSPLACE out of the CAM FELLA mareCASUAL BRILLIANCE. A 1:54 race winner herself at 3, CASUAL BEAUTY has left 9 foals for 9 winners – all in 2:00 or faster. His granddam CASUAL BRILLIANCE has had five winners in 1:57 with two in 1:55.
 
A handsome dark bay stallion standing 16 hands, PET ROCK is a kind horse with great conformation, a flawless gait and excellent fertility. “We are absolutely thrilled to add a stallion of PET ROCK’s caliber to our lineup” said Empire Stallion’s owner David James. “It was an honour to stand his sire and we look forward to carrying on this successful bloodline, particularly with ROCKNROLL HANOVER’s current down under success. We believe PET ROCK is ROCKNROLL HANOVER’s greatest son and with his World Champion race credentials and royal pedigree, PET ROCK will have a major influence on the future racing scene.”
 
PET ROCK has been fully booked to the maximum number of mares allowed in North America in both 2014 and 2015, his first 2 seasons at stud, at a fee of $6,000. PET ROCK was also fully booked in NSW last season which was his first in the Southern Hemisphere. 
 
He will stand at Empire for a very competitive fee of $5,500 and discounts will apply. His progeny will be Vicbred eligible, as well as eligible to the Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and the NSW Breeders Challenge.
Pet Rock Empire Stallions Rocknroll Hanover
World Record 1:48.1 on Half Mile Track
Pet Rock defeats A Rocknroll Dance in world record time in the2013 Winbak Pace
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World Record 1:47.2 at Scioto Downs
Pet Rock defeats Sweet Lou & A Rocknroll Dance in Jim Ewart Memorial
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