It took less than two minutes for Pet Rock to avenge his loss to Foiled Again in the Breeders Crown as he turned the tables and cut the mile in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby Saturday, holding off Foiled Again to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.3.
It was Golden Receiver (Corey Callahan) firing out of the starting gate as usual and taking the early lead with Bolt The Duer (Mark Macdonald) getting the two-hole trip as they sped to a quick opening quarter mile in :25.2.
Then it was Pet Rock and Dave Miller, the 3/2 betting favorite, coming first-over and clearing to the lead at the half mile marker in :53.4. Foiled Again and Yannick Gingras took up the chase in the backstretch with Sweet Lou (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) following second-over as they sped by the three-quarters in 1:22.2.
As the field started down the stretch it looked as if Foiled Again would once again grind his way to the winner’s circle, but Miller had other ideas as he urged Pet Rock on and the world champion responded by hold off Foiled Again right through the finish for the victory. Dynamic Youth (Andrew McCarthy) was third.
A four-year-old stallion by Rocknroll Hanover, Pet Rock posted his fifth victory of the year for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Frank Bellino of Bronxville, NY. He paid $5.00 to win.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com