Day At The Track

Fastest mile ever on a half-mile track 1:48.1

10:27 AM 20 Sep 2013 NZST
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Pet Rock wins in a world record 1:48.1
Pet Rock wins in a world record 1:48.1
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Columbus, Ohio – Another race at the Delaware County Fair and another world record, this time the fastest race ever in the history of harness racing on a half mile track as Pet Rock edged A Rocknroll Dance in the $51,250 Winbak Farm Pace in 1:48.1 by a neck.

The classic matchup did not disappoint any of the race fans. From the start everyone knew this would be a super fast mile.

Our Lucky Chip (Trace Tetrick) actually was quick out of the gate but soon gave way to Pet Rock and driver Dave Miller with A Rocknroll Dance and driver Tim Tetrick on the outside and wanting the lead. A Rocknroll Dance finally got to the top over Pet Rock as the opening quarter mile locked in at :26.

From there it was a two-horse race as Miller and Pet Rock were content to sit the two-hole trip as Tetrick and A Rocknroll Dance led the field Indian-style past the half mile in :53.3 (a :27.3 quarter) and then to the three-quarters in 1:21.

It was then that Miller eased Pet Rock out of the two-hole and started up steam to go against A Rocknroll Dance. Those two battled head and head down the stretch until Pet Rock was able to collar A Rocknroll Dance and just beat him at the wire. Our Lucky Chip was third.

“He (Pet Rock) has now given me my two fastest miles I have ever driven in. One on a five-eighths and now a half mile track,” Miller said. “I tried to go down the road early but with Our Lucky Trip also leaving I figured to then sit behind A Rocknroll Dance and they kept rolling along. I lost a little on the final turn when we first came out but at the finish he just got his head in front.”

It was the second straight win and fourth victory of the year for Pet Rock. The four-year-old stallion by Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owned by Frank Bellino of Bronxville, New York. Sent off as the ¾ betting favorite, Pet Rock paid $3.20 to win.

“He just makes me look good,” Said trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. “He does it all on his own. I thought when he set the record on a five-eighths track that he likes racing on the front end but today he was just as great. Now we will take him to Lexington and then the Breeders Crown.”

By Steve Wolf for

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