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ROCKNROLL HANOVER TO STAND IN NEW JERSEY

08:45 PM 01 Jul 2005 NZST
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The New Jersey Sire Stakes Program has received a big boost with the announcement that Rocknroll Hanover, winner of the $1.2 million North America Cup Final and the $500,000 SBOA New Jersey Pacing Classic, will stand at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge in 2006, after retiring from racing at the end of this year.

The 3-year-old pacing colt, owned by Jeffrey S. Snyder and Lothlorein Equestrian Center, has won all five of his 2005 starts, has won nearly $1 million, and is considered the pre-race favorite for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace on July 16.

In announcing the colt's breeding future, Bob Marks, spokesman for Perretti Farms, noted that Rocknroll Hanover will become the ninth stallion to stand at the Central Jersey farm, and will join Muscles Yankee, considered the number one trotting stallion in the industry; Windsong's Legacy, who last year became the first Trotting Triple Crown winner in 32 years; Artiscape; Dream Vacation; Matt's Scooter; McArdle; Red River Hanover; and Revenue.

"Once again, the New Jersey Sire Stakes Program will benefit from the sport's leading racehorses coming to New Jersey to breed," said Chris Castens, executive director of the program.

Rocknroll Hanover, sired by another registered New Jersey stallion, Western Ideal, and out of Rich N Elegant, was a $190,000 yearling purchase. He went on to win $530,781, and became the first sub-1:50 2-year-old with a 1:49.4 victory in the Metro Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. He won three of eight races and was in the money seven times at age two.

The colt has increased his career earnings to $1,439,256 with this year's five-for-five winning streak, and another 1:49.4 mile in the North America Cup at Woodbine.

Trained by Brett Pelling and driven Brian Sears, Rocknroll Hanover was been named Horse of the Month, for May and June, by the U.S. Trotting Association.

Leon Zimmerman, for the New Jersey Sire Stakes

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