With a gutsy first-over move and having to race on the outside for the last half mile of the race, Rocklamation and driver Yannick Gingras captured the $177,750 final of the Lady Liberty Final for older pacing mares Saturday at the Meadowlands.
With the winner’s share of the purse at $88,875, Rocklamation surpassed the $2 million mark in career earnings with her third win this year.
It was three-time Older Pacing Mare of the Year, Anndrovette, with driver Tim Tetrick going out to the early lead with Drop The Ball (Corey Callahan) grabbing the two-hole spot as they went to the opening quarter mile in :26.1.
Gringras then came first-over with Rocklamation to the half mile in :54.4 and they gave live cover to world champion Shebestingin (David Miller) through the three-quarters in 1:22.2.
Rocklamation would not give in but neither would Anndrovette as they two locked horns in a dramatic stretch drive with Rocklamation collaring Anndrovette and winning by a neck in 1:49.3. Shelliscape (John Campbell) was third.
“She is so tough,” said Gingras, who had five winners on the Hambletonian Day card. “They have been spacing out her starts by design because she is not the soundest mare but she has a great heart.”
Trained by Ron Burke, one of his four winners on the card, Rocklamation is a six-year-old mare by Rocknroll Hanover. She paid $6.60 to win and is owned by the Our Horse Cents Stable, Stable 45 and the J & T Stables.
“This mare just amazes me anymore,” Ron Burke said. Every start could be her last. She just keeps going and going.”
With her second place finish in the Lady Liberty Final, Anndrovette is now just $8,238 short of surpassing the $3 million mark in earnings.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com