Multiple World Champion and 2012 Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania, according to Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden. A Rocknroll Dance p,2,1:49.1; 3,1:48.1f; 4,1:47.2-’13, by Rocknroll Hanover and from a half-sister to supersire Western Hanover, won $2,429,441 and was the first horse in history to take three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Pocono (1:47.4f) and then the elim and final of the $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four year old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in the invite at Pocono. In addition, he set the pace for World Record miles for Bolt The Duer as a three year old (1:47.4f in the Adios Final) and Pet Rock as a four year old (1:47.2f at Scioto). He would later defeat all three of those horses in his tour de force winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. “I think fans know he was among the fastest of a tremendous group of FFA pacers this year,” Bowden said. “But his speed didn’t develop late… he won the Metro elim and the Governor’s Cup at two in 1:49.1 and 1:51, and at three he won the Meadowlands Pace and Battle of Brandywine in identical times of 1:48.1.” Bowden noted that the horse had evidently suffered an earlier undiagnosed injury, perhaps after his last race in Lexington, which led to a subpar performance in the recent Breeders Crown elim. Bowden said A Rocknroll Dance is now being syndicated, and that his fee will be announced soon. *video attached - A Rocknroll Dance winning the 2012 Meadowlands Pace * * * END * * * Diamond Creek Farm
MANALAPAN, NJ - September 28, 2013 - Marcus Miller drove a pair of Erv Miller-trained pacers to victory in New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres action on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The father and son tandem posted an easy victory with Ideal Helen by Western Ideal in the first of four New Jersey Sire Stakes. They were back in the winner's circle with Sky Is The Limit by Western Ideal. Ideal Helen, who won the Babic Filly Final and the New Jersey Futurity for two-year-olds in her last two starts and extended her winning streak to three, was a two and a half length winner over Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] in the $7,000 first leg for two-year-old pacing fillies. Odds On Magic by Rocknroll Hanover was third by six and three-quarter lengths in the non-wagering event. Idea Helen, owned and bred by D R Van WItzenburg of Crest Hill, IL, paced her mile in 1:58 flat. She now has five wins and two seconds in 10 starts. Sky Is The Limit [$4.20] was a head winner over Rockaholic [Rocknroll Hanover] in a $7,000 third leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Sky Is The Limited covered the mile in 1:55.2. Ima Giggity Fool [Cam's Card Shark] was third by two and a half lengths. Trainer Erv Miller co-owns Sky Is The Limit with Anthony Lombardi, Jim Fielding and Richard Strachan. The gelding now has six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 27 starts this year and earnings of more than $60,000. Cut A Deal by Rocknroll Hanover was a four and a half-length winner over Seaside Gal by Western Ideal in a non-wagering split for two-year-old pacing fillies. My Caroline by Rocknroll Hanover was third by four and three-quarters. Driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Chris Ryder, Cut A Deal paced the mile in 1:58.1. She is owned and bred by Diamond Creek Farm of Wellsville, PA. She has two wins, one second and two thirds in her nine starts. In the final division, the opening leg for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, longshot Rock Absorber [$30.40] by Rocknroll Hanover was a three-quarter length winner over Card Shock [Cam's Card Shark] and Useful Hanover [Western Ideal] in 1:58.3. Rock Absorber was driven to his first victory in 10 tries by Kyle DiBenedetto for trainer Robert Horowitz, the colt's co-owner with Brian Clark, Jeffrey Morris and Brandon Horowitz. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ
Jim Mulinix has seen months of work go by in less than 108 seconds, but he doesn't mind. That's what he's been working for. Mulinix's A Rocknroll Dance last weekend became the first pacer in harness racing history to win three consecutive races in less than 1:48 when he captured the Canadian Pacing Derby by a nose over Clear Vision in 1:47.2 at Mohawk. The time set the stakes record and equaled the track and Canadian records. In his two previous starts, A Rocknroll Dance won his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination in 1:47.3 and won an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:47.4. The time at Pocono equaled the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths-mile oval. On Saturday, A Rocknroll Dance is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational for older pacers at Scioto Downs in Mulinix's home state of Ohio. Counting the multiple-stakes-winning A Rocknroll Dance, the nine-horse field includes five millionaires, with Fred And Ginger, Pet Rock, Sweet Lou and Up The Credit completing that group. Kayne Kauffman will drive A Rocknroll Dance in the Ewart. The two teamed to win the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, near Cleveland, in July. "This horse takes every bit of our attention," said Mulinix, who works with his wife, Ellen, in training and caring for A Rocknroll Dance. Mulinix owns the horse with Diamond Creek Farm, Denny Miller, J&T Silva Stables and the Muscara Racing Trust in a group called the A Rocknroll Dance Stable. "I'm not trying to sound arrogant, but it was no secret last year that (1):48 isn't enough to do it against this group. We knew we had to go (1):47 and nine months ago we started planning to be able to do that. It's not just one thing, either. It's working extra trips, the shoeing, the equipment, the driver - even giving him more room in the trailer and more cushion for when he ships. "He's a big, strong horse so I'm able to work him between races and that helps keep him sharp. It's hard to keep that sharp every week, but I'm lucky that he's sound enough to do it. People don't realize how much effort it takes. I've got 40 years in the business and I'm putting every ounce of it into this horse." A Rocknroll Dance was bothered by a sore mouth early in the season, but since having the issue resolved has won five of eight races, including his last three in a row. For his career, the 4-year-old horse has won 16 of 45 starts and earned $2.38 million. Tim Tetrick drove A Rocknroll Dance in his five starts since winning the Battle of Lake Erie. After finishing third in his elimination of the U.S. Pacing Championship and seventh in the final, A Rocknroll Dance has been doing the quick step. "It was amazing Tim was available and he's been a good fit," Mulinix said. "I just had to get Tim to have some confidence in the horse. I told him not to worry about trying to set up a trip, this horse can rough it a bit. Once he did, (Tim) got a little more confident in the horse and in me." Mulinix, who is based in Wauseon, west of Toledo, is happy to be racing in Ohio for the next several weeks. After the Ewart Memorial at Scioto, A Rocknroll Dance's next dance will be Sept. 19 in the Winbak Farm Pace at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug Day. "When we get to Scioto, he'll think it's just the first stop for water," Mulinix joked about the much-traveled A Rocknroll Dance. "It's nice to race at home. So many people follow this horse (from the region) that it will be nice to race there." Following is the field for the Ewart Memorial with driver, trainer (and morning line): 1. Ideal Champ, Chris Page, Joe Holloway (8-1); 2. Up The Credit, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Carl Jamieson (8-1); 3. Pet Rock, Dan Noble, Virgil Morgan Jr. (7-2); 4. Fred And Ginger, Mike Wilder, Ron Burke (6-1); 5. A Rocknroll Dance, Kayne Kauffman, Jim Mulinix (5-2); 6. Our Lucky Chip, Greg Grismore, Jason Miller (10-1); 7. Sweet Lou, Tony Hall, Burke (9-2); 8. Rockin Finish, Brad Hanners, Morgan Jr. (15-1); 9. Hurrikane Kingcole, Randy Tharps, John McDermott (10-1). by Ken Weingartner
On Tuesday night, superstar pacing mare See You At Peelers started her broodmare career by giving birth to a foal from another superstar pacer, Somebeachsomewhere.
Ponder, the sire of last weekend's Messenger Stakes winner Bolt The Duer p,3,1:47.4f ($1,036,063), will be relocated to stand in 2013 at the new Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania, according to farm owner Adam Bowden. His fee will be $4,000.
World Champion and two-time harness racing divisional champion pacing filly See You At Peelers p,2,1:51.3f; 3,1:49.2f, a career winner of more than $1.5-million, has been purchased privately by Diamond Creek Farm of Paris, KY.
The first foal sired by harness racing sensation and 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill hit the ground around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, about two weeks sooner than expected, but in good shape at Diamond Creek Farm in Kentucky. A colt, he is also the first foal for the dam Silicone Valley.