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
The racing officials at the Delaware County Fair are pleased to announce that thanks to support of James Koehler the Jug Day Open Pace originally carded with a $5,000 purse will be increased to $10,000 and will be renamed the Won The West Open Pace. Won The West, winner of $3.9 million in career earnings, was co-owned by Koehler's Country Club Acres, the Strollin Stable and William Robinson. The son of Western Hanover made 109 career starts, winning 36 times, and was twice winner of the Dan Patch Award for Older Pacer of the Year. Won The West finished fourth in the 2007 Little Brown Jug. The now 9-year-old gelding retired from racing in 2012 and is a resident of the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions. To celebrate the new event, the namesake will be in attendance and will lead the post parade. Joining Won The West on the trip up from Lexington, Kentucky will be the 1997 Little Brown Jug and triple crown champion Western Dreamer. "Won The West has given me a lot of enjoyment," noted Koehler. "I thought it would be great to see him again in front of the fans of the Little Brown Jug one more time. He was more than just a horse. He touched everyone who came in contact with him." The event (#53) will be restricted to the top 9 entries with the highest 2013 earnings and will be drawn on Monday, September 16. For more information on the Won The West Open Pace, please call the Delaware County Fair Race Office at (740) 363-6000. by Jay Wolf for the Little Brown Jug
HARRINGTON, Del. - Two divisions of eliminations were held in the 7th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway Monday. The fastest of the two splits went to Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and James Koran's Clear Vision ($3.60, Brett Miller), who took the second division in a track record equaling time of 1:49.2. Trained by Ron Burke, the 7-year-old Western Hanover gelding cleared pacesetter Michael's Power approaching three-quarters and drew away on the field for a dominant performance. Heston Blue Chip finished second, while Escape the News was third. Dynamic Youth finished fourth to secure his place in next week's final. Clear Vision recorded his 22nd career win and surpassed $1.55 million in career earnings. The mark equaled the track record set by 2012 Quillen champion Betterthancheddar. "The Burkes' have done a great job with this horse," said an elated Miller. "I think he's as sharp as he's ever been." Clear Vision's stablemate, Foiled Again ($2.80, Yannick Gingras), in pursuit of his 3rd Quillen victory, took the 2nd division with a 1:49.4 triumph. The 9-year-old Dragon Again gelding made the lead quickly from post five and strolled through fractions of 27.2, 55.3, 1:23.1 before scorching home in 26.3 for an easy win over Sapphire City, Mcerlean and Mel Mara. Foiled Again notched his 71st lifetime win and boosted his career earnings to more than $5.3 million, further eclipsing his status as the sport's richest pacer of all-time. The top four finishers from each division will return to compete in the $223,500 Final on Monday September 16. In the overnight feature, Doug Lewis-trained Mojo Terror ($3.60, Tim Tetrick) registered his fourth consecutive win in the $19,000 Open. Victor Kirby had a driving triple.
Vegas Vacation set a new record of 1:48.3 in his division of the Simcoe stakes tonight Saturday the 7th of September at Mohawk Raceway. Harness racing driver Brian Sears swept the two divisions driving Fool Me Once to win the other division. The Champlain Stakes also featured on the night with Winds Of Change, Precious Beauty and Luck Be Withyou winning Race 1: 1st Shes Da Bomb (b,f,2 - Art Major-Armbro Bombay-Western Hanover 2nd Porsche Seelster (b,f,2 - Artistic Fella-Platinum Seelster-Western Hanover) 3rd Impatience (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Restive Hanover-The Panderosa) Race 2: 1st Your So Vain (b,c,3 - Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover-Muscles Yankee) 2nd Royalty For Life (b,c,3 - Rc Royalty-Bourbon N Grits-Donerail) 3rd Smilin Eli (b,c,3 - Muscles Yankee-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) Race 3: 1st Master Of Law (br,g,3 - Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic-Self Possessed) 2nd Punxsutawney (b,c,3 - Glidemaster-Sunseeker Kosmos-S Js Photo) 3rd Wheeling N Dealin (b,c,3 - Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) Race 4: 1st Ideal Race (b,g,7 - Western Terror-Eidette Hanover-Big Towner) 2nd Thepaninsulahotel (b,h,7 - No Pan Intended-Onenightinpangkok-Matts Scooter) 3rd Twin B Impressive (b,g,4 - Bettors Delight-Impeccant-Jate Lobell) Race 5: 1st Fool Me Once (b,c,3 - Art Major-Fool That I Am-Jennas Beach Boy) 2nd Captive Audience (b,c,3 - Art Major-Captiva Island-Western Hanover) 3rd Lucan Hanover (b,g,3 - Western Ideal-Lauren Order-Dragon Again) Race 6: 1st Winds Of Change (b,c,2 - American Ideal-Arts Temptress-Artsplace) 2nd Jet Airway (br,c,2 - Jeremes Jet-Aromatic-Artiscape) 3rd Crafty Master (b,c,2 - Mister Big-Cam Odie-Camluck) Race 7: 1st Bestofbest Hanover (b,h,5 - Western Hanover-Bunny Lake-Precious Bunny) 2nd Sparky Mark (b,h,6 - Astreos-Luckbealadytonite-Camluck) 3rd Shelbys Cobra (b,g,6 - Western Ideal-Sounds Perfect-Artsplace) Race 8: 1st Precocious Beauty (b,f,2 - Art Major-Precious Beauty-Jate Lobell) 2nd Beach Gal (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal-Dragon Again) 3rd Bahama Blue (b,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Isabella Blue Chip-Bettors Delight) Race 9: 1st Luck Be Withyou (b,c,2 - Western Ideal-Trim Hanover-Camluck) 2nd Fort Knox (b,c,2 - American Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace) 3rd Some Major Beach (b,c,2 - Major In Art-Wheres The Beach-Beach Towel) Race 10: 1st Aslan (b,g,4 - Mach Three-Skyview-Falcon Seelster) 2nd Ellis Park (br,g,4 - Rocknroll Hanover-Roller Cam-Cambest) 3rd Smokin Bear (gr,g,4 - Grinfromeartoear-Smokin Pistol-Jate Lobell) Race 11: 1st Vegas Vacation (br,g,3 - Bettors Delight-Dont You Smile-Grinfromeartoear) 2nd Sunshine Beach (b,c,3 - Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up-Artsplace) 3rd Sunfire Blue Chip (b,c,3 - American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip-Cams Card Shark) Race 12: 1st Grande Seelster (br,g,5 - Camluck-Glendale Kim-Troublemaker) 2nd Bestinthebusiness (b,g,5 - Another Mile-Tendin To Business-Lon Todd Hanover) 3rd Top Gear (b,g,6 - Real Desire-Trust Me Ashley-Ball And Chain) Race 13: 1st Bay Of Sharks (b,h,7 - Cams Card Shark-Whitley Bay-Tylers Mark) 2nd Red Bugler (b,g,6 - Cammibest-My Friend Flicka-Firm Friend) 3rd Clic K (ch,g,5 - Shanghai Phil-Eclatante-Bullvons Dream) All videos are attached.
Clear Vision might be just now catching the eyes of harness racing fans after his dramatic stretch duel with A Rocknroll Dance in last weekend's Canadian Pacing Derby, but trainer Ron Burke said the 7-year-old gelding's recent good form is not a surprise to him. Although he has only two wins in 19 starts, Clear Vision has four second-place finishes in his last five races. He missed by a nose against A Rocknroll Dance in the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk, timed in a track- and Canadian-record-equaling 1:47.2, one week after losing by a neck to A Rocknroll Dance in their CPD elimination. On Aug. 17, Clear Vision was second by a half-length to Bolt The Duer in the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial at Saratoga in a world-record-equaling 1:49 mile. Clear Vision's next start is Monday in the second of two eliminations for the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington. Clear Vision, who won last year's Bettor's Delight and was second in the Molson Pace, was sidelined in July 2012 because of a suspensory injury and didn't return to the races until March. "People think he just got good, but he was good last year just before we had to quit with him," Burke said. "It just took longer than we thought it would to get him back rolling this year." Clear Vision has won 21 of 131 career races and earned $1.54 million, including $390,603 this season. The son of Western Hanover-Artistic Vision is a half-brother to 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven. He will be driven in the Quillen elim by Brett Miller, who has been behind the horse in his last three starts. Clear Vision will start from post two in the six-horse field and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. "Brett has done a wonderful job with him," Burke said. "It's funny, the only driver who doesn't get along with him is Yannick (Gingras), and Yannick will admit to it. Yannick can't understand it. He's tried to do it different ways with him and he just doesn't seem to fire with Yannick." Gingras will drive Burke's Escape The News in the second Quillen elim, two races after driving 7-5 favorite Foiled Again in the first elim. Foiled Again, the richest pacer in harness racing history with $5.29 million in career earnings, was third in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Foiled Again, who this year at age 9 has won five of 20 and hit the board a total of 15 times, captured the Quillen in 2010 and 2011. He was the Pacer of the Year in 2011 and voted the best older male pacer in 2012. "He's been really good," Burke said. "In his last start he went in 1:47.3, which is the fastest he's ever paced in his life. Foiled has been racing as good or better than he ever has, there are just better horses right now. It's just that the 4-year-olds, which is what I said at the beginning of the year, have been so good. "It's hard to win. Last year, (1):47.3 with a 26-second final quarter wins the Canadian Pacing Derby. This year, it's third. The horses have just gotten better." Burke's Atochia also is in the first Quillen elimination, along with Sapphire City, McErlean and Dynamic Youth. In the second elim, Clear Vision and Escape The News are joined by Heston Blue Chip, Malak Uswaad N, Mel Mara and Michael's Power. The top four finishers from each elimination advance to the $223,500 final on Sept. 16. "They're short fields, but they're very equal fields," Burke said. "I don't think it looks to be a problem for Clear Vision or Foiled; they both should easily make the finals I think. Hopefully, we can get in all four." by Ken Weingartner
Fancy Footwork recorded his first Open Pace victory on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Brad Irvine-trained pacer was the runner up in last week’s Open but this week got the job done in the $18,000 feature. Reinsman Joe Bongiorno sat patiently in the third spot through fast fractions but after three quarters in 1:23.2 found open road for Fancy Footwork in the passing lane. The seventh win of the season for the five year old gelding came in 1:52. Earlier this year, Fancy Footwork (Western Hanover) matched the then track record when he scored in 1:51. Bet On Roulette (Wally Hennessey) surged out of the pocket to be the Open’s runner up on Saturday night while front running favorite May Day (Jim Devaux) had to settle for third. Fancy Footwork returned $14.80 to win and led an exacta that paid $115.50 and a trifecta that came back $207. Irvine and Bongiorno also teamed up for the winner of the $14,000 Open Two as A Place In History (I Scoot Hanover) pulled off the upset at odds of 20-1. Live racing resumes on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella
VERNON, NY—The slick-striding pacer Western Trademark turned in a mile-leading 1:50.2 performance while winning Saturday night’s $8,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs. With Luke Plano as the pilot, Western Trademark was sent to the front from the word “go” and he never looked back en route to a breezy four-length victory in Saturday’s seventh session. The solid score was the second locally, the fifth this season and the 35th all-time for the 8-year-old son of Western Hanover-Tyber Song, a career-winner of more than $394,000 that is trained by Joe Cordisco and owned by Holly J. Cordisco. Saturday’s featured win was one of two during the evening’s 12-race pari-mutuel program for Plano, the 33-year-old son of Vernon’s leading driver and trainer Rick Plano. Also achieving two-win success during Saturday’s slate were Rick Plano, posting his meet-leading 17th driving double, John Macdonald and Truman Gale. In a non-betting division of the C. K. G. Billings Series for amateur drivers of trotters prior to the betting card, Robert Davis steered Jimmer to a fast-closing 1:58 victory for trainer David Corlew. The 4-year-old gelding is owned by Davis and Terry Vanvalkenburgh. Saturday’s final Billings clash was won by Mark Eaton, who guided Famous Image to a front-striding 1:57.3 triumph in race three. Eaton is the trainer and owner of the determined 8-year-old gelding. DOWNS DOINGS Another Billings contestant, Matt Zuccarello, teamed the pacer Some Or Lis to a 1:55.3 victory in Saturday’s fifth race for trainer Anthony Ellert and owner Richard Dow… Vernon will offer live racing Thursday through Sunday nights next weekend, with first post at 6:45… The program on Sunday, Aug. 25 will feature the first round of this season’s 7th-Annual Drivers” Championship, as well as the $700,000 (est.) Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. Sunday’s special card will also include a Corey Callahan bobblehead doll giveaway, free drivers’ championship T-shirts (both items given away while supplies last), as well as iPad and laptop computer giveaways… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran
Fancy Footwork tied the all-age track record at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. The claiming pacer wired the field in the $25,000 claiming pace with reinsman Wally Hennessey in the sulky. Fancy Footwork (Western Hanover) was coming off a 1:52.1 victory when he went coast to coast in a dazzling 1:51 on Friday night. The win time matches the mark set by Rare Jewel in 2006 and tied by Gimmebackmybullets in ’07 and Joey The Czar in ’10. The five year old Margaret Spagnola trainee Fancy Footwork won for the fourth time in his last six starts and became the first non-Open or Sire Stakes horse to pace 1:51 in track history. The final four races on Friday were cancelled due to inclement weather. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella
Western Alumni, a five-year-old Western Hanover gelding, won the $11,000 Open Pace in a season's best 1:54.2 for harness racing owner Tammy Lonkey, of Angola, NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (July 6).
We Will See 1:47.4 ($2,549,409), one of the fastest and richest sons of the great Western Hanover, will begin his stud career at the Warwick Stud, Shepparton, of Jack and Luke Primmer in the 2013/14 season.
Saturday's $1,000,000 30th annual North American Pepsi Cup harness race at Mohawk Raceway for three-year-old pacers features a strong field of competition.
Bell On Wheels (Western Hanover) won her first local Open last Sunday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, pulling off the mild harness racing upset for trainer/driver Harry Landy.
Aruba Vacation and Fern Paquet Jr. were all business on Saturday night in the $16,000 open trot at Tioga Downs. For the past two starts Paquet had sat the two hole with Aruba Vacation and could do no better than fifth and seventh.
Victory Is Coming broke Northfield Park’s track record for five-year-old and up trotting mares on Monday (June 3) by winning the $6,000 Open Trot in 1:55.1. The previous record of 1:56 was shared by Tom's OK Lady (2009 & 2010) and Norma’s Rose (2013).
After a long stretch at the Yonkers half-mile, Annieswesterncard took to the 5/8-mile oval at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs beautifully and scored a harness racing victory in Saturday night's featured Preferred pace.
Last year’s Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous, made his three-year-old debut Sunday night at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs a winning one, but the victory was slightly overshadowed by a super fast racing card and a track record set.