Day At The Track

Rocknroll Hanover $4,953,236 thus far 2012

06:35 PM 03 Jun 2012 NZST
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Pet Rock
Pet Rock - A son of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Frank Bellino
Mike Lizzi photo

Pet Rock won the $306,204 Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers and Time To Roll captured the $150,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes Final at the Meadowlands, both on Saturday night, June 2, 2012, adding two more stakes credits to New Jersey-based harness racing stallion Rocknroll Hanover.

Rocknroll Hanover, who stands at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ, tops all stallions with his progeny earning $4,953,236 thus far in 2012.

Pet Rock’s trainer Virgil Morgan opted to bypass the New Jersey Sire Stakes in favor of the Rooney.

“The history of this race is short fields,” Morgan explained. “Tonight, there were only six going for $300,000. A lot of it is luck of draw and things might have worked out differently had we had the five or the six. The purse money here was better than the race at the Meadowlands, and those races might have been tougher. I think this was a wise decision.”

Pet Rock, driven by Brian Sears and owned by Frank Bellino of Bronxville, NY, set a stakes and three-year-old pacing colt track record with his time of 1:51.

At the Meadowlands, a quartet of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-olds was in the spotlight with A Rocknroll Dance going off as the 3-5 favorite. Instead, Time To Roll, driven by Andy Miller and trained by Jimmy Takter, prevailed in a four-horse photo.

Time To Roll, who paced the mile in 1:50 flat, finished a nose ahead of A Rocknroll Dance, and it was a neck back to Simply Business in third. All three colts are sons of Rocknroll Hanover.

Time To Roll, bred and owned by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, picked up his third win in five career starts. He was third in his New Jersey Sire Stakes Final as a two-year-old, finishing behind I Fought Dalaw and Pet Rock.

2012 Art Rooney Pace

by Carol HODES for SBOANJ

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