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Super sire Rocknroll Hanover dead, aged 11

11:02 PM 14 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Rocknroll Hanover - a sad loss to the world-wide harness racing industry.
Rocknroll Hanover - who passed away today aged 11.
File Photo - 2004 Metro Pace final winner

"He made all of our dreams come true!"

That was the instant response from prominent New York harness racing owner and breeder Joe Bellino on hearing the news that champion standardbred Rocknroll Hanover died today (Thursday March 14).

"He was the greatest pacing sire in the world and losing him is like losing the ‘Babe Ruth' of the harness racing world. To say he was a champion is understating his prowess.

"Today is a very emotional day. The industry has lost one of its greats. Without Rocknroll Hanover there would be no ‘Heaven'," Bellino told Harnesslink.

By that Bellino meant there would never have been Rocknroll Heaven (1:47.3) - the Rocknroll Hanover - Artistic Vision stallion who won 20 of his 30 starts and almost $2.8 million.

Bellino owns the now 6-year-old pacer, whose quickest mile was 1:47.3 recorded in the Meadowlands Pace elimination in July 2010.

Anthony Perretti of Perretti Farms, who owns Rocknroll Hanover confirmed to Harnesslink that Rocknroll Hanover (1:48.3), the winner of 15 of his 26 starts and $3,069,093, died today of a stomach rupture.

Perretti Farms marketing director, Bob Marks, said Rocknroll Hanover, aged 11, was fine yesterday and even bred, but sadly today had to be put down at 4pm.

"We noticed that he was uncomfortable today so we rushed him to the vet clinic. Apparently he had suffered from a gastric infection.

"He wasn't digesting his food properly and it was going into his intestines. When they opened him up he was inoperable.

"He was put down at about 4pm. This is a very sad day," Marks told Harnesslink.

by Duane RANGER (editor)

Rocknroll Hanover winning the 2008 Meadowlands Pace:

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