The picture tells the story. A Rocknroll Dance and Clear Vision battled in the $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, and while A Rocknroll Dance won the race by an official margin of a nose, it was more like a whisker.
The time for the race was 1:47.2, which set a Canadian Pacing Derby record.
He had me by a good head and my horse fought back," said winning driver Tim Tetrick, "and Clear Vision never gave up."
The race got underway with plenty of speed as both Bolt The Duer (post 2) and A Rocknroll Dance (post 3) and David Miller fired Pet Rock off the wings from post eight. Bolt The Duer and Mark MacDonald were the leaders at the quarter in :26.2, having put Pet Rock in the pocket with A Rocknroll Dance third at the pylons. Unexpectedly, Sweet Lou, who started from post one and settled fourth, broke stride just before the quarter-mile marker, taking himself out of contention.
Tetrick brushed A Rocknroll Dance to the lead down the backstretch and they reached the half in :54.4, with Clear Vision and Brett Miller beginning their assault first-over. By the three-quarter mile marker (1:20.4) they were alongside A Rocknroll Dance, and then came the stretch battle.
The victory was the fifth of the season in 12 starts for A Rocknroll Dance, who boosted his career earnings to more than $2.3 million. He's trained by Jim Mulinix, who has nursed his pupil through a tooth problem this season. Mulinix also shares ownership as a member of the A Rocknroll Dance Stable.
The iron-tough veteran Foiled Again was third while Pet Rock earned fourth money. Bolt The Duer faded to seventh in the race.