A Rocknroll Dance (pictured), fresh off setting a 1:47.4 world record in his most recent start, followed up that effort with a Canadian record of 1:47.3 in his $40,000 elimination of the Canadian Pacing Derby.
The free-for-all pacer cleared to the front past the opening station in :26.3. The 15-time winner continued to lead past the half in :53.4 and three-quarters in 1:21.1. Turning for home, driver Tim Tetrick asked his charge for more pace and A Rocknroll Dance responded with an :26.2 final quarter to win by a neck. Clear Vision (Brett Miller) came from off-the-pace to finish second, with Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) third.
Trained by Jim Mulinix for A Rocknroll Dance Stable, A Rocknroll Dance has crafted a 4-0-1 record from 11 starts this season. He paid $5.10 go win.
Bolt The Duer was also fresh off setting a world record in his previous start, and he also won a CPD elim, scoring in 1:48.1 for driver Mark MacDonald. The talented son of Ponder cleared to the front past the opening marker in :26.1 and never looked back through panels of :54.1 and 1:21.1 en route to a 3 1/4-length victory. Sweet Lou (Yannick Gingras) finished second after a pocket drip, with Atochia (Brett Miller) third.
Trained by Peter Foley for Allstar Racing Inc, Bolt The Duer increased his bankroll to $1,608,530. The four-year-old has a 4-4-1 record from 11 starts this season.
The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $651,000 final on Saturday, August 31 – a part of the Metro Pace undercard.
The field will line up as follows:
1) Sweet Lou
2) Bolt The Duer
3) A Rocknroll Dance
4) Clear Vision
5) Foiled Again
6) Aracache Hanover
7) Heston Blue Chip
8) Pet Rock
10) Dapper Dude