Pet Rock paced the fastest mile ever on a half-mile track when he won the $51,250 Winbak Pace in 1:48.1 on Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio, fairgrounds. Driven by David Miller, Pet Rock sat a two-hole trip behind the Tim Tetrick-driven A Rocknroll Dance through fractions of :26, 53.3 and 1:21 before tipping out in the final turn and edging to the front in the shadow of the wire.
Pet Rock was the 3-5 favorite from post three and was first to the lead, but Miller was content to let the 6-5 second choice A Rocknroll Dance take control approaching the opening quarter. Tetrick kept his foot on the gas pedal and down the stretch A Rocknroll Dance couldn't fight off his rival, who closed out his record score with a final quarter of :27 flat to win by a neck.
"There's nothing for sure (of my strategy) until the gate folds," said Miller, who also drove Pet Rock to a 1:47 win at the Meadowlands in the William Haughton Memorial in July. "If Timmy (Tetrick) had backed it down I would have re-took, but he kept rolling."
The time bested the previous mark of 1:49 shared by Jet Laag, Ponder (both at Delaware) and Bolt The Duer (Saratoga).
Pet Rock's win was his fourth of the year and 14th in 40 career starts. Owned by Frank Bellino, the 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover has career earnings of more than $1.65 million.