Heavy 1-4 favorite Rocklamation held off her Ron Burke stablemate Camille to win Western Fair Raceway's $200,000 Forest City Pace on Saturday night with Scott Zeron in the sulky.
With the inside post advantage, Milton Stakes champion Rocklamation and Zeron grabbed the early lead with Ticket To Rock (Jody Jamieson) rolling up alongside from post six. Rocklamation gave way to the early challenger before moving back out for the re-take during the :27.3 opening panel.
Rocklamation quickly cleared to command and led the field to the half in :57 while Camille (Brett Miller) advanced first over from fourth with Waasmula (Randy Waples) and the other Burke starter, Ginger And Fred (Robert Shepherd), following her cover.
The eliminaton winners battled on top through three-quarters in 1:25 and into the stretch, but Rocklamation prevailed in a new stakes record of 1:53.2. Camille settled for second one and a quarter lengths behind with Ticket To Rock following in third. Modern Cinderella (Trevor Henry) edged out the wide rallying Ginger And Fred for fourth.
Both Rocklamation and Camille had turned in track record-setting victories for aged pacing mares in their eliminations last weekend with Camille posting the fastest mile in 1:52.4. Tonight, Rocklamation's winning time lowered the stakes record by one full second, which was set last year by Voelz Hanover.
"The race unfolded the way I thought it was going to," said Zeron in the winner's circle. "I thought Jody was going to press for the front. She's a really big horse and they were going top speed into that first turn -- it's a hard left -- and I was just making sure I got through it on my own. I released Jody and obviously I wanted to cut that mile so I removed on him and we were able to get some soft fractions. It was a fight right until the end though."
The 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables and Jerry Silva of New York along with Florida's Stable 45. The win was her eighth in 26 seasonal starts and pushed her earnings to $765,439 this year and $1,193,315 lifetime. (Standardbred Canada)