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90-1 Sweet Rock scores in New Jersey Classic

August 02, 2014

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It was a wild three-horse finish in the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic for three-year-old pacers, but it was 90-1 Sweet Rock that got the nod at the wire in 1:49.4. Driven by Brett Miller, the son of Rocknroll Hanover found room in the stretch and surged past Beat The Drum (second) and early leader Bushwacker (third) to pick up his second seasonal win.

When the gate folded Bushwacker and David Miller moved to the lead from post four as the field passed the quarter in :26.3. Soon Beat The Drum was out and moving from fourth for Ron Pierce, joined in the outer flow by Doo Wop Hanover. While Bushwacker maintained the lead at the half (:55.1), Beat The Drum applied pressure with Doo Wop Hanover moving three wide.

The battled continued through the turn (1:22) and into the stretch. Beat The Drum continued the assault on the leader as Doo Wop Hanover began to fade. That allowed Sweet Rock, off the pylons in the stretch, the opening he needed. With a strong late brush, the gelding squeezed by the two fighting foes to hit the wire first.

Sweet Rock is owned by Legacy Racing of DE Inc, Reginald Hazzard II and Gary Calloway, an ownership group that recently purchased the sophomore. He was bred  by Vieux Carre Farms. The winning time shaved more than a full second off his lifetime best.
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