A Rocknroll Dance takes Meadowlands Pace
July 14, 2012
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A Rocknroll Dance won the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace with authority on Saturday night (July 14), controlling the tempo and then holding off Pet Rock and 99-1 shot Allstar Legend in 1:48.1. The race was contested before a crowd of 13,056, up from the 12,593 last year.
Yannick Gingras drove A Rocknroll Dance and they started from post one. Gingras said he suspected the pace might not be as fast as some expected, so he was prepared to take the lead.
When there's talk of lots of speed, "More often than not, there is no speed," said Gingras. "Jim (trainer Jim Mulinix) was not really happy he was on the front, but I set him up for this race."
Even with Jim Morrill Jr. blasting off the gate from post 10 with Allstar Legend, the first quarter was only :26.4, not record-setting by Meadowlands Pace standards. By then Gingras had taken control and rated a :54.2 half. He later noted that with a "cheap half like this, it's catch me if you can."
Before the half time flashed, drivers were getting anxious. Brian Sears prompted Randy Waples to pull first-over with North America Cup winner Thinking Out Loud. While Thinking Out Loud advanced, he never looked A Rocknroll Dance in the eye. Meanwhile, betting favorites Heston Blue Chip and Sweet Lou were stacked up behind Pet Rock.
At the top of the lane Tim Tetrick had tipped Heston Blue Chip wide, and Dave Palone finally got Sweet Lou into the hunt, but it was too late as A Rocknroll Dance, Pet Rock and Allstar Legend stayed strong to the wire. Pet Rock won the battle for second while Allstar Legend earned show honors for trainer George Teague Jr. Heston Blue Chip got fourth money, Sweet Lou was fifth, and Thinking Out Loud finished sixth.
Gingras had won a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot with Little Brown Fox and had also scored with Hurrikane Kingcole in the Meadowlands Pace consolation, and he called his night's work, "definitely the best night I've ever had."
A Rocknroll Dance, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, picked up his third victory of the season in eight starts, and his second major stakes win, after having won the Hempt Memorial on June 30.
Mulinix, Diamond Creek Farm, Jerry and Theresa Silva and Denny Miller own A Rocknroll Dance, who was bred by Paul Marino. Mulinix bought the colt for just $15,000 as a yearling and later sold an interest to Miller, with Diamond Creek and the Silvas buying in later.