Big wins for Rocklamation, Warrawee Needy
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At odds of 23-1, Rocklamation lowered the stakes record to 1:49.4 in the $384,000 Milton final, for pacing fillies and mares, on Saturday night at Mohawk.
With driver Brett Miller in the bike, the four-year-old mare also became one of harness racing’s newest millionaires. With the lion’s share of the purse, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Art Sale boasts lifetime earnings of $1,051,982.
The Ron Burke-trained Rocklamation got away seventh, well behind a :25.4 first quarter carved out by elimination winner Anndrovette (Luc Ouellette). As they entered the backstretch, Yannick Gingras moved the other elimination winner, Drop The Ball, to the front from third, reaching the half in :53.3.
Around the final turn, Put On A Show (Jody Jamieson) applied first-up pressure to the even-money pacesetter, forcing a 1:21.2 three-quarter split. Waasmula (Randy Waples) caught a second-over trip, with Rocklamation third-over and set to vault off cover.
The mares fanned out across the track as they entered the stretch. Unleashing a :27.3 final frame, Rocklamation got up in the final strides and held off a late rush by Swinging Beauty (Doug McNair) to score by a neck in a new lifetime mark. Ginger And Fred (Scott Zeron) got up for third.
"Last week Ronnie Burke told me this mare is way better from off-the-pace and I left with her,” said Miller from the winner’s circle. "She raced good (in her elimination), but (for the final) he said, ‘Brett, just duck her. I promise you she’ll come flying on the end of it.’ The fast fractions helped.
"They were going such fast fractions, they were bound to get tired and we were lucky enough to pick up the pieces,” he added.
Rocklamation lowered the stakes record by one-fifth of a second. Eternal Camnation (2003) and Loyal Opposition (2005) co-held the previous record of 1:50.
With the win, Rocklamation notched her sixth triumph of the season from 21 starts. The 12-time career winner is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and Jerry Silva.
The mare returned $48.50 to win.
Also on Saturday's card, Warrawee Needy, driven by Jody Jamieson, became the fastest performer in the history of the Ontario Sires Stakes program with a 1:48.4 gate-to-wire score in the $130,000 Gold Final for sophomore pacing colts and geldings.
Warrawee Needy, Canada’s Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year in 2011, put up splits of :26.2, 54.2 and 1:21.3 en route to the five-length victory. Mel Mara (Yannick Gingras) and I Found My Beach (Randy Waples) finished second and third, respectively.
The son of E Dees Cam-Great Memories notched his third win of the season from 12 starts. The 12-time career winner has stashed away $723,825 in lifetime earnings for trainer Carl Jamieson, who shares ownership of the colt with Thomas Kyron, Dr. Michael Wilson and Floyd J Marshall.
The David Menary-trained Fast Pay held the previous record of 1:49, which was set in 2009.
Warrawee Needy was one of four winners for driver Jamieson. He also scored with Speed Again, Mach It So and Ideal Race. (WEG)