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Ocean Rock, Summer Touch honored in Ohio

January 12, 2021
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As a 2 year old, the connections of Ocean Rock knew he was special, but they did not realize how special until his first start as a 3 year old when he rallied down the stretch for his first win of the year on the way to being named Ohio 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.
 
Ocean Rock, the son of Rockin Amadeus out of Ocean Pearl hit the board nine times in 10 starts, winning six and earning $363,360 for his owner and breeder Sandra Burnett. 
 
Trained by Christi Noble, Ocean Rock won the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes final at Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Ohio Breeders Crown at Delaware, and the Ohio Fair Finals, earning the Ohio Triple Crown.
 
“He’s kind of cocky, he has a presence about him.  He knows he is a good horse,” said Noble.  “He is very versatile.  He is quick off the gate, but he can also race from behind.”
 
Summer Touch made sure there was no doubt who the top 2-year-old pacing filly in Ohio was, as she set a world record and won the Ohio Triple Crown on the way to being named the 2020 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year.
 
Summer Touch, a daughter of Well Said out of Real Touch, finished second in her first start and then won her next six races for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $285,550.
 
Summer Touch is an Ohio Triple Crown Winner, winning the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes final, the Ohio Fair Stakes, and the Ohio Breeders Championship.  She set a world record at MGM Northfield Park in the fourth leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes, covering the half-mile track in 1:51.4.   
 
“She’s a pleasure to work with,” said driver Chris Page. “Summer Touch isn’t the biggest filly, but she is very slick gaited and gets over the track easily.”
 
Ocean Rock and Summer Touch will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on Jan. 16. The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7 p.m. (OHHA)
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