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Rockin Amadeus, Somwherovrainbow win 2YO paces

October 27, 2012

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Rockin Amadeus, a 17-1 shot with Yannick Gingras, got up in the final strides to take the $600,000 (US) Two-Year-Old Colt Pace on Breeders Crown night at Woodbine.

It was a three-horse photo at the wire, but Rockin Amadeus had prevailed by a half-length, with Wake Up Peter one-quarter length in front of the prohibitive choice Captaintreacherous for second, in the 1:51.2 mile.

Captaintreacherous, sent postward the 1-5 favourite, assumed command after an opening quarter by Urbanite Hanover in :26.3, leading his rivals to the half in :55.2 and was still comfortably in front by a length after three-quarters in 1:23.2.

But the Metro winner, who was coming off an easy 1:50 elimination win last week, began to tire slightly, as Rockin Amadeus and Wake Up Peter, the other elim winner, inched closer and eventually brushed passed the pacesetter just before the wire.

Trained by Jimmy Takter for owner-breeder Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, Rockin Amadeus, a well-bred son of Rocknroll Hanover-Kikikatie, was notching his third and biggest win in 10 starts.  He’d come into the final off a distant third place finish to Captaintreacherous in his elim.  With the $300,000 first place prize, Rockin Amadeus pushed his bankroll to over $450,000.

Said Lothlorien owner Susan Grange, "Not really (any pressure at 17-1). It was a lot easier this time.  We deliberately bought Kikikatie to breed with Rocknroll (Hanover). We’ve kept all the colts. This one made it work.  He (Gingras) has done an excellent job.

I’ve always liked (Rockin Amadeus). He’s had a bit of bad luck, but I always thought he had it. I’ve always thought he had a lot of heart.”

Grange also co-owned his sire, Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2005 Crown Pace for three-year-olds en route to Horse-of-the-Year honours.

Rockin Amadeus lit up the toteboard, paying $37, $12.40 and $4, while combining with Wake Up Peter ($8.30, $3.30) for a $304.60 (2-4) exactor.  A 2-4-3 (Captaintreacherous, $2.10 to show) triactor was worth $586.20, while a $1 superfecta [2-4-3-5 (Twilight Bonfire)] returned $6,754.20.
Somwherovrarainbow, driven by Andy Miller, delivered an off-the-pace score for trainer George Teague Jr. in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace on Saturday night at Woodbine.

The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue got away fifth behind UF Dragons Queen (David Miller), who clocked the opening panel in :27. From third, L Dees Lioness (Scott Zeron) was the first to make a bid for command. As soon as L Dees Lioness cleared, a second-over I Luv The Nitelife (Jack Moiseyev) took the lead, putting up the half in :55.2.

Elimination winner Somwherovrarainbow, who was third-over, added pressure to the leader past the three-quarters in 1:23. Striking the front into the stretch, the 6-5 favourite was able to fend off I Luv The Nitelife to score the one and a half length victory in 1:52.2. L Dees Lioness stayed for third.

"This one here seemed a little bit special right from the day of breaking her,” said Teague Jr. "She's just an overall complete horse. Speed, mannerisms. She was a little bit harder early on, but corrected by different equipment. She set up well for the end of the season because she was a little bit aggressive early.”

Somwherovrarainbow has a record of 5-2-1 from nine starts. With the win, the bay lifted her earnings to $415,337 for owners George Teague JR Inc., K And R Racing LLC and Theodore Gewertz.

Somwherovrarainbow returned $4.50, $2.90 and $2.10, combining with I Luv The Nitelife ($3.30, $2.70) for a $14.90 (2-5) exactor. A 2-5-1 (L Dees Lioness, $3.20 to show) triactor was worth $31.40, while a $1 superfecta [2-5-1-9 (Wherethegirlsare)] paid $225.25. (Breeders Crown)

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