Rockin' In Heaven starts from post 2 at Yonkers
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‘Cause Rockin' in Heaven is good. He enters with three wins in his last four starts, including an 11-1 upset in the $290,000 final of the Empire Breeders Classic (Tioga, life-best 1:50). Henry himself did the recent honors, a wire-to-wire, 1:53 NYSS effort at Batavia where he was parked three-deep making the lead.
"He's a nice horse,” Henry said en route to Mohawk Thursday night. "He can be lazy and he never wins by much, but he's progressed.
"When Ian (Moore) first started with him, he said he couldn't get a lot out of him,” Henry said. "I think it wasn't until his win in (June's division of the) Somebeachsomewhere (Mohawk, 1:50.3) that we finally started to see the sort of colt he was.”
Enough to get his driver to cross customs, at the very least.
For the season, Rockin' in Heaven—a $40,000 Harrisburg yearling—has eight wins, four seconds and a third in 15 starts ($310,565). His current form spree began here, sticking his tongue out at the wire in an $84,187 NYSS sire stakes division early last month.
Rockin' in Heaven has certainly learned his craft well after a three-win, $14,000-plus season as a frosh.
New York Night of Champions (Part II), with four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for the 2-year-olds, goes Saturday, Sept. 26. This is the first-time in the NOC's 26-season history that it has been a two-night production. (Yonkers)