Rockin Ron 3-5 favorite in Battle of Lake Erie
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Rockin Ron, the standout in a field with a combined 203 victories, drew post 2 and has been named the 3-5 morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. He attracts national driving star Matt Kakaley, who just returned to action on May 19 after being sidelined by a racing accident on March 13. Rockin Ron is one of two entries in the field for harness racing's leading trainer, Ron Burke.
Rockin Ron enters the Battle off three consecutive victories, having captured last Saturday's $115,500 Camluck Classic at Western Fair by eight lengths in 1:50.1. He makes his second local appearance after finishing third in last year's Battle. The early favorite has a career-best 1:47.3 (Moh 7/8) and a $1,208,857 bankroll.
Nine year-old Bit Of A Legend N continues to race at the top of his game. This 43-time winner has made the ticket in seven of eight races this year, including a runner-up finish in the $532,000 Levy Final at Yonkers Raceway. He drew post 5 and has been assigned a 7-2 morning line. Although competing in the vast majority of his 127 lifetime starts on a half-mile track, Saturday marks But Of A Legend's first start over the Flying Turns. He is the richest in this year's field with $2,141,131 to his credit and sports a 1:50.3 (Stga) lifetime mark.
Last year's Battle champion, All Bets Off, will be defending his title from post 4. History proves that he likes Northfield's surface. All Bets Off won the inaugural $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial in 2014 and was the runner-up (from post 8) in this event in 2016, before posting his 1:49.2 Battle victory in 2017. He has career earnings of $2,938,554 and a 1:48.2 lifetime mark (RcR 5/8).
Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers in the sport. Past Battle champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Gallo Blue Chip, Maltese Artist and Foiled Again. (Northfield Park)