Special T Rocks sets world record at Pocono
May 05, 2012
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Special T Rocks equaled a world record in winning the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational in 1:48.3 on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The 4-year-old gelding equaled the world mark on a five-eighths mile track, set in 2005 at Dover Downs by Maltese Artist.
After the initial quarter of :26.3, Big Bay Point took the lead, but was soon overtaken by Dial Or Nodial. The half was reached in :53.3 and the three-quarters in 1:21. At the top of the stretch, Daryl Bier moved Special T Rocks out from his second-over trip and gunned him to the top for the win. Dancin Yankee finished second and Dial Or Nodial held on for third.
The new co-world champion is owned by Daryl Bier, Forest Bartlett and Joann Dombeck, who bought the horse from trainer Tom Artandi in February 2011.
In the $25,000 winners-over trot George Napolitano, Jr. guided Anders Bluestone to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:53.1 over Don't Know Chip and Cameron Chip.
Other winners on the speedy 16-race card included Mickey Hanover (1:50.2), Dinneratartsplace (1:50.3), Elusive Reward (1:51), Hurrikane Scotty J (1:51.1), Card Hustler (1:51.1), Katelyn's Scott (1:51.1) and Adams Hanover (1:51.3). (Pocono)