Tom Kelley Friday, Nov. 16th,
ROCK PREVAILS IN WINDY CITY PACE
full advantage of an inside draw and his high turn of speed Frank Bellino’s Pet
Rock rolled to a 1 ¾ length in the 30th edition of the $215,000
Windy City Pace for three-year-old colt pacers. The final time was 1:51.4
allowing A Rocknroll Dance (David Miller) to grab a short lived early lead
driver Doug McNair had Pet Rock out and rolling on the re-take and the colt was
back in front as the field hit the opening station in 27.2.
wanted to stay away from an early duel but I also wanted to be in control of
things,” said McNair who captured this event in 2010 with Aracache Hanover.
“Once we were back in front I was a little surprised that we were able to get
away with a relatively easy middle half.”
through splits of 56.0 & 1:24.3 Pet Rock continued to show the way as a
first over Dynamic Youth (Andrew McCarthy) tried to mount a challenge.
could see the horse on the outside was struggling to get to us and yet we
weren’t going that much so I felt pretty confident at that point,” McNair said.
“I knew I still had A Rocknroll Dance sitting on my back but my colt was still
pretty fresh at that point.”
the deal with a 27.4 final quarter Pet Rock kept his rivals at bay through the
lane, reporting home with his eighth win in 20 starts this year. Dynamic Youth
battled on gamely to be the runner-up while A Rocknroll Dance finished third.
the winner’s circle McNair was singing the praises of both Pet Rock and his
conditioner Virgil Morgan Jr.
has done a great job with this horse this year,” said a smiling McNair. “He’s
one of the top three-year-olds in the sport right now and he can get it done on
any size track. I’m just very happy and very thankful that Virgil gave me the
chance to come to Chicago tonight and drive a great horse like this in such a
big stake as this.”
son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty now boasts a career record of 9-8-4 in
25 starts with earnings of over $978,000. Heavily backed at the windows Pet
Rock returned $3.20, $2.60 & $2.10.
the final stake event of the night for Illinois conceived and foaled pacers
James Gorman’s Well To Do Guru proved once again that he’s nearly unbeatable on
the half-mile oval at Maywood scoring in wire to wire fashion in the $30,000
Lester McKeever Stake. That gave the eight-year-old gelding a clean sweep of
the Maywood Park Pacing Series for the second straight year, earning him
another $20,000 bonus and pushing his career bankroll over the $705,000 mark.