posted on 7/19/2013 10:58 am
The live racing season at Lexington’s Historic Red Mile Racetrack in the heart of horse country is now less than a month away, with Opening day on Sunday, August 4. The greatly anticipated two weeks of Grand Circuit racing begin on Thursday, September 26.
Roll Heaven began his sophomore campaign with a Berry’s Creek win and another
NJSS crown in an all time record for the program of 1:48.3. Things went
slightly awry for a spell when the colt shipped to Canada and lost his driver
for a month when Dube suffered a racing injury. Temporarily reunited with John
Campbell, the colt settled for fourth in the North America Cup Final.
Meadowlands Pace elimination win in a personal best 1:47.3 sent Rock N Roll to
the post as the favorite in the $1million final. Parked through a demanding
25.4 opening quarter in one of his most determined efforts, he lost a head
photo to One More Laugh for the title. He’d succumb to another upset in the
Holmes in his next start with Dube back aboard, but that loss would be his
Roll Heaven ripped through six sub 1:50 wins within a thirty day period through
the fall that included twin 1:49.2 heats in the Little Brown Jug, the Breeders
Crown elimination and final and two Red Mile Grand Circuit wins.
one in Lexington saw him hold on for another gritty 1:48.2 win in the $111,500
Bluegrass then return seven days later to avenge his Meadowlands Pace loss with
a half length 1:48.1 score over One More Laugh in the $604,000 Tattersalls Pace.
tacked on the Messenger and Matron to make it ten straight and end his year
with 16 wins from 21 starts for seasonal earnings of $2,156,192.
end awards for the colt included both Pacer and Horse of the Year. He was
retired to stud at the esteemed standardbred nursery, Blue
Chip Farms of New York.
oldest foals will hit the yearling sales this fall with many selling in
Lexington. Perspective buyers will be seeking that colt or filly with the same
rare combination of speed and desire that their sire exhibited in his
illustrious racing career.
anticipation for Rock N Roll Heaven’s first crop is building. He was a champion
of the first order on the track and his progeny are making a positive
visual impression on those who have seen them. Your chance to
evaluate them first hand and perhaps bring one home to your stable begins
in Lexington at the 2013 Lexington Selected
beginning on Tuesday, October 1.
Mile Grand Circuit showcases two solid weeks of the very finest performers
in the sport competing over the unique one mile clay oval. The featured events
are supported by a program of Late-Closing races to which you may still
nominate your horses. The list of events and nomination form may be accessed at
Lexington experience is not to be missed. If you enjoy harness racing and the
surrounding environment and personalities, there is no finer example.
Click this link to watch the Tattersalls Pace: