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Rock N Roll Heaven wins Crown Pace in 1:49
Saturday, October 09, 2010 - by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

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Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Rock N Roll Heaven dominated the field to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday (Oct. 9) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in a time of 1:49 by 5-1/2 lengths. He was driven by Daniel Dube. Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Bruce Saunders for owner Frank Bellino.

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Rock N Roll Heaven was an impressive winner in 1:49 in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old Pacing Colts.

Shoobee's Place (Ron Pierce) was first to the lead, soon overtaken by We Will See (Brett Miller) who led the field to the :26.1 first quarter. First Fred And Ginger and then One More Laugh were momentarily on the lead as the field passed the clubhouse for the first time. They were all overtaken by Rock N Roll Heaven just before the :53.2 half.

Rock N Roll Heaven showed the way to a blazing 1:19.4 three-quarters, the first time any horse racing on a five-eighths-mile track has ever gone sub-1:20. One More Laugh, racing in third behind Rockin Image, went on a break just before the three-quarters, leaving one less horse to challenge Rock N Roll Heaven.

The final quarter was just a formality, with no serious challengers pressing Rock N Roll Heaven, who tripped the timer in 1:49 to win by 5- 1/2 lengths. Fred And Ginger was second and We Will See was third.

"I just tried to not get touched by anybody when he cleared," said Dube. "With those fractions, he was awesome."

Asked if the speedy 1:19.4 three-quarters was Dube's idea or the colt's, he said, "I think that was him, he did it so easy. That's all, he's a great horse. I just kept driving on him. He went so well. I wish it was a little bit earlier (in the night), he could go a little faster than that. He's so good right now, it's a shame we can't race him next year."

"Those were some bizarre fractions," said trainer Bruce Saunders. "When they cleared and went down the backside it looked to me like he was just on cruise control. I think Danny was just concerned about getting the win, but he wasn't exhausted. He was very fresh in the winner's circle. I've seen a lot of races, it's gotten a little cooler, five-eighths-mile track, lot of action, mixed it up, 1:19.4 and he still had plenty. Very impressive."

Saunders said a trip to Lexington will be up next for Rock N Roll Heaven.

"We're going to Lexington. He's eligible for the Bluegrass next Saturday and we can supplement to the Tattersalls. I think Mr. Bellino probably wants to do that, but it's all contingent on the well being of the horse. As long as he's healthy and fresh, he's got a few starts left. Mr. Bellino loves to race horses, so I think we'll probably race as much as we can."


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