London, ON --- Rob Sparling, Jr. achieved his 1,000th career win on Friday night (Oct. 18) at The Raceway in London, Ontario, as he guided Rock N Roll Xample during the 12-race progam.
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|Rob Sparling, Jr. is congratulated in the winner's circle after his 1,000th win.|
The filly -- a first-time starting daughter of Rocknroll Hanover -- had post one in the night’s fourth contest and Sparling wasted no time in establishing command in the opening eighth. Once on top, the pair carved all the fractions of :29.4, 1:01 and 1:30.3 en route to a three length tally in 2:00.
Rock N Roll Xample is trained by Al Hohner for owner Robert Hamather of Exeter, Ontario.
The Raceway also hosted Ontario’s final Racing Under Saddle event of the season on Friday night.
A full field of eight went postward in the non-wagering event and when the dust settled it was Lady Is A Pirate and rider Evelyn Harms prevailing narrowly in 2:03.3 over a hard-closing Katla and rider Riina Rekila who were last minute substitute entrants in the field.
The RUS made stops all across Ontario all season long. To find out more about the series, which is rapidly growing in popularity, visit www.rusontario.com.