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IDEAL ROCKY, ALL THE TIME, SOUTHWIND FRANK AND BLUE MOON STRIDE CAPTURE NJSS FINALS FOR 2YOS

MANALAPAN, NJ – July 17, 2015 – Driver Yannick Gingras scored two victories, including a stakes record with Southwind Frank, in a quartet of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two-year-olds on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Meadowlands.


Ideal Rocky


Boston Red Rocks, sent off as the 1-5 favorite, controlled the pace but in the end he had to fight off two challengers and one of them, Ideal Rocky, got by him in the final strides to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts, the second race.

Ideal Rocky [$10.20], driven by Corey Callahan and trained by John Butenchoen, brushed three-wide to win by head, handing Boston Red Rocks his first loss in three starts. It was half a length to Winning Linc in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover.

Ideal Rocky did not get off to an auspicious start, refusing to put his nose anywhere near the gate.

“He decided the last couple of starts when we had the five-hole that he doesn’t want to be close to the darn thing [the starting gate car],” said Butenschoen. “I guess we’d better go back to the drawing board to make sure he knows what to do when he’s behind the car itself [and not the wings]. But he was able to overcome that. I was tickled.

“The owner, Bill Wiswell, we were watching on the backstretch, and we were in an impossible spot here right now off of those soft fractions [27.3 to the quarter and 57.2 to the half],” Butenschoen noted. “If we got a check here, we’ll be in good shape. Then he started motoring up around the last turn and mowed them down. That was great.”

A $47,000 Harrisburg Sale yearling purchase, Ideal Rocky paced a lifetime best of 1:53.1, with a last quarter in 26.2 seconds. He was bred by Fashion Farms LLC.

He races for Bill Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI; Jean Goehien of Aurora, IL and Eugene Schick of Elgin, IL. He now has two wins and one third in three starts for earnings of $63,000.


All The Time


All The Time, handled by Yannick Gingras, was the best of three Jimmy Takter trainees in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting fillies, the fourth race.

All The Time [$3.20] trotted the mile in 1:55.4, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Silent Blessings [by Muscles Yankee]. It was four lengths to Gifted Lady [Muscle Hill] in third.

Takter also trains Gifted Lady and Hollywood Hill [Muscle Hill], who finished fifth.

“All the credit to Jimmy Takter,” said Marvin Katz, the Toronto-based co-owner and co-breeder of All The Time. “He developed this filly and was careful with her through the winter. Of course, she’s a homebred. Jimmy Takter trained the mother [Cantab It All] and was kind enough to sell her to myself and to Al [co-owner and breeder Al Libfeld]. We bred her to Muscle Hill, and this is a topflight filly.”

All The Time has two wins in three career starts and has earned $52,400.

Gingras was back in the winner’s circle with Southwind Frank [$9.00] in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race.


Southwind Frank


The son of Muscle Hill, bred by Southwind Farms, trotted the mile in a stakes record 1:53.4, supplanting Hill I Am [Muscle Hill, who set the mark of 1:55.3 in 2013.

Southwind Frank controlled the tempo through fractions of 27.2, 56.4 and 1:26.2, covering the final quarter in 27.2 for a length and a half victory. Rallying for second was Bar Hopping [Muscle Hill] with Marion Marauder [Muscle Hill] third by a length and three-quarters.

“I wanted to cut the mile; I thought he was the horse to beat,” said Gingras. “I just wanted to have a clear path. My horse was a little bit shaky tonight, and I had to wait on him [to settle]. But I knew if I could keep him trotting, there was no one who would get near.”

Southwind Frank, trained by Ron Burke, won his opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes but broke stride last week. He has banked $60,000 with two wins in three starts for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase.


Blue Moon Stride


In the final division, 3-5 Blue Moon Stride [$3.40] popped out of the pocket at the top of the stretch, claimed the lead in deep stretch and held off Show Time Hill to win the $100,000 New Jersey Stakes for pacing fillies, in the 11th race.

Andrew McCarthy guided the Mark Harder trained Blue Moon Stride, who paced the mile in 1:53.1, finishing a neck ahead of Show Time Hill. It was a length and a half back to Sonoma Valley in third. All three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover.

“They’re all good in March, April and May but you just really don’t know until you start racing them,” said Harder. “And she’s shown up good now.”

Blue Moon Stride was bred by Perretti Farms and races for Emilio and Maria Rosati of Condell Park in Australia’s New South Wales. She has two wins in three starts for earnings of $68,750.

--All photos courtesy of Lisa Photo Inc.

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