WILKES-BARRE PA – Rockmatic, after a 1:59 qualifying win at Philly, made a more-than-successful purse debut at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Monday twilight card, as her victory in 1:54.2 in a $13,000 contest not only obviously lowered own her own mark, but also beat the North American season’s record for two-year-old pacing fillies on 5/8-mile tracks by a full second.
Simon Allard got the daughter of Pet Rock out of the $869G winner Monochromatic away well, yielded to Bottled Up Hanover, then was back outside as favored Dance Club made the lead in a :27.4 opener. Dance Club went on enough to allow Rockmatic to tuck in the pocket, and there the baby sat through midfractions of :57.1 and 1:25.4, then to headstretch.
At the top of the lane, Rockmatic moved back outside and gradually wore down Dance Club by half a length for owner/breeder North State Street Stable. Ironically, the filly she displaced as a season’s leader was a stablemate of hers in the barn of trainer Kevin Lare, Silver Tail, who had won in 1:55.2 at Harrah’s Philly on Saturday afternoon.
The horse was claimed from trainer/driver Hunter Oakes and Northfork Racing Stable, but their two-week association with him was profitable – they claimed him for $17,000 and lost him for $20,000, plus he got two $7000 purse checks, so minus the two week’s training costs Northfork had a very good return on their investment.
Veteran horseman D.R. Ackerman visited the Pocono winners circle for the first time since April 22, 2015 when he guided Holiday Hangover, a sophomore son of Donato Hanover and a colt whose third dam produced the first-ever Breeders Crown winner in Workaholic, to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:54.3, lowering his mark by 3 2/5 second for his owner/trainer/driver in a $13,000 pace.
One favorite won during Monday’s fourteen races at Pocono – as did ten second choices.