Yannick Gingras pumped his fist as he approached the wire as he guided A Rocknroll Dance to a length and a half victory in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night, July 14, 2012 at the Meadowlands.
It was Gingras’ third stakes victory on the night – he also won the $100,000 Meadowlands Pace Consolation with Hurrikane Kingcole and a $153,000 Stanley Dancer Division with Little Brown Fox – and the biggest night in his career.
“It’s the one race that got away from me,” Gingras said, referring to his runner-up finish with the 2004 Pace favorite, Timesareachanging. “I was young, and I made a mistake.”
Gingras, the leading driver at the Meadowlands this year, redeemed himself with A Rocknroll Dance [$11.40, $6.00, $4.60], his seventh Pace starter, as he rolled him to the lead by the 54.2 half and drew away to a 1:48.1 clocking, a career best for the three-year-old son of New Jersey’s premier pacing stallion, Rocknroll Hanover, out of the Cam’s Card Shark mare Wichita Hanover.
Rocknroll Hanover, the 2005 Meadowlands Pace winner who stands at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ, also sired runner-up Pet Rock [$12.20, $4.40].
Allstar Legend [$22.40], the 102-1 longshot, finished third, a neck back of Pet Rock.
The crowd of 13,056 was up from the 12,593 last year.
A Rocknroll Dance was a $15,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase for trainer Jim Mulinix of Wausen, OH, who shares ownership with Diamond Creek Farm of Paris, KY; Denny Miller of Archbold, OH and Jerry and Teresa Silva Stables of Long Beach, NY.
The colt now has three wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts this year and a career record of 10 wins, five seconds and one third in 19 tries for a bankroll of $1,377,250.
“I was a little nervous because the weather’s been so hot, and my horse has been heading back and forth [to Ohio],” said Mulinix. “We ship him home every week and make sure he gets green grass every day.
“I sold almost every horse I had, but I wanted to buy something before I retired,” he added. “I’m 60 years old. It’s a good think I had a partner on him. I spent $15,000 on him, but I spent $18,000 on staking him.”
“Jim was not really happy that I was in the front, but I set that horse up the last couple of weeks and I knew he had a big mile in him tonight,” said the 32-year-old Gingras. “I’m very pleased with the way he raced. My horse felt super.
“I wish my grandfather [Jean-Marc Gingras] was here,” said Gingras, his eyes moistening. “He’smy number one fan and that’s who I was thinking about [in the stretch]. It’s redemption [from finishing second in his first pace in 2004]. It was the race that got away from me. I really believed I had the best horse that day, and I didn’t drive him [well]. I was young and made a mistake. Tonight feels twice as good. We learn from each other and tonight was the night. It’s definitely the best night I’ve ever had.”
Hurrikane Kingcole Sizzles In $100,000 Meadowlands Pace Consolation
Hurrikane Kingcole [$3.40, $2.40, $2.10] exploded to the lead on the backstretch and drew away to an eight and three-quarter length victory in the $100,000 Meadowlands Pace Consolation, the fourth race, pacing the mile in 1:47.3, only three-fifths of a second off the track record for three-year-old pacers.
Yannick Gingras was at the lines of the John McDermott trainee who now has three wins and two thirds in eight starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 13 of 21 career starts for earnings of $372,157.
Bettor’s Edge [$4.00, $2.60] was second while Hillbilly Hanover [$4.20] finished nine and three-quarter lengths back in third.
Hurrikane Kingcole, a New Jersey-sired son of Cam’s Card Shark out of Blazing Yankee, races for Jeffrey Kuhen of Yardley, PA; John Levy Racing Stable of Hamilton, Ontario; Klee Cohen Brewer and Gordon of East Rockaway, NY and Hurrikane Racing LLC of North Bergen, NJ.
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