A Rocknroll Dance 2YOs star in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action
A Rocknroll Dance looks to have a couple of smart second crop 2-year-olds in North America this year, with Rockn Philly and Proof impressive winners of their respective Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) divisions on August 5.
The Jim King Jr. trained Rockn Philly showed a brilliant turn of foot in her $60,000 PASS division for 2-year-old fillies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, sprinting home late to win by four and a quarter lengths in a time of 1:53.4.
Rockn Philly is the winner of two of her four starts to date, having finished second in both her remaining race-day starts, for stakes-earnings of just over $55,000.
She is interestingly bred being out of the stakes winning Western Hanover mare Philadelphia - meaning she has the half siblings Wichita Hanover (dam of A Rocknroll Dance) and Western Hanover very close up in her pedigree.
Earlier at Harrah's Philadelphia, Proof was a comfortable winner over a smart field of colts and geldings. Leading from the quarter pole, the Brian Brown trained colt easily held his rivals at bay to record his second PASS win this year and take a new lifetime mark of 1:51.6.
The win was Proof's third from four race-day starts, with him also having finished second in his only other race to date. He is the winner of $70,482 in stakes-money so far this year.
Bred and raced by Diamond Creek Farm, Proof is the second foal of the $1.9 million dollar earning Real Artist mare Ginger And Fred.
Also worth a mention was the performance of Grand Teton, who was a somewhat unlucky, but certainly impressive, second in the $281,000 Cane Pace at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day - with the A Rocknroll Dance colt briefly held up in the run home and race timed in 1:47.8 for the mile.
Another Diamond Creek Farm homebred, Grand Teton is the winner of almost $265,000 in stakes-money and is a half brother to the three-time Dan Patch Award winning mare Pure Country.