A Rocknroll Dance youngsters impress
First season sire A Rocknroll Dance is off to a flying start in North America with ten individual 2-year-old winners in the past week, including the stakes race winners Cuts Like A Knife and Grand Teton.
The Bruce Saunders trained filly Cuts Like A Knife delivered on the promise she had shown in her earlier qualifiers with a huge performance in a $53,018 division of the Meadow Cheer Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows on August 8.
Last at the half way point, Cuts Like A Knife stormed home four wide to defeat the previously unbeaten, two-time PASS winner Double A Mint in a smart 1:53.8 mile rate, with fellow A Rocknroll Dance filly Scuola Hanover third.
It was her second win to date, taking her earnings to $36,609.
A $55,000 Lexington yearling sale purchase, Cuts Like A Knife is the first foal of the stakes placed Somebeachsomewhere mare Whetsone Hanover, a half sister to the former New Jersey Sires Stakes 2YO Fillies Final winner and $489,000 earner, Ace Of Pace.
Earlier in the week, the regally bred Grand Teton (pictured) made it three stakes race wins from as many starts with a determined win in a division of The Stallion Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
The half brother to the champion mare Pure Country did the hard way too, coming first over at the half way mark to sit outside the leader, eventually wearing the pace-maker down in the straight to score by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.6.
Others winners for A Rocknroll Dance in the past week included Band Stand in 1:54.2 at The Red Mile, Spear Point and Record Machine both at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, Rock N Jo Z in 1:54.2 at Hoosier Park, Sidewalk Dancer in 1:53.2, Larry Karr in 1:55.2, and also Legendary Ron and Platinum.
A Rocknroll Dance is the sire of 18 individual juvenile winners to date and is currently the third equal leading sire overall of 1:55 and faster 2-year-old winners.