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Slim Russ
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« on: December 05, 2012, 10:27:07 AM »

Last year, by the time the Cleveland Classic was contested, all the big dogs in the division had already been retired or put to bed. RWJ, BBJ, UTC, Alsace, Cheddar and Big Jim were out of the picture. The Classic drew ten second and third stringers and was won by Westwardho.

This year’s three-year-old pacing class has taken some heat for being mediocre, but four of them are still standing for the Classic: TOL, Dance, Duer and Pet Rock. Rockin Finish and Mortal Zin fill out the field.

TOL has made more starts—23—than any colt in the top twenty-five earning's category except for Bettor’s Edge. His two open stakes wins came in the NA Cup and the Bluegrass. But he’s been close enough to grab the number two money spot. Just recently he was second to HBC in the Matron and second to the same one in the Progress. Thinking Out Loud made two starts in the KYSS and did not start in the Hempt, Battle or Simcoe.

It’s surprising that millionaire Dance only won four times, with the Pace, Hempt and Battle being his open stakes wins. Things have gone downhill since he won the Battle of Brandy on Aug 19. He had throat surgery prior to the Tattersalls.
During the stretch between the NA Cup eliminations and the BC eliminations—19 weeks—A Rocknroll Dance raced fifteen times: Cup elim & final, Hempt elim & final, Pace elim & final, Adios elim & final, Battle of B, Simcoe, Jug elim & final, Bluegrass, Tattersalls, BC elim.

He drew outside the four eleven times during that period. He drew posts 7-12 nine times. Unlike all of his competitors for division honors, there were no soft touches built into his schedule. He took on the iron every time out.

Pet Rock didn’t race in the Jug, Adios or Hempt, but he did race in the Confederation Cup and Cane. He recently beat Dance in the Windy City. He also won the Rooney. He finished second in the Pace, Battle and Cane. Pet Rock started 21 times.

Duer didn’t start in the Jug, Battle, Bluegrass, Tattersalls or Hempt. He had a lighter schedule than the others, with 18 starts. He recently beat Pet Rock in the Messenger. Duer also won the Adios, Simpson and KYSS final.

The field is a lot shorter than last year but the quality is way up.

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 02:52:45 PM »

Dance draws the outside post. At least he’s consistent. TOL draws the rail, again.

2012 $130,000 Cleveland Classic Field:

1. Thinking Out Loud -- Tr.: Robert McIntosh - Dr.: David Miller 2-1
2. Pet Rock -- Tr.: Virgil Morgan, Jr. - Dr.: Douglas McNair 4-1
3. Bolt The Duer -- Tr.: Peter Foley - Dr.: Mark McDonald 7-2
4. Rockin Finish -- Tr.: Virgil Morgan, Jr. - Dr.: Tyler Smith 12-1
5. Mortal Zin -- Tr.: Ron Burke - Dr.: Matt Kakaley 15-1
6. A Rocknroll Dance -- Tr.: Jim Mulinix - Dr.: Peter Wrenn 6-1

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 02:56:58 PM »

THINKING OUT LOUD ....WILL SEAT THEM ALL


PURPLE MAN ,,BUCKEYE STATE,,HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE,,AND DA RAIL..


6/5 MAYBE
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 03:28:10 PM »

Maverick McNair will press out hard from the inside looking for the pocket.To me Pet Rock thrives of this trip.....the catch is there will be another Canuck in there with the same game plan....should be one hell of a tilt....Its quite a feat of endurance and will for some of these who have battled it out since early summer....coming up with 3yold of 2013 is tough for me dunno
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 06:19:18 PM »

THINKING OUT LOUD ....WILL SEAT THEM ALL


PURPLE MAN ,,BUCKEYE STATE,,HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE,,AND DA RAIL..


6/5 MAYBE

Agree- racing for 2nd

more like 4-5
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 06:43:35 PM »

Pet Rock has been consistently good on the small tracks. He won the Rooney off a pocket trip behind Duer. He won his Confederation Cup elimination at Flamboro from off the pace when Zeron, Jamieson and Ouellette played the part of the three stooges on the front end and killed each other off. Sears came up the passing with Pet Rock. Sears raced him hard on or around the front end in the final but Zeron came up the passing lane to beat him. PR wired a 10K open field at Delaware on Jug day, winning by sixteen.

Duer turned the tables on PR in the Messenger, allowing the latter to make the mile and get beat. Duer also qualified at YR in the spring. Pet Rock and Duer have proven themselves on half-mile tracks.

Dance was third in his Jug elimination from the seven and sixth in the final from the five. The outside posts killed off any chance he had. He finished fourth in the Messenger and third in the Windy City.

TOL finished fourth in his Jug elimination and fourth from the outside in the final.

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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2012, 08:22:50 PM »

Pet Rock has been consistently good on the small tracks. He won the Rooney off a pocket trip behind Duer. He won his Confederation Cup elimination at Flamboro from off the pace when Zeron, Jamieson and Ouellette played the part of the three stooges on the front end and killed each other off. Sears came up the passing with Pet Rock. Sears raced him hard on or around the front end in the final but Zeron came up the passing lane to beat him. PR wired a 10K open field at Delaware on Jug day, winning by sixteen.

Duer turned the tables on PR in the Messenger, allowing the latter to make the mile and get beat. Duer also qualified at YR in the spring. Pet Rock and Duer have proven themselves on half-mile tracks.

Dance was third in his Jug elimination from the seven and sixth in the final from the five. The outside posts killed off any chance he had. He finished fourth in the Messenger and third in the Windy City.

TOL finished fourth in his Jug elimination and fourth from the outside in the final.




  I agree.......if Doug drives him right, Pet Rock is the 2012 winner !!





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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2012, 05:09:37 PM »

Jim Mulinix says ARNRD showed traces of blood after the Windy City. He’s first time Lasix in the Classic.
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