Labor Day highlighted by Cane Pace
Nichols, NY (Sports Network) - Leading 3-year-old pacer A Rocknroll Dance tops a field of nine for Monday's $322,716 Cane Pace at Tioga Downs. The mile race is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown.
The Cane Pace originally drew 11 entries with A Rocknroll Dance and Time To Roll accepting byes to the Labor Day final. Winning last week's elimination heat was Heston Blue Chip whose owners paid a $35,000 supplemental fee to enter the Cane.
A Rocknroll Dance will start from post six with Yannick Gingras driving. The colt won the Battle of the Brandywine at Harrah's Philadelphia in his most recent start. Earlier this season he won the Meadowlands Pace and Max Hempt Memorial, with a runner-up result in the Delvin Miller Adios.
Trained by Jim Mulinix for owner A RockNRoll Dance Stable, A Rocknroll Dance has banked $901,425 this year with four wins in 11 starts and has earned $1,764,750 in his career.
Time To Roll will be driven by Ron Pierce from post two for trainer Jimmy Takter. The colt finished second to Thinking Out Loud in the North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in June.
In nine starts this year Time To Roll has won three times for $503,125.
Local favorite Heston Blue Chip has drawn the far outside post with Tim Tetrick driving. The colt has won all seven starts at Tioga Downs for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano.
"He's a really nice horse who goes out every week and can pace in (1):48 or (1):49 and he'll be blown out by the time he reaches the paddock," Tetrick said following the elimination victory. "I can't say enough good things about this horse, he is such a pleasure to drive, it's like driving a Cadillac out there."
With nine wins in 10 starts this year, Heston Blue Chip has banked $448,681.
Here is the full field for the Cane Pace in post position order: Bettor's Edge, David Miller; Time To Roll, Ron Pierce; State Treasurer, Mark Macdonald; Dynamic Youth, George Brennan; Steelhead Hanover, Jim Morrill Jr.; A Rocknroll Dance, Yannick Gingras; Pet Rock, Brian Sears, Mybrothergeorge, Dan Noble and Heston Blue Chip, Tim Tetrick.
Post-time will be approximately 4:10 p.m. (ET).
Last year's Cane Pace was originally scheduled to be run at Tioga Downs in upstate New York. However, the track was forced to cancel the race cards for that week because of flooded roads and the 2011 Cane was held at Pocono Downs.
The Pacing Triple Crown will continue with the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, Sept. 20 and the Messenger Stakes on Saturday, Nov. 10. No Pan Intended in 2003 was the last 3-year-old to win the Triple Crown.
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