“He went a big mile, at the wire he was just starting to get going. If we went around again he was still going to win,” said Yannick Gingras moments after Rockin Ron defeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $244,000 ConfederationCup.
“I was ultra impressed by him. I never touched him with the whip,” added Gingras who sent the four-year-old son of Real Desire to the front early from post four.
Trevor Henry had Rockin In Heaven on the move on the outside and cleared the leader as they came out of the first turn, but Gingras quickly reclaimed control to get the field by the opening quarter in :26.2.
He continued on top by the half in :55.3 with stablemate My Hero Ron and Matt Kakaley first up followed by Wiggle It Jiggleit who left from the second tier in post nine.
Montrell Teague pulled the right line on Wiggle It as they headed down the backside a second time and he was at the leader’s wheel at the 1:23.3 third panel but simply could not catch him through the lane as Rockin Ron turned it on and hit the wire in 1:50.1, a new track, stakes and Canadian record.
Wiggle It Jiggleit had to be content with second this night followed by Rodeo Romeo, Rockin In Heaven and National Seelster.
Rockin Ron remains undefeated this season with this his 10th consecutive win on the year. Ron Burke shares ownership with Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables. Tonight’s victory put the gelding’s earnings at $217,000 on the year and $341,000 lifetime.
Purchased by his current owners late last year, Rockin Ron is the second foal from Im All A Roan, a roan mare by Sportsmaster who is a full sister to Just By Design ($388,000) and Schmatie ($196,000). His fourth dam is JEFS Eternity who earned $569,000 more than three decades ago and is the dam of $1.6 million winner Immortality.
“I was a little concerned, I told Ronnie before the race, I’ve been in this race before and no one went to the front, everybody was coming from behind and the front look tiring,” shared Gingras.
“He told me that the right horse hadn’t been on the front yet. So he said don’t worry about it, just race him. He sure was right.”
It was a good evening for Gingras who drove in five races on the card and won three and was third in another.
“Very impressive, :26.3 (final) quarter tonight, that’s a very good quarter. Yannick really thought he had more left so that’s another step in the right direction,” said Burke.
”Now we start to figure out where we go from here. We were going to go to Graduate I’m pretty sure that’s what we’ll do.”
It was the 38th edition of the Confederation Cup, the signature race at the half-mile oval near Dundas, Ontario. On hand to present the trophy was the track’s former owner Charlie Juravinski.