05/15/2016 10:45PM

Flamboro Downs: Rockin Ron keeps Wiggle It Jiggleit at bay to win Confederation Cup

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Garnet Barnsdale
Driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke both had high praise for Rockin Ron after his Confederation Cup victory

Rockin Ron improved his 2016 record to 10-for-10 and turned back a final quarter challenge of Wiggle It Jiggleit to win the $244,000 Confederation Cup for 4-year-old pacers on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs.

Starting from post four, Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) let Rockin In Heaven (Trevor Henry) clear early, but then moved to the lead before the 26 2/5 opening quarter.  Rockin Ron would go on to get the half in 55 3/5 with fellow Ron Burke trainee My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) positioned first-over and Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) on his cover.

Rockin Ron continued to show the way at three-quarters, which went on the board in 1:23 3/5, but Wiggle It Jiggleit was three-wide to get around My Hero Ron and was only a length behind.

In the final quarter Wiggle It Jiggleit tried to mount a rally on the pace-setter, but Rockin Ron had a 26 3/5 final quarter left to prevail by three-parts of a length in 1:50 1/5.  Rodeo Romeo (Brett Miller) got third.

"He went a big mile.  At the wire he honestly was just starting to get going," said Gingras.  "If we went around again he was going to win anyway.  I never touched him with the whip.  I was ultra impressed by him.

"I was able to cross right over, but 26 2/5, 55, those are no easy fractions.  1:23 3/5, and he had 26 on the end of it to come home, so you've got to give credit to the horse.  He put in a big performance."

Burke trains Rockin Ron, a gelded son of Real Desire, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and RTC Stables Inc., all of Pennsylvania.  This was his 19th win overall, and he has now earned well over $300,000.  He paid $3.60 as the 4-5 second choice.

"That's very impressive.  26 3/5 tonight is a very good quarter, and Yannick really thought that he had more left," offered Burke.  "This is another step in the right direction. Now we start to try to figure out where we go from here.

"We were going to go to the Graduate next week.  I'm sure that's what we'll do, but I'm pretty much a week-to-week guy."

JungLisss4Life More than 1 year ago
Totally agree
Maria Chang More than 1 year ago
wiggle needs a top driver
Michael Zeisler More than 1 year ago
Hard to tell youre son I'm going to replace you,especially with all the wins you,be had together.Can only imagine what Tetriick or one of the other top guns would do on wiggle it .Guess family first
Diego Brower More than 1 year ago
Still the trailing position hurt. Wiggle has gone 1.49 flat on the half 1.49 and change twice in the jug on the same day and 1.49 at Northfield. Getting beat in 1.50 from the nine hole by a sharp Ron Burke horse on the engine is no shame. But yes with Tetrick or Merriman or Bartlett all gate catchers , wiggle it would have being right behind the rail horse who left and had the lead or on the move before the half. He will destroy that Burke horse whom you will hear nothing about once he gets on the big track in a contested pace.
JungLisss4Life More than 1 year ago
Agree