08/21/2016 4:16PM

Hippodrome 3R: Soft half the key in Rockin Ron's Prix D'Été triumph

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Quebec Jockey Club
Rockin Ron now has a pair of wins over Wiggle It Jiggleit in Canada this season

Rockin Ron, who beat Wiggle It Jiggleit earlier this year in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, did it again in Sunday afternoon's $200,000 Prix D'Été for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec.

Driven by Yannick Gingras, Rockin Ron was fastest away from the outside post five, and he was able get in front of Wiggle It Jiggleit before the 27 second opening quarter.  Gingras then slammed on the brakes in the second quarter, getting to the half in just 57 1/5 over the surface rated good and two seconds off due to heavy rain.

Wiggle It Jiggleit was sent on the attack out of the pocket just past the half, and Rockin Ron and Wiggle It Jiggleit would battle side-by-side to three-quarters in 1:23 4/5.  Rockin Ron put the outside challenge away on the far turn, and with Gingras celebrating through the stretch, Rockin Ron would go on to prevail by a length and a half in 1:52 1/5.  Wiggle It Jiggleit followed in second, with Rockin In Heaven (Jody Jamieson), Rock N Roll World (Dan Dube), and ASAP Hanover (Philippe-Louis Roy) rounding out the order.

"Obviously Wiggle It Jiggleit was the best horse in the race - I knew that, everybody knew that," Gingras said.  "We got a little bit of an advantage there when I made the front, and I was able to control the race.

"I knew that was the only way I could win the race, if he did pull the two-hole.  If he'd have sat behind me, I think he maybe would have beat me, but I was going pretty slow.  I was forcing his hand.  Like I said, I thought that the only way I could beat him is to have him outside of me the last half."

Ron Burke trains Rockin Ron, a gelded son of Real Desire, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and Rtc Stables Inc.  This was his 20th career victory, and he has now earned C$549,768.  Sent off at 14-1, and racing as part of an entry with Rock N Roll World, he paid $30.40 to win.

"Yannick was driving the horse as perfect as he could have done.  Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled and tried to go at them.  They did their best, and they put on a hell of a show," offered winning assistant trainer Mickey Burke Jr.  "I'm really glad it worked out the way it did, but the best thing is that everybody got to see a good, solid race.  With a five-horse field, I was a little worried about it just being a dominant thing.

"Our advantage was having the rain and everything, it probably made it a little slower of a race.  He raced great at Flamboro, he raced great tonight, and he's been a great horse for us.  I really love the horse."