09/09/2015 4:36PM

Marks: Final crop of Rocknroll Hanover hit the sales

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Rocknroll Hanover ranks second among pacing sires in 2015. His progeny have earned $9,200,220.

The final crop of the prematurely deceased world champion and sire Rocknroll Hanover will go under the hammer at the Lexington and Harrisburg sales in October and early November.

That crop, despite numbering just 44 in total, features some spectacular individuals and pedigrees, and for the first time all have Pennsylvania eligibility.

Rocknroll Hanover succumbed to a severe gastric intestinal disorder in March of 2013 while standing stud as a Perretti Farms-leased Pennsylvania property. Despite being rushed to Mid-Atlantic Clinic, he was unable to be saved. A foal of 2002, Rocknroll Hanover was but 11 years old at the time of his demise.

The first 2-year-old ever to breach the 1:50 mark, Rocknroll Hanover emerged as the 3-year-old pacing champion of 2005 by virtue of major stakes victories in the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and  Breeders Crown.

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A first crop son of Western Ideal from the noted mare Rich n Elegant, Rocknroll Hanover was an instant success at stud, getting horse of the year Rock N Roll Heaven from his first crop. That crop also featured Rockin Image, a major stakes winner and current sire revelation in Indiana responsible for 3-year-old 1:48-winning performers Freaky Feet Pete and Rockin Good in his first crop.

Other superstars by Rocknroll Hanover include stallions A Rocknroll Dance (Wichita Hanover), Pet Rock (Casual Beauty) plus the brilliant fillies Put On A Show (Stienams Place) and I Luv The Nitelife (Lisjune)

Among the most scrutinized of Rocknroll Hanover’s final crop of 44 will be Stealth Bomber (HIP 68). A full brother to Rock N Roll Heaven from Artistic Vision, he is selling in the Hunterton consignment of the Lexington Selected Sale at Fasig Tipton. If he looks the part, the colt should sell exceedingly well.

One who won't be selling but would certainly garner attention is Thor, the first foal of Heaven's Bettorhalf, the Bettor's Delight sister to Rock N Roll Heaven.  He is owned by the Bellino family and is slated to be retained and raced by Frank and managing son Joe. For the genetic record, Thor would be a three-quarter brother in blood to the Bellino stalwart Rock N Roll Heaven.

Slated for Harrisburg is Baberhood Hanover, the only Rocknroll Hanover filly from Baberhood (Real Desire-Babe Watching), who gained a measure of immortality when her $3,000 American Ideal yearling son He's Watching equaled the 1:46 4/5 all-time world record in the Meadowlands Pace last year. Baberhood has one other foal by American Ideal named Tom Hill, who just won at Mohawk in 1:54 1/5 as a 2-year-old. Baberhood Hanover will likely sell for far more than did her brother He's Watching.

Another who won't be sold but would have attracted optimum attention at either Lexington or Harrisburg is Hot Legs, the first and only Rocknroll Hanover foal from the Beach Towel mare Graceful Motion. Hot Legs is a sister to the redoubtable Real Artist pair of Fred And Ginger and Ginger And Fred, winners of nearly $3 million between them. Something tells me Team Burke would have been all over that young lady.

Slated for Harrisburg is Sweetest Emotion (HIP 449), a Rocknroll Hanover filly from Sweet Paprika, she an Artiscape sister to Sweet Lou and Better Sweet—those two with over $6 million banked collectively. It's hard to gauge the price she might bring, though it's not hard to figure just which of the major players might be looking at her.

Deo Volente Farms sends Rock And Be Seen (HIP 95) to Harrisburg. He's a brother to the productive Delaware-bred filly Gigi Deo by Riggins and will certainly have his share of lookers. The dam, See And Be Seen, is a sister to Well Said from the wonderful producer Must See. He'll be in the Northwood consignment.

HIP 188 at Lexington, Ozzy Blue Chip (Rocknroll Hanover-Ascending), may or may not be a top stakes candidate, but he sure seems like a racing candidate. All of Ascending's foals make the races and make money.

There are some that I have familiarity with as the dams were all at Perretti Farms at one time or another. Classicrockallstar, a sister to this year's NJSS filly champion Blue Moon Stride, has the credentials to be any kind as her dam Classic Star is a full sister to Bettor's Delight and Roll With Joe. She'll be in Harrisburg on the Concord Stud consignment as HIP 574.

Then there's Rockin Style (HIP 406, Harrisburg) from Mcgrin N Mcbare It, a sister to McGibson, dam of Boston Red Rocks. Mcgrin N Mcbare It overcame all sorts of adversity, like stifle surgery and the loss of an eye while in training, yet she still made the races. She had some grit, which is often transferrable.

There is also Starz Rocker (HIP 245, Harrisburg), a colt from the near $400,000-winning Four Starz Horndog, a Meadows open mare mainstay forever. Plus Lima Commando, a Rocknroll Hanover from Cold Mist, she a daughter or Cold And Clear, a multiple producer of racehorses.

As the last of the Rocknroll Hanover yearlings are sold and raced, it truly marks the end of an era.

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