11/17/2012 12:07AM

Maywood: Pet Rock comes up big in the Windy City

Derick Giwner
Pet Rock is just $21,116 away from $1 million in career earnings.

Pet Rock rolled into town seeking an elusive stakes win. It had been a long time since he won the Art Rooney at Yonkers on June 2 and he was playing the role of bridesmaid way too often. That all changed on Friday at Maywood Park when he easily bested his competition in the $215,000 Windy City Pace.

A Rocknroll Dance made the front off the first turn but soon found himself chasing from the pocket behind Pet Rock. Once in charge before the quarter in 27 2/5, the Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee got away with soft middle fractions of 56 and 1:24 3/5.

Dynamic Youth made a mild first over attempt but he was the only horse to come close to Pet Rock, who sprinted clear with ease to post a 1:51 4/5 victory.

“I kicked the ear plugs and he just paced away,” said winning driver Doug Mcnair.

Owned by Frank Bellino, Pet Rock increased his lifetime bankroll to $978,884 with the open-length score over Dynamic Youth and A Rocknroll Dance.

Earlier on the card, Hambletonian winner Market Share went the uncovered route to romp in a track record 1:54 4/5 over seven others in the $108,000 Galt stakes.

Scoring his 10th victory in 20 seasonal starts, he joined the rare seasonal $2 million club, ending his 2012 campaign at $2,037,655 for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, T L P Stable and William Augustine.

“He’s come so far from his 2-year-old to 3-year-old seasons and I hope he’ll get bigger and stronger for next year,” said Toscano on the future for Market Share.

Adding to the impressive winners on Friday was Big Mcdeal. The 3-year-old pacing filly flashed early speed and refused to give in to a late charge from Eighthunrdolarbill in capturing the $83,000 Cinderella.

She was guided to the 1:51 4/5 stakes record clocking by Jody Jamieson, who admitted she was hard to handle.

“I had to muscle her pretty good to get her to relax,” said Jamieson.

Kicking off the stakes action at Maywood was the $110,000 Abe Lincoln for rookie pacers. Our Dragon King flashed speed at both ends of the mile and overcame bad cover to post a solid 1:54 2/5 win.