07/29/2016 8:43PM

Tioga Downs: Rock The Boat takes New York Sire Stakes division on debut

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Fred J. Brown
Rock The Boat made his first start a winning one in his New York Sire Stakes event

Rock The Boat, making his debut off three qualifiers at the Meadowlands, clicked off a 1:52 4/5 mile to lead the way in the trio of New York Sire Stakes splits for 2-year-old colt pacers on Friday night at Tioga Downs.  The Ron Burke barn bagged the other two splits with Miso Fast, who is now three-for-three in his career, and Rock It Scott.

Driven by Jim Marohn Jr., Rock The Boat was up to grab the lead past the 26 4/5 opening quarter in the final $37,966 section, then went on to reach the half in 56 3/5 and the three-quarters in 1:24 2/5.  Pointomygranson (Jim Morrill Jr.) attacked Rock The Boat from first-over on the way to three-quarters, but dropped back into the pocket on the final bend, leaving Very Special Agent (Jason Bartlett) on the outside to try and challenge.  It was futile, though, as Rock The Boat poured it on through the lane on his way to the win.  Very Special Agent wound up second, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, and Octane Blue Chip (Phil Fluet) finished third.

Ross Croghan trains Rock The Boat, a Rock N Roll Heaven colt, for co-owner/breeder Let It Ride Stables Inc. and co-owner Dana Parham.  He is the second foal out of millionaire Badlands Hanover mare Tug River Princess.  Her first offspring was Masterson (Bettor's Delight, $116,245).  Rock The Boat, the even-money choice, paid $4.30.

Back in the $37,966 opener, Miso Fast (Morrill Jr.) rallied impressively off a second-over trip to prevail by a length and three-quarters in 1:53 1/5.  Fellow Burke trainee Offdahook Bluechip (Joe Bongiorno) was up for second, and windsong Napoleon (Scott Coulter), who led during the middle-half of the race, wound up third.

Miso Fast, who has earned $57,878 from his three triumphs, is a Roll With Joe colt owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables, LLC.  A $125,000 Lexington buy, Miso Fast is out of Sakura Hanover (Artsplace), making him a half-brother to a pair of stakes winners in Forty Five Red (If I Can Dream, $532,537) and Thirty Two Red (Bettor's Delight, $349,055).  Miso Fast returned $2.50 to win.

The other $37,266 sire stakes test went to Rock It Scott (Bongiorno) in 1:54 1/5.  Rock It Scott led at the 28 second opening quarter, but yielded to favored Music Is Art (Morrill Jr.), who recovered from a quick break, at the 57 2/5 half.  Bongiorno had his charge back on the outside to challenge at the 1:25 2/5 three-quarters, and after clearing Music Is Art, Rock It Scott drew off to score by 4 1/2 lengths. Willie Joe Hill (Pat Lachance) was next, followed by Americanfirewater (Marohn Jr.).

Another colt by Roll With Joe, Rock It Scott is also owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables, LLC.  Rock It Scott, now two-for-three in the win column with $39,645 banked, is out of the Chief Marty mare Vanite Semalu, which makes him a half-brother to Bettor N Better (Bettor's Delight, $481,986).  Rock It Scott paid $5.80.