Two Indiana sired pacers kicked off the racing program Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Yonkers Raceway with a one-two finish in the $13,000 conditioned event. Betterrock and Jordan Stratton drove away from the field for the win in 1:52.4 with DP Realordeal rounding out the early Indiana exacta.
Betterrock was in no hurry out of the gate and slid over to the inside in the four hole as Quality Bud and Brent Holland took over the lead, posting the first fraction in :27.0. Able to get a breather to the half in :56.0, Betterrock instigated an outer flow of traffic to form led by Caviart Rockland and Jason Bartlett. When they stalled, horses moved three wide at the three-quarters in 1:24.2, including Betterrock and DP Realordeal, driven by Tyler Buter.
At the head of the lane, DP Realordeal, a four-year-old son of Real Desire, had the lead but Betterrock had the momentum. He strolled right on by to score the win by two and one-quarter lengths, a final quarter in :28.1 on the half mile oval. DP Realordeal was second over Aussie Hanover and Austin Siegelman for third.
Betterrock paid $5.50 for the win. The five-year-old son of Rockin Image is owned by Brian and Ira Wallach Racing of New Jersey. Tahnee Camilleri trains the gelding bred by Gary Graber. It was the eighth win of the year for Betterrock, who has 19 wins overall. His career best time of 1:49.1 was taken earlier this year at Scioto Downs. He has been with his current connections since June of this year.
Betterrock started his career off under the direction of Ernie Gaskin. He was stakes placed in the Indiana Sires Stakes program at two and three before moving to Ohio where he was an Open pacer. From there, he ventured to the East Coast and has been racing at Yonkers primarily the past two seasons. He now has more than $384,000 on his card. Consigned by Lloyd Wittmer, Betterrock was a $43,000 yearling purchase from the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale.