Rock it Out and Brandon Bates timed the wire just right to score a mild upset in the $17,500 Fillies and Mares Open 2 Pace Wednesday, Sept. 1 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The duo covered the mile distance in 1:51.0.
Starting from post two, Rock it Out used her inside post to her advantage and got away behind Moneymakehersmile and Trace Tetrick, the race favorites. Fractions of :26.3, :55.0 and 1:23.2 were set up as the field turned for home. Rock It Out kicked into gear and was able to move up through the inside to score the win by a neck over Moneymakehersmile. Image of a Dream and Rick Plano closed well in the lane to finish third.
Rock it Out paid $13.20 for the win. The four-year-old Rockin Image mare is owned by D and R Racing Stable and trained by Donna Holt. Cornerstone Stock Farm bred the Indiana sired mare, who is a half sister to three-year-old standout Saddle Up, who took a mark of 1:50.3 in a qualifier earlier this season.
Rock it Out also scored a new lifetime best in the event. She is now four for 12 in 2021 and pushed her career earnings over $115,000 for her connections.
Also on the card were two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Scoring wins in the event were Treasure Gems K and Sam Widger in a time of 1:54.4 and Ima Diamond Babe and James Yoder in a time of 1:55.0. Treasure Gems K, a daughter of Encore Encore, is trained by Norm Parker for the ownership of Norm Parker Stable and Thomas Klosky Jr. Yoder also trains Ima Diamond Babe and co-owns the Guccio filly with his wife Cheyenne.