Rocks Shining Star Breaks Through in Oak Grove Open

Rocks Shining Star
Published: April 8, 2024 09:27 pm EDT

Off a strong runner-up finish last week, Rocks Shining Star avenged his defeat with an aggressive trip to take the $40,541 Open Pace on Monday, April 8 at Oak Grove Gaming, Racing & Hotel. 

Leaving from post four, driver Devon Tharps launched Rocks Shining Star for the front and would not settle for the pocket to even-money favourite Hezzz A Wise Sky (Brandon Bates). Past a :26.2 first quarter, Rocks Shining Star pulled pocket and seized the lead before a :55 half. Rocks Shining Star stayed brave on the lead in a third-quarter sprint as No Lou Zing (Tony Hall) mounted a first-over attack. No Lou Zing stalled in his bid through three-quarters in 1:22.1 while Rocks Shining Star remained resolute and spun for home on a second wind, widening to a 2-1/2-length victory at the end of a 1:50.1 mile. Low Rider (Marvin Luna) rallied from last to take second with Hezzz A Wise Sky settling for third and No Lou Zing finishing fourth. 

Mickey Burke trains Rocks Shining Star, a five-year-old gelding by Rockin Image, for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Philip Collura. The pacer earned his 13th win from 62 starts and has now banked $183,448. He paid $10.28 to win.

Earlier on the card, Ainthesamewithoutu and driver Tony Hall scored a repeat victory with a much-the-best trip in the $40,541 Fillies & Mares Open Pace.

Hall charged Ainthesamewithoutu from post seven to the lead through a :26.2 first quarter before snagging a breather to a :55.3 half. Southwind Bella (Devon Tharps) pulled off the pylons while the tempo stayed slow and blitzed Ainthesamewithoutu to the backside. The duo duelled through three-quarters in 1:23 and all through the final turn until Ainthesamewithoutu dug deep in the straightaway and held firm on the lead to win by a length at the beam in 1:52.1. Southwind Bella settled for second with Soft Spot (Marvin Luna) charging home for third and Illusion Seelster (John MacDonald) riding a pocket trip for fourth. 

A five-year-old homebred mare by Sweet Lou, Ainthesamewithoutu has now won 18 times from 59 tries and accrued $390,528 in earnings for owner/trainer Anette Lorentzon. She paid $3.82 to win. 

Live harness racing continues at Oak Grove on Tuesday, April 9 and features a $30,000 USD Open Trot, carded as Race 5 on the 12-race card. First-race post time at Oak Grove is 3 p.m. (CDT). 

(With files from Oak Grove)

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