Horse Racing

Rock Your World Connections Hoping To ‘Right The Ship’ In Belmont Stakes




Grade 1 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby winner Rock Your World worked five furlongs Friday in a bullet 58.40 at Santa Anita, fastest of 32 drills at the distance and quicker by almost three seconds than the average time of 1:01.28 at the Arcadia, Calif., track.

“It was a good work,” said John Sadler, who trains the son of Candy Ride. “He ships to New York tomorrow.”

Rock Your World won his first two races on turf, then made his main track debut in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby April 3, leading throughout the 1 1/8 miles and earning a spot in the G1 Kentucky Derby on May 1.

Unfortunately, he was sandwiched at the start of the Run for Roses, never got untracked and finished 17th of 19.

“We hope to right the ship in the Belmont,” Sadler said.

Bred by Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally and his wife, Deborah, Rock Your World was produced from the Empire Maker mare, Charm the Maker. Racing for Hronis Racing LLC and Talla Racing, Rock Your World was a $650.000 purchase from the Winter Quarter Farm consignment at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes

PROBABLE (10): Bourbonic (Todd Pletcher / Kendrick Carmouche), Brooklyn Strong (Danny Velazquez / Jose Ortiz), Essential Quality (Brad Cox / Luis Saez), France Go de Ina (Hideyuki Mori / Ricardo Santana, Jr.), Hot Rod Charlie (Doug O’Neill / Flavien Prat), Known Agenda (Pletcher / Irad Ortiz Jr.), Overtook (Pletcher / Manny Franco), Rebel’s Romance (Charlie Appleby / Mike Smith), Rock Your World (John Sadler / Joel Rosario), Rombauer (Michael McCarthy / John Velazquez)

POSSIBLE (1): Keepmeinmind (Robertino Diodoro / David Cohen)





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