Rock Me Baby Romps at SA
WPT’s handsome dark bay, Rock Me Baby, posted a huge number (92 Beyer Speed Figure) in crushing a starter allowance field at Santa Anita on Sunday. He's now two for two after breaking his maiden at Hollywood Park on December 13.
Dispatched as the second choice, Rock Me Baby was quickest into stride and established a comfortable lead down the backside. Heavy favorite Field Report challenged him on the turn, but RMB switched leads and kicked clear to win by a comfortable five and three quarter lengths. The final time for the seven furlongs was a snappy 1:22.36. Jockey Edwin Maldonado simply had this horse on cruise control.
Terry Finley on the undefeated runner:
First of all I want to congratulate and thank all the Partners. It’s been a patience testing journey with this horse, but it’s paid off. We knew when we bought him he had an abundance of natural talent -- he’s finally in a spot to start showing that talent.
Craig Dollase has done a fantastic job with Rock Me Baby. It’s a difficult task to have a horse primed for a big effort when you’re battling to get races to go. He was ready to run three weeks ago, and we pointed for a race that kept being brought back as an extra and was eventually not used. It takes a special trainer to be able to have a horse “on go” and ready to perform when race dates are unpredictable.
If Rock Me Baby can continue posting these type of numbers, he has a legitimate shot to be a stakes performer. Taking a step back though, we love the fact that he’s still eligible for the CA-bred “a other than” allowance, which carries a purse of $58,000. I’d be willing to bet he’ll be the big, big favorite in there. If he gets the job done again, there are a number of solid Cal-bred stakes all year long statewide.
Purchased at the 2011 Barretts March 2-Year-Old in Training Sale Rock Me Baby is by Rock Hard Ten out of the graded stakes placed Tale of the Cat mare Barbara Orr.
This horse is a prime example of the ever important virtue of patience in this sport -- not every horse comes out firing the summer of their juvenile year. They’re all different -- that’s a big part of what makes racing so much fun.
Rock Me Baby registered the fifth win from 17 starts (29%) this year for WPT. Runner
s are hitting the board at a solid 59% clip.