When they turned for home in Saturday’s Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, track announcer Michael Wrona exclaimed, “And Rock Me Baby is nowhere to be seen!”
The horse was off the tv screen, but not for long. Rock Me Baby closed from last and showed an amazing burst of speed to get up just in time under Corey Nakatani.
Now a multiple stakes winner, the 6-year-old Cal-bred son of Rock Hard Ten has career earnings of $463,602. The biggest win of his career came in the 2014 California Dreamin’ Handicap at Del Mar.
The Albany Stakes was identified as a target off the layoff to prepare “Rocky” for the upcoming Del Mar meet. His last start came in the City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita. An ankle injury prevented him from participating in the Breeders’ Cup, and he was rested on the farm before returning to trainer Craig Dollase’s barn in March.
“I was afraid it would be a little short, but I was hoping that class would tell a lot in the final 16th,” Dollase said. “There was nothing for us at home, this was on turf and we needed to get a race under his belt. I call it worth three workouts.”
“This horse has a lot of talent,” Nakatani said. “They were cooking right along down the backside, so I wasn’t too worried about it. He’s a route horse, and I didn’t want to get his momentum stopped once I got him started.”
Rock Me Baby is all racehorse. He tries every time and has hit the board in 14 of 19 starts. Several of his Partners made the trip to Golden Gate on Saturday, and it was great to see them in the winner’s circle with their stakes winner and celebrating with champagne after the race.
Keep an eye out for Rock Me Baby where the “surf meets the turf” this summer.