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rocknroll hanover

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p,2,1:49.4s; 3,1:48.3
Western Ideal
Rich N Elegant
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Direct Scooter

Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms of Hanover, Pennsylvania, 2005 Horse of the Year and world champion pacer Rocknroll Hanover was foaled on April 2, 2002. He was sold to Jeffrey S. Snyder of New York, New York for $190,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's Yearling Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 3, 2003. Trained by Brett Pelling and driven by Brian Sears, Rocknroll Hanover raced in 2004 and 2005, and accumulated a lifetime record of 26-15-5-5. At the time of his retirement, Rocknroll Hanover was the fastest two-year-old Standardbred in history, the 3rd leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time (currently 6th) and the 11th leading all-time moneywinning pacer.

In September 2004, two-year-old Rocknroll Hanover brought a modest record of 4-1-0-2 and 31-1 odds to the $1.2 million (Canadian) Metro Stakes final at Woodbine, and left with $466,543 (U.S.) and the distinction of being the first two-year-old in Standardbred history to have broken the 1:50 mark (1:49.4s). One week later Rocknroll Hanover finished in a dead heat in the Champlain Stakes, and completed his season with a record of 8-3-1-3 and total earnings of $530,781.

Rocknroll Hanover never finished off the board during his 2005 sophomore campaign, winning 12 of 18 and garnering $2,223,257 in earnings. His richest victories included the New Jersey Classic, North America Cup ($1.5 million Canadian), Meadowlands Pace (in record time), Simcoe Stakes, Bluegrass, Tattersalls Pace, James B. Dancer Memorial and Breeders Crown. Rocknroll Hanover's Meadowlands Pace victory made him the first Standardbred horse in history to win three million-dollar races (U.S. or Canada).

Rocknroll Hanover was a shuttle stallion with total North American foal earnings of over $31 million. He sired three millionaires: 2010 Little Brown Jug winner and Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven p,3,1:47.3 ($2,748,818), 2009 She's A Great Lady and 2010 Breeders Crown winner Put On A Show p,3,1:49.4 ($2,008,132) and Ticket To Rock p,4,1:50.3f ($1,003,203), winner of the 2010 Bluegrass and Glen Garnsey Memorial. Rocknroll Hanover's home base was Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, New Jersey. He was owned by Jeffrey S. Snyder, Perretti Farms and Lothlorien Equestrian Centre in Ontario.

Rocknroll Hanover died in 2013.