Repo Rocks takes the Toboggan under Andrew Wolfsont (Joe Labozzetta)
NYRA Press Office
OZONE PARK, N.Y.— Double B Racing Stables’ Repo Rocks and jockey Andrew Wolfsont both secured their first graded wins with an emphatic 8 1/2-length score in Saturday’s Grade 3 Toboggan at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Repo Rocks tracked a close third down the backstretch, sitting two lengths behind the early tempo of Pirate Rick. He made a three-wide move around the far turn, opening up a four-length advantage at the stretch call and completing the seven furlongs in 1:23.42 over the fast main track. The astonishing effort garnered a 111 Beyer Speed Figure.
The Toboggan was the third consecutive score for Repo Rocks since joining the stable of trainer Jamie Ness. The 5-year-old dark bay or brown son of Tapiture joined Ness in November and captured the Let’s Give Thanks on November 23 and the Blitzen on January 4 – both at Parx Racing – en route to the Toboggan.
Ness said he believes Repo Rocks could be even more effective when stretching out with an eye towards a start in the $125,000 Stymie, a one-turn mile for older horses on February 25 at the Big A.
“I think seven-eighths to a one-turn mile will hit him right between the eyes,” said Ness. “All options are on the table, but I’m looking at the Stymie. I think that race would be a perfect fit for him.”
The Grade 3 General George on February 18 at Laurel Park also could be a potential landing spot for Repo Rocks, but Ness said he plans on pointing multiple stakes-placed Yodel E. A. Who to the seven-furlong test.
Repo Rocks was second in last year’s Toboggan before finishing a distant third in the six-furlong Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct while being trained by Juan Vazquez. He picked up more stakes placings when he moved to the barn of conditioner Gregory DiPrima, finishing third behind Life Is Good in the Grade 2 John A. Nerud in July at Belmont Park and second in the restricted Tale of the Cat in August at Saratoga Race Course.
Bred in Virginia by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, III, Repo Rocks is out of the Not For Love mare Hawaiian Love. He boasts a 32-7-6-6 record and $570,871 in earnings.