Rock On Luke rolls with a flashy turn-of-foot to wire the $100,000 M.P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile at Parx

October 14, 2021

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BENSALEM, Pa. – On an overcast day with a fast dirt track, Rock On Luke piloted by Paco Lopez flew from the outside post first and quickly took the lead on the rail to set the pace by a length and a half. With Lord Winsalot on his right flank, Galerio, Senior Investment and Informative were five lengths back a nose apart coming around the clubhouse turn. 

Setting a first quarter of :23.2 with Rock On Luke still in command they headed up the backstretch at a fast clip with Galerio moving up on Lord Winsalot, Tyler Conner aboard, with two groups of three following five lengths back and about ten lengths back. 

Informative made a move into fourth with Galerio coming up on Lord Winsalot on the inside coming to the top of the backstretch with the two clusters behind beginning to break up. They posted :47 flat for the half mile as Galerio with Ruben Silvera up began to make his move to pass Lord Winsalot on the inside with Rock On Luke still in the lead, Informative in fourth coming into the turn.

Rock On Luke with Paco Lopez aboard won the $100,000 M.P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on October 12, 2021. Finishing second was #4 Galerio. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Rock On Luke in control with Galerio close behind being challenged by Prince of Rain who finished fourth. (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)

At the top of the stretch turn it was Rock On Luke with a Galerio two lengths behind. Four runners were across vying for third place—Prince of Rain ahead on the rail with Senior Investment just inside, Kendrick Carmouche in the irons, with Lord Winsalot a length behind on the outside a nose ahead of Informative ridden by Dexter Haddock. 

It was Rock On Luke who rolled to the finish by 5 1/5 lengths in a flashy turn-of-foot as he wired the field. Galerio ran a game second with Informative finishing third ahead of Prince of Rain. Final time was 1:37.16 for the one-mile test.

Senior Investment faded and was passed by I Am Redeemed to finish sixth. Lord Winsalot faded to the back and finished second to last.

Phat Man, Someday Jones and Empty Tomb complete the order of finish. 

Rock On Luke paid $12.00, 5.60 and 5.20. Galerio paid $5.40 and 4.00 with Informative paying a tasty $14.00 for the show. 

The chestnut is by Conveyance out of the Grand Slam mare Slammin Beauty, Rock On Luke was bred in in Kentucky by Samuel Santiago. The 4-year-old gelding is campaigned by Jennifer M. Truehart and trained by Regina Brennan. 

Rock On Luke was sold at the Keeneland January 2018 Horses of All Ages Sale for $7,500. To date his record is 15 starts with 5 firsts, 5 seconds and 3 thirds with earnings of $257,260. 

Winning his first stakes and earning Black Type, Rock On Luke finished fourth in the Parx Dirt Mile on Sept. 25 and a respectable third in the Victory Gallop at Colonial Downs on Aug. 23. He also finished second in an AOC at Saratoga Aug. 6. 

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Racing continues at Parx Monday, October 18 with a ten-race card and Tuesday, October 19 with an eleven-race card. First post 12:55 PM.

New Inductees into the Parx Racing Hall of Fame at Parx Racing

Three trainers were inducted into the Parx Racing Hall of Fame at Parx Racing in Bensalem, PA on October 12, 2021. On far left is Robert “Butch” Reid, Jr., trainer of Breeders’ Cup winners Afleet Again and Vequist. In the middle is Patricia Farro, who has over 1,900 victories. And on the far left is Jim Malone, who accepted the award on behalf of Eugene Euster. Malone was the longtime assistant trainer for Euster, who trained My Juliet. Photo by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.

Three trainers were inducted into the Parx Racing Hall of Fame at Parx Racing in Bensalem, PA on October 12, 2021. On the far left is Robert “Butch” Reid, Jr., trainer of Breeders’ Cup winners Afleet Again and Vequist. In the middle is Patricia Farro, who has over 1,900 victories. And on the far left is Jim Malone, who accepted the award on behalf of Eugene Euster. Malone was the longtime assistant trainer for Euster, who trained My Juliet. 

Photo by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.

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Rock On Luke with Paco Lopez aboard won the $100,000 M.P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile at Parx on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)

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