Rockin Amadeus Heads Saturday's NJSS

Published: May 16, 2013 04:21 pm EDT

Rockin Amadeus, who won the Breeders Crown at two, and the runner-up, Wake Up Peter, are among the headliners in the opening leg of New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacers on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

Both colts are sons of the late Rocknroll Hanover.

Rockin Amadeus, installed as the 2-1 morning line favourite in the $25,000 first division, carded as the fourth race, will start from Post 3 with Yannick Gingras driving for Jimmy Takter.

It will be Rockin Amadeus’ season’s debut after three qualifying victories. His last pari-mutuel outing was October 27, 2012 when he won the $600,000 Breeders Crown in 1:51.2.

He was turned out for the year with three wins, three seconds and one third from 10 starts, banking $445,440 for owner-breeder Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ont.

Rockin Amadeus has been pegged as the 6-1 third choice in the 2013 edition of Trot Magazine's annual NA Cup Spring Book.

Wake Up Peter, driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Tony Alagna, has been ranked the 8-5 morning line choice in the ninth race, the $25,500 second division for colts. He will start from Post 2 in his first effort of 2013, racing for the Wake Up Peter Partners of Millstone, NJ; Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY; Louis Willinger of Louisville, KY and Eagles Soar Partners of Staten Island, NY.

At two, he posted two wins, two seconds and one thirds from nine tries for earnings of $290,230.

One division of 11 fillies will face off in race 11, which has a purse of $45,500.

I Luv The Nitelife, runner up in the filly division of the 2012 Breeders Crown, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line pick. Starting from Post 4, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover will be handled by Tim Tetrick.

The Chris Ryder trainee races for Richard P. and Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, FL. At two, she posted four wins, four seconds and one third from 10 starts, banking $689,530.

Her victories at two included the $616,100 Shes A Great Lady and the $131,045 Eternal Camnation, both at Mohawk Racetrack.

The New Jersey Sire Stakes finals for three-year-olds, all with $150,000 estimated purses, will take place on June 1 at the Meadowlands.