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Last Modified: Tuesday, 13th December, 2011 @ 10:26pm

Harlem Rocker is Sired by Macho Uno and Dam to Freedom Come.


August 19TH, 2010

Just got an email this week from Dave W. saying that Harlem Rocker has been retired. Its disappointing, as I think he was a great horse with a lot of unrealized potential. I was really hoping to see him race once more, but all his 2010 dates have been too far south from me. It sounds like they are really doing what's in the best interest of the horse, which is good news.

The full email from Dave W:

"Mr. Stronach has made the decision to retire Harlem Rocker from racing.

As you know, Harlem Rocker underwent tie-back surgery on July 2nd of this year to aid in correcting his breathing issue. Since Harlem Rocker's return to training, further endoscopic exams have determined that the procedure was not 100% effective. Harlem Rocker has been a successful horse for this partnership, and to bring him back at a lower level of racing would not be an option for Adena.

Harlem Rocker retires with 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third from 12 starts. He earned $600,350 winning the Withers S. (G3), Prince Of Wales S.($500,000), and finishing first in the Cigar Mile (G1) before being placed 2nd for "interference" with Tale of Ekati.

Mr. Stronach is currently evaluating various options for Harlem Rocker's stallion career. Once a decision has been made we will let you know where he is going to stand."

Heading Towards Monmouth?
May 2ND, 2010

We got word from Dave W that Harlem Rocker is being pointed towards a race in Monmouth.

"Harlem Rocker is being pointed towards a 4x allowance race at Monmouth park in late May. The purse will be in the $90,000 range, so it will be a stakes caliber field that he will face. He recently worked on the turf and was being considered for a turf race in the future, but Pletcher felt that he will be best on the dirt at Monmouth."

I had been wondering about the turf training times recently. If he does make a trip to Monmouth, the only upcoming race he seems to qualify for is the Decathlon Stakes on May 22nd.

Monmouth Stakes Schedule

I made the trip to Monmouth last year to see Lord Justice, and I wouldn't mind doing it again to see Harlem Rocker.

Gulfstream Park Handicap
March 12TH, 2010

Got the word on Thursday that Harlem Rocker, along with 10 other horses will be contesting for the Gulfstream Park Handicap (Race 10) on Saturday March 13th. It looks to be a pretty strong field for the Grade 2 $300,000 race. Quality Road will be sitting this one out, But HR will still need to contend with the likes of Cool Coal Man, Motovado, You and I Forever, and Grasshopper.

The morning line odds favor This Ones For Phil at 9/5 with Cool Coal Man at 5/1 and Motovato and Past The Point in at 6/1. Our man Harlem Rocker is in at 8/1.

Got some links to a few articles on the race, DRF analysis, free track picks from Gulfstream, and Brisnets from Todd Pletcher Racing. Enjoy! Looks like the race will be on TVG for me, and may make a trip to OTB to put a little $$$$ on this one ($20 WPS?).

From ESPN, Gulfstream Park Handicap crowded - On the morning line favorite This Ones For Phil:

"This Ones for Phil, who opened his 2010 campaign with a nose decision over Peshito the Che in the Sunshine Millions Sprint, has won 3 of his 4 starts over the Gulfstream Park strip. His lone setback here came last winter from the outside post when he set a torrid pace before finishing a tiring fifth behind Quality Road in the Fountain of Youth."

From NTRA, McLaughlin has two of well-matched 11 - On Harlem Rocker's less than stellar trip in the Hal's Hope:

"Harlem Rocker will carry the hopes of trainer Todd Pletcher's stable into the Gulfstream Park Handicap in the absence of Quality Road after finishing seven lengths behind his stablemate in the Grade 3 Hal's Hope here on opening day."

Equibase Race Entries

Brisnet From Todd Pletcher Racing - PDF File

Gulfstream Park Handicapper Mike Costanzo weighs in on his choices for the race:

#5 Harlem Rocker has never really lived up to the hype from early in his career, but he has always looked the part of a good one-turn mile type horse, and his fourth in the Hal’s Hope wasn’t really as bad as the result suggests. Just get the feeling he is sitting on a big race.

#4 Motovato had a horrendous trip in his last, yet only missed by a length when finishing third in a G2. There is an adequate amount of early runners entered here, and if things start to fall apart he should be doing his best work in the final furlong.

#9 Cool Coal Man was a strong winner in his last, which has run his record to four wins from five starts over this track – although his lone bad performance came in this race last year; and that came off a win similar to his last.

Daily Racing Form Analysis is a little different:

Tenth Race: 1. Motovato 2. This Ones for Phil 3. You and I Forever

Doesn't get any more wide open than this. MOTOVATO nearly overcame a disastrous trip to upset Munnings in the GP Sprint and in peak form at the present time. Can run down the speed with cleaner sailing. THIS ONES FOR PHIL loves the course, should get a nice stalking trip from today's outside post. Should have had sufficient time to recover from very hard and game effort in the Sunshine Sprint. YOU AND I FOREVER like his stablemate, victimized by a tough trip when hung very wide throughout in the GP Sprint. Made a big run to reach the leaders on the turn but could not sustain the bid. Has run some huge one turn miles in the past including strong against the bias effort against Quality Road in the Hal's Hope.

Should be a great race! I can't wait.

Harlem Rocker 4th in first race of 2010 as a 5 yr old
January 5TH, 2010

Harlem Rocker finished his first race of the year in 4th after fading down the stretch. I didn't get a chance to watch the race live, as it was covered on HRTV not TVG.

ESPN has an article about the race - Quality Road keeps his cool.

Harlem Rocker Results - PDF File

Post Race Quotes from Gulfstream Park: Todd Pletcher (Harlem Rocker, 1st) – “I was a little disappointed in Harlem Rocker, but the slow fractions didn’t help him and he didn’t have anything to close into.”

Harlem Rocker Starts as a 5 Year Old
January 3RD, 2010

Harlem Rocker will make his first start as a 5 year old against some tough competition in the 1 mile Hal's Hope Handicap as part of opening weekend at Gulfstream park. This Grade 3 race features a purse of $100,000. Eibar Coa will be riding Harlem Rocker against Pletcher Stablemate Quality Road. The pair go in as morning line favorites with QR at 6/5 and HR at 3/1.

Harlem Rocker Past Performances - PDF File

Brisnet From Todd Pletcher Racing - PDF File

This race will be of great interest to see how an older Harlem Rocker may run his 5 year old campaign. Post time is around 4:30pm for the 8th race of the day.

Track Handicapper Predictions:

Race Eight Analysis by Mike Costanzo - Selections: 2-7-5-1

#2 - Quality Road may be as talented as any older horse out there, but he has had his share of welldocumented issues, not the least of which was his gate scratch in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He begins his road to redemption here, at the site of his crowning glory – last year’s Florida Derby. Clearly the one to beat, all eyes will be focused his way as he heads to the gate.

#7 Harlem Rocker - Away from the races for nearly a year following a disqualification from first in the Cigar Mile, he tuned up for his 2010 season with a secondplace run at Churchill in November that can be viewed as a good defeat. He also loves this one-turn mile trip, and the Gulfstream Park oval.

#5 - Le Grand Cru exits consecutive Grade 3 wins, but has unfortunately hooked two legitimate Grade 1 rivals today.

Harlem Rocker 2nd in Return
January 3RD, 2010

Harlem Rocker made his comeback to racing in November 2009 finishing 2nd in a close race. In watching the replays it looked like HR thought he was the leader and slacked off, and then realized there was one horse to go and kicked it into high gear, but a bit too late. Had there been another few yards, we would be calling this one a "W".

All in all a very good return I would say. I am hopeful to get another change to see him race live in 2010.

Harlem Rocker Results - PDF File

Harlem Rocker Returns!
November 12TH, 2009

Harlem Rocker is entered to run Saturday November 14 at Churchill Downs. Its been 11 months since we last saw Harlem Rocker in the Cigar Mile. This race is a 7 furlong Allowance Race (with a ton of restrictions), Purse of $56,000. He will be ridden by John Velazquez. Pletcher also has entered King of the Roxy in this race.

Harlem Rocker has some really great workouts leading up to this race, so it will be interesting to see how he does. It will be good to get him back on the track and see how he does.

Harlem Rocker Past Performances - PDF File

Brisnet From Todd Pletcher Racing - PDF File

I am currenlty in Cocoa Beach Florida for the Space Shuttle STS-129 launch so my updates on HR's progress towards this race may be limitted, but I am supper enthusiastic for this race. Go Harlem Rocker!

Harlem Rocker to Kentucky?
November 6TH, 2009

We got word from Dave W that Harlem Rocker may be working towards a 2009 debut at Churchill Downs on Saturday November 14th. Stay tuned for updates and past performances.

Harlem Rocker Working Well
November 1ST, 2009

If you have been following the workouts from Harlem Rocker, you can see that he has been working out well recently, and quite consistantly too. Great news for a horse, who by most accounts was quite sick. Word out of the venture is that Harlem Rocker may make a start on November 5th at Aqueduct in a 6 furlong allowance race.

I would love to travel and see him again, but middle of the week, and a 6.5 hour drive out and back means I probably won't be able to cover this trip.

We got this information from Dave W, and Daily Racing form about his recent workouts:

"ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Todd Pletcher said he pre-entered 12 horses for the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita, and on Monday morning at Belmont Park half of them put in their most serious workouts for their respective races.

Quality Road, who Pletcher said was pre-entered in the $5 million Classic, worked five furlongs in 1:00.52 over the Belmont training track, according to Daily Racing Form, in company with the multiple stakes winner Harlem Rocker. With John Velazquez in the irons, Quality Road started about a half-length outside of Harlem Rocker and went in splits of 12.79 seconds, 24.66, and 35.89, meaning he got his last quarter in 24.63 while finishing on even terms. Quality Road galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.21. Harlem Rocker, who was officially given a time of 1:00.74, has not run since being disqualified from first and placed second in last November's Grade 1 Cigar Mile.

"Good, solid work; both horses went well," Pletcher said...."

He's definitely working out with good company, that's for sure. Here's hoping for a triumphant return.

Harlem Rocker Update
August 27TH, 2009

We got an update from Dave W, that after successfull surgery, Harlem Rocker has returned to train with Todd Pletcher at Belmont. This is good news, for after hearing that Harlem Rocker did indeed undergo surgery July 2nd, we hadn't heard a peep about him. My friend Mark tracked down Todd Pletcher at saratoga during the Jim Dandy, and managed to get a terse answer to his question on Harlem Rocker's condition - "Good".

Also heard some news that Harlem Rocker was back training at Adena Springs, and a conflicting report that he was back at Belmont. So I guess back to Belmont is the news. Hope he has a successful return to racing in some form.

Harlem Rocker Surgery?
July 1ST, 2009

We got an email from Dave W stating that harlem Rocker may need some surgery on his respiratory track.

From Dave W: "Since returning to training with Todd Pletcher, Harlem Rocker has shown some signs that indicated the necessity of scoping his airway. Based off of the initial scoping, it is anticipated that he may need a "tie-back" surgery to correct what has been diagnosed in the initial findings. He has been referred to Cornell University for a second opinion, and for an extensive evaluation of his entire upper respiratory tract. This surgery is routinely performed on training horses that show partial or complete paralysis of the muscles that control the arytenoids, aka “flapper”. This surgery is also referred to as laryngeal hemiplegia

Harlem Rocker is currently scheduled for an appointment on July 1st. As of now it is anticipated that he will remain in light training up until this date. If surgery is recommended, it will be performed on July 2nd.

As soon as more information is available, we'll send an update.

Its sure disappointing not to see him running this year, but it sounds like he is getting the best care possible.

Notification of Evaluation - PDF File

Harlem Rocker Update
June 20TH, 2009

We got word from Dave W that Harlem Rocker is being shipped back to Todd Pletcher for training at Belmont. Who knows what the future holds for his racing career? I'm hoping for some more summer dates at Saratoga.

From Dave W: "Harlem Rocker shipped out from Adena South today and is on his way to Belmont to rejoin Todd Pletcher. He has done very well over the past month. He has been putting the weight back on, and has been jogging steadily for the past 30-40 days. He is not ready to start breezing yet, but we hope that will not be too far off."

Harlem Rocker Improving
May 27TH, 2009

We got word from Dave W that Harlem Rocker is getting better and doing some jogging on the training track. I hope he can make a triumphant return to racing.

Frome Dave W: "Harlem Rocker is back under tack at Adena South and is jogging on the training track. He has been putting on weight and continues to improve. The Stronachs will be very cautious with him and will not rush him back to the track. He was pretty sick at one point and they want to make sure that he is brought along slowly."

Harlem Rocker still being treated
April 12TH, 2009

Well it sounds like Harlem Rocker just can't get over some of his illnesses this year. We just got this update and Vet Report from Dave W:

"On Saturday, April 4th, Harlem Rocker began showing signs of abdominal discomfort. In light of his recent medical history he was sent to the Equine Medical Center of Ocala for further medical treatment and diagnostic procedures. He has responded well to treatment, and our latest update confirms that he is continuing to improve.

The attached letter provides more information, and we will continue to update you on his condition."

Attached Vet Report: Word Document

I hope he gets better soon. I am super happy that we have a chance to own a share of Harlem Rocker, but at the same time it feels bitter-sweet because of what I perceive as all the missed opportunity we had with him. He raced will in April of last year, and there was talk of him going to the Preakness. This plan was abandoned for him to Race in Canada for the Canadian Triple Crown. When he didn't take well to the Synthetic surface, we lost a whole month or so of potential racing while he sat out to get back on the American race circuit schedule. Now with his illness coming in January of this year, he has missed more months of potential racing. If you compare his racing schedule to that of Tale of Ekati, a horse he has beaten before, you can see the potential HR has. Here's to continued hoping for a speedy recovery.

Harlem Rocker back at the farm
February 22ND, 2009

The plan for 2009 for Harlem Rocker was to run him in the Donn Handicap for 4 year olds and upward at Gulfstream Park. A few weeks before the Donn, Harlem Rocker had a fever and was unable to train or compete in the race. Dave Williams tells us that Harlem Rocker also suffered from a bout of mild diarrhea. The fever and diarrhea have passed, but he has shed some weight. It has been decided to give him some rest (apprx 30 days) before he resumes his training.

In other news, Harlem Rocker amongst many other horses has been nominated for the Dubai World Cup. I have heard nothing that says he will be pointed in that direction, and no word on what the recent illness will mean. I suspect there is little chance he will actually go.

Dubai World Cup Nominations - PDF File

Dubai World Cup Web Site

Big Disappointment at the Big A - Aqueduct Racetrack for the Cigar Mile
November 29TH, 2008

I'd been looking forward to going to Aqueduct for the Cigar Mile for a few months. I was really surprised to see Harlem Rocker as the morning line 15-1 long shot. But I felt good because I knew there was money to be made. I met some friends in NY for the day and saw a couple other HR fans there too. The race was amazing, and we were ecstatic to see Harlem Rocker win. Then the racing stewards took it away and place Harlem Rocker second. What a fine animal Harlem Rocker is. View more images and read about my trip to Aqueduct in the photo gallery page.

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