Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. will send Holy Rocker to Sunday’s
$60,000 Tyro Stakes for the second start of his career. In his last outing, the
New Farm color-bearer finished second by a head to fellow Tyro entrant and 5-2
morning line favorite Yes I’m Lucky in a maiden special weight event along
Monmouth’s main track on June 2. Perkins believes that this performance showed
that Holy Rocker is ready to try stakes company.
“He got off
a little slow that day (June 2),” said Perkins, “and he actually rushed up and
made the lead. I thought he ran a pretty good race. He ran hard. We had a
chance to work him here on the turf and he seemed to really like it.”
2-year-old son of Rockport
Harbor by Sea Holly, Holy
Rocker will try turf for the first time in competition in the Tyro, but he had
a chance to give it a test run as he breezed three furlongs along Monmouth’s
grass course in :36 flat on July 31. This impressive work is a continuation of
good form for Holy Rocker, as he posted a bullet work in his previous session
breezing four furlongs in :48 1/5 on July 21, good for best of 69 at the
distance that day.
Trujillo will ride Holy Rocker for the second time on Sunday, and Perkins says
that the strategy for the race lies mainly on his shoulders.
“He’s pretty quick leaving the
gate,” said Perkins of Holy Rocker, “but I’ll really leave it up to Elvis. If
he leaves there running he’ll probably be pretty forwardly placed, and we’ll
see what happens after that.”
The Tyro stakes will go as race
four on Monmouth’s 12-race Sunday card.