Talented reinsman Corey Peterson is rapidly developing into one of the State’s best young trainers, and he maintained his recent run of successes when he prepared and drove Smooth Rye to an impressive victory in the 2130m Specialised Equipment Funding Solutions Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Smooth Rye’s dashing victory as an $8 chance over the pacemaker Bettor Pack It ($4.20) and Star Of The Class ($101) was the four-year-old mare’s fourth win from five starts for the 20-year-old Peterson’s Mundijong stable.
The New South Wales-bred Smooth Rye, who has a fine record of 28 starts for eight wins, four placings and $40,336, is bred to be a star.
He is by former American star pacer Tintin In America (16 wins and $934,305 in prizemoney and the sire of champion Shartin, twice the US Harness Horse of the Year) and is out of the American-bred mare Rye Hanover, the dam of Blazin N Cullen, who earned $576,352 from 27 wins and 45 placings from 198 starts.
Rye Hanover’s dam Rich And Elegant, a winner of five races in Canada and America, is also the mother of former American pacer Rocknroll Hanover, who raced 26 times for 15 wins, ten placings and stakes of $3,069,093. Rich And Elegant also produced other outstanding performers in Rustler Hanover (31 starts for 14 wins, seven placings and $971,638), Richess Hanover (14 starts for nine wins, three placings and $557,537) and Red River Hanover (39 starts for 15 wins, four placings and $1,394,626).
Rocknroll Hanover is the sire of 731 American winners and more than 200 Australian winners, including King of Swing, Foreclosure and WA Pacing Cup winners Rocknroll Lincoln and Vampiro.
by Ken Casellas