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Pet Rock sets new five-eighths speed mark

Pet Rock and Dan Noble set the new world record for pacers on a five-eighths-mile track when went wire-to-wire in 1:47.2 in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Saturday (Sept. 7) at Scioto Downs Racino.

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Pet Rock became the fastest pacer ever on a five-eighths-mile track with this 1:47.2 win in the Jim Ewart Memorial.

Previously held at Pocono Downs, the record was in trouble from the word “go” with Noble parking A Rocknroll Dance and Kayne Kauffman to an opening quarter of 25. The pair hit the half in 52.4 and the three-quarters in 1:20.1. A Rocknroll Dance was second with Sweet Lou third.

“He was real strong in the lane and had plenty left,” said Noble.

Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the 4-year-old stallion for owner Frank Bellino of Bronx, N.Y.

Morgan had a big night even before Pet Rock won as he became the first trainer in history, since the United States Trotting Association has kept records, to hit 5,000 lifetime wins. Earlier in the evening he was also presented as the leading trainer at his home track for the 2013 racing season.

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