Northfield, OH --- Dan Noble piloted Classic Rock Nroll ($25.40) to victory in the 27th annual $111,500 Battle of Lake Erie on Saturday night (July 21) at Northfield Park, upsetting two-time champion Foiled Again.
Classic Rock Nroll pushed Foiled Again before releasing him to a quarter of :26.4. After taking the lead, Foiled Again was challenged by Aracache Hanover to a half in :55 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Noble popped Classic Rock Nroll into the passing lane and passed Foiled Again by a half-length, stopping the timer in 1:50.3.
“That was the plan from the start,” said Noble. “His (Classic Rock Nroll’s) trainer told me to push them to the quarter and he would have a big kick coming home.”
The win pushes Classic Rock N Roll’s earnings just shy of $500,000. Classic Rock Nroll is owned by Frank Bellino and trained by Tony O’Sullivan and Saturday night’s winning time of 1:50.3 represents a lifetime mark for the 5-year-old.
The final order of finish after Classic Rock Nroll was Foiled Again, Aracache Hanover, Flipper J, Trick Man, Valentino and Something For Doc.