Rabbit Road, owned by hockey player Serge Savard of the Winnigeg Jets, avoided what looked like a Shirley Highway traffic jam in rush hour and won the $100,000 William E. Miller Memorial Pace in track record time of 1:57 for the mile at Rosecroft Raceway last night.
Rabbit Road, leaving from the No. 5 post position with driver Merritt Dokey, hustled into the lead as six horses in the first tier of eight attempted to leave and get to the top in the 12 pacer field. The bode bode bad news for Apollo's Way, the better half of the Shelly Goodreau entry that went of at 7 to 10.
Apollo's Way lagged slightly from the far outside so Goudreau faced all kinds of traffic problems behind Rabbit Road, which cut out quarters of 28 2/5 and 57 2/5 seconds. Trailing Rabbit Road were long shots Regal Blue Chip and Latrobe Deke.
With three-eighths of a mile to race, the two long shots started losing momentum and, quickly, Rabbit Road led by 10 lengths as Dokey took him past the three quarter pole in 1:26 2/5. Temujin, one of the nation's top three year olds who had started from the No. 11 post in the second tier, got clear and finished second, 3 1/2 lengths behind Rabbit Road.
Soky's Atom, who was never in real contention, finished third as Apollo's Way ended sixth.