“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
― Roy T. Bennett

A great story that had an amazing outcome in 2010 followed the above quote exactly when a man called Jim Mulinix went to the Harrisburg Yearling sale that year.

As he was reaching retirement, Jim decided that once in his life he would like to try it in the “big time”. He partnered with his friend, Denny Miller, and hitched a ride to the Harrisburg Yearling sale.

The one and only yearling at the sale that caught his eye was Lot 971, a Rocknroll Hanover colt out of Wichita Hanover. The colt sold on the third day, and as the gavel dropped at $15,000, Jim was the new owner of A Rocknroll Dance.  This $2.4 million earner won at the highest level from two to four. He was the richest two-year-old of the year and also equalled the world record at that age.

A Rocknroll Dance is not only an accomplished racer but sports an impressive record as a Sire. He sired the fastest two-year-old ever in the Southern Hemisphere – Bar Room Banta 1:50.7. As well as being the Sire of 6 Group 1 winners from his first 4 crops (incl current 2yos)

He now has had 317 starters for the very respectable 251 winners with an average earnings per starter of $43,530.

A Rocknroll Dance now has 63 US bred and 51 AUS/NZ offspring that have won more than $100,000 on the track which is an outstanding effort.

The AUS/NZ are listed below:

NO WIN NO FEED Filly DESIGNER ROSE ART MAJOR USA $716,245
ITS ROCK AND ROLL Gelding MISS WORTHY WHITBY BETTORS DELIGHT USA $527,342
BLACKSADANCE Gelding WASHINGTON LASS NZ WASHINGTON VC USA $375,940
TANGO TARA NZ Gelding TARA DELIGHT (NZ) BETTORS DELIGHT USA $326,721
LADY ROCKNROLLA Filly EDUCATED LADY ART MAJOR USA $320,611
BIG WHEELS Gelding WASHINGTON LASS NZ WASHINGTON VC USA $307,112
THE BIRD DANCE NZ Gelding THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN (NZ) CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ $292,740
A FAIR OL DANCE NZ Gelding PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIR (NZ) PRESIDENTIAL BALL USA $275,050
L L COOL J NZ Gelding ALESANDRA AMBROSIO (NZ) LIVE OR DIE USA $272,250
WHEREYABINBOPPIN Gelding WHEREYAWHEELIEBIN MODERN ART USA $270,098
BEAT CITY Gelding TPS GIRL NZ BETTORS DELIGHT USA $265,790
BAR ROOM BANTA Colt JERADA ACE CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ $257,490
JAY OK Gelding NAEVIA SPORTSWRITER USA $254,140
SOLESSEO MATUCA Gelding PRINCESS DILINGER D M DILINGER CA $234,280
OUR MONEY ROCKS Gelding FULLER VEE EM MODERN ART USA $216,749
YORKSHIRE NZ Gelding VESTE (NZ) CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ $199,147
MAGIC MIKE NZ Gelding CAFE GIRL (NZ) IN THE POCKET USA $187,796
KANENA PROVLIMA Gelding MES TI TSEPI IN THE POCKET USA $187,351
IMA ROCKABILLY REBEL NZ Gelding JUDY JETSON (NZ) JEREMES JET USA $187,116
NIFTY STUDLEIGH Gelding ROCKY BAY LASS NZ ART MAJOR USA $183,837
UPTOWN BEACHGIRL Filly HANNAS BEACH GIRL SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE USA $176,382
NO MATTER WHAT Filly WAT A WOMAN MACH THREE CA $173,252
MISS STREISAND NZ Filly GOODLOOKINGGIRL (NZ) CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ $168,224
COBBER Gelding STAR CROSSED ART MAJOR USA $163,688
CURLY JAMES Gelding SOMEONE TO LOVE SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE USA $158,809
MINI MINE YET NZ Filly SEVEN POINT ONE (NZ) LIS MARA USA $158,060
ROCKNROLL HAMMER NZ Colt TWIST AND TWIRL NZ ARTSPLACE (US) $154,542
MASTER PUBLISHER NZ Gelding NEVERLAND FRANCO (NZ) BADLANDS HANOVER USA $154,417
ROCK ON TOP Gelding HARPER GRACE GRINFROMEARTOEAR USA $153,336
ROCKNROLL CLASSIC Colt SKIP TO THE BEAT P B BULLVILLE USA $152,518
DANCING FINN Filly ANNA FINN NZ BETTORS DELIGHT USA $151,603
SHEZ GOT BLING Filly GLITTERAZZI NZ MCARDLE USA $147,007
MOSSDALE BEN Gelding MOSSDALE SUE BETTORS DELIGHT USA $145,470
FOOLISH PLEASURE Gelding VOUVRAY LIFE SIGN USA $144,295
DUKE OF DUNDEE NZ Gelding BAD PEACH (NZ) BADLANDS HANOVER USA $136,328
PAS DE CHEVAL Filly THEN WE DANCE ART MAJOR USA $132,027
THE CHOREOGRAPHER Gelding MODERN DAY MODERN ART USA $130,556
FRANCO HOFFMAN Gelding HIGHLAND FRANCO ARTSPLACE (US) $125,589
VULCAN STAR NZ Gelding STRATA STAR NZ BETTORS DELIGHT USA $116,657
LYNRYD SKYNRYD NZ Gelding SHEZA WINDERMERE (NZ) CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ $114,292
QUEENOFDANCE NZ Filly MARY NIVEN (NZ) COURAGE UNDER FIRE NZ $113,049
ROCKNROLL MAMA NZ Filly PISTOL PACKING MAMA (NZ) PRESIDENTIAL BALL USA $112,268
THE ROCKNROLL KING NZ Gelding MONKEY BAY (NZ) MACH THREE CA $109,391
OURSOUTHERNSTAR Filly OUR SOUTHERN BELLE LIFE SIGN USA $107,823
KEAYANG JACKIE Filly CHRISTIAN PARTY NZ CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ $106,108
BE MY ROCK Gelding ARTICULATE CASTLE ART MAJOR USA $105,389
GO DANCING Gelding CELEBRITY GUEST MACH THREE CA $105,055
FIRE AND SWORD Gelding DESIGNER ROSE ART MAJOR USA $102,451
GOLIGHTLY Gelding ART START PERFECT ART USA $101,775
ROCKNROLL ELLIOT Gelding PURE EMPATHY NZ ELSU NZ $101,221
ROCKAROUND THE CLOCK NZ Filly SPRED IT ROUND (NZ) SOKYS ATOM USA $100,620

Looking to continue the trend of winners produced by A Rocknroll Dance, various vendors have offerings from this stellar sire in the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney Sales. Some of these include:

Lot 3A Rocknroll Dance – When To Hold – Riverboat King
Half to:
Readily $90,626
Hold Onto Ya Bling $ 85,317

Lot 44A Rocknroll Dance – Kamwood Blue Chip – Christian Cullen
Half to:
Hector $128,681 Group 3 winner
Mantra Blue $89,722 the future looks extremely bright for lightly raced star.

For more information on A Rocknroll Dance, his progeny in the upcoming sales and the vendors offering those yearlings, make sure to check out our new Sires Paddock Page. Giving potential buyers all the sire information they need in one place!

With a line-up of fantastic sires like A Rocknroll Dance the 2024 APG sales aim to provide buyers with access to the best yearlings coming up through Australia. Not only that but Yearlings bought through the APG sales will be the only horses eligible to compete for the APG Race Series Finals held in each state.

We invite you to join us at the upcoming APG sales to celebrate the future of Australian Harness Racing and support the sport we all love. We will have online and telephone bidding options available if you are unable to attend, so don’t miss your opportunity and register as a buyer for the 2024 sales now!