RocknRoll Hanover, Perretti's famed Standardbred Hall of Fame Harness racehorse and top stallion, was euthanized Thursday, March 14 at Midatlantic Equine Medical Center as announced by the United States Trotting Association today. According to the association, the stallion developed a gastric impaction. As a sire, Rocknroll Hanover's four crops of racing age have banked more than $45 million, with 104 $100,000 earners and 233 who have taken a record of 1:55.
The horse had recently been relocated from Cream Ridge, New Jersey in Monmouth County to Newtown, Pennsylvania along with two other prominent Standardbred stallions (Muscles Yankee and Lucky Chucky). The horses were moved this past December so that the owners of the stallions could stand them them in 2013 and take advantage of the more attractive Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Program.
New Jersey has been losing breeders and stallion owners to neighboring states such as Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New York as New Jersey's Governor, Chris Christie, refuses to allow slot machines at the New Jersey horse racetracks. As a result, purses have been lowered and racing days have been cut.