Rockem Sockem Named Michigan Horse of the Year

Rockem Sockem received the 2004 Michigan Thoroughbred of the year honor during the Michigan Horse Council's International Stallion Expo at the Michigan State University Agriculture Pavilion in East Lansing on March 14.

As a 4-year-old gelding, Rockem Sockem recorded four wins and two seconds out of seven starts, earning $110,493 for the year.

Rockem Sockem, a son of Ulises, is owned by Henry Mast of Byron Center and is trained by Robert Gorham of Kalamazoo. Rockem Sockem's primary jockey in 2004 was Terry Houghton of Hazel Park.

Ed and Connie Pass of Niles bred Rockem Sockem out of the Silver Deputy mare Royalty in Motion.

Michigan's leading 2004 state-bred horses were honored by the Office of Racing Commissioner. Acting racing commissioner Christine C. White made the presentations. Horses were also recognized in the categories of Standardbred Trotter, Standardbred Pacer, Quarter Horse, and Arabian.

The Office of Racing Commissioner is the official state agency charged with regulating, promoting, and serving the horse racing industry in Michigan.