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Rocky’s legacy lives on

Saturday, 3rd January, 2015

The late Rocky Baker showed boundless enthusiasm for local harness racing with his consistent donations. Now his legacy will be carried on by his children Jensen and Tarshar, starting with tonight’s meeting. PICTURE: Ethan James The late Rocky Baker showed boundless enthusiasm for local harness racing with his consistent donations. Now his legacy will be carried on by his children Jensen and Tarshar, starting with tonight’s meeting. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Darrin Manuel

The dedication to harness racing shown by the late Ray “Rocky” Baker is set to continue through the generosity of his children.

Rocky’s donations and support through his company Carbine Chemicals made him one of the best known and appreciated characters in the trotting scene.

Now Jensen and Tarshar Baker have stepped up as sponsors, with Carbine Chemicals - Vetforce taking over as major sponsor for the 2014/15 season from SEW Eurodrive which held the mantle for four years.

“Since Rocky’s passing they have taken over the reins for the business,” said Broken Hill Harness Racing Club president, Tracey Robinson.

“For many years Rocky’s presence was always known when it came to various donations to the club or campaigning for its well-being.

“He was well known for the smiles he was able to bring to children’s faces with the donation of 25 pushbikes each year.

“His dedication to Broken Hill, despite no longer being a permanent resident, was a testament to the kind of guy Rocky was.

“Following in their father’s foot steps, Jensen and Tarshar have both formed a great admiration for our great city.”

The young Bakers said they held many fond memories of The Hill, and were happy to give something back to the city.

“Although we may not have been born and raised in Broken Hill, a lot of our most memorable moments as children were created here,” they said in a latter.

“We would spend our school holidays eating Porky’s, getting milkshakes from Bell’s and enjoying time with family. 

“The pavement would burn our feet in summer and Jensen still claims that he got the majority of his freckles from the summers spent at the Alma pool.

“When our father died suddenly earlier this year, we wanted to find a way to continue his legacy and continue to support the town that he was so passionate about. 

“After being approached by the Broken Hill Harness Racing Club it felt only natural to come on board as a major sponsor and to help support what our father loved.

“One of the best life lessons that we were taught was ‘don’t ever forget where you came from’ and we look forward to supporting not only the harness racing, but the community as a whole.”

Ms Robinson said the race track would now be known as the Rocky Baker Memorial Oval Paceway, and that the Vetforce Pace will be run at tonight’s meeting.

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