Weekend Review 10/28 & 10/29

Weekend Review Rosecroft Raceway

Week of 10/28 & 10/29

            Weather cooperated on Friday night, October 28th, and the track was fast with some nice youngsters showing their talent.

            Varsity Hanover made it two for two at Rosecroft with another easy win. This week he was pushed hard to make the quarter in 27.1 and benefitted from a stolen second quarter in 31.2 compliments of driver Justin Vincent. As the field headed down the backside Vincent hit the ignition and Varsity Hanover made his escape with a 29.2 third quarter, while the rest of the field was interfered with when pocketsitter Royal House made a break and scattered the field. Varsity ‘ only needed a 29.4 final quarter to easily win the second race of his career as the heavy favorite.

            John Wagner continued his dominance of Rosecroft recording four wins in a row during the card starting in the fifth with Lislea Pat who made amends after getting disqualified last week. Bloomfieldcantifly then held on late to score in the sixth race, followed by Rocks N Bagels who went down the road and had enough left to hold sway in the seventh.  Bona Fide Man made a powerful middle move and held off a fast closing Big Tejano to complete the four-bagger.

            Corey Braden recorded a double scoring in the third with Tom’s Torpedo, who, after an early move to the top never looked back and then made every pole a winning pole with Snatch The Fortune in the nightcap.

            Other drivers recording wins were: Betsy Brown scoring for the second time in a row with UB In The Money, who she owns, trains and drives; Justin Brenneman who used a perfect pocket trip to prevail with My Last Wiggle, who he also owns, trains and drives; and new face Adam Rucker who scored with Bruce Kennedy, who was the longest priced winner of the night.

            Saturday night at Rosecroft was much different from Friday night though as a Northeaster’ ripped through the Mid-Atlantic. While Rosecroft and very close surrounding area only saw snow flurries, in addition to a cold, hard rain, almost all tracks in the Mid-Atlantic area cancelled their races. Track condition was sloppy and judges gave all competitors a two second allowance.

            In the opener Pence Hanover rated off the sizzling early fractions of 26.1, 57.1 and began his move on the backside. He drew abreast the leader, I Told Gordy, near the three quarters pole (1:26.1) and drew off in a huge effort to score in 1:55.4. Justin Hite was the winning driver for trainer Ken Schlotzhauer, who trains the winner for owner Kelley Rogers.

            Hite would return to the winner’s circle in the ninth with longshot Snipper Whapple, this time for trainer Alfredo “Freddie” Collazo. This time he sat a three hole trip and managed to escape when the speed (Bunafide Artist) called it a night mid-stretch. Instant Power was also charging late to gain the place with Jazzy Hanover unable to take advantage of a pocket trip and settling for the show dough.

            Driver Donnie Russell scored in the third race with Blissfull Ball who was able to rate a 32.3 second quarter, after a quick opening quarter and held on gamely while pocketsitter Leftamillion A was simply second best this week.

            Russell returned to the winner’s circle with Gold Like U in the sixth race, after retaking the lead past the quarter and never looked back.

            Youngster Brandon Henley scored his first Rosecroft victory in the second race after managing to flush cover and tip off it to score going away with Lady Gamelton.

            Dr. Scott Woogen sat a patient trip with Four Starz F for six panels and then erupted with trot and left the field in his wake after a solid 30.1 final quarter in the fourth race.

            Steven Reisenweaver made a long trip from New Jersey a winning one after taking a two hole trip and pouncing on the tiring leader to win with South Jersey Honey in the eighth race.

            Ray “Shorty” Robinson drove a powerful Don’t Fool Around who went wire to wire in a superior time of 1:58.1 after the track had noticeably slowed. Co-owner Darryle Dennis trained the winner for owners Donnie and Nancy Drewer.

            And not to be overlooked was Wayne Long breaking Dream Our Way’s maiden in the sixth race. This one made two solid moves and escaped the pursuit on the far turn. What makes this noteworthy isn’t that Dream Our Way won, but rather that he had been off for four years with back-end problems and broke his maiden as a seven year old. John Wilkerson trained the winner for a very patient owner Joan Breeding.

            Racing resumes Friday at 6:45 p.m. at “The Raceway by the Beltway”