Friday (11/4) Rosecroft headliners
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Varsity Hanover headlines the Friday night card
James V. Whelan Jr.’s streaking Varsity Hanover highlights a competitive Friday night card at Rosecroft. The two year old gelded son of Modern Art goes for his third victory in a row, but steps up the class ladder in the eighth race. Varsity ‘has three wins in four starts with Justin Vincent at the controls and starts from the wood here. He faces older, winners company for the first time and will need to be at his best to continue the streak.
Another that merits interest is the seven year old Dream Our Way, who made his pari-mutuel debut a winning one last week and tries to make it two in a row for owner Joan Breeding and trainer John Wilkerson. Wayne Long retains the drive and will leave from post five in a very competitive third race.
Cutty gets a mention too, as he’s hit the ticket six starts in a row for owner James Patrick Davis and trainer Alfredo Collazo. Interestingly he’s had five different pilots during the streak and Justin Hite returns to the bike for the first time since August on this one. On the season this one has ground out $7,700 plus in twenty starts, but hasn’t had any luck finding the winner’s circle yet. In this one he’s third choice in an extremely competitive field that includes the always tough King Rova who took an uncharacteristic break last week and ENS Gliding Condor who drops in class off a couple of even trips. Blue Boy Yankee has a win and a fast closing show finish in two starts at Rosecroft and starts from the five post. Beautiful Legacy also drops in class off an improved effort in her last and Stargazer Lily gets the rail and should improve after firing a big, uncovered move last time and makes her third start off the layoff at what should be a decent price.
Qualifiers will move to a 4 p.m. post on Saturday’s for the remainder of the meet and the box for them will close at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Horsemen are reminded that NO horse will be allowed to enter the backside without a current coggins on file in the race office. Horsemen are encouraged to fax a copy to the race office (301-567-4438) to ensure quick passage into the backside.
First post on Friday, and every night this meet, is 6:45. Reservations are suggested for the buffet in the Terrace Dining Room and can be made by calling 301-567-4500, option 1.