Long has a double

William Long has a driving double

Friday night at Rosecroft

                Long-time leading driver William Long was one of four to record a driving double at Rosecroft on Friday evening as he scored a win with his trainee Big Tejano and with a catch drive on Suwanee River in the fourth race.

Long who specializes with trotters now, recorded the second career win with his trainee Big Tejano, a three year old gelded son of Tejano, owned by Howard Hammond of Salisbury, Md. Big Tejano rounded into form at Colonial and has now hit the board five times in a row, including two wins since mid-October.

Long’s catch drive was on the John Wagner trainee Suwanee River, owned by Terry L. Kibler and Scott Woogen, who scored her second win in a row at Rosecroft in the fourth race.

Tim Offutt also recorded a driving double winning the first race with Forbidden Cam and the fifth with Naughty Pajamas. Forbidden Cam secured the third hole early, pulled on the backside and was long-gone in a lifetime mark setting 1:58.4 for trainer and co-owner Joe Offutt.  In the fifth race Naughty Pajamas put a field to sleep with a solid wire to wire score in 2:01.3. The winning trainer on this one was also Joe Offutt.

Justin Hite recorded a double winning the second with Vinegar Hill via a long, game, uncovered trip in 1:58.2. Ken Scholtzhauer was the winning owner and trainer of this one. He returned to the to the winner’s circle after the sixth race with E. Andy Savage’s Last Outlaw in a mark setting 1:56.2. Last Outlaw flushed cover near the half and overpowered late to win going away.

Justin Vincent’s driving double consisted of a win with Rocket Rosy in the eighth and Mach To The Limit in the nightcap. Rocket Rosy paid $58 to win as the longest shot of the meet with a well-timed move and equaled his lifetime mark of 1:57.3. In the nightcap Vincent expertly weaved and bobbed through traffic, from the second tier, to explode onto the scene in the stretch for the score for long-time
Rosecroft veterans Robert Longenecker and Robert Longenecker Jr. who trained the winner.

Driver Jeff Lieberman unleashed a big move down the backside with A Kut Above (Kay Gannon, co-owner and trainer) and held sway to the wire in the third race to record the win.

And last, but most certainly not least, fan-favorite Four Starz Robro blasted to the lead in the ninth race and wasn’t seen again in a 1:58.3 mile. Chris Welty drove the winner, for trainer Judy Welty and owner Kelley Rogers,  who recorded his second victory in eleven seasonal starts