Eleven on tap

Eleven Race card on tap at Rosecroft on

Saturday night


                Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Rosecroft continues to do good things during the Fall 2011 meet and this time asnentry box that was packed helped to allow for an eleven races card, with all fields except the Late Closers having nine horses before scratch time.

                Varsity Hanover, faced older and tougher last week and was an easy winner. This week he faces older and starts from the difficult seven post (Race 11) in what may become a class test for James Whalen Jr. trained two year old. Justin Vincent will once again be at the controls and the pair goes for their fourth in a row. It won’t be an easy task here as Straight Away Quik drew the rail and drops down after a fourth place finish in a VA Bred Stake race at Colonial last week. Cedar Hall Boy has shown solid improvement for owner-trainer Clifton White Jr, after picking up Shorty Robinson as the pilot. James Calvin was a winner in his last start but being a non-winner of 2 parimutuel races drew the outside post.

                Another promising development is the “Learn and Earn” Late Closer for non-winners of a race or $3,000 lifetime as of 11/1/11 filled, largely due to the efforts of Assistant Race Secretary Megan Fortna. Two divisions go postward as eleven dropped in for the first week. 

                The First division of the Learn ‘ goes postward as race one and features a remarkably equal field with all horses being between 8-5 and 5-1 on the morning line. A solid case could be made for each of the starters. Ace Lauxmont is the only previous winner in this division and gets Donnie Russell and the rail here for trainer Brian Armour. Tidewater Taz tried VA bred stakes company in his last for talented trainer Janet Davis and must be respected on the trainer factor alone. Jeannies Fortune tossed out a sub- 27 second final quarter after a break in her last and appears to be coming around for veteran horseman Jerry Nock. PS Seraph has faced stakes foes this season and looms a threat from the two hole for driver-trainer Nick Coblentz and it would be a mistake to overlook DVC I’s Magical out of the always tough Alvin Lineweaver barn.

                The feel-good horse of the meet, seven year old Dream Our Way, winner of all her career starts (two) after debuting two weeks ago, looks to continue his undefeated ways from post five for trainer John Wilkerson and driver Wayne Long. They will be tested in this second division of the Learn and Earn by Ding Dong Ditch, who hails from the Ronald Lineweaver barn and is piloted by James Dobson, who broke his pari-mutuel driving maiden last week at Rcr. Ding Dong ‘ shows some quick miles at Colonial and shows the ability to handle turns with flat lines at PA fair tracks earlier this summer. This one is the favorite and starts from the six post. Royal House will probably be handled more aggressively from the rail by driver Donnie Russell for trainer Nick Coblentz. Master of the River is a lightly race two year old trained and driven by Jerry Nock and merits a look. Island Beauty showed life in last rallying from next last to grab the final check and appears to be rounding into form. DVC Hipnjazzy has been showing signs of coming around since owner-trainer E. Andy Savage purchased him and could surprise.