Wayne Long wins four

Wayne Long wins four at Rosecroft on Friday night

                Driver Wayne Long won four consecutive races on Friday night at Rosecroft including the $4,650 “Learn and Earn” Late Closer final with Dream Our Way. This was the second time in his career he’d won four on the same card.

                Long’s first win of the night came in the seventh race when Rocknrollville  broke his maiden for trainer Deweese Butler in 1:58.3 on a powerful down the road score with a final quarter of 29.4 to stay clear of Already Gone (Corey Braden). This one had faced the streaking Varsity Hanover in his two previous starts and had shown improvement but under an aggressive Long steer  grabbed the track pacing fractions of 28.2; 59 and 1:28.4.

                Long then had the lines for Anotherbugga who was reserved off early fractions of 30.2 and 1:02.4 moving to the outside approaching the half. During a quick 29 second third quarter Long and Anotherbugga continued to march on the outside collaring the leader near the three-quarters pole.  A final quarter of 29.2 by Anotherbugga was enough to draw clear and win going away. Anotherbugga was trained by John Bell and scored in only his fourth career start after showing improvement last time when he finished a solid third.

                After winning with two pacers Long returned to the winner’s circle with owner-trainer Jan Nofsinger’s Swanky following the ninth race. This time Long got Swanky away third, was on the move as they trotted in front of the grandstand  and stayed clear with a solid 1:01.1 final half. This was Long’s third straight maiden breaking winner of the night.

                But these wins simply set the stage for Long’s heroic’s in the $4,650 “Learn and Earn” Final with Dream Our Way, trained by John Wilkerson. The seven year old had shown a good brush on the backside in all four career starts but hadn’t broken the 2 minute barrier in any of his wins. After a quick opening quarter of 28 flat paced by DVC HipnJazzy (Justin Vincent driving), Ace Lauxmont (Donnie Russell) exchanged leads approaching a half in 58.2. Long had Dream Our Way in full stride by this point and rolled by the stopping Ace Lauxmont as the field went down the backside in route a six panels in 1.26.2 (a 28 second third quarter). The valiant DVC HipnJazzy had shaken loose and was in pursuit closing ground around the final turn but Dream Our Way continued pacing strong to the wire scoring in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.2, shaving 2 and 3/5 seconds off his old mark.

                DVC HipnJazzy, owned and trained by E. Andy Savage, with lots of assistance from daughter Carlin, continued on and was easily second best in the biggest mile of his career.  Longshot Island Beauty saved all the ground and was third for trainer Luis Collazo and driver Frank Milby.

                Corey Braden recorded a consecutive double on the card winning Kenneth Scholtzhauer’s Pilgrim Danica via a perfect two hole trip to win the second race in a lifetime mark setting 1:58.  Braden then made it two in a row with James Patrick Davis’ sharper than a ginsu Cutty, who trainer Freddie Collazo has turned into a virtual ATM having earned a check in his last fourteen starts. Cutty also used a two hole trip to glory.