McCardle's Crown returns

McCardles Crown returns to the races Saturday night at Rosecroft

                Duane and Tyler Hall’s McCardle’s Crown makes his return to the racing scene on Saturday in the seventh race. McCardle’ ,driven once again by leading driver Corey Braden, won the $5,750 final of the Up and Coming Late Closer on closing night with a brilliant late rally to help propel Braden to the leading driver honors for the meet.

                McCardle went off at 13 to 1 that night and won’t be anywhere near that price in the non-winners of 3 parimutuel races event and faces a tough crowd including Witty’s Beachboy (Justin Hite) and McBlack (Wayne Long). Tidewater Buddy paced some good miles at Chester last fall and could be in the thick of things from the rail for Walter Callahan.

                The seventh race is a superfecta race and Rosecroft allows dime superfecta wagering.

                In the ninth race Justin Brenneman’s Leftamillion A was absolutely “shot out of a cannon” during the third quarter and went from last to first in route a huge win. Brenneman does it all for this one being the owner-trainer-driver and this one has hit the ticket in his last four starts with two wins and a pair of place finishes. He’s not a sure thing for the top spot though as Shakey Slim got nailed to the rail last week and was easily second best once he found room. Corey Braden handles this one for owner-trainer Stacey McLenaghen.

                The nightcap is the eight year old and up handicap, once again featuring a group of hard-hitting veterans. Combined the nine horses have faced the starter 1,158 times with 144 wins. They have earned over 1.594 million dollars.

                Last week Gottaservesomebody got an alert start from the second tier to stalk the pace from third, tipped out approaching the three-quarters pole and won going away for driver Justin Hite.  Alvin Callahan trains the winner for owner Audrey Callahan. Doctor Rich put in a solid down the road try and may have needed that start as he tired late and just missed holding the place spot. Bunafide Artist benefitted from a two hole sitting trip for “Team Robinson” and gained the place late as a huge long-shot.

The action at “The Raceway by the Beltway” begins at 7:25 p.m. and early arrivals will be able to watch the six qualifiers that begin at 5 p.m.  Millionaire Lolique makes his return to the races in the first qualifier and comes back from a year where he earned close to a quarter million dollars. John Wagner trains and reins this one for owners Pamela Wagner and the “Driving Doctor” Dr. Scott Woogen.