Braden scores triple and Varsity doesn't disappoint

Braden scores a hat trick and Varsity Hanover doesn’t disappoint

                Defending leading driver Corey Braden won three races on Tuesday night to grab the lead in dashes after four nights with seven. 

Cedar Hall Boy was put on the lead by Braden in the third race and increased his lead at every call, except the last in route to a 1:55 lifetime mark. Cedar Hall Boy is owned and trained by Clifton White Jr. and had been racing well since returning to the races this winter. This one shaved an amazing 6 seconds off his lifetime mark and could be capable of lowering it more off that effort.

                Cutty returned to the scene of his three wins last year in the sixth race and recorded a 1:57.2 victory to equal his lifetime best. Braden crossed over to the three hole and sat patiently before engaging and disposing of favored Super Chuck near the three-quarter’s pole. After that it was “put the whip away time” as he drew off by a widening six plus lengths. Alfredo Collazo trains the winner for owner James Patrick Davis.

                Braden returned to the winner’s circle after the seventh with XLB Joker who benefitted from live cover to pounce on tiring leaders in 1:55.3. The classy veteran is owned and trained by Joe MacDonald.

                Varsity Hanover faced an early challenge in route to the lead, but had grabbed the track by the quarter pole. After driver Justin Vincent stole a 30 second breather he hit the ignition and paced a final half of 56.1 for owner-trainer James Whalen Jr. This was the nine consecutive win for the combo of Justin Vincent and Varsity Hanover but not to be ignored was the sizzling last half paced by Lislea Pat (John Wagner) who was gaining ground late in a solid effort.

                The combination of owner-trainer Thomas Swann and driver Frank Milby won both halves of the Not Listed Preferred Handicaps. Mightymachthree ground down a determined Wild Request to capture the fourth race in 1:55.2 and then I Told Gordy made the top near the quarter and held off pocketsitting Joey Hackett to score in 1:55.3 in the eighth race.

                Justin Hite scored a driving double and both Donald Dancer and Brian Burton won a race to complete the card.

                Racing returns to Rosecroft Saturday evening with a 7:25 first post.