H Hall and El Cumanchero set seasonal mark for Rosecroft

H Hall and El Cumanchero set seasonal mark for Rosecroft


                The classy veteran H Hall bounced back from a flat effort last week with the fastest mile of the season at Rosecroft during the third race. After rating a thirty second quarter in route to the half in 57.4 he charged home in 55.4 to score in 1:53.3.  Gregory Burton owns and Brian Burton trains and drives the winner.  Scootin Cammie tracked the winner’s every move and was simply second best, beaten less than a length for trainer-driver Brandon Henley. Ms. America tried it first over but gamely held the show.

                The record was tied in the seventh race by El Cumanchero owned by Linda Warrington, along with driver –trainer Steve Warrington, This one got away mid-pack from the rail and got into the outside flow approaching a 55 half. As the field went down the backside El Cumanchero momentarily got away from the field but then had Hruby’s N Luck (Russell Foster) charge up to challenge near the three-quarters pole.  As they turned for home El Cumanchero simply found another gear and won going away to set his lifetime mark in 1:53.3. El Cumanchero has now won three of four starts at Rosecroft since returning from a trip north last fall.

                Not to be overlooked on a night of blazing miles was a driving triple by leading driver Corey Braden. Braden won with Stacey McLenaghen’s Shakey Slim in the first race going wire to wire as favorite.  That was Shakey’s second win in four seasonal starts.

                Braden returned to the winner’s circle after the fourth race with Cedar Hall Road who closed with a late rush to gain the win for owner Williard Dale Hall. Clifton White Jr. conditions the winner who now has a lifetime mark of 1:58 and has made only two starts this season and six starts in his career.

                Braden next winner exploded the tote board as Steppin Hanover found her best stride late and roared by DVC Havenly Cam (Tim Offutt) and then held off a late charger in Add A Little Magic (Justin Vincent) to pay $50.80 for every $2 win ticket. Steppin ‘  had been racing on the PA Fair circuit last year but did show a qualifier in 1:59 at Chester. Steppin’ carved over 4 seconds off her mark which now sits at 1:56.2 for co-owner Syl King Jr. Other owners are Joseph Benedtetti and Ronald Silletto .

                Live racing returns to Rosecroft on Saturday evening  April 7, with a first post of 7:25 p.m.