Justin-mania at Rosecroft on Saturday evening

Justin-mania at Rosecroft on Saturday evening

                Justin-mania broke out at Rosecroft on Saturday evening as Justin Brenneman had three winners on the card and Justin Vincent had two. Chris Welty also had a driving double on the night. Brenneman was red hot on the evening having seven drives and, in addition to his triple finishing second two times. Brenneman swept the early double with the Doris Marine owned Southern Viking, conditioned by Kyle Moore. This one took full advantage of the two hole trip and prevailed over a dead game Rocket Rosy (Donnie Russell). Gailie M was hard used early and held off DVC Gotta Believe’s late charge to set a new lifetime mark of 1:57.1 for Brenneman and owner Brian Wright and co-owner and trainer Ronald short. The win was the second in a row for the rapidly improving three year old.

                Never one to take a backseat Justin Vincent hit the ticket four of seven starts on the night with a double, a place and a show finish. Jeannies Fortune needed every inch of the stretch to prevail in a lifetime mark setting 1:58.2 in the fourth race. Jeannies Fortune got away near the back of the pack and relentless closed in on race favorite Angel’s Dragon (Justin Hite) in the deep stretch to score for owner Andrew Scheller and trainer Jerry Nock.

                Vincent also scored in the nightcap with Venaissance who sat off quick early fractions and charged by favored JK Saphire(David Hill, III) in the deep stretch and then held off the fast closing Steady Noire (who else Justin Brenneman) in a lifetime’s best 1:56.2.

                Chris Welty also had a great night; he drove in two races and won them both.  Jesses Gem was resurgent in the stretch to hold off a herd of closers to set his lifetime mark of 2:00.2 for trainer and co-owner Judy Welty. Kerry Welty is the co-owner of this recent addition to the Welty stable who has now earned a check in four of five starts. Welty returned to the winner’s circle following the ninth race, which he won with a well-timed power-brush (28.1) down the backside.  It was a family affair once again as Judy trained the winner for Kerry Welty.

                Also of note, trainer Freddie Collazo climbed into the bike to drive Leah in the sixth race. Freddie will drive on rare occasions and worked out a dream trip behind pace-setter Snatch The Fortune (Justin Hite). He sat patiently for seven furlongs and when the field hit the stretch erupted with pace down the lightning lane to win going away.  Collazo paid $57 for the win, topped a $280 exacta and a 4-7-all pay out on the trifecta.

                Rosecroft will  be closed tomorrow, Easter Sunday,  but will reopen at noon on Monday for simulcast of all the best harness and quarterhorse racing in North America.