Big night at Rosecroft

Big night of action on Saturday at Rosecroft

                The Rosecroft faithful had a full night of living racing on Saturday started off by three qualifiers the highlight of which was probably owner Andrew Allen Goff’s Lesters Wester tossing out a 1:56.1 mile on the front end for trainer Ashley Page. William Carter drove the winner and this was just the first of several winners for him on the night.

                After a short break the first two year old races of the meet entered the track. In the opener trainer’s Leon Harris and Christopher Offutt each had a colt and a filly trotter facing the gate. Off of honest fractions of 30.2; 103.4; 135.3 the entire quartet of trotters turned for home together. Broadway Stepup (Tim Offutt in the bike) had led every step of the way but Chris collared his brother near the wire with Photosavvy to score in 2:05.4 in a thriller. Broadway Stepup was a solid second a neck back and Beep Beep Bye Bye put in a solid debut to miss by only a length. Thorpe made a mis-step while making a move and finished fourth.

                It was a pair of pacers that faced the gate in the second baby race. Firecracker Freddy made every pole a winning pole off of fractions of 30.4; 1:04.2; 1:35.2 pacing a 29 second final quarter to score in 2:04.2. Roger Hans bred, owns and trains the winner who was driven by the meet’s leading driver Justin Vincent. Janet’s Fortune followed the winner after an early mis-step but came her last half in a minute with a sub 29 second final quarter to also put in a solid debut.

                The fun was just beginning, the second race featured Bucktown Badboy owned and rained by Robert “Doc” Davison winning with a gutsy, thrilling front end score in 1:56.2. This was the first win on the season for Bucktown ‘ a winner of over $150,000 life.  As they turned for home everyone had a shot and while  Bucktown looked beaten at times he and driver Wayne Long simply refused to accept defeat. The win was especially sweet as Davison’s youngest daughter Celeste was able to have her photo taken in the Rosecroft winner’s circle for the first time.

                Timmy Offutt powered to the lead during the third quarter with trainer Leon Harris’ Spitfire Rose and held sway to the wire to chop almost ELEVEN seconds off Spitfire’s lifetime mark with a 2:00.1 score in the third race.

This began an unusual night of wins for owner Scott Warnick, who would return to the winner’s circle after the seventh race with Swingin B, this time in the role of trainer for owner Brock Parrish Sr. Swingin B was driven by Justin Vincent and was shot of out a cannon through the passing lane to win in 1:58.4 which lowered his lifetime mark by 9 full seconds.

Tony Morgan, winner of 14,063 races lifetime drove Boo Frickity Hoo in the fifth race and had no anxious moments after reaching the top near the quarter. The final time of 1:55 was only 2/5 off his lifetime mark. Charlene Sharpe conditions the winner for her husband Chris Sharpe.

Not to be overlooked would be driver William Carter recording a driving double on the night, with Openinacan in the first race and then scoring with DVC Gotta Believe, who he owns, trains and reined.  Veteran driver Earnest Taylor won the night cap via a perfect drive and trip to score that one’s first win of the season in 1:58.1. And last, but most certainly not least long-time Rosecroft regular’s owner-trainer Jan Nofsinger and driver Bill Long won the sixth race with Swanky whose 1:59.3 score took three seconds of her lifetime mark.