Milby wins three

Milby wins three, William Long and Chris Offutt

two on Rosecroft Tuesday card.


                On a card that had multiple scratches due to the closure of a major traffic artery, Frank Milby got caught in the traffic, shook loose in time to arrive for the fourth race and quickly made up for lost time setting a lifetime mark of 1:55 with trainer Roger Hans’ Yankee’s Lady in the fifth the tough way going uncovered and grinding favorite Red Eye Whiskey (Justin Vincent driving) into defeat and then holding sway the late charge of long shot Chasen Cancun.  Tom Cooke owns the winner. He then overcame a break in the stretch with Clayton Goad’s Grab The Fortune and prevailed by a neck in 1:53.2 over a stubborn Mimi’s Tyler. Milby closed out the night with a win with Baximum in the weekly featured “Winner’s Over” trot. This one too overcame a break nearing the three-quarters pole and held off long shot Super Lustre late for the score for owners Tina Clark and Brian Joseph Clark.  Bobby Clark conditions the three time winner on the meet.

                Veteran driver Billy Long scored a double picking up the drives on both Snipper Whapple in the second race and Gold Star Smokin in the seventh race for trainer Freddy Collazo and owner James Patrick Davis. Snipper paid $10.60 and Gold Star Smokin paid $15.

                Chris Offutt also scored a double winning with Joe and Karen Offutt’s SJ’S Warrior in the sixth race. Joe Offutt trains the winner who won his thirty-second career victory. He then was in the right place at the right time and picked up the drive on owner-trainer Trevor Stafford’s Desmet in the eight. Despite appearing to be out of it at the three-quarters pole, Desmet saved ground and erupted with pace in the final sixteenth of the mile to roar by the field and paid $14.80 for the score.

                In the week’s top pace, a Maryland Preferred “Winner’s Over” pace, Varsity Hanover cut the mile until the deep stretch when I Told Gordy finally struck the lead after a long battle, but the long-shot Poker Champ followed Gordy’s move and surged in the shadow of the wire to claim the win. Gordy continued his form spree missing by a hard-luck neck and Varsity was a neck further back in third. Poker Champ scored his fifth win in his last seven starts and paid $17.40 in the scratch shortened field. Gone Nuclear simply didn’t fire off the two hole trip and was fourth.

                Horsemen are reminded that entries will be taken for Saturday evening’s MD  Sire Stakes Final between noon and three pm tomorrow (Wednesday) as part of the draw for Saturday night’s card. Entries for next Tuesday’s card will be taken Thursday between noon and three.