Milby hits a grand slams at Rosecroft
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Milby hits “Grand slam” at Rosecroft
The never-ending series of multiple win nights for Frank Milby at Rosecroft continued on Tuesday night as Milby showed no lasting effects from a bout with the flu on Saturday and visited the winner’s circle four times on a ten race card. The wins give him 61 wins out of 310 races held this meet at Rosecroft.
Milby’s night started with a second place finish in the opener with K J Hannah for trainer Jason Green. After a couple of off the board finishes Milby got back in win mode with Storm Logan who made it two in a row with Milby at the controls. This five year old only started racing in November for trainer Melanie Major and now has two wins and has earned three checks in four outings.
Milby made it a consecutive double when he returned to the winner’s circle with Alvin Callahan’s Art For Living after the fifth race. Callahan trains this one and co-owns with Suzanne Waskey with the win being the sixth in thirty-three starts.
Tomado Island was the first horse to go wire to wire on the night that featured wind gusts of 20+ mph. Milby sent this one right down the highway after being hard-used to the make the lead. After an opening quarter of 28.3 Milby hit the gas and bottomed the field out with a 57.1 middle half mile. Riverpath (Shane Armour) made a gallant charge but flatted out to grab the place at 80 to 1 odds. Milby got Tomado Island home as a winner for the third time this year for trainer John Childress, a long-time fixture at Rosecroft as a driver.
Milby wasn’t finished as he roared out for the gate from the eight post with Gone Nuclear, in the night’s featured Maryland Preferred Winners Over Handicap and was grudgingly released near the quarter in 26.2, the night’s fastest. Michael’s Dream sat a two hole trip and gamely held the place, but Gone Nuclear was gone after hitting the half in 56.2; Nuclear exploded with a final half of 56.1 to break the beam in 1:52.3.
Racing resumes at Rosecroft with a special Thursday night card with a first post of 7:25 pm. Closing night is Saturday evening, December 22nd when a great many awards with be made, but the one winner that is beyond doubt is leading driver Frank Milby.