Ft. Washington, MD — As a 2-year old, Judge Bob showed a glimpse of his trotting talent, winning twice in eight starts, and banking $42,187, mainly in Maryland Sires Stakes company.
His 3-year-old campaign lasted just two starts. However, the 4-year-old son of Great George Two, out of the terrific breeding mare Endorphan Annie, has more than made up for lost time in 2019.
Monday night (Nov. 18) at Rosecroft, he won his second straight $10,000 Open Handicap Trot for driver Jonathan Roberts in 1:55.4. It was the 11th win in 30 starts this year for the gelding owned by trainer Megan Roberts-Tolson and longtime ownership partners Graham Grace Stables.
“He’s a big horse. He got really sore and just needed more time to grow. He’s still growing, just needed time to mature mentally as he gets a little worked up still,” Roberts-Tolson said.
The win put his lifetime line at 40-13-6-8 and earnings of $106,228.
Roberts brought an end to the Pick-5 wager with a mild upset aboard Cinderlane Quin for owner Eric Becker and new trainer Luke Hanners. Parked through the first three-quarters of the mile, Roberts and the 6-year old Artistic Fella gelding kept right on going, winning by 5-1/2 lengths over Frankie Boy in 1:55.1.
Roger Plante picked up a pair of wins, as Rockin The Shades picked up Lasix for the first time and easily wired a field in 1:55 for owner-trainer Kerry Welty. Plante guided Shim to a win in his first start for new owner-trainer William Simmons Sr. in 1:54.3.
Jason Thompson had two wins on the wet Monday night card, one of which came with 2-year-old Mighty Stonewall. Thompson, who had his charge in the outer flow before the three-eighths pole, made a great move back to the inside in the stretch and snuck up on the leader Earn My Stripes to win by just under a length. Brian Tomlinson owns and trains the son of Rusty’s All In who for the first time in 17 lifetime starts.
Thompson picked up the drive on the classy Hi Sir as owner and driver Russell Foster was driving at Dover and he did not let the connections down, winning by a nose over Capital Builder in 1:54.4 on a track labeled good. Megan Foster trains the 11-year-old son of Sir Luck who won for the 57th time in his career.
Frank Milby had a double as he guided Artic Adventure, owned by his mom Candy, to a win in 1:55.1. Milby won the finale with Lil Johnny in 1:54.4 for owner-trainer Jason Walters.