Ft. Washington, MD — Fast action, big payouts, Maryland Sires Stakes races and a repeat winner in the Open Handicap highlighted the Sunday night (April 14) card at Rosecroft Raceway.
Before the wagering card started, there were four Maryland Sires Stakes races for older horses.
While Cam’s Rocket and Nuclear Breeze have been dominant of late in the breeding program, Rusty’s All In is starting to make some headway as Rissy’s All In dominated an $8,933 split for 4- and 5-year-old pacing mares in 1:52.1 for owner Pamela Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Driver John Wagner cleared after the quarter rolled to an easy 7-1/2 length victory over O K Daisey.
In a match-up of three of the most talented Maryland Sires Stakes trotters ever, including full brothers, Hybrid Henry held off Ei Ei O and his younger full brother, What That Is, in 1:55.4 to capture the $25,800 4- and 5-year old Open trot. Jared Moyer drove the winner for owner-trainer Arlene Cameron. Cam’s Rocket, a pacer, is the sire of all three of these horses who were bred in Maryland by Richard Hans.
Jack Quick, a late developing son of Nuclear Breeze, stopped the timer in 1:52.1, last quarter in :27, edging past Alllie’s Finale who carried him to the top of the stretch in a $8,833 split for 4- and 5-year-old males pacers. Jonathan Roberts drove for owner-trainer Basil Sapienza.
In the other $8,933 split, Bo Breeze was a placed winner after BT’s Breeze was disqualified. Allan Davis piloted for the Murray Stable and trainer Shawn Murray.
Brian Burton got the pari-mutual portion of the card going as Manattack, who found himself in massive speed duels of late, sat a pocket trip and edged out to pass pacesetter Big Town Hero in 1:53.1 and returned a tidy $11.00 for his loyal backers.
It was the first of two wins for Burton who also scored a nice win with Tidewater Titan, who came three wide off the final banked turn and shot past the field, triggering a $560 exacta with the pylon skimming Q Rock.
Kim Vincent had a driving double, both wins for Dawn Webb and trainer Buddy Bright, with Dances Cruiser and Coaster, who flew past leader Steller City with a :28 final quarter to win in 1:53.3.
Driver Chuck Perry posted a double as Yeahboyyeah yielded a lead to Danceonthebeach around the final turn, but dug in and showed some serious grit to come back and win it in 1:53, holding off a fast closing Bluebird Goldwyn for owner-trainer Henry Lewis. Perry also wired an upper level field with his own John’s Dream in 1:52.2.
Bret Brittingham and Mckenry won the $12,000 Open Handicap for a second straight week, sprinting home on the lead in :27.3 for a mile in 1:51.2. Don Brittingham trains for Peter and Toni Gray.