Ft. Washington, MD — The 4-year-old season for Slick Tony has been nothing short of sensational. His dominance in the Mid-Atlantic continued Sunday night (Oct. 20) as he out sprinted four other foes to win the $11,000 Maryland Exclusive Handicap on a track labeled sloppy in 1:51.1. Slick Tony has won five of six, with his only loss coming in the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington.
The son of No Spin Zone rolled away in a back half of :55.1 for driver Russell Foster who won the first of his three wins on the night. Slick Tony won for the 13th time this year for owner, trainer and breeder George Leager. He is now 31 for 66 lifetime and sports earnings of $547,228.
Foster scored with Dirt On My Boots ($4.00) for a second straight week as the son of Tobago Cays is now two for two in his 3-year-old season for owners Paul Reid and Alvin Stafford and trainer Jody Dunning.
Foster’s third win came aboard Tom’s Twilight ($25.20) who zoomed up the rail as pacesetter Makin Money Fast suddenly bolted to the outside in the final turn interfering with the outer tier of horses. Tom Cooke owns and Richard Hans trains the Sweet Lou sophomore pacer who won for the third time in nine starts in 2019.
In the $10,000 Open Trot, Roger Plante Jr. scored with former Maryland Sires Stakes champion What That Is ($4.00) in 1:55 for owner-trainer Kerry Welty. It was win number three on the year in 21 starts for the 4-year old gelded son of pacer Cam’s Rocket.
Plante also won with F Twenty Two ($10.60) for owner-trainer Colby Hubble in race nine in 1:53.2. Plante sat the pocket behind fraction cutter Hickory Aloha and while Artic Adventure attacked on the outside, Plante sent his charge up the passing lane for the victory.
Allan Davis had a double as he scored with Sword Ofthe Spirit for Lomangino Standardbreds and trainer Lewis Nunes and B A Rocket for co-owner/trainer Greg Trotto, Fred Sporrer, Jon Reedy and VIP Internet Stable.