by Al Cimaglia
October 10, 2021
Rosecroft Raceway has 13 races set to roll with the first post coming at 7:15 EST. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 9, and that sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Spinout (5/2)-Finished 2nd in last after running into a buzz saw winner who blitzed the field from post 9. Probably will be on top or in the pocket after the 1st turn and should be tighter in the 2nd start since 7-14.
3-Manattack (4-1)-This 7-year-old raced well at this class and was just nipped in its 1st race since 8-4. Will need another big effort to win and has the gate speed to get the jump on others.
5-Lil Johnny (3-1)-Veteran knows how to win, (7-23) in 2021, and probably needed last after being off almost a month. Fits with this crew and looking for a big try. Foster takes the lines and that's a positive driver change.
4-Rocktavius (7/2)-Fired hot off the bench, wired the field and now steps-up. This 8-year-old has won 26% of his starts at RcR and the Roberts barn is batting 25% winners over the last 30 days. Roberts steers #5 but Thompson can get the job done.
5-Starship (3-1)-This is the other Roberts entry and comes off an even effort versus straight Open company. This 4-year-old son of Captaintreacherous has 8 pictures in 21 RcR starts with a 150.2 mark this year and should be in the hunt.
7-Volley Ball Beach (4-1)-Comes off a big try at this class at long odds. Needs a sharp steer but was used a couple of times in last and might be able to roll late off cover tonight.
5-I'm No Pansy (4-1)-Has won 5 of 18 at RcR, including last week in the 1st local start this season. Can be forwardly placed with this post draw and best to respect chances for a repeat.
8-Mittnite Delight (3-1)-Foster has enough gate speed to work with to claim a close-up seat. Comes off a sharp effort at this class and the post makes the price.
4-Diamond Cowboy (5/2)-Drew-off by over 7 lengths last week to beat 6 from this bunch and looks like a must use tonight.
5-Twomickeytrip (7/2)-Well traveled veteran makes its RcR debut and did tune-up with a couple of starts in Woodstock. Might be able to fall in right behind the one above and make the most of an efficient trip.
Race 9) 2,3,5
Race 10) 4,5,7
Race 11) 5,8
Race 12) 4,5
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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