by Al Cimaglia
October 17, 2021
Rosecroft Raceway has 13 races set to roll this evening. The feature is carded as Race 11, a Preferred Open Handicap with a $12,000 purse. 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
5-Tellitlikelynn (5/2)-Steps-up in the 2nd RcR start after taking a picture as an odds-on choice. Best to respect chances of another trip to the winner's circle, was off a month before the last race.
7-Racer Pacer (4-1)-Comes off a big try from the 9-hole last week to finish 3rd. This will be the 3rd start here and has shown the ability to win with an outside post. Should be a player and might get overlooked at the windows.
1-Panther's Pinot (9/2)-Drops after racing well and finishing 2nd in its RcR debut. This post draw should help the cause and has the gate speed to be put play in early in the mile. Using and hoping the morning line odds hold up.
2-Better Than Some (4-1)-Comes off a double qualifier at RcR and should relish the company in 1st start here. Hasn't raced since 6-5 but if dialed on high should be a threat. Likes to race near the top of the stack and Moyer can follow that plan.
4-Dance On The Beach (3-1)-Recent form has been dull but was facing Open company. Morand should be able to work an efficient trip and make a well-timed move to get an overdue win. Has hit the board in 24 of 48 RcR starts with 9 wins.
1-Volley Ball Beach (4-1)-Couldn't get on the engine from post 7 and lost all chance. This time the rail should take care of that problem. Has the gate speed to be put in play and race near the lead at a fair price.
4-Derby Dog Hanover (8-1)-Took the long way around from post 9 and still cashed the top check. Steps-up but so do 3 others. Should offer a nice price, best to respect and has hit the board in 7 of 9 with 4 wins at RcR. Will look for some value and play against the 2 morning line chalks who start outside.
1-Manaccount (7/2)-Makes the 3rd start at RcR, raced well from the rail and then got stuck with post 9 in last and had no chance. Could be sitting on a big try and should have enough gate speed to come away on the point or in the pocket.
5-Dirt On My Boots (3-1)-Makes the 2nd start in town and drops. Starts in a good slot to find some live cover and that type of trip may work well. Should be better with a race over the track and has hit the board in 14 of 20 at RcR with 6 pictures.
Race 9) 5,7
Race 10) 1,2,4
Race 11) 1,4
Race 12) 1,5
Total Ticket Cost) $12 for $0.50
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