by Al Cimaglia
April 3, 2022
Tonight, Rosecroft Raceway has a 13-race card set to roll. The feature is slated as Race 11, a Maryland Preferred Open Handicap Pace with a $12,500 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 9, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Cole On The Beach (3-1)-Camera shy 6-year-old comes off a good try on a sloppy track and now steps-up. Might be overlooked at the windows and may benefit from an efficient trip in a race without much form.
2-Boot Leg (4-1)-Comes off an even effort at this class but did miss a couple of starts. Fits with these and should be a player if returns to the form shown on 3-2.
3-Foiledbythebeach (7/2)-Bumps up a couple of levels after an easy win on 3-27. Needs a trip and should have enough gate speed to get a good seat. Should be rolling off cover and the pace could be lively, which helps the cause.
1-Cousin Brucie (7/2)-Steps-up after a sharp win leaving from the rail. Foster can put this 10-year-old in play and it's best to respect chances for an encore.
6-Buckeye N (5/2)-This veteran drops to a more comfortable spot and has enough gate speed to get a good seat. Does good work racing near the top of the stack and Foster could have that plan in mind.
7-Never Easy Z Tam (3-1)-Drew off by almost 8-lengths versus much easier on 3-31 as a big chalk and now returns quickly. Has the speed to compete here and the start will be key. Wagner will need to work a trip, but the price will be much better than 1/9.
1-Starship (6-1)-Was stung early on in last and could benefit from a suck-around trip. This 5-year-old has hit the board in 26 of 38 starts at RcR with 11 pictures. Roberts could work a pocket ride and be heard from late in the mile.
3-Slick Tony (3-1)-Tony made the most of a hot pace and was the best in the late going. Paced the 2nd half in 55.3 to take top honors versus this kind last week. That was a sharp effort coming off a sick scratch and best to not overlook tonight.
6-Precision Bluechip (5/2)-Foster should have the pedal down off the gate and if gets the top without using up much gas it might be picture time. Beat straight Open company on 3-6 and will likely be bet hard again.
1-Jack Quick (5/2)-Was in tall cotton in last versus Open company and is now at a better level to compete. Doesn't have big gate speed but can close nicely off cover. Will be a threat if brings the same type of effort as the last win on 3-20.
5-Uncle Coz (3-1)-Steps-up after falling short after a gate to wire try from post 7. Fits here and may land on the point without a sizzling 25.3 opening quarter. That could be the difference needed to cash the top check.
0.50 Pick 4
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