by Al Cimaglia
April 9, 2022
The 13-race card at Rosecroft Raceway kicks off with the feature, a Maryland Preferred Open Handicap with a $12,500 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 9, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-My Name Is Hairy (3-1)-The 0-9 record this year is cause for pause but now drops to a competitive level. Has been plagued by poor post draws and has the gate speed to make the most of this opportunity.
5-Danceathon (7/2)-This will be the 2nd start of 2022 and the 1st race at RcR this season. It looks like a nice spot for a debut. Hasn't missed the board in 3 RcR starts and should be a player.
7-Boot Leg (9/2)-Has been hurt by tough trips and recent form hasn't been good enough. Looking for a Roberts to work a smooth journey and a better finish to the mile at a solid price.
3-Shim (3-1)-Has been trying hard and starting from post 3 instead of post 7 could make a significant difference. Foster can blast out and not look back.
5-Maurice (7/2)-Steps-up and will need its best versus this group but has the gate speed to land in the pocket behind #3. Appears to have a tactical advantage over most of these and it's best to not overlook.
6-Jack Quick (3-1)-Drops to the level of the last win on 3-20 and this post draw should suit. Foster could find some live cover and roll by down the lane.
2-Twin B Fighter (5/2)-Made its RcR debut last week and had a game effort off a tough trip. Will be difficult to beat if dials it up a notch after a sharp try in an acclimating mile and did miss a start.
6-Transparency (9/2)-Drops out of the Open class after 2 very good races versus this kind. Wagner should be leaving hard and could get a close-up seat. This 4-year-old has won 10 of 28 here and might be overlooked at the windows.
0.50 Pick 4
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