by Al Cimaglia
November 8, 2020
Rosecroft Raceway has a competitive 15-race card ready to roll this evening. The headliner comes in Race 2 when seven 2-year-old colts and geldings battle for a $45,000 purse in Maryland Sire Stakes action. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 10 and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Valiant Ivy (9/2)-Missed a race after winning in 153.3 on a sloppy track versus $5k claimers. Then missed a start and hasn't been as good at this level. Looking for an aggressive start and a return to better form at a solid price.
6-Fast N Victorious (3-1)-Only 1-26 this year but will use instead of the 10-year-old program chalk (#3) who has won 2 straight. Has the speed to get the top and may not look back.
7-Bullvilleblast (7/2)-In 5 local starts and has finished 2nd in 4 races. Looking for an honest pace and this veteran should be rolling late.
8-Rock King Deo (4-1)-Comes off a nice win last week and now Plante returns. That pilot knows how to get this 5 -year-old rolling in the 2nd half of the mile. Post makes the price and best to respect versus this crew.
1-Costello (5/2)-Having a nice year winning 5 of 20 and has done well taking 3 pictures in 11 starts here and just missed last week. Should have enough gate speed to get away with a close-up seat and that shouldn't hurt chances.
6-Rusty's Houdini (6-1)-Gets a good post for a stalking trip and is a player with a good steer. This 4-year-old does try but is often caught wide and that makes the mission more difficult. Looking for a big try at a solid price.
6-Major Pocket A (4-1)-Seven-year-old is new to RcR having raced here only twice but has finished 2nd and has notched a victory. Berry should have in play and does fit with this crew.
7-Admiral Ballsy (5/2)-Has had some excuses in 2 of last 3, off-tracks, 9 hole and has faced tough company. Captaintreacherous 4-year-old can leave as fast as the gate car and should be forwardly placed. Looks like a major player on a dry track.
1-Pansformative (9/2)-Came off a sick scratch and beat easier. Davis is back, draws inisde and this looks like a trip out spot at a fair price.
2-Trump That Rusty (10-1)-Won at this class on 10/18 and started from post 2. If Foster can avoid a sluggish start the same thing could happen tonight at a nice price.
3-In Record Time (3-1)-Blasted off the gate in last 2 and faded later in the mile. Seems to need to race on top and from here shouldn't have to use much gas to get there. Will use and hope is overlooked at the windows.
5-Firenglow A (4-1)-Raced well from the 7 hole and that was the first time at RcR. Should be tighter tonight, so best to not overlook, did have a month off before the last start.
Race 10) 4,6,7,8
Race 11) 1,6
Race 12) 6,7
Race 13) 1,2,3,5
Total Ticket Cost) $32 for $0.50
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