Four More MDSS Events Kick Off Thursday Card at Rosecroft

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Ted Black

October 6th, 2016

As was the case with the Tuesday card at Rosecroft, the Thursday program will begin with a quartet of non-betting $40,000 Maryland Sire Stakes finals - in this case for three-year-olds of both gaits and genders - then will dive into an overnight program that could have several upset plays.

Thursday's first MDSS final for three-year-old colt trotters features Speed It (Brian Burton) who has won nine of 13 starts this year and 14 of 20 lifetime outings for owner-trainer Richard Hans. Then one race later another trotter with a pacing sire, Rock The Game, is the obvious choice in the MDSS final for three-year-old filly trotters having posted a 7-2-3 slate and $63,000 bankroll from 15 starts this year.

One race later the MDSS final for three-year-old filly pacers appears to be another showcase for Fastestgirlaround, the aptly named homebred for Gloria Kinnamon and trainer Tony Sapienza who has won nine of 11 starts this year and 14 of 20 career outings. One race later in the MDSS final for three-year-old colt pacers, Steal N Go (Frank Milby) arrives with seven wins from nine starts this year, but Toms Tae Kwon Do defeated him in their mos recent encounter. What I Say Goes is winless from 10 starts this year after taking six of eight starts at age two.

Thursday's opening parimutuel event for pacing fillies and mares that are non-winners of $2500 last five starts, Casimir Jubilee (Milby) will leave from post three for owner-trainer Brittany Bounds, but Pearl Handlepistol (Jonathan Roberts) will be a factor throughout the mile from post nine for owner-trainer George "Ronnie" Leager of Sudlersville with Annie McVicar (Roger Plante, Jr.) figuring to make her presence known late despite missing a week.

Then just past the midway point of the card, Philly Fanatic (William Carter) will seek her third straight victory and her fourth score in her last five outings for owner-trainer James Whalen, Jr. of Crumpton and Varsity Hanover fame. Toms Treasure (Russell Foster) has spent much of the season going back and forth between overnights and Maryland Standardbred Race Fund events at Ocean Downs and will be a factor late from the second tier.

Then one race later in a competitive and contentious edition of the $12,000 Filly-Mare Open Handicap, Dublin Rose (Roberts) will seek her second straight tally for trainer Michael Hall despite post eight, while Seeking Nirvana (Timmy Offutt), Rhapsody Rose, Sweet Bobbie and Cape Marj will all be closing late. Let Her Rock (Milby) double jumps in class after a 1:55 score last week in her local debut for trainer Bruce Saunders.

Then one race later in a non-winners of $4000 last five starts class for pacing fillies and mares, Lyonssweetie (Roberts) goes in quest of her second straight score for Leager and owner Frank Miller, Jr. of Still Pond, while Heres My Ticket (Plante) looms a serious contender from post five and Cedar Hall Princess (Milby) merits consideration from post nine in the second tier. Don'tforgetmysugar (Justin Vincent) steps up off a 1:54.3 win here last week.