Overnight events highlight Tuesday card at Rosecroft

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Ted Black

April 26th, 2016

Monday evening may have marked the opening of the Harrington Raceway spring meet and that 12-race card offered more than its fair share of stellar efforts and upsets, but the focal point for standardbred racing fans shifts to Rosecroft Raceway on Tuesday.
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Midway through the Tuesday card at Rosecroft, Acceletron (Frank Milby) and Frost Advisory (Jonathan Roberts) will look to settle the issue late. Acceletron won his most recent outing for trainer-driver Frank Milby and owner Candy Milby in 1:56.4 as the even-money choice on April 17, the same night in which Frost Advisory prevailed as the 1-5 favorite in 1:57. Acceletron will start from post two and Frost Advisory will leave from post nine in the second tier, but they could be almost inseparable at the wire.

Then one race later in a non-winners of $5000 last five starts class for trotters, Candy Stash (Milby) should finally notch his first win of the campaign. Winless in six starts heading into the Tuesday card, Candy Stash has finished second twice and third twice this year and he has been the beaten favorite in each of his last four starts. But he could make amends at a generous price in a race where Prayer Session (Roberts) looms as the favorite despite being winless in seven tries this year. This will also mark the 100th lifetime start for Prayer Session, who already boasts 28 career victories.

Then one race later in the featured non-winners of $8000 last five starts class, locals Cabbie's Delight (Jason Thompson) and Hi Sir (Russell Foster) will look to secure the home track advantage against Dover Downs invaders Movie Sequel (Milby) and Brody (Sean Bier) who finished third and fourth, respectively, in a non-winners of $9751 last six starts class on closing day at the Delaware five-eighths mile oval. Cabbie's Delight was fourth in each of his last two tries in the Open 2, while Hi Sir notched his first win of the season last week against conditioned foes in 1:52.4 and appears to be rounding into form.

Then one race later in the ninth, this non-winners of $4000 last five starts class looks competitive. Toms Typhoon, who won seven of nine starts last year and banked over $80,000 in Maryland Sire Stakes and Maryland Standardbred Race Fund events for three-year-old colts and geldings, makes his local seasonal debut after finishing seventh against much tougher at Harrah's Philadelphia. Dalhousie Dave overcame a first over trip to win last week in 1:53.3, while Bobbies Power Play was second in that same overnight event. Cruising West finished second in the tougher non-winners of $6000 last five class last week.

Then one race later in the tenth, railbound Varsity Hanover (Donald Dancer) will look to continue his newfound winning ways in this non-winners of $4000 last five starts class. A winner two starts back against bottom-level conditioned foes, Varsity Hanover finished third on April 12 and then missed last week. Action Brad (Foster) finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in his last two tries against non-winners of $6000 last five foes after prevailing against non-winners of $2500 company on April 5.

Speaking of Harrington, Sparky Mark (Roberts) captured the opening night feature as the 4-5 choice when he led through much of the mile to score in 1:52.1 for trainer Dylan Davis. Sparky Mark had captured the Open 2 class at Rosecroft in 1:49.4 in his previous start, while many of his rivals Monday had been idle since the April 11 card at Dover. Captive Audience uncorked he fastest mile of the night while taking a non-winners of $7501 last four starts class in 1:51.1 to cap the early daily double and appears headed for the Open next week.