Rosecroft offers four Maryland Sire Stakes finals

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Ted Black

November 27th, 2017

One night after the Meadowlands hosted a quartet of lucrative stakes for two-year-olds of both gaits and genders that will likely impact division honors in three of them, Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland presented four Maryland Sire Stakes finals for both gaits and genders with local bragging rights on the line.

In the opening race on the Sunday card at Rosecroft, Princess Rusty (Jonathan Roberts) benefited from a second over journey behind 3-5 favorite Miss Choptank (Victor Kirby) down the backside and through the far turn, fanned wide for the drive and overhauled the odds-on choice and pacesetter HS Shauna (Roger Plante, Jr.) to forge a 12-1 upset in 1:54.3. A juvenile daughter of Rusty's For Real trained by Michael Hall for owner Al Carter, Princess Rusty recorded her second straight score and notched her third victory in 11 starts this year.

Runner-up Miss Choptank settled for the place spot following a long, first over bid and the Wayne Givens trainee concludes her freshman campaign with a solid 6-6-1 slate and $55,000 banked in 14 tries. HS Shauna, heroine of the first MDSS final at Rosecroft five weeks earlier, settled for the show spot for trainer Steve LeBlanc and ended her season with a 6-3-4 slate and $54,000 bankroll from 14 outings.

One race later in the $41,600 MDSS final for two-year-old filly trotters, Iron Mine Krystal (Art Stafford, Jr.) benefited from an early miscue by 1-20 favorite Gaagaa Gone (Corey Callahan) to forge a 30-1 shocker in 1:57.4. The freshman daughter of Four Starz Robro trained by Greg Haverstick for owner-breeder Iron Mine Branch, LLC, notched her fifth win in 11 starts his year and pushed her seasonal earnings past $53,000 while lowering her lifetime mark by more than a full second with the score.

Gaagaa Gone was clearly the most talented individual of the group, but the Richard Hans-trained daughter of Googoo Gaagaa had the misfortune of breaking stride in both MDSS finals at Rosecroft. She ended her season with eight wins from 10 starts and earned over $44,000, but her two miscues in the respective MDSS finals perhaps cost for owner-breeder-driver Corey Callahan nearly $40,000.

While the juvenile fillies offered a pair of serious upsets, the boys finals proved to be very formful.

In the $43,300 MDSS final for two-year-old colt pacers, Allie's Finale (Plante) overcame post eight to tuck in fifth early, angled our first over near the half, tucked in the pocket behind Toms Tyrannosaurus (Russell Foster) early backside, tracked that one through the far turn, angled out at the head of the lane and easily overhauled the pacesetter for a three-length score in 1:54.1 as the tepid 5-2 favorite despite missing the week before.

A gelded juvenile son of Allie's Western trained by Le Blanc, Allie's Finale ended his freshman campaign with seven wins from 10 starts and earnings just shy of $60,000. He reeled off wins in each of his last six starts, including a prior MDSS final over the Rosecroft strip. Toms Tyrannosaurus, hero of the MDSS final at Ocean Downs this summer, lasted for the place spot for owner-breeder Tom Cooke of Nuclear Breeze fame and ended his juvenile season with a 3-3-2 slate and $38,000 banked from 10 tries.

Then one race later in the $49,000 MDSS final for two-year-old trotting colts, What That Is (Brian Burton) lived up to his role as the 1-2 favorite when he gained command past the opener and carved out honest fractions of 57.1 and 1:25.3 for the next two calss and drew clear in the lane to score in 1:55.2. A gelded son of Cam's Rocket trained by Judy Welty for owner Brian Emerson of Mr Ham Sandwich fame, What That Is won his last six outings, including an earlier MDSS final over this strip, and ended the campaign with six wins from 10 starts and earnings of $65,000.