Tuesday Rosecroft card offers early week possibilities

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Ted Black

May 10th, 2016

Those who still may be recovering from the abundance of horse racing action highlighted by Nyquist's victory in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday will look to recoup - or perhaps pad their bankrolls - by playing several of the races on the Tuesday card at Rosecroft Raceway.

In fact, Tuesday's opener for conditioned pacers offers some instant plays. One America (Frank Milby) was the beaten favorite at this non-winners of $2500 last five starts class last week for owner-trainer Ken Schlotzhauer and looks to be the controlling speed. But Bad Man Sam (Russell Foster) drops out of a non-winners of $4000 last five class and looms a serious contender despite post eight. James Riverside (John Gazzerro) also gets some class relief and should be a contender late from post nine in the second tier.

Then nearing the midway point of the card give Rebel Soldier (Kim Vincent) a chance to repeat despite making the modest climb from non-winners of $2500 last five to the non-winners of $4000 last five level. A six-year-old Quik Pulse Mindale gelding owned, bred and trained by Steve Warrington of Sanabelle Island fame, Rebel Soldier rallied from far back last week to notch his third win in 12 starts this year and could repeat despite the class jump.

Then two races later in the featured $12,000 Open 2 Handicap for older pacers, look for either Concert Artist (Chris Offutt), Cabbie's Delight (Jason Thompson) or Diamondkeeper (Kim Vincent) to emerge victorious and end Hi Sir's three-race win streak. Concert Artist owns a win at this level and both Cabbie's Delight and Diamondkeeper have raced well in the top class and all three will have to be on top of their game to upend Hi Sir (Russell Foster), who has regained his winning ways after a slow start to the meet for his owner-trainer.

Then one race later in a salty non-winners of $4000 last five class for older pacers, look for railbound Caviart Tyler (Jonathan Roberts) or Toms Typhoon (Foster) to settle the issue in the lane. Caviart Tyler won last out at the level for trainer Megan Roberts, while Tom Typhoon has won his last two for trainer Roger Hans and owner-breeder Thomas Cooke. The four-year-old Cam's Rocket stallion has won 14 of 18 lifetime outings.

Then in the 13th and final, a bottom-level conditioned event for pacers, look for railbound Talbot Redneck (Kim Vincent), QE Way (Pat Berry), Lone Raider (Milby) and One Bad Shot (Foster) to settle the issue amongst themselves in the lane in this group of serious veterans. Talbot Redneck has won once in nine starts this year and the 12-year-old Misfit gelding owns a solid 47-42-40 slate and $290,000 bankroll from 298 career outings for Schlotzhauer and owner-breeder David Donahue.