A new Maryland Sire Stakes program for 4 & 5 year olds got off to a great start. This program is an Open stake with a provision to divide by sex if there are enough entries. Three non-wagering pacing events were contested at Rosecroft Raceway with some old rivalries continuing.
In the first division for mares, Brite Jet took the lead from the word go, just as she did in her 2 and 3 yr old races holding off old foes Romantic Escape and Rockin Roxanne stopping the clock in 1:55.2 last quarter in 28.2. Brite Jet is owned by and trained by Jim and Carol Atkinson andwas in the bike.
The boys were up next with a short field when Hot Speed was scratched with an injury. Firecracker Freddy who was dominant at both 2 and 3 made his first start of 2014 a winning effort against tough challenger Evergreen Power. Firecracker Freddy cut the mile in 1:52.3, holding off the pocket sitting Evergreen Power with both horses pacing a last quarter in 28 sceonds. Roger Hans is the owner, trainer and breeder of Firecracker Freddy, with drivermaking this his second trip to the winner circle.
In the second division of mares, Like A Rocket found the perfect trip sitting third behind Evergreen Jill and a parked out Bonnie Ben Jamin. Bonnie never got to the front till the head of the stretch, that's when driver Art Stafford Jr. tipped Like A Rocket out from third to sweep by a tiring Bonnie Ben Jamin in 1:54.1. Like A Rocket is owned by William and Tonya Sharpnack and trained by Eddie Moore.
The 4 and 5 yr old trotters will go to the gate on Saturday May 10th at Rosecroft. Please go to www.msrfonline.com for all your Maryland Staking information and stallion pedigrees or call the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund at 410-775-0152 or 240-285-0326.
By Cheri Stambaugh, for MSRF