Al Cimaglia: Rosecroft Raceway Potomac Pace Pick 4 Analysis | Thursday, November 10, 2022

Rosecroft Raceway has a big 14-race card ready to begin at 7:15 EST. The headliner rolls in Race 11, the Potomac Pace Invitational with a $125,000 purse. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 9. The Pace is the third leg, and the sequence will be my focus.  

Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.

Race 9

2-Arts Attitude (5/2)-Winless in 8 starts this year, came off the bench on 10-13 and has raced well after an initial break in stride. This is the 4th start for the Andrews barn and it looks like a prime spot for the 1st win at RcR and the 1st picture of the year.
3-Bonnie Ben Rockin (3-1)-Was off almost 3-weeks before the last start and was handled conservatively. Stayed inside until the last 1/4 and rallied to finish 4th. Maybe it was the game plan for that night, but this should be different. No one is going off at 1/5 in this field and controlling the mile.
8-Turn Me Loose (10-1)-Makes the 2nd start for the Kiel barn and raced much better than the line looks on 11-3. Lagged the gate by a couple of lengths at the start, then was parked for 5/8's of a mile and still went by 2 horses down the lane. Should be a large price.

Race 10

4-Fantastic Voyage (3-1)-Tries hard and now drops to a more comfortable level. The Callahan barn has been cold but may have found a beatable field.
6-Costello (9/2)-Will need a better trip than in last but comes off a game try. Left and was jammed up at the start, then pulled 1st over, ended up following dull cover and needed to go 3 wide down the lane to finish 3rd. Will respect chances off that effort.  

Race 11

5-Tattoo Artist (2-1)-The question is who will have the lead this speedy Chris Ryder trainee or the morning line chalk Allywag Hanover. They should be racing at the top of the stack and if they easily fall into place 1-2, one of them will likely win. My take is Dunn will find a way to get it done.
6-Leonidas A (8-1)-Remember these fractions, (25.1/52.4) were the panels for the opening half when at the time, this dead game closer won the Pace in 2020. My thinking is for the same to happen tonight, someone must push the pace in that way. If This Is The Plan launches from the outside like Stars Align A did in 2020 and the pace is blistering Leonidas should be flying down the lane at a price. If not, the one above and Allywag Hanover could be stalking each other and battling for top honors at the wire.

Race 12

1-Can't Beach That (4-1)-Has been on a win every other race pattern and did take a picture in his last start. It should be noted the 2 times this 6-year-old has lost since 9-29 he finished 2nd. This will be the 1st time drawing the rail in a long time, and it shouldn't hurt chances.  
4-Wild Wild Western (7/2)-Parker trainee has been facing Open Handicap company at the Meadows and should fit nicely here. Yannick Gingras will be between the pipes and it's likely he will be gunning for the top.
5-Bettor Than Spring (3-1)-Dexter Dunn will do the steering for the Corey Kreiser Nfld invader. This is the tepid morning line chalk and has banked over $158,000 this year. Has been the model of consistency hitting the board in 28 of 36 with 11 pictures. Does have the gate speed to be forwardly placed and is usually right there at the wire. Has finished worse than 2nd only two times in the last 12 starts, and this will be the 1st appearance at RcR.

0.50 Late Pick 4

Total Bet=$18

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