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Badlands Nitro sizzles in 1:54.2

August 08, 2007

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Three divisions of the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund for freshman and sophomore trotters and pacers were held at Rosecroft Raceway on Tuesday evening, highlighted by Badlands Nitro\'s 12-length romp in 1:54.2.


Badlands Nitro sizzled in the $28,300 division of the Race Fund for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The son of Badlands Hanover, co-owned by John Celii and Teague Inc., took the lead with a quarter-pole move after an opening fraction of :L29.1. Driven by Wayne Long, the colt continuously drew away through the mile, pacing through fractions of :58.1 and 1:25.4 to win by over 12 lengths in 1:54.2. The trainee of George Teague Jr. was sharp with a :28.3 last quarter.


In the $14,400 division for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, Man On Fire was victorious by five lengths in 1:56.2. The gelded son of SJ’s Caviar, racing for co-owners James Harris, Jeff Long and J. Paul Long, took the lead after being parked to the quarter in :29.1. The brave trotter commanded the front with Vic Kirby in the sulky, leading the field through remaining fractions of :58. and 1:27.1 to win with a :29.1 last quarter. Jeff Long trains the ever-improving gelding.


In the other $14,400 division for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, SJ’s Leo made two bold moves for his second win of the year. The son of SJ’s Caviar, owned by Karen Offutt and trainer Joe Offutt, was parked to the quarter in :30 and dropped in fourth along the rail. Driver Joe Offutt pulled the colt out three wide after the half in 1:00.2 to grab the lead by the three-quarter pole in 1:30.2. SJ’s Leo won in 2:00.3, a new lifetime best.


Both the Open trot and pace were contested on Tuesday night at Rosecroft, and the top horses won with pocket trips.


Juanna Play Slots was sharp in the $9,000 Open Trot. The 5-year-old daughter of Go Get Lost, owned by Gregg Morris and trainer Thomas Morris Jr., grabbed the lead in an opening quarter of :29.1. Driver Roger Plante Jr. allowed betting choice Jim’s Message (Vic Kirby) to retake the lead by the half in :59.2, and Juanna Play Slots sat second along the rail to score a perfect trip. Passing the three-quarter pole in 1:29.3, the mare closed well up the lane to win in 1:58.4.


In the $8,000 Open pace, No Wishes proved to be an overlay, winning at 10-1 odds for trainer “Bib” Roberts. The 8-year-old No Nukes gelding, a Rosecroft Open veteran, sat in third along the rail through fractions of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.3. Driver Frank Milby tipped the gelding out at the top of the stretch to win by a nose in 1:52.1, setting a new seasonal mark. (with files from Rosecroft)


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