Early speed was the key to winning the Potomac Stakes at Rosecroft Raceway Saturday night as pacers who made their moves at the start won four of the five divisions of the event for 2-year-old colts.
That was the case in the fourth division with Razzle Dazzlem, driven by Eddie Davis, the ninth-leading driver all-time with more than 4,800 races won. "This colt races good in the front," said Davis. "I didn't rush him. I wanted the rest of them to get settled, then I got the lead."
After gaining the front, Davis then had to contend with the off track. Afternoon rains had turned the racing strip sloppy for the first division, but the track improved for the final four races.
"The track was really bothering my colt," said Davis. "I really thought he was going to break." But Davis kept Razzle Dazzlem together to win by a head over June's Baby in 1:56 1/5.
The Potomac's fastest performance came in the final division as Gigowatt won for Ron Waples in 1:54 4/5, a stakes record. The old mark of 1:55 1/5 was set by Keystone Fabulous in 1988 when the Potomac was held at Freestate Raceway.
Gigowatt was the only stakes victor to win by coming from behind, beating Tooter Scooter by a nose at the wire. Raffles Hanover was another nose back in third.
Other divisional winners were Silky Stallone, driven by William Fahy, in 1:56 1/5; Deal Breaker, driven by Waples, in 1:56 2/5, and Cambest, with Dave Rankin, in 1:55 2/5.
"When you're the best you want to be on top," Fahy said. Davis agreed: "The better horses will go for the lead to avoid traffic problems."