07/13/2007 11:00PM

Early move helps Rosinka pull an upset


The Robert G. Dick Memorial Handicap is a 1 3/8-mile grass race, and in it the horses pass the finish line twice. In Saturday's edition of the race, the decision jockey Jeremy Rose made the first time under the wire got him home by a neck the second time around.

Rose was riding Rosinka, an improving 4-year-old filly trained by Graham Motion. Rosinka was sitting third, three paths wide, and up on the pace - what there was of it. The leaders strolled through an opening quarter-mile in 26.26 seconds, and Rose, with one lap left, decided to seize control. He let Rosinka out a notch, putting her clearly in front, and there she stayed, getting the jump on Royal Highness and holding her off by a neck in a desperate finish.

Royal Highness, making her first start since February, was in hand and on the bridle throughout for jockey Ramon Dominguez, who kept her a few paths wide into the far turn to stay clear of trouble. Royal Highness hesitated slightly when changing her leads, and though cutting into Rosinka's lead in the final furlong, she could not get there.

Safari Queen, $1.10-1 compared to Royal Highness's even-money, did not fire on this day, and was passed on the wire for third by Humoristic. The top two, however, were nearly five lengths clear of the show horse.

Rosinka, the property of The Lavington Stud, was a distant third choice behind the two favorites, and paid $15.40 to win. She was timed in 2:16.56 over a firm course.

Carpenter: Barcola stays up

There were four horses in the R.R.M. Carpenter Memorial Handicap, and on paper, it looked possible that all of them would go for the early lead. Instead, it was Barcola who wound up in front and in the clear, and there he stayed throughout the $97,000 Carpenter, beating Better Than Bonds by one length. It was 3 1/2 lengths farther back to even-money Awfully Smart, and another 18 to Like Now, who was virtually eased in his second start back from a year-plus layoff.

Barcola, trained by Mark Hennig for J. Paul Reddam, had won the Brandywine Stakes at Delaware in his most recent start, leading all the way through a half-mile in less than 46 seconds. Saturday, his half-mile split was 46.84, and jockey Kendrick Carmouche had plenty left in the tank to hold clear of Better Than Bonds. Better Than Bonds, away last, crept up the inside around the first turn. He was checked when running up on heels at about the six-furlong pole, but had every chance to catch the winner in the stretch and wasn't quite good enough.

Barcola paid $8.40 to win, and was timed in 1:41.88 for 1 1/16 miles on dirt.