11/22/2016 10:23PM

Rosecroft: All Bets Off goes out a winner, equaling track record in first Potomac Invitational Pace

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All Bets Off (#3) nosed out Split The House in the first annual Potomac Invitational Pace on Tuesday night

All Bets Off made the final start of his career a winning one, taking the inaugural $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational at Rosecroft Raceway in 1:48 2/5, equaling the track record and giving the 5-year-old a lifetime mark on his way to the stallion shed.

Driven by Matt Kakaley, All Bets Off was positioned in the pocket while Split The House (David Miller) ripped through hot fractions of 25 3/5, 52 1/5, and 1:19 3/5, giving the cold shoulder to a first-over Mel Mara (Corey Callahan) in the process. 

Kakaley angled All Bets Off to the outside turning for home, but Split The House wasn't just going to hand it to him, as he dug in all the way to the wire.  All Bets Off wouldn't be denied, though, getting up in the final stride to prevail by a nose.  Wakizashi Hanover (Trace Tetrick) rallied from seventh to third in the final quarter, with Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) and Dealt A Winner (Andy Miller) rounding out the top five.

"The race set up perfect for him," Kakaley said following the victory.  "David had to go big fractions.  He wanted the front, and they were rolling along pretty good.  I figured he'd come back to me a little bit, but that horse was really game.  I thought I'd get by him a little bit easier than I did, but my horse was super, and it's a good way to end the year for him, that's for sure."

Ron Burke trains All Bets Off, a 5-year-old son of Blue Chip Farms stallion Bettor's Delight, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Frank Baldachino, and The Panhellenic Stb Corp.  This was his 22nd career victory, and he has earned $2,198,003.  Sent off at 4-1, All Bets Off paid $10.60 to win.

All Bets Off will now head to Ohio's Hickory Lane Farm to begin his stallion career.