Dorunrun Bluegrass, winner of nearly $1.7 million, is the 9-5 choice to win the second leg of the $75,000 Graduate Pacing Series tonight at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington.
The 6-year-old horse will be driven by three-time national driving champion Chip Noble and faces J.C.'s Skippy, the 3-1 second choice and winner of the first leg of the Graduate series last weekend at The Meadowlands.
The Graduate is the sixth race on the 13-race card, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Robin Burns, the track announcer who also makes the early line, said he made Dorunrun Bluegrass the favorite even though the horse drew the outside post position in the eight-horse field.
"He won here last year, has a reputation for getting a mile in 1 minute, 50 1/5 seconds, and is by far the leading money-winner in the field," Burns said.
Together, the eight horses have earned $4.3 million in their careers and have an average lifetime mark of 1:52 2/5 for the mile.
Also in the Graduate field are Broussard, 7-2 odds; Tyler Blue Chip, 12-1; Terrible Semalu, 20-1; Prince Ebony, 9-2; Covert Action, 15-1; and Steely Glow, 20-1.
The next two legs of the Graduate series will be run at Freehold and Blue Bonnets Raceways. The top money winners in the four preliminary races will meet at The Meadowlands May 9 in the $175,000 Graduate Series Final, which will be simulcast to Rosecroft.
Rosecroft, operating for the first year under the ownership of Colt Enterprises, Ltd., is posting 15 percent gains in handle and attendance over the similar period a year ago.