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Ft. Washingtin, MD — Harness racing driver Victor Kirby highlighted a great Sunday night (Sept. 27) show at Rosecroft Raceway by securing four wins on the 15-race card. Kirby won a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes division with BT’s Breeze for Bryan Truitt Jr. and trainer Bryan Truitt, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 as he edged out sires stakes rival Allie’s Finale in an eye pooping :54.3 back half. The Son of Nuclear Breeze picked up his 14th career win. Kirby took wins with Bo Knows for Bryan Truitt Jr. and John Dixon; Dixon’s Cole On The Beach; and won the finale with B A Rocket, boldly splitting rivals in deep stretch to win for trainer Greg Trotto, Fred Sporrer, Jon Reedy and VIP Internet Stable. Perennial dash champion Frank Milby is off to a strong start with six wins in the first two nights of the fall meet. Milby won Sunday with Cool Casper for Jody Cahall and it was the first of two wins for trainer Trevor Stafford as Milby won with Dance On The Beach for his barn as well. Star Messenger made Milby a winner for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. John Wagner won three races on the night, including a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes win for Lloyd’s All In. The son of Rusty’s All In handled his rivals from the far outside, wiring the field in 1:55 for Pamela Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Wagner notched a pair of wins for owner-trainer Courtney Brooks, setting new lifetime bests for Redwood Again (1:53.1) and Precision Bluechip (1:52.1) who upset Rosecroft powerhouse Romantic Interest in the process. Eddie Davis Jr., piloted two winners, among them the popular Winbak Carl, bred by Winbak Farm in Maryland. The 11-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty won for the 40th time in his career. Eric Davis conditions the veteran pacer for Susan Baker. Davis Jr. also woke up Commander Hill who had been struggling at Harrah’s Philadelphia over the past two months, winning in 1:52.2 for trainer Eric Ell and Tribbett Racing. Allan Davis took on two claimers, rallying Ok Galahad from last to first, edging claiming king Foxland in 1:54.4 in the best betting race of the night. Foxland was the favorite as just over 4-1. Brittany Bounds owns and trains Ok Galahad who returned $12.80 to win. Jason Thompson won the pari-mutuel puzzler of the night, as Bullvilleblast scored for owner-trainer Brian Tomlinson. The winner was 7-2 on the morning line but dismissed at 17-1 and paired with Brock N Brian, equally dismissed off a 3-1 morning line at 10-1, for a $251 exacta. Jonathan Roberts took high speed honors for the night, gunning nicely from an outside post to steer Prince Clyde home in 1:52 for owner-trainer Richard Malone Jr. Rosecroft has another 15-race card on Wednesday night and has moved post time up to 6:55 p.m. (EDT). by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Ft Washington, MD - Frank Milby, Tyler Davis, and John Wagner closed out the Fall harness racing meet with driving doubles as Rosecroft Raceway wrapped its 2019 racing season on Wednesday night. Milby, the fall dash driving champion picked up wins with Tanzanite Love ($4.20) and Flash's Fool ($5.00) both owned by Joseph Plummer and trained by Jason Walters. Wagner scored a trotting win with Fox Valley Strpwr ($12.40) in his third start for Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron who wrapped up another training title in the Fall meet. Wagner's second win of the night came with Graygon ($4.40) giving Wagner and Cameron a double on the night. Tyler Davis has had a solid 2019 as the 27-year old was a full-time driver for the entire year at Rosecroft. Among his 43 wins on the year, 27 in the Fall meet, last night picked up his 13th win at odds of 5-1 or greater as E-Z Pass B ($21.80) took the final race of 2019 for Owner-trainer William Fletcher. Davis also rolled Doctor McSwing ($8.00) to the winners circle for owners Allan Pullman and Barry Glickstein for trainer Martin Davis. Romantic Interest won the Pacer of the meet with four wins and a mile mark of 1:50.3 for owner Candy Milby and trainer Frank Milby. Trotter of the meet went to What That Is for owner-trainer Kerry Welty. The four-year old Cam's Rocket offspring was piloted by Roger Plante and won five Open Handicaps during the Fall meet. Rosecroft will reopen in 2020 on Sunday January 19. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Ft. Washington- Frank Milby will wrap up another harness racing driving title on closing night Wednesday. Monday night, he put the clamps on that title winning five races on the night. Milby's run started in race 6 with Gloria Kinnamon's home bred, Makin Money Fast ($5.00), trained by Brian Callahan and co-owned by Jessica Sutton. In Race 7, B A Rocket was allowed to go off at an astonishing, 7-1. Milby guided his charge into the passing lane and he exploded past Ideal Perfect Ten and pace setter, Rockin The Shades, to win by a length and a half and return $16.00 to win. Greg Trotto trains and co-owns the son of Cam's Rocket with Fred Sporrer, Jon Reedy and the VIP Internet Stable. It was Trotto's second training win of the night as Jonathan Roberts won with Allie's Cruiser who brushed past Officer Wholian on the backside and held off Redwood Again. Milby went to the winners circle with Jet Aviation who cleared after the quarter pole and held off Arts Delight to give Callahan his second training win of the night. Milby finished off the night with All Gold for Richard Malone Jr., and Disturbia for Jody Cahall and trainer Trevor Stafford. Roberts finished a double with Capital Builder for his Dad "Bib" Roberts and trainer Megan Roberts-Tolson. Timmy Offut brightened up the tote board with A Wild Impulse, A 15-1 winner, for Joseph Karrat and Hickory Aloha , a winner for his Dad Joe Offut. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Ft. Washington, MD — What That Is won his third straight $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at Rosecroft Raceway on Monday night (Dec. 9) as part of a harness racing driving double for Roger Plante Jr. and an owning-training double for Kerry Welty. The 4-year-old trotter by pacing sire Cam’s Rocket won for the seventh time this year and the 19th time in 57 career starts. Plante sent his charge from post nine and cleared past the opening quarter and rolled on a track labeled ‘good’ in 1:55.3. In seven Open Handicap starts since Oct. 20, What That Is has won five of them. Plante also remained red hot with Rockin The Shades who won his third race in his last four starts in a lifetime best 1:53.2. Jared Moyer doubled on the night, steering Honest Liar to a win in his second start for new owner-trainer Jerry Nock in 1:56. Moyer also closed stoutly from sixth with Bo Breeze, getting him home at 8-1 and winning his 12th race of the year in 1:53.4. Eric Davis guided two winners for owner Eugene Robinson and trainer Katie Flaherty. Baby She’s Got It won a dazzling stretch duel with Earn My Stripes, Writteninred and Whiskey N Coke who were within a length of each other in a four horse photo. Davis later scored with Crush Hanover, who held off a game effort from True Cut, who was parked from the three-eighths mark on, in 1:56.2. Frank Milby took the $11,000 Open Pace with Romantic Interest who fought off a stubborn Rocktavious and In Record Time in 1:51.3. It was the eighth win of the year for the 4-year old Always A Virgin gelding for owner Candy Milby. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Roger Plante, Russell Foster, Jason Thompson and Jared Moyer had driving doubles as Rosecroft pulled the curtain down on the 2018 harness racing season. Plante and Moyer drivers pulled off big upsets pari-mutually speaking, as Plante sat the pocket and edged pace setting Major Blue Coat (Jason Green) with 25-1 shot The truthaboutdavid who had not hit the board in 23 starts this year. It was his fourth start for new owners Paul and Carolyn Gsell who also condition the son of Total Truth. Plante also put Sum For All in a similar trip position and found the winners circle paying $6.60 for owner-trainer Kerry Welty. Moyer won with Atomic Art ($5.40) for Wife Kayla and Rosecroft leading trainer for the Fall Meet, Arlene Cameron, who finished with 27 wins. His second win was a puzzler as BP Burner, 9-2 on the morning line, was dismissed at 17-1, and got a gorgeous drive from Moyer who sent the closer three-wide before three quarters and got the jump on Smart Rokker (Declan Donoway) and Sword Of The Spirit (Allan Davis). Foster needed to erase a three win deficit to catch Frank Milby for the Fall dash driving championship. Anderson Valley carried Foster to his first win for Trainer Greg Trotto and co- owners Jeff Livingston and Freed Sporrer. Foster and Mr Big Bucks took the claiming finale for owner Chris Devine and trainer Jason Walters. Thompson returned from rodeo action in Las Vegas in time to score with longshot Moveoutofmyway for owner Bob Weyforth and trainer Jeff Stafford, returning $24.20. Thompson's backers were rewarded as Real Flight pulled an upset paying $38.60 for Bryson Dunning and trainer, Jody Dunning. Robert Hoffman took the featured trot with Overnight Shipper blowing by three-wide on the final turn and returning $15.80. Milby held off Foster, 45-44 to win the Dash Driving title, while Rock N Roll Jet was named Pacer of the year, and Fashion Smile was Trotter of the meet. It also marked the final start for 14-year old Talbot Redneck, the homebred of David Donahue and co owned by trainer Ken Schlotzhauer. 382 starts 56 wins and $327,687 in lifetime earnings. Arts Blaze, another 14 year old, broke in Maryland as a youngster, finished third in the finale. He could start at Freehold for owner-trainer John Urbanski before December 31, and made start 366 last night. Rosecroft will re-open for live racing February 6, 2019. Peter Medhurst                         Pete Medhurst Air personality 106.7 The Fan Entercom Radio PXP Voice Navy Athletics Washington, D.C. 443-845-5470

“The future belongs to those who plan for it,” is a quote from the late great thoroughbred trainer Colin Hayes who made a move from suburban Semaphore in Adelaide to the world famous Lindsay Park Stud at Angaston in the Barossa Valley. It can also apply to former dairy and sheep farmer Peter Medhurst from Glencoe in the South-East of South Australia. Medhurst, 73, has transformed an enjoyable hobby into a successful business. When he sold his farming interests about eight years ago, Medhurst set up a breeding and training property for son-in-law Barry Finnis and his wife Katherine and their son Jayson. It is all encompassing with the training stables and work track alongside the paddocks containing the mares, foals and up and coming young horses. At present Medhurst retains a strong interest in the breeding side of the operation leaving the training to Barry and driving to Jayson. “When I was in the cattle and sheep industry I believed breeding to be a very important aspect and it forms the foundation of the business,” Medhurst said. “I ran a good business for more than 40 years so I guess the principles on which I operated must have been good. “When I got involved in harness racing I brought the same breeding ideas across, and it looks like they are still working.” Medhurst, capably backed by his wife Lesley, has built up an amazing broodmare band, the majority tracing back to his first standardbred purchase. Progeny from the Medhurst property have won races in most states of Australia and even in the United States. The Medhurst name has been synonymous in South Australian racing circles for nearly a century. It began with Roy ‘Mick’ Medhurst who was one of the state’s leading jockeys in the 30s and 40s who was inducted into the South Australian Hall of Fame in 2010 and who was an uncle of Peter. Peter’s involvement in harness racing began in 1989 when he purchased a yearling filly by Kentucky from the Garry Rowan mare Scarlet Sunrise. Named Roses In Paris she won nine races, including at Moonee Valley and Globe Derby and little could he have hoped what was about to begin. At stud, Roses In Paris produced 12 foals of which 11 were winners and from the family more than 100 wins have come. Roses In Paris, now 27, is still alive on Medhurst’s Glencoe property and despite her age still has a mothering influence over the horses on the farm, and as the matriarch, and since most are her descendants, that is only right and proper. She was twice South Australian broodmare of the year, and one of her foals, Surfing Queen has also replicated that feat. “When I started breeding I spoke with noted breeding expert Bob McArdle and he was extremely helpful and I tried to pedigree match, always going to the best stallions,” Medhurst said. “I also breed every second year from most of the mares, both to try and keep numbers manageable, and not to overtax the mare.” The Roses In Paris’ progeny include prolific winners Catch A Bouquet, Thorninmyside, King Grin, Mister Seelster, Paris to Berlin and Pete’s Elect which Medhurst sent to the United States where he was successful with a career-best mile rate of 1:51:6. She also produced Surfing Queen who has really carried the family success with prolific winners Surface To Air, Forty Seven Flash, Flaming Hero and Three Queens. “While I love the breeding side of the operation, really the setup is to hopefully be a bonus for Barry and Jayson in the future because I won’t be around forever,” Medhurst said. “I have to thank Tony Herlihy (champion New Zealand reinsman) for his help in building the team and also for taking Jayson for three months’ work experience.” Medhurst loves every winner because he knows just how tough it is to win a race but the stable’s success over more than a quarter of a century sees two cabinets full of trophies and a wall of photos longer than a cricket pitch. Such is his pride in Roses In Paris he has had a special photo made up with a list of all her winners. He is also rightfully proud of having five winners on a night at Mount Gambier on January 17, 2014 – Flaming Hero, Top Share, Paris To Berlin, White Eyed Girl and Jet Boat. All were bred and owned by Peter and Lesley Medhurst, trained by Barry Finnis and driven by Jayson Finnis. That was an ultimate family affair. In the 2014/15 South Australian premierships, the Finnis father and son made the top 10 with Barry training 38 winners and Jayson driving 37. Expect similar numbers again this season, perhaps more. Considering that Mount Gambier only has a short racing season, the Medhurst-Finnis team has to travel incredible distances to pursue their hobby/business. It is a 10-hour return trip to Adelaide and the stable is fortunate the western district tracks in Victoria are closer but they are forever on the road when the team is in full training. “I’ve lived here for 73 years and never seen a reason to move,” Medhurst said.  There can be no doubt that Peter Medhurst has done an amazing job planning for the future. by Graham Fischer

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