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Trenton, NJ — MacKenzie Kiel owns a horse named Going The Distance but calls him Finn. She has an uncle named Edwin Gannon Jr. but calls him Uncle Jay. The one moniker she prefers to keep the same is “winner,” which is what Kiel became for the first time in harness racing on April 24. The 22-year-old from Maryland garnered her first training victory that day at Rosecroft Raceway when Going The Distance started from post six and went wire-to-wire in winning by two lengths in 1:56. Prior to the win driver John Wagner, a wily veteran with more than 5,300 victories to his credit, plotted with the young trainer before changing tactics when the gate opened. “I asked him what he thought,” Kiel said. “He said ‘I’ll probably just take back and ride the rail.’ I said ‘OK that’s fine with me.’ Next thing I know I see John leaving and I got really scared. I thought to myself ‘I don’t think this horse is ready to win wire-to-wire,’ but he proved me wrong.” It was one of those wonderful moments where wrong feels so right. “I was overwhelmed with joy,” she said as her horse crossed what became known that night as the Finn-ish Line. “I’m not really sure why I call him that, it just seems to fit him,” Kiel said, adding with a laugh, “It’s kind of like the brand Finn Tack…minus the tack.” Wagner, who Kiel actually calls John Wagner, has driven Going The Distance in four of his five starts since MacKenzie bought him in March. Prior to his win he finished ninth, second and fourth, and after the victory he garnered another second. It has been a nice upgrade from the first horse Kiel purchased, “who I only had for about three months, and she never won.” When she bought “Finn,” a 4-year-old pacing gelding, it was all about the personality. “What I liked most is that he’s spunky,” MacKenzie said. “He acts like he’s going to bite you, but when you get close to him, he loves to be rubbed on and is actually very sweet.” Going The Distance is the latest in a long line of horses Kiel has developed a nice relationship with. Growing up in Church Hill, Md., she became involved with the animals at a very young age. “I grew up right next to my granny (Barbara Gannon) and pop pop’s (Edwin Gannon) horse farm,” she said. “My pop pop passed away a few years ago, but my granny and him owned and trained many racehorses, as well as my Uncle Jay (Edwin Gannon Jr.). We also have riding horses, mostly retired Standardbreds.” Kiel has long been interested in harness racing. Although her parents are not involved in the business, they would take MacKenzie to the track to watch the family’s horses race. During that time she had numerous horses and ponies that she would ride through trails or show. “I knew I always wanted to do something with horses,” she said. “I just wasn’t sure about the racing part, since there’s so much that goes on with it. I pretty much decided that I wanted to do this career-wise last year.” Kiel got her trainer’s license late last summer. She trains her own horse, has helped her Uncle Jay at Windswept Farm for the past two years, and works part-time in the afternoons at her mom’s business, Serenity Enhancement Center. MacKenzie Kiel got her trainer’s license late last summer. Photo courtesy of MacKenzie Kiel. MacKenzie’s biggest influences have been her grandparents and Uncle Jay, along with her mom (Susan Gannon) and dad (Timmy Kiel). “Although my parents aren’t involved in the racing aspect, they have always supported me and always watch my horse race when they can,” Kiel said. “My grandparents and my uncle have definitely taught me the most. They’ve been in the business for years, and they are always trying to help me when they can.” Her uncle’s stable is small, around 10 horses, but it keeps Mackenzie busy enough helping out with those horses while training her Finn, that she has stepped away from showing horses. Now that she has that first win under her belt, Kiel wants to continue to progress as a trainer and perhaps get a few more Standardbreds to call her own. “I’m very happy with where I’m at now,” she said. “I still feel like I have a lot to learn. I’d eventually like to have a couple more of my own horses. Right now, one is enough for me.” Especially when it goes by two names.   by Rich Fisher USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

The four trotting preliminaries went as afternoon non-wagering events.   In the first division for trotting colts and geldings, reinsman Roger Plant Jr. sent Fire’n Woodshed (Lockkeeper) wire to wire in his sire stakes debut, stopping the clock in 1:55.4.   Unraced at two Fire’n Woodshed is now undefeated in three starts. Kerry Welty trains for owner-breeder Brian Emerson. Whoopdee Goo closed for second.   Mary’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) with John Wagner in the bike lowered the stakes record to 1:55.4 for three year old trotting fillies in the second non-wagering event.   HS Judy Jetson closed to within a head of the leader for place. Arlene Cameron trains Mary’s A Keeper for owners and breeders John Wagner and Syl King Jr.   A third Lockkeeper offspring found his way to the winner’s circle, when Russell Foster guided Mind Yown Business to a 1:58.3 victory in the second division for trotting colts and gelding a half length in front of Remarkable De Vie. Russell Foster is the owner and Megan Foster is the trainer.   The second split for trotting fillies saw driver Les Givens and Snazzy Jet (Lear Jetta) charge down the stretch to catch Pats A Keeper at the wire in 1:58.2. Nanticoke Racing is the owner and breeder of Snazzy Jet.   The first division for pacing fillies opened the pari-mutuel card. Long shot KJ Dr Michelle (Rusty’s All In) went from 4th on the outside at the ¾ pole to win by a head over Rocket Rhonda in 1:56.2 paying $27.40. Jared Moyer was in the bike for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner-breeder Scott Woogen.   Officer Wholihan (Rusty’s For Real) took advantage of post one, going gate to wire in 1:53.3 for pacing colts and geldings in race two. Trump That Rusty was up for place. Sam Belote trains for owners Gloria and John S. Belote III. Bret Brittingham was the driver.   Kelseys On Cruze (Rusty’s All In) broke her maiden in race three taking the second division for pacing fillies. Reinsman John Wagner sent Kelsey to the top from post 7, holding off Alexis’ Fraternity in the 1:56.4 mile.   Pam Wagner is the owner-breeder and Arlene Cameron is the trainer.   Pacing colts and geldings returned for race four, the final stake of the evening. Berzerker (Rusty’s For Real) with Tony Morgan in the bike, took control at the half opening up 6 lengths on the field at the finish.   Time for the mile was 1:55.2. Rusty’s Houdini closed from fifth at the ¾ pole to finish second.   The owners and breeders of the winner are Brandon, Clifton and Wanda Murray and Brandon is also the trainer.     By Cheri Stambaugh

With storms threatening on Sunday afternoon, the first of three splits for paces opened the non-wagering card with the harenss racing mares.    Rissy’s All In ( Rusty’s All In) with John Wagner in the bike, took the lead just passed the quarter in 27.1 opening up on the field to win by seven lengths in the record shattering mile of 1:52.1.   This was also a lifetime best for Rissy’s All In trained by Arlene Cameron for owner Pamela Wagner. O K Daisey was up for place.   Early race two was for the trotters. Driver Jared Moyer guided Hybrid Henry (Cam’s Rocket) to the lead at the 3/8 holding off a challenge by both EI EI O and What That Is in the 1:55.4. Arlene Cameron is both the owner and trainer.   In the second division for pacers the boys played musical chairs with the lead changing three times.   When the dust settled Jack Quick (Nuclear Breeze) edged out Allie’s Finale setting a new stakes record for geldings of 1:52.1 for owner & trainer Basil Sapienza.   The final stake of the afternoon brought the male pacers out for their last split. BT’s Breeze crossed the wire first but was disqualified and placed fifth due to interference in the stretch. Bo Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) driven by Allan Davis was placed first with Adios Muchachos placed second.   Bo Breeze is trained by Shawn Murray for owners Murray Racing LLC.   The first preliminaries for the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes will be on Sunday April 28th at Rosecroft.     Cheryl Stambaugh

Ft. Washington, MD — When harness racing driver Tony Morgan shows up at Rosecroft, good things tend to happen. Sunday night (March 10) was no exception. Morgan steered Whambamthankumaam to a new older mare track record in 1:54.4 for owner Thomas Mucci and trainer Brian Malone. The 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra brushed past leader Southwind Ferrari after the half-mile mark to win by five lengths. The effort eclipsed the 2015 track record performance by Brilliance Hanover and Timmy Offutt of 1:55. It was the second of two trotting wins for Morgan and four wins overall. Don Dorado held off a fast closing Magglio to score in a conditioned trotting event in 1:56.3 for owners Harry and Carolyn Smith and trainer Erica Wagner who picked up her first wins of the meet with Bluebird Ideal scoring as an odds-on favorite for the Smiths as well in 1:53.1. Morgan scored a conditioned win with Net Profit for Jeff Beauchamp and Ronald Short. Brian Wright conditions the winner who returned a nifty profit of $19.40. Capital Builder won the $11,000 Open Handicap for Jonathan Roberts. Tucking in the three spot after leaving from post eight, the 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere edged past pacesetter Hickory Aloha in 1:53.1. Bib Roberts owns the winner and he is trained by Megan Tolson. It was Roberts’ second driving win of the night after scoring a claiming win with Three Rivers Dell for Mucci and Malone, giving them a double. Sean Bier guided Sawbuck Hanover to an upper level conditioned win for Crissy Crissman-Bier and Joan Hamstead in 1:53.1, while Roger Plante found conditioned success with Bevnlindassunnap for owner-trainer Ken Schlotzhauer in 1:53.4. Musclebeachboy scored an easy lower level claiming win for Roberta Nikodemski and trainer Sheldon Powell. Ricky Still won the $5,000 claimer for Midsize Construction Inc., easing past leader Mr Big Bucks in the final strides. Jeff Stafford opened the curtain with an impressive non-winners of three win with Bluebird Goldwyn in 1:54.2 for Michael Amodei. Tyler Davis took a conditioned win with Centering for owner-trainer Harry Marsh Jr. Hey Dali went a perfect three-for-three in the Greg Trotto barn for owner Kevin Shaplin, setting a new mark of 1:52.2 for Frank Milby and was scooped up for $10,000 as claiming action remained very brisk during this meet. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Rosecroft Raceway has cancelled live racing for Wednesday, Feb. 20 due to a winter storm that is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to the area. Live harness racing is scheduled to resume Sunday, Feb. 24 with a 4:40 p.m. first race post. Rosecroft and all Maryland Jockey Club facilities remain open for simulcasting Wednesday. Live racing returns to Laurel Park Thursday with a 12:30 p.m. post time. by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway  

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - It was in May of 1949 that breeder, owner and driver William E. Miller opened Rosecroft, the "Raceway by the Beltway." Seventy years later, just eight minutes from National Harbor, harness racing trotters and pacers are still competing at Rosecroft. Beginning Wednesday, the track in Oxon Hill will open for its four-month spring meet. The 12-race program kicks off at 6:40 p.m. The program will include an $8,000 pace for Maryland-preferred fillies and mares. Frank Milby will be seeking his third consecutive driving title at Rosecroft. Milby finished with 46 wins over the fall meet, two more than Russeell Foster. The top two drivers were more than a dozen ahead of third-place finisher Jonathan Roberts. Milby also won the 2019 spring title by visiting the winner's circle 56 times, 13 more than runner-up Roger Plante Jr. Like Milby, trainer Arlene Cameron will also be looking for a natural hat trick. Cameron took last year's spring title with 23 wins and took the fall meet with 27 wins, 12 more than runner-up Brian Wright. Rosecroft will race every Wednesday and Sunday in February and March. Post time will be 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday and 4:40 p.m. on Sunday. In April, Rosecroft will race each Wednesday and Sunday and will also race Monday, April 22 with a 6:40 p.m. post time. In May, Rosecroft will race on Saturday the 4th and 18th with a 7 p.m. post time. by David Joseph, 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

When your Grandfather and Father have won races at Rosecroft, you might as well follow in their footsteps, right? Harness racing driver Jason Green continues to do that, as last night he piloted four winners including the mares feature with KG Rocks in 1:53.4. Sent off as the third choice in the wagering, KG Rocks watched as a ton of activity went on in front of her over the first 5/8ths of a mile. Fearless Chance (John Mackinnon) left hard from the rail before yielding to Arts and Flowers (Roger Plante) through a opening quarter of :27. Iheartquestionmark (Eric Davis) was left parked and pressed on clearing before the half in :55.2. At this point, favored Sweetnfamous and Frank Milby sprung forward to grab the lead while the rest of the outer flow moved up. Green, who started fifth over, eventually brushed three wide with the eventual winner who zipped home for her third win of the fall meet. Arts And Flowers was second while Sweetnfamous was third. Heidi Van Vliet owns and trains the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven who won for the 15th time in her career. While she had rested up over the summer, KG Rocks has now gone 3-1-1 in her last 6 starts at Rosecroft. "She really likes the Winter" said Van Vliet who also teamed with Green for a trotting win with Winston Hall in a lifetime best 1:59. Jason Green's Dad, Clifton, piloted Maryland Sires Stakes trotting champions Old Dan and Bo Jam at Rosecroft and also garnered MSS wins with Tuggit who was trained by his Dad, Clayton. Green won a pair for Michael and Brittany Bounds as the 10-year old trotter Magglio picked up his third win of the fall meet, and Im Done Talking pulled an 8-1 upset. Leading driver Frank Milby won a pair as Luck Of The Deal rallied for a win for owner Marc Tardiff and trainer Eric Davis, while Accokeek Mercury held off favored Believe In Him (Ricky Still) to post a 13-1 upset for owner-trainer Rusty Cox. Milby now leads Russell Foster, 45-42, going into the final night of the meet Sunday. Wednesday night cards are dominated by pacing mares, and last night was dominated by female trainers, Van Vliet and Bounds had doubles, while Megan Tolson, Amanda Malone and meet leading trainer Arlene Cameron all had wins on the 12-race card. Pete Medhurst

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - For Ron Burke, North America's leading harness racing trainer in victories and earnings, Sunday's $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway is just another pari-mutuel mission. For trainer Buddy Bright, it's the opportunity of a lifetime and it comes less than a week before his 71st birthday. Burke will be represented by Filibuster Hanover, the probable favorite, and stablemate Rockin Ron. Bright, a regular at Rosecroft for years, sends out longshot Rock N Roll Jet, a one-eyed pacer and winner of five of the last six Open Paces at the Fort Washington, MD. oval. It could be a classic case of David vs. Goliath. Burke's stable has won over 900 races and more than $20 million this year. Bright's barn has 16 victories and $114,256. Filibuster Hanover and Rockin Ron combine for 10 victories and $1.16 million in earnings this year. Rock N Roll Jet has nine victories and $73,975 in earnings. But as far as horses being on top of their game, it's Bright's Rock N Roll Jet that is in the spotlight. The 9-year-old gelding has won his last four starts, all at Rosecroft oval. "He's sharp right now," said Bright. "He won last week from the eight hole. Never saw the wood (rail) and got up in time (by a neck) in 1:51 3/5." Bright said Rock N Roll lost his left eye to a fungus four years ago, but that it hasn't affected his performance. "He's the same. He doesn't care. He just races hard." As for upsetting Burke's two entries, Bright is eager to try them. I don't know if we can beat them, but if we draw inside of them, we'll give a heckuva try." Rock N Roll Jet drew the No. 5 post, between Filibuster Hanover (4 hole) and Rockin Ron (8 post). The Burke trainee has raced in all the top level races this season, but both are on losing streaks. Filibuster Hanover hasn't won since scoring in the June 10 Graduate at Tioga Downs, having lost his last 13 starts. Rockin Ron's last victory came in the May 26 Camluck. He has since lost 14 starts. The victory droughts do not faze Burke. "I don't buy into the belief that horses need victories to boost their confidence," said Burke. "It's a big mistake to attempting to tie human emotions to horses." ROSECROFT EXTRAS: In addition to the $100,000 Potomac Pace, Sunday's card will feature the $25,000 Maryland Invitational for horses owned, sired or bred in the state, as well as the $15,000 Foiled Again Invitational. Slick Tony and Sams Triple Crown, both eight-time winners this year, head the Maryland Invitational. Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness history with earnings of $7.6 million, has drawn the No. 9 post for his farewell tour appearance. The Burke-trained Foiled Again is 14 and faces mandatory retirement following his final start on Dec. 31 at The Meadows. David Joseph

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Ron Burke is a numbers guy. You would expect as much from a trainer juggling a 250-horse stable of trotters and pacers and has been the best in the harness racing business for a decade. Burke, based in Washington, Pa. at The Meadows as well as a nearby farm, never misses one of his pupil's starts, be it in person or via a computer or television screen. He will have his eye on the mobile starting gate Sunday when he sends out both Filibuster Hanover and Rockin Ron in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. Not only does Burke, 49, know his business in and out, he also knows the storyline of outstanding accomplishments by others in the Standardbred community. He took notice last weekend when Aaron Merriman, a regular at both The Meadows and Northfield Park in northeastern Ohio, became the first driver in harness history to win 1,000 races in two seasons. "Aaron drives for me. I've done what he's done twice as a trainer. I'm hoping to do it again this year," said Burke who has sent out 924 winners this year through Nov. 28. "I'm very proud of having that many wins." And a stack of purse dollars, as well. Burke became the first harness trainer to cash for more than $100 million in career earnings (in 2014) and this year soared over the $200 million mark. Another Burke milestone was becoming the first trainer to earn $20 million in a single season. He has done so six consecutive years, including this season. The $28,414,071 his stable banked in 2014 is the highest by a trainer of any breed. All this from a 6-foot-5 horseman who once told the New York Times that, as a youngster, "I was scared to death of (horses), and that's not a lie." Burke, won the inaugural Potomac Pace in 2016 when his All Bets Off rallied to prevail by a nose over Split The House while equaling the Rosecroft then track record of 1:48 2/5. All Bets Off finished second in last year's Potomac renewal. "The race has been good to me," said Burke. Burke believes that while Rockin Ron has banked $532,311 this season, Filibuster Hanover gives him his best shot at winning this year's Potomac. "He's ready to roll," said Burke. "He's been facing the best of the best all season." Filibuster Hanover drew the No. 4 post in the Potomac field of eight and has won five of 18 starts and $636,601 this year. His biggest victories came earlier this year when he won the May 27 Commodore Barry Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia and May 20 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Filibuster Hanover ran into the red-hot McWicked (12 for 19 for $1.5 million this year) in the Oct. 27 Breeders Crown Final Open Pace and had to settle for second money. "He's only four and that was a big effort in the Breeders Crown," said Burke. "I'm confident he'll race well in the Potomac." David Joseph

A week away from the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational and the harness racing local horse couldn't be any sharper. Rock N' Roll Jet has certainly earned his opportunity, winning Sunday night for the fifth time in his last six Open starts at Rosecroft in 1:51.3. The nine-year old son of Rocknroll Hanover could not be any sharper. Winning for the ninth time this year and 46th time in his career, driver Kim Vincent floated out from handicapped post nine and tucked ever so briefly fifth on the pylons at the opening quarter. 1-5 Favorite Options Are A Dream (Ross Wolfenden) cleared from post and yielded the lead for a short time to Kiss A Dragon (Russell Foster) but ultimately reclaimed the lead by the half. Vincent by then was within a length of the leader on the outside and they raced as partners until the last eight of a mile when Sams Triple Crown and John Wagner looked poised breeze on by only to see Rock N' Roll Jet dig in and hold him off by a head for the win. Sent off as the 9-2 second choice, Rock N' Roll Jet is likely for the $100,000 Potomac Pace next Sunday night at Rosecroft. Dawn Webb and trainer Buddy Bright own the winner who now has seasonal earnings of $73,975. Driver Jonathan Roberts had three wins on the card, winning with Pace Car ($14.00) for Deborah and Jamie Bozman and trainer Walter Bozman Jr. Roberts sat the son of Foreclosure N in the pocket behind pace setter B A Rocket (Russell Foster) and blasted up the passing lane holding off 48-1 long shot Seen Before Heard who closed stoutly from the back for Allan Davis in 1:54.3. Roberts picked up an easy win for Donald Fowler as Rock N Row ($3.20) wired the field in 1:54.4. Willard Reynolds conditions the winner who won for the eighth time this year. His final win of the night came with A Major Impulse who went coast to coast in 1:53.4 for Joseph Karrat and trainer Luis Collazo. John Wagner took the $9,000 featured trot with Southwind Ferrari for Scott Woogen and trainer Arlene Cameron. It was the ninth win in 23 starts for the four year old son of Chapter Seven who returned a surprising $15.80. The time of the mile was 1:55.4. Wagner and Cameron gained a double as Choreographer ($11.40) won upon first calling for his new barn, in 1:55. Rosecroft will play host to the $100,00 Potomac Pace next Sunday at 4:40. Horses that are expected as of now include Dealt A Winner, who finished second in Saturday's TVG Final to McWicked. Trainer Mark Silva will be sending Dealt A Winner to his Third Potomac Pace. Filibuster Hanover who was third is expected for trainer Ron Burke and Endeavor who won Saturday's Tom Horner Memorial at Dayton in 1:50 for trainer Jeff Cullipher. There will be a $25,000 Maryland Invitational which is expected to include Slick Tony, Hickory Aloha, Sam's Triple Crown, All The Cookies, a winner last night for Tyler Davis in 1:51.4, and Rocktavious among others who have been invited. Harness Racing's richest horse ever Foiled Again will stop at Rosecroft on his farewell tour in the $15,000 Foiled Again Invitational for horses 10 and older. That field is expected to include Real Flight, who last week at Rosecroft in 1:53.4 for trainer Jody Dunning, 14-year old Arts Blaze who won last night at Rosecroft in 1:54.2 for owner-trainer John Urbanski. It was the 54th career win for Arts Blaze as Urbanski teamed with Jason Thompson for a double as Andwin Hanover scored in race 3.   Pete Medhurst

Driver John Wagner has won as many races as anyone all-time. Wednesday night, he put on a harness racing clinic at Rosecroft, winning five times on the night before Thanksgiving. He swept the early daily double with Threedee Delight A ($6.60) , a new acquisition for Robert Pulley and trainer Sheldon Powell and his own new horse Airborne Hanover ($2.40) for leading trainer Arlene Cameron. Wagner also scored with Rissy's All In ($3.60) giving Cameron a double, Bryson Dunning's Real Flight ($3.40) and and the best moment of the night came when he put 14-yr old Talbot Redneck in the winners circle for the 56th time in his career. The chestnut son of Misfit has been with breeder David Donahue and trainer Ken Schlotzhauer his entire career. Trainer-Driver Mark Gray picked up three wins on the card steering Motel Molly ($21.00), Flying Pirate was a placed winner ($65.00) and Hot Hot Jenna ($7.20) who has had a tremendous fall meet winning for the fourth time. Heidi Van Vliet's KG Rocks ($780) took the Mares feature for Jason Green in 1:53.1.   Pete Medhurst

Followers of standardbred racing in the MidAtlantic region have come to know Sofia Zingale as an upcoming star in RUS as a trainer and jockey. She has signified her arrival with the victory of Egosnattitudes over Hyway Marcus in the RUS MidAtlantic Trot at Rosecroft on November 4. A young trainer of dressage and show jumping horses, Zingale made a relatively smooth transition to the harness sport, exhibiting that with a first year USTR rating of .322. Prior to moving to Delaware, Zingale wasn't even aware harness racing existed. After fourteen years of involvement in non-racing equestrian activities, she came to Delaware to ride for the Delaware State Equestrian team as well as get her college degree in biomechanics/kinesiology. Soon after moving, Zingale met Leigh and Tyler Raymer who hired her. Once the Raymers left the sport, Sofia moved on to work for Joe Columbo and the George Dennis Stable. Saving money, Zingale purchased her first race horse Hybrid Heidi, she continues to campaign this mare. The purchase of Heidi encouraged Zingale to get her trainers license and go out on her own this past May. Since starting her standardbred training career, Zingale has acquired seven horses (in addition to still training four show horses). It was a problem horse, however, which had Zingale put her toes into the RUS pool and fittingly, this horse was Egosnattitudes. "I love problem horses. I enjoy the ones that make you think hard and try out of the box, new ideas", explained Zingale. "One day I was talking to Jonathan Roberts, he mentioned a trotter named "Egosnattitudes" who was definitely a problem horse. Jonathan thought RUS might be exactly what this horse needed mentally. He introduced me to Ego's owner, Adam Ainspan, and we decided to give Ego a try under saddle". The first day of training was tough but after, Egosnattitudes began to enjoy himself with the new racing discipline. After a few months, Zingale realized what a good horse he was. No doubt being involved in riding horses for so many years made it easy for her to pick up RUS. Training horses under saddle is not just for RUS in Zingale's barn. Of the seven horses in her racing stable, four are regularly trained under saddle. As Sofia says, "With my riding horse background, it's easy for me to pick out problem areas from on their back. I think training under saddle is great for pullers and horses that get sour to racing as well". You may think getting a horse to race under saddle is difficult, especially when they have been racing exclusively in sulky. Apparently, you would be mistaken. When asked about this Zingale responded, "Easy! Standardbreds take to riding so well. They are such an intelligent breed. This year, I broke six standardbreds to ride. Two of those horses, Puddin n Pie and Credit Blues, I only sat on once before we qualified them under saddle". She is amazed at how well they handle someone on their back for the first time. Ironically, the only horse which gave her a problem the first time under saddle was Egosnattitudes. Some may question if there is an advantage to racing horses both ways and in her response, Zingale's experience in biomechanics/kinesiology is obvious. "I think mentally it is great for the horses to race both under saddle and sulky. I also think it helps to tighten them up". Zingale continues, "Although RUS races tend to go slower, I think it's harder on the horses. Race bikes are designed to be light, aerodynamic and put a lifting pressure on the horse, whereas under saddle the horses have to carry 130+ pounds of direct weight on their back. RUS also causes horses to strengthen different muscles they wouldn't normally use in order to support the weight of their rider". Returning to Egosnattitudes, having had two wins on his card 'in sulky' this year, one may wonder why the decision was made to race him under saddle. Besides Jonathan Robert's recommendation, the decision to commit to RUS was made the moment the horse came into her stable with his large 'ego' and plenty of 'attitude,' as his name implied; a true problem horse which has been passed around from trainer to trainer for a few years. Having missed the Ocean Downs race due to an attempt to qualify bare foot after losing a shoe, the horse qualified a week too late and had a long time until the Meadowlands' leg of the series took place. Hence, the decision was made to qualify him back to the bike and return to the racing wars. Ego was racing so well in sulky that Zingale decided to leave him out of the Meadowland RUS race. Out of five sulky races, he picked up a fifth, forth, second, and a win for Zingale. Egosnattitudes may not have raced under saddle at all actually; that is until a driver didn't hear Zingale mention to avoid the outrider. Of course, Egosnattitudes was a little fired up in the post parade, so the driver took the horse over to the outrider, and you can guess what happened; he never made it to the gate and galloped the entire mile. Luckily for Zingale, the Rosecroft RUS race was scheduled for the following weekend and that was just what the doctor ordered. "The Rosecroft race could not have come at a better time". Sofia continued, "Ego needed a change as he was not going to mentally bounce back from his galloping extravaganza easily." A positive change with a resultant victory. Was Zingale surprised with the 2:00.0 mile and victory over Hyway Marcus, especially after qualifying in 2:07.3? Zingale says no. "Being honest, I wasn't the least bit surprised with his performance. He is an amazing horse. He has so much talent, speed, and stamina", she said, "I actually didn't even have a whip in my hand for the race. I knew if I could get him to stay flat he would have no problem beating Sasha [Moczulski] and Marcus. "A good rider/driver does their homework. Ego does best under saddle when he can sit to the outside of a horse," Zingale said. "it keeps him focused. Sasha and Marcus usually go a faster first half in comparison to their second half. I knew Ego would have more stamina then Marcus in the stretch. All I had to do was stay close. "The race work out exactly as I was hoping it would". Sofia explained that Ego did not like her monte saddle and therefore she used her riding saddle in the race as well. She joked stating, "He [Ego] wanted to show off by having the heaviest saddle and taking the parked trip with a nail-biting win at the wire." Zingale also had a reclamation project by the name of Atout De Fontaine in the Meadowlands and Rosecroft legs of the series; a French-bred horse who had a successful career in France's monté racing, having a lifetime mark in 1:56 (mile rate). He did start a few times in the bike in France but with under saddle being a popular style of racing, there was little need to make him do something he didn't want to. The horse came to the United States to race in the France-America Trot Series at Yonkers Raceway when he was randomly assigned to, trainer/driver, Pat Berry. This is when the nightmare started as "Frenchie" made it known he wanted nothing to do with racing in the bike; destroying race bikes, jog carts, and being a danger in the barn. Shortly afterwards, Frenchie found a new home with the Amish. Zingale was contacted by John Wagner who asked her if she would train the French trotter under saddle if he purchased him. Zingale admits that she knew nothing about Frenchie but having a soft spot for problem horses she could not turn him away. Soon after his arrival, research found the 1:56 mile rate and earnings in excess of 200,000€ under saddle, and Zingale became excited with the new project. "When Frenchie first arrived, he was very nervous. You could not move too fast around him". Sofia explained, "I let him detox for a few days before trying him out. His whole demeanor changed after the first day I rode him. He became happy and relaxed." Sofia hopes RUS can expand as she was saddened to see a horse earning 200,000€+ become so useless in a short period of time. While he may be tried again in sulky, the hope is to find the French-bred trotter an owner who will race him exclusively under saddle. Horses like Frechie really need RUS to grow and develop in America. As for the future of RUS, Sofia hopes wagering comes to the sport as it is needed to get purses to grow and attract more interest by other trainers and owners. Nothing motivates participation more than purse money. While Zingale is a big proponent of RUS, she realizes purse levels must be competitive with current overnight events. What about allowing pacers to participate in RUS? Zingale would like to see it come to fruition. She definitely will participate if it is allowed so horses of both gaits will have the opportunity to freshen up doing something new. Trotting or pacing, problem horse or not, Zingale is ready for next year and looks forward to expanding her reputation as a dual-discipline trainer as well as RUS rider. By Allan Schott, for RUS MidAtlantic            

Ft. Washington, MD — Jonathan Roberts and Fashion Smile are as good a guarantee as there is at Rosecroft Raceway. The son of Broadway Hall picked up his 11th win of the year on Sunday (Nov. 18) and wins seemingly every harness racing start at Rosecroft. Sunday night, leaving from post eight, Roberts sent him to the front, clearing to the lead after a :27 first quarter. What was also worth noting, BWT Taj who left from post seven, broke stride right before the quarter pole and galloped uncontrollably around the track like a prompter which became an added distraction. Fashion Smile got home in 1:55.2 to take the $9,000 featured trot and paid $3.40 for owner William De Lodivico and trainer Megan Tolson. Don Dorado (Allan Davis) was second, and Master Clave (Roger Plante) was third. Rock N’ Roll Jet won his third straight $12,000 Open for Kim Vincent, blasting off cover in the final quarter to score in 1:51.1. Favored Al’s Hammered (Allan Davis) was second and pacesetter Hickory Aloha (Timmy Offutt) was third. Trainer Buddy Bright and Dawn Webb own the winner who picked up career win number 45 and pushed his lifetime earnings to $349,886. Roberts also picked up wins with Moveoutofmyway ($6.20) for Bob Weyforth and trainer Jeff Stafford, A Major Impulse ($14.20) for Joseph Karrat and trainer Luis Collazo, and Capital Builder ($3.20) for Bib Roberts and trainer Megan Roberts, giving her a double. Jacks After Hours ($3.80) took the claiming finale for Roberts as an owner and trainer Sofia Zingale. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Fort Washington, MD - With the absence of No Recess, the $2,500 Rosecroft leg of the RUS MidAtlantic series looked like a two-horse race between Atout De Fontaine and perennial favorite Hyway Marcus. Well, a two-horse race it was but it was another Sofia Zingale-trained horse, Egosnattitudes, who crashed the party to win a thrilling duel in his maiden RUS start with a mile in 2:00. The field was reduced to four with the defection of One True Friend who was scratched Saturday. When the gate opened, Hyway Marcus (Sasha Moczulski) quickly left to get the first call while Egosnattitudes (Sofia Zingales) raced two-wide around the first turn. By the time Hyway Marcus reached the first quarter, he had a four-length lead over Egosnattitudes in a :28.3 split. As the duo hit the stretch for the first time, Ego quickly closed on the race leader, racing on the outside to be only a head behind Marcus as the tandem reached the half in :58.3. Determined to protect his rail advantage, Hyway Marcus continued to park his opponent. At one point, Egosnattitudes got the lead but by the time the two horses reached the third station in 1:28.1, Hyway Marcus still had a nose advantage. Marcus attempted to put some more distance between the two, managing a lead of a head over Ego as the duo reached the top of the stretch. As much as Marcus dug in, Egosnattitudes was not to be denied and by the time the pair reached the wire, it was Egosnattitudes out-grinding Hyway Marcus to score a three-quarter length victory over the RUS veteran. The other Zingale-trained horse, French trotter Atout De Fontaine (Maria Buchanan) was three lengths further back in third. Puddin N Pie (Stephanie Jacobs) finished fourth. This concludes the 2018 RUS MidAtlantic series. Plans are already being made for next year's series. Any new tracks (fair or pari-mutuel) wishing to be part of the 2019 RUS MidAtlantic series may contact RUS MidAtlantic at Allan Schott, for RUS MidAtlantic  

Fort Washington, MD - A field of five harness racing under saddle trotters will descend upon Rosecroft Sunday evening, November 4, 2018, in the third and final leg of the RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series. The non-wagering race has an anticipated post time of 7:30pm, to be contested between the third and fourth races on the wagering program. All-time favorite Hyway Marcus (Sasha Moczulski, pp 4) returns looking to repeat his victory in last year's event. Finishing second in his last start to No Recess who is bypassing this race, Hyway Marcus is coming into the race with a rare two race losing streak.  Atout De Fontaine (pp 1) appears to be the main challenger, having finished third in his first North American start and picks up rider Maria Buchanan for trainer Sofia Zingale who will be riding his stablemate Egosnattitudes (pp 3) who will be making his first start. Other starters in the race will be Puddin N Pie (Stephanie Jacobs, pp 2) who finished fifth in his first start and the lone mare, My True Friend (Hillary Hartnett, pp 5). There will be a meet and greet before and after the race. Race fans will be able to talk to the riders and ask any questions they may have about racing under saddle. Post time for the first race is 6:40pm. by Allan Schott, for RUS MidAltantic  

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