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FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Leonidas A, a 15-1 longshot driven by Austin Siegelman, came charging down the stretch Sunday evening past 1-5 harness racing favorite Bettor's Wish to win the fifth edition of the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational from Rosecroft. The 5-year-old Australian bred who arrived in the U.S. in July after being purchased by Steve Finklestein's Jesmeral Stable, set a lifetime mark of 1:48 while winning his 13th race this year. Bettor's Wish was second while World of Secrets finished third. The complexion of the Potomac changed earlier in the day when Breeders Crown Open Pace winner Century Farroh was scratched sick as was Highalator. Despite the scratches, Leonidas A, a top open pacer in New York, showed off his exciting closing kick to beat what many consider the top older pacer in the country in the Bettor's Wish. When asked if he thought he had enough to beat Bettor's Wish down the stretch, Siegelman replied; "Absolutely, I thought I had enough to get by him. [Leonidas A] is a stone-cold closer. Each time I've driven him he's never gotten tired." Leaving from the outside Post 7, Siegelman took Leonidas A back to last while Stars Align A paced a Rosecroft record fastest opening quarter in :25.1. While Stars Align A took the field past the grandstand and approached the half-mile, Siegelman kept Leonidas A to the inside and along the rail while Bettor's Wish went second over behind Backstreet Shadow and a :52.4 half. "I'm not going to be four or fifth over," Siegelman said. "That's not going to work out, so I got really lucky...I was able to slip out. I thought I might be in trouble going up the inside." After guiding Leonidas A off the rail entering the backstretch, Siegelman paced just behind Bettor's Wish, who paced to the front with driver Dexter Dunn entering the stretch. But Leonidas A came charging and carried Siegelman to the front with a length victory. "I've never won a race like this before, so I'm just trying to take it in," Siegelman said "We knew he was something special, especially after his last race at Yonkers," said trainer Sheena McElhiney. "I think he's starting to get used to this style of racing now." Leonidas A returned $33.20. Since being inaugurated in 2016 by the Maryland Jockey Club, the Potomac Pace has played host to the sport's biggest stars. Previous Potomac Pace participants have included Dealt A Winner, Keystone Velocity, Endeavor, All Bets Of, Shamballa, Western Fame, Filibuster Hanover and Split The House.   David Joseph

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - The closest Dave Ratchford got to the Breeders Crown Oct. 31 at Hoosier Park in Indiana was the view from a computer screen at his home in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. That's roughly 1,700 miles away. But the sight of his 4-year-old pacer Century Farroh winning the $500,000 Open didn't prevent it from being a "major highlight" for the 75-year-old Ratchford. As far as a celebration? "The race was pretty late," Ratchford said. But the next day there was a little get-together with his wife, four daughters and 12 grandchildren. For Ratchford, a celebrated horsemen and member of the Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame, Century Farroh's victory and his success has been "very exciting." He hopes the excitement continues Sunday evening here in the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational at Rosecroft. Century Farroh is 7-2 in the morning line behind 8-5 favorite, Bettor's Wish, who finished second in the Breeders Crown. Backstreet Shadow, third in the Breeders Crown, is 6-1 while This Is The Plan, fourth in the Breeders Crown, is 8-1. Fans can watch and wager on Sunday's Potomac Pace and all 14 races from Rosecroft at https://1st.com/bet/ and https://www.xpressbet.com/. Century Farroh, a son of Mach Three, has bankrolled career earnings of $1.232 million. Not bad for a pacer that Ratchford paid $17,000 for at the 2017 London Selected Yearlings Sale in Ontario. But, then again, this isn't the only time Ratchford has seen a diamond in the rough. He purchased Ms Mac N Cheese for $10,000 as a yearling. That one went on to win $600,000 on the Ontario circuit. "We race local, a lot of young horses," said Ratchford, a third-generation horsemen who got his first horse at the age of 16. "I look at horses in the $15,000 to $30,000 [range]. I like the challenge. We liked [Century Farroh] from the get-go. I don't know if I thought he would do what he has done, he took a little time to blossom, but we thought a lot of him." Ratchford trained Century Farroh early and qualified him in Nova Scotia before turning him over to trainer Dr. Ian Moore, a friend for more than 40 years. "Ian did practice in this area for me, has been a friend and is a smart guy," Ratchford said. "I used to do vet work on his horses," Moore said of his relationship with Ratchford. "I'm very happy for him. It's been a big thrill. The win [in the Breeders Crown] wasn't totally unexpected. Knock on wood, he'd done well the entire summer, so he deserved the win." Century Farroh, driven by Hall of Famer David Miller, received the 2019 O'Brien Award for best 3-year-old male pacer and won the Dan Patch Stakes in August at Hoosier Park. Come Saturday, he will once again have to pace against a field that includes Bettor's Wish, also betting favorite in the Breeders Crown. "We're looking forward to it," said Ratchford, who will be looking on once again from his computer in Nova Scotia. $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational Post Pacer Driver Trainer Odds 1 This Is The Plan Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 8-1 2 Backstreet Shadow Tim Tetrick Ron Burke 6-1 3 Harambe Deo Simon Allard Jeff Cullipher 10-1 4 World of Secrets Aaron Merriman Bill Rhoades 12-1 5 Century Farroh David Miller Ian Moore 7-2 6 Bettor's Wish Dexter Dunn Chris Ryder 8-5 7 Leonidas A Austin Siegelman Sheena McElhiney 15-1 8 Stars Align A Corey Callahan Christi Noble 10-1 9 Highalator Rick Still Jenny Bier 12-1 Sunday's 14-race Program Begins at 7:15 P.M. The Sunday program includes a wide-open Maryland Preferred Open Handicap with a purse of $10,000. Admiral Ballsy is the 5-2 favorite but will have to leave from Post 9. On the rail is Jack Quick, a 5 ¼ length winner here Nov. 8...Corey Callahan, a native of Easton, MD. has the drive behind Stars Align A., a 7-year-old who comes into the Potomac Pace off five consecutive victories. The son of Art Major has won 9 of 21 starts this year... by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - For harness racing trainer Chris Ryder, the next few weeks are going to be bittersweet. Bettor's Wish, a moderately priced pacing colt Ryder picked up as a yearling for $20,000, will end his racing career. After more than 20 wins and $2.4 million in earnings, Bettor's Wish will head off to stud at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania in 2021. Sunday's Potomac Pace Invitational at Rosecroft will be one of the 4-year-olds last starts. "Oh, it's going to be tough," said trainer and co-owner Ryder. "He's part of the family. He's a beautiful horse to have around the barn. He's never any trouble, always does everything right. He's been a real gift. "What do you say? He shows up every week. He's a horse of a lifetime." "He's like an old mate," said driver Dexter Dunn. Along with victories this year in the Sam McKee Memorial, Dayton Pacing Derby and the Allerage Open Pace, where he set a track record, Bettor's Wish finished second Oct. 31 in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open. Recipient of the 2019 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male pacer, Bettor's Wish has rewarded Ryder and his connections with some special memories. Last year Bettor's Wish won the Art Rooney Pace, the Matron Stakes, and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. His second-place finishes came in the North American Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Messenger Stakes and TVG Series Open Pace. Not bad for a $20,000 yearling. "I guess he slipped through the cracks," Ryder said. "He's such a gutsy horse," said Dunn before the Breeders Crown in October. "His attitude is amazing and makes my job easy because he's so versatile. It's not an easy move [from ages 3 to 4], but you know he's going to go out there and give you 100 percent. "I'll miss him, that's for sure." Considered the top older pacer this year, Bettor's Wish enters the Potomac Pace after finishing behind Century Farroh in the Breeders Crown as the betting favorite. Bettor's Wish, who drew post 9 in the Breeders Crown, will leave from Post 5 Sunday evening while Century Farroh leaves from Post 4. Backstretch Shadow (third in the Breeders Crown) and This Is The Plan (fourth in the Breeders Crown), both trained by Ron Burke, will also leave inside Bettor's Wish. Despite the loss in the Breeders Crown, Ryder is optimistic heading into the Potomac Pace. "He's doing fine and came out of the Breeders Crown fine," Ryder said. "The post killed us [in the Breeders Crown]. The horse who beat us is a good horse and had a good trip. We're looking forward to the race at Rosecroft. Hopefully, we'll get a good trip." by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - The first four finishers from the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace - Century Farroh, Bettor's Wish, Backstreet Shadow and This Is The Plan, respectively - will all meet again for a spectacular rematch Sunday evening in the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational at Rosecroft Raceway. Since being inaugurated in 2016 by the Maryland Jockey Club, the Potomac Pace has played host to some of the sport's best pacers, and Sunday night will be no different. "It's a great race," said trainer Ron Burke, who sends out This Is The Plan and Backstreet Shadow. "You have four or five of the top pacers and then you have four or five others trying to move up." Burke, who will likely lead the country in wins and purses for the 12th consecutive year, appears to have a strong hand. Backstreet Shadow, who will leave from post two, led the field Oct. 31 in the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park before finishing third behind Century Farroh and Bettor's Wish. The 5-year-old gelding previously raced wide while finishing third Oct. 11 in the Allerage. This Is The Plan, who will leave from the rail, was up against it in the Breeders Crown, leaving from post 10. The 5-year-old was a late scratch from last year's Potomac Pace. "I think for Backstreet Shadow the stretch at Hoosier is a little long for him," Burke said. [This Is The Plan] had to start from the 10 hole, and that was tough." On his two horses drawing the inside, Burke said; "I couldn't be happier. It's a great draw. Century Farroh and Bettor's Wish, those are two top horses. But we have the best spots." Century Farroh, winner of the Dan Patch earlier in the year, paced past betting favorite Bettor's Wish in the late stages of the Oct. 31 Breeders Crown. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore and driven by David Miller, Century Farroh will leave from post 5 Sunday evening. "He's doing good," said Moore. "Hopefully, he gets a good trip [Sunday]." Bettor's Wish, trained by Chris Ryder and driven by Dexter Dunn, is considered the top older pace in the country with a 1:47.3 mark, $2.4 million in earnings, and a winner of 23 of 42 starts. The son of Bettor's Delight, a Breeders Crown winner at 2, Bettor's Wish this year has won the Sam McKee Memorial, Dayton Pacing Derby, and Allerage Open Pace. He was the 2019 Dan Patch Award winning for best 3-year-old male pacer. Highalator, a 6-year-old trained by Jenny Bier, comes to Roseroft from the Meadowlands where he's been one of the best overnight horses and has won five of his last six and seven of 15 this year. Rick Still will drive. The remainder of the field is Star Align A., Leonidas A, World of Secrets and Harambe Deo. Previous Potomac Pace participants have included Dealt A Winner, Keystone Velocity, Endeavor, All Bets Of, Shamballa, Western Fame, Filibuster Hanover and Split The House. by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

​Ft. Washington, MD — Over the past three weeks, harness racing trainers Howard Birney and Brian Callahan have been sending out winners at a pretty consistent clip at Rosecroft Raceway. Wednesday night (Nov. 4), both maintained their hot status as Callahan took the $12,500 Mares Pacing Open while Birney took the $12,000 Open Trot. The drama in the Mares Pacing Open was action packed from the get go. Hillbilly Jet, who won last week’s event for Callahan, left from post nine but didn’t clear to the lead until well past a :26.3 opening quarter. Jonathan Roberts launched an attack first over with Winter Games and became the sacrificial lamb for the closers as Hillbilly Jet held her off past a :55.4 half, but by the time they hit three-quarters in 1:24.3, Psychic Blue Chip (Jason Thompson) was already three-wide and eventual winner Mittany Nicole was four-wide for Luke Hanners and the writing was on the wall. The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three rolled home off the banked turn and blew up the toteboard at 37-1. It was her fifth win of the year and third in her last six starts. Get Real Rusty closed for second, while Psychic Blue Chip was third. It was the second win of the night for Callahan as his latest purchase out of Ohio, Miss Tressa, made it 2-2 on the local circuit by winning in 1:54.4. Leaving from post eight, she cleared past the opening quarter and drew off by 5-3/4 lengths to win with Eddie Davis Jr. in the bike. The 3-year old daughter of Big Bad John has won three in a row overall. Timmy Offutt and Puddin N Pie won the Open Trot for the second time in the last three starts as the 6-year-old son of Yankee Glide stopped the timer in 1:55.2. Puddin N Pie left from post eight and sat fourth until just before the half when Offutt pulled first over. As the field went past the five-eighths pole, Offutt couldn’t even get to the leader Luckycompeter (Roger Plante Jr.). Offutt rocked in the bike and started to urge Puddin N Pie who finally responded when K J Charlie (John Wagner) drew up alongside. The two gobbled up the leader and raced as a team to the wire with Puddin N Pie ($17.20) winning in the final strides. K J Charlie was second but placed third for pacing the final 20 yards to the wire. Believe In Him (Sean Bier) was elevated to complete a $133.80 exacta. Hanners had a double as he won with John Wagner’s Tartfufo Lindy ($6.80) for trainer Arlene Cameron. Eddie Davis Jr. doubled by scoring in the opener with Just Faye ($3.20) for Ashley Bowers and trainer Brandon Tomlinson. Roger Plante Jr. picked up two wins as Gaareat Gaazoo ($5.20) won for Kerry Welty and Rear View ($17.00) won for Corey Braden and trainer Colby Hubble. Sean Bier won twice, guiding All In To Win ($15.40) to the winner’s circle for Kenneth Tisa and Tanzanite Love ($16.80) for Jason Walters. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

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  

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - The Fall Meet at Rosecroft Raceway will begin Wednesday, Sept. 23 and will once again feature some of North America's most competitive harness races as well as the $100,000 Potomac Pace. Rosecroft will race from Sept. 23 through Dec. 23 every Sunday and Wednesday. First race post time will be 7:15 p.m. Racing will be conducted at Rosecroft with no spectators. Fans can watch and wager on Rosecroft at 1stbet.com and xpressbet.com. Maryland Jockey Club OTB locations are also open at the Horseshoe Casino, Timonium Fairgrounds, Pimlico Race Course, Greenmount in Hampstead, Boonsboro, Frederick, MGM National and Hollywood Casino in Perryville. The $100,000 Potomac Pace, Rosecroft's signature event, has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov 15. Since being inaugurated in 2016, the Potomac Pace has attracted many of North America's best free-for-all pacers including Endeavor, All Bets Off, Split The House, Keystone Velocity, Always B Miki and Wakizashi Hanover. Before the Potomac Pace was created by the Maryland Jockey Club, Rosecroft's last race attracting the best free-for-all pacers in North America was the Graduate Series in 1986. For more information go to Rosecroft.com by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway  

The USHWA Youth Membership Committee is pleased to introduce the third in a year-long series of harness racing 2020 Racetrack Reviews below by Edison Hatter.   While most harness racing remains on indefinite pause due to widespread COVID-19 concerns, the sport's loyal fans and supporters are looking forward to the day when it is safe for everyone to get back to the races. Edison Hatter, Rosecroft Raceway's Wednesday night racecaller, is understandably disappointed by the hiatus during his first season of announcing, but the 20-year-old turned his attention to the important business of promoting his track's visibility as a family-friendly destination, writing the following USHWA Youth Racetrack Review. Expect to hear more about Edison in the coming months, in a major harness racing publication. The USHWA Youth Membership Committee welcomes inquiries from young racing fans and participants who would like to review their favourite or local harness track, focusing on what makes the track a youth- and family-friendly place. We will be circulating a Racetrack Review every month of 2020. Please contact USHWA Youth Membership Committee chair Melissa Keith for additional details and/or to apply to review a racetrack this year.   Family Friendly Fun & Racing At Rosecroft The Spring 2020 meet at Rosecroft Raceway marked the 71st year of live harness racing in Fort Washington, MD. Rosecroft has a spacious outdoor apron where fans of all ages can watch drivers and horses race around the 5/8ths mile track. Additionally, the winner’s circle is located directly in front of the apron, so fans can get up close and personal with the winning horse after each race. Children often enjoy hanging out behind the winner’s circle and sometimes even snag an autograph or a pair of goggles from a winning driver if they are lucky. Rosecroft Raceway (Edison Hatter Photo) The biggest day of the year for Rosecroft is in November or December when the $100,000 Potomac Pace is contested. Previous race participants have included Endeavor, McWicked, American History, and many other big names in harness racing. Likewise, the biggest night of racing at Rosecroft also brings out some of the biggest drivers in the country, including Tim Tetrick, Joe Bongiorno, and Matt Kakaley. Each year, drivers take time before the big race to sign autographs in the grandstand for fans both young and old. A unique family friendly event at Rosecroft is the “I Want To Be A Driver” event, held several times during each meet. Participants in the event get a behind-the-scenes look at harness racing at Rosecroft, get to spend time in the paddock, and learn more about harness racing and strategy from a driver. As part of the event, participants even get to be part of an exhibition race, get to sit in a sulky with one of our Rosecroft drivers, and compete against other participants. Another point of youth Rosecroft can boast is one of the youngest announcers and one of the younger race handicappers in the country. At just 20 years old, I announce every Wednesday night card at Rosecroft and am one of the youngest race callers in the country. I am exceedingly grateful to Rosecroft for giving such a young person such a tremendous opportunity. Furthermore, our track handicapper, Russ Adams, a.k.a the Hanover Hustler, is just shy of 30 years of age and is one of the younger track handicappers in the country. Finally, Rosecroft even has some of the youngest drivers and owners in the country, including driver Declan Donoway and owner Katie Van Vleit, both just into their 20s. For more information about Rosecroft and our product, visit www.rosecroft.com.  By Edison Hatter

LAUREL, MD - "In accordance with the Maryland Governor's Executive Orders and as part of the continuing effort to protect the health and safety of essential personnel and the horses they care for, the Maryland Jockey Club will temporarily pause live racing at Laurel Park and Rosecroft Raceway. Our top priority is the well-being of every person and every horse in our community and we look forward to resuming when the state and federal leaders and health authorities deem it appropriate to do so."  

Ft. Washington, MD — Roger Plante Jr. rallied Arts And Flowers ($2.40) from last to first to capture the $10,000 Open Handicap for harness racing Fillies and Mares on Wednesday night (March 18) at Rosecroft, giving him five driving wins on the night. The 7-year-old mare by Artistic Fella won for the second straight time and third on the year. The versatile style of Arts And Flowers continues to be impressive having won on the engine back on Feb. 5 and she has now won nearly 29 percent of her lifetime starts and been on the board in 54 of 90 lifetime outings. The time of 1:52.4 was a tick off a lifetime best for owners Linda Schwaid and Era Williams and trainer Phyllis Copeland. While Plante delivered the favorite in the co-feature, he brought plenty of value in his other four wins. DVC Kolor Me Krazy ($26.80) rallied in similar fashion from the back of the pack as Plante hustled her down the stretch from fourth to win in 1:54.4 for owner-trainer Elizabeth Shockley. Plante delivered a 9-1 winner with The Illuminator in a thrilling, air tight, three horse photo. The 7-year-old son of Big Jim paid $21.00 for owner Janet Burris and trainer Lewis Nunes. Trotter Dunn Dealin ($10.20) broke through for the first time in 2020 for owner-trainer Kerry Welty as Plante brought the 9-year-old son of Neely Dunn first over and wore down fraction cutter Gittin All Sexy in 1:56.2. Plante started his five bagger with Winbak Farm’s View Of The Land ($3.80) for trainer Eli Scott Jr. It was the second win in nine lifetime starts for the 4-year-old Badlands Hanover mare. Sean Bier posted two wins on the Wednesday card. Auntmilly’smartini ($3.20) tasted victory for owner-trainer Brittany Bounds in 1:53 and Believe In Him (1:56.2) trotted to victory for co-owners Betsy Brown, Morgan Marston and trainer James Brown. Carolin Oglesby, a former Division I women’s basketball star at Maryland and James Madison, has a budding equine star in Rocket Roulette. The homebred 3-year-old filly by Cam’s Rocket out of Oglesby’s mare Haley And Taylor, made it 2-2 in her young career with an easy 1:57 score. Clyde Oglesby Jr. trains the filly and Brian Burton has now driven her to victory in both starts. Tyler Davis won with Cardiff ($5.40) for the second time in three starts as she won wire-to-wire in 1:53.1 for Peter Venturini and Michael Assante. Brian Malone trains the 5-year-old Sportswriter mare who is coming off a nine-win season in 2019. Frank Milby posted a win with Accokeek Mercury ($8.00) for owner-trainer Rusty Cox. The 10-year-old won for 37th time in his career. Driver Luke Hanners posted another win for Dixieland Classsic. The 19-year-old Hanners won for the second time in three starts with the 5-year-old mare by Bettor’s Delight for owner Mark Salerno. Jonathan Roberts held off a challenge from Rave Girl as he drove the aptly named Dash To Freedom to a win in 1:54.4 for owner-trainer Richard Malone Jr. It was a new mark for the 4-year-old Ponder mare. Trotter K J Charlie went 0-17 last year. This year it’s a completely different story as the 5-year-old Charlie De Vie gelding in now 4-4 in 2020 for owners Scott Woogen and Pamela Wagner after winning the co-featured $10,000 Open Handicap Trot for a second straight week in 1:55. Arlene Cameron conditions the winner who was driven by Rosecroft’s leading dash driver John Wagner. Justin Vincent capped the card with an 8-1 winner in Into The Night for owner-trainer Darren Ferrell in 1:54.1. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland has ordered that all racetracks and simulcast facilities in the state close immediately in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a notice posted on the state government’s website. The order to close, which came with a warning that continuing to operate would constitute a crime, will affect all Maryland tracks, training facilities, on- and off-track simulcast locations, and casinos in the state. Late last week, the owner of Maryland’s two Thoroughbred tracks, The Stronach Group, announced that spectators would be banned indefinitely but racing would continue. “These are unprecedented actions in an extraordinary situation, but they could be the difference in saving lives and keeping people safe,” said Hogan, in the statement. At the time of the notice, live racing was being conducted at Laurel Park. Maryland’s other Thoroughbred track, Pimlico, is not scheduled to open until May. The track hosts the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. The Standardbred racetrack, Rosecroft Raceway, must also close. Most major racetracks have announced a ban on spectators, but toward the end of the week, pressure began to mount on tracks to close altogether. In Arizona, both Turf Paradise and Rillito Park announced that they were suspending all racing operations, also on an order from the governor to minimize public gatherings. Parx racetrack outside Philadelphia suspended all racing operations for two weeks. Maryland’s racing industry receives subsidies from the state’s casinos, so those payments will be suspended while those facilities are also ordered closed. Several large casino owners shuttered many of their facilities in numerous states over the weekend in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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  

Ft. Washington, MD — Frank Milby won two races on Monday night (Nov. 25) at Rosecroft, including the $11,750 Open Pace with Romantic Interest as he tied Eddie Davis Jr. for the dash driving lead with five nights remaining in the Fall harness racing meet. Romantic Interest is normally a come from behind specialist, but, Milby sent the 4-year old to the front and he never looked back in 1:52. It was his seventh win of the year and 11th in 49 career starts for Milby’s mother Candy who owns the $110,000 yearling purchase. Milby also scored a 7-1 upset with P L Hoofhearted for Howard Birney and trainer Walter Birney Jr. Owner-trainer Kerry Welty is a big Baltimore Ravens fan. As the Ravens were smashing the Rams on Monday night, Welty was doing some winning of her own as What That Is took the $10,000 Open Trot for Roger Plante Jr. and Rockin The Shades won his second straight conditioned pace, also with Plante in the bike. Brian Burton had a driving and training double as Simple Man and Manattack found wins and Jonathan Roberts took a pair of wins on the card, getting a picture with Dr Nipntuck for Bib Roberts and the Graham Grace Stables and trainer Megan Roberts-Tolson. Roberts secured a second straight win with Cinderlane Quin for Eric Becker and trainer Luke Hanners. Ricky Still picked up a catch driving victory with Big Jim Slade for Charles and Rose Robbins and trainer James Brown, and then steered Pokerface Blue Chip to his second straight win for his new connections, Midsize Construction Inc. It was his 11th win in 47 career starts. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

With the late scratches of both McWicked and This Is The Plan, all eyes were on harness racing favorite American History in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway Sunday night. Racing fans were treated to an exciting upset finish as the starting gate pulled away for the start of the ninth race feature. It was Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) first to show with Dealt A Winner (David Miller) grabbing the pocket spot and American History (Joe Bongiorno) moving up on the outside to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. American History cleared to the front and led the field to the half mile in :54.2. Then in the backstretch, Endeavor and driver Tim Tetrick) came first-over and starting grinding his way towards the leaders at the three-quarters in 1:21.2. At the top of the stretch, American History still had a one length lead with Endeavor coming on. Then in a classic stretch drive, Endeavor and Tetrick got by American History and then held off Dealt A Winner to win by a neck in 1:49.4. American History was third by a half length in the three-horse dash to the wire. Sent off at odds of 11-1, Endeavor posted his sixth win of the season. The six-year-old gelded son of American Ideal is trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns him with Pollack Racing, LLC. He paid $24.60 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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