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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

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 --- Cold temperatures and a gusty headwind at over 30 mph couldn't stop harness racing driver Roger Plante from setting the tone for a big night on Wednesday (March 14)  at Rosecroft Raceway. Plante won his first of four races, taking the opening race featuring the top mares on the grounds with Blissfulla Cin, blasting out of the pocket to a win in 1:55. Pace setter Breadcrumb Income (Brian Burton) was under attack from the start, with a parked out Winter Games, No Shadows and KG Rocks all on the attack in the outer flow. As the field turned for home, No Shadows made a break, Winter Games still had momentum off the final turn for Ricky Still, but Plante guided Blissfulla Cin into the passing lane and took the shortest route to victory. Phyllis Copeland owns and trains the 6-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended who won her second straight start. Plante also saw a win with Kerry Welty's newest Swan For All trotter, Sum For All. Only 2-27 lifetime, the 4-year-old was eight lengths back at the three-quarters, but despite the heavy headwind would not be denied, nailing front runner Senor Dinero (Jackie Macleod) and Puddin N Pie (Kim Vincent) who came home second. Welty's mom, Judy, trains the winner who was purchased for $12,000 at the Blooded Horse Sale in November. Text Me Hanover won her third straight for Plante and Rosecroft's leading trainer Ken Scholtzhauer. The 9-year-old The Panderosa mare went 2-21 last year, but is 3-3 to start 2018. Plante completed the double for Phyllis Copeland by winning with Jesse's Diamond in race 12. Dash leader Frank Milby won twice with Brilliance Hanover and Its Casual. Jared Moyer had a driving double with Little Miss Woohoo and Always A Rose, and Brian Burton scored a pair with Frankie Boy and Romantic Escape. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway 

Rosecroft's Fall Meet, highlighted by the inaugural Potomac Pace, came to a conclusion Thursday evening with harness racing drivers Russell Foster and Roger Plante Jr., sharing in the driving title and Brian Burton taking the training crown. For Plante Jr., the driver's title was his first at Rosecroft. "It's great," Plante Jr., said. "It's a lot of hard work and just the right horses. You appreciate the good horses you drive. It's a big plus. Diamondkeeper is just a great horse, week after week. The Sire Stakes were a lot of fun, too. We were lucky to win a few of them." For Foster, it was his second consecutive title at Rosecroft. He shared leading driving honors in the spring with Jonathan Roberts. "It means the world," said Foster, who heads to Dover before returning to Rosecroft in March. Burton's first training title at Rosecroft was special for the Maryland native. "We worked hard all week to make it happen," Burton said. "Winning the first race [with Real Passing Lady] was like hitting a home run. It's all a collective effort." Burton said he's optimistic about the future of Maryland's Standardbred industry. The Stronach Group, parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club which purchased Rosecroft over the summer, plans on extending Rosecroft's race days from two to three days a week next year. "I think you will see better horses going three days a week," he said. "I think you will see horsemen invest in better horses as well." Rosecroft's fall meet featured the inaugural running of the $100,000 Potomac Pace, a race won by All Bets Off that also featured Shamballa, Mach It So, Wakizashi Hanover and Keystone Victory. It was the first race of significance at Rosecroft in nearly 10 years. "Our first meet at Rosecroft was extremely gratifying," said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of The Maryland Jockey Club. "We were pleased with the response to the Potomac Pace and we're extremely happy with the support from horseman to the Potomac Pace and also our program. Our fans have provided us some wonderful feedback on how to improve our product and our facility. We're looking forward to expanding our schedule and continue improving the customer experience at Rosecroft." David Joseph 

(WOODSTOCK, VA., 10/8/2016) ---- Igotyourcrazy came outside from fifth in the final turn then passed all four front steppers late in the stretch en route to a thrilling conditioned race victory at Shenandoah Downs on Saturday. Reinsman Roger Plante Jr. directed the come from behind effort and with two wins on the day, pulled into a second place tie with Frank Milby in the driver standings with one day to go in the inaugural harness racing meet. Igotyourcrazy was last at the half among the six horses competing but stayed within four lengths of the leader, Camturo Beach. Plante positioned the Del Richards Jr. trainee perfectly moving forward and was part of a four wide contingent coming out of the turn. The 7 year old Cam's Card Shark gelding crossed in 2:00 4/5, 1 1/4 lengths over betting choice Sparkin Your Fire. The winner, out of Allamerican Raquel by Life Sign, won his 15th career start for owner Eric Decker of Milford, Delaware. The meet's leading driver and trainer each added another win to their category leading portfolios Saturday. Driver Tyler Shehan directed Whiskery to victory in the day's finale and trainer Gerry Longo reached the winner's circle with Caress of Steel earlier in the card. Shehan boosted his win total to 14, three ahead of Plante and Frank Milby, while Longo extended his lead among conditioners. Longo enters Sunday with nine triumphs while the next closest is Herman Hagerman with six. Sunday's final day of racing features a 13 race card, free admission and free $5 betting vouchers to all fans. Gates open at 11 AM and first post is at 1:00 PM. Darrell Wood

The 4 & 5 YO Maryland Sire Stakes for pacers went as an early non wagering event due to the harness racing entry of Toms Typhoon and Toms Tornado.   Toms Typhoon the winner of the May series at Rosecroft cut fractions of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:25.2 to the ¾ pole when Toms Tornado came up to challenge, head to head in the final turn with the crowd cheering them on, Toms Tornado stopped the timer in 1:53.2 winning by a length over Toms Typhoon and Spinout.   This was a Maryland Sires Stakes record at Ocean Downs for 4 & 5 year olds. Jonathan Roberts drove for owner Tom Cooke and trainer Roger Hans.   Race 3 saw the 4 & 5 year old trotters set a Stakes record of 1:58.4 at Ocean Downs.   Whitesville Dixon cut the first half with Doggone Slots coming up to challenge just passed the half, racing side by side thru the last turn, Doggone Slots crossed the wire in front for reinsman Roger Plante Jr. Whitesville Dixon held on easily for second.   Tom Morris Jr. trains and co-owns with Gregg Morris.   This was a sweep of the series for doggone Slots as he won in May at Rosecroft also.   Maryland Stakes action continues with the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for 2 year olds on Sunday July 3rd.   By Cheri Stambaugh

DOVER, Del.--- Veteran Tirade Hanover ended Tough Mac's win streak, Razor Ramone extended his wins to four straight and Eternal Prince equaled his lifetime record in the top three harness racing events on the Wednesday, Feb. 4 program at Dover Downs. In the $18,000 Open trot, Tirade Hanover took the lead at the start for Vic Kirby and the Crazed - Teagarden Hanover gelding was not to be caught on the sway to a 1:53 victory in the feature. Tough Mac rolled out of post 8 trying for the front but had to find room third on the first turn. Corey Callahan pulled Tough Mac out to challenge for the lead through the backstretch but was unable to get to within a half-length of Tirade Hanover. The five-year-old is owned by Moss, Solomon and trainer Leigh Raymer. It was his second win in the last three, and 22nd success in his career mounting lifetime earnings to $632,430. Tough Mac, second, ended a three race win streak. I'm So Striking came between horses for Eddie Dennis for third place. Wind Of The North was scratched. Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Razor Ramone continued to streak for red-hot trainer Eric Ell. Ron Pierce piloted the Kadabra - Oaklea Rae four-year-old to his fourth consecutive win and fifth in his last six in one of two $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot sub-features. Pierce took Razor Ramone right to the top and won easily in 1:54.2. Derby (Allan Davis) used the passing lane to edged Classic Belisima (Callahan) for second by a nose. Classic Belisima entered the race with a four-race win streak. In a 1:58.1 photo finish, Eternal Prince and George Dennis used the passing lane to nose-out longshot Up Front N Crazy (Roger Plante) in the other $14,000 trot for young horses. Tommy N Dakota Stables, trained by Paula Spencer, own Eternal Prince who won for the third time in his last five opportunities. Keep It Sweet (Callahan) was a game third. Roger Plante drove the biggest price winner, 69-1 Juanna Be The Man, owned by Gregg and Tom Morris, to a 1:57 upset in an $11,800 trot for young horses. A $2 win ticket paid $140.60. The 6-3 exacta returned $1,494 and 6-3-4 trifecta returned $4,262. A supefecta of 6-3-4-1 was good for $10,586.40. Pierce led all drivers with four wins, Callahan, Vic Kirby, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Eric Ell had doubles. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Overlooked at odds of 14-to-1, Jeffrey Bartels' Last Shot Leeton ($31, Roger Plante Jr.) was an upset winner in the $11,000 feature Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.3. Trained by Eli Scott Jr., Last Shot Leeton settled behind a contested pace which saw Major Bucks on the front in 26.2 to the opening quarter-mile, 55 seconds to the half-mile and 1:23.3 to the three-quarters. Last Shot Leeton mounted his attack his second-over behind favorite People Are Crazy before fanning wide at the top of the stretch and blowing by the leaders for a one-length win over Ourea Nourrir and People Are Crazy. It was the second straight win for Last Shot Leeton. Plante, George Dennis and Ross Wolfenden each had two wins on the ten-race program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

The Maryland sired 2 YO colt and gelding trotters opened the night with the "Ronald 'Doc' Banning Memorial going for a purse of $42,000 at Ocean Downs Sunday.   Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee-Juanna Play Slots) sat third thru the half when driver Roger Plante Jr. pulled and took the lead from Here I Am(Cam's Rocket).   It was a three-horse race down the stretch with Doggone Slots winning by a length over Jay Boy (Tsunami) and Her I Am held on for third, Time for the mile was 2:01.3. Thomas Morris Jr. trains and co-owns with Gregg Morris. This colt winning was a fitting tribute to Doc Banning since he was the breeder and owner of the second dam I Juanna Win.   The "Hubert Jackson Memorial" for filly pacers was next on the card. The Winbak Farm owned Jodi's Sweety(JK Outlaw-Queen Jodi) pulled an upset, breaking the three race win streak of Helaine's Firebird(Allie's Western), winning by a head in 2:02.1. Jeff Fout trained and drove the filly.   In another upset, Toms Tornado(Cam's Rocket-Nuclear Folks) won in 1:56.4 breaking stablemate Toms Typhoon(Cam's Rocket) five race win streak in the "W.W. 'Pete' Shaw Memorial. Thomas Cooke owns both colts and Roger Hans trains. Jonathan Roberts was in the bike.   There was no surprise in the "Charles Keller Memorial" when Jeff Fout went to the front and never looked back with Renegade Starlet(CR Renegade-Worthy Starlet) extending her win streak to 3. Tui Stone trains the filly for the Serendipity Stable, time of the mile was 2:05.4.   The Maryland Sire Stakes for two year olds will finish the season with a series on September 23 and September 30 at Rosecroft Raceway.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for MSRF  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Callam Racing's Spunky Jack ($4.20, Roger Plante Jr.) recorded his 16th career win Wednesday with a 1:55.4 victory in the featured $17,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Super Punk gelding was sent promptly to the lead from post position six and never relented in his three length win over Powerful Charger and Six Gun Hall. Trained by Steve LeBlanc, it was his fourth win of the year as his earnings ballooned to nearly $90,000 in 2014. The 10th race gave first state racing fans their first dose of pacing sire Riggins, who campaigned on the Delaware circuit for a portion of his career, with his offspring 2-year-old pacer Smoking Joey. Driven by George Dennis, the gelding prevailed in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:56.2 for an auspicious start to his career. Ross Wolfenden had three winners on the program. Victor Kirby, who is closing in on 3,000 career wins had a double, as did Bret Brittingham. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

And now, the answers to the trivia questions that have appeared in this space recently. We'll deal first with Bob "Hollywood" Heyden's question, paraphrasing from the previous article: "Jerryconnors, this year Shebestingin and Beeamagician both went faster than any of their three-year-old colt counterparts. What was thelastyear that thathappened?" (Bob's brain is always in hyperwarpdrive, and sometimes the words come out of his mouth as if frantically trying to keep up with the gray matter that had just produced them.) When I originally told of this encounter, I did not include my first, smart-ass answer: Since Bob was asking me the question in 2014 (the February of the Dover USHWA/banquet), I said, "2013," which was the previous and, thus by definition, "last" year. That of course was a correct answer. (Watch, and it'll turn more correct the further you read.) Heyden wasn't impressed, giving a "Geez" and a shake of the head as if wondering why he wastes his time trying to educate the unwashed. "Before that, I mean." As I did recount earlier, my next response was, "I don't know." Which was the second correct answer - because 2013 was the FIRST AND ONLY time that Bob's phenomenon had ever occurred! And of course you can't know something that doesn't exist. So BOTH of my answers were correct! I owe thanks for verification to David Carr, veteran computer guru and statistical researcher for the USTA (along with being a Tottenham Hotspurs fan, as is Roy Davis). David said that when he saw the article, he set up the computer parameters, and could trace the data back to 1951 - and that 2013 was the first year that the phenomenon occurred. (Though, according to David, it had happened three times previously among two-year-olds - but that's for a future column.) After Hollywood's stumper, I mentioned, I happened upon an amazing piece of trivia in the Dover paddock: Not 10 feet apart from each other were two gentlemen who are both members of a very, very exclusive club - they were both the leading dashwinning drivers at tracks that hosted just ONE season of harness racing! They accomplished their feats 15 years apart. And they both have the same initials! I did plant one clue in yesterday's story - if you read Ron Pierce's career travels carefully, you may have noted "Minnesota" thrown in there. In 1986, Pierce was the leading driver during the only year they had harness racing at Canterbury (which, for different trivia fans, was where Governor Jesse Ventura's post-election celebration was held). Forrest Skipper won there that year,too - in the Dan Patch Pace, of course. So now we know that the other driver's initials are also "RP" - and from there it's a short jump to Roger Plante Jr., now a solid regular on the Delaware circuit, but for three weekends in 2001 plying his trade at Oakridge Racecourse in Virginia - where he won their only dash title with 14 triumphs. Oak Ridge Estate in southwest VA is an historic plantation/horse farm/events site that was purchased by the Holland Family in 1989, with John Sr. later thinking to try to secure a couple of off-track wagering permits in the Old Dominion - but that required him to hold a pari-mutuel license. So he carved a mile track on the grounds, brought in tents for a paddock and temporary fixtures for fans (no simulcasting in or out, the latter disappointing Plainridge, and I know because they called me, who had written a story, and asked me), and conducted Friday-Saturday-Sunday racing from September 21 to October 7 of 2001. (Alas, for overall naught for Mr. Holland's oval, as he did not get the off-track permits.) There was only that one season of harness at Oakridge (how the USTA records spell it) - nine days, 101 purse races. Plante won 14, one more than Clifton Green, to secure its only dash title, and join that super-exclusive club that both he and Pierce have membership in. And now to end - FOR POSSIBLY THE ONLY TIME EVER IN PRINT - the list of the drivers who won the 101 races at Oakridge! 14: Roger Plante Jr. 13: Clifton Green 11: Brian Allen 7: Dan O'Mara, Fern Paquet Jr. 5: Mark Gray, Donnie Russell 4: Gary Messenger 3: Ken Billman, Joe Offutt, Del Richards 2: Kyle DiBenedetto, Gerry Bookmyer, R. Scott Gregoire*, Jukka Paljarvi, Tim Roach, Tom D. (father of ...) Tetrick, Bryce Truitt, Don Wilson II 1: Mark Clark, Rusty Cox, George Filion, Grover Freck, Warren McIlmurray, Jim Morand, Barry Probber, Basil Sapienza, James Smallwood, Kelly Staten * - Mr. Gregoire gets a special mention because he swept the Daily Double on the inaugural card. By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

Roger Plante waited patiently until the stretch and then rocketed Rock N Load home to post a lifetime best 1:51.2 to win the Monday feature at Dover Downs. Making good use of starting from the rail, Plante followed leader Shine N Shimmer withharness racing driver Matt Kakaley.

Elizabeth Brittingham's As Bad As Thunder ($5, Bret Brittingham) won his third straight harness racing event on Monday (April 30) at Harrington Raceway with a decisive front end score in 1:52.4 in the featured $18,000 Open.

Hollywood Rusty and Makinphotos, winners last time out, and Outlaw, a breaking favorite, lead the $16,000 harness racing 3,4 & 5-Year-Old trot on Thursday, March15 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Former New Zealand harness racing pacer Itz Cherry Ripe N used a :27.4 final panel to hold off hard charging Shacked Up to win the $27,500 Mares Open/Handicap pace on Tuesday, March 13 at Dover Downs.

Overlooked at 13-1,Tagyoureit Hanover made his first harness racing start since early November a winning one to win the $23,000 Mares Open trot at Dover Downs on George Washington's birthday, Feb. 22. Ross Wolfenden had four wins, Corey Callahan, a triple.

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