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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

Two of the top harness racing horses scheduled to race tonight in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway have been scratched. McWicked was scratched due to a fever reported trainer Casie Coleman-Hearty. "I wanna apologize to the fans who were hoping to see Mcwicked at Rosecroft tonight. He has been in Jersey over a week and been great, he was great this am. His caretaker went to go get him a bit ago to ship for tonight and he hadn't ate his lunch (very unusual for wicked he eats everything). He felt warm so he checked his temp and he was high, even used a second thermometer both read the same. "Sadly we do gotta do what’s right for him and scratch him tonight. The vet came in on a Sunday pulled blood and treating his temp and I’m sure he will hopefully get over this quick and be able to still go to the TVG."   Also scratched from the same race is Ron Burke's This Is The Plan. Top four-year-old this year became the fastest horse ever in Canada on a half mile track with a 1:49.1 record in the $200,000 Prix d'Ete at Trois-Rivieres.    by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - One hundred grand has never been spent as well at a harness racing track as it will Sunday night when the $100,000 Potomac Pace goes to the post at Rosecroft Raceway. Not only is 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked among the eight pacers entered, but so are American History and Dorsoduro Hanover, the one-two finishers in the last weekend's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Six of the Potomac Pace entrants are racetrack millionaires. "This is our fourth Potomac Pace and this is no doubt the strongest field we've had," said Peter Hanley, Rosecroft's racing secretary. "It should be a great betting race, too." "The big dogs are coming to play," said Casie Coleman, trainer of McWicked the Potomac's 5-2 morning favorite. "This is a very tough race for $100,000." There will be an extra $10,000 at the finish line for any pacer who breaks the Rosecroft track record of 1:47 3/5 set by Keystone Velocity in the 2017 renewal of the Potomac Pace. American History will line up behind the mobile starting gate as the race's hottest horse. He rallied up in the inside part of the stretch to win the Breeders Crown Open Pace by two lengths over Dorsoduro Hanover, an earner of $1.1 million who also returns in the Potomac Pace. "He's matured as a four-year-old and he's going with these guys," said Tony Alagna, the trainer of American History, following the Breeders Crown. "He's so versatile. He can (win) on any size racetrack. He's a special animal. American History, a winner of 16 of career 42 starts and $1,037,656, will be handled by regular driver Joe Bongiorno. They'll start from the favorable No. 2 post and are 3-1 second choice on the morning line. McWicked, harness racing's amazing eight-year-old champion, was the 6-5 betting favorite in the Breeders Crown but raced evenly to finish fourth, beaten four lengths. "He raced big," said Coleman. "The track (surface) wasn't at its best and I had a bar shoe on him (left front). It's hard to switching shoes late in the game, so we went ahead and raced him in the bar shoe. He had trouble getting a hold of the track." McWicked enters the Potomac Pace with career earnings of $4.9 million, second only to Foiled Again ($7.6 million) on the all-time trot/pace list money list. Despite drawing the No. 7 post position, he's the race's 5-2 morning line favorite. The other three millionaires in the Potomac Pace are This Is The Plan ($1.4 million), Courtly Choice ($1.3 million) and Dealt A Winner ($1.2 million). This Is The Plan's 1:49 1/5 clocking in the Aug. 18 Prix d'Ete at Hippodrome Trois Rivieres is the fastest mile ever on a half-mile oval in Canada. Courtly Choice won this year's Canadian Derby at Woodbine Mohawk, and Dealt A Winner is back after finishing fourth in last year's Potomac Pace. The Potomac Pace is the ninth race on the 13-race program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. and also includes the $25,000 Maryland Invitational. The race for Maryland owned, sired, bred or foaled in the state horses has attracted a field of nine. Romantic Interest, a six-time winner in 2019, is the 3-1 morning line favorite. by Bob Roberts, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - The Horse of the Year is coming to Rosecroft. S S G Stable's McWicked, harness racing's 2018 Horse of the Year, headlines an all-star group of Standardbred pacers Sunday evening in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft. First race post time is 7:15 p.m. for the 13-race program. Rosecroft will offer a $10,000 bonus to any pacer who breaks the track record of 1:47.3,set by Keystone Victory in the 2017 Potomac Pace. In addition, there will be a $5,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick 5, races 7-11. The $100,000 Potomac Pace has become Rosecroft's signature event. In its first three years, the Potomac has attracted some of the sport's biggest stars including Split The House, Keystone Velocity Always B Miki, Wakizashi Hanover and All Bets Off. "We're very excited and really looking forward to Sunday's $100,000 Potomac Pace," said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. "Since the inaugural Potomac Pace in 2016, the event has grown and has attracted some of the best pacers in North America. We very appreciative of all the horsemen who have supported this great event." McWicked joins that list as one of the sport's top stars. A winner of 40 starts and $4.9 million, McWicked became the oldest pacer to be named Horse of the Year. Trained by Casie Coleman and driven by Brian Sears, McWicked has surpassed $1 million in purses for the third time in his career, joining Foiled Again as the only pacers with three million-dollar seasons. The 8-year-old won the Dan Rooney Invitational and Allerage Farms Open Pace earlier this year. McWicked will leave from post seven. McWicked came up short in his attempt to win a third Breeders Crown Oct. 26 when he finished fourth behind American History in the $655,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace. American History, bred by Brittany Farm, previously won the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial and has earned $437,291 this year. Those facing McWicked and American History in the Potomac include Dorsoduro Hanover, second to American History in the Breeders Crown and winner of last year's $530,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Others entered in the Potomac include Dealt A Winner, fourth in last year's Potomac, This Is The Plan, who turned in the fastest mile ever on a half-mile track in Canada earlier this year, and Maryland's Slick Tony, a winner of 14 of 34 starts this season. by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway                          

Ft. Washington, MD – The top two-year old harness racing pacers and trotters in the Maryland Sires Stakes program highlight an action packed Sunday (Sept. 29) night card at Rosecroft Raceway. Stakes and track record holder Yall Beneath Me drew poorly, scoring from post nine for Russell Foster and owner-trainer Richard Hans in the Ralph Hayward Memorial.  Last week’s 18-length victory came in a stakes and Rosecroft Freshmen Colt trotting record of 1:54.4 and the horse was completely under wraps. The son of Googoo Gaagaa, is a perfect 6-6 and captured $60,650 so far this year. Andy American, driven by Allan Davis, drew post five, won in an impressive, 1:58 last week. He won his elimination by 13 lengths for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key. He smoked the first half in :56 before trotting the back half in 1:02. Goorilla and Jim Morand score from the rail and has a win in 2:00 to his credit. This is the second of two non-betting events that start at 7:00. In the first non-betting event, the Wayne Smullin Memorial,  Cate’s A Keeper and stablemate KJ Andrea have been impressive so far in 2019. Cate’s A Keeper captured the $70,000 final at Ocean Downs on August 25. KJ Andrea made a rare mistake jumping off stride in that final, but, has been super in two wins for John Wagner in winning both eliminations at Rosecroft. Cate’s A Keeper dominated her last elim in 1:57.3 and has the post edge with the four hole as opposed to post nine for KJ Andrea. Winnie The Goo (Jim Morand) and Two Itchy (Frank Milby) also have punchers chances in the final. Trainer Arlene Cameron has 13 starters in the four $70,000 finals, three make up a great entry in race 3, the Earl Wagner Memorial for pacing colts and geldings. Last week, Jordons All In set a new standard for two-year old pacing geldings winning in 1:52.1 for driver John Wagner and owner, Pamela Wagner. The son of Rusty’s All In over took stablemate Nvrfearlloydishere after the first quarter and them held him off by a nose for the elimination victory. The winner drew post seven in the final while the runner up has the rail for Eddie Davis Jr. The third member of the Pamela Wagner entry, Tom’s All In, won his elimination in 1:55 and gets Allan Davis in the bike from post two. Fantastic Voyage, a winner in 1:54.1 ni the first week of eliminations, drew post nine with Corey Callahan in the bike. Race five features the distaff pacers and a nice three horse rivalry between Ocean Downs final winner, Maizee Blue, Breeze Away B and Fire Me Up, part of a three horse Pamela Wagner entry. Breeze Away B has the rail for driver Robert White and owner-trainer William Fletcher. The daughter of Nuclear Breeze won her elimination last week in a lifetime best 1:55.3.  Maizee Blue scores from post two fro Eddie Davis jr. who guided the Rusty’s All In filly to a win the August final at Ocean Downs for trainer Les Givens and owners Leslie Moore and Bob Weyforth. Fire Me Up has been second in two significant stakes and has post three for Jared Moyer. I’d Be Rich won her elimination last week, but, like stablemate Fantastic Voyage, drew post nine in the final for driver Corey Callahan who will driver for his Dad Nick who owns, and brother Shaun who trains the daughter of Rusty’s For Real. In the Maryland Exclusive Handicap for $12,500, Sams Triple Crown returns to Rosecroft where he will score from the rail with Wagner in the bike who chose the Jerry Nock owned and tarined gelding over last week’s winner Diamondkeeper who was assigned post nine based on earnings in last four starts. In the $12,000 Open Handicap,  a field of nine is headed up by Don Hawk and Dan Warrington’s Rollinlikethunder, a six time winner this year for Davis Jr. who scores from post six. Allie’s Finale comes in off a lifetime best 1:50.4 score for Roger Plante as has post 2. Jaason Lynch brings Dialamara over for the first time and starts from post four. Post nine was assigned to Late Mail N and John Wagner for trainer Mike Hall who starts at Rosecroft for the first time and having the highest earnings in the last four starts. Post time for the Sunday action begins at 7 p.m. For entries or race results click here. by Peter Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Rosecroft continues its 70th year of harness racing when its opens for its fall meet Sunday evening. First race post is 7:15 p.m. The 13-race program will include a $12,500 Open Handicap with a field of nine. Roseroft will conduct live harness racing every Sunday and Wednesday through Dec. 18. The $100,000 Potomac Pace has become Rosecroft's signature event. In just three years, the Potomac has attracted some of the sport's biggest stars including Split The House, Keystone Velocity, Always B Miki, Wakizashi Hanover and All Bets Off. "We're looking forward to a great fall meeting at Rosecroft," said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. "The fall meet has always attracted great racing and enthusiastic crowds. We're also looking forward to our signature event, the $100,000 Potomac Pace, which has produced some great races in just a short period of time. We look forward to working with a wonderful group of horsemen." Frank Milby will be seeking his fourth consecutive driving title. He was in the bike 280 times and won 51 of those races during the spring. Jonathan Roberts finished behind Milby with 25 victories, one more than John Wagner. Roger Plante Jr, and Jared Moyer rounded out the top five. Like Milby, trainer Arlene Cameron will also be seeking a fourth consecutive title. She had 39 wins during the spring meet, 23 more than Megan Roberts and 25 more than Kenneth Schlotzhauer. Brian Burton, Basil Sapienza, Jason Walters and Brian Wright all had 10 training victories. Dates for the Maryland Sire Stakes at Rosecroft are Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 for 2-year-old filly pacers and 2-year-old trotters. by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

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

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