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Maryland Sired freshman kick off three weeks of harness racing stakes at Rosecroft Raceway with some familiar faces and some new ones finding the winners circle in the first week of preliminaries on Saturday night.   The first split for filly trotters opened the non-wagering card. Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) was back on her best behavior with regular driver Corey Callahan back in the bike romping to an eleven length victory in 1:58 with Whitesvilleshirley up for place. Corey also owns and bred Gaagaa Gone and Richard Hans trains.   The first division for pacing colts and geldings saw Bo Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) return to the winners circle for the first time since mid-summer coming from fifth at the half to take a ¾ length lead over Makin Money Fast in 1:55.4 mile. Shawn Murray trains for owner Murry Stable LLC. Reinsman Corey Callahan picked up the catch drive.   The second division for trotting fillies saw several leader changes with Four Deuces (Four Starz Robro) picking up her first stakes win with Brian Burton in the bike over TV Sensation in 2:00.2. Kelley Rogers is the owner/breeder and Judy Welty trains the filly.   Ross Wolfenden, picking up the drive for the injured Roger Plante Jr., guided Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) to his sixth win in nine starts stopping the timer in 1:55.1 for owners Leblanc Racing, Count De Money Stable, W. Lutz Jr., and J. Stuart. Steve LeBlanc is the trainer. Lloyd's All In was second.   The preliminaries continue Sunday night Nov. 12th with three non-wagering events starting at 5:40.   By Cheri Stambaugh

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Keystone Velocity set a new standard at historic Rosecroft Sunday evening when he set a harness racing track record while winning the second running of the $100,000 Potomac Pace in 1:47.3. Defending champion All Bets Off was 1½ lengths behind the winner in second and Dealt A Winner was third. Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old gelding trained by Rene Allard and driven by Daniel Dube, shattered the previous track record of 1:48.2 set in 2007 by Nuclear Breeze and equaled in last year's Potomac Pace by All Bets Off. Purchased by Allard, VIP Stable, Earl Hill Jr., and Kapildeo Singh in 2016 after being off the track for nearly two years due to an ownership dispute, Keystone Velocity won for the eighth time in 22 starts this year, adding to wins in the $529,000 finals of the Levy Memorial Pacing Series and $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono. The Western Hanover gelding has now earned $800,000 this year. Keystone Velocity returned $14.80. "I had the perfect trip," Dube said. Indeed. While Breeders Crown winner Split The House shot to the front and set an opening fraction of :25.3, Dube paced fourth behind a :53.1 half before picking up the cover of Dealt A Winner down the backstretch. All Bets Off took the lead around the final turn while entering the stretch, but Dube guided Keystone Velocity to the outside and shot past the defending champion inside the final 50 yards. "Second over with those fractions," Dube said. "My horse was really strong today and feeling good. He's a nice horse and he likes that kind of trip. You can tell. At the end of the year to go [1:47.3], that's a nice horse." The Potomac, which boasted three of the top six aged earners this year and three of the first four finishers from last weekend's Breeders Crown, was created just two years ago shortly after The Stronach Group, owners of Rosecroft, purchased the historic Standardbred track from Penn National Gaming. Earlier in the evening, Rocktavius made a bold move to take the lead past a :54.2 half to win the $20,000 Maryland Invitational for driver Matt Kakaley. It was the 4-year-old gelding's second consecutive win and sixth in 20 starts this year. David Joseph

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Nearly a week after watching Split The House win the $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace, owner Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms Racing was still having a hard time putting the harness racing victory into words.         "I don’t think it has hit me yet,” said Crawford earlier in the week. “It’s emotional. You know, this horse had so many obstacles. He didn’t race at two, he had a bone bruise last year, and he’s been unlucky. But to win our first Breeders Crown with him…to me it’s so special.” For Michelle and Al Crawford, the path from the Breeders Crown in Hoosier Park has led to Sunday’s $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft.  Split The House, 8-1 in the Breeders Crown, won’t have any easier time of things Sunday in the Potomac Pace. His opponents will include defending champion All Bets Off, Breeders Crown elimination winner and third-place Open Pace finisher Mach It So, and Levy Memorial Pacing Series and Ben Franklin winner Keystone Velocity. The lightly-raced Split The House was bred by Fair Winds Farm but purchased by the Crawfords in September of 2015. “When we had the opportunity to purchase him we were so excited,” Crawford said. “He’s a beast, he’s a beautiful horse. But he’s had some obstacles. But [trainer] Chris [Oakes] has done an amazing job with him. He had him swimming twice a day. Whatever issue they have we always take our time with them.” Split The House had only five starts this year leading up to the Crown. “I’d rather shut them down and take care of them so they come back,” Crawford said. “There’s the old adage that they, or any athlete, is like a bar of soap. The more you use them the less there is.” Patience has paid off for Split The House and the Crawfords. Having grown up on his family’s farm in upstate New York, Al along with Michelle have expanded their property and racing stable over the past dozen years. They currently have 72 mares and more than 60 race horses. They even managed to extend their holdings into Thoroughbred racing, winning the Grade 1 Vanderbilt at Saratoga earlier this year with El Deal. But the focus this weekend is Rosecroft and the Potomac Pace. “We’re looking forward to it,” Crawford said. David Joseph  

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - For nearly two years, Keystone Velocity was out of sight in the world of harness racing. But the pacing son of Western Hanover was never out of trainer Rene Allard's mind. Although he had earned nearly $500,000 in his career, an ownership dispute kept Keystone Velocity off the track for nearly two years. But last October, Allard was able to purchase Keystone Velocity - then an 8-year-old - with VIP Stable, Earl Hill Jr., and Kapildeo Singh. One year later, Keystone Velocity enters Sunday's $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft as one of the favorites with victories earlier this year in the $529,000 finals of the Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers and the $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono. "He's been great to us," Allard said. "He was always a nice horse. He wasn't injured, he was sound, but there was an ownership dispute. By the time that got squared away he was nearly two years without racing. But he had only raced some 80 times. I look at him now and, yes, he's nine but with the two years off he's like a 7-year-old." Keystone Velocity, from the final crop of stallion Western Hanover and a $3,000 yearling purchase for his original owners in 2009, has relished his second opportunity on track with Allard. The 9-year-old enters Sunday's Potomac Pace with nearly $750,000 in earnings this year. "He's been doing really well," Allard said. "He finished second in the elimination of the Breeders Crown. He's always playful, always happy. We're looking forward to [the Potomac Pace]. He finished fourth last year, but his foot was bothering him a little last year. "There's going to be some nice horses in there. Last year the track was lightning fast and I expect it will be the same this year. I'm looking forward to it." Allard is also looking forward to his renewed interest in Thoroughbred racing. Having grown up on a farm in Quebec with "every kind of animal," and living on a farm now with "ponies, Belgian horses, retired Standardbreds and everything else," Allard is trying his hand in the Thoroughbred world. He recently purchased a yearling for $20,000 at the Keeneland September Sale. "I claimed a Thoroughbred at Woodbine years ago and had another run at Belmont a couple years back," Allard said. "It's fascinating to learn about horses. So I went to Keeneland by myself and walked around on the last day of the sale and looked at the horses there. I didn't even buy a sales book. I just looked at the horses, saw one that I thought looked good, and bid on it." After buying a son of Liaison, a stakes winner who earned more than $750,000, Allard turned to someone and asked what they thought of the pedigree. "The guy said [the yearling] came from a family of runners," Allard said. "Then we talked some more and I found out the guy was [Hall of Fame and Kentucky Derby-winning trainer] Jack Van Berg. It was pretty cool. We started talking. Turns out he knew Billy Haughton and some other people." Allard's Thoroughbred is now under the care of Van Berg and he's looking forward to seeing the colt run. But this weekend, Allard is looking forward to Keystone Velocity adding to his earnings in the Potomac Pace at Rosecroft. First race post on Potomac Pace Night at Rosecroft is 6:40 p.m. David Joseph

The first split for two-year-old filly trotters opened the early non-wagering harness racing card at Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday Oct. 14. Reinsman Art Stafford Jr. behind Iron Mine Krystal ( Four Starz Robro) was not content to sit third and pulled past the quarter to take the lead to the wire in the 2:00 mile over Dancing Spirit. Iron Mine Branch LLC are the owner and breeder, Greg Haverstick trains the filly.   Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) with Jared Moyer in the bike took air to the quarter in 27.2 to take control and hold on in the three horse photo over Bo Breeze and Ronnie's Rocket stopping the clock in 1:56.2 in the first division for pacing colts and geldings. Arlene Cameron trains for owner/breeder Pam Wagner.   Race three on the early card saw the second division for freshmen trotting fillies tie the stakes record of 1:59 set last week by Iron Mine Krystal. Driver Russell Foster sent Gaagaa Gone (GooGoo GaaGaa) wire to wire for owner/breeder Corey Callahan keeping her undefeated with six wins in six starts. Richard Hans trains the filly. TV Sensation was up for place.   The final preliminary for the night was the second split for colt and gelding pacers. Redline Rusty (Rusty's For Real) with Jonathan Roberts between the wheels took advantage of a perfect pocket trip to charge down the stretch crossing the wire one length ahead of E-Z Pass B in 1:54.4 for owner Al Carter and trainer Mike Hall. Carter Racing Stable LLC is the breeder.   Preliminaries continue Sunday Oct. 15 for pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings,   By Cheri Stambaugh

For the second night in a row the unseasonably warm weather and a lightning fast harness racing track at Rosecroft Raceway have produced new stakes and track records for two-year-old Maryland sired horses.   The first split for filly pacers went as an early non wagering event. HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie) took air to the quarter in 28.2 before gaining the lead, stopping the timer in a stakes record 1:54.2 for reinsman Roger Plant Jr. Steve LeBlanc trains for owner/breeder Cary Grady. Tell Me The Truth was up for place.   That new record only stood for 15 minutes as Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) with Jason Green in the bike brushed out of the pocket to catch Princess Rusty in the 1:53.3 stakes and track record in the second division. Elwood Tignor trains for owner Breakaway Racing, Nick Callahan was the breeder.   The trotting colts and geldings opened the overnight card. Driver Brian Burton put What That Is (Cam's Rocket) in the pocket for most of the mile, charging down the stretch to win by four lengths over Iron Mine Bro shattering the stakes and track record in the 1:57.2 mile. Judy Welty trains for owner Brian Emerson, Richard Hans is the breeder.   Stakes action continues with the second round of preliminaries on Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15.   By Cheri Stambaugh

(Fort Washington, MD) - The race unfolded differently but at the end the result was the same as Hyway Marcus was victorious Sunday evening (October 8) in the harness racing RUS MidAtlantic Monte Trotting Series Final at Rosecroft Raceway. With the victory, Hyway Marcus completed the hat trick, sweeping the harness racing series. Determined not to let Hyway Marcus have his own way, One True Friend (Hillary Hartnett) powered to the front, parking Hyway Marcus to the first quarter with Keenan (Maria Buchanan) third, racing along the rail following the leader. Hartnett had her horse, the lone mare in the race, in front by one and a quarter length in a brisk :28.1 at the first station. After being stung throughout the first quarter, Sascha Moczulski took Hyway Marcus to the front with One True Friend sitting second through middle fractions of :58.1 and 1:28.1 with the leader being two lengths in front at the three-quarter mark. By this time Keenan was beginning to tire, six lengths behind the leader in third place. Once past the three-quarter marker, the all-to-familiar story played out as Hyway Marcus opened up on the field with a seven length lead at the top of the stretch to coast home in a final quarter of :31.4 to stop the teletimer in 2:00, seven and a half lengths over One True Friend who put the victor to task in the early portion of the race. Closing from sixth at the three quarter mark was Catalyst (Stephanie Jacobs) finishing third another length behind. Fourth, but placed fifth for violation of the breaking rule was Mr Protab while Pine Tab was elevated to fourth. Keenan, paying the price for his early pace finished sixth. With the victory, Hyway Marcus finished the season with a perfect three for three record and now has a lifetime RUS record of 8-6-1-0. The six year old son of Gut Instinct is owned by Joseph Faraldo, Gilbert Teitel, and Charels Wittstruck. Moczulski was the winning trainer. RUS MidAtlantic would like to thank all its sponsors of the series, Back on Track, Knutsson Trotting, Miller Lite, Poulin Grain, in addition to numerous others. Plans are already underway for the 2018 series. Anyone interested in becoming a member of RUS MidAtlantic or a sponsor of the 2018 series may contact RUS MidAtlantic through their website. By Allan Schott for RUS MidAtlantic   RUS MidAtlantic - Bringing racing under saddle to DE, MD, NJ, and VA      

The first harness racing preliminaries for the Maryland Sire Stakes freshmen pacing colts and geldings and trotting fillies went to post Sat Oct 7 at Rosecroft Raceway.   In the first early non-wagering event for the pacing colts and geldings, Russel Foster put I Run The Show (Cam's Rocket) in the pocket til the head of the stretch, winning by a ½ length over Bo Breeze in the 1:55 mile for owner/breeder Michael Hans and trainer Roger Hans.   The first division for trotting fillies saw a lot of change in positions with Iron Mine Krystal (Four Starz Robro) coming from mid pack at the half to win by a length in 1:59 setting the Stakes Record for 2 year old trotting fillies. Dancing Spirit was second. Art Stafford Jr. was in the bike for trainer Greg Haverstick and owner/breeder Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The second split for pacing colts and geldings saw Roger Plante Jr. pull Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) from fourth to take the lead at the half, opening up 3¾ lengths on the field in the 1:53.3 Stakes and track record mile for 2 year old pacing geldings. Lloyd's All In was up for place. Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing, Count De Money Stable, Wm. Lutz Jr and J. Stuart. Jacob Ramsburg is the breeder.   Gaagaa Gone (GooGoo GaaGaa) remains undefeated (5 - 5) winning the second division for trotting fillies in the first wagering race. Reinsman Russel Foster sent Gaagaa Gone to the engine and never looked back with Worthy Renegade crossing the wire second in the 2:00.1 mile. Richard Hans trains the filly for owner/breeder Corey Callahan.   Stakes action continues Sunday (Oct. 8) with early non-wagering events starting at 5:15 pm.   By Cheri Stambaugh

(Fort Washington, MD) - A field of six trotters will compete Sunday (October 8) evening in the RUS MidAtlantic Monte Series Final, being contested at Rosecroft Raceway. The $5,000 race is headlined by Hyway Marcus, who won the first two legs of the series and is looking to complete the series sweep. The tilt will go as a non-wagering event after the third race on the regular harness racing card with an estimated post time of 7:30pm. Hyway Marcus (post 2), is trained and ridden by Sasha Moczulski for new owners Joseph Faraldo, Gilbert Teitel, and Charles Wittstruck. The six-year-old son of Gut Instinct has developed a reputation for being a star RUS trotter with a lifetime record of 7-5-1-0. The horse has made only two starts this year under saddle, winning series legs at Ocean Downs and the Meadowlands with a seasonal mark of 1:59.4 set at the Meadowlands. Looking to be his main contender is Pine Tab (post 5), ridden by Helene Gregory. The Nick Surick trainee in his first lifetime start was dueling Hyway Marcus in the stretch at the Meadowlands, getting to within a ¼ length when he went off-stride. With a race under his belt, his connections are looking for an improved effort here. Another contender is One True Friend (post 3) who finished second in the second leg of the series at the Meadowlands. Since that effort, the lone mare in the race came in first at Saratoga, followed by second place finishes at Batavia and in the Elizabeth Miller Memorial at Monticello this past Monday. Hillary Hartnett is once again in the irons for trainer Wesley Miller. Other horses in the race are Mr Protab (post 1, Emma Wahlberg) who won his lone start last year at Ocean Downs and looks to improve off a third-place finish at the Meadowlands in his seasonal debut. Catalyst (post 2, Stephanie Jacobs) looks to improve with the return to the 5/8 mile oval after putting in a dull race at the Meadowlands. Keenan (post 6, Maria Buchanan) finished second in his lifetime debut at Ocean Downs but jumped off before the start at the Meadowlands. With a cleaner start, he may be in the thick of things late. First race on the wagering card is slated for a 6:40pm post. Allan Schott RUS MidAtlantic - Bringing racing under saddle to DE, MD, NJ, and VA      

FORT WASHINGTON, MD – When harness racing returns to historic Rosecroft next week, there will be a few noticeable changes. The biggest? Rosecroft is going prime time. After running on Tuesday and Thursday evenings the past several meets, Rosecroft will race live every Saturday and Sunday beginning Saturday, Oct. 1 through Dec. 23, and Fridays on Nov. 3 and Nov. 24. First race post is 6:40 p.m. “In the past the thought was to run when no one else was running to garner simulcast handle on Tuesday and Thursday,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “But in my opinion, in order to build the business you have to run when people are able to go to the racetrack. I believe that’s either Friday night, Saturday or Sunday. “Since Friday is a horrible traffic day in this area, we felt the best bet was Saturday and Sunday. We will race Fridays on Breeders’ Cup weekend and Black Friday. We’ve started to clean up the facility and we want to be open to let people see the new Rosecroft and enjoy the amenities. “As far as generating handle and business, I told the horsemen I think it’s a good thing to run when the Meadowlands is running because at least we know there’s harness players out there. It’s not someone watching on a whim.” Rosecroft, which opened in 1949, was purchased in August of 2016 by The Stronach Group, the parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club. Sinatra said the Maryland Jockey Club has spent the past year “observing handle, crowds, service, security and racing.” “We did a little facelift of the facility but we’ve continued doing some more over the summer,” he added. “We’ve put some new flooring down, added flat screen televisions, and we’ve looked to fix the concession stands and the dining service and buffet.” Sinatra said the $100,000 Potomac will return for a second consecutive year on Sunday, Nov. 5. The inaugural Potomac, which resulted in the best group of pacers to race at Rosecroft in some 30 years in the first $100,000 race at the track in nearly 10 years, was won by All Bets Off. There will also be Maryland Sire Stakes on Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 22 and Nov. 11-12, 18-19 and 26. Sinatra said he’s been pleased with the cooperation the Maryland Jockey Club has received from horsemen the past year. In a move to enhance integrity, the Maryland Jockey Club will implement new security measures for horses shipping for the nightly races. “We have a security plan similar to the Thoroughbreds,” Sinatra said. “If you’re racing, and you’re not going to the paddock for the first six races, you will be assigned stalls. In the past horsemen would go into any of the four barns. Now there will be a stall, cameras and a guard. We just want to make sure the playing field is fair for everybody.” For more information on the Maryland Sire Stakes, go to: http://cloverleafsoa.org/fall-2017-maryland-sire-stakes-date-changes-for-rosecroft/ Rosecroft Raceway is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. For more information contact David Joseph at david.joseph@marylandracing.com or call 954.457.6451

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Driver Russell Foster celebrated an incredible spring meet at Rosecroft Wednesday evening by winning five races, including two Maryland Sire Stakes Finals, on his way to the harness racing driving title on closing night. Foster, a native of Easton who shared the spring and fall driving titles, ran away with the spring meet driving title with 70 wins, 25 more than runner-up Frank Milby. Roger Plante Jr. had 43 wins and Brian Burton 40. "The horses had a great meet," Foster said. "I got no complaints. I just have to thank everybody for letting me drive their horses. Anytime you win a leading driver it's cool. I'll take it." Foster won the $70,500 Maryland Sire Stakes Final for 3-year-old pacers with Mr Ham Sandwich and the $70,050 3-year-old trot final with Hybrid Henry. He then won behind Toms Treasure ($4.20), Rockin Glory ($2.40) and Dancing Rusty ($4.20). Kenneth Schlotzhauer, who just missed winning the fall meet title, took the spring meet title with 19 victories, two more than Judith Welty. Burton was third with 16 and Jerry Nock had 15. Schlotzhauer sent out Madges Lil Fortune ($6.60) to victory Wednesday evening. "They're going fast miles this year," Schlotzhauer said. "There's a lot better horses this year. Horses are flying. It ain't easy." Racing resumes at Rosecroft in October. David Joseph

Ft. Washington, MD --- A 16-race card with more than $300,000 in purses highlights the Wednesday night (May 31) harness racing card that concludes the Spring meet at Rosecroft Raceway. Four Maryland Sires Stakes races will be conducted and showcase the continued growth in the Maryland Sires Stakes program. A couple of seasons ago one of these races included a walkover. All four finals have enough horses to be carded as part of the pari-mutuel card. The 3-year-old filly trotting division for $70,400 is highlighted by the Holy Guacamole distaff, Holy Trout. Two starts back she set the standard for the MDSS program, trotting a mile in 1:57. She has a record of 12 wins in 16 starts and earnings of $70,706 for breeder-owner Dr. William Solomon and trainer Steve LeBlanc. Roger Plante has been her regular pilot over the past two years. She will score from post seven. The Les Givens trained entry of Camita (Givens) and LG’s Hotshoegirl (Orlando Greene) have been her closest pursuers. Mr Ham Sandwich is the 6-5 computer generated morning line choice in race four for 3-year-old colt pacers. Rosecroft’s leading driver Russell Foster won both finals during the 2-year-old season with the son of Cam’s Rocket, and Mr Ham Sandwich won last week’s elimination in 1:53.2. He has won nine of 12 lifetime starts and $58,042. Tom’s Tarzan has chased him home in both eliminations for driver Brian Burton. The sophomore colt trotters are highlighted by the powerful Richard Hans entry, Ei Ei O and Hybrid Henry. Hybrid Henry won nine of 10 in his freshman year, dominating the MDSS to the tune of $78,949. Last week he drew off for Foster after his stablemate made a break trying to gain on him before the three-quarter pole. Ei Ei O made his lifetime debut at three and has won three of five starts. His only losses have come when the son of Cam’s Rocket broke stride. Burton will drive and have the rail. The 3-year old filly pacing division has seen the most depth with improvement from several fillies so far this season. The biggest eye opener has been Hybrid Heidi. The Cam’s Rocket filly made only two starts last year, and a barn change to Carlin Savage has seen her find some good footing of late. She has won two straight in the care of Savage including last week’s eye popping 1:53.1 score. Richard Hans is the owner-breeder. Miss Valerie, a daughter of Allie’s Western, suffered her first career loss in 12 lifetime starts last week. A winner of $75,450 as a 2-year old, Miss Valerie draws post six for Plante and trainer LeBlanc. Evergreen Marla, sired by Capitol Power, was an easy winner for Foster in her elimination in 1:55.1. She made $34,887, finishing second or third in eight of 13 starts, at two. She has the rail in the final for owner Frank Lemon and trainer Jerry Nock. Cheap Aint Fast kept up with Hybrid Heidi last week, only missing by three-quarters of a length. She has had an adventurous start to her season, making a break, falling before a start and then last week towing along behind a fast winner for owner Gloria Kinnamon and trainer Tony Sapienza. Kinnamon was the owner of the champion filly from last year, Fastestgirlaround.  Whitesville Michele might be a live longshot for driver David Hill III and owner-trainer Gary White. The Capitol Power filly has been aggressive in her first two starts, parked to the half in :57 in her debut and last week closing well to be second in Evergreen Marla’s division. The $10,000 Open for Mares is highlighted by the last two winners, Breadcrumb Income (Burton) and Rhapsody Rose (Plante). Each has won by a neck the last two weeks. Its a battle for young versus old and Burton campaigns the 4-year-old mare while Brian Fisher trains the 11-year-old mare for the Twin Ponds Stable. She has 39 wins and lifetime earnings of $366,463. Post time is 5:40 p.m. (EDT) and features a Pick-5 (races 7-11) with a 12 percent takeout and a Pick-4 (races 12-15). by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Rosecroft will wrap up its harness racing spring meet this week with live programs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's 12-race program will start at 6:40 p.m. Qualifying races will begin at 4 p.m. There will be a special 5:40 p.m. first race post Wednesday. Russell Foster, who shared Rosecroft's Spring and Fall Meet driving titles last year, is all alone at the top with 64 wins. His closest competitor is Frank Milby with 43. Brian Burton has driven 39 winners and Roger Plante Jr. 35. The training title will be up for the grabs the final week with Kenneth Schlotzhauer and Judith Welty tied with 16 wins each. Burton is one off the leaders with 15 and Jerry Nock has 14. David Joseph  

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Racing fans are being given a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at harness racing and jog a Standardbred when Rosecroft plays hosts to "I Want to Be a Driver" Tuesday, May 30. Two packages are available for the event, which begins at 3 p.m. and includes an evening of live harness racing at Rosecroft. The "I Want to Be a Driver" package includes a jog around the five-eighths mile track on a two-seated sulky, paddock tour, barbecue on the track apron, a group winner's circle photo, and a meet-and-greet with hors d'oeuvres. The package costs $90. The Spectator Package includes all of the above without the jog for $45. For more information on "I Want to Be a Driver," sponsored by the Cloverleaf Standard Owners Association, contact Gina Maybee of Cloverleaf at 301.567.9636. David Joseph          

Frank Milby drove five winners on the Wednesday night harness racing card at Rosecroft Raceway bringing his Spring meet total to 18, four shy of leader Russell Foster. MIlby sent Wildman to his third straight victory as the three-year old son of Real Artist won in 1:53.2 for owner-trainer Phillip Jasper.  Brian Burton won three races and had the highlight win on the card. He drove  three-year old trotter EI EI O, a son of Cam's Rocket, to a victory in his debut in 1:57. His back was :56 coming from mid pack with a breath taking three-wide backside brush to the lead.  Richard Hans owns and trains EI EI O, who is the fourth fastest three-year old trotter on record in North America this season.  Pete Medhurst 106.7 FM The Fan PxP Voice Naval Academy Athletics Voice of Rosecroft Raceway  

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - After grabbing a share of the Spring and Fall Meet driving titles at Rosecroft last year, Russell Foster has gotten off to a fast start during the 2017 Spring Meet by driving 10 winners on the first three programs. The 27-year-old native of Easton, MD is enjoying the success he had never envisioned for himself a few years ago, when a concentration on training pacers and trotters seemed to be a more practical career path. "I never contemplated getting out of the business, but I didn't really think I was going to have much success driving," Foster said. "I thought I would be more on the training end of the business." Foster credits his unexpected ascension to the top of the Maryland harness industry to veteran pacer Hi Sir, whose affinity for the Rosecroft oval triggered his owner/trainer/driver's breakthrough into driving prominence. "I started going good with him down at Ocean (Downs). I figured I'd try him at Rosecroft in the fall, and he had a good year. The following spring I took him back over there and my dad took a couple other horses over. He saw how good I was doing and he brought a couple," Foster said. "I started doing good with them and a few other people gave me a chance, and things kind of took off." The still active Hi Sir, who finished third in the Open Pace on Sunday, has won 20 races while being honored with multiple Horse of the Meet titles during his four years with Foster. "He's really just a good horse. He doesn't require a lot of vet work. He stays sound and he's really easy to handle," Foster said. "When I first took him to Rosecroft, he liked to close. All the races there, they were going fast early and not come home really fast, and he'd pick up all the pieces. Races set up perfect for him." Foster has become a popular catch-driver at Rosecroft while maintaining his two-horse stable of Hi Sir and Rock on Precious and assisting his grandfather, Arty Foster, who has eight horses in training. Foster started helping out his grandfather when he turned 14 and obtained his qualifying driver's license at 18. "It didn't take long after that to get my full license, but I really didn't drive full time," he said. "I worked for my grandfather. At that time he had probably 20-25 horses and it kept me really busy. The last two or three years he really cut back on horses, and that gave me more time to focus on driving a little bit." Foster, whose father Arty Jr. also maintains a stable at Rosecroft, has enjoyed several multi-win programs the past two years, including a five-win day last week. "The day that sticks out to me was in the fall (Sept. 20) when I won seven, two of them were Sire Stakes races," he said. Foster isn't letting his success go to his head, well aware of the depth of a talented Rosecroft driving colony. "It's tough. It all depends on who has the best horses that night," he said. "The first few nights I got lucky and I had the right horses to drive. It can turn around in a hurry." However, he admits to deriving satisfaction in achieving success in his own backyard. "I was born and raised in Maryland and have been going to Rosecroft since I was a kid. I used to love going over there on weekends," he said. "It's really a lot of fun to be driving there and having such success there now." by David Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

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