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FORT WASHINGTON, MD - A new year of Standardbred racing begins Sunday evening here in Maryland when Rosecroft opens its Winter-Spring Meet of harness racing with a 14-race program. The 37-day meet will feature live racing Sunday and Wednesday. There will be additional live programs on Monday, April 5 and Saturday, May 15. First race post is 7:15 p.m. In response to current state COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the Maryland Jockey Club at Rosecroft is temporarily closed to the public. Fans can watch and wager on Rosecroft at 1stbet.com and xpressbet.com. Jonathan Roberts had the most wins at Rosecroft last year with 70, 11 ahead of John Wagner and 12 more than Frank Milby. Arlene Cameron led all trainers with 55 victories. Megan Roberts was next with 24 followed by Brian Callahan, Shaun Callahan and Trevor Stafford with 20 each. The opening night program includes a $9,000 pace, Maryland preferred. Starship goes for his third consecutive victory and fourth in his last five starts with Roberts in the bike.   Rosecroft

FORT WASHINGTON, MD – The harness racing season comes to an end Wednesday evening at Rosecroft with a 14-race program highlighted by three $20,000 events for the top nine Maryland money earners in their respective categories. First race post is 7:15 p.m. The $20,000 Maryland Invitational, for the top nine Maryland preferred money earners this meet, will be led by Richard Malone Jr.’s 5-2 favorite Admiral Ballsy, who will leave from post 4. Right outside the 4-year-old gelding will be RockTavius, the 3-1 second choice. The $20,000 Maryland Distaff has Vernon Cannon’s 5-2 favorite Psychic Blue Chip leaving from post one. The 5-2 favorite in the $20,000 Maryland Trotting Derby is Graham Grace Stables LLC’s Judge Bob, who drew post 8. Luckycompeter is 3-1 and will leave from post one. Judge Bob is tied for most wins at the current meet with Precision Blue Chip with five. Arlene Cameron will win the training title with 32 winners going into Wednesday night. Megan Roberts is the closest to Cameron with 18. Going into tonight’s final program, the driver standings are extremely close. Jonathan Roberts has 37 trips to the winner’s circle, one more than Howard Davis Jr., and three more than Frank Milby. Jason Thompson has 29 victories.   David Joseph

Fort Washington, MD – Harness Racing is difficult enough under ideal conditions. Add in cold rain, a deep track, a minus two variant and you get a difficult night to do your business. As is the case with all horsemen, the show must go on and did Wednesday night (Dec. 16) at Rosecroft, as Jonathan Roberts secured five victories on the 14-race card. Roberts swept the daily double for his sister, trainer Megan Roberts, as Sansa and Callmegaga picked up victories for Bib Roberts and Graham Grace Stables. He would also steer Thats Fun to a win for trainer Shaun Callahan and Breakaway Racing in the third race. In the sixth race, Roberts picked up a late catch drive on  Allie’s Finale, and the former Maryland Sires Stakes Champion who has battled foot issues in 2020, got home for his 23rd win in 86 starts as he nears $200,000 in lifetime earnings for trainer Steve LeBlanc, Count De Money Stable, William Lutz Jr., and James Stuart. He made his fifth trip to the winner’s circle when Headaregonna Turn scored his 37th career win and sent his lifetime trotting earnings over $350,000 for owner Jody Cahall and trainer Trevor Stafford. Austin Hanners rallied Skyway Cobra to a second straight win in the co-featured $12,000 Open Trot for Arlene Cameron. It was his sixth win of the year and career win number 18. Frank Milby took the co-featured Mares Open Handicap with Get Real Rusty in a race that saw five different leaders as the 10-year old daughter of Real Artist notched her 33rd career win. Milby owns and conditions the filly who leads all fillies with $23,470 this fall meet and will be in the Maryland Distaff on closing night next Wednesday (Dec. 23). Milby also won with Warrawee Victor who snapped an 0-19 streak in 2020, despite being second or third in 10 of his first 19 starts, for owner trainer Ron DIxon. Jason Thompson had a double winning with All About Al for owner Leonard Hubbard and trainer Beth Shockley and Rosey Time, also giving Breakaway Racing and Shaun Callahan a double on the night. Pete Medhurst

Ft. Washington, MD — Developing future stars in harness racing can run in cycles. You can go for years at some tracks without young stars developing, and then there is the situation at Rosecroft, which best resembles the spin cycle of a washing machine right now. Driving amongst a solid colony of veterans, the future of harness racing in the mid-atlantic has potential if these young bucks stay grounded and heed the lessons learned while driving in a competitive group. Sunday night at Rosecroft, veteran Allan Davis won three races and several young understudies, none of which can legally drink an alcoholic beverage, each gained victories. Luke Hanners, 20, took the $11,750 Open Handicap for pacers with Rocktavious for the third time in his last six tries. The 7-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover won for the sixth time this year for owner Bib Roberts and trainer Megan Roberts in 1:51.3. Admiral Ballsy hung on for second after a thrilling side by side duel with Jack Quick for about five-eighths of a mile. Rocktavious ($4.00) and Hanners patiently sat the pocket and blasted by the dueling foes for the pacer’s 37th career win. Trae Porter had a driving double as the 19-year-old scored with B A Rocket ($15.80) and Road Ready Wes ($11.60). Cole Olsen, 18, won for the second time this meet with Hilarious Lou ($12.40), and 20-year-old Declan Donoway scored with Mr Jagerbomber ($5.80). While Eric Davis is old enough to enjoy adult beverages if he chooses, the 24-year-old won with the popular Maryland bred Winbak Carl ($8.60) who picked up his 42nd lifetime win in 252 starts. Davis trains the 11-year-old for Susan Baker. Davis’ Uncle Allan netted his hat trick with Boot Leg ($3.80) and Talking Blues ($8.00), both owned by Twin Ponds Stable and trained by John Hollingsworth. White Rolls ($3.40) won for the first time this year as Davis got him home for owner Tammy Crescenze and trainer Amanda Malone. Pat Berry, Frank Milby, Roger Plante, Russell Foster, and Ken Weckstein also had driving wins. Berry’s win with Starship gave trainer Megan Roberts a training double on the night. With three nights of the fall meet left, an injured Eddie Davis Jr. is leading Milby by four wins. Jonathan Roberts is third with 29 and Jason Thompson is fourth with 26. Davis’ triple tied him with John Wagner for fifth with 24 wins. Trainer Arlene Cameron will win the training dash title with 31 winners, while Brian Callahan, who has won at a 31 percent clip this meet, is tied for second with Roberts with 15 wins. Shaun Callahan and Trevor Stafford are tied for fourth with 14. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Fort Washington, MD – Precision Blue Chip continued his harness racing Fall Meet at Rosecroft Raceway Sunday night (Nov. 29) edging Admiral Ballsy and Major Pocket A to take the $12,000 Open Handicap in a lifetime best 1:50.4. Frank Milby was in the bike again as the 5-year old gelded son of Bettor’s Delight, won the top class for the second straight week for owner-trainer Courtney Brooks. It is the 11th win of the year in 24 starts and the fourth in the Open Handicap this meet. Jonathan Roberts won four races on the card, Trevor Stafford won twice in the bike, while John Wagner took home two wins as well. Trainers Richard Malone Jr., and Jerry Nock had a pair of wins on the night. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

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

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

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

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

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

Ft. Washingtin, MD — Harness racing driver Victor Kirby highlighted a great Sunday night (Sept. 27) show at Rosecroft Raceway by securing four wins on the 15-race card. Kirby won a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes division with BT’s Breeze for Bryan Truitt Jr. and trainer Bryan Truitt, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 as he edged out sires stakes rival Allie’s Finale in an eye pooping :54.3 back half. The Son of Nuclear Breeze picked up his 14th career win. Kirby took wins with Bo Knows for Bryan Truitt Jr. and John Dixon; Dixon’s Cole On The Beach; and won the finale with B A Rocket, boldly splitting rivals in deep stretch to win for trainer Greg Trotto, Fred Sporrer, Jon Reedy and VIP Internet Stable. Perennial dash champion Frank Milby is off to a strong start with six wins in the first two nights of the fall meet. Milby won Sunday with Cool Casper for Jody Cahall and it was the first of two wins for trainer Trevor Stafford as Milby won with Dance On The Beach for his barn as well. Star Messenger made Milby a winner for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. John Wagner won three races on the night, including a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes win for Lloyd’s All In. The son of Rusty’s All In handled his rivals from the far outside, wiring the field in 1:55 for Pamela Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Wagner notched a pair of wins for owner-trainer Courtney Brooks, setting new lifetime bests for Redwood Again (1:53.1) and Precision Bluechip (1:52.1) who upset Rosecroft powerhouse Romantic Interest in the process. Eddie Davis Jr., piloted two winners, among them the popular Winbak Carl, bred by Winbak Farm in Maryland. The 11-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty won for the 40th time in his career. Eric Davis conditions the veteran pacer for Susan Baker. Davis Jr. also woke up Commander Hill who had been struggling at Harrah’s Philadelphia over the past two months, winning in 1:52.2 for trainer Eric Ell and Tribbett Racing. Allan Davis took on two claimers, rallying Ok Galahad from last to first, edging claiming king Foxland in 1:54.4 in the best betting race of the night. Foxland was the favorite as just over 4-1. Brittany Bounds owns and trains Ok Galahad who returned $12.80 to win. Jason Thompson won the pari-mutuel puzzler of the night, as Bullvilleblast scored for owner-trainer Brian Tomlinson. The winner was 7-2 on the morning line but dismissed at 17-1 and paired with Brock N Brian, equally dismissed off a 3-1 morning line at 10-1, for a $251 exacta. Jonathan Roberts took high speed honors for the night, gunning nicely from an outside post to steer Prince Clyde home in 1:52 for owner-trainer Richard Malone Jr. Rosecroft has another 15-race card on Wednesday night and has moved post time up to 6:55 p.m. (EDT). by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

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

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

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

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

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

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