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Ft. Washington, MD --- Rosecroft leading dash driver Frank Milby strengthened his hold on the top spot as he won five races on the Wednesday night (May 2) harness racing card in Fort Washington, Md. Milby started the night off right away with an impressive win with Maryland Sires Stakes 3-year-old contender Princess Rusty. The daughter of Rusty's For Real scorched the Rosecroft oval in a lifetime tying 1:53.3 for owner-breeder Al Carter and trainer Michael Hall. In race two, her main foe, HS Shauna, who won six as a 2-year old, won for trainer-driver Joseph Carroll in 1:53.4. Milby also won with Hillbilly Heartache ($4.60) for the Hillbilly Haven Farms and trainer Amanda Jackson. Milby won with the 12-year-old mare Rhapsody Rose ($7.60) for the Twin Ponds Stable and trainer John Hollingsworth. Milby capped off the night sweeping the late double with RC's Super Toy ($8.20) for Rusty Cox and Relentless Dreamer ($4.80) for Edward Gutin and trainer Jody Dunning. Ricky Still won two races with Upfront Supersonic and Capital Builder. Upfront Supersonic ($4.00) won for the fourth time in five starts for owner-trainer Brittany Bounds in 1:53.3. Still sprinted away from post eight with Capital Builder ($17.00) and rolled in 1:52.2 for owner Bib Roberts and trainer Megan Roberts. Kim Vincent also posted a double winning back-to-back races with his own trainee Nefarious ($4.00) for Providence West Inc. Vincent came right back in the next race with Philly Fanatic ($21.40) closing late for a 1:54.3 score. Rosecroft returns with weekend action Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4:40 p.m. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway 

Ft. Washington, MD --- Rosecroft's leading harness racing driver Frank Milby scored a hat trick on the Sunday night (April 22) card in Fort Washington, Md., as he guided Abelard Hanover to a win in the $11,000 Maryland Open Handicap. Milby now has a meet best 41 wins. The 10-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover picked up career win 52 and his lifetime earnings now sit at $757,082. Milby outsprinted Hickory Aloha to the opening quarter in :26.1 and rolled on in :55.1, 1:22.4 and finished the mile in 1:51 to win by just over two lengths. Hickory Aloha (Timmy Offutt) held for second and Whirl Monroe (Russell Foster) was third. Milby also scored with his own trainee, Artic Adventure, who sprinted to a 1:53.1 score for his mom, Candy Milby. The $80,000 Lexington Selected purchase who did not start as a 2-year-old, is now three-for-four in his brief career. Milby also took a picture with Beammeupscottie for owner Gloria Kinnamon and trainer Jamie Vance, winning in 1:53.2. Gene Long made a triumphant return to the Rosecroft winner's circle with a terrific drive aboard Wet Shark in race five. Five horses heading to the three-quarter pole were either three-wide or four-wide and Long who was well positioned off the fifth from post seven, sat patient and weaved through the carnage to the inside and was the fresh shooter in the stretch and caught the pacesetting Tom's Titan at the line in 1:55. It was the first win of the year for the 5-year-old Shadyshark Hanover gelding in his first start for new owner-trainer Melissa Smith. Ricky Still had a driving double, winning race three with DBS Rosco in his debut for owner-trainer Brittany Bounds and race four with No Humble Jumble for owner-trainer Jason Walters. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway 

Ft. Washington, MD --- Tip It On Back ($4.80) got a dream trip from harness racing driver Bret Brittingham and pounced on a game pacesetter Rock N Roll Jet to win the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Sunday night (April 8) at Rosecroft Raceway. Brittingham tucked the eventual winner into the pocket while Rock N Roll Jet (Kim Vincent) took on a first-over challenge from Hi Sir and as his bid faded, last week's winner, Options Are A Dream, launched three-wide, but that pressure also failed, ending up fourth. Tip It On Back scooted into the passing lane and edged by for a win in 1:50.2. It was the first win of the year for the altered son of Rockin Image and tied a lifetime best for owner Elizabeth Brittingham and trainer Don Brittingham. Diamondkeeper (John Wagner) was third. Russell Foster won four races on the Sunday night card at Rosecroft Raceway. Monteverdi ($8.60), Bluebird Ideal ($4.20), Toms Titan ($17.80) and IC A Life Force ($6.00) were Foster's winners. Leading driver Frank Milby had two wins and his season total sits at 32. Ross Wolfenden had a pair of wins as well. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway 

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

Amazon best selling author and former horseman Freddie Hudson will be at Rosecroft Raceway Saturday night December 16th to speak and sign his newly released book "Momentous Racing To Glory" that he co-authored with Momentous' harness racing driver-trainer Bobby Rahner.   Recently Hudson and Rahner were honored with a invitation to have a book signing at the prestigious Book Revue in New York, a venue that many of the worlds best selling authors seek to launch and promote their books. The book signing was very successful with many former horsemen and fans in attendance.   The book tells the story of an outlaw horse who had killed a person and had put many others in the hospital. Feared by most horsemen, declared unmanageable and dangerous, this rogue horse was barred from racing at most of the country's racetracks.   Along comes a green novice trainer (Rahner) who had no fear of this horse and saw something in him that no one else ad seen. Together they would form a bond of love and trust that would lead them to winning many races and capturing the hearts of countless fans along the way.   Fan clubs were formed and nicknames were given to this crazy and wild horse - Crazy Moe, Pecks Bad Boy, Rahner's Rogue, Mighty Moe, and Magnificent Momentous. This is their story - a story of two underdogs overcoming all odds to achieve success on the toughest racing circuit in the world.   Hudson will be signing books at Rosecroft Raceway starting at 6 PM. Some of the books that will be available have also been signed by Momentous' driver-trainer Bobby Rahner.   The book is also available online at Amazon and since its release has ranked as high as number two on the Amazon best seller's list in the category of Horse Racing.    

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: 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 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

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