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The presence of a new shooter Sunday night at Rosecroft Raceway proved to be no intimidation to top harness racing horse at the Fort Washington oval. Precision Bluechip and Russell Foster went wire to wire in 1:51.1 holding off Carlisimo and Starship to win his fifth of the year in eight starts in the $11,000 Open Handicap. Carlisimo had been slugging it out at Yonkers with Potomac Pace Champ Leonidas A, Pyro, and the only horse to beat Precision Bluechip at Rosecroft this year, Keep On Rockin A. Still the public made the local champ the 1-1 favorite and he did not let down the wagering public. Leaving from post seven, Foster cut fractions of :26, :55.1, 1:23, and came home in :28.1 giving Precision Bluechip his 19th career win and pushed his career earnings over $100,000. Courtney Brooks owns and trains the six-year old son of Bettors Delight. She had a double as her stable's "other" horse Redwood Again also won last night. PRECISION BLUECHIP REPLAY   Foster, Jason Thompson, and Pat Berry had three wins on the card while Timmy Offut won twice. Megan Foster had a training double. by Pete Medurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Ft. Washington, MD — Precision Blue Chip and the lightning fast stone dust at Rosecroft Raceway seem to be a match made in harness racing heaven. Monday night (April 5), the 6-year old Bettor’s Delight gelding took his 15th win in the last 12 months and fourth in a row against Open Handicap company at Rosecroft, scoring from post nine in 1:51.2. Russell Foster guided the winner through fractions of :27, :55.3, and 1:23.4 before sprinting home in :27.3 to hold off pocket sitting Rocktavious (Luke Hanners) and Starship (Jonathan Roberts). Courtney Brooks owns and trains the four-time winner in 2021. PRECISION BLUCHIP REPLAY   Foster won four races on the night, while John Wagner drove and trained three winners and Roberts won twice. Ten of the 14 races went under 1:53 with Always B Magic winning in 1:51 for Frank Milby. Roberts drove the 14-year-old Versado to his 67th career win and also saw the veteran of 302 starts get claimed. Favorites won seven of the 14 races, but the night produced an average win mutuel of $12.72 and handled more than $500,000. The Pick-5 for Wednesday night starts with a $2,800 carryover. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For full results, click here. by Peter Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Ft. Washington, MD — Jack Quick has been a model of consistency for owner-trainer Basil Sapienza since the start of the Fall meet in 2020 at Rosecroft Raceway. Sunday night (March 21), he blasted three-wide past a pair of dueling combatants to win the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:52.2. Driver Jason Thompson’s winning move may have come in the first eighth of a mile as he left from post seven and found a home fourth before the opening quarter of :26.4. He sat patient as the leader Rocktavious and Shneonucrzydiamnd A battled through fractions of :55.1 and 1:24.1. At that point Thompson sent his charge three wide and he sprinted home in :28 under wraps for the win. In his last 20 starts, Jack Quick has been in the top three in 15 of them. It was one of three wins on the card for Thompson who won with Topville Crusier for trainer Jay Gannon and Carlin Savage and Makin Money Fast for trainer Brian Callahan, Gloria Kinnamon and Jessica Sutton. Russell Foster won three times, including a dead heat with Eric Foster Jr.’s 30-1 shot Carlos Mittanna who caught leader Boot Leg and Pat Berry in the final stride. It was the first win of the year for Boot Leg, owned by the Twin Ponds Stable and trained by John Hollingsworth. Foster drove another puzzling longshot, Lil Johnny, to victory at 13-1 for owner-trainer Jason Walters, and guided his own Kiss A Dragon for trainer Megan Foster. Tony Morgan upped his career win total to 16,810 with two wins as he drove Ashley Foxwell’s Rose Run Ranger, who was parked the mile, to a win for the first time in three starts since being acquired by trainer Justin Brenneman. Morgan dominated a conditioned event with Bo Breeze who won by seven lengths for the Murray Stable and trainer Shawn Murray. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Ft. Washington, MD — Harness racing driver Tony Morgan, who stands second all time on North American harness racing’s driving win list, added five to his incredible lifetime total Sunday night at (March 14) Rosecroft Raceway. His 16,804 wins is only topped by Dave Palone’s 19,496 victories. Gusty headwinds greeted all the horses and drivers on Sunday night, as winds gusted over 30 mph at times. Morgan scored a win with Whosyourpapa ($19.20) for trainer Jason Bowers and Paul Stansbury. It was the 52nd lifetime win for the 12-year-old son of Whosyourboy, and has been in the top three in 42 percent of his lifetime starts. Morgan won for the same combination with Shim ($5.40). Morgan also steered Midsize Construction’s new acquisition, I Say No More ($2.20) to a win for trainer Tim Crissman, while Cool Casper ($8.00) won for Jody Cahall and Trevor Stafford, as well as All Gold ($3.00) for Richard Malone Jr. Trae Porter had three wins on the night, all coming for trainer Charlene Sharp, as You Say I Believe ($21.60) and Rock Me Victorious ($31.80) won for owner Mason Shaw. Porter won his third of the night with Christopher Sharpe’s Bobcat Bound ($7.40). Russell Foster drove two winners and trainer Ken Schlotzhauer had a pair as well. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Precision Bluechip won Sunday evening at Rosecroft Raceway. Again. The 6-year-old pacer, by the aptly named Bettor's Delight, has won three of four starts this year after last year winning four open handicaps, 11 races and being named top pacer of Rosecroft's 2020 fall meet. Since July, Precision Bluechip has won 14 races. This has all been quite pleasing for owner and trainer Courtney Brooks, who has a two-horse stable and is a mom with two children virtual learning in the age of COVID. "I think it's crazy," said Brooks of Precision Bluechip's winning record. "Every single time he races he just keeps coming and coming, pulling [races] out of the hat. He's a special horse." While she only has a two-horse stable, Brooks has been around harness racing her entire life. "I guess you can call me a legacy," she says. Brooks comes from a family of standardbred owners and trainers. Her grandfather is Eddie Gannon, her uncle is Jay Gannon and her father Wayne Young. The story of how she acquired Precision Bluechip begins in 2018 when she purchased Redwood Again, a now 6-year-old pacer who has a win and two seconds in five starts this year. It just so happened the stall next to Redwood Again at Windswept Farm where Brooks trains was occupied by Precision Bluechip. "I'd seen Chip, and knew his history," Brooks said. When Precision Bluechip's owner died, Brooks approached the estate and asked the family if she could purchase Chip. Brooks and Chip have made a remarkable pair. "I liked Chip," Brooks said. "I wanted to purchase him because he was a horse who takes cares of himself. I knew I could train him by myself. I knew I could jog him by myself. I knew I could train him, and it was something I could do without any help." Precision Bluechip's success hasn't gone unnoticed by fans and horsemen, and that is what has made the journey such fun for Brooks. "What's nice is I haven't met anyone who isn't happy for Chip," Brooks said. "If I'm walking in the paddock or on the track people are giving us a thumbs up or 'way to go.' Everyone has been super nice." As for future plans, Brooks said she simply wants to enjoy the ride. "I'm happy where I am," she said. "If it happens, that's great, too. But I'm not out asking for other people's horses. I'm just taking it day-to-day, week-to-week. I'm just enjoying everything." by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

Ft. Washington, MD — Jonathan Roberts won three races and Austin Hanners swept the Wednesday night (Feb. 3) features at Rosecroft Raceway. After three days of snow and other mixed precipitation, the track was labeled good with a -1 variant on the 35 degree night. Hanners won the $12,500 Open Pacing Mares Handicap for a second straight week, this time at 5-1, with Bet You Im Rockin for owner-trainer John Wagner. Last week Hanners pulled a 39-1 shocker with the 5-year-old Rockin Amadeus offspring. She is a perfect three-for-three in 2021. Get Real Rusty was second and Auntmilly’smartini was third in a 1:54.2 mile. A race later, Hanners put Arlene Cameron’s Skyway Cobra on the engine, and the 8-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding won easily over Luckycompeter and Explosive Drama. It was his third win in his last four starts in the $12,500 Open Handicap dating back to Dec. 2. Roberts secured wins with Magic Filly, Pazza Hanover and Cougar Hall, the latter breaking a two-year losing streak. Jared Moyer continued his strong start to the meet, winning two races, as he and Frank Milby have each won eight over the first five nights of the meet. Moyer won with Emma Clare and Pats A Keeper. Eric Davis won a pair with Sunburst Itis and Miss Waterbuffalo; he trains the latter horse as well. Rosecroft will be dark Super Bowl Sunday, but will race Monday (Feb. 8) at 7:15 p.m. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD -Due to impending weather in the Mid-Atlantic region, Rosecroft has cancelled its harness racing program for Sunday, Jan. 31. Rosecroft will now add an evening of racing on Monday, Feb. 8. Rosecroft is scheduled to resume racing Wednesday, Jan. 20 with a 14-race program beginning at 7:15 p.m. Fans can watch and wager on the races from Rosecroft at 1stbet.com and xpressbet.com.  

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

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