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Starship has been a solid acquisition for Bib Roberts since coming to Rosecroft Raceway last fall. Picking up three wins in the harness racing fall meet, the four-year-old won the $10,000 Open Handicap last night giving him five wins on the Winter-Spring meet and his first at the top level. Lacking serious gate speed, the eventual winner got the fractions he needed as Hickory Aloha and favorite Precision Bluechip stormed out of the gate in :26.2. Russell Foster did his best to throttle down Precision Bluechip through a half in :55.2, Lil Johnny and Luke Hanners came at him like a bullet on the outside producing a :27 second third quarter and with Starship blasting off the final turn, it was apparent he and drive Jonathan Roberts would have enough momentum to win by just less than a length in 1:50.2. Megan Roberts trains the winner for her Dad and he's now been on the board in 13 of 15 starts in 2021. Precision Bluechip hung on for second and Hereittiz was third. STARSHIP REPLAY   Roberts and Foster each won twice on the card as did Pat Berry and Jason Thompson. Favorites took a beating last night winning only five of 12 races and six of the winners were 5-1 or better. Rosecroft has three nights remaining in the meet and Foster leads Roberts for the Dash title by four wins. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Rosecroft Raceway will offer a rare Saturday evening harness racing program May 15 with a first-race post of 7:15 p.m. The feature race will be the first, a $10,000 Maryland preferred Open Handicap with Precision Blue Chip the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The consistent 6-year-old has won six of 10 starts this year, and 17 of 37 since 2020. Russell Foster drives for owner-trainer Courtney Brooks. Classic is listed at 7-2 for trainer Charlene Sharpe and driver Trae Porter. The 5-year-old gelding won consecutive starts in April by a total of 12 lengths before finishing second last out. Rosecroft is limited to 300 spectators daily in addition to Maryland Racing Commission licensees affiliated with live racing. Rosecroft will race Wednesday and Sunday through the remainder of May. The facility will be open for simulcasting Wednesday through Sunday. by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

Harness racing driver Roger Plante, Jr helped a couple horses snap long losing streaks on his way to a three win night on Wednesday at Rosecroft Raceway. The trotter Dunn Dealin, a 10-yr old Neely Dunn offspring, had been 1 for 18 over the past two years and Plante guided him to a win for owner-trainer Kerry Welty to get his first picture taken in 2021. Plante followed that up with a win with Rockin The Shades for Welty who was also winless in 2021, but, much more talented than his recent lines showed. Plante secured a win with I Say No More for owner-trainer Ken Schlotzhauer as well. DUNN DEALIN REPLAY   Jonathan Roberts secured two wins as did Sean Bier. Rosecroft will race Saturday night at 7:15, and be open for wagering on the Preakness Stakes to a limited capacity of fans. Masks are required and all guests are asked to enter through the West Gate entrance. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Harness racing driver Timmy Offut celebrated his 39th birthday in grand style with a driving double and steering Hickory Aloha to a win in the $10,000 Open Pace at Rosecroft Raceway on Sunday night. Offut sent his speedster right to the front and never looked back leading the field through fractions of :27.1, :57, 1:25.1 and stopped the timer in 1:53.2 at 19-1. It was the third win in his last five starts and career win number 35 for the nine-year old son of Village Jolt owned and trained by Joe Offut. HICKORY ALOHA REPLAY   In Maryland Sires Stakes action, Russell Foster and Wowie Zowie made it 7-10 lifetime as she set a new lifetime mark in three-year old fillies action in 1:55.2. The daughter of Cam's Rocket went gate to wire to pick up her first win in two starts this year for trainer Megan Foster. In the second division for fillies, the rapidly improving Samantha's All In, was indeed all in, ducking to the passing lane in the stretch to go by stablemate Madison's All In, scoring in 1:54.3 for John Wagner. It was t he first win in 12 starts for the daughter of Rusty's All In, trained by Wagner for Owner-Breeder Tammy Crescenze. In the solo division for sophby Peteomore pacing colts, Real Made, a son of Rusty's For Real, rallied with a big brush down the backside to defeat the favorite and pace setter Harvey's All In, winning in 1:54 for Allan Davis. It was the second career win and new lifetime mark for the home bred of Dale Hall Jr., who won last Fall's $45,000 final. In action before the betting card started, Pride Of Windswept kept up her dominance among three-year old filly trotters, winning by nine lengths in 1:58 for driver Corey Callahan. Shaun Callahan trains the daughter of Charlie De Vie for John and Sarah Swart. She is now 9-11 lifetime and has never lost in MDSS competition. In the Colt Division, Jim Morand and Funnyfunnyriddle held off a late surge from Whitesville Tug in 2:00.3. The son of Lockkeeper is now 7-11 lifetime, 3-4 this year for trainer Les Givens who conditions for Nanticoke Racing Inc., Jim Magno and Joseph Fonte. Driver Jonathan Roberts took three races on the night. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Yall Beneath Me ($4.20) stayed perfect on the year, winning his second harness racing start of 2021, this time knocking off the Open Trotters at Rosecroft Raceway Wednesday night in 1:54. The four-year-old son of Googoo Gaagaa rolled from post eight, and set fractions of :27.3, :56.4, 1:25 as he pulled away for a four and one-quarter length victory over last week's winner Puddin N Pie and the exacta produced an astonishing $48.40. Russell Foster was in the bike for Owner-Trainer Richard Hans. Yall Beneath Me is now 16-17 lifetime with earnings of $174,825.  YALL BENEATH ME REPLAY   In the Open Mares pacing event, Talk Show Chica ($8.60) rallied from sixth to take the top prize in 1:52.4. Corey Braden owns the four-year-old daughter of Heston Blue Chip who is conditioned by Colby Hubble. Driver Roger Plante won twice for Hubble on Wednesday night as Dreamingofawin did it in reality for that combination. TALK SHOW CHICA REPLAY   John Wagner, Frank Milby, Jonathan Roberts, and Luke Hanners joined Plante with driving doubles. Milby and Wagner joined Hubble with training doubles.  For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Rosecroft Raceway was given approval Friday by Prince George's County to reopen to the public for simulcasting and live harness racing beginning with tonight's special 12-race program beginning at 7:15 p.m. Rosecroft will be limited to 300 spectators daily in addition to Maryland Racing Commission licensees affiliated with live racing. Rosecroft will race Wednesday and Sunday through May with an extra live program on Saturday, May 15. The facility will be open for simulcasting Wednesday through Sunday. by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

The prices were right on Wednesday night at Rosecroft Raceway, extending the Pick-5 carryover to $6100 as long shots shined all over the card. Ironically, the longest shot of the night, Carlos Mittanna ($104) was covered in the sequence as he won at 51-1 for driver Trae Porter who had a driving double on the night. The 19-year old also won with Maizee Blue ($10). CARLOS MITTANNA REPLAY   The horse that caused the carryover was Winky's Credit ($34.60). Declan Donoway snapped a 1-77 slump in fine fashion as he brought the daughter of Charlie De Vie up first over and wore down heavy favorite Explosive Drama, winning in a lifetime best 1:56.3. Donoway also had a 6-1 winner, Gorgeous Road, giving her a perfect pocket trip to victory. Jason Thompson and Eric Davis also had driving doubles on the night, Davis won twice for trainer Jeff Clark. Megan Roberts also had a training double. Rosecroft will race Saturday night, with a first race post of 7:15. For full race results, click here. by Peter Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Maryland Sires Stakes action for three year old pacers and trotters got underway on Sunday night at Rosecroft Raceway and the favorites did not let down their supporters. There were two divisions for filly pacers and Madisonsallin ($2.40) took the lead past the quarter and never looked back in 1:55.2 defeating a much improved Samantha's All In and Wowie Zowie. The daughter of Rusty's All In is now 6 for10 lifetime and 2 for2 in 2021. Eddie Davis Jr. controlled the throttle for owner Pamela Wagner and trainer John Wagner. MADISONSALLIN REPLAY   The second $7,000 preliminary was a non betting race run before the card started and Trump Change and Roger Plante, Jr won a thrilling four horse photo over pacesetter Rockin Remi, Ella's A Treat, and KJ Katherine in 1:57. It was the second win in nine starts this year for the Rusty's All In offspring who did not race at two for owner John Bosch and trainer Lewis Nunes. Sophomore trotting colt Funnyfunnyriddle ($2.20) and Jim Morand held off a stubborn KJ Wallace as the two traded the lead three different times in the final quarter before Morand's charge eased away for a three length win. Funnyfunnyriddle is owned by Nanticoke Racing Inc., Joseph Fonte and breeder Jim Magno. The Lockkeeper gelding is now 6-10 lifetime and 2-3 in 2021. FUNNYFUNNYRIDDLE REPLAY   Four different horses shined as two year olds last year, and those four were a close to a superfecta lock last night as you could get and Harvey's All In ($4.00) wired the field in 1:54.4 for John Wagner. KO Master was second and Real Made, the fall stakes winner was third. The son of Rusty's All In has been on the board in all 10 starts and won for the fourth time overall. HARVEY'S ALL IN REPLAY   The undisputed queen of the sophomore trotters is Pride Of Windswept. After winning seven of eight in her freshmen campaign, Corey Callahan put his filly right on the engine and she delivered a professional 1:59 win in a non-betting division. Call Me Keeper was second and Paislees Future was third. John and Sarah Swart own the Charlie De Vie filly and she is conditioned by Shaun Callahan.  Timmy Offut, Trae Porter, Russell Foster, and Davis Jr. had driving doubles on the card while Jason Walters and Wagner had training doubles. Wednesday night's 50-cent pick-5 with an industry low 12% takeout will carry and $2906 carryover with post time set for 7:15. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Bet You Im Rockin ($6.00) won her second straight Open Mares Handicap at Rosecroft Raceway and gave trainer-driver John Wagner five wins on the Wednesday night card. Wagner was parked out past the opening quarter of :26.2 with Bet You Im Rocking, but he pressed on with the five-year old daughter of Rockin Amadeus who got a :57.3 middle half and held off a charging Skateboard Chic into a 25-mph headwind into the stretch completing the journey in 1:54.1. It was her sixth win of the year for Bet You Im Rocking, all at the top level, and she has now been on the board in 11 of 12 starts this year. BET YOU IM ROCKIN REPLAY   In the co-featured Open Handicap Trot, Puddin N Pie pulled of a 7-1 upset as driver Timmy Offut sat the pocket and exploded up the passing lane to catch pace setter Judge Bob who led all the way from the eight hole until the final 16th of a mile. The time of the mile was 1:57.1 and it was the second straight win for the son of Yankee Glide after hitting the board in five of eight starts to begin the year without a win. PUDDIN N PIE REPLAY   Jared Moyer won three races on the night and had a training double. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

On a night where three of the North America's top 40 dash winning drivers were on the card, all three of them, Corey Callahan, Russell Foster and Pat Berry showed their winning prowess winning featured events on the Sunday night Rosecroft Raceway program. Foster got it going in the lone non-wagering race with a win with Yall Beneath Me, making his 2021 season debut and the four-year-old stallion by Googoo Gaagaa, held off a stubborn stablemate in Whoopdee Goo (Callahan) in 1:55.1 in the $13,000 Maryland Sires Stakes for Older Male trotters. Richard Hans bred, owns, and trains both trotters. Yall Beneath Me is now 15 for 16 lifetime and has earnings of $169,325. There were three other MDSS divisions for older horses, as Callahan won with Fantastic Voyage ($2.40) for Owner-Breeder Dawn Amiss and trainer Shaun Callahan in 1:51.2. Stablemate, Owzitgoin (Jason Thompson), and Nvrfearlloydishere (Eddie Davis Jr.) took the place and show spots in the $13,300 division for older male pacers. FANTASTIC VOYAGE REPLAY   On the ladies side, Jared Moyer steered Pats A Keeper ($3.00) to her 12th career win, as the five-year-old Lockkeeper mare held off Winnie The Goo (Davis Jr.) and Going Gaa Gaa (Callahan) in the $13,200 trot for older mares. The winner is owned by Pamela Wagner and trained by John Wagner. She completed the mile is 1:57.3. PATS A KEEPER REPLAY   After a chalky start, there was potential for an upset in the older pacing mares division as wide open field of six went to the gate. When the smoke cleared, 12-1 shot Alexis' Fraternity ($27.20) took over with just over a 16th of a mile to go and scored the biggest victory of her career in 1:55.2. Driver Timmy Offut trains and co-owns the five year old mare by The Fraternity Pan with Gerald and Tammy Lafferty. Both her sire and mother, Boca Hanover had extensive racing histories at Rosecroft. ALEXIS' FRATERNITY REPLAY   Berry completed a hat trick on the night, winning the $10,500 Open Handicap with Carlisimo in 1:51.2 for owner Eric Good and trainer Josh Green. Berry also won with Transparency, and Foiledbythebeach. Callahan won a second time with Dancing On A Star and Foster wrapped up the night with a win aboard Rose Run Ranger. Wagner and Justin Brenneman each had training doubles on the night. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Just two days away from making his Meadowlands debut, 20-year old driver  Luke Hanners warmed up for his first drive at the mecca of harness racing by taking four races on the Wednesday night card at Rosecroft Raceway. Hanners' Meadowlands baptism will come aboard All American N from Post 10 for trainer Williams Hernandez in Race one on Friday. Two of Hanners' wins came for trainer Brian Callahan aboard the talented young three-year old Thor And Dr Jones ($2.60) as well as veteran mare Hillbilly Jet ($8.40). Hanners won with Brian Tomlinson's Always A Blue Sky who blew up the tote board paying $63.80 and Billy Andrews' new acquisition, Just Sayin ($8.20), trained by Hanners. The features on Wednesday night were won by familiar characters, as Skyway Cobra ($6.40) won the featured $11,000 Open Trot in 1:55.1 on a track labeled sloppy. SKYWAY COBRA REPLAY   It was one of two wins for Davis Jr, both for trainer Janet Davis. Arlene Cameron owns the winner who picked up his third Open win of the meet. The other win came aboard Steven and Nicole Nason's Express Delight N. John Wagner won the $11,000 Open Mares pace with Bet You Im Rockin ($6.20) who he owns and trains and it was her fifth win at the top level and she has been in the top three in 10 of 11 2021 starts. Handicapped with post nine, Wagner sent his charge right to the top and was never headed in 1:53.1. It also gave Wagner a training double as Jared Moyer scored with Scott Woogen's K J Janna ($19.60). BET YOU IM ROCKIN REPLAY   Jonathan Roberts won the first three races on the card, and Timmy Offut won twice. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

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

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