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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

It has been said that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. That proved to be correct in the harness racing Open Handicap Trot tonight at Dover Downs. At the start of the race, Scirocco Rob protected rail position by parking out Morairtime and Northern Express. Jack Parker Jr and Morairtime were hard pressed and cleared  the lead in 26.4.  Scirocco Rob, the three to five race race favorite, settled into the pocket.  Morairertime marched to the half in 55 seconds flat. At the five eighths marker, Northern Express trotted first up and challenged Morairtime to the three quarters in 1:23.3.  Jack Vernon was towed into a 2nd over trip on the rim. As Morairtime and Northern Express battled in the lane,  Tim Tetrick guided a fired up Scirocco Rob into the passing lane.  Scirocco Rob held a brief lead before going off stride in the stretch, before and after the wire.   The Judges placed Scirocco Rob from 1st to 4th for failure to lose ground while on a break.  Northern Express was declared the winner. Northern Express won by a neck in 1:52 and was sent off at odds of 11-1. NORTHERN EXPRESS REPLAY   Northern Express (Muscle Massive)  is owned and trained by Arty Foster Jr. Russell Foster drove. Jack Vernon was placed 2nd for trainer Dylan Davis. Corey Callahan drove. Morairtime was placed third for trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker.   Dover Downs will conduct qualifying races on Wednesday March 31.  The racing season concludes on Thursday April 1st. Racing continues on Wednesday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. Stall Applications for Harrington Raceway must be turned in by April 1st. For full race results, click here.    by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

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

Northern Express rolled to victory in the Select Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Harness racing driver Russell Foster left aggressively with Northern Express.  Foster forced tucks by Gillie the Kid and Morairtime into the first turn. This allowed Northern Express to set  fractions of 28 to the quarter and a half in 57.4. Jack Parker Jr wheeled Morairtime past the half and trotted coverless in pursuit of the pacesetter Northern Express down the backstretch.  Gillie the Kid followed second over and mounted a three wide brush nearing the three quarter pole. Northern Express maintained the lead at the three quarters in 1:25.3.and trotted that quarter in 27.4. Northern Express won convincingly by one and a quarter lengths in 1:54.2 and paid $4 to win.    Northern Express (Muscle Massive) is owned and trained by Arty Foster Jr. Morairtime raced first over and picked up the place spot.  Carol Jamieson-Parker trained and her husband Jack Parker Jr. drove. Bluebird Jesse finished third for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Tim Tetrick won 4 races on the betting card. On Thursday night,  Dover Downs will offer a $5,000 guaranteed Pick 5 wager with a fifty cent minimun bet.  The  takeout is 15 percent. Racing resumes on Wednesday  at Dover Downs with a 4:30 post time. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Northern Express and Morairtime left alertly at the start of the $14,000 feature trot at Dover Downs Tuesday night. Northern Express and harness racing driver Russell Foster, gladly accepted the pocket trip from Morairtime and Jack Parker Jr. Morairtime reached the quarter in 28 seconds flat and continued their journey to an identical 28 second quarter. The half was reached in 56 seconds. Nearing the three quarters, driver Russell Foster sensed that Morairtime was tiring over the sloppy surface, and chose to pull the pocket.  The three quarters were reached in 1:25.2. Northern Express was able to clear the lead at the top of the stretch.   Majestic Marvel continued in pursuit  but was unable to make up any ground on the leader. Northern Express won by a convincing two and a quarter lengths in 1:54.3 and was the 2-1 race favorite. Northern Express Northern Express (Muscle Massive) is owned and trained by Arty Foster Jr.  His son, Russell Foster drove. Majestic Marvel finished second and is trained by Dylan Davis. Corey Callahan drove. Morairtime cut the mile and finished third.  Carol Jamieson-Parker is the trainer. Her husband, Jack Parker Jr, was the driver. On Thursday night Dover Downs will offer a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 wager with a 15% takeout and is a fifty cent minimum bet. The Pick 5 will begin on the 9th race on the card at an estimated post of   7pm. Dover Downs resumes racing on Wednesday with a post time of 4:30 pm Alex Kraszewski  

It was a case of deja vu for Bettor Memories.   Bettor Memories established a lifetime mark of 1:49.3 in November at Dover Downs and nearly duplicated that effort with a victory on Thursday night at Dover Downs in the $30,000  Preferred-Handicap Pacing feature.   Strong winds hindered the chances of Wiggle It Jiggleit and Slick Tony. They were forced to take back to the 7th and 8th positions respectively at the quarter pole. Q’s Cruise reversed race strategy and left quickly. They then allowed,Trump Nation, the 8/5 race favorite to cut the race fractions. The fractions were 26.4 55.2 1:23.3.   Quality Bud and Anthony Morgan rushed 1st over and challenged Trump Nation thru 27.1 third quarter. Bettor Memories and driver Dexter Dunn were able to catch a 2nd over trip and took the lead in mid stretch to win by a half length in 1:50.2.     Bettor Memories is owned by Gus Dovi and trainer R. Nifty Norman. They were sent off at odds of 5-1.   Trump Nation and driver Yanick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke finished 2nd. Quality Bud finished 3rd. Beach Art, who was claimed by Arty Foster Jr. for $17,500 in November, won the $18,000 Blue Hen Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night (Jan. 16). Wind conditions in excess of 30 miles an hour played a major factor in race strategy. Late Mail N blasted off the gate from post eight and was parked out by Proper One before clearing in a :26.3 first quarter. Grantmeawish was also parked, but advanced to seize the lead well before a :54 half. Beach Art and driver Russell Foster pulled first-up nearing the half and battled Grantmeawish through a :27.4 third quarter. Beach Art powered past 8-5 favorite Grantmeawish at the seven-eighths pole and won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.3.   Grantmeawish secured the place spot, while Silver Fox J raced second-over and finished third. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Michael Horn and Alexander Rice Jr.'s Allwillworkout ($26, Jon Roberts) was a 1:52.1 winner in the $20,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Western Terror gelding made an aggressive first-over move and quickly opened up a four-length lead on the field near the three-quarters. Dialamara, at 77-to-1, closed ground late for second and Little Ben outkicked Highland Beach Boy for third. Trained by Rice, Allwillworkout notched his sixth win of the season and 22nd of his career. After the 6th race, George Leager's Slick Tony was presented with horse of the meet honors, as voted on by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Trained by Leager, the 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion had 8 wins in 14 starts at the meet, and banked nearly $100,000, the most of any overnight horse at the meet. He was driven throughout the season by Russell Foster. Tony Morgan had three wins on the card. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis and Roberts each had a double. While Art Stafford Jr. has an insurmountable lead in the driver standings, the training title is still up for grabs as reigning champ Joe Columbo maintains a three win lead over Mike Hall with two nights remaining. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway      

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.20, Russell Foster) notched his 12th seasonal harness racing win Monday in the featured $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, Slick Tony not disappoint his backers. After taking the lead from Allwillworkout near the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, "Tony" marched to the half-mile in 56 seconds and three-quarters in 1:24.2 as first-over attacker Star Messenger retreated. When the field of six hit the stretch, Slick Tony maintained a comfortable advantage and was one length ahead at the wire of Allwillworkout as Little Ben gained late for third. Trained by his owner, "Tony" is a 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion who has been the scourge of the Open pacing ranks on the Delaware circuit this season, banking nearly $165,000 in 2019, which ranks him among the top 15 in the country for aged pacers. Corey Callahan had four wins on the card. Mike Cole had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($5.20, Russell Foster) notched his 29th career harness racing win Monday in the $20,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.2. The race marked the local return of pacing superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was making his second start back off a 3-year layoff for owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. Slick Tony stole the show however, overcoming post eight to lead most of the way off pedestrian like fractions, while Wiggle It Jiggleit battled off stalling cover and rallied well from three wide position on the final turn to finish third. Ballerat Boomerang followed Slick Tony throughout and held second. Slick Tony, a 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion, set fractions of 28, 56.4 and 1:25 before sprinting the final quarter in 27.2 seconds for a confident one length victory. Slick Tony surpassed $153,000 in seasonal earnings with the win and more than $529,000 in his career. Allan Davis had three wins. Foster, Corey Callahan and Ross Wolfenden each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($9.20, Russell Foster) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $20,000 Open harness racing  feature Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion overcame post 8, with a confident first over brush that saw him clear tiring pacesetter Sicily near the half-mile and open up multiple lengths on the field. Slick Tony overpowered his rivals from there and won by five lengths over Ideal Kiss and Q's Cruise. It was the 28th career win in 62 starts for Slick Tony, who is trained by his owner. Not only was "Tony" the scourge of his sire stakes at 2 and 3, but quickly he has become a force on the Open circuit, where most of his 10 seasonal wins have come. The win could be a prelude to a appearance (stay tuned) in next week's September 16 $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial., the marquee event of the season at Harrington, featuring some of the sport's top pacers. The field will be drawn tomorrow (Tuesday). Foster joined Ross Wolfenden, Tony Morgan and Art Stafford Jr. with driving doubles on the 13-race card. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.40, Russell Foster) notched a 1:52.1 win in the $20,000 Open Pace harness racing feature Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion continued his accomplished career that saw him surpass $505,000 in career earnings with his 27th career win. "Tony" was driven confidently in customary first-over fashion by Russell Foster who grinded away at pacesetter Daiymir before edging clear in mid stretch. Daiymir finished second while Fashionbythebeach was third. Leager is also the trainer and breeder for Slick Tony, who has banked more than $129,000 in his 4-year-old campaign after a banner sophomore season, when he earned nearly $225,000. Foster, Allan Davis, Ross Wolfenden, Tony Morgan and Art Stafford Jr. each had two wins on the card. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway        

Ocean City, MD - The freshman Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries for pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings concluded at Ocean Downs on Wed. August 21. In race one, the first division for the trotting colts and geldings, Andy American (Andoversure) repeated his trip from last week going gait to wire, 7 lengths ahead of Lg's Jet (Lear Jetta) in the 2:03.3 mile. Jonathan Roberts received the driving assignment from trainer Charlie Norris for owner-breeder Robert Key. The first split for the pacing fillies saw Fire Me Up (Rusty's All In) pickup her second preliminary win for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner stopping the clock in 1:59.4. Fire Me Up is trained by Shannon Trader and driven by Jared Moyer. My Girl Lu (Rusty's For Real) finished second. Despite a broken buxton flapping most of the mile, Yall Beneath Me (Googoo Gaagaa) destroyed the second split for colt and gelding trotters, winning by 33 lengths in 1:57.2 on the half mile oval. K J Larry (Lockkeeper) took the place spot. Reinsman Russell Foster was in the bike behind Yall Beneath Me for owner-trainer-breeder Richard Hans. Eddie Davis Jr. pulled Maizee Blue (Rusty's All In) first over near the half taking the lead by the ¾ pole and coasting home in the 1:59.2 second division for the pacing fillies. I'd Be Rich (Rusty's For Real) held on for second. Les Givens trains the winner for owners and breeders Leslie Moore and Robert Weyforth. The $70,000 Maryland Sire Stakes Finals for two year olds will be contested on Sunday August 25th and Wednesday August 28th. By Cheri Stambaugh, for Maryland Development Fund

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($6.80, Russell Foster) was a repeat harness racing winner Monday in the featured $16,000 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:51.4. The win looked like an instant replay from his win on May 13 as he once again battled first-over against leader Blazing Bobby Sox and used a steady and sustained charge to clear the lead and draw away from his rivals late for owner/trainer Leager. Q's Cruise closed well late to be second, while Blazing Bobby Sox was third. It was the 24th career win for Slick Tony, a 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion, who has banked more than $80,000 this year and nearly $500,000 in his career.   Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Frank Chick's Majestic Mistress ($7.80, Russell Foster) was a 1:56.4 winner in the featured $18,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old Majestic Son harness racing mare sat second much of the mile behind pacesetter Ridgeway Springs, before surging clear in the stretch via the passing lane for an open length win for trainer Kevin Lare. It was the seventh win of the year for Majestic Mistress. Battle Mage finished second, while favored Jack Vernon closed late for third. Majestic Mistress, who had been racing in Pennsylvania, returned to Harrington a winner. She was the scourge of the Open ranks for a stint last year when she won three straight over the half-mile track. Mike Cole had three wins on the card. Sean Bier had a double.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($5.80, Russell Foster) was a 1:52.4 winner in the $18,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion surged to the lead in the stretch, passing pacesetter Blazing Bobby Sox for his fourth harness racing win of the year. Sicily was third. Slick Tony settled in fourth position early before a game first over bid under confident handling by Foster. Trained by Leager, it was the 22nd career win in 48 starts for "Tony," who was the youngest horse in the field. Jo Ann Looney-King's Little Ben ($3.60, Victor Kirby) won the sub-featured $11,000 Open II in 1:52.3 for trainer Jim King Jr. Kirby and Ross Wolfenden each had four wins.   Matthew Sparacino

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