FORT WASHINGTON — Four pacers with Mid-Shore connections found the winner’s circle April 11 at Rosecroft Raceway. Two of them won in consecutive races on the latter portion of the card for the same owner-trainer.
In the featured race on the Sunday program, Precision Bluechip (Russell Foster) continued to display his fondness for the five-eighths-mile oval here. He lived up to his role as the even-money choice in the $10,500 Open Handicap by leading throughout for a length score in 1 minute, 51.1 seconds.
A 5-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding owned and trained by Courtney Brooks of Church Hill, Precision Bluechip recorded his second straight win in the Open and his fifth win in eight starts overall this year. He pushed his seasonal earnings toward $30,000.
Tabbed as the Rosecroft fall meet champion pacer, Precision Bluechip has won five straight races over the strip — he finished eighth in consecutive outings at Dover Downs, Delaware on March 11 and 18 — and now owns a solid 19-11-8 slate and just over $102,000 banked from 77 career outings.
In his latest outing, Precision Bluechip carved out honest fractions of 26 seconds flat, 55.1 and 1:23 for the first three calls and held safe the late first-over bid of Dover Downs invader Carlisimo (Pat Berry).
One race earlier in a non-winners of $1,250 last four starts class for older pacers, Redwood Again (Jason Thompson) lived up to his role as the 3-5 favorite in the bottom level conditioned event. He benefited from a pocket trip behind Hilarious Lou (Cole Olsen) through the first three calls and then overhauled that one in the lane for a length score in 1:53.2.
Also owned and trained by Brooks, Redwood Again now sports a 2-2-2 slate and more than $10,000 banked from 11 starts this year. Overall, he has a 13-15-15 slate and $90,000-plus banked from 106 career tries.
Several races later in a $5,000 claiming event, Shim (Berry) rallied from well off the pace and widest of all in the lane for a length score in 1:54.3.
Owned and trained by Jason Bowers of Sudlersville, Shim recorded his second win in nine starts this year and now owns a 6-10-4 slate and just over $70,000 banked from 57 career outings.
In a non-winners of two lifetime event for younger pacers, Notorious VIC (Frank Milby) brushed to command past the opener, got a breather by the half in 58.2, led the way by three-quarters in 1:27 and then held safe Nats A Lady (John Wagner) for a neck score in 1:56.4.
A sophomore son of Sweet Lou owned and trained by Ron Dixon of Greensboro, Notorious VIC notched his first win in two starts this year. He now has two wins from nine career tries and established a new lifetime mark with his latest triumph on April 11.
This past Sunday night at Rosecroft, R U Machin Me (John Gazzerro) benefited from a pocket trip and patient handling through the first three calls and then angled out for the drive and rallied for a length score in 1:54.
He was the 5-2 second choice in a non-winners of $2,500 last four starts class for older pacers.
The 9-year-old Mach Three gelding is trained and driven by Gazzerro and co-owned by John and Deborah Gazzerro of Warwick.
R U Machin Me recorded his second win in nine starts this year, and now owns a 28-19-26 slate and nearly $175,000 banked from 205 lifetime outings.
Then one night later at Harrington Raceway in Delaware, Slick Tony (Montrell Teague) regained his winning ways when he lived up to his billing as the 1-9 favorite in a non-winners of $12,500 last five starts class for older pacers.
Slick Tony brushed to command before the half in 56.4, rolled by three-quarters in 1:25 and then drew clear late to a three-length score in 1:54 as the prohibitive choice.
The 6-year-old No Spin Zone stallion is owned, bred and trained by George “Ronnie” Leager of Sudlersville.
Slick Tony recorded his fifth win from 13 starts this year.
He now owns a 46-19-10 slate and more than $790,000 banked from 114 lifetime tries.