Brooks' trainee scores by a nose as 6-5 choice

Owner-trainer Courtney Brooks of Church Hill is pictured with driver Frank Milby and her pacer Redwood Again after the 6-5 choice captured the Sunday night opener on Nov. 15 at Rosecroft Raceway in 1 minute, 54 seconds.

FORT WASHINGTON — In the overnight feature on the Sunday, Nov. 15 card at Rosecroft Raceway, a five-eighths-mile oval in Prince George’s County, Precision Blue Chip (Frank Milby) rallied late along the pylons to finish third as Jack Quick (Jason Thompson) forged a 7-1 upset in 1 minute, 51.4 seconds in the $12,000 Open Handicap.

A 5-year-old Bettor’s Wish gelding owned and trained by Courtney Brooks of Church Hill, Precision Blue Chip now owns a 9-2-3 slate and $42,000 banked from 22 starts this year. Overall, he sports a 12-11-8 slate and nearly $60,000 banked from 64 lifetime tries.

Precision Blue Chip won the Maryland Open in consecutive weeks, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11.

One race earlier in the $100,000 Potomac Pace, Leonidas A (Austin Siegelman) overhauled 1-5 favorite Bettor’s Wish (Dexter Dunn) in the final strides for a neck score in 1:48 flat.

A 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Sheena McElhiney, Leonidas A forged a 15-1 upset to record his 13th win in 25 starts this year. He now owns 24 wins from 50 career tries and lowered his lifetime mark by 3 full seconds in what was the biggest victory for his trainer and driver.

One race earlier in a non-winners of $4,000 last four starts class for older pacers, Disturbia (Milby) finished a sharp second as an overlooked 10-1 shot as Prince Clyde (Aaron Merriman) carved out all the fractions and just lasted for a nose victory in 1:51.1.

A 5-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven stallion trained by Trevor Stafford of Greensboro for owner Jody Lee Cahall, Disturbia has been in good form throughout the fall meet at Rosecroft.

He now owns a 2-5-2 slate from 23 starts this year, and 11-16-10 slate and more than $102,000 banked in 90 lifetime tries.

In a non-winners of $1,250 last four starts event, Going The Distance (James Trae Porter) forged a mild 9-2 upset when he edged clear late to score by three lengths in 1:55.2. The 5-year-old World Of Rocknroll gelding is owned and trained by Mackenzie Kiel of Church Hill.

Going The Distance notched his first win in 23 starts this year, and now owns a 7-13-18 slate and nearly $45,000 banked from 112 career outings. He lowered his lifetime mark on Sunday night.

Three races earlier in a non-winners of $1,250 last four event, Shim (Russell Foster) finished a sharp second as the 2-5 favorite following a long first-over try.

A 4-year-old American Ideal gelding owned and trained by Jason Bowers of Sudlersville, Shim remained winless from 15 seasonal outings while failing to make good on his role as the odds-on choice.

He now owns a 4-9-4 slate and almost $65,000 banked from 44 lifetime outings, many of which came at tracks in Ohio for previous owners.

Several races earlier in a non-winners of two races lifetime class for younger pacers, Laser Hanover (Stafford) finished second following a gritty first-over effort while chasing 2-5 favorite Toms All In (John Wagner).

A 3-year-old Artspeak gelding owned, trained and driven by Stafford, Laser Hanover has finished second twice in eight winless starts this year and still owns one win from 15 career tries.

In the Nov. 15 opener, Redwood Again (Milby) benefited from a pocket trip behind Sams Triple Crown (Wagner) through the first three calls, then angled to the passing lane and just outlasted the wide late bid of Just Like Mike to score by a nose as the 6-5 choice in 1:54 in a non-winners of $4,000 last four starts class.

A 5-year-old Dragon Again gelding owned and trained by Brooks of Church Hill, Redwood Again notched his fourth win from 24 starts this year. He now owns an 11-13-11 slate and more than $78,000 banked from 90 lifetime tries.

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DOVER, Del. — On Nov. 13, three local pacers were looking to regain their winning ways in overnight races that offered modest support to a card that featured several $200,000 Matron Stakes events for 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders.

In the opening race on the Nov. 13 card, Son Of A Lynx (Victor Kirby) finished a solid second as a 12-1 shot in a non-winners of four races class.

A half-brother to Slick Tony, also trained by George “Ronnie” Leager of Sudlersville, Son Of A Lynx has shown glimpses of promise during his career while racing in the shadow of his talented older half-brother.

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