FORT WASHINGTON — Rosecroft Raceway put the finishing touches on its winter-spring meet May 23 with a card highlighted by four $70,000 Maryland Sire Stakes finals for 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders and supported by a solid group of overnight events that included nearly a dozen pacers with Mid-Shore connections.
In the first parimutuel race on the card, trainer John Wagner of Centreville sent out five of the nine pacers in the $70,000 MDSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Three of them occupied the top three spots at the wire.
Madisonsallin (Eddie Davis Jr.) lived up to her role as the 8-5 favorite when she led throughout to score in 1 minute, 53.1 seconds, while Kelseys For Real (Jared Moyer) rallied past a breaking Samantha's All In (Allan Davis) to finish second.
One race later in the second MDSS final, Kedges Strait (William Long) finished a solid fourth as the longest shot on the board at 45-1 as 1-5 favorite Funnyfunnyriddle (Jim Morand) prevailed by two lengths in 1:59.3.
A sophomore son of Doggone Yankee, Kedges Strait is trained and driven by Long for owner-breeder Danny Myer. His wife is Kent County native Gigi Silcox Myer.
Kedges Strait remained winless in four starts this year and 10 career tries overall, but nearly doubled his bankroll to $12,600.
Then, in a non-winners of two races lifetime class for younger pacers, Born Free De Vie easily lived up to his role as the 4-5 favorite. He brushed to command before three-quarters and then drew clear in the lane to a four-length score in 1:55.2.
A 4-year-old Western Vintage gelding owned, trained and driven by Wagner, Born Free De Vie notched his first win from five starts this year. He now owns a 2-6-3 slate and nearly $20,000 banked from 23 career tries, and lowered his lifetime mark by more than a full second.
Two races later in a non-winners of three races or $35,000 lifetime class for younger pacers, Derby Dog Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) lived up to his role as the 2-5 favorite. He brushed to command past the opening quarter, got a breather by the half in 57.1, rebuffed pressure down the backside and far turn, and held sway in the lane for a length score in 1:53.3.
The 4-year-old American Ideal gelding is trained by Mackenzie Kiel of Church Hill and co-owned by Kiel and Kristen Ramsey of Greensboro.
Derby Dog Hanover recorded his second straight score, and third win from 11 seasonal tries. He has a 4-1-3 slate and $17,444 banked from 16 career tries.
In a non-winners of $1,250 last four starts class for older pacers, Whosurpapa (Pat Berry) exited claimers to simply dominate bottom-level conditioned foes. Away rapidly to gain command in a 27 flat opener, Whosurpapa carved out wicked fractions of 54.4 and 1:22.2 and held sway through the lane for a five-length score in 1:51.3.
A 12-year-old Whosurboy gelding owned and trained by Jason Bowers of Sudlersville, Whosurpapa recorded his second win from 14 seasonal outings and lowered his lifetime mark. He now owns a stellar 53-41-46 slate and $307,000 banked from 328 career outings.
Several races later in the featured $11,000 Open Handicap, Precision Bluechip (Russell Foster) finished fourth as the 7-2 third choice.
JJ Flynn (Allan Davis) benefited from a pocket trip and prevailed as the 6-5 favorite in 1:50 flat, the fastest mile of the winter-spring meet.
Precision Bluechip concluded the meet with six wins from nine tries for owner-trainer Courtney Brooks of Church Hill, including a lifetime mark of 1:50.2 on May 1.
In a non-winners of $2,501 last four starts class for older pacers, Western Exposure (Jared Moyer) rallied from middle of the pack and second over to forge a mild 4-1 upset in his seasonal debut.
A 5-year-old Western Ideal stallion owned and trained by Wagner, Western Exposure scored at first asking this year by getting the mile in 1:53.1.
He now owns a 5-12-9 slate and $112,500 banked from 46 lifetime outings.
In the Sunday, May 23 finale, Spinout (Pat Berry) rallied from well off the pace, second over and widest of all and just missed catching 8-5 favorite Buckeye N (Jonathan Roberts) in 1:52.4 in a non-winners of $4,000 last four starts class for older pacers.
A 10-year-old Spun Out gelding trained by Greg Trotto, Spinout was the dominant force in the MDSS events at ages 2 and 3 for then trainer-driver Danny Myer in 2013-14. He owns a 42-18-23 slate and just shy of $390,000 banked from 207 career tries.
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HARRINGTON, Del. — On the Memorial Day card at Harrington Raceway, the outing proved memorable for at least one talented pacer with Mid-Shore ties.
Slick Tony, a 6-year-old No Spin Zone stallion owned, bred and trained by George "Ronnie" Leager of Sudlersville, forged a mild upset as the 9-5 second choice in the $20,000 Open Handicap just before the midway point of the 13-race program.
Away from the coveted rail on the Delaware half-mile oval, Slick Tony brushed to command passing the quarter in 27.3 seconds, maintained an honest tempo past the half in 56 flat and by three-quarters in 1:24.3, then edged clear in the lane to score in 1 minute, 52.1 seconds.
A winner three times at the current Harrington spring meet, Slick Tony sports seven wins from 18 starts this year. He now owns a stellar 48-19-11 slate and nearly $815,000 banked from 119 lifetime outings for Leager.