FORT WASHINGTON — Mid-Shore standardbred owners and trainers were looking to kick off the month of December on a high note as the 2020 calendar season winds to a close.
Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6 at Harrah's Philadelphia, Rollinlikethunder (Andrew McCarthy) benefited from a second-over trip down the backside and through the far turn, and closed willingly in the lane to forge an 11-1 upset in a non-winners of $7,000 last five starts class for older pacers.
Harrah’s Philadelphia is a five-eighths-mile oval in Pennsylvania that is still referred to as “Chester” after opening as Chester Downs.
A winner one week earlier in a bottom level conditioned event at "Chester" for trainer Eli Scott Jr. of Warwick and co-owner Dan Warrington of Galena, Rollinlikethunder notched his third win in 14 starts this year and pushed his seasonal earnings toward $22,000.
Rollinlikethunder now owns 17 victories and nearly $155,000 banked in 63 career outings.
That same evening at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Redwood Again (Russell Foster) benefited from a pocket trip throughout and finished third as an overlooked 7-1 shot in a non-winners of $4,000 last four starts class.
The 5-year-old Dragon Again gelding owned and trained by Courtney Brooks of Church Hill now owns a balanced 4-4-4 slate and roughly $20,000 banked from 27 seasonal outings. He sports an 11-13-12 slate and a bankroll of nearly $80,000 from 93 career tries.
Two races later on the Sunday night card, Bourbons Courage (Jared Moyer) lived up to his role as the very tepid 2-1 favorite in a non-winners of two races lifetime class. He brushed to command past the quarter and then carved out the remaining fractions en route to a four-length score in 1 minute, 59.1 seconds.
A sophomore son of Great Vintage owned, bred and trained by Teresa Willabus of Church Hill, Bourbons Courage recorded his second straight score. He now owns two wins and nearly $8,000 banked from 11 career tries.
Bourbons Courage had earned his diploma 10 days earlier with a sharp 1:56 flat score in a non-winners of one event at Rosecroft.
In a non-winners of $2,500 last four starts class for pacers, Spinout (Kenneth Weckstein) finished a solid second as an overlooked 13-1 shot, while Capital Builder (Jonathan Roberts) scored by three lengths as the 1-5 choice in 1:54.
A 9-year-old Spun Out gelding trained by Ken Schlotzhauer, Spinout now owns a 3-3-1 slate and $11,000 banked from 21 starts this year. He has a solid 37-16-21 slate and more than $367,000 banked from 190 career tries.
At ages 2 and 3, Spinout was the dominant force in the Maryland Sire Stakes for then-trainer-driver-owner and co-breeder Danny Myer.
Danny Myer is married to Kent County native Gigi Silcox Myer.