The Potomac Pace Is Over, Racing At Rosecroft Is Not

by John Furgele, Harness Racing 228

Teach who’s here. That’s a line from Sharon Howe, my mentor during my eight years as a social studies teacher in Rochester, NY. Educators—and society—worry a lot about the kids who don’t show up in school, often at the expense of those that do each day to get that education.

When I found out that both McWicked and This Is The Plan were scratched from the $100,000 Potomac Pace I was disheartened, but then I thought of Mrs. Howe’s comments and said, “Let’s Go,” let’s see how the race will shape up with a field of six.

Well, the race went just fine thank you with Endeavor pulling off a nice upset at odds of 11-1. Some may call the victory soft because two heavyweights were missing in action, but there is never a need to apologize for winning a race, a game, or anything for that matter. In 15 years, the Toronto Raptors will still be the 2019 NBA champions with few remembering that Kevin Durant barely played in the series.

As much as we wanted those two pacers to be in the field, reality is not always peachy and perfect.

The race was speedy from the beginning with Dorsoduro Hanover and American History trading the leads through very quick fractions. The first three quarters were clocked in 27.1, 27.1 and 27.0 and by three-quarters, both lead horses were softened up.

Endeavor sat wide and used a first over move to get into contention on the final turn. He only needed a 28 second last quartet to get the win and return a healthy $24.60 to his supporters. He stopped the clock in 1:49.4.

Dealt A Winner moved up from fourth to grab second while American History hung on for third. Dealt A Winner, dismissed at 16-1, paid $11.60 to place. The $2 exacta was a robust $145.60 and the tri paid over $446.

That’s the beauty of harness racing—you never really know what you’re going to get. And, another beauty is that McWicked and This Is The Plan are likely to race at least one more time before they go on hiatus. The hope is that both will run in the TVG Free for All Pace at the Meadowlands on Nov. 23.

The Potomac Pace is the big race of the year at Rosecroft and those that were there said the buzz was palpable and that the track put on a great show on a cool Sunday evening in Maryland.

Racing is far from over at Rosecroft. There are still 11 days remaining with the track running on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Wed. Nov. 13 card features 13 races and each race is full with 9 horses competing—another good sign for a sport that truth be told has had a good year.

The Wednesday feature—money wise—is race 10. It’s a $7,500 purse for Maryland Preferred Fillies and Mares that have won two to four races in their careers. Whateveryoulike is the 3-1 morning line favorite with David Hill in the bike for trainer Winston Williams.

The nine starters have combined to make 207 starts in 2019 and the field is led by Caribbean Sam-nin who is 1-3-4 in 32 starts with $14,585 in earnings.

The top money earner is Graygon who sports 4-7-2 in 22 starts with $26,188 in the bank account. Nine grizzled veterans will divvy up $7,500 with $3,750 going to the winner, $1,875 for place, $900 for show, $600 for fourth and $375 for fifth—just another day of grinding at one of America’s harness racing facilities.

Post time is set for 7:15 pm ET.


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