Fort Washington, MD – Harness Racing is difficult enough under ideal conditions. Add in cold rain, a deep track, a minus two variant and you get a difficult night to do your business. As is the case with all horsemen, the show must go on and did Wednesday night (Dec. 16) at Rosecroft, as Jonathan Roberts secured five victories on the 14-race card.
Roberts swept the daily double for his sister, trainer Megan Roberts, as Sansa and Callmegaga picked up victories for Bib Roberts and Graham Grace Stables. He would also steer Thats Fun to a win for trainer Shaun Callahan and Breakaway Racing in the third race.
In the sixth race, Roberts picked up a late catch drive on Allie’s Finale, and the former Maryland Sires Stakes Champion who has battled foot issues in 2020, got home for his 23rd win in 86 starts as he nears $200,000 in lifetime earnings for trainer Steve LeBlanc, Count De Money Stable, William Lutz Jr., and James Stuart.
He made his fifth trip to the winner’s circle when Headaregonna Turn scored his 37th career win and sent his lifetime trotting earnings over $350,000 for owner Jody Cahall and trainer Trevor Stafford.
Austin Hanners rallied Skyway Cobra to a second straight win in the co-featured $12,000 Open Trot for Arlene Cameron. It was his sixth win of the year and career win number 18. Frank Milby took the co-featured Mares Open Handicap with Get Real Rusty in a race that saw five different leaders as the 10-year old daughter of Real Artist notched her 33rd career win. Milby owns and conditions the filly who leads all fillies with $23,470 this fall meet and will be in the Maryland Distaff on closing night next Wednesday (Dec. 23).
Milby also won with Warrawee Victor who snapped an 0-19 streak in 2020, despite being second or third in 10 of his first 19 starts, for owner trainer Ron DIxon.
Jason Thompson had a double winning with All About Al for owner Leonard Hubbard and trainer Beth Shockley and Rosey Time, also giving Breakaway Racing and Shaun Callahan a double on the night.