Ratchford Hopes for Another Highlight from Century Farroh in Potomac Pace


Pace Brings Together Top Four from Breeders Crown

Sunday’s 14-race Program Begins at 7:15 P.M.




FORT WASHINGTON, MD – The closest Dave Ratchford got to the Breeders Crown Oct. 31 at Hoosier Park in Indiana was the view from a computer screen at his home in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. That’s roughly 1,700 miles away. But the sight of his 4-year-old pacer Century Farroh winning the $500,000 Open didn’t prevent it from being a “major highlight” for the 75-year-old Ratchford.


As far as a celebration? “The race was pretty late,” Ratchford said. But the next day there was a little get-together with his wife, four daughters and 12 grandchildren.


For Ratchford, a celebrated horsemen and member of the Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame, Century Farroh’s victory and his success has been “very exciting.” He hopes the excitement continues Sunday evening here in the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational at Rosecroft.


Century Farroh is 7-2 in the morning line behind 8-5 favorite, Bettor’s Wish, who finished second in the Breeders Crown. Backstreet Shadow, third in the Breeders Crown, is 6-1 while This Is The Plan, fourth in the Breeders Crown, is 8-1.


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Century Farroh, a son of Mach Three, has bankrolled career earnings of $1.232 million. Not bad for a pacer that Ratchford paid $17,000 for at the 2017 London Selected Yearlings Sale in Ontario.


But, then again, this isn’t the only time Ratchford has seen a diamond in the rough. He purchased Ms Mac N Cheese for $10,000 as a yearling. That one went on to win $600,000 on the Ontario circuit.



“We race local, a lot of young horses,” said Ratchford, a third-generation horsemen who got his first horse at the age of 16. “I look at horses in the $15,000 to $30,000 [range]. I like the challenge. We liked [Century Farroh] from the get-go. I don’t know if I thought he would do what he has done, he took a little time to blossom, but we thought a lot of him.”


Ratchford trained Century Farroh early and qualified him in Nova Scotia before turning him over to trainer Dr. Ian Moore, a friend for more than 40 years.


“Ian did practice in this area for me, has been a friend and is a smart guy,” Ratchford said.

“I used to do vet work on his horses,” Moore said of his relationship with Ratchford. “I’m very happy for him. It’s been a big thrill. The win [in the Breeders Crown] wasn’t totally unexpected. Knock on wood, he’d done well the entire summer, so he deserved the win.”


Century Farroh, driven by Hall of Famer David Miller, received the 2019 O’Brien Award for best 3-year-old male pacer and won the Dan Patch Stakes in August at Hoosier Park.

Come Saturday, he will once again have to pace against a field that includes Bettor’s Wish, also betting favorite in the Breeders Crown.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said Ratchford, who will be looking on once again from his computer in Nova Scotia.


$100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational Post Pacer Driver Trainer Odds


1 This Is The Plan Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 8-1

2 Backstreet Shadow Tim Tetrick Ron Burke 6-1

3 Harambe Deo Simon Allard Jeff Cullipher 10-1

4 World of Secrets Aaron Merriman Bill Rhoades 12-1

5 Century Farroh David Miller Ian Moore 7-2

6 Bettor’s Wish Dexter Dunn Chris Ryder 8-5

7 Leonidas A Austin Siegelman Sheena McElhiney 15-1

8 Stars Align A Corey Callahan Christi Noble 10-1

9 Highalator Rick Still Jenny Bier 12-1

Sunday’s 14-race Program Begins at 7:15 P.M.

The Sunday program includes a wide-open Maryland Preferred Open Handicap with a purse of $10,000. Admiral Ballsy is the 5-2 favorite but will have to leave from Post 9. On the rail is Jack Quick, a 5 ¼ length winner here Nov. 8…Corey Callahan, a native of Easton, MD. has the drive behind Stars Align A., a 7-year-old who comes into the Potomac Pace off five consecutive victories. The son of Art Major has won 9 of 21 starts this year.

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