As far as Rosecroft Raceway fans are concerned, Beach Towel is perfect. For the fifth time in five tries this year, Beach Towel won at Rosecroft, this time last night in the $316,135 Terrapin Stakes for 3-year-old pacers.

The winning time was a good 1:54 1/5 on an off track. The track condition was listed as sloppy after a thunderstorm rolled through before the first race. But by the time the Terrapin went to post, the racing surface had improved considerably.

The Terrapin attracted 11 pacers, and for the first time the race was run in a single division. Because of the large field and the traffic that normally occurs, many thought Beach Towel -- who drew Post 10, which starts in the second tier behind the Post 1 horse -- simply had too much to overcome to win again.

Thanks to an excellent drive by trainer Ray Remmen, Beach Towel proved his doubters wrong.

"We got a little lucky at the start," Remmen said. "The horse on the outside {Romulus Almahurst} bore out and that's how I was able to get out."

Beach Towel raced on the outside for the first quarter-mile until moving to the rail for the lead. Pacing into second was Till We Meet Again, who many observers figured was the horse to beat.

Both horses were able to avoid a traffic jam, and the race turned into a challange between the two favorites.

Remmen comfortably guided Beach Towel to quarter-mile splits of 27 1/5, 55 4/5 and 1:25 4/5. Bill Fahy, driving Till We Meet Again, decided to sit until the stretch before making his move.

But the challenge fell short as Beach Towel won by a length, paying $3.40 to win. The 10-5 exacta returned $6.

The victory was Beach Towel's 16th in 18 career starts and pushed his earnings to $816,056.