Day At The Track

Two-year-olds underway at Ocean Downs

02:35 AM 14 Jul 2015 NZST
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Ocean Downs
Ocean Downs
The first of two early non-betting harness racing events was the two-year-old colt & gelding trot, won by Iron Mine Bucky (Explosive Matter) for owners Iron Mine Branch LLC of Bridgeville, DE in 2:02.4. George Dennis was the reinsman, Colby Hubble the trainer and Lois and Julie Swann were the breeders.
 
The filly trot went to Bold Dresser (Explosive Matter) who was able to hold off a challenge from pocket sitting Epic Smash (Political Briefing) in 2:02.3, both fillies trotted their last quarters in 29.3. Oyvind Hegdal drove and trained for Glat Kosher Racing of Monroe, NJ and Fred Hertrich III was the breeder.
 
Corey Callahan took the first division of the pacing colts & geldings with Redneck Rally (American Ideal) in 2:00 over Next Success (Veeza). Erv Miller trains for Anthony Lombardi, Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger. Redneck Rally was bred by Winbak Farm.
 
Callahan's second Stakes win of the night was behind another Erv Miller trainee Freeze Out (American Ideal) in 1:59.2 with Never Back Down (Art Official) 2 lengths back in the first division of filly pacers. Paymaq Racing partnered with Leland Mathias as owners and Winbak Farm was once again the breeder.
 
Maryland owner & breeder Thomas Cooke saw his filly Toms Treasure (Nuclear Breeze) hold off a strong challenge from Use Your Noodle (Artzina) in the second division of the filly pacers, stopping the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Jonathan Roberts. Roger Hans was the trainer.
 
The final stake of the night was the second division for pacing colts & geldings. Driver George Dennis gave Perchance To Dream (If I Can Dream) the perfect trip sitting in the pocket until the 3/4 pole when he challenged the leader Hardhead'slilchris winning by a length in 1:57. Willard Hall Jr. bred and co-owns the colt with Brian Wright who is also the trainer.
 
Corey Callahan had a total of 5 wins for the night at the Casino at Ocean Downs.
 
The 3 YO Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes will be this Thursday July 16 with the post for non-wagering events starting at 6:15 pm.
 
By Cheri Stambaugh
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