Day At The Track

Three-year-olds in action at Ocean Downs

01:10 AM 15 Aug 2015 NZST
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Ocean Downs
Ocean Downs
Ocean Downs
The first of eight divisions of the 3yr old MD Standardbred Fund Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies started the night’s non wagering events at Ocean Downs.
Driver Truman Gale sent  Stories To Tell (RC Royalty-Speed Talker) right to the front from the outside holding off a late challenge from About To Explode (Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream) stopping the clock in 2:00.1. George Ducharme trains and co-owns with Robert Guerrini and Paul Fontaine.
Callmemza (Great George Two-Endorphan Annie) driven by Jonathan Roberts  brushed past the field going to the ¾ pole, drawing away from the pack, winning by almost 12 lengths to take the second division for filly trotters in 1:59.4. W. B Roberts, Graham Grace Stbs LLC and M & W Stbs LLC own Callmemza and W. Bib Roberts trains.
Next on the early card were two divisions for colt/gelding trotters. Broken Record (Muscles Yankee-Miss Garland) with Ray Schnittker in the bike continued their win streak in MD Standardbred Fund action over Let It Go (Impel Hanover-Mica) hitting the wire in 2:02. Ray also trains and co-owns with Theodore Gewertz.
Lucas Wallin and Smart As A Whip (Donato Hanover-Smarter Than Smart) took command at the ¼ mile mile posting a 1:59.3 victory over Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee-Juanna Play Slots) in the 2nd division for colt/gelding trotters. Ake Svanstedt trains for owner Courant A B.
In the first division for colt/gelding pacers the camera could not separate the horses in the 1:54.1 mile producing the first dead heat in recent years in the Maryland stakes. Vic Kirby sent Quick Art (Artzina-Quick Question) to the lead leaving Toms Typhoon with Roger Plante Jr. the pocket trip. The stretch drive had the cheering crowd on their feet with the officials declaring both horses winners. Quick Art is owned by Mo Coo Inc and Jonathan Klee and trained by Josh Green. Toms Typhoon is owned by Thomas Cooke and trained by Roger Hans.
Smart Zone (Rocknroll Hanover-Open Book) started the filly pacers off with a 9 length victory in 1:56.2 for owner Roslyn Delguadio. Matias Ruiz trains and James Lackey was in the bike. Giddylicious (Cam’s Card Shark-Pocketbookchampion) was second.
The final division of pacing colt/geldings went to Toms Tornado (Cam’s Rocket-Nuclear Folks) over K J Ben (Riggins-Winsmith Karen) in 1:55.1. Jonathan Roberts was the reinsman for trainer Roger Hans and owner Thomas Cooke.
Driver Vic Kirby pulled Rumor Mill (The Panderosa-Chippie Gabby) before the half, finally getting the lead at the head of the stretch holding off Cover Model (Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal) to stop the clock in 1:55.3 for the second division of filly pacers. Jim King Jr. trains for CC racing and Joann Looney King.
The Maryland Horse Industry Board and and Dept. of Agriculture Sec. Joe Bartenfelder presented two State of Maryland Citations in the winners circle after the 3rd race. The first was to Maryland trainer Ken Schlotzhauer for his many training titles and the second was to ‘War Horse’ Wynnfield Scamp and owner Pam Polk. The 13 year old stallion just won his 40th career race and has had 253 starts, 48 second and 33 thirds.
By Cheri Stambaugh
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