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Ft. Washington, MD — What That Is won his third straight $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at Rosecroft Raceway on Monday night (Dec. 9) as part of a harness racing driving double for Roger Plante Jr. and an owning-training double for Kerry Welty. The 4-year-old trotter by pacing sire Cam’s Rocket won for the seventh time this year and the 19th time in 57 career starts. Plante sent his charge from post nine and cleared past the opening quarter and rolled on a track labeled ‘good’ in 1:55.3. In seven Open Handicap starts since Oct. 20, What That Is has won five of them. Plante also remained red hot with Rockin The Shades who won his third race in his last four starts in a lifetime best 1:53.2. Jared Moyer doubled on the night, steering Honest Liar to a win in his second start for new owner-trainer Jerry Nock in 1:56. Moyer also closed stoutly from sixth with Bo Breeze, getting him home at 8-1 and winning his 12th race of the year in 1:53.4. Eric Davis guided two winners for owner Eugene Robinson and trainer Katie Flaherty. Baby She’s Got It won a dazzling stretch duel with Earn My Stripes, Writteninred and Whiskey N Coke who were within a length of each other in a four horse photo. Davis later scored with Crush Hanover, who held off a game effort from True Cut, who was parked from the three-eighths mark on, in 1:56.2. Frank Milby took the $11,000 Open Pace with Romantic Interest who fought off a stubborn Rocktavious and In Record Time in 1:51.3. It was the eighth win of the year for the 4-year old Always A Virgin gelding for owner Candy Milby. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Ocean City, MD - On Sunday July 22 the Maryland Sire Stake Open pace for 4 & 5 year olds went to post as race 6 on the Ocean Downs harness racing card. Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) who was dominant both at 2 and 3 in the stakes returned to the Ocean winners circle in the 1:55.1 mile five lengths ahead of Hybrid Heidi also by Cam's Rocket. Mr Ham Sandwich is now owned by Allard Racing, Alycon Stable, How's That Stable and VIP Internet Stable. Russell Foster picked up the drive from trainer Trevor Stafford, Brian Emerson was the breeder. Monday July 23 saw the 4 & 5 year old Open Maryland Sire Stake for trotters hit the track as race two. Reinsman Jared Moyer sent EI EI O (Cam's Rocket) from last to first on the backside stretching their lead to 6 lengths in the 1:57.4 stakes record mile. Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) was up for place while Speed It (Cam's Rocket) was third. Arlene Cameron owns and trains the winner. In the pace the first two finishers were by Cam's Rocket and in the trot the first four finishers were by Cam's Rocket. Richard Hans was the breeder on the second place filly in the pace and finishers one, two and three in the trot. The two year old stakes season starts in Maryland on July 29th and 30th with the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes at Ocean Downs. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean CIty, MD - The $67,000 Maryland Sire Stake for three year old filly trotters went to post as race three with a large harness racing crowd in attendance at Ocean Downs. Crystals Pistol (Cam's Rocket) with reinsman Russell Foster in the bike took control from the gate repelling a challenge early on by Diamonds Credit (Charlie De Vie), while the favorite Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) had to contend with a lot of road trouble from some early breakers going three deep up the backside. When the clocked stopped in the 1:59.3 mile Crystals Pistol was able to hold off Gaagaa Gone by a head for owner -breeder Syl King Jr. and trainer Arlene Cameron. Race five sent the colt and gelding pacers to post for their $67,000 final. In a race where post positions changed frequently it took a three deep move up the back stretch for B T's Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) with Victor Kirby in the bike to cross the wire first in a stakes record mile of 1:54.4 for pacing geldings. Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) was second and Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) was up for show. B T's Breeze is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt Jr. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - The first split for pacing colts and geldings in the Maryland Sire Stakes prems opened the card at Ocean Downs Monday.   Driver Jared Moyer was not content with the pocket and sent Ronnies Rocket (Cam's Rocket) to the front by the half, opening up 3 lengths at the wire over E-Z Pass B (Total Truth) in the 1:54.2 mile. Arlene Cameron trains for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner.   Race two was the first division for trotting fillies. Showing great gate speed Crystal's Pistol (Cam's Rocket) flew to the front taking a 2 length lead over TV Sensation (T V Show Kosmos) by the quarter, extending the distance to 5 lengths in the 1:59.4 mile. Russell Foster was between the wheels for owner-breeder Syl King Jr. and trainer Arlene Cameron.   The second division for the trotting fillies gave trainer Arlene Cameron her third stakes winner when Jared Moyer put Maryann's A Player (Charlie De Vie) in the pocket until the head of the stretch catching the leader Diamonds Credit (Charlie De Vie) in the final strides. Pamela Wagner and Syl King Jr. are co-owners and breeders of Maryann's A Player, time for the mile was 2:01.4   Reinsman Roger Plante Jr. was not taking any chances with Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) making the final cut after a scratch last week. The pair went gate to wire holding off a fast closing Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) to win by a neck in 1:56.3 for owners LeBlanc Racing, Count De Money Stable, W. Lutz Jr. and J. Stuart. Steve LeBlanc trains the colt and J R Ramsburg is the breeder.   The top 8 in each division will return in two weeks for the $67,000 Maryland Sire Stake Finals.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund    

Once again the stallion Cam's Rocket's offspring won both on the trot and pace taking four of five harness racing Maryland Sire Stakes prelims at Ocean Downs on Sunday Aug. 14.   The non-wagering events started with the freshmen filly trotters.   Jim Morand sent his filly Camita (Cam's Rocket) right to the front where she was able to hold off Starz And Deuces in the 2:04.1 mile. Morand and Nanticoke Racing are co-owners and breeders with Les Givens doing the training.   There was no surprise in the colt and gelding trot as Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) remains undefeated in six starts, trotting the mile in 2:00.3 for driver Brian Burton. Richard Hans owns, bred and trains the winner. LG's Hotshoeboy finished second.   In the first race on the evening card, the first split for colt and gelding pacers, there was a mild upset as Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) was able to catch the leader Adios Muchachos in the last turn stretching out to a 2½ length lead at the wire. Russell Foster was the reinsman for trainer Judy Welty and owner/breeder Brian Emerson stopping the clock in 1:57.3   The second split for colt and gelding pacers gave driver Brian Burton his second stakes win of the night behind the favorite Toms Tarzan (Cam's Rocket)cutting the mile in 1:59.2. Welcome To The Party was up for place. Thom Cooke is the owner and breeder of Toms Tarzan and Roger Hans trains.   Pilot Eddie Dennis sent Goodfridaymiracle (The Fraternity Pan) to the front taking control in the filly pace stopping the timer in 2:00.3 Maxkenna took the overland route to get up for second. Jeffery and David Clark are co-owners and breeders of Goodfridaymiracle.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The non-wagering harness racing card at Ocean Downs opened with Speed It (Cam's Rocket) lowering his own stakes record to 1:58.3 for trotting colts/geldings with driver Jim Morand in the bike.   The pair cut the mile opening the distance to the field at every pole with Righteous Renegade finishing second.   Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   In the trotting fillies, the dual between Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket) and Star Rose continues with Rock The Game stopping the clock in 2:01.1 this week.   Breakaway Racing owns the filly, Shaun Callahan trains and Corey Callahan was the reinsman.   Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) and pilot Frank Milby swept the July series for pacing fillies with a 1:58.3 mile over a fast closing Mo Power. Brian Callahan trains and co-owns the filly with Gloria Kinnamon. Gloria is also the breeder.   The pacing colt/geldings finished the early card with the Winbak Farm owned and bred Steal N Go sweeping the series. Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) cut the nice even mile in 2:00.4 for driver/trainer Jeff Fout with What I Say Goes getting up for place.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes resume on Sunday Aug. 7th with the 2 year olds going to the post.   By Cheri Stambaugh

On an extremely warm Thursday night (July 14) at Ocean Downs, the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes opened the night with four non-wagering events.   Once again a Richard Hans owned, bred and trained Cam's Rocket trotter left the field in his dust in the colt/gelding trot. Speed It lived up to his name, setting the stakes record of 2:00.1 for reinsman Jim Morand. Righteous Renegade was second.   The filly trotters were up next and Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket) with driver Frank Milby in the bike was able to maintain the almost 2 length lead over Star Rose at the finish in 2:01.2 for owners Breakaway Racing and breeder Nick Callahan.   Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) gave driver Frank Milby his second stakes win for the night, taking the filly pace over Mo Power. Brian Callahan trains and co-owns the filly with Gloria Kinnamon. Time for the mile was 1:59.   The final stake of the night was for colt and gelding pacers. Driver/trainer Jeff Fout guided Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) to the front and held that lead to the wire in 2:01.1 for owner and breeder Winbak Farm. Toms Tae Kwon Do was up for place.   The second prelims for 2 year olds will be Sunday July 17 with 3 non-wagering races and 3 on the race card. Ocean Downs will also be hosting a field of 8 in the Racing Under Saddle event after race 6 and Starting Gaits and the great Golden Receiver will be showcasing the breed with Golden Receiver leading the post parade for the RUS event.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the MSDF

The Sunday July 3rd harness racing card at Ocean Downs opened with a non-wagering event for trotting colts/geldings with a purse of $27,400.    Hybrid Henry another Cam's Rocket trotter out of the mare Give Em The Boot circled the field out of the gate and never looked back. Driver Brian Burton, in a stakes record time of 2:01.1 for two-year-old trotting geldings, crossed the wire 9¼ lengths in front of Midnight Zette (Credit Winner-Your Word Is Good). Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   The first division for pacing colts/geldings opened the wagering card. A light rain didn't stop the big crowd from cheering on the multiple lead changes, with Toms Tarzan (Cam's Rocket-Radiant Breeze) gaining the lead at the ¾ pole and charging to an 8 length victory in 1:56.3. Brian Burton was in the bike for his second stakes win of the night with a purse of $14,650. Thomas Cooke owns and bred the colt and Roger Hans trains. Im The Director held off Giddy On Down for place.   Reinsman Frank Milby gave May River (RC Royalty-Darby's Delight) the perfect pocket trip behind Spoonful and Les Givens, waiting til the head of the stretch to challenge and take a ¾ length lead in 2:02.4 in race 3. John Roach trains for owner/breeder William E. Miller II. The purse for the 2 yo trotting fillies was $ 28,100. Spoonful held on for second.   Race 5 was the first division for pacing fillies going for a purse of $16,500. Miss Valerie (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) was content to follow Cheap Aint Fast until the head of the stretch. The loud crowd cheered the stretch drive with Miss Valerie getting the ½ length victory, stopping the clock in 2:00 for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz. Roger Plant Jr drove the Steve LeBlanc trainee. Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breedrs.   Corey Callahan and Richard Hans teamed up in race 6, the second division of filly paces going for $16,500 as co-owners, driver and trainer. It was an explosive combination when Gigi From Fiji (Ponder-Odds On Arttoheart) made her first lifetime start. Corey sent her out of the gate and just blew away the rest of the field in the 1:56.3 winning by 10½ lengths over Liberty School.   The final stake of the night was the second division for pacing colt/geldings going as race 9 with the purse of $14,650. The favorite Almost Cut My Hair (Barber Pole-Sally Pansen) didn't disappoint her followers increasing her lead at every pole over the field for owners/breeder KDK Standardbreds and trainer Kevin Switzer. Victor Kirby was in the bike for the 1:59.1 mile. Evolution Rise Up came back from a break in the first turn to take the place position.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes for 3 year olds will be contested on Thursday night July 7th starting at 7:20 at Ocean Downs   By Cheri Stambaugh

With the Maryland Sire Stakes still suffering from a horse shortage due to the instability in our industry a few years ago the July series of 2 YO Finals were conducted as early non-wagering events on Sunday evening at Ocean Downs.   The explosion of 75 yearlings nominated to the Sire Stakes in 2015 and well over that number in the near future should put Maryland back on track.   Star Rose (You Betcha - Ragland Road) leased and trained by Syl King Jr. crossed the wire in 2:11.2 for driver Ray Robinson Jr. in the filly trot division. She repeated her preliminary win when Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket - Game Speed) appeared to have a problem and was never in contention. Star Rose was bred by Meadow Creed Stables LLC.   The colt trot went to Sweeten Me Up (CR Renegade-Miadora) owned/trained and driven by Neal Damron in 2:10.2 over last week's prelim winner Speed It (Cam's Rocket-Hypercast). Neal Damron was also the breeder of Sweeten Me Up.   What I Say Goes (Cam's Rocket-Look Sunder) took the colt & gelding pace in 2:03.1 for reinsman Jonathan Roberts. Happy Hayward (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) was up for place while Toms Tae Kwon Do (Cam's Rocket-Radiant Breeze) finished third.   From the limited first crop of Dontloseyourdayjob his daughter lived up to her name in the filly pace, Fastestgirlaround repeated her preliminary win by stopping the clock in 2:02 over a fast closing Mo Power (Capitol Power-Mystery Shadow).   Frank Milby was in the bike for owners Brian Callahan and Gloria Kinnamon.   Gloria Kinnamon was also the breeder.   Little Bit Wild (Cam's Rocket-Shaaga) was third.   The 3 YO Maryland Sire Stake Finals for the first series will be Sunday August 2.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Tom Cooke began his relationship with the Hans family in the 1980s when he claimed a horse from them. Since then, he has enjoyed successes with the family, a harness racing trend he hopes to continue with trotting mare Martiniontherocks.

Every time Googoo Gaagaa wins a race, it seems like a harness racing record-setting experience.

GooGoo GaaGaa did not disappoint the Washington-area fans. Starting back after a short break, GooGoo GaaGaa showed off his spectacular style, winning the 3-year-old colt trot in the Maryland Sire Stakes prelims by 23 lengths in 1:58.1 for pilot Jim Morand Saturday night (October 20) at Rosecroft Raceway.

Ocean Downs hosted the harness racing 2-year-old Maryland Standardbred Fund races on Wednesday night (August 8).

Googoo Gaagaa is ready to return to harness racing action. The record-setting 3-year-old trotter will face seven rivals in Thursday's $20,550 Maryland Standardbred Race Fund event at Ocean Downs in Maryland. Among his foes will be Windshield, who is 6-for-6 this year and the winner of 14 of 16 career starts.

Ocean Downs will host the preliminary round of Maryland Sire Stakes on Wednesday (July 18) and Thursday (July 19). The harness racing 2-year-olds go as three early non-wagering events starting at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday night.

World harness racing champion Googoo Gaagaa drew post position No. 1 for Yonkers Raceway's Yonkers Trot, the first jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown.

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