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Ocean City, MD - Ocean Downs hosted four Maryland Sire Stakes Finals for two year old harness racing pacers and trotters on cool and breezy Friday night Sept. 18th. The opener was the $45,000 Hubert Jackson Memorial for trotting colts and geldings. Trents A Lock (Lockkeeper) was parked out, taking the lead from Sunshineonmyshoulder before the half with favorite Funnyfunnyriddle (Lockkeeper) taking the lead at the ¾ pole, leading to a stretch battle with Trents A Lock stopping the clock a half-length in front in the 2:04.2 mile. Jared Moyer was in the bike for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner-breeder Pamela Wagner. The $45,000 Ronald C. "Doc" Banning Memorial for the trotting fillies went to post as race 3. Reinsman Montrell Teague tucked Pride Of Windswept (Charlie De Vie) in the pocket until the head of the stretch, crossing the wire in a stakes record mile of 2:01.1 a length and a quarter in front of a fast closing Paislees Future (Trainforthefuture). Pride of Windswept picked up her third win in four starts for her owners and breeders, 95 year old John Swart Jr, and his wife Sarah. Shaun Callahan was the trainer. The pacing colts and gelding went to post in race 5 in the $45,000 Dale Massey Memorial. Driver Kim Vincent steered long-shot Whep (Rusty's For Real) to his first lifetime win in the 1:59.2 mile, four lengths ahead of Dream Weaver (Capitol Power) Whep is owned-trained-bred by Elwood Tignor. The summer stakes season at Ocean Downs ended with the $45,000 W.W. "Pete" Shaw Memorial in race 6. Wowie Zowie (Cam's Rocket) with Russell Foster between the wheels, came first over from fifth past the half to challenge the front running Sjs Special Kay (Russell Hanover). Wowie Zowie crossed the wire four lengths ahead in the 1:58.3 mile. Russell Foster is also the owner, Megan Foster the trainer and Michale Hans the breeder. The Maryland stakes move to Rosecroft for the fall series starting Sept. 27. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

This past Saturday, Ocean Downs, had a special presentation in the winner's circle commemorating Jonathan Roberts on his 4000th harness racing driving win on August 12th, 2020, with Sansa.   Joining Jonathan for the event were his friend, Ann, Ocean Downs race secretary Craig Andow, his mother, Sharon, and his father, Bib.   From the Ocean Downs Staff

Ocean City, MD - Harness racing driver Montrel Teague and trainer Shaun Callahan teamed up to sweep both splits for trotting fillies in the second round of two year old Maryland Sire Stake Prelims at Ocean Downs. Andovermiwinner (Andoversure) left the field in her dust, striding away at every pole, stopping the clock 16 ¾ lengths in front of the second place horse Hot Rod Roz (Charlie De Vie) in the first division. Robert Key is the owner and breeder, time for the mile was 2:03.4. In the second division Pride Of Windswept (Charlie De Vie) took the lead from Paislees Future (Trainforthefuture) past the quarter, which set up the stretch battle, with Pride Of Windswept crossing the wire a half-length in front of Paislees Future in 2:03.4. John and Sarah Swart are the owners and breeders. The first division for the pacing colts and geldings saw Stunners Wish (Rusty's For Real) with Tony Morgan in the bike, get a quick jump on the field due to some missteps by a couple of colts in the first turn. Stunners Wish picked up his second win in as many starts tripping the timer in 2:02 for owner-breeder Sharon Morgan and trainer Tim Crissman. Real Made (Rusty's For Real) recovered from that early break to finish second. The pocket sitting, longshot Harveys All In (Rusty's All In) charged down the stretch to nip the front running KO Master (Rusty's For Real) in the final division for the pacing colts and geldings in the 2:01.2 mile. Jared Moyer was between the wheels for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner-breeder Pamela Wagner. The two year olds return to the Ocean oval for their finals on Friday September 18th. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

Ocean City, MD - The second round of preliminaries for the two year old Maryland Sire Stakes began with two splits for harness racing pacing fillies and one for trotting colts and geldings at Ocean Downs Friday. The first division for the pacing fillies went to post in the opener. Reinsman Russel Foster set Wowie Zowie (Cam's Rocket) in third, coming first over up the backside, grinding his way to catch the leader Madisonsallin (Rusty's All In) in the stretch, stopping the clock in 1:58.1. Megan Foster trains the winner for her husband Russell, Michael Hans is the breeder. The lone division for the trotting colts and geldings was the second half of the daily double. Funnyfunnyriddle (Lockkeeper) picked up his third straight wire to wire win, crossing three lengths ahead of a late closing Trent's A Lock (Lockkeeper). Les Givens drives and trains the winner for Nanticoke Racing LLC, J.P. Magno and J.P. Fonte, Magno is also the breeder. Time for the mile was 2:04.4. Sjs Special Kay (Russell Hanover) fired out of post four to control all the fractions in the second split for the pacing fillies finishing two lengths ahead in 1:59.2. Kelsys For Real (Rusty's For Real) closed in for place. This win gave trainer Les Givens and owners Nanticoke Racing LLC, J.P. Magno and J.P. Fonte their second stakes win for the night. Magno & Fonte are the breeders. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

Ocean Downs Hosts Sophomore Standardbred Fund Stakes By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund Ocean Downs hosted the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for harness racing three year olds on Thursday Sept. 3rd and Friday Sept. 4th. Two splits for pacing fillies went to post as races 1 and 5, both having a purse of $11,800. Bolt Of Beauty (Bolt The Duer) with Allan Davis in the bike and Chart Topper (Bettor's Delight) with Sean Bier were two and three deep past the quarter pole when Bolt Of Beauty took the lead and Chart Topper settled in the pocket, striding away from the field in the first division. Bolt of Beauty stopped the clock in 1:54.2 for trainer Erv Miller and owners Ervin Miller Stable Inc., Tanah Merah Farms LLC and Sara Miller. Winbak Farm was the breeder. In the second split, reinsman Corey Callahan sent I'd Be Rich (Rusty's For Real) flying out of the gate from post five, to control all of the markers in the 1:55.2 mile, pacing the last quarter in 27.4 on the half mile oval. Breeze Away B (Nuclear Breeze) took the place spot. Shaun Callahan trains the winner for his father Nick Callahan. The outstanding trotting colt Yall Beneath Me a son of GooGoo GaaGaa, won his fourth stake in a row at Ocean Downs in the single $17,950 stake for the trotting colts and geldings by his biggest margin yet 18¼ lengths. Give Em More (Lockkeeper) finished second. Russell Foster was between the wheels for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans. Friday night the three year old trotting fillies started in race 2 with a purse of $18,675. With the favorite making a break at the start and fillies three deep until the quarter pole driver Roger Plante Jr. settled long-shot Trout's Legacy (Charlie De Vie) in fourth until the 5/8 pole where he pulled first over, clearing the leader Goodygoodytwoshoes (GooGoo GaaGaa) at the head of the stretch to win in 2:01.1 by a half-length. Steve LeBlanc trains Trout's Legacy for owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon. Nvrfearlloydishere (Rusty's All In) picked up his sixth straight win at Ocean Downs in his gate to wire victory in the lone division for pacing colts and geldings going for a purse of $20,150 in race six. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. has been in the bike for all six wins for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner/breeder Pan Wagner. Place went to Tom's All In (Rusty's All In) time of the mile was 1:55.4. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Two splits each of Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries for two year old pacing colts and geldings and trotting fillies highlighted the Friday night (Aug. 28) card at Ocean Downs. The first division for pacing colts and geldings opened the card. Stunner's Wish (Rusty's For Real) with Tony Morgan between the wheels, tucked in the pocket until the ¾ pole, first trying to pass the leader Whep (Rusty's For Real) on the outside then quickly ducking back into the inside passing lane to win by a length in 1:59. Stunners Wish is owned and bred by Sharon Morgan, Tim Crissman is the trainer. The Callahan brothers, Corey driving and Shaun training swept the two splits for trotting fillies in races 2 and 3. Andovermiwinner (Anoversure) owned and bred by Robert Key scored her first win of the season going wire to wire in the 2:02.1 mile. Call Me Keeper (Lockkeeper) picked up the place spot. The second division for the trotting fillies went to Pride Of Windswept (Charlie De Vie) who controlled every quarter of the 2:04 mile. John and Sarah Swart are the co-owners and breeders. Paislees Future (Trainforthefuture) driven by Chris Offutt and named for his daughter, finished second. The last stake of the night was the second split for pacing colts and geldings in race five. Reinsman Russell Foster pulled Syanide Who (Rusty's For Real) going to the ¾ pole from third and flew to the lead by the head of the stretch, opening up 3 lengths on second place finisher KO Master (Rusty's For Real). Gloria and Sammy Belote are co-owners and breeders of Syanide Who and Sammy does the conditioning. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

The first round of Maryland Sire Stakes for the freshman harness racing trotting colts and geldings opened the Thursday Aug. 27 card at Ocean Downs. Funnyfunnyriddle (Lockkeeper) picked up his second win for the season in the gate to wire mile, holding off a charge by Trent's A Lock (Lockkeeper), stopping the clock a head in front. Les Givens drives and trains for owners Nanticoke Racing, James Magno and Joe Fonte, James Magno is also the breeder. Time for the mile was 2:07.2. Two splits for freshman pacing fillies went to post as races 3 and 5. Reinsman Russell Foster sent Wowie Zowie to the engine, opening up at every marker, to lead the field by 6 ¼ lengths as the clock read 2:00.1. Emma's Enigma (Rusty's For Real) picked up second with a pocket trip. Russell Foster also owns Wowie Zowie, Megan Fosters Trains and Michael Hans is the breeder. Owners Nanticoke Racing, James Magno and Joe Fonte and trainer Les Givens picked up their second stakes win for the night when Sjs Special Kay (Russell Hanover), with Jim Morand between the wheels, stopped the timer in 1:58. Kelsey's For Real (Rusty's For Real) took the place spot. Magno and Fonte are the breeders. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

Ocean Downs hosted a second night of Maryland Standardbred Fund (foaled) stakes for harness racing two year olds on Friday August 21. The freshman trotting fillies opened the card going for a purse of $17,250. Reinsman Russell Foster sent Goo Doo Doll (GooGoo GaaGaa) to the engine in the perfectly rated gate to wire mile. Every quarter registered 29.4 seconds, lowering the stakes record by a full second in the 1:59.1 mile a full 20¼ lengths ahead of Lookie lookie (Lockeeper). Owner Frank Canzone recently purchased Goo Doo Doll and Edwin Gannon Jr. is the new trainer. Richard Hans is the breeder. The $20,375 race for the pacing colts went to post as race five. Carrythetorchman (American Ideal), with Atlee Bender between the wheels scored the victory in the 1:56 mile, pacing his last quarter in 27.4 on the half mile oval. Erv Miller trains for owners Ronald Michelon and War Horse Stables, Winbak Farm is the breeder. KO Master (Rusty's For Real) finished second. Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin, MD

Ocean Downs hosted the Maryland Standardbred Fund (foaled) Stakes for two year old colt and gelding trotters and filly pacers on Thursday August 20. The lone $16,925 race for the colt and gelding trotters opened the harness racing card. Trainer/driver Les Givens sent Funnyfunnyriddle (Lockkeeper) to the front in the 31.4 first quarter, opening up by three lengths at the half and stopping the clock six and a half in front of Trent's A Lock (Lockkeeper) in the 2:05 mile. Funnyfunnyriddle is owned by Nanticoke Racing Inc., J P Magno and JP Fonte and bred by J P Magno. The first split for the freshmen filly pacers saw Summering (Somebeachsomewhere) with Victor Kirby between the wheels, leave the field in her dust, winning by eleven lengths in their gate to wire victory going for $12,250. Turtle Time(Roddy's Bags Again) charged down the stretch to take the place postion. Time for the mile was 1:57.2. Brett Pelling trains the winner for owner/breeder Frederick Hertrich III. The second division of the filly pacers came to the track in race five with a purse of $12,400. Reinsman Russell Foster tucked Wowie Zowie (Cam's Rocket) in the three hole until the last quarter where it was a battle down the stretch with the leader Sj's Special Kay (Russell Hanover). When the clock stopped in 1:58, Wowie Zowie was a neck in front. Russell Foster is also the owner while his wife Megan picks up the training duties, Michael Hans is the breeder.   By Cheri Stambaugh

OCEAN CITY, MD - Yall Beneath Me (GooGoo GaaGaa) earned his third straight win in this summer series for the three year old trotting colts and geldings, taking two Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries and the harness racing $45,000 final Friday at Ocean Downs. Justrestingmyeyes (Up Front Ben) controlled the fractions thru the half when Russell Foster put Yall Beneth Me in motion from forth, sweeping past the field, crossing the wire fifteen lengths in front of Justrestingmyeyes. Time for the mile was 1:57.4. Richard Hans is the owner, trainer and breeder of the winner. The Final for the trotting fillies went to post as race 5. The Foster/Hans combination returned to the winners circle when Gooreatness (GooGoo GaaGaa) another Hans homebred, went gate to wire, holding off a strong challenge by Two Itchy (Great George Two) in the 1:58.2 mile. Race six , the final for the pacing fillies, saw reinsman Frank Milby send Hillbilly Kisses (Rusty's For Real) out to control the fractions, holding off I'd Be Rich (Rusty's For Real) through the last quarter, tripping the timer in 1:55.2. Brian Callahan trains Hillbilly Kisses for owner and breeder Hillbilly Haven Farms. Nvrfearlloydishere (Rusty's All In) picked up his fifth straight win of the 2020 season in the Final for pacing colts and geldings in race 8. Eddie Davis Jr. was between the wheels when Nvrfearlloydishere crossed the wire six lengths in front of the pocket sitting Tom's All In (Rusty's All In) in 1:55.3. Arlene Cameron trains for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

Ocean City, MD - Nvrfearlloydishere (Rusty's All In) scored his fourth straight victory taking the first division of the Maryland Sire Stakes for pacing colts and geldings at Ocean Downs Friday, controlling all the fractions in the 1:55.4 mile. Eddie Davis Jr. was between the wheels for owner/breeder Pamela Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Who's That Rascal (Rusty's For Real) took the place spot. The first split for trotting fillies went to post as race 2. Reinsman John Wagner sent K J Deb (Lockkepper) out of the gate, taking air clear past the quarter before getting the lead from Callmegaga (GooGoo GaaGaa) opening up four lengths on the field stopping the timer in 1:59.2. Callmegaga finished second. Arlene Cameron trains for co-owner and breeder Scott Woogen and Pamela Wagner. The second division for the pacing colts and geldings came on the track for the third race. Local Berlin horseman Bill Long sent Tough Old Hickory (Rusty's For Real) gate to wire in 1:57.3 finishing 1 ¾ lengths ahead of Franco (Rusty's All In). Long trains Tough Old Hickory for the Estate of Dale Massey. The final preliminary saw the trotting fillies go to the gate in race 5. After interference at the start, pilot Victor Kirby, sent Goodygoodytwoshoes (GooGoo GaaGaa) after the leader Going Gaa Gaa (GooGoo GaaGaa) securing the front end by the 3/8 pole and opening up three lengths on the field in the 2:01.1 mile. Going Gaa Gaa finished second. Arlene Cameron owns and trains the winner. Ashley Lynn Rodeheaver is the breeder. Ocean Downs will host all four Maryland Sire Stake Finals for 3 year olds on Friday August 14. The points for the horses that qualified for the finals will be available on the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund website at www.msrfonline.com. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

Ocean City, MD - The first harness racing division of the Maryland Sire Stakes for three year old trotting colts and geldings went to post as race 5 on a rainy Thursday night (July 6) at Ocean Downs. With a history of making breaks at the start, reinsman Victor Kirby eased Goorilla (GooGoo GaaGaa) away from the gate, getting away fourth in the scratch shortened field. Kirby eased Goorilla out on the backside, taking aim at the leader Justrestingmyeyes (Up Front Ben) creating a head to head battle in the last turn with Goorilla getting a length and a quarter lead at the wire in the 2:00.4 mile. The winner was a recent purchase for trainer and co-owner Edwin F. Gannon Jr and Frank Canzone. Richard Hans was the breeder. Race 6 was the first split for the pacing fillies. Hillbilly Kisses (Rusty's For Real) flew out of the gate to take control with Fire Me Up (Rusty's All In) getting the perfect pocket trip. At the head of the stretch Fire Me Up ducked to the passing lane, battling to the wire with Hillbilly Kisses hanging on by a neck in 1:58.2. Frank Milby was between the wheels for owner/breeder Hillbilly Haven Farms and trainer Brian Callahan. In the second division for trotting colts and geldings, Yall Beneath Me (GooGoo GaaGaa) came out of the pocket past the half, leaving the field in his dust, in the 15 and ½ length victory. The early leader Give Em More (Lockkepper) took the place spot. Driver Russell Forster had the reins for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans, time for the mile was 1:58.3. The final stake of the night was the second division for filly pacers in race 9. It was a match between the division winners from last week, with I'd Be Rich (Rusty's For Real) taking the lead out of the gate but Breeze Away B (Nuclear Breeze) grabbed the front at the 3/8 pole. At the wire Breeze Away B held onto a one length lead over I'd Be Rich stopping the timer in 1:56.3 on the sloppy track. William B. Fletcher is the owner/trainer /breeder and Allan Davis was the driver. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

Ocean City, MD - Ocean Downs hosted two splits each for three year old pacing colts and geldings and trotting fillies in the Maryland Sire Stakes on Friday July 31st. The first division for pacing colts and geldings opened the card with a gate to wire victory for Nvrfearlloydishere (Rusty's All In) in 1:54.2. Eddie Davis Jr. was in the bike for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner-breeder Pam Wagner. Tough Old Hickory (Rusty's For Real) racing for the Estate of well-known local horseman Dale Massey got up for the place spot. Trotting fillies took the stage in race 2. Reinsman Victor Kirby sent Goodygoodytwoshoes (GooGoo GaaGaa) flying out of the gate from the outside to take control in the 30 second first quarter, holding off the inconsistent Gooreatness (GooGoo GaaGaa) in the stretch, stopping the clock in 2:00.3. Arlene Cameron owns and trains the winner, Ashley Lynn Rodeheaver was the breeder. Trainer Arlene Cameron picked up her third training win of the night in the second split for pacing colts and geldings. Driver John Wagner put Toms All In (Rusty's All In) in the pocket until the head of the stretch when he ducked in the passing lane to nip Who's That Rascal (Rusty's For Real) in the last few strides of the 1:56 mile. Pam Wagner is the owner and co-breeder with Clarissa Coughlin. Race 5, the final stake of the night was the second division of the trotting fillies. The Mike Hall trained Grey (Charlie De Vie) took the lead by the half and fought off the strong challenge of Cate's A Keeper (Lockkeeper) in the last quarter. Time of the mile was 2:00.2. Mike Hall co-owns with owner/breeders LA Express Stable and CTC Stable, Allan Davis was between the wheels. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

Ocean City, MD - Ocean Downs hosted four harness racing divisions of the Maryland Sire Stakes on Thursday July 30. The first division for three year old trotting colts and geldings opened the card. Russell Foster sent Yall Beneath Me (GooGoo GaaGaa) out of the gate, taking control past the quarter, striding off stopping the clock seven lengths ahead of Goorilla (GooGoo GaaGaa) in 1:57.1. Richard Hans is the owner, trainer and breeder of Yall Beneath Me. I'd be Rich (Rusty's For Real) and Fire Me Up (Rusty's All In) contested a fierce battle in the last quarter of the first split for pacing fillies with I'd Be Rich squeezing out a head victory in the 1:58.1 mile. Corey Callahan was in the bike, his brother Shawn is the trainer and their dad Nick Callahan is the owner and breeder. I'd Be Rich remains undefeated in 2020 with 4 wins. In race 3, the remaining division for trotting colts and geldings, Chris Offutt sent Justrestingmyeyes (Up Front Ben) wire to wire in 2:02. Jared's A Lock (Lockkepper) took the place spot. Elwood Tignor is the trainer and co-owner of Justrestingmyeyes and Alvin Earl Parkes is the breeder. Reinsman Allan Davis set Breeze Away B (Nuclear Breeze) in the three hole until the half, they pulled first over, blowing away the field. The pair tripped the timer fourteen lengths ahead in the record setting 1:54 mile. Hillbilly Kisses (Rusty's For Real) was up for place. 92 year of William B. Fletcher is the owner, trainer and breeder of Breeze Away B. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

Ocean City, MD - On Thursday July 23rd Ocean Downs hosted three divisions of the Maryland Sire Stakes for 4 & 5 year old pacers. Race one on the card saw Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) get parked to the 3/8 pole before taking control from Where's Barry. Allie's Finale held off a stretch charge by Rusty's Houdini stopping the clock in 1:55.2 , a 4 & 5 year old stakes record for a pacing gelding at Ocean Downs. Roger Plante Jr. was in the bike for owners Leblanc Racing, Count De Money Stable, William Lutz Jr. and James Stuart. The mare division went to post as race three with a field of seven. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. tucked Miss Choptank (Total Truth) third until the 5/8 pole, coming first over, taking command at the head of the stretch. The 1:57.1 clocking tied the stakes record for mares. Tootsy Rolls Quick finished second. Wayne Givens trains the winner for Legacy Racing of DE Inc. and Stephen Townsend. In the third division, the stretch drive was a nail biter as BT's Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) and Bo Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) battled with Bo Breeze crossing the wire a head in front of BT's Breeze in 1:56.1 Tyler Davis drove the winner for Murray Stable LLC and trainer Shawn Murray. Friday July 24 showcased the 4 & 5 year old Maryland Sire Stakes for trotters. The Kerry Welty trainee, What That is (Cam's Rocket) scored a gate to wire victory in 1:58, holding off a last turn challenge from Judge Bob (Great George Two) in the first division. Roger Plante Jr. was the pilot for owner Kerry Welty. The last of the 4 & 5 year old Maryland Sire Stakes went to post as race three. Driver John Wagner was not content getting away in the three hole with K J Charlie (Charlie De Vie), pulling at the quarter to take command from Remarkable De Vie (Charlie De Vie) stopping the clock in 1:58.3. Arlene Cameron trains the winner for Scott Woogen and Pam Wagner. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

The postponed Two Year Old payments (harness racing foals of 2018) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on June 15, 2020. This payment is for two year olds that will be racing in 2020. All checks must be made out to the: Maryland Standardbred Race Fund We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please note the mailing address: P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791-0540 All your Staking lists, Staking forms and regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com   Home | Maryland Standardbred Race Fund   by Cheri Stambaugh      

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