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The Maryland stakes summer season is ready to start at Ocean Downs with draws on Wed. June 20th and Thursday June 21st for the first series of 3 year old preliminaries racing on Sunday June 24th and Monday June 25th.   The condition sheets are online on the USTA and MSRF websites.   A reminder that all Maryland stake races follow the 30 day rule (race to race).   Contact the MSRF Administrator Cheri Stambaugh with any questions at 240-285-0326, all entries must go thru Ocean Downs race office.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the MSRF

Two Year Old payments (foals of 2016) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on May 15, 2018. This payment is for two year olds that will be racing in 2018. Yearling nominations (foals of 2017) to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes are also due on May 15, 2018. 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 or you may call (410) 775-0152 or (240) 285-0326    

Reminder that sustaining forms and possible payment are due Feb. 15, 2018 for the 4 & 5 year old Open Maryland Sire Stakes for harness racing trotters and pacers (foals of 2013 & 2014).   Three Year Old payments (foals of 2015) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Feb. 15, 2018.   All stallion pedigree's, staking forms, and stake dates are now available online including a printable calendar! Please use our website www.msrfonline.com for all your current MSRF info and any updates as they become available.   We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please remember to check and make sure you use this address for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund, P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791.   Regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com or you may call 410-775-0152 (o) or my cell at 240-285-0326.   By Cheri Stambaugh

All stallions standing in Maryland for the 2018 harness racing breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2017 for their foals to be eligible to the Maryland Sire Stakes.   We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please note the mailing address:   P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791-0540   Stallion Registration forms and regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com or you may call (410) 775-0152 (office) or my cell at (240) 285-0326.   Cheryl Stambaugh  

What That Is (Cam's Rocket) continued his winning ways taking the first Maryland Sire Stakes split for harness racing two year old colt and gelding trotters. Driver Brian Burton sent What that Is to the front from post 5 in the wire to wire victory over pocket sitting Iron Mine Bro in 1:57.2 for owner Brian Emerson, trainer Judy Welty and breeder Richard Hans.   Coming late to the racing scene No Drama De Vie (Charlie De Vie) dominated the second division for trotting colts and geldings opening up 18 lengths over Whitesville Earl in the 1:56.2 mile. Frank Milby was in the bike for trainer Hermann Heitmann, owner Joie De Vie Farm and co-owner/breeder Lisa Caposio.   The freshmen pacing fillies finished the non-wagering card with a field of nine going to post. Trainer Steve LeBlanc assigned Ross Wolfenden the driving duties behind HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie). The pair got away third but took control of the mile by the half holding off a strong charge by Miss Choptank stopping the clock in 1:55. Cary Grady is the owner and breeder of HS Shauna.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Maryland Sired freshman kick off three weeks of harness racing stakes at Rosecroft Raceway with some familiar faces and some new ones finding the winners circle in the first week of preliminaries on Saturday night.   The first split for filly trotters opened the non-wagering card. Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) was back on her best behavior with regular driver Corey Callahan back in the bike romping to an eleven length victory in 1:58 with Whitesvilleshirley up for place. Corey also owns and bred Gaagaa Gone and Richard Hans trains.   The first division for pacing colts and geldings saw Bo Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) return to the winners circle for the first time since mid-summer coming from fifth at the half to take a ¾ length lead over Makin Money Fast in 1:55.4 mile. Shawn Murray trains for owner Murry Stable LLC. Reinsman Corey Callahan picked up the catch drive.   The second division for trotting fillies saw several leader changes with Four Deuces (Four Starz Robro) picking up her first stakes win with Brian Burton in the bike over TV Sensation in 2:00.2. Kelley Rogers is the owner/breeder and Judy Welty trains the filly.   Ross Wolfenden, picking up the drive for the injured Roger Plante Jr., guided Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) to his sixth win in nine starts stopping the timer in 1:55.1 for owners Leblanc Racing, Count De Money Stable, W. Lutz Jr., and J. Stuart. Steve LeBlanc is the trainer. Lloyd's All In was second.   The preliminaries continue Sunday night Nov. 12th with three non-wagering events starting at 5:40.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The first harness racing preliminaries for the Maryland Sire Stakes freshmen pacing colts and geldings and trotting fillies went to post Sat Oct 7 at Rosecroft Raceway.   In the first early non-wagering event for the pacing colts and geldings, Russel Foster put I Run The Show (Cam's Rocket) in the pocket til the head of the stretch, winning by a ½ length over Bo Breeze in the 1:55 mile for owner/breeder Michael Hans and trainer Roger Hans.   The first division for trotting fillies saw a lot of change in positions with Iron Mine Krystal (Four Starz Robro) coming from mid pack at the half to win by a length in 1:59 setting the Stakes Record for 2 year old trotting fillies. Dancing Spirit was second. Art Stafford Jr. was in the bike for trainer Greg Haverstick and owner/breeder Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The second split for pacing colts and geldings saw Roger Plante Jr. pull Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) from fourth to take the lead at the half, opening up 3¾ lengths on the field in the 1:53.3 Stakes and track record mile for 2 year old pacing geldings. Lloyd's All In was up for place. Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing, Count De Money Stable, Wm. Lutz Jr and J. Stuart. Jacob Ramsburg is the breeder.   Gaagaa Gone (GooGoo GaaGaa) remains undefeated (5 - 5) winning the second division for trotting fillies in the first wagering race. Reinsman Russel Foster sent Gaagaa Gone to the engine and never looked back with Worthy Renegade crossing the wire second in the 2:00.1 mile. Richard Hans trains the filly for owner/breeder Corey Callahan.   Stakes action continues Sunday (Oct. 8) with early non-wagering events starting at 5:15 pm.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The first Rosecroft draws for the harness racing 2 year old Maryland Sire Stakes are tomorrow, Wed. Oct 4th and Thurs. Oct. 5th.   Wednesday is for filly trotters and colt pacers here.   Thursday is for colt trotters and filly pacers here.   All races will be held on Saturdays and Sundays this fall.   By Cheri Stambaugh

On Sunday August 27th the trotting colts and geldings went as race two in the Hubert Jackson Memorial with a purse of $48,650. Harness racing driver Jonathan Roberts sent Judge Bob (Great George Two) flying out of the gate to control the mile holding off a rally by Chucky De Vie to win by a length in the 2:01.4 mile. Megan Roberts trains for owners and breeders Wm. Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M & W Stable. Judge Bob is two wins in two lifetime starts.   The W.W ‘Pete’ Shaw Memorial was race three for pacing fillies with a purse of $39,700. Reinsman Vic Kirby got away third with favorite Miss Choptank (Total Truth) pulling at the half to circle the field and stop the clock six lengths ahead of H S Shauna in the 1:57.1 mile. Wayne Givens trains for Legacy Racing of DE and Stephen Townsend, the breeder is Olive Branch Farm.   The finals continued on Monday Aug. 28th with the $42,400 Ronald Banning Memorial for the trotting fillies. Gaagaa Gone (GooGoo GaaGaa) lived up to the ‘gone’ part of her name when she took the lead from the 7 hole opening up 2 lengths by the half, 7 by the ¾ pole and 9 at the wire for driver/owner/ breeder Corey Callahan. Richard Hans trains the filly. Crystals Pistol was second in the 2:02.4 mile. Gaagaa Gone is now 4 for 4 in lifetime starts.   The pacing colts and geldings closed the summer finals with Toms Tyrannosaurus (Cam’s Rocket) sweeping the series with a 1:56.3 mile a neck in front of I Run The Show. Art Stafford Jr. was in the bike for trainer Roger Hans and owner/breeder Thomas Cooke. The purse was $38,100.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The final round of Maryland Sire Stakes prelims at Ocean Downs are in the books and so is a new stakes and track record for harness racing freshmen pacing geldings.   Reinsman Art Stafford Jr. sent Toms Tyrannosaurus (Cam's Rocket) flying out of the gate and never looked back stopping the clock in 1:54.4 setting both the sire stakes and Ocean Downs track record for 2 year old pacing geldings. Lloyd's All In finished second.   Roger Hans trains for owner/breeder Thomas Cooke.   Two splits for freshmen trotting fillies were up next. Driver Art Stafford Jr. picked up a stakes double when he sent Iron Mine Krystal (Four Starz Robro) out to take control of the field missing the stakes record by only a fifth of a second in the 2:02.1 mile.   Greg Haverstick trains for owner/breeder Iron Mine Branch LLC. TV Sensation was up for place.   Gaagaa Gone (GooGoo GaaGaa) remains undefeated going 3 for 3 for driver/owner/breeder Corey Callahan and trainer Richard Hans in the second division for filly trotters. Four Deuces finished two lengths back in the 2:05.2 mile.   The pacing colts and geldings returned in race 6 with a long photo to decide the winner. Toms Titanosaurus (Cam's Rocket) was able to hold off a strong stretch charge from Ronnies Rocket to take the 1:57.2 mile by a head.   Brian Burton was in the bike for trainer Roger Hans, Thomas Cooke is the owner and breeder.   Redline Rusty (Rustys For Real) returned to the winners circle after a loss last week, giving him 3 wins in his last four starts in the final split for pacing colts and geldings. The photo gave him a neck win over I Run The Show in the 1:57 mile and that gave Corey Callahan a stakes double.   Mike Hall trains for owner Al Carter and breeder Carter Racing Stable.   The Maryland Sire Stakes summer finals will be held on Sunday Aug. 27th and Monday Aug. 28th at Ocean Downs.   By Cheri Stambaugh

There were two divisions for freshmen filly pacers in the second week of harness racing prelims in the Maryland Sire Stakes at Ocean Downs.   Driver Art Stafford Jr. picked up the assignment behind Tell Me The Truth (Total Truth) giving her her first lifetime win in the 1:58 wire to wire mile with Bad Bitty up for second. Kevin Lare trains for owners Frank Chick and Julie Meirs. The breeders are Concord Stud Farm and Julie Meirs.   In the second split HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie) gained the lead from post 6 out of the gate holding off the favorite Miss Choptank stopping the clock in 1:57. Roger Plante Jr. was in the bile for trainer Steve LeBlanc and owner/breeder Cary Grady.   Judge Bob ( Great George Two) made his first lifetime start a winning one, coming from seventh at the half to taking a half-length lead over the favorite Uncle Ike in the two year old trotting colts and geldings. Jonathan Roberts was between the wheels for trainer Megan Roberts and owner/breeders Wm. B. Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M & W Stables.   Maryland Sire Stakes continue Monday Aug. 21 with the freshmen pacing colts and geldings and the trotting fillies.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The first division for harness racing pacing colts/geldings started the night with a stretch duel between a pair of Roger Hans trainees. When the timer tripped at 1:58.1 the pocket sitting Toms Titanosaurus (Cam's Rocket) was a neck in front of I Run The Show. Brian Burton picked up the driving assignment for owner/breeder Thomas Cooke.   Two splits for trotting fillies were up next with the first going to the homebred TV Sensation (T V Show Kosmos) driven, trained, owned and bred by Chris Offutt cutting the mile in 2:06.1. Maryann's A Player finished second.   GooGoo GaaGaa's first crop are hitting the track in style. Corey Callahan sent Gaagaa Gone out from post 6 not getting a clear lead till the quarter but they didn't stop there opening up 2 lengths by the wire over Iron Mine Krystal in 2:02.1. Gaagaa Gone now has 2 wins in 2 starts for owner/breeder Corey Callahan and trainer Richard Hans.   With several lead changes in the second division for pacing colts and geldings, Roger Plante Jr.'s patience paid off when he sent Allie's Finale up the passing lane to catch Charlie J in the 1:59.2 mile. Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing, Count De Money Stable, Wm. Lutz Jr. and J. Stuart. The breeder is Jacob Ramsburg.   The final stake of the night saw reinsman Art Stafford Jr. send Toms Tyrannosaurus (Cam's Rocket) wire to wire in 1:57 four lengths ahead of Bo Breeze. This gave owner Thomas Cooke and trainer Roger Hans their second stakes win for the night.   Maryland Sire Stake prelims continue Sunday Aug. 20th and Monday Aug. 21.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The harness racing 3 year old trotting colts/geldings made their final sire stakes appearance on Sunday July 23rd at Ocean Downs going for a purse of $69,800.   After and up and down start to his career the hybrid colt EI EI O (Cam’s Rocket-My Baby Momma) found his way to the winners for the second week in a row with stablemate Hybrid Henry up for place in the 1:57 mile. Brian Burton was in the bike for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans.   After sitting back in the field last week and getting beat by a neck in the filly pace pilot Roger Plante Jr. sent Miss Valerie (Allie’s Western) out of the gate, taking air to the quarter pole. When the clock stopped in 1:59, the favorite Miss Valerie was 2 lengths ahead of long shot A Blue Believer in the $63,700 Final.   Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz. Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breeders.   The finals continued on Monday July 24th with another large enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Their favorite Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam’s Rocket) did not disappoint setting a new stakes record for 3 year old pacing colts of 1:53 on the half opening up 9 lengths over second place Adios Muchachos in the $70,000 Final. Reinsman Russell Foster was between the wheels for owner/breeder Brian Emerson, Judy Welty trains.   Once again the combo of Roger Plante Jr. and trainer Steve LeBlanc proved successful when Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) remained undefeated notching her 9th win in 2017 taking the $70,150 final for trotting fillies.  Camita coming from back in the pack was the place victor the close photo over Starz And Deuces who was third. Dr. William Solomon is the owner/breeder, time for the mile was 2:01.4.   Sunday July 30th and Monday July 31st start the 2 year old Maryland Standardbred Fund (foaled) Stakes at the Ocean, come out and meet three of the drivers for autographs and photos at 6:30 prior to the races.   By Cheri Stambaugh

On Sunday July 16th the second leg of Maryland Sire Stakes for harness racing 3 year olds were held at Ocean Downs.   With a Richard Hans entry and a short field the trotting colts and geldings went as a non-wagering event but very exciting one when the inconsistent Ei Ei O (Cam's Rocket) set a stakes and track record of 1:56.3 destroying the old record set by GooGoo GaaGaa in 2012. Brian Burton was in the bike for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans. Stablemate Hybrid Henry was up for place.   In the first division for pacing fillies Cheap Ain't Fast (Dontloseyourdayjob) notched her first win of the season holding off a strong challenge by Maxkenna in the stretch stopping the clock in 1:58.4. Gloria Kinnamon owns and bred the filly, Frank Milby was the reinsman for trainer Tony Sapienza.   Evergreen Marla (Capitol Power) and driver Russell Foster pulled the upset in the second division for the fillies besting the favorite Miss Valerie by a neck in the 1:57 mile. Jerry Nock trains for owner Frank Lemon, the breeder is Dan Myer.   The preliminaries continued on Monday July 17th with no surprise in the pacing colts and geldings when Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam'sRocket) was able to recover from a skip at the start and still win by 4 lengths over Adios Muchachos. Judy Welty trains for owner/breeder Brian Emerson, and Russell Foster was the pilot in the 1:54.4 mile.   The three year old preliminaries concluded with the filly trotters. In an unusual move driver Roger Plante Jr. was content to sit in the pocket until the ¾ pole with Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) unleashing her to win by five over the entry of Camita and LG's Hotshoegirl in 2:01.3. Holy Trout remains undefeated in 2017 with 8 wins. Steve LeBlanc trains for owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon.   The three year old Maryland Sire Stake Finals will be contested next Sunday July 23 and Monday July 24.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The Maryland Sire Stakes 4 & 5 year old open pace was contested on Sunday June 25.as race 6. Harness racing driver Russell Foster sent the favorite Toms Typhoon (Cam's Rocket-High Speed Racer) to the front and never looked back in the stakes record of 1:55.3 for gelding pacers. Roger Hans trains the 5 year old for owner/breeder Thomas Cooke. Toms Tae Kwon Do was up for place while Whitesville Mason finished third.   On Monday June 26th 2 divisions of the 4 & 5 year old Maryland Sire Stake for trotters went as early non wagering events. In the first division it was a family affair when Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket-Game Speed) returned to the winners circle for owner Breakaway Racing (Dolly Callahan), trainer Shaun Callahan and breeder Nick Callahan. The 17 length lead, mile in 1:58.4 gave Rock the Game the stakes record for older filly trotters. Frank Milby was in the bike. Whitesville Deb was second.   After spending a couple of starts at Yonkers, trainer Arlene Cameron brought Speed It (Cam's Rocket - Hyercast) back to his Maryland roots. Pilot Brian Burton went right to the lead setting another stakes record for older gelding trotters of 1:56.1 with Doggone Slots coming up for place. Richard Hans is the owner/breeder of Speed It.   July 2 & 3rd brings the 3 year old Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes to Ocean Downs.   by Cheri Stambaugh

Ft. Washington, MD --- A 16-race card with more than $300,000 in purses highlights the Wednesday night (May 31) harness racing card that concludes the Spring meet at Rosecroft Raceway. Four Maryland Sires Stakes races will be conducted and showcase the continued growth in the Maryland Sires Stakes program. A couple of seasons ago one of these races included a walkover. All four finals have enough horses to be carded as part of the pari-mutuel card. The 3-year-old filly trotting division for $70,400 is highlighted by the Holy Guacamole distaff, Holy Trout. Two starts back she set the standard for the MDSS program, trotting a mile in 1:57. She has a record of 12 wins in 16 starts and earnings of $70,706 for breeder-owner Dr. William Solomon and trainer Steve LeBlanc. Roger Plante has been her regular pilot over the past two years. She will score from post seven. The Les Givens trained entry of Camita (Givens) and LG’s Hotshoegirl (Orlando Greene) have been her closest pursuers. Mr Ham Sandwich is the 6-5 computer generated morning line choice in race four for 3-year-old colt pacers. Rosecroft’s leading driver Russell Foster won both finals during the 2-year-old season with the son of Cam’s Rocket, and Mr Ham Sandwich won last week’s elimination in 1:53.2. He has won nine of 12 lifetime starts and $58,042. Tom’s Tarzan has chased him home in both eliminations for driver Brian Burton. The sophomore colt trotters are highlighted by the powerful Richard Hans entry, Ei Ei O and Hybrid Henry. Hybrid Henry won nine of 10 in his freshman year, dominating the MDSS to the tune of $78,949. Last week he drew off for Foster after his stablemate made a break trying to gain on him before the three-quarter pole. Ei Ei O made his lifetime debut at three and has won three of five starts. His only losses have come when the son of Cam’s Rocket broke stride. Burton will drive and have the rail. The 3-year old filly pacing division has seen the most depth with improvement from several fillies so far this season. The biggest eye opener has been Hybrid Heidi. The Cam’s Rocket filly made only two starts last year, and a barn change to Carlin Savage has seen her find some good footing of late. She has won two straight in the care of Savage including last week’s eye popping 1:53.1 score. Richard Hans is the owner-breeder. Miss Valerie, a daughter of Allie’s Western, suffered her first career loss in 12 lifetime starts last week. A winner of $75,450 as a 2-year old, Miss Valerie draws post six for Plante and trainer LeBlanc. Evergreen Marla, sired by Capitol Power, was an easy winner for Foster in her elimination in 1:55.1. She made $34,887, finishing second or third in eight of 13 starts, at two. She has the rail in the final for owner Frank Lemon and trainer Jerry Nock. Cheap Aint Fast kept up with Hybrid Heidi last week, only missing by three-quarters of a length. She has had an adventurous start to her season, making a break, falling before a start and then last week towing along behind a fast winner for owner Gloria Kinnamon and trainer Tony Sapienza. Kinnamon was the owner of the champion filly from last year, Fastestgirlaround.  Whitesville Michele might be a live longshot for driver David Hill III and owner-trainer Gary White. The Capitol Power filly has been aggressive in her first two starts, parked to the half in :57 in her debut and last week closing well to be second in Evergreen Marla’s division. The $10,000 Open for Mares is highlighted by the last two winners, Breadcrumb Income (Burton) and Rhapsody Rose (Plante). Each has won by a neck the last two weeks. Its a battle for young versus old and Burton campaigns the 4-year-old mare while Brian Fisher trains the 11-year-old mare for the Twin Ponds Stable. She has 39 wins and lifetime earnings of $366,463. Post time is 5:40 p.m. (EDT) and features a Pick-5 (races 7-11) with a 12 percent takeout and a Pick-4 (races 12-15). by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

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