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Two Year Old payments (foals of 2015) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Mar. 15, 2017.   This payment MUST be made to maintain eligibility!!!   All staking forms, race dates and stallion pedigrees are now available online. Please use our website for all your current MSRF info and any updates as they become available.   We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please use the following 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.   Cheri Stambaugh MSRF

In order for their foals to be eligible to the slots enhanced Maryland Sire Stakes all stallions standing in Maryland for the 2017 harness racing breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2016.   Forms and payment info can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com   All stallion forms must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2016.   A late yearling nomination can be made by Dec. 31st for anyone that missed the May 15th payment date for the Maryland Sire Stakes and/or the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes.   A fee of $500 for each stake, along with the nomination form must be postmarked by Dec. 31st 2016.   Please use our website for all your Maryland Staking information and forms at www.msrfonline.com or call 410-775-0152 of 240-285-0326   by Cheri Stambaugh  

Rosecroft Raceway hosted the final Maryland Sire Stakes of the year Thursday Oct. 6th. All four harness racing three-year-old finals went for purses of $39,000.   The three year old trotting colts and gelding were up first and it was no surprise when pilot Brian Burton sent Speed It (Cam's Rocket) to the front opening up 9 1/2 lengths on the field in the 1:59 mile giving him his 9th straight stakes win and 10th for the year. Righteous Renegade crossed the wire second. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   Filly trotters were up next and reinsman Frank Milby cut a fast 27.2 quarter with Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket) to keep Star Rose parked out and keep control of the mile. Rock The Game crossed the wire 1:58.3 giving her a new lifetime mark. Shaun Callahan trains for owner Breakaway Racing. Nick Callahan was the breeder. Star Rose hung on for place.   Once again driver Frank Milby took Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) to the front in the filly pace and never looked back as they stopped the clock in 1:56.2, a new lifetime mark. Mo Power finished second. Tony Sapienza trains for owner/breeder Gloria Kinnamon.   Frank Milby picked up a catch drive aboard Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) in the pacing colts with Jeff Fout being in Kentucky this week. Milby was very content to sit in the pocket until the stretch catching the leader What I Say Goes by a neck at the wire in 1:58. This was a lifetime mark for the Winbak Farm owned and bred colt.   The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund wants to thank everyone that participated and supported our program in 2016.   By Cheri Stambaugh

With the east coast getting hit with heavy rain, The Maryland Sire Stakes harness racing prelims at Rosecroft got lucky with just drizzle and wind.   The 3 year old trotting colts and gelding were up first and it was no surprise when pilot Brian Burton sent Speed It (Cam's Rocket) to the front opening up 21 lengths on the field in the 1:59 mile giving him his 8th straight stakes win and 9th for the year.. Righteous Renegade crossed the wire second. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   Filly trotters were up next and reinsman Frank Milby had to back Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket) out of the pocket to come three wide down the stretch to catch the leader Star Rose at the wire in 2:01.3. Shaun Callahan trains for owner Breakaway Racing. Nick Callahan was the breeder.   Driver Frank Milby took Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) to the front and never looked back as they stopped the clock in 1:57.4 with Evergreen Silky coming in for place. Tony Sapienza trains for owner/breeder Gloria Kinnamon.   The upset of the night came in the colt and gelding pace when Toms Tae Kwon Do (Cam's Rocket) stopped Steal N Go's seven race win streak catching him at the wire in 1:59. Russell Foster was in the bike for trainer Roger Hans and owner/breeder Thomas Cooke.   The stallion Cam's Rocket once again showed he produces both trotters and pacers taking 3 of the 4 stakes.   The Maryland Sire Stakes finish their season next week with the 2 year old finals on Tuesday Oct. 4th and the 3 year old finals on Thursday Oct. 6th at Rosecroft.   By Cheri Stambaugh

On Tuesday Sept 27 the second preliminaries for harness racing two year old Maryland Sire Stakes were held at Rosecroft.   The non-wagering card opened with the trotting fillies. Driver Roger Plante Jr. sent Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) to the front to take control of the well rated mile stopping the clock in 2:00.4 holding off a challenge by Camita. Steve LeBlanc trains for owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon.   In the trotting colts and geldings the sometimes unpredictable Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) minded his manners for pilot Brian Burton setting the Sire Stakes record for 2 year old trotting geldings of 1:59. JA On The Way was up for place. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   Reinsman Russell Foster and Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) got away 6th out of the gate, waiting for everyone to settle in position. Pulling at the half, Foster slowly guided Mr Ham Sandwich up until the head of the stretch where they charged to the wire, pacing in 1:54.1 three lengths in front of Toms Tarzan. Judy Welty trains for owner/breeder Brian Emerson.   The Steve LeBlanc and Roger Plante Jr. combination teamed up again in the first split for filly pacers with the undefeated Miss Valerie (Allie's Western). In their usual style Roger sent Miss Valerie to the front and the rest is history in the 1:59.3 mile, giving her 9 wins in 9 starts. Evergreen Marla was up for place. Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. are the owners and Tom & Linda Winebrener are the breeders.   In the second split for filly pacers, Mia Love (The Fraternity Pan) earned her first lifetime win with Russell Foster in the bike pacing the mile in 1:58.2, catching the leader Cheap Aint Fast at the wire. Harold Savage trains for owner Ruben Lourenco. Marjorie Kazmaier is the breeder.   Roger Plante Jr and Russell Foster both picked up 2 stakes wins on the card.   The stakes continue with the three year olds on Thursday Sept. 29 at Rosecroft.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The fall series of Maryland Sire Stakes for harness racing 3 year olds stated with the trotting colts and geldings going to post.   There was no surprise when driver Brian Burton sent Speed It (Cam's Rocket) to the engine, earning his 7th straight win stopping the clock in 2:01.3. Righteous Renegade was two lengths back for place. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   The filly trotters had a new contender in the box and she proved to be the best. Debbie's Peanut (CR Renegade) took the whole summer to get her act together but now shows she learned well. Pilot Justin Vincent was very content with the pocket trip and used the stretch to take the lead at the wire in 2:01 for owner Deborah Warnick and trainer Scott Warnick. Winbak Farm was the breeder. Whitesville Deb was up for second.   Reinsman Bill Long sent Mo Power (Capitol Power) to the front and opened up a little at every pole, stopping the timer in 1:59.3 seven lengths in front of Little Bit Wild. Dale Massey is the owner and breeder.   Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) picked up his seventh win in 8 starts for driver/trainer Jeff Fout in the colt and gelding pace. Toms Tae Kwon Do finished second in the 2:01.1 mile. Winbak Farm is the owner and breeder of the winner.   The two year olds return on Tuesday Sept. 27 for their second sire stakes preliminary at Rosecroft.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The fall series of Maryland sire stakes started at Rosecroft on Tuesday Sept 20th with a 6 race non-wagering harness racing card. The 2 year old pacing colts and geldings opened with two divisions of prelims. The continuing rivalry between Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) and Adios Muchachos (Cam's Rocket) once again produced a thrilling stretch drive with Mr Ham Sandwich holding on for the win in 1:55.4 with Russell Foster in the bike. Brian Emerson is the owner and breeder, Judy Welty trains.   In division 2 for the colt/gelding pacers Welcometotheparty (The Fraternity Pan) scored his first lifetime win in 1:57 for owner/trainer Stacey McLenaghan. Corey Braden was the reinsman and Ron McLenaghan is the breeder. Just Jack finished second.   The first split for filly pacers was no surprise when driver Roger Plante Jr. sent Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) to the engine and just coated to a 1:57.2 finish ¾ of a length ahead of Mia Love. Miss Valerie remains undefeated giving her 8 wins in 8 starts. Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. The breeders are Tom and Linda Winebrener.   Evergreen Marla (Capitol Power) picked up her first lifetime win in the second division for filly pacers winning by 9 lengths in 1:57.1. This gave driver Russell Foster his second stakes win on the card. Franklin Lemon is the owner/trainer while A. Daniel Myer is the breeder. Fast Ain't Cheap was up for place.   The 2 year old trotting colts/geldings were up next and pilot Brian Burton made Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) mind his manners after a miscue in the August Finals. The pair went to the front and never looked back stopping the clock in 2:00 over rival LG's Hotshoeboy. This gave Hybrid Henry 7 wins in 8 starts for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans.   The combination of trainer Steve LeBlanc and driver Roger Plante Jr. picked up their second win of the stakes card in the two year old filly trot. Roger was content to sit in the pocket with Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) and let Starz and Deuces cut the mile until the stretch drive, coming up the passing lane to win by a half-length. Dr. William Solomon is the owner and breeder.   Sire Stakes action continues on Thursday September 22 with the first prelims for three year olds at Rosecroft.   By Cheri Stambaugh

It was a night for upsets in the harness racing two-year-old ranks. The favorite in the $40,475 filly trot the 'Ronald "Doc" Banning Memorial", Holy Trout was three deep in the first turn when she made a break leaving the Givens trained entry in the lead. Jim Morand cut the 2:03.4 mile with Camita (Cam's Rocket) while stablemate L G's Hotshoegirl settled for the pocket trip, taking second and Holy Trout recovered for third. Camita is owned and bred by Jim Morand and Nanticoke Racing Inc.   In race 3 the 'W.W. "Pete" Saw Memorial' for the colt and gelding trotters, the two favorites made breaks in the first turn leaving the field wide open. Reinsman Russel Foster sent Redneck Cowboy (Four Starz Robro) to the front, holding off several challenges on the backside and last turn to pull away by 3 lengths over late closing Guac N Roll. Kasey Bendix and Virginia Marvel own and bred the winner and Jerry Nock trains. Time for the mile was 2:04. The purse was $40,250.   Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) remains undefeated in the filly pacing division. Driver Roger Plante Jr. sent Miss Valerie out of the gate, finally taking the lead at the quarter pole from Evergreen Marla. They maintained a short lead all the way to the wire in 1:59.2. Maxkenna was up for third. Steve LeBlanc trains the winner for owners LeBlanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. The breeders are Tom and Linda Winebrener. This race was the $41,900 'Hubert Jackson Memorial'   Race 7 for pacing colts and geldings was the 'Charles Keller Memorial' with a purse of $37,725. The rivalry between Adios Muchachos and Mr Ham Sandwich continued with leader changes twice in the mile. In the end Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) with Russel Foster in the bike was victorious in the 1:55.4 Stakes record mile. Judy Welty trains for owner/breeder Brian Emerson.   The 3 year olds finish the Ocean Downs stakes on Thursday Sept. 1st.   Maryland Sire Stakes continue at Rosecroft starting September 20th.   By Cheri Stambaugh

On Thursday (Aug. 25) at Ocean Downs, the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes contested four non-wagering harness racing events.   Righteous Renegade took the race for trotting colts and geldings in 2:08 for driver Brandon Henley. Janey Lambert is the owner and Linda Lambert trains the winner.   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 1 length lead over Star Rose at the finish in 2:02.4 for owners Breakaway Racing and breeder Nick Callahan, Shaun Callahan trains.   Driver/trainer Jeff Fout guided Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) to the front in the colt and gelding pace and held that lead to the wire in 2:03.2 for owner and breeder Winbak Farm. What I Say Goes was up for place.   The final stake was for filly pacers. Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) gave driver Frank Milby his second stakes win, taking the filly pace over Mo Power.   Anthony Sapienza trains for co-owners Brian Callahan and Gloria Kinnamon. Time for the mile was 2:01.1.   The August Finals for 2 year olds will be Sunday Aug 28 at Ocean Downs.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The Maryland Sire Stakes second harness racing prelims scheduled for Sunday Aug. 21st at Ocean Downs took two nights to complete due to severe weather that blew thru the area.   The trotting fillies went off as an early non-wagering event at 7 pm with the storm starting at the same time. Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) coming back after a short layoff used the pocket most of the way catching Camita in the stretch. Roger Plante Jr. was the pilot for owner/breeder William Solomon with Steve Leblanc picking up the training duties. Time for the race was 2:04.4.   At this point the storm moved thru and the horsemen and management felt the conditions were not safe so the card was cancelled. The three remaining sire stakes were rescheduled for early non-wagering events prior to Monday evening card.   Trainer/driver Les Givens sent L G's Hotshoeboy (Four Starz Robro) right to the lead in the trotting colt/geldings, maintaining a 2 length lead to the wire in 2:04.1. Redneck Cowboy was up for place. Nanticoke Racing Inc. is the owner and breeder of the winner.   Early race 2 was for pacing colts and geldings. Reinsman Roger Plante Jr. took advantage of the inside post position to give Just Jack (Cam's Rocket) his first taste of a front end trip taking the mile in 2:00.3. Clarissa Coughlin owns the winner and Jim Coughlin trains, Roger Hans was the breeder. Hay There Harrison was second.   Filly pacers finished the prelims with a 1:59.4 effort. Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) returned to perfect form after a 2 week break due to sickness upping her record to 6 wins in 6 starts. Cheap Ain't Fast crossed the wire in second place. This race gave driver Roger Plante Jr. his third win in the prelims and trainer Steve LeBlanc his second training win on the card.   The three year olds finish their preliminary races on Thursday Aug. 25th.   By Cheri Stambaugh

On Thursday (Aug. 18) at Ocean Downs, the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes contested four non-wagering harness racing 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 in his usual fashion went to the front and never looked back in the 2:01 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 2:02.4 for owners Breakaway Racing and breeder Nick Callahan.   Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) gave driver Frank Milby his second stakes win, taking the filly pace over Mo Power. Anthony Sapienza trains for co-owners Brian Callahan and Gloria Kinnamon. Time for the mile was 2:00.2.   The final stake 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 2:02.3 for owner and breeder Winbak Farm. What I Say Goes was up for place.   The second prelims for 2 year olds will be Sunday Aug 21 at Ocean Downs.   By Cheri Stambaugh

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

Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) lowered his mark again, setting a new Maryland Sire Stakes record for harness racing geldings in the two-year-old colt/gelding trot.   Reinsman Brian Burton sent Henry right to the front in the well rated mile stopping the clock in 1:59.3 for owner/trainer, breeder Richard Hans giving him a perfect 4 for 4 record. LG's Hotshoeboy once again was second. The purse for this Final was $39,750.   The pacing fillies, with a purse of $35,650, opened the wagering card with a 1:58.3 mile giving Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) 5 wins in 5 starts. Driver Roger Plante Jr. was not content to sit in the pocket and pulled by the quarter taking control over Cheap Ain't Fast opening up a couple of lengths in the stretch.   Miss Valerie is owned by LeBlanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. and trained by Steve LeBlanc. Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breeders.   The third race was the $40,475 contest for trotting fillies. The Les Givens trained Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) lowered her own stakes record trotting the mile in 2:02. Pilot Bill Long sat in the pocket until the ¾ pole, battling Camita for the lead all the way to the wire. This win gives Holy Trout a sweep of the July series of sire stakes. Dr. William Solomon is the owner and breeder.   A third stakes record for the night was set in the pacing colts and geldings. The Michael Hans owned Adios Muchachos (Cam's Rocket) usually content to sit in the pocket went to the front out of the gate, never looking back. The 6 length win in 1:56.1 set a new 2 YO pacing gelding mark in the $37,474 race. Toms Tarzan had to pull from 4th by the half to get up for place. Richard Hans trains and Jim Morand was in the bike.   The 3 Year Old July Finals will be contested on Sunday July 31st at Ocean Downs   By Cheri Stambaugh

The non-wagering card opened with the trotting fillies going to the gate. The rivalry between Star Rose (You Betcha) and Rock The Game continues in their second season, with Star Rose victorious in this week’s harness racing action in 2:01.1. The result of the final next week is anyone’s guess. Ray Robinson Jr. drove the winner for lessee T & J Stables LLC. and trainer Timothy Martin.   Speed It (Cam’s Rocket) is proving to be the one to beat in the trotting colts/geldings winning his second prelim in 2:03.4 for reinsman Jim Morand. Richard Hans owns, bred and trains Speed It. Righteous Renegade was up for second.   Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) stopped the timer in 1:59 for the second week in a row over Evergreen Silky in the pacing filly division. Gloria Kinnamon co-owns with trainer Brian Callahan, Frank Milby was in the bike.   The pacing colt/geldings finished the prelims with Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) sweeping the prelims. Jeff Fout drives and trains the gelding for owner/breeder Winbak Farms. Toms Tae Kwon Do finished second in the 2:01.3 mile.   The Maryland Sire Stakes action continues on Sunday July 24th with the 2 Year Old Finals in the first series.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The colt/gelding trot opened the non-wagering harness racing card at Ocean Downs on Sunday night.   Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) and driver Brian Burton gave the early crowd a Stakes record for 2YO trotting geldings with a mile in 2:00. LG's Hotshoe Boy finished second. Richard Hans owns, bred and trains the winner.   The combination of reinsman Bill Long and the trotting filly Holy Trout (Holy Guacamole) has proved to be hard to beat making it 2 for 2 in sire stakes preliminaries. Dr. William Solomon is the owner/breeder and Les Givens trains. Camita was up for place in the 2:02.1 mile.   The first division for pacing colt/geldings finished the early card with Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) making his racing debut a winning one for owner/breeder Brian Emerson. Russell Foster guided the colt for trainer Judy Welty. Welcome To The Party was 1¾ lengths back in the 2:03 mile.   Race 1 on the card was the second division for pacing colt/geldings. The rivalry between Toms Tarzan and Adios Muchachos is heating up with every start. Pilot Jim Morand has been getting the pocket trip each week with Adios Muchachos behind Toms Tarzan and just catching him at the wire in a photo. This week the margin was only a nose so the final next week should prove to be a very exciting race. Michael Hans is the owner/breeder of Adios Muchachos with Richard Hans training. Time for the mile was 1:58.1.   Two divisions of pacing fillies finished the stakes with races 3 and 6. Trainer/driver Eddie Dennis took advantage of the one post position sending Goodfridaymiracle (The Fraternity Pan) to the front to control the pace holding off Evergreen Marla in 2:01.1. Jeff and David Clark are co-owners and breeders of the winner.   The 6th race was the second split for the filly pacers with Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) improving her perfect record to 4 wins. Driver Roger Plante Jr. pulled Miss Valerie at the ¾ pole snatching the lead at the top of the stretch, pulling away by four lengths over Cheap Aint Fast, improving her record to 1:58.   The large crowd at Ocean Downs was treated to a demonstration of the versatility of the Standardbreds with Mandi Cool's Starting Gaits Transition Program between races.   Ocean Downs was also the first appearance of our sports newest ambassador Golden Receiver, he put on a demonstration of his transition to riding instead of driving and stopped in the winners circle for pictures.   A full field of 8 went to post in the RUS (Racing Under Saddle) event after the 6th race with Golden Receiver leading the post parade. In a very exciting race Mr Protab and Stephanie Jacobs crossed the wire in front stoppeing the clock in 2:02.1   Stakes continue on Thursday July 21 with the second prelims for three year olds.   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

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