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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

Two year old trotting colt & gelding prelim's opened the July 10th night at Ocean Downs with a non-wagering harness racing event. Hybrid Henry a Cam's Rocket trotter owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans was piloted to his second lifetime victory by Brian Burton, once again stopping the clock in 2:01.1. Les Givens was second with LG's Hotshoeboy.   Local reinsman Bill Long picked up the driving assignment behind Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) in the filly trot. The pair left out of the gate widening the lead at every pole crossing the wire 5¾ lengths in front of Camita in 2:03 for owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon.   In the first wagering event the pacing colt/geldings to the stage with the favorite Toms Tarzan flying out of the gate to cut the mile. Driver Jim Morand put Adios Muchachos (Cam's Rocket) on their back, pulling at the head of the stretch with only a photo to separate the in the 1:59 mile. In the end Adios Muchachos was victorious for owner/breeder Michael Hans and giving trainer Richard Hans his second win of the night.   Race three was the first division for pacing fillies. Cheap Aint Fast, from the second crop of Dontloseyourdayjob, made good use of the inside post cutting the well rated 2:01 mile for driver Frank Milby. Goodfridaymiracle was up for place. Brian Callahan trains the winner for owner/breeder Gloria Kinnamon.   The final stake of the night was the second division for filly pacers. Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) and Roger Plante Jr. combined to give her a perfect 3 wins in three starts. Roger send her out of the 4 hole right to the lead letting everyone else file in behind until the last turn when they started to pull away opening up a 4½ length lead at the wire in 2:01.2 for owners LeBlanc Racing, Count The Money Stable and William Lutz. Steve LeBlanc is the trainer and Tom & Linda Winebrener are the breeder. Fast Aint Cheap was second.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The horses were as hot as the temperature at Ocean Downs on Thursday July 7 setting 3 Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes and also Track records.   Kent County with Corey Callahan in the bike took control by the half mile marker, pulling away by 6 ½ lengths in 1:57 erasing the stakes and track record set by GooGoo GaaGaa back in 2012 for 3 yo colt trotters with a purse of $28,150. Kent County is owned by Robert Shahan and Donald Marine and Shahan also trains. Seafood Scrappy was second.   In the first division for filly pacers, Eternal Ring got the perfect pocket trip in the $15,525 split behind Toms Treasure, at the top of the stretch it turned into a three horse stretch drive when Miss Read challenged the leaders to the wire with Eternal Ring getting the victory, setting the Stakes and Track record for 3 yo pacing fillies in 1:53.1 Allan Davis was the reinsman for Bobby Glassmeyer.   The third Stakes and Track record of the night went to Next Success setting the 3 yo pacing gelding record of 1:53.2 in the first division for pacing colts and geldings by a head over Power To Perform. Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing Inc and Bay Pond Racing are the owners, Les Givens trains and Jim Morand was the pilot. Purse for the race was $15,725.   The $28,000 race for filly trotters went to the Winbak owned and bred Triple Bottom Line with Jeff Fout getting the training and driving duties. Triple Bottom Line maintained a length victory over Rock The Game stopping the timer in 2:00.   Jim Morand and Les Givens teamed up to take the second division for filly pacers with Use Your Noodle ¾ of a length in front of Takeittothebank in a quick 1:54.3 mile. Use You Noodle is owned by Nanticoke Racing, Faragalli III, Feeney and Johnson. This division went for a purse of $15,675.   The last stake of the night was the $15,875 second division for pacing colts and geldings. Vic Kirby picked up the assignment behind Double Miles for trainer John Wilkerson. Jeff Fout pulled All Artist up the backside on the leader getting a nose in front by the ¾ pole but Double Miles found another gear and crossed the wire in front in 1:55.2 for owners Michael & Linda English.   Maryland Sire Stakes action will start on Sunday July 10 with the 2 year olds.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the MSRF

The 4 & 5 YO Maryland Sire Stakes for pacers went as an early non wagering event due to the harness racing entry of Toms Typhoon and Toms Tornado.   Toms Typhoon the winner of the May series at Rosecroft cut fractions of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:25.2 to the ¾ pole when Toms Tornado came up to challenge, head to head in the final turn with the crowd cheering them on, Toms Tornado stopped the timer in 1:53.2 winning by a length over Toms Typhoon and Spinout.   This was a Maryland Sires Stakes record at Ocean Downs for 4 & 5 year olds. Jonathan Roberts drove for owner Tom Cooke and trainer Roger Hans.   Race 3 saw the 4 & 5 year old trotters set a Stakes record of 1:58.4 at Ocean Downs.   Whitesville Dixon cut the first half with Doggone Slots coming up to challenge just passed the half, racing side by side thru the last turn, Doggone Slots crossed the wire in front for reinsman Roger Plante Jr. Whitesville Dixon held on easily for second.   Tom Morris Jr. trains and co-owns with Gregg Morris.   This was a sweep of the series for doggone Slots as he won in May at Rosecroft also.   Maryland Stakes action continues with the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for 2 year olds on Sunday July 3rd.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Two Year Old payments (harness racing foals of 2014) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on May 15, 2016.   This payment is for two year olds that will be racing in 2016.   Yearling nominations (foals of 2015) to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes are also due on May 15, 2016.   As per regulation:   If the due date for a payment falls on a weekend or a holiday observed in this State, the payment shall be timely if:   Mailed bearing a postmark which is not later than the next business day.   A postmark of May 16, 2016 will be accepted.   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   Cheryl Stambaugh

In order for their foals to be eligible to the slots enhanced Maryland Sire Stakes all stallions standing in Maryland for the 2016 breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2015. Forms and payment info can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com All stallion forms must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2015.   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 2015.   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, for the MSFS

The postponed 2 YO stakes opened the early non-wagering harness racing card at Rosecroft Raceway with the trotting/colts and geldings. Speed It (Cam's Rocket-Hypercast) went gate to wire in 2:00.2 for owner/trainer Richard Hans of Westminster, MD. Jim Morand was in the bike.   Speed It closed the season with 5 wins in 7 starts. Sweeten Me Up (CR Renegade) was second.   The Syl King, Jr. trainee Star Rose (You Betcha-Ragland Road) captured her third sire stake series final of the season in 2:00.4 over rival Rock the Game (Cam's Rocket). Driver Ray Robinson Jr. was content to keep Star Rose in the pocket until the last turn, opening up 8 lengths on the field in the stretch.   Brian Callahan and Gloria Kinnamon's homebred Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob-Sandy Calady) has dominated the 2 YO pacing filly division this season and tonight was no different. Reinsman Frank Milby sent her to the front and never looked back stopping the clock in 1:58.2 over Mo Power(Capitol Power).   Owner/trainer Richard Hans picked up his second win of the night with What I Say Goes (Cam's Rocket-Look Sunder). Jonathan Roberts guided the colt in the 1:58.4 mile. Winbak Farm's Steal N Go (Bonnie and Clyde) got up for place.   The 3 YO card started with the pacing fillies. Driver/trainer Cory Mumford took Helaine's Firebird (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) back out of the gate not gaining the front until the ¾ pole, holding off Jodi's Sweety buy a length in the 1:58.1 mile. Frank Chick owners the filly.   Sean Bier sent Jay Boy (Tsunami-Russian Caviar) leased and trained by Syl King Jr., wire to wire in 1:58.3 in the Earl Wagner Memorial for trotting colt/geldings over Ringdangdo (Doggone Yankee).   The Ralph Hayward Memorial for 3 YO trotting fillies went to Wynnfield Sunset (Doggone Yankee-Wynnfield Molly) over Betcha Ur My Baby (You Betcha) in 1:59.2. Les Givens trains and drives the filly for owner Pam Polk.   The final stake of the season was an early dual between stable mates Toms Typhoon and Toms Tornado, both by Cam's Rocket and both owned by Thomas Cooke in the Wayne Smullin Memorial for pacing colt/geldings. In the stretch Toms Typhoon with Roger Plante Jr. in the bike pulled away by 6 in the 1:52.2 mile, Roger Hans trains both colts.   The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund wants to thank everyone that supported the 2015 stakes and hope to see you next year.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The 2 YO Maryland Sire Stake Finals at Rosecroft that were scheduled for Sat. Oct 3, 2015 have been rescheduled for 4:30 pm on Tuesday Oct. 6th, prior to the 3 YO Sire Stakes.   The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund felt that this was in the best interest for all horses involved due to the weather forecast in the Mid Atlantic for the next two days.   This only affects the Stake races NOT the overnights, Rosecroft will make that call by 10 am Sat.   If you have any questions please call Cheri Stambaugh, Administrator of the MSRF at 410-775-0152 or 240-285-0326.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Helaine's Firebird (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) continues to dominate the Maryland Sires Stakes pacing filly division winning in 2:00.2 over rival Jodi's Sweety (JK Outlaw-Queen Jodi) in the Ronald "Doc" Banning Memorial for owner Frank Chick and the trainer-driver combination of Cory Mumford and George Dennis at the harness racing meeting at Ocean Downs.   Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breeders.   The W.W. "Pete" Shaw Memorial for filly trotters produced a mild upset when driver Les Givens sent Wynnfield Sunset (Doggone Yankee-Wynnfield Molly) from the outside to the front out of the gate besting the field by 9 lengths at the wire.   Local horseman Pam Polk owns and bred the filly.   Trainer/driver Les Givens was in the bike stopping the clock in 2:01.   Marshalinn (CR Renegade -Imp's Flirt) was second.   In the trotting colts/geldings Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee-Juanna Play Slots) went wire to wire in 2:00.3 for driver Roger Plante Jr. and trainer Thomas Morris Jr. in the Hubert Jackson Memorial.   Tom and Gregg Morris co-own and bred Doggone Slots.   Jay Boy (Tsunami-Russian Caviar) moved up to place.   The Charles Keller Memorial for pacing colts/geldings continued to be dominated by the Tom Cooke entry of Toms Tornado and Toms Typhoon both homebreds by the stallion Cam's Rocket.   Toms Typhoon's driver Roger Plante Jr. was content to sit in the pocket behind stablemate Toms Tornado until the back stretch, charging past the leader to win by 1 ¼ at the wire in 1:55.3. Roger Hans trains both colts.   Cheryl Stanbaugh

In the colt/gelding trot Speed It (Cam's Rocket-Hypercast) swept both the prelim and the Final of the August series over Sweeten Me Up (CR Renegade-Miadora) for owner-trainer-breeder Richard Hans. Driver Jim Morand was in the sulky for the 2:04 mile.   Star Rose (You Betcha - Ragland Road) redeemed herself in the filly trot division after finishing behind Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket - Game Speed) in the prelim. Star Rose crossed the wire in 2:06.3 for driver Ray Robinson Jr. Star Rose is leased and trained by Syl King Jr. and bred by Meadow Creed Stables LLC.   After making some missteps in her prelim last week, Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob-Sand Calady) went to the front and never looked back her 13 length victory for reinsman Frank Milby stopping the clock in 1:59. Brian Callahan and Gloria Kinnamon co-own and Gloria is also the breeder. Mo Power (Capitol Power-Mystery Shadow) finished second with Little Bit Wild (Cam's Rocket-Shaaga) up for third.   What I Say Goes (Cam's Rocket-Look Sunder) took the colt & gelding pace in 2:01.4 for pilot Jonathan Roberts giving owner-trainer-breeder Richard Hans his second stakes win for the card. Happy Hayward (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) was up for place while Toms Tae Kwon Do (Cam's Rocket-Radiant Breeze) finished third.   The 3 YO Maryland Sire Stake Finals for August will be Thursday August 27.   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

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