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Ocean City, MD - The summer Maryland Sire Stakes series for freshmen trotting colts and gelding and pacing fillies finished up on Wed. Aug. 28 at Ocean Downs. The $70,000 W. W. "Pete" Shaw Memorial for trotting colts and geldings went to post as race 5. Yall Beneath Me (Googoo Gaagaa) once again went gait to wire with Russell Foster in the bike winning his fourth stake in four starts. Give Em More (Lockkeeper) finished second and Enough Already (Four Starz Robro) finishing third, time of the mile was 1:58.4. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred Yall Beneath Me. Race 8 was the $70,000 Ronald "Doc" Banning Memorial for pacing fillies. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. pulled Maizee Blue (Rusty's All In) before the half to take the lead from Fire Me Up (Rusty's All In), leading to a stretch duel when Fire Me Up fought back and then I'd Be Rich (Rusty's For Real) charged down the stretch on the outside, when the clock stopped Maizee Blue held a ¾ length lead in the 1:59.4 mile. Fire Me Up took the Place spot with I'd Be Rich the show horse. Les Givens trains the winner for owner-breeders Leslie Moore and Robert Weyforth. The fall series of freshman sire stakes starts on Sunday September 15th and continues for 3 weeks at Rosecroft Raceway. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund

Ocean City, MD - When Ocean City weather turned cool, windy and with spotty rain, a large crowd of beach goers flocked to Ocean Downs to watch a great night of racing. The $70,000 Hubert Jackson Memorial sire stake summer final for freshman trotting fillies went to post as race 5. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. sent Cate’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) gate to wire for the second week in a row stopping the clock in 2:05 for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner and trainer Shannon Trader. Winnie The Goo (Googoo Gaagaa) was seventh and three deep at the ¾ pole and charged down the stretch to take the place spot. Don’t Shock Me (Nuclear Breeze) with Victor Kirby in the bike picked up his first lifetime win after three second place finishes in the $70,000 Charles Keller Memorial for two year old pacing colts and geldings. Jordon’s All In (Rusty’s All In) battled gamely down the stretch, settling for second a half length behind the leader. Don’t Shock Me is owned by Bryan J. Truitt and Jerry Smith, bred by Bryan Truitt and trained by Bryan Truitt Jr. Ocean Downs was also promoting women in harness racing with the sixth race 1 1/16 mile trot featuring all women drivers from several states. Laurie Stark driving Accokeek Mercury cut the mile with Doreen Dailey coming first over behind Done Andover It and the quarter mile battle to the finish ensued with Done Andover It and Doreen Dailey returning for the picture. Hyway Marcus with Sasha Moczulski in the saddle were the winners of the RUS Exhibition race. The Maryland Sire Stakes summer finals continue on Wednesday Aug 28. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund

Ocean City, MD - The freshman Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries for pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings concluded at Ocean Downs on Wed. August 21. In race one, the first division for the trotting colts and geldings, Andy American (Andoversure) repeated his trip from last week going gait to wire, 7 lengths ahead of Lg's Jet (Lear Jetta) in the 2:03.3 mile. Jonathan Roberts received the driving assignment from trainer Charlie Norris for owner-breeder Robert Key. The first split for the pacing fillies saw Fire Me Up (Rusty's All In) pickup her second preliminary win for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner stopping the clock in 1:59.4. Fire Me Up is trained by Shannon Trader and driven by Jared Moyer. My Girl Lu (Rusty's For Real) finished second. Despite a broken buxton flapping most of the mile, Yall Beneath Me (Googoo Gaagaa) destroyed the second split for colt and gelding trotters, winning by 33 lengths in 1:57.2 on the half mile oval. K J Larry (Lockkeeper) took the place spot. Reinsman Russell Foster was in the bike behind Yall Beneath Me for owner-trainer-breeder Richard Hans. Eddie Davis Jr. pulled Maizee Blue (Rusty's All In) first over near the half taking the lead by the ¾ pole and coasting home in the 1:59.2 second division for the pacing fillies. I'd Be Rich (Rusty's For Real) held on for second. Les Givens trains the winner for owners and breeders Leslie Moore and Robert Weyforth. The $70,000 Maryland Sire Stakes Finals for two year olds will be contested on Sunday August 25th and Wednesday August 28th. By Cheri Stambaugh, for Maryland Development Fund

Ocean City, MD - Ocean Downs hosted the second round of Maryland Sire Stake prelims for freshman pacing colts/geldings and trotting fillies on Sunday August 18. In the first division for filly trotters, Cate’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) broke her maiden in the 2:03.1 mile with Trout’s Legacy (Charlie De Vie) finishing second. Eddie Davis Jr. received the driving assignment from trainer Shannon Trader. Pamela Wagner is the owner and breeder. K J Andrea (Lockkeeper) tied the freshman stakes record of 2:02 for the trotting fillies in her win over Winnie The Goo (Googoo Gaagaa) in the second split. Shannon Trader trains the winner for co-owners Pamela Wagner and Scott Woogen, Clarissa Coughlin was the breeder. Nvrfearlloydishere (Rusty’s All In) driven by Eddie Davis Jr. remains undefeated in three lifetime starts, once again going gate to wire, stopping the timer in1:57.2 a new lifetime mark. Pam Wagner is the owner and breeder and Shannon Trader is the trainer. Fantastic Voyage (Cool Flying Fun) took the place spot. The second split for the pacing colts and geldings went to post as race six. In a race that saw multiple position changes in the field, reinsman John Wagner sent Jordons All In ( Rusty’s All In) to a wire to wire victory 8 lengths ahead of Don’t Shock Me (Nuclear Breeze) in the 1:57.1 mile. Once again it was the Pamela Wagner-Shannon Trader team with the win. If you lost count Shannon Trader trained all four stakes winners for owner or co-owner Pamela Wagner with Eddie Davis Jr. driving two and John Wagner driving the other two. The preliminary action will conclude on Wednesday Aug. 21 at Ocean Downs. By Cheri Stambaugh, Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - On Wednesday Aug. 7th the first split for trotting colts and geldings saw Yall Beneath Me (Googoo Gaagaa) with Russell Foster in the bike, once again winning by 22 lengths in the Ocean Downs opener. Enough Already (Four Starz Robro) finished second. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred Yall Beneath Me, time for the mile was 1:59.3. Jared Moyer sent Fire Me Up (Rusty's All In) flying out from post six to take control hitting the first quarter in 28.4, pacing the mile in 1:59.2 one length ahead of I'd Be Rich (Rusty's For Real) in the first division for pacing fillies. Shannon Trader trains the winner for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner. Andy American (Andoversure) driven by Jonathan Roberts captured the second division of trotting colts and geldings, stopping the clock in 2:03.2 with Lg's Jet (Lear Jetta) closing for second. Robert Key is the owner-breeder and Charlie Norris the trainer of Andy American. In the second division for pacing fillies reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. took full advantage of post one sending Maizee Blue (Rusty's All In) gate to wire in 1:59.3 for co-owners and breeders Leslie Moore and Robert Weyforth, Les Givens is the trainer. Nat’s A Lady (Rusty's All In) took the place position. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - Two splits each for two year old trotting fillies and pacing colts and geldings opened the first round of sire stakes preliminaries at Ocean Downs. A final quarter battle between Gooreatness (Googoo Gaagaa) and Cate's A Keeper (Lockkeeper) had the crowd cheering loudly for their favorite in division one for the filly trotters. When it was over the photo showed Gooreatness winning by a nose over Cate's A Keeper in the 2:03.1 mile. Russell Foster was in the bike for owner-trainer Richard Hans, Arlene Cameron was the breeder. The pacing colts and geldings were up next and Jonathan Roberts sent Fantastic Voyage (Cool Flying Fun) out getting the lead past the quarter in 29.3 holding off Jordons All In (Rusty's All In) at the wire in 1:58. Shaun Callahan trains for owner-breeder Dawn Amiss. The second split for the filly trotters went to post as race three. Reinsman John Wagner behind K J Andrea (Lockkeeper) took the lead by the half, holding off pocket sitting Grey (Charlie De Vie) by a half-length when the clock stopped in the 2:03.3 mile. Scott Woogen and Pam Wagner are the owners, Shannon Trader the trainer and Clarissa Coughlin is the breeder. Nvrfearlloydishere (Rusty's All In) flew out of post seven to go a gate to wire mile in the remaining division for colt and gelding pacers. Don't Shock Me (Nuclear Breeze) came from seventh to get within two lengths of the leader to take the place spot. Shannon Trader trains for owner-breeder Pam Wagner Time for the mile was 1:59.3 The first round of Maryland Sire Stake prelims continue on Wednesday Aug. 7th with pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings. Ocean Downs also hosted their weekly driver meet and greet featuring Justin Vincent, Victor Kirby and Tyler Davis prior to the Sunday races. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

The large crowd of summer visitors were treated to a sixteen race harness racing card on Wednesday July 24 at Ocean Downs including four Maryland Sire Stakes for older horses. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. gave Boo Boo Baa Baa (Googoo Gaagaa) the perfect pocket trip in the mare trot, charging down the stretch to catch the leader Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) in the final strides. Shawn Callahan trains the mare for his mom's Breakaway Racing stable and his dad Nick Callahan was the breeder. Time for the mile was 2:01. The trot for the 4 & 5 year old boys went to post as race three. Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) and What That Is (Cam's Rocket) opened up on the field by the ¾ pole, battling to the wire in the 1:58 mile with What That Is coming back to the winner circle. Roger Plante Jr. was in the bike for owner-trainer Kerry Welty. Richard Hans was the breeder. Owner Breakaway Racing and breeder Nick Callahan picked up their second stakes win of the night in the mare pace when Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) cut the mile finishing a nose in front of Rissy's All In (Rusty's All In). Justin Vincent was between the wheels for trainer Elwood Tignor in the 1:57.1 mile. The final stake of the night was for the male pacers. Jason Thompson pulled Jack Quick (Nuclear Breeze) to come first over at the half taking control by the ¾ mile, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. BT's Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) finished second. Basil Sapienza owns-trains and bred the winner. The Maryland stakes season for two year olds will begin on Sunday July 28th with four Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes. Also on Sunday Ocean Downs will host Pacing For The Cure featuring a walk around the track after the second race to raise money for MS research. By Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin, MD

With storms threatening and a lightning delay, the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes closed out their harness racing season. The $70,000 Final for trotting colts and geldings went to post as race eight on the thirteen race card. I Deliver (Four Starz Robro-Loose Deuce) with Jonathan Roberts in the bike tucked in third leaving the gate with favorite Mind Yown Business (Lockkeeper-Take It Off Girl) cutting the mile and Remarkable De Vie (Charlie De Vie-Southwind Sydney) in the pocket. I Deliver came out victorious in the three horse stretch duel, stopping the timer in 1:59. Greg Haverstick trains the winner for owners Iron Mine Branch LLC, Kelley Rogers was the breeder. After a delay for severe lightning in the area, the $70,000 final for pacing fillies stepped on the track as race 10. After taking air to the quarter, reinsman John Wagner sent Kelseys On Cruze (Rustys All In-Odds On Riesling) to the front, opening up four lengths on the field the 1:57.2 mile. Longshot Cashmeoutsiderusty (Rustys For Real-Rustys Joy) with Jason Thompson in the bike was eight till the half, charging down the stretch to capture the place spot. Pam Wagner is the owner and breeder and Arlene Cameron trains Kelseys On Cruze. By Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin, MD

Harness racing fans at Ocean Downs saw two Maryland Sire Stakes records fall on Sunday July 14. The $70,000 summer final for trotting fillies went to post as race eight on a sweltering night at the ocean. Art Stafford Jr. sent HS Judy Jetson (Great George Two-Broadway Fooling) gate to wire expanding their lead at every quarter to lower the stakes and track record to 1:57.3 for three year old trotting fillies. Current News closed for second. Joe Carroll trains for owner-breeder Cary Grady. The rivalry between Owzitgoin and Trump That Rusty continued in the $70,000 Maryland Sire Stakes final for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. pulled Trump That Rusty (Rustys For Real-Alberts Drifter N) before the quarter to challenge the pace setting Owzitgoin (Rustys For Real) finally taking command at the ¾ pole, stretching his lead to almost four lengths in the stakes record mile of 1:54.1. Owzitgoin maintained the place position. Trainer Dylan Davis co-owns the winner with Jeffrey Billings, Warren Racing is the breeder. The sophomore summer finals continue on Wed. July 17th with the pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings. By Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin, MD

The second round of three year old Maryland Sire Stakes prelims wrapped up with two splits each for harness racing pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings. The trotting colts and geldings opened the card with Eddie Davis Jr. sending Remarkable De Vie (Charlie De Vie) to the front stopping the clock two lengths ahead of Fire’n Woodshed (Lockkeeper) in the 1:58.2 mile. Syl King Jr. trains for owner Steven Mullen, the breeder is Lisa Caposio. She All Miss Thang (Cam’s Rocket) was victorious for driver-owner Russell Foster in the first division for sophomore pacing fillies crossing the wire four lengths ahead of That’s Fun (Cool Flying Fun) in 1:57.2. Megan Foster trains the filly for her husband. Richard Hans is the breeder. In the third race, the second split for the trotting colts and geldings, Mind Yown Business (Lockkeeper) cut the mile holding off the pocket sitting I Deliver (Four Starz Robro) by a head in the photo finish giving the Foster connections their second stake victory of the night. Russell owns and drove the gelding, Megan is the trainer and Richard Hans is the breeder. Time for the mile was 1:57.3. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. guided Rocket Rhonda (Cam’s Rocket) to a perfect pocket trip in the second division for pacing fillies, charging down the stretch to win by ¾ length over Kelseys On Cruze (Rusty’s All In) tripping the timer in 1:59.4. Brian Callahan owns and trains the filly and Roger Hans was the breeder. The popular driver meet and greets will return on Sunday July 7 from 6:30 to 7:00 pm near the winners circle at Ocean Downs. Featured will be Russell Foster, Declan Donoway and Rick Still.   By Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin MD

The second round of Maryland Sire Stakes prelims for harness racing sophomore filly trotters and colt and gelding pacers finished up on Sunday June 30 at Ocean Downs. Pats A Keeper (Lockkeeper) went wire to wire, in the record setting 1:58 mile for three year old trotting fillies in race one. John Wagner was in the bike for owner-breeder Pam Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Gittin All Sexy closed to take the place spot. The second split for the fillies saw a quarter mile battle between HS Judy Jetson (Great George Two) and Mary’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) in a 1:58.2 mile only two fifths off the record just set. HS Judy Jetson scored the victory by a head in the photo finish. Joe Carroll trains for owner-breeder Cary Grady, Art Stafford Jr. was the reinsman. The first division for pacing colts and geldings saw Montrell Teague send Owzitgoin (Rusty’s For Real) gate to wire in 1:56.1 to win by three lengths over Dennis The Menace. Shaun Callahan is the trainer for Breakaway Racing. Breeders are Nick, Corey and Joanna Callahan. With position changes the norm, the final stake of the night had three horses vying for the lead at the head of the stretch. In the end the pocket sitting Officer Wholihan taking the passing lane and the first over Trump That Rusty slid past leader Bezerker to finish the mile a head apart. The photo revealed Officer Wholihan (Rusty’s For Real) tripped the timer first in 1:55.4 for owner Michael Torcello and trainer Arlene Cameron, Allan Davis was the driver. Wednesday July 3rd will have the sophomore pacing fillies and trotting colts and gelding finishing their sire stakes prelims. All the point lists for the horses eligible to the finals can be found at msrfonline.com Ocean Downs will have fireworks tonight July 1 after the last race. By Cheri Stambaugh

The summer series for the harness racing sophmore Maryland Sire Stakes opened with two splits for the trotting fillies. Race 1 saw John Wagner tuck Pat’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) in the pocket behind Current News until the ¾ pole, catching the leader in the last few strides. Pat’s A Keeper is trained by Arlene Cameron and owned and bred by Pam Wagner, time for the mile was 1:59.3. The second division for three year old  trotting fillies went to post as race 3. With the first three finishers all trotting in 2:01 you know it was an exciting finish. Tiny Tiara cut the mile after favorite HS Judy Jetson made a break at the start. After trailing by 13 lengths at the ¼ mile HS Judy Jetson caught the field and took aim on the leader in the stretch but Gittin All Sexy (Googoo Gaagaa) with reinsman Frank Milby in the bike charged down the stretch to take the three horse photo. Gittin All Sexy is owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans. The first division for pacing colts & gelding saw another great photo finish. It was no surprise when Berzerker headed to the lead but Officer Wholihan (Rusty’s For Real) started creeping up from 5th to 4th to stopping the clock a nose in front in the 1:56.1 mile. Arlene Cameron picked up her second training victory on the card. Michael Torcello is the owner and Linda MacDonald is the breeder. The final stake of the night was in race 5, the second division for three year old pacing colts and geldings. Driver Montrell Teague sent Owzitgoin (Rusty’s For Real) to the front holding off a challenge by Dennis The Menace at the half and another in the stretch by Trump That Rusty, holding on by ¾ length in 1:55.4. Breakaway Racing is the owner of Owzitgoin and Nick, Corey and Joanna Callahan are the breeders. Stakes action will continue on Wednesday June 26th at Ocean Downs. By Cheri Stambaugh    

With storms threatening on Sunday afternoon, the first of three splits for paces opened the non-wagering card with the harenss racing mares.    Rissy’s All In ( Rusty’s All In) with John Wagner in the bike, took the lead just passed the quarter in 27.1 opening up on the field to win by seven lengths in the record shattering mile of 1:52.1.   This was also a lifetime best for Rissy’s All In trained by Arlene Cameron for owner Pamela Wagner. O K Daisey was up for place.   Early race two was for the trotters. Driver Jared Moyer guided Hybrid Henry (Cam’s Rocket) to the lead at the 3/8 holding off a challenge by both EI EI O and What That Is in the 1:55.4. Arlene Cameron is both the owner and trainer.   In the second division for pacers the boys played musical chairs with the lead changing three times.   When the dust settled Jack Quick (Nuclear Breeze) edged out Allie’s Finale setting a new stakes record for geldings of 1:52.1 for owner & trainer Basil Sapienza.   The final stake of the afternoon brought the male pacers out for their last split. BT’s Breeze crossed the wire first but was disqualified and placed fifth due to interference in the stretch. Bo Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) driven by Allan Davis was placed first with Adios Muchachos placed second.   Bo Breeze is trained by Shawn Murray for owners Murray Racing LLC.   The first preliminaries for the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes will be on Sunday April 28th at Rosecroft.     Cheryl Stambaugh

A reminder that sustaining forms and possible payments are due Feb. 15, 2019 for the 4 & 5 year old Open Maryland Sire Stakes for trotters and pacers (foals of 2014 & 2015).   Three Year Old payments (foals of 2016) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Feb. 15, 2019.   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, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

All stallions standing in Maryland for the 2019 breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2018 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 54 eChy0, Union Bridge, MD 21791-0540   Stallion Registration forms and regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com or you may call my cell at (240) 285-0326.   by Cheryl Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund

The Maryland Sire Stakes freshman closed out their season at Rosecroft Raceway with a bang, setting three harness racing stakes records, one was also a track record.   The $67,000 Ralph Hayward Memorial for two year old pacing fillies went to post as the sixth race with B For Real (Rusty's For Real), driven by reinsman Frank Milby, returning to the winners circle after three second place finishes. Milby sent B For Real wire to wire in the 1:53.3 mile just missing the track and stakes record by a fifth of a second.   Anna B (Cam's Rocket) finished second and How Bout Dat Rusty (Rusty For Real) took the show spot. Bryan J. Truitt is the owner and breeder of B For Real and Bryan Truitt Jr. is the trainer.   The two year old filly trot was no surprise when undefeated Pat's A Keeper, from the first Maryland crop of Lockkeeper, remained undefeated, notching her sixth career win in the stakes record 1:57 mile in the $67,000 Earl Wagner Memorial. Bossy Hilly (Great George Two) was up for place with Mary's A Keeper finished third. Jared Moyer drove Pats A Keeper for owner-breeder Pam Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron.   Race eight on the card, the $67,000 Wayne Smullin Memorial for two year old pacing colts and geldings erased a stakes record that has stood since Mumbo King set it back in 1997.   After a mis-step last week , Tony Morgan took his time with Berzerker (Rusty's For Real) sitting fouth at the quarter, third at the half, second on the outside at the three quarter pole to stop the clock in 1:52.2 a quarter length in front of Rockin The Shades (Cam's Rocket). Trump That Rusty (Rusty's For Real) finished third. Berzerker is owned by Brandon, Clifton and Wanda Murray, Brandon also trains the colt.   The 2018 Maryland stakes season ended with the $67,000 colt and gelding trot setting both the stakes and track record at Rosecroft for two year old geldings.   The Richard Hans owned, bred and trained entry of Gaareat Gaazoo and Whoopdee Goo both by Googoo Gaagaa took air to the quarter with Whoopdee Goo getting the lead before the half.   The pair battled down the stretch with Whoopdee Goo winning the record setting mile of 1:55.1 a neck in front of Gaareat Gaazoo. The show spot went to I Deliver (Four Starz Robro). Jim Morand was in the bike behind the winner.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Development Fund

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