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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      

Union Bridge, MD — The May 15 second sustaining payment for harness racing 2-year-olds to the Maryland Sire Stakes and the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes have been extended by the State of Maryland to assist the horsemen in these trying times. The second 2-year-old payment is now due June 15. This only applies to 2-year-olds. Please check the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund website at www.msrfonline.com for updates to the racing schedule. A new schedule will be released once racing in Maryland resumes. by Cheri Stambaugh

Two Year Old payments (foals of 2018) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Mar. 15, 2020. As per regulation we will accept a postmark of Monday Mar. 16, 2020 since the payment date falls on a weekend!! 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. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the MSRF

A reminder that sustaining forms and possible payment are due Feb. 15, 2020 for the 4 & 5 year old Open Maryland Sire Stakes for trotters and pacers (foals of 2015 & 2016). Three Year Old payments (foals of 2017) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Feb. 15, 2020. 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  or  240-285-0326. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund

Ft. Washington, MD – The top two-year old harness racing pacers and trotters in the Maryland Sires Stakes program highlight an action packed Sunday (Sept. 29) night card at Rosecroft Raceway. Stakes and track record holder Yall Beneath Me drew poorly, scoring from post nine for Russell Foster and owner-trainer Richard Hans in the Ralph Hayward Memorial.  Last week’s 18-length victory came in a stakes and Rosecroft Freshmen Colt trotting record of 1:54.4 and the horse was completely under wraps. The son of Googoo Gaagaa, is a perfect 6-6 and captured $60,650 so far this year. Andy American, driven by Allan Davis, drew post five, won in an impressive, 1:58 last week. He won his elimination by 13 lengths for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key. He smoked the first half in :56 before trotting the back half in 1:02. Goorilla and Jim Morand score from the rail and has a win in 2:00 to his credit. This is the second of two non-betting events that start at 7:00. In the first non-betting event, the Wayne Smullin Memorial,  Cate’s A Keeper and stablemate KJ Andrea have been impressive so far in 2019. Cate’s A Keeper captured the $70,000 final at Ocean Downs on August 25. KJ Andrea made a rare mistake jumping off stride in that final, but, has been super in two wins for John Wagner in winning both eliminations at Rosecroft. Cate’s A Keeper dominated her last elim in 1:57.3 and has the post edge with the four hole as opposed to post nine for KJ Andrea. Winnie The Goo (Jim Morand) and Two Itchy (Frank Milby) also have punchers chances in the final. Trainer Arlene Cameron has 13 starters in the four $70,000 finals, three make up a great entry in race 3, the Earl Wagner Memorial for pacing colts and geldings. Last week, Jordons All In set a new standard for two-year old pacing geldings winning in 1:52.1 for driver John Wagner and owner, Pamela Wagner. The son of Rusty’s All In over took stablemate Nvrfearlloydishere after the first quarter and them held him off by a nose for the elimination victory. The winner drew post seven in the final while the runner up has the rail for Eddie Davis Jr. The third member of the Pamela Wagner entry, Tom’s All In, won his elimination in 1:55 and gets Allan Davis in the bike from post two. Fantastic Voyage, a winner in 1:54.1 ni the first week of eliminations, drew post nine with Corey Callahan in the bike. Race five features the distaff pacers and a nice three horse rivalry between Ocean Downs final winner, Maizee Blue, Breeze Away B and Fire Me Up, part of a three horse Pamela Wagner entry. Breeze Away B has the rail for driver Robert White and owner-trainer William Fletcher. The daughter of Nuclear Breeze won her elimination last week in a lifetime best 1:55.3.  Maizee Blue scores from post two fro Eddie Davis jr. who guided the Rusty’s All In filly to a win the August final at Ocean Downs for trainer Les Givens and owners Leslie Moore and Bob Weyforth. Fire Me Up has been second in two significant stakes and has post three for Jared Moyer. I’d Be Rich won her elimination last week, but, like stablemate Fantastic Voyage, drew post nine in the final for driver Corey Callahan who will driver for his Dad Nick who owns, and brother Shaun who trains the daughter of Rusty’s For Real. In the Maryland Exclusive Handicap for $12,500, Sams Triple Crown returns to Rosecroft where he will score from the rail with Wagner in the bike who chose the Jerry Nock owned and tarined gelding over last week’s winner Diamondkeeper who was assigned post nine based on earnings in last four starts. In the $12,000 Open Handicap,  a field of nine is headed up by Don Hawk and Dan Warrington’s Rollinlikethunder, a six time winner this year for Davis Jr. who scores from post six. Allie’s Finale comes in off a lifetime best 1:50.4 score for Roger Plante as has post 2. Jaason Lynch brings Dialamara over for the first time and starts from post four. Post nine was assigned to Late Mail N and John Wagner for trainer Mike Hall who starts at Rosecroft for the first time and having the highest earnings in the last four starts. Post time for the Sunday action begins at 7 p.m. For entries or race results click here. by Peter Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

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

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