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The $13,425 division for harness racing sophomore colt and gelding trotters went to post at Ocean Downs as race one on July 10. After being parked to the quarter, I Deliver (Four Starz Robro) with Jonathan Roberts in the bike, took command crossing the wire 2 ½ lengths ahead of Scooby Goo in 1:58.4. Greg Haverstick trains for owners Iron Mine Branch, LLC. The breeder is Kelley Rogers. Reinsman Roger Plant Jr. sent Final Escape (Artiscape) wire to wire in the first split for the pacing fillies stopping the clock in 1:59.3 a neck in front of Paper Bag. The owners are Leblanc Racing, Douglas Johnson & Glenn Dyke, the breeder is Winbak Farm and Steve Leblanc is the trainer. The purse was $15,575. Mind Yown Business (Lockkeeper) owned the $13,575 split for colt and gelding trotters going gate to wire in 1:58.3 six and a quarter lengths in front of Dr Grinch. Megan Foster trains for driver-owner Russell Foster. Richard Hans is the breeder. The filly pacers returned in race five with a purse of $15,575. Driver Andrew McCarthy pulled What A Fox (Somebeachsomewhere)at the half winning by ¾ length over In And Out Again in 1:56 for owner David McDuffee. Brett Pelling is the trainer, the breeder is Fred Hertrich. The Maryland Sire Stakes action returns with three year old summer finals going for $70,000 each on Sunday July 14 and Wednesday July 17th. By Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin, MD

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

The two year olds were on tap for the final harness racing stakes at Ocean Downs this summer. The trotting fillies went as a non-wagering event at 6:45 with a purse of $23,350. Art Stafford Jr. sent Iron Mine Krystal (Four Starz Robro) out of post 5 right to the front taking control and widening the gap at every quarter hitting the wire 5½ lengths in front of Crystals Pistol. Time for the mile was 2:00.4. Greg Haverstick trains for owner-breeder Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The first split for pacing fillies opened the card going for a purse of $13,875. The heavy favorite Michelle's Jazz (Roll With Joe) took air to the quarter in 28.4 but that did not stop her in the 1:58 mile. Cool Toy was up for place. Frank Millby was in the bike for trainer Joseph Columbo and Owners George and Tina Dennis Racing, Winbak Farm is the breeder.   The trotting colts and geldings stepped on the track next going for $23,600. Reinsman Ross Wolfenden took a good look at the program and put Chucky De Vie (Charlie De Vie) in his favorite spot on the engine from post five, leaving Iron Mine Bro and Judge Bob to fight for second and third in the 2:00.1 mile. Chris Ryder trains for owner-breeder Joie De Vie Farm LLC.   The second $13,875 division for pacing fillies had a lot of shuffling of positions with the Erv Miller trainee Act Like A Diva (Roll With Joe) taking command at the ¾ pole, stopping the timer in 1:57 for pilot Atlee Bender. Petal Power was up for place. Paymaq Racing, G. Gillis, L. A. Willinger and C. W. Henderson own the filly, Fred Hertrich III is the breeder.   Russell Foster's patience in the pocket paid off in the first division for pacing colts and geldings when he slipped up the passing lane with Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) to take the win with only 1¾ lengths separating the first four horses in the 1:56.4 clocking. Bo Breeze finished second. George Leager owns, trains and bred the colt. Purse was $13,800   Race 8 sent the second split for the pacing colts and gelding on the track. Driver Jared Moyer put Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) on the engine for the first time and he was up for the challenge taking the $13,800 race in 1:57.1. Arlene Cameron trains for owner-breeder Pam Wagner, Own It was up for place.   Ocean Downs started the night with a driver Meet & greet and finished it off with a fireworks display.   Watch for the two year olds to come back in October and November with Maryland Sire Stakes at Rosecroft.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Ocean Downs hosted a second night of Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes with another great harness racing crowd and a flag and hat give away.   Three year old trotting filly Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) remains undefeated in 2017. With only a head to separate them at the wire Holy Trout held off Spoonful in the 2:01.4 mile giving her a perfect 6 for 6 record this year. Roger Plante Jr. was in the bike for trainer Steve LeBlanc and owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon.   In the first split for three year old pacing colt and geldings Corey Callahan sent Bags To Riches (Roddy's Bags Again) to the lead right out of the gate where he extended his margin to 2 1/2 lengths over Almost Cut My Hair and driver Vic Kirby crossing the wire in 1:55.3. Jason Skinner co-owns and trains the winner for partner and breeder Only Money Inc.   Reinsman Art Stafford Jr. guided River Crest (Roddy's Bags Again) to the front taking control of the fractions in the gate to wire win over favorite Beach House in the 1:55 mile for pacing colts and geldings. Art co-owns River Crest with A.Stafford, R. Stafford and Larry Martin, Winbak Farm was the breeder.   The first round of Maryland Sire Stakes will begin with preliminaries on Sunday July 9th and Monday July 10th for three year olds.   by Cheri Stambaugh  

The big crowd at Ocean Downs had plenty to see and do on the beginning of the holiday weekend with a harness racing driver Meet and Greet featuring Rick Still, Jason Thompson and Montrell Teague, carriage rides on the track between races, a sketch artist and pony rides.   The 3 year old trotting colts and geldings went as early non wagering events when the split resulted in short fields. Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) cut the mile holding off a stretch challenge by pocket sitting Just Like Bud in the 1:59.2 mile. Russell Foster picked up the drive for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans.   The second division of colt and gelding trotters saw several missteps early in the mile. The Jeff Fout trainee Command The Fire (CR Commando) recovered nicely, edging his way to the lead by the head of the stretch stopping the clock in 2:01.4 over Kirby In Command. Winbak Farm is the owner/breeder.   Three divisions of filly pacers were races 1, 6 and 8 on the pari-mutual card. Driver Jonathan Roberts, sitting behind Ideal In Cash (Western Ideal), was content with the pocket trip catching A Lady Sizzling at the wire by a nose in 1:58.2. Shawn Callahan trains for owner/breeder Nick Callahan.   In race 6 the second split for the filly pacers, reinsman Art Stafford Jr. sent Lunar Phase (Roddy's Bags Again) to the top where she maintained a three length lead over Miss Valerie in the 1:55.1 mile. Art Stafford Jr. co-owns with F. Wyatt Starkey and William Moffett Inc. is the breeder of Lunar Phase.   The final stake of the night saw the favorite Free Flight Fran (Veeza) and pilot Allan Davis take advantage of the rail, leaving strongly, cutting the mile in 1:57.3 for owners Thomson Sisters Racing and breeder Winbak Farm. She's A Billionair was second. A break by Bad Mama in the first turn resulted in some interference and a disqualification in the final placings.   The three year old filly trotters and colt and gelding pacers go to post tonight July 3 at 7:05 pm in their divisions of the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Representatives from Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association, Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association, and Rosecroft Raceway spent January 20 – 22 at the Maryland Horse World Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds sharing their passion for Standardbreds to the rest of the equine community. Many of the visitors to the expo shared their stories of attending harness races in the past or showed great interest in attending Rosecroft to watch harness racing for the first time.  We also heard from owners of Off the Track Standardbreds and how great they were at a variety of different disciplines.  Representatives answered questions about equipment worn in harness racing, temperament of Standardbreds, and what they were capable of Off the Track.  Information provided by USTA was handed out to interested visitors.  Video provided by USTA showed the stretch finishes of all of the big races in 2016.  The dramatic calls from announcers of some of the races turned head and caught the interest of many passersby.  The Standardbred Industry in Maryland has an exciting year planned for 2017.  Next up will be Maryland Horse Industry in Annapolis on January 31st.  Continuing with the start of the 2017 Spring meet at Rosecroft, Ocean Downs summer meet, All Standardbred Show, Horse Land, and The Standardbred Makeover at the Maryland State Fair, fair racing at The Great Pocomoke Fair & The Great Frederick Fair, the 2017 Fall Meet and the 2nd Annual Potomac Pace.  

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