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The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund Advisory Committee would like to notify all harness racing owners and trainers that the spring stakes scheduled at Rosecroft in April and May will be rescheduled in the fall when Rosecroft reopens. The affected dates are: April 14 – 4 & 5 year old MSS Open Pace and the 4 & 5 year old Open Trot April 26 – MSS Prelim 1 all 3 year old divisions May 10 – MSS Prelim 2 all 3 year old divisions May 24 – MSS All 3 year old Finals If you have any questions please contact Cheri Stambaugh, Administrator at 410-775-0152 or cell 240-285-0326    

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

All stallions standing in Maryland for the 2020 breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2019 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 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791-0540 Stallion Registration forms and regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com or you may call (410) 775-0152 (office) or my cell at (240) 285-0326.   by Cheryl Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund

Ocean City, MD - With storms approaching Ocean Downs hosted two Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for two year olds on Wednesday July 31. The $23,300 stake for trotting colts and geldings opened the racing card. Reinsman Russell Foster sent Yall Beneath Me (Googoo Gaagaa) from post five to the lead, leaving the rest of the field behind in the 1:59 mile, crossing the wire 22 lengths in front. Mr Herps (Lockkeeper) was second. Richard Hans is the owner, trainer and breeder. The freshman pacing fillies were up next with a purse of $27,500. The pocket sitting Chart Topper (Bettor’s Delight) charged down the stretch to win by a head over the fast closing Fire Me Up ( Rusty's All In) in 1: 59.1. Chart Topper is owned by Brian Gordon and Zippett Racing Stable, trained by Brett Pelling and driven by Jonathan Roberts. Stakes action continues on Sunday August 4 with the first round of Maryland Sire Stakes prelims for the freshman. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Development Fund

Ocean City, MD - Ocean Downs gave the large enthusiastic crowd a variety of events on Sunday July 28th.  The night started with a driver meet and greet at 6:30 with Montrell Teague, John MacKinnon and Frank Milby. Pacing For The Cure also had their table set up with T-shirts, hats, mugs and a one lap walk on the track after the second race, all to raise money for research for MS also Positive Strides Therapeutic Riding Program continued their month long fundraiser. The freshman stakes season opened with four Maryland Standardbred Fund (foaled) Stakes. In the first race for pacing colts and geldings Eddie Davis Jr. sent Nvrfearlloydishere (Rusty's All In) gate to wire in the 2:00.2 mile finishing one length ahead of Jordons All In (Rusty's All In). Arlene Cameron trains the winner for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner. The purse was $13,200. The stakes and track record fell in the first $12,300 split for trotting fillies. Gooreatness (Googoo Gaagaa) with Russell Foster between the wheels controlled every step of the 2:00.1 record setting mile, Cate's A Keeper (Lockkeeper) took the place position. Richard Hans is the owner and trainer and Arlene Cameron is the breeder. The second $13,200 division for pacing colts and geldings went to post in race three. American Nitro (Badlands Nitro) took command early, opening up at every pole, stopping the clock almost eight lengths ahead of Don't Shock Me (Nuclear Breeze) in 2:00.3. Vic Kirby had the driving assignment from trainer Les Givens and owners H. Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing, A. Feeney and D. Doane. The breeder was Winbak Farm. The final stake of the night was the $12,300 second division for trotting fillies. Reinsman John Wagner pulled K J Andrea (Lockkepper) at the half, blowing by the field, finishing nineteen lengths ahead of Lady At Arms (Muscles Yankee) in 2:02. Arlene Cameron trained the filly for owners Scott Woogen and Pamela Wagner, Clarissa Coughlin was the breeder. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

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

Two Year Old payments (harness racing foals of 2017) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Mar. 15, 2019.   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.   Cheryl Stambaugh

All harness racing 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.   Reminder that sustaining forms and possible payment 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.   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

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

Ocean City, MD - On a beautiful Sunday night (July 29) two splits for freshman filly pacers went to gate as races 1 and 5. The first race saw Stay Beautiful (Heston Blue Chip) with Allan Davis in the bike charge out of the gate from post seven, get parked for the first 3/8 of the mile and go on to win in 1:58.3 with Dance The Can Cam ( Cam's Rocket) coming from fifth at the ¾ pole to get up for place. Stay Beautiful is owned by Eli Scott Racing LLC, Barry Mandell and Larry Brown, Eli Scott does the training. Winbak Farm was the breeder. The second division for two year old filly pacers was race five. The outside post was no deterrent for reinsman Frank Milby and How Bout Dat Rusty (Rusty's For Real) when they flew out of post eight taking the lead and never looking back stopping the clock in 1:57. Final Escape finished second. Mike Hall trains for owner Al Carter and breeder Carter Racing Stable LLC. Race two was the first division for two year old colt and gelding trotters. With multiple lead changes on the front end and several mis-ques in the back, Say Gesundheit (CR Commando) emerged the winner a head in front of Ja's A Lock, trotting the mile in 2:05.4. Victor Kirby was in the bike for trainer Syl King Jr. and owner Steven Mullen, JJ & M Stable was the breeder. The second split for colt and gelding trotters saw the Richard Hans owned entry sweep spots one and two with a pair of Googoo Gaagaa offspring. Driver Jim Morand behind Woopdee Goo took the lead by the half with Gaareat Gaazoo and Corey Callahan coming from mid-pack to get within a neck of the leader in the photo. Richard Hans is also the trainer and breeder of the pair. Of note the third place horse, Mind Yown Business was also bred by Richard Hans. Time for the mile was 2:01.1 The stakes continue on Monday July 30 at Ocean Downs with the filly trotters and colt and gelding pacers. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - On Sunday July 22 the Maryland Sire Stake Open pace for 4 & 5 year olds went to post as race 6 on the Ocean Downs harness racing card. Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) who was dominant both at 2 and 3 in the stakes returned to the Ocean winners circle in the 1:55.1 mile five lengths ahead of Hybrid Heidi also by Cam's Rocket. Mr Ham Sandwich is now owned by Allard Racing, Alycon Stable, How's That Stable and VIP Internet Stable. Russell Foster picked up the drive from trainer Trevor Stafford, Brian Emerson was the breeder. Monday July 23 saw the 4 & 5 year old Open Maryland Sire Stake for trotters hit the track as race two. Reinsman Jared Moyer sent EI EI O (Cam's Rocket) from last to first on the backside stretching their lead to 6 lengths in the 1:57.4 stakes record mile. Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) was up for place while Speed It (Cam's Rocket) was third. Arlene Cameron owns and trains the winner. In the pace the first two finishers were by Cam's Rocket and in the trot the first four finishers were by Cam's Rocket. Richard Hans was the breeder on the second place filly in the pace and finishers one, two and three in the trot. The two year old stakes season starts in Maryland on July 29th and 30th with the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes at Ocean Downs. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - In the $67,000 Maryland Sire Stakes Final for three year old trotting colts and geldings it took a photo to determine the harness racing winner. Driver Brian Burton sent What That Is (Cam's Rocket)to the lead with betting favorite Chucky De Vie (Charlie De Vie) taking the pocket until the final quarter. The pair battled down the stretch to a wildly cheering crowd with What That Is holding on by a neck in the stakes and track record 1:57.2 for three year old trotting geldings. Judy Welty trains for owner Brian Emerson, Richard Hans is the breeder. The 5th race was the $67,000 Maryland Sire Stakes Final for pacing fillies. Miss Choptank (Total Truth) proved just how gritty she is when she spent most of the 1:54.3 mile on the outside trying to catch her rival HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie) where they were noses apart at the head of the stretch. When the dust settled Miss Choptank was victorious by a length for co-owners Legacy Racing of DE, LLC and Stephen Townsend, Allan Davis picked up the driving assignment from trainer Wayne Givens. Olive Branch Farm and Philip Wilson are the breeders. Prior to the races Ocean Downs hosted a drivers meet and greet with Russell Foster and Declan Donoway and a riders meet and greet with RUS riders Sasha Moczulski, Ashley Eldred and Vanessa Karlewicz. The RUS exhibition race went postward between the 6th and 7th race, with Hyway Marcus and Sasha Moczulski remaing undefeated in the 2:04.2 mile. The Maryland Sire Stakes Finals for three year old pacing colts and geldings and the trotting fillies will be raced Monday night July 16th. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Three year old filly pacers and three year old colt and gelding trotters highlighted the harness racing card at Ocean Downs on a beautiful Sunday night.   The first race went as the first division for the filly pacers. Reinsman Vic Kirby pulled Pedal Power (Roddy's Bags Again) going to the ¾ pole, gaining on the leader with every stride. When the timer stopped in the 1:54.2 mile Pedal Power was a nose in front of Go Sandy Go (Roddy's Bags Again). Darrell and Leah Lewis own and train the filly and Winbak Farm is the breeder. The trotting colts and geldings were up next. The Rene Allard trained Whats The Word (Donato Hanover) dominated the field in a stakes and track record of 1:55 winning by 15 ¾ lengths over second place finisher What That Is (Cam's Rocket). Corey Callahan drove the winner for owners Go Fast Stable, Kapildeo Singh and Earl Hill Jr., Frederick Hertrich III is the breeder.   The final stake of the night was the second split for filly pacers. The betting favorite Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) did not disappoint going wire to wire in 1:56.3 for pilot Jason Green and owners Breakaway Racing. Elwood Tignor trains the filly and Nick Callahan is the breeder. Rissy's All In (Rusty's All In) was second.   Ocean Downs also hosted Hall of Fame driver John Campbell for a meet and greet with a large group of fans, both young and old. John's wife Paula was also there spreading the word about the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and taking donations to support these retired racehorses horses.   The Standardbred Fund (foaled) Stakes continue Monday night July 9 with a post of 7:05 pm.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund  

Ocean City, MD - A light rain before the races and a beautiful double rainbow greeted the Ocean Downs fans on Sunday June 24th. The Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries for three year olds opened the program with the first division for filly pacers. HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie) with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike held off the pocket sitting Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) in the 1:55.1 mile. Joseph Carroll trains for owner - breeder Cary Grady. In race 2 for three year old trotting colts and geldings reinsman Russell Foster was content to put Chucky De Vie (Charlie De Vie) in the pocket behind rival What That Is (Cam's Rocket). When the stretch duel was over Chucky De Vie pulled away by 1 ½ lengths, stopping the clock in 1:59.1 for owner - breeder Joie De Vie Farm LLC and trainer Hermann Heitmann. Driver Victor Kirby pulled Miss Choptank (Total Truth) going up the backside to challenge Princess Rusty (Rusty's For Real) all the way to the wire with Miss Choptank getting the win for Legacy Racing of DE, Inc. and Stephen Townsend and trainer Wayne Givens. The breeder is Olive Branch Farm. Time for the mile was 1:56. The pacing colts and geldings and trotting fillies will contest their first round of preliminaries on Monday June 25th starting at 7:05 pm. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

The Maryland stakes summer season is ready to start at Ocean Downs with draws on Wed. June 20th and Thursday June 21st for the first series of 3 year old preliminaries racing on Sunday June 24th and Monday June 25th.   The condition sheets are online on the USTA and MSRF websites.   A reminder that all Maryland stake races follow the 30 day rule (race to race).   Contact the MSRF Administrator Cheri Stambaugh with any questions at 240-285-0326, all entries must go thru Ocean Downs race office.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the MSRF

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