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The fall series of Maryland sire stakes started at Rosecroft on Tuesday Sept 20th with a 6 race non-wagering harness racing card. The 2 year old pacing colts and geldings opened with two divisions of prelims. The continuing rivalry between Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) and Adios Muchachos (Cam's Rocket) once again produced a thrilling stretch drive with Mr Ham Sandwich holding on for the win in 1:55.4 with Russell Foster in the bike. Brian Emerson is the owner and breeder, Judy Welty trains.   In division 2 for the colt/gelding pacers Welcometotheparty (The Fraternity Pan) scored his first lifetime win in 1:57 for owner/trainer Stacey McLenaghan. Corey Braden was the reinsman and Ron McLenaghan is the breeder. Just Jack finished second.   The first split for filly pacers was no surprise when driver Roger Plante Jr. sent Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) to the engine and just coated to a 1:57.2 finish ¾ of a length ahead of Mia Love. Miss Valerie remains undefeated giving her 8 wins in 8 starts. Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. The breeders are Tom and Linda Winebrener.   Evergreen Marla (Capitol Power) picked up her first lifetime win in the second division for filly pacers winning by 9 lengths in 1:57.1. This gave driver Russell Foster his second stakes win on the card. Franklin Lemon is the owner/trainer while A. Daniel Myer is the breeder. Fast Ain't Cheap was up for place.   The 2 year old trotting colts/geldings were up next and pilot Brian Burton made Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) mind his manners after a miscue in the August Finals. The pair went to the front and never looked back stopping the clock in 2:00 over rival LG's Hotshoeboy. This gave Hybrid Henry 7 wins in 8 starts for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans.   The combination of trainer Steve LeBlanc and driver Roger Plante Jr. picked up their second win of the stakes card in the two year old filly trot. Roger was content to sit in the pocket with Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) and let Starz and Deuces cut the mile until the stretch drive, coming up the passing lane to win by a half-length. Dr. William Solomon is the owner and breeder.   Sire Stakes action continues on Thursday September 22 with the first prelims for three year olds at Rosecroft.   By Cheri Stambaugh

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - The morning after driving Real Passing Lady to the Rosecroft winner's circle for his first victory of the harness racing fall meet, Brian Burton was in a pumpkin patch with his four children. "This is something not everyone gets the chance to do with their kids on a Friday morning," Burton said. Ironically, it wasn't too long ago that Burton, a mainstay on the Maryland harness racing circuit the past 15 years, thought he would have a more conventional career. A native of Cambridge, Md., Burton had graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English and a secondary degree in Journalism. "Out of college I did have an internship with a couple newspapers," Burton said. "I wanted to cover sports. But, man, I thought this is a cutthroat business. This is rough." Sales jobs at Sears, Hyatt and a conveyor belt company brought Burton, a third generation horseman, to the realization that he had a "yearning for open spaces." It also brought him to the realization that he fit into what he calls the "blue collar" world of harness racing "My grandfather (Jack) raced up-and-down the East Coast," Burton said. "I probably started coming around Rosecroft when I was 12. It started like a hobby and blossomed into a racing business. My father Martin had a farm with [standardbred] horses and raced locally for a long time. I worked out a deal with my dad and got my driver's license and I've been doing it ever since. I have about 10 that I own or own with other people and the whole barn has about 15 horses. I'm not just training my own but breaking horses on the side." Not only does Burton believe in Rosecroft - a track he says is a "great place to start young horses over a great surface" - but he also believes the sport of harness racing is accessible to everybody. "I think this sport is a working-class sport," he said. "It doesn't cost a lot to own a horse compared to other sports. I have guys who own horses with what you might call regular jobs, blue-collar jobs. I have an owner who owns his own heating and air conditioning company. It's a sport you can enjoy. The horses race more often than thoroughbreds, you can enjoy the races with your family, and, like when I was a kid, I'd come out to the barns in the morning and hang around the horses. "I think it's going to get better. We've already seen changes that The Stronach Group has done, including the new infield television and the paved paddock. It's like shock-and-awe when you get here." Rosecroft will run 12 races Tuesday evening with a first race post of 6:40 p.m. and a Pick 5 carryover with a low 12-percent takeout of $1,398. Beginning at 5 p.m., Rosecroft will run six races as part of the Maryland Sire Stakes. David Joseph Rosecroft Raceway is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. For more information contact David Joseph at david.joseph@marylandracing.com or call 954.457.6451

Harness racing driver Frank Milby has driven more than 2,000 winners and has won numerous driving titles at Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs. In fact, the native of Easton has been one of Maryland's leading drivers over the past 10 years. But as Milby prepares for another fall meet at Rosecroft, which kicks off Tuesday with a 6:40 p.m. post time, he admits he "didn't have an itch to drive horses" when he was younger. "A lot of people can't wait until they can start driving," recalled Milby recently. "I can't say I was like that." Milby is a third generation horseman. His grandfather, Franklin, trained world-champion female pacer Miss Conna Adios. And while his father Don was a successful trainer and driver, Milby said his father didn't push him into harness racing. "My dad kind of pushed me away," Milby said. "I did grow up going to the barns on the weekends, but the business was not looking so good at the time. He was kind of, 'You can always go back to horse racing.' So I went to school, but around my second year of college Delaware got slots and he had a couple owners who wanted to reinvest in horses. So I started working then." Milby worked with his father and trained horses until driving his first race in December of 1998, a race he remembers well. "I finished third with a horse named All So Clear," he recalled. "It was a mix of emotions, a little nervous, a little scared. Way back then, the races seemed to go by in a flash. Everything slows down once you've been driving for a while. I see things now during a race I didn't see five years ago. If there's three horses in front of me, I might look to see what the ears on one are doing and that will tell me what to do." Milby, who missed winning the Rosecroft driving title earlier this year by one win, is excited about returning to Rosecroft Tuesday evening. "I think Rosecroft is one of the best five-eighths track I ever drove on," he said. "I think it's one of the most forgiving tracks on a horse, too. It's a good place."   David Joseph

The three year old Maryland Sire Stakes finished the summer harness racing stakes season on Thursday Sept. 1 at Ocean Downs.   The non-wagering card opened with the $39,000 race for trotting fillies. The dual between Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket) and Star Rose continued with Rock The Game winning by a neck in 2:01.4 this week. Breakaway Racing owns the filly, Shaun Callahan trains and Frank Milby was the reinsman.   Speed It (Cam's Rocket) won his 6th straight race for trotting colts/geldings with driver Jim Morand in the bike. The pair took the lead at the quarter mile mark opening the distance to the field at every pole with Righteous Renegade finishing second. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner. Time for the $40,365 final was 2:01.1   The $39,000 race for pacing colt/geldings went as race one, with the Winbak Farm owned and bred Steal N Go sweeping the series, making this his 6th win in 7 starts this year. Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) cut the mile in 2:01.2 for driver/trainer Jeff Fout with Toms Tae Kwon Do getting up for place.   Mo Power (Capitol Power) with Bill Long in the bike crossed the wire first in the$39,000 race for pacing fillies but was placed second for interference in the stretch.   Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) with pilot Frank Milby finished second and was moved up to the win spot. Brian Callahan trains and co-owns the filly with Gloria Kinnamon. Gloria is also the breeder.   The Maryland Sire Stakes move to Rosecroft starting with the 2 year olds on September 20th.   By Cheri Stambaugh

It was a night for upsets in the harness racing two-year-old ranks. The favorite in the $40,475 filly trot the 'Ronald "Doc" Banning Memorial", Holy Trout was three deep in the first turn when she made a break leaving the Givens trained entry in the lead. Jim Morand cut the 2:03.4 mile with Camita (Cam's Rocket) while stablemate L G's Hotshoegirl settled for the pocket trip, taking second and Holy Trout recovered for third. Camita is owned and bred by Jim Morand and Nanticoke Racing Inc.   In race 3 the 'W.W. "Pete" Saw Memorial' for the colt and gelding trotters, the two favorites made breaks in the first turn leaving the field wide open. Reinsman Russel Foster sent Redneck Cowboy (Four Starz Robro) to the front, holding off several challenges on the backside and last turn to pull away by 3 lengths over late closing Guac N Roll. Kasey Bendix and Virginia Marvel own and bred the winner and Jerry Nock trains. Time for the mile was 2:04. The purse was $40,250.   Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) remains undefeated in the filly pacing division. Driver Roger Plante Jr. sent Miss Valerie out of the gate, finally taking the lead at the quarter pole from Evergreen Marla. They maintained a short lead all the way to the wire in 1:59.2. Maxkenna was up for third. Steve LeBlanc trains the winner for owners LeBlanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. The breeders are Tom and Linda Winebrener. This race was the $41,900 'Hubert Jackson Memorial'   Race 7 for pacing colts and geldings was the 'Charles Keller Memorial' with a purse of $37,725. The rivalry between Adios Muchachos and Mr Ham Sandwich continued with leader changes twice in the mile. In the end Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) with Russel Foster in the bike was victorious in the 1:55.4 Stakes record mile. Judy Welty trains for owner/breeder Brian Emerson.   The 3 year olds finish the Ocean Downs stakes on Thursday Sept. 1st.   Maryland Sire Stakes continue at Rosecroft starting September 20th.   By Cheri Stambaugh

(August 28, 2016) - RUS America and Friends of Maryland Standardbreds (FOMS) will be at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, Maryland on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at a joint booth in My Maryland Horse Land from noon until 5pm when the Standardbred Makeover competition begins. Following the Makeover, a demo of Racing Under Saddle (RUS) begins starting at 6pm. Spectators visiting the RUS America/FOMS booth will have an opportunity to say hello to Meg, a star standardbred who will have her own stall under the Horse Land tent. Meg will be welcoming her guests along with her owner, Barbara Mandich. Learn more about standardbreds and their versatility in picking up second careers as well as RUS. Visitors will also have an opportunity to sign-up for a RUS Seminar to be conducted this fall (date/time TBD) in Maryland. Starting at 5pm, the action moves to the show ring where the Standardbred Makeover, presented by Horse Lovers United will have three trainers competing for $1,500 in prize money with the winner presenting their standardbred charge best in their new non-racing discipline. Upon the conclusion of the Makeover (approximately 6pm), a RUS demonstration conducted by racing under saddle riders Maria Buchanan and Stephanie Jacobs. Maria and Stephanie will demonstrate the technique for riding a standardbred in a race as well as the versatility of standardbreds, showing their ability to race under a rider in addition to racing using a sulky. So if you attend the Maryland State Fair, Horse Land is the place to be on September 1st. Allan Schott

On Thursday (Aug. 25) at Ocean Downs, the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes contested four non-wagering harness racing events.   Righteous Renegade took the race for trotting colts and geldings in 2:08 for driver Brandon Henley. Janey Lambert is the owner and Linda Lambert trains the winner.   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 1 length lead over Star Rose at the finish in 2:02.4 for owners Breakaway Racing and breeder Nick Callahan, Shaun Callahan trains.   Driver/trainer Jeff Fout guided Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) to the front in the colt and gelding pace and held that lead to the wire in 2:03.2 for owner and breeder Winbak Farm. What I Say Goes was up for place.   The final stake was for filly pacers. Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) gave driver Frank Milby his second stakes win, taking the filly pace over Mo Power.   Anthony Sapienza trains for co-owners Brian Callahan and Gloria Kinnamon. Time for the mile was 2:01.1.   The August Finals for 2 year olds will be Sunday Aug 28 at Ocean Downs.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The Maryland Sire Stakes second harness racing prelims scheduled for Sunday Aug. 21st at Ocean Downs took two nights to complete due to severe weather that blew thru the area.   The trotting fillies went off as an early non-wagering event at 7 pm with the storm starting at the same time. Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) coming back after a short layoff used the pocket most of the way catching Camita in the stretch. Roger Plante Jr. was the pilot for owner/breeder William Solomon with Steve Leblanc picking up the training duties. Time for the race was 2:04.4.   At this point the storm moved thru and the horsemen and management felt the conditions were not safe so the card was cancelled. The three remaining sire stakes were rescheduled for early non-wagering events prior to Monday evening card.   Trainer/driver Les Givens sent L G's Hotshoeboy (Four Starz Robro) right to the lead in the trotting colt/geldings, maintaining a 2 length lead to the wire in 2:04.1. Redneck Cowboy was up for place. Nanticoke Racing Inc. is the owner and breeder of the winner.   Early race 2 was for pacing colts and geldings. Reinsman Roger Plante Jr. took advantage of the inside post position to give Just Jack (Cam's Rocket) his first taste of a front end trip taking the mile in 2:00.3. Clarissa Coughlin owns the winner and Jim Coughlin trains, Roger Hans was the breeder. Hay There Harrison was second.   Filly pacers finished the prelims with a 1:59.4 effort. Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) returned to perfect form after a 2 week break due to sickness upping her record to 6 wins in 6 starts. Cheap Ain't Fast crossed the wire in second place. This race gave driver Roger Plante Jr. his third win in the prelims and trainer Steve LeBlanc his second training win on the card.   The three year olds finish their preliminary races on Thursday Aug. 25th.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Fort Washington, MD--- The anticipation is building as live racing action prepares to return to Rosecroft Raceway on Tuesday September 13, for the 2016 fall meet. Racing applications are now available online, and all horsemen are reminded they are due by September 1.   Among the many changes for the upcoming meet, which runs through December 15, are new ownership of the facility and harness racing on Thursday's rather than Sunday's.   Excitement is high as The Stronach Group, which own and operate several thoroughbred tracks across the country, are now dipping their toes into the harness racing scene after recently completing the sale of Rosecroft Raceway from Penn National Gaming Inc.   "We're excited about moving forward at Rosecroft," said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. "We look forward to expanding our simulcast network, having a presence in the Washington D.C. market and growing the harness racing market herein the mid-Atlantic area."   The first qualifying day will be Saturday September 10, at 10:00 am. Once the meet gets underway qualifiers will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. starting September 20. Thanks to a high quality of racing stock expected to be competing at Rosecroft the qualifying times have been lowered to 2:02 for pacers, and 2:04 for trotters. The first draws will be on Wednesday September 7 for opening night, and Monday September 12 for the following Thursday. Post time will be at 6:40 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday with the exception of a "dark" day on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24.   Director of Racing / Racing Secretary, Pete Hanley noted that purses will average around $83,000 per program with preferences given to Maryland owned, sired or bred horses, who will also continue to receive a 20% bonus on their earnings as well.   "We are looking forward to another exciting and competitive meet," explained Hanley. "Our last meets leading trainer Joe Offutt, didn't solidify the crown until late into the season and the driving championship here at Rosecroft wasn't decided until the final race of the meet as Russell Foster and Jonathan Roberts ended up in a dead heat with 45 wins apiece. Perennial driving champ Frank Milby was just one win behind that pair with 44 and I'm certainly hopefully that things will come down to the wire once again."   Tom Kelly  

Once again the stallion Cam's Rocket's offspring won both on the trot and pace taking four of five harness racing Maryland Sire Stakes prelims at Ocean Downs on Sunday Aug. 14.   The non-wagering events started with the freshmen filly trotters.   Jim Morand sent his filly Camita (Cam's Rocket) right to the front where she was able to hold off Starz And Deuces in the 2:04.1 mile. Morand and Nanticoke Racing are co-owners and breeders with Les Givens doing the training.   There was no surprise in the colt and gelding trot as Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) remains undefeated in six starts, trotting the mile in 2:00.3 for driver Brian Burton. Richard Hans owns, bred and trains the winner. LG's Hotshoeboy finished second.   In the first race on the evening card, the first split for colt and gelding pacers, there was a mild upset as Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) was able to catch the leader Adios Muchachos in the last turn stretching out to a 2½ length lead at the wire. Russell Foster was the reinsman for trainer Judy Welty and owner/breeder Brian Emerson stopping the clock in 1:57.3   The second split for colt and gelding pacers gave driver Brian Burton his second stakes win of the night behind the favorite Toms Tarzan (Cam's Rocket)cutting the mile in 1:59.2. Welcome To The Party was up for place. Thom Cooke is the owner and breeder of Toms Tarzan and Roger Hans trains.   Pilot Eddie Dennis sent Goodfridaymiracle (The Fraternity Pan) to the front taking control in the filly pace stopping the timer in 2:00.3 Maxkenna took the overland route to get up for second. Jeffery and David Clark are co-owners and breeders of Goodfridaymiracle.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Harness racing three year old trotting colts and geldings opened the evening at Ocean Downs with a non-wagering event.   Speed It (Cam's Rocket) and reinsman Jim Morand combined for their fourth straight win in stakes action at the ocean stopping the clock in 1:59 with Overnight Shipper getting second. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   Lookin Sharp (Andover Hall) lived up to her name in the filly trot, lowering both the stakes and track record for the 3 year old ladies trotting the mile in 1:57 with Corey Callahan in the bike. John Butenschoen trains the filly for owners Wm. Wiswell and M & L of Delaware Inc., Frederick Hertrich III is the breeder. Bold Dresser was up for place.   Race 3 was the first division for pacing fillies with driver Corey Callahan finding his way back to the winners circle behind Toms Tulip (Nuclear Breeze) in the 1:54.1 mile over betting favorite Miss Read. Thomas Cooke is the owner and breeder and Roger Hans the trainer of Toms Tulip.   Next up was the 2nd division of pacing fillies. Jonathan Roberts gave Eternal Ring (Artzina) the perfect pocket trip catching the pace setter Use Your Noodle right at the wire in 1:54.3. Monique Cohen trains the winner for owner Andrew Glassmeyer, Winbak Farm is the breeder.   Pilot Vic Kirby sent Double Miles (Rustler Hanover) to the front in the 1:54.2 first division of pacing colt/gelding holding off Redneck Rally by a head. Michael and Linda English own Double Miles and John Wilkerson is the trainer, with Winkbak Farm the breeder.   Jim Morand picked up his second stakes win of the night in the 2nd division for pacing colts and geldings going off as race 8. Next Success (Veeza) took the lead by the quarter and the pair never looked back crossing the finish in 1:55.1 five lengths ahead of Ideal Kiss. Les Givens has the training duties for owners Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing and Bay Pond Racing and once again Winbak Farm is the breeder.   The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) made their annual visit to Ocean Downs and presented several awards. Garrett Bell and Elizabeth Cheesman accepted three Touch of Class Awards for Arls Troublemaker, Muscle Hill and Joe Thomson.   Fox Den Farm and Tom & Linda Winebrener received Secretary's Citations from MHIB/Department of Ag and also from the MD DLLR for their continuing efforts to help revitalize the Maryland Breeding industry.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The trotting fillies opened the evening at Ocean Downs with a $27,975 non-wagering event. Harness racing driver Les Givens was content to keep Spoonful (Political Briefing) in the pocket behind Stars And Deuces until the last turn, charging down the stretch. Spoonful stopped the clock in 2:02.4 a half-length ahead of Stars And Deuces. Nanticoke Racing Inc. and Delbert Cain co-own the winner, Les Givens trains and Winbak Farm was the breeder.   Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) and pilot Brian Burton combined for their fifth straight stakes win in five lifetime starts, once again lowering the stakes record for two year old trotting geldings going for $27,925. The duo crossed the wire almost 18 lengths ahead of the field in 2:00.1 for owner, trainer and breeder Richard Hans. JA On The Way was up for second.   Race 3 was the first division for pacing colts and geldings with a purse of $15,175. Reinsman Art Stafford Jr. behind Bags To Riches (Roddy's Bags Again) put an end to Adios Muchachos three race win streak with a 1:57.4 effort. Bags To Riches is trained by Jason Skinner and owned and bred by Only Money Inc. Adios Muchachos finished in the place position.   The second split for colt and gelding pacers went to post as race 5. Trainer Kevin Switzer assigned Montrell Teague the driving duties behind the undefeated Almost Cut My Hair (Barbar Pole). The pair did not disappoint the cheering crowd as Almost Cut My Hair scored his fourth win in 4 starts stopping the clock in 1:56.2. A late rush by Mr Ham Sandwich was not quite enough to catch the leader. KDK Standardbreds own and bred the winner.   The 8th race was the first division for filly pacers with Montrell Teague getting his second stakes win of the night. Montrell sent Liberty School ( Delmarvalous) to the engine and never looked back in the $15,125 race for owner George Teague Jr. Inc. and trainer Ray Burton Jr. Free Flight Fran fought her way from mid pack to cross the wire second. Time for the mile was 2:01.1, Winbak farm was the breeder.   The final stake of the night was the second division for filly pacers going off as race 10. Honest Gambler (Roll With Joe) made her first lifetime start a winning effort getting a record of 1:57.4 with Vic Kirby in the bike for trainer Chris Ryder and owners M. Robinson, S. Cheatham and R Lombardo. Hillbilly Jet was next up in the $15,125 race. Fred Hertrich III was the breeder of Honest Gambler.   Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes continue on Thursday Aug. 11 with the 3 year olds taking the stage. The Maryland Horse Industry Board will also be in attendance for a presentation.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Two and half months after entering into an agreement to buy Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland from Penn National Gaming Inc., The Stronach Group announced Aug. 2 it has closed the deal. “We appreciate Penn National Gaming working with us to make this acquisition happen in a smooth and timely manner,” said Sal Sinatra, Maryland Jockey Club president and general manager. “We’re excited about moving forward at Rosecroft. We look forward to expanding our simulcast network, having a presence in the Washington, D.C., market, and growing the harness racing market in the Mid-Atlantic.” Rosecroft is one of two harness tracks in Maryland a major off-track betting site. Located south of the nation's capital in Prince George’s County, the track had been acquired by PNGI for $11 million from a bankruptcy auction. The holding company The Stronach Group acquired is officially called Prince George’s Gaming Ventures. Sinatra said The Stronach Group will begin making improvements to Rosecroft over the next 90 days. The track, which opened in 1949, begins its fall season of harness racing Sept. 13. The facility is open every day for full-card simulcasts. Rosecroft last year handled about $32 million in the building, with $22 million bet on Thoroughbred racing and $10 million on harness racing, according to Sinatra. On-track wagering on live races over more than 50 programs was about $850,000 in 2015. Reprinted with permission of Bloodhorse  

Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) lowered his mark again, setting a new Maryland Sire Stakes record for harness racing geldings in the two-year-old colt/gelding trot.   Reinsman Brian Burton sent Henry right to the front in the well rated mile stopping the clock in 1:59.3 for owner/trainer, breeder Richard Hans giving him a perfect 4 for 4 record. LG's Hotshoeboy once again was second. The purse for this Final was $39,750.   The pacing fillies, with a purse of $35,650, opened the wagering card with a 1:58.3 mile giving Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) 5 wins in 5 starts. Driver Roger Plante Jr. was not content to sit in the pocket and pulled by the quarter taking control over Cheap Ain't Fast opening up a couple of lengths in the stretch.   Miss Valerie is owned by LeBlanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. and trained by Steve LeBlanc. Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breeders.   The third race was the $40,475 contest for trotting fillies. The Les Givens trained Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) lowered her own stakes record trotting the mile in 2:02. Pilot Bill Long sat in the pocket until the ¾ pole, battling Camita for the lead all the way to the wire. This win gives Holy Trout a sweep of the July series of sire stakes. Dr. William Solomon is the owner and breeder.   A third stakes record for the night was set in the pacing colts and geldings. The Michael Hans owned Adios Muchachos (Cam's Rocket) usually content to sit in the pocket went to the front out of the gate, never looking back. The 6 length win in 1:56.1 set a new 2 YO pacing gelding mark in the $37,474 race. Toms Tarzan had to pull from 4th by the half to get up for place. Richard Hans trains and Jim Morand was in the bike.   The 3 Year Old July Finals will be contested on Sunday July 31st at Ocean Downs   By Cheri Stambaugh

Mr. Protab (4g Mr. Proytab-Delphini-Armbro Bullet) with Stephanie Jacobs aboard for trainer Francisco Del Cid took tonights’ $5,000 Back On Track harness racing monte contest at Ocean Downs. Ocean Downs, Back On Track, Maryland Standardbreds and RUS America sponsored the event that was off mid-card on the popular Sunday evening racing program. Eight horses were at the start, with experienced riders, and three emerged to continue their battle to the line, less than a length apart, with the winner clocked in 2:02.1h with a final panel in :29.3, No Recess was second for Michelle Crawford and trainer Kyle Spagnola, with third to Hyway Marcus and the Maria Buchanan/Ron Burke team. Qualifying action continued on the weekend at Vernon Downs, as more horses and riders seek to be ready for future monte races.  She’s So Into Me (4m Conway Hall-In To Me-Self Possessed) won the Vernon qualifier for trainer/rider Jocelyn Gale timed in 2:10.2s. Watch for new monte news in North America and Europe and get on board with an exciting trotting format. Thomas H. Hicks Monteamerica.com

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

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