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Two year old trotting colt & gelding prelim's opened the July 10th night at Ocean Downs with a non-wagering harness racing event. Hybrid Henry a Cam's Rocket trotter owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans was piloted to his second lifetime victory by Brian Burton, once again stopping the clock in 2:01.1. Les Givens was second with LG's Hotshoeboy.   Local reinsman Bill Long picked up the driving assignment behind Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) in the filly trot. The pair left out of the gate widening the lead at every pole crossing the wire 5¾ lengths in front of Camita in 2:03 for owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon.   In the first wagering event the pacing colt/geldings to the stage with the favorite Toms Tarzan flying out of the gate to cut the mile. Driver Jim Morand put Adios Muchachos (Cam's Rocket) on their back, pulling at the head of the stretch with only a photo to separate the in the 1:59 mile. In the end Adios Muchachos was victorious for owner/breeder Michael Hans and giving trainer Richard Hans his second win of the night.   Race three was the first division for pacing fillies. Cheap Aint Fast, from the second crop of Dontloseyourdayjob, made good use of the inside post cutting the well rated 2:01 mile for driver Frank Milby. Goodfridaymiracle was up for place. Brian Callahan trains the winner for owner/breeder Gloria Kinnamon.   The final stake of the night was the second division for filly pacers. Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) and Roger Plante Jr. combined to give her a perfect 3 wins in three starts. Roger send her out of the 4 hole right to the lead letting everyone else file in behind until the last turn when they started to pull away opening up a 4½ length lead at the wire in 2:01.2 for owners LeBlanc Racing, Count The Money Stable and William Lutz. Steve LeBlanc is the trainer and Tom & Linda Winebrener are the breeder. Fast Aint Cheap was second.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The Sunday July 3rd harness racing card at Ocean Downs opened with a non-wagering event for trotting colts/geldings with a purse of $27,400.    Hybrid Henry another Cam's Rocket trotter out of the mare Give Em The Boot circled the field out of the gate and never looked back. Driver Brian Burton, in a stakes record time of 2:01.1 for two-year-old trotting geldings, crossed the wire 9¼ lengths in front of Midnight Zette (Credit Winner-Your Word Is Good). Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   The first division for pacing colts/geldings opened the wagering card. A light rain didn't stop the big crowd from cheering on the multiple lead changes, with Toms Tarzan (Cam's Rocket-Radiant Breeze) gaining the lead at the ¾ pole and charging to an 8 length victory in 1:56.3. Brian Burton was in the bike for his second stakes win of the night with a purse of $14,650. Thomas Cooke owns and bred the colt and Roger Hans trains. Im The Director held off Giddy On Down for place.   Reinsman Frank Milby gave May River (RC Royalty-Darby's Delight) the perfect pocket trip behind Spoonful and Les Givens, waiting til the head of the stretch to challenge and take a ¾ length lead in 2:02.4 in race 3. John Roach trains for owner/breeder William E. Miller II. The purse for the 2 yo trotting fillies was $ 28,100. Spoonful held on for second.   Race 5 was the first division for pacing fillies going for a purse of $16,500. Miss Valerie (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) was content to follow Cheap Aint Fast until the head of the stretch. The loud crowd cheered the stretch drive with Miss Valerie getting the ½ length victory, stopping the clock in 2:00 for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz. Roger Plant Jr drove the Steve LeBlanc trainee. Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breedrs.   Corey Callahan and Richard Hans teamed up in race 6, the second division of filly paces going for $16,500 as co-owners, driver and trainer. It was an explosive combination when Gigi From Fiji (Ponder-Odds On Arttoheart) made her first lifetime start. Corey sent her out of the gate and just blew away the rest of the field in the 1:56.3 winning by 10½ lengths over Liberty School.   The final stake of the night was the second division for pacing colt/geldings going as race 9 with the purse of $14,650. The favorite Almost Cut My Hair (Barber Pole-Sally Pansen) didn't disappoint her followers increasing her lead at every pole over the field for owners/breeder KDK Standardbreds and trainer Kevin Switzer. Victor Kirby was in the bike for the 1:59.1 mile. Evolution Rise Up came back from a break in the first turn to take the place position.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes for 3 year olds will be contested on Thursday night July 7th starting at 7:20 at Ocean Downs   By Cheri Stambaugh

The 4 & 5 YO Maryland Sire Stakes for pacers went as an early non wagering event due to the harness racing entry of Toms Typhoon and Toms Tornado.   Toms Typhoon the winner of the May series at Rosecroft cut fractions of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:25.2 to the ¾ pole when Toms Tornado came up to challenge, head to head in the final turn with the crowd cheering them on, Toms Tornado stopped the timer in 1:53.2 winning by a length over Toms Typhoon and Spinout.   This was a Maryland Sires Stakes record at Ocean Downs for 4 & 5 year olds. Jonathan Roberts drove for owner Tom Cooke and trainer Roger Hans.   Race 3 saw the 4 & 5 year old trotters set a Stakes record of 1:58.4 at Ocean Downs.   Whitesville Dixon cut the first half with Doggone Slots coming up to challenge just passed the half, racing side by side thru the last turn, Doggone Slots crossed the wire in front for reinsman Roger Plante Jr. Whitesville Dixon held on easily for second.   Tom Morris Jr. trains and co-owns with Gregg Morris.   This was a sweep of the series for doggone Slots as he won in May at Rosecroft also.   Maryland Stakes action continues with the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for 2 year olds on Sunday July 3rd.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Making just his second harness racing start in the United States, Vapour N edged Real Tough (Roger Plante) in the $12,000 Open Handicap Tuesday night (March 15) at Rosecroft Raceway. Pat Berry sent Vapour N (Jereme's Jet) first over at the five-eighths pole and wore down pacesetter Contraband Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) in 1:51.4. It was one of three wins on the card for Berry who has eight wins over the first three nights of racing. Donald Dancer had a driving and training triple on the card, winning with Keystone Cocoa, Elusive Point and Ziegler Hanover from his barn. Roberts and Russell Foster had driving doubles. Rosecroft continues live racing Sunday at 4:40 p.m.   by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

On February 23, 2016 the Maryland Horse Industry met in the state capitol Annapolis to lobby legislators on the importance of horse industry in Maryland. The day started with the Lt Governor Boyd Rutherford presenting a proclamation from the Maryland Governor Larry Hogan that February 23 to be Maryland Horse Industry Day stating "The Maryland Horse Industry employs nearly 28,000 Marylanders, accounts for $512 million in sales annually, $72 million in taxes collected and includes 587,000 acres of our beautiful State...Maryland is pleased to commend the Maryland Equine Industry for its contributions to the economic health of our great State." The Maryland Standardbred Community were proud sponsors of the day, representatives from Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners' Association, Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association and Rosecroft Raceway were in attendance. Ocean Downs was also a sponsor of the event. The industry partners announced that a study has been commissioned an economic impact study on the industry's fiscal contributions to the state. It has been over 10 years since the last one had been conducted. Over 25 legislators meetings were set up following the press conference where horse industry partners were able to speak with their representatives in the state legislature about the importance of the horse industries economic impact on Maryland. Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners' Association, president Thomas Cooke stated "Every aspect of the industry has their own legislative priorities and we are much stronger when we show our unity in Annapolis." The day ended with a reception that was well attended by legislators including State Senate President Thomas Mike Miller and 5 cabinet secretaries of the Hogan Administration. Gina Maybee Benefit's Coordinator / Executive Assistant Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners' Association

The 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, the regions premier animal nutrition conference, will be held March 23-24, 2016 at the Hunt Valley Wyndam Grand in Hunt Valley, Maryland.  Two days of expert speakers have been lined up with the second day featuring a session devoted solely to feeding horses engaged in elite equestrian competition.   Veterinarians, students, horse trainers, horse breeders, and horse owners should not miss this opportunity to learn about exciting new discoveries related to their equine athletes.  All attendees will receive conference proceedings, lunch, and the opportunity to ask questions of all of the experts.  Pre-registrations are encouraged and can be done online at: https://ansc.umd.edu/extension/mid-atlantic-nutrition-conference 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference - Equine Session Schedule Thursday, March 24th, 2016 8:00am A Look Back at the Feeding of Performance Horses Dr. David Marlin, Science Supplements 8:50am Protein Nutrition for Exercise Demand Dr. Kristine Urshel, University of Kentucky 10:20am Mineral Nutrition of the Equine Athlete Dr. Brian Nielsen, Michigan State University 11:10am New Advances for Supplement Use in Performance Horses Dr. David Marlin, Science Supplements 1:30pm Feeding the Elite Show Jumper Dr. Shannon Pratt-Phillips, North Carolina State University 2:20pm New Advances in Treating Gastric Ulcers in Performance Horses Dr. Frank M. Andrews, Louisiana State University The conference is hosted by the Maryland Feed Industry Council, University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University, University of Delaware, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Rutgers University, American Feed Industry Association, and the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the entire conference, please visit our website at https://ansc.umd.edu/extension/mid-atlantic-nutrition-conference.  For information on sponsoring this event, please contact Jennifer Reynolds at 301-405-1547. Equine Extension Specialist Rutgers, the State University 84 Lipman Dr., 213E Bartlett Hall New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Please send replies to CAREY.WILLIAMS@RUTGERS.EDU   PH: 848-932-5529 FX: 732-932-6996 esc.rutgers.edu

The 27-date winter - spring harness racing season at Rosecroft Raceway kicks off Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Racing applications are now available at www.rosecroft.com under the "Horsemen" section and must be submitted for consideration by February 24. A significant change for the upcoming meet will be the introduction of Sunday twilight racing with a 4:40 p.m. post time. The traditional Tuesday night (6:40 p.m. post time) will remain, and Rosecroft will special host Saturday night cards on the three thoroughbred "Triple Crown" event days - May 7 (Kentucky Derby), May 21 (Preakness) and June 11 (Belmont Stakes.) Post time will be 6:40 p.m. on those Saturday night cards. "We have developed a very nice niche on Tuesday evenings in the simulcast marketplace and we thought Sundays might be an opportunity to draw a new on-track audience and also serve an underserved part of the harness simulcast marketplace," said Peter Hanley, Racing Secretary for Rosecroft. "The Triple Crown dates always bring in a strong crowd so having live racing during those events makes sense as well," Hanley added. Full fields, competitive and quality races have been the on upswing for Rosecroft over the past several years and 2016 is likely to continue that trend. "We will start off with a purse increase over 2015 (pushing purses to a nightly average of over $80,000 per night) and our Maryland Preferred horses (Maryland owned, bred and sired) will now be eligible for a 20% bonus on earnings (up from 15% in 2015)," said Hanley. Rosecroft also hopes to keep the wagering momentum on its races going in 2016. "On-track handle last year (2015was up 5% and our export handle was up over 50%, even with lightly less races vs. 2014," said Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc., parent company of Rosecroft Raceway. "The goal since we took over in 2011 (after the track's bankruptcy) was to continuously rebuild the racing program. Those efforts are starting to show in the key metrics of our business," said McErlean. Qualifying races are scheduled for Saturday, February 27 and Tuesday, March 1 at 12 noon, weather permitting. Due to the new racing schedule weekly qualifiers will be held on Tuesday evenings prior to the live races. The draw schedule will be Wednesdays for Sundays and Thursdays for Tuesdays with the entry box closing at 10 a.m. each morning. The first condition sheet of the meet should be available the week of February 15. Christopher McErlean

The 2 YO Maryland Sire Stake Finals at Rosecroft that were scheduled for Sat. Oct 3, 2015 have been rescheduled for 4:30 pm on Tuesday Oct. 6th, prior to the 3 YO Sire Stakes.   The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund felt that this was in the best interest for all horses involved due to the weather forecast in the Mid Atlantic for the next two days.   This only affects the Stake races NOT the overnights, Rosecroft will make that call by 10 am Sat.   If you have any questions please call Cheri Stambaugh, Administrator of the MSRF at 410-775-0152 or 240-285-0326.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Ft. Washington, MD --- Jonathan Roberts and Frank Milby each earned four wins on the 12-race Tuesday night (Sept. 29) harness racing card at Rosecroft Raceway. Fancy Colt (Milby) took the $10,000 Open Handicap for colts and geldings with a first-over move down the backside and scored in the driving rain in 1:53. Roberts took the top spot in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap with Lanco Express, who scored her fifth straight victory, pacing the mile in 1:53.1. Trainer Tim Crissman had three wins on the card and Ken Schlotzhauer had a pair of wins. Rosecroft hosted four preliminaries for the Maryland Sires Stakes program before the card, Tom's Typhoon (Roger Plante) and stablemate Tom's Tornado (Roberts) were inches from a dead heat in 1:57. Tom's Typhoon moved to the lead past the quarter and hung on in the 3-year-old colt and gelding category. Jay Boy and Sean Bier scored the top spot in the 3-year-old trotting category for colts and geldings. The son of Tsunami scored in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Plante guided Betcha Ur My Baby home in 2:00.4 in the 3-year-old filly trot, while Cory Mumford eased Helaine's Firebird to a dominating nine length score for 3-year-old filly pacers. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway 

Helaine's Firebird (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) continues to dominate the Maryland Sires Stakes pacing filly division winning in 2:00.2 over rival Jodi's Sweety (JK Outlaw-Queen Jodi) in the Ronald "Doc" Banning Memorial for owner Frank Chick and the trainer-driver combination of Cory Mumford and George Dennis at the harness racing meeting at Ocean Downs.   Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breeders.   The W.W. "Pete" Shaw Memorial for filly trotters produced a mild upset when driver Les Givens sent Wynnfield Sunset (Doggone Yankee-Wynnfield Molly) from the outside to the front out of the gate besting the field by 9 lengths at the wire.   Local horseman Pam Polk owns and bred the filly.   Trainer/driver Les Givens was in the bike stopping the clock in 2:01.   Marshalinn (CR Renegade -Imp's Flirt) was second.   In the trotting colts/geldings Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee-Juanna Play Slots) went wire to wire in 2:00.3 for driver Roger Plante Jr. and trainer Thomas Morris Jr. in the Hubert Jackson Memorial.   Tom and Gregg Morris co-own and bred Doggone Slots.   Jay Boy (Tsunami-Russian Caviar) moved up to place.   The Charles Keller Memorial for pacing colts/geldings continued to be dominated by the Tom Cooke entry of Toms Tornado and Toms Typhoon both homebreds by the stallion Cam's Rocket.   Toms Typhoon's driver Roger Plante Jr. was content to sit in the pocket behind stablemate Toms Tornado until the back stretch, charging past the leader to win by 1 ¼ at the wire in 1:55.3. Roger Hans trains both colts.   Cheryl Stanbaugh

The first of eight divisions of the 3yr old MD Standardbred Fund Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies started the night’s non wagering events at Ocean Downs.   Driver Truman Gale sent  Stories To Tell (RC Royalty-Speed Talker) right to the front from the outside holding off a late challenge from About To Explode (Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream) stopping the clock in 2:00.1. George Ducharme trains and co-owns with Robert Guerrini and Paul Fontaine.   Callmemza (Great George Two-Endorphan Annie) driven by Jonathan Roberts  brushed past the field going to the ¾ pole, drawing away from the pack, winning by almost 12 lengths to take the second division for filly trotters in 1:59.4. W. B Roberts, Graham Grace Stbs LLC and M & W Stbs LLC own Callmemza and W. Bib Roberts trains.   Next on the early card were two divisions for colt/gelding trotters. Broken Record (Muscles Yankee-Miss Garland) with Ray Schnittker in the bike continued their win streak in MD Standardbred Fund action over Let It Go (Impel Hanover-Mica) hitting the wire in 2:02. Ray also trains and co-owns with Theodore Gewertz.   Lucas Wallin and Smart As A Whip (Donato Hanover-Smarter Than Smart) took command at the ¼ mile mile posting a 1:59.3 victory over Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee-Juanna Play Slots) in the 2nd division for colt/gelding trotters. Ake Svanstedt trains for owner Courant A B.   In the first division for colt/gelding pacers the camera could not separate the horses in the 1:54.1 mile producing the first dead heat in recent years in the Maryland stakes. Vic Kirby sent Quick Art (Artzina-Quick Question) to the lead leaving Toms Typhoon with Roger Plante Jr. the pocket trip. The stretch drive had the cheering crowd on their feet with the officials declaring both horses winners. Quick Art is owned by Mo Coo Inc and Jonathan Klee and trained by Josh Green. Toms Typhoon is owned by Thomas Cooke and trained by Roger Hans.   Smart Zone (Rocknroll Hanover-Open Book) started the filly pacers off with a 9 length victory in 1:56.2 for owner Roslyn Delguadio. Matias Ruiz trains and James Lackey was in the bike. Giddylicious (Cam’s Card Shark-Pocketbookchampion) was second.   The final division of pacing colt/geldings went to Toms Tornado (Cam’s Rocket-Nuclear Folks) over K J Ben (Riggins-Winsmith Karen) in 1:55.1. Jonathan Roberts was the reinsman for trainer Roger Hans and owner Thomas Cooke.   Driver Vic Kirby pulled Rumor Mill (The Panderosa-Chippie Gabby) before the half, finally getting the lead at the head of the stretch holding off Cover Model (Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal) to stop the clock in 1:55.3 for the second division of filly pacers. Jim King Jr. trains for CC racing and Joann Looney King.   The Maryland Horse Industry Board and and Dept. of Agriculture Sec. Joe Bartenfelder presented two State of Maryland Citations in the winners circle after the 3rd race. The first was to Maryland trainer Ken Schlotzhauer for his many training titles and the second was to ‘War Horse’ Wynnfield Scamp and owner Pam Polk. The 13 year old stallion just won his 40th career race and has had 253 starts, 48 second and 33 thirds.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Charlene Sharpe is doing what she loves to do   The full time reporter who works for the Dispatch newspaper of Berlin, Maryland is moonlighting, by showing and racing horses and is having a great time along with being successful.   The hardworking journalist also has written articles for HoofBeats and the USTA.   Charlene acquired "Don't Fool Me Now" an 11 year old by Camotion out of Philly Fantasy a Abercrombie mare last year when the owners gave up on her and turned her over to Charlene.   She rested the horse for a year converting the 11 year old gelding over to being a pleasure horse.   Along the way she found out that the gelding loves watermelon.   It is her secret weapon.   "Don't Fool Me Now's" attitude and disposition changed so much that Charlene decided to drop him in the entry box for a race at the Pocomoke Fair, Pocomoke City, Md.   On August 1st the 11 year old gelding won his race at the Pocomoke Fair.   The following week she entered him in four events at the National Standardbred Show scheduled for August 9th in New Jersey and he would ribbon in all four events.   The next night (August 10th) he was off to the races at Ocean Downs where he won his race wire to wire in 1:57.3 with the veteran Frank Milby at the reins.   Her other horse "Wynnfield Flash" that she also owns and trains won his race at Ocean Downs on August 7th also with Milby in the bike.   Both horses are in to go for Monday night August 17th at Ocean Downs.   "Don't Fool Me Now" is scheduled to compete in the Clarissa Coughlin organized Maryland National Standardbred Horse Show at the Timonium State Fair on Monday August 31st.   I also hear that her mother Pam Polk who at one time worked at Roosevelt Raceway for Frank Popfinger and is currently a USTA tattoo technician will also be completing along Charlene's good friend Cate Carrick Nellans.   A big thank you to Charlene, Clarissa, Pam and Cate for promoting harness racing and the versatile Standardbred.   Fred Hudson

The beautiful evening at Ocean Downs opened with four early non-wagering events starting with the harness racing 2 YO filly trotters.   Bold Dresser (Explosive Matter-Pretty In Plaid) made it to the winners circle for the second time this summer in MD Standardbred Fund events for driver-trainer Oyvind Hegdal and owner Glat Kosher Racing trotting her mile in 2:01.1. Frederick Hertrich III is the breeder. Frank Milby driving Tiara (RC Royalty-Panarail) was on the move at the ¾ pole but was unable to catch Bold Dresser in time.   The colt/gelding trot was up next, with most of the freshmen acting up, Kent County (Deweycheatumnhowe-Duchess Of Kent) made a very strong showing on the track winning by almost 24 lengths in 2:01.2. Frank Milby got the driving assignment from trainer and co-owners Robert Shahan and Donald Marine. The breeder was Frederick Hertrich III. After an early break Roger Hammer was able to get High Octane (Donato Hanover-Gaytanes) back on stride to finish second.   In the first division of filly pacers, Breadcrumb Income (Nuclear Breeze-Rose Royce) charged down the stretch for reinsman Roger Plante Jr. to nip Use Your Noodle (Artzina-Lo Gophobia) at the wire in 2:00. Richard Hans is the breeder, owner and trainer of Breadcrumb Income.   The second division of filly pacers produced a stakes and track record when Corey Callahan pulled Freeze Out (American Ideal-Mr Deli's Filly) going up the backside to take the lead and hold off a strong challenge by Miss Read (Shadow Play-Yahoos) with Vic Kirby in the bike. Time for the mile was 1:55.3. Erv Miller trains for owners Paymaq Racing and Leland Mathias, Winbak Farm was the breeder.   The wagering card opened with the first division of colt/gelding pacers. Not content to sit third, driver Corey Callahan shot Power To Perform (Artzina-Shake Rattle Run) to the front before the half and never looked back stopping the clock in 1:57.4 over Canthelpbutwin (Artzina-Native Canadian). Kyle Morre trains for owner Donald Marine. The breeder was Winbak Farm.   The Erv Miller-Corey Callahan connection proved successful once again in the final stake of the night the second division of colt/gelding pacers. Redneck Rally (American Ideal-Ms Harrington) took the lead from Lissilas (Rocknroll Hanover-Lismorebella) at the head of the stretch wining by two and a half lengths in 1:56.2 for owners Anthony Lombardi , Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger and breeder Winbak Farm. Corey Callahan picked up 4 wins for the night, 3 stakes and one overnight.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes continue Thursday night with 8 divisions of 3 year olds starting with non-wagering events at 6 pm. The Maryland Horse Industry Board will be in attendance making some winner circle presentations.   By Cheri Stambaugh

(Fort Washington, MD - August 5, 2015) The 27-night summer-fall racing season at Rosecroft Raceway kicks off Saturday, September 19, 2015. Racing applications are now available at www.rosecroft.com under the "Horsemen" section and must be submitted for consideration by August 31. "The racing program continues to gain momentum at Rosecroft and we anticipate a purse increase going into this summer - fall meet," said Peter Hanley, Rosecroft Racing secretary. Since reopening in the fall of 2011 after a fifteen month bankruptcy period, Rosecroft Raceway has shown continued improvement in its live racing program. Average daily purses, which were $20,000 in 2011, are now near $70,000 for each live card, not including bonus programs linked to Maryland owner and breeding preferences. "Our focus continues on trying to make racing more sustainable for the Maryland horsemen," said Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc., parent company of Rosecroft. "In working with Cloverleaf Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (CSOA) and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association (MSBA) we continue to look for ways to improve our racing product both for the racing customer, and for horsemen, owners and breeders who are making large investments in the state," McErlean said. "There are still many concerns we have about outside factors affecting the long term stability of this business but we will continue to move forward as best we can," he added. Qualifying races are scheduled for Saturday, September 12 in conjunction with the Maryland State Fair which is making its first appearance at Rosecroft. The fair runs September 10 to the 13th on the grounds of the racetrack. In order to qualify, racing applications must be submitted and approved in advance. The summer - fall meet will run through Saturday, December 19 with racing every Tuesday and Saturday evening at 6:40 p.m. Christopher McErlean

With the Maryland Sire Stakes still suffering from a horse shortage due to the instability in our industry a few years ago the July series of 2 YO Finals were conducted as early non-wagering events on Sunday evening at Ocean Downs.   The explosion of 75 yearlings nominated to the Sire Stakes in 2015 and well over that number in the near future should put Maryland back on track.   Star Rose (You Betcha - Ragland Road) leased and trained by Syl King Jr. crossed the wire in 2:11.2 for driver Ray Robinson Jr. in the filly trot division. She repeated her preliminary win when Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket - Game Speed) appeared to have a problem and was never in contention. Star Rose was bred by Meadow Creed Stables LLC.   The colt trot went to Sweeten Me Up (CR Renegade-Miadora) owned/trained and driven by Neal Damron in 2:10.2 over last week's prelim winner Speed It (Cam's Rocket-Hypercast). Neal Damron was also the breeder of Sweeten Me Up.   What I Say Goes (Cam's Rocket-Look Sunder) took the colt & gelding pace in 2:03.1 for reinsman Jonathan Roberts. Happy Hayward (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) was up for place while Toms Tae Kwon Do (Cam's Rocket-Radiant Breeze) finished third.   From the limited first crop of Dontloseyourdayjob his daughter lived up to her name in the filly pace, Fastestgirlaround repeated her preliminary win by stopping the clock in 2:02 over a fast closing Mo Power (Capitol Power-Mystery Shadow).   Frank Milby was in the bike for owners Brian Callahan and Gloria Kinnamon.   Gloria Kinnamon was also the breeder.   Little Bit Wild (Cam's Rocket-Shaaga) was third.   The 3 YO Maryland Sire Stake Finals for the first series will be Sunday August 2.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The enthusiastic crowd was treated to a great night of harness racing at Ocean Downs featuring 8 Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes. The first division of the three-year-old filly trot saw Silence is Bliss (Cr Commando) with Allan Davis in the bike stop the timer in 1:58.4 for owners Charles Wimbrow and James Lunn. Robert White trains and Winbak Farm was the breeder.   The second non-wagering event was the 2nd division of filly trotters. The Josh Green trainee My Fire Cloud Too (Cr Commando) came out of the pack at the ¾ pole, catching the leader Sign N Drive (Cr Commando)at the head of the stretch and pulling away by 5 lengths. Time for the mile was 2:01.1. Richard Lombardo and JJ & M Stable co owner the filly and Winbak Farm was the breeder. Allan Davis picked up his 2nd win for the night.   The non-wagering events continued with two divisions of colt & gelding trots. Broken Record (Muscles Yankee) went gate to wire in 1:59 holding off a strong challenge by Lucky Ten K (Lucky Chucky). Ray Schnittker drives, trains and co-owns the colt with Ted Gewertz.   The final early race saw Lucas Wallin pull Smart As A Whip (Donato Hanover) at the half, finally taking the lead from Let It Go (Impel Hanover) at the head of the stretch crossing the finish in 2:00. Ake Svanstedt trains for owner Courant A B, the breeder was Fred Hertrich III.   The 1st division of colt & gelding pacers saw Quick Art (Artzina) continue his win streak and set a new 3 YO gelding stakes record of 1:53.3 for owners Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee. Tony Morgan was in the bike for trainer Josh Green, Winbak Farm was the breeder. Toms Typhoon ( Cam's Rocket) was second.   Filly pacers were up next with Smart Zone (Rocknroll Hanover) and driver James Lackey content with the pocket trip behind Fancy Sound (Veeza) and Jim Morand. Smart Zone used the stretch to gain a 1¾ length victory in 1:55.2 for owner Roslyn Delgaudio, trainer Matias Ruiz and breeder Winbak Farm.   Driver Corey Callahan was not content to sit in the pack and moved Cover Model (Dragon Again)to the front before the ¾ pole holding off a strong challenge by Rumor Mill (The Panderosa) and driver Vic Kirby, to stop the clock in 1:56.2. CTC Stable co-owns with owner/breeder Fred Hertrich III. Doug Lewis trains.   The final stake of the night was the second division of colt & gelding pacers. The Maryland sired and owned Toms Tornado (Cam's Rocket) went to the front and never looked back for driver Jonathan Roberts. Roger Hans trains for owner/breeder Thomas Cooke. Time for the mile was 1:54.2   Hot hands for the night belonged to Allan Davis with 2 wins and a second in stakes action and 2 more wins in the overnights.   Stakes action continues on Sunday July 19 with the Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries starting at 6:15 pm. Ocean Downs is also hosting our second driver meet and greet with drivers Corey Callahan, Jason Thompson and Tim Offutt from 6:30 to 7 pm by the winners circle, come get an autograph or bring your camera and take pictures with the drivers.   By Cheri Stambaugh

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