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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

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

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