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On Sunday July 30 the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund (foaled) Stakes for harness racing two year olds started with the trotting colts and geldings going to post in race two.   Driver Chuck Connor Jr. sent Whats The Word (Donato Hanover) to the lead, striding off to win by 17½ lengths in the 1:58.2 mile. Iron Mine Bro was up for place. Arden Homestead Stable and Janice Connor are the owners with Janice also picking up training duties. Fred Hertrich is the breeder.   The filly pacers split in three divisions. In the first split George and Tina Dennis Racing's Michelle's Jazz (Roll With Joe) moved up from mid pack going up the back stretch to take a two length victory over leader Cheyenne Zone. Frank Milby was in the bike for trainer Joe Columbo in the 1:56.4 mile, Winbak Farm was the breeder.   Race six saw the lead change several times, after a couple of miscue's at the start. Pedal Power (Roddy's Bags Again) made a break at the start, recovered and worked her way passed the pack going three deep at the ¾ pole to win by a neck over Toms Trophy in 2:02.2. Reinsman Art Stafford Jr. drove for trainer and co-owner Darrell Lewis and Leah Lewis. The breeder was Winbak Farm.   The final split of the night had the crowd screaming for their favorite in the tight photo. Jason Green gave Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) the perfect pocket trip, charging down the stretch to win by a nose over Tell Me The Truth and Sanza. Elwood Tignor trains for owner Breakaway Racing and breeder Nick Callahan.   The action continues on Monday July 31 with two divisions for 2 year old filly trotters and four splits for colt and gelding pacers.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The harness racing 3 year old trotting colts/geldings made their final sire stakes appearance on Sunday July 23rd at Ocean Downs going for a purse of $69,800.   After and up and down start to his career the hybrid colt EI EI O (Cam’s Rocket-My Baby Momma) found his way to the winners for the second week in a row with stablemate Hybrid Henry up for place in the 1:57 mile. Brian Burton was in the bike for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans.   After sitting back in the field last week and getting beat by a neck in the filly pace pilot Roger Plante Jr. sent Miss Valerie (Allie’s Western) out of the gate, taking air to the quarter pole. When the clock stopped in 1:59, the favorite Miss Valerie was 2 lengths ahead of long shot A Blue Believer in the $63,700 Final.   Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz. Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breeders.   The finals continued on Monday July 24th with another large enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Their favorite Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam’s Rocket) did not disappoint setting a new stakes record for 3 year old pacing colts of 1:53 on the half opening up 9 lengths over second place Adios Muchachos in the $70,000 Final. Reinsman Russell Foster was between the wheels for owner/breeder Brian Emerson, Judy Welty trains.   Once again the combo of Roger Plante Jr. and trainer Steve LeBlanc proved successful when Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) remained undefeated notching her 9th win in 2017 taking the $70,150 final for trotting fillies.  Camita coming from back in the pack was the place victor the close photo over Starz And Deuces who was third. Dr. William Solomon is the owner/breeder, time for the mile was 2:01.4.   Sunday July 30th and Monday July 31st start the 2 year old Maryland Standardbred Fund (foaled) Stakes at the Ocean, come out and meet three of the drivers for autographs and photos at 6:30 prior to the races.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The pacing fillies started the Sunday night July 9th harness racing card with two divisions of prelims.   Whitesvillemichele (Capitol Power) held off a strong challenge by Cheap Ain't Fast winning by a neck in the 1:58.4 clocking. W. David Hill III drove for owner/trainer/breeder Gary White.   The second division for pacing fillies saw the favorite Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) take control in the gate to wire win over Evergreen Marla stopping the clock in 1:59.1. Reinsman Roger Plante Jr. had a little scare when Miss Valerie jumped the photo finish light at the wire. Steve LeBlanc trains and co-owns the filly with Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. Tom & Linda Winebrener are the breeders.   Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) took some air to the quarter before taking the lead from LG's Hotshoeboy setting a stakes record for trotting geldings of 1:58.1. Russell Foster was the pilot for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans.   The sire stakes prelims continued on Monday night July 10th with the pacing colts and geldings. Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) returned to winning form in the second race with Russell Foster in the bike. The 1:55 mile was just short of the stakes record. Adios Muchachos finished second 5 lengths back. Judy Welty trains the winner for owner/breeder Brian Emerson.   Trotting filly Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) remains a perfect 7 for 7 in 2017 for owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon. Roger Plant Jr. was the driver in the 2:01.3 mile with Daygone up for place.   The second round of prelims continues Sunday and Monday July 16th & 17th.   By Cheri Stambaugh

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

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

Christina Talley, 50, passed away after a long two-year battle with cervical cancer at Penninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. on Feb. 10. Ms. Talley, who was born in Bel Air, Ohio, daughter of the late Jack and Martha Talley, is survived by her significant other, Curtis Daniels, four children, five grandchildren and several uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces. A horse enthusiast throughout her life, she cared for horses owned by her father, a renowned Delmarva-area harness race caller Jack Talley, who also owned and trained a number of harness race horses. Later she became an owner of horses with Go Nurse, she favorite. Go Nurse won Horse of the Year at Ocean Downs in 2001. A funeral Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Salisbury Baptist Temple, Salisbury, Md. At 10 a.m., a one-hour visitation will be held prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Salisbury Baptist Temple, 6413 Hobbs Road., Salisbury, Md. 21804. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21804. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.hollowayfh.com

In September 2015, Leonard "Buddy" Jones III and Kevin Fitzgerald were thrilled when the auctioneer called "Sold!" after their $1,400 bid for one of the harness racing horses going through the Chick's Sale ring. "We liked the way he looked," Fitzgerald explained. "Did we know what we were looking at? No. We didn't have a clue what we were buying." He's not exaggerating. Three weeks before the sale, the idea of owning a racehorse hadn't crossed either of their minds. Jones, however, received a call from a coach who wanted his daughter to join a particular softball team. Jones agreed to meet with him to talk it over. "I met him at Ocean Downs and we were betting on the horses," Jones said. "He had horses. He told me there was more money on that end than betting on it." That was all the encouragement it took for Jones to rally the support of Fitzgerald and head for the September 2015 Chick's Sale in Harrington, Del. Lucky for them, the horse they happened to bid on was Walton Shaw A (2002, p,10,1:53.1h, $301,884). Though he was nearing the end of a winless season, Walton Shaw A had what they lacked -- experience. "Everybody said he was classy," Fitzgerald said. The 14-year-old pacer proved it to them in 2016, winning five races and earning just under $20,000 for Fitzgerald and Jones under the guidance of conditioner Jay Shores this year. Though they initially sent Walton Shaw A to a trainer in Delaware, as that's where he'd been racing before the sale, Jones and Fitzgerald quickly realized they wanted to be hands-on owners. “It was too far away for us to go and see our horse,” Jones said. It was just a matter of weeks before they moved the pacer to a training center in Salisbury, Md., a short drive from both of their homes. Walton Shaw A earned a few checks at Rosecroft Raceway before the track closed in December. When the five-eighths-mile oval reopened in March, Walton Shaw A proved all he’d needed was some time off. Jones and Fitzgerald made their first trip to the winner's circle March 8 after Walton Shaw A made a huge three-wide move from the back of the pack to win easily by five lengths in 1:56.1. The older pacer continued to earn checks just about every week for his eager owners before earning a second victory May 3 in a $5,000 claiming race. He again came from behind to make a big move at the three-quarter pole, drawing off to win by more than seven lengths in 1:55. In June, Jones and Fitzgerald excitedly began racing Walton Shaw A at their local track, Ocean Downs. Classified as a C-2 pacer, Walton Shaw A put in a game effort every week but faced some stiff competition. His owners were pleased to see him drop down to the C-3 level in July. After a solid third-place finish July 22, driver Roger Plante Jr. put Walton Shaw A right on the front the following week. He stayed there, winning by nearly a length in 1:57. "We were tickled," Fitgerald said. Nevertheless, he and Jones didn't have high hopes the following week when Walton Shaw A was moved back up to the C-2 level. The pacer surprised them though, coming first over to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:56.1. "I didn't expect him to win," Fitzgerald recalled. "He went off at 22-1." Walton Shaw A returned to Rosecroft this fall and earned his 44th lifetime win Nov. 1, coming from behind as he so often does to win in 1:55.2 for Plante. He's earned a second and third since, and his connections are hoping to race him once more before he retires. They credit Walton Shaw A's success with getting them hooked on harness racing. They've already got two other horses and can be found at the barn more often than not. Fitzgerald, a school bus driver and mechanic who'd never interacted with horses, says he never pictured himself working with the animals. "I never thought I'd be into the horse thing," he said, "but I really enjoy it." He says other horsemen have proven helpful, providing pointers and advice when needed. He also credits Walton Shaw A with being the perfect first horse. "He made it look easy," Fitzgerald said, adding that even when the horse got loose at the farm he went right to his stall. And while the potential purses might have sparked Jones’ initial interest in harness racing, you wouldn’t know it listening to him now. When asked what he considers Walton Shaw A’s best race, it’s not one of the horse’s wins he mentions. “I thought it was when he went in 1:53 and finished eighth at Rosecroft,” Jones said. “That is impressive for a 14-year-old horse.” Though sorry to see his career coming to an end, Jones and Fitzgerald know they have Walton Shaw A to thank for getting to experience the thrill of harness racing. They say they have no plans of parting with the old pacer. "He's the family pet," Fitzgerald said. by Charlene Sharpe, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

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

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

On Thursday (Aug. 18) at Ocean Downs, the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes contested four non-wagering harness racing events.   Once again a Richard Hans owned, bred and trained Cam's Rocket trotter left the field in his dust in the colt/gelding trot. Speed It in his usual fashion went to the front and never looked back in the 2:01 for reinsman Jim Morand. Righteous Renegade was second.   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 almost 2 length lead over Star Rose at the finish in 2:02.4 for owners Breakaway Racing and breeder Nick Callahan.   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 2:00.2.   The final stake was for colt and gelding pacers. Driver/trainer Jeff Fout guided Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) to the front and held that lead to the wire in 2:02.3 for owner and breeder Winbak Farm. What I Say Goes was up for place.   The second prelims for 2 year olds will be Sunday Aug 21 at Ocean Downs.   By Cheri Stambaugh

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

The non-wagering harness racing card at Ocean Downs opened with Speed It (Cam's Rocket) lowering his own stakes record to 1:58.3 for trotting colts/geldings with driver Jim Morand in the bike.   The pair cut the mile opening the distance to the field at every pole with Righteous Renegade finishing second.   Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   In the trotting fillies, the dual between Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket) and Star Rose continues with Rock The Game stopping the clock in 2:01.1 this week.   Breakaway Racing owns the filly, Shaun Callahan trains and Corey Callahan was the reinsman.   Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) and pilot Frank Milby swept the July series for pacing fillies with a 1:58.3 mile over a fast closing Mo Power. Brian Callahan trains and co-owns the filly with Gloria Kinnamon. Gloria is also the breeder.   The pacing colt/geldings finished the early card with the Winbak Farm owned and bred Steal N Go sweeping the series. Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) cut the nice even mile in 2:00.4 for driver/trainer Jeff Fout with What I Say Goes getting up for place.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes resume on Sunday Aug. 7th with the 2 year olds going to the post.   By Cheri Stambaugh

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