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Ocean City, MD - When Ocean City weather turned cool, windy and with spotty rain, a large crowd of beach goers flocked to Ocean Downs to watch a great night of racing. The $70,000 Hubert Jackson Memorial sire stake summer final for freshman trotting fillies went to post as race 5. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. sent Cate’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) gate to wire for the second week in a row stopping the clock in 2:05 for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner and trainer Shannon Trader. Winnie The Goo (Googoo Gaagaa) was seventh and three deep at the ¾ pole and charged down the stretch to take the place spot. Don’t Shock Me (Nuclear Breeze) with Victor Kirby in the bike picked up his first lifetime win after three second place finishes in the $70,000 Charles Keller Memorial for two year old pacing colts and geldings. Jordon’s All In (Rusty’s All In) battled gamely down the stretch, settling for second a half length behind the leader. Don’t Shock Me is owned by Bryan J. Truitt and Jerry Smith, bred by Bryan Truitt and trained by Bryan Truitt Jr. Ocean Downs was also promoting women in harness racing with the sixth race 1 1/16 mile trot featuring all women drivers from several states. Laurie Stark driving Accokeek Mercury cut the mile with Doreen Dailey coming first over behind Done Andover It and the quarter mile battle to the finish ensued with Done Andover It and Doreen Dailey returning for the picture. Hyway Marcus with Sasha Moczulski in the saddle were the winners of the RUS Exhibition race. The Maryland Sire Stakes summer finals continue on Wednesday Aug 28. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund

On Sunday August 25th Ocean Downs with host 9 women harness racing drivers in the 1 1/16 mile sixth race trot. Drivers participating will be Stacy Chiodo, Doreen Dailey, Whitney Bell, Monica Banca, Miriam Toland, Jean Rastetter, Laurie Stark, Annie Stoebe and Hannah Miller. The ladies will hold a meet and greet from 6:30 to 7:30 with local driver Linda MacDonald also attending. The features on the card are the $70,000 Hubert Jackson Memorial Sire Stake Final for two year old trotting fillies and the $70,000 Charles Keller Memorial Sire Stake Final for two year old pacing colts and geldings. Other events will be a RUS exhibition after race four and bouncy horse races. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund

Berlin, MD - NHyway Marcus leads a field of five trotters competing Sunday evening (August 25) at Ocean Downs as part of the Downs' salute to 'Women in Harness Racing'. The trotters will be competing after the fourth race with an estimated post time of 8:10pm. The sixth race on the wagering card is the Powder Puff Trot where nine women drivers will be competing in a 1 1/16 mile contest. Unlike previous RUS MidAtlantic events, Sunday night's tilt will be an exhibition race which will allow newcomers to RUS, both human and equine, to compete. "This race is different in the matter of we are bringing some new faces and horses into the race", said RUS MidAtlantic President Stephanie Jacobs, "We are always excited to bring in fresh riders and mounts. This exhibition race is different than most. With no purse, riders and horses with the support of owners and trainers are coming down with no other intent other than to show their passion for the sport. It is a true testament of the support we have". For riders Sofia Zingale and Molly Gara, the race provides a reunion of sorts, having both come from the show jumping world and the same college equestrian team. When asked about the race, Zingale stated, "I'm really excited for this exhibition race. I think it is fantastic Ocean Downs is supporting women in harness racing with both our RUS race and the powder puff drivers race on the same night. I love the fact that we have new horses and riders in this race. Seabuddy is a full brother to my usual mount "Egosnattitudes" and Rebel Soul has gate speed like you can't believe. It will be very interesting to see". On making her debut appearance, Gara claimed, "I've jumped horses my whole life and just recently got into harness racing. Now I'm so excited to try RUS and I think it's just the beginning"! The other newcomer in the saddle, Nicky Ratledge stated, : "[I] Can't wait to try out RUS. It's something I've always wanted to try with all the Standardbreds that I have ridden over my years of working in harness racing! I'll be conquering another goal!". While it will take a top effort to defeat Hyway Marcus who is in the middle of a five-race win streak (sulky and under saddle), newcomer Pembroke Bada Bing may present a challenge as he has been racing well in sulky at Pocono Downs and Harrah's Philadelphia; finishing a head behind Marcus after cutting the mile from post position seven. "Marcus continually gives me some of the best moments of my life", explains Sasha Moczulski, "so hopefully by opening this race up to new riders and having them experience the thrill of getting behind the gate, we can expand our sport. Having a unique horse that can race both in harness and under saddle just helps make our profession all the more exciting." The field for the exhibition race are:  1. Hyway Marcus (Sasha Moczulski) 2. Rebel Soul (Sofia Zingale) 3. Pembroke Bada Bing (Stephanie Jacobs) 4. Seabuddy (Nicole Ratlledge) 5. Puddin N Pie (Molly Gara) by Allan Schott, for RUS MidAtlantic

Ocean City, MD - The freshman Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries for pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings concluded at Ocean Downs on Wed. August 21. In race one, the first division for the trotting colts and geldings, Andy American (Andoversure) repeated his trip from last week going gait to wire, 7 lengths ahead of Lg's Jet (Lear Jetta) in the 2:03.3 mile. Jonathan Roberts received the driving assignment from trainer Charlie Norris for owner-breeder Robert Key. The first split for the pacing fillies saw Fire Me Up (Rusty's All In) pickup her second preliminary win for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner stopping the clock in 1:59.4. Fire Me Up is trained by Shannon Trader and driven by Jared Moyer. My Girl Lu (Rusty's For Real) finished second. Despite a broken buxton flapping most of the mile, Yall Beneath Me (Googoo Gaagaa) destroyed the second split for colt and gelding trotters, winning by 33 lengths in 1:57.2 on the half mile oval. K J Larry (Lockkeeper) took the place spot. Reinsman Russell Foster was in the bike behind Yall Beneath Me for owner-trainer-breeder Richard Hans. Eddie Davis Jr. pulled Maizee Blue (Rusty's All In) first over near the half taking the lead by the ¾ pole and coasting home in the 1:59.2 second division for the pacing fillies. I'd Be Rich (Rusty's For Real) held on for second. Les Givens trains the winner for owners and breeders Leslie Moore and Robert Weyforth. The $70,000 Maryland Sire Stakes Finals for two year olds will be contested on Sunday August 25th and Wednesday August 28th. By Cheri Stambaugh, for Maryland Development Fund

Ocean City, MD - Ocean Downs hosted the second round of Maryland Sire Stake prelims for freshman pacing colts/geldings and trotting fillies on Sunday August 18. In the first division for filly trotters, Cate’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) broke her maiden in the 2:03.1 mile with Trout’s Legacy (Charlie De Vie) finishing second. Eddie Davis Jr. received the driving assignment from trainer Shannon Trader. Pamela Wagner is the owner and breeder. K J Andrea (Lockkeeper) tied the freshman stakes record of 2:02 for the trotting fillies in her win over Winnie The Goo (Googoo Gaagaa) in the second split. Shannon Trader trains the winner for co-owners Pamela Wagner and Scott Woogen, Clarissa Coughlin was the breeder. Nvrfearlloydishere (Rusty’s All In) driven by Eddie Davis Jr. remains undefeated in three lifetime starts, once again going gate to wire, stopping the timer in1:57.2 a new lifetime mark. Pam Wagner is the owner and breeder and Shannon Trader is the trainer. Fantastic Voyage (Cool Flying Fun) took the place spot. The second split for the pacing colts and geldings went to post as race six. In a race that saw multiple position changes in the field, reinsman John Wagner sent Jordons All In ( Rusty’s All In) to a wire to wire victory 8 lengths ahead of Don’t Shock Me (Nuclear Breeze) in the 1:57.1 mile. Once again it was the Pamela Wagner-Shannon Trader team with the win. If you lost count Shannon Trader trained all four stakes winners for owner or co-owner Pamela Wagner with Eddie Davis Jr. driving two and John Wagner driving the other two. The preliminary action will conclude on Wednesday Aug. 21 at Ocean Downs. By Cheri Stambaugh, Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - On Wednesday Aug. 7th the first split for trotting colts and geldings saw Yall Beneath Me (Googoo Gaagaa) with Russell Foster in the bike, once again winning by 22 lengths in the Ocean Downs opener. Enough Already (Four Starz Robro) finished second. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred Yall Beneath Me, time for the mile was 1:59.3. Jared Moyer sent Fire Me Up (Rusty's All In) flying out from post six to take control hitting the first quarter in 28.4, pacing the mile in 1:59.2 one length ahead of I'd Be Rich (Rusty's For Real) in the first division for pacing fillies. Shannon Trader trains the winner for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner. Andy American (Andoversure) driven by Jonathan Roberts captured the second division of trotting colts and geldings, stopping the clock in 2:03.2 with Lg's Jet (Lear Jetta) closing for second. Robert Key is the owner-breeder and Charlie Norris the trainer of Andy American. In the second division for pacing fillies reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. took full advantage of post one sending Maizee Blue (Rusty's All In) gate to wire in 1:59.3 for co-owners and breeders Leslie Moore and Robert Weyforth, Les Givens is the trainer. Nat’s A Lady (Rusty's All In) took the place position. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - Two splits each for two year old trotting fillies and pacing colts and geldings opened the first round of sire stakes preliminaries at Ocean Downs. A final quarter battle between Gooreatness (Googoo Gaagaa) and Cate's A Keeper (Lockkeeper) had the crowd cheering loudly for their favorite in division one for the filly trotters. When it was over the photo showed Gooreatness winning by a nose over Cate's A Keeper in the 2:03.1 mile. Russell Foster was in the bike for owner-trainer Richard Hans, Arlene Cameron was the breeder. The pacing colts and geldings were up next and Jonathan Roberts sent Fantastic Voyage (Cool Flying Fun) out getting the lead past the quarter in 29.3 holding off Jordons All In (Rusty's All In) at the wire in 1:58. Shaun Callahan trains for owner-breeder Dawn Amiss. The second split for the filly trotters went to post as race three. Reinsman John Wagner behind K J Andrea (Lockkeeper) took the lead by the half, holding off pocket sitting Grey (Charlie De Vie) by a half-length when the clock stopped in the 2:03.3 mile. Scott Woogen and Pam Wagner are the owners, Shannon Trader the trainer and Clarissa Coughlin is the breeder. Nvrfearlloydishere (Rusty's All In) flew out of post seven to go a gate to wire mile in the remaining division for colt and gelding pacers. Don't Shock Me (Nuclear Breeze) came from seventh to get within two lengths of the leader to take the place spot. Shannon Trader trains for owner-breeder Pam Wagner Time for the mile was 1:59.3 The first round of Maryland Sire Stake prelims continue on Wednesday Aug. 7th with pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings. Ocean Downs also hosted their weekly driver meet and greet featuring Justin Vincent, Victor Kirby and Tyler Davis prior to the Sunday races. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

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

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

The large crowd of summer visitors were treated to a sixteen race harness racing card on Wednesday July 24 at Ocean Downs including four Maryland Sire Stakes for older horses. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. gave Boo Boo Baa Baa (Googoo Gaagaa) the perfect pocket trip in the mare trot, charging down the stretch to catch the leader Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) in the final strides. Shawn Callahan trains the mare for his mom's Breakaway Racing stable and his dad Nick Callahan was the breeder. Time for the mile was 2:01. The trot for the 4 & 5 year old boys went to post as race three. Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) and What That Is (Cam's Rocket) opened up on the field by the ¾ pole, battling to the wire in the 1:58 mile with What That Is coming back to the winner circle. Roger Plante Jr. was in the bike for owner-trainer Kerry Welty. Richard Hans was the breeder. Owner Breakaway Racing and breeder Nick Callahan picked up their second stakes win of the night in the mare pace when Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) cut the mile finishing a nose in front of Rissy's All In (Rusty's All In). Justin Vincent was between the wheels for trainer Elwood Tignor in the 1:57.1 mile. The final stake of the night was for the male pacers. Jason Thompson pulled Jack Quick (Nuclear Breeze) to come first over at the half taking control by the ¾ mile, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. BT's Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) finished second. Basil Sapienza owns-trains and bred the winner. The Maryland stakes season for two year olds will begin on Sunday July 28th with four Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes. Also on Sunday Ocean Downs will host Pacing For The Cure featuring a walk around the track after the second race to raise money for MS research. By Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin, MD

Berlin, MD……….. Horsemen please note that the harness racing qualifiers scheduled for 10 am, Wednesday, July 24 at Ocean Downs have been pushed back to 6 pm- prior to the start of the Wednesday night race card at 7:05 pm. A “micro-burst” of a thunder storm cell wiped out 500 feet of perimeter fencing. Weather permitting, the Ocean Downs track crew is currently working to replace and repair the damaged fencing. Also note, that because of this event, there will be no schooling or training of horses for this day. Please contact the Ocean Downs race office for more information: 410-641-0600 x3212 or 3211.

Due to the forecast of extreme heat in the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday, July 21, 2019, Ocean Downs has canceled its harness racing program for that night.   “Given the heat index that is anticipated on Sunday, and in the best interest of the health and welfare of the horses, horsemen and team members, we are canceling the live race card “, said Bobbi Sample, general manager of Ocean Downs.   After consulting with the local horsemen’s group, The Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association, and state veterinarians, the decision was reached.   The two stake races that were drawn for that night- the four and five year old pacers in the MD Sires Stakes program -will be carried over to Wednesday’s card of racing.   Those horsemen already entered for the stakes races need not re-enter. Overnight horses that were in to go for the canceled card are asked to re-enter for Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Entry date is Sunday, July 21, 2019 by 9am.   For further information, please contact the Ocean Downs race office at 410-641-0600 x3211 or 3212.     Peter Szymanski

Harness racing fans at Ocean Downs saw two Maryland Sire Stakes records fall on Sunday July 14. The $70,000 summer final for trotting fillies went to post as race eight on a sweltering night at the ocean. Art Stafford Jr. sent HS Judy Jetson (Great George Two-Broadway Fooling) gate to wire expanding their lead at every quarter to lower the stakes and track record to 1:57.3 for three year old trotting fillies. Current News closed for second. Joe Carroll trains for owner-breeder Cary Grady. The rivalry between Owzitgoin and Trump That Rusty continued in the $70,000 Maryland Sire Stakes final for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. pulled Trump That Rusty (Rustys For Real-Alberts Drifter N) before the quarter to challenge the pace setting Owzitgoin (Rustys For Real) finally taking command at the ¾ pole, stretching his lead to almost four lengths in the stakes record mile of 1:54.1. Owzitgoin maintained the place position. Trainer Dylan Davis co-owns the winner with Jeffrey Billings, Warren Racing is the breeder. The sophomore summer finals continue on Wed. July 17th with the pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings. By Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin, MD

The $13,425 division for harness racing sophomore colt and gelding trotters went to post at Ocean Downs as race one on July 10. After being parked to the quarter, I Deliver (Four Starz Robro) with Jonathan Roberts in the bike, took command crossing the wire 2 ½ lengths ahead of Scooby Goo in 1:58.4. Greg Haverstick trains for owners Iron Mine Branch, LLC. The breeder is Kelley Rogers. Reinsman Roger Plant Jr. sent Final Escape (Artiscape) wire to wire in the first split for the pacing fillies stopping the clock in 1:59.3 a neck in front of Paper Bag. The owners are Leblanc Racing, Douglas Johnson & Glenn Dyke, the breeder is Winbak Farm and Steve Leblanc is the trainer. The purse was $15,575. Mind Yown Business (Lockkeeper) owned the $13,575 split for colt and gelding trotters going gate to wire in 1:58.3 six and a quarter lengths in front of Dr Grinch. Megan Foster trains for driver-owner Russell Foster. Richard Hans is the breeder. The filly pacers returned in race five with a purse of $15,575. Driver Andrew McCarthy pulled What A Fox (Somebeachsomewhere)at the half winning by ¾ length over In And Out Again in 1:56 for owner David McDuffee. Brett Pelling is the trainer, the breeder is Fred Hertrich. The Maryland Sire Stakes action returns with three year old summer finals going for $70,000 each on Sunday July 14 and Wednesday July 17th. By Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin, MD

Berlin, MD — The Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for harness racing sophomore filly trotters went to post as race eight on Sunday (July 7) at Ocean Downs. Reinsman John Wagner took full advantage of post one, going gate-to-wire with Mary’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper), holding off the pocket sitting Bossy Hilly (Great George Two) in 1:58.3. Arlene Cameron trains for co-owners and breeders John Wagner and Syl King Jr. The 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings were showcased in race 10. Not content with sitting fourth, driver Eddie Davis Jr. pulled Trump That Rusty (Rusty’s For Real) at the three-eighth pole to go head to head with the leader Owzitgoin (Rusty’s For Real) for the rest of the mile. When the dust settled Trump That Rusty was victorious in 1:55 for co-owners Jeffrey Billings and Dylan Davis. Davis is also the trainer and Warren Racing Stable is the breeder. The Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes continue on Wednesday (July 10) with splits for pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings. By Cheri Stambaugh  

The second round of Maryland Sire Stakes prelims for harness racing sophomore filly trotters and colt and gelding pacers finished up on Sunday June 30 at Ocean Downs. Pats A Keeper (Lockkeeper) went wire to wire, in the record setting 1:58 mile for three year old trotting fillies in race one. John Wagner was in the bike for owner-breeder Pam Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Gittin All Sexy closed to take the place spot. The second split for the fillies saw a quarter mile battle between HS Judy Jetson (Great George Two) and Mary’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) in a 1:58.2 mile only two fifths off the record just set. HS Judy Jetson scored the victory by a head in the photo finish. Joe Carroll trains for owner-breeder Cary Grady, Art Stafford Jr. was the reinsman. The first division for pacing colts and geldings saw Montrell Teague send Owzitgoin (Rusty’s For Real) gate to wire in 1:56.1 to win by three lengths over Dennis The Menace. Shaun Callahan is the trainer for Breakaway Racing. Breeders are Nick, Corey and Joanna Callahan. With position changes the norm, the final stake of the night had three horses vying for the lead at the head of the stretch. In the end the pocket sitting Officer Wholihan taking the passing lane and the first over Trump That Rusty slid past leader Bezerker to finish the mile a head apart. The photo revealed Officer Wholihan (Rusty’s For Real) tripped the timer first in 1:55.4 for owner Michael Torcello and trainer Arlene Cameron, Allan Davis was the driver. Wednesday July 3rd will have the sophomore pacing fillies and trotting colts and gelding finishing their sire stakes prelims. All the point lists for the horses eligible to the finals can be found at msrfonline.com Ocean Downs will have fireworks tonight July 1 after the last race. By Cheri Stambaugh

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