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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

The first round of three year old Maryland sire stakes harness racing prelims wrapped up with two splits each for pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings. The trotting colts and geldings opened the card with Gaareat Gaazoo (Googoo Gaagaa) coming from the pocket to catch I Deliver at the wire in 2:02. Frank Milby was in the bike for owner Arlene Cameron, Richard Hans is the trainer and breeder. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. sent Rocket Rhonda (Cam's Rocket) wire to wire in the first division for pacing fillies with KJ Dr Michelle taking the place position. Brian Callahan owns and trains the filly and Roger Hans was the breeder. Time for the mile was 1:57.4 In the third race, the second split for the trotting colts and geldings, Eddie Davis Jr. once again went to the front and never looked back with Remarkable De Vie (Charlie De Vie) tying the Stakes record for trotting geldings of 1:57.2. Fire’n Woodshed was second. Syl King Jr. trains for owner Steven Mullen, the breeder is Lisa Caposio. The final stake of the night was the second division for pacing fillies. Driver Frank Milby Jr. took over the lead at the head of the stretch with Anna B (Cam's Rocket) and held off the challenge from She All Miss Thang crossing the wire in 1:57.3. Roger Hans owns, trains and bred Anna B. It was certainly a night for two's in the four stakes, drivers Frank Milby and Eddie Davis Jr. each had two wins, Roger Hans had two wins as a breeder and the stallion Cam's Rocket's offspring won both filly paces. The second round of sophomore stakes will continue Sunday June 30 at Ocean Downs.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The summer series for the harness racing sophmore Maryland Sire Stakes opened with two splits for the trotting fillies. Race 1 saw John Wagner tuck Pat’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) in the pocket behind Current News until the ¾ pole, catching the leader in the last few strides. Pat’s A Keeper is trained by Arlene Cameron and owned and bred by Pam Wagner, time for the mile was 1:59.3. The second division for three year old  trotting fillies went to post as race 3. With the first three finishers all trotting in 2:01 you know it was an exciting finish. Tiny Tiara cut the mile after favorite HS Judy Jetson made a break at the start. After trailing by 13 lengths at the ¼ mile HS Judy Jetson caught the field and took aim on the leader in the stretch but Gittin All Sexy (Googoo Gaagaa) with reinsman Frank Milby in the bike charged down the stretch to take the three horse photo. Gittin All Sexy is owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans. The first division for pacing colts & gelding saw another great photo finish. It was no surprise when Berzerker headed to the lead but Officer Wholihan (Rusty’s For Real) started creeping up from 5th to 4th to stopping the clock a nose in front in the 1:56.1 mile. Arlene Cameron picked up her second training victory on the card. Michael Torcello is the owner and Linda MacDonald is the breeder. The final stake of the night was in race 5, the second division for three year old pacing colts and geldings. Driver Montrell Teague sent Owzitgoin (Rusty’s For Real) to the front holding off a challenge by Dennis The Menace at the half and another in the stretch by Trump That Rusty, holding on by ¾ length in 1:55.4. Breakaway Racing is the owner of Owzitgoin and Nick, Corey and Joanna Callahan are the breeders. Stakes action will continue on Wednesday June 26th at Ocean Downs. By Cheri Stambaugh    

Ocean City, MD - On Sunday August 26th the Maryland sired freshman harness racing trotting colts and geldings went to post as race 5 in the Charles Keller Memorial with a purse of $67,000 at Ocean Downs.   Whoopdee Goo (Googoo Gaagaa) got away 4th but driver Jim Morand pulled near the half taking the lead, extending it to five lengths by the wire in the 2:01.1 mile. Mind Yown Business (Lockkeeper) recovered from a break at the half to charge down the stretch to finish second. Whoopdee Goo is owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans.   The $67,000 Hubert Jackson Memorial for two year old pacing fillies tied the stakes record of 1:56.3 in race six. How Bout Dat Rusty (Rusty's For Real) with Jonathan Roberts in the bike went wire to wire, tripping the timer 1 ¾ lengths ahead of B For Real (Rusty's For Real) Mike Hall trains for owner Al Carter and breeder Carter Racing Stable.   The two year old sire stakes finished up on Monday August 27 starting with the W.W. 'Pete" Shaw Memorial for pacing colts and geldings. Reinsman Corey Callahan tipped Owzitgoin (Rusty's For Real) out from 6th before the half, getting the lead by the ¾ pole and charging down the stretch to win by seven lengths over Sonny's Blessing in 1:56.4.   This was definitely a family affair as Corey's brother Shaun trains for their mother's Breakaway Racing and the breeders are dad Nick Callahan and Corey and Joanna Callahan. The purse was $67,000.   The $67,000 Ronald "Doc" Banning Memorial for trotting fillies set a new stakes record of 2:01.1. Pats A Keeper (Lockkeeper) got away 8th, was 6th by the half, three deep at the ¾, winning by a head over stable mate Mary's A Keeper (Lockkeeper). Jared Moyer was in the bike for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner-breeder Pam Wagner.   The Maryland Sire Stakes for two year olds will start their fall series on September 16th at Rosecroft Raceway.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - The second round of Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries concluded on Monday night Aug. 20 at Ocean Downs setting the stage for the $67,000 Finals on Aug. 26th and 27th.   Starting from post 7, driver John Wagner guided Pat's A Keeper (Lockkeeper) out of the gate, taking air to the 3/8 mile, before taking the lead and opening up 6 lengths on the field, tying the stakes record of 2:02 for two year old trotting fillies. Sleek N Majestic (Charlie De Vie) was up for place. Pat's A Keeper is owned and bred by Pam Wagner and trained by Arlene Cameron.   The second split for two year old trotting fillies went to post as race three. Reinsman Russell Foster gave Gittin All Sexy (Googoo Gaagaa) the perfect pocket trip catching the leader Bossy Hilly (Great George Two) in mid-stretch to stop the clock in 2:04. Richard Hans owns, bred and trains Getting All Sexy.   Two divisions for two year old pacing colts and geldings were up next starting with a non wagering event between after race three. Owner Pam Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron picked up their second win of the night when Dennis The Menace (Rusty's All In) went wire to wire in the 1:59.4 mile.   Jared Moyer was in the bike. Pam Wagner is also the breeder. Rockin The Shades was second.   The pacing colts came back in race five for the last stake of the evening. Jared Moyer picked up his second stakes win for the night behind Sonny's Blessing (Rusty's All In) in another gate to wire victory 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Where's Barry (Rusty's For Real). This win gave trainer Arlene Cameron and owner Pam Wagner their third stakes win for the night. Linda Condon and Kevin Freeman are also co-owners of Sonny's Blessing and Linda Condon is the breeder.   On Wednesday Aug. 22 Ocean Downs will be hosting the Back To The Track night with pony rides, face painting, carriage rides, photo booth, an appearance by mascot Lucky U, a T-shirt toss, hat give away and more.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Development Fund

Ocean City, MD - A large crowd watched the first split for two year old pacing fillies open the Sunday August 19 card.   Reinsman Victor Kirby was content to sit fifth till the 5/8 with favorite B For Real (Rusty's For Real) then taking aim on the leader Toms Twinkle (Cam's Rocket) the pair pulled away by 1 ½ lengths in the 2:00.3 mile. B For Real is trained by Bryan Truitt Jr and owned and bred by Bryan J. Truitt.   The sire Rusty's For Real had a sweep of the filly pacers when How Bout Dat Rusty flew out of the gate leaving the rest of the field behind in the 9 ½ length victory in the sixth race. Time for the mile was 1:57.2. Jonathan Roberts was in the bike for owner Al Carter and trainer Mike Hall. Carter Racing Stable LLC was the breeder. Sophist (Up Front Charlie) finished second.   The colt and gelding trotters went to post as races 2, 3 & 5. Mind Your Own Business (Lockkeeper) owned, trained and driven by Russell Foster found the lead just passed the quarter to finish four lengths ahead of Goocho Denaro (Googoo Gaagaa) stopping the timer in 2:01.4. Richard Hans was the breeder.   In the second and third splits for trotters went to Googoo Gaagaa offspring owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans. Driver Frank Milby sent Gaareat Gaazoo out from post six in the wire to wire victory over Take My Photo (Lockkeeper). The time was 2:02.2.   Whoopdee Goo with Jim Morand between the wheels romped to a 21½ length win, tripping the timer in 2:01.4. First time starter Plenty Tuff (Lear Jetta) was up for place.   Preliminaries continue Monday August 20 with the pacing colts and gelding and trotting fillies at 7:05 pm.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - On a humid Monday evening, in front of a large crowd, Ocean Downs held the first legs of the Maryland Sire Stakes Preliminaries for both 2 year old colt pacers and trotting fillies. The spectators were invited into the infield throughout the evening to observe the first ever Pig and Weiner Dog races as they enjoyed a competitive card of harness racing.   In the first division for pacing colts, Berzerker, a Rusty's For Real homebred for Wanda, Clifton and Brandon Murray made his connections proud taking full advantage of the rail in his first pari-mutuel start while cutting out fractions of 29.4, 100.3, 1.30.3 and confidently sprinting home in the lane to stop the timer in 1.59.4 for driver Tony Morgan. Sonny's Blessing made an impressive move from the back of the field to finish ahead of stablemate Where's Barry to garner the place spot.   The second division saw the Rusty's All In colt Dennis The Menace gun down early pace setter Owzitgoin through the lane after sitting a comfortable tracking spot, third along the rail, behind swift fractions of 28.2, 57.2, 1.27.1. As the field maintained its single filed positions to the three quarter marker driver Jared Moyer swung Dennis The Menace off the pylons around the final turn and gamely tracked down the early pace setter while kicking home in 29.4 to trip the teletimer in 1.57.3.   Bossy Hilly had the perfect steer from driver Jonathon Roberts in the first division of the trotting fillies as she capitalized on a two hole journey behind Tiny Tiara for the entire mile. The Leon Harris trainee pulled the pocket on the far turn and trotted strongly to the wire to post a 2.01.3 mile. Tiny Tiara held position for second to round out the exacta.   The second split of trotting fillies saw Mary's A Keeper leave sharply off the wings for reignsman John Wagner and lead throughout the 2.04.2 mile while holding off the late surging favorite Sleek N Majestic for driver Arthur Stafford Jr. . Mary's A Keeper is a homebred for owners John Wagner and Syl King Jr.   Maryland Sire Stakes will continue back on Sunday, August 19th and Monday, August 20th with the second legs of preliminaries.   by Jeff Billings for the MSRF

Ocean City, MD - The Maryland sire stakes held the first round of preliminary races for freshman at Ocean Downs on Sunday Aug. 5. The filly pacers sent out two divisions and the colt and gelding trotters had three splits.   One was the lucky number for How Bout Dat Rusty (Rusty's For Real) and driver Jonathan Roberts, the first race, post one, getting away first and staying there to stopping the clock first in the 1:57 mile.   B For Real (Rusty's For Real) circled the field three deep at the ¾ pole to get up for place. How Bout Dat Rusty is owned by Al Carter, trained by Mike Hall and bred by Carter Racing LLC.   Googoo Gaagaa's offspring appear to be following in his footsteps taking two of the three splits for the trotting colts and geldings at the Ocean oval.   The Richard Hans owned, trained and bred Gaareat Gaazoo took a little air to the ¼ pole but once on top maintained a comfortable lead to the wire over I Deliver (Four Starz Robro) in the 2:01.4 mile. Russell Foster was in the bike.   Race three saw reinsman Victor Kirby send Goocho Denaro flying out from post five to leave the rest of the field in their dust crossing the wire seventeen lengths ahead of Reach For Glory (Four Starz Robro) and JA's Keeper. The winner is owned, trained and bred by Arlene Cameron. Time for the mile was 2:02.4   The final split for the colt and gelding trotters went to post as race five. Remarkable De Vie (Charlie De Vie) with Victor Kirby between the wheels worked their way from post six to fifth to forth to finally getting the lead at the ¾ mile opening up a seven length lead over Reformed Renegade (CR Renegade) in the 2:01.4 mile giving Kirby his second stakes win of the night.   Pacing fillies returned to the track in race six and once again as in race one the rail was the place to be. Driver Jim Morand sent Tom's Twinkle (Cam's Rocket) gate to wire tripping the timer in 2:00.1 for owner-breeder Thomas Cooke and trainer Roger Hans. Cashmeoutsiderusty (Rusty's For Real) took the place spot.   On Monday Aug. 6 the first round preliminaries for trotting fillies and pacing colts and gelding hit the track.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

On a damp Monday (July 30) night Ocean Downs hosted two splits each for freshman colt and gelding pacers and filly trotters. The first race was the first division for filly trotters. Gittin All Sexy (Googoo Gaagaa) with Russell Foster in the bike controlled every quarter in the 2:03.4 mile finishing 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Tiny Tiara (Lockkeeper). Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner. A division of colt and gelding pacers hit the track for the second race. Reinsman Corey Callahan kept Roar Of Approval tucked in third until the backside, pulling and circling the field to win by seven lengths, stopping the timer in 1:58.3. It took a photo to determine place and show with Where's Barry (Rusty's For Real) getting the place call over Jet Bags Jim (Roddy's Bags Again). Eddie Dennis trains the winner for owner Eric Good, Fred Hertrich III is the breeder. Filly trotters returned to the track for race three. Pat's A Keeper (Lockkeeper) with Jared Moyer between the wheels came from forth at the half to catch the leader Donna's Hall (Andover Hall) in the last few strides. Time for the mile was 2:04. Arlene Cameron trains for owner-breeder Pam Wagner. Moyer and Cameron paired up to get their second stakes win of the night in race 5 the second split for colt and gelding pacers. Once again Moyer tucked in forth with Sonny's Blessing and let Rocking The Shades (Cam's Rocket) cut the first half. When the pair pulled at the half, Sonny's Blessing flew by the field to take the lead at the ¾ pole tripping the timer in 1:59 for the mile, two lengths ahead of Rockin The Shades. Owners of the winner are Linda Condon, Kevin Freeman and Pam Wagner. Linda Condon in the breeder. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - On a beautiful Sunday night (July 29) two splits for freshman filly pacers went to gate as races 1 and 5. The first race saw Stay Beautiful (Heston Blue Chip) with Allan Davis in the bike charge out of the gate from post seven, get parked for the first 3/8 of the mile and go on to win in 1:58.3 with Dance The Can Cam ( Cam's Rocket) coming from fifth at the ¾ pole to get up for place. Stay Beautiful is owned by Eli Scott Racing LLC, Barry Mandell and Larry Brown, Eli Scott does the training. Winbak Farm was the breeder. The second division for two year old filly pacers was race five. The outside post was no deterrent for reinsman Frank Milby and How Bout Dat Rusty (Rusty's For Real) when they flew out of post eight taking the lead and never looking back stopping the clock in 1:57. Final Escape finished second. Mike Hall trains for owner Al Carter and breeder Carter Racing Stable LLC. Race two was the first division for two year old colt and gelding trotters. With multiple lead changes on the front end and several mis-ques in the back, Say Gesundheit (CR Commando) emerged the winner a head in front of Ja's A Lock, trotting the mile in 2:05.4. Victor Kirby was in the bike for trainer Syl King Jr. and owner Steven Mullen, JJ & M Stable was the breeder. The second split for colt and gelding trotters saw the Richard Hans owned entry sweep spots one and two with a pair of Googoo Gaagaa offspring. Driver Jim Morand behind Woopdee Goo took the lead by the half with Gaareat Gaazoo and Corey Callahan coming from mid-pack to get within a neck of the leader in the photo. Richard Hans is also the trainer and breeder of the pair. Of note the third place horse, Mind Yown Business was also bred by Richard Hans. Time for the mile was 2:01.1 The stakes continue on Monday July 30 at Ocean Downs with the filly trotters and colt and gelding pacers. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - On Sunday July 22 the Maryland Sire Stake Open pace for 4 & 5 year olds went to post as race 6 on the Ocean Downs harness racing card. Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) who was dominant both at 2 and 3 in the stakes returned to the Ocean winners circle in the 1:55.1 mile five lengths ahead of Hybrid Heidi also by Cam's Rocket. Mr Ham Sandwich is now owned by Allard Racing, Alycon Stable, How's That Stable and VIP Internet Stable. Russell Foster picked up the drive from trainer Trevor Stafford, Brian Emerson was the breeder. Monday July 23 saw the 4 & 5 year old Open Maryland Sire Stake for trotters hit the track as race two. Reinsman Jared Moyer sent EI EI O (Cam's Rocket) from last to first on the backside stretching their lead to 6 lengths in the 1:57.4 stakes record mile. Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) was up for place while Speed It (Cam's Rocket) was third. Arlene Cameron owns and trains the winner. In the pace the first two finishers were by Cam's Rocket and in the trot the first four finishers were by Cam's Rocket. Richard Hans was the breeder on the second place filly in the pace and finishers one, two and three in the trot. The two year old stakes season starts in Maryland on July 29th and 30th with the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes at Ocean Downs. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

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