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On Sunday July 22 Ocean Downs was the newest site for the Pacing For The Cure walk and fundraiser for MS started by Jeff and Janine Gesek.   As someone fighting MS, Tina Cassell, the daughter of local horseman Dan Warrington, was one of the honorees along with Heather Ward receiving roses in the winner's circle.   After the second race the walker's headed out on the track for the ½ mile walk for the cure, even the weather co-operated with a beautiful evening while much of the state was getting heavy rain. The walkers were greeted at the finish by Ocean Downs staff handing out T shirts for their efforts.   The Pacing For The Cure table was a steady stream of patrons and horsemen donating, buying raffle tickets and merchandise all night long and the horsemen in the backstretch made generous donations showing their support too.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

The television show Post Time is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this month.   Post Time focuses on the harness racing industry at Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Ocean Downs. Since 1998 Post Time has consistently aired a half-hour show every week, resulting in over 1000 shows and counting. Post Time showcases a variety of content from fun interviews to behind-the-scenes action to harness races.   Host and third-generation horsewoman, Heather Vitale has been with the show since its inception.   "I'm so proud of this show," said Vitale. "I never imagined it would be airing after 20 years but I'm also not surprised. This sport is full of wonderful stories about the horses and the people. It's been a perfect way to educate the public about harness racing, introduce them to the athletes and bring awareness to a sport that is so important to our economy and local agriculture."   Sponsored by The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA), and shot and edited by Faust Video Production, Post Time airs at 11:30 AM on Sundays on WBOC and is a CBS affiliate on the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) peninsula. WBOC is the #1 rated station on the Delmarva peninsula.   DSOA Executive Director, Sal DiMario, said "Congratulations to Post Time on its 20th year. It is the longest continuous harness racing program in the country. We couldn't have done it without Heather, she writes, she produces, she's the on-air personality, she does it all."   Post Time has consistently put out a show each week for 20 years, resulting in over 1000 shows and counting. The engaging content and enthusiastic energy of Heather Vitale and the Delaware harness racing community has made the show the most watched show during this time slot locally.   Throughout the years Post Time has won several United States Harness Writers Association's John Hervey Broadcast in Excellence Awards. Vitale, herself, was awarded the Harness Horsemen International's Clyde Hirt Media Award in 2004.   Although the television show concentrates on the local Standardbred sport, it has showcased big races and human interest stories from around the country and even the world.   The show airs every Sunday at 11:30 AM on WBOC. To see clips of Post Time Show like The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association on Facebook or subscribe to PostTimeShow on YouTube.   Everyone involved in the production of Post Time would like to give a special thanks to the DSOA board of directors who supported the idea of putting the show on the air 20 years ago. With the continued support of the DSOA board of directors, Harrington Raceway, Ocean Downs, Dover Downs and our advertisers the show continues to bring awareness of our harness racing sport to homes all over Delmarva.    by Claire Armann, for Post Time  

Ocean CIty, MD - The $67,000 Maryland Sire Stake for three year old filly trotters went to post as race three with a large harness racing crowd in attendance at Ocean Downs. Crystals Pistol (Cam's Rocket) with reinsman Russell Foster in the bike took control from the gate repelling a challenge early on by Diamonds Credit (Charlie De Vie), while the favorite Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) had to contend with a lot of road trouble from some early breakers going three deep up the backside. When the clocked stopped in the 1:59.3 mile Crystals Pistol was able to hold off Gaagaa Gone by a head for owner -breeder Syl King Jr. and trainer Arlene Cameron. Race five sent the colt and gelding pacers to post for their $67,000 final. In a race where post positions changed frequently it took a three deep move up the back stretch for B T's Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) with Victor Kirby in the bike to cross the wire first in a stakes record mile of 1:54.4 for pacing geldings. Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) was second and Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) was up for show. B T's Breeze is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt Jr. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - In the $67,000 Maryland Sire Stakes Final for three year old trotting colts and geldings it took a photo to determine the harness racing winner. Driver Brian Burton sent What That Is (Cam's Rocket)to the lead with betting favorite Chucky De Vie (Charlie De Vie) taking the pocket until the final quarter. The pair battled down the stretch to a wildly cheering crowd with What That Is holding on by a neck in the stakes and track record 1:57.2 for three year old trotting geldings. Judy Welty trains for owner Brian Emerson, Richard Hans is the breeder. The 5th race was the $67,000 Maryland Sire Stakes Final for pacing fillies. Miss Choptank (Total Truth) proved just how gritty she is when she spent most of the 1:54.3 mile on the outside trying to catch her rival HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie) where they were noses apart at the head of the stretch. When the dust settled Miss Choptank was victorious by a length for co-owners Legacy Racing of DE, LLC and Stephen Townsend, Allan Davis picked up the driving assignment from trainer Wayne Givens. Olive Branch Farm and Philip Wilson are the breeders. Prior to the races Ocean Downs hosted a drivers meet and greet with Russell Foster and Declan Donoway and a riders meet and greet with RUS riders Sasha Moczulski, Ashley Eldred and Vanessa Karlewicz. The RUS exhibition race went postward between the 6th and 7th race, with Hyway Marcus and Sasha Moczulski remaing undefeated in the 2:04.2 mile. The Maryland Sire Stakes Finals for three year old pacing colts and geldings and the trotting fillies will be raced Monday night July 16th. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Berlin, MD - A new season, same result as Hyway Marcus continues his win streak in RUS racing with a win in the opening leg of the RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series at Ocean Downs. Owner/trainer Sasha Moczulski rode the seven year old trotter to a comfortable 2:04.2 victory over his opposition, reduced by one due to an injury to One True Friend, necessitating a late scratch. While the result may have been the same, there was a moment of concern. Traverse Seelster, ridden by Ashley Eldred, left fastest of all, with Hyway Marcus challenging for the lead. On the first turn, Hyway Marcus went wide, racing in the middle of the track. This error allowed Flowing James (Vanessa Karlewicz) to come out of the first turn in second with Hyway Marcus finding himself third and last in the field. Once straightened out, Hyway Marcus launched his attack but it was Traverse Seelster which led the trio to the first quarter in :29.2. After the first quarter, Moczulski took the lead, never to relinquish the front for the rest of the race. At the half, Hyway Marcus led Traverse Seelster by 2 lengths in :59.2, then opening up a five length lead at the three quarter mark in 1:30.2. At this point, the winner finished the race on cruise control winning with a :34 final quarter to stop the teletimer in 2:04.2, six lengths ahead of Traverse Seelster who was second with Flowing James third, two lengths further back. In addition to the race, the Post Time Show, was at Ocean Downs to cover the race and interviewed RUS MidAtlantic President Stephanie Jacobs and Vice-President Maria Buchanan who were on hand lend their support to the race. The RUS MidAtlantic series takes a break, returning on Sunday, September 16 at Rosecroft. From the RUS MidAtlantic Chapter

Ocean Downs is looking for female drivers (PM licensed) to compete in a "Powder Puff Derby" on Sunday August 26th to showcase women in harness racing. If you are interested in participating please contact Director of Racing Peter Szymanski by email at for more details prior to July 30th. From the media department at Ocean Downs

(Berlin, MD) - Hyway Marcus leads a quartet of harness racing trotters in the $4,000 season opener of RUS MidAtlantic's 2018 Trotting Series at Ocean Downs on Sunday, July 15, one of several events taking place as part of Ocean Down's celebration of National I Love Horses Day. This will be the fifth year RUS (Riding Under Saddle) makes a stop at the resort track and has been well-received by race fans. Marcus, the 7 year old son of Gut Instinct has found a second life under saddle, sweeping the RUS MidAtlantic series last year, ridden by owner/trainer Sasha Moczulski who will be in the saddle Sunday. Last year the RUS specialist took the Ocean Downs leg in 2:02.1 and draws post four for this year's edition. Were this to be a wagering race, there's no doubt Hyway Marcus would be the overwhelming favorite, but the race needs to be run before the purse money is paid out as the possibility of an upset exists. Rider Hillary Harnett hopes to avenge One True Friend's defeat to Hyway Marcus last year at Rosecroft. The 11 year old mare by Dream Vacation is co-owned by Harnett and trainer Wesley Miller and is making her second purse start of the season, going off-stride at Historic Track on July 1. If the mare stays on-stride she will be a factor in this race. One True Friend drew post position 2 in Sunday's race. Starting from the rail, 10 year old Traverse Seelster (pp 1) comes into the race after a win last year in the Miller Memorial at Monticello Raceway, his only purse start in RUS events thus far. His last start on July 8, was in sulky at Saratoga Raceway where he finished third timed in 1:57.4 in a mid-level conditioned race. If he can flash some of his speed under saddle, Traverse Seelster may be a threat at the wire. Owner/Trainer Ashley Eldred rides the altered son of Angus Hall. Flowing James (pp 3) is well prepped for this race, competing at Historic track racing in three matinee races and one purse start where he finished second to Armbro Hall. The 13 year old gelding by Ilooklikemymother completed his preparations for the RUS MidAtlantic race with a victory at the fair track in Afton, New York. The last time Traverse Seelster raced at Ocean Downs was in 2015 when he finished second to Hyway Marcus. Flowing James is being ridden by his lessee/trainer Vanessa Karlewicz. Previous winners of RUS races at Ocean Downs are: 2014 - Truth In Action, ridden by Karen Isbell; 2015 - Hyway Marcus, Maria Buchanan; 2016 - Mr Protab, Stephanie Jacobs; 2017 - Hyway Marcus, Sasha Moczulski. Should Hyway Marcus be victorious, it will be a hat-trick in RUS racing at Ocean Downs. The non-wagering RUS event is scheduled for 8:55 PM, immediately after the sixth race on the wagering card. First race on Sunday is scheduled for 7:05 PM. There will be a meet and greet before and after the race. From the RUS MidAtlantic Chapter  

Ocean City, MD - Two divisions each of Maryland Standardbred Fund (foaled) Stakes for harness racing trotting fillies and pacing colts and geldings were contested at Ocean Downs on Monday July 9th. The card opened with the first division of filly trotters going to the gate. Pilot Russell Foster tucked Baby I'm Worth It (Explosive Matter) in the pocket behind Boo Boo Baa Baa (Googoo Gaagaa) and Corey Callahan catching the leader in an exciting stretch duel in the 1:59.3 mile. Arlene Cameron is the trainer-owner and breeder of Baby I'm Worth It. In the first split for pacing colts and geldings, driver Montrell Teague and the gelding Own It ( Roddy's Bags Again) did in fact 'own it' when they went gate to wire stopping the clock in 1:55.2. Toms Titanium charged down the stretch to get second. Josh Green trains for Bay Pond Racing Stable and breeder Winbak Farm. The trotting fillies were back on the track in race three. The Callahan brothers, driver Corey and trainer Shaun, returned to the winners circle after a week's absence when Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) minded her manners after an unusual misstep last week. Corey and Gaagaa Gone held off heavy pressure from Crystal's Pistol (Cam's Rocket) in the last quarter. Corey Callahan also owns and bred the winner. Favorite Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) gave driver Russell Foster his second trip to the winners circle. Foster was not content with getting away third and took over the lead before the half, ending the mile 3¾ lengths ahead of Jeff Fout and America First (Roddy's Bags Again). George Leager bred, trains and owns Slick Tony who is nearing the quarter million dollar mark in earings. The Maryland Sire Stakes return on Sunday July 15th and Monday July 16th with the $67,000 Finals at Ocean Downs. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Three year old filly pacers and three year old colt and gelding trotters highlighted the harness racing card at Ocean Downs on a beautiful Sunday night.   The first race went as the first division for the filly pacers. Reinsman Vic Kirby pulled Pedal Power (Roddy's Bags Again) going to the ¾ pole, gaining on the leader with every stride. When the timer stopped in the 1:54.2 mile Pedal Power was a nose in front of Go Sandy Go (Roddy's Bags Again). Darrell and Leah Lewis own and train the filly and Winbak Farm is the breeder. The trotting colts and geldings were up next. The Rene Allard trained Whats The Word (Donato Hanover) dominated the field in a stakes and track record of 1:55 winning by 15 ¾ lengths over second place finisher What That Is (Cam's Rocket). Corey Callahan drove the winner for owners Go Fast Stable, Kapildeo Singh and Earl Hill Jr., Frederick Hertrich III is the breeder.   The final stake of the night was the second split for filly pacers. The betting favorite Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) did not disappoint going wire to wire in 1:56.3 for pilot Jason Green and owners Breakaway Racing. Elwood Tignor trains the filly and Nick Callahan is the breeder. Rissy's All In (Rusty's All In) was second.   Ocean Downs also hosted Hall of Fame driver John Campbell for a meet and greet with a large group of fans, both young and old. John's wife Paula was also there spreading the word about the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and taking donations to support these retired racehorses horses.   The Standardbred Fund (foaled) Stakes continue Monday night July 9 with a post of 7:05 pm.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund  

Ocean City, MD - The first split for pacing colts and geldings in the Maryland Sire Stakes prems opened the card at Ocean Downs Monday.   Driver Jared Moyer was not content with the pocket and sent Ronnies Rocket (Cam's Rocket) to the front by the half, opening up 3 lengths at the wire over E-Z Pass B (Total Truth) in the 1:54.2 mile. Arlene Cameron trains for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner.   Race two was the first division for trotting fillies. Showing great gate speed Crystal's Pistol (Cam's Rocket) flew to the front taking a 2 length lead over TV Sensation (T V Show Kosmos) by the quarter, extending the distance to 5 lengths in the 1:59.4 mile. Russell Foster was between the wheels for owner-breeder Syl King Jr. and trainer Arlene Cameron.   The second division for the trotting fillies gave trainer Arlene Cameron her third stakes winner when Jared Moyer put Maryann's A Player (Charlie De Vie) in the pocket until the head of the stretch catching the leader Diamonds Credit (Charlie De Vie) in the final strides. Pamela Wagner and Syl King Jr. are co-owners and breeders of Maryann's A Player, time for the mile was 2:01.4   Reinsman Roger Plante Jr. was not taking any chances with Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) making the final cut after a scratch last week. The pair went gate to wire holding off a fast closing Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) to win by a neck in 1:56.3 for owners LeBlanc Racing, Count De Money Stable, W. Lutz Jr. and J. Stuart. Steve LeBlanc trains the colt and J R Ramsburg is the breeder.   The top 8 in each division will return in two weeks for the $67,000 Maryland Sire Stake Finals.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund    

Ocean City, MD - On an extremely hot night Sunday night (july1) at Ocean Downs, HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie), with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike, took control of the fractions in the preliminary for three year old pacing fillies. HS Shauna was able to hold off several challenges from both Cool Toy and Miss Choptank, stopping the clock in a record setting 1:54.2. Joseph Carroll trains the filly for owner-breeder Cary Grady. In the preliminary for three year old trotting colts and geldings, driver Brian Burton sent What That is (Cam's Rocket) to his favorite spot on the front end. Uncle Ike tried to take over past the quarter but made a break in the turn, quickly recovering to maintain the place position the rest of the mile as What That Is crossed the wire 9 ½ lengths ahead of the field. Judy Welty trains for owner Brian Emerson, the breeders was Richard Hans. Time for the mile was 1:59. The Maryland Sire Stake preliminaries continue on Monday July 2 with the trotting fillies and pacing colts and geldings stepping onto the track at 7:05 pm. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund

Ocean City, MD - Brothers Corey and Shaun Callahan teamed up to sweep the first round of Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries for three year old harness racing filly trotters at Ocean Downs Monday. Driver Corey Callahan sent Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) a filly he owns and bred, to the lead from post 5 to claim the new stakes record of 1:58.1 at Ocean Downs. Shawn Callahan trains the filly. Crystals Pistol (Cam's Rocket) was up for second. In the second split Corey was content to put Boo Boo Baa Baa (Googoo Gaagaa) in the pocket, charging past the leader TV Sensation (T V Show Kosmos) to win by a nose in 2:02. Shaun trains this filly for their mom Dolly's Breakaway Racing, their dad Nick Callahan was the breeder. The first division for three year old pacing colt and geldings, was reduced to three horses due to a late scratch. Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) with Jared Moyer in the bike took control at the ¾ pole opening up 4¾ lengths to stop the clock in 1:55.2 for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Toms Tyrannosaurus (Cam's Rocket) took the place position. The Pamela Wagner - Arlene Cameron combination was unstoppable in the colt and gelding paces also taking the second division with Ronnies Rocket (Cam's Rocket). Reinsman John Wagner waited patiently following the leader BT's Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) till the head of the stretch where he ducked into the passing lane, catching the leader by a neck. Time for the mile was 1:56.3. The action continues Sunday July 1 and Monday July 2 with the second round of prelims at Ocean Downs. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - A light rain before the races and a beautiful double rainbow greeted the Ocean Downs fans on Sunday June 24th. The Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries for three year olds opened the program with the first division for filly pacers. HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie) with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike held off the pocket sitting Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) in the 1:55.1 mile. Joseph Carroll trains for owner - breeder Cary Grady. In race 2 for three year old trotting colts and geldings reinsman Russell Foster was content to put Chucky De Vie (Charlie De Vie) in the pocket behind rival What That Is (Cam's Rocket). When the stretch duel was over Chucky De Vie pulled away by 1 ½ lengths, stopping the clock in 1:59.1 for owner - breeder Joie De Vie Farm LLC and trainer Hermann Heitmann. Driver Victor Kirby pulled Miss Choptank (Total Truth) going up the backside to challenge Princess Rusty (Rusty's For Real) all the way to the wire with Miss Choptank getting the win for Legacy Racing of DE, Inc. and Stephen Townsend and trainer Wayne Givens. The breeder is Olive Branch Farm. Time for the mile was 1:56. The pacing colts and geldings and trotting fillies will contest their first round of preliminaries on Monday June 25th starting at 7:05 pm. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

The two year olds were on tap for the final harness racing stakes at Ocean Downs this summer. The trotting fillies went as a non-wagering event at 6:45 with a purse of $23,350. Art Stafford Jr. sent Iron Mine Krystal (Four Starz Robro) out of post 5 right to the front taking control and widening the gap at every quarter hitting the wire 5½ lengths in front of Crystals Pistol. Time for the mile was 2:00.4. Greg Haverstick trains for owner-breeder Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The first split for pacing fillies opened the card going for a purse of $13,875. The heavy favorite Michelle's Jazz (Roll With Joe) took air to the quarter in 28.4 but that did not stop her in the 1:58 mile. Cool Toy was up for place. Frank Millby was in the bike for trainer Joseph Columbo and Owners George and Tina Dennis Racing, Winbak Farm is the breeder.   The trotting colts and geldings stepped on the track next going for $23,600. Reinsman Ross Wolfenden took a good look at the program and put Chucky De Vie (Charlie De Vie) in his favorite spot on the engine from post five, leaving Iron Mine Bro and Judge Bob to fight for second and third in the 2:00.1 mile. Chris Ryder trains for owner-breeder Joie De Vie Farm LLC.   The second $13,875 division for pacing fillies had a lot of shuffling of positions with the Erv Miller trainee Act Like A Diva (Roll With Joe) taking command at the ¾ pole, stopping the timer in 1:57 for pilot Atlee Bender. Petal Power was up for place. Paymaq Racing, G. Gillis, L. A. Willinger and C. W. Henderson own the filly, Fred Hertrich III is the breeder.   Russell Foster's patience in the pocket paid off in the first division for pacing colts and geldings when he slipped up the passing lane with Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) to take the win with only 1¾ lengths separating the first four horses in the 1:56.4 clocking. Bo Breeze finished second. George Leager owns, trains and bred the colt. Purse was $13,800   Race 8 sent the second split for the pacing colts and gelding on the track. Driver Jared Moyer put Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) on the engine for the first time and he was up for the challenge taking the $13,800 race in 1:57.1. Arlene Cameron trains for owner-breeder Pam Wagner, Own It was up for place.   Ocean Downs started the night with a driver Meet & greet and finished it off with a fireworks display.   Watch for the two year olds to come back in October and November with Maryland Sire Stakes at Rosecroft.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Berlin, MD....... In the inaugural running of the "Powder Puff Derby at Ocean Downs Sunday night, Hannah Miller and the five year old trotting mare, Bella's Punkett, prove the best in a race that featured all harness racing women drivers.   The drivers initially dined before the races in the track's clubhouse restaurant and followed up the dinner with a meet and greet session with the fans on the track's apron prior to the races.   After a late scratch of Jarming Lady knocked down the field down to seven horses, the race, a conditioned trot carrying a purse of $4200, carded as the sixth of twelve races on the night, went off without a hitch.   Karen Moore and Joeyscash quarter pole moved and opened up on the field with quarters of 30.1, 59.2 and 1:30.1 before Miller, patiently waited for clearance and fired Bella's Punkett on a first over mission from fifth position.   Advancing smartly on the far turn, Bella's Punkett came along side the pace setter finishing the mile in 2:01.3, winning by five lengths. Linda Mac Donald and Let It Go rallied for the place edging Joeys cash.   "I was happy to be asked to participate", said Miller, "since it was a very worthwhile cause. All the ladies were glad to be part of this race."   Also participating were Miriam Toland aboard Rocketpedia, Lorie Davis and Tiger's Too Good, Stacy Chiodo and Whitesville Liz and Doreen Dailey and HS Deroy.   The late scratch cost Janet Haigh- Bivona a seat at the dance floor.   All the ladies donated their five percent winnings to the children's cancer foundation " Believe In Tomorrow" with the total amount being donated to the fund at $720.00 for the night's festivities.   by Ocean Downs Staff  

(Berlin, Maryland) - There are horses for courses and Hyway Marcus took advantage of this axiom by winning the first leg of the RUS MidAtlantic Monte Series in front of an appreciative audience at Ocean Downs Sunday (August 20) evening. Winning his seasonal debut under saddle, the harness racing six year old has a record of 3-2-1-0 at the resort track. The time of the mile was 2:02.1 over a fast track with Sasha Moczulski riding the Josh Green trainee to victory for winning owner Keith Pippi in the $5,000 tilt. The six horse field was reduced by one with the defection of Pine Tab who was scratched sick, leaving a field of five to contest the open leg. When the gate opened, One True Friend (Hillary Hartnett) used the rail position to get away with Hyway Marcus challenging early while Admirable Hanover (Vanessa Karlewicz) took to the pocket for third. The riders of Keenan (Maria Buchanan) and Catalyst (Stephanie Jacobs) decided to race off the pace sensing a quick tempo developing; sensing the opportunity to take advantage of the pace in the later portions of the race. By the time the horses hit the first station in :29.4, Hyway Marcus was racing on the outside with a one length lead. There was no change in position as the field hit the second station in :59.4 with Hyway Marcus extending his lead to three lengths. While Hyway Marcus was holding strong, it was a question of when the trailing horses would make their moves and if they could catch the leader. Past the half mile point of the race, One True Friend continued to race in second as Keenan kicked it into gear to take the third spot while Admirable Hanover dropped back to fourth and Catalyst remained in last but making up ground. The time at the third marker was 1:30.4. At the top of the stretch it was clear Hyway Marcus was not to be denied; it was a race for second between Keenan and Catalyst as they worked their way down the stretch. Hyway Marcus maintained his 4½ length lead to the wire while Keenan finished second maintaining his 1½ length lead over third place finisher Catalyst. One True Friend and Admirable Hanover finished fourth and fifth respectively. The fans were treated to a Meet and Greet before and after the race with the riders just as excited as the fans as they had a chance to talk to fans. Riders were happy to offer autographs to the fans in attendance. After the seventh race the riders joined in the t-shirt toss. The second leg of the RUS MidAtlantic series will be contested at the Meadowlands on Saturday, September 9 as additional horses are expected to join the chase to qualify for the final at Rosecroft Raceway on Sunday, October 8. The final will be limited the top nine horses point-wise who enter. Standings for the series are available on the RUS MidAtlantic website. By HANA Harness    

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