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(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  

Fort Washington, MD - After finishing second in the RUS America Trot at Ocean Downs this past summer, Hyway Marcus' team was determined to make their next trip to the Free State a victorious one and it indeed was the case Thursday evening (November 17) at Rosecroft Raceway as the harness racing five year old altered son of Gut Instinct was victorious in the $5,000 RUS America Trot presented by the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association, Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association, and the Maryland Jockey Club, operators of Rosecroft. The winning time was 2:01.1. A quartet of horses met the starting gate but it quickly became a trio as In Nomine Patri broke stride after the wings on the starting gate opened, eliminated from contention. The race quickly developed into a duel between the two Patti Harmon-trained horses as Hyway Marcus, ridden by Maria Buchanan, took the remaining trio to the first quarter in :29.2 with Funny Photo (Sophie Engerran) alongside and P L Incoming trotting in third. The duo continued racing side by side as Hyway Marcus raced to the half mile marker in :59.2 with Funny Photo continuing to race outside a head back. After the half, Buchanan got her mount to the three-quarter pole in 1:30, continuing to extend his lead, earning an eight length victory over Funny Photo. P L Incoming was a distant third with In Nomine Patri ending up fourth. With his victory, Hyway Marcus closed out the 2016 RUS season with a record of 4-2-1-0 and earnings of $3,725. Lifetime his racing under saddle record is 5-3-1-0 with $6,225 in earnings with all but one victory coming in Maryland. With the conclusion of the season, Hyway Marcus will be returning to the sulky-racing wars but one can expect to see him back under saddle in 2017. RUS America would like to thank all their sponsors for supporting the 2016 RUS season. Planning for 2017 is already under way with invitations to return to Rosecroft in addition to the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. Any track looking to be added to the 2017 calendar or individuals interested in RUS may contact RUS America at info@rusamerica.info. Allan Schott RUS America

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Somebody As and Hyway Marcus each took a $20,000 division of the trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, while in the $20,000 harness racing pacing headliner, Preparty emerged as the narrowest of winners.   Between the trots, Somebody As had by far the faster time, 1:52.2, a new lifetime mark, leading at every pole and winning by seven lengths. George Napolitano Jr., who continued to hold a 15-win lead over Aaron Merriman in the 2015 North American sulky title chase, guided the altered son of Striking Sahbra for trainer Anette Lorentzon and his owners, breeder ACL Stuteri and Kjell Johansson.   Hyway Marcus won for the third time in his last six starts while taking the other trot division, also setting a personal best of 1:54.1. Driver/trainer/owner Francisco Del Cid used come-from-behind tactics with the gelded son of Gut Instinct, coming from seventh at the half and fifth at the 3/4s to defeat Stitch In Time by a neck.   Preparty, a former high-level pacer who had dropped all the way to the very bottom rung of the Pocono class ladder on September 16, continued his comeback by taking his fourth win in his last five starts, here in 1:52. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere rallied from the pocket to edge out the game parked-every-call Rockin Rumble by a nose for driver Simon Allard, trainer/brother Rene, and the ownership of Allard Racing Inc. and Earl Hill Jr.   And of course it wouldn't be Halloween without Pocono staging The Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace, for horses of a whitish coloring. The $10,000 race was taken by the Admirals Galley gelding Gotta Love Him, who made the lead after the quarter for driver Matt Kakaley and went on to post his first victory of the year in 1:53 for trainer Cindy Weitoish and owners Stan and Amie Weitoish.   PHHA / Pocono    

Sweetasmusic continued her winning ways in the third harness racing round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (June 21). Notching her fifth consecutive win, and third sire stakes win of 2012, the reigning freshman filly trotting champ turned in a gutsy performance to win in 1:58 for driver/trainer Walter Haynes Jr.

Sweetasmusic captured the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (May 31) to remain perfect in sire stakes action this harness racing season and retain her four-for-four win streak.

Indiana's 2-year-old trotting filly defending champions were back in a familiar place on Thursday (May 17) as they each won their respective harness racing divisions of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

Jammin Joshua saved his best for when it counted most, scoring a 2-1/2-length upset in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for harness racing freshman colt pacers Saturday evening (Oct. 22) at Indiana Downs.

Freshman and sophomore trotters were the featured attraction Friday, August 26 at Indiana Downs. The Shelbyville track hosted 10 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action on the 14-race harness racing program. It was a rough night for favorites, as only three reached the winner's circle.

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