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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 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    

Trenton, NJ — MacKenzie Kiel owns a horse named Going The Distance but calls him Finn. She has an uncle named Edwin Gannon Jr. but calls him Uncle Jay. The one moniker she prefers to keep the same is “winner,” which is what Kiel became for the first time in harness racing on April 24. The 22-year-old from Maryland garnered her first training victory that day at Rosecroft Raceway when Going The Distance started from post six and went wire-to-wire in winning by two lengths in 1:56. Prior to the win driver John Wagner, a wily veteran with more than 5,300 victories to his credit, plotted with the young trainer before changing tactics when the gate opened. “I asked him what he thought,” Kiel said. “He said ‘I’ll probably just take back and ride the rail.’ I said ‘OK that’s fine with me.’ Next thing I know I see John leaving and I got really scared. I thought to myself ‘I don’t think this horse is ready to win wire-to-wire,’ but he proved me wrong.” It was one of those wonderful moments where wrong feels so right. “I was overwhelmed with joy,” she said as her horse crossed what became known that night as the Finn-ish Line. “I’m not really sure why I call him that, it just seems to fit him,” Kiel said, adding with a laugh, “It’s kind of like the brand Finn Tack…minus the tack.” Wagner, who Kiel actually calls John Wagner, has driven Going The Distance in four of his five starts since MacKenzie bought him in March. Prior to his win he finished ninth, second and fourth, and after the victory he garnered another second. It has been a nice upgrade from the first horse Kiel purchased, “who I only had for about three months, and she never won.” When she bought “Finn,” a 4-year-old pacing gelding, it was all about the personality. “What I liked most is that he’s spunky,” MacKenzie said. “He acts like he’s going to bite you, but when you get close to him, he loves to be rubbed on and is actually very sweet.” Going The Distance is the latest in a long line of horses Kiel has developed a nice relationship with. Growing up in Church Hill, Md., she became involved with the animals at a very young age. “I grew up right next to my granny (Barbara Gannon) and pop pop’s (Edwin Gannon) horse farm,” she said. “My pop pop passed away a few years ago, but my granny and him owned and trained many racehorses, as well as my Uncle Jay (Edwin Gannon Jr.). We also have riding horses, mostly retired Standardbreds.” Kiel has long been interested in harness racing. Although her parents are not involved in the business, they would take MacKenzie to the track to watch the family’s horses race. During that time she had numerous horses and ponies that she would ride through trails or show. “I knew I always wanted to do something with horses,” she said. “I just wasn’t sure about the racing part, since there’s so much that goes on with it. I pretty much decided that I wanted to do this career-wise last year.” Kiel got her trainer’s license late last summer. She trains her own horse, has helped her Uncle Jay at Windswept Farm for the past two years, and works part-time in the afternoons at her mom’s business, Serenity Enhancement Center. MacKenzie Kiel got her trainer’s license late last summer. Photo courtesy of MacKenzie Kiel. MacKenzie’s biggest influences have been her grandparents and Uncle Jay, along with her mom (Susan Gannon) and dad (Timmy Kiel). “Although my parents aren’t involved in the racing aspect, they have always supported me and always watch my horse race when they can,” Kiel said. “My grandparents and my uncle have definitely taught me the most. They’ve been in the business for years, and they are always trying to help me when they can.” Her uncle’s stable is small, around 10 horses, but it keeps Mackenzie busy enough helping out with those horses while training her Finn, that she has stepped away from showing horses. Now that she has that first win under her belt, Kiel wants to continue to progress as a trainer and perhaps get a few more Standardbreds to call her own. “I’m very happy with where I’m at now,” she said. “I still feel like I have a lot to learn. I’d eventually like to have a couple more of my own horses. Right now, one is enough for me.” Especially when it goes by two names.   by Rich Fisher USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

The four trotting preliminaries went as afternoon non-wagering events.   In the first division for trotting colts and geldings, reinsman Roger Plant Jr. sent Fire’n Woodshed (Lockkeeper) wire to wire in his sire stakes debut, stopping the clock in 1:55.4.   Unraced at two Fire’n Woodshed is now undefeated in three starts. Kerry Welty trains for owner-breeder Brian Emerson. Whoopdee Goo closed for second.   Mary’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) with John Wagner in the bike lowered the stakes record to 1:55.4 for three year old trotting fillies in the second non-wagering event.   HS Judy Jetson closed to within a head of the leader for place. Arlene Cameron trains Mary’s A Keeper for owners and breeders John Wagner and Syl King Jr.   A third Lockkeeper offspring found his way to the winner’s circle, when Russell Foster guided Mind Yown Business to a 1:58.3 victory in the second division for trotting colts and gelding a half length in front of Remarkable De Vie. Russell Foster is the owner and Megan Foster is the trainer.   The second split for trotting fillies saw driver Les Givens and Snazzy Jet (Lear Jetta) charge down the stretch to catch Pats A Keeper at the wire in 1:58.2. Nanticoke Racing is the owner and breeder of Snazzy Jet.   The first division for pacing fillies opened the pari-mutuel card. Long shot KJ Dr Michelle (Rusty’s All In) went from 4th on the outside at the ¾ pole to win by a head over Rocket Rhonda in 1:56.2 paying $27.40. Jared Moyer was in the bike for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner-breeder Scott Woogen.   Officer Wholihan (Rusty’s For Real) took advantage of post one, going gate to wire in 1:53.3 for pacing colts and geldings in race two. Trump That Rusty was up for place. Sam Belote trains for owners Gloria and John S. Belote III. Bret Brittingham was the driver.   Kelseys On Cruze (Rusty’s All In) broke her maiden in race three taking the second division for pacing fillies. Reinsman John Wagner sent Kelsey to the top from post 7, holding off Alexis’ Fraternity in the 1:56.4 mile.   Pam Wagner is the owner-breeder and Arlene Cameron is the trainer.   Pacing colts and geldings returned for race four, the final stake of the evening. Berzerker (Rusty’s For Real) with Tony Morgan in the bike, took control at the half opening up 6 lengths on the field at the finish.   Time for the mile was 1:55.2. Rusty’s Houdini closed from fifth at the ¾ pole to finish second.   The owners and breeders of the winner are Brandon, Clifton and Wanda Murray and Brandon is also the trainer.     By Cheri Stambaugh

With storms threatening on Sunday afternoon, the first of three splits for paces opened the non-wagering card with the harenss racing mares.    Rissy’s All In ( Rusty’s All In) with John Wagner in the bike, took the lead just passed the quarter in 27.1 opening up on the field to win by seven lengths in the record shattering mile of 1:52.1.   This was also a lifetime best for Rissy’s All In trained by Arlene Cameron for owner Pamela Wagner. O K Daisey was up for place.   Early race two was for the trotters. Driver Jared Moyer guided Hybrid Henry (Cam’s Rocket) to the lead at the 3/8 holding off a challenge by both EI EI O and What That Is in the 1:55.4. Arlene Cameron is both the owner and trainer.   In the second division for pacers the boys played musical chairs with the lead changing three times.   When the dust settled Jack Quick (Nuclear Breeze) edged out Allie’s Finale setting a new stakes record for geldings of 1:52.1 for owner & trainer Basil Sapienza.   The final stake of the afternoon brought the male pacers out for their last split. BT’s Breeze crossed the wire first but was disqualified and placed fifth due to interference in the stretch. Bo Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) driven by Allan Davis was placed first with Adios Muchachos placed second.   Bo Breeze is trained by Shawn Murray for owners Murray Racing LLC.   The first preliminaries for the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes will be on Sunday April 28th at Rosecroft.     Cheryl Stambaugh

Roger Plante, Russell Foster, Jason Thompson and Jared Moyer had driving doubles as Rosecroft pulled the curtain down on the 2018 harness racing season. Plante and Moyer drivers pulled off big upsets pari-mutually speaking, as Plante sat the pocket and edged pace setting Major Blue Coat (Jason Green) with 25-1 shot The truthaboutdavid who had not hit the board in 23 starts this year. It was his fourth start for new owners Paul and Carolyn Gsell who also condition the son of Total Truth. Plante also put Sum For All in a similar trip position and found the winners circle paying $6.60 for owner-trainer Kerry Welty. Moyer won with Atomic Art ($5.40) for Wife Kayla and Rosecroft leading trainer for the Fall Meet, Arlene Cameron, who finished with 27 wins. His second win was a puzzler as BP Burner, 9-2 on the morning line, was dismissed at 17-1, and got a gorgeous drive from Moyer who sent the closer three-wide before three quarters and got the jump on Smart Rokker (Declan Donoway) and Sword Of The Spirit (Allan Davis). Foster needed to erase a three win deficit to catch Frank Milby for the Fall dash driving championship. Anderson Valley carried Foster to his first win for Trainer Greg Trotto and co- owners Jeff Livingston and Freed Sporrer. Foster and Mr Big Bucks took the claiming finale for owner Chris Devine and trainer Jason Walters. Thompson returned from rodeo action in Las Vegas in time to score with longshot Moveoutofmyway for owner Bob Weyforth and trainer Jeff Stafford, returning $24.20. Thompson's backers were rewarded as Real Flight pulled an upset paying $38.60 for Bryson Dunning and trainer, Jody Dunning. Robert Hoffman took the featured trot with Overnight Shipper blowing by three-wide on the final turn and returning $15.80. Milby held off Foster, 45-44 to win the Dash Driving title, while Rock N Roll Jet was named Pacer of the year, and Fashion Smile was Trotter of the meet. It also marked the final start for 14-year old Talbot Redneck, the homebred of David Donahue and co owned by trainer Ken Schlotzhauer. 382 starts 56 wins and $327,687 in lifetime earnings. Arts Blaze, another 14 year old, broke in Maryland as a youngster, finished third in the finale. He could start at Freehold for owner-trainer John Urbanski before December 31, and made start 366 last night. Rosecroft will re-open for live racing February 6, 2019. Peter Medhurst                         Pete Medhurst Air personality 106.7 The Fan Entercom Radio PXP Voice Navy Athletics Washington, D.C. 443-845-5470

When your Grandfather and Father have won races at Rosecroft, you might as well follow in their footsteps, right? Harness racing driver Jason Green continues to do that, as last night he piloted four winners including the mares feature with KG Rocks in 1:53.4. Sent off as the third choice in the wagering, KG Rocks watched as a ton of activity went on in front of her over the first 5/8ths of a mile. Fearless Chance (John Mackinnon) left hard from the rail before yielding to Arts and Flowers (Roger Plante) through a opening quarter of :27. Iheartquestionmark (Eric Davis) was left parked and pressed on clearing before the half in :55.2. At this point, favored Sweetnfamous and Frank Milby sprung forward to grab the lead while the rest of the outer flow moved up. Green, who started fifth over, eventually brushed three wide with the eventual winner who zipped home for her third win of the fall meet. Arts And Flowers was second while Sweetnfamous was third. Heidi Van Vliet owns and trains the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven who won for the 15th time in her career. While she had rested up over the summer, KG Rocks has now gone 3-1-1 in her last 6 starts at Rosecroft. "She really likes the Winter" said Van Vliet who also teamed with Green for a trotting win with Winston Hall in a lifetime best 1:59. Jason Green's Dad, Clifton, piloted Maryland Sires Stakes trotting champions Old Dan and Bo Jam at Rosecroft and also garnered MSS wins with Tuggit who was trained by his Dad, Clayton. Green won a pair for Michael and Brittany Bounds as the 10-year old trotter Magglio picked up his third win of the fall meet, and Im Done Talking pulled an 8-1 upset. Leading driver Frank Milby won a pair as Luck Of The Deal rallied for a win for owner Marc Tardiff and trainer Eric Davis, while Accokeek Mercury held off favored Believe In Him (Ricky Still) to post a 13-1 upset for owner-trainer Rusty Cox. Milby now leads Russell Foster, 45-42, going into the final night of the meet Sunday. Wednesday night cards are dominated by pacing mares, and last night was dominated by female trainers, Van Vliet and Bounds had doubles, while Megan Tolson, Amanda Malone and meet leading trainer Arlene Cameron all had wins on the 12-race card. Pete Medhurst

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Ron Burke is a numbers guy. You would expect as much from a trainer juggling a 250-horse stable of trotters and pacers and has been the best in the harness racing business for a decade. Burke, based in Washington, Pa. at The Meadows as well as a nearby farm, never misses one of his pupil's starts, be it in person or via a computer or television screen. He will have his eye on the mobile starting gate Sunday when he sends out both Filibuster Hanover and Rockin Ron in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. Not only does Burke, 49, know his business in and out, he also knows the storyline of outstanding accomplishments by others in the Standardbred community. He took notice last weekend when Aaron Merriman, a regular at both The Meadows and Northfield Park in northeastern Ohio, became the first driver in harness history to win 1,000 races in two seasons. "Aaron drives for me. I've done what he's done twice as a trainer. I'm hoping to do it again this year," said Burke who has sent out 924 winners this year through Nov. 28. "I'm very proud of having that many wins." And a stack of purse dollars, as well. Burke became the first harness trainer to cash for more than $100 million in career earnings (in 2014) and this year soared over the $200 million mark. Another Burke milestone was becoming the first trainer to earn $20 million in a single season. He has done so six consecutive years, including this season. The $28,414,071 his stable banked in 2014 is the highest by a trainer of any breed. All this from a 6-foot-5 horseman who once told the New York Times that, as a youngster, "I was scared to death of (horses), and that's not a lie." Burke, won the inaugural Potomac Pace in 2016 when his All Bets Off rallied to prevail by a nose over Split The House while equaling the Rosecroft then track record of 1:48 2/5. All Bets Off finished second in last year's Potomac renewal. "The race has been good to me," said Burke. Burke believes that while Rockin Ron has banked $532,311 this season, Filibuster Hanover gives him his best shot at winning this year's Potomac. "He's ready to roll," said Burke. "He's been facing the best of the best all season." Filibuster Hanover drew the No. 4 post in the Potomac field of eight and has won five of 18 starts and $636,601 this year. His biggest victories came earlier this year when he won the May 27 Commodore Barry Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia and May 20 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Filibuster Hanover ran into the red-hot McWicked (12 for 19 for $1.5 million this year) in the Oct. 27 Breeders Crown Final Open Pace and had to settle for second money. "He's only four and that was a big effort in the Breeders Crown," said Burke. "I'm confident he'll race well in the Potomac." David Joseph

A week away from the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational and the harness racing local horse couldn't be any sharper. Rock N' Roll Jet has certainly earned his opportunity, winning Sunday night for the fifth time in his last six Open starts at Rosecroft in 1:51.3. The nine-year old son of Rocknroll Hanover could not be any sharper. Winning for the ninth time this year and 46th time in his career, driver Kim Vincent floated out from handicapped post nine and tucked ever so briefly fifth on the pylons at the opening quarter. 1-5 Favorite Options Are A Dream (Ross Wolfenden) cleared from post and yielded the lead for a short time to Kiss A Dragon (Russell Foster) but ultimately reclaimed the lead by the half. Vincent by then was within a length of the leader on the outside and they raced as partners until the last eight of a mile when Sams Triple Crown and John Wagner looked poised breeze on by only to see Rock N' Roll Jet dig in and hold him off by a head for the win. Sent off as the 9-2 second choice, Rock N' Roll Jet is likely for the $100,000 Potomac Pace next Sunday night at Rosecroft. Dawn Webb and trainer Buddy Bright own the winner who now has seasonal earnings of $73,975. Driver Jonathan Roberts had three wins on the card, winning with Pace Car ($14.00) for Deborah and Jamie Bozman and trainer Walter Bozman Jr. Roberts sat the son of Foreclosure N in the pocket behind pace setter B A Rocket (Russell Foster) and blasted up the passing lane holding off 48-1 long shot Seen Before Heard who closed stoutly from the back for Allan Davis in 1:54.3. Roberts picked up an easy win for Donald Fowler as Rock N Row ($3.20) wired the field in 1:54.4. Willard Reynolds conditions the winner who won for the eighth time this year. His final win of the night came with A Major Impulse who went coast to coast in 1:53.4 for Joseph Karrat and trainer Luis Collazo. John Wagner took the $9,000 featured trot with Southwind Ferrari for Scott Woogen and trainer Arlene Cameron. It was the ninth win in 23 starts for the four year old son of Chapter Seven who returned a surprising $15.80. The time of the mile was 1:55.4. Wagner and Cameron gained a double as Choreographer ($11.40) won upon first calling for his new barn, in 1:55. Rosecroft will play host to the $100,00 Potomac Pace next Sunday at 4:40. Horses that are expected as of now include Dealt A Winner, who finished second in Saturday's TVG Final to McWicked. Trainer Mark Silva will be sending Dealt A Winner to his Third Potomac Pace. Filibuster Hanover who was third is expected for trainer Ron Burke and Endeavor who won Saturday's Tom Horner Memorial at Dayton in 1:50 for trainer Jeff Cullipher. There will be a $25,000 Maryland Invitational which is expected to include Slick Tony, Hickory Aloha, Sam's Triple Crown, All The Cookies, a winner last night for Tyler Davis in 1:51.4, and Rocktavious among others who have been invited. Harness Racing's richest horse ever Foiled Again will stop at Rosecroft on his farewell tour in the $15,000 Foiled Again Invitational for horses 10 and older. That field is expected to include Real Flight, who last week at Rosecroft in 1:53.4 for trainer Jody Dunning, 14-year old Arts Blaze who won last night at Rosecroft in 1:54.2 for owner-trainer John Urbanski. It was the 54th career win for Arts Blaze as Urbanski teamed with Jason Thompson for a double as Andwin Hanover scored in race 3.   Pete Medhurst

Reminder that sustaining forms and possible payment are due Feb. 15, 2018 for the 4 & 5 year old Open Maryland Sire Stakes for harness racing trotters and pacers (foals of 2013 & 2014).   Three Year Old payments (foals of 2015) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Feb. 15, 2018.   All stallion pedigree's, staking forms, and stake dates are now available online including a printable calendar! Please use our website www.msrfonline.com for all your current MSRF info and any updates as they become available.   We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please remember to check and make sure you use this address for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund, P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791.   Regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com or you may call 410-775-0152 (o) or my cell at 240-285-0326.   By Cheri Stambaugh

All stallions standing in Maryland for the 2018 harness racing breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2017 for their foals to be eligible to the Maryland Sire Stakes.   We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please note the mailing address:   P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791-0540   Stallion Registration forms and regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com or you may call (410) 775-0152 (office) or my cell at (240) 285-0326.   Cheryl Stambaugh  

For the second night in a row the unseasonably warm weather and a lightning fast harness racing track at Rosecroft Raceway have produced new stakes and track records for two-year-old Maryland sired horses.   The first split for filly pacers went as an early non wagering event. HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie) took air to the quarter in 28.2 before gaining the lead, stopping the timer in a stakes record 1:54.2 for reinsman Roger Plant Jr. Steve LeBlanc trains for owner/breeder Cary Grady. Tell Me The Truth was up for place.   That new record only stood for 15 minutes as Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) with Jason Green in the bike brushed out of the pocket to catch Princess Rusty in the 1:53.3 stakes and track record in the second division. Elwood Tignor trains for owner Breakaway Racing, Nick Callahan was the breeder.   The trotting colts and geldings opened the overnight card. Driver Brian Burton put What That Is (Cam's Rocket) in the pocket for most of the mile, charging down the stretch to win by four lengths over Iron Mine Bro shattering the stakes and track record in the 1:57.2 mile. Judy Welty trains for owner Brian Emerson, Richard Hans is the breeder.   Stakes action continues with the second round of preliminaries on Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15.   By Cheri Stambaugh

(Fort Washington, MD) - The race unfolded differently but at the end the result was the same as Hyway Marcus was victorious Sunday evening (October 8) in the harness racing RUS MidAtlantic Monte Trotting Series Final at Rosecroft Raceway. With the victory, Hyway Marcus completed the hat trick, sweeping the harness racing series. Determined not to let Hyway Marcus have his own way, One True Friend (Hillary Hartnett) powered to the front, parking Hyway Marcus to the first quarter with Keenan (Maria Buchanan) third, racing along the rail following the leader. Hartnett had her horse, the lone mare in the race, in front by one and a quarter length in a brisk :28.1 at the first station. After being stung throughout the first quarter, Sascha Moczulski took Hyway Marcus to the front with One True Friend sitting second through middle fractions of :58.1 and 1:28.1 with the leader being two lengths in front at the three-quarter mark. By this time Keenan was beginning to tire, six lengths behind the leader in third place. Once past the three-quarter marker, the all-to-familiar story played out as Hyway Marcus opened up on the field with a seven length lead at the top of the stretch to coast home in a final quarter of :31.4 to stop the teletimer in 2:00, seven and a half lengths over One True Friend who put the victor to task in the early portion of the race. Closing from sixth at the three quarter mark was Catalyst (Stephanie Jacobs) finishing third another length behind. Fourth, but placed fifth for violation of the breaking rule was Mr Protab while Pine Tab was elevated to fourth. Keenan, paying the price for his early pace finished sixth. With the victory, Hyway Marcus finished the season with a perfect three for three record and now has a lifetime RUS record of 8-6-1-0. The six year old son of Gut Instinct is owned by Joseph Faraldo, Gilbert Teitel, and Charels Wittstruck. Moczulski was the winning trainer. RUS MidAtlantic would like to thank all its sponsors of the series, Back on Track, Knutsson Trotting, Miller Lite, Poulin Grain, in addition to numerous others. Plans are already underway for the 2018 series. Anyone interested in becoming a member of RUS MidAtlantic or a sponsor of the 2018 series may contact RUS MidAtlantic through their website. By Allan Schott for RUS MidAtlantic   RUS MidAtlantic - Bringing racing under saddle to DE, MD, NJ, and VA      

The first harness racing preliminaries for the Maryland Sire Stakes freshmen pacing colts and geldings and trotting fillies went to post Sat Oct 7 at Rosecroft Raceway.   In the first early non-wagering event for the pacing colts and geldings, Russel Foster put I Run The Show (Cam's Rocket) in the pocket til the head of the stretch, winning by a ½ length over Bo Breeze in the 1:55 mile for owner/breeder Michael Hans and trainer Roger Hans.   The first division for trotting fillies saw a lot of change in positions with Iron Mine Krystal (Four Starz Robro) coming from mid pack at the half to win by a length in 1:59 setting the Stakes Record for 2 year old trotting fillies. Dancing Spirit was second. Art Stafford Jr. was in the bike for trainer Greg Haverstick and owner/breeder Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The second split for pacing colts and geldings saw Roger Plante Jr. pull Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) from fourth to take the lead at the half, opening up 3¾ lengths on the field in the 1:53.3 Stakes and track record mile for 2 year old pacing geldings. Lloyd's All In was up for place. Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing, Count De Money Stable, Wm. Lutz Jr and J. Stuart. Jacob Ramsburg is the breeder.   Gaagaa Gone (GooGoo GaaGaa) remains undefeated (5 - 5) winning the second division for trotting fillies in the first wagering race. Reinsman Russel Foster sent Gaagaa Gone to the engine and never looked back with Worthy Renegade crossing the wire second in the 2:00.1 mile. Richard Hans trains the filly for owner/breeder Corey Callahan.   Stakes action continues Sunday (Oct. 8) with early non-wagering events starting at 5:15 pm.   By Cheri Stambaugh

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