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Maryland Stakes Season Is Underway

Friday, July 15, 2011  By: Cheri Stambaugh
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Union Bridge, MD --- Ocean Downs hosted Maryland Standardbred Fund races over the past two days.



On Thursday (July 14), seven Maryland Standardbred Fund races for 3-year-olds went to post.



John Wagner took all three early non-wagering events. Devil May Care (Badlands Hanover-Turn For The Best) paced away from the field of filly pacers in 1:57.3. Wagner also took both divisions of colt/gelding trotters, first with Im The Cash Man (Cash Hall-Mara’s Theme) in 1:57.4, lowering the stakes record by two seconds for gelding trotters. Just Like Lloyd (Like A Prayer-Lindy’s Bell) took the second division in 2:01.3.



On the wagering card, one-fifth of a second separated the top three filly pacers, with Badlands Jenna (Badlands Hanover-Jenna’s Joy) crossing the wire first in 1:55.2 for Ben Stafford, Jr. The first division of colt/gelding pacers went to Rockin Robert (Dragon Again-Rain Dance Kim), driven by Brad Hanners, after War Cloud was placed second for interference in the stretch. The time for the mile was 1:56.3. My Baby Momma (Tejano-Kora’s Trotter) left the gate and never looked back, trotting the mile in 2:02.3 for driver Jonathan Roberts in the filly trot. John Wagner closed the Maryland Standardbred Fund action with his fourth trip to the winner's circle behind Winsmith Syd (Real Artist-Winsmith Karen), taking the second division of colt/gelding pacers in 1:54.



The 2-year-olds took center stage on Wednesday (July 13). Alleigh Girl (Don Boss Vita-Armbro Odalisk) went wire-to-wire for Les Givens in 2:04 to take the filly trot in the first non-betting event. Givens came right back in the first division of the colt/gelding trot with Windshield (Political Briefing-CR Mimosa), leading the field by nine lengths at the wire in 2:05.3.



With a light rain falling, the second division of colt/gelding trotters went to GooGoo GaaGaa (Cam’s Rocket-Kora’s Trotter), trotting the last quarter in :29.2 for driver Corey Callahan on the way to a 2:02.2 score. The win gives Maryland pacing stallion Cam’s Rocket his first record trotter.



The colt/gelding pacers went in three divisions. Ben Stafford, Jr. settled Mudslide in third until the half, then went after the leader Hot Speed. Mudslide (Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen) took the lead at the three-quarter pole before crossing the wire in 1:57.4, last quarter in :28. Breakin The Law (Artiscape-Arl’s Troublemaker) took the second division in 1:59, giving Stafford his second trip to the winner's circle. The final division of colt/gelding pacers went to In Front Charlie (Up Front Charlie-Mark’s Courtesy) as he caught Montrell Teague and Bid Quick at the wire in 1:57, giving Corey Callahan his second stakes win of the night.



Love Novel (Quik Pulse Mindale-Book Order) gave Stafford a driving triple in Maryland Standardbred Fund action for the night by winning the first division of filly pacers in a tight photo in a time of 1:59.2. In the final stakes race of the night Bryan Truitt sent Bag Of Tricks(Cam's Card Shark-Semalu A Priori) gate-to-wire in 1:59.2 to win the second division of filly pacers.



Maryland Sire Stakes action starts next week with preliminaries on Wednesday and Thursday.



To contact the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund during July and August call 240.285.0326.

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