Three year olds in action in Maryland stakes
August 14, 2015
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There were eight divisions of Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for 3 year olds on Thursday night at Ocean Downs.
The first division of 3-year-old trotting fillies started the night's non wagering events. Driver Truman Gale sent Stories To Tell (RC Royalty-Speed Talker) right to the front from the outside holding off a late challenge from About To Explode (Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream) to stop the clock in 2:00.1. George Ducharme trains and co-owns with Robert Guerrini and Paul Fontaine.
Callmemza (Great George Two-Endorphan Annie) driven by Jonathan Roberts brushed past the field going to the three-quarters pole, drawing away from the pack, winning by almost 12 lengths to take the second division for filly trotters in 1:59.4. Trainer W. B Roberts, Graham Grace Stables LLC and M & W Stables LLC own Callmemza.
Next on the early card were two divisions for colt/gelding trotters. Broken Record (Muscles Yankee-Miss Garland) with Ray Schnittker in the bike continued their win streak in MD Standardbred Fund action over Let It Go (Impel Hanover-Mica) hitting the wire in 2:02. Schnittker also trains and co-owns with Theodore Gewertz.
Lucas Wallin and Smart As A Whip (Donato Hanover-Smarter Than Smart) took command at the quarter in posting a 1:59.3 victory over Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee-Juanna Play Slots) in the second division for colt/gelding trotters. Ake Svanstedt trains for owner Courant Ab.
In the first division for colt/gelding pacers the camera could not separate the horses in the 1:54.1 mile producing the first dead heat in recent years in the Maryland stakes. Vic Kirby sent Quick Art (Artzina-Quick Question) to the lead leaving Toms Typhoon with Roger Plante Jr. the pocket trip. The stretch drive had the cheering crowd on their feet with the officials declaring both horses winners. Quick Art is owned by Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee and trained by Josh Green. Toms Typhoon is owned by Thomas Cooke and trained by Roger Hans.
Smart Zone (Rocknroll Halover-Open Book) started the filly pacers off with a nine-length victory in 1:56.2 for owner Roslyn Delguadio. Matias Ruiz trains and James Lackey was in the bike. Giddylicious (Cam's Card Shark-Pocketbookchampion) was second.
The final division of pacing colt/geldings went to Toms Tornado (Cam's Rocket-Nuclear Folks) over K J Ben (Riggins-Winsmith Karen) in 1:55.1. Jonathan Roberts was the reinsman for trainer Roger Hans and owner Thomas Cooke.
Driver Vic Kirby pulled Rumor Mill (The Panderosa-Chippie Gabby) before the half, finally getting the lead at the head of the stretch holding off Cover Model (Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal) to stop the clock in 1:55.3 for the second division of filly pacers. Jim King Jr. trains for CC racing and Joann Looney King.
The Maryland Horse Industry Board and Dept. of Agriculture Sec. Joe Bartenfelder presented two State of Maryland Citations in the winners circle after the third race. The first was to Maryland trainer Ken Schlotzhauer for his many training titles and the second was to ‘War Horse' Wynnfield Scamp and owner Pam Polk. The 13-year-old stallion just won his 40th career race and has 253 starts, 48 seconds and 33 thirds. (MSRF)