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>Callahan dominates in the Maryland Sire Stakes at the Ocean

Union Bridge, MD --- Corey Callahan visited the winner's circle four times in Maryland Sire Stakes preliminary action at Ocean Downs on Saturday. He also had three second place finishes.

His first win was in race four, the 2-year-old filly trot, behind Fastas Lightning J (Go Get Lost), in 2:07.4. The filly is trained by Linda MacDonald. Coming right back in the fifth race, he cut the mile with Furious Franny (Cam’s Rocket), in 2:02.4, for 2-year-old filly pacers. Furious Franny is trained by Roger Hans.

In the fastest mile of the day, Callahan pulled Southern Allie (Allie’s Western) at the half and won by six lengths, in 1:56.1, racing the last quarter in :27.2 in a race for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Southern Allie is trained by Corey’s father, Nick Callahan.

His final win came in race eight, behind Global Experience (Duke’s Ranger), for trainer Ken Schlotzhauer in the 3-year-old filly trot, in 2:04.2.

Jim Morand had another driving triple in 2010 stakes action and set two Maryland Sire Stakes records at Ocean Downs. Rukeyser (You Betcha) sat behind Game Changer until halfway down the stretch, with Rukeyser pulling ahead by one-half length, in 2:04.2. This set the 2-year-old Maryland Sire Stakes trotting gelding record at Ocean Downs.

Morand cut the mile with Tom’s Torpedo (Cam’s Rocket) to take the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace in 1:59.2 for trainer Roger Hans. Tough Challenger (You Betcha) has dominated the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot, and Saturday was no different, winning in 2:01.1, giving Morand the second Maryland Sire Stakes record set on Saturday, this time for 3-year-old colt trotters.

In the other 2-year-old colt and gelding pace, Modern Day Clyde (Bonnie And Clyde) went wire-to-wire in 1:59.2 for trainer-driver Jeff Fout and owners Joe and Joann Thomson. In the final race of the day, Moody Lady (Best Mood) won by a head in the 3-year-old filly pace for driver W. David Hill III, in 2:02.1, racing the last quarter in :28.4.

Next Saturday, Aug. 28, the Maryland Sire Stakes Showcase of Champions will close the Maryland stakes season for 2010. Post time will be at 1 p.m., eastern.