Berlin, MD --- The 3-year-old trotting colts/geldings made their final Maryland Sire Stakes appearance on Sunday (July 23) at Ocean Downs, going for a purse of $69,800.
After an up and down start to his career the hybrid colt EI EI O (Cam’s Rocket-My Baby Momma) found his way to the winner's circle for the second week in a row with stablemate Hybrid Henry up for place in the 1:57 mile. Brian Burton was in the bike for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans.
After sitting back in the field last week and getting beat by a neck in the filly pace, pilot Roger Plante Jr. sent Miss Valerie (Allie’s Western) out of the gate, taking air to the quarter pole. When the clock stopped in 1:59, the favorite Miss Valerie was two lengths ahead of longshot A Blue Believer in the $63,700 final. Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz. Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breeders.
The finals continued on Monday (July 24) with another large enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Their favorite Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam’s Rocket) did not disappoint, setting a new stakes record for 3-year-old pacing colts of 1:53 on the half, opening up nine lengths over second place Adios Muchachos in the $70,000 final. Reinsman Russell Foster was between the wheels for owner/breeder Brian Emerson, while Judy Welty trains.
Once again the combo of Roger Plante Jr. and trainer Steve LeBlanc proved successful when Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) remained undefeated, notching her ninth win in 2017, taking the $70,150 final for trotting fillies. Camita, coming from back in the pack, was the place victor in the close photo over Starz And Deuces who was third. Dr. William Solomon is the owner/breeder, time for the mile was 2:01.4 for the filly trotters.
Sunday (July 30) and Monday (July 31) start the 2-year-old Maryland Standardbred Fund (foaled) stakes at the Ocean; come out and meet three of the drivers for autographs and photos at 6:30 p.m. prior to the races.