Berlin, MD --- On Sunday (July 16) the second leg of Maryland Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds were held at Ocean Downs.
With a Richard Hans entry and a short field, the trotting colts and geldings went as a non-wagering event but a very exciting one when the inconsistent Ei Ei O (Cam’s Rocket) set a stakes and track record of 1:56.3, destroying the old record set by Googoo Gaagaa in 2012. Brian Burton was in the bike for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans. Stablemate Hybrid Henry was up for place.
In the first division for pacing fillies Cheap Ain’t Fast (Dontloseyourdayjob) notched her first win of the season, holding off a strong challenge by Maxkenna in the stretch, stopping the clock in 1:58.4. Gloria Kinnamon owns and bred the filly. Frank Milby was the reinsman for trainer Tony Sapienza.
Evergreen Marla (Capitol Power) and driver Russell Foster pulled the upset in the second division for the fillies, besting the favorite Miss Valerie by a neck in the 1:57 mile. Jerry Nock trains for owner Frank Lemon, the breeder is Dan Myer.
The preliminaries continued on Monday (July 17) with no surprise in the pacing colts and geldings when Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam’s Rocket) was able to recover from a skip at the start and still win by four lengths over Adios Muchachos. Judy Welty trains for owner/breeder Brian Emerson, and Russell Foster was the pilot in the 1:54.4 mile.
The 3-year-old preliminaries concluded with the filly trotters. In an unusual move driver Roger Plante Jr. was content to sit in the pocket until the three-quarter pole with Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie), unleashing her to win by 5-1/2 lengths over the entry of Camita and L G’s Hotshoegirl in 2:01.3. Holy Trout remains undefeated in 2017 with eight wins. Steve LeBlanc trains for owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon.
The 3-year-old Maryland Sire Stake finals will be contested next Sunday (July 23) and Monday (July 24).