The 3-year-old trotting filly Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) remained undefeated in 2017 after a Monday night score. With only a head to separate them at the wire Holy Trout held off Spoonful in the 2:01.4 mile giving her a perfect six-for-six record this year. Roger Plante Jr. was in the bike for trainer Steve LeBlanc and owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon.
In the first split for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Corey Callahan sent Bags To Riches (Roddy's Bags Again) to the lead right out of the gate where he extended his margin to 2-1/2 lengths over Almost Cut My Hair and driver Vic Kirby, crossing the wire in 1:55.3. Jason Skinner co-owns and trains the winner for partner and breeder Only Money Inc.
Reinsman Art Stafford Jr. guided River's Crest (Roddy's Bags Again) to the front, taking control of the fractions in the gate-to-wire win over favorite Beach House in the 1:55 mile for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Art co-owns River Crest with Art Stafford, Randall Stafford and Larry Martin. Winbak Farm was the breeder.
The first round of Maryland Sire Stakes will begin with preliminaries on Sunday (July 9) and Monday (July 10) for 3-year-olds.