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Freshmen contest Maryland Sire Stakes at Ocean Downs
Monday, July 28, 2014 - by Cheri Stambaugh

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Berlin, MD --- The 2-year-olds closed out the July Maryland Sire Stakes on Sunday (July 27) at the Casino Ocean Downs.

Renegade Starlet (CR Renegade-Worthy Starlet) made sure the filly trot was exciting right to the wire. Driver Jeff Fout was content to follow last week’s preliminary winner, Betcha Ur My Baby (You Betcha-Sweet Dreams Baby) until the head of the stretch, when he pulled on the leader, catching her at the wire in 2:06.2. Tui Stone trains the filly for Serendipity Stables.

In the filly pace, Helaines’s Firebird (Allie’s Western-Flannel Yankee) has proved to be the dominant one so far, taking both the prelim and final off the front end. George Dennis piloted the filly to a new mark of 2:02 for owner Frank Chick and trainer Kevin Lare. The Winbak Farm owned Jodi’s Sweety was second.

The trotting colts showed that minding your manners is the best way to win a race. Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee-Juanna Play Slots) and Jay Boy (Tsunami-Russian Caviar) both did just that and had the fans cheering them on down the stretch with Doggone Slots getting his first lifetime win in 2:05.1. Trainer Tom Morris co-owns the homebred colt along with Gregg Morris.

As usual the Cam’s Rocket pacing colts put on a good show with Toms Typhoon setting a new MSS 2-year-old pacing colt record of 1:56 at the Casino at Ocean Downs. His stablemate Toms Tornado was second. Reinsman Jim Morand drove the winner for owner Thomas Cooke and trainer Roger Hans. He is out of High Speed Racer.

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