RUS MidAtlantic Schedule Revised

The RUS event at the Meadowlands has been moved to October 20, 2018.  As a result, here is the revised schedule as of May 7, 2018:

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Ocean Downs

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Rosecroft 

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - Shenandoah Downs

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Meadowlands Racing and Gaming

All races will have an estimated purse of $5,000.

 

RUS MidAtlantic Announces 2018 Trotting Series Schedule

 A field of trotters heading to the Rosecroft starting line in the 2017 edition of the RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series.  Photo courtesy of Best Bet Photos.

A field of trotters heading to the Rosecroft starting line in the 2017 edition of the RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series.  Photo courtesy of Best Bet Photos.

 (Upper Marlboro, MD) – RUS MidAtlantic is pleased to release the schedule for 2018.  The RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series consists of four races this year.  The schedule, subject to change, is as follows:  Saturday, June 23 – Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment; Sunday, July 15 – Ocean Downs; Sunday, September 16 – Rosecroft; Sunday, October 14 – Shenandoah Downs.  All races will be non-wagering events with an estimated purse of $5,000 per leg.  Race conditions and qualifying standards are yet to be finalized; they will be posted on the RUS MidAtlantic website (https://www.rus-midatlantic.org ) and will be released in a future press release. 

With July 15 being National Horse Day, the RUS contest will be the centerpiece of Ocean Downs’ special events to commemorate the day.  Other activities planned are face painting, sketch artist, pony rides, and giving away stuffed horses.  Along with Ocean Downs’ racing program, the day promises to be a great time for fans of all ages.

The October 14 race at Shenandoah Downs marks RUS MidAtlantic’s first foray into Virginia.  The race will be contested on the same day as the Virginia Breeder’s Fund Finals are contested.  The entire day’s races will be non-wagering.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series are available at various levels.  All sponsorship fees are used to fund purses.  If interested in becoming a sponsor, you may reach out to RUS MidAtlantic President Stephanie Jacobs at stephaniej@rus-midatlantic.org or at fundraising@rus-midatlantic.org.   

RUS MidAtlantic is a 501(c)6 business organization dedicated to the promotion and presenting of racing under saddle events  the Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia region.  As a business organization, contributions or gifts to RUS MidAtlantic are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.   

 

RUS MidAtlantic Part of Spring Equine Festival

New Jersey and Delaware Paint Events Set

(Upper Marlboro, MD) – RUS MidAtlantic is proud to announce they will be offering a demonstration of racing under saddle at the Spring Equine Festival being hosted by Courageous Hearts Horsemanship (CHH) on April 21.  CHH is a non-profit therapeutic riding and horsemanship program geared towards local children and adults with special abilities, needs, and gifts, as well as individuals and families that are battling or have survived cancer. 

Admission is $5 per person (children 5 and under are admitted free) with all proceeds benefiting CHH.  The festival runs from 10am to 3pm and is located at 8230 Detour Rd, Denton, MD 21629.

In addition, RUS MidAtlantic has two popular paint events scheduled in the coming weeks to benefit RUS MidAtlantic.  On Wednesday, April 18, in conjunction with Village Arts, RUS MidAtlantic will be hosting a paint fundraiser starting at 7pm at Rudy’s Café & Restaurant (at Knob Hill Country Lanes), 363 Route 33 East, Manalapan, NJ.  The cost is $35 per person with food and full bar available for purchase.   By the end of the evening, you will be going home with a 16”X20” masterpiece with all supplies being provided.  To sign-up, go to www.VillageArtsNJ.com (call 609-502-1674 for further information). 

Our Paint & Sip program will be held on Sunday, April 29, starting at 3pm, making a return engagement to Main Street Café at 29 Commerce St., Harrington, DE where last year’s event was well received.  Post Time Show Host Heather Vitale will be at the afternoon’s program.  Main Street Café is a popular establishment operated by Beth Camac whose husband and daughter are local horsemen.  The cost for the event will be $40 with an optional buffet available for an additional $16 (BYOB).  For further information or to RSVP, contact Clarissa Coughlin at clarissac@rus-midatlantic.org.

RUS MidAtlantic is also conducting a Yankee Spring Candle Fundraiser.  Those wishing to purchase Yankee Candles and other products are encouraged to go to:  https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/FFentry.htm?publicKey=nNtPoYwqaaNvEVij6eVbvXvcVrGvoAyH

RUS MidAtlantic is a 501(c)6 business organization dedicated to the promotion and presenting of racing under saddle events  the Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia region.  As a business organization, contributions or gifts to RUS MidAtlantic are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.   

Hyway Marcus Takes RUS MidAtlantic Series Final

By Allan Schott for RUS MidAtlantic

(Fort Washington, MD) – The race unfolded differently but at the end the result was the same as Hyway Marcus was victorious Sunday evening (October 8) in the RUS MidAtlantic Monte Trotting Series Final at Rosecroft Raceway.  With the victory, Hyway Marcus completed the hat trick, sweeping the series.    

Determined not to let Hyway Marcus have his own way, One True Friend (Hillary Hartnett) powered to the front, parking Hyway Marcus to the first quarter with Keenan (Maria Buchanan) third, racing along the rail following the leader. Hartnett had her horse, the lone mare in the race, in front by one and a quarter length in a brisk :28.1 at the first station.

After being stung throughout the first quarter, Sascha Moczulski took Hyway Marcus to the front with One True Friend sitting second through middle fractions of :58.1 and 1:28.1 with the leader being two lengths in front at the three-quarter mark.  By this time Keenan was beginning to tire, six lengths behind the leader in third place. 

Once past the three-quarter marker, the all-to-familiar story played out as Hyway Marcus opened up on the field with a seven length lead at the top of the stretch to coast home in a final quarter of :31.4 to stop the teletimer in 2:00, seven and a half lengths over One True Friend who put the victor to task in the early portion of the race.  Closing from sixth at the three quarter mark was Catalyst (Stephanie Jacobs) finishing third another length behind.  Fourth, but placed fifth for violation of the breaking rule was Mr Protab while Pine Tab was elevated to fourth.  Keenan, paying the price for his early pace finished sixth.

With the victory, Hyway Marcus finished the season with a perfect three for three record and now has a lifetime RUS record of 8-6-1-0.  The six year old son of Gut Instinct is owned by Joseph Faraldo, Gilbert Teitel, and Charels Wittstruck.  Moczulski was the winning trainer.

RUS MidAtlantic would like to thank all its sponsors of the series, Back on Track, Knutsson Trotting, Miller Lite, Poulin Grain, in addition to numerous others.  Plans are already underway for the 2018 series.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of RUS MidAtlantic or a sponsor of the 2018 series may contact RUS MidAtlantic through their website.

 

 

Hyway Marcus Looks to Sweep in RUS MidAtlantic Series Finale

(Fort Washington, MD) – A field of six trotters will compete Sunday (October 8) evening in the RUS MidAtlantic Monte Series Final, being contested at Rosecroft Raceway.  The $5,000 race is headlined by Hyway Marcus, who won the first two legs of the series and is looking to complete the series sweep.  The tilt will go as a non-wagering event after the third race on the regular card with an estimated post time of 7:30pm. 

Hyway Marcus (post 2), is trained and ridden by Sasha Moczulski for new owners Joseph Faraldo, Gilbert Teitel, and Charles Wittstruck.  The six-year-old son of Gut Instinct has developed a reputation for being a star RUS trotter with a lifetime record of 7-5-1-0.  The horse has made only two starts this year under saddle, winning series legs at Ocean Downs and the Meadowlands with a seasonal mark of 1:59.4 set at the Meadowlands. 

Looking to be his main contender is Pine Tab (post 5), ridden by Helene Gregory.  The Nick Surick trainee in his first lifetime start was dueling Hyway Marcus in the stretch at the Meadowlands, getting to within a ¼ length when he went off-stride.  With a race under his belt, his connections are looking for an improved effort here.

Another contender is One True Friend (post 3) who finished second in the second leg of the series at the Meadowlands.  Since that effort, the lone mare in the race came in first at Saratoga, followed by second place finishes at Batavia and in the Elizabeth Miller Memorial at Monticello this past Monday. Hillary Hartnett is once again in the irons for trainer Wesley Miller.

Other horses in the race are Mr Protab (post 1, Emma Wahlberg) who won his lone start last year at Ocean Downs and looks to improve off a third-place finish at the Meadowlands in his seasonal debut.  Catalyst (post 2, Stephanie Jacobs) looks to improve with the return to the 5/8 mile oval after putting in a dull race at the Meadowlands.  Keenan (post 6, Maria Buchanan) finished second in his lifetime debut at Ocean Downs but jumped off before the start at the Meadowlands.  With a cleaner start, he may be in the thick of things late.

First race on the wagering card is slated for a 6:40pm post.