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Four-time Little Brown Jug champion harness racing driver, David Miller has been selected as the 33rd Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. Miller, 52, is the all-time leading driver at the Delaware County Fair. Among his 218 career wins are a pair of Jugette titles, four Old Oaken Buckets, two Buckettes and twenty Standardbred events. The native of Columbus, Ohio won his first Little Brown Jug title in 2003 with No Pan Intended, capping a 10-win day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Miller other Jug titles include Shadow Play (2008), Big Bad John (2011) and Betting Line (2016). Miller is only the third driver in history of the sport to pass $200 million in career earnings (currently at $214.7 million) and ranks fifth in career wins with 12,170. He was inducted into Harness Racing's Hall of Fame in 2014 and was enshrined into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010. Miller will be presented the Wall of Fame jacket and wall plaque during the 2017 Little Brown Jug week (September 17 - 21). Jay Wolf  

Delaware native, Thomas "T" Thomson has been named the Sponsorship Manager of the harness racing Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug. Thomson has more than 25 years of sales and production experience, most recently with Brown Enterprise Solutions. Thomson is the grandson of Henry "Hank" Thomson, co-founder of the Little Brown Jug and the son of W. D. "Tommy" Thomson, who ran the Jug for nearly 40 years. Thomson replaced Phil Terry who retired in January. "I am honored to serve in my new role with the fair and Jug," noted Thomson. "We are experiencing some exciting times in Delaware, with the passage of the bed tax and the revenue that will be created as a result of it. I am looking forward to working with the industry, business and community leaders to advance the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug." "We could not be happier than to have T as our Sponsorship Manager. He has a long history with the fair and Little Brown Jug going all the way back to his grandfather being one of our founding fathers," added Tom Wright, Delaware County Fair's Director of Racing. "His previous experience combined with a passion for Delaware is the perfect match to carry us forward in the harness industry."   Jay Wolf

Phil Terry, Director of Marketing for the Delaware County Fair, has announced his retirement effective January 31, 2017. Terry, 67, has served as the Director of Marketing since 1998 and served as the fair's General Manager from 2008 until 2013. Terry was honored for his work when he was named the 2010 Little Brown Jug "Wall of Fame" honoree. "I have been blessed to be involved with the Little Brown Jug and harness racing at the Delaware County Fair," noted Terry. "I was very lucky to have a friend like Tom Thomson who taught me about the Jug and its importance to the people who attend the Jug and to harness racing as a whole. Thanks to everyone who helped me through the years." "No one loves the Little Brown Jug more than Phil," noted Tom Wright, President of the Little Brown Jug Society. "His dedication and efforts to improve the race and events around the Jug will be his legacy." "The fair board cannot thank Phil enough for his leadership of the fair during some tough economic times," added Pat Paykoff, President of the Delaware County Fairboard. The Delaware County Fair will start a search to find a replacement for Terry. The 2017 Delaware County Fair will run from Saturday, September 16 through Saturday, September 23. The 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug will be raced on Thursday, September 21. For more information on the Delaware County Fair or the Little Brown Jug, please visit [www.delawarecountyfair.com] www.delawarecountyfair.com or [www.littlebrownjug.com]

Betting Line won the 71st Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, with a world record performance in the $577,000 harness racing event’s second heat Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The Casie Coleman-trained Betting Line, who extended his win streak to 13 races with his Jug victory, stopped the timer in 1:49, equaling the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile track. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a gelding, established that record last year at Harrington Raceway. Betting Line’s effort, though, was the fastest half-mile triumph ever by a colt. Betting Line, the 1-9 favorite in the second heat, took the lead from Western Fame just after the halfway point in the mile race for 3-year-old pacers and cruised to an eight length victory from there. Western Fame was second, followed by Dr J Hanover and Lyons Snyder. It was driver David Miller’s fourth career Jug win and the third for Coleman. “It was pretty easy,” Miller said after the second heat. “He was great both trips and I’m so glad for all the connections and the horse to win the Little Brown Jug.” Miller is among five drivers to win the Little Brown Jug at least four times. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance lead the list with five apiece while Miller, Stanley Dancer and Ron Pierce have four. Coleman joined four other trainers with three Jug triumphs. Haughton tops the list with six victories. “I enjoy each and every one of them and this is really special,” Miller said. Earlier in the day, Betting Line and Western Fame won their respective first heats. Betting Line captured his division by 2-1/2 lengths over Lyons Snyder in 1:50.4 while Western Fame won by 1-1/4 lengths over Big Top Hanover in 1:50.1. But prior to the first heat, a controversy that had been brewing behind the scenes since early this morning came to a head. It involved a lost cell phone belonging to one of winning trainer Casie Coleman’s employees that was found on the backstretch with a message on it that trainers Ron Burke, Jimmy Taker and Tony Alagna brought to the attention of the judges because they interpreted it as a message directing her employee to give something to the horse this morning. Coleman explained that she was referring to yogurt that Betting Line gets twice a day. The three other trainers, who had nine of the 11 horses in the Jug, asked the judges to scratch the eventual Jug winner and protested Betting Line’s participation with a threat to scratch their horses if their protest was not accepted. As a show of their protest, the three other trainers demanded that Betting Line leave for the post parade five minutes earlier than the rest of the field for the first Jug heat. “The horsemen expressed their concerns to the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC),” said the official statement from the Little Brown Jug following the race. “Little Brown Jug officials worked with the OSRC and the horsemen and we are pleased that the horsemen participated in our event. At this point it is an OSRC decision.” Betting Line has won 13 of 14 races this year and earned $1.37 million. He is owned by Coleman’s West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. “We’re just so excited he got the job done,” said Coleman, whose previous Jug victories came with Vegas Vacation in 2013 and Michael’s Power in 2012. “I love the Jug. Every single year I’ll be here supporting it as long as I have horses good enough. “Coming to Delaware, Ohio -- whether it be any horse, let alone a Jug or Jugette horse -- I’ve never seen a fan base this big. The crowd here deserves to see a good show and they do a great, great job here. I’m just fortunate that we’ve had horses good enough to compete in this race.” Betting Line is a son of 2001 Little Brown Jug winner Bettor’s Delight out of the stakes-winning mare Heather’s Western. He was purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. The Little Brown Jug was the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. The first, the Cane Pace, was won by Control The Moment while the second, the Messenger, was won by Racing Hill. "He is not probably the best horse, he is the best horse that I’ve ever trained," added Coleman. "There is no question and I have had a lot of nice horses. "I love all my horses. I don’t know what it is with this horse. It’s the wind he has. He just never gets tired after a race. There have been many times he has just been sitting, where I haven’t been a happy camper with where he has been sitting coming around the last turn and he just mows them down. "His heart. He just loves to win. I’ve never been able to train a horse this good and I don’t think many people have. Heart, intelligence, speed, it’s all a great combination. He’s just the perfect animal. "If there was one thing I could change on him, I would change nothing. He’s just an awesome animal. Ones like these don’t come along very often." Betting Line, Western Fame win Jug opening-round heats Betting Line won for the 12th consecutive time, capturing the first of two opening-round heats of Thursday’s Little Brown Jug by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50.4 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Lyons Snyder was second, Dr J Hanover third, and Check Six fourth. Check Six set the pace for much of the mile, hitting the quarter in :27.1, half in :56, and three-quarters in 1:23.4. But by that time, first-over Lyons Snyder had pulled even and second-over Betting Line was ready to go three wide coming out of the final turn. Betting Line, who was fifth for the first three-eighths of the race before flushing the cover of Lyons Snyder prior to the halfway point, pulled away from his foes in the stretch and won comfortably for trainer Casie Coleman. “It worked out just kind of like I thought it would,” winning driver David Miller said. “(Check Six) left and I was able to pick up good cover. He actually took me farther than I thought he would. My horse was strong the whole way and anxious to go anytime I asked him. He finished up good. He was good and strong all the way to the wire.” Western Fame and driver Mark MacDonald controlled the race from post one, parking out favorite Racing Hill for much of the mile, on their way to a 1:50.1 win in Thursday’s second opening-round heat of the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers. Big Top Hanover, Racing Hill, and Manhattan Beach rounded out the top four. MacDonald hustled Western Fame off the gate and protected the inside spot from Racing Hill, who started in post two. After reaching the quarter in :26.4, Racing Hill challenged Western Fame for the lead, but was unable to get to the front. He briefly ducked back to third as the half was reached in :53.4, but soon thereafter was back on the move again. Western Fame rebuffed Racing Hill again as they hit three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then held off Big Top Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths for the victory. “It was kind of an all-or-nothing drive, I guess,” said a laughing MacDonald, who drove Western Fame for trainer Jimmy Takter. “The first heat, there wasn’t a whole lot of action so I wanted to give the crowd something to see. “We had the rail; it’s tough when you get stuck in the two hole at Delaware, not too many horses win out of the two hole. Jimmy had a lot of confidence in the horse. He thought he would be really good over this track and he showed some grittiness today. He never got a breather. When I called on him halfway down the stretch, he paced away for me. “It was the perfect opportunity for him to show his speed. He has always had it, but quite possibly today he could finally really show it. He has always raced well. You can see that from his last race in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final.” Western Fame is owned by breeder Brittany Farms. He was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up to Check Six on Sept. 10. Racing Hill and Check Six were scratched from the second heat. -- Kim French also contributed to this report Ken Weingartner

DELAWARE, OH - Harnessracing.com reported today that Betting Line and harness racing driver David Miller won the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday afternoon, rolling to a commanding 1:49 victory in the second heat on a hot and sunny afternoon. Although there wasn't a cloud in the sky, the atmosphere for the Jug was not exactly picture-perfect as text messages allegedly sent by the winning trainer, Casie Coleman, prompted concerns that her horse could have been treated, in violation of the rules, the morning of the Jug. Trainers Tony Alagna, Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter said they were filing a formal protest with the Ohio State Racing Commission and made it clear they were racing their horses under protest. One of Coleman’s assistant trainers lost their phone sometime Wednesday night at the fairgrounds and when the person who found the phone tried to figure out who it belonged to, they found text messages. The content of the text messages compelled the person to contact the judges. Presiding judge John Yinger, who is employed by the Ohio State Racing Commission, decided the text messages did not contain evidence that Betting Line should be scratched from the Jug, but Takter, Alagna and Burke were so upset by what the texts said—and to them, implied--that they conferred with Yinger and the owners of their horses over the course of hours. Takter discussed the situation with Jeff Snyder, co-owner of Lyons Snyder, on the backstretch. At one point they agreed to scratch the horse. To read the rest of the story click here. 

Delaware, OH --- Don Dream was a nightmare for his rivals, winning Thursday’s (Sept. 22) second $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters in a world record 1:55 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Moonshiner Hanover, who followed Don Dream throughout the mile, finished second by 1-3/4 lengths and Andy M was third. Don Dream’s time is the fastest in history for a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track. The previous mark of 1:55.2 was held by filly Wild Honey. The best prior clocking for a male trotter was 1:55.3 held by Dontyouforgetit. A son of Donato Hanover out of the mare Gabbys Dream, Don Dream was making his first start for new owners Michelle and Albert Crawford and Susan Oakes, who purchased the colt last week. The horse is trained by Chris Oakes. "David (Miller, his driver) really likes him and said he went around the track well in hand," said Chris Oakes. "He broke the track record in his last start at Harrah's (1:55.2) and I did speak with David about him before I bought him to discuss his opinion of him. The Crawfords were kind enough to agree with us and hopefully with their continued backing can purchase more nice horses just like him. "I wasn't surprised really that he set the world record. I flew in on Monday and trained him on the track earlier this week and he got over it extremely well. David said much the same thing about how he handled it today. "He goes on to Lexington next." Don Dream, the 2-5 favorite, and Miller went to the lead at the start and never looked back. Don Dream set fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26.4 on his way to his fourth win in eight races. He has earned $79,240. He’s On A Mission and driver Tim Tetrick won Thursday’s first $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, capitalizing when Lars Perry went off stride in the stretch as he attempted to lead the race from start to finish. He’s On A Mission stopped the timer in 1:58.3, with Lars Perry second but placed third because of the break. Brand New Key was third-placed-second. Lars Perry and Brand New Key battled on the first turn for the early advantage, with Lars Perry eventually forcing Brand New Key to back off and settle into second. Lars Perry set fractions of :27.4, :58.2, and 1:28.1 before pulling away from the field heading into the stretch. He’s On A Mission, who was third for most of the mile, was on the move in the stretch and took advantage of Lars Perry’s missteps. A gelded son of Groton Hall out of the mare Lisas Mission, He’s On A Mission is owned by trainer Stacey Ruddick along with Denise Dennis. He has won three of six races and earned $75,375. He was the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship runner-up in August. "Unfortunately he was not himself the night of the KYSS final," said Ruddick. "He had a bad week, was really nervous and right up on the bit which is not like him. I was a little concerned he would get wound up here with everything that was going on or that he would have to leave from the eight-hole in a big field. But we got here on Tuesday and he has been nice and relaxed and just taking everything in. "As far as how he drew, it could not have worked out any better. Also we have a small track back at the farm that we train on so I knew the turns would be no problem for him. Then Timmy (Tetrick) drove him perfectly. I've known Timmy for years when he used to drive for me when I raced at the Illinois fairs. He learned from his dad how to bring the babies along slowly. "I bought this horse as a weanling and it's an interesting story. I was looking at Kentucky babies because I knew there were not many mares bred there. I had a list printed out actually and Walnut Hall sold a bunch of mares in foal that year at the Delaware sale. His dam was a little older and I was looking more towards a younger mare. This Amish guy was looking at her and so I asked him if he was interested in the mare only because I was interested in the baby. He told me the mare only, so I told him I would not bid against him if I could have first shot at the baby. He agreed and when this horse was a baby we went to look at him, decided we wanted him and traded a stallion share, then I brought some other horses to that farm and we got him. "He is eligible next for some late closers at Lexington and he is a very nice colt. I think he's a nicer colt than he may receive credit for." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications -- Kim French also contributed to this report

Delaware, Ohio - L A Delight and John Campbell in the sulky used a perfect pocket trip to win the $239,400 46th Jugette at the Delaware County Fair on Wednesday. First heat winner Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) used his rail position to take the early lead. A leaving attempt by Blue Moon Stride (Andrew McCarthy) was thwarted by a break in stride allowing L A Delight into the two-hole and Pure Country (Brett Miller) into third. The top trio raced without further movement through the quarters of :27 1/5, :56 2/5 and 1:25. Campbell eased the winner off the rail in the final turn and edged past the pacesetting Call Me Queen Be by ¾ length in 1:51.3. Yankee Moonshine (Yannick Gingras) rallied for third and Pure Country (Brett Miller) held on for fourth. Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings own the homebred daughter of Bettor's Delight, who earned $98,578 for her efforts. John Campbell hoisted the Jugette trophy for a record fifth time and trainer Bob McIntosh won for record tying third time. Campbell and McIntosh teamed up with So Fresh to capture the 1992 Jugette. World record set in first heat of Jugette In the $95,760 first heat, Call Me Queen Be grabbed the racetrack and took the lead before the field hit the first turn. Yankee Moonshine protected his rail position and sat second at the quarter in :26 4/5. Second tier starter Pure Country was the first to challenge the leader and was parked second at the half in :55. As the field headed to the ¾ mile pole, Scott Zeron asked his horse for more and she responded by opening drawing away from Pure Country. Using a :27 1/5 last quarter, Call Me Queen Be won by 4½ lengths over L A Delight and Pure Country in a world record record clocking of 1:50.1. Ella Christina Takes 2FP Standardbred David Miller guided Ella Christina to a narrow neck win over Caviart Cherie (Andrew McCarthy) and Kim's Desire (Yannick Gingras) in lifetime best 1:54 3/5. Miller sent the daughter of Western Ideal after the early lead and was allowed to control the field of eight through fractions of :27 4/5, :57 4/5 and 1:26 1/5. Pittstop Danika (Matt Kakaley) tried to pressure the winner but could not get past the leader and her :28 2/5 last quarter. Ella Christina is owned and trained by Nancy Johansson. Miss Tezsla Takes Buckette Miss Tezsla (Brett Miller) came off the rail at the three quarter pole and wore down the pacesetting Haughty III (Peter Wrenn) to win the $86,200 Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters in 1:55 1/5. Haughty III held on for second and Ultimate Shopper (Tim Tetrick) closed for third. Jimmy Takter trains the Andover Hall filly for the Miss Tezsla Stable. Ohio Breds In Action Uncle Leroy (Mike Wilder) took the lead just before the quarter mile pole and pulled away from his competitors to win the first division of the $96,300 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championships for sophomore colt trotters. The Neely Dunn gelding was a half length clear of Deep Question (David Miller) and Chips So Fast (Aaron Merriman) in 1:55 3/5. Uncle Leroy is owned by Cheryl Vigneron and trained by Charles Vigneron. The Ohio Sire Stake champion, Wegoferdaprize (Chris Page) took the second division in 1:56 2/5. The Next Triumph (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and MJB Got Faith (Kayne Kauffman) and the eventual winner all battled for the lead in the final turn and late breaks in stride by The Next Triumph and MJB Got Faith sealed the victory for the And Away We Go gelding. The 3 1/2 length score was his eight win in a row for Curran Racing and trainer Jessica Millner. The final division was won by Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble). The partisan crowd cheered the And Away We Go gelding to a 6 1/2 length victory over Roundtown Rocker (Peter Wrenn) and Speedy Translation (Kurt Sugg) in 1:54 4/5. Jim Dailey trains Lets Go Bucks for Jim S. Burnett and Tim S. Homan. The two divisions of the $114,440 (div.) two-year-old filly trot went to Let's Get Started (Josh Sutton) and Chim Swift (David Miller). Let's Get Stated scored a 1 1/4 length victory over Rose Run Sydney (Ryan Holton) in a stakes record 1:57.4. In the second division, Chim Swift overcame the outside post #8 and defeated Renee Lu (Yannick Gingras) in 1:58. by Jay Wolf, for the Delaware County Fair      

Delaware, Ohio - Satin Dancer won the first division of the $55,494 (div.) Standardbred for two-year-old filly trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. When the gate's wings folded, driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent Satin Dancer immediately to the lead and was never really threatened as the coasted to a 6¼ length victory over Tabby Talks Alot (Chris Page) and What Da Matter U (Brett Miller) in 1:57 to equal the national season's record. Byron Hooley trains the Big Stick Lindy lass for Summit Pacing Acres. The winning filly has been first or second in 10 of 12 seasonal starts. The second $27,747 division was a two horse affair after the first eighth of a mile, when breaks in stride took out the remaining five contenders. Dangle Then Deke (Brett Miller) and French Press (Yannick Gingras) raced 1-2 through the entire mile as Dangle Then Deke won in 1:57 2/5. Caviart Wonder (Mike Wilder) out trotted the breakers for third. The win was Brett Miller's 100th win at the Delaware County Fair and moved him to fourth place all time behind David Miller, John Campbell and Sam Noble III. The Cantab Hall filly is owned by James Bafia and is trained by Dirk Simpson. World Record Set In OBC Hope Ima Victory (Dan Noble) won the first division of the $112,641 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship in 1:56 1/5 to establish a new world mark for two-year-old gelding trotters. Always A Good Time (Chris Page) took the early lead as the field of six passed the quarter mile station in :29 1/5. Favorite Rose Run Spanky (Josh Sutton) came first up and cleared the leader before the half in :58 4/5. The eventual winner started his challenge at the half and stuck a head in front at the ¾ mile pole in 1:27. Hope Ima Victory cruised home 1¾ lengths ahead of a closing Goldfinger (Brett Miller). Rose Run Spanky held on for third. The new world champion is owned by Stephen Sexton and trained by Noble. Trainer Chris Beaver swept the first two spots in the third and final $37,547 division. Aaron Merriman piloted Buckeye Boss to a 1¼ length win over stablemate Fraser Ridge (David Miller) in a national seasons record 1:56 2/5. The Triumphant Caviar colt has won seven of eight career starts for Beaver, Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. The second division was won by Stormy Kromer (Peter Wrenn) in 1:58 4/5. Jailhouse Sam (Hugh Beatty) was second and Dekeyser (Aaron Merriman) rounded out the trifecta. Melanie Wrenn trains the son of Dejarmbro for Gene Oldford Farms, Wrenn Racing and Kales Co. Ohio Fair Racing Conference Events Held Three divisions of the $12,100 (div.) two-year-old colt trot went to Tady's Count (Kurt Sugg), Just Plain Dj (David Miller) and Back The Bank (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). The trio of sophomore filly pace events were won by Becks Wood Place (Chris Page), Tiger's Sue (Kayne Kauffman) and Feelin Lilly (Chris Page). Post time the Wednesday card is now 12:00 noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Delaware County Fair

Charles Wingfield will head to Thursday's $577,000 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association with a bit of a long shot in Manhattan Beach, but the Ohio resident is hoping the colt can follow in his brother's footsteps at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and carry him to another trip to the harness racing winner's circle. Manhattan Beach is a full brother to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, who entered that year's event winless in 12 races at age 3 but captured the Jug in straight heats. Wingfield and his brothers Robert and Thomas are among the owners of Manhattan Beach and also were part of the Limelight Beach ownership group. "It's unbelievable," said Wingfield, who lives in Kenton, about 40 miles northwest of the fairgrounds. "To win one, I was beside myself. We're in the record book. They can't take that away from us. "Just to be in there is great. We've got a lot of family and friends coming, all behind Manhattan. I have no idea how many people are coming. The last two years I've set up 40 chairs. My two brothers said that's not enough, so we set a few more up. It's very, very exciting." Brothers --- equine in this case, not human --- winning the Little Brown Jug is not unprecedented. Noble Adios won the 1956 Jug two years after full brother Adios Harry won the event. And 1953 champion Keystoner was a half-brother to 1951 winner Tar Heel. Manhattan Beach is one of five Little Brown Jug contenders from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. The colt will start in the second of two first-round heats Thursday and is 6-1 on the morning line. His division includes Tony Alagna-trained multiple-stakes-winner Racing Hill, who is the 3-5 choice in the elimination. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Eleven horses entered the event for 3-year-old pacers and were divided into two $92,320 first-heat eliminations. Betting Line, who brings an 11-race unbeaten streak to the fairgrounds for trainer Casie Coleman, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the $276,960 second heat. If one of the two elimination winners is victorious in the second heat, he is the Jug champion. Otherwise, the three heat-winners return for a $115,400 race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Manhattan Beach has won four of 16 races this year and earned $260,853 for owners Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and the Wingfields. Matt Kakaley will drive the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear from post four in the second elimination. "I know there are a couple better than him, but it's a horserace," Wingfield said. "Casie's colt looks like the horse to beat. He is just amazing. And Racing Hill looks awful tough. "We'll hope for the best, hope things work our way. But no matter what, it will be a lot of fun." The other horses from the Burke Stable are Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Check Six, Big Top Hanover, Fernando Hanover, and Stolen Glimpse. * * * * * * Jeff Snyder's first trip to the Little Brown Jug didn't go as hoped, but the longtime owner has enjoyed his share of successes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds since then. Snyder's first Jug was in 1994 with favorite Cam's Card Shark, who was scratched from the race because of lameness and never raced again. Cam's Card Shark, the 1994 Horse of the Year, has sired three Jug champions, though, including Snyder's first winner of the event, Million Dollar Cam. Snyder also was co-owner of 2009 Jug winner Well Said and the breeder/owner of 2012 champion Michael's Power. On Thursday, Snyder will hope a son of Well Said --- Lyons Snyder --- can give him a record-breaking fourth victory in the Little Brown Jug. Snyder is tied with George Segal and Stanley Dancer for the most wins by an owner with three. "They're all pretty special wins," Snyder said. "We've had good luck at the Jug, even when we didn't win it. Hopefully, that will continue. You never know what can happen when you go to the Jug." Lyons Snyder, co-owned by Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound, races in the first of two opening-round heats Thursday. He will start from post three in the same division as Betting Line and Check Six and is 15-1 on the morning line. Sylvain Filion will drive. The colt, making his third start for trainer Jimmy Takter, has won five of 14 races this year and earned $212,268. His victories include a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, where he defeated Control The Moment, and he heads to the Jug off a second-place finish to Betting Line in the Simcoe Stakes. "We think a lot of him," Snyder said. "He had some issues earlier, but he came out of his last race very sound. He just got beat on the wire to Betting Line. We're hoping that he'll do well. "Win or lose, we go out there to have a good time. That's the main thing. We've had lots of fun out there." Segal also has the opportunity to win his fourth Little Brown Jug. His Brittany Farms is co-owner of Dr J Hanover and the breeder/owner of Western Fame. * * * * * * Trainer Casie Coleman never stops learning; at least when it comes to the nuances of racing at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "We've done well there, but you learn more every time you go there," said Coleman, who has won both the Little Brown Jug and the Jugette twice. "There are definitely different things with how you've got to shoe them and how you've got to rig them. "I'm only at that track a couple of days a year, but we're getting more used to it and getting them rigged right and shod right when they go there. I've been learning as I go. Hopefully I'll have everything down here soon." Coleman trains this year's Little Brown Jug favorite Betting Line, who puts his 11-race win streak on the line Thursday. Betting Line, with three-time Jug winner David Miller in the sulky, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first of two opening heats. Betting Line has won 11 consecutive races since beginning his season with a second-place finish against older horses. His victories include the North America Cup, Battle of the Brandywine, and Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational. He heads to the Jug off a win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, where he rallied from an 8-1/4 length deficit on the final turn to beat Lyons Snyder by a half-length in 1:49.1. His win in the Milstein was at Northfield Park, which is a half-mile track, such as the oval at the fairgrounds. Betting Line overcame a brief break of stride on the final turn to win by four lengths. "Obviously everyone knows he had a little issue at Northfield when he made the little skip around the last turn," Coleman said. "We know that was an issue, but we're working on changing his rigging just a little bit to help him get over the half better. Delaware is the best half-mile track I've ever been on. I'm hoping he will be fine." Coleman, who got married last week, won the Jug with Michael's Power in 2012 and Vegas Vacation in 2013, and would join four other trainers with three triumphs if Betting Line is victorious. Billy Haughton holds the record for training wins with six. Stanley Dancer, with four Jugs, is the only other trainer with more than three. "The triple would be pretty awesome," Coleman said. "I thought we had a shot at it with McWicked (in 2014) and it just didn't quite work out. He just wasn't quite himself. Now hopefully this guy has a good chance. Betting Line looks pretty good coming into it." * * * * * * Spider Man Hanover will return to the site of his most memorable 2015 performance, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, when he races in Thursday's Little Brown Jug. Last year, Spider Man Hanover won a division of the Standardbred Stakes at the fairgrounds in a then-world-record 1:51.4 for 2-year-old male pacers on a half-mile track. The colt was in the fairgrounds-based stable of trainer Brian Brown last year and into 2016 before heading to Ron Burke in August. He was purchased Sept. 14 by trainer Nick Surick and Howard Schneidler's KDM Stables Corp. with an eye toward competing in the Jug. "I'm glad to be in it," Surick said. "I like to have fun and I try to support these races, especially a race like this. You're going to get 40,000 to 50,000 people here that truly love harness racing. It's a fun week. Hopefully we can do a little good. Out of all the horses in the Jug, I've got a horse that knows how to get around this track. Hopefully he'll be OK. "It's a tough spot. We're going against really good horses. We're definitely coming in as a long shot, but that's what makes horseracing and that's why they race these horses. Anything can happen in a horserace." Spider Man Hanover and driver Andy Miller will start from post five in the second of the two opening heats and are 20-1 on the morning line. Spider Man Hanover, a son of Western Ideal, has won one of 10 races this year after earning $221,355 last season. Surick said Spider Man Hanover has battled issues with tying up this year. The colt prepped for the Little Brown Jug by qualifying in 1:52 at half-mile Freehold Raceway on Sept. 15. "He just got tired a little late, but that was a lot more than we thought he'd go anyway," Surick said. "We were happy with that. Hopefully we can make him a little better. We got here Sunday and he trained really good Monday morning. I was pleased with him. "We're not going in with high expectations. We just want to have some fun. But hopefully he can do a little more than that. Andy could have stayed home, but he's coming here just to drive that one horse, so I think he's got a little confidence in the horse too." For all of the latest news, photos and videos for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug, visit the Harness Racing FanZone's mini-site by clicking here. Below are the fields for the Little Brown Jug first-heat eliminations. The eliminations are races 13 and 14. The second heat is race 18. First elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-6/1 2. Stolen Glimpse - Art Major - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 3. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-8/1 4. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2/1 5. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/5 6. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-12-1   Second elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/5 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - David Miller-Ron Burke-15/1 4. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-6/1 5. Spider Man Hanover - Western Ideal - Andy Miller-Nick Surick-20/1 Ken Weingartner

Columbus, OH --- While Dan Patch Award winner Pure Country and her extremely accomplished rival Darlinonthebeach are dominating the headlines for the 46th edition of the Jugette, Canadian L A Delight is not only a force to be reckoned with, but if she secures the victory, she will not only redeem her dam’s loss in this very event, but will secure her pilot and her harness racing breeder/owner/trainer a place in Jugette history. “I think she is not receiving much attention because she has only raced twice outside of Canada,” said John Campbell, who will be guiding the filly over the Delaware County Fair oval on Wednesday (Sept. 21) in the $239,400 Jugette. “The first time she raced in the U.S. she made that break on me at the Meadowlands (on July 16 in the Mistletoe Shalee) for some reason we have never determined, but in the Nadia Lobell, her second start here (Aug. 27) she beat some quality fillies at The Meadows with Dave Palone driving her in a personal best 1:49.1 and just missed setting a track record. She certainly has a very good chance to win this race.” A daughter of Bettor's Delight-West Of L A, L A Delight was the 2015 O’Brien Award winner as the sport’s best 2-year-old pacing filly in Canada. In last year’s campaign, she finished third in her first start and continued her season with 11 consecutive trips to the winner’s circle. Trained by Bob McIntosh, who captured this very contest in 1994 with Electric Slide and in 1992 with So Fresh, she competes as a homebred for her trainer in conjunction with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. L A Delight will leave from post position three in rein to the most prolific driver in the race’s history, as Campbell has captured the Jugette on four occasions. Rated as the fourth selection on the morning line, behind Pure Country (5-2, post nine), Darlinonthebeach (7-2, post seven) and Call Me Queen Be (9-2, post five), the filly merits serious consideration after a sophomore season that has netted $310,548 with a resume of 11-6-1-1. If she hits the finish line ahead of her eight rivals, the victory will indeed be sweet for her connections, as it will place McIntosh in a tie with Bill Haughton for the most wins by a trainer in this race and will reverse the sting of her mother’s seventh place finish to Showherthemoney in 2009. McIntosh also trained, owned and bred West Of L A with the same parties and always takes great pride when a product of his breeding program gets their picture taken. “Winning any race is always special,” he said last fall. “But there is something extra special when it’s a horse you bred and raised from a baby and were responsible for generations of the family. There is a sense of great pride that comes when one of your very own horses wins a big race.” It certainly increases the filly’s chances to become a Jugette winner when a pilot with Campbell’s expertise is satisfied with how the draw unfolded for the duo’s journey at Delaware. “It is very important to have an inside post draw over this specific track,” he said. “I am pleased with our post position as we can get our nose right on the gate, which is key in races at Delaware. When you are six or seven lengths off the pace, it is extremely difficult to make that up in any races there, even with a very nice horse. When you have a post position like this it definitely helps and allows you to put your horse right in the race off the starting gate.” When asked if an unrivaled fifth Jugette win would hold especially high esteem within the context of his storied career, Campbell, as usual, was exceptionally humble and blatantly honest. “I have been fortunate with the opportunities I have been offered to drive horses of this caliber in races like this,” he said. “Of course winning this race is always enjoyable, but being in the winner’s circle for any race at Delaware is special. It does not matter what race it is. You have such a big audience that is so close to the track and they are so involved and supportive. There is also the history there and it holds a unique place within the industry. Any win there is one you will always remember.” Wednesday's Jugette will be raced in two heats. All the first heat finishers will advance to the second heat. The winner of the second heat will be declared the Jugette champion. The first heat will be raced for $95,760 and the second heat will carry a purse of $143,640. The complete Jugette field: PP-Horse-Sire-(Driver/Trainer)-Morning Line Odds 1. Yankee Moonshine - Yankee Cruiser - (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)-8/1 2. Marty Party Two - Yankee Cruiser - (Ronnie Wrenn Jr./Ron Steck)-15/1 3. L A Delight - Bettor's Delight - (John Campbell/Robert McIntosh)-6/1 4. Hug A Dragoness - Dragon Again - (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke)-10/1 5. Call Me Queen B - Somebeachsomewhere - (Scott Zeron/Ross Croghan)-9/2 6. I Said Diamonds - Well Said - (Tim Tetrick/Matias Ruiz)-12/1 7. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - (David Miller/Nancy Johansson)-7/2 8. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - (Andrew McCarthy-Mark Harder)-12/1 9. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller/Jimmy Takter)-5/2 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

A Tc Queenie was one of the state of Ohio's best sophomore filly trotters and she showed it by going gate-to wire in a stakes record to win the $90,800 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship in Monday's harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair. When the gate's wings folded A Tc Queenie (Dan Noble) grabbed the track and control of the field and dictated the fractions of :28 2/5, :57 4/5 & 1:26. Kerfuffle Cookie (Peter Wrenn) tried to mount a challenge down the backstretch but couldn't get within a length and a half of the eventual winner. A Tc Queenie cruised home in :28 2/5 to score a 4¾ length victory in 1:54 2/5. The Triumphant Caviar filly is owned by Trish Soulsby and Richard Schaut and conditioned by Ron Steck. In the second $45,400 division, Consolidator used a patient drive by Chris Page to score in 1:56 3/5. Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) overcame post #7 and took the lead past the ¼ pole in :27 4/5. Page ducked the eventual winner into the two-hole and let Kestrel pass the half in :57. As the pair reached the three-quarter mile station in 1:26, Page eased Consolidator off the rail and cruised home in :30 2/5 to score a 3¼ length victory over Kestrel. Count On Cami (ken Holliday) was another half-length back in third. Consolidator, winner of the $252,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final her last time out, has won three races in a row and six of seven this season. She is trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Green Acquisition Corp. Driver Ken Holliday and trainer Chris Beaver took two of the three divisions of the $10,800 Ohio Fair Racing Conference for three-year-old trotting fillies with Soft Power (2:00 2/5) and Evanora (1:56 3/5). Belle'svictoryring took the third division for driver/trainer John Konesky III in 2:00 2/5. Three divisions of the $12,450 (div.) Ohio Fair Racing Conference for two-year-old filly trotters were also held. Pricey Cupcakes (J. Duke Sugg), Lady Robin (Kayne Kauffman) and Away My Baby (Chris Page) found their way to the winner's circle. The 15 race Tuesday card will have a 1:00 p.m. post time and with feature a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4 (races 9 - 12). Jay Wolf Photo: A Tc Qeenie and Dan Noble cruise to a new stakes record in the OBC 3FT (Brad Conrad Photo)  

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow moved on to the hallowed grounds at Delaware, Ohio for two trotting events in the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series on Sunday, September18. And when the judges hung the official signs upon the completion of those races "Yankee Joe" Lee and Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Lee won with A Crown For Lindy in 1:58.3 while Troyer scored behind Heza Rube in 2:00. Speaking of hallowed grounds, Joe Lee works at one of the most famous ballparks in America that being Yankee Stadium. His profession is being the Yankees locker room manager where he has been among the Bronx Bombers on a regular basis year in and year out.. Although Lee takes that all in stride his first time at driving a winner over the Delaware, Ohio double-oval was tremendous thrill for him. "Last year I finished second and this was my first win at the Home of the Little Brown Jug," Lee said. "I can't tell you how thrilling that was. And to be standing in that winners circle, wow!" But victory didn't come easy. "I had the four-hole today and left out of there but the holes all closed up so I brushed to the lead past the quarter," Lee related."From there I think I rated my horse pretty well the rest of the way. Dein (Spriggs with Bold Strike) and I battled down the stretch and my horse dug in the last five steps and held Dein's horse off by a head at the wire." Although they were one-two almost all the way, in the lane Dein "the Dream" Spriggs hustled Bold Strike out to challenge but they fell a neck shy to A Crown or Lindy. Third place went to the second longest shot on the board, Numbers Game, who was driven by Kenny "the Farmer" Heins. A Crown For Lindy, who returned a $9.60 win mutuel, is owned and trained by Laura Searway. Lee, with seven wins, nine seconds, and six thirds is having his best year while enjoying his times in the sulky. A second Billings division saw "the Lumberman" sit back in the early going with Heza Rube then charge three- deep on the final turn and go on to a one length triumph over Forceful Gale driven by Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel. A quick early pace was precipitated by a duel when Carl "Big Boy" Easterday, Jr. played hard ball with "Hurricane Hannah" Miller parking her trotter, Skyway Cruiser the entire mile and needless to say both participants finished off the board. But Troyer could see trouble in the making and moved Heza Rube as they approached the half. Heza Rube was in full steam up the backside so Troyer just wheeled him three- deep on the final turn and together they romped home to victory while keeping Forceful Gale and "Fast Greggy" at bay. Third place went to German amateur driver Max "Colonel " Schultz. Troyer, a longtime avid participant in the Billings Series has seen his enthusiasm wane in recent years but his six wins in 14 starts this season speaks volumes for Troyer's talent. Heza Rube, owned by Deborah Kvernmo and trained by Miles Wollam, paid $11.60 for win. It was Troyer's 81st amateur driving victory. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Downbytheseaside (Chris Page) cruised to easy victory in the $69,000 (div.) Standardbred for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:50, breaking the world record by 1 4/5 seconds, highlighting the opening day harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair. Downbytheseaside was pushed off the gate and cleared the field of seven at the ¼ mile pole forcing Some Attitude (Peter Wrenn) to sit second and Fear The Dragon (Trace Tetrick) third. Page was allowed to set the fractions of :26 4/5, :54 3/5 and 1:21 4/5 and coasted home with a final quarter of :28 1/5 to establish the new world mark. Fear The Dragon was 4¾ lengths back in second. Some Attitude held on for third. The freshman colt by Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Brian Brown for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Another Brown trainee, Spider Man Hanover owned the previous world record set in last year's Standardbred. The first division was won by a gutsy Bettor's Pick and Kayne Kauffman in a lifetime best 1:53 4/5. When the wings of the starting gate opened Cinnaber Dragon (Peter Wrenn) and Dragnet Alert (Aaron Merriman) both left hard and battled for the early lead. Dragnet Alert cleared the field past the quarter in :27 1/5. Bettor's Pick was the first to challenge as the field when by the half in :56 3/5. Dragnet Alert kept the lead past the ¾ mile in 1:24 4/5, but a game Bettor's Pick would not be denied and scored a ½ length victory over Dragnet Alert. Cinnabar Dragon held on for third. The freshman son of Bettor's Delight is trained by Ben Davis for Brent Hooper, Kyle Gray and James Davis. A new stakes record was established in the first division of the $121,800 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for freshmen pacing fillies. Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) scored a two length victory over a closing Rosa's Choice (Mike Wilder) and Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 1:55. The Woodstock lass is conditioned by Delaware's Brian Brown for his wife Jennifer Brown, Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland and Steve Mullet. The win was Bye Bye Felicia's fourth in eight seasonal starts. Jaye's A Lady (Tyler Smith) scored a big upset in the second $60,900 division at 64-1. Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Type A Grey (Chris Page) traded the lead in the first three-quarters of a mile. Berazzled (Peter Wrenn) grabbed the lead in mid-stretch but a fast closing Jaye's A Lady edged Berazzled by a ¾ length at the wire. The daughter of McArdle broke her maiden with the 1:55 3/5 win. Jaye's A Lady is owned by Caviart Farms and trained by Nancy Johansson. Delaware also hosted a trio of amateur driving events, the USTA's Standardbred Driving Championship and two Billings series events. Anthony Somone representing the Mid-Western Amateur Driving Club went gate-to-wire with A J Corbelli to win the Standardbred Driving Championship in 1:56 2/5. The event features drivers from ten driving clubs from across the United States. The Billings Amateur Trot events were won by Heza Rube (Bob Troyer) and A Crown For Lindy (Joseph Lee). The win was Troyer's record sixth in the Billings series at the Delaware County Fair. Post time on Monday is at 3:00 PM. Jay Wolf

The Delaware County Fair is now accepting a pair of future harness racing wagers, the Jugette/Jug Double and the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #2. The Jugette/Jug Double requires a correct selection in the Jugette (Wednesday, September 21) and the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association (Thursday, September 22). The pool opens at 12:00 noon on Sunday (September 18) and will close at the post-time of the first Jugette heat on Wednesday (September 21). The Little Brown Jug Future Pool #2 will also open at 12:00 noon on Sunday (September 18) and will close at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday (September 21). The minimum future wagers are $1.00 and can be made at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. The horses will be listed in alphabetical order in the part performance pages, which will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website, www.littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf      

Delaware, OH --- Betting Line will put his harness racing 11-race win streak on the line in Thursday's (Sept. 22) 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, where he will start from post five in the first of two opening-round heats at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Eleven horses entered the $577,000 event for 3-year-old pacers and were divided into two $92,320 first-heat eliminations. Betting Line is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first elimination while Racing Hill is the 3-5 choice in the second elimination. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the $276,960 second heat. If one of the two elimination winners is victorious in the second heat, he is the Jug champion. Otherwise, the three heat-winners return for a $115,400 race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Betting Line, who was the 3-5 favorite in the first Little Brown Jug Future Pool, will have three-time Jug winner David Miller in the sulky for trainer Casie Coleman. The colt has won 11 consecutive races since beginning his season with a second-place finish against older horses. His victories include the North America Cup, Battle of the Brandywine, and Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational. He heads to the Jug off a win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, where he rallied from an 8-1/4 length deficit on the final turn to beat Lyons Snyder by a half-length in 1:49.1. "I thought he was finally getting beat with the way the trip was working out -- he was in no-man's land, I thought anyway, coming off the last turn -- and Lyons Snyder is a pretty nice horse," Coleman said. "But somehow Betting Line got him at the wire. I was pretty nervous watching the race, but when we were in the winner's circle David said I had nothing to worry about. "Every time he's raced he's been pretty awesome. It's hard not to be happy with him. Hopefully everything goes good (in the Little Brown Jug). I don't see two heats bothering the horse at all. He always comes out of his races good and never seems tired. He looks pretty good coming into it." Betting Line, a son of 2001 Little Brown Jug winner Bettor's Delight out of the mare Heather's Western, has won 17 of 24 career races and earned $1.50 million for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. Coleman has won the Jug twice in her career, with Michael's Power in 2012 and Vegas Vacation in 2013, and would join four other trainers with three triumphs if Betting Line is victorious next week. Billy Haughton holds the record for training wins with six. Stanley Dancer, with four Jugs, is the only other trainer with more than three. Racing Hill has won five of 11 races in 2016 and never finished worse than third in any start. He is the richest horse in the division this year with earnings of $1.21 million. His wins include the Messenger Stakes, Max C. Hempt Memorial and Delvin Miller Adios, and he finished second to Betting Line in the North America Cup and Battle of the Brandywine. He also finished second in the Meadowlands Pace. Brett Miller will drive the colt from post two for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill. Racing Hill is a son of Roll With Joe, who finished second to Big Bad John in the 2011 Little Brown Jug, out of the mare Chasing Ideals. Trainer Ron Burke, who won the 2014 Little Brown Jug with Limelight Beach, will start five horses in this year's race including Check Six who will start from post four in the first elimination. Check Six has won seven of 15 races this year, including the Pennsylvania Classic and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and earned $751,033. He finished second to Racing Hill in the Adios. Yannick Gingras will drive Check Six, who is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Southwind Vanna. The colt is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, William Switala, and James Martin. He is 2-1 on the morning line behind Betting Line. Another of Burke's pupils will be Manhattan Beach, who is a full brother to Limelight Beach. Manhattan Beach has won four of 16 races this year and earned $260,853 for owners Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and Wingfield Brothers. Matt Kakaley will drive the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear from post four in the second elimination and will open on the board at 6-1 odds. Geoffrey Lyons Mound also is co-owner of Lyons Snyder, who is trained by 2006 Jug-winning trainer Jimmy Takter. Lyons Mound's partner on the horse is Jeff Snyder, who shares the record for most Jug victories by an owner (three) with Stanley Dancer and George Segal. Lyons Snyder will score from post three in the first elimination and is 8-1 on the morning line. The second Little Brown Jug future pool will be from noon Sunday (Sept. 18) through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 21). For all of the latest news, photos and videos for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug, visit the Harness Racing FanZone's mini-site by clicking here. Below are the fields for the Little Brown Jug first heat eliminations, with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds. Actual race numbers and estimated post times will be assigned when the full card is drawn on Monday. First elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-6/1 2. Stolen Glimpse - Art Major - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 3. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-8/1 4. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2/1 5. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/5 6. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-12-1   Second elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/5 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - David Miller-Ron Burke-15/1 4. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-6/1 5. Spider Man Hanover - Western Ideal - Andy Miller-Nick Surick-20/1 Paul Ramlow

Pure Country, the number 8 ranked standardbred in North America, is the 5/2 morning line harness racing favorite in the $239,400 Jugette three-year-old filly pace on Wedensday,September 21st at the Delaware County Fair. The daughter of Sombeachsomewhere was undefeated at two and has won half of her 14 starts this season. She has banked more than $1.5 million in career earnings. The Jimmy Takter trainee will leave from the second tier in post #9 and will be piloted by Brett Miller for Diamond Creek Racing. Earlier this summer Pure Country raced against the boys in the $320,000 Cane Pace and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial finishing a competitive fourth and second, respectively. Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) is the second choice at 7/2 from post #7. Nancy Johansson, Takter's daughter, trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere for the White Birch Farm. Darlinonthebeach has eight victories and has earned $519,644 on the season. She is the fastest filly in the field with her 1:48 4/5 mark at Pocono Downs. Third choice Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) upset Pure Country in her last start, the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final on September 10. Call Me Queen Be is trained by Ross Croghan for the Let It Ride Stable and Dana Parham. All the elimination finishers will advance to the second heat. The winner of the second heat will be declared the Jugette champion. The first heat will be raced for $95,760 and the second heat will carry a purse of $143,640. The complete Jugette field and announced drivers: PP Horse (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds 1. Yankee Moonshine - Yanke Cruiser - (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 8-1 2. Marty Party Two - Yanke Cruiser - (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr./Ron Steck) 15-1 3. LA Delight - Bettors Delight - (John Campbell/Robert McIntosh) 6-1 4. Hug A Dragoness - Dragon Again - (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 10-1 5. Call Me Queen B - Somebeachsomewhere - (Scott Zeron/Ross Croghan) 9/2 6. I Said Diamonds  - Well Said - (Tim Tetrick/Matias Ruiz) 12-1 7. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - (David Miller/Nancy Johansson) 7/2 8. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover -  (Andrew McCarthy) 12-1 9. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller/Jimmy Takter) 5/2   Jay Wolf  

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