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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  

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's popular traveling exhibit, "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives," will be on display in the Jugette Barn on the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, Ohio, September 18-22, 2016. Made possible by the generous support of Burke Racing Stable LLC, the exhibit's 33 reproduction prints illustrate, in an artful way, the birth of the sport of harness racing and its early accomplishments. Prints depicting great trotting horses, bucolic mid-19th century scenes, and comedic adventures convey a picturesque view of Americana prior to the advent and development of photography. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for a glimpse at our sport's past in these colorful prints displayed in an ideal historical setting. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Thanks to U.S. Trotting Association support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs, please call 845-294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. Additional funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Janet Terhune

Great Items to Sell at Pre-Jug Party to Benefit Retired Racehorses The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday September 21st in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette card.  Over 150 items and services will be offered in a silent auction followed by a live auction of a dozen items at 7:30 p.m.   Featured offerings include a John Deere Lawn Tractor, Spyder Race Bike of choice, South African Photo Safari, Jet Laag’s Senior Jug Blanket, a set of Nitro wheels and a beautifully restored Lawn Jockey, along with a stunning paint Miniature filly presented by Casie Coleman and a harness horse peddle cart driven by Trysta Tetrick. Team Teague has donated a ride in the cart with Wiggle It Jiggleit to lead the 1st heat of the Little Brown Jug, and Phil Langley has donated many fine pieces of art and memorabilia from his collection at Balmoral Park. In addition, David Miller and Corey Callahan have each donated autographed colors. Vacation packages, tickets to sporting events, and a large variety of horse themed art, jewelry and home accessories are all up for grabs at this exciting fundraising event. Come to the party or just support these two great organizations!  Table sponsors and item donations are still being sought. All major contributors receive invitations.  FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Morgan Nemeth (734) 320-7918winnie@horseadoption.com            

The year was 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson was President, the Beach Boys were having Good Vibrations and a 26- year-old native of Xenia, Ohio started calling harness racing at the Delaware County Fair. To celebrate Roger Huston's 50 years at the Delaware County Fair, Little Brown Jug officials have created a limited edition t-shirt that will be available for sale at the three souvenir stands on the fairgrounds for only $15. In 2017, Huston will call his 50th Little Brown Jug. "The Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug have been an important part of my life," noted Huston. "The Jug is like no other race in the world and the fans have given me so much joy over the years." To give back to the fans, Huston will be available for several "meet and greet" sessions at the following dates, times and locations: Sunday, September 18 from 12:45 - 1:15 PM (Grandstand) Sunday, September 18 after the races (next to the Log Cabin) Monday, September 19 from 2:45 - 3:15 PM (Grandstand) Monday, September 19 after the races (next to the Log Cabin) Tuesday, September 20 from 1:00 - 1:30 PM (Grandstand) Tuesday, September 20 after the races (next to the Log Cabin) Wednesday, September 21 after the races (next to the Log Cabin) Thursday, September 22 from 11:00 - 11:30 AM (Grandstand) Thursday, September 22 after the races (next to the Log Cabin)   Jay Wolf  

Horsemen are reminded that a pair of harness racing  stakes events for the Delaware County Fair will be raced on new day, rather than their traditional days. The $70,000 (est.) Standardbred for two-year-old colt pacers will be raced on Sunday, September 18. Entries for that event are due by 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 15. The $85,000 (est.) Ohio Breeder's Championship for freshman colt pacers has been moved to Jug Day (September 22). Entries for the OBC two-year-old colt pace are due by 10:00 AM on Monday, September 19. The entire Delaware County Fair Grand Circuit racing schedule, including the overnight events, is available on LittleBrownJug.com.        

Elizabeth "Beth" Cain, the long-time stallion nomination administrator of the Ohio Breeders Championships, will be honored as the 2016 Lady Pace Honoree during the Grand Circuit harness racing meet at the Delaware County Fair. Cain was a part of the team that founded and administered the Ohio Breeders Championship which began in 1986 and is contested during the Jug week at the Delaware County Fair. A native of Columbia, South Carolina and current Delaware County resident, Cain was the former Executive Secretary of the Ohio Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and managed the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association PACER Stallion Auction that is held every year to raise funds for PACER (Political Action Committee for Equine Racing). In January 2016, the OHHA honored Cain for her 30 years of service and support to the harness racing industry in the Buckeye State. "I am so thankful to have had the support of so many wonderful people in our various projects during these years, and I will forever treasure the very special friendships I have made," noted Cain. "I am sincerely grateful and honored to be chosen as the 2016 Lady Pace honoree and be among the previous deserving Lady Pace honorees." Fittingly, Cain will be honored in a winner's circle ceremony after a division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly pacers on Jug Day. The 2016 Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds will feature five days of racing, concluding with the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, September 22. For more information or to order tickets, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf  

Roy D. Davis, harness racing owner of back-to-back Little Brown Jug champions, will be honored as the 2016 Joseph Neville Memorial Award winner by the Delaware County Fair. Mr. Davis was the founder of "Team Spur," which included Barberry Spur and Jaguar Spur, who won the 1986 and 1987 Little Brown Jug, respectively. During a five year period in the 1980's, Mr. Davis won the $1.3 million Governor's Cup Final (Barberry Spur - 1985), a pair of Breeders Crown titles (Kentucky Spur - 1988 and Esquire Spur - 1989), the Adios Pace (Barberry Spur - 1986), the Cane Pace (Barberry Spur - 1986), the Yonkers Trot (Gunslinger Spur - 1986), the William Haughton Memorial Pace (Jaguar Spur - 1988) and the Tattersalls Pace (Jaguar Spur - 1987). Mr. Davis was an active owner for more than six decades and had a longstanding relationship with trainer Dick Stillings. The "Spur" suffix, inspired by an English soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspurs, also reflected Mr. Davis's Texas heritage. He was a part of the ownership group of the Meadows Racetrack in the 1980s and established the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. He was enshrined into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. Mr. Davis was a longtime member of the Little Brown Jug and Hambletonian Societies and was a former director of the United States Trotting Association. Mr. Davis died June 16, 2015 at the age of 85. He is survived by his sons; Roy, Jr. and Richard. Jay Wolf  

Former Delaware County Fair general manager William C. “Bill” Lowe has been selected as the 32nd Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. Lowe, 69, served as the part-time fair manager from 1982 until 1991. During that time, he helped guide the Delaware County Fair into one of the premier fairs in the State of Ohio. He became the full-time general manager in 1993 and led the organization through the 2001 Delaware County Fair. Lowe joined the Ohio Bicentennial Commission in 2001 as the project coordinator for the series of statewide events and programs to celebrate the 200th anniversary of statehood. In March 2013, Lowe returned to run the Delaware County Fair and was instrumental in the passage of a voter approved 3 percent hotel tax to improve the fairgrounds’ nearly 80-year-old buildings and infrastructure. He retired in May 2016 after a total of 23 years at the Delaware County Fair. Lowe was elected as a member of the Little Brown Jug Society in 1985 and has served as the board’s Secretary for the past 5 years. “Bill is the unsung hero of the Delaware County Fair,” noted Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. “The fair’s position as one of the greatest county fairs in the nation is a result of his dedication and efforts.” Lowe will be presented the Wall of Fame jacket and wall plaque during the 2016 Little Brown Jug week (September 18 – 22). Jay Wolf

The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) and the Delaware County Fair have agreed to a sponsorship deal with the Little Brown Jug. This year's 71st edition of the harness racing pacing classic will be titled the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. The OHHA was founded in 1953 and has a mission to preserve, protect and promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. "Harness racing's roots came from the county fairs, Ohio has 65 county and independent fairs that conduct racing and the OHHA is committed to preserving those roots. The Delaware County Fair embodies the epitome of fair racing by hosting preeminent Ohio Stakes and Grand Circuit events including the Triple Crown jewel, Little Brown Jug," noted Renée Mancino, Executive Director of the OHHA. "The OHHA's Board of Directors understands the importance of growing the sport," added Kevin Greenfield, OHHA Board President. "We have supported the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camps, the USTA's Drivers School and we see the Jug as a great opportunity to showcase the sport." Tom Wright, President of the Little Brown Jug Society noted, "We are very excited that the OHHA has joined the Little Brown Jug as a presenting sponsor. We look forward to a long-term partnership as Ohio Standardbred industry returns to national prominence." "We are grateful to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association for their support of our race meet here at the Delaware County Fair," added Phil Terry, Director of Marketing for the Little Brown Jug. "We are truly excited to host the greatest week of racing in the state of Ohio." The 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday, September 22 and headlines the Delaware County Fair Grand Circuit Week (September 18 - 22). For race or ticket information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com.        

Auction items and table sponsors are needed for the annual Pre-Jug Party & fundraiser held Wednesday September 21, at the Delaware County Fair. Proceeds go toward the retraining and placement of retired harness racing horses and the Delaware County Fair. “We’re asking owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, racetracks and those that benefit from racing, to please support this important fundraiser,” said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan.  “Vacations, equine services, entertainment tickets, jewelry, memorabilia and tack, as well as home and barn accessories, are being sought to help make this event a success.” Table Sponsors are also needed and a good option in lieu of merchandise or services. Show your support by sponsoring a table in your name, your stable, your farm, or the name of a favorite horse.  Attendance is not required.  Seating is Open.  Signs on the table recognize each sponsor for their support. It’s $400 to sponsor a table or $200 to co-sponsor. “New Vocations is totally dependent on donations to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome hundreds of retired racehorses each year,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan. “Participating in this event is a fun & easy way to give back to the horses we all love. I can’t emphasize enough, how much we need everyone’s help.” For more details contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020, dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Nemeth at (734) 320-7918, winnie@horseadoption.com.  Table Sponsorships can be paid online at www.NewVocations.org under Events. Dot Morgan Executive Director                                                        New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program 3293 Wright Rd Laura, OH 45337

Freehold, NJ --- Brian Brown enjoyed a career year in 2015, winning a Breeders Crown with pacing mare Color's A Virgin and setting personal records with 143 wins and $3.43 million in purses. His earnings ranked No. 9 among all trainers in North America. Among Brown's other successful horses were Lost For Words, Spider Man Hanover, Somewhere Sweet, Rock N Randall, Friskie Lil Devil, and Friskie Cruiser. This week, Brown's stable got off to a strong start in Ohio Sire Stakes action for 2-year-olds, winning seven of 12 starts. Brown spent his childhood summers watching his father Robert H. Brown and uncle William Brown campaign horses around Ohio. He fulfilled his dream to become a driver in 1981 at the age of 16 and won nearly 250 races over the ensuing decade, but turned his attention to training in the early 1990s. The 51-year-old Brown is based at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, where he operates a stable of some 70 horses with assistance from his wife Jennifer and a number of other family members. He spends the winters prepping horses in Florida, but returns to the Buckeye State for the racing season. Last year, Brown watched Lost For Words nearly win the famed Little Brown Jug at Brown's home track at the Delaware County Fair. Lost For Words was beaten by a nose by Wiggle It Jiggleit in an epic Little Brown Jug. Brown recently took time to talk with Ken Weingartner of the U.S. Trotting Association's Harness Racing Communications division about that Little Brown Jug as well as his career in the sport. KW: Going back to your start, where did your interest in harness racing come from? BB: I grew up in this. My dad and uncle, mother, aunt -- all of them were in the business. I just went to the barn helping them. You know how it goes, when I was a kid, this is all I wanted to do. When I turned a teenager, I was normal. I didn't want to do nothing. I wanted to stay home and watch basketball and football on Saturdays. I didn't want to go to the barn. By the time I was 15, again this is all I ever wanted to do. It's all I've ever really done. I remember going to the fairs as a kid and our parents would give us a dollar to go to the midway. I took my dollar and bought a program and sat on the fence and watched races. They'd let me have a stopwatch once in a while and then I'd thought I'd really hit it big. KW: How did that family background influence you as you started to go on your own and do things? BB: It made all the world of difference to me because as you grow up in it, you don't realize what you learn until you go on your own. My dad and uncle taught me all the basics and I started from the bottom. I cleaned stalls for a long time before I ever got to jog a horse, and even longer before I trained. I spent one winter with (trainer) Ivan Sugg, working for him after I graduated high school. Ivan isn't a big talker, so I learned from him just by watching and him turning me loose and just going and doing it. But I never really knew what I learned there until I left. KW: You did a little driving, too, in the early years. BB: When I was younger -- and about a hundred pounds ago -- I thought that's what I wanted to do. Every kid grows up wanting to be a driver. KW: Was it hard to take that step back and say driving wasn't really for you? BB: It was because for a while I was doing pretty good. But I kind of ate my way out of that job. So I had to go back and just be a trainer. It helped me a lot because I started using David Miller and others, the best that were available, so my owners were starting to invest more money and giving me better chances. You realize how much better those other (drivers) are and how much more confidence the owners have in you as a trainer and them as a driver. Business started taking off then. KW: When was that when you made the decision? BB: Probably the early '90s. KW: So just about the time David's career was taking off. BB: Yeah. A little story, I tried to get David to drive a horse that I had in the sire stakes one time and he told me I'd do just as good a job and to do it myself. Now here it is, he's a Hall of Famer and I'm still in Ohio working every day. (Laughs.) KW: How long have you been going to Florida in the winter? BB: Five years. It's helped me a lot. It's made the horses better. The first year we went with 28 horses. The next year it was 38, then 48, then 68, and 85. When you go, you get out of Ohio in the winter, get off a frozen track, the horses stay sounder, and we've done better. And the owners see it and invest more in the horses. KW: How have you seen your stable change from the early days and how has it affected the way you do things? BB: It's led to better horses, bigger numbers, which means more work, more paperwork. My wife does a wonderful job keeping track of all that, or I'd be completely lost in this. It's just better horses and bigger responsibilities. The communication part, not only with owners -- drivers, blacksmiths, grooms, vets -- all that just keeps building. It gets tougher. But we have a lot of good people here that have my back. So far it's worked out. KW: Was last year the standout year for you so far? BB: By far. We won a couple really nice races. We just missed in the (Little Brown) Jug, which would have been unbelievable. It was a year that you go through and you're trying to figure out what you did that things were so good. KW: You brought up the Jug. How much do you still think about it? BB: It's funny. I can be on my iPad and be going through Facebook and click on a video of something and it goes to YouTube and almost every time that Jug comes up on the side (suggested videos) and I watch it. It was tough. To get beat that little, to come that close to a lifetime dream, it was tough. It took me about three days to want to come back to the barn, even though I came back every day. But once you let go of that and realize, I was second in the Jug in one of the best Jugs ever, and to stop and think that five years ago I just wanted to be in the race, to be pouting after you didn't win seemed kind of childish. I just got beat by one heck of a horse. Wiggle It Jiggleit just went a tremendous race. After you stop and think about it and all the work that went into that day, David did everything he could to win that race, you just move on and start over. KW: I'm surprised you still go back and watch it when you see it come up. BB: (Laughs.) I just can't help myself. KW: What is the plan for Lost For Words this year? BB: I'm going to dodge Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki, Rockin Ron, Freaky Feet Pete, until late in the summer. In late August or September, we might try some of those races. I didn't even stake him in all the early ones. David Miller told me not to race him hard as a 4-year-old and he'd have a great 5-year-old year. So we're going to try to do David's suggestion, but still go in a couple of those (stakes) late and give him a little chance. I try to protect him like this last year and we didn't go to the North America Cup or Meadowlands Pace. It's just too much racing in a short period of time. He's not a big horse and I didn't think he'd last. It turned out it worked for us. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Delaware, OH --- Harness racing owner Don Tiger has visited the winner's circle as a racehorse owner, but he would like the chance to make it there another way -- by driving himself. Tiger, a 45-year-old from Canonsburg, Pa., is among the 33 participants in the 17th annual U.S. Trotting Association Driving School, which got underway Wednesday (June 1) at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio with a welcome dinner and keynote address from trainer George Teague Jr., the owner of harness racing's 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. The school runs through Saturday and offers students a mix of hands-on learning and classroom sessions culminating with the administration of the USTA's trainer and/or driver exam. Participants came from 11 different states plus the Canadian province of Ontario, with Ohio producing the most attendees, with 15. Tiger is among three participants from Pennsylvania. "I'm kind of a hands-on owner; I like to go to the barn a lot," said Tiger, a mortgage banker/financial planner who has owned horses since the early 1990s. "I jog my own horses and I just got to the point where I really got a desire to come here and try to become an amateur driver. "The first day here was great. It's really exciting. I've met a lot of good people already." Among Tiger's 11-horse stable is 10-year-old male pacer Sam Hill, who won 10 of 27 races and banked $107,210 last season at The Meadows, with Tiger donating 20 percent of the gelding's earnings to charity. He also co-owns Toddler Tantrum, who was a stakes-winner last year at age 2. "I've had a nice run," said Tiger, who started going to the races at The Meadows as a teenager. "I love it. "I think people are missing out on harness racing in general. I try to bring a lot of people into the game myself. I think being an amateur driver is maybe going to take me to the next level. I don't have any desire to be anything special, but I think it's exciting. I don't have any thoughts of competing with Brian Sears or Aaron Merriman or Dave Palone; those guys can do what they're doing. I just think it's kind of fun." Tiger is not alone. Kato Young, a 19-year-old college student from Chillicothe, Ohio, has been working as a caretaker in the stable of trainer Steve Carter for two years and now has his eyes set on passing the driver exam. "I didn't start out jogging horses, but after some time (Carter) started to get me out there more and doing more training trips," said Young, who followed his father, Kenneth, as well as an uncle and grandfather into the sport. "Earlier this year he put me in the race bike for the first time and it's something I immediately fell in love with. It was one of the best things ever. It gave me the itch." Andy Altobelli, a 63-year-old pharmacist and pharmacy owner from York County, Pa., also has enjoyed success as an owner and is attending the Driving School with thoughts of getting more active around the stable and on the track. Altobelli partnered with longtime friend Jim Clarke Sr. on his first horse just five years ago. That horse, female pacer Coffee Addict, has won 25 career races, including a division of the Keystone Classic, and earned $487,804. "I love horses and I love to learn about everything involved," said Altobelli, who now co-owns five horses. "My partner and I are trying to do a better job with the horses we have. We have good people around us, (trainers) Norm Parker and Bruce Saunders, and we're real pleased with what's happening with our horses. We're looking to buy another one come November and see where it takes us. "I would like to see if I have an interest in driving and maybe in a smaller way training. I'll be 64 and I'm looking down the road a little bit as a hobby for me. I think I would enjoy it. We'll just see what happens. I'm a competitive person, too, and I like the competitive nature of racing. It takes very good technique and understanding of how to do that, which at this stage of the game I definitely don't have. But it's something I would like to progress with." Altobelli grew up in New Jersey, but spent time as a teenager helping out at his grandfather's dairy farm in Bedford County, Pa. In 1985, Altobelli bought his own farm in Pennsylvania and raises beef cattle in addition to working as a pharmacist. His interest in harness racing was fueled in part by living near renowned breeding facility Hanover Shoe Farms, as well as his own interest in breeding and genetics. "We need to promote the industry and promote the breed and I think more people will get involved and enjoy it," Altobelli said. "And that's the name of the game." by Ken Weingartner

Crowds thronged the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, Monday, May 9 for the 53rd Annual Blooded Horse Spring Sale. The 440 horse catalogue attracted harness racing buyers from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Europe. Racehorses were in high demand with the four-year-old Swan For All gelding Chines For All topping the sale at $35,000. Frank Chick of Delaware consigned the solid conditioned trotter that was purchased by Rene Allard of Pennsylvania. Jackie Goldstein was another high class trotter that generated a lot of excitement. Racing competitively at Yonkers and the Meadowlands, the 6-year-old son of Credit Winner, consigned by Jean Drolet, agent, was purchased by James Ellison of Illinois for $30,000. Michael Jurczykowski, also from Illinois, got the nod on the solid conditioned pacer Chip Again for $29,000 from the Mark Goldberg consignment. The 5-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding had recently paced in 1:50.4, :27 finishing second at the Meadows. Chad Foulk of Delaware waited all day to sign the ticket for the hard hitting upper class pacer Fashion Delight at $26,000. Racing very competitively at Hoosier Park, the 8-year-old winner of over $917,000 life was consigned by Giberson Racing. Among the other top sellers was the Sportswriter son, Grantland that went to Harla Renee Loney of Ohio for $25,000, Tonka Girl went to Delaware on a $24,000 bid from Frank Chick and Flirtnwithdisaster also headed that way with Dylan Davis for $23,000. It was the strongest Spring Blooded Horse Sale in 53 years with 41 horses selling for over $10,000. The next sale is August 29-30, with a special black type yearling session on Monday, August 29. The deadline for black type yearlings is July 1. All other horses need to be entered by July 25. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com for additional information. Please contact jhaws@bloodedhorse.com with any questions. Dot Morgan

Jeff Cypher went from the 2015 United States Trotting Association Standardbred Driving School to the winner’s circle. Again and again and again. The 74-year-old Cypher, who lives in Michigan, decided to become a harness racing groom following last year’s school and with the assistance of USTA Director and Driving School mentor Steve Oldford landed with the stable of Kevin and Marie “Ginny” St. Charles. Cypher was nothing more than a harness racing fan when he attended last year’s Driving School, but thanks to his experiences in the program was able to start jogging horses in the St. Charles Stable from Day One. “What I learned at the school expanded into real-life experiences,” said Cypher, who received his trip to Driving School as a Christmas gift from his daughter Becky. “We had a great time at Driving School and I wanted to pick it up one more level. I don’t think I’m going to be a trainer, I’m getting too old for that stuff, but this keeps me out of trouble. I have 12 or 13 win photos from last year, so we’re doing all right.” The 17th annual edition of the USTA Standardbred Driving School will be held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, Ohio, home of the Little Brown Jug, June 1-4. The school begins Wednesday evening (June 1) with a welcome reception/dinner and special keynote speaker. Classroom and hands-on instruction will be conducted each day Thursday through Saturday. In addition to offering basics for driving and training, the school’s curriculum has been expanded to include information on ownership of Standardbreds. Registered students will also receive a sales rebate offered by select Standardbred breeders/consignors redeemable upon transfer of ownership of the horse into their name. More details will be made available at a later date. Join the fun and excitement in this one of a kind opportunity for educational and hands-on experience. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. There is a registration fee of $350. Students must provide their own transportation and lodging. Most meals are furnished. Recent editions of the Driving School were conducted at Goshen Historic Track, Mark Ford Training Center, and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. The Cyphers spent their time at the school in the stable of Mark Ford and received instruction from caretaker Christy Turner. Becky, who lives in the state of Washington, also got a groom’s license and helps her father when visiting Michigan. “It’s nice to go to the track and work on the other side of it all; it’s kind of cool,” she said. “Dad just took off with it. They’ve been very good to him and he’s enjoying it.” Added Jeff, “I would highly recommend to anyone to take the school. It really helped me. I found each place you go, everybody kind of has their own style, but we blended pretty well with Ginny and Kevin. I’m not getting paid, but I enjoy doing it. I’m keeping out of trouble.” For more information about this year’s Driving School, or to enroll online, click here. Those interested in attending should not delay; enrollment is limited. by Chip Hastings and Ken Weingartner, the United States Trotting Association

Delaware, OH --- There was no denying harness racing's newest super star Wiggle It Jiggleit. Seemingly beaten in mid-stretch, Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague fought back in the final strides to win Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $677,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers by a nose over Lost For Words in 1:49.3 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The closing moments of the Jug capped an epic duel between the event’s first-heat winners. Lost For Words, who got a quick lead and inside position in the decisive second heat, and Wiggle It Jiggleit raced side-by-side for nearly five-eighths of a mile in the one-mile race. Lost For Words appeared to be on his way to victory as the horses came off the final turn, opening up by more than one length on Wiggle It Jiggleit, but Wiggle It Jiggleit dug in and nipped Lost For Words at the wire. My Hero Ron finished third and Arque Hanover was fourth. It was the first Little Brown Jug victory for “Team Teague,” which is owner George Teague Jr., his son Montrell, and trainer Clyde Francis. The 24-year-old Montrell became the second-youngest driver in history to win the Jug. "I'm not nervous anymore, that's for sure," said Montrell Teague. "I don't know how he came back and beat the other horse. He raced so well, but like I said he is a tremendous animal. He's just special and does not want to lose. He just digs down deep within himself and always finds something more." Wiggle It Jiggleit is a son of stallion Mr Wiggles out of the mare Mozzi Hanover. George Teague owns both horses and raced both horses during their careers on the track. Mr Wiggles won the 2009 Hoosier Cup and finished second in the Breeders Crown and Adios. He finished sixth in the 2009 Little Brown Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, has won 18 of 20 races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $1.76 million with his victory in the Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s. Wiggle It Jiggleit's other victories this year include the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and Milstein Memorial. He was not staked to the Little Brown Jug, but his victory in the Meadowlands Pace permitted his connections to pay $45,000 to supplement to the event. He became the first of five supplemental entries to win the Little Brown Jug since supplements were introduced in 1999. Earlier in the day, Wiggle It Jiggleit defeated Artspeak with a sustained first-over battle in his first heat, stopping the clock in a track-record 1:49.2 for a 3-year-old gelding pacer. In the second heat, Lost For Words and driver David Miller went to the front and led the field to the quarter in :27. My Hero Ron was second, followed by Wiggle It Jiggleit, but Montrell Teague made his move with Wiggle It Jiggleit as Lost For Words brought the group around the second turn. From there, the race was on. Lost For Words and Wiggle It Jiggleit were matching strides when they hit the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:21.1. The battle continued around the final turn, setting the stage for the dramatic finish." "I thought he was beat," said George Teague. "I even dropped my eyes down because I didn't want to watch anymore, but then I was told he was coming back. I still cannot believe he won today. "I've trained a lot of horses but I have never seen one like him. He is actually much better with a target and why we have always wanted to race him from off the pace. It's like he thrives on it. "We will take him to Hoosier next. They actually wanted us to come there this weekend but this was the one I really wanted to win. He's an Indiana bred and they have been so nice about wanting us to come there. Now that he has done this it's time to go back." Only seven horses participated in the Little Brown Jug second heat after Split The House, who finished fourth in his first-round elimination, was scratched. -- Kimberly French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Delaware, OH --- Wiggle It Jiggleit and Artspeak went toe-to-toe for much of the final half-mile of Thursday’s second $108,320 opening-round elimination of the Little Brown Jug for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and in the end Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled away for a track-record 1:49.2 victory. Artspeak finished second followed by My Hero Ron and Arque Hanover as the top four finishers advanced to the Jug’s second heat later this afternoon. Lost For Words won the first opening-round elimination and was joined by Yankee Bounty, Rockin In Heaven and Split The House in reaching the second heat. If the winner of one of the first eliminations is also victorious in the second heat, he is the Little Brown Jug champion. If a non-elimination winner captures the second heat, there is a three-horse race-off. Artspeak was able to take advantage of his inside starting spot, post one, to get the lead going into the first turn. Wiggle It Jiggle and driver Montrell Teague were content to sit in third place behind My Hero Ron as the field made its way up the backstretch for the first time on the half-mile oval, but began a first-over march prior to the half. Scott Zeron and Artspeak remained in front at the midway point, reached in :54.3, but the battle was just beginning. Wiggle It Jiggleit was able to pull in front by the time the leaders hit three-quarters in 1:21, but Artspeak fought back on the final turn to draw on even terms with his rival. Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled away in the stretch, though, to win by 1-1/4 lengths and equal Rock N Roll Heaven's stakes record of 1:49.2. The time set the track record for a gelding pacer, erasing Lucan Hanover’s mark of 1:49.4 set in 2013. Wiggle It Jiggleit is owned by George Teague Jr. and trained by Clyde Francis. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover has won 17 of 19 races this year. "This horse has an incredible amount of spunk," said driver Montrell Teague. "To have a homebred be this kind of horse is something you never could imagine. "I don't think there is another horse that could come first over like that on a half-mile track in 1:49.2. I did not know how fast I was going and was just worried about not hooking wheels. I'm still shaking but I don't have time to be nervous because I have to do it once more." Lost For Words won the first of Thursday’s two $108,320 opening-round eliminations of the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers, defeating Yankee Bounty by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rockin In Heaven finished third and Split The House was fourth as the top four finishers advance to the second heat later this afternoon. Lost For Words, the 1-2 favorite, went to the front from post one, but yielded the lead to Yankee Bounty as the field made its way through the first turn. Driver David Miller, though, fired Lost For Words back to the top prior to reaching the quarter in :27. He received pressure from Dude’s The Man on the outside at the half, timed in :55.3, but rebuffed the challenge and was unthreatened the rest of the way. A son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Thou Shalt Not, Lost For Words is trained by Brian Brown and owned by Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. Lost For Words’ first-heat victory gave the colt five wins in 12 races this year. "He was just so good last week and has been so good since the Adios," said Brown. "The only thing I was worried about were the fractions because I did not want him to have to go as fast as he did last week. "But you have to give David so much credit. He was so patient and was cool as a cucumber out there. He allowed Yannick (Gingras with Yankee Bounty) to go and let him cross over and then just waited and waited to make his move. He gets along so well with this horse. I just can't say it enough." The draw for the Little Brown Jug's $324,960 second heat was conducted after. 1 – Wiggle It Jiggleit – Montrell Teague 2 – Lost For Words – David Miller 3 – Artspeak – Scott Zeron 4 – Yankee Bounty – Matt Kakaley 5 – Rockin N Heaven – Trevor Henry 6 – My Hero Ron – Yannick Gingras 7 – Split The House – Tim Tetrick (scratched) 8 – Arque Hanover – Corey Callahan -- Kimberly French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  Lost For Words Wiggle It Jiggleit 

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