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Delaware, OH --- French Laundry cleaned up in Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $126,000 Old Oaken Bucket for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, winning by 2-3/4 lengths over Andy Ray in a track-record 1:53.4. When the starting gate opened, Mesmerized went to the early lead from post five, leaving French Laundry and driver Yannick Gingras in second place around the first turn. Gingras moved French Laundry to the front quickly, though, clearing to the lead before reaching the quarter in :28. From there, it was all French Laundry. The colt reached the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. His winning time lowered the Delaware County Fairgrounds track record for a 3-year-old colt trotter, previously 1:54.2 by Triumphant Caviar in 2009, and was one-fifth of a second off the stakes record of 1:53.3 established by gelding Dennis in 2008. Andy Ray, named in honor of driver Andy Ray Miller, finished strong to edge Mesmerized, driven by Miller, for second place. Walter White finished fourth. French Laundry, sent off as the 4-5 favorite, is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. A son of Muscles Yankee out of the mare Creamy Mimi, French Laundry has won four of 14 races this year and earned $212,038. For his career, the colt has won 11 of 26 starts, including the 2014 Kindergarten Classic championship, and earned $525,157. "This colt is definitely not as temperamental as (his dam) Creamy Mimi," said co-owner Marvin Katz. "She could be cantankerous and be a handful. This colt is not like that, but he does have her ability. He has showed that just by making half a million dollars. "This year he has just had some bad luck. That includes racing luck and some bad draws. Like the outside in the Hambletonian for instance. But we always knew he was talented and are very pleased with his win here today." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  -- Kimberly French also contributed to this report

Sassa Hanover showed her versatility in winning the 45th Jugette in Wednesday action at the the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. In the $151,350 second heat, Matt Kakaley sent Sassa Hanover after the lead from the rail position. Southwind Roulette (Corey Callahan) improved from her third starting position to sit behind the leader. The first elimination winner Bettor N Better (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge but could not get past the eventual winner. Sassa Hanover drew clear of the field and scored a two length victory over Southwind Roulette and Somewhere Sweet (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in 1:51 1/5. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, winner of the 2010 Little Brown Jug, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr. The win was trainer Ron Burke’s second Jugette crown and Kakaley’s first.   “I was second the past two years, so this feels good,” noted Kakaley. The two heat time of 3:42 established a new two-heat world record. In the second elimination, Sassa Hanover came from off the pace and went from last to first to score in a stakes record equaling 1:50 4/5. Momas Got A Gun (David Miller) was hustled off the gates wings to take early command of the field of six. Kakaley dropped Sassa Hanover to the back of the pack and was content to sit there until midway down the backstretch. Sassa Hanover swooped past the field and beat Somewhere Sweet by ¾ of a length. Bedroomconfessions (Tim Tetrick) and Serious Filly (Scott Zeron) advanced to the final. In the first elimination Bettor N Better came from off the pace to score in 1:51 1/5. David Miller and Triple V Hanover protected his rail position and led the field through the first three-quarters of a mile. Yannick Gingras eased Bettor N Better off the rail going down the backstretch and drew off by 2 ¼ lengths over the pocket sitting Southwind Roulette (Matt Kakaley) and Moremercy Bluechip (Andy Miller) in 1:51 1/5. Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller) also advanced to the final. Two Divisions of the Buckette Held Classical Annie and Aaron Merriman took the faster of the two divisions in the $109,200 (div.) Buckette for three-year-old distaff trotters. The field of six raced in post-position order through the first three-quarters of the mile. The leader Katniss (Yannick Gingras) made a break in stride and was taken into the safety lane handing the lead over to the pocket sitting Classical Annie. The daughter of Andover Hall held off a late rally by Smexi (Corey Callahan) by a neck in a lifetime best 1:54 1/5. Jim Arledge, Jr. conditions the filly for Laura Baker, John Schmucker and Thomas York, Jr. The second $54,600 division was won by a fast closing Speak To Me (Brett Miller) who swooped past four rivals in the deep stretch to win in 1:55 1/5. Jimmy Takter trains the Muscle Massive lass, who has earned $324,418, for Brittany Farms.   Tipton Teeez Survives Tough Trip to Win the $44,200 Standardbred (2FP) Tipton Teeez and Yannick Gingras never saw the rail, but still had enough in the tank to win the Standardbred for freshmen filly pacers. When the gates wings folded, Montrell Teague hustled Miss Me Yet after the early lead, forcing the eventual winner to race on the outside. As the field of nine rounded the final turn five fillies were within two lengths of the pacesetting Miss Me Yet. Tipton Teeez gutted out a 3/4 length victory over Rockin Rum Springa (David Miller) and Hug A Dragoness (Matt Kakaley). Miss Me Yet hung on for fourth. Brian Brown trains the Wester Terror filly for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo.   Beaver Trainees Sweep OBC Two-Year Filly Trot Trainer Chris Beaver won both divisions of the $98,000 Ohio Breeders Championship. Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) rebounded from a narrow defeat in the recent Ohio Sires Stake Championship to score a decisive nine length victory over Bellesvictoryring (John Konesky III) in 1:58, shattering the stakes record. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by Wilbur Stoll Lang and Beaver.   Beaver was back in the Delaware winner’s circle a few races later with Evanora (Ryan Stahl). The daughter of Pilgrims Taj scored in 1:58 4/5 over the pacesetting Count On Cami (Kurt Sugg). Evanora is owned by Sandra Burnett.   Neely’s Messenger, David Miller Score in OBC Neely’s Messenger scored a mild upset over I Know My Chip (Chris Page) in the final strides to win the $75,000 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore colt trotters in 1:57. Miller is the winningest driver in the history of the Delaware County Fair with 206 victories. Neely’s Messenger is conditioned by Marty Wollam for Dale and Julie Ann Sweet. Jay Wolf  

Mickey Moose and Kurt Sugg captured the third and final division of the $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in Tuesday action at the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. As the gates wings folded, Sugg hurried the gelded son of Triumphant Caviar after the early lead and controlled the fractions. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent Fantasy League first up to challenge the leader, but could never stick a nose in front. Mickey Moose rebuffed the challenge and won by 1¼ lengths over a closing Chips So Fast (Yannick Gingras) in 1:59 1/5. Fantasy League held on for third and the heavy favorite Kanthaka (Dave Palone) rallied for fourth after a break in stride at the start. The first division was won by The Next Triumph and Yannick Gingras going gate-to-wire in a lifetime best 1:59 1/5. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar scored by 3 1/2 lengths over Speedy Translation (Kurt Sugg) and Dusty Road (Kayne Kauffman). Ron Steck owns and trains the filly with Robert Smolko and Rene Allard. The second $35,061 division as won by Heza Home Run (Hugh Beatty) over Emerald Chip (Josh Sutton) in 1:59 1/5. Heza Home Run is conditioned by Danny Collins for owners Michael Lewis, Joe Sbrocco and Mary McLoughlin. Just Jess and driver/trainer Doug Rideout got up in the shadow of the finish line to edge the pacesetting Serena’s Serenade (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck in the $37,200 Standardbred trot for two-year-old fillies. The heavy favorite Miss Tezla (Yannick Gingras) broke stride at the onset but rebounded to finish in the show spot. Just Jess has won $134,443 for her owners Alan White and Julie Rideout. Post time for Wednesday’s Jugette card will start at 12:00 noon.   Jay Wolf     

Greg Martin wasn’t thinking about a broodmare when he bought Benear at the 2008 Standardbred Horse Sale’s Mixed Sale. He really wasn’t even looking for Benear. But when the Calgary resident saw the then 5-year-old mare, he felt an emotional response. When she entered the auction ring, he purchased her for $37,000.   “It’s just one of those silly things,” Martin said. “You pick up a horse on impulse and it turns out.”   Benear, who was a world champion on a five-eighths-mile track, failed to live up to Martin’s hopes as a racehorse the following season, but she has more than made up for it as a broodmare. She is the mother of 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach as well as 2015 Jugette hopeful Momas Got A Gun. No mare has ever produced a winner of each the Little Brown Jug and Jugette, much less had the winners in consecutive years.   “Her being a broodmare wasn’t even in my thinking because I wanted a racehorse,” Martin said about Benear, whose most recent foal to reach racing age, 2-year-old Manhattan Beach, finished third in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship." “I guess when you have a mare that’s gone some pretty big miles you’re going to look at them as a broodmare. But it was kind of a crapshoot.”   Martin has a picture of Limelight Beach winning the Little Brown Jug hanging in his living room.   “It was over the top,” Martin said about the victory. “It was unbelievable. I was at the local off-track betting bar and everyone was looking at me while I’m hooting and hollering. There are no words to describe it.”   Martin sold Limelight Beach, then named Marblehead Johnson, as a yearling at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt went for $25,000. A year later, he considered selling Momas Got A Gun, but changed his mind because she was attracting little interest and he really liked the filly.   Momas Got A Gun, now owned by Martin’s son Geoff, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the second of two eliminations for Wednesday’s $252,250 Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. She will start from post No. 2 with David Miller driving for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.   She was one of 12 fillies entered in the Jugette, which is for 3-year-old female pacers and is the companion race to the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers. The field was split into two $50,450 eliminations, with Brian Brown-trained Triple V Hanover being the 3-1 morning line favorite in the opening group. The top four finishers from each division return later in the day for the $151,350 final. A horse must only win the final to be declared the Jugette champion.   Post time is noon for Wednesday’s first race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. The Jugette eliminations are races 12 and 13. The final is race 17.   A daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere, Momas Got A Gun has won three of 14 races this year and earned $313,368. In her most recent eight starts, she has posted two wins, three seconds and two thirds. She is coming off back-to-back second-place finishes in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, where she missed by a head, and the Valley Forge Stakes.   “She’s been right there,” Martin said. “No one has been consistently as competitive as Moma." "The way she races, because she has such early good gate speed, it almost creates a problem." "I personally think she’s better off a helmet, and so does Virgil." "But if you look at all her races, I don’t think she’s ever been second-over. That’s one of the problems when you have a horse with such early good gate speed.”   Her early speed, though, might be a blessing on the half-mile oval at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.   “No one is going to beat her off the gate and that’s half the battle,” Martin said. “If you look at Limelight Beach last year, he won the Jug in the first 50 yards because no one challenged him." "This filly can’t leave quite as fast, but she can leave. I think she’s going to win. I don’t want to come across being that arrogant, but I know she can do it.”   Martin began thinking about this year’s Jugette as Momas Got A Gun ended her 2014 campaign. She won four of eight races last season, with three of the victories coming in her final four starts. She never finished worse than third during the year, earning $46,711.   “(The Jugette) was on our radar,” Martin said. “I told Virgil last year when she was finishing up her campaign that this filly was going to win the Jugette." "Virgil Morgan Jr is a wonderful trainer." "He is the ultimate professional." "He goes out with every set of horses that trains and he’s a hard worker." "I really respect that about him." "He’s been so meticulous with this filly." "He treats them like an athlete. He’s straight up. I love dealing with him.”   As for Momas Got A Gun’s name, it originated from Martin coming up with the name for another horse.   “I named another horse I’d bred Mad Bad Girlfriend,” Martin said. “I did name it after a girlfriend, and she thought it was quite funny. Then I said, just think if moma had a gun. It was just kind of a silly thing we had going. If momas got a gun, you better pay attention because they mean business."   “I love when you name horses. That’s part of the fun of the whole thing.”   Martin, who started his career with horses in the show world, used to train and drive Standardbreds, but last sat in the sulky in 2010. But there is no doubt he still loves harness racing.   “The best thing about Standardbred racing, unlike Thoroughbred, is that I think everyone pulls for each other,” Martin said. “I think people are happy when others do well. It’s a different feel.   “I wish everyone the best of luck. I just hope we’re a little luckier.”   Following are the Jugette elimination fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds.   $50,450 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Triple V Hanover-David Miller-Brian Brown-3-1 2. Southwind Roulette-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-7-2 3. Bettor N Better-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4. Moremercy Bluechip-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10-1 5. Wicked Little Minx-Brett Miller-Nancy Johansson-12-1 6. Mosquito Blue Chip-Jim Morrill Jr.-Paul Jessop-7-2   $50,450 Second Elimination 1. Serious Filly-Scott Zeron-Brian Brown-6-1 2. Momas Got A Gun-David Miller-Virgil Morgan Jr.-5-2 3. Band Of Angels-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1 4. Bedroomconfessions-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-12-1 5. Somewhere Sweet-Jim Morrill Jr.-Brian Brown-8-1 6. Sassa Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4-1                                                                                                       Ken Weingartner

Eight years ago, harness racing owner Joe Sbrocco watched Hot Rod Mindale, a horse he co-owned at the time with several partners, finish second to Tell All in the Little Brown Jug. It was a moment the Ohio resident called “the thrill of my life.” On Thursday, Artspeak will try to make Sbrocco’s life even more thrilling. Artspeak, the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, will start from post No. 1 in the second of two first-heat eliminations for Thursday’s $677,000 Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The colt, who will have Scott Zeron in the sulky for trainer Tony Alagna, is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line behind 4-5 fovorite Wiggle It Jiggleit in the event for 3-year-old male pacers. Zeron became the youngest driver to win the Jug in 2012 when he piloted Michael’s Power to victory at the age of 23. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Fifteen horses entered the Jug and were divided into two first-heat eliminations. Lost For Words, who is stabled regularly at the Delaware County Fairgrounds with trainer Brian Brown, is the2-1 morning line favorite in the first division. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the 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 race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Coverage of the Little Brown Jug will air live from 5-6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Artspeak, this year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, heads to the Little Brown Jug off a career-best 1:48.2 win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. The time established the stakes record, shaving one-fifth of a second off the previous mark set by 2013 Little Brown Jug champion Vegas Vacation. “It looks like he’s in top shape right now,” said the 74-year-old Sbrocco, who lives near Cleveland and has been involved in harness racing since 1970. “I’m anxious to get down there. We’ve always got to worry about Wiggle It Jiggleit, but it looks like he’s got a shot.” Artspeak, a son of Western Ideal-The Art Museum, won eight of 10 races last year including the Metro Pace and Governor’s Cup. This season, he has won four of 12 starts and finished second in the Hempt Memorial and Cane Pace while increasing his lifetime bankroll to $1.22 million for owners Sbrocco, Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and In The Gym Partners. He suffered from poor luck with the draws in the North America Cup and Battle of the Brandywine, starting from posts 10 and eight respectively, but got the coveted rail for his Little Brown Jug elimination. He will try to become the first divisional champion since Bettor’s Delight in 2001 to return and win the Jug. “He’s had a tough year, but hopefully he’ll be the horse we’ve hoped for all year,” Sbrocco said. “I’m excited, I can tell you that. I think he’s going to give a good performance anyway. He’s not a very big horse and I think he’ll take the turns well. I think now he’s ready.” Brittany Farms won the 1993 Little Brown Jug as the owner of Life Sign. Brittany Farms owner George Segal also was part of Jug-winning partnerships with Mr Feelgood in 2006 and Tell All in 2007. His three victories are tied with Jeff Snyder and Stanley Dancer for the most by an owner in history. Now, Sbrocco would like to know the thrill of standing in the Little Brown Jug winner’s circle himself in his state’s premier race. The event attracts a crowd of more than 45,000-plus to the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. “I’ve been going for years,” said Sbrocco, who has been involved in all aspects of harness racing, from driving in fairs to breeding and owning horses. “It’s so much fun. I enjoy that more than anything. It’s the greatest time.” The Little Brown Jug is the third leg of this year’s Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, and Revenge Shark captured the second, the Messenger Stakes. Following are the fields in post order for the Little Brown Jug first-heat eliminations: $108,320 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Lost For Words by Well Said -David Miller-Brian Brown-2-1 2 - Rockin In Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven -Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-4-1 3 - Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4 - Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko-5-2 5 - Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-15-1 6 - Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15-1 7 - Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover -Randy Waples-Chris Oakes-10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-5-2 2 - Paparazzi Hanover by Well Said -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20-1 3 - Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere -Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-10-1 4 - My Hero Ron by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4-1 5 - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-4-5 6 - Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -Corey Callahan-Casie Coleman-15-1 7 - Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-6-1 8 - Blood Brother by Somebeachsomewhere -David Miller-Jimmy Takter-20-1 $324,960 Second Heat (first four finishers from eliminations)-Post Time 6:15 p.m. $135,400 Race-Off (if necessary) by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Bill Donovan is looking forward to seeing Band Of Angels compete in Wednesday’s $212,250 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the harness racing meeting at Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, but the longtime owner will watch from afar.   “Of course, I’m excited,” Donovan said. “Anytime you have a horse good enough to go into one of the premier races in the sport, you’re excited. She’s earned her way in, for sure.   “(But) I’m very superstitious,” he added with a laugh. “Every time I go to a big race, it seems like disaster strikes.”   Band Of Angels is one of 12 fillies entered in the Jugette, and one of four horses in the race from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. She will start from post No. 3 with driver Yannick Gingras in the second of two $50,450 eliminations and is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. The top four finishers from each division return later in the day for the $151,150 final. A horse must only win the final to be declared the Jugette champion.   Post time is noon for Wednesday’s first race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. The Jugette eliminations are races 12 and 13. The final is race 17.   Band Of Angels heads to the Jugette off a nose win over Devil Child in the New York Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Band Of Angels and driver Jason Bartlett started from the outside, post eight, but got the lead in the opening quarter-mile and went on to victory.   “I think most people wrote her off from winning the sire stakes final, but she persevered,” Donovan said. “I was surprised myself. Jason Bartlett gave her an aggressive drive getting her off the (starting) gate and she did the rest. She’s just been a real pleasure.”   Band Of Angels has won six of 13 races this year and 12 of 23 lifetime starts, with total earnings of $462,745. She has finished worse than third only once in her most recent 11 races.   In 11 career races on half-mile tracks, such as the oval at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, she has posted eight wins, one second, and one third.   “She is awful good on a half-mile track, so I think she’ll give a good accounting of herself on Wednesday,” Donovan said. “She’s been a solid horse this year. When they make the money she’s made this year, it’s obviously a good year."   “We’ve been fortunate with Band Of Angels in that she did come out of a terrific 2-year-old season and she has more than held her own at 3. I think she belongs there. I think she’s definitely in the top 10 of 3-year-old fillies this year.”   Band Of Angels is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, the 2010 Little Brown Jug winner and Horse of the Year honoree, and the mare Time N Again. She is a half-sister to millionaire Romantic Moment and was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale.   Donovan is making his second appearance in the Jugette as an owner. His filly Bettor B Lucky finished second to Darena Hanover in the 2012 Jugette. Both horses were trained by Burke.   “I’m hoping to turn the tables on that finish this year,” Donovan said.   The morning line favorite at 5-2 in the second elimination is trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.’s Momas Got A Gun, who will start from post No. 2 with driver David Miller. She is coming off back-to-back second-place finishes in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, where she missed by a head, and Valley Forge Stakes.   A daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Benear, she is a full sister to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach. She has won three of 14 races in 2015 and earned $313,368.   Triple V Hanover is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the first elimination. The Brian Brown trainee will start from post one, also with Miller in the sulky. She has won four of 11 races this year and earned $105,265 for owners Donald Robinson, King McNamara, and Strollin Stable.   Following are the Jugette elimination fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds.   $50,450 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Triple V Hanover-David Miller-Brian Brown-3-1 2. Southwind Roulette-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-7-2 3. Bettor N Better-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4. Moremercy Bluechip-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10-1 5. Wicked Little Minx-Brett Miller-Nancy Johansson-12-1 6. Mosquito Blue Chip-Jim Morrill Jr.-Paul Jessop-7-2   $50,450 Second Elimination 1. Serious Filly-Scott Zeron-Brian Brown-6-1 2. Momas Got A Gun-David Miller-Virgil Morgan Jr.-5-2 3. Band Of Angels-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1 4. Bedroomconfessions-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-12-1 5. Somewhere Sweet-Jim Morrill Jr.-Brian Brown-8-1 6. Sassa Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4-1 Ken Weingartner

Mr Wiggle Pants cruised to a 1 ¼ length victory in the $121,384 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old pacers in a stakes record equaling 1:53 2/5 in Monday action at the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Driver Kayne Kaufman gunned Mr Wiggle Pants off the gates wings and forced the favorite Primo Giovanni (Chris Page) to take the second spot. Montrell Teague sent Trayvon first up to challenge the leader at the half mile station and briefly stuck a nose in front at the ¾ mile pole. Mr Wiggle Pants fought back gamely along the rail and turned back a late rally by Primo Giovanni. Trayvon held on for third. The ultra-consistent son of Mr Wiggles is owned by Denny Miller, William Rufenacht and trainer Jim Mulinix, finishing on the board in all ten seasonal starts. Winwood Mac and driver Chris Page scored an upset in the fourth and final division. The eventual winner sat towards the back of the field seven, but found enough racing room in the stretch to nail the pacesetting Nothin Fancy (Dan Noble) by a half-length in a lifetime best 1:54 2/5 at odds of 28-1. The gelded son of Canyon Wind is owned by Dawne Luce and trainer Daniel O’Mara. Owner Stephen Sexton took the first and third divisions with World Of Gaming and Friskie Cruiser. World Of Gaming was dominant with a gate-to-wire win in 1:56 3/5. The son of World Of Rocknroll was trained and reigned by Dan Noble. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. Friskie Cruiser and Ryan Stahl took the third division over Aloha John (Kurt Sugg) and Whataboy (Chris Page) by a length and a quarter in 1:54 4/5. Local trainer Brian Brown conditions the Feelin Friskie gelding. A pair of $39,395 divisions of the OBCs for three-year-old filly trotters were also carded. Ryan Stahl steered Lisa Jane to a first over victory in the first division over Soaring Flight (Greg Grismore) and Student Of Life (Kurt Sugg) in 1:58 1/5. Scott Cox trains the Neely Dunn filly for Parent Racing Stable and G. Peters. In the second divison Honey B and driver Kyle Ater scored a nose victory of the late closing Like Old Times (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in a stakes record 1:56 1/5. Dan Ater trains the winner for Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Racing action continues on Tuesday with a 1:00 PM post time. Tuesday’s features are the $37,300 Standardbred (2 year-old filly trot) and $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship (2 year-old colt trot). A $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 will be held in races 12 through 15. Complementary past performance pages are available at www.littlebrownjug.com.   Photo: Dan Noble guides World Of Gaming to a 1:56 3/5 score in the OBC two-year-old colt pace. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. (Jay Wolf Photo)  

Freehold, NJ --- When trainer Brian Brown won last year’s Jugette with Color’s A Virgin at his home track, the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, he called the victory “beyond a doubt a win I cannot describe or explain.” So what would it be like for Brown to win his first Little Brown Jug this year with either Lost For Words or Rise Up Now? “I don’t know to tell you the truth, but I’d sure like to find out,” Brown said. Lost For Words is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first of two first-heat eliminations for Thursday’s $677,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by Fazoli’s, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rise Up Now is 10-1 in the second elimination, which features world champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the 4-5 morning line choice from post five. Fifteen 3-year-old male pacers entered the race, which this year is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown, and requires a horse to win twice in the same day. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to Thursday’s $324,960 second heat. If an elimination winner captures the second heat, he will be the Jug winner. Otherwise, the three heat-winners will return for a $135,400 race-off. The Little Brown Jug will air live from 5-6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Lost For Words posted a win last year on Jug Day in the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. Now the colt will try for another Jug Day triumph, this time in the big race itself. He enters the Little Brown Jug with four wins in 11 starts this season and a total of 10 top-three finishes. A son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Thou Shalt Not, Lost For Words has earned $336,974 this year for owners Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. Lost For Words won his first four races this season, with three of the victories coming in divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, and heads to the Jug off a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 5 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Leaving from post eight in the PASS final, Lost For Words got the lead in an opening quarter-mile of :25.4 and remained on top through fractions of :54.3 and 1:21.2. He was outkicked in the stretch, finishing three-quarters of a length behind Wakizashi Hanover and a quarter-length in back of My Hero Ron. The winning time was 1:48.1, establishing the record for the fastest mile in PaSS championship history. “It was his best race this year,” Brown said. “Having the outside and getting to the quarter in :25.4 and still getting home in (1):48.2 with a :27 quarter on the end, that was his biggest race so far. He’s had a few races where he didn’t race good, and that was probably as much me kind of changing his Lasix around. But he shows up every week.” Rise Up Now, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Northwestern, has won seven of 15 races this year and earned $141,902 for owners Strollin Stable, King McNamara, William Robinson, and Country Club Acres. The gelding, who won his first six races of the season, finished sixth in the PaSS final and was fourth in a division of the Liberty Bell Series at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sept. 13. “He hasn’t been at his best lately, but he trains here, so maybe the (half-mile track at the fairgrounds) will be a little kinder to him,” Brown said. Brown, though, does not think his horses have a home-track advantage by being stabled at the fairgrounds. “I don’t think so because Delaware is such a good track that most horses are going to get around this track pretty good,” Brown said. “They’ve got it so good right now. Our track man, Wayne Byus, between him and Greg Coon, they have this thing unbelievably fast this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jug sets up right that you’ll see the fastest Jug ever.” Although Brown, an Ohio native who lives in the city of Delaware, is seeking his first Little Brown Jug champion, he was the trainer of 2014 winner Limelight Beach for the early portion of the horse’s career. Brown trained Limelight Beach at age 2 and until July of his 3-year-old campaign, at which time trainer Ron Burke and a group of partners purchased the gelding from a majority of Limelight Beach’s owners, with the exception of the brothers Charles, Robert, Thomas, and William Wingfield. “Sure I would have liked to be the one who trained him and was in the race, but I’ve had no ill feelings from that time up to this day,” Brown said. “The Burkes have been great to me and the Wingfields, they’ve been coming to Delaware for 50 years probably and they got to watch their horse win the race. And it wasn’t like a bad deal for the other owners. The horse made money racing and they sold him for good money. It wasn’t a terrible deal for anybody.” One day prior to this year’s Jug, Brown will try to win his second Jugette, which is for 3-year-old female pacers. Brown sends out three of the race’s 12 entrants --- Triple V Hanover, who got post No. 1 in the first elimination; Serious Filly, who got post No. 1 in the second elimination; and Somewhere Sweet, who will start from post five in the second elimination. The top-four finishers from the Jugette’s two eliminations advance to the same-day final. A horse must only win the final to win the Jugette. “I like all three of my fillies,” Brown said. “Triple V is kind of a speed horse. With a good draw she could be pretty tough in there. Somewhere Sweet is the handiest one of the three. She’s a little smaller and can race either way. “Serious Filly might be the one to have the most trouble, but has been really good here lately. I’m not sure (the half-mile track) will work to her kind of racing. She’s more of a grinding type horse instead of a speed horse. I’m not sure how she’ll do. She’s trained good here, but training is a lot different than racing.” Below is the field in post order for the $677,000 Little Brown Jug with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. $108,320 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Lost For Words by Well Said -David Miller-Brian Brown-2-1 2 - Rockin In Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven -David Miller-Dr. Ian Moore-4-1 3 - Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4 - Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko-5-2 5 - Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-15-1 6 - Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15-1 7 - Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover -Tim Tetrick-Chris Oakes-10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-5-2 2 - Paparazzi Hanover by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-20-1 3 - Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere -Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-10-1 4 - My Hero Ron by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4-1 5 - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-4-5 6 - Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-15-1 7 - Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-6-1 8 - Blood Brother by Somebeachsomewhere -David Miller-Jimmy Takter-20-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Team Teague got off to a good start in what could be a very memorable year. Montrell Teague guided George Teague, Jr.’s Miss Me Yet to a 6 ¾ length victory in the $107,433 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers in a stakes record 1:55. The Teague’s will send out the favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s. The Ohio Sires Stake champion, Miss Me Yet used his post position #2 to control the fractions and the field of seven. She opened up at the top of the homestretch and sprinted away from My Tweed Heart (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and It’s Your Fantasy (Josh Sutton) to establish the new stakes mark. The daughter of I’m Gorgeous has now won four of seven seasonal starts and has earned $189,205. Big Bad Ashley and Josh Sutton survived a three way photo finish to capture the second $35,811 division over Queen Ann M (Chris Page) and Wiggler (Ryan Stahl) in 1:57. Winchester Baye Acres owns the daughter of the 2011 LBJ champ Big Bad John. The first division was captured by John’s Sunny Girl and driver Greg Grismore by three quarters of a length in 1:55 3/5. Big Bad Chickie (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and John’s Jessi Bird (Chris Page) completed the trifecta. Delaware also hosted a trio of amateur driving events, the USTA’s Standardbred Driving Championship and two Billings series events. Luke Varnum representing the Maine Amateur Driving Club was parked out the entire mile, but the gritty Northern River still had gas in the tank to score in 1:57 4/5. The event features drivers from nine driving clubs from across the United States. The Billings Amateur Trot events were won by Heza Rube (Bob Troyer) and Rush N Supreme (Mitchell Walker). The win was Troyer’s fifth in the Billings series at the Delaware County Fair. Post time on Monday is at 3:00 PM. Jay Wolf  

A total of fourteen races, including six divisions of the Ohio Breeders Championships, will go post-ward on Monday, September 21 at the Delaware County Fair at a special post time of 3:00 PM. A total of 28 harness racing freshmen colt pacers will line up in the $121,384 (div.) OBC. Ohio Sires Stake champion, Love Tap Hanover will leave from the outside post seven in the fourth and final $30,346 division. The Big Bad John colt has earned more than $166,000 for his owners Rick Phillips, Peter Venturini and Mark Harder. He is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and will be driven, by David Miller. Morgan will also be sending out the favorite in the third division, Primo Giovanni. Carl Howard owns the colt who has won all but one of his seven seasonal starts. The state’s best three-year-old filly trotters will go in two divisions of the $78,790 (div.) OBC.  Potential “Ohio Horse of the Year” Like Old Times is the headliner in the second $39,395 division. Don McKirgan trains and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. drives the Chip Chip Hooray filly for Keith Ross. Like Old Times has won 11 of 14 starts this season and her lifetime earnings are $305,117. To celebrate the later post time, fair officials have introduced a number of food and drink specials available in the grandstand, including $1.00 Budweiser and Bud Light. Second chance drawings will also be conducted for televisions, betting vouchers, rides in the starting gate and t-shirts. For a complementary race program or ticket information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com Monday, September 21 At A Glance Post Time: 3:00 PM Total Races: 14 Races General Admission: $6.00 Featured Events: $121,384 Ohio Breeders Championship (two-year-old colt pace) $78,790 Ohio Breeders Championship (three-year-old filly trot) Special Events: $1.00 Beer, Soda, Hot Dogs and Popcorn  Radio Coverage: WDLR (1550 AM), WINF (98.5 FM) & WQTT (1270 AM) Jay Wolf

Delaware, OH --- Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly Top 10 poll, leads a field of 15 horses entered in Thursday's (Sept. 24) 70th Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The event, presented by Fazoli's, carries a record total purse of $677,000. The draw for the Little Brown Jug was conducted Saturday at the fairgrounds. Wiggle It Jiggleit drew post five in the second first-heat elimination and was installed as the 4-5 favorite. The gelding is owned by George Teague Jr., driven by Montrell Teague, and trained by Clyde Francis. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 16 of 18 races this year and earned $1.43 million. His victories 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. Since supplements were first allowed in 1999, four horses have used that route to enter the Little Brown Jug: Four Starzzz Shark in 2001, Art Official in 2008, Betterthancheddar in 2011, and Lyonssomewhere in 2014. Four Starzzz Shark, Art Official, and Betterthancheddar all finished third. Lyonssomewhere failed to advance to the second heat. Wiggle It Jiggleit is a son of Mr Wiggles, who finished sixth in the 2009 Little Brown Jug, out of the mare Mozzi Hanover. He prepped for the Jug by winning a qualifier in 1:50.2 last Tuesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He was good," Montrell Teague said. "He was definitely himself. I pretty much just let him do what he wanted to do. I let him float out and we were planning on going a (1):52 mile, but when I tapped him in the last quarter he took off, so I just let him do what he wanted. That (time) is not a bad thing at all." The Little Brown Jug is contested on a half-mile track at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. Wiggle It Jiggleit is history's fastest 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile oval, having won in 1:49 earlier this season at Harrington Raceway. "I'm looking forward to it the most of any race I've been in so far," Teague said about the Little Brown Jug. Among the other top Jug contenders are Artspeak and My Hero Ron in the second elimination and Lost For Words and Dude's The Man in the opening elimination. Artspeak, this year's New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, heads to the Little Brown Jug off a career-best 1:48.2 win in the Simcoe Stakes last Saturday (Sept. 12) at Mohawk Racetrack. The time established the stakes record, shaving one-fifth of a second off the previous mark set by 2013 Little Brown Jug champion Vegas Vacation. Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners, Artspeak has won four of 12 races this year and earned $483,325. The son of Western Ideal-The Art Museum was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer and will try to become the first divisional champion since Bettor's Delight in 2001 to return and win the Jug. Brittany Farms won the 1993 Little Brown Jug as the owner of Life Sign. Brittany Farms owner George Segal also was part of Jug-winning partnerships with Mr Feelgood in 2006 and Tell All in 2007. His three victories are tied with Jeff Snyder and Stanley Dancer for the most by an owner in history. Artspeak will be driven by Scott Zeron, who in 2012 at the age of 23 became the youngest driver to win the Jug when he piloted Michael's Power to victory. Artspeak has drawn the rail in the second elimination and is the 5-2 second choice behind Wiggle It Jiggleit. Ron Burke will try for his second consecutive Jug triumph when he sends out My Hero Ron, who was the runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and has won four of 13 races this season. The gelded son of Well Said-Erma La Em is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Frank Baldachino. He has drawn post four in the second elimination with Yannick Gingras listed to drive. My Hero Ron is 4-1 on the morning line. Burke and Gingras teamed to win last year's Little Brown Jug with Limelight Beach. The 2-1 morning line favorite in the opening elimination is Lost For Words, who drew the coveted rail. Lost For Words has also been a consistent performer, with 10 on-the-board finishes in 11 starts this year and earnings of $336,974. The colt has won four races, three on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit, and finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Milstein. 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 driven by David Miller. He is owned by Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. Miller has won the Jug three times, with No Pan Intended in 2003, Shadow Play in 2008, and Big Bad John in 2011. He is the winningest driver in the history of the Delaware County Fair, with 204 victories. Brown won last year's Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers with Color's A Virgin. Dude's The Man has posted top-three finishes in 12 of 13 races this season, winning three times including the Delvin Miller Adios Stakes in August, for earnings of $643,504. He finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace and also was the runner-up in the Messenger Stakes. Jessica Okusko trains Dude's The Man, a son of American Ideal-Art's Risk, for owners M And L of Delaware LLC and Victoria Dickinson. Corey Callahan is the colt's driver. He will score from post four and is listed at 5-2 on the morning line. The Little Brown Jug, which requires a horse to win two heats to be declared the champion, is the third leg of this year's Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, and Revenge Shark captured the second, the Messenger Stakes. The top four horses in each of the elimination races will advance to the $324,960 second heat. If an elimination winner scores in the second heat, he will be the Jug winner. Otherwise, the three heat-winners will return for a $135,400 race-off. The exact race numbers and post times for the LBJ will be announced after the balance of the Thursday program is drawn on Monday. The Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli's will air live from 5-6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Below is the field in post order for the $677,000 Little Brown Jug with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. $108,320 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Lost For Words by Well Said -David Miller-Brian Brown-2-1 2 - Rockin In Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven -David Miller-Dr. Ian Moore-4-1 3 - Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4 - Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko-5-2 5 - Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-15-1 6 - Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15-1 7 - Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover -Tim Tetrick-Chris Oakes-10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-5-2 2 - Paparazzi Hanover by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-20-1 3 - Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere -Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-10-1 4 - My Hero Ron by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4-1 5 - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-4-5 6 - Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-15-1 7 - Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-6-1 8 - Blood Brother by Somebeachsomewhere -David Miller-Jimmy Takter-20-1 The USTA Communications Department

Someone messed up in Delaware, Ohio and forgot to include Empire Classic winner Mosquito Blue Chip in the mix when they drew for the Jugette today, so they rebooted, this time with a dozen fillies. Trainer Ron Burke, who has four entered, got screwed as he lost his rail positions with Bettor N Bettor and Band Of Angels, and wound up with both leaving from the three post. And Sassa Hanover, who originally drew the three in the first elimination, wound up with the six on the redraw. The fact that only 12 fillies are entered in the Jugette is disappointing. There is no Peelers, Jewel, Nitelife or Put On A Show, in her prime, to scare folks away. I guess everyone’s too busy promoting their better fillies for beating up on the slow poke sire stakes competition and getting them ready for the Super Duper Gold Plated Sire Stakes Finals. The Rocknroll Hanover filly, Wicked Little Minx, who starts in the first elimination for Brett Miller and Nancy J, is the only filly not bred in either New York or Pennsylvania. Six are from the former and five from the Keystone State—all by SBSW. We’re always hearing about how great the Ontario program is. Where are they? Must be resting up for the OSS Gold Series. But the next Gold leg is October 1 and the final is the 10th. The Burke Barn entered four, while Delaware based Brian Brown has three going. Folks love to rip Burke for overloading fields, but where would the sport be without him? There would only be eight entered without Burke. Many races at B tracks, like the Quillen, Indiana Pacing Derby/Dan Patch, Molson and Battle Of Lake Erie would be hurting without his contribution of starters over the years. Gural recently passed one of his goofy rules to limit him, but it did more harm than good. Last year 22 entered the Jugette, leading to a pair of seven horse eliminations and an eight. Burke had seven in and Brown three [including the winner], just like this year. Jimmy Takter and Casie Coleman, both of whom took a pass for 2015, had three and two entered, respectively. The field was more eclectic, as there were five Ontario breds and a pair from Indiana. There were only three from New York, because their Night of Champions was four days before the Jugette. This year it was eleven days prior to the race. And of course, there were thirteen from Pennsylvania. And the cherry on top was that the Always A Virgin filly, Color’s A Virgin, bred in Indiana, won the race last year. Let’s hope there are better results from the boys tomorrow. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/. Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

Delaware, OH - The 45th edition of the Jugette saw entries for twelve sophomore filly pacers forcing race officials to divide the field into two $50,450 eliminations on September 23 with the top four finishers advancing to the $151,350 second heat. Due to a clerical error, the race officials were forced to conduct a redraw. The second elimination features the two of the richest entries, Sassa Hanover and Band Of Angels. World champion Sassa Hanover drew the outside post in the field of six. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven owns a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 and has earned $704,002 for Burke Racing Stable, The Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr. Band Of Angels won the $225,000 New York Sires Stake Final on September 12 and has earned $462,745 for her owner W. J. Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The daughter of the 2010 Little Brown Jug champion Rock N Roll Heaven will leave from post #3. Yannick Gingras was named to drive both fillies. The first elimination’s morning line favorite is Southwind Roulette with post position #2. Although winless in 2015 the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has amassed $405,971 in career earnings for Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor. Southwind Roulette was third in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stake Final in her last start on September 5. Matt Kakaley was named to drive. Mosquito Blue Chip and driver Jim Morrill, Jr. should provide a stiff challenge to Southwind Roulette. The sophomore daughter of Bettor’s Delight has earned more than a half million dollars for Our Three Sons Stable, D. Falcicchio and Paul Jessop. Mosquito Blue Chip won the $269,000 Empire Breeders Championship at Tioga Downs on August 23. The complete Jugette field with listed drivers: $50,450 First Elimination 1.  Triple V Hanover (David Miller) 2. Southwind Roulette (Matt Kakaley) 3. Bettor N Better (Matt Kakaley) 4. Moremercy Blue Chip (Andy Miller) 5. Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller) 6. Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill, Jr.) $50,450 Second Elimination 1. Serious Filly (Tim Tetrick) 2. Moma’s Got A Gun (David Miller) 3. Band Of Angels (Yannick Gingras) 4. Bedroomconfessions (Tim Tetrick) 5. Somewhere Sweet (David Miller) 6. Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) The Second Heat (top four finishers in the eliminations) will race for a purse of $151,350. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH - The opening day (Sunday) of the 2015 Delaware County Fair has drawn 16 races, including three divisions of the $107,433 (div) Ohio Breeders Championships for two-year-old filly pacers. The Ohio Sire Stake champion Miss Me Yet headlines the third division of the OBC filly pace. Miss Me Yet is owned by George Teague, Jr., trained by his sister Brenda and driven by his son Montrell. The daughter of I’m Gorgeous has finished in the top 3 in all six of her seasonal starts and has earned more than $171,000. The Teague’s also campaign the expected Jug favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit, in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s.   The second $35,811 division will feature a trio of competitive fillies. Big Bad Ashley (Josh Sutton) finished third in the OSS Championship and has $105,177 in her bank account and will leave from post 3. Queen Ann M (Chris Page), winner of $92,325, drew post 2. Angry Shelby (Greg Grismore), the fastest filly in the field, has the rail position. The first division is headed by John’s Sunny Girl and driver Greg Grismore. The freshman daughter of Big Bad John has won half of his eight seasonal starts and has earned $74,625 for Parent Racing Stable of Holland, OH. John’s Sunny Girl should be challenged by Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman) and Naked By Nine (Ryan Stahl). Sunday’s undercard contains the Billings Amateur Trot, Standardbred Driving Championship Pace and the Ohio Fair Racing Conference (two-year-old filly pace). Post time is 1:00 PM. At A Glance Sunday, September 20 Post Time: 1:00 PM Total Races:                 16 Races General Admission:                 $6.00 Featured Event: $107,433 Ohio Breeders Championship (two-year-old filly pace) Radio Coverage:  WDLR (1550 AM), WINF (98.5 FM) & WQTT (1270 AM) by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

For the next three weeks Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 eligibles for the 70th Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s to be raced on Thursday, September 24.  Week #3 – September 1, 2015 1. (Last Week #1). Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:47.4; $1,445,644)  Owner: George Teague, Jr. Inc. (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis  Driver: Montrell Teague He was the overwhelming choice in the LBJ Future Wager Pool #1. His connections indicate that they will give Wiggle It Jiggleit a break between now and the Jug. 2. (Last Week #2) Dude’s The Man (1:48.4; $562,791) Owners: M & L of Delaware, LLC (DE) and Victoria Dickenson (DE) Trainer: Jessica Okusko Driver: Corey Callahan/George Brennan Dude’s The Man has the coveted rail position in this weekends $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway. 3. (Last Week #4) Lost For Words (1:49.3; $495,260) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), William Robinson (OH), Richard Lombardo (OH) & Strollin Stable (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller Finished second behind Wakizashi Hanover in the final leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on August 28. Drew the outside post #8 in the $350,000 PASS Final at Pocono Downs. 4. (Last Week #3) In The Arsenal (1:49.1; $779,473) Owners: White Birch Farm (NJ) and In The Arsenal Racing (NJ) Trainer: Kelvin Harrison Driver: Brian Sears Will be leaving from post #3 in the Messenger Stakes this Saturday night. 5. (Last Week #5) Artspeak (1:48.4; $1,141,170) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH) & In The Gym Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Scott Zeron Did not race last week. 6. (Last Week #8) Rockin In Heaven (1:50.0; $294,721) Owner: Dr. Ian Moore (ON), Douglas Polley (NS), Francois Lecomte (QC) & Gordon McComb (NS) Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore Driver: David Miller/Trevor Henry He won his leg of the $60,200 New York Sires Stake at Batavia Downs on August 30. 7. (Last Week #7) Dealt A Winner (1:47.3; $363,439) Owner: Jeffrey Snyder (NY) Trainer: Mark Silva Driver: David Miller The son of Cam’s Card Shark continues his quest for the pacing Triple Crown. He will start from post #5 in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes. 8. (Last Week #9) My Hero Ron (1:49.2; $221,463) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Lawrence Karr (NJ) & Frank Baldachino (NJ) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras/Matt Kakaley Won a $61,072 division of the PASS at the Meadows on August 28 in a lifetime best 1:49.2. 9. (Last Week #6) Split The House (1:48.3; $162,158) Owners: Scott Horner (ON), Peter 3 Milligan (ON) & James Dean (ON) Trainer: James Dean Driver: Randy Waples The son of Rocknroll Hanover did not race last weekend. 10. (Last Week NR) Reverend Hanover (1:51.1; $240,125) Owners: West Wins Stable (ON), Steve Calhoun (ON) & Anthony Beaton (ON) Trainer: Casie Coleman Drivers: Steve Condren/Chris Christoforou The son of Sportswriter got off to a slow start this season with an injury. He won the $78,750 Ontario Gold Division at Georgian Downs in 1:51.4. Dropped Out: Badiou Hanover Jay Wolf

Delaware, OH --- Fazoli’s, America’s largest quick-service Italian restaurant chain, will once again be the presenting sponsor for the $700,000 (est) Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. The 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug, North America’s most prestigious harness race for 3-year-old pacers, will air live on CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, from 5-6:30 p.m. (EDT). The Little Brown Jug telecast is made possible by the United States Trotting Association, Fazoli’s and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. “The Little Brown Jug is truly a part of Americana and we want to be a part of that tradition,” said Carl Howard, Fazoli’s president and CEO. “The Little Brown Jug and the national telecast is a great way to highlight the Fazoli's brand and to introduce to the public of the amazing franchise opportunities available with Fazoli’s.” "The Little Brown Jug is pleased to once again partner with Fazoli’s," noted Phil Terry, marketing manager of the Little Brown Jug. “With last year’s nationwide broadcast, we are gaining momentum in presenting this sport and our event to a whole new audience. Fazoli’s has been a great partner and with the way things are shaping up, we will have a very exciting and memorable event.” In addition to the live telecast, the 2015 Little Brown Jug will be promoted with a 30-day “Countdown to The Jug” and through an integrated social media campaign on www.HarnessRacingFanZone.com. The effort will also include creating content for the Harness Racing Fan Zone’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, Vine and Pinterest. In addition to the online promotions and television broadcast support, Fazoli’s will participate in race presentations and its logo will appear around the track and on race and wagering promotional material. About Fazoli’s An American family favorite for more than 25 years, Fazoli’s features a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees. Already America’s largest Italian quick-service chain with approximately 220 company and franchised restaurants, Fazoli’s is expanding throughout the country. For your chance to own your own Fazoli’s go to http://www.fazolis.com/franchising. You can also connect with Fazoli’s online at www.fazolis.com, @Fazolis, and https://www.facebook.com/Fazolis About The Little Brown Jug The Little Brown Jug is the most prestigious 3-year-old pacing race in North America. The final leg of pacing’s “Triple Crown” is held each September at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio and traditionally draws up to 50,000 fans. Since its establishment in 1946, many of the sport’s greatest champions have participated in the Little Brown Jug. For more on the Little Brown Jug, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf

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