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(Columbus, OH – August 12, 2015) The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA), with unanimous approval from the Association’s Board of Directors, has allocated $580,000 from the horsemen's video lottery terminal revenue to the Delaware County Fair for the eight Ohio Breeders’ Championship races and the Little Brown Jug.    A total of $400,000 will be divided equally among the eight divisions of the Ohio Breeders’ Championships and should bring each OBC event to over $80,000. With $180,000 in added money the 2015 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s purse is expected to be in excess of $700,000. “Ohio breeders are committed to producing great racehorses, support for the Ohio Breeders’ Championships are a great way to reward their commitment, and the Little Brown Jug draws racing’s elite to Ohio,” noted Renée Mancino, Executive Director of the OHHA.  “The Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds provides an important opportunity to showcase the Ohio harness racing community nationwide.” “We are very grateful for the support of the OHHA and the Ohio State Racing Commission,” noted Phil Terry, director of marketing for the Little Brown Jug. “We look forward to a great week of racing showcasing the best the state of Ohio has to offer.” “The Little Brown Jug will once again be the center of the harness racing world this September,” added Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. “We appreciate the allocation from the OHHA and their commitment to the horsemen and women of this great state.” The Delaware County Fair will host five days of harness racing starting on Sunday, September 20, through Thursday, September 24 (Little Brown Jug Day). For more information on the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association, please visit www.OHHA.com and for Little Brown Jug information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. Regina Mayhugh, OHHA Communications Director, rmayhugh@ohha.com, 614.221.3650 Jay Wolf, LBJ Publicity Director, jugpublicity@outlook.com, 740.272.2162

In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance.  Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: NZ Election Not What We Need - Last weekend in New Zealand the 2014 general election took place and unfortunately for harness racing nothing much is going to change. 2015 Inter-Dominions - The announcement last week that Perth is the new home of the Inter-Dominions from 2015 has been greeted with a lot of positive comment and why not. Rules are rules, or weak excuse? - Opinions are divided over Gaita Pullicino’s latest clash with Harness Racing Victoria stewards. Open the gates - Is it time for every race track in Australasia to drop their admission fee? After all, race courses are the only ‘casinos’ in the world where patrons have to pay to gamble! Stallion Review – Ponder - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Ponder, 1:49h, 1:48.1 ($1,686,134). Trailers on a half mile 3yo stake? It shouldn’t be! On Little Brown Jug and Jugette Days, there were stakes races for three-year-old trotters, the Oaken Bucket and the Buckette. Both had ten horses going on a half mile track. Two trailers. Kudos to Sam, Dave, Wendy and Roger at the Jug - The broadcast team of Sam Mckee, Dave Bianconi, Wendy Ross and when available, Roger Huston, were superb in last week’s coverage of the Delaware County Fairgrounds and Jug and Jugette Days. Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).

In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance.  Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Rules are rules, or weak excuse? - Opinions are divided over Gaita Pullicino’s latest clash with Harness Racing Victoria stewards. Open the gates - Is it time for every race track in Australasia to drop their admission fee? After all, race courses are the only ‘casinos’ in the world where patrons have to pay to gamble! 2015 Inter-Dominions - The announcement last week that Perth is the new home of the Inter-Dominions from 2015 has been greeted with a lot of positive comment and why not. NZ Election Not What We Need - Last weekend in New Zealand the 2014 general election took place and unfortunately for harness racing nothing much is going to change. Stallion Review – Ponder - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Ponder, 1:49h, 1:48.1 ($1,686,134). Trailers on a half mile 3yo stake? It shouldn’t be! On Little Brown Jug and Jugette Days, there were stakes races for three-year-old trotters, the Oaken Bucket and the Buckette. Both had ten horses going on a half mile track. Two trailers. Kudos to Sam, Dave, Wendy and Roger at the Jug - The broadcast team of Sam Mckee, Dave Bianconi, Wendy Ross and when available, Roger Huston, were superb in last week’s coverage of the Delaware County Fairgrounds and Jug and Jugette Days. Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).

In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance.  Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Stallion Review – Ponder - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Ponder, 1:49h, 1:48.1 ($1,686,134). Trailers on a half mile 3yo stake? It shouldn’t be! On Little Brown Jug and Jugette Days, there were stakes races for three-year-old trotters, the Oaken Bucket and the Buckette. Both had ten horses going on a half mile track. Two trailers. Kudos to Sam, Dave, Wendy and Roger at the Jug - The broadcast team of Sam Mckee, Dave Bianconi, Wendy Ross and when available, Roger Huston, were superb in last week’s coverage of the Delaware County Fairgrounds and Jug and Jugette Days. Rules are rules, or weak excuse? - Opinions are divided over Gaita Pullicino’s latest clash with Harness Racing Victoria stewards. Open the gates - Is it time for every race track in Australasia to drop their admission fee? After all, race courses are the only ‘casinos’ in the world where patrons have to pay to gamble! 2015 Inter-Dominions - The announcement last week that Perth is the new home of the Inter-Dominions from 2015 has been greeted with a lot of positive comment and why not. NZ Election Not What We Need - Last weekend in New Zealand the 2014 general election took place and unfortunately for harness racing nothing much is going to change. Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).

In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance.  Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Trailers on a half mile 3yo stake? It shouldn't be! - On Little Brown Jug and Jugette Days, there were stakes races for three-year-old trotters, the Oaken Bucket and the Buckette. Both had ten horses going on a half mile track. Two trailers. Kudos to Sam, Dave, Wendy and Roger at the Jug - The broadcast team of Sam Mckee, Dave Bianconi, Wendy Ross and when available, Roger Huston, were superb in last week’s coverage of the Delaware County Fairgrounds and Jug and Jugette Days. Rules are rules, or weak excuse? - Opinions are divided over Gaita Pullicino’s latest clash with Harness Racing Victoria stewards. Stallion Review – Ponder - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Ponder, 1:49h, 1:48.1 ($1,686,134). Open the gates - Is it time for every race track in Australasia to drop their admission fee? After all, race courses are the only ‘casinos’ in the world where patrons have to pay to gamble! 2015 Inter-Dominions - The announcement last week that Perth is the new home of the Inter-Dominions from 2015 has been greeted with a lot of positive comment and why not. NZ Election Not What We Need - Last weekend in New Zealand the 2014 general election took place and unfortunately for harness racing nothing much is going to change. Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).

Without ever seeing the “rail” and parked out first-over the entire mile, Sumatra was able to grind it out for driver Brian Sears in capturing the $118,300 Old Oaken Bucket Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. It was a bulky ten-horse field for three-year-old trotters on a half mile track and winning trainer Tom Fanning said this was going to happen. “I don’t like everyone not having their nose on the gate,” Fanning said Wednesday morning. We won’t be able to take back if we don’t leave or else we will be parked out the entire mile. I still think my horse is a contender in here. He has been doing great the last two weeks.” Fanning was right on the mark with that pre-race comment. Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick) were the first out of the gate and on the early lead with race favorite Datsyuk (Charlie Norris) grabbing the pocket trip. They went to the opening quarter in :28. Then Skates N Plates (   ) came first-over and cleared to the lead with Sumatra and Sears losing their cover and getting parked-out to the half in :56.4. Around the third turn, Skates N Plates was in command with Sumatra gaining ground with every stride. They passed the three-quarters in 1:26 and Sumatra was then able to clear to the lead as Skates N Plates began to fold. Down the stretch Sears urged Sumatra on and they held a two length lead as the field came at them but it was too late as Sumatra held on at the wire to score by a diminishing three-quarters of a length in 1:56.1. Datsyuk was second and Il Sogno Dream (Aaron Merriman) finished third. Sumatra went off at odds of 19-1. “It did work out,” Sears said, “My horse was able to overcome it (first-over). He doesn’t have the handiest speed in the world but he is honest and he tries real hard. I know that horse of Trond’s (Smedshammer) would not hold the lead and my horse got by him on the last turn and that made the race for him. I didn’t put any pressure on him. I let him do it on his own. He’s not real quick but he keeps going and does not get tired and he showed that today.” It was the second win this year for Sumatra. The gelded son of Muscles Yankee other win this year was the Dexter Cup Trot final at Freehold Raceway, once again on a half mile track. Sumatra is owned by Joseph Smith of Vero Beach, FL and paid $41.00 to win. Pinkman takes $59,445 Standardbred Stake Nothing was “breaking bad” for Pinkman in Thursday’s $59,445 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, as he overcame favorite Crazy Wow in deep stretch for the victory at the Delaware County Fair. Making only his second start, Pinkman and driver Yannick Gingras followed leader Crazy Wow -- who won the New York Sire Stakes championship last Saturday -- for nearly the entire mile before pulling out of the pocket and trotting to the win in 1:57. Crazy Wow finished second, followed by Ralph R and Walter White. The Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman, racing as an entry with Walter White, went off at 5-1 and paid $12 to win. Pinkman and Walter White are named after characters from the television series “Breaking Bad.” Pinkman is a son of Explosive Matter out of the mare Margie Seelster. He was purchased for $77,000 under the name Traffic Jam at the Lexington Selected Sale. His family includes stakes-winner Grassbed, who is the mother of 1990 Dan Patch Award-winner Me Maggie and grandmother of millionaire racehorse and top stallion Credit Winner. In his first start, Pinkman finished second from post eight in a conditioned race at The Red Mile. He has now earned $27,275 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. On Thursday, Pinkman sat behind Crazy Wow through fractions of :29.4, :59.3 and 1:28.4. Walter White made a first-over challenge from fourth place at the half-mile point, but only was able to get within a half-length of overtaking Crazy Wow for the lead. Pinkman found room coming off the final turn and was able to overcome a 1-1/4 length deficit to win by a neck. "He is now a gelding rather than a colt," said Jimmy Takter. "We had some problems that resulted from the castration surgery that took some time for him to recover from so that is why he had a late start. We started him in Lexington last week and I was very happy with him so I decided to put him in here." By Steve Wolf, Ken Weingartner with Kimberly French

Combined they have won more than 10,500 races. Each has won the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the top young Ohio driver. They all rank in the top 20 for dash winning drivers. And, this year all three of the Ohio "young guns,' Aaron Merriman, Chris Page and Tyler Smith are making their first Little Brown Jug start. Merriman, 36, is currently in second place as North America's leading dash driver (trailing Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. by 4 wins). The native of Northfield, Ohio will pilot Avalanche Hanover from post #3 in the 2nd LBJ elimination. 2014 has already been memorable for Merriman. In August he competed in his first Hambletonian, guiding Il Sogno Dream to a fourth place finish in the $1.1 million final. Merriman and Il Sogno Dream will reunite in the $118,000 Old Oaken Bucket on the Jug undercard. A few weeks ago Merriman was enshrined into the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. "The Wall of Fame was real cool, it's my hometown track," noted Merriman. "There has been some great horseman at Northfield. The Jug is a great opportunity and I'm happy to be in it." Chris Page, 30, will be handling Rediscovery from the outside post #8 in the first $103,600 elim. The native of Mt. Vernon attended his first Jug in 1993. "(Rediscovery) is a nice colt," said Page. "He is real fresh right now and we trained him over the track last week. My goal is to make the Jug final." The youngest of the trio is Tyler Smith. Smith, 21, is a native of Washington Court House and will drive Let's Drink On It in the first elimination. "Driving in the Jug is an absolute thrill," beamed Smith. "My horse has been a 'no-luck' horse all year. I hope to get off to a good start and advance to the final." Smith has already made history. He was the youngest driver ever to achieve 1,000 career wins and at the age of 12 he became the youngest male driver in harness racing history to record a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Lilly to victory in 1:59.1 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The pacing classic will air live from 5:00 - 6:30 pm on the CBS Sports Network. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

The locally owned and homebred, Sectionline Aqua is looking for Jugette glory as she takes on a field of eight in the second of three eliminations for the $298,100 Jugette for three-year-old filly pacers at the Delaware County Fair. The Major In Art - Aquatic Yankee filly is owned by Harold Lee and Harold L Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, and Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio. Steve Bauder, who recently moved back to his hometown of Delaware after residing in Chicago for a few years, trains the filly. Sectionline Aqua has finished on the board in each of her last five starts and has won 6 of 16 seasonal starts. In her last start, she raced in an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event at Mohawk Raceway finishing second by a length and a quarter and was timed in 1:51. Native Central Ohioan Brett Miller will drive her in the Jugette. Steve Bauder emphasized the filly's easygoing nature and consistency in most of her races. "She's about as nice a horse to work with as you would ask," he noted. "Just really well-mannered and anybody could take of her. She's consistent and has been good all year." The trainer also expressed confidence in his driver, but added the intimidating factor of being in the outside post position. "It's pretty tough. She'll need a trip. It needs to work out for her in the eighth hole," he said, "Any horse--I don't care what it is--from the eighth hole on a half mile track will need a little bit of help. She's game though." Post time for the Jugette Day card will be at 10:50 a.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. by Conor Golden, Little Brown Jug Publicity Intern

Bud Hatfield scored his record seventh CKG Billings Trot victory with Really Really Sweet in Sunday action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rewrite the Rules (Dein Spriggs) and Timer (Gregg Keidel) finished second and third respectively. Hatfield drove the 5-year-old brown mare Really Really Sweet. In the opening quarter, Really Really Sweet was neck-in-neck with Rewrite the Rules timed in 0:30. At the half mile station, Rewrite the Rules stuck a head in front of Hay Look Out (Patricia Miller) on the outside in 1:02. By the three-quarter mark, Rewrite the Rules was still holding his place and Hatfield was forced into the fourth position as Sammy Merlot (Simeon Hundson) was sent three wide. As the field of eight hit the top of the stretch, Sammy Merlot broke stride allowing Really Really Sweet to come off the rail and outsprint Rewrite The Rules to the wire by a half length in 2:05. Really Really Sweet is trained by Brent Davis and owned by the Hatfield Stables. In the second $3,000 division it was David Siegel driving Texas Ridge to victory in 2:00.2. Tioga Thunder (George Bonomo) and What Do You Want (Larry Steenbergen) were second and third. The seven-year old brown gelding is trained by Marvin Raber and owned by David E. Miller of Millersburg, Ohio. In the final Billings division Bold Strike scored over Margarita Man (Larry Farley) and Cody Coy (Matt Zuccarello). The five-year old son of So Striking is trained, driven, and owned by Stephen Oldford of Croswell, Michigan. Bold Strike went gate to wire in 2:00. by Conor Golden, Little Brown Jug Publicity Intern

A field of 22 filly pacers will compete for the $298,100 Jugette on Wednesday, September 17 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. In the first elimination Lady Shadow (Doug McNair) has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Shadow Play lass has won two straight races in Ontario Sire Stakes action and has bankrolled $236,861 this season for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI.  Beach Gal (Tim Tetrick) was tapped the top choice in the $39,746 second elimination. The Somebeachsomewhere filly owns a 1:49.3 mark at Mohawk Raceway and has limetime earnings of 358,096. Beach Gal is trained by David Menary for Kenneth Ewen, Hewvilla Farms, Denis Breton and Larry Menary all of Ontario. The final elimination is shaping up to be a battle between Gettingreadytoroll (Yannick Gingras) and Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller)  Gettingreadytoroll is coming into the Jugette off a 1:49.4 victory in the $191,074 Simcoe Stakes. Gettingreadytoroll is campaigned by John and Jim Fielding and the 2014 Lady Pace Honoree, Christina Takter. Jimmy Takter trains the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. Sandbetweenurtoes has won eight of nine seasonal starts and has won nearly $250,000 this year. Larry Remmen trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere for Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario.  44th Jugette -- Three-Year-Old Filly Pace PP Horse (Driver/Trainer) Odds 1st Elimination $39,746    1. Shell Bell (Kurt Sugg/Kurt Sugg)    12-1    2. Lady Shadow (Doug McNair/Gregg McNair)    5-2    3. Color’s A Virgin (Trace Tetrick/Brian Brown)    4-1    4. Southwind Silence (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke)      6-1    5. Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter)   5-1    6. Beach Body (Ron Pierce/Chris Oakes) 10-1    7. Also Encouraging (David Miller/Casie Coleman)   7-2 2nd Elimination $39,746    1. Uffizi Hanover (David Miller/Jimmy Takter)      4-1    2. Allstar Rating (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)      7-2    3. Somethinincredible (John Campbell/Robert McIntosh) 8-1    4. Beach Gal (Tim Tetrick/David Menary)      5-2    5. Fits Well (Scott Zeron/Brian Brown) 12-1    6. Gallie Bythe Beach (John Campbell/Jim Campbell) 10-1    7. A La Notte Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)  8-1    8. Sectionline Aqua (TBA/Steve Bauder) 5-1 3rd Elimination $39,746    1. Cut A Deal (Brett Miller/Nick Surick)     12-1    2. Gettingreadytoroll (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 5-2    3. Beautiful Lady (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)      5-1    4. Someislandsomwhere (Brett Miller/Casie Coleman) 6-1    5. Candy’s A Virgin (Trace Tetrick/Brian Brown)    4-1    6. Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller/Larry Remmen)   7-2    7. Beach Story (Yannick Gingras/Kelvin Harrison)   8-1 Top three finishers in each elimination will return for the $178,862 final. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Getting the latest harness racing news regarding the Little Brown Jug is now easier by following the LBJ on twitter. Enter our username @LB_Jug or search for The Little Brown Jug to follow us. Well be tweeting more updates on the event, news, announcements, race information, stakes results, fair information, and more! If you have any information or updates that you would like to share with us then simply add the #Jug14 in your tweet or tag our username to potentially get re-tweeted! For the direct link, go to: https://twitter.com/LB_Jug   Complete Grand Circuit Week Schedule Available; Delaware Accepting On-line Entries The complete stakes and overnight schedule for the Delaware Grand Circuit meet is now available at http://www.littlebrownjug.com/racing/racing-schedule. Delaware will also be taking on-line entries this year. Trainers are urged to visit https://onlineservices.ustrotting.com for more details. LBJ Radio Network to Broadcast Every Race, Every Day of the Delaware Meet For the fifth consecutive year, the Little Brown Jug Radio Network will broadcast all races from the Delaware County Fair (September 14 18), concluding with the 69th Little Brown Jug presented by Fazolis. Delaware radio stations WDLR (1550-AM) and WINF (98.5-FM) along with Marysville radio station WQTT (1270-AM) will carry each day's races. Airtime begins 30 minutes before the scheduled post time. The broadcast will be streamed online on the worldwide web at 1550wdlr.com, 985winf.com, and qt1270.com. Hosting the broadcast will be Don Berman and James Witherite. Berman is a veteran broadcaster, handicapper, former horse owner, and fan, who resides in Columbus, Ohio. Witherite is the racecaller at Tioga Downs (NY), and has previously been track announcer for seven years at Harrah's Philadelphia. He is an accomplished musician as well. There will be numerous live interviews, as well as updated odds and complete mutuel results for each race each day. Hall of fame announcer Roger Huston, the voice of the Little Brown Jug since 1967, will make his handicapping selections prior to each race, and his race calls will be the centerpiece of the broadcast. CHHA to Host Free Fellowship Breakfast on Jugette Day The Christian Harness Horsemen's Association is hosting a powerful prayer breakfast to celebrate the CHHA's 30th anniversary and the many blessings the harness racing industry has enjoyed leading up to the 2014 Little Brown Jug & Jugette. The breakfast will be held on Wednesday September 17, from 6:30 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. in the Buckeye Valley Boosters Building on the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The breakfast is free, but reservations are required. To reserve your spot, please contact Christian Harness Horsemans Association at www.chha.net or Lee Alphen at (603) 898-1927. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

For the next five weeks Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 harness racing eligibles for the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazolis. Week #2 August 12, 2014 1. Hes Watching (1:46.4; $983,969) Owner: Menary Racing (ONT), Brad Gray (ONT), Michael Guerriero (ONT) & Muscara Racing (PA) Trainer: David Menary Driver: Tim Tetrick The son of American Ideal won the $255,525 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs (8/10) in 1:49.1 over JK Endofanera. 2. McWicked (1:47.3f; $833,888) Owner: SSG Stables (NY) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller Won a leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7) in 1:48.4. He was supplemented to the $400,000 Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on Friday evening. 3. JK Endofanera (1:48.2; $1,005,523) Owner: 3 Brothers Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Brian Sears Finished four lengths behind Hes Watching in the EBC Final. He became a millionaire with his second place check 4. Somewhere In LA (1:50f; $308,136) Owner: J & T Silva Stables (NY), Deo Volente Farms (NJ) & TLP Stable (NJ) Trainer: Robert McIntosh and Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Won a $70,882 leg of the PASS at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7) in a lifetime best 1:50. 5. Tellitlikeitis (1:48.4s; $490,695) Owner: Lothlorien (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Finished third in the leg of the PASS at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7). He was beaten by a length, timed in 1:50.2. 6. Lets Drink On It (1:48.3; $311,112) Owners: Tina Seekman (IL), Larry Bond (IN), Hal Hewitt (KY) and Vincent Boido, Jr. (MI) Trainer: Joe Seekman Driver: Tyler Smith Finished second to McWicked in the PASS (8/7) and was timed in 1:49.3. 7. At Press Time (1:48.2f; $325,903) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA) and Weaver Bruscemi (PA) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley and Yannick Gingras Finished second in the leg of the PASS at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7). He was beaten by three lengths by Somewhere In LA. 8. Sometimes Said (1:50.1f; $376,895) Owner: Fashion Farms (PA) Trainer: Jim Campbell Driver: John Campbell/Tim Tetrick The son of Well Said won his leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (8/7) in a lifetime best 1:50.1. 9. Jet Airway (1:50s; $250,659) Owners: Erv Miller Stables (PA), Tangie Massey (FL), Paul Sunderhaus (OH) and Larry Agle (OH) Trainer: Erv Miller and Tony Alagna Drivers: Marcus Miller and Randy Waples Has won three straight Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events. 10. Western Vintage (1:49.4; $388,728) Owners: Perry Soderburg (NJ) and Marvin Katz (ONT) Trainer: Nancy Johansson Drivers: Yannick Gingras and Brian Sears The son of Western Ideal is the first alternate for the $400,000 Milstein Memorial. If he doesnt get in the main event he will leave from post #5 in the $100,000 consolation. This weeks expert ranking is courtesy of Bill Finley. Bill is an award-winning horse racing writer for ESPN.com and publisher of Harness Racing Update. 1. Hes Watching 2. McWicked 3. Somewhere in LA 4. Let's Drink On It 5. Jet Airway 6. Sometimes Said 7. Tellitlikeitis 8. Limelight Beach 9. Twin B Speedo 10 Beat The Drum Jay Wolf    

DELAWARE, Ohio - Fazoli's, America's largest quick-service Italian restaurant chain, will be the presenting sponsor for the 69th edition of the $600,000 "Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli's" scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. 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 Fazoli's, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, the U.S. Trotting Association and the generous support of numerous owners, trainers, drivers, farms and other industry supporters." "The Little Brown Jug is pleased to partner with Fazoli's in bringing the Jug to a national audience," noted Phil Terry, marketing manager of the Little Brown Jug. "I was pleased with the cooperation among the many groups to get the Little Brown Jug on television. This is a great opportunity to expose the Jug and harness racing to the entire country." A harness racing owner himself, Fazoli's chief executive understands the great traditions of the Little Brown Jug and harness racing. "Harness racing is one of America's oldest and most exciting sports," said Carl Howard, Fazoli's president and CEO. "People today are increasingly enjoying sports in new ways, and we are excited about partnering with the Little Brown Jug and the U.S. Trotting Association to introduce harness racing to a new generation of fans." In addition to the live telecast, the 2014 Little Brown Jug will be promoted through an integrated social media campaign featuring a "Pick The Jug Winner" online contest and a 30-day "Countdown to The Jug" on the www.HarnessRacingFanZone. 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 plus the creation of a #FazolisPickTheJugWinner hash tag. In addition to the online promotions and broadcast support, Fazoli's will participate in race presentations and its logo will appear at the track and on race and wagering promotional material. About The Little Brown Jug The Little Brown Jug is the most prestigious 3-year-old pacing race in North America. The second 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. About Fazoli's An American family favorite for more than 20 years, Fazoli's ranked #2 overall among large national fast-food chains in the prestigious Zagat Survey. With a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees, oven-baked sandwiches and salads, a new service style featuring table service and a contemporary new restaurant design, Fazoli's is expanding throughout the country. Founded in Lexington, Ky. in 1988, Fazoli's was acquired by Sun Capital Partners in 2006. by Dan Leary, for the USTA  

Sugar Valley Farm will be hosting their annual open house on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 1:00 3:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, the home of the Little Brown Jug. The Sugar Valley Farm stallions will be available for inspection in the Jugette Barn and stallion videos and a reception will be held in the Log Cabin. Food and beverages will be provided by Shortys BBQ. RSVPs are preferred but not necessary. To RSVP, please call Sugar Valley Farm at (740) 363-5618 or email info@sugarvalleyfarmstallions.com. For more information on the Sugar Valley Farm stallions, please visit their website at www.sugarvalleyfarmstallions.com.

The Delaware County Fair is pleased to announce that the payment schedules for the Ohio Breeders Championships and the Delaware Open series have been changed. The $400,000 est. Ohio Breeders Championships now require a single $300 nomination payment due March 15, 2014 with no further sustaining payments required. The single $300 payment replaces a pair of $200 payments required in previous years. The starting fee of $750 remains in effect. The Delaware Open series is also going with the single $150 nominating payment due March 15, 2014. The starting fee for the Delaware Open series is $200. The landscape of Ohio racing is changing and we thought we should make some changes to the payment schedules as well, noted Tom Wright, Director of Racing. The Ohio owners have been very supportive of our race program and this change is a way to thank them for that support. The payment changes are in keeping with the recently announced changes to the Ohio Sires Stakes and the Ohio State Fair Stakes. For information regarding the OBC or Delaware Open series, please contact Tom Wright, Director of Racing at (614) 847-1948 or staking@littlebrownjug.com.   by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug    

Delaware, OH --- All roads led to Ohio as owners and trainers from 29 states, Canada, and Europe flocked to the Delaware County Fairgrounds for the 66th annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale.  Opening day featured nearly 25% of Ohio’s total yearling crop, along with over 100 Indiana-breds and a large number of Pennsylvania, Ontario, and New York breds. The strong catalogue of slots enhanced sire stakes eligibles drove prices to a record high. The next three days contained 198 2-year-olds, 297 3-year-olds, 87 weanlings and hundreds of raceway horses and broodmares.       The top priced yearling and ultimate sale topper was an Always A Virgin sister to Indiana champion Color’s A Virgin. Brown Color was purchased from the Emerald Highlands consignment by Dan Shetler for $43,000.   Next in line was an Ohio-bred Feelin Friskie colt from the Midland Acres consignment purchased by Burke Racing Stable LLC for $42,000.  Spring Haven Farm sold a Total Truth brother to top Indiana colt Totally Kissed for $37,000 and Walnut Hall Ltd sold an Ontario bred Deweycheatumnhowe filly for $32,000. Broodmares were led by the young Andover Hall prospect, Ladyfinger 3,1:59.2f, that was purchased by Black Creek Farm in Indiana for $28,000 from Marty Wollam. Hoosier Standardbred Farm stepped up at $15,000 for Sexpot Hall in foal to Deweycheatunmhowe from the Walnut Hall Ltd consignment.  That farm also provided the top weanlings, a Conway Hall filly from the family of two $1 million earners and a Groton Hall half-brother to two 1:54 trotters, that each brought $20,000. Competitive racehorses are always in demand and five of them shared the spotlight at $20,000 each.  Nidaros, a Muscle Yankee non-winners of two consigned by Kjell Magne Andersen, was purchased by Jeff Clark of Maryland. Indiana Sires competitor, Fancy Colt, left Emerald Highlands Farm on a bid from Red Shaw in Ohio. Competitive $20,000 claimer Darth Quaider was purchased by Steve Richard of Massachusetts. The rugged raceway mare Athleticlyinclined, with $278,575 lifetime earnings, was picked up by John Mungillo of New York from Burke Racing Stable LLC. And Dan Kennedy added the Open pacer Lost Jewels to his racehorses in preparation for the December opening of Hard Rock Racino Northfield Park. Complete sale results are available at www.bloodedhorse.com.  The Blooded Horse Sale Company holds quarterly mixed sales at the home of the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio The next sale is February 10-11, 2014.  Entries close around January 10. by Dot Morgan for Blooded Horse Sale

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