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Delaware, OH — Plunge Blue Chip on Thursday trotted the fastest harness racing trotting race mile in history on a half-mile track, winning the $87,500 Miss Versatility Series championship for trotting mares in 1:51.3 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Pure Chance finished second, followed by Grand Swan and Manchego, the 3-5 favorite who went off stride in the second turn while in second place behind Plunge Blue Chip. Following Manchego’s break, Plunge Blue Chip was never pressured. She set all the fractions — :27, 54.4, and 1:22.3 — on her way to eclipsing Maven’s previous all-time race best on a half-mile oval, 1:51.4 set at Delaware in 2013. Plunge Blue Chip’s winning margin was 5-1/4 lengths.   “She did it on her own,” driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt said. “I didn’t feel her pick up the speed after the first quarter, but that’s good when you don’t feel the speed on a horse. She raced without shoes, and that made her faster.” Plunge Blue Chip was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock, which shares ownership of the mare with Svanstedt and Tomas Andersson. She has won three of eight races this year and 22 of 46 in her career, with earnings of $1.43 million. Plunge Blue Chip is a 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Delaware, OH — Arnold N Dicky was sent off as the 1-9 favorite in Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $47,006 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old harness racing male trotters and lived up to expectations, winning by 6-1/4 lengths over Sunny Crockett in a world-record-equaling 1:54 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. To Be Frank finished third. The time equaled Action Uncle’s world record for a 2-year-old trotting colt on a half-mile track, set last year at Delaware. It bettered the previous Standardbred Stakes record of 1:55, set by Don Dream in 2016. Sunny Crockett took the lead on the first turn with winning driver Dave Palone content to sit second with Arnold N Dicky until the backstretch. Palone then moved Arnold N Dicky to the front and was unthreatened the rest of the way.   Arnold N Dicky is trained by Chuck Sylvester, who owns the colt with Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Gil Short. Bred by Concord Stud Farm, Arnold N Dicky is by Bar Hopping out of Kalibrated. He sold under the name Measured Pour for $17,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. “It’s an added bonus racing for Chuck,” Palone said. “He was a hero of mine when I first started in the game, a legendary trainer, and who wouldn’t jump at that opportunity.” The victory was Arnold N Dicky’s fourth in nine starts and upped his earnings to $144,060.  Chase H Hanover won the $54,206 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers in a world-record-equaling 1:51.1. Lou’s Pearlman finished second and Jackie Moon was third.   The time equaled Ocean Rock’s world record for a 2-year-old gelding pacer on a half-mile track, set last year at Northfield Park. Sent off at 1-2, Chase H Hanover was driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for trainer Scott Cox, who owns the gelding with Jason Ash. Chase H Hanover, by Captaintreacherous out of Calgary Hanover, was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Chase H Hanover, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up, has won three of nine races and finished second on five occasions this season. He has earned $210,797. Filly Beats the Boys to Take the Old Oaken Bucket  Sans Default (Matt Kakaley) scored a mild upset over Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) to take the $83,800 Old Oaken Bucket in 1:55.  Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi share the ownership of the Muscle Hill filly. Ron Burke trains the winner.  Ohio Breeders Championship Action  Three-year-old gelding Ocean Rock (Dan Noble) equaled the track record in the second of two OBCs for colt pacers with his 1:49.3 mile.  Sandra Burnett owns the Rockin Amadeus gelding who swept the Ohio State Fair Stakes, Ohio Sire Stakes Final.  Elver Hanover (Chris Page) took the opening $48,121 division with a 1:51.1 victory over Cody Hanover (Mike Wilder) and Can B Perfect (Tim Tetrick).  The Yankee Cruiser gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Dr. Bridget Jablonsky, Jason Mellilo and J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby.  A pair of $63,446 divisions of the freshman colt pace went to Heart Of Chewbacca (Dan Noble) and Charlie May (Brett Miller) in identical 1:52.2 miles.  With the win, Charlie May became the latest member of the Ohio Triple Crown club after previously posting wins in the Ohio State Fair Stakes and the Ohio Sire Stake Championship.  The two divisions of the $92,042 (div) three-year-old filly pace went to Mcmarkle Sparkle (Brett Miller) in 1:52.3 and Penpaperpaige (Tyler Smith) in a lifetime best 1:52  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Delaware, OH — Minutes after watching Party Girl Hill win Wednesday’s Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds with a performance that included a world record in her elimination and a 3-1/2 length score in the final, breeder/owner Tom Hill summed up his thoughts about the filly in simple terms. “She just proved what I’ve been telling everybody, that she’s the best horse I’ve ever owned,” Hill said from his home in Lancashire in the United Kingdom. “As we would say in England, she’s a Rolls Royce with hair.” Party Girl Hill, driven by Dexter Dunn and trained by Chris Ryder, won the $142,635 Jugette final in 1:50.3, with stablemate New Year finishing second and Peaky Sneaky third. Earlier in the day, she won her elimination in 1:49.3, the first sub-1:50 mile by a female pacer on a half-mile track in harness racing history.   Unraced at age 2, Party Girl Hill improved to 11-for-11 in her career with her two victories in the Jugette and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $577,270. “I don’t know how good she is,” Hill said. “I don’t know where the bottom is, I really don’t. “She can leave, she can come from behind, she can sit parked; it doesn’t make any difference. That’s when you’ve got a great one, when they can win from anywhere. She’s just a very special filly. She’s a gift from God, that’s what she is. I’ve had a lot of good horses, but I’ve had nothing like her. I’ve been blessed.” Party Girl Hill’s win gave owner Hill his second Jugette trophy. He won his first in 2010 with Western Silk. It also came four days after Hill celebrated his 70th birthday. “It’s near enough for a birthday present,” Hill said with a laugh. Party Girl Hill opened her march to the Jugette crown by beating Lyons Sentinel, last year’s Dan Patch Award divisional champ, by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.3 in the second of the event’s two eliminations.   The time eclipsed the previous world record for a 3-year-old pacing filly on a half-mile track, 1:50.1, shared by Warrawee Ubeaut and Call Me Queen Be. It also lowered the all-time mark for any female pacer, 1:50, shared by Godiva Seelster and Tequila Monday. “She’s just an amazing animal,” Dunn said. “There seems to be no bottom to her, she does her work so easily. It’s truly a real pleasure to be lucky enough to sit behind her. I have to thank Tom Hill for that, for trusting me with the drive. “She’s exciting. She’s gone both heats today without the plugs being pulled or really being asked. She just does an amazing job.” The 31-year-old Dunn, who arrived in the U.S. in the summer of 2018 at the behest of fellow New Zealand native Ryder after a standout career Down Under, added the Jugette to his growing list of Grand Circuit victories. He won a total of six races Wednesday at Delaware. “I had a lucky day,” said Dunn, who was the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s 2019 Driver of the Year. “I got to drive really nice horses and they were all on top of their game today. This girl really topped the day off well. “This is a special moment for my lifetime because the Ryders have been family friends with the Dunns for 50-odd years. Chris and (his wife) Nicola have done so much to get me over here and support me. It’s a day I’ll never forget.” Dunn’s only concern following the eliminations was Party Girl Hill racing in the final off a world-record performance. “As soon as we stepped on the track, those worries went away because she had her ears pricked and she was happy as anything being out there,” Dunn said. In the final, Dunn let New Year (who won the first of the event’s two eliminations, also with Dunn in the sulky) and Lyons Sentinel battle in the first turn before launching Party Girl Hill to the lead. Party Girl Hill, the 1-9 favorite, was on top at the quarter and never looked back. “Many thanks to Tom Hill for giving me such an amazing horse,” Ryder said. “Many thanks to Dexter, he’s done a tremendous job driving her.” When reminded in the winner’s circle by track announcer Roger Huston about Hill’s birthday, Ryder quipped, “That’s great. Happy birthday. Anything else I can do for you Tom?” Back in Lancashire, Hill said winning was enough. While some speculated about how Party Girl Hill might have fared if she took on the boys in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug, both Ryder and Hill downplayed the idea. “I don’t want to hurt the filly,” Hill said. “I don’t want to do something and regret it. If she raced the colts and got beat, I know it’s no disgrace, but I don’t want to do that. She’s only had 11 races. She’s only a novice.” A novice assembling one heck of a resume. One that Hill thinks should get noticed at the end of the season if her current form holds. “She should have a shot at being Horse of the Year,” Hill said. “She’s never been beat and she’s raced on every size track. She’s never been beat and never looked like getting beat. What more could she do? She is the only one out there that’s undefeated. I think she should have a good push to be Horse of the Year. Not for me, but for her. She deserves it.” Party Girl Hill sets world record in elimination Trainer Chris Ryder and driver Dexter Dunn swept the two $47,545 Jugette eliminations on Wednesday, with 1-9 favorite Party Girl Hill winning the second in a world-record 1:49.3 after stablemate New Year won the first in 1:52. Joining those two horses in the $142,635 Jugette final were Peaky Sneaky, Blazin Grace, and Keystone Eureka from the first elimination and Lyons Sentinel, Perfect Storm, and Lady Lou from the second. Party Girl Hill was third through the first half of her elimination before launching a methodical attack on leader Lyons Sentinel. The two battled around the last turn and Party Girl Hill drew clear by three-quarters of a length as they neared the wire. The time of 1:49.3 eclipsed the previous world record for a 3-year-old pacing filly on a half-mile track, 1:50.1, shared by Warrawee Ubeaut and Call Me Queen Be. New Year, sent off as the 4-5 favorite, won the first elimination in 1:52. Peaky Sneaky finished second, followed by Blazin Grace and Keystone Eureka.   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Delaware, OH - Harness racing driver Dexter Dunn swept both the elims and final of the Jugette. He also swept both divisions of the Buckette en route to a six-win afternoon at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. There were two divisions of the $82,200 (div) Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters and Dunn won them both. Caviart Eva took the first division by two lengths in 1:54 over Hannah (Andy Miller). Nancy Takter trains the Trixon lass for Caviart Farm.   The second $41,100 division went to another Trixon filly Spoiled Princess. Spoiled Princess defeated Deswanslittlelorie (Aaron Merriman) by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.2. Nifty Norman conditions the winner for Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Racing. Dunn is the ten-time New Zealand champion driver, who started driving in the United States full time last year. Standardbred Filly Pace to Fighting Evil The Sweet Lou filly, Fighting Evil (Mike Wilder) took the $39,406 Standardbred filly pace in 1:54.2. Tava (Tim Tetrick) and Always B Laughin (Andy Miller) was second and third. Trainer Daniel Lee Snyder co-owns the filly with Jason Ash of Delaware, Ohio. Treasure Gems K Takes Standardbred Trot Treasure Gems K (Chris Page) broke her maiden in the $43,506 Standardbred two-year-old filly trot in 1:59. Josh Joshing (Andy Miller) and Gothic Girl (Dan Noble) rounded out the trifecta. The Encore Encore filly is trained by Paul Reid for Robert J. Key. World Mark Lower Twice in OBC Three-Year-Old Colt Trot A pair of world records were established in the Ohio Breeders Champioships for three-year-old colt trotters. In the opening division $48,421, It's Academic (Chris Page) lowered the world mark to 1:53.1 with a 3 ½ length victory over Stonefire Us (Dewayne Minor) and Big Box Hanover (Dan Noble). The Uncle Peter colt won for the fourth time in 10 seasonal starts and has amassed just short of $340,000 for Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. The record stood for approximately two hours as Action Uncle (Brett Miller) lowered the world mark to 1:52.4 in the second division with 5 ¾ length score over Buxton (Dan Noble). Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the Uncle Peter colt for Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills.   Action Uncle has been ultra-consistent this season with eight wins and a second in nine 2020 starts. He has won $570,035 for his career. Action Uncle already owned the two-year-old world record that he established last year at the Delaware County Fair. Firsts  There will be a trio of trainers hitching up their first Jug starter in 2020. John Ackley, Carmine Auciello and Eric Mollor all look to make their first Jug start a winning one.  The 28 year-old Austin Siegelman will be driving in his first Jug. Siegelman is nearing 1,600 career wins and $12.7 million in career earnings.  Jug Post Times  The first elimination (Race #15) is scheduled for a 4:56 PM post time. The second elimination (Race #16) should go postward at 5:19 PM. The $335,400 second heat (Race #20) is expected to go at 6:50 PM.  Baldachino to “Perform” on Jug Day  Lexi Baldachino of Millstone, NJ has been selected to virtually perform the National Anthem during the Little Brown Jug’s “Jug Day” broadcast.  Baldachino, 22, studied dance and theatre at Penn State University and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.   She currently lives in NYC and her performing credits include roles in Flashdance: the Musical and The Wedding Singer.   by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

DELAWARE OH --"He was a handful and all I did was steady him and let him ramble," Steve Oldford said citing Missile J's stunning 1:54 triumph in The Fouts Memorial at Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 20. "He's got a big engine and sometimes a mind of his own so instead of looking for a hole when the gate sprung I just steadied him and he did all the rest." Oldford was referring to his stunning 1:54 harness racing victory at the home of the Little Brown Jug at the  in a race that featured top amateur drivers from various US amateur clubs in what has become an annual event. "After starting from the five-hole little did I realize that I was going to get the fastest ride of my life on a double-oval," Oldford added. At the quarter Daniel Jones and Cyclone Alvie wouldn't relinquish the lead when Missile J came calling and the two trotters got locked in a speed duel by that marker in :27.1 And with Oldfield's charge in command they zipped by the half in :54.4. From there it was literally 'ballgame' as the 7-year-old American Ideal gelding opened daylight on his competitors and finished some six lengths ahead of Noah Z Tam who was driven by Jazmin Arnold. Tony Ciuffetelli garnered the show dough with The Smidge. Owned by Black Magic Racing LLC and trained by Todd Luther Missile J returned a $3.40 win mutuel by John Manzi

Delaware, OH - Street Gossip and harness racing driver Brett Miller cruised to victory in the $108,190 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. At the start of the second division, the Cash Hall colt had a couple of anxious moments as he had to maneuver around a breaking Elliotstone (Dwayne Minor) in the first eighth of a mile, but once he cleared it problem it was smooth sailing. Street Gossip won by ¾ of a length over a pocket sitting Tango With Me (Aaron Merriman) in 1:57.3.   The colt is owned by Carl Howard and Steven Finkelstein's Jesmeral Stable. He is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. "I want to congratulate Steve and Carl. They are great guys and love the program here in Ohio," noted Morgan, who won for the 102nd time at Delaware. "I had no idea I had that many wins. It makes me feel older than I am," joked Morgan. Street Gossip now has four wins in eight career starts and has amassed over $171,000. The punters who like hunch plays were sure to support Winning Ticket in the first $54,095 division. Aaron Merriman guided the Triumphant Caviar colt to a neck win over a fast closing Grafenberg (Dan Noble) in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:57.2.   Winning Ticket is owned by trainer Chris Beaver, Steven Zeehandelar, Tim Homan, and Jim Burnett. He has now won four times in seven starts and $95,047 in earnings. Three $17,500 divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series went to Sabina (Ray Paver), Katie's Lucky Day (Trevor Smith) and Boujee Girl (David Miller). Mandy Jones won the Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series final with Sports Band. Jones came into the final as the season's point's leader and used the rail position to go gate-to-wire in 1:57.4. Heather Woolums and Cenalta Power was second. Emily Hay drove the 15-year-old T Red to a third place finish in the racetrack veteran's final race. Fly Charley Fly (Luke Ebersole), Wiggleitjim (David Miller) and Atta Boy Chris (Ken Holliday) took the three divisions of the Ohio Fair Racing Conference for freshman colt pacers. On the distaff side, Beautiful Life (Shawn Barker II), McDreamy Again (Ray Paver) and Cruizin The Night (Ken Holliday) won the three divisions of the OFRC three-year-old pace. Driver Ryan Stahl swept the Ohio Fair Racing Conference two-year-old colt trot with Best Value (2:01.2) and Phineas (2:02). The 18 race Jugette Day card will start at 12:00 noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Trainer Jim King Jr. knows what it's like to bring the belle of the ball to the big dance. Last year, his Lyons Sentinel led all 2-year-old harness racing pacers in earnings and was crowned the Dan Patch Award winner among the age group's fillies. This year, Lyons Sentinel has finished worse than second only once in seven races, but King knows it is a different filly turning heads at the dance now. Party Girl Hill has been the life of the party for trainer Chris Ryder and breeder/owner Tom Hill. The filly, unraced at age 2, is 9-for-9 as she heads to Wednesday's $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. She competes in the second of two Jugette eliminations, where she is the 7-5 morning-line favorite with driver Dexter Dunn. Lyons Sentinel, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, is the 3-1 second choice in the same elimination. The top-four finishers from each elimination advance to the final, which will be held later in the afternoon. "I think Party Girl is at the top of her game," King said. "In fact, it looks like she's going to keep on getting better. She's definitely the one to deal with. She looks kind of special. I'm not without a chance, but she's definitely the queen of the ball at the moment." Lyons Sentinel won nine of 14 races last year and earned $801,809 for owner Threelyonsracing. For her career, she has won 10 of 21 starts, missed the board only once, and banked $1 million. The filly has five second-place finishes this year, including in the Mistletoe Shalee, where she started from post nine at The Meadowlands, and in the Adioo Volo, where she left from post eight at The Meadows. "She hasn't done bad work," King said. "She's not a front-end horse and she got stuck on the front end a couple times. Straight out of the box, she raced really hard and a horse just slid by her at the end. That doesn't do much for a horse's spirits, for their attitude. Last year, she could kind of handle them and it kept her spirits a lot better. "She certainly had her glory last year. Some of the other girls have stepped up." Lyons Sentinel qualified at Harrington Raceway on Sept. 16 and won in 1:54.2. Harrington is a half-mile oval, as is the track at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The Harrington qualifier was Lyons Sentinel's first time on a half. "She qualified real good," King said. "I'm satisfied she'll get around the corners just fine. If she trips out, we'll see what happens. I'm not ruling her out. I think we have a good chance, but Party Girl has the very best chance. He then added with a laugh, "I've been wrong lots of times. I hope I am again." Party Girl Hill enters the Jugette off a Sept. 6 win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Her victories this season also include the Fan Hanover Stakes and Adioo Volo. She has earned $482,181 in 2020, the top figure among all 3-year-old filly pacers. Ryder also will send out the morning-line favorite in the first elimination in 9-5 New Year. She enters the event off a win in a conditioned race Sept. 16 at Harrah's Philadelphia. It was her first victory in eight races this year. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Bottom Line Racing. Second choice in the first elimination is Nancy Takter-trained Peaky Sneaky. She most recently won a Fan Hanover elimination and finished third in the final. She is owned by Howard Taylor, Judy Taylor, and Order By Stable. Racing begins at noon Wednesday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The card also includes two divisions of the Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters, one division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers, and one division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters. For Wednesday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Warrawee Vital and Catch The Fire headlines a field of 14 three-year-old  harness racing pacers in the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 24th at the Delaware County Fair. Canadian invader Warrawee Vital comes into the Jug with a three race win streak, including the Somebeachsomewhere and Simcoe Stakes, both held at Woodbine Standardbred At Mohawk Park. His lifetime best time of 1:48.2 came in the Somebeachsomewhere Stake on September 12. Warrawee Vital will leave from post #3 in the second elimination. Tim Tetrick, who is looking for his first Jug title, will drive. Robert Fellows trains the colt for Blair Corbeil, Yolanda Fellows and M & S Racing Stable. Warrawee Vital's chief rival should be Sandbetweenmytoes who will leave from post five. The Somebeachsomewhere colt has earned $177,142 during his career for Fashion Farms. Jim Campbell trains and Scott Zeron is listed to drive. The Ohio owned and trained Catch The Fire leads the first $111,800 elimination. The son of Captaintreacherous won the $375,000 Adios Pace Final on August 1 in 1:49.3. Catch The Fire has won more than $480,000 with six career wins. John Ackley trains Catch The Fire for the CT Stables of Washington Court House, Ohio. Catch The Fire will be piloted by Mike Wilder and will leave from post #5. $111,800 First Elimination Post Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Seeyou At Thebeach (Dexter Dunn/Ron Burke) 2. Chief Mate (Scott Zeron/Tony Alagna) 3. Later Dudes (David Miller/Nancy Takter) 4. Diamond Head (Austin Siegelman/Eric Mollor) 5. Catch The Fire (Mike Wilder/John Ackley) 6. Genius Man (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 7. Tell The Lou (Scott Zeron/Jim Campbell) $111,800 Second Elimination Post Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Major Betts (Dexter Dunn/Mark Harder) 2. Capt Midnight (Dexter Dunn/Tony Alagna) 3. Warrawee Vital (Tim Tetrick/Robert Fellows) 4. Moneyman Hill (Brett Miller/Carmine Auciello) 5. Sandbetweenmytoes (Scott Zeron/Jim Campbell) 6. Captain Barbosa (Joe Bongiorno/Tony Alagna) 7. Cattlewash (David Miller/Ron Burke) The first four finishers in the eliminations return for the $335,400 final. The 2020 Jug Day will feature 20 races and will go postward at 12:00 Noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Guinevere Hall is a perfect eight-for-eight on the season as the three-year-old harness racing filly trotter cruised to a 2 3/4 length victory over Tootie (Brett Miller) in the second division of the $93,840 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship on Monday at the Delaware County Fair. When the field of six was sent on their way, Delovely Hall (Aaron Merriman) grabbed the early lead and set the fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24.3. Driver Peter Wrenn sat patiently with the eventual winner and used a first over move to take the lead past the three-quarter pole. The Cash Hall filly pulled away for the victory in 1:54.1.   Melanie Wrenn trains the filly for the MT Pockets Stables and David McDuffee. Guinevere Hall, an Ohio Triple Crown winner, now has earned $438,541 during her 18 race career. "She's been great. She is starting to show her stuff," said the winning driver. "I could not ask for anything more. She is definitely one of the better one." Lima Gold (Dan Noble) scored an upset victory in 1:56.2 over A Fancy Face (Chris Page) in the first $46,920 division. The margin of victory was a half-length. The Coraggioso filly earned her first victory of the season and third of her career for the Spaaaartners. Chris Beaver trains the filly who paid $22.00 to win. Clara Lou (Tyler Smith) took the fastest of the four BSS divisions for two-year-old filly pacers in 1:55.1.   The Pet Rock filly is owned Charles Purvis and conditioned by Ben Davis. The remaining filly pace divisions went to Lovely Munro (Ryan Stahl), Smothastenesewisky (Chris Page) and Apple Soozy (Tyler Smith). The three divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for sophomore colt pacers went to Medoland Bosa (Chris Presley), McCam (Kyle Ater) and Epic Ace (Chris Page). On the undercard, Designer Specs made it 13 straight wins with her victory in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference freshman filly trot. Ryan Stahl steered the winner for Louise and trainer Jay Weller. The winning time of 1:58.3 was a lifetime best for the Full Count filly. The 13 race Tuesday card will have a 1:00 PM post. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

The 2020 Delaware (OH) Grand Circuit meet gets underway on Sunday (September 20) with 18 races, including the $130,000 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old harness racing filly pacers. Summer Touch looks become an Ohio Triple Crown winner with a win in the first $65,000 division of the OBC two-year-old filly pace. The Well Said lass previously won the $50,000 Ohio State Fair Stakes and the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final, amassing $255,000 this year. Ron Burke trains Summer Touch for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and breeders Knox Services and Slaughter Racing Stable. Chris Page will make the driving decisions. The second $65,000 division looks to be a battle between Rainy Day Chic (Brett Miller) and Leave Her Wild (Mike Wilder). The pair recently finished second and third respectively in the September 6 $300,000 OSS Final. Rainy Day Chic has not finished worse than third in her nine career starts. She has earned $136,110 for Marjorie Polhamus. The Rockin Amadeus filly is trained by Dan O'Mara. Leave Her Wild is owned and trained by Danielle Snyder and has a pair of first, second and third place finishes in seven starts. Bllack Hole leads a field of six in the $8,300 Ohio Breeders Championship for aged pacers. The four-year-old Mr Apples gelding hasn't raced since August 15 due to sickness, but prior to that he won four of nine seasonal starts, including a 1:48 win in the William Haughton Final at the Meadowlands. Bllack Hole is trained by Clarence Foulk for the L&L Stables and will be driven by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Gold Digger King (Brett Miller) will provide the stiffest competition. The Pet Rock gelding has finished second in his last three starts, the last two defeats were both by a neck. He is owned by Linda Van Camp and trained by Scott Mogan. Four divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for sophomore colt trotters and three divisions of the three-year-old filly trot highlight the undercard. Races 11 - 14 will be a $2,500 guaranteed pool Pick 4. Free past performance programs and a list of watch and wagering locations will be available at LittleBrownJug.com. The first post is 1:00 PM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

The Delaware (Ohio) Grand Circuit week will have a couple of changes to its original race schedule. The Buckeye Stallion Series leg for the two-year-old trotting fillies will be contested on Tuesday, September 22. The event was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Championship has been added back to the Tuesday schedule. The $2,500 series final will be sponsored by long-time Delaware track announcer Roger Huston. The Signature Series Finals (Trot and Pace) and the Hall of Fame and Museum Amateur Racing Series Final have been cancelled for 2020. For a complete list race schedule, please visit LittleBrownJug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH – Qualifying races will be held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, OH on Thursday (June 11) with an 11 a.m. post time. These qualifiers will be primarily for 2-year-olds, but there will also be qualifying races for 3-year-olds and up to meet the demand for those horses. Entries will close at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (June 10) and can be made online through the USTA or phoned to Bill Peters at 419.630.5952 or 614.984.9515. All horses must have a current negative Coggins Test. All horsemen and race officials must wear a face mask and use social distancing. No spectators will be allowed. by Bill Peters, for OHHA

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