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Delaware, OH --- Over the past few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, has been ranking the top 10 harness racing contenders for the 72nd edition of the pacing classic. This year's Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday (Sept. 21). For the latest LBJ information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com.   1. (Last Week #1) Downbytheseaside (1:49.0; $1,595,822) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Richard M. Lombardo (OH) & Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Brian Brown   Driver: Brian Sears   2. (#2) Fear The Dragon (1:48.4s; $1,263,201) Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown   Driver: David Miller   3.(#3) Filibuster Hanover (1:50.0f; $385,290) Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Joseph DiScala, Jr. (NY) and J&T Silva Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke   Driver: Matt Kakaley & Yannick Gingras   4. (#7) Art Scene (1:49.4s; $241,827) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Alagna Racing (NJ), In The Gym Partners (NY) & Americam Art Stable (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna    Driver: Jordan Stratton & Scott Zeron   5. (#6) Boogie Shuffle (1:48.2f; $362,543) Owners: Fox Hollow Farm (PA) Trainer: Mark Harder   Driver: Scott Zeron   6. (#4) Miso Fast (1:49.2f; $457,328) Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Our Horse Cents Stable (PA) and J&T Silva Stables (NY)  Trainer: Ron Burke    Driver: Matt Kakaley   7. (#5) Funknwaffles (1:50.4h; $575,687) Owner: Crawford Farms Racing (NY) Trainer: John Butenschoen    Driver: Corey Callahan   8. (#9) Blood Line (1:50.3f; $236,239) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Jimmy Takter    Driver: Mark MacDonald   9. (#8) Heaven’s Gait (1:49.0s; $272,947) Owner: John R. Cummins (KY) Trainer: Nicholas DeVita    Driver: David Miller & Jordan Stratton   10. (NR) Normandy Beach (1:51.3f; $218,002) Owners: W J Donovan (FL)  Trainer: Ron Burke    Driver: Yannick Gingras by Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug publicity director 

The Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug would like to remind harness racing horsemen of a couple of important items: Jug and Jugette Entries: The Jugette and Little Brown Jug use a 5-day box. Entries for the Jugette are due by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15 and entries for the 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association are due by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16. Jug Race-Off: Last year, the Little Brown Jug Society voted to eliminate the third heat (race-off). The winner of the second heat will be declared the LBJ champion. Jug and Jugette Eliminations: These events will split into eliminations with 10 or more entries. Should ten horses enter, two 5 horse eliminations will be held and the top eight will move on to the Jug final. Detention Barn: All Jugette and Jug entries need to be stabled in the required barns two days prior to the event. Jugette Horses: Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:00 am. Jug Horses: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:00 am. Standardbred Two-Year-Old Paces: The Standardbred events for two-year-old colt and filly pacers will be held on Sunday, September 17. The deadline to enter is 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 14. Overnights: The complete overnight schedule is available on www.littlebrownjug.com. Entries: Horsemen are urged to enter all Delaware County Fair events via the United States Trotting Associations Online Entry. Entries can also be made by calling (740) 363-6000.   Jay Wolf    

For several weeks, the experts have been saying the 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, was going to be a two horse race. The harness racing bettors agree and have made Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon as the top choices in the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #1. Downbytheseaside has been tapped the 6/5 favorite based on his recent wins in the $500,000 Messenger Pace Final (September 2) and the $125,000 Jug Preview (September 9). The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won nine of 13 seasonal starts and $1,595,822 for his career. Downbytheseaside is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard M. Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Both Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are trained by Delaware, Ohio based Brian Brown. Fear The Dragon is the second choice at 3-1. The Dragon Again colt has won the $730,000 North America Cup, the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and the $400,000 Adios Pace. He has been a model of consistency this season with all twelve starts resulting in first or second place finishes and $1.0 million in seasonal earnings. Fear The Dragon is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Miso Fast (7-1) and Boogie Shuffle (9-1) are the third and fourth choices. The second future pool will be from 12 p.m. Sunday, September 17 through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, the first three afternoons of Grand Circuit racing at the Delaware County Fair. 2017 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse Final Odds 1. Art Scene 37-1 2. Blood Line 18-1 3. Boogie Shuffle 9-1 4. Chip Walther 57-1 5. Classic Pro 48-1 6. Downbytheseaside 6-5 7. Fear The Dragon 3-1 8. Filibuster Hanover 25-1 9. Funknwaffles 18-1 10. Heaven's Gait 32-1 11. Miso Fast 7-1 12. Normandy Beach 39-1 13. R J P 52-1 14. Western Hill 68-1 15. Field 20-1 Jay Wolf      

Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 7th and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10th at harness racing racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. Downbytheseaside has been installed at the 3-1 morning line favorite. The bay son of Somebeachsomewhere has won 8 starts this season and has banked more than $1.5 million lifetime. Downbytheseaside is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Downbytheseaside won the $500,000 Messenger Stake, the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace Final and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The colt is undefeated (six-for-six) in races on a half-mile track and he established a two-year-old world record last year at Delaware in the Standardbred. The 7-2 second choice is the stablemate, Fear The Dragon. The Dragon Again colt has won $1,263,201 for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon has won the $730,000 North America Cup Final, $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Final and the $400,000 Adios Final. He was scratched 'sick' from his last scheduled start, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final. Both Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are trained by Delaware, Ohio based conditioner Brian Brown. A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers have selected a group of 14 colts and geldings. The horses in each of the pools are listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field consists of the remaining horses eligible to the 72nd edition of the pacing classic. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first place finisher in the 2017 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 21. The record payout for the LBJ Future Wager is P Forty Seven (2005 - Pool #1) at $377.80. The second future pool will be from Sunday, September 17 through Wednesday, September 20. Past performance lines for the Little Brown Jug Future Wagering event will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website, www.littlebrownjug.com. 2017 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse M/L Odds 1. Art Scene by American Ideal, 25-1 2. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere, 15-1 3. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said, 20-1 4. Chip Walther by Art Major, 25-1 5. Classic Pro by Shadow Play, 15-1 6. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere, 3-1 7. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again, 7-2 8. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, 15-1 9. Funknwaffles by American Ideal, 10-1 10. Heaven's Gait by Rock N Roll Heaven, 12-1 11. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe, 6-1 12. Normandy Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, 30-1 13. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere, 20-1 14. Western Hill by Western Ideal, 30-1 15. Field,  10-1   Jay Wolf    

Jay Wolf has released his weekly installment of the harness racing top 10 Jug contenders list in anticipation of the 72nd renewal of the Little Brown JUg. The 2017 Little Brown Jug will be held at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio on Thursday, September 21. Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 72nd Edition on September 21, 2017 Week #5 - September 6, 2017 1. (Last Week #1) Downbytheseaside (1:49.0; $1,533,322) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Richard M. Lombardo (OH) & Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Brian Sears   2. (#2) Fear The Dragon (1:48.4s; $1,263,201) Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller   3.(#3) Filibuster Hanover (1:50.0f; $354,040) Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Joseph DiScala, Jr. (NY) and J&T Silva Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley & Yannick Gingras   4. (#7) Miso Fast (1:49.2f; $457,328) Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Our Horse Cents Stable (PA) and J&T Silva Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley   5. (#8) Funknwaffles (1:50.4h; $575,687) Owner: Crawford Farms Racing (NY) Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Corey Callahan   6. (#9) Boogie Shuffle (1:48.2f; $347,543) Owners: Fox Hollow Farm (PA) Trainer: Mark Harder Driver: Scott Zeron   7. (NR) Art Scene (1:51.2f; $175,063) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Alagna Racing (NJ), In The Gym Partners (NY) & Americam Art Stable (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Jordan Stratton & Scott Zeron   8. (#5) Heaven's Gait (1:49.0s; $272,947) Owner: John R. Cummins (KY) Trainer: Nicholas DeVita Driver: David Miller & Jordan Stratton   9. (#4) Blood Line (1:50.3f; $236,239) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Mark MacDonald   10. (#10) Chip Walther (1:50.3; $199,870) Owners: Ervin Miller Stable (PA), Paymaq Racing (IL), Nick Surick Stable (NJ) & Louis A. Willinger (KY) Trainer: Erv Miller Driver: Marcus Miller   Sept 2 YR $500,000 Messenger Final - Downbytheseaside, Art Scene, Funknwaffles 1:52.1 Sept 2 ScD $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final - Drunk On Your Love, Big Bad Bruce, Scotch Mcewan 1:53.0 Sept 2 Moh $79,380 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold - Sports Column, Nascar Seelster, Mach Déjà Vu 1:50.1 $79,380 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold - Bills Fella, Red John, Arsenal Seelster 1:51.1 Sept 3 Phl $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final - Boogie Shuffle, Filibuster Hanover, Huntsville 1:48.2 Sept 5 YR $55,833 New York Sire Stakes Leg - Pointomygranson, Cultural Paradise, Serious Major 1:53.1 $55,833 New York Sire Stakes Leg - Outkast Blue Chip, What's Goin On, America's Fleet 1:53.1 $54,833 New York Sire Stakes Leg - In A Single Bound, Ideal Wheel, Music Is Art 1:53.2   Jug Eligible Upcoming Events September 8 Hop Indiana Sire Stakes Leg September 9 ScD Jug Preview September 10 Phl Liberty Bell   Jay Wolf

Paula Campbell, wife of Hall of Fame driver John Campbell and advocate for retired racehorses, will be honored as the 2017 Lady Pace Honoree during the Grand Circuit meet at the harness racing Delaware County Fair. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Campbell is the co-founder and president of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, a non-profit organization created to care for, rehabilitate, and secure lifetime adoption of non-competitive racehorses. Paula Campbell also participated as a driver while competing in the Billings Amateur Drivers Series in the 1990s. The Campbell's won the 1982 Little Brown Jug with Merger and also campaigned horses under the banner of Having Fun Stable, winning an elimination of the Jugette in 1994 with Thisoldheartofmine. "I want to thank the Little Brown Jug Society for acknowledging me. I am very humbled and grateful for this honor. The Little Brown Jug is a wonderful event that I look forward to every year. Winning with Merger, a horse John and I owned, in 1982 is still one of our biggest thrills," noted Campbell. "Harness racing has been so ingrained in my family and life and I am so grateful for this honor. Looking forward to a great day of racing." Campbell will be honored in a winner's circle ceremony after a division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly pacers on Jug Day. The 2017 Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds will feature five days of racing, concluding with the 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, September 21. For more information or to order tickets, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf      

Delaware, OH --- Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 harness racing contenders for the 72nd edition of the pacing classic. This year's Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday (Sept. 21). For the latest LBJ information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. The most recent edition of the field is below: 1-Fear The Dragon (1:48.4s; $1,152,844) by Dragon Again from a Western Ideal mare Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm (Ohio) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller 2-Downbytheseaside (1:49.0; $1,113,322) by Somebeachsomewhere from a Allamerican Native mare Owners: Country Club Acres (Ohio), Joe Sbrocco (Ohio), Richard M. Lombardo (Ohio) & Diamond Creek Racing (Pa.) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Brian Sears 3-Filibuster Hanover (1:52.0f; $255,483) by Somebeachsomewhere from a Western Hanover mare Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (Pa.), Weaver Bruscemi (Pa.), Joseph DiScala, Jr. (N.Y.) and J&T Silva Stables (N.Y.) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley & Yannick Gingras 4-R J P (1:51.2; $237,941) by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon's Lair mare Owners: Burke Racing Stable (Pa.), Weaver Bruscemi (Pa.), Jack B. Piatt II (Pa.) and Prunel & Libby (Fla.) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras 5-Blood Line (1:50.3f; $198,754) by Somebeachsomewhere from a Western Ideal mare Owner: Diamond Creek Racing (Pa.) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Mark MacDonald 6-Funknwaffles (1:50.4h; $499,933) by American Ideal from a Magical Mike mare Owner: Crawford Farms Racing (N.Y.) Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Corey Callahan 7-Classic Pro (1:51.0s; $306,002) by Shadow Play from a Astreos mare Owners: Ian Moore (Ont.), R G McGroup (NB) & Serge A. Savard (PQ) Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore Driver: Trevor Henry 8-Miso Fast (1:49.2f; $351,059) by Roll With Joe from a Artsplace mare Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (Pa.), Weaver Bruscemi (Pa.), Our Horse Cents Stable (Pa.) and J&T Silva Stables (N.Y.) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 9-Chip Walther (1:50.3; $187,688) by Art Major from a Western Terror mare Owners: Ervin Miller Stable (Pa.), Paymaq Racing (Ill.), Nick Surick Stable (N.J.) & Louis A. Willinger (Ky.) Trainer: Erv Miller Driver: Marcus Miller 10-Heaven’s Gait (1:49.0s; $140,409) by Rock N Roll Heaven from a Somebeachsomewhere mare Owner: John R. Cummins (Ky.) Trainer: Nicholas DeVita  Driver: David Miller & Jordan Stratton by Jay Wolf, Publicity Director, Little Brown Jug 

The Little Brown Jug is pleased to announce that Dave Brower will host the popular simulcast television broadcast from Tuesday, September 19 through Jug Day on Thursday, September 21. Dave will be joined on the harness racing show each day by co-hosts Dave Bianconi and Wendy Ross. Roger Huston will call the action for the 51st consecutive year and Jason Settlemoir is the back up announcer. The Little Brown Jug telecast is eagerly anticipated by racing fans all year as the personalities discuss the racing and interview the trainers and drivers throughout the day. "One of harness racing's most beloved and iconic races is the Little Brown Jug, and I've been honored and privileged to broadcast two of them live nationally on CBS Sports Network in 2014-2015. Being asked to represent Ohio's most famed race for their on track simulcast presentation is truly humbling," said Brower. "Following in the footsteps of Hall of Famer Sam McKee is a scary proposition, but I look forward to the challenge. Just to be asked is a tremendous honor, and I embrace it in the dedicated manner which he would wholeheartedly endorse." "Since my first visit to Delaware, Ohio in 1997, I have always loved the Jug, and the many fans who attend it. I can't wait to work with colleagues Dave Bianconi, Wendy Ross, Jason Settlemoir, and the incomparable Roger Huston! We'll try to make it fun for everybody." "We are extremely excited to have Dave join our broadcast team," added Tom Wright, Director of Racing. "He is very knowledgeable and will enhance our simulcast product." The Delaware County Fair will race from Sunday, September 17th through Thursday, September 21st.   Jay Wolf    

Long-time Little Brown Jug simulcast harness racing host, Sam McKee has been named the 2017 Joseph Neville Memorial Award honoree by the Delaware County Fair. The native of Michigan, McKee started calling imaginary races as a young boy. His developed a pen-pal relationship with the Hall of Fame and Little Brown Jug announcer, Roger Huston. Huston's mentorship helped shape McKee's career. The day after graduating high school, McKee was hired by Saginaw Valley Downs to serve as their track announcer. He later worked for Sports Creek Raceway, Raceway Park, Detroit Race Course and Northville Downs. In 1990, McKee moved his family east to work at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. He served as the Big M's co-announcer, simulcast director and TV coordinator. His distinctive voice would later be heard during the Grand Circuit meet at Lexington's Red Mile. McKee was inducted into the Communicators Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2012. He also owned a spot in the Michigan Harness Racing Hall. McKee died March 8, 2017 at the age of 54. He is survived by his wife, Chris, and three daughters - Meagan, Lindsey and Melissa. Jay Wolf

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

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

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

The 25 member Little Brown Jug Society held their annual meeting this morning (Wednesday, September 21) at Ohio Wesleyan University. The LBJ Society voted in several major changes for future of harness racing's Little Brown Jug and Jugette's. The Society voted to eliminate the possibility of a third heat (race-off) starting with the 2017 Little Brown Jug. The event will be raced at two heats and the winner of the second heat will be declared the Little Brown Jug champion. "Our number one concern is the heath of the horses," noted Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. "We have wrestled with this decision for a number of years. We respect the traditions of the Little Brown Jug, but we felt the long term interest of the horses were more important." The Society also voted to revise the post-position draw for the second heat starting with the 2018 LBJ. The elimination winners will draw for the inside posts and the remaining positions will be drawn at random. Supplemental entries to the filly companion event the Jugette will be honored starting in 2019. Horses not eligible for the three-year-old event may enter for $25,000. The Society also announced that future Jugette's may be raced at one heat should the entries levels dictate. The Society will work with the Delaware County Fair racing officials to determine the appropriate number of entries to go one heat. That announcement will be made in the near future. In other business, Tom Wright (President), Phil Terry (Vice President) and Bill Lowe (Secretary) were re-elected as officers. Jay Wolf      

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

I Said Diamonds has been scratched from Wednesday's harness racing Jugette by the judges. The Well Said filly was to leave from post #6. Jugette Day Post Time Moved To 12:00 Noon Wednesday's Post Time has been moved back to 12:00 p.m. The 15 race card will start one hour later than the originally announced time. Guaranteed Pools On Jugette and Jug Day The Delaware County Fair in partnership with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Initiative will offer several guaranteed pools on Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday: $20,000 Pick 4 and $30,000 Pick 4 Thursday: $10,000 Pick 3, $30,000 Pick 4 and $50,000 Pick 4 Final Jug Drivers Announced In the first Jug elimination, Matt Kakaley will drive Stolen Glimpse (Post #2) and Sylvain Filion will pilot Lyons Snyder (Post #3). In the second $92,500 elimination, Big Top Hanover will pick up the services of Yannick Gingras. The complete Jug field: First Elim 1. Dr J Hanover (Scott Zeron) 2. Stolen Glimpse (Matt Kakaley) 3. Lyons Snyder (Sylvain Filion) 4. Check Six (Yannick Gingras) 5. Betting Line (David Miller) 6. Fernando Hanover (Tim Tetrick) Second Elim 1. Western Fame (Mark MacDonald) 2. Racing Hill (Brett Miller) 3. Big Top Hanover (Yannick Gingras) 4. Manhattan Beach (Matt Kakaley) 5. Spider Man Hanover (Andy Miller) Jay Wolf      

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

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