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Downbytheseaside (Chris Page) cruised to easy victory in the $69,000 (div.) Standardbred for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:50, breaking the world record by 1 4/5 seconds, highlighting the opening day harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair. Downbytheseaside was pushed off the gate and cleared the field of seven at the ¼ mile pole forcing Some Attitude (Peter Wrenn) to sit second and Fear The Dragon (Trace Tetrick) third. Page was allowed to set the fractions of :26 4/5, :54 3/5 and 1:21 4/5 and coasted home with a final quarter of :28 1/5 to establish the new world mark. Fear The Dragon was 4¾ lengths back in second. Some Attitude held on for third. The freshman colt by Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Brian Brown for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Another Brown trainee, Spider Man Hanover owned the previous world record set in last year's Standardbred. The first division was won by a gutsy Bettor's Pick and Kayne Kauffman in a lifetime best 1:53 4/5. When the wings of the starting gate opened Cinnaber Dragon (Peter Wrenn) and Dragnet Alert (Aaron Merriman) both left hard and battled for the early lead. Dragnet Alert cleared the field past the quarter in :27 1/5. Bettor's Pick was the first to challenge as the field when by the half in :56 3/5. Dragnet Alert kept the lead past the ¾ mile in 1:24 4/5, but a game Bettor's Pick would not be denied and scored a ½ length victory over Dragnet Alert. Cinnabar Dragon held on for third. The freshman son of Bettor's Delight is trained by Ben Davis for Brent Hooper, Kyle Gray and James Davis. A new stakes record was established in the first division of the $121,800 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for freshmen pacing fillies. Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) scored a two length victory over a closing Rosa's Choice (Mike Wilder) and Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 1:55. The Woodstock lass is conditioned by Delaware's Brian Brown for his wife Jennifer Brown, Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland and Steve Mullet. The win was Bye Bye Felicia's fourth in eight seasonal starts. Jaye's A Lady (Tyler Smith) scored a big upset in the second $60,900 division at 64-1. Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Type A Grey (Chris Page) traded the lead in the first three-quarters of a mile. Berazzled (Peter Wrenn) grabbed the lead in mid-stretch but a fast closing Jaye's A Lady edged Berazzled by a ¾ length at the wire. The daughter of McArdle broke her maiden with the 1:55 3/5 win. Jaye's A Lady is owned by Caviart Farms and trained by Nancy Johansson. Delaware also hosted a trio of amateur driving events, the USTA's Standardbred Driving Championship and two Billings series events. Anthony Somone representing the Mid-Western Amateur Driving Club went gate-to-wire with A J Corbelli to win the Standardbred Driving Championship in 1:56 2/5. The event features drivers from ten driving clubs from across the United States. The Billings Amateur Trot events were won by Heza Rube (Bob Troyer) and A Crown For Lindy (Joseph Lee). The win was Troyer's record sixth in the Billings series at the Delaware County Fair. Post time on Monday is at 3:00 PM. Jay Wolf

The Delaware County Fair is now accepting a pair of future harness racing wagers, the Jugette/Jug Double and the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #2. The Jugette/Jug Double requires a correct selection in the Jugette (Wednesday, September 21) and the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association (Thursday, September 22). The pool opens at 12:00 noon on Sunday (September 18) and will close at the post-time of the first Jugette heat on Wednesday (September 21). The Little Brown Jug Future Pool #2 will also open at 12:00 noon on Sunday (September 18) and will close at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday (September 21). The minimum future wagers are $1.00 and can be made at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. The horses will be listed in alphabetical order in the part performance pages, which will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website, www.littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf      

Pure Country, the number 8 ranked standardbred in North America, is the 5/2 morning line harness racing favorite in the $239,400 Jugette three-year-old filly pace on Wedensday,September 21st at the Delaware County Fair. The daughter of Sombeachsomewhere was undefeated at two and has won half of her 14 starts this season. She has banked more than $1.5 million in career earnings. The Jimmy Takter trainee will leave from the second tier in post #9 and will be piloted by Brett Miller for Diamond Creek Racing. Earlier this summer Pure Country raced against the boys in the $320,000 Cane Pace and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial finishing a competitive fourth and second, respectively. Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) is the second choice at 7/2 from post #7. Nancy Johansson, Takter's daughter, trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere for the White Birch Farm. Darlinonthebeach has eight victories and has earned $519,644 on the season. She is the fastest filly in the field with her 1:48 4/5 mark at Pocono Downs. Third choice Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) upset Pure Country in her last start, the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final on September 10. Call Me Queen Be is trained by Ross Croghan for the Let It Ride Stable and Dana Parham. All the elimination finishers will advance to the second heat. The winner of the second heat will be declared the Jugette champion. The first heat will be raced for $95,760 and the second heat will carry a purse of $143,640. The complete Jugette field and announced drivers: PP Horse (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds 1. Yankee Moonshine - Yanke Cruiser - (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 8-1 2. Marty Party Two - Yanke Cruiser - (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr./Ron Steck) 15-1 3. LA Delight - Bettors Delight - (John Campbell/Robert McIntosh) 6-1 4. Hug A Dragoness - Dragon Again - (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 10-1 5. Call Me Queen B - Somebeachsomewhere - (Scott Zeron/Ross Croghan) 9/2 6. I Said Diamonds  - Well Said - (Tim Tetrick/Matias Ruiz) 12-1 7. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - (David Miller/Nancy Johansson) 7/2 8. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover -  (Andrew McCarthy) 12-1 9. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller/Jimmy Takter) 5/2   Jay Wolf  

Delaware, OH --- Heading into the final week, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, compiles his ranking for the top 10 harness racing contenders for the 71st edition of the pacing classic. This year's Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, will be held on Thursday (Sept. 22). For the latest LBJ information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. To view the week six edition of the top 10 contenders, click here.  Jay Wolf

If bettors like the "hot" horse, it is no wonder that the harness racing punters have made Betting Line as the 3/5 choice in the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #1. The son of Bettor's Delight has won eleven straight races including his last start on Saturday in the $157,111 Simcoe Stake at Mohawk from post #10. He has won the $780,000 North America Cup, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial during his win streak. Betting Line is owned by trainer Casie Coleman's West Win Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac T. Nichol. Should Betting Line win the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association on September 22, his backers will receive $1.60 on their $1.00 bet. Racing Hill is the second choice at 6-1 and Check Six and Manhattan Beach are third at odds of 9-1. Racing Hill has won $500,000 Messenger Stake and the $400,000 Adios Pace. He has been a model of consistency this season with all eleven starts resulting in on the board finishes and $1.2 million in seasonal earnings. Tony Alagna trains the son of Roll With Joe for Tom Hill. Check Six recently won the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final in a lifetime best 1:50. The Ron Burke trainee has seven wins on the season for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. The second future pool will be from 12 p.m. Sunday, September 18 through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, the first three afternoons of Grand Circuit racing at the Delaware County Fair. 2016 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 Will Pays HD Horse $1.00 Will Pay 1 American Passport $36.90 2 Another Daily Copy $53.70 3 Betting Line $1.60 4 Check Six $10.40 5 Control The Moment Scratched 6 Dr J Hanover $16.90 7 Fernando Hanover $34.30 8 JJ Flynn $58.90 9 Lyons Snyder $19.10 10 Manhattan Beach $10.60 11 Nocturnal Bluechip $54.90 12 Racing Hill $7.00 13 Voracity $85.30 14 Western Fame $74.90 15 Field (All Other Horses) $19.90   Jay Wolf  

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

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

Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 8th and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11th at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. Betting Line has been installed at the 5-2 morning line favorite. The brown son of Bettor's Delight has won 10 straight starts and has banked more than $1.4 million. Betting Line is owned by trainer Casie Coleman's West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac T. Nichol. T. The Ontario based Betting Line won the $780,000 North America Cup Pace, $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The win in the Milstein Memorial was the colt's first trip outside of Canada and his only start on a half-mile track. The 3-1 second choice is the $500,000 Messenger Stake champion, Racing Hill. The Roll With Joe colt has won $1,345,028 for his owner, Tom Hill. The ultra-consistent colt has finished on the board in all eleven seasonal starts. Control The Moment was tapped as the third choice at 4-1. Due to this morning's announcement that the son of Well Said was retired due to injury, Control The Moment will be scratched from the future wager. The colt had four wins on the season, including the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace and the $320,000 Cane Pace. 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 71st 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 2016 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 22. 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 18 through Wednesday, September 21. 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. 2016 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse M/L Odds 1. American Passport 30-1 2. Another Daily Copy 30-1 3. Betting Line 5-2 4. Check Six 10-1 5. Control The Moment Scratched 6. Dr J Hanover 10-1 7. Fernando Hanover 15-1 8. J J Flynn 30-1 9. Lyons Snyder 20-1 10. Manhattan Beach 12-1 11. Nocturnal Bluechip 30-1 12. Racing Hill 3-1 13. Voracity 30-1 14. Western Fame 30-1 15. Field - All Other Horses 50-1   Jay Wolf  

Atta Boy Dan and harness racing driver Mike Wilder used a first over trip and edged Night Pro (Peter Wrenn) by three quarters of a length to win the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial at the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio. Defending champion Mykindachip (Dan Noble) overcame post #8 and took control of the field of seven in the opening quarter of :27 2/5. Wilder sent the eventual winner off the rail and pressured Mykindachip past the half in :55 4/5 and the three-quarters in 1:24. Atta Boy Dan took the lead in the stretch and held off a closing Night Pro in 1:52 to establish a new track and stakes record. Pacesetting Mykindachip faded to third. The seven-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is conditioned by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. A new trotting track record was established in the $15,000 Arnie Almahurst Trot when Allgrooveallthetime (Peter Wrenn) cruised to a 7¼ length victory over Barn Girl (Mike Wilder) in 1:55 2/5. The four-year-old Swan For All gelding is owned by Alvin Miller. Jay Wolf  

Defending champion Mykindachip (Dan Noble) will face seven of the Midwest's toughest harness racing free-for-allers in the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial Friday evening at the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio. The seven-year-old Art's Chip gelding is owned by Carl L. Atley and conditioned by Jim Dailey. His 1:52 4/5 victory in last year's Gene Riegle Memorial established a new track and stakes record. Mykindachip will have to overcome the outside post #8. Atta Boy Dan (Mike Wilder) should provide the defending champ his toughest challenge. Atta Boy Dan comes from the powerful Ron Burke Stable and has earned more than $130,000 in 2016 and $596,542 lifetime. The seven-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is campaigned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Atta Boy Dan will leave from post two. The fifth edition of the Gene Riegle Memorial has arguably its deepest and most talented field ever. The eight starters have earned a combined $3.1 million and have an average lifetime mark of 1:50 1/5. The complete field and announced drivers for the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial, in post-position order: 1. Hare Craft (Ron Wrenn, Jr.) - 2. Atta Boy Dan (Mike Wilder) - 3. My Buddy Ninkster (Shawn Barker II) - 4. Norma Jean (Kurt Sugg) - 5. Hanky L (TBA) - 6. Tyber Tyke (Walter Haynes, Jr.) - 7. Night Pro (Peter Wrenn) - 8. Mykindachip (Dan Noble). The Gene Riegle Memorial honors one of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport and native of Greenville, Ohio. Mr. Riegle was enshrined into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1992. On the Riegle Memorial undercard is the $22,900 (div) Parshall Futurity and the $15,000 Arnie Almahurst Trot. First post is 5:30 PM. Jay Wolf  

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

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

The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association banquet on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin). The Ohio Chapter has voted Christopher Beaver as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; named Brady Galliers as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the young Ohioan who is an “up-and-coming” star among harness horsemen; elected Jim Ewart into the Immortal Hall of Fame; selected Stand Forever into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and will honor Dot Morgan as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. Beaver, 44, secured a career best 67 training wins and $ 1.5 million in earnings in 2015. The native of Delaware, Ohio conditioned Allerage Trot champion, Il Sogno Dream ($302,726 in 2015), Smokinmombo ($234,846), Kestrel ($191,650), Kanthaka ($140,814) and Deweylovernleaver ($113,981). Brady Galliers, a 21-year-old resident of Defiance, Ohio, had 24 wins and his drives earned $187,422 in purse money. Galliers showed his dedication and work ethic by driving at 29 different tracks and county fairs in 2015. Ewart, a native of Greenup, IL, worked as race secretary at 18 different tracks in North America, plus Australia and New Zealand. Much of his career centered at Scioto Downs where he presided for 26 years, from 1976 through 2002. He also served several years as racing secretary at Lexington’s Red Mile during the fall Grand Circuit. Former world champion Stand Forever carried his on-track success into the breeding shed. The son of Dragon’s Lair was bred by Weco Investments and owned by Val D’or Farms during his four year racing career. Stand Forever won $694,472 and established a new world record of 1:49.2 on Jug Day 1996. As a sire, Stand Forever had over 600 registered foals, with $20.4 million in earnings and an impressive 106 winners in 1:55. Dot Morgan started the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in 1992 from her home in Laura, Ohio, and continues as their executive director.  New Vocations has placed more than 5,500 retired race horses into private homes. Morgan was honored as the 2013 LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award given by the United States Harness Writers Association. For banquet or ticket information, please visit www.OHHA.com or call (800) 353-6442. Jay Wolf

Dan Ater, one of the most respected horsemen in the state of Ohio, has been elected as the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. During his 40+ year career, Ater amassed 1,695 driving wins, winning the driving titles at Lebanon Raceway, Scioto Downs, Northfield Park and Balmoral Park. As a conditioner, Ater has made 1,225 trips to the winners circle. He was the trainer of such top horses as Western Resolve, Firm Belief, Capital Request, Cruzin Inya Jammys, Mystique Cruiser and Dancin Yankee. A native of Clarksburg, Ohio, Ater is currently the manager of the Hawkinsville Training Center, and serves as a director for the United States Trotting Association and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Ater will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association banquet in Dublin on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Tickets to the OHHA banquet are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 800.353.6442. Jay Wolf

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

The Little Brown Jug Society met on Wednesday (September 23) for their annual meeting and announced the addition of Jay Mossbarger, Dr. Paul F. Spears and Ian Fleming to its 25 member board. Mossbarger co-owns and operates Midland Acres, the state of Ohio’s largest standard-bred breeding operation based in Bloomingburg. Spears, a gastroenterologist, is a vice president of Hanover Shoe Farms, the sports leading breeder, and serves as the president and CEO of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company. Fleming is the race secretary at eight of Ontario’s tracks, has been instrumental in several initiatives with the Ontario Sires Stakes program and served as a director of Standardbred Canada. The trio fills the vacancies created by the resignation of Jim Simpson and the passing of Dr. Don Mossbarger and Roy D. Davis. The Jug Society also formed a committee to study the possibility of allowing supplemental payments for future Jugette’s and changes to future Little Brown Jug conditions. The board also re-elected their officers with Tom Wright as president-treasurer; Phil Terry vice-president; and William Lowe, secretary. Jim Buchy Enshrined Into the LBJ Wall of Fame Ohio State Representative Jim Buchy was enshrined as the 31st Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair in a ceremony Tuesday evening. Buchy, a former horse owner and a longtime friend of harness racing at the track and in state government, served in the Ohio House from 1983 until he was term-limited in 2000. He was re-appointed to the Ohio House in 2011 to represent the 84th District, which encompasses Mercer County, as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties. Following his first stint in the House, Buchy served as Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Buchy, a native of Greenville, Ohio, has supported the sport on several occasions including full card simulcasting legislation and was a tireless supporter of the efforts to bring the Video Lottery Terminals (VTLs) to Ohio's racetracks. A portion of the VLT and casino proceeds are used to increase purses, improve facilities and promote racing at the Ohio county fairs and commercial tracks Photo: Ohio Representative Jim Buchy with his honoree jacket and wall plaque. LBJ to Host Drivers Autograph Session The drivers of the Little Brown Jug have been invited to participate in a special autograph session for the fans. The session will be between 10:00 AM – 10:45 on Thursday outside of the Jug Barn on the backstretch. USTA Speakers Series George Teague Jr. and Montrell Teague, the owner and driver, respectively, of Little Brown Jug favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit, will headline a star-studded panel of drivers, trainers, owners and personalities for the U.S. Trotting Association Speaker Series, to be held Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The father-son duo will appear in the USTA/Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association tent -- located on the Delaware backstretch between the Jugette barn and Log Cabin -- on Thursday from 9:20 a.m.–10 a.m. There they will answer questions from fans in attendance, as well as from fans watching from home on a live stream of the series on www.ustrotting.com. Also appearing on Thursday (8:40 a.m.–9:10 a.m.) are drivers David Miller and Corey Callahan. Miller, a local favorite and member of the Living Hall of Fame, is scheduled to drive Jug starters Lost For Words -- the morning line favorite in the first elimination heat -- and Blood Brother. Callahan, who is seeking his first Jug driver’s ring, will drive Adios winner Dude’s The Man in the first elimination heat and Arque Hanover in the second elimination heat. The Thursday lineup will kick off at 8 a.m. with Communicators Hall of Famers Roger Huston, the voice of the Little Brown Jug, and Delaware simulcast show co-host Sam McKee. They will be joined by simulcast show co-host Dave Bianconi to handicap the Thursday card. Jay Wolf

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