Soul Train Cruises In $56,576 Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 Year-Old Colt Trotters With a patient drive from Chris Page, Soul Train cruised to a 7 1/2 length victory in the opening division of the 2 year-old colt trot during Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the Greg Coon starting gate released the field of six, Mark Headworth sent Happy Go Jamie out of post 2 and went after the early lead. The eventual winner was content to sit fourth through the opening half in 1:01 3/5. When Soul Train was given his orders he quickly took command down the backstretch and never looked back, stopping the timer in 2:00 3/5. Star Chip (Don McKirgan) was second and Fiftyshades Of Nay (David Miller) was third. Soul Train is owned by Parent Racing Stable, R. S. Crynick and J. E. Novak and trained by Scott Cox. In the second division Hooray For Willie went gate to wire to score in 1:58 3/5, a new lifetime mark. The freshman son of Master Lavec is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Ocala, FL and trained by the winning driver Kurt Sugg. Can'tcutthatchip (Dan Noble) and Mainstreet Willy (Chip Noble) rounded out the top three finishers. Millers Team Up To Win OBC 2FT Hall of Fame driver David Miller teamed up with his daughter trainer Devan Miller to score a victory with Rose Run Princess in the second division of Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 year-old filly trotters. The daughter of Trainforthefuture was sent after the early lead set the fractions of :29 4/5, 1:01 2/5 and 1:31 3/5 and cruised home to score a five length victory over Emilene's Future (Ray Paver) in 2:00 3/5. The winner is owned by James E. Keller of New Carlisle, OH and Jerry Allen Bell of Tipp City, OH. The heavily favored In The Grippers (Chris Page) broke at the start and was never a factor. In the first $25,388 division Hush Hush Chip (Chris Page) defeated Emery Jean (Chip Noble) in 2:02 4/5. The freshman daughter of Chip Chip Hooray won for the first time this season for trainer Danny Collins and the ownership team of Lewis, Taylor, Gold and Lombardo. Jay Wolf
Fayco Filly and Brad Hanners found enough daylight in the stretch and sprinted past the pacesetting Crown Time Keeper (Chris Page) to win the featured $42,176 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for 2-year-old filly pacers on the opening day card at the Delaware County Fair. When the gates wings folded the field quickly sat in post-position order. Kyle Ater sent the heavily favored Shakin Friskie to challenge Crown Time Keeper past the half in 1:00 4/5 and three quarters in 1:30 1/5. The pocket sitting Fayco Filly found room and won by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:59 2/5. The daughter of Dave Panlone is conditioned by Virgil Morgan, Jr. for Martial Property LLC and Ackley Racing Stable, both of Washington Court House, Ohio. In the first $21,088 division of the freshman filly pace, Kyle Ater drove Rosy Fire to an open length victory in 1:58 4/5. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by B. M. Schwartz, Lee Bean and S. R. Montemarano and trained by Mark Winters, Sr. In the Billings Amateur Trot, Bud Hatfield scored for the record breaking sixth time at the Delaware County Fair. Hatfield and Brother Gus took the early lead and he held off the late charge of Thomas Williams and D W's Perky Joe in 2:00 4/5. Hatfield owns Brother Gus who won for the third time in 2013. In the first Billings division, Larry Farley guided Rewrite The Rules to victory in 2:03 1/5. Farley owns the 10 year-old gelded son of Mr Lavec who won for the 37th time in 203 career starts. In the Tim Fouts Memorial Final for amateur drivers, Dillon Cox and Sharp Shuttle came from off the pace to score in 1:59. The race features the top drivers from various driving clubs from across the US. Cox represented the Mid-Western Amateur Drivers Association. The Delaware County Fair will race again on Tuesday, September 17 with a post time of 12:00 Noon. The 13-race card will feature a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 with a 15% takeout. The pick 4 will start with race 10 and past performance lines are available at www.littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf for the Little Brown Jug
Delaware, OH -- I Luv The Nitelife, the number 3 ranked standardbred in North America, is the heavy favorite in the $257,750 Jugette three-year-old filly pace on Wedensday, September 18th at the Delaware County Fair. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has won 10 of 11 seasonal starts and has banked more than $1.5 million in career earnings. I Luv The Nitelife will leave from post #3 and will have the services of Tim Tetrick. She is owned by Richard and Joanne Young of Florida and is conditioned by Chris Ryder. Shebestingin and Jerseylicious should provide the main competition to I Luv The Nitelife. Shebestingin has 10 career wins in 16 starts and owns a lifetime mark of 1:49. Joe Holloway trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight for Val D'or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L&L Devisser who will leave from post 7. Jerseylicious drew the second strating poistion. She has shown consistancy this season with 15 top three finishes in 18 seasonal starts. Corey Callahan will drive Jerseylicious for the Legacy Stable of Delaware and Pamela M. Curran. A pair of Jugette entries, Carol's Desire and Novascotia Hanover, will be racing tonight in the Pennsylvania Sire Stake Final at the Meadows. All ten horses 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 $103,100 and the second heat will carry a purse of $154,650. The complete Jugette field and announced drivers: 1. Social Scene (Brian Sears) 2. Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) 3. I Luv The Nitelife (Tim Tetrick) 4. UF Dragon's Queen (Dave Palone) 5. Carol's Desire (Matt Kakaley) 6. Macharoundtheclock (Brian Sears) 7. Shebestingin (David Miller) 8. Belle Boyd (Jody Jamieson) 9. Novascotia Hanover (David Miller) 10. Parlee Beach (Brett Miller) by Jay Wolf for The Little Brown Jug
This week's celebrity sections come from a Dave Briggs. Briggs is the publisher and editor for the Canadian Sportsman magazine. He was presented the Harness Tracks of America's Dan Patch Award for exceptional media, publicity and public relations contributions to the sport of harness racing earlier this year. Little Brown Jug Top 10 Contenders By Dave Briggs - Canadian Sportsman 1. Vegas Vacation inherits top spot after winning the Simcoe and the connections of Captaintreacherous elected not to race in Delaware. Can trainer Casie Coleman win back-to-back Jugs? 2. Sunshine Beach was a solid second to Vegas Vacation for trainer Mark Steacy and has a 1:47.4 mark set a month ago beating Captaintreacherous in the Battle of Brandywine. 3. Sunfire Blue Chip has been a consistent money-maker all year for trainer Jimmy Takter and topped Vegas Vacation in the Adios on July 27. 4. Lucan Hanover, Casie Coleman's other horse, won the New Jersey Classic on Hambletonian Day and has been a solid producer all year. 5. Word Power was just a neck behind Captaintreacherous in the Cane Pace and the Larry Remmen trainee has cashed a check in all but one start this year. 6. Twilight Bonfire was second to Captaintreacherous in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup in June and the Danny Collins pupil has cashed a cheque in six of the seven starts since. 7. Johny Rock has been a solid performer his last five starts for trainer John Butenschoen. 8. Wake Up Peter is, perhaps, the best winless sophomore pacing colt on the continent. Though a little on the inconsistent side, when he is on, he's near the front-runners. 9. Emeritus Maximus is a sizable longshot, yet the Alagna trainee has been on the board nine times this year in 14 starts against stakes competition and sports a 1:48.4 mile at Pocono. 10. Lonewolf Currier has won a third of his starts, but has been either on or out of it too much to be a serious Jug threat. 1. Vegas Vacation (Last Week #2) Owners: West Wins Stable (ONT), Adriano Sorella (ONT), Anthony Beaton (ONT) & Phyllis Saunders (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: Brian Sears & Scott Zeron Career Earnings: $646,516 Career Mark: 1:48.3 TgDn He won the $114,948 Simcoe Stakes (9/7) at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.3, equaling his lifetime best. 2. Sunfire Blue Chip (Last Week #5) Owners: Christina Talker (NJ), John & Jim Fielding (ONT), Brixton Medical AB (SWE) and RAW Equine Inc. (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras Career Earnings: $476,819 Career Mark: 1:48.3 Mea The son of American Ideal was third in the Simcoe Stakes on September 7. 3. Sunshine Beach (Last Week #6) Owners: Hudson Standardbred Stable (QUE), Conrad Leber (QUE) and Diane Bertrand (ALB) Trainer: Mark Steacy Driver: Chris Christoforou, Jr./George Brennan Career Earnings: $531,565 Career Mark: 1:47.4 PcD He was second to Vegas Vacation in the Simcoe at Mohawk Raceway (9/7). 4. Johny Rock (Last Week #8) Owners: William C. Wiswell (WI), Jean A. Goehlen (IL) and Eugene W. Schick (IL) Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Andy Miller Career Earnings: $387,498 Career Mark: 1:48.0 PcD He set a new lifetime mark with a 1:48 win at Pocono Downs (9/7) in a conditioned event. 5. Lucan Hanover (Last Week #NR) Owners: West Win Stable (ONT) and Christine Calhoun (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller Career Earnings: $232,284 Career Mark: 1:48.3 M Finished third in a $114,948 division of the Simcoe Stakes (9/7). 6. Twilight Bonfire (Last Week #7) Owners: Robert J. Key (PA) Trainer: Danny Collins Driver: David Miller Career Earnings: $681,489 Career Mark: 1:50.1 Mea Took the fifth spot in the Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs (9/2). 7. Wake Up Peter (Last Week #3) Owners: Wake Up Peter Partners (IL), Brittany Farms (KY), Louis Willinger (KY) and Eagles Soar Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Ron Pierce Career Earnings: $532,680 Career Mark: Q1:50.0 M The son of Rocknroll Hanover has yet to win in 2013. He could set Jug history with a win. 8. Word Power (Last Week #9) Owner: Bradley Grant (ONT) Trainer: Larry Remmen Driver: Jody Jamieson Career Earnings: $225,802 Career Mark: 1:49.4 M He was just a nose short of an upset of Captaintreacherous in the Cane Pace Final. 9. Odds On Equuleus (Last Week #NR) Owners: Odds On Racing (IL) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: John Campbell Career Earnings: $622,801 Career Mark: 1:50.0 M Recently moved to the Tony Alagna Barn. He only has a couple of weeks to straighten him out. 10. Lonewolf Currier (Last Week #10) Owners: Francis Azur (PA) Trainer: Kevin McDermott Driver: John Campbell/Jason Bartlett Career Earnings: $274,495 Career Mark: 1:48.4 Mea Did not race last week. By Jay Wolf – Little Brown Jug Publicity Director
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, with unanimous approval from the Ohio State Racing Commission and Chairman Robert Schmitz, has allocated revenue from the horsemen's video lottery terminal proceeds to the Delaware County Fair for the eight Ohio Breeder's Championship races and The Little Brown Jug. The OHHA is allocating a total of $170,000 to the purses for those races, with $50,000 to be earmarked for the Little Brown Jug purse and $120,000 to be divided equally among the eight divisions of the Ohio Breeder's Championships. With the allocation the 2013 Little Brown Jug purse is expected to be in excess of $550,000. “We are pleased to support the race meet at the Delaware County Fair,” noted Jerry Knappenberger, general manager of the OHHA. “County fairs have always been the foundation of harness racing here in the state of Ohio and the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug are at the center of that foundation.” “We are very grateful for the support of the OHHA and the Ohio State Racing Commission,” added Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. “I appreciate that they saw the importance of the Jug in the revitalization of Ohio’s racing.” Ohio State Racing Commission Chairman Robert Schmitz added, “Great things are happening in the state of Ohio as a result of the expanded gambling. We have seen increased breeding, better racing, new owners – all positives for the future of Ohio racing.” “It is very gratifying to see the VTLs at the Ohio racetracks come to fruition,” noted Phil Terry, director of marketing for the Little Brown Jug. “The amount of time the horse racing industry put into this effort was significant. I am proud to have been a part of that process.” The Delaware County Fair will host harness racing on Sunday, September 15, Tuesday, September 17, Wednesday, September 18 (Jugette Day) and Thursday, September 19 (Little Brown Jug Day). For more information on the Delaware County Fair or the Little Brown Jug, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf
This is week #2 on the "Road to the Little Brown Jug." There was not much change at the top of this week's list. We have added a couple of new faces to the list. This week's celebrity sections come from Hall of Famer Sam McKee. McKee is a jack of all trades and one of the nicest gentlemen in the sport. McKee is the Director of Television at the new Meadowlands Racetrack, the Grand Circuit announcer for the Red Mile, the simulcast host for the Little Brown Jug and a pedigree reader at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA. Little Brown Jug Top 10 Contenders (Week #2 - August 6) 1. Captaintreacherous (Last Week #1) Owners: Captaintreacherous Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Tim Tetrick Career Earnings: $2,044,421 Career Mark: 1:48.1 M He won a qualifier at the Meadowlands (8/2) by more than 15 lengths in 1:50.1, the last quarter was in :25.4. He is being pointed to the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine (8/17) 2. Vegas Vacation (Last Week #2) Owners: West Wins Stable (ONT), Adriano Sorella (ONT), Anthony Beaton (ONT) & Phyllis Saunders (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: Brian Sears & Scott Zeron Career Earnings: $431,601 Career Mark: 1:48.3 Moh Won the $12,500 elimination for the Empire Breeder's Classic at Tioga Downs (8/4) in 1:49.2. 3. Sunfire Blue Chip (Last Week #3) Owners: Christina Talker (NJ), John & Jim Fielding (ONT), Brixton Medical AB (SWE) and RAW Equine Inc. (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras Career Earnings: $398,714 Career Mark: 1:48.3 Mea Won the $12,500 elimination for the Empire Breeder's Classic at Tioga Downs (8/4) in 1:50.2. 4. Odds On Equuleus (Last Week #4) Owners: Odds On Racing (IL) Trainer: Robin Schadt Driver: John Campbell Career Earnings: $602,221 Career Mark: 1:50 Moh Set the pace in the Empire Breeder's Classic elimination (8/4) before fading to fourth. 5. Lonewolf Currier (Last Week #6) Owners: Francis Azur (PA) Trainer: Kevin McDermott Driver: John Campbell/Brian Sears Career Earnings: $274,495 Career Mark: 1:48.4 Mea The Panderosa colt finished third in a leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (8/2) at the Meadows. 6. Mach It So (Last Week #8) Owners: Bamond Racing LLC (NJ) Trainer: R. Nifty Norman Driver: Scott Zeron Career Earnings: $214,238 Career Mark: 1:50.0 Moh Did not race last weekend. 7. Lucan Hanover (Last Week #NR) Owner: West Wins Stable (ONT) and Christine Callalhoun (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller & Scott Zeron Career Earnings: $218,260 Career Mark: 1:48.3 M Won the $250,000 New Jersey Classic (8/3) at the Meadowlands in a lifetime best 1:48.3. This son of Western Ideal has won four in a row. 8. Some Kinda Beach (Last Week #NR) Owners: Ronald Michelon (IL) and Paymaq Racing (IL) Trainer: Robin Cruise Driver: Marcus Miller/Andy Miller Career Earnings: $155,980 Career Mark: 1:50.1 Mea Was a solid winner in a leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (8/2) at the Meadows in 1:50.1. 9. Rockin Amadeus (Last Week #10) Owners: Lothlorein (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras Career Earnings: $584,390 Career Mark: 1:49.3 M He overcame a long trip to finish third in the $250,000 New Jersey Classic (8/3). 10. Word Power (Last Week #7) Owners: Bradley Grant (ONT) Trainer: Larry Remmen Driver: Jim Morrill, Jr./Corey Callahan Career Earnings: $128,250 Career Mark: 1:49.4 M He was the betting favorite in the New Jersey Classic (8/3). He led the field past the half mile pole but faded to seventh. Little Brown Jug Top 10 Contenders By Sam McKee - the newest member of Communicator's Corner of the Hall of Fame and Simulcast Host for the Little Brown Jug 1 - Captaintreacherous - the best colt out there BUT, like his sire, will he or won't he go to the Jug? 2 - Sunfire Blue Chip - fast, talented, top connections and still getting dialed in gait-wise with room to improve 3 - Vegas Vacation - what comes around goes around so he's do for some better racing luck 4 - Word Power - threw in his first clunker of the year in NJ Classic. Did recent tough trips catch up to him? 5 - Lonewolf Currier - inconsistent but can flat out motor when he's right 6 - Odds On Equuleus - has had issues and races have been well spaced. Major player if right. 7 - Lucan Hanover - looked like a new horse in NJ Classic with Coleman adjustments. 8 - Sunshine Beach - fast horse -can he get around the half-mile O.K. at mega-speeds? 9 - Johny Rock - honest sort who is a factor with an inside draw 10 - Twilight Bonfire - has gone south recently but connections will be gearing up for the Jug Honorable mentions: Beach Memories, Captive Audience, Dedi's Dragon, Martini Hanover, Source Of Pride, Wake Up Peter By Jay Wolf
For the next seven weeks Jay Wolf, Publicity Director of the Little Brown Jug, will rank the Top 10 Contenders for the 68th edition of the three-year-old pacing classic to be held on September 19, 2013. This year we will be having several harness racing celebrities give their Top 10 picks. This week's sections come from Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston. Huston should know what it takes to win the Little Brown Jug as he has called every Jug since 1967. He is also been the track announcer at the Meadows (home of last week's Adios Pace) since 1976. Little Brown Jug Top 10 Contenders (Week #1 - July 30) By Jay Wolf - Little Brown Jug Publicity Director 1. Captaintreacherous Owners: Captaintreacherous Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Tim Tetrick Career Earnings: $2,044,421 Career Mark: 1:48.1 M This colt is undefeated in 2013 (6 for 6). He is currently #1 in the weekly harness racing poll. 2. Vegas Vacation Owners: West Wins Stable (ONT), Adriano Sorella (ONT), Anthony Beaton (ONT) & Phyllis Saunders (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: Brian Sears & Scott Zeron Career Earnings: $425,351 Career Mark: 1:48.3 Moh Finished a strong second in the Adios Pace Final (7/27). This gelding has hit the board in 8 of 9 seasonal starts. 3. Sunfire Blue Chip Owners: Christina Talker (NJ), John & Jim Fielding (ONT), Brixton Medical AB (SWE) and RAW Equine Inc. (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras Career Earnings: $392,464 Career Mark: 1:48.3 Mea Won the $450,000 Adios Pace Final (7/27) with a lifetime best 1:48.3. The son of American Ideal has won four out of his last five starts. 4. Odds On Equuleus Owners: Odds On Racing (IL) Trainer: Robin Schadt Driver: John Campbell Career Earnings: $601,221 Career Mark: 1:50 Moh He was second in the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace Final (7/13). 5. Wake Up Peter Owners: Wake Up Peter Partners (IL), Brittany Farms (KY), Louis Willinger (IL) & Eagles Soar Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Ron Pierce Career Earnings: $449,455 Career Mark: Q1:50.0 M Was a disappointing third in the $25,000 New Jersey Classic Prep (7/27) at the Meadowlands. He is still looking for his first win of 2013. 6. Lonewolf Currier Owners: Francis Azur (PA) Trainer: Kevin McDermott Driver: John Campbell/Brian Sears Career Earnings: $264,994 Career Mark: 1:48.4 Mea The Panderosa colt had a tough trip in the Adios Pace Final (7/27) at the Meadows finishing fourth. 7. Word Power Owners: Bradley Grant (ONT) Trainer: Larry Remmen Driver: Jim Morrill, Jr./Corey Callahan Career Earnings: $128,250 Career Mark: 1:49.4 M Has earned checks in the Adios Final (7/27) and the Hempt Final (6/29). 8. Mach It So Owners: Bamond Racing LLC (NJ) Trainer: R. Nifty Norman Driver: Scott Zeron Career Earnings: $214,238 Career Mark: 1:50.0 Moh Winner of four stakes events in a row, all in Canada. 9. Johny Rock Owners: William Wiswell (WI), Jean Goehlen (IL) and Eugene Schick (IL) Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Andy Miller Career Earnings: $269,748 Career Mark: 1:50.1 M The Rocknroll Hanover colt went gate-to-wire in the $25,000 New Jersey Classic Prep (7/27) in a lifetime best 1:50.1. 10. Rockin Amadeus Owners: Lothlorein (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras Career Earnings: $554,390 Career Mark: 1:49.3 M He is the last horse to beat the "Captain." He is currently in a sophomore slump with just 2 seasonal wins. Little Brown Jug Top 10 Contenders By Roger Huston - Announcer of the Little Brown Jug 1. Captainteacherous-Simply the best at this time 2. Sunfire Blue Chip-Wins The Adios with brutal fractions on the front end 3. Odds On Equuleus-Second in The Meadowlands Pace 4. Vegas Vacation-Second in The Adios, apparently lacks gait speed which cost him the Adios 5. Sunshine Beach-Could surprise in the future 6. Word Power-Followed Vegas Vacation in the Adios and was the fastest at the wire 7. Beach Memories-Early speed, couldn't withstand the fast fractions 8. Lonewolf Currier-If his cover had been better may have been closer in The Adios 9. Rockin Amadeus-Must improve to be a real factor 10. Some Kinda Beach-Was first up in The Adios and the sacrificial offering in the race
James W. "Jim" Simpson, President and chief executive officer of Hanover Shoe Farm, has been selected as the 29th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame honoree by the Delaware County Fair.
Yearling nominations for foals of 2012 are due Wednesday, May 15, 2013 for all Delaware, OH Grand Circuit events.
Sustaining payments for the harness racing Winbak Farm Pace (Aged Pace), the Ohio Breeder's Championships (Ohio Bred 2 and 3-year-olds) and the Delaware Open Series (2 and 3-year-olds) are due by April 15.
Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 69th harness racing edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 44th Jugette, the 62nd Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 63rd Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2011 and will be raced in 2014.
Sustaining payments for the sophomore pacing classics Little Brown Jug and Jugette are due February 15. These payments are for harness racing foals of 2010.
The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association handed out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association banquet on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin).
Prayer Session and harness racing driver Dave Magee won the $125,800 Old Oaken Bucket for three-year-old trotting colts in a season's best 1:54. The gelded son of Like A Prayer edged Fusion Man (Tyler Smith) by 2-3/4 lengths. Frost Bite K was eight lengths back in third.
Darena Hanover used a perfect drive from Yannick Gingras to capture the $296,050 Jugette during Wednesday (September 19) harness racing action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. After finishing second in the second elimination, Darena Hanover drew the three hole in the $177,630 winner-take-all second heat. As the field was sent on their way Bettor B Lucky grabbed the early lead forcing Gingras to be parked in the first quarter of :26 4/5.
Ohio harness racing trainer Ron Potter knows the thrill of winning the Little Brown Jug. He also knows that sending the long-shot Carol's Comet in this year's classic is going to be a lot more fun. "We are going to have a lot of fun this year," noted Potter who won the 2011 Jug title with Big Bad John. "There is not near as much pressure this year as last."