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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 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

Mickey Moose and Kurt Sugg captured the third and final division of the $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in Tuesday action at the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. As the gates wings folded, Sugg hurried the gelded son of Triumphant Caviar after the early lead and controlled the fractions. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent Fantasy League first up to challenge the leader, but could never stick a nose in front. Mickey Moose rebuffed the challenge and won by 1¼ lengths over a closing Chips So Fast (Yannick Gingras) in 1:59 1/5. Fantasy League held on for third and the heavy favorite Kanthaka (Dave Palone) rallied for fourth after a break in stride at the start. The first division was won by The Next Triumph and Yannick Gingras going gate-to-wire in a lifetime best 1:59 1/5. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar scored by 3 1/2 lengths over Speedy Translation (Kurt Sugg) and Dusty Road (Kayne Kauffman). Ron Steck owns and trains the filly with Robert Smolko and Rene Allard. The second $35,061 division as won by Heza Home Run (Hugh Beatty) over Emerald Chip (Josh Sutton) in 1:59 1/5. Heza Home Run is conditioned by Danny Collins for owners Michael Lewis, Joe Sbrocco and Mary McLoughlin. Just Jess and driver/trainer Doug Rideout got up in the shadow of the finish line to edge the pacesetting Serena’s Serenade (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck in the $37,200 Standardbred trot for two-year-old fillies. The heavy favorite Miss Tezla (Yannick Gingras) broke stride at the onset but rebounded to finish in the show spot. Just Jess has won $134,443 for her owners Alan White and Julie Rideout. Post time for Wednesday’s Jugette card will start at 12:00 noon.   Jay Wolf     

Ontario star’s Randy Waples and Trevor Henry will be making the trip to Delaware, Ohio to drive Split The House and Rockin In Heaven, respectively, in the first elimination. This will be the first starter for harness racing driver Trevor Henry in the Little Brown Jug. Corey Callahan will drive Arque Hanover from post #6 in the second elimination. Matt Kakaley will get the call on the Ron Burke trained Paparazzi Hanover. The complete Jug field: $108,320 First Elimination Post – Horse (Trainer/Driver) Morning Line Odds 1. Lost For Words (Brian Brown/David Miller) 2-1 2. Rockin In Heaven (Dr. Ian Moore/Trevor Henry) 4-1 3. Yankee Bounty (Ron Burke/Yannick Gingras) 6-1 4. Dude’s The Man (Jessica Okusko/Corey Callahan) 5-2 5. Trading Up (Tony Alagna/Scott Zeron) 15-1 6. Cooperstown (Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley) 15-1 7. Split The House (Chris Oakes/Randy Waples) 10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post – Horse (Trainer/Driver) Morning Line Odds 1. Artspeak (Tony Alagna/Scott Zeron) 5-2 2. Paparazzi Hanover (Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley) 20-1 3. Rise Up Now (Brian Brown/Tim Tetrick) 10-1 4. My Hero Ron (Ron Burke/Yannick Gingras) 4-1 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit (Clyde Francis/Montrell Teague) 4-5 6. Arque Hanover (Casie Coleman/Corey Callahan) 15-1 7. Revenge Shark (Tony Alagna/Brett Miller) 6-1 8. Blood Brother (Jimmy Takter/David Miller) 20-1 $324,960 Second Heat (first four finishers from eliminations) $135,400 Race-Off (if necessary) The 2015 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s will air nationwide on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, September 24 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Race officials have pushed back the start of the 19 race card on Thursday, September 24 to 12:00 Noon. The first elimination of the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s will go postward at 4:08 PM and he second elimination at 4:31 PM. The top four finishers in the eliminations will come back for the second heat with a 6:13 PM post. Jay Wolf

Mr Wiggle Pants cruised to a 1 ¼ length victory in the $121,384 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old pacers in a stakes record equaling 1:53 2/5 in Monday action at the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Driver Kayne Kaufman gunned Mr Wiggle Pants off the gates wings and forced the favorite Primo Giovanni (Chris Page) to take the second spot. Montrell Teague sent Trayvon first up to challenge the leader at the half mile station and briefly stuck a nose in front at the ¾ mile pole. Mr Wiggle Pants fought back gamely along the rail and turned back a late rally by Primo Giovanni. Trayvon held on for third. The ultra-consistent son of Mr Wiggles is owned by Denny Miller, William Rufenacht and trainer Jim Mulinix, finishing on the board in all ten seasonal starts. Winwood Mac and driver Chris Page scored an upset in the fourth and final division. The eventual winner sat towards the back of the field seven, but found enough racing room in the stretch to nail the pacesetting Nothin Fancy (Dan Noble) by a half-length in a lifetime best 1:54 2/5 at odds of 28-1. The gelded son of Canyon Wind is owned by Dawne Luce and trainer Daniel O’Mara. Owner Stephen Sexton took the first and third divisions with World Of Gaming and Friskie Cruiser. World Of Gaming was dominant with a gate-to-wire win in 1:56 3/5. The son of World Of Rocknroll was trained and reigned by Dan Noble. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. Friskie Cruiser and Ryan Stahl took the third division over Aloha John (Kurt Sugg) and Whataboy (Chris Page) by a length and a quarter in 1:54 4/5. Local trainer Brian Brown conditions the Feelin Friskie gelding. A pair of $39,395 divisions of the OBCs for three-year-old filly trotters were also carded. Ryan Stahl steered Lisa Jane to a first over victory in the first division over Soaring Flight (Greg Grismore) and Student Of Life (Kurt Sugg) in 1:58 1/5. Scott Cox trains the Neely Dunn filly for Parent Racing Stable and G. Peters. In the second divison Honey B and driver Kyle Ater scored a nose victory of the late closing Like Old Times (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in a stakes record 1:56 1/5. Dan Ater trains the winner for Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Racing action continues on Tuesday with a 1:00 PM post time. Tuesday’s features are the $37,300 Standardbred (2 year-old filly trot) and $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship (2 year-old colt trot). A $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 will be held in races 12 through 15. Complementary past performance pages are available at   Photo: Dan Noble guides World Of Gaming to a 1:56 3/5 score in the OBC two-year-old colt pace. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. (Jay Wolf Photo)  

Team Teague got off to a good start in what could be a very memorable year. Montrell Teague guided George Teague, Jr.’s Miss Me Yet to a 6 ¾ length victory in the $107,433 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers in a stakes record 1:55. The Teague’s will send out the favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s. The Ohio Sires Stake champion, Miss Me Yet used his post position #2 to control the fractions and the field of seven. She opened up at the top of the homestretch and sprinted away from My Tweed Heart (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and It’s Your Fantasy (Josh Sutton) to establish the new stakes mark. The daughter of I’m Gorgeous has now won four of seven seasonal starts and has earned $189,205. Big Bad Ashley and Josh Sutton survived a three way photo finish to capture the second $35,811 division over Queen Ann M (Chris Page) and Wiggler (Ryan Stahl) in 1:57. Winchester Baye Acres owns the daughter of the 2011 LBJ champ Big Bad John. The first division was captured by John’s Sunny Girl and driver Greg Grismore by three quarters of a length in 1:55 3/5. Big Bad Chickie (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and John’s Jessi Bird (Chris Page) completed the trifecta. Delaware also hosted a trio of amateur driving events, the USTA’s Standardbred Driving Championship and two Billings series events. Luke Varnum representing the Maine Amateur Driving Club was parked out the entire mile, but the gritty Northern River still had gas in the tank to score in 1:57 4/5. The event features drivers from nine driving clubs from across the United States. The Billings Amateur Trot events were won by Heza Rube (Bob Troyer) and Rush N Supreme (Mitchell Walker). The win was Troyer’s fifth in the Billings series at the Delaware County Fair. Post time on Monday is at 3:00 PM. Jay Wolf  

A total of fourteen races, including six divisions of the Ohio Breeders Championships, will go post-ward on Monday, September 21 at the Delaware County Fair at a special post time of 3:00 PM. A total of 28 harness racing freshmen colt pacers will line up in the $121,384 (div.) OBC. Ohio Sires Stake champion, Love Tap Hanover will leave from the outside post seven in the fourth and final $30,346 division. The Big Bad John colt has earned more than $166,000 for his owners Rick Phillips, Peter Venturini and Mark Harder. He is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and will be driven, by David Miller. Morgan will also be sending out the favorite in the third division, Primo Giovanni. Carl Howard owns the colt who has won all but one of his seven seasonal starts. The state’s best three-year-old filly trotters will go in two divisions of the $78,790 (div.) OBC.  Potential “Ohio Horse of the Year” Like Old Times is the headliner in the second $39,395 division. Don McKirgan trains and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. drives the Chip Chip Hooray filly for Keith Ross. Like Old Times has won 11 of 14 starts this season and her lifetime earnings are $305,117. To celebrate the later post time, fair officials have introduced a number of food and drink specials available in the grandstand, including $1.00 Budweiser and Bud Light. Second chance drawings will also be conducted for televisions, betting vouchers, rides in the starting gate and t-shirts. For a complementary race program or ticket information, please visit Monday, September 21 At A Glance Post Time: 3:00 PM Total Races: 14 Races General Admission: $6.00 Featured Events: $121,384 Ohio Breeders Championship (two-year-old colt pace) $78,790 Ohio Breeders Championship (three-year-old filly trot) Special Events: $1.00 Beer, Soda, Hot Dogs and Popcorn  Radio Coverage: WDLR (1550 AM), WINF (98.5 FM) & WQTT (1270 AM) Jay Wolf

Delaware, OH - The 45th edition of the Jugette saw entries for twelve sophomore filly pacers forcing race officials to divide the field into two $50,450 eliminations on September 23 with the top four finishers advancing to the $151,350 second heat. Due to a clerical error, the race officials were forced to conduct a redraw. The second elimination features the two of the richest entries, Sassa Hanover and Band Of Angels. World champion Sassa Hanover drew the outside post in the field of six. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven owns a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 and has earned $704,002 for Burke Racing Stable, The Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr. Band Of Angels won the $225,000 New York Sires Stake Final on September 12 and has earned $462,745 for her owner W. J. Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The daughter of the 2010 Little Brown Jug champion Rock N Roll Heaven will leave from post #3. Yannick Gingras was named to drive both fillies. The first elimination’s morning line favorite is Southwind Roulette with post position #2. Although winless in 2015 the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has amassed $405,971 in career earnings for Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor. Southwind Roulette was third in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stake Final in her last start on September 5. Matt Kakaley was named to drive. Mosquito Blue Chip and driver Jim Morrill, Jr. should provide a stiff challenge to Southwind Roulette. The sophomore daughter of Bettor’s Delight has earned more than a half million dollars for Our Three Sons Stable, D. Falcicchio and Paul Jessop. Mosquito Blue Chip won the $269,000 Empire Breeders Championship at Tioga Downs on August 23. The complete Jugette field with listed drivers: $50,450 First Elimination 1.  Triple V Hanover (David Miller) 2. Southwind Roulette (Matt Kakaley) 3. Bettor N Better (Matt Kakaley) 4. Moremercy Blue Chip (Andy Miller) 5. Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller) 6. Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill, Jr.) $50,450 Second Elimination 1. Serious Filly (Tim Tetrick) 2. Moma’s Got A Gun (David Miller) 3. Band Of Angels (Yannick Gingras) 4. Bedroomconfessions (Tim Tetrick) 5. Somewhere Sweet (David Miller) 6. Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) The Second Heat (top four finishers in the eliminations) will race for a purse of $151,350. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH - The opening day (Sunday) of the 2015 Delaware County Fair has drawn 16 races, including three divisions of the $107,433 (div) Ohio Breeders Championships for two-year-old filly pacers. The Ohio Sire Stake champion Miss Me Yet headlines the third division of the OBC filly pace. Miss Me Yet is owned by George Teague, Jr., trained by his sister Brenda and driven by his son Montrell. The daughter of I’m Gorgeous has finished in the top 3 in all six of her seasonal starts and has earned more than $171,000. The Teague’s also campaign the expected Jug favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit, in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s.   The second $35,811 division will feature a trio of competitive fillies. Big Bad Ashley (Josh Sutton) finished third in the OSS Championship and has $105,177 in her bank account and will leave from post 3. Queen Ann M (Chris Page), winner of $92,325, drew post 2. Angry Shelby (Greg Grismore), the fastest filly in the field, has the rail position. The first division is headed by John’s Sunny Girl and driver Greg Grismore. The freshman daughter of Big Bad John has won half of his eight seasonal starts and has earned $74,625 for Parent Racing Stable of Holland, OH. John’s Sunny Girl should be challenged by Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman) and Naked By Nine (Ryan Stahl). Sunday’s undercard contains the Billings Amateur Trot, Standardbred Driving Championship Pace and the Ohio Fair Racing Conference (two-year-old filly pace). Post time is 1:00 PM. At A Glance Sunday, September 20 Post Time: 1:00 PM Total Races:                 16 Races General Admission:                 $6.00 Featured Event: $107,433 Ohio Breeders Championship (two-year-old filly pace) Radio Coverage:  WDLR (1550 AM), WINF (98.5 FM) & WQTT (1270 AM) by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

For the next three weeks Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 eligibles for the 70th Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s to be raced on Thursday, September 24.  Week #3 – September 1, 2015 1. (Last Week #1). Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:47.4; $1,445,644)  Owner: George Teague, Jr. Inc. (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis  Driver: Montrell Teague He was the overwhelming choice in the LBJ Future Wager Pool #1. His connections indicate that they will give Wiggle It Jiggleit a break between now and the Jug. 2. (Last Week #2) Dude’s The Man (1:48.4; $562,791) Owners: M & L of Delaware, LLC (DE) and Victoria Dickenson (DE) Trainer: Jessica Okusko Driver: Corey Callahan/George Brennan Dude’s The Man has the coveted rail position in this weekends $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway. 3. (Last Week #4) Lost For Words (1:49.3; $495,260) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), William Robinson (OH), Richard Lombardo (OH) & Strollin Stable (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller Finished second behind Wakizashi Hanover in the final leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on August 28. Drew the outside post #8 in the $350,000 PASS Final at Pocono Downs. 4. (Last Week #3) In The Arsenal (1:49.1; $779,473) Owners: White Birch Farm (NJ) and In The Arsenal Racing (NJ) Trainer: Kelvin Harrison Driver: Brian Sears Will be leaving from post #3 in the Messenger Stakes this Saturday night. 5. (Last Week #5) Artspeak (1:48.4; $1,141,170) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH) & In The Gym Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Scott Zeron Did not race last week. 6. (Last Week #8) Rockin In Heaven (1:50.0; $294,721) Owner: Dr. Ian Moore (ON), Douglas Polley (NS), Francois Lecomte (QC) & Gordon McComb (NS) Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore Driver: David Miller/Trevor Henry He won his leg of the $60,200 New York Sires Stake at Batavia Downs on August 30. 7. (Last Week #7) Dealt A Winner (1:47.3; $363,439) Owner: Jeffrey Snyder (NY) Trainer: Mark Silva Driver: David Miller The son of Cam’s Card Shark continues his quest for the pacing Triple Crown. He will start from post #5 in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes. 8. (Last Week #9) My Hero Ron (1:49.2; $221,463) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Lawrence Karr (NJ) & Frank Baldachino (NJ) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras/Matt Kakaley Won a $61,072 division of the PASS at the Meadows on August 28 in a lifetime best 1:49.2. 9. (Last Week #6) Split The House (1:48.3; $162,158) Owners: Scott Horner (ON), Peter 3 Milligan (ON) & James Dean (ON) Trainer: James Dean Driver: Randy Waples The son of Rocknroll Hanover did not race last weekend. 10. (Last Week NR) Reverend Hanover (1:51.1; $240,125) Owners: West Wins Stable (ON), Steve Calhoun (ON) & Anthony Beaton (ON) Trainer: Casie Coleman Drivers: Steve Condren/Chris Christoforou The son of Sportswriter got off to a slow start this season with an injury. He won the $78,750 Ontario Gold Division at Georgian Downs in 1:51.4. Dropped Out: Badiou Hanover Jay Wolf

Delaware, OH --- Fazoli’s, America’s largest quick-service Italian restaurant chain, will once again be the presenting sponsor for the $700,000 (est) Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. The 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug, North America’s most prestigious harness race for 3-year-old pacers, will air live on CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, from 5-6:30 p.m. (EDT). The Little Brown Jug telecast is made possible by the United States Trotting Association, Fazoli’s and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. “The Little Brown Jug is truly a part of Americana and we want to be a part of that tradition,” said Carl Howard, Fazoli’s president and CEO. “The Little Brown Jug and the national telecast is a great way to highlight the Fazoli's brand and to introduce to the public of the amazing franchise opportunities available with Fazoli’s.” "The Little Brown Jug is pleased to once again partner with Fazoli’s," noted Phil Terry, marketing manager of the Little Brown Jug. “With last year’s nationwide broadcast, we are gaining momentum in presenting this sport and our event to a whole new audience. Fazoli’s has been a great partner and with the way things are shaping up, we will have a very exciting and memorable event.” In addition to the live telecast, the 2015 Little Brown Jug will be promoted with a 30-day “Countdown to The Jug” and through an integrated social media campaign on The effort will also include creating content for the Harness Racing Fan Zone’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, Vine and Pinterest. In addition to the online promotions and television broadcast support, Fazoli’s will participate in race presentations and its logo will appear around the track and on race and wagering promotional material. About Fazoli’s An American family favorite for more than 25 years, Fazoli’s features a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees. Already America’s largest Italian quick-service chain with approximately 220 company and franchised restaurants, Fazoli’s is expanding throughout the country. For your chance to own your own Fazoli’s go to You can also connect with Fazoli’s online at, @Fazolis, and About The Little Brown Jug The Little Brown Jug is the most prestigious 3-year-old pacing race in North America. The final leg of pacing’s “Triple Crown” is held each September at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio and traditionally draws up to 50,000 fans. Since its establishment in 1946, many of the sport’s greatest champions have participated in the Little Brown Jug. For more on the Little Brown Jug, please visit Jay Wolf

Delaware, OH - For the next five weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 eligible horses for the 70th Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli's, to be raced on Thursday (Sept. 24). Week #1 – Aug. 18, 2015 1. Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:47.4; $1,195,644)  Owner: George Teague, Jr. Inc. (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis  Driver: Montrell Teague  Wiggle It Jiggleit became Jug eligible when he won the Meadowlands Pace. His connections can now supplement the gelded son of Mr Wiggles into the LBJ for $45,000.  2. In The Arsenal (1:49.1; $764,973) Owners: White Birch Farm (NJ) and In The Arsenal Racing (NJ) Trainer: Kelvin Harrison Driver: Brian Sears The half-mile track should not be an issue for this son of American Ideal as he is two-for-two at Yonkers Raceway this season. 3. Lost For Words (1:49.3; $479,892) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), William Robinson (OH), Richard Lombardo (OH) and Strollin Stable (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller This consistent colt has finished on the board in seven of eight seasonal starts. Recently finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $405,000 Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park. 4. Dude’s The Man (1:48.4; $502,791) Owners: M & L of Delaware, LLC (DE) and Victoria Dickenson (DE) Trainer: Jessica Okusko Driver: Corey Callahan Dude’s The Man won the $400,000 Adios Pace on Aug. 1. Has finished in the top three in six straight races.  5. Artspeak (1:48.4; $1,101,170) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH) and In The Gym Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Scott Zeron Finished second in the $319,400 Cane Pace and the $500,000 Hempt final. 6. Dealt A Winner (1:47.3; $363,439) Owner: Jeffrey Snyder (NY) Trainer: Mark Silva Driver: David Miller Was the upset winner of the $319,400 Cane Pace in 1:47.3 at 26-1. Owner Snyder is looking for a record fourth Jug title. 7. Split The House (1:48.3; $162,158) Owners: Scott Horner (ON), Peter Milligan (ON) and James Dean (ON) Trainer: James Dean Driver: Randy Waples The son of Rocknroll Hanover was unraced at two, but has seven wins this season. 8. My Hero Ron (Q1:50.1; $165,927) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Lawrence Karr (NJ) and Frank Baldachino (NJ) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras/Matt Kakaley The Well Said colt has three wins since he was purchased by his current owners in early June. 9. Revenge Shark (1:50.2; $175,107) Owner: Alagna Racing LLC (NJ) and Bradley Grant (ON) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Brett Miller Won his last start in the Tompkins-Geers Stake at Tioga Downs in a new lifetime best.  10. Arque Hanover (1:50; $158,453) Owners: Jeffrey Gillis (ON), Gerald Stay (NY), Mac Nichol (ON) and Big Als Stables (ON) Trainer: Casie Coleman Drivers: Jason Bartlett/Brian Sears  Recently won an elimination for the Empire Breeders Classic in 1:50 at Tioga Downs. by Jay Wolf, publicity director, the Little Brown Jug 

Jerry Knappenberger, the General Manager of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, 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. Kanppenberger, a native of Newark, Ohio, began his 50 year harness racing career as an assistant trainer for his high school classmate, Terry Holton. After a 25 year stint with the Holton Stable, Knappenberger was hired as the Assistant General Manager of the OHHA. Knappenberger took over the top spot with the OHHA upon John Stanley's retirement in 1998. Knappenberger, 72, worked tirelessly for the introduction of Video Lottery Terminals (VTLs) in the state of Ohio. The VTLs have allowed the standardbred industry in Ohio to return to its place of prominence with increased purses at the four commercial tracks and the 65 county fairs. Knappenberger will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association banquet in Columbus on Saturday, January 24. Tickets to the OHHA banquet are $45 per person and can be purchased by calling (800) 353-6442. by Jay Wolf, for the Ohio Chapter USHWA  

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 24, 2015 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin). The Ohio Chapter has voted Brian Brown as the recipient of the Winner's Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; named Hunter Myers as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the young Ohioan who is an "up-and-coming" star among harness horsemen; elected George Alber into the Immortal Hall of Fame; selected Buck I St Pat into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and will honor Dr. Robert Schwartz as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. Brown, 50, secured a career best 106 training wins and $2.1 in earnings in 2014. The native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio conditioned Jugette champion Color's A Virgin ($532,622 in 2014), Lost For Words ($200,286), Candy's A Virgin ($181,371) and Friskie Lil Devil ($177,266). Hunter Myers is the 16-year-old resident of Williamsport, Ohio. Myers had 17 wins in 105 seasonal starts to garner an impressive .342 drivers rating. Myers earned his first career win on July 11, 2014 at the Wellston Fair with Uptown Dreamer Alber, a native of Marion, Ohio, was a highly respected businessmen and longtime owner/breeder. His top horses included the trotting mare Sara Rodney and Sara Flo. Alber owned the Marion Plant Life Fertilizer Company and upon his death donated more than $32 million to Marion area charities and organizations including the Matinee Club Barn at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Three-time USTA Trotting Mare of the Year Buck I St Pat was one of the greatest Ohio bred trotters ever to compete. The daughter of Jailhouse Jesse was campaigned by Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen and Ron Fuller during her seven year career. Buck I St. Pat won 51 of 106 lifetime starts, including two Breeders Crown finals, the Armbro Flight, the Classic Series final, the Conway Hall, the American National and two Maxie Lee Memorial titles. She earned $2.32 million in purses and is credited with a lifetime mark of 1:51. Dr. Robert Schwartz has been a veterinarian for the state's largest nursery, Midland Acres, for 43 years. Schwartz has been the farm's vet since his graduation from Ohio State University in 1971. Schwartz is also a member of the Fayette County Fair Board and leads their racing program. For banquet or ticket information, please visit or call (800) 353-6442. by Jay Wolf for the Ohio USHWA Chapter   

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

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

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