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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

For the next two weeks Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 eligibles for the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazolis. Week #5 September 2, 2014 1. McWicked (1:47.3f; $957,883) Owner: SSG Stables (NY) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller Won a $99,990 leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at the Meadows (8/29) in 1:48.3. 2. He's Watching (1:46.4; $1,093,300) Owner: Menary Racing (ONT), Brad Gray (ONT), Michael Guerriero (ONT) & Muscara Racing (PA) Trainer: David Menary  Driver: Tim Tetrick He was upset by Lyonssomewhere by a half length in the $437,325 Can Pace Final (9/1). 3. Somewhere In LA (1:50f; $342,133) Owner: J & T Silva Stables (NY), Deo Volente Farms (NJ) & TLP Stable (NJ) Trainer: Robert McIntosh and Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller/Tim Tetrick Finished second to McWicked by a nose in the leg of the PA Sire Stake (8/29). 4. Sometimes Said (1:50.0f; $433,390) Owner: Fashion Farms (PA) Trainer: Jim Campbell Driver: John Campbell/David Miller The son of Well Said won a $99,990 leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at the Meadows (8/29) in 1:50. 5. Lyonssomewhere (1:49.4f; $386,812) Owners: Geoffrey Lyons Mound (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter  Driver: Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter He now becomes Jug eligible with his win in the $427,325 Cane Pace Final. His owner must now commit to the $45,000 supplemental entry fee. 6. Limelight Beach (1:49.4; $297,950) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), M1 Stable (PA) and Wingfield Brothers (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras and Matt Kakaley He finished third by a neck to McWicked in the PA Sire Stake (8/29). 7. At Press Time (1:48.2f; $330,902) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA) and Weaver Bruscemi (PA) Trainer: Ron Burke  Driver: Matt Kakaley and Yannick Gingras Finished fifth to McWicked in the PASS at the Meadows (8/29). 8. Cammikey (1:49.4f; $217,788) Owner: Cam Land LLC (PA) Trainer: William Zendt Driver: Brian Zendt The son of Somebeachsomewhere was fourth to Sometimes Said in the PA Sire Stake (8/29). 9. On Golden Ponder (1:52.2h; $177,465) Owners: Robert McIntosh Stable (ONT), CSX Stable (OH) and Michael Kohler (MI) Trainer: Robert McIntosh Driver: John Campbell The world record holder as a freshman last season sweep the legs and $175,000 final of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at the Red Mile (8/31). 10. Beat The Drum (1:49.2f; $290,274) Owner: Bender Sweden Inc. (FL) Trainer: Staffan Lind Driver: Ron Pierce He was parked the entire mile in the Cane Pace Final (9/1) fading to seventh. This weeks expert ranking is courtesy of Hall of Fame track announcer Roger Huston. The Voice has called every LBJ since 1967. 1. McWicked 2. Hes Watching 3. Lyonssomewhere 4. Somewhere In LA 5. Limelight Beach 6. Sometimes Said 7. Lets Drink On It 8. Cammikey 9. At Press Time 10. Mattamerican  

Here is Jay Wolf's Road To The Little Brown Jug updates for Week #4   1. He's Watching (1:46.4; $983,969) Owner: Menary Racing (ONT), Brad Gray (ONT), Michael Guerriero (ONT) & Muscara Racing (PA) Trainer: David Menary  Driver: Tim Tetrick He has not raced since winning the $255,525 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs (8/10) in 1:49.1. He should be the betting favorite in the Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs on Labor Day. 2. McWicked (1:47.3f; $907,888) Owner: SSG Stables (NY) Trainer: Casie Coleman  Driver: David Miller Was tapped as the morning line choice in the first LBJ Future Pool. 3. Somewhere In LA (1:50f; $317,136) Owner: J & T Silva Stables (NY), Deo Volente Farms (NJ) & TLP Stable (NJ) Trainer: Robert McIntosh and Jimmy Takter  Driver: Brett Miller/Tim Tetrick Won the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at the Meadows (8/22) in 1:50. 4. At Press Time (1:48.2f; $325,903) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA) and Weaver Bruscemi (PA) Trainer: Ron Burke  Driver: Matt Kakaley and Yannick Gingras Has not raced since finishing second in the leg of the PASS at Harrah's Philadelphia (8/7). 5. Sometimes Said (1:50.1f; $383,395) Owner: Fashion Farms (PA) Trainer: Jim Campbell  Driver: John Campbell/Tim Tetrick The son of Well Said won a $13,000 Conditioned Pace at Harrah's Philadelphia (8/20) in 1:50.4. 6. Jet Airway (1:50s; $262,159) Owners: Erv Miller Stables (PA), Tangie Massey (FL), Paul Sunderhaus (OH) and Larry Agle (OH) Trainer: Erv Miller and Tony Alagna  Drivers: Marcus Miller and Randy Waples Has not raced since winning a conditioned event for three-year olds at Mohawk Raceway (8/16). 7. Limelight Beach (1:49.4; $285,952) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), M1 Stable (PA) and Wingfield Brothers (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke  Drivers: Yannick Gingras and Matt Kakaley He finished second by a neck in the $100,000 Millstein Consolation (8/15). 8. Cammikey (1:49.4f; $217,788) Owner: Cam Land LLC (PA) Trainer: William Zendt Driver: Brian Zendt He has been racing well in the Keystone State, finishing in the top three in 10 of 11 seasonal starts. He won a qualifier at the Meadows in 1:53.2 (8/14). 9. Let's Drink On It (1:48.3; $331,112) Owners: Tina Seekman (IL), Larry Bond (IN), Hal Hewitt (KY) and Vincent Boido, Jr. (MI) Trainer: Joe Seekman  Driver: Tyler Smith He was forced to race on the outside for almost the entire mile, finishing 5th in the Millstein Memorial. 10. Beat The Drum (1:49.2f; $290,274) Owner: Bender Sweden Inc. (FL) Trainer: Staffan Lind  Driver: Ron Pierce Won a conditioned event at Pocono Downs (8/24) in 1:49.2, establishing a new lifetime mark.   This week's expert ranking is courtesy of Gordon Waterstone. Gordon is the Associate Editor of the Horseman and Fair World and its companion publication Harness Racing Weekend Update.   1. He's Watching 2. McWicked 3. Somewhere In LA 4. Jet Airway 5. Tellitlikeitis 6. Limelight Beach 7. Sometimes Said 8. Cammikey 9. At Press Time 10. Western Vintage by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

For the next four weeks Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 eligibles for the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazolis. Week #3 August 19, 2014 1. Hes Watching (1:46.4; $983,969) Owner: Menary Racing (ONT), Brad Gray (ONT), Michael Guerriero (ONT) & Muscara Racing (PA) Trainer: David Menary Driver: Tim Tetrick He has not raced since winning the $255,525 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs (8/10) in 1:49.1 2. McWicked (1:47.3f; $907,888) Owner: SSG Stables (NY) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller Finished is a dead-heat for second in the $400,000 Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park (8/15). 3. Somewhere In LA (1:50f; $308,136) Owner: J & T Silva Stables (NY), Deo Volente Farms (NJ) & TLP Stable (NJ) Trainer: Robert McIntosh and Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Has not raced since winning a leg of the PASS at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7) in a lifetime best 1:50. 4. At Press Time (1:48.2f; $325,903) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA) and Weaver Bruscemi (PA) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley and Yannick Gingras Has not raced since finishing second in the leg of the PASS at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7). 5. Sometimes Said (1:50.1f; $376,895) Owner: Fashion Farms (PA) Trainer: Jim Campbell Driver: John Campbell/Tim Tetrick The son of Well Said won his leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (8/7) in a lifetime best 1:50.1. 6. Jet Airway (1:50s; $262,159) Owners: Erv Miller Stables (PA), Tangie Massey (FL), Paul Sunderhaus (OH) and Larry Agle (OH) Trainer: Erv Miller and Tony Alagna Drivers: Marcus Miller and Randy Waples Won a conditioned event for three-year olds at Mohawk Raceway (8/16). 7. Limelight Beach (1:49.4; $285,952) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), M1 Stable (PA) and Wingfield Brothers (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras and Matt Kakaley He is a recent addition to the Burke barn. He finished second by a neck in the $100,000 Millstein Consolation (8/15). 8. Cammikey (1:49.4f; $217,788) Owner: Cam Land LLC (PA) Trainer: William Zendt Driver: Brian Zendt He has been racing well in the Keystone State, finishing in the top three in 10 of 11 seasonal starts. 9. Tellitlikeitis (1:48.4s; $490,695) Owner: Lothlorien (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Was pulled up and did not finish the $400,000 Millstein Memorial (8/15) after breaking stride at the three-quarter pole. 10. Lets Drink On It (1:48.3; $331,112) Owners: Tina Seekman (IL), Larry Bond (IN), Hal Hewitt (KY) and Vincent Boido, Jr. (MI) Trainer: Joe Seekman Driver: Tyler Smith He was forced to race on the outside for almost the entire mile, finishing 5th in the Millstein Memorial. NR. JK Endofanera (1:48.2; $1,005,523) Owner: 3 Brothers Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Brian Sears Harnessracing.com reported that trainer Ron Burke noted that the owners have no thought of going to the Little Brown Jug. Burke added, "he's a big horse and I don't know if he'd even get around there (the half-mile track at Delaware, Ohio), and you'd have to pay $45,000 for the chance to not get around. I don't think he's going. This weeks expert ranking is courtesy of Dave Bianconi. Dave is the Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting at Northfield Park. 1. He's Watching 2. McWicked 3. Somewhere in L A 4. Beat The Drum 5. Cammikey 6. Jet Airway 7. Let's Drink On It 8. Western Vintage 9. Limelight Beach 10. Friskie Adam   by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug    

For the next five weeks Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 harness racing eligibles for the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazolis. Week #2 August 12, 2014 1. Hes Watching (1:46.4; $983,969) Owner: Menary Racing (ONT), Brad Gray (ONT), Michael Guerriero (ONT) & Muscara Racing (PA) Trainer: David Menary Driver: Tim Tetrick The son of American Ideal won the $255,525 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs (8/10) in 1:49.1 over JK Endofanera. 2. McWicked (1:47.3f; $833,888) Owner: SSG Stables (NY) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller Won a leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7) in 1:48.4. He was supplemented to the $400,000 Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on Friday evening. 3. JK Endofanera (1:48.2; $1,005,523) Owner: 3 Brothers Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Brian Sears Finished four lengths behind Hes Watching in the EBC Final. He became a millionaire with his second place check 4. Somewhere In LA (1:50f; $308,136) Owner: J & T Silva Stables (NY), Deo Volente Farms (NJ) & TLP Stable (NJ) Trainer: Robert McIntosh and Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Won a $70,882 leg of the PASS at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7) in a lifetime best 1:50. 5. Tellitlikeitis (1:48.4s; $490,695) Owner: Lothlorien (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Finished third in the leg of the PASS at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7). He was beaten by a length, timed in 1:50.2. 6. Lets Drink On It (1:48.3; $311,112) Owners: Tina Seekman (IL), Larry Bond (IN), Hal Hewitt (KY) and Vincent Boido, Jr. (MI) Trainer: Joe Seekman Driver: Tyler Smith Finished second to McWicked in the PASS (8/7) and was timed in 1:49.3. 7. At Press Time (1:48.2f; $325,903) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA) and Weaver Bruscemi (PA) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley and Yannick Gingras Finished second in the leg of the PASS at Harrahs Philadelphia (8/7). He was beaten by three lengths by Somewhere In LA. 8. Sometimes Said (1:50.1f; $376,895) Owner: Fashion Farms (PA) Trainer: Jim Campbell Driver: John Campbell/Tim Tetrick The son of Well Said won his leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (8/7) in a lifetime best 1:50.1. 9. Jet Airway (1:50s; $250,659) Owners: Erv Miller Stables (PA), Tangie Massey (FL), Paul Sunderhaus (OH) and Larry Agle (OH) Trainer: Erv Miller and Tony Alagna Drivers: Marcus Miller and Randy Waples Has won three straight Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events. 10. Western Vintage (1:49.4; $388,728) Owners: Perry Soderburg (NJ) and Marvin Katz (ONT) Trainer: Nancy Johansson Drivers: Yannick Gingras and Brian Sears The son of Western Ideal is the first alternate for the $400,000 Milstein Memorial. If he doesnt get in the main event he will leave from post #5 in the $100,000 consolation. This weeks expert ranking is courtesy of Bill Finley. Bill is an award-winning horse racing writer for ESPN.com and publisher of Harness Racing Update. 1. Hes Watching 2. McWicked 3. Somewhere in LA 4. Let's Drink On It 5. Jet Airway 6. Sometimes Said 7. Tellitlikeitis 8. Limelight Beach 9. Twin B Speedo 10 Beat The Drum Jay Wolf    

January 25, 2014 -- 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 Sunday, January 26, 2013 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 Joseph Essig as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the young Ohioan who is an “up-and-coming” star among harness horsemen; elected Eddie Wheeler into the Immortal Hall of Fame; selected Missouri Time into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and will honor David Carr as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. 2013 was Brian Brown’s best year in terms of earnings ($1.5 million) and training wins (65), establishing a UTRS of .385. The native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio conditioned Limelight Beach (p,2,1:49.4 - $210,192), winner of the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes, Color’s A Virgin (p,2,1:53.2s - $2111,700) and Beach Memories (p,3,1:48.3f - $429,739). Joseph Essig is the 21 year-old son of the 1986 Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner, Joe Essig, Jr. The younger Essig recorded 18 wins in 2013 and earned $97,106 in purse earnings, racing mainly at Hoosier Park and Lebanon Raceway. He is expected to be one of the top reinsmen at the new Miami Valley Raceway. Wheeler, a native of Troy, Ohio, was a highly respected by his peers as a horseman and driver. He trained and drove the great trotter Duke Rodney, winner of the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity, two of the Triple Crown legs in 1961. He later served as a second trainer for prominent horsemen such as Stanley Dancer, Tom Haughton and others. Missouri Time was one of the toughest distaffers ever to compete in the state of Ohio. The daughter of Race Time was bred by Billy Colson and campaigned by Dominic Staffery during her seven year career. She finished on the board in 90 of her 138 career starts and competed against the best mares in the country, including Silk Stockings, Handle With Care and Tarport Hap. She retired from racing in 1979 with $328,423 in earnings and a lifetime mark of 1:56.3f. Carr is a 30 plus year employee of the United States Trotting Association is the manager of the Information & Research Department for the USTA. Carr is an unsung hero to the publicists, writers and sales’ companies and was awarded the LeeAnne Pooler Memorial Award by the national U.S.H.W.A. in 2008. by Jay Wolf for Ohio Chapter USHWA

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.

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