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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 8th and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11th at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. Betting Line has been installed at the 5-2 morning line favorite. The brown son of Bettor's Delight has won 10 straight starts and has banked more than $1.4 million. Betting Line is owned by trainer Casie Coleman's West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac T. Nichol. T. The Ontario based Betting Line won the $780,000 North America Cup Pace, $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The win in the Milstein Memorial was the colt's first trip outside of Canada and his only start on a half-mile track. The 3-1 second choice is the $500,000 Messenger Stake champion, Racing Hill. The Roll With Joe colt has won $1,345,028 for his owner, Tom Hill. The ultra-consistent colt has finished on the board in all eleven seasonal starts. Control The Moment was tapped as the third choice at 4-1. Due to this morning's announcement that the son of Well Said was retired due to injury, Control The Moment will be scratched from the future wager. The colt had four wins on the season, including the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace and the $320,000 Cane Pace. A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers have selected a group of 14 colts and geldings. The horses in each of the pools are listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field consists of the remaining horses eligible to the 71st edition of the pacing classic. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first place finisher in the 2016 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 22. The record payout for the LBJ Future Wager is P Forty Seven (2005 - Pool #1) at $377.80. The second future pool will be from Sunday, September 18 through Wednesday, September 21. Past performance lines for the Little Brown Jug Future Wagering event will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website, 2016 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse M/L Odds 1. American Passport 30-1 2. Another Daily Copy 30-1 3. Betting Line 5-2 4. Check Six 10-1 5. Control The Moment Scratched 6. Dr J Hanover 10-1 7. Fernando Hanover 15-1 8. J J Flynn 30-1 9. Lyons Snyder 20-1 10. Manhattan Beach 12-1 11. Nocturnal Bluechip 30-1 12. Racing Hill 3-1 13. Voracity 30-1 14. Western Fame 30-1 15. Field - All Other Horses 50-1   Jay Wolf  

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

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

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

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