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Alexa’s Power proved to be the strong horse Wednesday as she overpowered pacesetter Strong Opinion at the top of the stretch to capture the 48th annual $230,7000 Jugette at Delaware, Ohio. The classic grand circuit event for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies saw the 19th race feature began with betting favorite Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras going off-stride at the start of the race and was never in contention. Strong Opinion and driver Chris Page go right to the front from post one with Alexa’s Power and driver Tim Tetrick grabbing the two-hole spot as they sped to the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then coming to the half mile marker, driver Tim Tetrick came out from the inside in post two and sit there as no one was coming from behind to force him to go on as they went to the half in :55.2. E Dee’s Well Said (Jim Pantaleano) at 62-1 odds, filled the gap behind Strong Opinion. Going to the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Strong Opinion was still in command with Alexa’s Power stalking them on the outside. Then in the stretch, Alexa’s Power and Tetrick wore down Strong Opinion and went on to win by one length in 1:51.2. E Dee’s Well Said came on for second place with Strong Opinion third. “I had about 100 ideas flowing through my head behind the starting gate,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “I saw Yannick’s (Gingras) horse (Youaremycandygirl) make a misstep and I didn’t want to fall too far back so we went to the two-hole and figured to outmuscle most of them from there. “She really raced her butt off today,” Tetrick said. “She was just super.” Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, it was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Alexa’s Power. She is trained by Jim Campbell and owned and bred by Jeffery and Michael Snyder of New York, NY. She paid $3.80 to win. “This is my first Jugette,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “It’s so exciting. We’ve had a really good year with Alexa all season, Timmy has driven her since her first qualifier. We have had a lot of fun and this win is the best.” Jim Campbell did say that they had made an equipment change on Alexa’s Power, adding a pull-down bridle that she was using for the first time today. This year’s Jugette was named in Memory of Hall of Fame Communicator, Laverne A. Hill. To see the 2018 Jugette replay go to https://youtu.be/emEv23NX-io On Thursday is the $627,000 Little Brown Jug for the colts with two elimination divisions followed by heats until one horse has won twice. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

This Week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; Caesars Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, Moni Maker and The Elevation, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Metro, She's A Great Lady and Milton finals, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit harness racing action kicks into full gear on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at Delaware with the $230,700 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, the $82,200 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $40,918 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters and the $39,318 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Thursday (Sept. 20) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $642,000 Little Brown Jug, the third leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $107,000 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, the $111,075 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters, the $48,218 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters and the $40,418 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park will be held on Friday (Sept. 21) with the $200,000 Caesars Classic for Open trotters, the $236,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $207,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $172,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $155,000 Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers, and the $120,000 Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 22) with the C$890,000 Metro final for 2-year-old open pacers, the C$590,000 She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers and the C$255,000 Milton for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Woodbine Mohawk Park this past Saturday, with the finals of four major stakes, led by the $512,050 Canadian Trotting Classic. It was a hoof-to-hoof heavyweight battle from start to finish, with Crystal Fashion coming out on top in the final strides. Crystal Fashion was a 1:52.1 winner in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Saddled with the daunting post 10, Crystal Fashion, a bay son of Cantab Hall, needed a little racing luck and plenty of grit to get the job done in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018 and the Jim Campbell trainee had plenty of the latter. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice to 3-5 Met's Hall, Crystal Fashion, piloted by Tim Tetrick, was full of trot as the gate took off from the field of 11 sophomore stars. After taking his rivals through an opening quarter in :27.3, Crystal Fashion then found himself sitting in the second spot once Met's Hall, with Andy Miller driving, went from second to first. The see-saw tussle between the leaders continued through a half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25, with the final round coming as the field straightened for home. Down the stretch, Crystal Fashion, on the outside, and Met's Hall, to his inside, put on a show for the packed house at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At the wire, Crystal Fashion ($7.90 to win) eked out a hard-fought half-length triumph over his rival, in 1:52.1. Fiftydallarbill was third, while Lawmaker was fourth. "It worked out good today," said Tetrick who two races earlier teamed with Green Manalishi S to win the William Wellwood Memorial. "We got out of there good and got on the right foot. He crossed over well, in-hand, and the favorite came and we had to let him go, so I got a dream trip." It was lifetime win No. 13 from 25 starts for the bay gelding, owned by Fashion Farms. In 13 starts this year, Crystal Fashion, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, has nine wins and a trio of seconds. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 910.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 862.5; 3. David Miller - 571.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 409; 5. Jordan Stratton - 288. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 712.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 664; 3. Tony Alagna - 464; 4. Jim Campbell - 296; 5. Erv Miller - 267. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 209; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 158.2; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 151.9; 4. Brittany Farms - 149.9; 5. Brad Grant - 124.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. There will be eight Bluegrass stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will also be hosting a pair of Grand Circuit events, the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby for older horses and Harrah's Philadelphia will contest John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Youaremycandygirl, winner of fifteen of 22 career races, headlines a field of eight filly pacers in the $230,700 Jugette on Wednesday, September 19th at the Delaware County Fair. The fillies will race one heat to determine the Jugette champion. The daughter of American Ideal owns a lifetime mark of 1:48 2/5 and has earned $1,263,536. The Ron Burke trainee will leave from post #3 and will be piloted by Yannick Gingras for owner W. J. Donovan. She was the 207 Breeders Crown champion and in 2018 won the $270,425 Empire Breeders Classic and the $96,600 Shady Daisy. The main challenge to Youaremycandygirl should come from Alexa's Power from post #5. The Somebeachsomewhere lass has earned $405,195 for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder and trainer Jim Campbell. The ultra-consistent Alexa's Power has finished on the board in 11 straight races and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. Post time for the Wednesday card at the Delaware County Fair will be 11:00 AM. The simulcast program will start at 10:30 AM. Post positions for the $230,700 Jugette PP - Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Strong Opinion (Chris Page/Ron Burke) 2. Sansovina Hanover (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 3. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 4. E Dee's Well Said (Jim Pantaleano/Christen Pantaleano) 5. Alexa's Power (Trace Tetrick/Jim Campbell) 6. Sidewalk Dancer (Scott Zeron/Chris Oakes) 7. Solitary (Brett Miller/Nick Surick) 8. Aldine Hanover (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) by Jau Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug    

The entry box of the 48th Jugette will remain open until Sunday (September 16) at 10:00 AM. Race officials discovered that the entry information on a website contained conflicting information. "In an overabundance of caution, we want to make sure no horsemen were using the conflicting information to make their entires. Therefore, we are going to use a three day box for this year's Jugette," noted Tom Wright, Director of Racing. The 73rd Little Brown Jug will remain in a five day box and entries must be received by Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 AM. Questions and concerns should directed to the Log Cabin by calling (740) 363-6000. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Trenton, NJ --- Judy and Buck Chaffee have been parents and harness racing horse owners for more than three decades. But they never had the pleasure of both coming together so joyfully as they did during a four-day span last month. On Sept. 20, the Chaffees experienced the biggest racing triumph of their 33 years in the business when Caviart Ally won the $163,950 Jugette Stakes final for 3-year-old female pacers in Delaware, Ohio. While they could not witness the event in person, it was for a good reason as they were at their Vienna, Va., home with daughter Drew and her husband Kevin, awaiting the arrival of their grandson. “The baby was due at any moment,” Judy Chaffee said. “She was having contractions that day, which did stop.” They re-started and remained four days later, when Tyler Grayson Fahrendorff came into the world at 20 inches long; weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. “It’s been quite an experience for us,” said Judy, who said she and Buck had not come off Cloud Nine more than a week later. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a more stressful day. Not only could the baby have come but we actually had two fillies racing in the Jugette that day and it was quite a rollercoaster of emotions. “Our filly, Jaye’s A Lady, raced first. We were hoping she would do well and make the final, and she broke stride right at the start. So, that was a low feeling at that moment. Then we went from Jaye to Ally. We went from one extreme to the other. It was quite a day. We’ve experienced it all over the years, but I think this is the highest we ever felt.” The Chaffees watched it all unfold on the Internet and were also getting phone updates from son Terry, who operates their Caviart Farms in Paris, Ky. They wanted to be at the race, but they knew they would not have enjoyed it had they left Drew and Kevin alone. “Their little girl was staying with us in case she had to go to the hospital,” Judy said. “As much as we would have loved to have been there, we opted to stay home for our daughter because we’d be taking care of their little girl while she was in the hospital. We had a choice to make, and like with everything else, I think family has to come first.” Especially when it comes to the Chaffees, as their current standing as breeders and owners has been handed down through the generations. Judy’s maternal grandfather, Lowell Chapman, was a Standardbred owner in Maine who raced on the New England and Canadian circuits. Judy met him a few times but was so young, that the two never really talked about racing. “But I think I inherited the love of horses from him,” Chaffee said. “My mother and father went to the races and I used to have to babysit my sister when they went. I got to go sometimes, but I never realized I would ever be part of it. My mother (who has passed away) would speak about that, and we both agreed my grandfather and I would have a ball together. We would be going to (the sales) together. It would have been quite a bonding experience and we would have loved experiencing it.” Photo courtesy of Judy Chaffee Judy Chaffee's love of horses has been handed down through the generations. In 1978, however, Judy saw herself as a career journalist. Working as a reporter for the Portland Press Herald, she met architect Clarence “Buck” Chaffee at a project meeting at the selectman’s office. Judy met him as “Buck”, which probably helped get the relationship started as opposed to the alternative of the given name. “He was named after his father, and they were looking for something to call him so they wouldn’t be called the same,” Judy said. “His aunt came up with the name Buck; I’m glad she did.” Their chemistry was immediate and the two began dating. Shortly thereafter, Buck was moving from Maine back to his home state of Virginia and Judy gave up her newspaper career to join him. When it came time to meet her future in-laws, Buck and Judy were greeted by a note on the door that said, “Meet us at Rosecroft.” It was then, that Judy discovered Buck’s parents raised and raced horses in the Mid-Atlantic area, most notably at Rosecroft and Freestate. “It’s funny, when Buck and I met each other we never even mentioned horses,” Judy said. “It turned out we both loved the horses and the racing.” The two married within the same year they met and the first of seven children came shortly thereafter. “I expected to work as a reporter, I guess, forever,” Judy said. “When Buck and I started to have a family, I became a stay at home mom and raised the family.” As the family grew, so did their love of racing. One day in 1984, Buck and Judy decided to attend the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pa., as spectators only. It would turn out to be a milestone day in their lives. “We were watching the sale progress; and Buck turned to me and said, ‘Which would you rather have, a house or a horse?’ and I said, ‘A horse,’” Judy recalled. “We bought our first horse, her name was Good Tal. So that was the beginning, and we’ve had horses ever since.” But not without some immediate trepidation. “When we bought her,” Judy said with a laugh, “Buck looked at me and said, ‘What do we do now?’” As luck would have it, an Ohio resident sitting behind them was eavesdropping. “He told us, ‘Send it to Joe Adamsky, he’s a good, honest horseman,’” Judy said.   Photo courtesy of Judy Chaffee Buck and Judy Chaffee with trainer Nancy Johansson. The Chaffees did just that, and Good Tal became a stakes champion in Ohio. The couple remained lifelong friends with Joe (who has since passed away) and his wife and had him train several other horses. After Good Tal, Buck and Judy began adding to their stable and raising them on Buck’s parents’ family farm in Fredericksburg, Va. “Every year we tried to buy a horse or two and we had some success,” Chaffee said. “Nothing that was like Ally or anything, but we enjoyed it. We’ve had horses with (Ohio trainer) Jim Arledge for quite a while.” Arledge worked with Caviart Sydney, whose biggest win came over My Little Dragon in the 2006 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, and Sydney’s mother, Caviart Sierra. “Basically, Sydney was racing against My Little Dragon and Darlin’s Delight during those 2- and 3-year-old years,” Judy said. “She didn’t beat them except for this one race. But she was there all the time. Sierra won her first five races, which were all stakes races, but then she was injured and it basically ended her career and she became a broodmare for us.” In 2007, after several years of intense research, the Chaffees purchased their Kentucky farm on Winchester Road -- the famed Avenue of Champions. “We always wanted to have a breeding farm once we got in the business,” Judy said. “We used to go to Kentucky and we just looked for a farm there. Buck was busy working so Terry and I went and picked out a farm. It’s 225 acres and it works well for us, there’s room to expand. We have 18 broodmares, and the yearlings and the foals.” They named it Caviart Farms because of Judy’s penchant for the 1980s TV show “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous,” hosted by Robin Leach. “He would end the show and say, ‘Champagne wishes and caviar dreams,’” Judy said. “I liked the caviar dreams and we did have caviar dreams. Buck said, ‘I like it better with a T on the end,’ so that’s where Caviart came from.” So, it was a case of pretty much making up words? “Basically, yes,” Judy said with a laugh. Terry runs the farm and is on the phone with his mom constantly while Buck tends to his consulting business that he started 10 years ago. “This is my profession now,” Judy said. “I pick out the stallions, I keep track of the ovulation of the mares and tell Terry who to check each date and so forth. I handle the paperwork part of it and Terry runs the farm. He’s amazing and so good with the horses, I can’t speak highly enough of him. We couldn’t possibly have the business without him. “Terry is the only one who’s fulltime but all our kids take an interest. After we won the Jugette, I was on the phone with my daughter Drew and I was like, ‘We just won the Jugette!’ She texted all the other brothers and sisters and everyone was watching the replay. They’re all very interested in how we’re doing but they don’t actually work in the business.” Nigel Soult photo In her first start since the Jugette, Caviart Ally won the second of two divisions of the Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace in 1:51 on Oct. 1 at Red Mile. Caviart’s main trainers are Arledge, Nancy Johansson and Noel Daley, who trains Caviart Ally. Daley recommended the purchase of Caviart Ally, as he worked with family member All Speed Hanover. The Chaffees were actually looking to upgrade by purchasing a filly broodmare at Harrisburg, but figured if the horse could race, they would do that as well. They got Caviart Ally for $35,000. “Noel looked at her and said she didn’t look like All Speed because he was taller, but he thought she was the right size and looked perfect for a Bettor's Delight (sired horse) so we bought her and she has become everything,” Chaffee said. “She’s become our best racing filly ever and will certainly be at the top of our list for broodmares once she gets there. We’ll race her at least another year, maybe two years before we look to breed her. “Ally certainly owns our hearts. It’s been a long time coming and it’s been a dream, and it finally happened.” After the win, Judy posted on her Facebook page, “The biggest and best day ever in racing!!! Thank you Caviart Ally -- and trainer Noel Daley, driver Andy McCarthy, son Terry Chaffee who is COO of our farm and represented us at Delaware -- and all of Team Daley. And thank you to my husband who allows me to fulfill my dreams with the horses!!!” Indeed, the happiest part of this story is that going into the horse business together only helped to strengthen Buck and Judy’s already solid marriage. “It’s been great,” Judy said. “We generally agree on everything and if we don’t, we work it out. So, we’ve never had any problems. We both love the horses, we love the racing. We both get excited together and we share the experience. So, if anything I think it’s a wonderful thing for a marriage.” A marriage that experienced four days in September that will certainly be one of its high points. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Caviart Ally and harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy showed why they were the best Wednesday afternoon as the pair won the 47th  $273,250 Jugette at the Delaware County Fair on Wednesday afternoon. In the $163,950 second and final heat, Blazin Britches (Trace Tetrick) and Caviart Ally used the inside positions that they earned in the eliminations to sprint out the early lead as the field of eight passed the quarter mile pole in :27 3/5. Blazin Britches kept Caviart Ally behind her through the half in :55 4/5. McCarthy tipped the eventual winner off the rail at the three-quarters in 1:23 3/5. The crowd urged the pair down the lane and Caviart Ally cleared by ¾ of a length in 1:51 3/5. Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) rounded out the top three. New Zealand native, Noel Daley trains the Bettor's Delight filly for Caviart Farms. McCarthy, an Australian native, won the Jugette for the first time, capping a three win day at the Delaware County Fair. In the second elimination, Caviart Ally used the inside post and took control of the race and went by the ¼ mile pole in :27 1/5. Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge the pacesetter as the field approached the half mile station in :56 3/5. McCarthy asked his charge for more and Caviart Ally opened up at the three-quarters in 1:23 4/5. Caviart Lady won by 5 lengths over Tequila Monday (David Miller). Idyllic Beach hung on for third and Ella Christina (Tim Tetrick) advanced to the final with her fourth place finish. The first $54,650 elimination went to Blazin Britches by 2¼ lengths over Obvious Blue Chip in 1:52 1/5. The Brian Brown trainee is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. That pair hope to win the 72nd Little Brown Jug on Thursday. Jugette Day Undercard Driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Noel Daley teamed up after their Jugette elimination win to take the $80,575 Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters. McCarthy used a perfect drive with Cool Cates to keep Satin Dancer (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) locked on the rail and sprinted home to win in 1:56. The Yankee Glide filly, a $35,000 yearling purchase, has now won more than $250,000 for the All Laid Out Stables. Seventeen three-year-old colt trotters competed in the $94,334 Ohio Breeders Championship. Trainer Chris Beaver swept the two divisions with Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) in the first division and Fraser Ridge (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in the second. Fraser Ridge established a national season's record of 1:55 in the second $47,167 division with a 4½ length win over Full Surge (Mike Wilder). Fraser Ridge has won three in a row for Donald Robinson, Robert Mondillo, Beaver and RBH Ventures. Buckeye Boss took the second division in 1:55 3/5 over Jailhouse Sam (Hugh Beatty) and Dejarover (David Miller). The winner is owned by Beaver, Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. Three divisions of the $130,000 OBCs for freshman pacing fillies were held with Prsntpretynperfect taking the fastest division in 1:54 3/5. Prsntpretynperfect (Kayne Kauffman) overcame post #7 and was able to sit behind the leading Princess Rougarou (Yannick Gingras) until the final turn and sprinted clear to score by three lengths. The daughter of Big Bad John has now won six of seven starts this season for owners Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo and Joshua Green and trainer Brian Brown. Baron Remy (Chris Page) won the second $43,333 division in 1:54 4/5. Baron Remy belongs to Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Pumel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The nation's leading trainer Ron Burke conditions the Yankee Cruiser filly. Pearl Crush (Ryan Stahl) took the first division over Shadows On Time (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Delicate Arch (Yannick Gingras) in a lifetime best 1:55 3/5. The Yankee Cruiser filly is conditioned by Ron Potter for Clyde Perfect. Two-year-old filly trotters competed in a pair of divisions of the $113,400 (div) Ohio Breeders Championships. The first division featured a classic stretch duel between Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) and Risky Deal (David Miller). The Break The Bank K fillies were nose-to-nose through the lane with Risky Deal getting the last call in a lifetime best 1:57. Crist Hershberger trains the winner for Deborah Kvernmo To Russia (Ryan Stahl) used a final turn move to win the second $56,700 division in 1:58 2/5 over Red Storm (Aaron Merriman) and She's Got Pizazz (Brett Miller). The Manofmanymissions filly now has $104,380 on her card for owner Parent Racing Stable and trainer Scott Cox. The $12,900 OBC for aged trotters went to A Tc Queenie (Dan Noble) in 1:54 3/5. The 4 year-old Triumphant Caviar mare is owned by Trish Soulsby and Richard Schault and trained by Ron Steck. The 22 race Jug Day card features the $590,400 Little Brown Jug. Post time is 11:00 am. Jay Wolf  

Delaware, OH --- Blazin Britches won the $54,650 first elimination of the Jugette for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers in 1:52.1 on Wednesday (Sept. 20) at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Obvious Blue Chip finished second, followed by Terrortina and Rockin Serena to advance to the final later this afternoon. Sent off at odds of 1-9, Blazin Britches and driver Trace Tetrick went to the lead on the first turn and never looked back, winning by 2-1/4 lengths. The filly, who has won 10 of 11 races this year, is trained by Brian Brown and owned by breeder Emerald Highlands Farm. Blazin Britches set fractions of :28.1, :57 and 1:24.4. Obvious Blue Chip tried to challenge heading around the final turn, but was unable to get within striking distance. “I wanted to be on the move to the front by the backside to try to control the race,” Tetrick said. “I had plenty of mare left; it was just trying to get her to pay attention. She kind of got to daydreaming there a little bit. “She loves her job. When it was time to race she wanted to go forward. "She was a little headstrong earlier on and Brian went ahead and changed bits on her. Since then she has been perfect. She really loves her work." Caviart Ally romped to victory in the second $54,650 Jugette elimination, winning by open lengths in 1:52 for driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Noel Daley. Caviart Ally, the 8-5 favorite, led every step of the way. She pulled away from her rivals on the backstretch and was unthreatened from there. Tequila Monday finished second, followed by Idyllic Beach and Ella Christina to reach the final. Caviart Ally, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool owned by Caviart Farms, has won five of 14 races this year. She set fractions of :27.1, :56.3, and 1:23.4 on her way to victory. “She’s very handy off the gate,” McCarthy said. “You just have to chirp to her a little bit and she will get out of there as much as you want to. That definitely helped. She actually got a little bumpy on me coming out of the third turn. I think we were going too slow; she just wanted to get going. I had to let her pace out a little bit to get her smoothed out and she was good. "Over the last few months she has become much stronger," added McCarthy. "I used to always race from off the pace for that reason but I don't have to anymore. They did add Lasix as well, so that may have helped, but she is coming into her own." The post-position order for the $163,950 final is: 1. Blazin Britches, 2. Caviart Ally, 3. Obvious Blue Chip, 4. Tequila Monday, 5. Terrortina, 6. Idyllic Beach, 7. Ella Christina, 8. Rockin Serena. -- Kim French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Blazin Britches, winner of nine of ten races this season, has been installed as the 6/5 morning line harness racing favorite in the $273,250 Little Brown Jugette three-year-old filly pace on Wednesday, September 20th at the Delaware County Fair. The daughter of the 2010 Little Brown Jug champion, Rock N Roll Heaven, owns a lifetime mark of 1:48 4/5 and has earned $203,392. The Brian Brown trainee will leave from post #3 in the first of two eliminations and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick for Emerald Highlands Farm. During her current five race win streak are wins in the $63,475 Adioo Volo, the $113,950 Shady Daisy and the $160,000 Nadia Lobell. Emerald Highlands and Brian Brown are also expected to challenge in the 72nd Little Brown Jug with Fear The Dragon. Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) is the second choice at 4-1 from post #4. Mark Steacy trains the daughter of Roll For Joe for NLG Racing and Stephen Klunowski. Obvious Blue Chip has earned $264,073 during her career. Caviart Alley is the favorite in the six horse second $54,650 elimination. Andrew McCarthy was named to pilot the daughter of Bettor's Delight for Caviart Farm. The Noel Daley trainee has been first or second in her last five starts. She owns a 1:50 2/5 mark and has earned $475,700 during her career. The second and third choices in the second elimination are Tequila Monday (Brett Miller) and Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras). The top four elimination finishers will advance to the $163,950 second heat. The winner of the second heat will be declared the Jugette champion. The complete Jugette field and announced drivers: PP Horse (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds $54,650 First Elimination 1. Rockin Serena by Rockin Image - (Peter Wrenn/Melanie Wrenn) 9/2 2. Jaye's A Lady by Mcardle - (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Johansson) 8-1 3. Blazin Britches by Rock N Roll Heaven - (Trace Tetrick/Brian Brown) 6-5 4. Obvious Blue Chip by Roll With Joe - (Scot Zeron/Mark Steacy) 4-1 5. Terrortina by Western Terror - (Tony Hall/Norm Parker) 12-1 $54,650 Second Elimination 1. Caviart Ally by Bettor's Delight - (Andrew McCarthy/Noel Daley) 2-1 2. Roaring To Go by Art Major - (Brett Miller/Kevin Lare) 5-1 3. Tequila Monday by American Ideal -  (Brett Miller/Chrs Oakes) 3-1 4. Ella Christina by Western Ideal - (Tim Tetrick/Nick Surrick) 6-1 5. Zoe Ellasen by Santanna Blue Chip - (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr./Ron Potter) 8-1 6. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 4-1 Jay Wolf        

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      

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      

Columbus, OH --- While Dan Patch Award winner Pure Country and her extremely accomplished rival Darlinonthebeach are dominating the headlines for the 46th edition of the Jugette, Canadian L A Delight is not only a force to be reckoned with, but if she secures the victory, she will not only redeem her dam’s loss in this very event, but will secure her pilot and her harness racing breeder/owner/trainer a place in Jugette history. “I think she is not receiving much attention because she has only raced twice outside of Canada,” said John Campbell, who will be guiding the filly over the Delaware County Fair oval on Wednesday (Sept. 21) in the $239,400 Jugette. “The first time she raced in the U.S. she made that break on me at the Meadowlands (on July 16 in the Mistletoe Shalee) for some reason we have never determined, but in the Nadia Lobell, her second start here (Aug. 27) she beat some quality fillies at The Meadows with Dave Palone driving her in a personal best 1:49.1 and just missed setting a track record. She certainly has a very good chance to win this race.” A daughter of Bettor's Delight-West Of L A, L A Delight was the 2015 O’Brien Award winner as the sport’s best 2-year-old pacing filly in Canada. In last year’s campaign, she finished third in her first start and continued her season with 11 consecutive trips to the winner’s circle. Trained by Bob McIntosh, who captured this very contest in 1994 with Electric Slide and in 1992 with So Fresh, she competes as a homebred for her trainer in conjunction with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. L A Delight will leave from post position three in rein to the most prolific driver in the race’s history, as Campbell has captured the Jugette on four occasions. Rated as the fourth selection on the morning line, behind Pure Country (5-2, post nine), Darlinonthebeach (7-2, post seven) and Call Me Queen Be (9-2, post five), the filly merits serious consideration after a sophomore season that has netted $310,548 with a resume of 11-6-1-1. If she hits the finish line ahead of her eight rivals, the victory will indeed be sweet for her connections, as it will place McIntosh in a tie with Bill Haughton for the most wins by a trainer in this race and will reverse the sting of her mother’s seventh place finish to Showherthemoney in 2009. McIntosh also trained, owned and bred West Of L A with the same parties and always takes great pride when a product of his breeding program gets their picture taken. “Winning any race is always special,” he said last fall. “But there is something extra special when it’s a horse you bred and raised from a baby and were responsible for generations of the family. There is a sense of great pride that comes when one of your very own horses wins a big race.” It certainly increases the filly’s chances to become a Jugette winner when a pilot with Campbell’s expertise is satisfied with how the draw unfolded for the duo’s journey at Delaware. “It is very important to have an inside post draw over this specific track,” he said. “I am pleased with our post position as we can get our nose right on the gate, which is key in races at Delaware. When you are six or seven lengths off the pace, it is extremely difficult to make that up in any races there, even with a very nice horse. When you have a post position like this it definitely helps and allows you to put your horse right in the race off the starting gate.” When asked if an unrivaled fifth Jugette win would hold especially high esteem within the context of his storied career, Campbell, as usual, was exceptionally humble and blatantly honest. “I have been fortunate with the opportunities I have been offered to drive horses of this caliber in races like this,” he said. “Of course winning this race is always enjoyable, but being in the winner’s circle for any race at Delaware is special. It does not matter what race it is. You have such a big audience that is so close to the track and they are so involved and supportive. There is also the history there and it holds a unique place within the industry. Any win there is one you will always remember.” Wednesday's Jugette will be raced in two heats. All the first heat 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: PP-Horse-Sire-(Driver/Trainer)-Morning Line Odds 1. Yankee Moonshine - Yankee Cruiser - (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)-8/1 2. Marty Party Two - Yankee Cruiser - (Ronnie Wrenn Jr./Ron Steck)-15/1 3. L A Delight - Bettor's Delight - (John Campbell/Robert McIntosh)-6/1 4. Hug A Dragoness - Dragon Again - (Matt Kakaley/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-Mark Harder)-12/1 9. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller/Jimmy Takter)-5/2 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

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  

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  

Bill Donovan is looking forward to seeing Band Of Angels compete in Wednesday’s $212,250 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the harness racing meeting at Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, but the longtime owner will watch from afar.   “Of course, I’m excited,” Donovan said. “Anytime you have a horse good enough to go into one of the premier races in the sport, you’re excited. She’s earned her way in, for sure.   “(But) I’m very superstitious,” he added with a laugh. “Every time I go to a big race, it seems like disaster strikes.”   Band Of Angels is one of 12 fillies entered in the Jugette, and one of four horses in the race from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. She will start from post No. 3 with driver Yannick Gingras in the second of two $50,450 eliminations and is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. The top four finishers from each division return later in the day for the $151,150 final. A horse must only win the final to be declared the Jugette champion.   Post time is noon for Wednesday’s first race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. The Jugette eliminations are races 12 and 13. The final is race 17.   Band Of Angels heads to the Jugette off a nose win over Devil Child in the New York Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Band Of Angels and driver Jason Bartlett started from the outside, post eight, but got the lead in the opening quarter-mile and went on to victory.   “I think most people wrote her off from winning the sire stakes final, but she persevered,” Donovan said. “I was surprised myself. Jason Bartlett gave her an aggressive drive getting her off the (starting) gate and she did the rest. She’s just been a real pleasure.”   Band Of Angels has won six of 13 races this year and 12 of 23 lifetime starts, with total earnings of $462,745. She has finished worse than third only once in her most recent 11 races.   In 11 career races on half-mile tracks, such as the oval at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, she has posted eight wins, one second, and one third.   “She is awful good on a half-mile track, so I think she’ll give a good accounting of herself on Wednesday,” Donovan said. “She’s been a solid horse this year. When they make the money she’s made this year, it’s obviously a good year."   “We’ve been fortunate with Band Of Angels in that she did come out of a terrific 2-year-old season and she has more than held her own at 3. I think she belongs there. I think she’s definitely in the top 10 of 3-year-old fillies this year.”   Band Of Angels is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, the 2010 Little Brown Jug winner and Horse of the Year honoree, and the mare Time N Again. She is a half-sister to millionaire Romantic Moment and was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale.   Donovan is making his second appearance in the Jugette as an owner. His filly Bettor B Lucky finished second to Darena Hanover in the 2012 Jugette. Both horses were trained by Burke.   “I’m hoping to turn the tables on that finish this year,” Donovan said.   The morning line favorite at 5-2 in the second elimination is trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.’s Momas Got A Gun, who will start from post No. 2 with driver David Miller. She is coming off back-to-back second-place finishes in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, where she missed by a head, and Valley Forge Stakes.   A daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Benear, she is a full sister to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach. She has won three of 14 races in 2015 and earned $313,368.   Triple V Hanover is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the first elimination. The Brian Brown trainee will start from post one, also with Miller in the sulky. She has won four of 11 races this year and earned $105,265 for owners Donald Robinson, King McNamara, and Strollin Stable.   Following are the Jugette elimination fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds.   $50,450 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Triple V Hanover-David Miller-Brian Brown-3-1 2. Southwind Roulette-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-7-2 3. Bettor N Better-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4. Moremercy Bluechip-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10-1 5. Wicked Little Minx-Brett Miller-Nancy Johansson-12-1 6. Mosquito Blue Chip-Jim Morrill Jr.-Paul Jessop-7-2   $50,450 Second Elimination 1. Serious Filly-Scott Zeron-Brian Brown-6-1 2. Momas Got A Gun-David Miller-Virgil Morgan Jr.-5-2 3. Band Of Angels-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1 4. Bedroomconfessions-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-12-1 5. Somewhere Sweet-Jim Morrill Jr.-Brian Brown-8-1 6. Sassa Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4-1 Ken Weingartner

Latham, NY---When you look at the entries for this year's 3-year-old pacing filly classic, the Jugette, one thing seems fairly obvious: New York breds are well represented. In fact, half of the entrants of the harness racing stake are from the Empire State. One week ago, five of the six who are entered in Wednesday's (Sept. 23) Jugette competed in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) $225,000 Night of Champions final at Yonkers Raceway. Those five contested over a rain-soaked track in 1:54, finishing only three-lengths apart from each other. That was clearly a great tune-up for the Grand Circuit test ahead of them in Delaware, Ohio. The group is led by a trio of Ron Burke trainees; Band Of Angels, Sassa Hanover and Bettor N Better. Band Of Angels (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) 1:50 $462,745, was crowned the New York State champion at Yonkers this year after cutting the whole mile and winning by a nose with a fast :27.4 final quarter. Prior to that, Band Of Angels was used hard twice in the $269,000 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs before coming up just a length short in 1:49.3. The filly left in :26.4 and led the field past three-eighths before yielding the lead. Band Of Angels was asked for more late and responded well, but could only manage third behind the hard charging Mosquito Blue Chip who was the winner. Earlier this year she had a very impressive effort in the $207,350 Mistletoe Shallee Stake at the Meadowlands. After winning her elimination heat in 1:50, Band Of Angels got locked in early in the final. When she was finally able to clear, the filly flew through the stretch before coming up just a long-length short in 1:49.2. Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover) 1:49.4 $704,002, did not compete in the NYSS final, opting instead to race in the Nadia Lobell at the Meadows on September 16. Coming into that race off a two-week layoff, Sassa Hanover cut the mile with stiff fractions of :26.3, :54.4 and 1:22.2 before tiring down the lane to get beat three-lengths in 1:50.4. Although wins weren't as prevalent this year as last, her performances did not lack for effort. Sassa Hanover was second in the $117,724 Lismore Final at Yonkers, fourth in the $387,990 Fan Hanover at Mohawk Raceway and third in the $350,000 Valley Forge at Pocono Downs. None of those defeats were more than two-lengths. Last year Sassa Hanover finished second to Horse of the Year, JK She'salady, in the $500,000 Breeders Crown. Bettor N Better (Bettor's Delight-Vanite Semalu) 1:51 $318,568, raced in-state all year and didn't see the Grand Circuit action some of the other entrants have. She did score convincing wins of 1:53.3 at Saratoga Raceway and 1:54.4 at Monticello Raceway and finished the year as the fourth highest point-getter in the series. Aside from the Burke contingent, the other three New York breds have very impressive credentials of their own. The Paul Jessop trained Mosquito Blue Chip (Bettor's Delight-Sandfly Hanover) 1:49.3 $504,511, had a hard act to follow this year after coming away the NYSS 2-year-old pacing filly champion in 2014. However she acquitted herself well, besting both her mark and earnings of a year ago. After starting off the year somewhat slowly, Mosquito Blue Chip turned it up in June. She strung together eight solid efforts where she didn't miss the board that included wins at Buffalo Raceway (1:53.3), Saratoga (1:53.3) and Harrah's Philadelphia (1:52.3). In August she got away fourth in the $269,000 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga and laid-in-wait behind fast fractions. When she got loose in the lane and fanned three-deep, Mosquito Blue Chip powered her way to the lead and the winner's share of the purse in her career best time of 1:49.3. Tony Alagna's Bedroomconfessions (American Ideal-Turnoffthelights) 1:50.2, $318,791, has seen action in some major stakes this year but has come away with minor prizes. Her two best outings were wins in consolation events of the Shady Daisy at the Meadowlands where she won by three in 1:50.2 and the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga where she was victorious again in 1:51. Bedroomconfessions only had one win in NYSS competition all year (1:52.1 at Yonkers) but collected a lot of points along the way to make the final. In that event she drew post seven in the mud but closed very well; beaten by three lengths. Moremercy Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Mercy Mercy Mercy) 1:50.2, $112,017 is from the Julie Miller Stable and is one of the more lightly raced fillies in the field. After having only four starts as a 2-year-old, she started this year in the second-tier NYSS Excelsior A series. She won at that level in 1:54.4 at Yonkers before moving up to the top-tier sire stakes with victories in 1:53.1 at Saratoga and 1:53.4 at Monticello. In the state final at Yonkers, Moremercy Hanover got away third and after not pulling first-over, got locked in and shuffled to fifth before finding racing room at the pylons in the lane. She closed well and was beaten only two-lengths in 1:54 over the sloppy track. The best of this sex and gait the Empire State has to offer will represent its breeding program well in the 2015 Jugette and having routinely competed over New York's five fast half-mile tracks for the last two years, these fillies bring with them the expertise needed to be successful at Delaware , Ohio. By Tim Bojarski for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York

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

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