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The Harness Racing Museum's Winner Circle Gift Shop will be at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio, Sunday, September 16 through Thursday, September 20, 2018. Our shop will be located in its new location east of the Log Cabin next to the Jugette Barn. Start your holiday shopping now! We are eager to show off many new items that will make shopping for the horse lovers on your list an easy task. A new selection of clothing, housewares and toys are in stock - please stop by to shop and say hello to Museum staff. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open daily from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanks to industry support the Museum offers free admission for walk-in visitors and $4 per person for group docent-guided tours. For information on the Museum, membership, special events, gift shop services and educational programs, please call 845 2946330 or visit The Harness Racing Museum. Additional funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Musuem

The opportunity to lead the post parade for the 1st heat of the Little Brown Jug with Foiled Again has just been added to the Pre-Jug Party Charity Auction Sept. 19, at the Delaware County Fair! The offering is for one person sharing a double seat jog cart with the driver as they parade the first heat of the Little Brown Jug. Foiled Again is on his farewell tour before retiring as the richest horse in harness racing history with earnings in excess of $7,500,000! The annual Pre-Jug Party auction generates thousands of dollars each year to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair. "Foiled Again is the classiest, wisest, most accommodating Standardbred I've ever met," said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan. "I was privileged to spend three days with him at Breyerfest, and I was astounded at his personable, kind temperament and total professionalism. We are thrilled to be able to auction off this once in a lifetime experience with the proceeds benefitting retired racehorses. I'd like to express my deep appreciation to Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables for this exciting donation." If leading the Little Brown Jug post parade with Foiled Again would be your dream come true, email Dot Morgan at dot@horseadoption.com or text (937) 205-4667 to get a party invitation. From New Vocations  

The Delaware County Fair will be simulcasting the harness racing action all five days of the 2018 meet. Dave Brower will host the simulcast television broadcast on Sunday (First post 1:00 PM) and Monday (3:00 PM). Dave Bianconi and Wendy Ross will join Brower for the Tuesday (1:00 PM), Wednesday (11:00 AM) and Thursday (11:00 AM) coverage. Announcers Roger Huston and Jason Settlemoir will provide addition race analysis during the week. The simulcast show will begin 30 minutes before the first race post each day. The Delaware County Fair will race from Sunday, September 16th through Thursday, September 20th. Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 contenders for the 73rd edition of the pacing classic. Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 73rd Edition on September 20, 2018 Final Week - September 12, 2018 1. (Last Week #2) Lather Up (1:48.1s; $738,965) Owner: Gary & Barbara Iles (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague 2. (Last Week #1) Courtly Choice (1:47.1; $708,744) Owners: Hutt Racing Stable (PA), Mac and Heim Stables (ON), Daniel Plouffe (QC) & Touch Stone Farms (ON) Trainer: Blake Macintosh Driver: James MacDonald/David Miller * Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000 3. (Last Week #3) Stay Hungry (1:47.3; $1,185,742) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON) & Irwin Samelman Estate (NV) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Doug McNair 4. (Last Week #4) Dorsoduro Hanover (1:49.4f; $762,606) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Silva Prunel & Libby (FL), Weaver Bruscemi (PA) and Wingfield Five (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 5. (Last Week #6) Hitman Hill (1:49.3f; $356,720) Owners: Tom Hill (ON) & Northfork Racing Stable (PA) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brett Miller 6. (Last Week #5) American History (1:47; $347,285) Owner: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON) & American History Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Yannick Gingras 7. (Last Week #7) Babes Dig Me (1:52.2h; $238,853) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Robert Leblanc (TX) and In The Gym Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: George Brennan 8. (Last Week #8) Nutcracker Sweet (1:50.2; $370,484) Owner: Howard Taylor (PA), Order By Stable (SD) & Richard Lombardo (OH) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brian Sears 9. (Last Week #9) Done Well (1:51f; $371,762) Owners: : James Stambaugh (OH), Wingfield Brothers (OH), Milton Leeman (OH) & Alan Keith (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Scott Zeron/Tim Tetrick/Joe Bongiorno 10. (Last Week #10) Wes Delight (1:50.2f; $311,930) Owner: Crawofrd Farms Racing (NY) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Corey Callahan Upcoming Events Sept 5 Btva $39,200 New York Sire Stake Leg Ghost Dance Rockapelo Lyons Steel 1:52.0 Sept 5 Btva $39,200 New York Sire Stake Leg Ideal Feeling My Delight Ostro Hanover 1:52.0 Sept 5 Btva $39,200 New York Sire Stake Leg Mach N Cheese Hitman Hill Springsteen 1:53.4 Sept 7 Hop $20,000 Indiana Sire Stake Elim Shnitzledosomethin Jims Perfect Ten Rockinbeach 1:50.4 Sept 7 Hop $20,000 Indiana Sire Stake Elim On Duty Just N Ace Rockin Speed 1:51.2 Sept 8 ScD $275,000 Ohio Sire Stake Final Lather Up Rockathon Seeing Eye Signal 1:49.3 Sept 8 Wdbs $83,342 Simcoe Stakes The Downtown Bus Torrin Hanover Babes Dig Me 1:50.2 Sept 8 Wdbs $83,342 Simcoe Stakes Stay Hungry Backstreet Shadow Hidden Delight 1:49.3 Sept 10 Lex $30,000 Kentucky Sire Stake Leg American History Grand Teton Rush To Judgement 1:49.0 Italics - Jug Eligible by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug        

Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice prepped for next week's Little Brown Jug with a 1:52 win in a qualifier Tuesday morning at Harrah's Philadelphia with regular driver David Miller in the sulky. The colt set all the fractions, going :28 to the quarter, :55.4 to the half and 1:24.2 to three-quarters over a surface labeled "good." "The rail wasn't that great, so Dave kept him two wide the whole way," trainer Blake MacIntosh said. "We just wanted to make sure everything was good. Dave couldn't be happier with him, so we're very happy. He was real good. We'll head to the Jug next week." The 73rd Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers is Sept. 20 at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio and is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Stay Hungry won the first two -- the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes -- and will attempt to become the 11th pacer to complete the sweep. The most recent Pacing Triple Crown winner was No Pan Intended in 2003. Courtly Choice was not staked to the Little Brown Jug, but is eligible to supplement to the race thanks to his win in the Meadowlands Pace. The fee to supplement is $45,000. The colt's owners have already spent nearly $100,000 to supplement to the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace, where Courtly Choice finished fourth for his only loss in his past seven races. "What's another $45,000?" MacIntosh said with a laugh. "Everybody wants to win the Jug. There are three races that you always want to win: the Meadowlands Pace, the North America Cup, and the Jug. Hopefully we can get two out of three. We'll see what happens." The Little Brown Jug, which contests eliminations and final on the same day, is expected to feature three of North America's top-rated horses. Courtly Choice is ranked No. 5 in the current Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while North America Cup winner Lather Up is No. 8 and Stay Hungry is No. 10. In the first Little Brown Jug future pool, Lather Up was the 3-1 favorite followed by Courtly Choice at 9-2 and Stay Hungry at 6-1. The second pool opens Sunday. The draw for the Little Brown Jug is Saturday. Courtly Choice will enter the Jug with a three-race win streak while Stay Hungry and Lather Up both have won back-to-back starts and three of their last four. "Those three horses are on top of their games right now," MacIntosh said. "It's going to be an exciting race. I hope the crowd shows up and everybody enjoys it." Courtly Choice has won nine of 12 races this year and earned $655,393 for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac And Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms. For his career, the son of Art Major out of Lady Ashlee Ann has won 11 of 24 starts and $708,744. Miller is a four-time winner of the Little Brown Jug -- he got his first with No Pan Intended -- and will be attempting to equal the record for career driving victories in the event. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance share the mark with five each. MacIntosh will be making his first appearance in the Little Brown Jug. "I know I'll be nervous," MacIntosh said. "It's going to be an exciting day." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday September 19 in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Over 125 items and services will be offered in a silent auction via mobile bidding followed by a live auction of 10 premier items at 7:30 p.m. People will be able to view the items in advance and bid remotely from their mobile devices beginning at 10:00 a.m. To see the items and register to bid, visit: www.wedoauctions.net/prejugparty. New items will be added daily up to the event. Featured offerings include a South African Photo Safari, John Deere Lawn Tractor, Spyder race bike of choice, a live Miniature weanling and a set of New Nitro wheels. These items along with vacations, harness racing art and memorabilia, jewelry, tickets to sporting events, home accessories, tack and professional services are all up for grabs at this exciting fundraising event. Come to the party or just support these two great organizations! Table sponsors are still being sought. FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Morgan Nemeth (734) 320-7918 winnie@horseadoption.com The Beneficiaries New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. It was founded in 1992 to offer retiring Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and vocational training prior to placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations accepts horses from racetracks and farms throughout the eastern United States at locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York. Horses are equipped with new skills and placed with experienced, caring individuals where "once again, each can be a star." Over 6,500 retired racehorses have found new homes and careers through the efforts of New Vocations. The Delaware County Agricultural Society The Delaware County Agricultural Society has run its annual fair since 1834. The organization promotes agriculture through the operation of the fairgrounds and the many events held there throughout the year. The Delaware County Agricultural Society is celebrating its 73rd year conducting the greatest pacing race in the sport, The Little Brown Jug. The Fairgrounds is home to a thriving community of harness horses and maintains one of the fastest racetracks in the world. The Delaware County Agricultural Society promotes harness racing and its lore to thousands of fans and strives to maintain the history while promoting the future of our sport. From Dot Morgan, for New Vocations  

Lather Up and Courtly Choice are the top choices in the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #1. Lather Up has been tapped the 3-1 favorite based on his recent win in the $275,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final in track record 1:49 3/5 over the sloppy track. The homebred son of I'm Gorgeous has won $738,965 for Gary and Barbara Iles. Lather Up has won 14 of 19 career starts including the $760,000 North America Cup. Lather Up will be driven by Montrell Teague and is trained by Clyde Francis, the same connections that won the 2015 Little Brown Jug with Wiggle It Jiggleit. The 9/2 second pick is Courtly Choice. The bay son of Art Major has won 9 starts this season and has banked more than $700 thousand lifetime. Courtly Choice is owned by Huff Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. Courtly Choice was not Jug eligible, but thanks to his win in the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace he is now eligible with a $45,000 supplemental payment. Rounding out the top three is Stay Hungry (6-1), who has a chance to be the 11th horse in history to win the Triple Crown should he win the Little Brown Jug. The Somebeachsomewhere colt won the $281,000 Cane Pace and the $500,000 Messenger Stake. Stay Hungry has earned $1.1 million for Bradley Grant and the Estate of Irwin Samelman. The second future pool will be from Sunday, September 16 through Wednesday, September 19. 2018 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse Final Odds 1. American History 8-1 2. Babes Dig Me 28-1 3. Captain Deo 49-1 4. Courtly Choice 9-2 5. Done Well 7-1 6. Dorsoduro Hanover 9-1 7. Hayden Hanover 14-1 8. Hitman Hill 17-1 9. Lather Up 3-1 10. Nutcracker Sweet 32-1 11. St Lads Neptune 74-1 12. Stay Hungry 6-1 13. This Is The Plan 57-1 14. Wes Delight 14-1 15. Field 18-1 by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 6th and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 9th at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. Courtly Choice has been installed at the 4-1 morning line favorite. The bay son of Art Major has won 9 starts this season and has banked more than $700 thousand lifetime. Courtly Choice is owned by Huff Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. Courtly Choice was not Jug eligible, but thanks to his win in the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace he is now eligible with a $45,000 supplemental payment. The 9-2 second choice is the Ohio bred Lather Up. The I'm Gorgeous colt has won $601,465 for Gary and Barbara Iles. Lather Up won the $760,000 North America Cup Final. His only two seasonal defeats came as a result of breaks in stride in the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Final and the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He will next start in the $275,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final Saturday night at Scioto Downs. Rounding out the top three is Stay Hungry, who has a chance to be the 11th horse in history to win the Triple Crown should he win the Little Brown Jug. The Somebeachsomewhere colt won the $281,000 Cane Pace and the $500,000 Messenger Stake. Stay Hungry has earned $1.1 million for Bradley Grant and the Estate of Irwin Samelman. 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 73rd 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 2018 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 20. 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 16 through Wednesday, September 19. Past performance lines for the Little Brown Jug Future Wagering event will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website, www.littlebrownjug.com. 2018 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse M/L Odds 1. American History 6-1 2. Babes Dig Me 12-1 3. Captain Deo 20-1 4. Courtly Choice 4-1 5. Done Well 10-1 6. Dorsoduro Hanover 8-1 7. Hayden Hanover 12-1 8. Hitman Hill 10-1 9. Lather Up 9-2 10. Nutcracker Sweet 10-1 11. St Lads Neptune 20-1 12. Stay Hungry 6-1 13. This Is The Plan 15-1 14. Wes Delight 15-1 15. Field 10-1 Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 contenders for the 73rd edition of the pacing classic. Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 73rd Edition on September 20, 2018 Week No. 5 - September 5, 2018 1. (Last Week #1) Courtly Choice (1:47.1; $708,744) Owners: Hutt Racing Stable (PA), Mac and Heim Stables (ON), Daniel Plouffe (QC) & Touch Stone Farms (ON) Trainer: Blake Macintosh Driver: James MacDonald/David Miller * Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000 2. (Last Week #2) Lather Up (1:48.1s; $599,465) Owner: Gary & Barbara Iles (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague 3. (Last Week #6) Stay Hungry (1:47.3; $904,072) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON) & Irwin Samelman Estate (NV) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Doug McNair 4. (Last Week #4) Dorsoduro Hanover (1:49.4f; $762,606) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Silva Prunel & Libby (FL), Weaver Bruscemi (PA) and Wingfield Five (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 5. (Last Week #3) American History (1:47; $332,285) Owner: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON) & American History Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Yannick Gingras 6. (Last Week #7) Hitman Hill (1:49.3f; $346,920) Owners: Tom Hill (ON) & Northfork Racing Stable (PA) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brett Miller 7. (Last Week #8) Babes Dig Me (1:52.2h; $231,252) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Robert Leblanc (TX) and In The Gym Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: George Brennan 8. (Last Week #9) Nutcracker Sweet (1:50.2; $370,484) Owner: Howard Taylor (PA), Order By Stable (SD) & Richard Lombardo (OH) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brian Sears 9. (Last Week #5) Done Well (1:51f; $371,762) Owners: : James Stambaugh (OH), Wingfield Brothers (OH), Milton Leeman (OH) & Alan Keith (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Scott Zeron/Tim Tetrick/Joe Bongiorno 10. (Last Week NR) Wes Delight (1:50.2f; $311,930) Owner: Rick D. Phillips (NY), Deena Rachel Frost (FL) & Mark A. Harder (NJ) Trainer: Mark Harder Driver: Corey Callahan Upcoming Events August 28 YR $86,750 New York Sire Stakes Leg Courtly Choice Cheese Melt Rockapelo 1:51.1 August 28 YR $86,750 New York Sire Stakes Leg Ghost Dance Twin B Tuffenuff Jersey Jim 1:54.1 August 30 Lex $30,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Leg American History Thinkbig Dreambig Grand Teton 1:48.1 Sept 1 YR $500,000 Messenger Stake Final Stay Hungry Jimmy Freight Topville Olympian 1:52.1 Sept 1 Wdbs $95,600 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Leg Backstreet Shadow Levis Day Sharp Action Money 1:49.2 Sept 1 Wdbs $95,600 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Leg The Downtown Bus St Lads Neptune Yacht Seelster 1:49.3 Sept 2 PcD $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Final Dorsoduro Hanover Hayden Hanover This Is The Plan 1:49.4 Sept 5 Btva New York Sire Stake Leg Sept 7 Hop Indiana Sire Stake Elim Sept 8 ScD Jug Preview Sept 8 Wdbs Simcoe Stakes Sept 9 Lex Kentucky Sire Stake Final Italics - Jug Eligible by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 contenders for the 73rd edition of the pacing classic. Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 73rd Edition on September 20, 2018 Week #3 - August 22, 2018 1. (Last Week #1) Courtly Choice (1:47.1; $665,369) Owners: Hutt Racing Stable (PA), Mac and Heim Stables (ON), Daniel Plouffe (QC) & Touch Stone Farms (ON) Trainer: Blake Macintosh Driver: James MacDonald/David Miller * Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000 2. (Last Week #2) Lather Up (1:48.1s; $599,465) Owner: Gary & Barbara Iles (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague 3. (Last Week #4) American History (1:47; $317,285) Owner: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON) & American History Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Yannick Gingras 4. (Last Week #3) Stay Hungry (1:47.3; $899,272) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON) & Irwin Samelman (NV) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Doug McNair 5. (Last Week #5) Dorsoduro Hanover (1:49.4f; 636,106) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Silva Prunel & Libby (FL), Weaver Bruscemi (PA) and Wingfield Five (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 6. (Last Week #6) Done Well (1:51.0f; $371,762) Owners: : James Stambaugh (OH), Wingfield Brothers (OH), Milton Leeman (OH) & Alan Keith (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Scott Zeron/Tim Tetrick/Joe Bongiorno 7. (Last Week #8) Nutcracker Sweet (1:50.2; $342,284) Owner: Howard Taylor (PA), Order By Stable (SD) & Richard Lombardo (OH) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brian Sears 8. (Last Week #7) Hitman Hill (1:49.3f; $346,920) Owners: Tom Hill (ON) & Northfork Racing Stable (PA) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brett Miller 9. (Last Week #10) Captain Deo (1:50.2; $59,028) Owner: Alagna Racing (NJ), Joe Sbrocco (OH), In The Gym Partners (NY) & Captain Deo Partners (NJ) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Marcus Miller/Brett Miller 10. (Last Week #NR) Macadoodledoo (1:51.2f; $44,621) Owner: Jeffrey S. Snyder (NY) Trainer: Mark Silva Driver: David Miller Upcoming Events August 17 Hop $20,000 Indiana Sires Stake Elim Rockin Speed Just N Ace Gd Western Joe 1:50.2 August 17 Hop $20,000 Indiana Sires Stake Elim Always A Prince Shnitzledosomethin Jims Perfect Ten 1:49.4 August 18 ScD $50,000 Ohio Sires Stake Leg Bounding Dragon Seeing Eye Single Dew The Dragon 1:51.1 August 18 ScD $50,000 Ohio Sires Stake Leg Lather Up Sectionline Bigry Dragonology 1:50.2 August 19 Lex $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stake Leg Grand Teton Thinkbig Dreambig Rockn Motion 1:51.0 August 19 TgDn $272,025 Empire Breeders Final Courtly Choice American History Real Surreal 1:48.3 August 20 Mea $81,006 Pennsylvania Sires Stake Leg Done Well Shadow Cat Larry Karr 1:51.1 August 20 Mea $81,006 Pennsylvania Sires Stake Leg Dorsoduro Hanover Wes Delight Macadoodledoo 1:50.2 August 24 Hop InSS Final August 28 YR NYSS Leg August 30 Lex KYSS Leg Italics - Jug Eligible by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 contenders for the 73rd edition of the pacing classic. Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 73rd Edition on September 20, 2018 Week #2 - August 15, 2018 1. (Last Week #2) Courtly Choice (1:47.1; $534,796) Owners: Hutt Racing Stable (PA), Mac and Heim Stables (ON), Daniel Plouffe (QC) & Touch Stone Farms (ON) Trainer: Blake Macintosh Driver: James MacDonald/David Miller * Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000 2. (Last Week #1) Lather Up (1:48.1s; $574,465) Owner: Gary & Barbara Iles (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague 3. (Last Week #3) Stay Hungry (1:47.3; $899,272) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON) & Irwin Samelman (NV) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Doug McNair 4. (Last Week #5) American History (1:47; $261,999) Owner: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON) & American History Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Yannick Gingras 5. (Last Week #4) Dorsoduro Hanover (1:49.4f; $595,603) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Silva Prunel & Libby (FL), Weaver Bruscemi (PA) and Wingfield Five (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 6. (Last Week #8) Done Well (1:51.0f; $331,259) Owners: : James Stambaugh (OH), Wingfield Brothers (OH), Milton Leeman (OH) & Alan Keith (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Scott Zeron/Tim Tetrick/Joe Bongiorno 7. (Last Week #7) Hitman Hill (1:49.3f; $326,028) Owners: Tom Hill (ON) & Northfork Racing Stable (PA) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brett Miller 8. (Last Week #6) Nutcracker Sweet (1:50.2; $342,284) Owner: Howard Taylor (PA), Order By Stable (SD) & Richard Lombardo (OH) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brian Sears 9. (Last Week #NR) Hayden Hanover (1:50.0; $364,522) Owners: Pinske Stables (MN), Andy Miller Stable (NJ), TLP Stable (NJ) & Deo Volente Stable (NJ) Trainer: Julie Miller Driver: Andy Miller/Matt Kakaley 10. (Last Week #NR) Captain Deo (1:50.2; $52,548) Owner: Alagna Racing (NJ), Joe Sbrocco (OH), In The Gym Partners (NY) & Captain Deo Partners (NJ) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Marcus Miller/Brett Miller Upcoming Events August 11 Nfld $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Thinkbig Dreambig Jimmy Freight Minnie Vinnie 1:50.0 August 12 TgDn $12,500 Empire Breeders Elims American History Hitman Hill Heavenly Sound 1:51.1 August 12 TgDn $12,500 Empire Breeders Elims Courtly Choice Ideal Feeling Real Surreal 1:49.0 August 12 Phl $54,805 Pennsylvania Sires Leg Albergo Hanover Odds On Lauderdale Larry Karr 1:49.4 August 12 Phl $55,205 Pennsylvania Sires Leg Done Well Captain Deo This Is The Plan 1:51.0 August 12 Phl $55,205 Pennsylvania Sires Leg Hayden Hanover Macadoodledoo Nutcracker Sweet 1:50.1 August 17 Hop Indiana Sires Stake Elim August 18 ScD Ohio Sires Stake Leg August 19 Lex Kentucky Sires Stake Leg August 19 TgDn Empire Breeders Final August 19 GeoD Onatrio Sires Stake Leg August 20 Mea Pennsylvania Sires Stake Leg Italics - Jug Eligible by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is seeking auction items and table sponsors for its annual Pre-Jug Party & Charity Auction to be held Wednesday September 19, at the Delaware County Fair. Proceeds go toward the retraining and placement of retired Standardbreds and the Delaware County Fair. "We're asking owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, racetracks and those that benefit from racing, to please support this important fundraiser," said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan. Vacations, tickets to sporting events, equine services, memorabilia and tack, as well as, home and barn accessories are all being sought. Items that can be easily mailed are a plus since bidding can be done off site from any mobile device. Higher end items like vacations and experiences are especially helpful. Table Sponsors are also needed and a good option in lieu of merchandise or services. Show your support by sponsoring a table in your name or the name of a favorite horse. Attendance is not required as Seating is Open. Signs on the table recognize each sponsor for their support. It's $400 to sponsor a table or $200 to co-sponsor. Visit www.wedoauctions.net/prejugparty to sponsor a table, view items as they arrive and register to bid. All bidding is via mobile device whether at the party or off site. "New Vocations is totally dependent on donations to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome hundreds of retired racehorses each year," said Morgan. "Participating in this event is a fun & easy way to give back to the horses we all love. I can't emphasize enough, how much we need everyone's help." For the first time, people will be able to view the items in advance and bid remotely from their mobile devices. To see the items and register to bid, visit: www.wedoauctions.net/prejugparty. New items will be added daily up to the event. For more details contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020, dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Nemeth at (734) 320-7918, winnie@horseadoption.com. Table Sponsorships can be paid online at www.NewVocations.org under Events. From New Vocations

Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 contenders for the 73rd edition of the pacing classic.   Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 73rd Edition on September 20, 2018 Week #1 - August 8, 2018 1. Lather Up (1:48.1s; $574,465) Owner: Gary & Barbara Iles (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague 2. Courtly Choice (1:47.1; $528,546) Owners: Hutt Racing Stable (PA), Mac and Heim Stables (ON), Daniel Plouffe (QC) & Touch Stone Farms (ON) Trainer: Blake Macintosh Driver: James MacDonald/David Miller * Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000 3. Stay Hungry (1:47.3; $899,272) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON) & Irwin Samelman (NV) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Doug McNair 4. Dorsoduro Hanover (1:49.4f; $575,603) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Silva Prunel & Libby (FL), Weaver Bruscemi (PA) and Wingfield Five (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 5. American History (1:47; $245,749) Owner: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON) & American History Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Yannick Gingras 6. Nutcracker Sweet (1:50.2; $335,660) Owner: Howard Taylor (PA), Order By Stable (SD) & Richard Lombardo (OH) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brian Sears 7. Hitman Hill (1:49.3f; $322,903) Owners: Tom Hill (ON) & Northfork Racing Stable (PA) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brett Miller 8. Done Well (1:51.2f; $303,657) Owners: : James Stambaugh (OH), Wingfield Brothers (OH), Milton Leeman (OH) & Alan Keith (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Scott Zeron/Tim Tetrick 9. Babes Dig Me (Q1:52.3; $166,836) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Robert Leblanc (TX) & In The Gym Partners (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Brett Miller 10. St Lads Neptune (1:50.3s; $188,059) Owner: Jesmeral Stable (NY) Trainer: Stephanie Jamieson Driver: Jody Jamieson Upcoming Events August 11 Nfld Carl Milstein Memorial August 12 TgDn Empire Breeders Championship Eliminations August 12 Phl Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Leg by Jay Wolf, for the Litle Brown Jug

Four-time Little Brown Jug champion driver, Ron Pierce has been selected as the 34th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. Pierce, 62, scored back-to-back Jug wins in 1998 and 1999 with Shady Character and the Triple Crown winning Blissfull Hall. He returned to the Jug winner's circle in 2004 with Timesareachanging and in 2009 with Well Said. The native of California owns an impressive Universal Drivers Rating of .417 in 49 Little Brown Jug starts. He ranks second in Jug earnings with $1.7 million. Of his 42 career wins at the Delaware County Fair, 34 of them came in stakes competition, including 13 in the Little Brown Jug and nine in the Standardbreds. Pierce retired from racing with 9,570 career wins and $215 million in earnings. He was enshrined into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY in 2005. Pierce will be presented the Wall of Fame jacket and wall plaque during the 2018 Little Brown Jug week (September 16 - 20). by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Columbus, OH --- Go behind the scenes at the 2017 Little Brown Jug and experience the fanfare of the backstretch, the excitement of live harness racing and the mounting anticipation from the connections of the Little Brown Jug contenders as they take aim at one of racing's greatest prizes. The 2017 Little Brown Jug was won in the second heat by Ron Burke trained Filibuster Hanover in 1:50, an upset winner in a race where local trainer Brian Brown sent in heavy favorites Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside. USTA Communications Department 

DELAWARE — It seemed a foregone conclusion going into the Little Brown Jug on Thursday that Downbytheseaside or Fear The Dragon would give Ostrander’s Brian Brown the win he had long coveted in the biggest race on his home track. No one, however, told Filibuster Hanover. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras, Filibuster Hanover rocketed to the lead and never looked back, capturing the final heat of the $590,400 Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in 1 minute, 50 seconds. Leaving from post 2, Filibuster Hanover, sent off at 5-1, led the field through every step of the race to win by a length. Funknwaffles took second and Miso Fast third. Fear The Dragon was fourth. “I said all along I thought this horse was coming into a good spot,” Burke said after the race. Filibuster Hanover gave a preview of his prowess in the first of the two-heat race, when he rallied from fourth in the stretch to finish a neck behind winner Fear The Dragon. Fear The Dragon brought some question marks into the race, having last raced nearly a month ago due to an adverse reaction to a flu shot. But he seemed to put those doubts to rest with his victory. “We thought he would be much better,” Brown said after the first heat. “He showed it. That seems to be the way he races. He’ll go on the front if necessary, but he likes to be following and coming at the end.” Favorite Downbytheseaside lacked racing room and finished fifth that heat, and Brown opted to change his bridle and limit his field of vision in hopes of focusing his attention. Bettors liked the change enough to send him off as the final-heat favorite at 1-1. The change, however, seemed to backfire, as Downbytheseaside raced outside horses for much of the final and finished fifth. “Looking back, I wish I hadn’t (changed his equipment),” Brown said. “He was too aggressive. ... He had to come too early, and it just ran him into the ground.” Fear The Dragon, sent off as the final’s second betting choice, raced fourth much of the mile and ended up there. Driver David Miller, a Columbus native going for his fifth Jug victory, said the race just didn’t go his way. “We kind of got jammed up, because Downbytheseaside started backing up pretty quick there,” he said. “I got into a bad spot.” Brown, however, said the race was lost even earlier. “Even though he had some room late, David said the horse wasn’t really good in the second heat,” he said. Burke noted in the winner’s circle that Filibuster Hanover had to overcome some previous physical challenges to even get to the Jug. But his training leading up to the Jug — and his first heat performance — were signs the pacer had finally hit his stride. “The last four weeks he really turned it around,” Burke said. “Before that he wasn’t sound; he wasn’t sharp. He had a few things soundness-wise. He had some little things that bothered him. In maybe the last two months we got him where we needed to get him.” “He was loaded finishing in the elimination,” Gingras said. “I had plenty of pace.” It was Filibuster Hanover’s fifth win in 26 career races and brought his lifetime earnings to more than $500,000 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Joe Di Scala Jr., J and T Silva Stables LLC, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory was the second Jug for Burke and Gingras, who partnered on 2014 winner Limelight Beach. For Brown, whose Lost For Words came up a nose short in the 2015 Jug, the result was hard to take. “I came in here and thought I had a chance to win the Jug,” he said. “It just wasn’t meant to be.” Ohio State communication students Mac Connor and Kaitlyn Beale contributed to this article. By Nicole Kraft For The Columbus Dispatch Reprinted with permission of The Columbus Dispatch

Filibuster Hanover used his front end speed to win the harness racing 72nd Little Brown Jug in 1:50 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Thursday evening. When the gates wings opened for the $401,472 final heat, driver Yannick Gingras sent Filibuster Hanover out of post #2 and grabbed the early lead from a fast leaving Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears) from post #5. First heat winner Fear The Dragon (David Miller) was forced into fourth. Filibuster Hanover led the field of seven past the opening quarter in :26 4/5. Sears decided to send the pocket sitting Downbytheseaside to the front at the half in :54 3/5. Gingras and Filibuster Hanover refused to let Downbystheseaside by, forcing the later to race on the outside. The eventual winner opened up some daylight at the ¾ pole in 1:21 3/5 as a tiring Downbytheseaside caused the chasers wide in the final turn. Filibuster Hanover won by a length over Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan), who rallied up the rail to finish second and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) was third. The three-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Joseph DiScala, Jr., J & T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. Gingras and Burke hoisted the Jug for the second time (2014 Limelight Beach). "We were really happy with (Filibuster Hanover) coming into this race and pleased with the post position," noted the winning trainer. "We thought he could be the horse to beat as Brian's (Brown) horses have been racing very hard and we might have caught them at the right time." "This horse really has been good all year long, but has really improved recently and we always thought he could win this race," added Gingras. The $188,928 first heat was a classic. Funknwaffles used the inside rail position and led the field of eight past the opening quarter in :27 1/5 and the half in :55 1/5. Fear The Dragon was the first to challenge, providing some needed cover for Miso Fast and Downbytheseaside. Funknwaffles remained a nose in front at the three-quarters in 1:22 4/5. As the field headed down the lane, six horses had a legitimate shot to win. Fear The Dragon received the last call and won by a neck over Filibuster Hanover in 1:50 3/5. Funknwaffles held on for third. Miso Fast was fourth and Downbytheseaside was fifth just ¾ of a length back of his stablemate. The official results of the first heat established the post-positions for the second heat. With the winner's share, Filibuster Hanover now sports $633,258 on his career earnings card. Filibuster Hanover The Jug Undercard The $120,500 Ms. Versatility Final was won by Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube) over Caprice Hill (Yannick Gingras) and Barn Girl (Aaron Merriman) in 1:52. The winning time was just 1/5 off the track, stakes and world records. Luc Blais trains the winner for Determination of Montreal, Quebec. Shake It Off Lindy and driver Scott Zeron used a front running effort to win the $105,125 Old Oaken Bucket in a lifetime best 1:54. A pair of Chris Beaver trainees took the place and show spots with Amdy M (David Miller) and Moonshiner Hanover (Tim Tetrick). Shake It Off Lindy is owned by K R Breeding and trained by Frank Antonacci. The leading candidates for next year's Old Oaken Bucket competed in the $52,200 Standardbred for two-year-old colt trotters. Keystone Apache (Marcus Miller) overcame a tough trip and edged Can't Afford It (Andy Miller) by a neck in a lifetime best 1:56 2/5. The Explosive Matter colt is owned by the Erv Miller Stable and Tangie Massey. He is trained by Erv Miller. Four divisions of the $145,184 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman pacing colts were held. Three $36,296 divisions were won by trainer Brian Brown - Rock On Creek (Chris Page), Dragonology (David Miller) and Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). The final division was won by Born To Be Bad (Andy Miller). The $113,385 (div.) sophomore colt OBC paces were won by Scotch McEwan (Josh Sutton), Camwood (Kayne Kauffman) and Barnabas (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Camwood paid $50.00 to win. A pair of $53,543 three-year-old filly OBC paces were won by Berazzled (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Rosa's Touch (Matt Kakaley). The $11,500 OBC for aged pacers went to Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) in 1:52 1/5. The mare as won three straight OBCs. Trainer Brian Brown won five races on the 22-race card. Jay Wolf      

Boogie Shuffle will have to beat the best harness racing 3-year-old pacers in North America to win Thursday's $590,400 Little Brown Jug and owner Bob Tambur wouldn't want it any other way. "That's what sports are all about," said Tambur, the owner of Fox Hollow Farm, which bred and owns Boogie Shuffle. "You want to be there. The fact you're there, that you're one of the better horses in the country, that's big. "I never dreamed I'd get to the Jug. But here we are. I'm a lucky guy." Boogie Shuffle brings a three-race win streak, and four wins in his past five starts, to the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The eight-horse field also includes Fear The Dragon, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, and No. 3 Downbytheseaside. "If you want to be a top horse you've got to race against the best," said Tambur, who lives in northeast Pennsylvania. "Now we are racing against the best." The Little Brown Jug is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Huntsville, who was not entered in the Little Brown Jug, won the first, the Cane Pace, while Downbytheseaside won the second, the Messenger Stakes. This year's race ushers in a new era for the Little Brown Jug, which previously required a horse to win two heats to be declared the event's champion. Beginning this year, the race's conditions were altered so that eliminations only establish an eight-horse field for the final later in the day. The Little Brown Jug champion is the winner of the final regardless of finish position in his elimination. With eight horses in this year's field, all will advance to the $401,472 final. The post positions for the final will be determined by the official order of finish in the $188,928 first heat, with the winning horse assigned post position one and all others taking their positions in the order they were placed in the first heat. Boogie Shuffle, a son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Ciela Hanover, will start the first round from post six and is 6-1 on the morning line. Downbytheseaside, in post five, is the 2-1 favorite while Fear The Dragon is the second choice, at 7-2. Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are both trained by Brian Brown, who is based at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Brian Sears will drive Downbytheseaside while David Miller, who with a win Thursday can equal the record of five Little Brown Jug victories, will be behind Fear The Dragon. Scott Zeron will drive Boogie Shuffle for trainer Mark Harder. "One thing about (Boogie Shuffle), he's got gate speed," Tambur said. "We'll see what happens. It's up to Scotty." Boogie Shuffle began this season with a win and four third-place finishes in his first five races. In his next four races, though, he finished no better than sixth. It was discovered the horse was suffering from stomach ulcers and his recent return to top form followed treatment for the issue. His three-race win streak includes the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Boogie Shuffle won the event in a career-best 1:48.2. "Even when he was sick, he was trying," Tambur said. "Mark kept saying the horse is a good horse. He knew there was something wrong; it was just a matter of figuring it out and getting the horse right. It was very frustrating. But Mark never gave up on that horse, nor did Scotty. "Those two guys stuck with me. I have admiration for both of them. I give both those guys a lot of credit; a lot of character there." For his career, Boogie Shuffle has won six of 27 races and earned $362,543. Last year, he won only one of 13 races but finished among the top three a total of 10 times. "Last year, he would slow down when a horse came alongside of him," Tambur said. "This year, he goes for it. He's a little older, a little smarter. And he's strong. We think he will be great to go two races (in the Jug). I'm not saying we're going to win, but he doesn't get tired easily." Tambur, whose business ventures include a financial company and real estate development, got started in harness racing a little more than two decades ago. He is looking forward to his first trip to the Little Brown Jug. "I'm in it for the dream," Tambur said. "When you breed a horse on your farm and you raise him and he goes out and does well, I get a big kick out of it. "We've got a lot of good races ahead of us. I'm optimistic, but we're racing with the best of them." Right where he wants to be. Following is the draw for the opening heat for the 72nd Little Brown Jug. It is race No. 16 with an approximate 4 p.m. post time. All eight horses will return for the final, which is race No. 20. PP Horse Sire (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds 1. Funknwaffles by American Ideal (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 10-1 2. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 5-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again (David Miller/Brian Brown) 7-2 4. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 12-1 5. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 2-1 6. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said (Scott Zeron/Mark Harder) 6-1 7. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere (Tim Tetrick/Ron Buke) 15-1 8. Chip Walther  by Art Major (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 20-1 Ken Weingartner

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