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It is expected to be a battle between a pair of Brian Brown trainees as Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon have been installed as the morning line harness racing favorites in the $590,400 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 21st at the Delaware County Fair. Downbytheseaside was tapped as the 2-1 choice and will leave from post 5 and will be piloted by Brian Sears in the first heat field of eight. Downbytheseaside comes into the Jug on a 4 race win streak, and has won 9 of 13 seasonal starts, including the $500,000 Art Rooney Pace, the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and the $125,000 Jug Preview. He owns a lifetime mark of 1:49 2/5 and has earned just short of $1.6 million. The Somebeachsomewhere colt is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Fear The Dragon drew post 3 and has been made the 7/2 second choice. The Dragon Again colt is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm and has earned $1.2 million during his career. Fear The Dragon will receive the services of Delaware's all-time winningest driver, David Miller. They teamed up to win the $730,000 North America Cup, the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and the $400,000 Adios Pace. He was scratched sick from the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final on September 3. He won a qualifying race at Hoosier Park on September 13 in 1:54 over a sloppy track. The eight entries are the smallest number since 8 entered the 1980 Little Brown Jug won by Niatross. Only seven horses entered the 1948 (won by Knight Dream) and 1965 (won by Bret Hanover) Little Brown Jugs. The post positions for the final heat will be determined by the official results of the $188,928 first heat. The winner of the $401,472 final heat will be declared the 72nd Jug champion. The complete Little Brown Jug field and announced drivers: 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 Jay Wolf      

The Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug would like to remind harness racing horsemen of a couple of important items: Jug and Jugette Entries: The Jugette and Little Brown Jug use a 5-day box. Entries for the Jugette are due by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15 and entries for the 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association are due by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16. Jug Race-Off: Last year, the Little Brown Jug Society voted to eliminate the third heat (race-off). The winner of the second heat will be declared the LBJ champion. Jug and Jugette Eliminations: These events will split into eliminations with 10 or more entries. Should ten horses enter, two 5 horse eliminations will be held and the top eight will move on to the Jug final. Detention Barn: All Jugette and Jug entries need to be stabled in the required barns two days prior to the event. Jugette Horses: Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:00 am. Jug Horses: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:00 am. Standardbred Two-Year-Old Paces: The Standardbred events for two-year-old colt and filly pacers will be held on Sunday, September 17. The deadline to enter is 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 14. Overnights: The complete overnight schedule is available on www.littlebrownjug.com. Entries: Horsemen are urged to enter all Delaware County Fair events via the United States Trotting Associations Online Entry. Entries can also be made by calling (740) 363-6000.   Jay Wolf    

For several weeks, the experts have been saying the 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, was going to be a two horse race. The harness racing bettors agree and have made Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon as the top choices in the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #1. Downbytheseaside has been tapped the 6/5 favorite based on his recent wins in the $500,000 Messenger Pace Final (September 2) and the $125,000 Jug Preview (September 9). The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won nine of 13 seasonal starts and $1,595,822 for his career. Downbytheseaside is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard M. Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Both Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are trained by Delaware, Ohio based Brian Brown. Fear The Dragon is the second choice at 3-1. The Dragon Again colt has won the $730,000 North America Cup, the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and the $400,000 Adios Pace. He has been a model of consistency this season with all twelve starts resulting in first or second place finishes and $1.0 million in seasonal earnings. Fear The Dragon is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Miso Fast (7-1) and Boogie Shuffle (9-1) are the third and fourth choices. The second future pool will be from 12 p.m. Sunday, September 17 through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, the first three afternoons of Grand Circuit racing at the Delaware County Fair. 2017 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse Final Odds 1. Art Scene 37-1 2. Blood Line 18-1 3. Boogie Shuffle 9-1 4. Chip Walther 57-1 5. Classic Pro 48-1 6. Downbytheseaside 6-5 7. Fear The Dragon 3-1 8. Filibuster Hanover 25-1 9. Funknwaffles 18-1 10. Heaven's Gait 32-1 11. Miso Fast 7-1 12. Normandy Beach 39-1 13. R J P 52-1 14. Western Hill 68-1 15. Field 20-1 Jay Wolf      

The harness racing world was jolted Sept. 3 when 3-year-old pacing sensation Fear The Dragon was scratched sick from a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, but owner Bruce Trogdon said the horse has been steadily improving and is still being pointed to race in the Little Brown Jug. Trogdon said Fear The Dragon came up very sore last week, and although he performed well in light training his bloodwork went from bad to worse. Trogdon said he and Delaware-based trainer Brian Brown think the horse might have had a reaction to an immunization booster shot. “We’ve had a lot of good luck; sometimes you get bad luck and you’ve got to take it,” said Trogdon, who operates Emerald Highlands Farm, a 260-acre breeding farm in Mount Vernon. Fear The Dragon will return to the track for a non-betting qualifying race on Wednesday at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana. If all goes well, the winner of 10 of 12 races and $1,034,810 this year will go to the Jug on Sept. 21 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Trogdon said he couldn’t arrange to get Fear The Dragon in a race this weekend, the preferred course for a horse who last raced Aug. 18. “We’re going to have to go a pretty good mile (at Hoosier Park) because he’s been off for a pretty long time,” Trogdon said. Fast finale at Scioto Scioto Downs will close out its 2017 season Saturday with what likely will be its fastest night of the year. The $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers has several horses who could challenge the track record of 1:47, set in the Ewart last year by Always B Miki. Mcwicked is the 3-1 favorite from the No. 3 gate position, with Mel Mara the second choice at 4-1 from the rail. They’ll likely face stiff competition from 6-1 choices Sintra, who won the Canadian Pacing Derby last week, and Rockin Ron. Both have won in 1:47 2/5 this year. The $125,000 Jug Preview for 3-year-old pacers appears to be a showcase for Downbytheseaside. Also trained by Brown, Downbytheseaside has won eight of 12 races and $956,216 this year. He is the 4-5 favorite from the No. 1 position. By Scott Davis Reprinted with permission of The Columbus Dispatch

Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 7th and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10th at harness racing racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. Downbytheseaside has been installed at the 3-1 morning line favorite. The bay son of Somebeachsomewhere has won 8 starts this season and has banked more than $1.5 million lifetime. Downbytheseaside is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Downbytheseaside won the $500,000 Messenger Stake, the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace Final and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The colt is undefeated (six-for-six) in races on a half-mile track and he established a two-year-old world record last year at Delaware in the Standardbred. The 7-2 second choice is the stablemate, Fear The Dragon. The Dragon Again colt has won $1,263,201 for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon has won the $730,000 North America Cup Final, $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Final and the $400,000 Adios Final. He was scratched 'sick' from his last scheduled start, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final. Both Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are trained by Delaware, Ohio based conditioner Brian Brown. 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 72nd 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 2017 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 21. 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 17 through Wednesday, September 20. 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. 2017 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse M/L Odds 1. Art Scene by American Ideal, 25-1 2. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere, 15-1 3. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said, 20-1 4. Chip Walther by Art Major, 25-1 5. Classic Pro by Shadow Play, 15-1 6. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere, 3-1 7. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again, 7-2 8. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, 15-1 9. Funknwaffles by American Ideal, 10-1 10. Heaven's Gait by Rock N Roll Heaven, 12-1 11. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe, 6-1 12. Normandy Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, 30-1 13. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere, 20-1 14. Western Hill by Western Ideal, 30-1 15. Field,  10-1   Jay Wolf    

Delaware, OH --- Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 harness racing contenders for the 72nd edition of the pacing classic. This year's Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday (Sept. 21). For the latest LBJ information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. 1. (Last Week #1) Fear The Dragon (1:48.4s; $1,263,201) Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller 2. (#2) Downbytheseaside (1:49; $1,263,322) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Richard M. Lombardo (OH) & Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Brian Sears   3. (#5) Heaven’s Gait (1:49s; $272,947) Owner: John R. Cummins (KY) Trainer: Nicholas DeVita Drivers: David Miller and Jordan Stratton   4. (#9) Filibuster Hanover (1:50f; $291,040) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Joseph DiScala, Jr. (NY) and J&T Silva Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Matt Kakaley and Yannick Gingras   5. (#3) Classic Pro (1:51s; $343,898) Owners: Ian Moore (ON), R G McGroup (NB) and Serge A. Savard (QC) Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore Driver: Trevor Henry   6. (#8) Miso Fast (1:49.2f; $417,328) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Our Horse Cents Stable (PA) and J&T Silva Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley   7. (#6) Blood Line (1:50.3f; $231,239) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Mark MacDonald   8. (#4) Funknwaffles (1:50.4h; $515,687) Owner: Crawford Farms Racing (NY) Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Corey Callahan   9. (#7) Chip Walther (1:50.3; $193,444) Owners: Ervin Miller Stable (PA), Paymaq Racing (IL), Nick Surick Stable (NJ) and Louis A. Willinger (KY) Trainer: Erv Miller Driver: Marcus Miller   10. (NR) Boogie Shuffle (1:50.3f; $213,543) Owners: Fox Hollow Farm (PA) Trainer: Mark Harder Driver: Scott Zeron by Jay Wolf, publicity director, the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH --- Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 harness racing contenders for the 72nd edition of the pacing classic. This year's Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday (Sept. 21). For the latest LBJ information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. The most recent edition of the field is below: 1-Fear The Dragon (1:48.4s; $1,152,844) by Dragon Again from a Western Ideal mare Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm (Ohio) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller 2-Downbytheseaside (1:49.0; $1,113,322) by Somebeachsomewhere from a Allamerican Native mare Owners: Country Club Acres (Ohio), Joe Sbrocco (Ohio), Richard M. Lombardo (Ohio) & Diamond Creek Racing (Pa.) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Brian Sears 3-Filibuster Hanover (1:52.0f; $255,483) by Somebeachsomewhere from a Western Hanover mare Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (Pa.), Weaver Bruscemi (Pa.), Joseph DiScala, Jr. (N.Y.) and J&T Silva Stables (N.Y.) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley & Yannick Gingras 4-R J P (1:51.2; $237,941) by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon's Lair mare Owners: Burke Racing Stable (Pa.), Weaver Bruscemi (Pa.), Jack B. Piatt II (Pa.) and Prunel & Libby (Fla.) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras 5-Blood Line (1:50.3f; $198,754) by Somebeachsomewhere from a Western Ideal mare Owner: Diamond Creek Racing (Pa.) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Mark MacDonald 6-Funknwaffles (1:50.4h; $499,933) by American Ideal from a Magical Mike mare Owner: Crawford Farms Racing (N.Y.) Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Corey Callahan 7-Classic Pro (1:51.0s; $306,002) by Shadow Play from a Astreos mare Owners: Ian Moore (Ont.), R G McGroup (NB) & Serge A. Savard (PQ) Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore Driver: Trevor Henry 8-Miso Fast (1:49.2f; $351,059) by Roll With Joe from a Artsplace mare Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (Pa.), Weaver Bruscemi (Pa.), Our Horse Cents Stable (Pa.) and J&T Silva Stables (N.Y.) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 9-Chip Walther (1:50.3; $187,688) by Art Major from a Western Terror mare Owners: Ervin Miller Stable (Pa.), Paymaq Racing (Ill.), Nick Surick Stable (N.J.) & Louis A. Willinger (Ky.) Trainer: Erv Miller Driver: Marcus Miller 10-Heaven’s Gait (1:49.0s; $140,409) by Rock N Roll Heaven from a Somebeachsomewhere mare Owner: John R. Cummins (Ky.) Trainer: Nicholas DeVita  Driver: David Miller & Jordan Stratton by Jay Wolf, Publicity Director, Little Brown Jug 

The Little Brown Jug is pleased to announce that Dave Brower will host the popular simulcast television broadcast from Tuesday, September 19 through Jug Day on Thursday, September 21. Dave will be joined on the harness racing show each day by co-hosts Dave Bianconi and Wendy Ross. Roger Huston will call the action for the 51st consecutive year and Jason Settlemoir is the back up announcer. The Little Brown Jug telecast is eagerly anticipated by racing fans all year as the personalities discuss the racing and interview the trainers and drivers throughout the day. "One of harness racing's most beloved and iconic races is the Little Brown Jug, and I've been honored and privileged to broadcast two of them live nationally on CBS Sports Network in 2014-2015. Being asked to represent Ohio's most famed race for their on track simulcast presentation is truly humbling," said Brower. "Following in the footsteps of Hall of Famer Sam McKee is a scary proposition, but I look forward to the challenge. Just to be asked is a tremendous honor, and I embrace it in the dedicated manner which he would wholeheartedly endorse." "Since my first visit to Delaware, Ohio in 1997, I have always loved the Jug, and the many fans who attend it. I can't wait to work with colleagues Dave Bianconi, Wendy Ross, Jason Settlemoir, and the incomparable Roger Huston! We'll try to make it fun for everybody." "We are extremely excited to have Dave join our broadcast team," added Tom Wright, Director of Racing. "He is very knowledgeable and will enhance our simulcast product." The Delaware County Fair will race from Sunday, September 17th through Thursday, September 21st.   Jay Wolf    

Long-time Little Brown Jug simulcast harness racing host, Sam McKee has been named the 2017 Joseph Neville Memorial Award honoree by the Delaware County Fair. The native of Michigan, McKee started calling imaginary races as a young boy. His developed a pen-pal relationship with the Hall of Fame and Little Brown Jug announcer, Roger Huston. Huston's mentorship helped shape McKee's career. The day after graduating high school, McKee was hired by Saginaw Valley Downs to serve as their track announcer. He later worked for Sports Creek Raceway, Raceway Park, Detroit Race Course and Northville Downs. In 1990, McKee moved his family east to work at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. He served as the Big M's co-announcer, simulcast director and TV coordinator. His distinctive voice would later be heard during the Grand Circuit meet at Lexington's Red Mile. McKee was inducted into the Communicators Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2012. He also owned a spot in the Michigan Harness Racing Hall. McKee died March 8, 2017 at the age of 54. He is survived by his wife, Chris, and three daughters - Meagan, Lindsey and Melissa. Jay Wolf

Four-time Little Brown Jug champion harness racing driver, David Miller has been selected as the 33rd Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. Miller, 52, is the all-time leading driver at the Delaware County Fair. Among his 218 career wins are a pair of Jugette titles, four Old Oaken Buckets, two Buckettes and twenty Standardbred events. The native of Columbus, Ohio won his first Little Brown Jug title in 2003 with No Pan Intended, capping a 10-win day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Miller other Jug titles include Shadow Play (2008), Big Bad John (2011) and Betting Line (2016). Miller is only the third driver in history of the sport to pass $200 million in career earnings (currently at $214.7 million) and ranks fifth in career wins with 12,170. He was inducted into Harness Racing's Hall of Fame in 2014 and was enshrined into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010. Miller will be presented the Wall of Fame jacket and wall plaque during the 2017 Little Brown Jug week (September 17 - 21). Jay Wolf  

Harness racing yearling nominations for all races serviced by the Hambletonian Society are due Monday, May 15. Payments for foals of 2016 to be nominated to any stakes events administered by the Society should be postmarked no later than midnight on Tuesday, May 16. This is the most important eligibility payment for those events that do not allow supplements, including the $1 million Hambletonian to be raced in 2019 at the Meadowlands. 2017 Races with a May 15 sustaining payment are also listed below. For more information or to obtain nomination forms, call 609-371-2211 or visit us on the web at www.hambletonian.com. May 15 Sustaining Payments May 15 Sustaining Payments Breeders Crown Cleveland Trotting Classic Supplement Courageous Lady Supplement The Elevation Fox Stake  Hoosier Stakes 2YO Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Pace & Trot (for 2YO Fillies) Landmark Stakes 2YO  Keystone Classics 2YO  Liberty Bell Early Closer 2YO Matron Series 2YO W.N. Reynolds Memorial Early Closer 2YO   John Simpson Memorial Early Closer 2YO Ralph Wilfong Horsemen 2CT The Spirit of Massachusetts 3YO & Older Trotters Tompkins Memorial & Geers Early Closer 2YO May 15 Yearling Payments Delvin Miller Adios (and Adioo Volo Filly Division) Arden Downs Stakes Breeders Crown Cane Pace (and Shady Daisy) Currier & Ives Trot (and Filly Trot) Dexter Cup (and Lady Suffolk Trot) Fox Stake Hambletonian (Hambletonian Oaks & Maturity) Hoosier Stakes The Horseman´╗┐ Messenger Stakes (and Lady Maud) Progress Pace Art Rooney Pace (and Lismore Filly Division) Ralph Wilfong Horseman Stake (for 2YO Trotters) Yonkers Trot Delaware (OH) Grand Circuit Yearling Nomination Payments Due Owners are reminded that the yearling nomination payments for the Delaware (OH) Grand Circuit events for foals of 2016 (to be raced in 2019) are due May 15, 2017. The nomination fees are as follows: Little Brown Jug #74 and Jugette #49                      $50.00 Old Oaken Buckete #67 and Buckette #67            $25.00 Make checks payable and send all entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065. For the latest news, information and nomination forms, please visit the Little Brown Jug website: www.littlebrownjug.com. Ohio Breeders Championship Stallion Subscriptions Due Ohio stallion owners are reminded that the stallion subscriptions for the Ohio Breeders Championship are due May 15, 2017. Payment of the stallion subscription will allow foals of 2016 by stallions registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission to establish eligibility for his foals to compete in the OBC championship events. This year’s payment will cover foals of 2016 to be raced at the Delaware County Fair as two-year-olds in 2018 and three-year-olds in 2019. Last season the Ohio Breeders Championships raced for a combined $871,000 during Little Brown Jug week. The 2017 subscription fee is one half of the stud fee charged in the year of conception (2015), minimum of $300.  Payments must be sent to: Delaware County Fair, Attn: Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065. For a complete set of rules and a subscription form, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com under the racing tab.

Delaware native, Thomas "T" Thomson has been named the Sponsorship Manager of the harness racing Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug. Thomson has more than 25 years of sales and production experience, most recently with Brown Enterprise Solutions. Thomson is the grandson of Henry "Hank" Thomson, co-founder of the Little Brown Jug and the son of W. D. "Tommy" Thomson, who ran the Jug for nearly 40 years. Thomson replaced Phil Terry who retired in January. "I am honored to serve in my new role with the fair and Jug," noted Thomson. "We are experiencing some exciting times in Delaware, with the passage of the bed tax and the revenue that will be created as a result of it. I am looking forward to working with the industry, business and community leaders to advance the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug." "We could not be happier than to have T as our Sponsorship Manager. He has a long history with the fair and Little Brown Jug going all the way back to his grandfather being one of our founding fathers," added Tom Wright, Delaware County Fair's Director of Racing. "His previous experience combined with a passion for Delaware is the perfect match to carry us forward in the harness industry."   Jay Wolf

Phil Terry, Director of Marketing for the Delaware County Fair, has announced his retirement effective January 31, 2017. Terry, 67, has served as the Director of Marketing since 1998 and served as the fair's General Manager from 2008 until 2013. Terry was honored for his work when he was named the 2010 Little Brown Jug "Wall of Fame" honoree. "I have been blessed to be involved with the Little Brown Jug and harness racing at the Delaware County Fair," noted Terry. "I was very lucky to have a friend like Tom Thomson who taught me about the Jug and its importance to the people who attend the Jug and to harness racing as a whole. Thanks to everyone who helped me through the years." "No one loves the Little Brown Jug more than Phil," noted Tom Wright, President of the Little Brown Jug Society. "His dedication and efforts to improve the race and events around the Jug will be his legacy." "The fair board cannot thank Phil enough for his leadership of the fair during some tough economic times," added Pat Paykoff, President of the Delaware County Fairboard. The Delaware County Fair will start a search to find a replacement for Terry. The 2017 Delaware County Fair will run from Saturday, September 16 through Saturday, September 23. The 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug will be raced on Thursday, September 21. For more information on the Delaware County Fair or the Little Brown Jug, please visit [www.delawarecountyfair.com] www.delawarecountyfair.com or [www.littlebrownjug.com]

WILKES-BARRE PA - Limelight Beach, the 2014 Little Brown Jug winner, held off a determined railshooting Katies Rocker to take the $20,000 featured harness racing conditioned pace Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:51.1. Matt Kakaley left strongly with the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere but still had to race two-wide to get around Dreams Beachboy at the 26.2 quarter. Limelight Beach posted middle fractions of 55 and 1:22.4, had put away a strong first-over bid by Major Uptrend, and was able to get some separation from Dreams Beachboy, but in midstretch Katies Rocker, who had raced third-inside, shot to the deep Pocono Pike and gained rapidly, with Kakaley urging his charge on and withstanding that one by a half-length, with Theartofconfusion A coming from far back to edge Dreams Beachboy for third. The victory was the third in the last four starts for the lifetime winner of $1,175,699 - he had taken his previous start at Batavia on the Kane Pace undercard, with the feature taken by his Ron Burke stablemate Foiled Again. Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC, and the Wingfield Brothers LLC are the "Superfecta LLC" owners. Rockin Rambaran won his fourth straight race when he took the $18,000 high-end claiming pace by two lengths in 1:51.1 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Richard Banca, and the P T Stable. But "P T," who had claimed the pacer for $25,000 out of his last start, will (at least for now) have to settle for a "$9000 minus a week's training fees" profit from the horse, as he was taken Saturday right back by the Chris Oakes stable. PHHA / Pocono  

Betting Line won the 71st Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, with a world record performance in the $577,000 harness racing event’s second heat Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The Casie Coleman-trained Betting Line, who extended his win streak to 13 races with his Jug victory, stopped the timer in 1:49, equaling the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile track. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a gelding, established that record last year at Harrington Raceway. Betting Line’s effort, though, was the fastest half-mile triumph ever by a colt. Betting Line, the 1-9 favorite in the second heat, took the lead from Western Fame just after the halfway point in the mile race for 3-year-old pacers and cruised to an eight length victory from there. Western Fame was second, followed by Dr J Hanover and Lyons Snyder. It was driver David Miller’s fourth career Jug win and the third for Coleman. “It was pretty easy,” Miller said after the second heat. “He was great both trips and I’m so glad for all the connections and the horse to win the Little Brown Jug.” Miller is among five drivers to win the Little Brown Jug at least four times. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance lead the list with five apiece while Miller, Stanley Dancer and Ron Pierce have four. Coleman joined four other trainers with three Jug triumphs. Haughton tops the list with six victories. “I enjoy each and every one of them and this is really special,” Miller said. Earlier in the day, Betting Line and Western Fame won their respective first heats. Betting Line captured his division by 2-1/2 lengths over Lyons Snyder in 1:50.4 while Western Fame won by 1-1/4 lengths over Big Top Hanover in 1:50.1. But prior to the first heat, a controversy that had been brewing behind the scenes since early this morning came to a head. It involved a lost cell phone belonging to one of winning trainer Casie Coleman’s employees that was found on the backstretch with a message on it that trainers Ron Burke, Jimmy Taker and Tony Alagna brought to the attention of the judges because they interpreted it as a message directing her employee to give something to the horse this morning. Coleman explained that she was referring to yogurt that Betting Line gets twice a day. The three other trainers, who had nine of the 11 horses in the Jug, asked the judges to scratch the eventual Jug winner and protested Betting Line’s participation with a threat to scratch their horses if their protest was not accepted. As a show of their protest, the three other trainers demanded that Betting Line leave for the post parade five minutes earlier than the rest of the field for the first Jug heat. “The horsemen expressed their concerns to the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC),” said the official statement from the Little Brown Jug following the race. “Little Brown Jug officials worked with the OSRC and the horsemen and we are pleased that the horsemen participated in our event. At this point it is an OSRC decision.” Betting Line has won 13 of 14 races this year and earned $1.37 million. He is owned by Coleman’s West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. “We’re just so excited he got the job done,” said Coleman, whose previous Jug victories came with Vegas Vacation in 2013 and Michael’s Power in 2012. “I love the Jug. Every single year I’ll be here supporting it as long as I have horses good enough. “Coming to Delaware, Ohio -- whether it be any horse, let alone a Jug or Jugette horse -- I’ve never seen a fan base this big. The crowd here deserves to see a good show and they do a great, great job here. I’m just fortunate that we’ve had horses good enough to compete in this race.” Betting Line is a son of 2001 Little Brown Jug winner Bettor’s Delight out of the stakes-winning mare Heather’s Western. He was purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. The Little Brown Jug was the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. The first, the Cane Pace, was won by Control The Moment while the second, the Messenger, was won by Racing Hill. "He is not probably the best horse, he is the best horse that I’ve ever trained," added Coleman. "There is no question and I have had a lot of nice horses. "I love all my horses. I don’t know what it is with this horse. It’s the wind he has. He just never gets tired after a race. There have been many times he has just been sitting, where I haven’t been a happy camper with where he has been sitting coming around the last turn and he just mows them down. "His heart. He just loves to win. I’ve never been able to train a horse this good and I don’t think many people have. Heart, intelligence, speed, it’s all a great combination. He’s just the perfect animal. "If there was one thing I could change on him, I would change nothing. He’s just an awesome animal. Ones like these don’t come along very often." Betting Line, Western Fame win Jug opening-round heats Betting Line won for the 12th consecutive time, capturing the first of two opening-round heats of Thursday’s Little Brown Jug by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50.4 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Lyons Snyder was second, Dr J Hanover third, and Check Six fourth. Check Six set the pace for much of the mile, hitting the quarter in :27.1, half in :56, and three-quarters in 1:23.4. But by that time, first-over Lyons Snyder had pulled even and second-over Betting Line was ready to go three wide coming out of the final turn. Betting Line, who was fifth for the first three-eighths of the race before flushing the cover of Lyons Snyder prior to the halfway point, pulled away from his foes in the stretch and won comfortably for trainer Casie Coleman. “It worked out just kind of like I thought it would,” winning driver David Miller said. “(Check Six) left and I was able to pick up good cover. He actually took me farther than I thought he would. My horse was strong the whole way and anxious to go anytime I asked him. He finished up good. He was good and strong all the way to the wire.” Western Fame and driver Mark MacDonald controlled the race from post one, parking out favorite Racing Hill for much of the mile, on their way to a 1:50.1 win in Thursday’s second opening-round heat of the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers. Big Top Hanover, Racing Hill, and Manhattan Beach rounded out the top four. MacDonald hustled Western Fame off the gate and protected the inside spot from Racing Hill, who started in post two. After reaching the quarter in :26.4, Racing Hill challenged Western Fame for the lead, but was unable to get to the front. He briefly ducked back to third as the half was reached in :53.4, but soon thereafter was back on the move again. Western Fame rebuffed Racing Hill again as they hit three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then held off Big Top Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths for the victory. “It was kind of an all-or-nothing drive, I guess,” said a laughing MacDonald, who drove Western Fame for trainer Jimmy Takter. “The first heat, there wasn’t a whole lot of action so I wanted to give the crowd something to see. “We had the rail; it’s tough when you get stuck in the two hole at Delaware, not too many horses win out of the two hole. Jimmy had a lot of confidence in the horse. He thought he would be really good over this track and he showed some grittiness today. He never got a breather. When I called on him halfway down the stretch, he paced away for me. “It was the perfect opportunity for him to show his speed. He has always had it, but quite possibly today he could finally really show it. He has always raced well. You can see that from his last race in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final.” Western Fame is owned by breeder Brittany Farms. He was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up to Check Six on Sept. 10. Racing Hill and Check Six were scratched from the second heat. -- Kim French also contributed to this report Ken Weingartner

DELAWARE, OH - Harnessracing.com reported today that Betting Line and harness racing driver David Miller won the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday afternoon, rolling to a commanding 1:49 victory in the second heat on a hot and sunny afternoon. Although there wasn't a cloud in the sky, the atmosphere for the Jug was not exactly picture-perfect as text messages allegedly sent by the winning trainer, Casie Coleman, prompted concerns that her horse could have been treated, in violation of the rules, the morning of the Jug. Trainers Tony Alagna, Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter said they were filing a formal protest with the Ohio State Racing Commission and made it clear they were racing their horses under protest. One of Coleman’s assistant trainers lost their phone sometime Wednesday night at the fairgrounds and when the person who found the phone tried to figure out who it belonged to, they found text messages. The content of the text messages compelled the person to contact the judges. Presiding judge John Yinger, who is employed by the Ohio State Racing Commission, decided the text messages did not contain evidence that Betting Line should be scratched from the Jug, but Takter, Alagna and Burke were so upset by what the texts said—and to them, implied--that they conferred with Yinger and the owners of their horses over the course of hours. Takter discussed the situation with Jeff Snyder, co-owner of Lyons Snyder, on the backstretch. At one point they agreed to scratch the horse. To read the rest of the story click here. 

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