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Horsemen are reminded that 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 16 and entries for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association are due by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17. For a complete racing schedule, please visit www.LittleBrownJug.com.   By Jay Wolf for the Little brown Jug      

The 2015 Little Brown Jug champion Wiggle It Jiggleit is returning to the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The reigning "Horse of the Year" will be taking up residency in the LBJ Barn for fans to get an up close and personal look at on Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 22. Members of "Team Teague" - driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis - will be available for autographs and photos from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday and 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. Thanks to the support of Sugar Valley Farm, who stands Wiggle It Jiggleit's sire Mr Wiggles, the first 500 fans to visit will be given a 8" x 10" photo card celebrating the gelding's 2015 accomplishments. Last year, Wiggle It Jiggle turned in the performance of a lifetime when he was parked on the outside for more than a half mile and edged a game Lost For Words by a scant nose to take the 70th LBJ in 1:49 3/5. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 35 of 47 career starts and more than $3.5 million. He has quickly become a fan favorite thanks to his gutsy performances and his ownership's willingness to travel. Wiggle It Jiggleit has raced at 15 different tracks in Ontario, Quebec, Ohio, Delaware, New York, Indiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Fans of the now four-year-old may also get an opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to the generosity of Team Teague, one lucky bidder will get to ride along with Montrell Teague in a two-seat jog cart when Wiggle It Jiggleit leads the post parade for the first elimination of the Little Brown Jug. The auction will be a part of the Pre-Jug Gala held after the Jugette day card and benefits New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair.   Jay Wolf      

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

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

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

The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) and the Delaware County Fair have agreed to a sponsorship deal with the Little Brown Jug. This year's 71st edition of the harness racing pacing classic will be titled the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. The OHHA was founded in 1953 and has a mission to preserve, protect and promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. "Harness racing's roots came from the county fairs, Ohio has 65 county and independent fairs that conduct racing and the OHHA is committed to preserving those roots. The Delaware County Fair embodies the epitome of fair racing by hosting preeminent Ohio Stakes and Grand Circuit events including the Triple Crown jewel, Little Brown Jug," noted Renée Mancino, Executive Director of the OHHA. "The OHHA's Board of Directors understands the importance of growing the sport," added Kevin Greenfield, OHHA Board President. "We have supported the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camps, the USTA's Drivers School and we see the Jug as a great opportunity to showcase the sport." Tom Wright, President of the Little Brown Jug Society noted, "We are very excited that the OHHA has joined the Little Brown Jug as a presenting sponsor. We look forward to a long-term partnership as Ohio Standardbred industry returns to national prominence." "We are grateful to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association for their support of our race meet here at the Delaware County Fair," added Phil Terry, Director of Marketing for the Little Brown Jug. "We are truly excited to host the greatest week of racing in the state of Ohio." The 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday, September 22 and headlines the Delaware County Fair Grand Circuit Week (September 18 - 22). For race or ticket information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com.        

LOUISVILLE, KY. (July 15, 2016) – United Tote, a leading worldwide supplier of pari-mutuel totalisator operations, systems and financial services, announced today that it has entered into new, long-term agreements with the Little Brown Jug. United Tote was originally founded in 1957 to service county racing fairs in Montana, and the addition of the Little Brown Jug continues United Tote’s commitment to traditional fair meets, regional racing circuits and national special events. The Little Brown Jug “To now operate the tote for the Little Brown Jug, an icon of US Harness Racing over the last century, really brings us full-circle,” said Vic Harrison, United Tote’s Senior Sales Director. “We are very proud that the Little Brown Jug has selected us as their future partner after 70 years with their previous tote provider.” United Tote has already begun setting up for this year’s historic week-long meet at the Delaware, Ohio Fairgrounds that culminates with the Jugette and, the final leg of the Triple Crown of Pacing, the Little Brown Jug. Tom Wright, President of the Little Brown Jug Society added, “We are extremely excited about upgrading our equipment and services to take us into the next century and eager to partner with United Tote for the sake of the fans; to give them an enhanced wagering experience when they come to the race track.” “We can’t wait to begin our partnership with the Delaware County Agriculture Society and the historic Little Brown Jug,” said Nate Simon, President of United Tote. “Many of our management team began their careers in the standardbred world, are huge fans of the sport, and are bringing their passion for the tradition of the Jug to the table as we ramp up operations.” Vic Harrison

Delaware, OH --- It's been nearly five years since Big Bad John won the Little Brown Jug, but Dawn Potter still gets emotional when she thinks back to that magical harness racing day. Potter's husband, Ron, trained Big Bad John, who won the 2011 Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. Ron is stabled at the fairgrounds, where Dawn has worked around the barns for the past three years after leaving her job as a pharmacy technician. Recently, Dawn started jogging horses. And on Thursday, she took horses around the fairgrounds' oval as a participant in the 17th annual U.S. Trotting Association Driving School. "It's pretty special," Potter said about jogging horses on the same track where Big Bad John won the Little Brown Jug. "It's neat. "(Winning the Little Brown Jug) was unbelievable," she continued, with tears welling in her eyes. "I knew that's what Ron worked for his whole life and how much it meant to him. I just knew how big a dream it was for him." The USTA Driving School, which runs through Saturday, offers participants a mix of hands-on learning and classroom sessions culminating with the administration of the USTA trainer and/or driver exam. Thursday's schedule featured morning barn work and jogging horses followed by classroom sessions featuring drivers Ken Holliday, Aaron Merriman and Dan Noble, as well as trainers Brian Brown, Tim Lane and Ron Potter. There also were sessions on stable management with Jennifer Brown and horse ownership with Jim Gallagher and Steve Oldford. Dawn Potter received her Driving School experience as a Mother's Day gift. "In the past, I'd just done barn work but I never jogged or drove any," she said. "You watch people do it and you think it's not hard, but then you go out there and find out it's harder than what it looks. This has been fun, a lot of fun so far." Potter left her previous job so she could help take care of the stable's horses in Florida each winter. "I think it's a fair trade," she said with a laugh. Potter is not the only Driving School participant with connections to a Little Brown Jug winner. Adam Browning's great-uncle Jim Hackett won the 1967 Jug with Best Of All and his father-in-law Bob Wingfield is among the owners of 2014 Jug champion Limelight Beach. Browning, a 37-year-old costume shop owner from Kenton, Ohio, has attended the Little Brown Jug for the past 16 years and enjoyed Limelight Beach's victory with his wife Rebecca and children Will and Brooklyn. He is attending the Driving School to become more involved in harness racing. "We always went to the races when I was growing up, but I didn't have hands-on experience with racehorses," Browning said. "I would love to work with them, groom them, and maybe one day work up to driving. I want to be more involved at any level that I can. I thought this would be a good place to start. I'm excited to see where this will take me." On Thursday, Browning jogged a horse for the first time. He sat behind stakes-winner Mr Right Hanover, a male pacer from the stable of trainer Brian Brown who is eligible to this year's Little Brown Jug and is co-owned by Wingfield. "It was amazing," Browning said. "And being behind one of our horses that we've watched race gave it an extra special feel. I couldn't stop smiling. It was a great experience. I can't wait to do it again tomorrow." * * * * * Alan Jaworski last worked around a stable as a way to pay his way through college at Cleveland State. The now 58-year-old purchasing agent from Parma, Ohio, is looking to get back to working around a stable as part of his future retirement days. "It's the only job I looked forward to going to every morning," Jaworski said. "The camaraderie among barn people is so different from anything else. "I'm here to learn as much as possible about training, driving and owning harness racehorses. I'd liked to get involved with horses again when I retire, or maybe sooner if I can part time. At a minimum I'd like to get a groom's license." Jaworski also was among the 16 Driving School participants who jogged a horse for the first time Thursday. "I loved it," he said. "It was great. Don Irvine Jr. was my idol growing up and I always wanted to become a driver like him." * * * * * Bill Thomas first became interested in harness racing while growing up in Maple Heights, Ohio, near Northfield Park. Since then, the trucking company owner has visited approximately 100 different racetracks across the country. He's never had his own racehorse, but would like to buy one in the future. "I'm not a big gambler, but I love the atmosphere and being around the track and horsemen and horses," said Thomas, who now lives near Nashville, Tenn., and has land with a barn and paddock. "It's always been intriguing to me. I'd like to purchase a horse, maybe claim a horse. Just starting out, I don't think a yearling would be up my alley. It would be more of a hobby, but I'd love to own a couple." Thomas discovered the Driving School when searching about harness racing training on the Internet. "This is fantastic," Thomas said. "The people here are so nice and willing to give up their time and expertise. It's really fantastic. I don't think you can get a better education. It's just such a great opportunity." * * * * * Tom Radominski, a 55-year-old contractor from Dayton, Ohio, also is looking ahead to possibly training his own racehorses in the future. His uncle, Joe Latella, trained horses in upstate New York and Radominski got into owning horses thanks to his friend John Reames, a past USTA Driving School participant. "I've been an owner for a few years, so I know how that works," Radominski said. "I wanted to learn a little bit more about the horseman side of it. "My work right now doesn't really allow me to get into training, but in the years to come I'd like to get into training a little. Maybe do one or two of my own, nothing big. This is fantastic. It's a really nice program." Ken Weingartner

ON THE RAIL WITH SYDNEY WEAVER

September 28, 2015 – The Little Brown Jug Week results are now in for the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, Hambletonian Society, Isle of Capri Pompano Park, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. The week kicked off with two days of great fair racing from Delaware Ohio.  Day one featured the Jugette and day two was the Little Brown Jug. Ray Cotolo jumped out to the early lead selecting two winners on Wednesday.  He scored with Bettor N Better and Classical Anne for 87 HANA points.  Ray was the only handicapper to select two winners on a day where the front end was collapsing for most of the day.  Ray Garnett was a solid second when he landed Speak To Me for 43 HANA points.  The $29 win price was the best of the day.  Mark McKelvie earned third without a winner.  That is certainly a rarity but the 19 HANA points earned when Bedroomconfessions and Smexi both finished second stood up to be third best on the day. On Little Brown Jug day we had four handicappers successfully select three winners.  Gordon Waterstone and Earl “Super Computer” Paulson each won with French Laundry, Lost For Words and Wiggle It Jiggleit.  They also ran second with Classic Martine to earn a top score of 76 HANA points.  Dennis O’Hara clicked with the same three winners.  Dennis had Rocking With Dewey in the fourth race to collect show money and earn 73 HANA points.  Coming off a strong performance last week, the voice of Buffalo Raceway Michael Carter was a very close fourth with the same three winners but missed in the final tie breaker race.  With eight races down and seven to go after a day off, Ray Cotolo had elbowed his way to the front in our weekly friendly competition. After a needed day off all the handicappers reassembled to battle it out in six races from Hoosier plus the Milton from Mohawk.  Anne Stepien earned the win and the honors as the only one to select 4 winners.  There were two races on the evening where only two handicappers came up with the winner.  In both cases Anne was one of those two.  First was Anne’s selecting Sunset Glider to win the Kentucky Stallion Management 2 year old filly trot with Sunset Glider.  Anne followed that up with American Passport in The Elevation 2yoCG pace.  Anne’s four winners earned her 219 HANA points on the evening and propelled her to the nightly win by more than 100 points! The top five handicappers were all able to hold onto their positions this week.  Sally Hinckley still has her two hundred plus point lead over Mark McKelvie.  Anne Stepien remains third but she is much closer now to both Mark and Sally.  Bob Zanakis and Earl Paulson were not put under any pressure this week and retained their fourth and fifth place positions. Standings as of September 26, 2015 - Leg 43     Total Points Points Earned Overall Position   Pos Handicapper Prior Week This Week Total Points Last Week Points Back 1st Sally Hinckley 3,019.10 139.30 3,158.40 1st   2nd Mark McKelvie 2,796.20 131.40 2,927.60 2nd 230.8 3rd Anne Stepien 2,529.10 256.10 2,785.20 3rd 373.2 4th Bob Zanakis 2,418.10 50.80 2,468.90 4th 689.5 5th Earl Paulson 2,293.70 119.80 2,413.50 5th 744.9 6th Gordon Waterstone 2,285.20 107.80 2,393.00 6th 765.4 7th Dennis O'Hara  2,130.00 134.20 2,264.20 7th 894.2 8th Josi Verlingieri 1,975.50 114.60 2,090.10 10th 1,068.3 9th Bryan Owen 2,018.50 64.90 2,083.40 8th 1,075.0 10th Rusty Nash 1,997.40 67.70 2,065.10 9th 1,093.3 11th Michael Carter  1,818.10 78.50 1,896.60 11th 1,261.8 12th Derick Giwner 1,671.00 152.10 1,823.10 13th 1,335.3 13th Ray Garnett 1,678.30 100.20 1,778.50 12th 1,379.9 14th Mark Dezii 1,665.40 109.40 1,774.80 14th 1,383.6 15th Garnet Barnsdale 1,657.30 51.80 1,709.10 15th 1,449.3 16th Jay Hochstetler  1,542.40 62.30 1,604.70 16th 1,553.7 17th Ray Cotolo 1,207.50 134.70 1,342.20 18th 1,816.2 18th Brandon Valvo 1,261.20 38.00 1,299.20 17th 1,859.2 19th Mark Deutsch 819.20 91.50 910.70 19th 2,247.7     With Jug week over we turn to the anticipated final two weeks of action from The Red Mile.  Wednesday through Saturday will hold eight different sets of Bluegrass divisions.  In addition we will also be making a rare but enjoyable visit to Dayton Raceway for the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby.  by Rusty Nash for HANA Harness

Delaware, OH --- There was no denying harness racing's newest super star Wiggle It Jiggleit. Seemingly beaten in mid-stretch, Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague fought back in the final strides to win Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $677,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers by a nose over Lost For Words in 1:49.3 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The closing moments of the Jug capped an epic duel between the event’s first-heat winners. Lost For Words, who got a quick lead and inside position in the decisive second heat, and Wiggle It Jiggleit raced side-by-side for nearly five-eighths of a mile in the one-mile race. Lost For Words appeared to be on his way to victory as the horses came off the final turn, opening up by more than one length on Wiggle It Jiggleit, but Wiggle It Jiggleit dug in and nipped Lost For Words at the wire. My Hero Ron finished third and Arque Hanover was fourth. It was the first Little Brown Jug victory for “Team Teague,” which is owner George Teague Jr., his son Montrell, and trainer Clyde Francis. The 24-year-old Montrell became the second-youngest driver in history to win the Jug. "I'm not nervous anymore, that's for sure," said Montrell Teague. "I don't know how he came back and beat the other horse. He raced so well, but like I said he is a tremendous animal. He's just special and does not want to lose. He just digs down deep within himself and always finds something more." Wiggle It Jiggleit is a son of stallion Mr Wiggles out of the mare Mozzi Hanover. George Teague owns both horses and raced both horses during their careers on the track. Mr Wiggles won the 2009 Hoosier Cup and finished second in the Breeders Crown and Adios. He finished sixth in the 2009 Little Brown Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, has won 18 of 20 races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $1.76 million with his victory in the Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s. Wiggle It Jiggleit's other victories this year include the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and Milstein Memorial. He was not staked to the Little Brown Jug, but his victory in the Meadowlands Pace permitted his connections to pay $45,000 to supplement to the event. He became the first of five supplemental entries to win the Little Brown Jug since supplements were introduced in 1999. Earlier in the day, Wiggle It Jiggleit defeated Artspeak with a sustained first-over battle in his first heat, stopping the clock in a track-record 1:49.2 for a 3-year-old gelding pacer. In the second heat, Lost For Words and driver David Miller went to the front and led the field to the quarter in :27. My Hero Ron was second, followed by Wiggle It Jiggleit, but Montrell Teague made his move with Wiggle It Jiggleit as Lost For Words brought the group around the second turn. From there, the race was on. Lost For Words and Wiggle It Jiggleit were matching strides when they hit the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:21.1. The battle continued around the final turn, setting the stage for the dramatic finish." "I thought he was beat," said George Teague. "I even dropped my eyes down because I didn't want to watch anymore, but then I was told he was coming back. I still cannot believe he won today. "I've trained a lot of horses but I have never seen one like him. He is actually much better with a target and why we have always wanted to race him from off the pace. It's like he thrives on it. "We will take him to Hoosier next. They actually wanted us to come there this weekend but this was the one I really wanted to win. He's an Indiana bred and they have been so nice about wanting us to come there. Now that he has done this it's time to go back." Only seven horses participated in the Little Brown Jug second heat after Split The House, who finished fourth in his first-round elimination, was scratched. -- Kimberly French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Delaware, OH --- Wiggle It Jiggleit and Artspeak went toe-to-toe for much of the final half-mile of Thursday’s second $108,320 opening-round elimination of the Little Brown Jug for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and in the end Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled away for a track-record 1:49.2 victory. Artspeak finished second followed by My Hero Ron and Arque Hanover as the top four finishers advanced to the Jug’s second heat later this afternoon. Lost For Words won the first opening-round elimination and was joined by Yankee Bounty, Rockin In Heaven and Split The House in reaching the second heat. If the winner of one of the first eliminations is also victorious in the second heat, he is the Little Brown Jug champion. If a non-elimination winner captures the second heat, there is a three-horse race-off. Artspeak was able to take advantage of his inside starting spot, post one, to get the lead going into the first turn. Wiggle It Jiggle and driver Montrell Teague were content to sit in third place behind My Hero Ron as the field made its way up the backstretch for the first time on the half-mile oval, but began a first-over march prior to the half. Scott Zeron and Artspeak remained in front at the midway point, reached in :54.3, but the battle was just beginning. Wiggle It Jiggleit was able to pull in front by the time the leaders hit three-quarters in 1:21, but Artspeak fought back on the final turn to draw on even terms with his rival. Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled away in the stretch, though, to win by 1-1/4 lengths and equal Rock N Roll Heaven's stakes record of 1:49.2. The time set the track record for a gelding pacer, erasing Lucan Hanover’s mark of 1:49.4 set in 2013. Wiggle It Jiggleit is owned by George Teague Jr. and trained by Clyde Francis. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover has won 17 of 19 races this year. "This horse has an incredible amount of spunk," said driver Montrell Teague. "To have a homebred be this kind of horse is something you never could imagine. "I don't think there is another horse that could come first over like that on a half-mile track in 1:49.2. I did not know how fast I was going and was just worried about not hooking wheels. I'm still shaking but I don't have time to be nervous because I have to do it once more." Lost For Words won the first of Thursday’s two $108,320 opening-round eliminations of the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers, defeating Yankee Bounty by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rockin In Heaven finished third and Split The House was fourth as the top four finishers advance to the second heat later this afternoon. Lost For Words, the 1-2 favorite, went to the front from post one, but yielded the lead to Yankee Bounty as the field made its way through the first turn. Driver David Miller, though, fired Lost For Words back to the top prior to reaching the quarter in :27. He received pressure from Dude’s The Man on the outside at the half, timed in :55.3, but rebuffed the challenge and was unthreatened the rest of the way. A son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Thou Shalt Not, Lost For Words is trained by Brian Brown and owned by Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. Lost For Words’ first-heat victory gave the colt five wins in 12 races this year. "He was just so good last week and has been so good since the Adios," said Brown. "The only thing I was worried about were the fractions because I did not want him to have to go as fast as he did last week. "But you have to give David so much credit. He was so patient and was cool as a cucumber out there. He allowed Yannick (Gingras with Yankee Bounty) to go and let him cross over and then just waited and waited to make his move. He gets along so well with this horse. I just can't say it enough." The draw for the Little Brown Jug's $324,960 second heat was conducted after. 1 – Wiggle It Jiggleit – Montrell Teague 2 – Lost For Words – David Miller 3 – Artspeak – Scott Zeron 4 – Yankee Bounty – Matt Kakaley 5 – Rockin N Heaven – Trevor Henry 6 – My Hero Ron – Yannick Gingras 7 – Split The House – Tim Tetrick (scratched) 8 – Arque Hanover – Corey Callahan -- Kimberly French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  Lost For Words Wiggle It Jiggleit 

Eight years ago, harness racing owner Joe Sbrocco watched Hot Rod Mindale, a horse he co-owned at the time with several partners, finish second to Tell All in the Little Brown Jug. It was a moment the Ohio resident called “the thrill of my life.” On Thursday, Artspeak will try to make Sbrocco’s life even more thrilling. Artspeak, the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, will start from post No. 1 in the second of two first-heat eliminations for Thursday’s $677,000 Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The colt, who will have Scott Zeron in the sulky for trainer Tony Alagna, is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line behind 4-5 fovorite Wiggle It Jiggleit in the event for 3-year-old male pacers. Zeron became the youngest driver to win the Jug in 2012 when he piloted Michael’s Power to victory at the age of 23. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Fifteen horses entered the Jug and were divided into two first-heat eliminations. Lost For Words, who is stabled regularly at the Delaware County Fairgrounds with trainer Brian Brown, is the2-1 morning line favorite in the first division. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the second heat. If one of the two elimination winners is victorious in the second heat, he is the Jug champion. Otherwise, the three heat-winners return for a race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Coverage of the Little Brown Jug will air live from 5-6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Artspeak, this year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, heads to the Little Brown Jug off a career-best 1:48.2 win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. The time established the stakes record, shaving one-fifth of a second off the previous mark set by 2013 Little Brown Jug champion Vegas Vacation. “It looks like he’s in top shape right now,” said the 74-year-old Sbrocco, who lives near Cleveland and has been involved in harness racing since 1970. “I’m anxious to get down there. We’ve always got to worry about Wiggle It Jiggleit, but it looks like he’s got a shot.” Artspeak, a son of Western Ideal-The Art Museum, won eight of 10 races last year including the Metro Pace and Governor’s Cup. This season, he has won four of 12 starts and finished second in the Hempt Memorial and Cane Pace while increasing his lifetime bankroll to $1.22 million for owners Sbrocco, Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and In The Gym Partners. He suffered from poor luck with the draws in the North America Cup and Battle of the Brandywine, starting from posts 10 and eight respectively, but got the coveted rail for his Little Brown Jug elimination. He will try to become the first divisional champion since Bettor’s Delight in 2001 to return and win the Jug. “He’s had a tough year, but hopefully he’ll be the horse we’ve hoped for all year,” Sbrocco said. “I’m excited, I can tell you that. I think he’s going to give a good performance anyway. He’s not a very big horse and I think he’ll take the turns well. I think now he’s ready.” Brittany Farms won the 1993 Little Brown Jug as the owner of Life Sign. Brittany Farms owner George Segal also was part of Jug-winning partnerships with Mr Feelgood in 2006 and Tell All in 2007. His three victories are tied with Jeff Snyder and Stanley Dancer for the most by an owner in history. Now, Sbrocco would like to know the thrill of standing in the Little Brown Jug winner’s circle himself in his state’s premier race. The event attracts a crowd of more than 45,000-plus to the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. “I’ve been going for years,” said Sbrocco, who has been involved in all aspects of harness racing, from driving in fairs to breeding and owning horses. “It’s so much fun. I enjoy that more than anything. It’s the greatest time.” The Little Brown Jug is the third leg of this year’s Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, and Revenge Shark captured the second, the Messenger Stakes. Following are the fields in post order for the Little Brown Jug first-heat eliminations: $108,320 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Lost For Words by Well Said -David Miller-Brian Brown-2-1 2 - Rockin In Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven -Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-4-1 3 - Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4 - Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko-5-2 5 - Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-15-1 6 - Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15-1 7 - Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover -Randy Waples-Chris Oakes-10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-5-2 2 - Paparazzi Hanover by Well Said -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20-1 3 - Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere -Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-10-1 4 - My Hero Ron by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4-1 5 - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-4-5 6 - Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -Corey Callahan-Casie Coleman-15-1 7 - Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-6-1 8 - Blood Brother by Somebeachsomewhere -David Miller-Jimmy Takter-20-1 $324,960 Second Heat (first four finishers from eliminations)-Post Time 6:15 p.m. $135,400 Race-Off (if necessary) by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Ontario star’s Randy Waples and Trevor Henry will be making the trip to Delaware, Ohio to drive Split The House and Rockin In Heaven, respectively, in the first elimination. This will be the first starter for harness racing driver Trevor Henry in the Little Brown Jug. Corey Callahan will drive Arque Hanover from post #6 in the second elimination. Matt Kakaley will get the call on the Ron Burke trained Paparazzi Hanover. The complete Jug field: $108,320 First Elimination Post – Horse (Trainer/Driver) Morning Line Odds 1. Lost For Words (Brian Brown/David Miller) 2-1 2. Rockin In Heaven (Dr. Ian Moore/Trevor Henry) 4-1 3. Yankee Bounty (Ron Burke/Yannick Gingras) 6-1 4. Dude’s The Man (Jessica Okusko/Corey Callahan) 5-2 5. Trading Up (Tony Alagna/Scott Zeron) 15-1 6. Cooperstown (Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley) 15-1 7. Split The House (Chris Oakes/Randy Waples) 10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post – Horse (Trainer/Driver) Morning Line Odds 1. Artspeak (Tony Alagna/Scott Zeron) 5-2 2. Paparazzi Hanover (Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley) 20-1 3. Rise Up Now (Brian Brown/Tim Tetrick) 10-1 4. My Hero Ron (Ron Burke/Yannick Gingras) 4-1 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit (Clyde Francis/Montrell Teague) 4-5 6. Arque Hanover (Casie Coleman/Corey Callahan) 15-1 7. Revenge Shark (Tony Alagna/Brett Miller) 6-1 8. Blood Brother (Jimmy Takter/David Miller) 20-1 $324,960 Second Heat (first four finishers from eliminations) $135,400 Race-Off (if necessary) The 2015 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s will air nationwide on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, September 24 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Race officials have pushed back the start of the 19 race card on Thursday, September 24 to 12:00 Noon. The first elimination of the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s will go postward at 4:08 PM and he second elimination at 4:31 PM. The top four finishers in the eliminations will come back for the second heat with a 6:13 PM post. Jay Wolf

Freehold, NJ --- When trainer Brian Brown won last year’s Jugette with Color’s A Virgin at his home track, the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, he called the victory “beyond a doubt a win I cannot describe or explain.” So what would it be like for Brown to win his first Little Brown Jug this year with either Lost For Words or Rise Up Now? “I don’t know to tell you the truth, but I’d sure like to find out,” Brown said. Lost For Words is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first of two first-heat eliminations for Thursday’s $677,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by Fazoli’s, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rise Up Now is 10-1 in the second elimination, which features world champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the 4-5 morning line choice from post five. Fifteen 3-year-old male pacers entered the race, which this year is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown, and requires a horse to win twice in the same day. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to Thursday’s $324,960 second heat. If an elimination winner captures the second heat, he will be the Jug winner. Otherwise, the three heat-winners will return for a $135,400 race-off. The Little Brown Jug will air live from 5-6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Lost For Words posted a win last year on Jug Day in the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. Now the colt will try for another Jug Day triumph, this time in the big race itself. He enters the Little Brown Jug with four wins in 11 starts this season and a total of 10 top-three finishes. A son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Thou Shalt Not, Lost For Words has earned $336,974 this year for owners Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. Lost For Words won his first four races this season, with three of the victories coming in divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, and heads to the Jug off a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 5 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Leaving from post eight in the PASS final, Lost For Words got the lead in an opening quarter-mile of :25.4 and remained on top through fractions of :54.3 and 1:21.2. He was outkicked in the stretch, finishing three-quarters of a length behind Wakizashi Hanover and a quarter-length in back of My Hero Ron. The winning time was 1:48.1, establishing the record for the fastest mile in PaSS championship history. “It was his best race this year,” Brown said. “Having the outside and getting to the quarter in :25.4 and still getting home in (1):48.2 with a :27 quarter on the end, that was his biggest race so far. He’s had a few races where he didn’t race good, and that was probably as much me kind of changing his Lasix around. But he shows up every week.” Rise Up Now, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Northwestern, has won seven of 15 races this year and earned $141,902 for owners Strollin Stable, King McNamara, William Robinson, and Country Club Acres. The gelding, who won his first six races of the season, finished sixth in the PaSS final and was fourth in a division of the Liberty Bell Series at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sept. 13. “He hasn’t been at his best lately, but he trains here, so maybe the (half-mile track at the fairgrounds) will be a little kinder to him,” Brown said. Brown, though, does not think his horses have a home-track advantage by being stabled at the fairgrounds. “I don’t think so because Delaware is such a good track that most horses are going to get around this track pretty good,” Brown said. “They’ve got it so good right now. Our track man, Wayne Byus, between him and Greg Coon, they have this thing unbelievably fast this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jug sets up right that you’ll see the fastest Jug ever.” Although Brown, an Ohio native who lives in the city of Delaware, is seeking his first Little Brown Jug champion, he was the trainer of 2014 winner Limelight Beach for the early portion of the horse’s career. Brown trained Limelight Beach at age 2 and until July of his 3-year-old campaign, at which time trainer Ron Burke and a group of partners purchased the gelding from a majority of Limelight Beach’s owners, with the exception of the brothers Charles, Robert, Thomas, and William Wingfield. “Sure I would have liked to be the one who trained him and was in the race, but I’ve had no ill feelings from that time up to this day,” Brown said. “The Burkes have been great to me and the Wingfields, they’ve been coming to Delaware for 50 years probably and they got to watch their horse win the race. And it wasn’t like a bad deal for the other owners. The horse made money racing and they sold him for good money. It wasn’t a terrible deal for anybody.” One day prior to this year’s Jug, Brown will try to win his second Jugette, which is for 3-year-old female pacers. Brown sends out three of the race’s 12 entrants --- Triple V Hanover, who got post No. 1 in the first elimination; Serious Filly, who got post No. 1 in the second elimination; and Somewhere Sweet, who will start from post five in the second elimination. The top-four finishers from the Jugette’s two eliminations advance to the same-day final. A horse must only win the final to win the Jugette. “I like all three of my fillies,” Brown said. “Triple V is kind of a speed horse. With a good draw she could be pretty tough in there. Somewhere Sweet is the handiest one of the three. She’s a little smaller and can race either way. “Serious Filly might be the one to have the most trouble, but has been really good here lately. I’m not sure (the half-mile track) will work to her kind of racing. She’s more of a grinding type horse instead of a speed horse. I’m not sure how she’ll do. She’s trained good here, but training is a lot different than racing.” Below is the field in post order for the $677,000 Little Brown Jug with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. $108,320 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Lost For Words by Well Said -David Miller-Brian Brown-2-1 2 - Rockin In Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven -David Miller-Dr. Ian Moore-4-1 3 - Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4 - Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko-5-2 5 - Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-15-1 6 - Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15-1 7 - Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover -Tim Tetrick-Chris Oakes-10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-5-2 2 - Paparazzi Hanover by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-20-1 3 - Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere -Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-10-1 4 - My Hero Ron by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4-1 5 - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-4-5 6 - Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-15-1 7 - Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-6-1 8 - Blood Brother by Somebeachsomewhere -David Miller-Jimmy Takter-20-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

This is a giant harness racing week for the MontrellTeague and George Teague Jr of Harrington, Del. On Thursday, Sept. 24, the third-leg of pacing's Triple Crown and major event of the early Fall season at the Delaware, Ohio Fairgrounds, the 70th Little Brown Jug, a $677,000 classic pace for three-year-olds where Wiggle It Jiggleit is the race favorite. To win the coveted Little Brown Jug, Wiggle It Jiggleit is required to win two heats to be declared the champion. There are two divisions this year, with the top four horses in each of the elimination races advancing to the $324,960 second heat. If an elimination winner scores in the second heat, he will be the Jug winner. Otherwise, the three heat-winners will return for a $135,400 race-off. In the other first division event, the favorite is Dude's The Man, a top-three finisher in 12 of 13 races this season, who will be driven by Dover Downs's perennial driving champion, Corey Callahan. Dude's The Man has won three times including the Delvin Miller Adios Stakes in August, and has earnings of $643,504. He finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace. Wiggle It Jiggleit has been the top ranked horse for most weeks in harness racing's weekly Hambletonian Society-Breeders Crown Top 10 poll. The gelding heads a field of 15 horses entered in the event. Wiggle It Jiggleit drew post 5 in the second first-heat elimination and has been installed as the 4-5 favorite. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 16 of his 18 races this year and earned $1.43 million. His victories include the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and Milstein Memorial. The pacer was not staked to the Little Brown Jug, but his victory in the Meadowlands Pace permitted his connections headed by George Teague Jr. to pay $45,000 to supplement to the event. Since supplements were first permitted in 1999, only four horses have used that route to enter the Little Brown Jug: Four Starzzz Shark in 2001, Art Official in 2008, Betterthancheddar in 2011, with all three finishing third,and last September when Lyonssomewhere failed to advance to the second heat. There are also to other First State contenders, the fast $1-million winner Dude's The Man, owned by M&L Of Delaware, the nom de course for Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul and their Greenville, Del. partner Victoria Dickinson, and Yankee Bounty, owned in part by Harrington resident Frank Chick. The Little Brown Jug is contested over the half-mile track at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. Wiggle It Jiggleit is history's fastest 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile oval, having won in 1:49 earlier this season at Harrington Raceway. "I'm looking forward to it the most of any race I've been in so far," said Wiggle It Jiggleit's driver 24-year-old Montrell Teague about the Little Brown Jug. On Sunday, Montrell Teague led off Little Brown Jug week piloting George Teague, Jr.'s Miss Me Yet to a 6¾ length victory to win the $107,433 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers in a stakes record-time of 1:55. Miss Me Yet, is a daughter of a former Teague standout pacer, 1-million winner, I'm Gorgeous, who has won four of seven starts in this her first season of racing and has earned $189,205. Marv Bachrad

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