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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

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

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