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Delaware, OH — Captain Barbossa found the perfect time to visit the winner’s circle for the first time this year, capturing Thursday’s $335,400 Little Brown Jug final for 3-year-old male pacers in 1:49.1 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. Cattlewash was second and Catch The Fire finished third. The win was Captain Barbossa’s first in 13 races this season. The gelding, who finished second in his Jug elimination, was driven to victory in the final by Joe Bongiorno, who celebrated his 27th birthday Wednesday. Captain Barbossa gave Bongiorno his first Jug trophy, as well as the first for trainer Tony Alagna. He paid $15.00 to win. Captain Barbossa, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Swinging Beauty, is owned by Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, and the partnership of Alagna, Martha Frank, John Fodera, and Steven Wienick. He was bred by Steiner Stock Farm. His winning time was one-fifth of a second off the stakes and world record for a 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile track. The margin of victory was 1-1/2 lengths.   Catch The Fire, Sandbetweenmytoes win Little Brown Jug eliminations Catch The Fire won the first $111,800 elimination of the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, overtaking pacesetter Seeyou At Thebeach on the last turn on his way to a 1:49.3 triumph. Seeyou At Thebeach was second, followed by Later Dudes and Genius Man. Those four horses advanced to the $335,400 Little Brown Jug final.   Catch The Fire was the 4-5 favorite in the field of seven. He was driven by Mike Wilder for trainer John Ackley and owner CT Stables. Sandbetweenmytoes scored a 7-1 upset in the second of Thursday’s two eliminations, using a three-wide move entering the last turn to get past leader Capt Midnight on his way to a 1:49.3 victory. Captain Barbossa finished second, with Capt Midnight third and Cattlewash fourth. Those four horses also advanced to the $335,400 Little Brown Jug final.   Sandbetweenmytoes was driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Jim Campbell and owner Fashion Farms. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

 Today (Thursday, Sept. 24) is Little Brown Jug Day at Ohio's Delaware County Fair and live video from Delaware is available. The connections of 14 of the continent's top three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have entered their charges to contest the 75th edition of the Jug, which will be complemented by a full slate of stakes throughout the 20-race program. In addition to the Jug, the program will feature the Old Oaken Bucket, the final of the Miss Versatility, two divisions of The Standardbred, and multiple divisions of both the Ohio Breeders Championship and the Buckeye Stallion Series. Post time for the card is at 12:00 noon. To access a Jug Day program, click here.

Harness racing this week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; Caesars Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, Moni Maker, The Elevation and The Madison County, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Mohawk Million, Metro, She's A Great Lady and Milton, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks into full gear on Wednesday (Sept. 23) at Delaware with the $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, two divisions in the $82,200 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $39,406 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $43,506 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Thursday (Sept. 24) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $559,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $87,500 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, the $83,800 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old open trotters, the $54,206 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $47,006 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park will be held on Friday (Sept. 25) with the $221,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $220,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $150,000 Caesars for Open trotters, the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $105,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $120,000 Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $40,000 Madison County for 2-year-old colt trotters. Also on Friday, The Meadowlands hosts the second leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. There will be two $20,000 divisions for all four classes - colt and filly trotters and colt and filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 26) with the US$1 million Mohawk Million for 2-year-old colt trotters, the C$720,000 Metro final for 2-year-old open pacers, the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers and the C$215,000 Milton final for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: A scramble finish with multiple breakers saw Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shoot up the rail to a stunning victory in the C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night (Sept. 19) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shot up the rail to a stunning victory in the C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Woodbine Mohawk Park. New Image Media photo. All eyes were on heavy-favorite Ready For Moni (Yannick Gingras) in the rich event for 3-year-old trotters. The Nancy Takter trainee made the front in the second quarter and appeared poised to close out the victory coming down the lane, but a rare miscue in the final eighth opened the door for several closing rivals. Chestnut Hill (Andrew McCarthy) had been following along sixth and had dived down to the rail for his late bid. The Nifty Norman trainee was full of trot late and somehow was able to avoid losing all momentum when squeezing by the breaking Ready For Moni, reaching up by a half-length in 1:53.2. "Pretty close," laughed McCarthy when asked about how close he was to danger when avoiding the breaking horse. "I kind of yelled out to let Yannick (Gingras) know there was someone on the inside of him. "It worked out that he heard me and didn't want to crash into me, so he did a good job getting that horse out of the way safely and it worked out good for me and I got to sneak up there." Play Trix On Me (Jody Jamieson) made the first-up bid on the far turn and nearly came through for the victory, finishing second in the middle of several rivals. HP Royal Theo (Louis Philippe-Roy) was charging on the outside in the lane when he also made a break, finishing third placed sixth for a lapped on break. Jula Trix Treasure (Chris Christoforou) was moved up to third, while Threefiftytwo (Bob McClure) jumped up to fourth. A son of champions Muscle Hill and Poof She's Gone, Chestnut Hill was coming into Saturday off a win in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes consolation and now has three wins in 11 starts this season and five wins overall. He is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 615; 2. Andrew McCarthy - 389; 3. Tim Tetrick - 306.5; 4. Bob McClure - 297; 5. Dexter Dunn - 266. Trainers: 1. Nancy Takter - 459.5; 2. Tony Alagna - 416; 3. Ron Burke - 403; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 289; 5. Marcus Melander - 263. Owners: 1. Determination - 185; 2. Brad Grant - 152.6; 3. S R F Stable - 115.3; 4. Caviart Farms - 98.6; 5. Crawford Farms Racing - 97.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. There will be eight Bluegrass stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will also be hosting a trio of Grand Circuit events for older Standardbreds - the Dayton Pacing Derby, the Dayton Distaff Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit

SMYRNA, DE -- The latest harness racing episode of The Extra Mile, a new biweekly news-magazine podcast centered around Standardbred racing, became available for streaming and download on Wednesday (Sept. 23).   The third episode avails listeners a preview of Thursday's (Sept. 24) Little Brown Jug, along with an inside look at the inaugural Mohawk Million, slated for Saturday (Sept. 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Harness racing media veteran James Witherite presents the biweekly podcast, which features guests Jim Campbell, Carmen Auciello and Mark McKelvie.   Listeners can access the current episode of The Extra Mile at this link or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts, and can follow The Extra Mile on Twitter at @DHNExtraMile.   From the DHN Media Group

Attending the Little Brown Jug has been on Blair Corbeil's bucket list for a while, but the longtime harness racing horse owner only wanted to go if he had a horse in the race. On Thursday, Corbeil will be at his first Little Brown Jug at the Delware County Fairgrounds, ready to follow the exploits of his pacer Warrawee Vital. Ironically, owning a horse in the race is the only way he could be there this year as fans are prohibited from attending the races at the Delaware County Fairgrounds because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I've been wanting to go to the Jug forever and I've said that I want to have a horse in the Jug when I go," said Corbeil, a 56-year-old resident of Beaumont, Alberta, Canada. "This is my first one. It's unfortunate the fans will not be there, but it will be exciting no matter what. We're excited about the opportunity, that's for sure. "I think everybody that's been in the business long enough dreams about having the chance of being there and winning that race." A total of 14 horses entered the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, one of harness racing's premier events for 3-year-old male pacers. The field was divided into two eliminations, from which the top-four finishers in each group advance to the same-day final. Each elimination goes for $111,800 and the final is $335,400. Warrawee Vital is the morning line's 3-1 second choice in the second elimination. The colt will start from post three with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Rob Fellows. Capt Midnight, trained by Tony Alagna, is the 5-2 favorite, starting from post two with Dexter Dunn. Adios winner Catch The Fire is the 5-2 favorite in the first elimination. He leaves from post five with Mike Wilder driving for John Ackley. Warrawee Vital, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Great Memories, has won seven of 11 career races and $107,307. He is a half-brother to O'Brien Award winner Warrawee Needy and two-time Dan Patch Award winner Warrawee Ubeaut, who won last year's Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at Delaware. "When we bought the colt in Lexington, he had the pedigree and breeding behind him to be this good," said Corbeil, who shares ownership of Warrawee Vital with Yolanda Fellows and M&S Racing Stable. "He's very versatile. He's got tremendous gate speed and he's got that kick to come home with. He seems to be the full package." Last year, Warrawee Vital was unraced until December, when he won one of two races at Mohawk. After the calendar changed to 2020, the colt won a second race in January and then two preliminary divisions of the Snowshoe Series for 3- and 4-year-old pacers before finishing second in the final. It was enough of an audition to give his connections the confidence to stake Warrawee Vital for the summer and fall. Fellows gave the colt time off to freshen up, but then hit another delay training back for the stakes season. Warrawee Vital returned to the races in August, finishing second in a conditioned race and eighth in a North America Cup elimination before putting together a three-race win streak that he brings to the Jug. His two most recent victories came in divisions of the Simcoe and Somebeachsomewhere stakes. "He got to the races early enough (at age 2) but he had some problems, so I gave him time off," Fellows said. "I raced him in the winter to see if he was good enough to stake him, and he showed that he was. "Then training down in the spring, he had a little soreness problem, so I gave him time for that and that's why I'm so late in getting to the table. But he's raced well so far. His best quality is that he's smart. He's learned quickly what he's had to learn. He's caught on very well. And he's fast, very fast." Fellows is racing in the Jug for the second time in his career, but first time since 1988 when Just Bold finished third in his first heat and seventh in the final, won by B J Scoot. "I've gone there since I was a kid and it's nice to take a horse there," Fellows said. "(Warrawee Vital) has never raced on a half-mile track, but he trains on it. Hopefully, he's competitive and gives a good representation of himself." Said Corbeil, "Rob and Yolanda have done a fantastic job. They deserve something like this too. We're not the type of owners that have the opportunity to attend these big races all the time. It definitely means a lot to us to have this opportunity." In addition to the Little Brown Jug, Thursday's card at Delaware includes the Miss Versatility Series final for older female trotters, the Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old trotters, and divisions of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters and pacers. Manchego is the 7-5 favorite in the Miss Versatility final while Hobbs is the even-money choice in the Old Oaken Bucket. Racing begins at noon (EDT). For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Warrawee Vital and Catch The Fire headlines a field of 14 three-year-old  harness racing pacers in the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 24th at the Delaware County Fair. Canadian invader Warrawee Vital comes into the Jug with a three race win streak, including the Somebeachsomewhere and Simcoe Stakes, both held at Woodbine Standardbred At Mohawk Park. His lifetime best time of 1:48.2 came in the Somebeachsomewhere Stake on September 12. Warrawee Vital will leave from post #3 in the second elimination. Tim Tetrick, who is looking for his first Jug title, will drive. Robert Fellows trains the colt for Blair Corbeil, Yolanda Fellows and M & S Racing Stable. Warrawee Vital's chief rival should be Sandbetweenmytoes who will leave from post five. The Somebeachsomewhere colt has earned $177,142 during his career for Fashion Farms. Jim Campbell trains and Scott Zeron is listed to drive. The Ohio owned and trained Catch The Fire leads the first $111,800 elimination. The son of Captaintreacherous won the $375,000 Adios Pace Final on August 1 in 1:49.3. Catch The Fire has won more than $480,000 with six career wins. John Ackley trains Catch The Fire for the CT Stables of Washington Court House, Ohio. Catch The Fire will be piloted by Mike Wilder and will leave from post #5. $111,800 First Elimination Post Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Seeyou At Thebeach (Dexter Dunn/Ron Burke) 2. Chief Mate (Scott Zeron/Tony Alagna) 3. Later Dudes (David Miller/Nancy Takter) 4. Diamond Head (Austin Siegelman/Eric Mollor) 5. Catch The Fire (Mike Wilder/John Ackley) 6. Genius Man (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 7. Tell The Lou (Scott Zeron/Jim Campbell) $111,800 Second Elimination Post Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Major Betts (Dexter Dunn/Mark Harder) 2. Capt Midnight (Dexter Dunn/Tony Alagna) 3. Warrawee Vital (Tim Tetrick/Robert Fellows) 4. Moneyman Hill (Brett Miller/Carmine Auciello) 5. Sandbetweenmytoes (Scott Zeron/Jim Campbell) 6. Captain Barbosa (Joe Bongiorno/Tony Alagna) 7. Cattlewash (David Miller/Ron Burke) The first four finishers in the eliminations return for the $335,400 final. The 2020 Jug Day will feature 20 races and will go postward at 12:00 Noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Summer Touch became the latest harness racing member of the Ohio Triple Crown club when she cruised to victory in the first division of the $122,202 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship two-year-old filly pace Sunday at the Delaware County Fair. Driver Chris Page used his rail position and lead at every pole winning in 1:55.1 to win by two lengths over Gucci (Aaron Merriman).   "She's been perfect since day one," noted the winning driver. "We won with the ear plugs in today. Hopefully we are leaving a little bit for next year. She's very user friendly." The Well Said lass previously won the $50,000 Ohio State Fair Stakes and the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final, amassing over $285,000 this year. Ron Burke trains Summer Touch for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and breeders Knox Services and Slaughter Racing Stable. Rainy Day Chic (Brett Miller) took the faster of the two divisions. The daughter of Rockin Amadeus went gate-to-wire to score a 2 1/2 length win over Free Thinker (Josh Sutton) in 1:54.4. Rainy Day Chic won for the sixth time in 10 seasonal starts. Dan O'Mara conditions the winner for Marjorie Polhamus. Gold Digger King (Brett Miller) held off a late rally by Bllack Hole (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a scant nose to win the $8,300 OBC for aged pacers. Scott Mogan trains the four-year-old gelded son of Pet Rock for Linda Van Camp. The winning time of 1:51.4 equaled the stakes record.   The $17,500 divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old colt trotters when to Big Box Hanover (Jeff Nisonger) in 1:59, Holton (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:58.2, Rose Run Vindicate (Brett Miller) in 1:57.2 and Rose Run Valor (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:57.3. The sophomore filly trot BSS divisions went to Lights Down Low (John DeLong) in 1:57, Dream Change (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:58.1 and Susie D (Ken Holliday) in 1:58. Stephen Oldford took the Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship with Missile J in 1:54. Oldford represented the Delvin Miller Amateur Driving Association. The Two divisions of the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association trot went to Hititoutofthepark (Alesha Binkley) in 1:57.1 and Don't Forget Muscle (Daniel Jones) in 1:58.4. Tuesday's 14 race card will go postward at 3:00 PM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will kick off "Five Days in Delaware" Sunday morning with two Trackside Live harness racing interview shows. Trackside Live is a half-hour interview show hosted by OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas. Fraas' first guest will be Little Brown Jug Publicity Director Jay Wolf. Trackside Live with Wolf is scheduled for 10:30AM. That will be followed at 11:30AM when trainer Brian Brown joins Fraas. Brown was the trainer of Lost For Words who finished second in the epic battle with Wiggle It Jiggleit in the 2015 Little Brown Jug. Racing fans can submit their questions for Wolf and Brown by sending them to publications@OHHA.com. The OHHA will kick off Sunday's 18-race card with a half-hour pre-race show, Countdown to Post Time at 12:30PM. The first post time for Sunday, is scheduled for 1:00PM. The OHHA's full slate of "Five Days in Delaware" programming can be found on at Harnessracingohio.com, OHHA.com/livestream, the OHHA Facebook page, and the OHHA YouTube Channel. Trackside Live presented by Hagemeyer Farms. Race coverage is presented by Big Dee's Tack and Vet Supply, Cool Winds Farm, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, and Midland Acres. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will present "Five Days in Delaware" beginning Sunday, September 20 through Thursday, September 24 as part of Little Brown Jug Week at the Delaware County Fair Grounds. A full slate of harness racing programming is scheduled for the week including coverage of all five days of racing, which can be found on at Harnessracingohio.com, OHHA.com/livestream, the OHHA Facebook page, and OHHA YouTube Channel. The OHHA will begin each day with Trackside Live presented by Hagemeyer Farms. Trackside Live is a half-hour interview show hosted by OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas. Two shows will air each day prior to post time. Following Trackside Live it is Countdown to Post Time. A half-hour show that will look at the day of racing from the Delaware County Fairgrounds. After Countdown to Post Time, it is live coverage of the entire race program. Coverage will include analysis of the races, interviews, features, and the ever-popular Text Trivia. Race coverage is presented by Big Dee's Tack and Vet Supply, Cool Winds Farm, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, and Midland Acres. With fans not allowed to attend the 75th Little Brown Jug due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Fraas says this will make it possible for people to see the races. "This is an opportunity for fans to watch one of the greatest events in harness racing." The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's coverage of county fair racing in Ohio this summer has been seen in and across the United States, Canada, and Europe. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Thursday, September 24, at the Delaware County Fair on Little Brown Jug Day. One of the Little Brown Jug elimination divisions will be the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). The Ohio Chapter of USHWA is sponsoring the three prizes that will be given away. First place will receive a $150 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a gift box with 30 different popular candy bars in it. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Tuesday, September 22. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 10:00 am Thursday morning (Sept. 24) to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. USHWA members Garnet and Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 8:00 pm Thursday, September 24 at www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prize winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Sorry, but all current USHWA members are not eligible for this contest. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

The Delaware County Fair is making an adjustment to the harness racing post times for Jugette Day (Wednesday, September 23rd) and Jug Day (Thursday, September 24th). The first race post will be moved to 12:00 Noon. The post times for Sunday (1:00 PM), Monday (3:00 PM) and Tuesday (1:00 PM) remain unchanged. For all of your Grand Circuit week news, please visit LittleBrownJug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

The Delaware County Fair is pleased to announce that participating horse owners will be permitted to attend the Grand Circuit races (September 20-24, 2020), including the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association. Horseman and owners must show their valid Ohio State Racing Commission license at the US Route 23 Gate to gain admission to the grounds. Admission will only be allowed on the day their horse races. Delaware County Fair personnel will verify participation at the entry gate and may deny entry. "We are happy to make this announcement. We have been working with the OHHA and local health officials to make sure we could safely meet these objectives," noted Tom Wright, president of the Delaware County Agricultural Society board. "We also want to thank everyone for their patience as we work though this very unique situation." Owners will not be permitted in the race paddock or in the barn area. Portions of the grandstand will be available for the owners to use, however food and drink vendors will not be available. Owners will be allowed to bring their own refreshments. Owners will be permitted one non-licensed guest. The owners and their guest will be required to wear a suitable mask or face covering while walking around the grounds and grandstand. As much as possible, social distancing (6' or more) must be observed. Fans wishing to watch and wager on the racing action are encouraged to visit LittleBrownJug.com for a list of simulcast and off-track betting locations. Free past performance pages will be available on our website. The OHHA will be broadcasting all five days of racing action on its Facebook page. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Want to be a part of the 75th Little Brown Jug? The Delaware County Fair is looking for musically talented fans to submit their version of the national anthem of the United States or Canada. Video submissions are due by Tuesday, September 15th. The best videoed versions will be played during Jug Week (September 20-25) on the Little Brown Jug simulcast show. Email your entries to jugpublicity@outlook.com, please include your name and hometown. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

In accordance with Governor Mike DeWine's latest directive, the Delaware (OH) Grand Circuit harness racing meet, including the 75th Little Brown Jug (September 24), will be conducted without spectators. The Delaware County Fair will conduct only a Junior Fair this year. "It is a disappointing day for us. We have been working diligently with the Delaware County Health Department and we felt we could put on a safe event on a smaller scale," said Tom Wright, director of racing and president of the Delaware County Agricultural Society Board. "We respect the directive and will do our part to make sure we have a safe event for all." The Little Brown Jug typically draws upwards of 40,000 spectators from across North America. Fans will be able to watch and wager on the 2020 Grand Circuit Meet (September 20 - 24) and the Little Brown Jug through its simulcast network. The harness racing will be conducted in accordance with the protocols of the "Safe Return to Racing" as established by the Ohio State Racing Commission. The Delaware County Fair will hold a virtual, online sale for the 2020 Junior Fair. The Junior Fair Sale Committee is still finalizing details and will announce more information as it becomes available. Further information regarding previously purchased tickets will be mailed in the near future. Supporters of the Little Brown Jug and the Delaware County Fair are urged to visit LittleBrownJug.com and DelawareCountyFair.com for the latest news. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Many in harness racing will recall that BJ Scoot was the first Ohio-bred horse to capture the Little Brown Jug, a feat he accomplished in 1988. But prior to that, the son of Falcon Almahurst p, 3, TT1:52.2 ($400,776) had been an Ohio Sires Stakes Champion. Bred and owned by Jack Howell of Lancaster, Ohio BJ Scoot was foaled on May 10, 1985 at Hanover, PA and was trained during his freshman campaign by William Hartman. He won ten of 13 starts during his freshman season, including the $120,000 Championship for 2-year-old colt pacers on Sept. 7, 1987. The bay youngster paced to a winning time and freshman best record of 1:55.1 for driver William Fahy over Scioto Downs' five-eighths mile oval in the Championship and ended 1987 with $135,611 in his bankroll. On Feb. 26, 1988, BJ Scoot was sold to the Sybarite Stable of Islington, ON and transferred to the barn of trainer Tom Artandi. He would race 22 times during his 3-year-old season, with his most impressive effort coming at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Sept. 22 when he captured pacing's greatest jewel, the 43rd edition of the Little Brown Jug. A crowd of 47,218 was on hand that steamy fall afternoon as BJ Scoot won the first Jug elimination handily in 1:54 for driver Mike LaChance. The second jug elim went to Albert Albert (Chris Boring) in 1:53.4, with Camtastic (Bill O'Donnell) taking the third heat in 1:54.1. BJ Scoot returned to capture the final heat in a front-stepping performance that saw him cruise around the half-miler with fractions of :26.4; :53.4; 1:23 and finish up with a career best clocking of 1:52.3h. Albert Albert was no match for him that afternoon, as he was parked to the half, which was a Jug record at the time. Ultimately, BJ Scoot finished 1¼ lengths in front of Threefold (Bill Fahy) with third-place finisher Dare You To (John Campbell) another two lengths back. BJ Scoot collected $147,030 for his effort that day at Delaware and wrapped up his 3-year-old season with $671,398 in earnings from eight wins, seven seconds and two thirds. His trainer, Tom Artandi, would go on to win the Jug the following year with Goalie Jeff. BJ Scoot started only three times as a 4-year-old, earning $21,577 in a lone win of 1:57h at Lebanon on April 29,1989. He returned as a 5-year-old but lacked the former brilliance of his sophomore campaign. In 1990 he went postward 34 times with three wins, seven seconds and six thirds, earning $62,424, with a 1:54.4h clocking that came at Freehold Raceway on Aug.18, 1990. Retired to the breeding shed at age six, BJ Scoot had amassed $891,010 from 22 wins, 16 seconds and eight thirds in 72 starts. He stood in Ohio from 1991 through 1996 when he was leased to Pickwick Farms of Gates Mills, Ohio and then was sold to Canadians Nigel Holmes and Gerry Hudon, standing stud in British Columbia from 1997 through 1990 and then in Alberta from 2000 through 2002. While BJ Scoot did not replicate himself in the breeding shed, he certainly did have the pedigree credentials to become a decent sire, as he was the fourth of ten foals out of the prolific Melvin's Woe p, 3, 1:57 ($157,902) mare Terry's Woe p,4,1:55 ($325,162). He was a full brother to BJ's Boardwalk p, 4, 1:54 ($113,602) and a half-brother to BJ's Fifth Avenue (by Niatross) p,4,Q 1:56 ($105,985), among many others. As a sire, BJ Scoot produced 109 starters who earned $1,994,533, with 41 timed in 2:00 and four clocked in 1:55 or faster. Some of his better progeny include Peach Pie (out of Radiate) p,4,1:54f ($201,845); OK BJ (out of Whose To Care) p,5,1:54f ($193,584); Ace Freely (out of Dibby Dibby Girl) p,4,1:55.3f ($107,143); and Hescootshescores (out of That Will Be Me) p,4,1:54.4f ($88,554). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Little Brown Jug Society president Tom Wright has announced some sweeping changes to future Little Brown Jugs and its harness racing filly companion event, the Jugette. In 2022, the Little Brown Jug will start accepting supplemental entries with a payment of $45,000 (Jugette supplements would pay $15,000). Horses will no longer have to win either the Cane Pace, the Messenger, The North American Cup or the Meadowlands Pace to supplement. Supplemental entries will be due using a five-day box and would be the first horse(s) eliminated should the field exceed the 24 horse maximum. Future eliminations of the Jug will be raced for a purse of $50,000 each ($25,000 in the Jugette), with the balance remaining for the second heat. All of the starters in the second heat will receive at least 1% of the second heat purse (starting with the 2020 LBJ). The second heat will now allow for 'also eligibles.' Horses will be ranked based on their elimination finish position and then by highest lifetime earnings. "We hope these changes will allow the best horses available to compete in the Little Brown Jug. Our goal is to make sure we have full fields and put on a great event for our fans," noted Wright. The changes were finalized by the LBJ Society executive committee and approved by the entire board. The new conditions will start with the 77th Little Brown Jug to be raced in 2022. The Yearling Nomination Payment for the Jug and Jugette remain $50 and are due May 15. A copy of the new conditions can be found at LittleBrownJug.com. May 15th Payments Due Date Remains Besides the Yearling Nomination Payment for the Little Brown Jug and Jugette, the 2022 Old Oaken Bucket and Buckette ($25) and the 2021 Standardbreds ($25) are also due on May 15. Payment forms can be found on LittleBrownJug.com.        

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