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Freehold, NJ --- Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi will prepare for a trip to the Breeders' Crown by qualifying at Freehold Raceway on Friday morning (October 11). "Ozzi", trained by Freehold-based Bill MacKenzie and owned by Vincent Ali and Alma Iafelice, is coming off a second-place finish in the Tattersalls at the Red Mile on October 6. In addition to his Jug victory, he won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final and the Adios earlier in the year. All told, he's won nine races from twelve starts on the year, while bankrolling more than $800,000. He will qualify by himself on Friday morning, at approximately 11:20 AM EDT. Steve Smith will be the driver. Freehold will live-stream the qualifier on their Facebook page, starting at around 11:15 AM. Following the qualifier, Freehold will conduct a ten-race pari-mutuel program, beginning at 12:30 PM. There will also be a non-betting race at 12:15 PM. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

Shartin N continues once again to be the unanimous choice of all 35 Top Ten Poll voters as the #1 Standardbred in North America. The big news this week is Southwind Ozzi, after winning the Little Brown Jug, moved from #10 up to #5 position and Lather Up has dropped down a notch to Greenshoe. And undefeated Tall Dark Stranger hit the poll in the #10 spot. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 18 – 9/24/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (35) 6pm 15-14-0-0 $826,427 350 1 2 Greenshoe 3tc 10-8-2-0 $891,500 251 3 3 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 244 2 4 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 13-9-4-0 $1,109,544 218 4 5 Southwind Ozzi 3pc 11-9-1-0 $736,935 165 10 6 Atlanta 4tm 11-7-3-0 $658,400 152 5 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 8-8-0-0 $420,038 114 6 8 Gimpanzee 3tc 8-6-0-1 $667,138 69 7 9 Captain Crunch 3pc 9-5-0-1 $687,077 59 8 10 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 6-6-0-0 $376,890 54 --   ALSO: Forbidden Trade 37; Warrawee Ubeaut 30; Century Farroh 23; Guardian Angel AS, Lyons Sentinel 21; Hypnotic AM 19; Tall Drink Hanover 14; McWicked 11; Millies Possesion 10; Green Manalishi S 9; Alicorn, Evident Beauty, When Dovescry 8; Caviart Ally 7; Capt Midnight 6; Elver Hanover 4; Crystal Fashion, Zero Tolerance 3; Manchego 2; Fox Valley Gemini, Papi Rob Hanover, Rich And Miserable, Sister Sledge, Wiggle It Jiggleit 1.  

Southwind Ozzi threw his name into the harness racing ring as the best three-year-old colt pacer in the country with his two heat wins in securing the 74th Little Brown Jug on Thursday (September 19) at the Delaware County Fair. At the start of the $384,000 final heat, David Miller sent Stag Party out of post number 5 and grabbed the early lead. The second elimination winning Fast N First (Brett Miller) was second and American Mercury was third though the first two panels in :26 2/5 and :54 3/5. As the field of six headed down the backstretch the second time, Southwind Ozzi sat second just outside Stag Party in 1:22 1/5. At they turned for home and to the roar of the 48,126 fans, Southwind Ozzi cruised home to score the 1 ¾ length victory over Fast N First and American Mercury (Tyler Buter) in 1:50 1/5. Southwind Ozzi is the sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere and was bred by Southwind Farms. Owners Vincent A. Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice and trainer Bill MacKenzie hoisted the Jug for the first time. Driver Brian Sears also won the 2013 title with Vegas Vacation. Southwind Ozzi leaves Ohio with a four race win streak and $771,263 in career earnings. In the first elimination, Yannick Gingras sent De Los Cielos Deo fast off the gates wings. The gelding then make a wicked break in stride scattering the field. Shake That House (Tim Tetrick) inherited the lead and Stag Party found a spot second at the rail. The leaders past the quarter in :27 1/5, the half in :55. Southwind Ozzi was the first to challenge and was second on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:22 2/5. The eventual winner stuck a nose ahead at the 7/8 mile mark and sprinted home in :28 1/5 to score a 2 ¾ length win over Air Force Hanover (Simon Allard), who won the photo finish over a charging Stag Party. Shake That House held on for the final advancing position. The second elimination was a drag race from the start. Semi Tough (Matt Kakaly) and Artie’s Ideal (Marcus Miller) battled through the opening quarter in :25 3/5. American Mercury (Tyler Buter) took the lead from Semi Tough before the half in :53 3/5. American Mercury led past the three-quarters in 1:21 2/5. A four way photo at the wire showed the fast closing Fast N First (Brett Miller) a nose better than American Mercury. Artie’s Ideal was third and Semi Tough was fourth. Artie’s Ideal and Shake That House were later scratched from the second heat. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Blake MacIntosh had a hunch that Fast N First could compete with the horses that would enter the 2019 Little Brown Jug, and the second elimination showed that he was 100 percent right. In the final stride of the mile, Fast N First got up to nose out favored American American Mercury to win the second $128,000 elimination and solidify the field for the $384,000 final. The race started with some hot early fractions as Semi Tough (Matt Kakaley) and Arties Ideal (Marcus Miller) sizzling to a :25.4 opening quarter. Semi Tough forced Arties Ideal into the pocket and then faced the serious threat of favoured American Mercury. Kakaley yielded and allowed Tyler Buter to land the Messenger winner on the lead in a sharp :53.3 half. With Escapetothebeach racing first up and not advancing to challenge, Brett Miller angled Fast N First three-wide down the backside. Clearing Escapetothebeach, Fast N First couldn't drop down to the two path as Arties Ideal popped back out from third to forge first-up through a 1:21.2 third station. American Mercury maintained his lead around the final turn and turning for home, but the pressure was on from the three next best. It appeared that American Mercury would hold off his rivals but Miller was able to get an extra gear out of Fast N First and help the colt live up to his name by getting his nose on the wire in a lifetime best 1:50.2. American Mercury, Arties Ideal and Semi Tough also advanced to the final. "This is very exciting and it's a race I've always wanted to win," said an elated Miller in the winner's circle. "I felt like the race was definitely setting up for us. Blake told me to be sure to keep this horse's attention, and when I made the move up the backside he was very strong but going into the last turn he actually -- just being a colt -- kind of pulled up on me and it cost us a lot of ground. For him to come back on and win, that was strong." Fast N First is owned by trainer Macintosh along with Ontario's Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo. The horse picked up his eighth win of the series and fourth straight. The lion's share of the purse pushed his seasonal bankroll to $162,909. "I really wasn't nervous going in," said MacIntosh. "This year I was just hoping to make the final and have some fun. Now we've got a little pressure on us." MacIntosh is poised to win the Jug in back-to-back years, with two totally different back stories coming into the race. Despite not having a Courtly Choice this year, he felt Fast N First belonged with this group. "I thought he'd be right there. I wasn't sure if he could win it but when I saw the draw I was pretty happy with the division we came out in. He's just been a good little colt...he's won eight times this year, and we've protected him pretty good all summer and haven't really raced him over his head. He came out and proved today he's a nice little colt." After the second elimination, the posts for the final were drawn. 2019 Little Brown Jug Final ($384,000) (Post – Horse – Driver) 1 – Southwind Ozzi – Brian Sears 2 – Fast N First – Brett Miller 3 – Air Force Hanover – Simon Allard 4 – American Mercury – Tyler Buter 5 – Stag Party – David Miller 6 – Arties Ideal – Marcus Miller (SCRATCHED) 7 – Semi Tough – Matt Kakaley 8 – Shake That House – Tim Tetrick (SCRATCHED) From the Little Brown Jug

The first of the $128,000 opening-heat eliminations for the Little Brown Jug took to the track for Race 15, and after some wild festivities in the opening turn, the Bill MacKenzie-trained and Brian Sears-driven Southwind Ozzi ($) paced to a wrapped-up, first-over win in 1:50.3. The majority of the field was scattered in the first turn when the Yannick Gingras-driven De Los Cielos Deo went on wild break. After the brief chaos, the Tim Tetrick-driven Shake The House was first down to the quarter pole (:27.1) and the half-mile indicator (:55). Sears, who had been sitting in third with Southwind Ozzi, called on his charge in the homestretch, as the duo tipped out for a first-over advance on Shake The House. Southwind Ozzi ranged up alongside Shake That House past the 1:22.2 three-quarters marker and along the final turn. Sears asked Southwind Ozzi to go at the head of the lane and the Somebeachsomewhere colt responded in full. He surged past Southwind Ozzi and was well within himself as he hit the wire in 1:50.3, which equalled the national season’s mark for the division over a half-mile track. The Simon Allard-driven Air Force Hanover, who had raced second-over through the back half of the mile, finished second, while the David Miller-driven Stag Party finished third. The fourth-place finisher, Shake That House, also advanced to the Jug final. When asked to comment on the mile, Sears started by giving some praise to Gingras, who had a lot on his plate with an uncooperative De Los Cielos Deo. "Yannick's horse went off stride and I thought he did a good job keeping him upright and not taking up too much track,” said Sears, who added, “we were all able to get around him pretty easily.” Given everything that had occurred in the first turn, Sears was happy with the outcome at that point. “I was confident with the three-hole spot and coming first up,” said Sears. “The horse [didn’t] mind it and I was confident from that position on." Southwind Ozzi fired for Sears when he asked. Sears explained that he expected nothing less. "He's been there for us all year and he showed up again today, so we're really happy with the effort he put out today." MacKenzie echoed Sears’ sentiments in the winner’s circle and stated that he wasn’t worried about having to race two heats with Southwind Ozzi. “He comes out of every race extremely well...I'm not worried a little bit." Southwind Ozzi is owned by Vincent Ali Jr. (Old Bridge, NJ) and Alma Iafelice (Cranbury, NJ). From the Little Brown Jug

Besides the Little Brown Jug races for three-year-old harness racing pacers, the undercard offered a variety of stakes action. The stakes will include divisions of the Standardbred for two-year-olds, multiple splits of the Ohio Breeders Championships, the Old Oaken Bucket for three-year-old trotting colts, and the $100,000 final of the Miss Versatility for female trotters. PLUNGE BLUE CHIP PREVAILS IN MISS VERSATILITY Favoured Plunge Blue Chip made every call a winning one in capturing the $100,000 final of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Leaving from post three in the field of seven, trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt floated Plunge Blue Chip beside Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) before clearing to the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter. Plunge Blue Chip backed down the tempo and stole a 29-second quarter to reach the half in :56.2 before facing the stout challenge of Custom Cantab (Aaron Merriman). The intensity picked up to start the second lap as Plunge Blue Chip and Custom Cantab raced almost as a tandem down the backstretch. With a 1:23.4 third station, those two trotting titans would not give in until the final turn when Custom Cantab lost a few strides on the leader. Plunge Blue Chip looked to have put the first-over challenger away but then faced a threat to her inside with Emoticon Hanover. Dube tried to angle Emoticon Hanover up the inside but two things prevented a late surge to the wire: a lack of room, and the will of Plunge Blue Chip, who hit the wire a neck the best in 1:52.1. Custom Cantab came back on in the stretch and was just nosed out by Emoticon Hanover to finish third. "She was great today, it was a big mile, :52 here on the half-mile track," said Svanstedt. "Her last three races, she feels good and I hope she can still race good this year." Svanstedt, who wasn't worried when Custom Cantab came to challenge, said that Plunge Blue Chip's next start would come at The Red Mile in Lexington. Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass - Dunk The Donato) is owned Ake Svanstedt Inc. of Wrightstown, N.J., Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. of Wallkill, N.Y. and Tomas Andersson of Nossebro, Sweden. The win was just the second of the year for the world champion trotter but her 19th lifetime, and it lifted her purse earnings to $1,175,784. WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT RETURNS! After having not participated in a pari-mutuel race in three years, 2015 Little Brown Jug winner Wiggle It Jiggle It returned to the scene of what was arguably his greatest triumph. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who thrilled the North America harness racing industry for 51 starts, 38 of which resulted in wins, was front and centre on Thursday, September 19, Little Brown Jug Day 2019 at Ohio’s Delaware County Fair. It had been announced earlier in the week that Wiggle It Jiggleit would be racing in an overnight race (Race 12) on Jug Day – a tilt for colts and geldings that were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019. Wiggle It Jiggleit had been prepping for a return to the races with qualifying efforts in recent weeks (he had participated in four qualifying races since August 20). The $4-million-earning son of Mr Wiggles lined up in Post 3 for his conditioned race and was ready to get it on early. The bay left well from the gate and was second into the first turn, as he chased Night Pro into the backstretch. Teague called on Wiggle It Jiggleit early in the backstretch and cleared to the lead in the vicinity of the :27.4 quarter pole. He raced on the engine through to the :56.4 half, at which point the Brian Sears-driven Celestial Arden N was calling first-up from the backfield. Wiggle It Jiggleit went on to race on the point through the 1:24.2 three quarters, with Sears and Celestial Arden N on his outside and looming large as the homestretch neared. Celestial Arden N still had a lot of pace in reserve as Wiggle It Jiggleit was starting to feel the effects of his return trip. Celestial Arden N went on to score in 1:51.2 for Sears and trainer Ned Hodkinson and returned an $8.20 win mutuel. Although defeated in the lane, Wiggle It Jiggleit fought all the way home and didn’t embarrass himself in any way. He held off the late bid of Born To Be Bad and was second under the wire. The performance proved to be a mark-lowering mile for Celestial Arden N, a seven-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding that recorded his 16th career win in the process. Hodkinson, of Blacklick, Ohio, is also the owner of Celestial Arden N. OSTERC OUTLASTS FOES IN THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET After having inherited the lead in the opening quarter of the Old Oaken Bucket (Race 8), the Per Engblom-trained and Yannick Gingras-driven Osterc ($3.60) refused to give up the point, as he went on to post a narrow victory in 1:54.4 in the $95,425 clash for three-year-old male trotters. Osterc, a son of Cantab Hall, was in the two-hole early, but he was given the lead when Union Forces made a break while on the point. After inheriting the top spot, Osterc went on to cut the fractions (:28.4, :58.3, 1:26) and hold on for a neck win. Mass Fortune K, who had taken a ground-saving trip trough the fractions, tried to sneak up the pylons late, but just ran out of real estate. Summit In Sight, who had raced first-up on the way home, was a close third when all was said and done. Osterc, a bay colt, has now won four of his 13 seasonal starts and nine of his 20 career races. Osterc races for the ownership connections of Christina Takter (East Windsor, NJ) and Goran Falk (Allentown, NJ). WORTHY OF HONOUR WIRES UP STANDARDBRED FOES The second of the program’s Standardbred splits for two-year-olds took to the track for Race 4, and it was the Julie Miller-trained and Andy Miller-driven Worthy Of Honor ($6.60) that captured the $47,100 contest for freshman trotting colts and geldings. The bay colt by Cantab Hall—Honorable Daughter started from Post 5, made every call a winning one (:28.2, :58, 1:27), and went on to stop the clock in 1:56.4. The $90,000 Lexington Selected yearling caught a bit of a break in the third quarter when the first-up Emma Town Bud ran during his move for the lead. Worthy Of Honor was followed home by Moveoutofmyway K and Altus Hanover, who finished second and third, respectively. Worthy Of Honor, who has now won two of his nine career starts, is owned by Andy Miller Stable Inc. (Millstone Township, NJ), Jean Goehlen (Aurora, I), and Louis Willinger (Louisville, KY). BIG BRUSH BY TRU LOU IN THE STANDARDBRED Stakes action kicked off in Race 1, as the Ron Burke-trained and Matt Kakaley-driven Tru Lou ($6.80) utilized a big brush in the third quarter to soar to a 1:55.2 victory in the $48,100 Standardbred for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The gelded son of Sweet Lou—Real Touch sat third through the quarter (:28.1) and opening half (:57.3) before showing his class to the field. Kakaley sent Tru Lou first-up after the half and acquired the lead just before the 1:26.2 three quarter flashed to life. The bay cruised to victory from there on out and nailed the wire in 1:55.2. Complete Kaos, who had cut the opening half, finished five lengths back in second, while Caviart Revere finished third. Tru Lou has now won two of his seven career starts for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC (Fredericktown, PA), Knox Services Inc. (Mt Vernon, OH), Slaughter Racing Stb LLC (Prospect, KY) and Weaver Bruscemi LLC (Canonsburg, PA). From the Little Brown Jug

This Week: Harness racing action with the Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; Caesars Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, Moni Maker and The Elevation, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Metro, She's A Great Lady and Milton, Woodbine Mohawk Park Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks into full gear on Wednesday (Sept. 18) at Delaware with the $259,600 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, the $76,125 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $46,800 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $46,000 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Thursday (Sept. 19) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $640,000 Little Brown Jug, the third leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $100,000 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, the $95,425 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters, the $48,100 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $47,100 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park will be held on Friday (Sept. 20) with the $230,000 Caesars for Open trotters, the $230,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $215,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $176,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $170,000 Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $135,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, and the $125,000 Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 21) with the C$750,000 Metro final for 2-year-old open pacers, the C$540,000 She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers and the C$250,000 Milton 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: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Woodbine Mohawk Park this past Saturday, with four major stakes, led by the Canadian Trotting Classic. Green Manalishi S and driver Tim Tetrick went to the front and never looked back to capture the $453,750 Canadian Trotting Classic. The Marcus Melander trainee held off a late push from Pilot Discretion to win Woodbine Mohawk's marquee event for 3-year-old trotters by a half-length in 1:52.4. Tetrick became the winningest driver in the history of the Canadian Trotting Classic with four titles now to his name. "That's a big honor," Tetrick said. "It just kind of fell into place and worked out really good." Tetrick's previous three victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic came with Crystal Fashion (2018), Bar Hopping (2016) and Market Share (2012). Green Manalishi S won the Canadian Trotting Classic in 1:52.4. New Image Media photo. Green Manalishi S, who went off as the 6-5 favorite, shot to the top from post four and led the field by the opening quarter in :27.2. After an easy :29 second quarter, Tetrick ramped up the tempo with the son of Muscle Hill to trot a :27.3 third quarter. Swandre The Giant raced in the two-hole, but made a break going to three-quarters. Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade moved out from third entering the final turn and was nearly four lengths behind Green Manalishi S turning for home. Pilot Discretion followed the move of Forbidden Trade to sit third at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Green Manalishi S had close to three lengths on his rivals with an eighth of a mile to go. The push to the finish line saw the lead shrink with Pilot Discretion closing in, ultimately coming up a half-length short. "I wanted to get out of there and either sit really close or go ahead and cut it, but I didn't want to have to work too hard to do it," said Tetrick of his strategy. "I wanted him to feel really brave going down the backside and I went a little faster in the third quarter to get a little separation on them and down by the wire it was getting close, but my horse held on good and he never wins by too many." Forbidden Trade finished third, but was placed back to fifth for causing interference in deep stretch to Only For Justice. Smart As Hill was moved up from fourth to third, while Only For Justice entered the superfecta going from fifth to fourth. Owned by Courant Inc., Green Manalishi S is now five for nine this season with $590,788 earned. The Canadian Trotting Classic victory is his 10th career visit to the winner's circle and pushes his career earnings over the $1 million plateau. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, 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 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 905.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 678; 3. David Miller - 600; 4. Dexter Dunn - 491; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 454. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 748; 2. Tony Alagna - 483; 3. Marcus Melander - 394; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 317; 5. Jim King Jr. - 316.5. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 192; 2. Brad Grant - 173.8; 3. Courant Inc. - 172.5; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 135.9; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 123.4. 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 pair of Grand Circuit events, the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby for older horses and Harrah's Philadelphia will contest John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Anthony Iafelice and Vincent Ali Sr., who passed away in 2017 and 2013, respectively, never owned a harness racing horse like Southwind Ozzi. But family members feel their presence as they enjoy the ride with one of the favorites in Thursday's $640,000 Little Brown Jug. Iafelice and Ali were friends, sharing a love of horses and harness racing. Iafelice's grandson, Bill MacKenzie, began training horses for Ali a number of years ago and now MacKenzie conditions Southwind Ozzi for his grandmother, Alma Iafelice, and Vincent Ali Jr. Southwind Ozzi enters the 74th Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, with seven wins in nine starts this year and $480,935 in purses. His victories include the Adios and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. He is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the first of two $128,000 Little Brown Jug eliminations, with Brian Sears in the sulky. "This is a first for everybody," MacKenzie said. "My grandparents owned a couple nice horses, but nothing like him. It's great. This is what anybody that buys a yearling or buys a horse is aiming to do. This is what we do it for. Unfortunately, (my grandfather) is not here to see this, but I'm sure he's looking down." Said Ali Jr., "My dad never had nothing like this either. I wish he was alive to see it. He'd be going crazy right now. That was his dream, to have a horse like this. He's the reason I do this, he got me involved." The Little Brown Jug is the third jewel in the Triple Crown for 3-year-old pacers, following the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes. Captain Crunch won the Cane and was not entered in the Jug. Messenger winner American Mercury, one of three Jug entrants from the stable of trainer Chris Oakes, is the 5-2 favorite in the second Jug elim. The top-four finishers from each elimination return later in the day for the $384,000 final. Southwind Ozzi, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Southwind Solara, was purchased as a yearling for $85,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale. He was the only horse MacKenzie bought that year for his grandmother and Ali Jr. As a 2-year-old, Southwind Ozzi won once and finished second on four occasions. He was the favorite in the Kindergarten Classic Series championship in November but was derailed by sickness and finished 10th. He began this season with three wins and a second-place finish before being sidelined for nearly two months because of emergency hernia surgery. He returned in July and captured the Adios. "He missed six weeks, but you know what, in hindsight maybe that's helped him," Ali Jr. said. "Maybe it's kept him fresh in a sense. He's racing real good now." Ali Jr. hoped Southwind Ozzi would have a good season, particularly in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, but tried to temper his expectations beyond that. "My expectations weren't going to the Jug, that's for sure," said Ali Jr., who is a contractor in New York City. "Who would have ever thunk? It's not too often you get a horse like him. It's never been for me, so it's a lot of fun. It's a good time. "This has exceeded my expectations by far." Southwind Ozzi will start from post four in his Jug elimination. The division also includes Hempt Memorial winner Shake That House, who is the 2-1 second choice. "I just do what I have to do, and I leave the rest up to Brian," MacKenzie said, referring to driver Sears, who won the Little Brown Jug in 2013 with Vegas Vacation. "That's what I do with any race. I don't tell him what to do." Following the Jug, Southwind Ozzi is staked to the Simpson Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sept. 29. He is not eligible to the Tattersalls Pace or Breeders Crown in October but could be supplemented to those events. But those are decisions for another day. "We're just going week to week," MacKenzie said. "Those are all options that we'll keep the door open on, but we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. He'll tell us where he's going. That's where we're at." Following are the fields for Thursday's Little Brown Jug eliminations. The first elim is race 15 on the afternoon's card, with an approximate post time of 3:27 p.m. (EDT). The second is race 16, with an approximate post of 3:45 p.m. The final is race 20. First Elimination PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Caviart Rockland-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Johansson-12/1 2-De Los Cielos Deo-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6/1 3-Shake That House-Tim Tetrick-Chris Oakes-2/1 4-Southwind Ozzi-Brian Sears-Bill MacKenzie-8/5 5-Air Force Hanover-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-8/1 6-U S Captain-Jason Bartlett-Tony Alagna-12/1 7-Stag Party-David Miller-Casie Coleman-15/1 Second Elimination PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Semi Tough-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-9/2 2-Lyons Johnnyjnr-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-9/2 3-Quatrain Blue Chip-Aaron Merriman-Chris Oakes-6/1 4-Artie's Ideal-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller-7/2 5-Fast N First-Brett Miller-Blake MacIntosh-12/1 6-Spectrum-Andy Miller-Nick Surick-25/1 7-American Mercury-Tyler Buter-Chris Oakes-5/2 8-Escapetothebeach-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna-10/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Ron Burke knows the feeling of winning at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and it never gets old. Burke, the sport's leading harness racing trainer in wins and purses each of the past 10 years (and well on his way to sweeping both categories again this season), is among the winningest trainers at the fairgrounds over the past 25 years, ranking No. 6 with 30 victories. His triumphs at Delaware include two wins in the Little Brown Jug and two wins in the Jugette and he hopes to add to those totals this week. Burke sends three horses to Wednesday's $259,600 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers and with a victory would join Billy Haughton and Bob McIntosh as the only trainers to capture the race three times. The Burke Stable, overall, has three wins in the event, with Burke's father Mickey taking the 2007 edition with Western Graduate. Burke's hopefuls in the Jugette are Warrawee Ubeaut, a 2018 Dan Patch Award winner who is the 3-5 morning-line favorite in the second of two $51,920 eliminations, and Sylph Hanover and She's Allright in the first elimination. In addition, Burke sends two horses, De Los Cielos Deo and Semi Tough, to Thursday's $640,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers. With a win, Burke would join five other trainers in a third-place tie for the most victories in the race. Haughton holds the record with six. "Western Graduate gave us our first win of a major race here, so of course that was special," Burke said. "Every time we win (one of the major races) I think it's not going to be as special as before, but it is. It's just a great place. It's a place where you have a lot of fans and they're into the racing, so it's cool. "I'm hoping we can get another one," added the trainer, whose horses have hit the board in 56.9 percent of their 172 starts at the central Ohio half-mile oval. "We have a good feel for this track. We come here Saturday and we bring all the horses and they train here. It does give you an advantage, I think, if the horses go around here and get a feel for it. For a half-mile track, they're able to go so fast here that it does kind of pick them up a little bit." Warrawee Ubeaut brings a three-race win streak to the Jugette, which, like the Little Brown Jug, contests its eliminations and final on the same day. The filly, who won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final in her most recent outing Sept. 7, has won seven of 12 races this season and hit the board in every start. Last year, she became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history, winning in 1:48.3 at Lexington's Red Mile. "It's been all right," Burke said about Warrawee Ubeaut's year to date. "I'm not as disappointed as other people. Sometimes we put her in bad spots, but it was with the goal of making her a complete racehorse. And she's become that. She's now controllable, she can race either way. "The fillies that beat her sometimes just raced great. It wasn't that she raced bad; I can think of two times she got beat a nose by horses that just raced great. The fillies this year are very good. But now she seems to be a little sharper than maybe the other ones are. She's getting better all along. She seems to be coming to where we thought she would be." Warrawee Ubeaut, who has earned $1.07 million lifetime, will start her elimination from post one with driver Yannick Gingras. "She got a great draw," Burke said. "It's a good spot. She can do multiple things from there; it really gives her options. I'm excited for her." Burke, who won the Jugette in 2015 with Sassa Hanover and 2012 with Darena Hanover (and has finished second in four other editions of the race), is hoping Sylph Hanover and She's Allright can find their best form in Wednesday's first elimination. Sylph Hanover, a multiple-stakes-winner in 2018, has won only two of 13 races this season and has not finished better than fifth in her past five starts. She last won on July 19 when she captured the Nadia Lobell Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. She's Allright, also a stakes-winner last season, has won one of 12 starts this year. "Sylph has been a disappointment," Burke said. "She has been a disaster. I brought her here and I trained her a first trip and I didn't like her at all. I trained her a second trip and she was way better after I made some changes. I still may make some changes. I think she is going to be better. I needed to spend some time with her and I think it helped. "She's Allright has been way better than her lines the last couple starts. She's had no luck. I thought, this is a place where we do good, I'll give her a shot. I know that filly is a decent filly. Maybe she's not the best filly but she will be competitive." Treacherous Reign, who beat Warrawee Ubeaut by a nose in the Fan Hanover Stakes on June 15, is the 6-5 favorite in the Jugette's first elimination. She is trained by Tony Alagna and will be driven by Dexter Dunn, starting from post four. The Jugette eliminations are races 15 and 16, with approximate post times of 3:27 p.m. (EDT) and 3:45 p.m., respectively. The top-four finishers from each division return for the $155,760 final, which is race 20, with an approximate post time of 4:57 p.m. Complete entries for the Jugette, as well as the Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters and Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters and pacers, can be found here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Delaware, OH - The quartet of Southwind Ozzi, Shake That House, American Mercury and Stag Party lead a balanced harness racing field of 15 three-year-old pacers to compete for the $640,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 19th at the Delaware County Fair. Southwind Ozzi is coming into the Jug with five wins in his last six starts, including the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stake Final. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won $515,263 for Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice. He has won 7 of 9 seasonal starts. Southwind Ozzi, who is trained by Bill MacKenzie, will leave from post four in the first elimination. Brian Sears was named to drive. Shake That House will leave from post three in the same elimination. The American Ideal colt has earned $452,804 during his career for Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston and Northfork Racing Stable. Chris Oakes trains the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial winner and Sears was also listed to drive Shake that House. Rounding out the first elimination contenders will be Stag Party from post seven. Although he is winless this season, he has earned $160,118 in 2019 and $674,486 during his 23 race career. The Bettor's Delight bay colt is owned by John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and trainer Casie Coleman's West Wins Stable. Coleman is a three time Jug champ and has asked the five-time Jug champion David Miller to drive. The $500,000 Messenger Stakes champion, American Mercury drew into the easier of the two eliminations, but will have to overcome post seven to advance to the $384,000 Jug Final. American Mercury has finished in the top three in all ten starts this season and has only missed the board in once during his 17 race career. Chria Oakes trains the American Ideal for Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chuck Pompey and Scott Bice. Jug rookie Tyler Buter was listed to drive. The complete Little Brown Jug field and announced drivers: 1st Elimination - $128,000 1. Caviart Rockland by Sportswriter (Dexter Dunn/Nancy Johansson) 2. De Los Cielos Deo by Captaintreacherous (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 3. Shake The House by American Ideal (Brian Sears/Chris Oakes) 4. Southwind Ozzi by Somebeachsomewhere (Brian Sears/William MacKenzie) 5. Air Force Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Simon Allard/Rene Allard) 6. U S Captain by Captaintreacherous(Jason Bartlett/Tony Alagna) 7. Stag Party by Bettor's Delight (David Miller/Casie Coleman) 2nd Elimination - $128,000 1. Semi Tough by Somebeachsomewhere (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 2. Lyons Johnnyjnr by Well Said (Tim Tetrick/Jo Ann Looney-King) 3. Quatrain Blue Chip by Somebeachsomewhere (Aaron Merriman/Chris Oakes) 4. Artie's Ideal by American Ideal  (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 5. First and Fast by Shiaway Patrick (Brett Miller/Blake MacIntosh) 6. Spectrum by A Rocknroll Dance (A. Miller-Bongiorno/Nick Surick) 7. American Mercury by American Ideal (Tyler Buter/Chris Oakes) 8. Escapethebeach by Somebeachsomewhere (Joe Bongiorno/Tony Alagna) 2nd Heat will race for $384,000 by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH - Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Little Brown Jug and 'Horse of the Year," is returning to the harness racing track at the Delaware County Fair in a conditioned event on Jug Day (Thursday, September 19). The 7-year-old gelded son of Mr Wiggles - Mozzi Hanover has been away from the track for nearly three years with back issues and has competed in four qualifying races at Harrah's Philadelphia preparing for Thursday's race. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 38 of 51 career starts and more than $3.9 million for George Teague, Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. He will leave from post #3 in the $5,250 event. Trainer Clyde Francis listed Montrell Teague as the driver. "We cannot thank Team Teague enough for considering the Delaware County Fair for Wiggle It Jiggleit's return," noted Delaware's Director of Racing, Tom Wright. "I am sure the 40,000 plus fans will enjoy seeing the champion back on the track." Post time on Jug Day will be 11:00 AM. For ticket, race information and the latest news, please visit littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Little Brown Jug and Jugette Entries The harness racing officials at the Delaware County Fair would like to remind the horsemen of some important deadlines for the 49th edition of the Jugette and the 74th edition of the Little Brown Jug. Sunday, September 15 10:00 AM - Jugette entry box closes Monday, September 16 10:00 AM - Little Brown Jug entry box closes 11:00 AM - Jugette entries must be in the Jugette Barn. Tuesday, September 17 11:00 AM - Little Brown Jug entries must be in the Jugette Barn. Driver Commissions New for 2019 at the Delaware County Fair, all driver commission fees (5%) will be paid and mailed directly to the driver. All owners and drivers must complete tax forms prior to the mailing of the checks. Forms will be available at the Log Cabin or can be found online at http://www.littlebrownjug.com/racing/horsemen.cfm. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday September 18 in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Over 125 items and services, including lots of harness racing items, will be offered in a silent auction via mobile bidding followed by a live auction of several premier items at 7:30 p.m. People will be able to view the items in advance and bid remotely from their mobile devices beginning at 11:00 a.m. To see the items and register to bid, visit: http://one.bidpal.net/prejugparty. New items will be added daily up to the event. Featured offerings include a South African Photo Safari, John Deere Lawn Tractor, Spyder Race Bike of choice, set of Nitro Wheels in color of choice and a charming 6' long Amish made wooden team of horses and wagon. These items along with vacations, harness racing art and memorabilia, jewelry, tickets to sporting events, home accessories, tack and professional services are all up for grabs at this exciting fundraising event. "We are able to offer some amazing horse racing art due to the generosity of Bobby and Pam Cline of Grove City. If you love horse racing or collect there are some fabulous pieces." stated Winnie Nemeth Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations. Come to the party or just support these two great organizations! Table sponsors are still being sought. FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Morgan Nemeth (734) 320-7918 winnie@horseadoption.com From New Vocations

Dot Morgan, executive director and facilities manager of the New Vocations racehorse adoption program, will be honored as the 2019 Lady Pace Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. A multitalented horsewoman, Morgan started the New Vocations racehorse adoption program in 1992 from her base in Laura, Ohio, and continues to this day as overseer of the organization's Standardbred division. New Vocations takes racehorses that are no longer competitive on the racetrack and helps them find a "new vocation," a second career, through its equine adoption program. More than 150 Standardbreds pass through New Vocations every year. As chief administrator, Morgan visits major equine events, produces newsletters and promotional/educational materials, and aids the group's finances with stallion auctions and the Pre-Jug Gala Benefit during Little Brown Jug week. She was a director of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association for 17 years and an eight year trustee of the Christian Harness Horseman's Association. She was honored by the United States Harness Writers Association with their LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award in 2013. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association honored Morgan with the Rambling Willie Award in 2015. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

This is the final week of the rankings prior to the 74th edition of the Little Brown Jug to be contested on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Top 10 Little Brown Jug Eligibles 74th Edition on September 19, 2019 Week #6 (Final Week) - September 10, 2018 1. (Last Week #4) Southwind Ozzi (1:48; $515,263) Owners: Vincent Ali, Jr. (NJ) and Alma Iafelice (NJ) Trainer: Bill MacKenzie Driver: Brian Sears 2. (Last Week #1) Captain Crunch (1:47.2s; $1,303,190) Owner: 3 Brothers Stables (NY), Christina Takter (NJ), Rojan Stables (DE) and Caviart Farms (VA) Trainer: Nancy Johansson Driver: Scott Zeron 3. (Last Week #2) American Mercury (1:49.4s; $508,463) Owners: Crawford Farms Racing (NY), Northfork Racing Stable (PA), Chuck Pompey (PA) and Scott Bice (ON) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Tyler Buter 4. (Last Week #6) Captain Victorious (1:48.3f; $433,278) Owners: The Captain V Stable (PA) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras 5. (Last Week #3) Best In Show (1:48; $539,138) Owners: Richard Young (FL) and Joanne Young (FL) Trainer: Linda Toscano Driver: Brian Sears/Bob McClure * Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000 6. (Last Week #5) Shake That House (1:47.3s; $539,138) Owners: Crawford Farms Racing (NY), Alan Johnston (NY), and Northfork Racing Stable (PA) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Tyler Buter/Brian Sears 7. (Last Week #10) U S Captain (1:50.1; $165,783) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Bradley Grant (ONT), Joseph Barbera (NY) & U S Captain Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Dexter Dunn/Jason Bartlett 8. (Last Week #9) Stag Party (1:50.4; $660,295) Owner: John Fielding (ON), Mac Nichol (ON), McKinlay & Fielding (ON) and West Wins Stable (ON) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: Jonathan Drury 9. (Last Week #NR) Wild Wild Western (1:51.2f; $186,793) Owner: Jacobs Creek Racing (PA), Andrew Altobelli (PA) and John Deters (MI) Trainer: Norm Parker Driver: Mike Wilder 10. (Last Week #NR) Air Force Hanover (1:50.1f; $233,138) Owner: Go Fast Stable (OH), Gilbert Short (VA) and Kapildeo Singh (NY) Trainer: Rene Allard Driver: Simon Allard Upcoming Events September 13 Woodbine Mohawk Park Ontario Sire Stakes Leg September 13 Harrah's Hoosier Park Indiana Sire Stakes Leg September 14 Batavia Downs New York Sire Stakes Final September 15 Red Mile Kentucky Sire Stakes Final September 16 Little Brown Jug Entries Due (10:00 AM) by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

The Harness Racing Museum's Winner's Circle Gift Shop will be at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio, Monday, September 16 through Thursday, September 19, 2019. Our shop will be located east of the Log Cabin near the Jugette Barn. Start your holiday shopping before and between races. We are eager to show off many new items that will make shopping for the horse lovers on your list an easy task. A new selection of books, clothing items and toys will be in stock and ready to head home with you. If you have specific requests for merchandise, please let us know as soon as possible and we will gladly bring it to the fair and save you the expense of shipping your purchase. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4 per person for group docent-guided tours. For information on the Museum, membership, special events, gift shop services and educational programs the Museum offers, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Museum  

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