Betting Line won the 71st Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, with a world record performance in the $577,000 harness racing event’s second heat Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The Casie Coleman-trained Betting Line, who extended his win streak to 13 races with his Jug victory, stopped the timer in 1:49, equaling the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile track. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a gelding, established that record last year at Harrington Raceway. Betting Line’s effort, though, was the fastest half-mile triumph ever by a colt. Betting Line, the 1-9 favorite in the second heat, took the lead from Western Fame just after the halfway point in the mile race for 3-year-old pacers and cruised to an eight length victory from there. Western Fame was second, followed by Dr J Hanover and Lyons Snyder. It was driver David Miller’s fourth career Jug win and the third for Coleman. “It was pretty easy,” Miller said after the second heat. “He was great both trips and I’m so glad for all the connections and the horse to win the Little Brown Jug.” Miller is among five drivers to win the Little Brown Jug at least four times. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance lead the list with five apiece while Miller, Stanley Dancer and Ron Pierce have four. Coleman joined four other trainers with three Jug triumphs. Haughton tops the list with six victories. “I enjoy each and every one of them and this is really special,” Miller said. Earlier in the day, Betting Line and Western Fame won their respective first heats. Betting Line captured his division by 2-1/2 lengths over Lyons Snyder in 1:50.4 while Western Fame won by 1-1/4 lengths over Big Top Hanover in 1:50.1. But prior to the first heat, a controversy that had been brewing behind the scenes since early this morning came to a head. It involved a lost cell phone belonging to one of winning trainer Casie Coleman’s employees that was found on the backstretch with a message on it that trainers Ron Burke, Jimmy Taker and Tony Alagna brought to the attention of the judges because they interpreted it as a message directing her employee to give something to the horse this morning. Coleman explained that she was referring to yogurt that Betting Line gets twice a day. The three other trainers, who had nine of the 11 horses in the Jug, asked the judges to scratch the eventual Jug winner and protested Betting Line’s participation with a threat to scratch their horses if their protest was not accepted. As a show of their protest, the three other trainers demanded that Betting Line leave for the post parade five minutes earlier than the rest of the field for the first Jug heat. “The horsemen expressed their concerns to the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC),” said the official statement from the Little Brown Jug following the race. “Little Brown Jug officials worked with the OSRC and the horsemen and we are pleased that the horsemen participated in our event. At this point it is an OSRC decision.” Betting Line has won 13 of 14 races this year and earned $1.37 million. He is owned by Coleman’s West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. “We’re just so excited he got the job done,” said Coleman, whose previous Jug victories came with Vegas Vacation in 2013 and Michael’s Power in 2012. “I love the Jug. Every single year I’ll be here supporting it as long as I have horses good enough. “Coming to Delaware, Ohio -- whether it be any horse, let alone a Jug or Jugette horse -- I’ve never seen a fan base this big. The crowd here deserves to see a good show and they do a great, great job here. I’m just fortunate that we’ve had horses good enough to compete in this race.” Betting Line is a son of 2001 Little Brown Jug winner Bettor’s Delight out of the stakes-winning mare Heather’s Western. He was purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. The Little Brown Jug was the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. The first, the Cane Pace, was won by Control The Moment while the second, the Messenger, was won by Racing Hill. "He is not probably the best horse, he is the best horse that I’ve ever trained," added Coleman. "There is no question and I have had a lot of nice horses. "I love all my horses. I don’t know what it is with this horse. It’s the wind he has. He just never gets tired after a race. There have been many times he has just been sitting, where I haven’t been a happy camper with where he has been sitting coming around the last turn and he just mows them down. "His heart. He just loves to win. I’ve never been able to train a horse this good and I don’t think many people have. Heart, intelligence, speed, it’s all a great combination. He’s just the perfect animal. "If there was one thing I could change on him, I would change nothing. He’s just an awesome animal. Ones like these don’t come along very often." Betting Line, Western Fame win Jug opening-round heats Betting Line won for the 12th consecutive time, capturing the first of two opening-round heats of Thursday’s Little Brown Jug by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50.4 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Lyons Snyder was second, Dr J Hanover third, and Check Six fourth. Check Six set the pace for much of the mile, hitting the quarter in :27.1, half in :56, and three-quarters in 1:23.4. But by that time, first-over Lyons Snyder had pulled even and second-over Betting Line was ready to go three wide coming out of the final turn. Betting Line, who was fifth for the first three-eighths of the race before flushing the cover of Lyons Snyder prior to the halfway point, pulled away from his foes in the stretch and won comfortably for trainer Casie Coleman. “It worked out just kind of like I thought it would,” winning driver David Miller said. “(Check Six) left and I was able to pick up good cover. He actually took me farther than I thought he would. My horse was strong the whole way and anxious to go anytime I asked him. He finished up good. He was good and strong all the way to the wire.” Western Fame and driver Mark MacDonald controlled the race from post one, parking out favorite Racing Hill for much of the mile, on their way to a 1:50.1 win in Thursday’s second opening-round heat of the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers. Big Top Hanover, Racing Hill, and Manhattan Beach rounded out the top four. MacDonald hustled Western Fame off the gate and protected the inside spot from Racing Hill, who started in post two. After reaching the quarter in :26.4, Racing Hill challenged Western Fame for the lead, but was unable to get to the front. He briefly ducked back to third as the half was reached in :53.4, but soon thereafter was back on the move again. Western Fame rebuffed Racing Hill again as they hit three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then held off Big Top Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths for the victory. “It was kind of an all-or-nothing drive, I guess,” said a laughing MacDonald, who drove Western Fame for trainer Jimmy Takter. “The first heat, there wasn’t a whole lot of action so I wanted to give the crowd something to see. “We had the rail; it’s tough when you get stuck in the two hole at Delaware, not too many horses win out of the two hole. Jimmy had a lot of confidence in the horse. He thought he would be really good over this track and he showed some grittiness today. He never got a breather. When I called on him halfway down the stretch, he paced away for me. “It was the perfect opportunity for him to show his speed. He has always had it, but quite possibly today he could finally really show it. He has always raced well. You can see that from his last race in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final.” Western Fame is owned by breeder Brittany Farms. He was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up to Check Six on Sept. 10. Racing Hill and Check Six were scratched from the second heat. -- Kim French also contributed to this report Ken Weingartner
DELAWARE, OH - Harnessracing.com reported today that Betting Line and harness racing driver David Miller won the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday afternoon, rolling to a commanding 1:49 victory in the second heat on a hot and sunny afternoon. Although there wasn't a cloud in the sky, the atmosphere for the Jug was not exactly picture-perfect as text messages allegedly sent by the winning trainer, Casie Coleman, prompted concerns that her horse could have been treated, in violation of the rules, the morning of the Jug. Trainers Tony Alagna, Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter said they were filing a formal protest with the Ohio State Racing Commission and made it clear they were racing their horses under protest. One of Coleman’s assistant trainers lost their phone sometime Wednesday night at the fairgrounds and when the person who found the phone tried to figure out who it belonged to, they found text messages. The content of the text messages compelled the person to contact the judges. Presiding judge John Yinger, who is employed by the Ohio State Racing Commission, decided the text messages did not contain evidence that Betting Line should be scratched from the Jug, but Takter, Alagna and Burke were so upset by what the texts said—and to them, implied--that they conferred with Yinger and the owners of their horses over the course of hours. Takter discussed the situation with Jeff Snyder, co-owner of Lyons Snyder, on the backstretch. At one point they agreed to scratch the horse. To read the rest of the story click here.
American commentators found his nickname amusing and were full of praise for Chris “The Puppet” Alford’s feats on the track at the annual Little Brown Jug harness racing meeting this morning. The champion reinsman piloted Beach Memories (Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir) for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr from gate seven in the final race of Jug day after finishing third 24 hours prior aboard St Lads Maggie Mae at the annual Delaware County Fair carnival. Pre-race the commentators mentioned how Alford was known as “the Puppet” back home Down Under and acknowledged the champion driver's achievements. A large crowd was on track at the Jug, some suggesting about 40,000, while many more tuned into websites for a live stream of the action. Alford has a strong relationship with many of the US reinsmen, forged off the back of Harness Racing Victoria's successful International All Star Series earlier this year. In the last race on Jug day Alford went forward aboard Beach Memories but was not able to find the lead. He eventually jumped on to the pylons, to use an American term, and landed in the pocket before finishing fifth. The winner of the race went 1:53 (splits 26.3/55.2/1:24/1:53). Betting Line won this year's Little Brown Jug in a super-slick 1:49 mile rate. Follow @ChrisAlford5000 on Twitter for updates. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)
The 25 member Little Brown Jug Society held their annual meeting this morning (Wednesday, September 21) at Ohio Wesleyan University. The LBJ Society voted in several major changes for future of harness racing's Little Brown Jug and Jugette's. The Society voted to eliminate the possibility of a third heat (race-off) starting with the 2017 Little Brown Jug. The event will be raced at two heats and the winner of the second heat will be declared the Little Brown Jug champion. "Our number one concern is the heath of the horses," noted Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. "We have wrestled with this decision for a number of years. We respect the traditions of the Little Brown Jug, but we felt the long term interest of the horses were more important." The Society also voted to revise the post-position draw for the second heat starting with the 2018 LBJ. The elimination winners will draw for the inside posts and the remaining positions will be drawn at random. Supplemental entries to the filly companion event the Jugette will be honored starting in 2019. Horses not eligible for the three-year-old event may enter for $25,000. The Society also announced that future Jugette's may be raced at one heat should the entries levels dictate. The Society will work with the Delaware County Fair racing officials to determine the appropriate number of entries to go one heat. That announcement will be made in the near future. In other business, Tom Wright (President), Phil Terry (Vice President) and Bill Lowe (Secretary) were re-elected as officers. Jay Wolf
Charles Wingfield will head to Thursday's $577,000 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association with a bit of a long shot in Manhattan Beach, but the Ohio resident is hoping the colt can follow in his brother's footsteps at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and carry him to another trip to the harness racing winner's circle. Manhattan Beach is a full brother to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, who entered that year's event winless in 12 races at age 3 but captured the Jug in straight heats. Wingfield and his brothers Robert and Thomas are among the owners of Manhattan Beach and also were part of the Limelight Beach ownership group. "It's unbelievable," said Wingfield, who lives in Kenton, about 40 miles northwest of the fairgrounds. "To win one, I was beside myself. We're in the record book. They can't take that away from us. "Just to be in there is great. We've got a lot of family and friends coming, all behind Manhattan. I have no idea how many people are coming. The last two years I've set up 40 chairs. My two brothers said that's not enough, so we set a few more up. It's very, very exciting." Brothers --- equine in this case, not human --- winning the Little Brown Jug is not unprecedented. Noble Adios won the 1956 Jug two years after full brother Adios Harry won the event. And 1953 champion Keystoner was a half-brother to 1951 winner Tar Heel. Manhattan Beach is one of five Little Brown Jug contenders from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. The colt will start in the second of two first-round heats Thursday and is 6-1 on the morning line. His division includes Tony Alagna-trained multiple-stakes-winner Racing Hill, who is the 3-5 choice in the elimination. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Eleven horses entered the event for 3-year-old pacers and were divided into two $92,320 first-heat eliminations. Betting Line, who brings an 11-race unbeaten streak to the fairgrounds for trainer Casie Coleman, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the $276,960 second heat. If one of the two elimination winners is victorious in the second heat, he is the Jug champion. Otherwise, the three heat-winners return for a $115,400 race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Manhattan Beach has won four of 16 races this year and earned $260,853 for owners Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and the Wingfields. Matt Kakaley will drive the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear from post four in the second elimination. "I know there are a couple better than him, but it's a horserace," Wingfield said. "Casie's colt looks like the horse to beat. He is just amazing. And Racing Hill looks awful tough. "We'll hope for the best, hope things work our way. But no matter what, it will be a lot of fun." The other horses from the Burke Stable are Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Check Six, Big Top Hanover, Fernando Hanover, and Stolen Glimpse. * * * * * * Jeff Snyder's first trip to the Little Brown Jug didn't go as hoped, but the longtime owner has enjoyed his share of successes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds since then. Snyder's first Jug was in 1994 with favorite Cam's Card Shark, who was scratched from the race because of lameness and never raced again. Cam's Card Shark, the 1994 Horse of the Year, has sired three Jug champions, though, including Snyder's first winner of the event, Million Dollar Cam. Snyder also was co-owner of 2009 Jug winner Well Said and the breeder/owner of 2012 champion Michael's Power. On Thursday, Snyder will hope a son of Well Said --- Lyons Snyder --- can give him a record-breaking fourth victory in the Little Brown Jug. Snyder is tied with George Segal and Stanley Dancer for the most wins by an owner with three. "They're all pretty special wins," Snyder said. "We've had good luck at the Jug, even when we didn't win it. Hopefully, that will continue. You never know what can happen when you go to the Jug." Lyons Snyder, co-owned by Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound, races in the first of two opening-round heats Thursday. He will start from post three in the same division as Betting Line and Check Six and is 15-1 on the morning line. Sylvain Filion will drive. The colt, making his third start for trainer Jimmy Takter, has won five of 14 races this year and earned $212,268. His victories include a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, where he defeated Control The Moment, and he heads to the Jug off a second-place finish to Betting Line in the Simcoe Stakes. "We think a lot of him," Snyder said. "He had some issues earlier, but he came out of his last race very sound. He just got beat on the wire to Betting Line. We're hoping that he'll do well. "Win or lose, we go out there to have a good time. That's the main thing. We've had lots of fun out there." Segal also has the opportunity to win his fourth Little Brown Jug. His Brittany Farms is co-owner of Dr J Hanover and the breeder/owner of Western Fame. * * * * * * Trainer Casie Coleman never stops learning; at least when it comes to the nuances of racing at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "We've done well there, but you learn more every time you go there," said Coleman, who has won both the Little Brown Jug and the Jugette twice. "There are definitely different things with how you've got to shoe them and how you've got to rig them. "I'm only at that track a couple of days a year, but we're getting more used to it and getting them rigged right and shod right when they go there. I've been learning as I go. Hopefully I'll have everything down here soon." Coleman trains this year's Little Brown Jug favorite Betting Line, who puts his 11-race win streak on the line Thursday. Betting Line, with three-time Jug winner David Miller in the sulky, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first of two opening heats. Betting Line has won 11 consecutive races since beginning his season with a second-place finish against older horses. His victories include the North America Cup, Battle of the Brandywine, and Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational. He heads to the Jug off a win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, where he rallied from an 8-1/4 length deficit on the final turn to beat Lyons Snyder by a half-length in 1:49.1. His win in the Milstein was at Northfield Park, which is a half-mile track, such as the oval at the fairgrounds. Betting Line overcame a brief break of stride on the final turn to win by four lengths. "Obviously everyone knows he had a little issue at Northfield when he made the little skip around the last turn," Coleman said. "We know that was an issue, but we're working on changing his rigging just a little bit to help him get over the half better. Delaware is the best half-mile track I've ever been on. I'm hoping he will be fine." Coleman, who got married last week, won the Jug with Michael's Power in 2012 and Vegas Vacation in 2013, and would join four other trainers with three triumphs if Betting Line is victorious. Billy Haughton holds the record for training wins with six. Stanley Dancer, with four Jugs, is the only other trainer with more than three. "The triple would be pretty awesome," Coleman said. "I thought we had a shot at it with McWicked (in 2014) and it just didn't quite work out. He just wasn't quite himself. Now hopefully this guy has a good chance. Betting Line looks pretty good coming into it." * * * * * * Spider Man Hanover will return to the site of his most memorable 2015 performance, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, when he races in Thursday's Little Brown Jug. Last year, Spider Man Hanover won a division of the Standardbred Stakes at the fairgrounds in a then-world-record 1:51.4 for 2-year-old male pacers on a half-mile track. The colt was in the fairgrounds-based stable of trainer Brian Brown last year and into 2016 before heading to Ron Burke in August. He was purchased Sept. 14 by trainer Nick Surick and Howard Schneidler's KDM Stables Corp. with an eye toward competing in the Jug. "I'm glad to be in it," Surick said. "I like to have fun and I try to support these races, especially a race like this. You're going to get 40,000 to 50,000 people here that truly love harness racing. It's a fun week. Hopefully we can do a little good. Out of all the horses in the Jug, I've got a horse that knows how to get around this track. Hopefully he'll be OK. "It's a tough spot. We're going against really good horses. We're definitely coming in as a long shot, but that's what makes horseracing and that's why they race these horses. Anything can happen in a horserace." Spider Man Hanover and driver Andy Miller will start from post five in the second of the two opening heats and are 20-1 on the morning line. Spider Man Hanover, a son of Western Ideal, has won one of 10 races this year after earning $221,355 last season. Surick said Spider Man Hanover has battled issues with tying up this year. The colt prepped for the Little Brown Jug by qualifying in 1:52 at half-mile Freehold Raceway on Sept. 15. "He just got tired a little late, but that was a lot more than we thought he'd go anyway," Surick said. "We were happy with that. Hopefully we can make him a little better. We got here Sunday and he trained really good Monday morning. I was pleased with him. "We're not going in with high expectations. We just want to have some fun. But hopefully he can do a little more than that. Andy could have stayed home, but he's coming here just to drive that one horse, so I think he's got a little confidence in the horse too." For all of the latest news, photos and videos for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug, visit the Harness Racing FanZone's mini-site by clicking here. Below are the fields for the Little Brown Jug first-heat eliminations. The eliminations are races 13 and 14. The second heat is race 18. First elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-6/1 2. Stolen Glimpse - Art Major - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 3. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-8/1 4. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2/1 5. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/5 6. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-12-1 Second elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/5 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - David Miller-Ron Burke-15/1 4. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-6/1 5. Spider Man Hanover - Western Ideal - Andy Miller-Nick Surick-20/1 Ken Weingartner
I Said Diamonds has been scratched from Wednesday's harness racing Jugette by the judges. The Well Said filly was to leave from post #6. Jugette Day Post Time Moved To 12:00 Noon Wednesday's Post Time has been moved back to 12:00 p.m. The 15 race card will start one hour later than the originally announced time. Guaranteed Pools On Jugette and Jug Day The Delaware County Fair in partnership with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Initiative will offer several guaranteed pools on Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday: $20,000 Pick 4 and $30,000 Pick 4 Thursday: $10,000 Pick 3, $30,000 Pick 4 and $50,000 Pick 4 Final Jug Drivers Announced In the first Jug elimination, Matt Kakaley will drive Stolen Glimpse (Post #2) and Sylvain Filion will pilot Lyons Snyder (Post #3). In the second $92,500 elimination, Big Top Hanover will pick up the services of Yannick Gingras. The complete Jug field: First Elim 1. Dr J Hanover (Scott Zeron) 2. Stolen Glimpse (Matt Kakaley) 3. Lyons Snyder (Sylvain Filion) 4. Check Six (Yannick Gingras) 5. Betting Line (David Miller) 6. Fernando Hanover (Tim Tetrick) Second Elim 1. Western Fame (Mark MacDonald) 2. Racing Hill (Brett Miller) 3. Big Top Hanover (Yannick Gingras) 4. Manhattan Beach (Matt Kakaley) 5. Spider Man Hanover (Andy Miller) Jay Wolf
Harness Racing This Week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; Milton Stake final, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Centaur Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes and The Elevation, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action resumes on Tuesday (Sept. 20) at Delaware with two $27,747 divisions of the Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Wednesday (Sept. 21) card at Delaware features the $239,400 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, the $86,200 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $49,200 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Thursday (Sept. 22) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $577,000 Little Brown Jug, the third leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $122,500 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $120,000 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, and two $32,050 divisions in the Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park begins on Friday (Sept. 23) with the $200,000 (est.) Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Sept. 24) Hoosier will host the $250,000 (est.) Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $210,000 (est.) Centaur for Open trotters, the $175,000 (est.) Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $150,000 (est.) Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $100,000 (est.) Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 24) with the C$311,000 Milton Stakes final for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk race are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Mohawk Racetrack this past Saturday, with the finals of five major stakes, led by the $480,320 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. Resolve turned in a game effort to come away with a 1:51.4 victory. The 5-year-old stallion went toe-to-toe with the outstanding mare Hannelore Hanover for the final half-mile and ultimately wore down the powerhouse to score a 1-1/2 length victory for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. Resolve, who finished second in last year's Maple Leaf Trot, left from the rail and got away third, while Hannelore Hanover released Musical Rhythm to the lead at the opening quarter-mile in :26.4. Driver Yannick Gingras wasted little time circling Hannelore Hanover back to the front in the second quarter-mile and the trotting mare led the field by the half in :55.3. Svanstedt started up Resolve nearing that juncture and immediately confronted the leader moving into the final turn. Hannelore Hanover and Resolve dueled to three-quarters in 1:23 and continued their battle into the lane. The Svanstedt trainee had no quit and finally edged by the gutsy mare in deep stretch for the win. Owned by Hans Enggren, Resolve now has 14 career victories and more than $1.6 million earned. The son of Muscle Hill scored his fourth victory of the season to bring his seasonal earnings to nearly $700,000. Bar Hopping charged home to win the $522,120 Canadian Trotting Classic by 3-1/2 lengths Saturday night at Mohawk. The Jimmy Takter trained colt was able to convert off a perfect second-over steer from driver Tim Tetrick to win Canada's biggest race for 3-year-old trotters. A trio of longshots fired out for the front, while Marion Marauder, the 3-5 favorite, was unhurried and got away fourth ahead of main rivals Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping. Scott Zeron sent Marion Marauder to the front in the second quarter-mile and took the lead at the half in :55.4. Southwind Frank was pushed first-over, which allowed Tetrick to put Bar Hopping in a perfect second-over position. Marion Marauder led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Marion Marauder created a little separation on his rivals, but that was quickly erased by Bar Hopping. The Takter trainee fired off cover and powered by in the final eighth of the mile for a 1:53.1 victory. Marion Marauder held on for second, while Bee In Charge finished third ahead of Winter Harbor. A son of Muscle Hill owned by Christina Takter, Hatfeld Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Bar Hopping is now a five-time winner from 13 starts this season for $706,950 in earnings. His career totals are now improved to six victories and $808,188 earned. The triumph Saturday gave trainer Jimmy Takter three consecutive victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic and five overall. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, 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 Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 971.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 678.5; 3. David Miller - 670; 4. Brett Miller - 348.5; 5. Scott Zeron - 299.5. Trainers: 1. Jimmy Takter - 850.5; 2. Ron Burke - 848.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 393; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 306; 5. Linda Toscano - 249. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 200.72; 2. Tom Hill - 177; 3. Marvin Katz - 172.85; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 165.07; 5. Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5. 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. by Paul Ramlow
The Delaware County Fair is now accepting a pair of future harness racing wagers, the Jugette/Jug Double and the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #2. The Jugette/Jug Double requires a correct selection in the Jugette (Wednesday, September 21) and the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association (Thursday, September 22). The pool opens at 12:00 noon on Sunday (September 18) and will close at the post-time of the first Jugette heat on Wednesday (September 21). The Little Brown Jug Future Pool #2 will also open at 12:00 noon on Sunday (September 18) and will close at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday (September 21). The minimum future wagers are $1.00 and can be made at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. The horses will be listed in alphabetical order in the part performance pages, which will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website, www.littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf
Delaware, OH --- Betting Line will put his harness racing 11-race win streak on the line in Thursday's (Sept. 22) 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, where he will start from post five in the first of two opening-round heats at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Eleven horses entered the $577,000 event for 3-year-old pacers and were divided into two $92,320 first-heat eliminations. Betting Line is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first elimination while Racing Hill is the 3-5 choice in the second elimination. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the $276,960 second heat. If one of the two elimination winners is victorious in the second heat, he is the Jug champion. Otherwise, the three heat-winners return for a $115,400 race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Betting Line, who was the 3-5 favorite in the first Little Brown Jug Future Pool, will have three-time Jug winner David Miller in the sulky for trainer Casie Coleman. The colt has won 11 consecutive races since beginning his season with a second-place finish against older horses. His victories include the North America Cup, Battle of the Brandywine, and Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational. He heads to the Jug off a win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, where he rallied from an 8-1/4 length deficit on the final turn to beat Lyons Snyder by a half-length in 1:49.1. "I thought he was finally getting beat with the way the trip was working out -- he was in no-man's land, I thought anyway, coming off the last turn -- and Lyons Snyder is a pretty nice horse," Coleman said. "But somehow Betting Line got him at the wire. I was pretty nervous watching the race, but when we were in the winner's circle David said I had nothing to worry about. "Every time he's raced he's been pretty awesome. It's hard not to be happy with him. Hopefully everything goes good (in the Little Brown Jug). I don't see two heats bothering the horse at all. He always comes out of his races good and never seems tired. He looks pretty good coming into it." Betting Line, a son of 2001 Little Brown Jug winner Bettor's Delight out of the mare Heather's Western, has won 17 of 24 career races and earned $1.50 million for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. Coleman has won the Jug twice in her career, with Michael's Power in 2012 and Vegas Vacation in 2013, and would join four other trainers with three triumphs if Betting Line is victorious next week. Billy Haughton holds the record for training wins with six. Stanley Dancer, with four Jugs, is the only other trainer with more than three. Racing Hill has won five of 11 races in 2016 and never finished worse than third in any start. He is the richest horse in the division this year with earnings of $1.21 million. His wins include the Messenger Stakes, Max C. Hempt Memorial and Delvin Miller Adios, and he finished second to Betting Line in the North America Cup and Battle of the Brandywine. He also finished second in the Meadowlands Pace. Brett Miller will drive the colt from post two for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill. Racing Hill is a son of Roll With Joe, who finished second to Big Bad John in the 2011 Little Brown Jug, out of the mare Chasing Ideals. Trainer Ron Burke, who won the 2014 Little Brown Jug with Limelight Beach, will start five horses in this year's race including Check Six who will start from post four in the first elimination. Check Six has won seven of 15 races this year, including the Pennsylvania Classic and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and earned $751,033. He finished second to Racing Hill in the Adios. Yannick Gingras will drive Check Six, who is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Southwind Vanna. The colt is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, William Switala, and James Martin. He is 2-1 on the morning line behind Betting Line. Another of Burke's pupils will be Manhattan Beach, who is a full brother to Limelight Beach. Manhattan Beach has won four of 16 races this year and earned $260,853 for owners Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and Wingfield Brothers. Matt Kakaley will drive the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear from post four in the second elimination and will open on the board at 6-1 odds. Geoffrey Lyons Mound also is co-owner of Lyons Snyder, who is trained by 2006 Jug-winning trainer Jimmy Takter. Lyons Mound's partner on the horse is Jeff Snyder, who shares the record for most Jug victories by an owner (three) with Stanley Dancer and George Segal. Lyons Snyder will score from post three in the first elimination and is 8-1 on the morning line. The second Little Brown Jug future pool will be from noon Sunday (Sept. 18) through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 21). For all of the latest news, photos and videos for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug, visit the Harness Racing FanZone's mini-site by clicking here. Below are the fields for the Little Brown Jug first heat eliminations, with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds. Actual race numbers and estimated post times will be assigned when the full card is drawn on Monday. First elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-6/1 2. Stolen Glimpse - Art Major - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 3. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-8/1 4. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2/1 5. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/5 6. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-12-1 Second elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/5 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - David Miller-Ron Burke-15/1 4. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-6/1 5. Spider Man Hanover - Western Ideal - Andy Miller-Nick Surick-20/1 Paul Ramlow
Horsemen are reminded that the Jugette and Little Brown Jug use a 5-day box. Entries for the Jugette are due by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16 and entries for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association are due by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17. For a complete racing schedule, please visit www.LittleBrownJug.com. By Jay Wolf for the Little brown Jug
The 2015 Little Brown Jug champion Wiggle It Jiggleit is returning to the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The reigning "Horse of the Year" will be taking up residency in the LBJ Barn for fans to get an up close and personal look at on Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 22. Members of "Team Teague" - driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis - will be available for autographs and photos from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday and 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. Thanks to the support of Sugar Valley Farm, who stands Wiggle It Jiggleit's sire Mr Wiggles, the first 500 fans to visit will be given a 8" x 10" photo card celebrating the gelding's 2015 accomplishments. Last year, Wiggle It Jiggle turned in the performance of a lifetime when he was parked on the outside for more than a half mile and edged a game Lost For Words by a scant nose to take the 70th LBJ in 1:49 3/5. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 35 of 47 career starts and more than $3.5 million. He has quickly become a fan favorite thanks to his gutsy performances and his ownership's willingness to travel. Wiggle It Jiggleit has raced at 15 different tracks in Ontario, Quebec, Ohio, Delaware, New York, Indiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Fans of the now four-year-old may also get an opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to the generosity of Team Teague, one lucky bidder will get to ride along with Montrell Teague in a two-seat jog cart when Wiggle It Jiggleit leads the post parade for the first elimination of the Little Brown Jug. The auction will be a part of the Pre-Jug Gala held after the Jugette day card and benefits New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair. Jay Wolf
If bettors like the "hot" horse, it is no wonder that the harness racing punters have made Betting Line as the 3/5 choice in the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #1. The son of Bettor's Delight has won eleven straight races including his last start on Saturday in the $157,111 Simcoe Stake at Mohawk from post #10. He has won the $780,000 North America Cup, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial during his win streak. Betting Line is owned by trainer Casie Coleman's West Win Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac T. Nichol. Should Betting Line win the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association on September 22, his backers will receive $1.60 on their $1.00 bet. Racing Hill is the second choice at 6-1 and Check Six and Manhattan Beach are third at odds of 9-1. Racing Hill has won $500,000 Messenger Stake and the $400,000 Adios Pace. He has been a model of consistency this season with all eleven starts resulting in on the board finishes and $1.2 million in seasonal earnings. Tony Alagna trains the son of Roll With Joe for Tom Hill. Check Six recently won the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final in a lifetime best 1:50. The Ron Burke trainee has seven wins on the season for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. The second future pool will be from 12 p.m. Sunday, September 18 through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, the first three afternoons of Grand Circuit racing at the Delaware County Fair. 2016 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 Will Pays HD Horse $1.00 Will Pay 1 American Passport $36.90 2 Another Daily Copy $53.70 3 Betting Line $1.60 4 Check Six $10.40 5 Control The Moment Scratched 6 Dr J Hanover $16.90 7 Fernando Hanover $34.30 8 JJ Flynn $58.90 9 Lyons Snyder $19.10 10 Manhattan Beach $10.60 11 Nocturnal Bluechip $54.90 12 Racing Hill $7.00 13 Voracity $85.30 14 Western Fame $74.90 15 Field (All Other Horses) $19.90 Jay Wolf
The year was 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson was President, the Beach Boys were having Good Vibrations and a 26- year-old native of Xenia, Ohio started calling harness racing at the Delaware County Fair. To celebrate Roger Huston's 50 years at the Delaware County Fair, Little Brown Jug officials have created a limited edition t-shirt that will be available for sale at the three souvenir stands on the fairgrounds for only $15. In 2017, Huston will call his 50th Little Brown Jug. "The Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug have been an important part of my life," noted Huston. "The Jug is like no other race in the world and the fans have given me so much joy over the years." To give back to the fans, Huston will be available for several "meet and greet" sessions at the following dates, times and locations: Sunday, September 18 from 12:45 - 1:15 PM (Grandstand) Sunday, September 18 after the races (next to the Log Cabin) Monday, September 19 from 2:45 - 3:15 PM (Grandstand) Monday, September 19 after the races (next to the Log Cabin) Tuesday, September 20 from 1:00 - 1:30 PM (Grandstand) Tuesday, September 20 after the races (next to the Log Cabin) Wednesday, September 21 after the races (next to the Log Cabin) Thursday, September 22 from 11:00 - 11:30 AM (Grandstand) Thursday, September 22 after the races (next to the Log Cabin) Jay Wolf
Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 8th and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11th at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. Betting Line has been installed at the 5-2 morning line favorite. The brown son of Bettor's Delight has won 10 straight starts and has banked more than $1.4 million. Betting Line is owned by trainer Casie Coleman's West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac T. Nichol. T. The Ontario based Betting Line won the $780,000 North America Cup Pace, $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The win in the Milstein Memorial was the colt's first trip outside of Canada and his only start on a half-mile track. The 3-1 second choice is the $500,000 Messenger Stake champion, Racing Hill. The Roll With Joe colt has won $1,345,028 for his owner, Tom Hill. The ultra-consistent colt has finished on the board in all eleven seasonal starts. Control The Moment was tapped as the third choice at 4-1. Due to this morning's announcement that the son of Well Said was retired due to injury, Control The Moment will be scratched from the future wager. The colt had four wins on the season, including the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace and the $320,000 Cane Pace. A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers have selected a group of 14 colts and geldings. The horses in each of the pools are listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field consists of the remaining horses eligible to the 71st edition of the pacing classic. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first place finisher in the 2016 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 22. The record payout for the LBJ Future Wager is P Forty Seven (2005 - Pool #1) at $377.80. The second future pool will be from Sunday, September 18 through Wednesday, September 21. Past performance lines for the Little Brown Jug Future Wagering event will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website, www.littlebrownjug.com. 2016 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse M/L Odds 1. American Passport 30-1 2. Another Daily Copy 30-1 3. Betting Line 5-2 4. Check Six 10-1 5. Control The Moment Scratched 6. Dr J Hanover 10-1 7. Fernando Hanover 15-1 8. J J Flynn 30-1 9. Lyons Snyder 20-1 10. Manhattan Beach 12-1 11. Nocturnal Bluechip 30-1 12. Racing Hill 3-1 13. Voracity 30-1 14. Western Fame 30-1 15. Field - All Other Horses 50-1 Jay Wolf
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) and the Delaware County Fair have agreed to a sponsorship deal with the Little Brown Jug. This year's 71st edition of the harness racing pacing classic will be titled the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. The OHHA was founded in 1953 and has a mission to preserve, protect and promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. "Harness racing's roots came from the county fairs, Ohio has 65 county and independent fairs that conduct racing and the OHHA is committed to preserving those roots. The Delaware County Fair embodies the epitome of fair racing by hosting preeminent Ohio Stakes and Grand Circuit events including the Triple Crown jewel, Little Brown Jug," noted RenÃ©e Mancino, Executive Director of the OHHA. "The OHHA's Board of Directors understands the importance of growing the sport," added Kevin Greenfield, OHHA Board President. "We have supported the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camps, the USTA's Drivers School and we see the Jug as a great opportunity to showcase the sport." Tom Wright, President of the Little Brown Jug Society noted, "We are very excited that the OHHA has joined the Little Brown Jug as a presenting sponsor. We look forward to a long-term partnership as Ohio Standardbred industry returns to national prominence." "We are grateful to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association for their support of our race meet here at the Delaware County Fair," added Phil Terry, Director of Marketing for the Little Brown Jug. "We are truly excited to host the greatest week of racing in the state of Ohio." The 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday, September 22 and headlines the Delaware County Fair Grand Circuit Week (September 18 - 22). For race or ticket information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com.
LOUISVILLE, KY. (July 15, 2016) – United Tote, a leading worldwide supplier of pari-mutuel totalisator operations, systems and financial services, announced today that it has entered into new, long-term agreements with the Little Brown Jug. United Tote was originally founded in 1957 to service county racing fairs in Montana, and the addition of the Little Brown Jug continues United Tote’s commitment to traditional fair meets, regional racing circuits and national special events. The Little Brown Jug “To now operate the tote for the Little Brown Jug, an icon of US Harness Racing over the last century, really brings us full-circle,” said Vic Harrison, United Tote’s Senior Sales Director. “We are very proud that the Little Brown Jug has selected us as their future partner after 70 years with their previous tote provider.” United Tote has already begun setting up for this year’s historic week-long meet at the Delaware, Ohio Fairgrounds that culminates with the Jugette and, the final leg of the Triple Crown of Pacing, the Little Brown Jug. Tom Wright, President of the Little Brown Jug Society added, “We are extremely excited about upgrading our equipment and services to take us into the next century and eager to partner with United Tote for the sake of the fans; to give them an enhanced wagering experience when they come to the race track.” “We can’t wait to begin our partnership with the Delaware County Agriculture Society and the historic Little Brown Jug,” said Nate Simon, President of United Tote. “Many of our management team began their careers in the standardbred world, are huge fans of the sport, and are bringing their passion for the tradition of the Jug to the table as we ramp up operations.” Vic Harrison