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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delaware, OH --- Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly Top 10 poll, leads a field of 15 horses entered in Thursday's (Sept. 24) 70th Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The event, presented by Fazoli's, carries a record total purse of $677,000. The draw for the Little Brown Jug was conducted Saturday at the fairgrounds. Wiggle It Jiggleit drew post five in the second first-heat elimination and was installed as the 4-5 favorite. The gelding is owned by George Teague Jr., driven by Montrell Teague, and trained by Clyde Francis. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 16 of 18 races this year and earned $1.43 million. His victories include the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and Milstein Memorial. He was not staked to the Little Brown Jug, but his victory in the Meadowlands Pace permitted his connections to pay $45,000 to supplement to the event. Since supplements were first allowed in 1999, four horses have used that route to enter the Little Brown Jug: Four Starzzz Shark in 2001, Art Official in 2008, Betterthancheddar in 2011, and Lyonssomewhere in 2014. Four Starzzz Shark, Art Official, and Betterthancheddar all finished third. Lyonssomewhere failed to advance to the second heat. Wiggle It Jiggleit is a son of Mr Wiggles, who finished sixth in the 2009 Little Brown Jug, out of the mare Mozzi Hanover. He prepped for the Jug by winning a qualifier in 1:50.2 last Tuesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He was good," Montrell Teague said. "He was definitely himself. I pretty much just let him do what he wanted to do. I let him float out and we were planning on going a (1):52 mile, but when I tapped him in the last quarter he took off, so I just let him do what he wanted. That (time) is not a bad thing at all." The Little Brown Jug is contested on a half-mile track at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. Wiggle It Jiggleit is history's fastest 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile oval, having won in 1:49 earlier this season at Harrington Raceway. "I'm looking forward to it the most of any race I've been in so far," Teague said about the Little Brown Jug. Among the other top Jug contenders are Artspeak and My Hero Ron in the second elimination and Lost For Words and Dude's The Man in the opening elimination. Artspeak, this year's New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, heads to the Little Brown Jug off a career-best 1:48.2 win in the Simcoe Stakes last Saturday (Sept. 12) at Mohawk Racetrack. The time established the stakes record, shaving one-fifth of a second off the previous mark set by 2013 Little Brown Jug champion Vegas Vacation. Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners, Artspeak has won four of 12 races this year and earned $483,325. The son of Western Ideal-The Art Museum was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer and will try to become the first divisional champion since Bettor's Delight in 2001 to return and win the Jug. Brittany Farms won the 1993 Little Brown Jug as the owner of Life Sign. Brittany Farms owner George Segal also was part of Jug-winning partnerships with Mr Feelgood in 2006 and Tell All in 2007. His three victories are tied with Jeff Snyder and Stanley Dancer for the most by an owner in history. Artspeak will be driven by Scott Zeron, who in 2012 at the age of 23 became the youngest driver to win the Jug when he piloted Michael's Power to victory. Artspeak has drawn the rail in the second elimination and is the 5-2 second choice behind Wiggle It Jiggleit. Ron Burke will try for his second consecutive Jug triumph when he sends out My Hero Ron, who was the runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and has won four of 13 races this season. The gelded son of Well Said-Erma La Em is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Frank Baldachino. He has drawn post four in the second elimination with Yannick Gingras listed to drive. My Hero Ron is 4-1 on the morning line. Burke and Gingras teamed to win last year's Little Brown Jug with Limelight Beach. The 2-1 morning line favorite in the opening elimination is Lost For Words, who drew the coveted rail. Lost For Words has also been a consistent performer, with 10 on-the-board finishes in 11 starts this year and earnings of $336,974. The colt has won four races, three on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit, and finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Milstein. A son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Thou Shalt Not, Lost For Words is trained by Brian Brown and driven by David Miller. He is owned by Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. Miller has won the Jug three times, with No Pan Intended in 2003, Shadow Play in 2008, and Big Bad John in 2011. He is the winningest driver in the history of the Delaware County Fair, with 204 victories. Brown won last year's Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers with Color's A Virgin. Dude's The Man has posted top-three finishes in 12 of 13 races this season, winning three times including the Delvin Miller Adios Stakes in August, for earnings of $643,504. He finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace and also was the runner-up in the Messenger Stakes. Jessica Okusko trains Dude's The Man, a son of American Ideal-Art's Risk, for owners M And L of Delaware LLC and Victoria Dickinson. Corey Callahan is the colt's driver. He will score from post four and is listed at 5-2 on the morning line. The Little Brown Jug, which requires a horse to win two heats to be declared the champion, is the third leg of this year's Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, and Revenge Shark captured the second, the Messenger Stakes. The top four horses in each of the elimination races will advance to the $324,960 second heat. If an elimination winner scores in the second heat, he will be the Jug winner. Otherwise, the three heat-winners will return for a $135,400 race-off. The exact race numbers and post times for the LBJ will be announced after the balance of the Thursday program is drawn on Monday. The Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli's will air live from 5-6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Below is the field in post order for the $677,000 Little Brown Jug with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. $108,320 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Lost For Words by Well Said -David Miller-Brian Brown-2-1 2 - Rockin In Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven -David Miller-Dr. Ian Moore-4-1 3 - Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4 - Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko-5-2 5 - Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-15-1 6 - Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15-1 7 - Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover -Tim Tetrick-Chris Oakes-10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-5-2 2 - Paparazzi Hanover by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-20-1 3 - Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere -Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-10-1 4 - My Hero Ron by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4-1 5 - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-4-5 6 - Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-15-1 7 - Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-6-1 8 - Blood Brother by Somebeachsomewhere -David Miller-Jimmy Takter-20-1 The USTA Communications Department

Someone messed up in Delaware, Ohio and forgot to include Empire Classic winner Mosquito Blue Chip in the mix when they drew for the Jugette today, so they rebooted, this time with a dozen fillies. Trainer Ron Burke, who has four entered, got screwed as he lost his rail positions with Bettor N Bettor and Band Of Angels, and wound up with both leaving from the three post. And Sassa Hanover, who originally drew the three in the first elimination, wound up with the six on the redraw. The fact that only 12 fillies are entered in the Jugette is disappointing. There is no Peelers, Jewel, Nitelife or Put On A Show, in her prime, to scare folks away. I guess everyone’s too busy promoting their better fillies for beating up on the slow poke sire stakes competition and getting them ready for the Super Duper Gold Plated Sire Stakes Finals. The Rocknroll Hanover filly, Wicked Little Minx, who starts in the first elimination for Brett Miller and Nancy J, is the only filly not bred in either New York or Pennsylvania. Six are from the former and five from the Keystone State—all by SBSW. We’re always hearing about how great the Ontario program is. Where are they? Must be resting up for the OSS Gold Series. But the next Gold leg is October 1 and the final is the 10th. The Burke Barn entered four, while Delaware based Brian Brown has three going. Folks love to rip Burke for overloading fields, but where would the sport be without him? There would only be eight entered without Burke. Many races at B tracks, like the Quillen, Indiana Pacing Derby/Dan Patch, Molson and Battle Of Lake Erie would be hurting without his contribution of starters over the years. Gural recently passed one of his goofy rules to limit him, but it did more harm than good. Last year 22 entered the Jugette, leading to a pair of seven horse eliminations and an eight. Burke had seven in and Brown three [including the winner], just like this year. Jimmy Takter and Casie Coleman, both of whom took a pass for 2015, had three and two entered, respectively. The field was more eclectic, as there were five Ontario breds and a pair from Indiana. There were only three from New York, because their Night of Champions was four days before the Jugette. This year it was eleven days prior to the race. And of course, there were thirteen from Pennsylvania. And the cherry on top was that the Always A Virgin filly, Color’s A Virgin, bred in Indiana, won the race last year. Let’s hope there are better results from the boys tomorrow. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/. Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

Delaware, OH --- For the next two weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 eligibles for the harness racing 70th Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s to be raced on Thursday (Sept. 24).  Week #4 – Sept. 9, 2015 1. (Last Week #1) Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:47.4; $1,445,644)  Owner: George Teague, Jr. Inc. (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis  Driver: Montrell Teague  Taking a short break between now and the Jug. 2. (Last Week #2) Dude’s The Man (1:48.4; $687,791) Owners: M & L of Delaware, LLC (DE) and Victoria Dickinson (DE) Trainer: Jessica Okusko Driver: Corey Callahan/George Brennan Dude’s The Man finished second by a nose in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway. 3. (Last Week #3) Lost For Words (1:49.3; $537,260) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), William Robinson (OH), Richard Lombardo (OH) and Strollin Stable (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller Finished third behind Wakizashi Hanover in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final at Pocono. He was just three-quarters of a length behind and was timed in 1:48.2. 4. (Last Week #5) Artspeak (1:48.4; $1,141,170) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH) and In The Gym Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Scott Zeron Won a qualifier at Mohawk on Sept. 4, winning by 23-1/4 lengths in 1:50.1. 5. (Last Week #4) In The Arsenal (1:49.1; $779,473) Owners: White Birch Farm (NJ) and In The Arsenal Racing (NJ) Trainer: Kelvin Harrison Driver: Brian Sears Was a solid third in the Messenger Stakes, beaten only by a head. 6. (Last Week #10) Reverend Hanover (1:48.3; $249,500) Owners: West Wins Stable (ON), Steve Calhoun (ON) and Anthony Beaton (ON) Trainer: Casie Coleman Drivers: Steve Condren/Chris Christoforou Established a new lifetime mark of 1:48.3 in a 3-year-old conditioned event at Mohawk on Sept. 5.  7. (Last Week #6) Rockin In Heaven (1:50; $324,821) Owners: Dr. Ian Moore (ON), Douglas Polley (NS), Francois Lecomte (QC) and Gordon McComb (NS) Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore Drivers: David Miller/Trevor Henry Did not race last week. 8. (Last Week #8) My Hero Ron (1:49.2; $308,963) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Lawrence Karr (NJ) and Frank Baldachino (NJ) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras/Matt Kakaley Was a fast closing second in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final at Pocono. 9. (Last Week NR) Revenge Shark (1:50.2; $425,107) Owners: Alagna Racing (NJ) and Bradley Grant (ON) Trainer: Tony Alagna Drivers: Yannick Gingras/Brett Miller Won the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, the $500,000 Messenger Stakes. 10. (Last Week #9) Split The House (1:48.3; $162,158) Owners: Scott Horner (ON), Peter Milligan (ON) and James Dean (ON) Trainer: James Dean Driver: Randy Waples Third in a 3-year-old conditioned event at Mohawk on Sept. 5, timed in 1:49. Dropped Out: Dealt A Winner by Jay Wolf, publicity director, the Little Brown Jug 

Owner George Teague, Jr. thinks his gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit could be one of the greatest three-year-old pacers of all time. The bettors in the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #1 agree and made the son of Mr. Wiggles a decisive favorite.  Should Wiggle It Jiggleit win the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s on September 24, his backers will receive $1.10 on their $1.00 bet.   Dude’s The Man was the second choice at 4-1 and Artspeak was third at odds of 10-1.  North America's leading pacer, Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 16 of 18 starts this season and has banked more than $1.4 million. He is owned by George Teague, Jr., driven by his son Montrell Teague and trained by Clyde Francis.  Wiggle It Jiggleit won the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace, $500,000 Max Hempt Final, $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine and the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The win in the Meadowlands Pace will allow his connections to supplement the pacer into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000.  The 4-1 second choice is the Adios Pace champion, Dude's The Man. The American Ideal colt is owned by M & L of Delaware, LLC and Victoria Dickerson. The ultra-consistent colt has finished on the board in 11 of 12 seasonal starts. Dude’s The Man will leave from the rail in this weekend’s $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway.  The second future pool will be from 12 p.m. Sunday, September 20 through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, the first three afternoons of Grand Circuit racing at the Delaware County Fair.   2015 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering – Pool #1 Will Pays  HD          Horse                                 $1.00 Will Pay  1.            Artspeak                            $10.80  2.           Arque Hanover                  $27.00  3.           Badiou Hanover                $49.10  4.           Cooperstown                       $12.10  5.           Dealt A Winner                    $15.20  6.           Dude's The Man                  $ 4.00  7.           In The Arsenal                     $16.20  8.           Lost For Words                    $16.70  9.           My Hero Ron                        $39.10  10.         Revenge Shark                   $69.70  11.         Rock N'Roll World              $67.20  12.        Split The House                    $52.80  13.        Wiggle It Jiggleit                   $1.10  14.        Yankee Bounty                     $50.40  15.        All Other Horses                   $12.20

For the next three weeks Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 eligibles for the 70th Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s to be raced on Thursday, September 24.  Week #3 – September 1, 2015 1. (Last Week #1). Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:47.4; $1,445,644)  Owner: George Teague, Jr. Inc. (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis  Driver: Montrell Teague He was the overwhelming choice in the LBJ Future Wager Pool #1. His connections indicate that they will give Wiggle It Jiggleit a break between now and the Jug. 2. (Last Week #2) Dude’s The Man (1:48.4; $562,791) Owners: M & L of Delaware, LLC (DE) and Victoria Dickenson (DE) Trainer: Jessica Okusko Driver: Corey Callahan/George Brennan Dude’s The Man has the coveted rail position in this weekends $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway. 3. (Last Week #4) Lost For Words (1:49.3; $495,260) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), William Robinson (OH), Richard Lombardo (OH) & Strollin Stable (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller Finished second behind Wakizashi Hanover in the final leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on August 28. Drew the outside post #8 in the $350,000 PASS Final at Pocono Downs. 4. (Last Week #3) In The Arsenal (1:49.1; $779,473) Owners: White Birch Farm (NJ) and In The Arsenal Racing (NJ) Trainer: Kelvin Harrison Driver: Brian Sears Will be leaving from post #3 in the Messenger Stakes this Saturday night. 5. (Last Week #5) Artspeak (1:48.4; $1,141,170) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH) & In The Gym Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Scott Zeron Did not race last week. 6. (Last Week #8) Rockin In Heaven (1:50.0; $294,721) Owner: Dr. Ian Moore (ON), Douglas Polley (NS), Francois Lecomte (QC) & Gordon McComb (NS) Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore Driver: David Miller/Trevor Henry He won his leg of the $60,200 New York Sires Stake at Batavia Downs on August 30. 7. (Last Week #7) Dealt A Winner (1:47.3; $363,439) Owner: Jeffrey Snyder (NY) Trainer: Mark Silva Driver: David Miller The son of Cam’s Card Shark continues his quest for the pacing Triple Crown. He will start from post #5 in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes. 8. (Last Week #9) My Hero Ron (1:49.2; $221,463) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Lawrence Karr (NJ) & Frank Baldachino (NJ) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras/Matt Kakaley Won a $61,072 division of the PASS at the Meadows on August 28 in a lifetime best 1:49.2. 9. (Last Week #6) Split The House (1:48.3; $162,158) Owners: Scott Horner (ON), Peter 3 Milligan (ON) & James Dean (ON) Trainer: James Dean Driver: Randy Waples The son of Rocknroll Hanover did not race last weekend. 10. (Last Week NR) Reverend Hanover (1:51.1; $240,125) Owners: West Wins Stable (ON), Steve Calhoun (ON) & Anthony Beaton (ON) Trainer: Casie Coleman Drivers: Steve Condren/Chris Christoforou The son of Sportswriter got off to a slow start this season with an injury. He won the $78,750 Ontario Gold Division at Georgian Downs in 1:51.4. Dropped Out: Badiou Hanover Jay Wolf

Delaware, OH --- Fazoli’s, America’s largest quick-service Italian restaurant chain, will once again be the presenting sponsor for the $700,000 (est) Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. The 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug, North America’s most prestigious harness race for 3-year-old pacers, will air live on CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, from 5-6:30 p.m. (EDT). The Little Brown Jug telecast is made possible by the United States Trotting Association, Fazoli’s and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. “The Little Brown Jug is truly a part of Americana and we want to be a part of that tradition,” said Carl Howard, Fazoli’s president and CEO. “The Little Brown Jug and the national telecast is a great way to highlight the Fazoli's brand and to introduce to the public of the amazing franchise opportunities available with Fazoli’s.” "The Little Brown Jug is pleased to once again partner with Fazoli’s," noted Phil Terry, marketing manager of the Little Brown Jug. “With last year’s nationwide broadcast, we are gaining momentum in presenting this sport and our event to a whole new audience. Fazoli’s has been a great partner and with the way things are shaping up, we will have a very exciting and memorable event.” In addition to the live telecast, the 2015 Little Brown Jug will be promoted with a 30-day “Countdown to The Jug” and through an integrated social media campaign on www.HarnessRacingFanZone.com. The effort will also include creating content for the Harness Racing Fan Zone’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, Vine and Pinterest. In addition to the online promotions and television broadcast support, Fazoli’s will participate in race presentations and its logo will appear around the track and on race and wagering promotional material. About Fazoli’s An American family favorite for more than 25 years, Fazoli’s features a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees. Already America’s largest Italian quick-service chain with approximately 220 company and franchised restaurants, Fazoli’s is expanding throughout the country. For your chance to own your own Fazoli’s go to http://www.fazolis.com/franchising. You can also connect with Fazoli’s online at www.fazolis.com, @Fazolis, and https://www.facebook.com/Fazolis About The Little Brown Jug The Little Brown Jug is the most prestigious 3-year-old pacing race in North America. The final leg of pacing’s “Triple Crown” is held each September at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio and traditionally draws up to 50,000 fans. Since its establishment in 1946, many of the sport’s greatest champions have participated in the Little Brown Jug. For more on the Little Brown Jug, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf

Delaware, OH - For the next five weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 eligible horses for the 70th Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli's, to be raced on Thursday (Sept. 24). Week #1 – Aug. 18, 2015 1. Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:47.4; $1,195,644)  Owner: George Teague, Jr. Inc. (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis  Driver: Montrell Teague  Wiggle It Jiggleit became Jug eligible when he won the Meadowlands Pace. His connections can now supplement the gelded son of Mr Wiggles into the LBJ for $45,000.  2. In The Arsenal (1:49.1; $764,973) Owners: White Birch Farm (NJ) and In The Arsenal Racing (NJ) Trainer: Kelvin Harrison Driver: Brian Sears The half-mile track should not be an issue for this son of American Ideal as he is two-for-two at Yonkers Raceway this season. 3. Lost For Words (1:49.3; $479,892) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), William Robinson (OH), Richard Lombardo (OH) and Strollin Stable (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller This consistent colt has finished on the board in seven of eight seasonal starts. Recently finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $405,000 Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park. 4. Dude’s The Man (1:48.4; $502,791) Owners: M & L of Delaware, LLC (DE) and Victoria Dickenson (DE) Trainer: Jessica Okusko Driver: Corey Callahan Dude’s The Man won the $400,000 Adios Pace on Aug. 1. Has finished in the top three in six straight races.  5. Artspeak (1:48.4; $1,101,170) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH) and In The Gym Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Scott Zeron Finished second in the $319,400 Cane Pace and the $500,000 Hempt final. 6. Dealt A Winner (1:47.3; $363,439) Owner: Jeffrey Snyder (NY) Trainer: Mark Silva Driver: David Miller Was the upset winner of the $319,400 Cane Pace in 1:47.3 at 26-1. Owner Snyder is looking for a record fourth Jug title. 7. Split The House (1:48.3; $162,158) Owners: Scott Horner (ON), Peter Milligan (ON) and James Dean (ON) Trainer: James Dean Driver: Randy Waples The son of Rocknroll Hanover was unraced at two, but has seven wins this season. 8. My Hero Ron (Q1:50.1; $165,927) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Lawrence Karr (NJ) and Frank Baldachino (NJ) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras/Matt Kakaley The Well Said colt has three wins since he was purchased by his current owners in early June. 9. Revenge Shark (1:50.2; $175,107) Owner: Alagna Racing LLC (NJ) and Bradley Grant (ON) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Brett Miller Won his last start in the Tompkins-Geers Stake at Tioga Downs in a new lifetime best.  10. Arque Hanover (1:50; $158,453) Owners: Jeffrey Gillis (ON), Gerald Stay (NY), Mac Nichol (ON) and Big Als Stables (ON) Trainer: Casie Coleman Drivers: Jason Bartlett/Brian Sears  Recently won an elimination for the Empire Breeders Classic in 1:50 at Tioga Downs. by Jay Wolf, publicity director, the Little Brown Jug 

(Columbus, OH – August 12, 2015) The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA), with unanimous approval from the Association’s Board of Directors, has allocated $580,000 from the horsemen's video lottery terminal revenue to the Delaware County Fair for the eight Ohio Breeders’ Championship races and the Little Brown Jug.    A total of $400,000 will be divided equally among the eight divisions of the Ohio Breeders’ Championships and should bring each OBC event to over $80,000. With $180,000 in added money the 2015 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s purse is expected to be in excess of $700,000. “Ohio breeders are committed to producing great racehorses, support for the Ohio Breeders’ Championships are a great way to reward their commitment, and the Little Brown Jug draws racing’s elite to Ohio,” noted Renée Mancino, Executive Director of the OHHA.  “The Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds provides an important opportunity to showcase the Ohio harness racing community nationwide.” “We are very grateful for the support of the OHHA and the Ohio State Racing Commission,” noted Phil Terry, director of marketing for the Little Brown Jug. “We look forward to a great week of racing showcasing the best the state of Ohio has to offer.” “The Little Brown Jug will once again be the center of the harness racing world this September,” added Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. “We appreciate the allocation from the OHHA and their commitment to the horsemen and women of this great state.” The Delaware County Fair will host five days of harness racing starting on Sunday, September 20, through Thursday, September 24 (Little Brown Jug Day). For more information on the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association, please visit www.OHHA.com and for Little Brown Jug information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. Regina Mayhugh, OHHA Communications Director, rmayhugh@ohha.com, 614.221.3650 Jay Wolf, LBJ Publicity Director, jugpublicity@outlook.com, 740.272.2162

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