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The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is proud to offer the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association Scholarship Fund Program.   The total value of scholarship funds will be $10,000 which may be divided among multiple winners with the minimum amount being $2,500.     The applicant or a family member must be a member of the OHHA.    Completed applications are due June 15.    More information and the application can be found on the OHHA website here.   Regina Mayhugh Communications Director Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association

The 159th Annual Paulding County Fair will soon begin and the grand old Grandstand will be reverberating with the excitement and the thrills of harness racing for three nights beginning Monday June 10th at 5 p.m. with full racing programs the same time on Tuesday (June 11th) and Wednesday (June 12th) as well. It is the official start of the 2019 Ohio Fair Racing Conference season and, after a long winter's worth of preparation, the colts and fillies are ready to strut their stuff. Paulding is where it all starts for the two and three-year-old Ohio-bred pacers and trotters as Speed Committee Director Gus Davis and his team puts them on the first step of their journey hopefully to fame and fortune. The historic fairgrounds will also commence the summer-long Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series on Wednesday, June 12th where the gals get to showcase their driving abilities and the co-featured Paulding County Pace is contested too. Be sure to stop by the Racing With The Stars Tent to play the Fan Game for prizes as several new events are offered for 2019 such as "Stump the Experts" as we try to keep veteran announcer Bill Peters on his toes. Paulding was also the inaugural premier last year of Text Trivia as the popular contest kept folks guessing and winning right through Jug Week and into the Fair finals. It's time to come visit with your friends again so we will see you there! by Thom Pye for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association

On June 22nd, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will host its 7th Charity Night at the Races. The event will be held at Eldorado Gaming at Scioto Downs. The participants of each charity are invited to join us trackside for a meal and to enjoy an evening of racing. OHHA Board members and other members of the racing community will host each charity, educating them about the industry and sharing the excitement of harness racing. For many of the charity representatives, this is their first time at a harness racetrack. Throughout the evening there are various activities they will be involved with. Each charity will be interviewed in the winner’s circle to share what their charity’s mission is, and many will have an informational table set up for racing fans to learn more. Participants will also have an opportunity to take a ride in the starting gate, visit the paddock and have a photo taken with their horse. Two races with 10-horse fields will be dedicated for the charity races. Horses and charities will be coupled by a random draw. Each charity will have a horse assigned to them and will be cheering on their horse. How the horses finish in each race will determine how much money the charity will win. The winnings per placings are 1st- $10,000  2nd-  $5,000  3rd- $2,500  4th-10th will receive $2,000 each. The total amount being donated to charities is $63,000. The charities participating include: ALS- The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter Alzheimers Association Central Ohio Chapter Canine Companions For Independence Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Central Ohio Girls on the Run of Central Ohio Haven House of Pickaway County Inc. JDRF Central Ohio Mid-Ohio Foodbank Ohio 4-H Youth Development Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Ohio FFA Foundation, Inc. Pacing For the Cure PBJ Connections, Inc. Pickaway County Special Olympics St. Vincent dePaul Society- St. Denis/Holy Family/Immaculate St. Patrick School American Red Cross Tread Lightly! USO of Central and Southern Ohio Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is looking forward to a fun and exciting evening at Eldorado Scioto Downs on June 22nd. Regina Mayhugh Communications Director Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association

The newly-renovated Pickaway County Fairgrounds will soon be reverberating with the excitement and the thrills of harness racing for three days beginning Saturday, June 15th at 1 p.m. along with full racing programs on Sunday, June 16th at 1 p.m. and Monday, June 17th at 4 p.m. As they have since 1946, after a long winter's worth of preparation, the Ohio Colt Racing Association's two and three-year-old colts and fillies are ready to strut their stuff. Circleville is where it all starts for many of the two-year-old Ohio-bred pacers and trotters as the Speed Committee team puts them on the first steps of their journey to hopefully fame and fortune. Besides many memorial races being held in honor of those heroes of yesteryear, the summer-long Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series is on Monday, June 17th where the gals get to showcase their driving abilities. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is also hosting a food drive in conjunction with the Ladies for the Haven House of Pickaway County. Donate your non-perishable canned goods at the Racing with the Stars tent and get a prize. Bring five canned goods and you'll receive at specially-designed T shirt! Circleville was also the premier last year of the Racing With The Stars fan contest where a lucky contestant took their place in the Winners Circle just like an owner. We'll also be playing Text Trivia with questions about the race program as the popular fan contest kept folks guessing and winning right through Jug Week and into the Fair finals. So be sure to stop by the Racing With The Stars tent to enter!   A lot of action in the paddock turn at Circleville as the horses make their move   And down the stretch they come at Circleville! We will see you there!   By Thom Pye for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association 

COLUMBUS – Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association are forming a new partnership that will help promote and strengthen the state’s agricultural community. OHHA is a nonprofit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in Ohio. OHHA, founded in 1953, is supporting Ohio Farm Bureau with $75,000 to fund promotions of the Standardbred industry to Farm Bureau members as well as fund youth and career programs led by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Last summer, OHHA partnered with Ohio Farm Bureau and other groups at the Sale of Champions at the Ohio State Fair. “When you look at the Standardbred horse racing industry as a whole, its impact on agriculture is huge. Farmers provide feed, bedding and stables for the horses,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “Standardbred racing also is a major draw at county fairs. As a matter of fact, Ohio is ranked first in the country in county fair racing.” “Ohio’s Standardbred industry has made great strides in recent years,” said Renee Mancino, executive director of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. “We’re proud to be a growing part of Ohio agriculture and are excited to share our message with the Farm Bureau family.” Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advocate

The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) has approved a donation of $150,000 to the newly-formed Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA). The donation is the first by a horsemen's association. The STA, formed in 2018, will accredit and grant supplemental operating funds to groups that provide transition services for Standardbreds who are retiring from the sport and transitioning to a new role. The group expects to accredit and grant to 501(c)(3) organizations serving Standardbreds by the end of this year. "Ohio has become a national leader in breeding and racing Standardbreds," said Kevin Greenfield, outgoing president of the OHHA and a founding board member of the STA. "The OHHA board recognizes that, as an industry leader, it needs to be at the forefront of spearheading support for a uniform effort with respect to equine aftercare." "The entire STA board extends our thanks and appreciation to the OHHA for its financial commitment and confidence in our work," said STA President David Reid. "Ohio is an important part of our industry and we are grateful they have taken this leadership position. We are working to develop a broad-based platform of support for STA. Our accreditation process will ensure that groups exercise sound business practices and equine care to the benefit of our horses and horsemen." From the Standardbred Transition Alliance  

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Fair Managers inducted Mel Hagemeyer, Jacqueline and Jack Wood II and Darrel D. “Cubby” Cubbison into the Ohio Fairs Hall of Fame class of 2019, Jan. 6. Hagemeyer Hagemeyer has contributed to the fair community in Warren County for more than 60 years. Hagemeyer has been on the Warren County Agricultural Society Board since 2002 and has worked at the Lebanon Raceway 45 years, serving as program director, mutual clerk, paddock judge, director of operations, and since 1992, general manager. He has served as served as the fair harness racing superintendent for 12 years. Mel has also been the open class superintendent of antique tractors, competitive arts, baked goods and horticulture. For the last five years, Hagemeyer was one of the driving forces behind getting video terminals legalized at Ohio’s horse tracks. Mel is a member of the Optimist, Shrine, Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rites Lodge. He is a past president and current member of the Ohio Valley Standard Bred Association, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and the United States Trotting Association. Mel is also a past director for Harness Tracks of America. Mel is actively involved in the multi-generational operation of Hagemeyer Farms in Clarksville, Ohio. He has been married to Pam for 34 years. They have four children, Scott, Tiffany, Steven and Cheryl, and five grandchildren. The Woods Jack was born and raised in the concession business by his father. Jack missed two fair seasons in his lifetime due to two tours of duty in Vietnam. Two weeks out of the Navy, he attended the 1971 OFMA convention and was elected to the seat held by his father on the Greater Ohio Showman Board. He served on that board for 22 years with four years as president. Jacqueline and Jack started out buying two trailers from Jack’s parents in 1971. After Jack’s  time on the Greater Ohio Showman board, he served on the board of the National Independent Concessionaires Association for five years with one as president. Jack has served three terms on the Ohio Food Service Advisory board and several years on the Games Rules Advisory board. Jack and Jacqueline started and operated Rite-Way Custom Trailer for 25 years, building concession trailers for the industry. Jacqueline served on many committees for the Greater Ohio Showman Association. She belongs to the Women in NICA committee, was secretary of the Logan County Fair, Indian Lake school board, Daughter of the American Revolution and earned the Certified Concessionaire Executive designation. Jack and Jacqueline have been the food midway concession manager at the Warren County Fair for more than 30 years. They have been married more than 51 years. They have two children, who are continuing the legacy of Woods Concessions, and three grandchildren. Cubbison Cubbison is a lifelong resident of Muskingum County. He was an active 4-H member who showed chicken and sheep, then later became a 4-H adviser. After serving six years in the National Guard, part of which was active duty, Darrel operated Cubby’s Poultry. He retired from Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative, Inc. Cubby has always had a passion for fairs and has visited nearly every fair in the state, along with many fairs in the eastern half of the United States. He has served on the board of the Muskingum County Fair since 1972 and has led the board through many building projects and property negotiations. He has served as the OFMA District 7 director and received the OFMA District Director of the Year in 2009. He has also served as the first and second vice president of the OFMA and served as the OFMA president in 2014 and 2015. Darrel is active in his community where he has been a 4-H adviser, Sunday School teacher and lay leader at his church, a member of the local Board of Trade, and serves on the board of directors of both Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center and the John and Annie Glenn Historic site. Darrel is also a past member of Caret Council Agricultural Research Extension and Teaching. Darrel was inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for East Muskingum Schools in 1996. He also received the Bob and Delores Hope Good Samaritan Award in 1996 for his contributions to his community. He was recognized by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and received recognition of outstanding public service and support of the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service and its educational programs from the Epsilon Sigma Phi. Darrel and his wife Carol operate a small grassland farm near New Concord, Ohio. He has two children, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Pictured (left to right): Jack Wood II, Jacqueline Wood, Darrel D. “Cubby” Cubbison and Mel Hagemeyer. Reprinted with permission of the Farm And Dairy

Grove City, OH — A sellout crowd of more than 3,400 strolled through more than 110 exhibitors at the 94th annual Ohio Fair Managers Association Convention which ran from Thursday (Jan. 3) through Sunday (Jan. 6) at the Columbus Convention Center. To say that the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association sponsored event was expansive was an understatement as throngs of people passed by acts and amusements of every kind which included singers, magicians, and other entertainment available for Ohio’s 95 fairs. Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s Racing With The Stars tent was there as well, as OHHA hosted three different workshops on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Presented by OHHA’s Steve Bateson, HTCS’ Elwood Woolman, OCRA’s Dennis Fricke and Dr. Bob Schwartz and OFRC’s Bill Peters, the two hour session was moderated by OFMA District 3 Director Wade Flory. OHHA Vice President Steve Bateson outlined the financial specifics of the VLT funded Fair races stating how each division of the 2- and 3-year-olds in the 67 fairs with harness racing received a total of $4,243,000 from OHHA with the base purse of $7,364 per race in 2018. This is a 4.3 percent increase from 2017. The available insurance details outlined in the booklet prepared by the staff at the OHHA home office were discussed as well as the new rulings on horse preference dates and guidelines for various on-track penalties. A pictorial explanation of the Racing With The Stars exhibit was offered as OHHA reinforced its commitment to help fairs educate and entertain their fair-goers free of charge throughout its racing program. At the afternoon 2 p.m. workshop titled “Harness Racing, It Is a Big Deal,” the open forum for fair officials and stakeholders hosted by Bill Peters, Susan Schroeder, and Wade Flory brought out discussions on how to improve and publicize the racing product and many suggestions were made. The day’s activities were wrapped up with “Managing Your Harness Racing Funds” as Lisa Schwartz from the Fayette County Fair and Dennis Fricke of the Allen County Fair, along with Elwood Woolman from the Mahoning County Fair and moderator Wade Flory, presented the finances showing how harness racing offered a win, win situation for the fairs. Simply put: “The numbers don’t lie.” For the third year in a row Ohio has led the nation in the number of Standardbred broodmares registered, foal production, horse registrations, and the number of harness horse owners. And because of the efforts of all the organizations involved, as well as the exhibitors, their support teams, and a fine venue held in a world-class facility, it is easy to see why. by Thom Pye, for the OHHA

The Buckeye Stallion Series kicks off this weekend with the harness racing 3-year-old colts at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday, May 5th, with six divisions of 3-year-old pacing colts and five divisions of trotters. Two of the colts, Rising Mvp and Bus Ninethirtysix, competing on Saturday were 2017 Buckeye Stallion Series $40,000 final winners as 2-year-olds. Trotting colt Rising Mvp (My Mvp - Nutmegs Winner - Credit Winner), trained by William Daugherty Jr and owned by Susan Daugherty will compete in Race 4 with his first start of the year. Rising Mvp was also an Ohio Fairs Championship winner in 2017. Trotting colt Bus Ninethirtysix (Mcardle - Otherpeoplesmoney - Pro Bono Best) will compete in Race 12. Bus Ninethirtysix is trained by Brian Brown and owned by Gabe Prewitt. Monday, May 7th the fillies will compete with four divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies and three divisions of trotting fillies. Bugs Mvp (My Mvp - Char Catie Becca - American Winner), the 2017 Buckeye Stallion Series $40,000 final 2-year-old trotting filly winner will be back in Race 6. Bugs Mvp is trained by Christopher Beaver. She is owned by Michael Carter, Johnanna Beaver, Joe Sbrocco and Steven Zeehandelar. The Buckeye Stallion Series will consist of four legs this year racing at Miami Valley Raceway, Eldorado Scioto Downs, Champaign County Fair, Lake County Fair, Delaware County Fair plus the final will be held Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park on October 6. The number of nominations for the 2018 Buckeye Stallion Series is up 14.3% over 2017.  Regina Mayhugh Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association    

Northfield Park and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) are pleased to announce that they have reached an amicable resolution regarding their legal disputes, and both sides have made meaningful compromises in order to find common ground for a working relationship going forward. The beneficiary of this agreement is the horse racing industry in that Northfield Park will continue its commitment to offer significant racing opportunities for horsemen along with continuing to offer the betting public its first class on-track entertainment experience and simulcasting broadcast to locations around the globe. The OHHA and Northfield look forward to working together now and in the future and with this chapter behind them they are optimistic about a new era of mutual cooperation, respect and a positive working relationship. Specifically, the OHHA and Northfield Park have agreed to mutually work together to make a number of capital improvements to the backstretch including the paddock, barns and drivers room. They have agreed on increasing purses, and the institution of paying drivers fees as well. And, they have agreed to work together in 2018 to provide even more racing opportunities regarding the Ohio Fair Championship and Stallion Series Championship, as part of Northfield Park and the OHHA's agreement to chart a new and exciting course for their mutual success. Northfield Park Contact   Brent Reitz VP & General Manager (330) 467-4101  breitz@northfieldpark.com   Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association R. Kevin Greenfield   President (419) 346-0609  kgreenfield@gkflaw.com   Ayers Ratliff Director of Racing Communications        

The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association banquet on Saturday (Jan. 13) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbus (Worthington). The Ohio Chapter has voted Brian Brown as the recipient of the Winner's Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; Cameron McCown as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner as the young Ohioan who is an "up-and-coming" star among harness horsemen; Joe Adamsky into the Immortal Hall of Fame; Feelin Friskie into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and Ed Mullinax as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. Brown, 53, enjoyed a career year as he conditioned three of the top pacers in the country; Downbytheseaside ($1,602,452 in seasonal earnings), Fear The Dragon ($1,350,146), and filly Blazin Britches ($540,424). The Brown Stable earned $5.8 million this season and secured a .402 UTR and was selected as the "Trainer of the Year" by the United States Harness Writers Association. McCown is a 29-year-old resident of Ostrander, Ohio. McCown had 86 wins and his drives earned $330,892 in purse money. McCown started driving in 2014 and earned an impressive .379 UDRS this season. Adamsky was one of the top drivers in Ohio during the 1980s and 1990s. For his career he posted 2,707 victories and more than $11.4 million in purses. The native of Rochester, Michigan, won 12 Ohio Sires Stakes finals, including four with Ohio Standardbred Hall of Fame member, Majestic Osborne. Adamsky received the Achievement award from the Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers' Association in 2002 and was the first Jerry Kaltenbach Trophy winner, awarded to the top driver in the Ohio Sire Stakes series. Feelin Friskie earned $784,210 during his racing career, but the son of Artiscape left his mark on Ohio racing in the breeding shed. Owned by Wayne Whebby and Midland Acres, Feelin Friskie sired winners of $12.9 million and 78 foals in 1:55, including Igotafeelinfran ($569,650), Noble Finesse ($415,886) and Feelin Lika Winner ($344,996). Mullinax, is a successful breeder and owner of Standardbreds, including P Forty Seven, winner of the 2005 Little Brown Jug, and Dragon Again, winner of $2.3 million and a successful stallion, who fathered the sports richest performer, Foiled Again ($7.5 million). Mullinax is a supporter and sponsor of many industry events including the Hambletonian, the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and the Breeders Crown. By Jay Wolf      

In a memo issued January 3rd The management of Northfield Park a harness racing track outside of Cleveland Ohio has started to ask horsemen to leave the grounds. At issue is a dispute over the tracks simulcast signal. The Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association alleges that Northfield Park has sent its signal to 20 unapproved locations and has taken Northfield Park to court over the issue. Under terms of a court settlement Northfield Park will stop sending its simulcast signal to the unapproved locations but states that doing so will result in a loss of 1 million dollars in revenue annually.  Due to this loss in revenue Northfield Park says it must implement new backstretch operational procedures. Included in these changes is the reduction of the barn area with the first set of trainers being asked to be off the grounds by January 14th. Also an support staff that works for trainers being asked to leave the grounds that live in the dorms at the track must also vacated the grounds. Other changes being made are the closing of the equine swimming pool and the reduction of training and jogging hours on the main and secondary training tracks from 8am to 1pm  Monday thru Saturday with no jogging or training being allowed on Sundays. Northfield Park also states other changes may be made as seen necessary to implement the changes in backstretch operations. In the memo Northfield Park asks any horsemen with questions about the changes to refer them to the OHHA.  When asked for a comment on this story Northfield Park asked for any questions to referred to their attorneys. Raymond K. Lance

Boogie Shuffle will have to beat the best harness racing 3-year-old pacers in North America to win Thursday's $590,400 Little Brown Jug and owner Bob Tambur wouldn't want it any other way. "That's what sports are all about," said Tambur, the owner of Fox Hollow Farm, which bred and owns Boogie Shuffle. "You want to be there. The fact you're there, that you're one of the better horses in the country, that's big. "I never dreamed I'd get to the Jug. But here we are. I'm a lucky guy." Boogie Shuffle brings a three-race win streak, and four wins in his past five starts, to the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The eight-horse field also includes Fear The Dragon, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, and No. 3 Downbytheseaside. "If you want to be a top horse you've got to race against the best," said Tambur, who lives in northeast Pennsylvania. "Now we are racing against the best." The Little Brown Jug is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Huntsville, who was not entered in the Little Brown Jug, won the first, the Cane Pace, while Downbytheseaside won the second, the Messenger Stakes. This year's race ushers in a new era for the Little Brown Jug, which previously required a horse to win two heats to be declared the event's champion. Beginning this year, the race's conditions were altered so that eliminations only establish an eight-horse field for the final later in the day. The Little Brown Jug champion is the winner of the final regardless of finish position in his elimination. With eight horses in this year's field, all will advance to the $401,472 final. The post positions for the final will be determined by the official order of finish in the $188,928 first heat, with the winning horse assigned post position one and all others taking their positions in the order they were placed in the first heat. Boogie Shuffle, a son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Ciela Hanover, will start the first round from post six and is 6-1 on the morning line. Downbytheseaside, in post five, is the 2-1 favorite while Fear The Dragon is the second choice, at 7-2. Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are both trained by Brian Brown, who is based at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Brian Sears will drive Downbytheseaside while David Miller, who with a win Thursday can equal the record of five Little Brown Jug victories, will be behind Fear The Dragon. Scott Zeron will drive Boogie Shuffle for trainer Mark Harder. "One thing about (Boogie Shuffle), he's got gate speed," Tambur said. "We'll see what happens. It's up to Scotty." Boogie Shuffle began this season with a win and four third-place finishes in his first five races. In his next four races, though, he finished no better than sixth. It was discovered the horse was suffering from stomach ulcers and his recent return to top form followed treatment for the issue. His three-race win streak includes the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Boogie Shuffle won the event in a career-best 1:48.2. "Even when he was sick, he was trying," Tambur said. "Mark kept saying the horse is a good horse. He knew there was something wrong; it was just a matter of figuring it out and getting the horse right. It was very frustrating. But Mark never gave up on that horse, nor did Scotty. "Those two guys stuck with me. I have admiration for both of them. I give both those guys a lot of credit; a lot of character there." For his career, Boogie Shuffle has won six of 27 races and earned $362,543. Last year, he won only one of 13 races but finished among the top three a total of 10 times. "Last year, he would slow down when a horse came alongside of him," Tambur said. "This year, he goes for it. He's a little older, a little smarter. And he's strong. We think he will be great to go two races (in the Jug). I'm not saying we're going to win, but he doesn't get tired easily." Tambur, whose business ventures include a financial company and real estate development, got started in harness racing a little more than two decades ago. He is looking forward to his first trip to the Little Brown Jug. "I'm in it for the dream," Tambur said. "When you breed a horse on your farm and you raise him and he goes out and does well, I get a big kick out of it. "We've got a lot of good races ahead of us. I'm optimistic, but we're racing with the best of them." Right where he wants to be. Following is the draw for the opening heat for the 72nd Little Brown Jug. It is race No. 16 with an approximate 4 p.m. post time. All eight horses will return for the final, which is race No. 20. PP Horse Sire (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds 1. Funknwaffles by American Ideal (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 10-1 2. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 5-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again (David Miller/Brian Brown) 7-2 4. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 12-1 5. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 2-1 6. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said (Scott Zeron/Mark Harder) 6-1 7. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere (Tim Tetrick/Ron Buke) 15-1 8. Chip Walther  by Art Major (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 20-1 Ken Weingartner

It is expected to be a battle between a pair of Brian Brown trainees as Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon have been installed as the morning line harness racing favorites in the $590,400 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 21st at the Delaware County Fair. Downbytheseaside was tapped as the 2-1 choice and will leave from post 5 and will be piloted by Brian Sears in the first heat field of eight. Downbytheseaside comes into the Jug on a 4 race win streak, and has won 9 of 13 seasonal starts, including the $500,000 Art Rooney Pace, the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and the $125,000 Jug Preview. He owns a lifetime mark of 1:49 2/5 and has earned just short of $1.6 million. The Somebeachsomewhere colt is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Fear The Dragon drew post 3 and has been made the 7/2 second choice. The Dragon Again colt is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm and has earned $1.2 million during his career. Fear The Dragon will receive the services of Delaware's all-time winningest driver, David Miller. They teamed up to win the $730,000 North America Cup, the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and the $400,000 Adios Pace. He was scratched sick from the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final on September 3. He won a qualifying race at Hoosier Park on September 13 in 1:54 over a sloppy track. The eight entries are the smallest number since 8 entered the 1980 Little Brown Jug won by Niatross. Only seven horses entered the 1948 (won by Knight Dream) and 1965 (won by Bret Hanover) Little Brown Jugs. The post positions for the final heat will be determined by the official results of the $188,928 first heat. The winner of the $401,472 final heat will be declared the 72nd Jug champion. The complete Little Brown Jug field and announced drivers: PP Horse Sire (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds 1. Funknwaffles by American Ideal (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 10-1 2. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 5-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again (David Miller/Brian Brown) 7-2 4. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 12-1 5. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 2-1 6. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said (Scott Zeron/Mark Harder) 6-1 7. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere (Tim Tetrick/Ron Buke) 15-1 8. Chip Walther  by Art Major (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 20-1 Jay Wolf      

Here is your chance to bid on some of Ohio’s best stallions and you won’t even have to leave your easy chair! There are 39 Ohio stallions in the annual P.A.C.E.R. fund raiser, 21 pacing stallions and 18 trotting studs. This year OHHA, who manages the harness racing auction, is offering on line bidding as well as bidding on site. The bidding is now open so just follow the instructions below to get started. First register for the Online Silent Auction site at this link.       2.) Next you will receive an email and text. In that text click your blue personal bidding link. This will direct you to our organizations page to place bids! 3.) From here you can either search horses by name or item number. You can also view the catalog of horse under your View All key. 4.) Once you see a horse you would like to place a bid on click on the item name and scroll down to the blue bid button. This will let you know the next minimum bid. You can choose to bid this amount by clicking the blue bid button and confirm your bid. 5.) You will receive notification in email and text form if you get outbid. This will include the link for that item to place another bid. You will also have the choice to watch the horse. This will place this horse under your My Items key on your main screen. 6.) If you would like to place a maximum bid, where the system will bid on your behalf until that amount is reached, you can click the Change bid amount or set a maximum bid button. Then type the amount you would like to set and place your bid. You will NOT receive outbid notifications until someone has outbid your maximum bid amount. You may also bid on site during the OHHA/USTA annual meetings held at the Double Tree Columbus Worthington or by phone by calling 614-221-3650. More information about the meetings and banquet can be found at http://www.ohha.com/annualmeetingandbanquet The auction will end on Saturday, January 21st at 5pm. Now is the time to invest in the lucrative Ohio racing program. Racing is plentiful, purses are high and the new Breeders Award program is just beginning. And now, bidding on this great group of Ohio stallions is even easier! If you have any questions about the auction, you can call the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Susan Schroeder Project Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association

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

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