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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

Charles Wingfield will head to Thursday's $577,000 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association with a bit of a long shot in Manhattan Beach, but the Ohio resident is hoping the colt can follow in his brother's footsteps at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and carry him to another trip to the harness racing winner's circle. Manhattan Beach is a full brother to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, who entered that year's event winless in 12 races at age 3 but captured the Jug in straight heats. Wingfield and his brothers Robert and Thomas are among the owners of Manhattan Beach and also were part of the Limelight Beach ownership group. "It's unbelievable," said Wingfield, who lives in Kenton, about 40 miles northwest of the fairgrounds. "To win one, I was beside myself. We're in the record book. They can't take that away from us. "Just to be in there is great. We've got a lot of family and friends coming, all behind Manhattan. I have no idea how many people are coming. The last two years I've set up 40 chairs. My two brothers said that's not enough, so we set a few more up. It's very, very exciting." Brothers --- equine in this case, not human --- winning the Little Brown Jug is not unprecedented. Noble Adios won the 1956 Jug two years after full brother Adios Harry won the event. And 1953 champion Keystoner was a half-brother to 1951 winner Tar Heel. Manhattan Beach is one of five Little Brown Jug contenders from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. The colt will start in the second of two first-round heats Thursday and is 6-1 on the morning line. His division includes Tony Alagna-trained multiple-stakes-winner Racing Hill, who is the 3-5 choice in the elimination. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Eleven horses entered the event for 3-year-old pacers and were divided into two $92,320 first-heat eliminations. Betting Line, who brings an 11-race unbeaten streak to the fairgrounds for trainer Casie Coleman, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the $276,960 second heat. If one of the two elimination winners is victorious in the second heat, he is the Jug champion. Otherwise, the three heat-winners return for a $115,400 race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Manhattan Beach has won four of 16 races this year and earned $260,853 for owners Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and the Wingfields. Matt Kakaley will drive the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear from post four in the second elimination. "I know there are a couple better than him, but it's a horserace," Wingfield said. "Casie's colt looks like the horse to beat. He is just amazing. And Racing Hill looks awful tough. "We'll hope for the best, hope things work our way. But no matter what, it will be a lot of fun." The other horses from the Burke Stable are Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Check Six, Big Top Hanover, Fernando Hanover, and Stolen Glimpse. * * * * * * Jeff Snyder's first trip to the Little Brown Jug didn't go as hoped, but the longtime owner has enjoyed his share of successes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds since then. Snyder's first Jug was in 1994 with favorite Cam's Card Shark, who was scratched from the race because of lameness and never raced again. Cam's Card Shark, the 1994 Horse of the Year, has sired three Jug champions, though, including Snyder's first winner of the event, Million Dollar Cam. Snyder also was co-owner of 2009 Jug winner Well Said and the breeder/owner of 2012 champion Michael's Power. On Thursday, Snyder will hope a son of Well Said --- Lyons Snyder --- can give him a record-breaking fourth victory in the Little Brown Jug. Snyder is tied with George Segal and Stanley Dancer for the most wins by an owner with three. "They're all pretty special wins," Snyder said. "We've had good luck at the Jug, even when we didn't win it. Hopefully, that will continue. You never know what can happen when you go to the Jug." Lyons Snyder, co-owned by Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound, races in the first of two opening-round heats Thursday. He will start from post three in the same division as Betting Line and Check Six and is 15-1 on the morning line. Sylvain Filion will drive. The colt, making his third start for trainer Jimmy Takter, has won five of 14 races this year and earned $212,268. His victories include a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, where he defeated Control The Moment, and he heads to the Jug off a second-place finish to Betting Line in the Simcoe Stakes. "We think a lot of him," Snyder said. "He had some issues earlier, but he came out of his last race very sound. He just got beat on the wire to Betting Line. We're hoping that he'll do well. "Win or lose, we go out there to have a good time. That's the main thing. We've had lots of fun out there." Segal also has the opportunity to win his fourth Little Brown Jug. His Brittany Farms is co-owner of Dr J Hanover and the breeder/owner of Western Fame. * * * * * * Trainer Casie Coleman never stops learning; at least when it comes to the nuances of racing at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "We've done well there, but you learn more every time you go there," said Coleman, who has won both the Little Brown Jug and the Jugette twice. "There are definitely different things with how you've got to shoe them and how you've got to rig them. "I'm only at that track a couple of days a year, but we're getting more used to it and getting them rigged right and shod right when they go there. I've been learning as I go. Hopefully I'll have everything down here soon." Coleman trains this year's Little Brown Jug favorite Betting Line, who puts his 11-race win streak on the line Thursday. Betting Line, with three-time Jug winner David Miller in the sulky, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first of two opening heats. Betting Line has won 11 consecutive races since beginning his season with a second-place finish against older horses. His victories include the North America Cup, Battle of the Brandywine, and Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational. He heads to the Jug off a win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, where he rallied from an 8-1/4 length deficit on the final turn to beat Lyons Snyder by a half-length in 1:49.1. His win in the Milstein was at Northfield Park, which is a half-mile track, such as the oval at the fairgrounds. Betting Line overcame a brief break of stride on the final turn to win by four lengths. "Obviously everyone knows he had a little issue at Northfield when he made the little skip around the last turn," Coleman said. "We know that was an issue, but we're working on changing his rigging just a little bit to help him get over the half better. Delaware is the best half-mile track I've ever been on. I'm hoping he will be fine." Coleman, who got married last week, won the Jug with Michael's Power in 2012 and Vegas Vacation in 2013, and would join four other trainers with three triumphs if Betting Line is victorious. Billy Haughton holds the record for training wins with six. Stanley Dancer, with four Jugs, is the only other trainer with more than three. "The triple would be pretty awesome," Coleman said. "I thought we had a shot at it with McWicked (in 2014) and it just didn't quite work out. He just wasn't quite himself. Now hopefully this guy has a good chance. Betting Line looks pretty good coming into it." * * * * * * Spider Man Hanover will return to the site of his most memorable 2015 performance, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, when he races in Thursday's Little Brown Jug. Last year, Spider Man Hanover won a division of the Standardbred Stakes at the fairgrounds in a then-world-record 1:51.4 for 2-year-old male pacers on a half-mile track. The colt was in the fairgrounds-based stable of trainer Brian Brown last year and into 2016 before heading to Ron Burke in August. He was purchased Sept. 14 by trainer Nick Surick and Howard Schneidler's KDM Stables Corp. with an eye toward competing in the Jug. "I'm glad to be in it," Surick said. "I like to have fun and I try to support these races, especially a race like this. You're going to get 40,000 to 50,000 people here that truly love harness racing. It's a fun week. Hopefully we can do a little good. Out of all the horses in the Jug, I've got a horse that knows how to get around this track. Hopefully he'll be OK. "It's a tough spot. We're going against really good horses. We're definitely coming in as a long shot, but that's what makes horseracing and that's why they race these horses. Anything can happen in a horserace." Spider Man Hanover and driver Andy Miller will start from post five in the second of the two opening heats and are 20-1 on the morning line. Spider Man Hanover, a son of Western Ideal, has won one of 10 races this year after earning $221,355 last season. Surick said Spider Man Hanover has battled issues with tying up this year. The colt prepped for the Little Brown Jug by qualifying in 1:52 at half-mile Freehold Raceway on Sept. 15. "He just got tired a little late, but that was a lot more than we thought he'd go anyway," Surick said. "We were happy with that. Hopefully we can make him a little better. We got here Sunday and he trained really good Monday morning. I was pleased with him. "We're not going in with high expectations. We just want to have some fun. But hopefully he can do a little more than that. Andy could have stayed home, but he's coming here just to drive that one horse, so I think he's got a little confidence in the horse too." For all of the latest news, photos and videos for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug, visit the Harness Racing FanZone's mini-site by clicking here. Below are the fields for the Little Brown Jug first-heat eliminations. The eliminations are races 13 and 14. The second heat is race 18. First elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-6/1 2. Stolen Glimpse - Art Major - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 3. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-8/1 4. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2/1 5. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/5 6. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-12-1   Second elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/5 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - David Miller-Ron Burke-15/1 4. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-6/1 5. Spider Man Hanover - Western Ideal - Andy Miller-Nick Surick-20/1 Ken Weingartner

Delaware, OH --- Betting Line will put his harness racing 11-race win streak on the line in Thursday's (Sept. 22) 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, where he will start from post five in the first of two opening-round heats at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Eleven horses entered the $577,000 event for 3-year-old pacers and were divided into two $92,320 first-heat eliminations. Betting Line is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first elimination while Racing Hill is the 3-5 choice in the second elimination. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the $276,960 second heat. If one of the two elimination winners is victorious in the second heat, he is the Jug champion. Otherwise, the three heat-winners return for a $115,400 race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Betting Line, who was the 3-5 favorite in the first Little Brown Jug Future Pool, will have three-time Jug winner David Miller in the sulky for trainer Casie Coleman. The colt has won 11 consecutive races since beginning his season with a second-place finish against older horses. His victories include the North America Cup, Battle of the Brandywine, and Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational. He heads to the Jug off a win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, where he rallied from an 8-1/4 length deficit on the final turn to beat Lyons Snyder by a half-length in 1:49.1. "I thought he was finally getting beat with the way the trip was working out -- he was in no-man's land, I thought anyway, coming off the last turn -- and Lyons Snyder is a pretty nice horse," Coleman said. "But somehow Betting Line got him at the wire. I was pretty nervous watching the race, but when we were in the winner's circle David said I had nothing to worry about. "Every time he's raced he's been pretty awesome. It's hard not to be happy with him. Hopefully everything goes good (in the Little Brown Jug). I don't see two heats bothering the horse at all. He always comes out of his races good and never seems tired. He looks pretty good coming into it." Betting Line, a son of 2001 Little Brown Jug winner Bettor's Delight out of the mare Heather's Western, has won 17 of 24 career races and earned $1.50 million for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. Coleman has won the Jug twice in her career, with Michael's Power in 2012 and Vegas Vacation in 2013, and would join four other trainers with three triumphs if Betting Line is victorious next week. Billy Haughton holds the record for training wins with six. Stanley Dancer, with four Jugs, is the only other trainer with more than three. Racing Hill has won five of 11 races in 2016 and never finished worse than third in any start. He is the richest horse in the division this year with earnings of $1.21 million. His wins include the Messenger Stakes, Max C. Hempt Memorial and Delvin Miller Adios, and he finished second to Betting Line in the North America Cup and Battle of the Brandywine. He also finished second in the Meadowlands Pace. Brett Miller will drive the colt from post two for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill. Racing Hill is a son of Roll With Joe, who finished second to Big Bad John in the 2011 Little Brown Jug, out of the mare Chasing Ideals. Trainer Ron Burke, who won the 2014 Little Brown Jug with Limelight Beach, will start five horses in this year's race including Check Six who will start from post four in the first elimination. Check Six has won seven of 15 races this year, including the Pennsylvania Classic and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and earned $751,033. He finished second to Racing Hill in the Adios. Yannick Gingras will drive Check Six, who is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Southwind Vanna. The colt is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, William Switala, and James Martin. He is 2-1 on the morning line behind Betting Line. Another of Burke's pupils will be Manhattan Beach, who is a full brother to Limelight Beach. Manhattan Beach has won four of 16 races this year and earned $260,853 for owners Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and Wingfield Brothers. Matt Kakaley will drive the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear from post four in the second elimination and will open on the board at 6-1 odds. Geoffrey Lyons Mound also is co-owner of Lyons Snyder, who is trained by 2006 Jug-winning trainer Jimmy Takter. Lyons Mound's partner on the horse is Jeff Snyder, who shares the record for most Jug victories by an owner (three) with Stanley Dancer and George Segal. Lyons Snyder will score from post three in the first elimination and is 8-1 on the morning line. The second Little Brown Jug future pool will be from noon Sunday (Sept. 18) through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 21). For all of the latest news, photos and videos for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug, visit the Harness Racing FanZone's mini-site by clicking here. Below are the fields for the Little Brown Jug first heat eliminations, with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds. Actual race numbers and estimated post times will be assigned when the full card is drawn on Monday. First elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-6/1 2. Stolen Glimpse - Art Major - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 3. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-8/1 4. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2/1 5. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/5 6. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-12-1   Second elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/5 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - David Miller-Ron Burke-15/1 4. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-6/1 5. Spider Man Hanover - Western Ideal - Andy Miller-Nick Surick-20/1 Paul Ramlow

The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) and the Delaware County Fair have agreed to a sponsorship deal with the Little Brown Jug. This year's 71st edition of the harness racing pacing classic will be titled the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. The OHHA was founded in 1953 and has a mission to preserve, protect and promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. "Harness racing's roots came from the county fairs, Ohio has 65 county and independent fairs that conduct racing and the OHHA is committed to preserving those roots. The Delaware County Fair embodies the epitome of fair racing by hosting preeminent Ohio Stakes and Grand Circuit events including the Triple Crown jewel, Little Brown Jug," noted Renée Mancino, Executive Director of the OHHA. "The OHHA's Board of Directors understands the importance of growing the sport," added Kevin Greenfield, OHHA Board President. "We have supported the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camps, the USTA's Drivers School and we see the Jug as a great opportunity to showcase the sport." Tom Wright, President of the Little Brown Jug Society noted, "We are very excited that the OHHA has joined the Little Brown Jug as a presenting sponsor. We look forward to a long-term partnership as Ohio Standardbred industry returns to national prominence." "We are grateful to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association for their support of our race meet here at the Delaware County Fair," added Phil Terry, Director of Marketing for the Little Brown Jug. "We are truly excited to host the greatest week of racing in the state of Ohio." The 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday, September 22 and headlines the Delaware County Fair Grand Circuit Week (September 18 - 22). For race or ticket information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com.        

The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is proud to announce that the OHHA’s Board of Directors has approved an Ohio Breeder’s Award program.  The program will be funded through a portion of the video lottery terminal net revenue share and will pay Breeder’s awards to the breeder listed on the registration of Ohio Standardbred horses that were born in 2013 and thereafter, sired by an Ohio Standardbred stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission for the applicable harness racing breeding season. Foals born in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 are eligible for Breeder’s Awards without their dams being registered.  Beginning in 2016, the dam must be registered with the OHHA Breeder’s Awards program by December 31st of the year of breeding. For mares bred in 2016 with foals of 2017 and thereafter, the horse must also be born in the State of Ohio and the dam must reside in the State of Ohio during the year of foaling for a continuous period that is not less than one hundred eighty-seven (187) days.   Kevin Greenfield, OHHA President, shares his excitement for the new program. “On behalf of the OHHA, I am pleased to announce that for the first time in its history, horsemen and horsewomen will have the opportunity to participate in a state-wide Breeder’s Awards Program in Ohio beginning this year. This is the result of efforts of many dedicated people who have come together to make this a reality. We are excited what this program will do for the Ohio Standardbred breeding industry.” OHHA Executive Director Renée Mancino adds.  “The Breeder’s Awards are a nice compliment to attract participants to the Ohio Program.  With 85% of the net revenue share going to overnight purses, Sire Stakes Purses, Fair Stakes Purses, and other purse-based incentive programs at the four pari-mutuel racetracks and sixty-five racing fairs, the addition of Breeder’s Awards makes it even more desirable to, Breed in Ohio, Buy in Ohio, and Win in Ohio! Stay tuned for an announcement soon on additional programs in the works, including an anticipated mid-level Ohio Stakes program!” Registration Forms for mares and complete program details provided by request and will be available for download from the OHHA website soon! http://www.ohha.com Regina Mayhugh

The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association banquet on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin). The Ohio Chapter has voted Christopher Beaver as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; named Brady Galliers as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the young Ohioan who is an “up-and-coming” star among harness horsemen; elected Jim Ewart into the Immortal Hall of Fame; selected Stand Forever into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and will honor Dot Morgan as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. Beaver, 44, secured a career best 67 training wins and $ 1.5 million in earnings in 2015. The native of Delaware, Ohio conditioned Allerage Trot champion, Il Sogno Dream ($302,726 in 2015), Smokinmombo ($234,846), Kestrel ($191,650), Kanthaka ($140,814) and Deweylovernleaver ($113,981). Brady Galliers, a 21-year-old resident of Defiance, Ohio, had 24 wins and his drives earned $187,422 in purse money. Galliers showed his dedication and work ethic by driving at 29 different tracks and county fairs in 2015. Ewart, a native of Greenup, IL, worked as race secretary at 18 different tracks in North America, plus Australia and New Zealand. Much of his career centered at Scioto Downs where he presided for 26 years, from 1976 through 2002. He also served several years as racing secretary at Lexington’s Red Mile during the fall Grand Circuit. Former world champion Stand Forever carried his on-track success into the breeding shed. The son of Dragon’s Lair was bred by Weco Investments and owned by Val D’or Farms during his four year racing career. Stand Forever won $694,472 and established a new world record of 1:49.2 on Jug Day 1996. As a sire, Stand Forever had over 600 registered foals, with $20.4 million in earnings and an impressive 106 winners in 1:55. Dot Morgan started the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in 1992 from her home in Laura, Ohio, and continues as their executive director.  New Vocations has placed more than 5,500 retired race horses into private homes. Morgan was honored as the 2013 LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award given by the United States Harness Writers Association. For banquet or ticket information, please visit www.OHHA.com or call (800) 353-6442. Jay Wolf

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