Mickey Moose and Kurt Sugg captured the third and final division of the $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in Tuesday action at the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. As the gates wings folded, Sugg hurried the gelded son of Triumphant Caviar after the early lead and controlled the fractions. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent Fantasy League first up to challenge the leader, but could never stick a nose in front. Mickey Moose rebuffed the challenge and won by 1¼ lengths over a closing Chips So Fast (Yannick Gingras) in 1:59 1/5. Fantasy League held on for third and the heavy favorite Kanthaka (Dave Palone) rallied for fourth after a break in stride at the start. The first division was won by The Next Triumph and Yannick Gingras going gate-to-wire in a lifetime best 1:59 1/5. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar scored by 3 1/2 lengths over Speedy Translation (Kurt Sugg) and Dusty Road (Kayne Kauffman). Ron Steck owns and trains the filly with Robert Smolko and Rene Allard. The second $35,061 division as won by Heza Home Run (Hugh Beatty) over Emerald Chip (Josh Sutton) in 1:59 1/5. Heza Home Run is conditioned by Danny Collins for owners Michael Lewis, Joe Sbrocco and Mary McLoughlin. Just Jess and driver/trainer Doug Rideout got up in the shadow of the finish line to edge the pacesetting Serena’s Serenade (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck in the $37,200 Standardbred trot for two-year-old fillies. The heavy favorite Miss Tezla (Yannick Gingras) broke stride at the onset but rebounded to finish in the show spot. Just Jess has won $134,443 for her owners Alan White and Julie Rideout. Post time for Wednesday’s Jugette card will start at 12:00 noon. Jay Wolf
Mr Wiggle Pants cruised to a 1 ¼ length victory in the $121,384 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old pacers in a stakes record equaling 1:53 2/5 in Monday action at the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Driver Kayne Kaufman gunned Mr Wiggle Pants off the gates wings and forced the favorite Primo Giovanni (Chris Page) to take the second spot. Montrell Teague sent Trayvon first up to challenge the leader at the half mile station and briefly stuck a nose in front at the ¾ mile pole. Mr Wiggle Pants fought back gamely along the rail and turned back a late rally by Primo Giovanni. Trayvon held on for third. The ultra-consistent son of Mr Wiggles is owned by Denny Miller, William Rufenacht and trainer Jim Mulinix, finishing on the board in all ten seasonal starts. Winwood Mac and driver Chris Page scored an upset in the fourth and final division. The eventual winner sat towards the back of the field seven, but found enough racing room in the stretch to nail the pacesetting Nothin Fancy (Dan Noble) by a half-length in a lifetime best 1:54 2/5 at odds of 28-1. The gelded son of Canyon Wind is owned by Dawne Luce and trainer Daniel O’Mara. Owner Stephen Sexton took the first and third divisions with World Of Gaming and Friskie Cruiser. World Of Gaming was dominant with a gate-to-wire win in 1:56 3/5. The son of World Of Rocknroll was trained and reigned by Dan Noble. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. Friskie Cruiser and Ryan Stahl took the third division over Aloha John (Kurt Sugg) and Whataboy (Chris Page) by a length and a quarter in 1:54 4/5. Local trainer Brian Brown conditions the Feelin Friskie gelding. A pair of $39,395 divisions of the OBCs for three-year-old filly trotters were also carded. Ryan Stahl steered Lisa Jane to a first over victory in the first division over Soaring Flight (Greg Grismore) and Student Of Life (Kurt Sugg) in 1:58 1/5. Scott Cox trains the Neely Dunn filly for Parent Racing Stable and G. Peters. In the second divison Honey B and driver Kyle Ater scored a nose victory of the late closing Like Old Times (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in a stakes record 1:56 1/5. Dan Ater trains the winner for Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Racing action continues on Tuesday with a 1:00 PM post time. Tuesday’s features are the $37,300 Standardbred (2 year-old filly trot) and $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship (2 year-old colt trot). A $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 will be held in races 12 through 15. Complementary past performance pages are available at www.littlebrownjug.com. Photo: Dan Noble guides World Of Gaming to a 1:56 3/5 score in the OBC two-year-old colt pace. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. (Jay Wolf Photo)
Team Teague got off to a good start in what could be a very memorable year. Montrell Teague guided George Teague, Jr.’s Miss Me Yet to a 6 ¾ length victory in the $107,433 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers in a stakes record 1:55. The Teague’s will send out the favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s. The Ohio Sires Stake champion, Miss Me Yet used his post position #2 to control the fractions and the field of seven. She opened up at the top of the homestretch and sprinted away from My Tweed Heart (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and It’s Your Fantasy (Josh Sutton) to establish the new stakes mark. The daughter of I’m Gorgeous has now won four of seven seasonal starts and has earned $189,205. Big Bad Ashley and Josh Sutton survived a three way photo finish to capture the second $35,811 division over Queen Ann M (Chris Page) and Wiggler (Ryan Stahl) in 1:57. Winchester Baye Acres owns the daughter of the 2011 LBJ champ Big Bad John. The first division was captured by John’s Sunny Girl and driver Greg Grismore by three quarters of a length in 1:55 3/5. Big Bad Chickie (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and John’s Jessi Bird (Chris Page) completed the trifecta. Delaware also hosted a trio of amateur driving events, the USTA’s Standardbred Driving Championship and two Billings series events. Luke Varnum representing the Maine Amateur Driving Club was parked out the entire mile, but the gritty Northern River still had gas in the tank to score in 1:57 4/5. The event features drivers from nine driving clubs from across the United States. The Billings Amateur Trot events were won by Heza Rube (Bob Troyer) and Rush N Supreme (Mitchell Walker). The win was Troyer’s fifth in the Billings series at the Delaware County Fair. Post time on Monday is at 3:00 PM. Jay Wolf
Delaware, OH - The opening day (Sunday) of the 2015 Delaware County Fair has drawn 16 races, including three divisions of the $107,433 (div) Ohio Breeders Championships for two-year-old filly pacers. The Ohio Sire Stake champion Miss Me Yet headlines the third division of the OBC filly pace. Miss Me Yet is owned by George Teague, Jr., trained by his sister Brenda and driven by his son Montrell. The daughter of I’m Gorgeous has finished in the top 3 in all six of her seasonal starts and has earned more than $171,000. The Teague’s also campaign the expected Jug favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit, in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s. The second $35,811 division will feature a trio of competitive fillies. Big Bad Ashley (Josh Sutton) finished third in the OSS Championship and has $105,177 in her bank account and will leave from post 3. Queen Ann M (Chris Page), winner of $92,325, drew post 2. Angry Shelby (Greg Grismore), the fastest filly in the field, has the rail position. The first division is headed by John’s Sunny Girl and driver Greg Grismore. The freshman daughter of Big Bad John has won half of his eight seasonal starts and has earned $74,625 for Parent Racing Stable of Holland, OH. John’s Sunny Girl should be challenged by Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman) and Naked By Nine (Ryan Stahl). Sunday’s undercard contains the Billings Amateur Trot, Standardbred Driving Championship Pace and the Ohio Fair Racing Conference (two-year-old filly pace). Post time is 1:00 PM. At A Glance Sunday, September 20 Post Time: 1:00 PM Total Races: 16 Races General Admission: $6.00 Featured Event: $107,433 Ohio Breeders Championship (two-year-old filly pace) Radio Coverage: WDLR (1550 AM), WINF (98.5 FM) & WQTT (1270 AM) by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug
(Columbus, OH – August 12, 2015) The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA), with unanimous approval from the Association’s Board of Directors, has allocated $580,000 from the horsemen's video lottery terminal revenue to the Delaware County Fair for the eight Ohio Breeders’ Championship races and the Little Brown Jug. A total of $400,000 will be divided equally among the eight divisions of the Ohio Breeders’ Championships and should bring each OBC event to over $80,000. With $180,000 in added money the 2015 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s purse is expected to be in excess of $700,000. “Ohio breeders are committed to producing great racehorses, support for the Ohio Breeders’ Championships are a great way to reward their commitment, and the Little Brown Jug draws racing’s elite to Ohio,” noted Renée Mancino, Executive Director of the OHHA. “The Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds provides an important opportunity to showcase the Ohio harness racing community nationwide.” “We are very grateful for the support of the OHHA and the Ohio State Racing Commission,” noted Phil Terry, director of marketing for the Little Brown Jug. “We look forward to a great week of racing showcasing the best the state of Ohio has to offer.” “The Little Brown Jug will once again be the center of the harness racing world this September,” added Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. “We appreciate the allocation from the OHHA and their commitment to the horsemen and women of this great state.” The Delaware County Fair will host five days of harness racing starting on Sunday, September 20, through Thursday, September 24 (Little Brown Jug Day). For more information on the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association, please visit www.OHHA.com and for Little Brown Jug information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. Regina Mayhugh, OHHA Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 614.221.3650 Jay Wolf, LBJ Publicity Director, email@example.com, 740.272.2162
Columbus, OH --- The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway are proud to announce the first annual Ohio Fairs Championship to be held October 1, 2015, at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. “We think this is a great opportunity to give the top fair harness racing horses exposure at the pari-mutuel level by offering these finals”, said Mark Loewe, Vice President of Racing Operations for Dayton Raceway. “In past years, many quality horses have come up through the ranks of the fair circuit and as we move forward we expect that trend to continue.” The Ohio Fairs Championship will feature some of the top 2 and 3-year-old Ohio Bred pacers and trotters that have competed in Ohio Fairs Fund Stakes throughout the summer. The top nine point earning horses per divison entered will compete for an estimated $100,000 in purses, $12,500 per divison. Horses need to be nominated to be eligble through Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association by March 15, 2015. The nomination fee will be $100.00 and a starting fee of $100.00 will be required for starting in the Ohio Fairs Championship. The complete list of conditions for the Ohio Fairs Championship can be found on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association web page http://www.ohha.com. Questions can be directed to Steve Bateson or Regina Mayhugh. by Regina Mayhugh, for the OHHA
Honey B and Kyle Ater scored a convincing victory in the $74,625 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the field of six was sent on their way, Honey B yielded to the fast leaving I'd Rather Walk (Kayne Kauffman). Ater retook the lead past the quarter in :29.3. Honey B was unchallenged at the half in 1:00.2 and three-quarters in 1:30.2. Josh Sutton sent Like Old Times to attack the leader by a late break in stride sealed his fate as Honey B cruised to a nine and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.2. The Victory Sam lass is conditioned by Dan Ater for Jim Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, and Tim Homan of Maineville, Ohio. In the first $24,875 division Dark Roast and Marty Wollam battled Soaring Flight through the final three-eighths of the mile and scored a head victory in 2:01. The daughter of Full Count won for the third time in eight starts for her owners Arcadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio, and G & B Racing of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. In the final division Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman won over Student Of Life (Marty Wollam) and I'm Chiptastic (John Ryan Melshaimer) in 2:00.3 Sammy Star is owned by Peggy Carter, Robert Reid, Shelia Hummel and Great Am Stable and trained by Steve Carter. The daughter of Victory Sam won for the seventh time in 15 starts. I Know My Chip & Neely's Messenger Take 2CT OBC I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer passed the pace setting Cooter Dun (Louis Bauslaugh) at the top of the stretch and scored a one length victory in the $65,534 (division ) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Jim Daily trains the Deep Chip colt for Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. I Know My Chip has finished first or second in nine of 10 starts this season. In the second $32,767 division, Neely's Messenger and Marty Wollam won for the sixth straight time with this one in 2:00.3. When the field was set on their way, Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) protected his rail spot forcing Lantern's Chip (Greg Grismore) to race the long mile. Neely's Messenger patiently sat fourth on the rail until he was sent three wide as the field headed to the three-quarter pole. Kick A Lot didn't like the pressure and broke stride. Neely's Messenger won by one and three-quarter lengths over Lantern's Chip and Really Deep Chip (Jack Daily). Dale and Julie Ann Sweet own the son of Neely Dunn. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug
The two-year-old filly pacer Bell Flower remains perfect on the season as the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye cruised to victory in the $66,734 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship in opening day action at the Delaware County Fair. When the wings of the gate folded Chris Page sent Bell Flower to the early lead, forcing Friskie Lil Devil into the second spot. Bell Flower controlled the fractions of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28. As the leading pair headed past the three-quarter pole, Wrenn edged Friskie Lil Devil off the pylons to challenge the leader. Bell Flower responded and pulled away for a 2 Â¼ length victory in 1:56.4. Bell Flower, who is seven-for-seven this year, is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for owners Bruce and Patricia Soulsby of Powell, Ohio and Dean Davis of Wooster, Ohio. In the second $33,367 division Crosswinds Cupcake survived a late rush by Sectionlinefriskie (Josh Sutton) to score in 1:57.1. As the field of seven was sent on their way Friskie Til Dawn (Aaron Merriman) was the fastest into the first turn. The eventual winner was put on the lead before the quarter in :28.3. Noble and Crosswinds Cupcake controlled the field and fractions of :59 and 1:27.3. In the final turn Sectionlinefriskie came three-wide but the rally came up one length short. Crosswinds Cupcake is owned by Crosswinds Stable of Waynesville, Ohio and Stephen Young of Xenia, Ohio and trained by David Elliott. The daughter of Stand Forever has finished first or second in all six seasonal starts. Sixteen races are on tap for Tuesday at the Delaware County Fair with a post time of 12:00 noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, with unanimous approval from the Ohio State Racing Commission and Chairman Robert Schmitz, has allocated revenue from the horsemen's video lottery terminal proceeds to the Delaware County Fair for the eight Ohio Breeder's Championship races and The Little Brown Jug. A total of $240,000 will be divided equally among the eight divisions of the Ohio Breeder's Championships and should bring each OBC event to over $50,000. With the added money the 2014 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazolis purse is expected to be in excess of $650,000. The Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug are an important part of the Ohio racing landscape and the board is pleased to support the Ohio Breeders Championship and the race meet at the Delaware County Fair, noted Jerry Knappenberger, general manager of the OHHA. We are very grateful to receive the support of the OHHA and the Ohio State Racing Commission, noted Phil Terry, director of marketing for the Little Brown Jug. We look forward to working with these groups to return Ohio as an industry leader. The OHHA and the OSRC need to be commended for their commitment to the future of Ohio harness racing, added Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. I appreciate that they see the importance of the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug, now and in the years to come. The Delaware County Fair will host harness racing on Sunday, September 14, Tuesday, September 16, Wednesday, September 17 (Jugette Day) and Thursday, September 18 (Little Brown Jug Day). For more information on the Delaware County Fair or the Little Brown Jug, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Delaware County Fair
Soul Train Cruises In $56,576 Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 Year-Old Colt Trotters With a patient drive from Chris Page, Soul Train cruised to a 7 1/2 length victory in the opening division of the 2 year-old colt trot during Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the Greg Coon starting gate released the field of six, Mark Headworth sent Happy Go Jamie out of post 2 and went after the early lead. The eventual winner was content to sit fourth through the opening half in 1:01 3/5. When Soul Train was given his orders he quickly took command down the backstretch and never looked back, stopping the timer in 2:00 3/5. Star Chip (Don McKirgan) was second and Fiftyshades Of Nay (David Miller) was third. Soul Train is owned by Parent Racing Stable, R. S. Crynick and J. E. Novak and trained by Scott Cox. In the second division Hooray For Willie went gate to wire to score in 1:58 3/5, a new lifetime mark. The freshman son of Master Lavec is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Ocala, FL and trained by the winning driver Kurt Sugg. Can'tcutthatchip (Dan Noble) and Mainstreet Willy (Chip Noble) rounded out the top three finishers. Millers Team Up To Win OBC 2FT Hall of Fame driver David Miller teamed up with his daughter trainer Devan Miller to score a victory with Rose Run Princess in the second division of Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 year-old filly trotters. The daughter of Trainforthefuture was sent after the early lead set the fractions of :29 4/5, 1:01 2/5 and 1:31 3/5 and cruised home to score a five length victory over Emilene's Future (Ray Paver) in 2:00 3/5. The winner is owned by James E. Keller of New Carlisle, OH and Jerry Allen Bell of Tipp City, OH. The heavily favored In The Grippers (Chris Page) broke at the start and was never a factor. In the first $25,388 division Hush Hush Chip (Chris Page) defeated Emery Jean (Chip Noble) in 2:02 4/5. The freshman daughter of Chip Chip Hooray won for the first time this season for trainer Danny Collins and the ownership team of Lewis, Taylor, Gold and Lombardo. Jay Wolf
Fayco Filly and Brad Hanners found enough daylight in the stretch and sprinted past the pacesetting Crown Time Keeper (Chris Page) to win the featured $42,176 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for 2-year-old filly pacers on the opening day card at the Delaware County Fair. When the gates wings folded the field quickly sat in post-position order. Kyle Ater sent the heavily favored Shakin Friskie to challenge Crown Time Keeper past the half in 1:00 4/5 and three quarters in 1:30 1/5. The pocket sitting Fayco Filly found room and won by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:59 2/5. The daughter of Dave Panlone is conditioned by Virgil Morgan, Jr. for Martial Property LLC and Ackley Racing Stable, both of Washington Court House, Ohio. In the first $21,088 division of the freshman filly pace, Kyle Ater drove Rosy Fire to an open length victory in 1:58 4/5. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by B. M. Schwartz, Lee Bean and S. R. Montemarano and trained by Mark Winters, Sr. In the Billings Amateur Trot, Bud Hatfield scored for the record breaking sixth time at the Delaware County Fair. Hatfield and Brother Gus took the early lead and he held off the late charge of Thomas Williams and D W's Perky Joe in 2:00 4/5. Hatfield owns Brother Gus who won for the third time in 2013. In the first Billings division, Larry Farley guided Rewrite The Rules to victory in 2:03 1/5. Farley owns the 10 year-old gelded son of Mr Lavec who won for the 37th time in 203 career starts. In the Tim Fouts Memorial Final for amateur drivers, Dillon Cox and Sharp Shuttle came from off the pace to score in 1:59. The race features the top drivers from various driving clubs from across the US. Cox represented the Mid-Western Amateur Drivers Association. The Delaware County Fair will race again on Tuesday, September 17 with a post time of 12:00 Noon. The 13-race card will feature a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 with a 15% takeout. The pick 4 will start with race 10 and past performance lines are available at www.littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf for the Little Brown Jug
Sustaining payments for the harness racing Winbak Farm Pace (Aged Pace), the Ohio Breeder's Championships (Ohio Bred 2 and 3-year-olds) and the Delaware Open Series (2 and 3-year-olds) are due by April 15.
Sustaining payments for the sophomore pacing classics Little Brown Jug and Jugette are due February 15. These payments are for harness racing foals of 2010.
Igottafeelinfran won the $28,000 Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers on the opening day of the Grand Circuit meeting at the Delaware County Fair.
Countess Leigh was the most dominant harness racing winner among the eight Ohio Sires Stakes finals contested as part of Ohio Super Night at Scioto Downs on Saturday. Eight $100,000 finals were contested.
Ohio Super Night on Saturday (Sept. 8) will be one of the richest nights of harness racing in more than a half-century at Scioto Downs. The card features 16 races, half of them being $100,000 Ohio Sires Stakes finals.