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.
Members of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Committee voted unanimously to set the purses for all eight Ohio Sires Stakes championships at $100,000. Ohio Sires Stakes are restricted to horses bred within the state. The races are scheduled on Saturday (Sept. 8) at Scioto Downs in Columbus. They will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Harness racing sustaining payments for the 67th Little Brown Jug and the 42nd Jugette are due February 15. These payments are for foals of 2009.
The two-year-old gelding trotter, Count Me In equaled the track record in winning the $20,822 Ohio Breeders Championship in Tuesday harness racing action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.