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Delaware, OH - Action Uncle rewrote the harness racing record book in winning the second division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman colt trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. The Uncle Peter colt established a new stake, track and world's record with his 1:54 victory over Big Box Hanover (Dan Noble) and Count On Barney (Kurt Sugg). Driver Brett Miller sent the eventual winner to the top of the field before the opening quarter in :28 and controlled the remaining quarters in :56 4/5 and 1:25 3/5. Action Uncle is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., who won for the 101st time at Delaware, for owner and breeder Kenneth A. Sommer Trust. The bay colt became an Ohio "Triple Crown Winner" as a result of his previous wins in the Ohio State Fair and Ohio Sire Stakes Final. Action Uncle's seasonal earnings jumped to $225,575 with his third seasonal win. It's Academic gained a bit of redemption in winning the first $58,550 division. The Uncle Peter colt broke in his last start, the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final, but he behaved himself at Delaware to score in a then stakes record 1:55 2/5. When the field of seven was sent on their way, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent Exhibit Class after the early lead with Buxton (Brett Miller) and It's Academic sitting second and third respectively. Chris Page tipped the eventual winner off the rail and past Exhibit Class before the three-quarter mile pole and cruised to a 2 1/4 length win over Buxton. It's Academic                                                                                --Conrad photo It's Academic is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, W Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stable. He now has six wins in 8 starts. Wednesday's racing will feature 21 races, including the 49th Jugette. The card will feature a pair of guaranteed pool Pick 4s. Post time is 1:00 PM. For results, entries and program information, please visit littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Columbus, OH - The 13th annual U.S. Trotting Association Speaker Series, presented by the Harness Racing FanZone, at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings before the Jugette (Sept. 18) and Little Brown Jug (Sept. 19), respectively. The 2019 edition will feature some of the sport's best drivers and trainers as well as a trio of analysts and Hall of Fame all-time leading driver and current executive John Campbell. This year's lineup is: Wednesday, Sept. 18 9 a.m. - Driver Brett Miller and Trainer Scott Blackler 10 a.m. - Driver Chris Page and Trainer Ron Burke Thursday, Sept. 19 8 a.m. - Handicapping with Roger Huston, Dave Brower and Wendy Ross 9 a.m. - Trainers Tony Alagna, Casie Coleman and Bill MacKenzie 10 a.m. - Hambletonian Society President and CEO John Campbell (Schedule subject to change) From the USTA Communications Department  

Ron Burke knows the feeling of winning at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and it never gets old. Burke, the sport's leading harness racing trainer in wins and purses each of the past 10 years (and well on his way to sweeping both categories again this season), is among the winningest trainers at the fairgrounds over the past 25 years, ranking No. 6 with 30 victories. His triumphs at Delaware include two wins in the Little Brown Jug and two wins in the Jugette and he hopes to add to those totals this week. Burke sends three horses to Wednesday's $259,600 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers and with a victory would join Billy Haughton and Bob McIntosh as the only trainers to capture the race three times. The Burke Stable, overall, has three wins in the event, with Burke's father Mickey taking the 2007 edition with Western Graduate. Burke's hopefuls in the Jugette are Warrawee Ubeaut, a 2018 Dan Patch Award winner who is the 3-5 morning-line favorite in the second of two $51,920 eliminations, and Sylph Hanover and She's Allright in the first elimination. In addition, Burke sends two horses, De Los Cielos Deo and Semi Tough, to Thursday's $640,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers. With a win, Burke would join five other trainers in a third-place tie for the most victories in the race. Haughton holds the record with six. "Western Graduate gave us our first win of a major race here, so of course that was special," Burke said. "Every time we win (one of the major races) I think it's not going to be as special as before, but it is. It's just a great place. It's a place where you have a lot of fans and they're into the racing, so it's cool. "I'm hoping we can get another one," added the trainer, whose horses have hit the board in 56.9 percent of their 172 starts at the central Ohio half-mile oval. "We have a good feel for this track. We come here Saturday and we bring all the horses and they train here. It does give you an advantage, I think, if the horses go around here and get a feel for it. For a half-mile track, they're able to go so fast here that it does kind of pick them up a little bit." Warrawee Ubeaut brings a three-race win streak to the Jugette, which, like the Little Brown Jug, contests its eliminations and final on the same day. The filly, who won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final in her most recent outing Sept. 7, has won seven of 12 races this season and hit the board in every start. Last year, she became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history, winning in 1:48.3 at Lexington's Red Mile. "It's been all right," Burke said about Warrawee Ubeaut's year to date. "I'm not as disappointed as other people. Sometimes we put her in bad spots, but it was with the goal of making her a complete racehorse. And she's become that. She's now controllable, she can race either way. "The fillies that beat her sometimes just raced great. It wasn't that she raced bad; I can think of two times she got beat a nose by horses that just raced great. The fillies this year are very good. But now she seems to be a little sharper than maybe the other ones are. She's getting better all along. She seems to be coming to where we thought she would be." Warrawee Ubeaut, who has earned $1.07 million lifetime, will start her elimination from post one with driver Yannick Gingras. "She got a great draw," Burke said. "It's a good spot. She can do multiple things from there; it really gives her options. I'm excited for her." Burke, who won the Jugette in 2015 with Sassa Hanover and 2012 with Darena Hanover (and has finished second in four other editions of the race), is hoping Sylph Hanover and She's Allright can find their best form in Wednesday's first elimination. Sylph Hanover, a multiple-stakes-winner in 2018, has won only two of 13 races this season and has not finished better than fifth in her past five starts. She last won on July 19 when she captured the Nadia Lobell Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. She's Allright, also a stakes-winner last season, has won one of 12 starts this year. "Sylph has been a disappointment," Burke said. "She has been a disaster. I brought her here and I trained her a first trip and I didn't like her at all. I trained her a second trip and she was way better after I made some changes. I still may make some changes. I think she is going to be better. I needed to spend some time with her and I think it helped. "She's Allright has been way better than her lines the last couple starts. She's had no luck. I thought, this is a place where we do good, I'll give her a shot. I know that filly is a decent filly. Maybe she's not the best filly but she will be competitive." Treacherous Reign, who beat Warrawee Ubeaut by a nose in the Fan Hanover Stakes on June 15, is the 6-5 favorite in the Jugette's first elimination. She is trained by Tony Alagna and will be driven by Dexter Dunn, starting from post four. The Jugette eliminations are races 15 and 16, with approximate post times of 3:27 p.m. (EDT) and 3:45 p.m., respectively. The top-four finishers from each division return for the $155,760 final, which is race 20, with an approximate post time of 4:57 p.m. Complete entries for the Jugette, as well as the Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters and Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters and pacers, can be found here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Delaware, OH - The quartet of Southwind Ozzi, Shake That House, American Mercury and Stag Party lead a balanced harness racing field of 15 three-year-old pacers to compete for the $640,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 19th at the Delaware County Fair. Southwind Ozzi is coming into the Jug with five wins in his last six starts, including the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stake Final. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won $515,263 for Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice. He has won 7 of 9 seasonal starts. Southwind Ozzi, who is trained by Bill MacKenzie, will leave from post four in the first elimination. Brian Sears was named to drive. Shake That House will leave from post three in the same elimination. The American Ideal colt has earned $452,804 during his career for Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston and Northfork Racing Stable. Chris Oakes trains the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial winner and Sears was also listed to drive Shake that House. Rounding out the first elimination contenders will be Stag Party from post seven. Although he is winless this season, he has earned $160,118 in 2019 and $674,486 during his 23 race career. The Bettor's Delight bay colt is owned by John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and trainer Casie Coleman's West Wins Stable. Coleman is a three time Jug champ and has asked the five-time Jug champion David Miller to drive. The $500,000 Messenger Stakes champion, American Mercury drew into the easier of the two eliminations, but will have to overcome post seven to advance to the $384,000 Jug Final. American Mercury has finished in the top three in all ten starts this season and has only missed the board in once during his 17 race career. Chria Oakes trains the American Ideal for Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chuck Pompey and Scott Bice. Jug rookie Tyler Buter was listed to drive. The complete Little Brown Jug field and announced drivers: 1st Elimination - $128,000 1. Caviart Rockland by Sportswriter (Dexter Dunn/Nancy Johansson) 2. De Los Cielos Deo by Captaintreacherous (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 3. Shake The House by American Ideal (Brian Sears/Chris Oakes) 4. Southwind Ozzi by Somebeachsomewhere (Brian Sears/William MacKenzie) 5. Air Force Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Simon Allard/Rene Allard) 6. U S Captain by Captaintreacherous(Jason Bartlett/Tony Alagna) 7. Stag Party by Bettor's Delight (David Miller/Casie Coleman) 2nd Elimination - $128,000 1. Semi Tough by Somebeachsomewhere (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 2. Lyons Johnnyjnr by Well Said (Tim Tetrick/Jo Ann Looney-King) 3. Quatrain Blue Chip by Somebeachsomewhere (Aaron Merriman/Chris Oakes) 4. Artie's Ideal by American Ideal  (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 5. First and Fast by Shiaway Patrick (Brett Miller/Blake MacIntosh) 6. Spectrum by A Rocknroll Dance (A. Miller-Bongiorno/Nick Surick) 7. American Mercury by American Ideal (Tyler Buter/Chris Oakes) 8. Escapethebeach by Somebeachsomewhere (Joe Bongiorno/Tony Alagna) 2nd Heat will race for $384,000 by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH - Trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver and co-owner Steven Zeehandler swept the $102,368 Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old harness racing filly trotters in Monday action at the Delaware County Fair. In the second $51,184 divison, the field of six raced in post position order through the first three-eighths of a mile until driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. eased Aunt Rose off the rail and sprinted clear to score an open length victory. Twentyfour K Magic (Aaron Merriman) and Princessofpink (Ryan Stahl) completed the trifecta. The winning time of 1:54 established a new stakes record. Aunt Rose now has $198,255 in career earnings. Beaver and Zeehandler share the ownership in the Uncle Peter filly with Michael Carter and Joe Sbrocco. Pure Chance and Jason Thompson took control of the field of six before the quarter pole and never looked back in the first division. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar edged her stablemate and the fast closing Weslyn Quest (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a scant nose in 1:54 3/5. The winner scored for the sixth time in 12 seasonal starts and is owned by Beaver and Zeehandelar. Driver Brett Miller won four races during the 15 race card. Tuesday's racing will feature 13 races, including a $5,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4. Post time is 1:00 PM. For results, entries and program information, please visit littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Looksgoodinaromper established a new stakes record in winning the first division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for harness racing two-year-filly pacers in Sunday action at the Delaware County Fair. The Pet Rock filly yielded the early lead to Corner Pocket (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), but Looksgoodinaromper retook the lead before the quarter in :29. Driver Chris Page was able to set a comfortable pace through the half in :58 2/5 and three-quarters in 1:26. Artful Dancer (Brett Miller) was the first to challenge, but the eventual winner used a :27 3/5 last quarter to sprint clear in 1:53 3/5. Corner Pocket held on for second, Artful Dancer was third. Looksgoodinaromper, who completed the "Ohio Triple Crown" with her win the Ohio State Fair and Ohio Sire Stake Final, is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. In the second $64,700 division, PJ's Legacy (Ryan Stahl) edged the pacesetting Beautiful Beach (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a scant nose in 1:54 3/5. PJ's Legacy won for the fourth time in seven seasonal starts for Jennifer Brown, Hutchison Harness, Joelyn Ridder and Mark Kantrowitz. The Big Bad John filly, who was a $37,000 yearling purchase, is conditioned by Brian Brown. PJ’s Legacy (#4) and Ryan Stahl get up in the final strides to edge Beautiful Beach (#1) in the Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly pacers. (Brad Conway Photo) In the $12,900 OBC for aged pacers, a pair of Nick Surick trained geldings battled down the lane, but Dragonology (Brett Miller) edged stablemate Born To Be Bad (Chris Page) in a stakes record equaling 1:51 4/5. Dynasty Racing is the owner of the Dragon Again four-year-old. Dragonology and Brett Miller equal the stakes record in the OBC Aged Pace. (Brad Conway Photo) On the card were a trio of amateur driver events. Blasco (Stephen Oldford) and Inukchuk Chuck (Hannah Miller) took the Billings Trot divisions and Anthony Ciuffetelli took the Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship with Mcport In The Storm. Ciuffetelli represented the Yonkers Harness Drivers Club. Driver Chris Page won six races on the 17 race card. Monday's 15 race card will feature the $102,368 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore filly trotters. The Sunday card wagering menu features a $5,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4 (Races 10-13). Post time is 3:00 PM. For today's results click on this link. For results, entries and program information, please visit littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf

Delaware, OH - Warrawee Ubeaut, winner of $1,071,553, headlines a field of thirteen filly harness racing pacers in the $259,600 Jugette on Wednesday (Sept. 18) at the Delaware County Fair. The fillies will race a pair of $51,920 eliminations with the top four finishers in each elim coming back for the $155,760 final. Warrawee Ubeaut is coming into the Jugette on a three race win streak, including a win in the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stake Championship. The daughter of Sweet Lou drew the rail position in the second elimination and will get the services of Yannick Gingras. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel-Libby and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke. The first $51,920 elimination features Treacherous Reign, winner of the $340,500 Fan Hanover Final. The Captaintreacherous lass has earned $559,986 for her owners Alagna Racing, Big Al's Stable, Let It Ride Stable and Dana Parham. Treacherous Reign, who drew post four, is trained by Tony Alagna and Dexter Dunn, a New Zealand native, will be the driver. Post time for the Wednesday card at the Delaware County Fair will be 11:00 AM. The simulcast show will start at 10:30 AM. 49th Jugette $259,600 Field 1st Elim $51,920 1. Bestseller Hanover (Jason Bartlett) 2. She's Allright (Chris Page) 3. Edge Of Eternity (Dave Palone) 4. Treacherous Reign (Dexter Dunn) 5. Ideation Hanover (James MacDonald) 6. Sylph Hanover (Matt Kakaley) 2nd Elim $51,920 1. Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras) 2. Carbon Capture (Chris Page) 3. Under The Hood (Joe Bongiorno) 4. Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller) 5. Privacy Hanover (Jason Bartlett) 6. Annie Hill (Tyler Buter) 7. Stonebridge Soul (Tim Tetrick) Final Heat $155,760 by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH - The $121,000 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers headlines the 17 race card on the opening day of harness racing Grand Circuit Week Sunday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Looksgoodinaromper will become an Ohio Triple Crown winner if the Pet Rock filly can beat the field of five in the first $60,500 division. Looksgoodinaromper is coming off a 1:52 4/5 win in the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stake final on September 1 at MGM Northfield Park. She has earned $241,300 in just six career starts for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Chris Page will get the driving assignment. The second division could come down to a duel between Beautiful Beach and McMarkle Sparkle. Beautiful Beach finished a close second to Looksgoodinaromper in the OSS final and has earned $129,500 this season. The We Will See lass is conditioned by Tyler George for Tom R. Lehmann. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. will drive Beautiful Beach, who will leave from the coveted rail position. McMarkle Sparkle has collected four wins in seven starts in 2019. Jim Arledge, Jr. trains the daughter of McArdle. Owned and bred by Laura L. and Paul R. Baker, McMarkle Sparkle will be piloted by Brett Miller. A trio of amateur driving events will also be contested. The Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship will feature drivers from various driving clubs from across the United States. A pair of Billings Amateur trots will also go postward. The Sunday card wagering menu features a $5,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4 (Races 10-13). Post time is 1:00 PM. For results, entries and program information, please visit littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Little Brown Jug and Jugette Entries The harness racing officials at the Delaware County Fair would like to remind the horsemen of some important deadlines for the 49th edition of the Jugette and the 74th edition of the Little Brown Jug. Sunday, September 15 10:00 AM - Jugette entry box closes Monday, September 16 10:00 AM - Little Brown Jug entry box closes 11:00 AM - Jugette entries must be in the Jugette Barn. Tuesday, September 17 11:00 AM - Little Brown Jug entries must be in the Jugette Barn. Driver Commissions New for 2019 at the Delaware County Fair, all driver commission fees (5%) will be paid and mailed directly to the driver. All owners and drivers must complete tax forms prior to the mailing of the checks. Forms will be available at the Log Cabin or can be found online at http://www.littlebrownjug.com/racing/horsemen.cfm. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday September 18 in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Over 125 items and services, including lots of harness racing items, will be offered in a silent auction via mobile bidding followed by a live auction of several premier items at 7:30 p.m. People will be able to view the items in advance and bid remotely from their mobile devices beginning at 11:00 a.m. To see the items and register to bid, visit: http://one.bidpal.net/prejugparty. New items will be added daily up to the event. Featured offerings include a South African Photo Safari, John Deere Lawn Tractor, Spyder Race Bike of choice, set of Nitro Wheels in color of choice and a charming 6' long Amish made wooden team of horses and wagon. These items along with vacations, harness racing art and memorabilia, jewelry, tickets to sporting events, home accessories, tack and professional services are all up for grabs at this exciting fundraising event. "We are able to offer some amazing horse racing art due to the generosity of Bobby and Pam Cline of Grove City. If you love horse racing or collect there are some fabulous pieces." stated Winnie Nemeth Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations. Come to the party or just support these two great organizations! Table sponsors are still being sought. FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Morgan Nemeth (734) 320-7918 winnie@horseadoption.com From New Vocations

Dot Morgan, executive director and facilities manager of the New Vocations racehorse adoption program, will be honored as the 2019 Lady Pace Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. A multitalented horsewoman, Morgan started the New Vocations racehorse adoption program in 1992 from her base in Laura, Ohio, and continues to this day as overseer of the organization's Standardbred division. New Vocations takes racehorses that are no longer competitive on the racetrack and helps them find a "new vocation," a second career, through its equine adoption program. More than 150 Standardbreds pass through New Vocations every year. As chief administrator, Morgan visits major equine events, produces newsletters and promotional/educational materials, and aids the group's finances with stallion auctions and the Pre-Jug Gala Benefit during Little Brown Jug week. She was a director of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association for 17 years and an eight year trustee of the Christian Harness Horseman's Association. She was honored by the United States Harness Writers Association with their LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award in 2013. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association honored Morgan with the Rambling Willie Award in 2015. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

The Harness Racing Museum's Winner's Circle Gift Shop will be at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio, Monday, September 16 through Thursday, September 19, 2019. Our shop will be located east of the Log Cabin near the Jugette Barn. Start your holiday shopping before and between races. We are eager to show off many new items that will make shopping for the horse lovers on your list an easy task. A new selection of books, clothing items and toys will be in stock and ready to head home with you. If you have specific requests for merchandise, please let us know as soon as possible and we will gladly bring it to the fair and save you the expense of shipping your purchase. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4 per person for group docent-guided tours. For information on the Museum, membership, special events, gift shop services and educational programs the Museum offers, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Museum  

Hall of Fame publicist Tom White and former Ohio Harness Horseman's Association general manager Jerry Knappenberger will be honored as the 2019 Joseph Neville Memorial Award recipients by the Delaware County Fair. White was a harness racing reporter for the Lexington (KY) Herald, Hoof Beats magazine and the Horseman and Fair World. He served as the publicity director for Scioto Downs and the Red Mile and was the Little Brown Jug's top PR man from 1996 until 2012. In 2005, White was inducted into the Communicators Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. White passed away in February at the age of 84. Knappenberger began his 50-year harness racing career as a second trainer for Terry Holton. He was hired as the assistant general manager of the OHHA in 1990 and was general manager from 1998 until 2015. Knappenberger worked tirelessly for the introduction of Video Lottery Terminals in the state of Ohio. The VTLs allowed the Standardbred industry in Ohio to return to its place of prominence with increased purses. In 2015, he was elected into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame by a vote of the Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Knappenberger died at the age of 76 in June 2019.   Jay Wolf

Auction items and table sponsors are needed for the annual Pre-Jug Party and Charity Auction held Wednesday September 18, at the Delaware County Fair.   The proceeds go to rehab, retrain and rehome retired Standardbreds and the Delaware County Fair. This gala event is held in the Hospitality Pavilion in the first turn following the Jugette card.   Attendees will enjoy gourmet hor d’oheurves, an open bar, live music and shopping the charity auction which is also held online.   “We’re asking owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, racetracks and those that benefit from racing, to please support this important fundraiser,” said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan.   “Vacations, experiences, equine services, entertainment tickets, jewelry, memorabilia and tack, as well as home and barn accessories, are being sought to help make this event a success.”   Table Sponsors are also needed and a good option in lieu of merchandise or services. Show your support by sponsoring a table in your name, your stable, your farm, or the name of a favorite horse.   Seating is Open but signs on the tables recognize the sponsors.   Sponsor a table for $400 and receive tickets for six people; co- sponsors for $200 receive two tickets.   “New Vocations is totally dependent on donations to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome hundreds of retired racehorses each year,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan.   “Participating in this event is a fun and easy way to give back to the horses we all love.”   For more details contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020, dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Nemeth at (734) 320-7918, winnie@horseadoption.com.   Register to bid and purchase table sponsorships at http://one.bidpal.net/prejugparty     Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

DELAWARE, OH--Sustaining payments for the sophomore classics Little Brown Jug (3-year-old colt pace), Jugette (3-year-old filly pace), Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due February 15. These payments are for foals of 2016. The Little Brown Jug and Old Oaken Bucket will be raced Thursday, September 19 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, September 18. The 2019 Delaware Grand Circuit meet will continue to feature five days of racing (Sunday, September 15 through Thursday, September 19). Monday's card will have a special 3:00 PM post. Sunday and Tuesday will go postward at 1:00 PM. The Jugette and Jug cards will retain their traditional 11:00 AM start time. For payment amounts and more information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com/racing/horsemen.cfm. Make checks payable and send all entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH - Courtly Choice and David Miller rebounded from a potentially damaging break in the first heat and got up in the shadow of the wire in the second to win the $642,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, Thursday evening at the Delaware County Fair. When the field of seven hanress racing pacers were sent on their way for the $436,560 final heat, the first elimination winner Lather Up (Montrell Teague) left from post two and outsprinted the second elimination winner Dorsoduro Hanover into the first turn and controlled the fractions of :27, :54 4/5 and 1:21 2/5. Coming down the lane for the final time, Lather Up looked like the champ, but weakened in the lane allowing Courtly Choice to win by a neck in a four horse photo finish in 1:49 4/5. In the final print, Dorsoduro Hanover rallied for second. Lather Up finished third and Hayden Hanover fourth. The three-year-old son of Art Major is trained by Blake MacIntosh and owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Piouffe and Touch Stone Farms. With his fifth Jug victory, David Miller joins William Haughton and Mike Lachance with the most driver titles. "The first heat he raced great, but I felt horrible," noted Miller. "The only way to make it better was to win." "He puts up a big fight. He's game. I give him a lot of credit." The second elimination was action packed from the start. Courtly Choice made a costly break in stride and was last in the field of six. Andy Miller sent Hayden Hanover to the early lead pass the quarter in :26 2/5. The "triple crown" contender, Stay Hungry (Doug McNair) took command before the half mile in :55. Miller sent Courtly Choice three wide down the backstretch and was in contention at the three-quarters in 1:22 4/5. As the field turned for home Stay Hungry stayed strong and crossed the line ¾ of a length ahead of the late charging Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Courtly Choice. To see the final heat race video click here. Before the connections made it to the winners circle, the 'inquiry' sign was posted for possible interference between Stay Hungry and Dorsoduro Hanover in the first turn. After a lengthy review, Dorsoduro Hanover (timed in 1:51) was placed the winner and Stay Hungry was disqualified and placed fourth. Courtly Choice and Hayden Hanover also qualified for the final. Stay Hungry was later scratched from the second heat. In the first $102,720 elimination, Lather Up protected his rail position and led the field of seven through the into the first turn and past the opening quarter in :27. Done Well was the first to challenge when Tim Tetrick came to the outside before the half in :55 3/5. This Is The Plan, who sat second for the entire mile, put forward a late effort, but Lather Up used a :26 4/5 last quarter to cross the line in 1:49 3/5. This Is The Plan was second, 1 ½ lengths back. Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller) and Done Well finished third and fourth to advance to the final. Originally, Courtly Choice was ineligible for the 73rd LBJ, but his connections elected to pay the $45,000 supplemental entry fee after winning the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace Final on July 14. With the winner's share, Courtly Choice now sports $952,704 on his career earnings card. $111,075 Old Oaken Bucket I'm Your Captain (Andy Miller) used a four wide move around the final turn to defeat Hill Street (Yannick Gingras) and Maxus (Jimmy Takter) to take the Old Oaken Bucket in 1:55 2/5. The pacesetting Treasure Tee (Trevor Henry) faded to fourth. I'm You Captain is owned by Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing and trained by Julie Miller. The Muscle Hill colt has won four out his last seven starts. $107,000 Ms. Versatility Trot Final David Miller and Broadway Donna used a perfect second over trip and defeated NF Happenstance (Jack Parker, Jr.) by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:53 1/5. Ice Attraction (Yannick Gingras) was third, another two lengths behind. Broadway Donna is trained by Jim Campbell and has amassed $1.4 million for Fashion Farms. $40,418 Standardbred Colt Pace Workin Ona Mystery (Tim Tetrick) defeated stablemate Air Force Hanover (David Miller) in 1:50 3/5 to take the freshman colt pace. The field raced in post-position order through the first three quarters of the mile in :27, :54 3/5 and 1:22 2/5. Tetrick tipped the eventual winner off the rail and cruised home in :28 1/5 to establish a new lifetime mark and remains undefeated in three career starts. The Captaintreacherous colt is conditioned by Brian Brown for Jim Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and the Wingfield Brothers. $48,218 Standardbred Colt Trot Prospect Hill (Andy Miller) took the lead as the field approached the half mile station and never looked back to win the $48,218 Standardbred by 2 ½ lengths over Final Claim (Mike Wilder) in 1:55 1/5. The son of Muscle Hill has won seven of nine seasonal starts for Stroy Inc. and trainer Julie Miller. $111,554 Ohio Breeders Championship Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Rockathon (David Miller) took the opening division in 1:52 over Slick Mick (Tim Tetrick) and Born To Be Bad (Andy Miller). Trainer Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley own the gelded son of Pet Rock who has pushed his career earnings to $338,615. The second $55,777 division went to the heavily favored Bounding Dragon and Dan Noble in 1:51. The winner went gate to wire for owners Alan Keith and Melanie Atley and trainer Mike Roth. The ultra-consistent Bounding Dragon has finished in the top two places eleven times this season. $133,906 Ohio Breeders Championship Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) went gate to wire to win the opening division in a stakes record 1:51 3/5. The Pet Rock gelding is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Trainer Brian Brown returned to the winner's circle in the second $66,953 division with Dislocator (Chris Page). Joelyn Ridder, Scott Davis, Sharron Sopronyi and VIP Internet Stable own the Big Bad John colt who defeated Seattle Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Authentic Hanover (Tyler Smith) in 1:54 4/5. $111,704 Ohio Breeders Championship Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Baron Remy (Chris Page) and McVenus (Trace Tetrick) took the two $55,852 divisions in 1:53 and 1:52 2/5 respectively. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

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