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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

Alexa’s Power proved to be the strong horse Wednesday as she overpowered pacesetter Strong Opinion at the top of the stretch to capture the 48th annual $230,7000 Jugette at Delaware, Ohio. The classic grand circuit event for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies saw the 19th race feature began with betting favorite Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras going off-stride at the start of the race and was never in contention. Strong Opinion and driver Chris Page go right to the front from post one with Alexa’s Power and driver Tim Tetrick grabbing the two-hole spot as they sped to the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then coming to the half mile marker, driver Tim Tetrick came out from the inside in post two and sit there as no one was coming from behind to force him to go on as they went to the half in :55.2. E Dee’s Well Said (Jim Pantaleano) at 62-1 odds, filled the gap behind Strong Opinion. Going to the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Strong Opinion was still in command with Alexa’s Power stalking them on the outside. Then in the stretch, Alexa’s Power and Tetrick wore down Strong Opinion and went on to win by one length in 1:51.2. E Dee’s Well Said came on for second place with Strong Opinion third. “I had about 100 ideas flowing through my head behind the starting gate,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “I saw Yannick’s (Gingras) horse (Youaremycandygirl) make a misstep and I didn’t want to fall too far back so we went to the two-hole and figured to outmuscle most of them from there. “She really raced her butt off today,” Tetrick said. “She was just super.” Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, it was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Alexa’s Power. She is trained by Jim Campbell and owned and bred by Jeffery and Michael Snyder of New York, NY. She paid $3.80 to win. “This is my first Jugette,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “It’s so exciting. We’ve had a really good year with Alexa all season, Timmy has driven her since her first qualifier. We have had a lot of fun and this win is the best.” Jim Campbell did say that they had made an equipment change on Alexa’s Power, adding a pull-down bridle that she was using for the first time today. This year’s Jugette was named in Memory of Hall of Fame Communicator, Laverne A. Hill. To see the 2018 Jugette replay go to https://youtu.be/emEv23NX-io On Thursday is the $627,000 Little Brown Jug for the colts with two elimination divisions followed by heats until one horse has won twice. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

$82,200 Buckette Filly Trot Ohio bred Looking For Zelda (Matt Kakaley) capitalized on a break in stride by the leader Bella Glos (Yannick Gingras) and won the three-year-old filly trot over Kenziesky Hanover (David Miller). Bella Glos led the field past the first three quarters of the mile, but made a costly break in the final turn. Looking For Zelda, who was sitting second, inherited the lead and held off a closing Kenziesky Hanover in 1:54 4/5. The Break The Bank K lass is conditioned by Norm Parker for Robert J. Key. Looking For Zelda is nearing $400,000 in career earnings after she won for the twelfth time in 22 career starts. $39,318 Standardbred Filly Pace Dragonfly (Aaron Merriman) and Pretty And Fast (Yannick Gingras) battled through the lane, but Dragonfly stuck a nose in front in the shadow of the wire to score a mild upset in the $39,318 Standardbred pace in 1:55 1/5. The Dragon Again lass is co-owned by trainer Chris McGuire, Brian Carsey and John McGill. Dragonfly paid $16.40 to win. $40,918 Standardbred Filly Trot Nomo Volo made easy work of the compact field of five in the $40,918 Standardbred Trot for freshman females. Driver Yannick Gingras sent the daughter of Explosive Matter for the early lead and went gate-to-wire in a lifetime best 1:56 4/5. Summit City Swan (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Keystone Abbey (Aaron Merriman) were second and third. Jeff Edwards trains for D. L. Dennis, F. A. Wilson and Dolne FM Services. $127,800 (div.) OBC Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Only Take Cash became the latest member of the "Ohio Triple Crown" club with her win in the 2nd division of the OBC for freshmen filly trotters. See Me Sparkle (Jim Pantaleano) and Only Take Cash (Aaron Merriman) battled down the backstretch, but See Me Sparkle made a break in stride and Only Take Cash cruised to a 1 3/4 length win over a pair of Chris Beaver trainees, Stone In Love (Chris Page) and Pure Country (David Miller) in 1:56 2/5. The Cash Hall filly is owned by the Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave A. Boyle and Mardon Stables and trained by the Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh. Only Take Cash won the Ohio State Fair and Ohio Sires Stake Championship earlier in the year. The first division went to Vivi D (Kyle Ater) in a stakes record 1:56 1/5. The Broadway Hall filly is owned by Kirk Nichols and trainer Dan Ater. Bella's Rose Power (Aaron Merriman) was 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner and Aunt Rose (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third another two lengths behind. $106,200 (div.) OBC Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Mission Accepted returned to his winning ways in the first division when he defeated Pass The Vape (Dereck Watiker) and Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton) in a stakes record 1:54 2/5. The Manofmanymissions colt started the season four-for-four, but was held winless in his last five until today's score. With the win, Mission Accepted has pushed his career earnings to $314,524 for Knox Services Inc., trainer Jeff Cox and David Wills. In the second $53,100 division, Aaron Merriman piloted Rising MVP to a gate-to-wire win in 1:54 4/5. MVP Luke (Dan Noble) was second and Sand Cash (Chris Page) was third. Susan Daugherty owns the My MVP gelding who won his 15th in thirty career starts. $15,000 (div.) OBC Aged Trot Party At The Banks (Chris Page) got up in the final strides to collar the pacesetting A Tc Queenie (Dan Noble) to take the first division. The final time of 1:53 4/5 established a new stakes record. The old record was established by A Tc Queenie last season. Party At The Banks, a Break The Bank K mare, is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. In the second $7,500 division, Jailhouse Sam and driver/trainer Hugh Beatty, Jr. took the lead from Full Surge (Tim Tetrick) in the final turn and cruised home in 1:54. Rose Run Sydney (David Miller) was second and The Next Triumph (Yannick Gingras) was third. The four-year old Victory Sam gelding is owned by Casey Clemens of Malta, Ohio. The 22 race Jug Day Card on Thursday will begin at 11:00 AM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH - The $129,706 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters highlighted the Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. Delaware's all-time leading driver David Miller made his presence known early this week when he piloted Pattis Main Man to victory in the first division. Pattis Main Man led gate-to-wire, but had to hold off a late rush by the bettor's choice, Wittyville (Chris Page) by a neck in 1:56 3/5. The freshman son of Manofmanymissions is owned and trained by Mike Sowers of McArthur, Ohio. Pattis Main Man was bred by Midland Acres and has five wins on the season. Never Say Uncle (Aaron Merriman) and Rose Run Urban (Peter Wrenn) completed the superfecta. With the win, David Miller increased his all-time win total at Delaware to 224. In the second $64,853 division, Kayne Kauffman used a patient drive with Cumberland Gap to win in 1:57 1/5. When the gate wing opened, Oh So Pine (Dan Noble) and Cumberland Gap battled for the early lead. The eventual winner yielded to Oh So Pine through the opening fractions of :28 2/5 and :58 2/5. Cumberland Gap took the lead just before the ¾ mile pole in 1:27 3/5. Oh So Pine tried to rally one more time in the lane but came up a ½ length short. Cumberland Gap won for the sixth time in 11 seasonal starts for owner/trainer Renee Bauslaugh of Delaware, Ohio and breeder Charles Stillings of DeLeon Springs, Florida. The final time equaled the Wishing Stone colt's lifetime mark. The 20 race Jugette Day card on Wednesday will kick off at 11:00 AM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

It's been 35 years since fans at the Delaware County Fair have seen a horse capture the Pacing Triple Crown with a win in the Little Brown Jug. True, three horses have won the Pacing Triple Crown since Ralph Hanover in 1983, but because the sequence of Crown races often change, none of those horses completed their quests in Delaware, Ohio. In fact, of the 10 Pacing Triple Crown winners to date, only Ralph Hanover and Adios Butler in 1959 finished their feats in the Little Brown Jug. Stay Hungry will try to join them on Thursday. He will become the sixth horse to compete in the Jug with the chance to win the Pacing Triple Crown and first since 1993 when Riyadh finished second. Western Hanover in 1992 and Albatross in 1971 also finished second in their bids. The most recent Pacing Triple Crown winner was No Pan Intended, who in 2003 won the Cane Pace first followed by the Little Brown Jug and the Messenger Stakes. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the last Pacing Triple Crown coronation at the Little Brown Jug, Ralph Hanover's driver and co-owner Ron Waples recounted his memories of the experience and the horse. "I'd have said it then and I'd say the same thing now, it's probably one of the biggest thrills of my life," Waples said about winning the Pacing Triple Crown. "Going into the Jug, the horse was very sharp and very good. He'd taken on all comers. I think back on it now, and I think I would have been more disappointed if he'd gotten beat than anything. I was just so hyped up about it, so confident that he was going to do well." Ralph Hanover, who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1986 and died in 2008, was a son of Meadow Skipper out of Ravina Hanover. He was purchased for $58,000 by trainer Stew Firlotte and Waples, who had decided to partner on the yearling rather than bid against each other. The colt proved to be lazy throughout his career, but knew when it was show time. "He was hard to get to go at all until we got him in with horses," Waples said. "Once he got behind the gate and started to race he woke right up. Even at his best, he was always very, very lazy." Ralph Hanover won seven of 15 races at age 2 before etching his name in history at age 3. In 1983, Ralph Hanover won 20 of 25 races and earned a then-record $1.71 million in purses. He won the Messenger Stakes in June, the Meadowlands Pace and Queen City Pace (later replaced by the North America Cup) in July and three double-heat races -- the Adios, Cane Pace and Prix d'Ete -- in August. He also competed in the double-heat Oliver Wendell Holmes in August, finishing second by a nose. After some time off to freshen up, Ralph Hanover won the Simcoe Stakes before claiming the Little Brown Jug in straight heats on a chilly 50-degree day in Ohio. "He was a lazy colt, but I think that's why he lasted so long," Waples said. "You could leave out of the gate and have him on high gear and two steps later he would be going at a slow walk if you let him. Or you could come first up and he would just relax out there. It made no difference to him. "His manners and his gait were his two large pluses. I was just a minor part." Prior to the Little Brown Jug, Waples called Firlotte to find out how preparations for the race were going. "I watched three other ones train here and they all trained somewhere between 2:05 and two minutes," Firlotte told him. "And how was Ralph?" Waples asked. "I think he trained pretty good," Firlotte responded. "He went a mile in 2:35." "It was funny," Waples said. "That just shows how lazy he was. But once you got him behind the gate and asked him to go, he responded very well." Ralph Hanover won the Little Brown Jug and Pacing Triple Crown in front of a crowd of 46,087. "The Jug is a pretty cool place no matter what you're going to do," said the 74-year-old Waples, who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1986 and U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1994. "It's just unbelievable. It's quite a thrill. "Time goes by really fast. It doesn't seem that long ago. But it is." The Pacing Triple Crown began in 1956. Following is a list of the 10 horses to win the three races in the series: The Cane Pace, Messenger Stakes, and Little Brown Jug. Year-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1959-Adios Butler-Clint Hodgins-Paige West 1965-Bret Hanover-Frank Ervin-Frank Ervin 1966-Romeo Hanover-William Myer, George Sholty-Jerry Silverman 1968-Rum Customer-Billy Haughton-Billy Haughton 1970-Most Happy Fella-Stanley Dancer-Stanley Dancer 1980-Niatross-Clint Galbraith-Clint Galbraith 1983-Ralph Hanover-Ron Waples-Stew Firlotte 1997-Western Dreamer-Mike Lachance-Bill Robinson 1999-Blissfull Hall-Ron Pierce-Ben Wallace 2003-No Pan Intended-David Miller-Ivan Sugg Here is the video when Ralph Hanover won the Triple Crown at the Little Brown Jug https://youtu.be/Qf1rgX3UTRo.  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA Media 

Monday's harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair featured the $101,700 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly trotters. In the second $50,850 division, Impinktoo and Kayne Kauffman took the lead before the ¼ mile pole and cruised to a 2 1/2 length win in 1:55 4/5. Sesame (Ryan Stahl) and Non Smoker (Dan Noble) rounded off the top three. The daughter of Manofmanymissions has earned $401,610 in her career for William Walters, Joe McLead and RTK Racing. Impinktoo is trained by Ron Burke. Risky Deal with trainer Crist Hershberger in the bike edged California Love (Aaron Merriman) by a neck in the first division. The Break The Bank K lass scored for the fifth time this season in a lifetime best 1:56. To Russia (Ryan Stahl) rounded out the trifecta. Risky Deal owned by Deborah Kvernmo of Georgetown, Kentucky. The Monday undercard featured six divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. Dancin Dragon (Dan Noble) took the fastest of the three $15,000 colt divisions with his 1:53 win over Mcwiz (Kayne Kauffman) and Rock On Creek (Ryan Stahl). The Dragon Again gelding is owned by trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. and breeder Mark Marroletti. The other sophomore colt paces went to Long Train Runnin (Chris Page) in 1:53 2/5, Bambino Joe (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53 2/5 and Medoland Brutus (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:55 1/5. The two filly divisions were won by Our Miss Reese (Hugh Beatty) in 1:56 2/5 and Bringhomethemail (Dan Noble) in 1:57 1/5. Tuesday's 13 race card will start at 1:00 PM. The simulcast show will begin at 12:30 PM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, Ohio---Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKB Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved on to the hallowed grounds of the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio on Sunday, September 16 for a pair of trots in the Billings Series along with a pacing event for club members of various Billings organizations in the Fouts Memorial. When the lengthy card was completed Richard "the Wolverine" Roach and Joey "the Kid" Putnam won theirs respective divisions while Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford copped the Fouts Memorial. In his event "the Wolverine", up behind I'll Tell You What, was content to follow the pacesetter, Ki Ki Canolli, driven by Todd "the Downeaster" Whitney, through nearly even fractions to the three quarters and then rally his veteran 13 year-old Lockeeper gelding to a two-length triumph in a time of 1:59.2. Mike "the Mortgage Man" Mitchell was second under the wire with Bosston Tahoe while I'll Tell You What faded and finished third. The winner, owned by Janet Mathely and trained by Deb Clayton, paid $11.20. Joey Putnam and Sebiskit Bluegrass dominated their division as "The Kid" sent the Big Stick Lindy gelding to the lead from the four hole and they were comfortable until "Coach Paul" Minore moved Hititoutofthepark off the pylons as the field approached the three quarters. From there both trotters battled head-to- head all the way to the wire, with each exchanging leads at various intervals, but at the finish Putnam's Sebiskit Bluegrass was a neck winner. Third place went to Body Of Work in rein to Alesha"the Hoosier Hotshot:" Binkley. The race winner is owned by Dr. Luel Overstreet and trained by Joey's dad, Joe Putnam. He paid $6.40. In the Fouts Memorial seasoned veteran Steve Oldford showed the 'young'uns' how its done when he impressively hustled the Art Major 4-year-old, Arch Hanover to a head victory over H-and-N Dho Hailey, driven by Billings newcomer, Mariah " Nearly Always" Wright, in 1:57. Alesha Binkley took home the show dough with Badger Quinn The winner, owned by Marissa Russo and trained by her hubby, David, returned a $21.60 win payoff by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Fans at the Delaware County Fair will get a couple of unique opportunities to see, and possibly sit behind, Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all-time, as a part of the gelding's "Farewell Tour." With more than $7.5 million in career earnings and 103 career wins, the 14-year-old Foiled Again is currently in his final season of racing. Fans can "meet and greet" the champion on Wednesday (10:00 - 11:30 AM) and Thursday (10:00 - 12:00 PM) in the Little Brown Jug Barn. On Wednesday afternoon, trainer Ron Burke will train Foiled Again during the Jugette day card in preparation for his next start (September 21 at Batavia Downs). Foiled Again and one lucky bidder will lead the post parade for the first heat of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday. Bidding will be conducted during the Pre-Jug Party charity auction Wednesday evening. Patrons not in attendance can bid by visiting www.wedocharityauctions.net/PreJugParty. Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi (Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi) and JJK Stables (Joe and Kevin Koury).   Jay Wolf

Delaware, Ohio based trainer Brian Brown was holding all the cards in the $120,900 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly pacers taking three of the top four places, including the top two finishers, Carmen Ohio and High Reward. When the starting gate released the field of eight, driver Ryan Stahl sent Carmen Ohio for the lead from post #1. Stablemate High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was also sent for the lead, but had to overcome post 6. Carmen Ohio and High Reward traded the lead through the opening quarters of :28 2/5 and :59 1/5. Stahl quickened the pace in the third quarter in :1:27 3/5. Wrenn popped out of the pocket and tried to collar the leader but came up a neck short in 1:55 1/5. The Panderosa filly is owned by Milton Leeman, Steve Manning, Brent Meizlish & William Calvert. Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith) took the third spot from another Brown trainee Ni Me Bonita (Dan Noble). In the $12,800 OBC Aged Pace, Docdor Friskie and Tyler Smith led gate to wire to win by a length over the pocket sitting Barley Up (Chris Page) in a stakes record 1:51 4/5. Docdor Friskie is the 5-year-old Feelin Friskie gelding is owned by Miller Racing Stable of Greenville, OH. In My Dream (Brady Galliers) took the fastest of the three divisions of the $15,000 Buckeye Stallion Series for sophomore colt trotters in a lifetime best 1:55 1/5. In My Dream is a Winning Fireworks gelding owned by Galliers Racing of Defiance, OH. Secret Pro (Hugh Beatty) and Fleet Cessna (Dan Noble) took the other two divisions in 1:57 1/5 and 1:57 respectively. The pair of divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old filly trotters were also contested. Infrontandforgetit (Dan Noble) scored in 1:56 1/5. In the second division, Cindi Hall (Aaron Merriman) was placed the winner after Kellie's MVP (Ray Paver) was disqualified for interference in the first turn. Stephen Oldford representing the Delvin Miller Amateur Drivers Association won the Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship. Oldford drove Arch Hanover to a 1:57 score over H-And-N Dho Hailey (Mariah Wright) and Badger Quinn (Alesha Binkley). The Fouts Memorial brings together representatives from amateur drivers clubs from across the country. The Billings Amateur Trot divisions went to I'll Tell You What (Richard Roach) and Sebiskit Bluegrass (Joey Putnam) in matching 1:59 2/5 miles. Monday's 14 race card will start at 3:00 PM, with the simulcast program on the air at 2:30 PM. Monday features $101,700 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore trotting fillies and a $5,000 guaranteed Pick 4 (races 8-11).   Jay Wolf

Youaremycandygirl, winner of fifteen of 22 career races, headlines a field of eight filly pacers in the $230,700 Jugette on Wednesday, September 19th at the Delaware County Fair. The fillies will race one heat to determine the Jugette champion. The daughter of American Ideal owns a lifetime mark of 1:48 2/5 and has earned $1,263,536. The Ron Burke trainee will leave from post #3 and will be piloted by Yannick Gingras for owner W. J. Donovan. She was the 207 Breeders Crown champion and in 2018 won the $270,425 Empire Breeders Classic and the $96,600 Shady Daisy. The main challenge to Youaremycandygirl should come from Alexa's Power from post #5. The Somebeachsomewhere lass has earned $405,195 for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder and trainer Jim Campbell. The ultra-consistent Alexa's Power has finished on the board in 11 straight races and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. Post time for the Wednesday card at the Delaware County Fair will be 11:00 AM. The simulcast program will start at 10:30 AM. Post positions for the $230,700 Jugette PP - Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Strong Opinion (Chris Page/Ron Burke) 2. Sansovina Hanover (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 3. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 4. E Dee's Well Said (Jim Pantaleano/Christen Pantaleano) 5. Alexa's Power (Trace Tetrick/Jim Campbell) 6. Sidewalk Dancer (Scott Zeron/Chris Oakes) 7. Solitary (Brett Miller/Nick Surick) 8. Aldine Hanover (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) by Jau Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug    

Cindi Johnson, the recently retired award winning outrider, will be honored as the 2018 Lady Pace Honoree and Gary King and William "Bill" Cawley, a pair of long-time fair employees, will be honored as the Joseph Neville Memorial Award Recipients by the Delaware County Fair. Johnson started as an outrider in 1997 at Florida's Pompano Park. She moved to Ohio in 2003 and started working at Ohio tracks. She served as the Delaware outrider from 2007 through 2017, Unnoticed by many until an accident occurs, an outrider assists the drivers and trainers on the track prior to and sometimes during the races. Johnson was considered by many to be the finest outrider. She was honored by the United States Harness Writers Association with their LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award in 2010. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association honored Johnson with a special award in 2017. Johnson retired in 2017 along with her horse and partner of 17 years, Beau. Gary King was a long-time realtor and broker for his own company, King Realty since 1971. He had a lifelong love of horses and for many years he was the "Stallman" during Little Brown Jug week. Gary and his wife also announced the All Horse Parade. Bill Cawley was a life-long supporter of the Delaware County Fair and The Little Brown Jug and worked in the Log Cabin for 20 years. Professionally, he worked over 20 years as Store Manager for Woodhouse Lynch and went on to found his own business, Cawley Clothiers. King died on March 28, 2018 at the age of 73 and Cawley passed away on January 3, 2018 at the age of 74. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

The entry box for the 73rd Little Brown Jug will remain open until Monday (September 17) at 10:00 AM. The condition sheet on the USTA website listed the Little Brown Jug, with the other races scheduled to be conducted on Thursday, September 20, as having a "three-day box." "We have a unique situation where our largest stakes events, the Little Brown Jug and Jugette, have a five-day-box and the remaining events with a three-day box," noted Tom Wright, Director of Racing. "We want to make 100% sure everyone had access to the same information before they entered their horse. We are sorry for the delay, but we felt this decision was in the best interest of the horsemen." The retention barn rules will not be impacted. The Jug horses will be required to be on the grounds Tuesday, September 18 by 12:00 noon. Questions and concerns should be directed to the Log Cabin by calling (740) 363-6000. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Lather Up and Courtly Choice are the top choices in the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #1. Lather Up has been tapped the 3-1 favorite based on his recent win in the $275,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final in track record 1:49 3/5 over the sloppy track. The homebred son of I'm Gorgeous has won $738,965 for Gary and Barbara Iles. Lather Up has won 14 of 19 career starts including the $760,000 North America Cup. Lather Up will be driven by Montrell Teague and is trained by Clyde Francis, the same connections that won the 2015 Little Brown Jug with Wiggle It Jiggleit. The 9/2 second pick is Courtly Choice. The bay son of Art Major has won 9 starts this season and has banked more than $700 thousand lifetime. Courtly Choice is owned by Huff Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. Courtly Choice was not Jug eligible, but thanks to his win in the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace he is now eligible with a $45,000 supplemental payment. Rounding out the top three is Stay Hungry (6-1), who has a chance to be the 11th horse in history to win the Triple Crown should he win the Little Brown Jug. The Somebeachsomewhere colt won the $281,000 Cane Pace and the $500,000 Messenger Stake. Stay Hungry has earned $1.1 million for Bradley Grant and the Estate of Irwin Samelman. The second future pool will be from Sunday, September 16 through Wednesday, September 19. 2018 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse Final Odds 1. American History 8-1 2. Babes Dig Me 28-1 3. Captain Deo 49-1 4. Courtly Choice 9-2 5. Done Well 7-1 6. Dorsoduro Hanover 9-1 7. Hayden Hanover 14-1 8. Hitman Hill 17-1 9. Lather Up 3-1 10. Nutcracker Sweet 32-1 11. St Lads Neptune 74-1 12. Stay Hungry 6-1 13. This Is The Plan 57-1 14. Wes Delight 14-1 15. Field 18-1 by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 6th and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 9th at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. Courtly Choice has been installed at the 4-1 morning line favorite. The bay son of Art Major has won 9 starts this season and has banked more than $700 thousand lifetime. Courtly Choice is owned by Huff Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. Courtly Choice was not Jug eligible, but thanks to his win in the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace he is now eligible with a $45,000 supplemental payment. The 9-2 second choice is the Ohio bred Lather Up. The I'm Gorgeous colt has won $601,465 for Gary and Barbara Iles. Lather Up won the $760,000 North America Cup Final. His only two seasonal defeats came as a result of breaks in stride in the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Final and the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He will next start in the $275,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final Saturday night at Scioto Downs. Rounding out the top three is Stay Hungry, who has a chance to be the 11th horse in history to win the Triple Crown should he win the Little Brown Jug. The Somebeachsomewhere colt won the $281,000 Cane Pace and the $500,000 Messenger Stake. Stay Hungry has earned $1.1 million for Bradley Grant and the Estate of Irwin Samelman. A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers have selected a group of 14 colts and geldings. The horses in each of the pools are listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field consists of the remaining horses eligible to the 73rd edition of the pacing classic. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first place finisher in the 2018 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 20. The record payout for the LBJ Future Wager is P Forty Seven (2005 - Pool #1) at $377.80. The second future pool will be from Sunday, September 16 through Wednesday, September 19. Past performance lines for the Little Brown Jug Future Wagering event will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website, www.littlebrownjug.com. 2018 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse M/L Odds 1. American History 6-1 2. Babes Dig Me 12-1 3. Captain Deo 20-1 4. Courtly Choice 4-1 5. Done Well 10-1 6. Dorsoduro Hanover 8-1 7. Hayden Hanover 12-1 8. Hitman Hill 10-1 9. Lather Up 9-2 10. Nutcracker Sweet 10-1 11. St Lads Neptune 20-1 12. Stay Hungry 6-1 13. This Is The Plan 15-1 14. Wes Delight 15-1 15. Field 10-1 Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 contenders for the 73rd edition of the pacing classic. Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 73rd Edition on September 20, 2018 Week No. 5 - September 5, 2018 1. (Last Week #1) Courtly Choice (1:47.1; $708,744) Owners: Hutt Racing Stable (PA), Mac and Heim Stables (ON), Daniel Plouffe (QC) & Touch Stone Farms (ON) Trainer: Blake Macintosh Driver: James MacDonald/David Miller * Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000 2. (Last Week #2) Lather Up (1:48.1s; $599,465) Owner: Gary & Barbara Iles (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague 3. (Last Week #6) Stay Hungry (1:47.3; $904,072) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON) & Irwin Samelman Estate (NV) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Doug McNair 4. (Last Week #4) Dorsoduro Hanover (1:49.4f; $762,606) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Silva Prunel & Libby (FL), Weaver Bruscemi (PA) and Wingfield Five (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 5. (Last Week #3) American History (1:47; $332,285) Owner: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON) & American History Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Yannick Gingras 6. (Last Week #7) Hitman Hill (1:49.3f; $346,920) Owners: Tom Hill (ON) & Northfork Racing Stable (PA) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brett Miller 7. (Last Week #8) Babes Dig Me (1:52.2h; $231,252) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Robert Leblanc (TX) and In The Gym Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: George Brennan 8. (Last Week #9) Nutcracker Sweet (1:50.2; $370,484) Owner: Howard Taylor (PA), Order By Stable (SD) & Richard Lombardo (OH) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brian Sears 9. (Last Week #5) Done Well (1:51f; $371,762) Owners: : James Stambaugh (OH), Wingfield Brothers (OH), Milton Leeman (OH) & Alan Keith (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Scott Zeron/Tim Tetrick/Joe Bongiorno 10. (Last Week NR) Wes Delight (1:50.2f; $311,930) Owner: Rick D. Phillips (NY), Deena Rachel Frost (FL) & Mark A. Harder (NJ) Trainer: Mark Harder Driver: Corey Callahan Upcoming Events August 28 YR $86,750 New York Sire Stakes Leg Courtly Choice Cheese Melt Rockapelo 1:51.1 August 28 YR $86,750 New York Sire Stakes Leg Ghost Dance Twin B Tuffenuff Jersey Jim 1:54.1 August 30 Lex $30,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Leg American History Thinkbig Dreambig Grand Teton 1:48.1 Sept 1 YR $500,000 Messenger Stake Final Stay Hungry Jimmy Freight Topville Olympian 1:52.1 Sept 1 Wdbs $95,600 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Leg Backstreet Shadow Levis Day Sharp Action Money 1:49.2 Sept 1 Wdbs $95,600 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Leg The Downtown Bus St Lads Neptune Yacht Seelster 1:49.3 Sept 2 PcD $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Final Dorsoduro Hanover Hayden Hanover This Is The Plan 1:49.4 Sept 5 Btva New York Sire Stake Leg Sept 7 Hop Indiana Sire Stake Elim Sept 8 ScD Jug Preview Sept 8 Wdbs Simcoe Stakes Sept 9 Lex Kentucky Sire Stake Final Italics - Jug Eligible by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 contenders for the 73rd edition of the pacing classic. Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 73rd Edition on September 20, 2018 Week #3 - August 22, 2018 1. (Last Week #1) Courtly Choice (1:47.1; $665,369) Owners: Hutt Racing Stable (PA), Mac and Heim Stables (ON), Daniel Plouffe (QC) & Touch Stone Farms (ON) Trainer: Blake Macintosh Driver: James MacDonald/David Miller * Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000 2. (Last Week #2) Lather Up (1:48.1s; $599,465) Owner: Gary & Barbara Iles (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague 3. (Last Week #4) American History (1:47; $317,285) Owner: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON) & American History Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Yannick Gingras 4. (Last Week #3) Stay Hungry (1:47.3; $899,272) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON) & Irwin Samelman (NV) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Doug McNair 5. (Last Week #5) Dorsoduro Hanover (1:49.4f; 636,106) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Silva Prunel & Libby (FL), Weaver Bruscemi (PA) and Wingfield Five (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 6. (Last Week #6) Done Well (1:51.0f; $371,762) Owners: : James Stambaugh (OH), Wingfield Brothers (OH), Milton Leeman (OH) & Alan Keith (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Scott Zeron/Tim Tetrick/Joe Bongiorno 7. (Last Week #8) Nutcracker Sweet (1:50.2; $342,284) Owner: Howard Taylor (PA), Order By Stable (SD) & Richard Lombardo (OH) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brian Sears 8. (Last Week #7) Hitman Hill (1:49.3f; $346,920) Owners: Tom Hill (ON) & Northfork Racing Stable (PA) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brett Miller 9. (Last Week #10) Captain Deo (1:50.2; $59,028) Owner: Alagna Racing (NJ), Joe Sbrocco (OH), In The Gym Partners (NY) & Captain Deo Partners (NJ) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Marcus Miller/Brett Miller 10. (Last Week #NR) Macadoodledoo (1:51.2f; $44,621) Owner: Jeffrey S. Snyder (NY) Trainer: Mark Silva Driver: David Miller Upcoming Events August 17 Hop $20,000 Indiana Sires Stake Elim Rockin Speed Just N Ace Gd Western Joe 1:50.2 August 17 Hop $20,000 Indiana Sires Stake Elim Always A Prince Shnitzledosomethin Jims Perfect Ten 1:49.4 August 18 ScD $50,000 Ohio Sires Stake Leg Bounding Dragon Seeing Eye Single Dew The Dragon 1:51.1 August 18 ScD $50,000 Ohio Sires Stake Leg Lather Up Sectionline Bigry Dragonology 1:50.2 August 19 Lex $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stake Leg Grand Teton Thinkbig Dreambig Rockn Motion 1:51.0 August 19 TgDn $272,025 Empire Breeders Final Courtly Choice American History Real Surreal 1:48.3 August 20 Mea $81,006 Pennsylvania Sires Stake Leg Done Well Shadow Cat Larry Karr 1:51.1 August 20 Mea $81,006 Pennsylvania Sires Stake Leg Dorsoduro Hanover Wes Delight Macadoodledoo 1:50.2 August 24 Hop InSS Final August 28 YR NYSS Leg August 30 Lex KYSS Leg Italics - Jug Eligible by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 contenders for the 73rd edition of the pacing classic.   Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 73rd Edition on September 20, 2018 Week #1 - August 8, 2018 1. Lather Up (1:48.1s; $574,465) Owner: Gary & Barbara Iles (DE) Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague 2. Courtly Choice (1:47.1; $528,546) Owners: Hutt Racing Stable (PA), Mac and Heim Stables (ON), Daniel Plouffe (QC) & Touch Stone Farms (ON) Trainer: Blake Macintosh Driver: James MacDonald/David Miller * Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000 3. Stay Hungry (1:47.3; $899,272) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON) & Irwin Samelman (NV) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Doug McNair 4. Dorsoduro Hanover (1:49.4f; $575,603) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Silva Prunel & Libby (FL), Weaver Bruscemi (PA) and Wingfield Five (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley 5. American History (1:47; $245,749) Owner: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON) & American History Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Yannick Gingras 6. Nutcracker Sweet (1:50.2; $335,660) Owner: Howard Taylor (PA), Order By Stable (SD) & Richard Lombardo (OH) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brian Sears 7. Hitman Hill (1:49.3f; $322,903) Owners: Tom Hill (ON) & Northfork Racing Stable (PA) Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brett Miller 8. Done Well (1:51.2f; $303,657) Owners: : James Stambaugh (OH), Wingfield Brothers (OH), Milton Leeman (OH) & Alan Keith (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Scott Zeron/Tim Tetrick 9. Babes Dig Me (Q1:52.3; $166,836) Owners: Bradley Grant (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Robert Leblanc (TX) & In The Gym Partners (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Brett Miller 10. St Lads Neptune (1:50.3s; $188,059) Owner: Jesmeral Stable (NY) Trainer: Stephanie Jamieson Driver: Jody Jamieson Upcoming Events August 11 Nfld Carl Milstein Memorial August 12 TgDn Empire Breeders Championship Eliminations August 12 Phl Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Leg by Jay Wolf, for the Litle Brown Jug

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