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Four-time Little Brown Jug champion driver, Ron Pierce has been selected as the 34th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. Pierce, 62, scored back-to-back Jug wins in 1998 and 1999 with Shady Character and the Triple Crown winning Blissfull Hall. He returned to the Jug winner's circle in 2004 with Timesareachanging and in 2009 with Well Said. The native of California owns an impressive Universal Drivers Rating of .417 in 49 Little Brown Jug starts. He ranks second in Jug earnings with $1.7 million. Of his 42 career wins at the Delaware County Fair, 34 of them came in stakes competition, including 13 in the Little Brown Jug and nine in the Standardbreds. Pierce retired from racing with 9,570 career wins and $215 million in earnings. He was enshrined into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY in 2005. Pierce will be presented the Wall of Fame jacket and wall plaque during the 2018 Little Brown Jug week (September 16 - 20). by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Filibuster Hanover used his front end speed to win the harness racing 72nd Little Brown Jug in 1:50 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Thursday evening. When the gates wings opened for the $401,472 final heat, driver Yannick Gingras sent Filibuster Hanover out of post #2 and grabbed the early lead from a fast leaving Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears) from post #5. First heat winner Fear The Dragon (David Miller) was forced into fourth. Filibuster Hanover led the field of seven past the opening quarter in :26 4/5. Sears decided to send the pocket sitting Downbytheseaside to the front at the half in :54 3/5. Gingras and Filibuster Hanover refused to let Downbystheseaside by, forcing the later to race on the outside. The eventual winner opened up some daylight at the ¾ pole in 1:21 3/5 as a tiring Downbytheseaside caused the chasers wide in the final turn. Filibuster Hanover won by a length over Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan), who rallied up the rail to finish second and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) was third. The three-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Joseph DiScala, Jr., J & T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. Gingras and Burke hoisted the Jug for the second time (2014 Limelight Beach). "We were really happy with (Filibuster Hanover) coming into this race and pleased with the post position," noted the winning trainer. "We thought he could be the horse to beat as Brian's (Brown) horses have been racing very hard and we might have caught them at the right time." "This horse really has been good all year long, but has really improved recently and we always thought he could win this race," added Gingras. The $188,928 first heat was a classic. Funknwaffles used the inside rail position and led the field of eight past the opening quarter in :27 1/5 and the half in :55 1/5. Fear The Dragon was the first to challenge, providing some needed cover for Miso Fast and Downbytheseaside. Funknwaffles remained a nose in front at the three-quarters in 1:22 4/5. As the field headed down the lane, six horses had a legitimate shot to win. Fear The Dragon received the last call and won by a neck over Filibuster Hanover in 1:50 3/5. Funknwaffles held on for third. Miso Fast was fourth and Downbytheseaside was fifth just ¾ of a length back of his stablemate. The official results of the first heat established the post-positions for the second heat. With the winner's share, Filibuster Hanover now sports $633,258 on his career earnings card. Filibuster Hanover The Jug Undercard The $120,500 Ms. Versatility Final was won by Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube) over Caprice Hill (Yannick Gingras) and Barn Girl (Aaron Merriman) in 1:52. The winning time was just 1/5 off the track, stakes and world records. Luc Blais trains the winner for Determination of Montreal, Quebec. Shake It Off Lindy and driver Scott Zeron used a front running effort to win the $105,125 Old Oaken Bucket in a lifetime best 1:54. A pair of Chris Beaver trainees took the place and show spots with Amdy M (David Miller) and Moonshiner Hanover (Tim Tetrick). Shake It Off Lindy is owned by K R Breeding and trained by Frank Antonacci. The leading candidates for next year's Old Oaken Bucket competed in the $52,200 Standardbred for two-year-old colt trotters. Keystone Apache (Marcus Miller) overcame a tough trip and edged Can't Afford It (Andy Miller) by a neck in a lifetime best 1:56 2/5. The Explosive Matter colt is owned by the Erv Miller Stable and Tangie Massey. He is trained by Erv Miller. Four divisions of the $145,184 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman pacing colts were held. Three $36,296 divisions were won by trainer Brian Brown - Rock On Creek (Chris Page), Dragonology (David Miller) and Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). The final division was won by Born To Be Bad (Andy Miller). The $113,385 (div.) sophomore colt OBC paces were won by Scotch McEwan (Josh Sutton), Camwood (Kayne Kauffman) and Barnabas (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Camwood paid $50.00 to win. A pair of $53,543 three-year-old filly OBC paces were won by Berazzled (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Rosa's Touch (Matt Kakaley). The $11,500 OBC for aged pacers went to Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) in 1:52 1/5. The mare as won three straight OBCs. Trainer Brian Brown won five races on the 22-race card. Jay Wolf      

Caviart Ally and harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy showed why they were the best Wednesday afternoon as the pair won the 47th  $273,250 Jugette at the Delaware County Fair on Wednesday afternoon. In the $163,950 second and final heat, Blazin Britches (Trace Tetrick) and Caviart Ally used the inside positions that they earned in the eliminations to sprint out the early lead as the field of eight passed the quarter mile pole in :27 3/5. Blazin Britches kept Caviart Ally behind her through the half in :55 4/5. McCarthy tipped the eventual winner off the rail at the three-quarters in 1:23 3/5. The crowd urged the pair down the lane and Caviart Ally cleared by ¾ of a length in 1:51 3/5. Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) rounded out the top three. New Zealand native, Noel Daley trains the Bettor's Delight filly for Caviart Farms. McCarthy, an Australian native, won the Jugette for the first time, capping a three win day at the Delaware County Fair. In the second elimination, Caviart Ally used the inside post and took control of the race and went by the ¼ mile pole in :27 1/5. Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge the pacesetter as the field approached the half mile station in :56 3/5. McCarthy asked his charge for more and Caviart Ally opened up at the three-quarters in 1:23 4/5. Caviart Lady won by 5 lengths over Tequila Monday (David Miller). Idyllic Beach hung on for third and Ella Christina (Tim Tetrick) advanced to the final with her fourth place finish. The first $54,650 elimination went to Blazin Britches by 2¼ lengths over Obvious Blue Chip in 1:52 1/5. The Brian Brown trainee is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. That pair hope to win the 72nd Little Brown Jug on Thursday. Jugette Day Undercard Driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Noel Daley teamed up after their Jugette elimination win to take the $80,575 Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters. McCarthy used a perfect drive with Cool Cates to keep Satin Dancer (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) locked on the rail and sprinted home to win in 1:56. The Yankee Glide filly, a $35,000 yearling purchase, has now won more than $250,000 for the All Laid Out Stables. Seventeen three-year-old colt trotters competed in the $94,334 Ohio Breeders Championship. Trainer Chris Beaver swept the two divisions with Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) in the first division and Fraser Ridge (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in the second. Fraser Ridge established a national season's record of 1:55 in the second $47,167 division with a 4½ length win over Full Surge (Mike Wilder). Fraser Ridge has won three in a row for Donald Robinson, Robert Mondillo, Beaver and RBH Ventures. Buckeye Boss took the second division in 1:55 3/5 over Jailhouse Sam (Hugh Beatty) and Dejarover (David Miller). The winner is owned by Beaver, Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. Three divisions of the $130,000 OBCs for freshman pacing fillies were held with Prsntpretynperfect taking the fastest division in 1:54 3/5. Prsntpretynperfect (Kayne Kauffman) overcame post #7 and was able to sit behind the leading Princess Rougarou (Yannick Gingras) until the final turn and sprinted clear to score by three lengths. The daughter of Big Bad John has now won six of seven starts this season for owners Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo and Joshua Green and trainer Brian Brown. Baron Remy (Chris Page) won the second $43,333 division in 1:54 4/5. Baron Remy belongs to Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Pumel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The nation's leading trainer Ron Burke conditions the Yankee Cruiser filly. Pearl Crush (Ryan Stahl) took the first division over Shadows On Time (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Delicate Arch (Yannick Gingras) in a lifetime best 1:55 3/5. The Yankee Cruiser filly is conditioned by Ron Potter for Clyde Perfect. Two-year-old filly trotters competed in a pair of divisions of the $113,400 (div) Ohio Breeders Championships. The first division featured a classic stretch duel between Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) and Risky Deal (David Miller). The Break The Bank K fillies were nose-to-nose through the lane with Risky Deal getting the last call in a lifetime best 1:57. Crist Hershberger trains the winner for Deborah Kvernmo To Russia (Ryan Stahl) used a final turn move to win the second $56,700 division in 1:58 2/5 over Red Storm (Aaron Merriman) and She's Got Pizazz (Brett Miller). The Manofmanymissions filly now has $104,380 on her card for owner Parent Racing Stable and trainer Scott Cox. The $12,900 OBC for aged trotters went to A Tc Queenie (Dan Noble) in 1:54 3/5. The 4 year-old Triumphant Caviar mare is owned by Trish Soulsby and Richard Schault and trained by Ron Steck. The 22 race Jug Day card features the $590,400 Little Brown Jug. Post time is 11:00 am. Jay Wolf  

Delaware, OH --- Cool Cates beat Satin Dancer to the front on the first turn and it proved decisive as she marched to a 1:56 win in Wednesday’s (Sept. 20) $80,575 Buckette Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old female trotters at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Satin Dancer was second, beaten by 1-1/4 lengths, and Maewegonow was third. Feed Your Head, the morning-line favorite from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, was scratched. Cool Cates, driven by Andy McCarthy, and Satin Dancer were quickest off the starting gate, but Cool Cates got the lead from post two on her way to an opening quarter-mile of :27.2. The field reached the half in :57.3, at which point Maewegonow was making a first-over bid and nearing Satin Dancer in second place. The group held those positions to three-quarters, in 1:26.4, and Cool Cates trotted home from there. “I sort of thought we would end up on the front today; on paper once Takter’s horse was scratched I sort of thought we were the best,” said Noel Daley, who trains Cool Cates for owner All Laid Out Stable. “She’s no champion, but she’s a nice filly. She’s been on her game of late. She’s a lot more controllable now in the races. “I did sort of expect her to be pretty good today.” Cool Cates (Yankee Glide) has won five of 12 races this year and seven of 20 in her career, good for $251,379 in purses. She has three wins and two second-place finishes in her last five starts. She was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up on Sept. 3. “She will go to Lexington next,” Daley said about Cool Cates’ schedule. “We just hope we can dodge some of the good ones there in the Bluegrass. If she’s good enough we’ll drop her in (the Kentucky Filly Futurity). Obviously, we’re not beating Ariana G, but if she has a good week we’ll put her in there. “They’re going to breed her to Muscle Hill next year, so we’ll do what we can in between,” he added. Cool Cates, the even-money second choice behind 4-5 favorite Satin Dancer, paid $4.00 to win. It was both Daley’s and McCarthy’s first win in the Buckette. "We bought her for $35,000 down in Lexington and she's a nice filly but as a 2-year-old she was a little tough to manage," said Daley. "She was this year too early on but she really has been coming around. Adding Lasix helped her and she's also begun to mentally mature." -- Kim French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Delaware, OH --- Blazin Britches won the $54,650 first elimination of the Jugette for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers in 1:52.1 on Wednesday (Sept. 20) at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Obvious Blue Chip finished second, followed by Terrortina and Rockin Serena to advance to the final later this afternoon. Sent off at odds of 1-9, Blazin Britches and driver Trace Tetrick went to the lead on the first turn and never looked back, winning by 2-1/4 lengths. The filly, who has won 10 of 11 races this year, is trained by Brian Brown and owned by breeder Emerald Highlands Farm. Blazin Britches set fractions of :28.1, :57 and 1:24.4. Obvious Blue Chip tried to challenge heading around the final turn, but was unable to get within striking distance. “I wanted to be on the move to the front by the backside to try to control the race,” Tetrick said. “I had plenty of mare left; it was just trying to get her to pay attention. She kind of got to daydreaming there a little bit. “She loves her job. When it was time to race she wanted to go forward. "She was a little headstrong earlier on and Brian went ahead and changed bits on her. Since then she has been perfect. She really loves her work." Caviart Ally romped to victory in the second $54,650 Jugette elimination, winning by open lengths in 1:52 for driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Noel Daley. Caviart Ally, the 8-5 favorite, led every step of the way. She pulled away from her rivals on the backstretch and was unthreatened from there. Tequila Monday finished second, followed by Idyllic Beach and Ella Christina to reach the final. Caviart Ally, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool owned by Caviart Farms, has won five of 14 races this year. She set fractions of :27.1, :56.3, and 1:23.4 on her way to victory. “She’s very handy off the gate,” McCarthy said. “You just have to chirp to her a little bit and she will get out of there as much as you want to. That definitely helped. She actually got a little bumpy on me coming out of the third turn. I think we were going too slow; she just wanted to get going. I had to let her pace out a little bit to get her smoothed out and she was good. "Over the last few months she has become much stronger," added McCarthy. "I used to always race from off the pace for that reason but I don't have to anymore. They did add Lasix as well, so that may have helped, but she is coming into her own." The post-position order for the $163,950 final is: 1. Blazin Britches, 2. Caviart Ally, 3. Obvious Blue Chip, 4. Tequila Monday, 5. Terrortina, 6. Idyllic Beach, 7. Ella Christina, 8. Rockin Serena. -- Kim French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Indiana invader Pinecraft Nellie won the $37,600 Standardbred trot for two-year-old fillies in Tuesday harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair. Driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent Pinecraft Nellie out of the outside post #4 and grabbed the early lead. The daughter of Guccio led the field through the first half mile fractions of :30 1/5 and 1:00 3/5. Msnaughtyashill (David Miller) challenged the leader at the three-quarter mile pole in 1:29 1/5, but Pinecraft Nellie was solid through the lane to score a 4 1/2 length victory in 1:58 4/5. Pinecraft Nellie won for the eighth time in 15 seasonal starts and is owned by Summit Pacing Acres and conditioned by Byron Hooley. In the $126,000 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters, Ohio Sires Stake champion Mission Accepted (Ryan Stahl) took the first division in a national season's record 1:56 2/5. As the starting gates wings opened, In My Dreams and Hugh Beatty took the early lead. Mission Accepted, who left from post 5, to take command just past the opening quarter in :29 2/5. Mission Accepted took on the mid race challenges of Joggintothebank (Dan Noble) and Sand Cash (Tyler Smith) and won by 1¾ lengths. In My Dreams held on for second and Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton) rallied for third. The son of Manofmanymissions is owned by trainer Jeff Conger, breeder Knox Services and David Wills. He now has won over $190,000 in just 7 starts this season. In the second $42,000 division, Cash Lane and driver Kayne Kauffman cruised to a 1½ length win over upset minded Dancewithsomebody (Robin Miller) in 1:59 2/5. Cash Lane is trained by Mike Polhamus and is owned by Richard L. Finfrock. In the final division, Sultan Of Cash, the 3-5 betting choice, showed why he was the best when he went gate-to-wire in 1:58. Woof (Mike Wilder) and Count On Cody (David Miller) rounded out the top three. Sultan Of Cash has now won $126,515 and 7 of 8 starts this season. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. drove the winner for owner/trainer Roger Hughes, Jr. The 19 race Wednesday card starts at 11:00 AM and features the Jugette for three-year-old pacing fillies. Jay Wolf

Boogie Shuffle will have to beat the best harness racing 3-year-old pacers in North America to win Thursday's $590,400 Little Brown Jug and owner Bob Tambur wouldn't want it any other way. "That's what sports are all about," said Tambur, the owner of Fox Hollow Farm, which bred and owns Boogie Shuffle. "You want to be there. The fact you're there, that you're one of the better horses in the country, that's big. "I never dreamed I'd get to the Jug. But here we are. I'm a lucky guy." Boogie Shuffle brings a three-race win streak, and four wins in his past five starts, to the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The eight-horse field also includes Fear The Dragon, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, and No. 3 Downbytheseaside. "If you want to be a top horse you've got to race against the best," said Tambur, who lives in northeast Pennsylvania. "Now we are racing against the best." The Little Brown Jug is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Huntsville, who was not entered in the Little Brown Jug, won the first, the Cane Pace, while Downbytheseaside won the second, the Messenger Stakes. This year's race ushers in a new era for the Little Brown Jug, which previously required a horse to win two heats to be declared the event's champion. Beginning this year, the race's conditions were altered so that eliminations only establish an eight-horse field for the final later in the day. The Little Brown Jug champion is the winner of the final regardless of finish position in his elimination. With eight horses in this year's field, all will advance to the $401,472 final. The post positions for the final will be determined by the official order of finish in the $188,928 first heat, with the winning horse assigned post position one and all others taking their positions in the order they were placed in the first heat. Boogie Shuffle, a son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Ciela Hanover, will start the first round from post six and is 6-1 on the morning line. Downbytheseaside, in post five, is the 2-1 favorite while Fear The Dragon is the second choice, at 7-2. Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are both trained by Brian Brown, who is based at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Brian Sears will drive Downbytheseaside while David Miller, who with a win Thursday can equal the record of five Little Brown Jug victories, will be behind Fear The Dragon. Scott Zeron will drive Boogie Shuffle for trainer Mark Harder. "One thing about (Boogie Shuffle), he's got gate speed," Tambur said. "We'll see what happens. It's up to Scotty." Boogie Shuffle began this season with a win and four third-place finishes in his first five races. In his next four races, though, he finished no better than sixth. It was discovered the horse was suffering from stomach ulcers and his recent return to top form followed treatment for the issue. His three-race win streak includes the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Boogie Shuffle won the event in a career-best 1:48.2. "Even when he was sick, he was trying," Tambur said. "Mark kept saying the horse is a good horse. He knew there was something wrong; it was just a matter of figuring it out and getting the horse right. It was very frustrating. But Mark never gave up on that horse, nor did Scotty. "Those two guys stuck with me. I have admiration for both of them. I give both those guys a lot of credit; a lot of character there." For his career, Boogie Shuffle has won six of 27 races and earned $362,543. Last year, he won only one of 13 races but finished among the top three a total of 10 times. "Last year, he would slow down when a horse came alongside of him," Tambur said. "This year, he goes for it. He's a little older, a little smarter. And he's strong. We think he will be great to go two races (in the Jug). I'm not saying we're going to win, but he doesn't get tired easily." Tambur, whose business ventures include a financial company and real estate development, got started in harness racing a little more than two decades ago. He is looking forward to his first trip to the Little Brown Jug. "I'm in it for the dream," Tambur said. "When you breed a horse on your farm and you raise him and he goes out and does well, I get a big kick out of it. "We've got a lot of good races ahead of us. I'm optimistic, but we're racing with the best of them." Right where he wants to be. Following is the draw for the opening heat for the 72nd Little Brown Jug. It is race No. 16 with an approximate 4 p.m. post time. All eight horses will return for the final, which is race No. 20. PP Horse Sire (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds 1. Funknwaffles by American Ideal (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 10-1 2. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 5-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again (David Miller/Brian Brown) 7-2 4. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 12-1 5. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 2-1 6. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said (Scott Zeron/Mark Harder) 6-1 7. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere (Tim Tetrick/Ron Buke) 15-1 8. Chip Walther  by Art Major (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 20-1 Ken Weingartner

Harness racing trainer Joe Paver thought Carmensdaleyapple would be a good horse, but he never expected the homebred 2-year-old male pacer to produce win after win after win. Fifteen, to be exact, without a single setback as he heads Wednesday to an Ohio Fair Racing Conference division at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "It's a big surprise," said Paver, who bred, owns and trains Carmensdaleyapple. He added with a laugh, "I don't usually win that many races in a year, let alone with one horse." True. Carmensdaleyapple has nearly equaled Paver's previous career high for training wins in a season, 17 in 2005. This year, the 58-year-old Paver has posted 30 victories and career-best purse earnings of $152,833. Carmensdaleyapple has won more races this year than any 2-year-old in North America. The gelding's 15 victories are tied for fourth among horses of any age and he is the only undefeated horse among the 69 with at least 11 wins. "He trained down good," said Paver, who trains his stable of five horses at the Union County Fairgrounds in Marysville, Ohio. "I'd been in 2:01 with him at home before I ever raced him. That was by himself, though. He's been a little bit better than I thought. He's a good-natured horse. He's long barreled and I like his gait." Carmensdaleyapple is a son of stallion Mr Apples out of the mare Mydaleybread, who Paver bought in 2014 and raced briefly as a 14-year-old before breeding her. Carmen is Paver's wife, who named Carmensdaleyapple. Paver drove Carmensdaleyapple in his first start, at the Paulding County Fair, and won by nearly 24 lengths in 2:13 over a sloppy track. Since then, 20-year-old Pierce Henry has been Carmensdaleyapple's regular driver. Last year, Henry drove another Paver homebred, Mannys Too Special, several times on the fair circuit. "I didn't have any help, I was having to paddock and drive, so I tagged Pierce and put him up," Paver said. "He's getting better every day. Experience is how drivers get better. I've got faith in him. He'll be all right." Carmensdaleyapple has won nine of his 15 races by at least five lengths and his narrowest margin of victory has been 2-1/2 lengths. His best win time of 1:57.1 came Aug. 14 at the Mercer County Fair in Celina. "A couple times he's had miles cut for him, but most of the time he does it on his own," Paver said. "But he can do it either way (from the front or following)." On Wednesday, Carmensdaleyapple and Henry will start from post No. 1 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Carmensdaleyapple is the race's even-money favorite on the morning line. Dan Noble's Jus Chillin It, who has won five of eight races this year and not yet faced Carmensdaleyapple, is the 4-1 second choice. Wednesday's card also includes the $273,250 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers and $80,575 Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters. "It hasn't mattered so far to him, but it's nice to draw the rail there," Paver said about Delaware's half-mile track. "We've got to hope for the best. Anything can happen. But I think he'll be all right." Paver, who is from Marysville, followed his uncle, Tom, and father, Pearl, into harness racing. He started jogging horses around the age of 12 and bought his first horse in his mid-20s. He owns some horses with his father and brother, Dennis. Among their recent successes is Ohsowigglesspecial, a homebred 4-year-old female pacer who has won 19 of 54 career races and earned $166,478. Carmensdaleyapple will race once more following Wednesday's start, in the Ohio Fairs Championship next month. Then the horse will receive time off before preparing for his 3-year-old campaign. "I'll look and see what I want to do next year," Paver said. "I know he will be in the sire stakes. I didn't do it this year; I just staked him to the fairs to teach him to race. But there will definitely be some staking next year." Click here for Wednesday's complete card at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Ken Weingartner

Rose Run Sydney became the newest Ohio 'Triple Crown" winner when she drew off in the $93,000 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for harness racing three-year-old filly trotters in Monday's twilight action at the Delaware County Fair. The winner of the Ohio State Fair Stakes and the Ohio Sires Stake Final used a patient drive by Jason Brewer, taking the lead at the three-quarter mile pole and opened up a three length lead at the wire in 1:57 3/5. I Like Purple (Chris Page) and Vatanna (Kayne Kauffman) completed the top three. The three-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by trainer Steve Carter, Adam Friedland and RBR Racing LLC. With the first place check Rose Run Sydney's career earnings now tops $363,000 In the first $46,500 division, Gabbysloosechange returned to her winning ways by cruising to victory in 1:56 2/5. Driver Dan Noble sent the eventual winner right for the lead and led the field of six past the quarters in :28 1/5, :57 3/5 and 1:26 2/5. Away My Baby (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) mounted a late challenge but never really threatened Gabbysloosechange. Vandy's Magic (Chris Page) was third. The sophomore daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by trainer Chris Beaver and breeder Johanna Beaver. Gabbysloosechange, who was unraced at two, won for the eighth time in 12 seasonal starts and now sports a bankroll of $185,625. In the $12,000 Signature Series Final, 19 year-old reinsman Joey Putnam guided Sum It Up to victory in 1:57 2/5. Joseph Putnam and Cheryl O'Mara own the six-year-old gelded son of Lump Sum. Tuesday's action at the Delaware County Fair features the Standardbred for freshman trotting fillies and the Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters. Post time is 1:00 p.m. Jay Wolf  

Instructor cruised to victory in the $41,600 Standardbred pace for harness racing freshman colts in Sunday's Grand Circuit action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Mike Wilder sent the gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance from post #1 right to the lead and led the field through the first three quarters of the mile in :28 2/5, :58 2/5 and 1:27 1/5. Rock N Joe (Chris Page) mounted a slight challenge in the final turn, but Instructor was too tough and won by 1 1/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:55 3/5. Instructor is owned by Burke Racing Stable, David Wills, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi and conditioned by Ron Burke. Bye Hanover took the $34,800 Standardbred for two-year-old filly pacers in 1:58 4/5. When the field of three headed into the first turn, driver Chris Page sent the daughter of Well Said after the early lead, putting Tura Lura Lural (Kayne Kauffman) into the pocket spot second on the rail. Bye Hanover was able to control the fractions of :30, 1:00 4/5 and 1:31. Bye Hanover drew clear of Trura Lura Lural in the stretch to score the 3¼ length win. The daughter of Well Said is owned by Richard Lombardo, RBH Ventures, Joe Sbrocco and Hutchinson Harness and trained by Brian Brown. Driver Hannah Miller continued her dominance in the amateur driving ranks with a pair of wins on the card, the Tim Fouts Memorial Pace and the Billings Amateur Trot. In the $5,000 Tim Fouts Memorial Pace, she represented the Yonkers Harness Drivers Club and used a three-wide move in the final turn to win with Banging The Drum in 1:57 1/5. Badger Quinn (Ned Hodkinson) was second and Picasso Forever (Mitchell Walker) was third. Miller guided Pine Tab to a 1:59 4/5 win over Kween Mightus (Gregg Keidel) and Rush N Supreme (Mitchell Walker) to take the Billings Trot. Post time for the 13 race Monday card is 3:00 p.m. Jay Wolf

The Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug would like to remind harness racing horsemen of a couple of important items: Jug and Jugette Entries: The Jugette and Little Brown Jug use a 5-day box. Entries for the Jugette are due by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15 and entries for the 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association are due by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16. Jug Race-Off: Last year, the Little Brown Jug Society voted to eliminate the third heat (race-off). The winner of the second heat will be declared the LBJ champion. Jug and Jugette Eliminations: These events will split into eliminations with 10 or more entries. Should ten horses enter, two 5 horse eliminations will be held and the top eight will move on to the Jug final. Detention Barn: All Jugette and Jug entries need to be stabled in the required barns two days prior to the event. Jugette Horses: Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:00 am. Jug Horses: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:00 am. Standardbred Two-Year-Old Paces: The Standardbred events for two-year-old colt and filly pacers will be held on Sunday, September 17. The deadline to enter is 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 14. Overnights: The complete overnight schedule is available on www.littlebrownjug.com. Entries: Horsemen are urged to enter all Delaware County Fair events via the United States Trotting Associations Online Entry. Entries can also be made by calling (740) 363-6000.   Jay Wolf    

The annual charity auction to benefit the harness racing New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday September 20th conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Over 100 items and services will be offered in a silent auction via mobile bidding followed by a live auction of ten premier items at 7:30 p.m. For the first time, people will be able to view the items in advance and bid remotely from their mobile devices. To see the items and register to bid, visit: www.wedoauctions.net/prejugparty. New items will be added daily up to the event. Featured offerings include a South African Photo Safari, Antigua Vacation, Louisiana Swamp Adventure, John Deere Lawn Tractor, Spyder race bike of choice, Barbie & Ken (real live Miniature paint filly and colt) and a set of New Nitro wheels. These items along with harnesses, jewelry, tickets to sporting events, home accessories, professional services and autographed colors donated by David Miller and Corey Callahan are all up for grabs at this exciting fundraising event. Come to the party or just support these two great organizations! Table sponsors and item donations are still being sought. All major contributors receive invitations. FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Morgan Nemeth (734) 320-7918 winnie@horseadoption.com The Beneficiaries New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. It was founded in 1992 to offer retiring Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and vocational training prior to placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations accepts horses from racetracks and farms throughout the eastern United States at locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York. Horses are equipped with new skills and placed with experienced, caring individuals where "once again, each can be a star." Over 6,500 retired racehorses have found new homes and careers through the efforts of New Vocations. The Delaware County Agricultural Society The Delaware County Agricultural Society has run its annual fair since 1834. The organization promotes agriculture through the operation of the fairgrounds and the many events held there throughout the year. The Delaware County Agricultural Society is celebrating its 72nd year conducting the greatest pacing race in the sport, The Little Brown Jug. The Fairgrounds is home to a thriving community of harness horses and maintains one of the fastest racetracks in the world. The Delaware County Agricultural Society promotes harness racing and its lore to thousands of fans and strives to maintain the history while promoting the future of our sport.  

Paula Campbell, wife of Hall of Fame driver John Campbell and advocate for retired racehorses, will be honored as the 2017 Lady Pace Honoree during the Grand Circuit meet at the harness racing Delaware County Fair. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Campbell is the co-founder and president of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, a non-profit organization created to care for, rehabilitate, and secure lifetime adoption of non-competitive racehorses. Paula Campbell also participated as a driver while competing in the Billings Amateur Drivers Series in the 1990s. The Campbell's won the 1982 Little Brown Jug with Merger and also campaigned horses under the banner of Having Fun Stable, winning an elimination of the Jugette in 1994 with Thisoldheartofmine. "I want to thank the Little Brown Jug Society for acknowledging me. I am very humbled and grateful for this honor. The Little Brown Jug is a wonderful event that I look forward to every year. Winning with Merger, a horse John and I owned, in 1982 is still one of our biggest thrills," noted Campbell. "Harness racing has been so ingrained in my family and life and I am so grateful for this honor. Looking forward to a great day of racing." Campbell will be honored in a winner's circle ceremony after a division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly pacers on Jug Day. The 2017 Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds will feature five days of racing, concluding with the 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, September 21. For more information or to order tickets, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf      

Four-time Little Brown Jug champion harness racing driver, David Miller has been selected as the 33rd Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. Miller, 52, is the all-time leading driver at the Delaware County Fair. Among his 218 career wins are a pair of Jugette titles, four Old Oaken Buckets, two Buckettes and twenty Standardbred events. The native of Columbus, Ohio won his first Little Brown Jug title in 2003 with No Pan Intended, capping a 10-win day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Miller other Jug titles include Shadow Play (2008), Big Bad John (2011) and Betting Line (2016). Miller is only the third driver in history of the sport to pass $200 million in career earnings (currently at $214.7 million) and ranks fifth in career wins with 12,170. He was inducted into Harness Racing's Hall of Fame in 2014 and was enshrined into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010. Miller will be presented the Wall of Fame jacket and wall plaque during the 2017 Little Brown Jug week (September 17 - 21). Jay Wolf  

Delaware native, Thomas "T" Thomson has been named the Sponsorship Manager of the harness racing Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug. Thomson has more than 25 years of sales and production experience, most recently with Brown Enterprise Solutions. Thomson is the grandson of Henry "Hank" Thomson, co-founder of the Little Brown Jug and the son of W. D. "Tommy" Thomson, who ran the Jug for nearly 40 years. Thomson replaced Phil Terry who retired in January. "I am honored to serve in my new role with the fair and Jug," noted Thomson. "We are experiencing some exciting times in Delaware, with the passage of the bed tax and the revenue that will be created as a result of it. I am looking forward to working with the industry, business and community leaders to advance the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug." "We could not be happier than to have T as our Sponsorship Manager. He has a long history with the fair and Little Brown Jug going all the way back to his grandfather being one of our founding fathers," added Tom Wright, Delaware County Fair's Director of Racing. "His previous experience combined with a passion for Delaware is the perfect match to carry us forward in the harness industry."   Jay Wolf

Phil Terry, Director of Marketing for the Delaware County Fair, has announced his retirement effective January 31, 2017. Terry, 67, has served as the Director of Marketing since 1998 and served as the fair's General Manager from 2008 until 2013. Terry was honored for his work when he was named the 2010 Little Brown Jug "Wall of Fame" honoree. "I have been blessed to be involved with the Little Brown Jug and harness racing at the Delaware County Fair," noted Terry. "I was very lucky to have a friend like Tom Thomson who taught me about the Jug and its importance to the people who attend the Jug and to harness racing as a whole. Thanks to everyone who helped me through the years." "No one loves the Little Brown Jug more than Phil," noted Tom Wright, President of the Little Brown Jug Society. "His dedication and efforts to improve the race and events around the Jug will be his legacy." "The fair board cannot thank Phil enough for his leadership of the fair during some tough economic times," added Pat Paykoff, President of the Delaware County Fairboard. The Delaware County Fair will start a search to find a replacement for Terry. The 2017 Delaware County Fair will run from Saturday, September 16 through Saturday, September 23. The 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug will be raced on Thursday, September 21. For more information on the Delaware County Fair or the Little Brown Jug, please visit [www.delawarecountyfair.com] www.delawarecountyfair.com or [www.littlebrownjug.com]

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