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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

The Delaware County Agricultural Society would like to remind harness racing horsemen that the Blooded Horse Sale's Winter Speed Sale scheduled for February 12 has been postponed. "With a couple of cases of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) reported in the state of Ohio and Pennsylvania, the fair board felt that we should be overly cautious and postpone the sale," noted Tom Wright, Director of Racing for the Delaware County Fair. "We have around 150 horses on the fairgrounds training daily and we owe the local trainers and owners a safe and healthy environment." Delaware County Fair officials have pledged to work with the Blooded Horse Sale Company to see if the sale can be held in the near future. Jay Wolf      

Donald “Don” McKirgan, one of the top trainers in the state of Ohio, has been elected as the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Known as “Ohio’s Trotmaster,” McKirgan has enjoyed success with both gaits, including the 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year, Like Old Times and is credited with 3,640 career driving wins. McKirgan, 77, came to Northfield Park when it opened in 1957 and remains stabled there today. He was the leading driver at the Cleveland oval in 1977 and 1981 and led all Northfield drivers in the Universal Drivers Rating in 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1985. He was elected to the Northfield Park Wall of Fame in 1992. McKirgan has won at least one race at Northfield Park every year before being sidelined for the entire 2004 season. In November 2003, McKirgan suffered what would have been a career ending illness for most people. He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré disease, an inflammatory disorder that paralyzed McKirgan for nearly half a year. McKirgan will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association banquet in Worthington, Ohio, on Saturday, January 13. Jay Wolf

The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association banquet on Saturday (Jan. 13) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbus (Worthington). The Ohio Chapter has voted Brian Brown as the recipient of the Winner's Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; Cameron McCown as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner as the young Ohioan who is an "up-and-coming" star among harness horsemen; Joe Adamsky into the Immortal Hall of Fame; Feelin Friskie into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and Ed Mullinax as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. Brown, 53, enjoyed a career year as he conditioned three of the top pacers in the country; Downbytheseaside ($1,602,452 in seasonal earnings), Fear The Dragon ($1,350,146), and filly Blazin Britches ($540,424). The Brown Stable earned $5.8 million this season and secured a .402 UTR and was selected as the "Trainer of the Year" by the United States Harness Writers Association. McCown is a 29-year-old resident of Ostrander, Ohio. McCown had 86 wins and his drives earned $330,892 in purse money. McCown started driving in 2014 and earned an impressive .379 UDRS this season. Adamsky was one of the top drivers in Ohio during the 1980s and 1990s. For his career he posted 2,707 victories and more than $11.4 million in purses. The native of Rochester, Michigan, won 12 Ohio Sires Stakes finals, including four with Ohio Standardbred Hall of Fame member, Majestic Osborne. Adamsky received the Achievement award from the Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers' Association in 2002 and was the first Jerry Kaltenbach Trophy winner, awarded to the top driver in the Ohio Sire Stakes series. Feelin Friskie earned $784,210 during his racing career, but the son of Artiscape left his mark on Ohio racing in the breeding shed. Owned by Wayne Whebby and Midland Acres, Feelin Friskie sired winners of $12.9 million and 78 foals in 1:55, including Igotafeelinfran ($569,650), Noble Finesse ($415,886) and Feelin Lika Winner ($344,996). Mullinax, is a successful breeder and owner of Standardbreds, including P Forty Seven, winner of the 2005 Little Brown Jug, and Dragon Again, winner of $2.3 million and a successful stallion, who fathered the sports richest performer, Foiled Again ($7.5 million). Mullinax is a supporter and sponsor of many industry events including the Hambletonian, the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and the Breeders Crown. By Jay Wolf      

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  

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

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

It is expected to be a battle between a pair of Brian Brown trainees as Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon have been installed as the morning line harness racing favorites in the $590,400 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 21st at the Delaware County Fair. Downbytheseaside was tapped as the 2-1 choice and will leave from post 5 and will be piloted by Brian Sears in the first heat field of eight. Downbytheseaside comes into the Jug on a 4 race win streak, and has won 9 of 13 seasonal starts, including the $500,000 Art Rooney Pace, the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and the $125,000 Jug Preview. He owns a lifetime mark of 1:49 2/5 and has earned just short of $1.6 million. The Somebeachsomewhere colt is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Fear The Dragon drew post 3 and has been made the 7/2 second choice. The Dragon Again colt is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm and has earned $1.2 million during his career. Fear The Dragon will receive the services of Delaware's all-time winningest driver, David Miller. They teamed up to win the $730,000 North America Cup, the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and the $400,000 Adios Pace. He was scratched sick from the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final on September 3. He won a qualifying race at Hoosier Park on September 13 in 1:54 over a sloppy track. The eight entries are the smallest number since 8 entered the 1980 Little Brown Jug won by Niatross. Only seven horses entered the 1948 (won by Knight Dream) and 1965 (won by Bret Hanover) Little Brown Jugs. The post positions for the final heat will be determined by the official results of the $188,928 first heat. The winner of the $401,472 final heat will be declared the 72nd Jug champion. The complete Little Brown Jug field and announced drivers: 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 Jay Wolf      

Blazin Britches, winner of nine of ten races this season, has been installed as the 6/5 morning line harness racing favorite in the $273,250 Little Brown Jugette three-year-old filly pace on Wednesday, September 20th at the Delaware County Fair. The daughter of the 2010 Little Brown Jug champion, Rock N Roll Heaven, owns a lifetime mark of 1:48 4/5 and has earned $203,392. The Brian Brown trainee will leave from post #3 in the first of two eliminations and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick for Emerald Highlands Farm. During her current five race win streak are wins in the $63,475 Adioo Volo, the $113,950 Shady Daisy and the $160,000 Nadia Lobell. Emerald Highlands and Brian Brown are also expected to challenge in the 72nd Little Brown Jug with Fear The Dragon. Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) is the second choice at 4-1 from post #4. Mark Steacy trains the daughter of Roll For Joe for NLG Racing and Stephen Klunowski. Obvious Blue Chip has earned $264,073 during her career. Caviart Alley is the favorite in the six horse second $54,650 elimination. Andrew McCarthy was named to pilot the daughter of Bettor's Delight for Caviart Farm. The Noel Daley trainee has been first or second in her last five starts. She owns a 1:50 2/5 mark and has earned $475,700 during her career. The second and third choices in the second elimination are Tequila Monday (Brett Miller) and Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras). The top four elimination finishers will advance to the $163,950 second heat. The winner of the second heat will be declared the Jugette champion. The complete Jugette field and announced drivers: PP Horse (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds $54,650 First Elimination 1. Rockin Serena by Rockin Image - (Peter Wrenn/Melanie Wrenn) 9/2 2. Jaye's A Lady by Mcardle - (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Johansson) 8-1 3. Blazin Britches by Rock N Roll Heaven - (Trace Tetrick/Brian Brown) 6-5 4. Obvious Blue Chip by Roll With Joe - (Scot Zeron/Mark Steacy) 4-1 5. Terrortina by Western Terror - (Tony Hall/Norm Parker) 12-1 $54,650 Second Elimination 1. Caviart Ally by Bettor's Delight - (Andrew McCarthy/Noel Daley) 2-1 2. Roaring To Go by Art Major - (Brett Miller/Kevin Lare) 5-1 3. Tequila Monday by American Ideal -  (Brett Miller/Chrs Oakes) 3-1 4. Ella Christina by Western Ideal - (Tim Tetrick/Nick Surrick) 6-1 5. Zoe Ellasen by Santanna Blue Chip - (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr./Ron Potter) 8-1 6. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 4-1 Jay Wolf        

Delaware, OH --- Over the past few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, has been ranking the top 10 harness racing contenders for the 72nd edition of the pacing classic. This year's Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday (Sept. 21). For the latest LBJ information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com.   1. (Last Week #1) Downbytheseaside (1:49.0; $1,595,822) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Richard M. Lombardo (OH) & Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Brian Brown   Driver: Brian Sears   2. (#2) Fear The Dragon (1:48.4s; $1,263,201) Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown   Driver: David Miller   3.(#3) Filibuster Hanover (1:50.0f; $385,290) Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Joseph DiScala, Jr. (NY) and J&T Silva Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke   Driver: Matt Kakaley & Yannick Gingras   4. (#7) Art Scene (1:49.4s; $241,827) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Alagna Racing (NJ), In The Gym Partners (NY) & Americam Art Stable (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna    Driver: Jordan Stratton & Scott Zeron   5. (#6) Boogie Shuffle (1:48.2f; $362,543) Owners: Fox Hollow Farm (PA) Trainer: Mark Harder   Driver: Scott Zeron   6. (#4) Miso Fast (1:49.2f; $457,328) Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Our Horse Cents Stable (PA) and J&T Silva Stables (NY)  Trainer: Ron Burke    Driver: Matt Kakaley   7. (#5) Funknwaffles (1:50.4h; $575,687) Owner: Crawford Farms Racing (NY) Trainer: John Butenschoen    Driver: Corey Callahan   8. (#9) Blood Line (1:50.3f; $236,239) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Jimmy Takter    Driver: Mark MacDonald   9. (#8) Heaven’s Gait (1:49.0s; $272,947) Owner: John R. Cummins (KY) Trainer: Nicholas DeVita    Driver: David Miller & Jordan Stratton   10. (NR) Normandy Beach (1:51.3f; $218,002) Owners: W J Donovan (FL)  Trainer: Ron Burke    Driver: Yannick Gingras by Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug publicity director 

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    

For several weeks, the experts have been saying the 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, was going to be a two horse race. The harness racing bettors agree and have made Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon as the top choices in the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #1. Downbytheseaside has been tapped the 6/5 favorite based on his recent wins in the $500,000 Messenger Pace Final (September 2) and the $125,000 Jug Preview (September 9). The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won nine of 13 seasonal starts and $1,595,822 for his career. Downbytheseaside is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard M. Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Both Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are trained by Delaware, Ohio based Brian Brown. Fear The Dragon is the second choice at 3-1. The Dragon Again colt has won the $730,000 North America Cup, the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and the $400,000 Adios Pace. He has been a model of consistency this season with all twelve starts resulting in first or second place finishes and $1.0 million in seasonal earnings. Fear The Dragon is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Miso Fast (7-1) and Boogie Shuffle (9-1) are the third and fourth choices. The second future pool will be from 12 p.m. Sunday, September 17 through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, the first three afternoons of Grand Circuit racing at the Delaware County Fair. 2017 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse Final Odds 1. Art Scene 37-1 2. Blood Line 18-1 3. Boogie Shuffle 9-1 4. Chip Walther 57-1 5. Classic Pro 48-1 6. Downbytheseaside 6-5 7. Fear The Dragon 3-1 8. Filibuster Hanover 25-1 9. Funknwaffles 18-1 10. Heaven's Gait 32-1 11. Miso Fast 7-1 12. Normandy Beach 39-1 13. R J P 52-1 14. Western Hill 68-1 15. Field 20-1 Jay Wolf      

Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 7th and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10th at harness racing racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. Downbytheseaside has been installed at the 3-1 morning line favorite. The bay son of Somebeachsomewhere has won 8 starts this season and has banked more than $1.5 million lifetime. Downbytheseaside is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Downbytheseaside won the $500,000 Messenger Stake, the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace Final and the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The colt is undefeated (six-for-six) in races on a half-mile track and he established a two-year-old world record last year at Delaware in the Standardbred. The 7-2 second choice is the stablemate, Fear The Dragon. The Dragon Again colt has won $1,263,201 for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon has won the $730,000 North America Cup Final, $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Final and the $400,000 Adios Final. He was scratched 'sick' from his last scheduled start, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final. Both Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are trained by Delaware, Ohio based conditioner Brian Brown. 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 72nd 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 2017 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 21. 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 17 through Wednesday, September 20. 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. 2017 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD Horse M/L Odds 1. Art Scene by American Ideal, 25-1 2. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere, 15-1 3. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said, 20-1 4. Chip Walther by Art Major, 25-1 5. Classic Pro by Shadow Play, 15-1 6. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere, 3-1 7. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again, 7-2 8. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, 15-1 9. Funknwaffles by American Ideal, 10-1 10. Heaven's Gait by Rock N Roll Heaven, 12-1 11. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe, 6-1 12. Normandy Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, 30-1 13. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere, 20-1 14. Western Hill by Western Ideal, 30-1 15. Field,  10-1   Jay Wolf    

Jay Wolf has released his weekly installment of the harness racing top 10 Jug contenders list in anticipation of the 72nd renewal of the Little Brown JUg. The 2017 Little Brown Jug will be held at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio on Thursday, September 21. Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders 72nd Edition on September 21, 2017 Week #5 - September 6, 2017 1. (Last Week #1) Downbytheseaside (1:49.0; $1,533,322) Owners: Country Club Acres (OH), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Richard M. Lombardo (OH) & Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Brian Sears   2. (#2) Fear The Dragon (1:48.4s; $1,263,201) Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm (OH) Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: David Miller   3.(#3) Filibuster Hanover (1:50.0f; $354,040) Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Joseph DiScala, Jr. (NY) and J&T Silva Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley & Yannick Gingras   4. (#7) Miso Fast (1:49.2f; $457,328) Owners: : Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), Our Horse Cents Stable (PA) and J&T Silva Stables (NY) Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley   5. (#8) Funknwaffles (1:50.4h; $575,687) Owner: Crawford Farms Racing (NY) Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Corey Callahan   6. (#9) Boogie Shuffle (1:48.2f; $347,543) Owners: Fox Hollow Farm (PA) Trainer: Mark Harder Driver: Scott Zeron   7. (NR) Art Scene (1:51.2f; $175,063) Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Alagna Racing (NJ), In The Gym Partners (NY) & Americam Art Stable (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Jordan Stratton & Scott Zeron   8. (#5) Heaven's Gait (1:49.0s; $272,947) Owner: John R. Cummins (KY) Trainer: Nicholas DeVita Driver: David Miller & Jordan Stratton   9. (#4) Blood Line (1:50.3f; $236,239) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing (PA) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Mark MacDonald   10. (#10) Chip Walther (1:50.3; $199,870) Owners: Ervin Miller Stable (PA), Paymaq Racing (IL), Nick Surick Stable (NJ) & Louis A. Willinger (KY) Trainer: Erv Miller Driver: Marcus Miller   Sept 2 YR $500,000 Messenger Final - Downbytheseaside, Art Scene, Funknwaffles 1:52.1 Sept 2 ScD $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final - Drunk On Your Love, Big Bad Bruce, Scotch Mcewan 1:53.0 Sept 2 Moh $79,380 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold - Sports Column, Nascar Seelster, Mach Déjà Vu 1:50.1 $79,380 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold - Bills Fella, Red John, Arsenal Seelster 1:51.1 Sept 3 Phl $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final - Boogie Shuffle, Filibuster Hanover, Huntsville 1:48.2 Sept 5 YR $55,833 New York Sire Stakes Leg - Pointomygranson, Cultural Paradise, Serious Major 1:53.1 $55,833 New York Sire Stakes Leg - Outkast Blue Chip, What's Goin On, America's Fleet 1:53.1 $54,833 New York Sire Stakes Leg - In A Single Bound, Ideal Wheel, Music Is Art 1:53.2   Jug Eligible Upcoming Events September 8 Hop Indiana Sire Stakes Leg September 9 ScD Jug Preview September 10 Phl Liberty Bell   Jay Wolf

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