Instructor cruised to victory in the $41,600 Standardbred pace for freshman colts in Sunday’s (Sept. 17) Grand Circuit action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Mike Wilder sent the gelded son of 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 3 ¼ 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.
Rose Run Sydney wins OBC, Ohio Triple Crown
Rose Run Sydney became the newest Ohio ‘Triple Crown” winner when she drew off in the $93,000 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for 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 featured the Standardbred for freshman trotting fillies and the Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters.
Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon Lead Field of Eight into $590,400 Little Brown Jug
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 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 (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds
1. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 10-1
2. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 5-1
3. Fear The Dragon (David Miller/Brian Brown) 7-2
4. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 12-1
5. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 2-1
6. Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron/Mark Harder) 6-1
7. R J P (Tim Tetrick/Ron Buke) 15-1
8. Chip Walther (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 20-1
Blazin Britches Favorite in 47th Jugette; Eleven Fillies to Vie For $273,250
Blazin Britches, winner of nine of ten races this season, has been installed as the 6/5 morning line favorite in the $273,250 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 (Peter Wrenn/Melanie Wrenn) 9/2
2. Jaye’s A Lady (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Johansson) 8-1
3. Blazin Britches (Trace Tetrick/Brian Brown) 6-5
4. Obvious Blue Chip (Scot Zeron/Mark Steacy) 4-1
5. Terrortina (Tony Hall/Norm Parker) 12-1
$54,650 Second Elimination
1. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy/Noel Daley) 2-1
2. Roaring To Go (Brett Miller/Kevin Lare) 5-1
3. Tequila Monday (Brett Miller/Chrs Oakes) 3-1
4. Ella Christina (Tim Tetrick/Nick Surrick) 6-1
5. Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr./Ron Potter) 8-1
6. Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 4-1