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Harness Racing's most exciting race, the 74th renewal of the $642,000 pacing classic "the Little Brown Jug" will take place on Thursday, September 19th in Delaware, Ohio over the most famous half mile track in the world at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Racing kicks off on Sunday, September 15th and concludes after five days of the best racing in North America with the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, September 19th.
1st Elimination - $128,000
2nd Elimination - $128,000
2nd Heat - $384,000
Quartet heads field for the 74th pacing classic - The quartet of Southwind Ozzi, Shake That House, American Mercury and Stag Party lead a balanced field of 15 for the $640,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 19th at the Delaware County Fair.
Southwind Ozzi is coming into the Jug with five wins in his last six starts, including the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stake Final.
The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won $515,263 for Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice. He has won 7 of 9 seasonal starts.
Southwind Ozzi, who is trained by Bill MacKenzie, will leave from post four in the first elimination. Brian Sears was named to drive.
Shake That House will leave from post three in the same elimination. The American Ideal colt has earned $452,804 during his career for Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston and Northfork Racing Stable.
Chris Oakes trains the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial winner and Sears was also listed to drive Shake that House.
Rounding out the first elimination contenders will be Stag Party from post seven. Although he is winless this season, he has earned $160,118 in 2019 and $674,486 during his 23 race career.
The Better's Delight bay colt is owned by John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and trainer Casie Coleman's West Wins Stable.
Coleman is a three time Jug champ and has asked the five-time Jug champion David Miller to drive.
The $500,000 Messenger Stakes champion, American Mercury drew into the easier of the two eliminations, but will have to overcome post seven to advance to the $384,000 Jug Final.
American Mercury has finished in the top three in all ten starts this season and has only missed the board in once during his 17 race career.
Chria Oakes trains the American Ideal for Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chuck Pompey and Scott Bice. Jug rookie Tyler Buter was listed to drive.
Week #6 (Final Week) - September 10, 2018
Owners: Vincent Ali, Jr. (NJ) and Alma Iafelice (NJ)
Trainer: Bill MacKenzie Driver: Brian Sears
Owner: 3 Brothers Stables (NY), Christina Takter (NJ), Rojan Stables (DE) and Caviart Farms (VA)
Trainer: Nancy Johansson Driver: Scott Zeron
Owners: Crawford Farms Racing (NY), Northfork Racing Stable (PA), Chuck Pompey (PA) and Scott Bice (ON)
Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Tyler Buter
Owners: The Captain V Stable (PA)
Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras
Owners: Richard Young (FL) and Joanne Young (FL)
Trainer: Linda Toscano Driver: Brian Sears/Bob McClure
* Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000
Owners: Crawford Farms Racing (NY), Alan Johnston (NY), and Northfork Racing Stable (PA)
Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Tyler Buter/Brian Sears
Owners: Brittany Farms (KY), Bradley Grant (ONT), Joseph Barbera (NY) & U S Captain Racing (KY)
Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Dexter Dunn/Jason Bartlett
Owner: John Fielding (ON), Mac Nichol (ON), McKinlay & Fielding (ON) and West Wins Stable (ON)
Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: Jonathan Drury
Owner: Jacobs Creek Racing (PA), Andrew Altobelli (PA) and John Deters (MI)
Trainer: Norm Parker Driver: Mike Wilder
Owner: Go Fast Stable (OH), Gilbert Short (VA) and Kapildeo Singh (NY)
Trainer: Rene Allard Driver: Simon Allard
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