Filibuster Hanover scored an upset victory in the 72nd edition of the Little Brown Jug in 1:50.
Driver Yannnick Gingras's confident front-end strategy paid off in the final heat of the Little Brown Jug.
Filibuster Hanover gave the trainer/driver duo of Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras their second Little Brown Jug victory. They won the 2014 edition with Limelight Beach.
Fear The Dragon (3) came out on top of a tight finish in the first heat of the Little Brown Jug.
Shake It Off Lindy won The Old Oaken Bucket, going wire-to-wire in 1:54.
Emoticon Hanover scored in the Miss Versatility in 1:52, just 1/5 of a second shy of Maven's 1:51.4 world record.
2017 Jugette contender Ella Christina on the track at the Delaware County Fair with trainer Nick Surick.
Favored Downbytheseaside strolls around the Jug Barn with caretaker Toni Dale Hollar
Downbytheseaside out for a morning work around the Delaware County Fair track.
Fear The Dragon heads into the Jug barn with caretaker Rick Graves.
2/1 favorite Downbytheseaside's 'home-field' advantage may aid him, however, his resume is impressive enough as is. He has earned over $1.5 million, is a world record holder and is currently on a four-race winning streak.
Trainer: Brian Brown
Driver: Brian Sears
Owner: Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard M. Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing
Downbytheseaside first turned heads at the 2016 Delaware County Fair, where he set a world record for two-year-olds on a half-mile track, winning in 1:50.
Downbytheseaside has never been beaten on a half-mile track, and holds the track, and world record at the Delaware County Fair for two-year-old pacers, 1:50, set at the 2016 Delaware County Fair. His dam, Sprig Hanover, nearly won the 2008 Jugette, but was defeated by Good News Lady by just a neck in the third and final heat.
Driver Brian Sears, who was recently inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, has won the Little Brown Jug just one time, with Vegas Vacation in 2013. When he comes to the Delaware County Fairgrounds to drive Downbytheseaside, it will be the first time he has returned since that victory.
Fear The Dragon has been set as the 7/2 second choice in the field of 8. He is currently the No. 1 ranked horse in harness racing, on the merits of victories in the Adios, Max C. Hempt Memorial, and North America Cup. He boasts over $1.2 million in earnings and a mark of 1:48.4
Trainer: Brian Brown
Driver: David Miller
Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm
Fear The Dragon, like Downbytheseaside, is also trained by Delaware Native Brian Brown and owned by Ohio-based Emerald Highlands Farm.
Driver David Miller will guide Fear The Dragon in the Little Brown Jug. An Ohio native himself, Miller is nicknamed 'The Buckeye,' and has already won four Little Brown Jug championships, including last year's edition with Betting Line. A win in the 2017 Little Brown Jug would place him in a three-way tie for the most Little Brown Jug wins with fellow Hall of Fame drivers William Haughton and Mike Lachance.
Delaware native trainer Brian Brown has yet to win a Little Brown Jug, the most coveted prize over the track he trains on every day. He won the Jugette in 2014 with Color's A Virgin and his top pacer Lost For Words (pictured) lost the 2015 Little Brown Jug to eventual Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit by only a nose. 2017 looks to be his best chance yet as he sends two favorites into the race in the forms of Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon, the No. 3 & No. 1 ranked horses in harness racing, respectively.
Third choice at odds of 5/1, Filibuster Hanover is nearing $400,000 in lifetime earnings, with a mark of 1:50 taken this year at The Meadows in a leg of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Action.
Trainer: Ron Burke
Driver: Yannick Gingras
Owner: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Joseph DiScala, Jr., and J&T Silva Stables
Boogie Shuffle, a son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said has been set at odds of 6/1. He most recently won the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final, defeating heavily favored Huntsville in a speedy 1:48.2.
Trainer: Mark Harder
Driver: Scott Zeron
Owner: Fox Hollow Farm
Boogie Shuffle sports earnings over $360,000 and is currently on three-race winning streak.
Funknwaffles has odds of 10/1 starting from the coveted rail position. He has earned over $500,000 in his two year career and most recently was third behind Downbytheseaside and Art Scene in the Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway, beaten by only a head. The biggest victory in his career came last year, when he won the New York Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old colt pacers at Yonkers Raceway.
Trainer: John Butenschoen
Driver: Corey Callahan
Owner: Crawford Farms Racing
Miso Fast, who is 12/1 on the morning line, is nearing $500,000 in lifetime earnings, and while he has yet to win a major stake, tends to be very close. He won an elimination for the Max C. Hempt Memorial at Pocono Downs over heavily favored Fear The Dragon and finished second in the Empire Breeders Classic.
Trainer: Ron Burke
Driver: Matt Kakaley
Owner: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva Stables
R J P, who is considered a longshot at 15/1, only recently began to gain recognition on the Grand Circuit scene and is a recent addition to the Ron Burke Stable. Since joining the Burke Brigade in July of this year, he has finished third in the Adios, behind Fear The Dragon and Huntsville and was second in the Cane Pace, defeated by Huntsville only a neck.
Trainer: Ron Burke
Driver: Tim Tetrick
Owner: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Jack B Piatt, and Purnel And Libby
Chip Walther first turned heads his freshman season when he won in 1:50.3 at The Red Mile in a division of the International Stallion Series. After banking over $120,000 in his first year on the track, he has had a lackluster sophomore year, but will look to rebound in the Little Brown Jug. He is no stranger to half-mile ovals, having raced at Batavia Downs, Monticello Raceway and Yonkers Raceway in New York Sires Stakes action. At 20/1 he has the longest odds in the field.
Trainer: Erv Miller
Driver: Marucs Miller
Owner: Ervin Miller Stable, Paymaq Racing, Nick Surick Stable, and Louis A Willinger
Scenes From The Delaware County Fair
Caviart Ally wore down Blazin Britches in the stretch to win the Jugette in 1:51.3.
Caviart Ally gave her driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Noel Daley and owner Caviart Farms each their first Jugette victory.
Caviart Ally romped to a 5 length victory in her Jugette elimination heat.
Local filly Blazin Britches won her Jugette elimination heat in 1:52.1.
Kayne Kauffman, is that you?
Montrell Teague passes out the traditional yellow roses after winning the 2015 Little Brown Jug with Wiggle It Jiggleit
Driver Daniel Dube passes out yellow roses after winning the 2010 Little Brown Jug with Rock N Roll Heaven
Horses graze outside of the Little Brown Jug barn
The connections of Limelight Beach celebrate after his win in the 2014 Little Brown Jug
John Campbell heads onto the track. Conrad photo
Longtime race fan Ray France attends the Little Brown Jug every year, wearing his hat filled with memorabilia from Little Brown Jugs past
Little Brown Jug History
Watch the Wednesday session of the USTA Speaker Series from September 20th, 2017