L A Delight and John Campbell used a perfect pocket trip to win the 46th Jugette at the Delaware County Fair on Wednesday.
First heat winner Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) used the rail position to take the early lead. A leaving attempt by Blue Moon Stride (Andrew McCarthy) was thwarted by a break in stride allowing L A Delight into the two-hole and Pure Country (Brett Miller) into third. The top trio raced without further movement through the quarters of :27 1/5, :56 2/5 and 1:25. Campbell eased the winner off the rail in the final turn and edged past the pacesetting Call Me Queen Be by ¾ length in 1:51 3/5. Yankee Moonshine (Yannick Gingras) rallied for third and Pure Country (Brett Miller) held on for fourth.
Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings own the homebred daughter of Bettor’s Delight, who earned $98,578 for her efforts.
John Campbell hoisted the Jugette trophy for a record fifth time and trainer Bob McIntosh won for a record tying third time. Campbell and McIntosh teamed up with So Fresh to capture the 1992 Jugette.
In the $95,760 first heat, Call Me Queen Be grabbed the racetrack and took the lead before the field hit the first turn. Yankee Moonshine protected the rail position and sat second at the quarter in :26 4/5. Second tier starter Pure Country was the first to challenge the leader and was parked second at the half in :55. As the field headed to the ¾ mile pole, Scott Zeron asked his horse for more and she responded by opening, drawing away from Pure Country. Using a :27 1/5 last quarter, Call Me Queen Be won by 4 ½ lengths over L A Delight and Pure Country in world record 1:50 1/5.
Ella Christina takes 2FP Standardbred
David Miller guided Ella Christina to a narrow neck win over Caviart Cherie (Andrew McCarthy) and Kim’s Desire (Yannick Gingras) in a lifetime-best 1:54 3/5.
Miller sent the daughter of Western Ideal after the early lead and was allowed to control the field of eight through fractions of :27 4/5, :57 4/5 and 1:26 1/5. Pittstop Danika (Matt Kakaley) tried to pressure the winner but could not get past the leader and her :28 2/5 last quarter.
Ella Christina is owned and trained by Nancy Johansson.
Miss Tezsla takes Buckette
Miss Tezsla (Brett Miller) came off the rail at the three-quarter pole and wore down the pacesetting Haughty III (Peter Wrenn) to win the $86,200 Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters in 1:55 1/5. Haughty III held on for second and Ultimate Shopper (Tim Tetrick) closed for third.
Jimmy Takter trains the Andover Hall filly for the Miss Tezsla Stable.
Ohio breds in action
Uncle Leroy (Mike Wilder) took the lead just before the quarter-mile pole and pulled away from his competitors to win the first division of the $96,300 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championships for sophomore colt trotters.
The Neely Dunn gelding was a half length clear of Deep Question (David Miller) and Chips So Fast (Aaron Merriman) in 1:55 3/5. Uncle Leroy is owned by Cheryl Vigneron and trained by Charles Vigneron.
The Ohio Sire Stake champion, Wegoferdaprize (Chris Page) took the second division in 1:56 2/5. The Next Triumph (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and MJB Got Faith (Kayne Kauffman) and the eventual winner all battled for the lead in the final turn and late breaks in stride by The Next Triumph and MJB Got Faith sealed the victory for the And Away We Go gelding.
The 3 1/2 length score was his eight win in a row for Curran Racing and trainer Jessica Millner.
The final division was won by Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble). The partisan crowd cheered the And Away We Go gelding to a 6 1/2-length victory over Roundtown Rocker (Peter Wrenn) and Speedy Translation (Kurt Sugg) in 1:54 4/5.
Jim Dailey trains Lets Go Bucks for Jim S. Burnett and Tim S. Homan.
The two divisions of the $114,440 (div.) two-year-old filly trot went to Let’s Get Started (Josh Sutton) and Chim Swift (David Miller).
Let’s Get Stated scored a 1 1/4-length victory over Rose Run Sydney (Ryan Holton) in a stakes record 1:57 4/5.
In the second division, Chim Swift overcame the outside post No. 8 and defeated Renee Lu (Yannick Gingras) in 1:58.