By Jay Wolf
For the Gazette
Montrell Teague guided George Teague Jr.’s Miss Me Yet to a 6 ¾ length victory in the $107,433 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers in a stakes record 1:55 during Sunday action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
The Teague’s will send out the favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s.
The Ohio Sires Stake champion, Miss Me Yet used post position (No. 2) to control the fractions and the field of seven. She opened up at the top of the homestretch and sprinted away from My Tweed Heart (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and It’s Your Fantasy (Josh Sutton) to establish the new stakes mark.
The daughter of I’m Gorgeous has now won four of seven seasonal starts and has earned $189,205.
Big Bad Ashley and Josh Sutton survived a three way photo finish to capture the second $35,811 division over Queen Ann M (Chris Page) and Wiggler (Ryan Stahl) in 1:57.
Winchester Baye Acres owns the daughter of the 2011 LBJ champ Big Bad John.
The first division was captured by John’s Sunny Girl and driver Greg Grismore by three quarters of a length in 1:55 3/5. Big Bad Chickie (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and John’s Jessi Bird (Chris Page) completed the trifecta.
Delaware also hosted a trio of amateur driving events, the USTA’s Standardbred Driving Championship and two Billings series events.
Luke Varnum representing the Maine Amateur Driving Club was parked out the entire mile, but the gritty Northern River still had gas in the tank to score in 1:57 4/5. The event features drivers from nine driving clubs from across the United States.
The Billings Amateur Trot events were won by Heza Rube (Bob Troyer) and Rush N Supreme (Mitchell Walker). The win was Troyer’s fifth in the Billings series at the Delaware County Fair.
Today’s action at Delaware features OBCs, special post
A total of fourteen races, including six divisions of the Ohio Breeders Championships, will go post-ward today at the Delaware County Fair at a special post time of 3:00 p.m.
A total of 28 freshmen colt pacers will line up in the $121,384 (div.) OBC.
Ohio Sires Stake champion, Love Tap Hanover will leave from the outside post seven in the fourth and final $30,346 division. The Big Bad John colt has earned more than $166,000 for his owners Rick Phillips, Peter Venturini and Mark Harder. He is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and will be driven, by David Miller.
Morgan will also be sending out the favorite in the third division, Primo Giovanni. Carl Howard owns the colt who has won all but one of his seven seasonal starts.
The state’s best three-year-old filly trotters will go in two divisions of the $78,790 (div.) OBC.
Potential “Ohio Horse of the Year” Like Old Times is the headliner in the second $39,395 division. Don McKirgan trains and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. drives the Chip Chip Hooray filly for Keith Ross. Like Old Times has won 11 of 14 starts this season and her lifetime earnings are $305,117.
To celebrate the later post time, fair officials have introduced a number of food and drink specials available in the grandstand, including $1.00 Budweiser and Bud Light. Second chance drawings will also be conducted for televisions, betting vouchers, rides in the starting gate and t-shirts.