by Jay Wolf for the Little Brown Jug
Chotat Milk and driver Brett Miller controlled the fractions and the short field to take the $7,650 Lady Pace honoring Katie Terry.
Miller eased the Jate Lobell mare off the gate and led the field of three past the opening quarter of 26.3. Chotat Milk used a middle half breather of 1:02 and came home in 28.4 to score a 21 1/4 length victory over Red Hot Dame (Dave Palone) and Pine Mountain Lady (Kayne Kauffman).
Chotat Milk is owned by Jay Corey, David Habeger and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr.
Lady Pace Honoree Katie Terry is a long time volunteer in the marketing and public relations department at the Delaware County Fair.
Tady Stikes Again In Record Time
Tady Strikes Again (Brett Miller) proved that she is one of the state’s best as she scored a 5 1/2 length victory over Dirt Hog (Jim Dailey) and Stable Creek Barb (Barb Lewis) in the second $9,400 division of the Ohio Breeder’s Championship for 4 and 5-year-old trotters.
The final time of 1:57 established a new track record for aged mare trotters and was just three-fifths off the world record.
The Striking Sahbra mare won for the eleventh time in 24 seasonal starts for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Barnett Zimmerman of Deerfield, IL.
In the first division, Whotookwhat (Ray Paver, Jr.) scored in
1:57.3 over That Fly’n Angel (Greg Wright, Jr.) and Sandy’s Attitude (Hugh Beaty, Jr.).
Whootookwhat is owned by William G. and Barbara A. Paull of Powell, OH.
Osborne’s Gypsy Wins OBC
Ohio Triple Crown Osborne’s Gypsy (Greg Grismore) defeated a field of eight in the first division of the $69,698 (div.) Ohio Breeder’s Championship for freshman pacers, thus sweeping the Ohio Triple Crown.
The On The Attack lass received all of the calls as she scored a 2 ¾ length victory over Memphis Glow (Troy Boring) and Ken’s Mystifier (Trent Bates) in 1:56.1.
Osborne’s Gypsy won the $27,200 Ohio State Fair Stakes on August 3 and the $100,000 Ohio Sires Stake Final on September 9. She is trained by Eric Hamlet for Jerome T. Osborne of Mentor, OH.
In the second $34,849 division, C’mon Towners Jazz (Mike
Wilder) scored a major upset with a two length victory over Sam’s Lil’ Kim (Mark Winters) in 1:57.
The Towner’s Big Guy filly recorded her third seasonal victory for Jerry Sommers, John Rhoads, Jr. and Charles Wolfe. C’mon Towners Jazz rewarded her backers with a $53.00 win payoff.
Two OBC Divisions of Sophomore Filly Trotters Held
Driver Brett Miller swept both divisions of the $54,200 Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly trotters. First division winner Spur-Ann-E set a 1:56.2 stakes record. Jail House Denise won the second division in 1:57-flat
Three different fillies raced on top in the first half-mile but Miller guided Spur-Ann-E to the top for good just past the opening quarter and the Steeler Spur filly won her 12th season start by three lengths over Buck I St Pat (Dave Palone) and Cadamamie (Greg Grismore). The winner is trained by Scott Cox and owned by John Schlabach of Millersburg, OH. The old stakes record of 1:58 was set in 1987 by Erick’s Impluse.
Jail House Denise grabbed the lead from Madeline’s Charm (Sam Noble III) just after the first quarter and never looked back, winning the second division by four lengths over Fresh Honey (Jeff Fout) and Buterscotchndaleys (Greg Grismore). I Like Stephanie, who won last Saturday’s $100,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship, was scratched sick. Jail House Denise, by Jailhouse Jesse, is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owned by Joseph Muscara of Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Four Divisions of Billings Series Contested
Bob Troyer and Candacraigh was forced to go a long mile, but had enough gas in the tank to score a one length victory over Rose Run Freddie (Howard Gelfand) in the first division of the Billing Amateur Drivers Series.
Leaving from post six, Candacraigh was parked through the first three-quarters of a mile in 1:30 and scored for the second time this season in 2:01.1. The seven-year-old gelded son of Pine Chip is also owned by Bob Troyer of Middlefield, Ohio.
Other Billings divisions went to Roan Cody (Larry Steenbergen), TGTIF (Bud Hatfield) and Dyno Trevor (Bret Davis).
Dead Heat in Amateurs Driving Championship
James Foley (J T Stena) and Brad Rathbone (Standing Happy) hit the wire together in 1:58.1 for the United States Trotting Association’s Tim Fouts Memorial Amateur Driving Championship.
Foley represented the California Amateur Driving Club, while Rathbone raced for the American Harness Drivers Club in New Jersey.