Delaware, OH — In addition to the Little Brown Jug, Old Oaken Bucket and Miss Versatility, the Delaware County Fair hosted a number of stakes events on the Thursday (Sept. 22) undercard.
A recap of those events follows.
Standardbred (2-Year-Old Colt Pace)
Bugaboo Lou (David Miller) was a popular winner in the Standardbred 2-year-old colt pace. The Sweet Lou colt defeated Lou On The Beach (Mike Wilder) and Coaches Corner (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:53.2. Brian Brown trained the winner for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Aws Stables and Acadia Farms, all from the Buckeye state.
Standardbred (2-Year-Old Colt Trot)
Andy McCarthy gave Volume Eight a patient drive and sprinted past the pacesetting Biscoe (Yannick Gingras) in the stretch to score a narrow neck win in the $47,331 Standardbred for freshman colt trotters. Noel Daley trains and co-owns the Chapter Seven lass with Joe Sbrocco, LA Express & JAF Racing and Mario Mazza. The final time was 1:58.
Ohio Breeders Championship (3-Year-Old Colt Pace)
Dragononthebeach and Sling Shock won the two divisions of the $110,764 (div.) OBC for sophomore colt pacers.
Dragononthebeach tripped the timer in the first division in 1:51.4, defeating Risenshine Seaside (Cameron McCown) and Moved Bythe Spirit (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Kelly O’Donnell trains the homebred for the Emerald Highlands Farm.
Sling Shock established a new national season’s record in the second $55,382 division with his 1:49.3 win over Odds On Capitalism (Dexter Dunn) and Terminator (Chris Page). The Downbytheseaside colt is owned by Michael Cimaglio, William Richardson, William Salmeri and Rhonda Gillmartin.
Ohio Breeders Championship (3-Year-Old Colt Trot)
Rose Run Xtra and Longshot took the pair of OBCs for sophomore colt trotters.
In the first $53,808 division, Rose Run Xtra (Chris Page) defeated Gabbys Bit Coin (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) by 6-1/4 lengths in 1:55. The Cash Hall colt is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Hatfield Stables, Knox Services and Jason Melillo.
Longshot (Chris Lems) didn’t live up to his name and went off as the bettor’s choice in the second division. The Long Tom gelding topped Caviar Gold (Aaron Merriman) by a length in 1:54. Longshot is conditioned by Scott Cox for Wayne Mast, Jr. and Callam Racing.
Ohio Breeders Championship (2-Year-Old Colt Pace)
Racing Rampage (Aaron Merriman) showed why he is considered by many as the top 2-year-old pacer in the state when he took the $120,214 OBC in 1:53. The son of Racing Hill has won five of his seven seasonal starts and more than $191,000. Trainer Darren Dowler co-owns the gelding with Lawrence Bettler.
Ohio Breeders Championship (3-Year-Old Filly Pace)
Cape Cod Hanover (Chris Page) overcame post 10 and survived a four-horse photo finish to take the $103,714 OBC for sophomore filly pacers. Do It Like Bobbi (Tony Hall) and the pacesetting Bittrsweetsymphony (Matt Kakaley) were second and third, respectively. The victorious Downbythseaside filly is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Rich Lombardo Racing and RAS Racing.