The center of standardbred racing is in Southern Ohio this week at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. However, with the lack of simulcasting on Sunday and Monday, let's take an advance look at some major races this week. I will be providing my analysis for the $354,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway on Monday, and then we'll take a look at the elimination races for the Jugette and Little Brown Jug which will be contested at Delaware on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
The Quillen Memorial features a highly competitive field of older pacers looking to take down the $177,000 winner's share. Won The West is seeking to win this race for the second year in a row, but faces the half mile specialist Foiled Again. In addition, Hypnotic Blue Chip and Blueridge Western make up a strong entry.
Harrington Raceway (9/20) 10th Pace - $354,000; Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace
2 - Foiled Again (pp 2, Gingras, 2-1) - Wired his elimination of the Quillen and figures to attempt the same this week.
1 - Blueridge Western (pp 1, Duebe, 3-1) - Will most likely attempt to sit on the rail and make a late move.
3 - Clear Vision (pp 3, Pierce, 4-1) - Hasn't thrown a bad race from an inside post for a long time. Don't expect anything different this week.
1A - Hypnotic Blue Chip (pp 7, Jamieson, 3-1) - Stronger half of the entry draws poorly. Dangerous if he gets the trip.
5 - Won The West (pp 5, D. Miller, 7-2) - Last year winner's had rail last week and finished second. May better rating with an aggressive drive.
6 - Pangiorno (pp 6, Sears, 8-1) - Meeting much better here and doesn't figure at all.
4 - Solano (pp 4, Callahan, 6-1) - Having his best year but this field seems a bit deep for him.
7 - Mr Wiggles (pp 8, A. Miller, 10-1) - Has disappointed as a four year old. Needs more seasoning.
The fields for the Jugette and Little Brown Jug have been drawn. Sixteen fillies face the starter in two divisions on Wednesday in the Jugette while twenty-three colts and geldings make up three eliminations in the Little Brown Jug on Thursday. The Jugette has a solid field of fillies competing while the Jug has perhaps the strongest group of A listers competing in several years. Maybe it is the fact the three year olds are pretty evenly matched this year, but all the top colts currently racing are making an appearance at Delaware this year; not avoiding the half mile oval. With the deep field of colts competing, it is quite possible the eventual winner of the Jug will not be a heat winner.
Here is my early review of the Jug and Jugette.
Dela (9/22) - Pace; $56,544; The Jugette - 3yo Fillies - Heat 1 Div 1 (Top 4 Finishers Return for Final)
6 - Dancingwiththestarz (Sears) - Finished second to Put On A Show in the last. One to beat.
4 - Rock N Soul (Gingras) - Winner of Shady Daisy at Fhld show he has the ability for this oval.
5 - A And Gs Princess (Brennan) - Last two have been disappointing. Expect improvement this week.
7 - Seriously (Jamieson) - Hasn't raced badly considering the trips. May sneak into exotics with a better trip.
2 - Holiday Shopper (D. Miller) - Raced well on the Ontario B circuit. Will need to improve.
3 - Western Royalty (Charlino) - Attempted to wire in last and came up short at the wire. Did finish second in Adioo Volo.
1 - Berschet (C. Noble) - Four race win streak crushed in last. Will need to rebound.
8 - Artcam (Gingras) - Failed at Freehold. Don't see how he will handle this track.
Dela (9/22) - Pace; $56,544; The Jugette - 3yo Fillies - Heat 1 Div 2 (Top 4 Finishers Return for Final)
6 - Panagler (Palone) - Has raced well against division's best. Should break through today.
1 - Dancin Barefoot (Dube) - Solid contender. Only concern is best efforts appear when not starting from the inside.
2 - Native Doll (D. Miller) - Finished second in high class conditioned pace at Chester. Note filly still looking for first win of the season.
7 - Full Picture (Pierce) - Has been racing well but draws poorly. Will be looking to advance.
4 - Western Silk (MacDonald) - Clearly the best on paper. Only concern is two week layoff off a scratched sick.
3 - Dance Until Dawn (Mcnair) - Good against cheaper. Will need to step it up here.
5 - Sand Windsor (B. Miller) - Recent has been poor. Note seasonal mark set on a half miler.
8 - Queen Me (Jamieson) - Seems overmatched and draws poorly. Pass.
Dela (9/23) - Pace; $64,437; Little Brown Jug - 3yo Open - Heat 1 Div 1 (Top Three Finishers Return for Final)
2 - Rock N Roll Heaven (Dube, 2-1) - Is the horse to beat but will pass on him if odds on.
8 - Aracache Hanover (Mcnair, 8-1) - Was my pick before the post draw. Will be gunning from the start. Question if he clears or not.
1 - Kyle Major (MacDonald, 7-2) - Simcoe winner draws the rail but may be used hard to protect the rail.
7 - We Will See (B. Miller, 4-1) - Needs a trip from out here. May not be able to race his race.
3 - Fred And Ginger (Palone, 6-1) - Tightened up in Mea qua in 1:50.4. Suspected he may be far back when field settles down.
4 - Dreamlands Art (Brennan, 12-1) - Will be flying late if speed duel late. Question is will duel develop? I say no.
6 - Foreign Officer (Pierce, 10-1) - Cooked in NJSS
5 - Razzle Dazzle (Campbell, 15-1) - Seems to be out of his element.
Dela (9/23) - Pace; $64,437; Little Brown Jug - 3yo Open - Heat 1 Div 2 (Top Three Finishers Return Final)
2 - Classic Rock Nroll (Campbell, 7-1) - Finished an overland second to Kyle Major in last and has experience over the half. Looking for upset.
3 - Piece Of The Rock (Macdonell, 5-1) - Showed life in Simcoe finishing third to the major. Won over the Fhld oval.
1 - Delmarvalous (Sears, 3-2) - Class of the field. May win, but at 3-2 will toss.
6 - Versado (Palone, 7-2) - Best of the rest and figures in the super.
4 - Doc's Yankee (D. Noble, 10-1) - Mastered the Ohio breds. Tries his luck against open company.
5 - Fool's Gold (T. Tetrick, 20-1) - Break in last shows he may not be able to be driven aggressively over the half.
8 - Urgent Action (D. Miller, 15-1) - No factor in Cane. Post takes care of him here.
7 - Just Crowned (TBA, 25-1) - No driver named yet should tell you something. Pass.
Dela (9/23) - Pace; $64,437; Little Brown Jug - 3yo Open - Heat 1 Div 3 (Top Three Finishers Return for Final)
6 - Rockin Image (Gingras, 7-2) - May benefit from potential front end battle to get there at the end.
7 - One More Laugh (Tetrick, 2-1) - The one to beat, but risks getting pushed once he gets to the front.
1 - Valentino (Brennan, 6-1) - Great effort from the early brake at Freehold. Expect he will attempt to wire the field. May not be able to sustain.
3 - I'm Gorgeous (A. Miller, 4-1) - Came up flat in Cane final. May be able to bounce back.
4 - Allthatgltrsisgold (Magee, 10-1) - Racing against older. If looking for that shocker, he may be the one.
2 - Four Starz Trace (Ouellette, 8-1) - Last couple not good but may wake up on this track. May get in supers with a trip.
5 - Malicious (D. Miller, 12-1) - Belongs with NYSS stock. Appears overmatched.