The harness racing world has their attention turned on Little Brown Jug Week in Delaware, Ohio and Indiana was well represented during Jugette Day Wednesday, Sept. 18. Peter and Melanie Wrenn teamed up for a win in a division of the $55,850 Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly trotters in the eighth race of the day.
Guinevere Hall, a daughter of Cash Hall, started from the second tier and had to endure a seat near the back before getting out into the flow of traffic by the half. She continued to rally forward and was able to trot home in :29.3 for the win in 1:56.4 with Peter aboard. Lights Down Low, a daughter of Uncle Peter driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Trent Stohler, finished second.
Owned by MT Pockets Stables and David McDuffee, Guinevere Hall was the favorite of the field for good reason. She has only missed the top three once in nine starts this year with three wins. Melanie handles the training of Guinevere Hall and Danielle Copeland is the caretaker of the standout Ohio bred filly.
Earlier in the card, Wrenn placed Indiana sired Skyway Tinacious in the pocket and trotted home to a second place finish in the $46,000 Standardbred for freshman trotting fillies. The Swan for All filly trotted her mile in 1:56.3 behind the Julie Miller-trained Hannah, driven by Andy Miller. Sentebale, a daughter of Explosive Matter and trained by Jeff Edwards, finished fourth in the mile with Trace Tetrick in the bike.
Skyway Tinacious, also trained by Melanie, is a full sister to Skyway Torpedo, winner of more than $213,000 with a record of 1:55.0.
Later in the card, another Swan for All Filly trotted home well to finish third in the $76,125 Buckette for sophomore trotting fillies. Driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Summit City Swan used a move down the backstretch heading to the three-quarter mile marker and held on to finish third, trotting her mile in 1:55.4 for trainer Byron Hooley. Sophia Lia and Tim Tetrick won the race in 1:54.3.
Indiana based trainer Justin Lloyd also had a good day. His three-year-old pacing colt Leap For Gold finished second in a division of the Ohio Fair Racing Conference, pacing in 1:55.0 and missing the win by three-quarters of a length behind Trump’s Wall and Simon Allard. Aaron Merriman drove the Dragon Again gelding for Lloyd.