Day At The Track


05:33 PM 15 Sep 2007 NZST
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A field of 16 sophomore pacers have dropped into the box for the $480,000 Little Brown Jug, the second leg of Pacing's Triple Crown, set for Thursday afternoon (September 20) at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair.

The field will be split into a pair of $76,800 eliminations, with the top four in each elim advancing to the $230,400 second heat final. If no horse has won two heats after the final, the three heat winners will return for a $96,000 race-off. The winner of the race-off receives the entire $96,000 purse. If a third heat is not needed, the winner of the second heat gets the $96,000.

The 16-horse field is the smallest in the Jug since only 14 entered the 1993 event, which was won in a memorable finish by Life Sign over Riyadh and Presidential Ball.

Heading up the first elimination will be My Desire Stable's Tell All. The Real Desire sophomore was a winner in the $1,410,000 North America Cup final and finished second in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace final.

His 2007 slate shows eight wins in 16 trips to the post, with earnings of $1,152,507. Trained by Blair Burgess, Tell All has drawn post position three for driver Jody Jamieson and has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite.

"Not bad at all," said trainer Blair Burgess of his opinion of the draw. Burgess, who trained Horse of the Year Glidemaster in 2006, will be seeking his first Little Brown Jug victory.

Meadowlands Pace and Art Rooney Pace champion Southwind Lynx will be among the challengers in the first elimination, but he will have to overcome post position six.

"I was hoping for the rail," said trainer George Teague, Jr., "but my colt is pretty versatile. I think he's good enough to overcome the six hole. I trained him a few days ago and he is 100 percent. He's on his gait, but we need a little bit of racing luck."

The winner of $1,161,210 this year will have the driving services of Tim Tetrick, the hottest driver in the sport this year, with 861 wins to his credit, with his horses earning more than $12.7 million.

The second elimination is led by Always A Virgin. Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Val D'Or Farms, the son of Western Ideal has won eight of his 12 starts this year with earnings of $511,843.

Always A Virgin won the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Cane Pace, on Labor Day at Freehold Raceway with a dominating 1:51.1 score. Trained by Joe Holloway, he will start from post position three with driver Brian Sears and has been made the 8-5 morning line favorite.

"The draw has evened out," said Holloway of his inside posts with both Fresh Deck (who got the rail in the first elimination) and Always A Virgin. Holloway said earlier this year that he had never drawn well in Delaware.

"I couldn't be more happy. Both of them trained very well this week. They are in top form. Fresh Deck is good on a half-mile track, but he is a front-end horse. Always A Virgin is especially good on a half-mile track. He is perfect going into the Jug."

Leading the challengers in the second elim will be May June Character. Owned by A Bunch Of Characters II and Sanford Goldfarb, the son of 1998 Jug champion Shady Character is coming to Delaware on quite a roll. In his last three starts, he captured the $320,125 Adios Final, a $50,000 division of the Battle of Brandywine, and a $23,659 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. For the season, May June Character has won six of his 17 starts, with earnings of $243,222. He will score from post two with George Brennan in the sulky.

1st elimination - Purse $76,800

ost - Horse - Driver - Morning Line

. Fresh Deck - George Brennan - 4-1

. Charley Barley - Mike Lachance - 10-1

. Tell All - Jody Jamieson - 2-1

. Artist's View - Yannick Gingras - 8-1

. Watta Hotshot - Dave Palone - 6-1

. Southwind Lynx - Tim Tetrick - 7/2

. Ruff Me Up - Tim Tetrick - 15-1

. Reserve Forces - Jody Jamieson - 20-1

nd elimination - Purse $76,800

ost - Horse - Driver - Morning Line

. Honky Tonk Hanover - Ron Pierce - 10-1

. May June Character - George Brennan - 5/2

. Always A Virgin - Brian Sears - 8/5

. Kinetic Yankee - Andy Miller - 6-1

. Casino King - Ron Pierce - 20-1

. Won The West - Greg Grismore - 7/2

. Hot Rod Mindale - George Brennan - 15-1

. Tivoli Hanover - Ron Pierce - 8-1

by Paul Ramlow, USTA Internet News Editor

Courtesy of The US Trotting Association Web Newsroom

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