Day At The Track

Tell All takes $480,000 Little Brown Jug

11:17 PM 20 Sep 2007 NZST
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Tell All and Jody Jamieson controlled the pace and sprinted home to win the 62nd edition of the Little Brown Jug in straight heats before 51,411 at the Delaware County Fair on Thursday (September 20).

In the second heat, Tim Tetrick sent Southwind Lynx from post four to challenge Tell All, who came out from the rail.

Southwind Lynx took a few bad steps past the eighth pole and dropped back to fifth at the quarter in :27. Jody Jamieson slowed the pace with Hot Rod Mindale (Dave Miller) the first to challenge the leader at the half in :56 2/5.

Second elimination winner, Always A Virgin (Brian Sears) was sitting behind the leader and looking for some racing room as they paced the three-quarter mile pole in 1:24 4/5.

As Tell All brought the field into the stretch, Hot Rod Mindale still sat outside the eventual winner and Always A Virgin was forced wide to mount his challenge. Tell All sprinted home in :27 1/5 to edge Hot Rod Mindale by a half length in 1:52. Always A Virgin was another 1/4 length back in third.

Tell All is trained by Blair Burgess for the My Desire Stable of Versailles, Ky. Tell All earned some redemption for his trainer and sire, Real Desire, who finished second in the 2001 Jug. The Jug victory was the first for Jamieson and Burgess, who conditioned 11 previous Jug starters.

"I didn't want to be in Brian's spot (sitting in the two hole) in the final," Jamieson said. "Dave Miller gave me a run to the wire, but I was confident at the quarter pole that I was going to win since I got away with such an easy first fraction. This horse was just incredible today. There's nothing like winning this race."

"It's a pretty emotional experience to win this race," trainer Blair Burgess commented.

"It's very close to my heart in the way the Hambo was (Glidemaster’s victory in 2006). I was very happy with Jody's drive. I've always had confidence in Jody. The drive today was all about rail control. He had to work for it early, but the cheap fractions really gave him an advantage. It was a very sly drive by Jody, to be sure. This horse's best quality is his gutsiness."

In the first elimination, Tim Tetrick sent Southwind Lynx after the early lead. Fresh Deck (George Brennan) defended the rail and parked Southwind Lynx past the quarter in :26.

Jody Jamieson sent Tell All after the leader after a half in :54 1/5. Southwind Lynx and Tell All raced in tandem past the three-quarter-mile pole in 1:22 1/5.

Tell All remained strong down the stretch and drew off from Southwind Lynx by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50 3/5. Artist's View (Yannick Gingras) used a three wide move at the top of the lane to take the show spot over Charley Barley (Mike Lachance).

In the second $76,800 elim, Honky Tonk Hanover (Ron Pierce) received the first call, but relinquished the lead to Kinetic Yankee (Andy Miller) before the quarter in :26 3/5.

Always A Virgin swept past Kinetic Yankee before the 3/8 mile pole. Always A Virgin set the subsequent fractions of :54 4/5 and 1:23 2/5.

Hot Rod Mindale (Dave Miller) and Won The West (Greg Grismore) were forced three wide past a tiring Kinetic Yankee, but Always A Virgin was well in control and stopped the timer in 1:51 1/5.

Hot Rod Mindale was second, two lengths back. Won The West and May June Character (George Brennan) finished third and fourth, respectively, and advanced to the final.

Jay Wolf

Asst. PR Director

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