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LBJ Future Wagers and Top Jug Contenders

10:50 AM 06 Sep 2018 NZST
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Special notice to all Jug & Jugette owners and trainers

Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 6th and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 9th at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe.

Courtly Choice has been installed at the 4-1 morning line favorite. The bay son of Art Major has won 9 starts this season and has banked more than $700 thousand lifetime. Courtly Choice is owned by Huff Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms.

Courtly Choice was not Jug eligible, but thanks to his win in the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace he is now eligible with a $45,000 supplemental payment.

The 9-2 second choice is the Ohio bred Lather Up. The I'm Gorgeous colt has won $601,465 for Gary and Barbara Iles. Lather Up won the $760,000 North America Cup Final. His only two seasonal defeats came as a result of breaks in stride in the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Final and the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He will next start in the $275,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final Saturday night at Scioto Downs.

Rounding out the top three is Stay Hungry, who has a chance to be the 11th horse in history to win the Triple Crown should he win the Little Brown Jug. The Somebeachsomewhere colt won the $281,000 Cane Pace and the $500,000 Messenger Stake. Stay Hungry has earned $1.1 million for Bradley Grant and the Estate of Irwin Samelman.

A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers have selected a group of 14 colts and geldings. The horses in each of the pools are listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field consists of the remaining horses eligible to the 73rd edition of the pacing classic.

The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first place finisher in the 2018 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 20.

The record payout for the LBJ Future Wager is P Forty Seven (2005 - Pool #1) at $377.80.

The second future pool will be from Sunday, September 16 through Wednesday, September 19.

Past performance lines for the Little Brown Jug Future Wagering event will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website,

2018 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering - Pool #1

HD Horse M/L Odds

1. American History 6-1

2. Babes Dig Me 12-1

3. Captain Deo 20-1

4. Courtly Choice 4-1

5. Done Well 10-1

6. Dorsoduro Hanover 8-1

7. Hayden Hanover 12-1

8. Hitman Hill 10-1

9. Lather Up 9-2

10. Nutcracker Sweet 10-1

11. St Lads Neptune 20-1

12. Stay Hungry 6-1

13. This Is The Plan 15-1

14. Wes Delight 15-1

15. Field 10-1

Over the next few weeks, Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will be ranking the top 10 contenders for the 73rd edition of the pacing classic.

Top 10 Little Brown Jug Contenders

73rd Edition on September 20, 2018

Week No. 5 - September 5, 2018

1. (Last Week #1) Courtly Choice (1:47.1; $708,744)

Owners: Hutt Racing Stable (PA), Mac and Heim Stables (ON), Daniel Plouffe (QC) & Touch Stone Farms (ON)

Trainer: Blake Macintosh Driver: James MacDonald/David Miller

* Is eligible to supplement into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000

2. (Last Week #2) Lather Up (1:48.1s; $599,465)

Owner: Gary & Barbara Iles (DE)

Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague

3. (Last Week #6) Stay Hungry (1:47.3; $904,072)

Owners: Bradley Grant (ON) & Irwin Samelman Estate (NV)

Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Doug McNair

4. (Last Week #4) Dorsoduro Hanover (1:49.4f; $762,606)

Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Silva Prunel & Libby (FL), Weaver Bruscemi (PA) and Wingfield Five (OH)

Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Matt Kakaley

5. (Last Week #3) American History (1:47; $332,285)

Owner: Brittany Farms (KY), Marvin Katz (ON) & American History Racing (KY)

Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Yannick Gingras

6. (Last Week #7) Hitman Hill (1:49.3f; $346,920)

Owners: Tom Hill (ON) & Northfork Racing Stable (PA)

Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brett Miller

7. (Last Week #8) Babes Dig Me (1:52.2h; $231,252)

Owners: Bradley Grant (ON), Joe Sbrocco (OH), Robert Leblanc (TX) and In The Gym Partners (NY)

Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: George Brennan

8. (Last Week #9) Nutcracker Sweet (1:50.2; $370,484)

Owner: Howard Taylor (PA), Order By Stable (SD) & Richard Lombardo (OH)

Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brian Sears

9. (Last Week #5) Done Well (1:51f; $371,762)

Owners: : James Stambaugh (OH), Wingfield Brothers (OH), Milton Leeman (OH) & Alan Keith (OH)

Trainer: Brian Brown Driver: Scott Zeron/Tim Tetrick/Joe Bongiorno

10. (Last Week NR) Wes Delight (1:50.2f; $311,930)

Owner: Rick D. Phillips (NY), Deena Rachel Frost (FL) & Mark A. Harder (NJ)

Trainer: Mark Harder Driver: Corey Callahan

Upcoming Events

August 28 YR $86,750 New York Sire Stakes Leg Courtly Choice Cheese Melt Rockapelo 1:51.1

August 28 YR $86,750 New York Sire Stakes Leg Ghost Dance Twin B Tuffenuff Jersey Jim 1:54.1

August 30 Lex $30,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Leg American History Thinkbig Dreambig Grand Teton 1:48.1

Sept 1 YR $500,000 Messenger Stake Final Stay Hungry Jimmy Freight Topville Olympian 1:52.1

Sept 1 Wdbs $95,600 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Leg Backstreet Shadow Levis Day Sharp Action Money 1:49.2

Sept 1 Wdbs $95,600 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Leg The Downtown Bus St Lads Neptune Yacht Seelster 1:49.3

Sept 2 PcD $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Final Dorsoduro Hanover Hayden Hanover This Is The Plan 1:49.4

Sept 5 Btva New York Sire Stake Leg

Sept 7 Hop Indiana Sire Stake Elim

Sept 8 ScD Jug Preview

Sept 8 Wdbs Simcoe Stakes

Sept 9 Lex Kentucky Sire Stake Final

Italics - Jug Eligible

by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

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