Delaware, Ohio – Vegas Vacation and driver Brian Sears swept three-wide in the backstretch and pulled away from the field to win the $58,939 first elimination heat of the 68th annual Little Brown Jug for three-year-old colt pacers at the Delaware County Fair.
The first three official finishers from each of the three elimination heats return for the final later on this afternoon.
The 13th race started off with Lonewolf Currier and driver Dave Palone outdueling Eddie Sweat for control of the early lead by the opening quarter mile in a blistering :25.2. Then as they raced to the half mile in :53.3 a near collision took place as Vegas Vacation came first-over but Yannick Gingras also came out with Rockin Amadeus and put a wheel under Vegas Vacation and forced them to take place and race second-over.
Then in the backstretch Lonewolf Currier began to tire quickly and started to back up through the field and forced the trailing horse to find a way around him. Sears saw what was going on and took Vegas Vacation three-wide and looped the field at the three-quarters in 1:21.4.
From that point it was all Vegas Vegas and Sears as they rolled away from the field to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:50. Right Touch (Ray Paver) was second with Wake Up Peter(Ron Pierce) third to make it to the second heat.
“I had to play it like was,” Sears said. “I was worried when I saw Lonewolf Currier backing through the field so we had to go around everyone. I was real happy with him the way he raced.”
It was the eighth win in 14 starts this year for Vegas Vacation. The son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Casie Coleman and is owned by the West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders of Ontario.
“I was worried when he had that wheel put underneath him,” Said Casie Coleman, “And then again when he had to go three-wide, but he did alright! Now we will get him back to barn, bath him, cool him out and get him ready for the second heat.”
Sent off as the betting favorite, Vegas Vacation paid $2.60 to win.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com