Day At The Track

Video: Burgess comments on LBJ win

10:30 PM 25 Sep 2007 NZST
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After the experience of winning his first Little Brown Jug was given a couple of days to sink in, Trot Insider spoke with trainer Blair Burgess about his straight-heat victory in the history-rich event with Real Desire colt Tell All.

2007 Little Brown Jug - First Heat/First Division

To finally get it done kind of makes things a little more complete," said Burgess, who also stated that having many members of his family on-hand for the event made it all the more sweet.

"I didn't really expect to win it with him," Burgess explained, when asked whether he thought he had a potential Jug winner at the beginning of the year in Tell All. "Maybe it was his destiny. It's pretty ironic that he has gone out and won the races that his father was defeated in [North America Cup, Little Brown Jug, Simcoe Stakes]."

Even though the North America Cup-winning colt was convincing in his 1:50.3 victory in the Jug's first heat with pilot Jody Jamieson, Burgess noted that the mile wasn't a walk in the park.

"He might have made it look good, but the trip he had was about as taxing a trip as one can get at the Jug," said Burgess, who also stated that the horse was running in on the turns. "[After the first heat] I put a bigger headpole on him. He also cooled out really well after. He recovered about as good as any horse in the Jug barn."

Heading into a showdown with Cane Pace winner Always A Virgin - who also won his opening heat division with driver Brian Sears - Burgess stated that he was confident given Tell All's post. "I was happy that we drew the rail, and I knew we then had a decent shot when he got it."

Taking full advantage of the inside spot, Jamieson rocketed off the wings, held off Southwind Lynx (Tim Tetrick) early and fended off a determined Hot Rod Mindale (David Miller) late for the wire-to-wire 1:52 victory.

2007 Little Brown Jug - Second Heat

Jody wasn't letting him [Southwind Lynx] go - he wasn't even thinking about it," said Burgess. "I think Tim Tetrick realised it and tried to slip him in the two-hole, but Brian [Sears] had closed that up pretty well.

"I didn't expect Hot Rod Mindale to go by us, the only question was whether he could hold off Always A Virgin late."

Burgess' trip to the winner's circle with Tell All was just the beginning of a journey the horseman would go on later that evening. Armed with many of the horse's connections, Burgess took the Jug into town. The revered trophy made appearances in some restaurants and taverns that evening.

"You go down to the Jug and you can't help but get a real feel for the history. You walk around the log cabin, you see the pictures of Niatross, Bret Hanover, Tar Heel - it's like walking into Yankee Stadium."

As for Tell All, he went home to Ontario and not down to Kentucky.

"I brought him home and he's been enjoying himself - he's pretty chipper," said Burgess. "He's lost some weight - the experience definitely tucked him up a bit. Although, I don't have any complaints about the heats for big races. If a three-year-old can't go heats late in the season, then maybe they don't deserve to win some of these big stakes."

Burgess also indicated that Tell All could contest the Tattersalls, something the trainer will assess seeing how the colt bounces back from his Jug trips.

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Courtesy Of Standardbred Canada

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