Delaware, Ohio – Lucan Hanover with an unbelievable three-wide sweep of the field in the backstretch, cleared the field and drew off in the 14th race second elimination heat of the Little Brown Jug, winning by three and one-half lengths in 1:49.4, a world record for three-year-old geldings on a half mile track.
Driven by David Miller, Lucan Hanover was not even in the hunt at the start of the race.
Mach It So and driver Rick Zeron left at the start and parked out Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras) and forced them to take the pocket trip as they passed the opening quarter mile in :26.
Coming to the half mile, Emeritus Maximus and driver Tim Tetrick came first-over with Ilikeitrealhot (Matt Kakaley) grabbing the second-over trip at the half mile in :54.2.
Then in the backstretch was when Lucan Hanover moved three-wide from sixth place and just swept by the field and was on top by the three-quarters in 1:22 and started to draw off from the field to victory.
Beach Memories had finished second but was placed seventh for causing interference. Urbanite Hanover (Ron Pierce) was third and placed second with Emeritus Maximus finishing fourth and placed third to make the final.
“I just gave him one crack and he was gone.” Said driver Dave Miller about Lucan Hanover blowing by the field in the backstretch.
“As a two-year-old he was not doing so well at all,” Said winning trainer Casie Coleman, “so we gelded him and he has come around so great this year. He is feeling good and now I have two racing in the Jug final.”
It was the fifth win this year for Lucan Hanover. The son of Western Ideal is owned by West Wins Stable and Christine Calhoun of Ontario and paid $6.40 to win.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com