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Little Brown Jug Gets 12 Colts

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Published: September 17, 2011 12:08 pm ET

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A small but talented field of twelve sophomore colt pacers will go postward Thursday afternoon (September 22) looking to capture the 66th Little Brown Jug.

The field of twelve will be divided into two $84,288 eliminations with the first four finishers advancing to the $252,864 final. If a race-off would be necessary, the three horse event would go for $105,360. The field for the second leg of harness racing's Triple Crown is the smallest since 1980, when Niatross captured the Jug in straight heats.

Hometown favorite, Big Bad John drew post position #2 and was named the 8-5 morning line favourite in the first elimination.

Big Bad John will have the lion’s share of the expected 50,000 fans, as the colt is owned by Ed Telle’s Winchester Baye Acres and trained by Delaware’s Ron Potter. Ohio native David Miller will rein the colt.

“John” is looking to become the first horse since Barberry Spur to capture back-to-back Delaware victories. Big Bad John won the two-year-old Standardbred last year at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in a then world record 1:53.

“How can you not like that draw? Everyone’s got a chance,” noted Potter. “We think we have a good shot.”

Roll With Joe, winner of the $1 million Meadowlands Pace, will leave from post 5 in the second elimination. The Cams Card Shark colt is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Stephen Demeter, Not To Worry Stable and Winbak Farm. Roll With Joe will be piloted by Ron Pierce, the four time Jug champion.

“I am very surprised there were so few horses entered,” stated Roll With Joe’s trainer Ed Hart. “Our post position is not horrible. I would rather be on the inside, but we will work it out.”

Roll With Joe will be challenged by solid Canadian connections: North America Cup winner Up The Credit from post 6 and Came Pace winner Betterthancheddar, leaving from post 4. Betterthancheddar became Jug eligible when his connections paid the $45,000 supplemental fee to enter the 66th Little Brown Jug. The Bettors Delight colt is owned by Steve W. Calhoun and West Wins Stable and will be driven for the first time by George Brennan for trainer and co-owner Casie Coleman.

$84,288 First Elimination

1. Something For Doc (Tim Tetrick) 10-1
2. Big Bad John (David Miller) 8-5
3. Powerful Mist (John Campbell) 7-2
4. Foreclosure N (Tim Tetrick) 8-1
5. Custard The Dragon (Montrell Teague) 5-1
6. High Noon (Mark MacDonald) 15-1

$84,288 Second Elimination

1. Rollwithitharry (Brett Miller) 8-1
2. Hugadragon (Yannick Gingras) 10-1
3. Wink N Atcha (Yannick Gingras) 6-1
4. Betterthancheddar (George Brennan) 3-1
5. Roll With Joe (Ron Pierce) 2-1
6. Up The Credit (Jody Jamieson) 4-1

(LBJ)


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