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Sheer Desire Moves Up In Jug Ratings

Published: September 21, 2009 4:17 pm ET

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With four straight victories, including a season’s record 1:49.2 victory in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes on September 6th at the Red Mile, Sheer Desire has moved up among Little Brown Jug contenders.

“He is very good right now,” said trainer Ron Burke. “I worked him (Sheer Desire) over the [Delaware] track this morning and he was perfect.”

Sheer Desire finished second to fellow Jug starter Nob Hill High in last year’s Standardbred Stakes over the same track. “That was only his second lifetime start and I was very satisfied with his performance.”

Sheer Desire, a son of Real Desire, will start from Post 9, just behind the pole sitter Carnivore, who finished second three straight times behind Sheer Desire in the Lexington Sires Stakes races. “We’ve got to go hard right from the get-go. If not, you’ll be [in] a horrible position.”

Dave Palone, who will drive Sheer Desire, feels the race sets up well for his colt. “We have a very good starting spot. He’s got a lot of early speed. I drove him here last year and he seems to like the half-mile track.”

To view the post position draw for the opening heat of the Little Brown Jug, click here.

(With files from the Little Brown Jug)

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