Road To The Jug – Week 5

Published: September 2, 2008 11:00 pm EDT

Each week the Little Brown Jug will rank the Top 10 eligibles for the 63rd edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, September 18, 2008.

#1 (Last Week NR) – Art Official
Owners: Sawgrass Farms (IL)
Trainer: Joe Seekman
Driver: Ron Pierce
Lifetime Earnings: $1,327,082
Lifetime Mark: 1:47.0m
"It's official." Art Official is now eligible for the Little Brown Jug after his win in the $392,850 Cane Pace Final at Freehold Raceway on September 1.

#2 (Last Week #1) – Somebeachsomewhere
Owners: Schooner Stables (NS)
Trainer: Brent MacGrath
Driver: Paul MacDonell
Lifetime Earnings: $2,247,606
Lifetime Mark: 1:48.3m
Fans are still looking for the Meadowlands Pace rematch. Will Art Official's entry into the Jug change the Beach's plans? Next start will be in the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk.

#3 (Last Week #2) - Badlands Nitro
Owners: John Celii (PA) and Teague Inc. (DE)
Trainer: George Teague
Driver: Brian Sears
Lifetime Earnings: $1,418,389
Lifetime Mark: 1:50f
A solid second in the Cane Pace Final. Sat in the pocket and took a shot at Art Official late in the race and came up a half length short.

#4 (Last Week #3) - Shadow Play
Owners: Ian Moore (PEI), R.G. McGroup Ltd. (NB) and Serge Savard (PQ)
Trainer: Ian Moore
Driver: David Miller
Lifetime Earnings: $365,555
Lifetime Mark: 1:48.2f
Beaten by a nose in a conditioned event at Mohawk Raceway on August 30.

#5 (Last Week #5) – Dali
Owners: Uncirculated Stable (ONT)
Trainer: Duane Marfi
Driver: Ron Pierce, John Campbell
Lifetime Earnings: $741,015
Lifetime Mark: 1:50.2m
Did not race last week. Next up is the $132,326 Simcoe Stakes.

#6 (Last Week #9) – Moon Beam
Owners: Howard Schneider (NY)
Trainer: Eric Abbatiello
Driver: Yannick Gingras
Lifetime Earnings: $686,707
Lifetime Mark: 1:51f
Challenged Art Official during the early portion of the Cane Pace Final. Held on to third just 3 3/4 lengths behind the winner.

#7 (Last Week #7) – Santanna Blue Chip
Owners: Carl Jamieson (ONT), 1140545 Ontario Ltd. (ONT), Jeffrey Gillis (ONT) and George Arthur Stable (ONT)
Trainer: Carl Jamieson
Driver: Jody Jamieson
Lifetime Earnings: $1,417,315
Lifetime Mark: 1:51.1m
Did not race last week. Next race is the $130,326 Simcoe Stakes.

#8 (Last Week #5) - Major General
Owners: Brittany Farms (KY) and Reality Stable (KY)
Trainer: Ervin Miller
Driver: Andy Miller
Lifetime Earnings: $190,418
Lifetime Mark: 1:51.1m
Forced to leave from post 8 and was forced to race behind some dead cover. Finished sixth, timed in 1:52.2.

#9 (Last Week #10) – Hey Mister DJ
Owners: John Carver (IL)
Trainer: Ervin Miller
Driver: Brent Holland
Lifetime Earnings: $68,250
Lifetime Mark: 1:50.1m
Set a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1 in his victory in the $48,000 Hayes Memorial at the DuQuoin State Fair on August 30.

#10 (Last Week #6) - Lis Deo
Owners: Classic Photo Stable (IL), MJG Racing Stable (NJ), Hill View Enterprises (NJ) and Louis Willinger (KY)
Trainer: Ervin Miller
Driver: Tim Tetrick
Lifetime Earnings: $205,061
Lifetime Mark: 1:50.2m
Could not overcome an outside post in the Cane Pace Final. Was never really a factor and finished seventh.

Dropped Out: #8 Mystery Chase

Upcoming Events:
September 6 - $262,652 Simcoe Stakes (div) (Moh)
September 6 - $80,000 Ohio Sire Stake Final (ScD)
September 7 - $150,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final (Chst)

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