Family Affair: Sectionline Aqua seeking victory in Jugette
Conor Golden, Little Brown Jug Publicity Intern
The locally owned and homebred, Sectionline Aqua is looking for Jugette glory as she takes on a field of eight in the second of three eliminations for the $298,100 Jugette for three-year-old filly pacers at the Delaware County Fair.
The Major In Art – Aquatic Yankee filly is owned by Harold Lee and Harold L Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, and Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio. Steve Bauder, who recently moved back to his hometown of Delaware after residing in Chicago for a few years, trains the filly.
Sectionline Aqua has finished on the board in each of her last five starts and has won 6 of 16 seasonal starts. In her last start, she raced in an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event at Mohawk Raceway finishing second by a length and a quarter and was timed in 1:51.
Native Central Ohioan Brett Miller will drive her in the Jugette.
Steve Bauder emphasized the filly's easygoing nature and consistency in most of her races. "She's about as nice a horse to work with as you would ask," he noted. "Just really well-mannered and anybody could take of her. She's consistent and has been good all year."
The trainer also expressed confidence in his driver, but added the intimidating factor of being in the outside post position.
"It's pretty tough. She'll need a trip. It needs to work out for her in the eighth hole," he said, "Any horse—I don't care what it is—from the eighth hole on a half mile track will need a little bit of help. She's game though."
Post time for the Jugette Day card will be at 10:50 a.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Photo: Sectionline Aqua relaxing in the Jugette Stable before her big race. True to her personality, the hype doesn't concern her. Taken by Conor Golden