Limelight Beach Wins $647,500 Little Brown Jug in Straight Heats
DELAWARE, OH—Limelight Beach used his rail post position and a heady drive by Yannick Gingras to win the second heat in 1:50.4 to win Thursday's 69th edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s.
In the second heat, Gingras sent Limelight Beach to the lead from the coveted post #1 and forced the field to pace the first quarter of :27.4 in numeric order. Beat The Drum (Ron Pierce) was the first to challenge at the half in :55.2. Limelight Beach held the first elimination winner Let’s Drink On It (Tyler Smith) locked in past the ¾ pole in 1:23 and used a :27.4 last quarter to score a 1 ½ length win over Let’ Drink On It and Somewhere In LA (Brett Miller).
The sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers and scored for the first two times in 14 seasonal starts and nearly doubled his career earnings to $678,950 lifetime.
With the victory, trainer Ron Burke and Gingras hoisted the Little Brown Jug for the first time.
“This is a dream come true coming here and winning the Little Brown Jug,” noted Gingras. “I knew Tyler (Smith) had a lot of pace behind me, but I had him right where I wanted him.”
"The shorter stretch helped him," added Burke. “Maybe he’s coming into his own…Hopefully this is the start of something.”
In the second elimination, the heavily favored McWicked (David Miller) defended the rail and led the field deep into the stretch but was edged by Limelight Beach and Somewhere In LA (Brett Miller). Sometimes Said (John Campbell) was fourth and advanced to the final. He’s Watching was never able to mount a challenge and finished sixth.
The second $103,600 elimination went to Let’s Drink On It (Tyler Smith) fulfilled a dream in winning by 1 ¼ lengths over At Press Time (Matt Kakaley) and Beat The Drum in 1:51. The three year-old colt used a three wide move down the backstretch to get to the outside of the pacesetting Lyonssomewhere (Yannick Gingras). The supplemental entry made a costly mistake and broke stride giving the lead and eventual victory to Let’s Drink On It. At Press Time finished second. Beat The Drum and On Golden Ponder advanced to the $310,800 final.