Vegas Vacation Wins 68th Little Brown Jug in Straight Heats
DELAWARE, OH—Vegas Vacation used a hard fought first over move to win the second heat to win Thursday's $552,551 Little Brown Jug over Urbanite Hanover (Yannick Gingras) in 1:50.
In the second heat, Gingras sent Urbanite Hanover out of post #4 and cleared the lead before the 1/8 pole puting Lucan Hanover (David Miller) into the two hole and the eventual winner in third at the quarter in :26 3/5. Sears moved Vegas Vacation off the rail to start his charge past the half in :54 3/5 and went by Urbanite Hanover past the 3/4 mile pole in 1:22. Urbanite Hanover made a second bit for the lead but Vegas Vacation was much the best winning by 2 lengths.
Combined wth his first elimination victory he established a new two heat world record of 3:40 for gelding pacers.
With the victory, trainer Casie Coleman earned back-to-back victories and Brian Sears hoisted the Little Brown Jug for the first time.
"He is a big strong horse and I was OK with the start." noted the winning driver. "I didn't want to get into a two-horse race with David (Miller)...I'm very proud. This is a great race to win."
Coleman made a couple of equipment changes with Vegas Vacation after the first heat victory.
"The shoeing change (to steel shoes) made a big difference, I knew he was sticking to the track," noted Coleman. "Plus I shortened his hobbles by a half inch."
The sophomore son of Bettor's Delight is owned by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders and scored for the 9th time in 15 seasonal starts and has earned $902,898 lifetime.
In the first elimination, Brian Sears sent Vegas Vacation three wide down the backstretch and cleared Lonewolf Currier (Dave Palone) and Eddie Sweat (Dan Noble) before the top of the stretch and pulled away for a 2 1/4 length victory in 1:50 over the closing Right Touch (Ray Paver) and Wake Up Peter (Ron Pierce).
The second $58,939 elimination went to Lucan Hanover (David Miller) in a world record 1:49 4/5. The three year-old gelding used a three wide move down the backstretch to swoop past Mach It So (Scott Zeron), Emeritus Maximus (Tim Tetrick) and the pocket sitting Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras). Beach Memories was pulled off the rail and interferred with Word Power (Jody Jamieson). Lucan Hanover won by 3 1/2 lengths. Beach Memories crossed the line in second but was placed last. Urbanite Hanover (Ron Pierce) and Emeritus Maximus were placed second and third.
In the third elimination, Johny Rock (Andy Miller) and Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) battled for the early lead. Sunfire Blue Chip cleared to the front forcing Johny Rock into the two hole. Corey Callahan and long-shot Resistance Futile swept past the leaders just before the three quarter pole and cruised home by 5 1/2 lengths over Odds On Equuleus (Tim Tetrick) in 1:49 3/5. Sunfire Blue Chip held on to advance to the final.
Fastest Mile Ever on a Half-Mile Track in Winbak Pace
Pet Rock (David Miller) followed up his recent world record on a five-eighths mile track (1:47 2/5) with a new world mark on a half-mile track with a 1:48 1/5 mile in the $51,250 Winbak Pace.
A Rocknroll Dance (Tim Tetrick) was hustled off the gates wings and set the pace and past the quarter in :26 and the half in :53 3/5. The field stayed single file through the three-quarters in 1:21. Miller pulled Pet Rock off the rail and out sprinted A Rocknroll Dance to the finish line to win by a neck.
The four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owned by Frank J. Bellino.
The all age world record of 1:49 was held by Bolt The Duer (2013), Ponder (2006) and Jet Laag (1999).
Maven Sets WR in Ms. Versatility Final
Maven and Yannick Gingras rewrote the record book with a 1:51 4/5 mile in the $125,000 Ms. Versatility Final for aged mare tortters. Besting the previous world mark by thee full seconds, set by Lifelong Victory in 1996.
Maven was hustled out of post #2 and controlled the fractions of :26 4/5, :55 4/5 and 1:23 4/5 and used a 28 second last quarter to set the new mark. Bax Of Life (John Campbell) rallied for second and Daylon Miracle (Jody Jamieson) was third.
Maven won for the seventh time in 10 seasonal starts for owner William J. Donovan and trainer Jonas Czernyson.
World Record in $52,544 Standardbred for Freshman Pacing Colts
John Campbell and On Golden Ponder used an impressive backstretch move and spinted by the pacesetting He's Got It (David Miller) to establish a new world mark of 1:52 2/5.
Robert McIntosh trains and owns the son of Ponder with CSX Stable and M. P. Kohler.
Totally Kissed (Montrell Teague) was 6 1/2 lengths behind the winner in second. He's Got It held on for the show spot.
Pair of Old Oaken Buckets Contested
In the Old Oaken Bucket, Vibe Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) established an new national season's record and track record for 3 year-old gelding trotters with his 1:54 3/5 victory in the opening division of the $131,500 (div.) Old Oaken Bucket.
Bluto and Andy Miller led the field of six through the first three quarters but the eventual winner caught the tiring leader and scored the one length victory. Bluto held on for second and Sailer Eddie (Ron Pierce) was third.
Vibe Blue Chip is owned by Joseph DiScala and Cynthia Massari and trained by Ron Burke.
In the second $65,750 division, High Bridge and Yannick Gingras defeated a field of six to win in 1:55 1/5. Boffin (Charlie Norris) and Theatrical Session (David Miller) completed the trifecta.
High Bridge is owned by Christina Takter, J. D. Fielding, J. A. McClelland and J. H. Fielding and trained by Jimmy Takter.
Millers Team Up To Take Standardbred (2CT)
Andy Miller and Sumatra took the $51,944 Standardbred trot for freshman colts in 1:58 3/5. The son of Muscles Yankee is conditioned by Julie Miller for the Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing.
Long-shot Epic Ranger (Corey Callahan) was second and Gangio (Yannick Gingras) rounded out the top three.
Won The West Open To Fred and Ginger
Fred And Ginger and Matt Kakaley overcame post #8 and won in 1:51 4/5 over Tyber Tyke (Ron Pierce) being parked on the outside for most of the mile.
Fred And Ginger is trained by Ron Burke for J&T Silva, H. Taylor, E. Gold and J. Taylor.