Vegas Vacation captures 68th Little Brown Jug

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Updated: September 19, 2013

Delaware, OH (Sports Network) – Odds-on favorite Vegas Vacation captured
Thursday’s 68th edition of the $552,551 Little Brown Jug at the Delaware
County Fair. The one-mile pace is the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown
for 3-year-olds.

Sent off at 3-5 in the eight-horse field, Vegas Vacation took over the lead
from Urbanite Hanover entering the backstretch and with driver Brian Sears
again in the sulky, drove to a two-length victory over the early pacesetter.

The 68th Little Brown Jug began with three $58,939 elimination heats from
which the top three finishers in each elimination filled the field for the
final. Sunfire Blue Chip, third in the final elimination, scratched from the
final after drawing post 9.

The three eliminations were won, in order, by Vegas Vacation, Lucan Hanover
and Resistance Futile. Vegas Vacation and Lucan Hanover are both trained by
Casie Coleman who trained last year’s Jug winner Michael’s Power.

A horse must win two heats to be declared Little Brown Jug victor.

“I’m real fortunate to have some extremely nice horses, I got great staff
behind me and this horse is just awesome,” Coleman said after winning her
second straight Little Brown Jug with Vegas Vacation. “My other horse Lucan
(Hanover) he got third, just missed getting the exactor (exacta), pretty goof
day.”

Vegas Vacation covered the final in 1:50 to give Brian Sears a second victory
in the race. Sears drove Rocknroll Hanover to victory in the Jug in 2005.

Following runner-up Urbanite Hanover were Lucan Hanover and Right Touch.

Vegas Vacation notched his ninth and 10th career wins Thursday from 25 starts
and has earned nearly $900,000.

The Pacing Triple Crown will conclude with the Messenger Stakes on Saturday,
Nov. 2. The first leg, the Cane Pace, was won by leading 3-year-old pacer
Captaintreacherous who was held out of the Jug.