Harnessracing.com learned Monday morning that Mach It So, whose eight wins this year include four on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit and the Canadian Breeders Championship final, will not be entered in the Little Brown Jug scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19, at Delaware, Ohio. The news comes two days after it was announced that the top-ranked Captaintreacherous will also not be entered in this year's Jug.
"No, he's not going to Delaware,” said P.J. Fraley, who trains Mach It So, a son of Mach Three, in the U.S. while Nifty Norman handles the duties in Canada. "They're keeping him brave up there in Canada. He has the Super Final in a couple weeks (on Sept. 28) and that goes for a lot of money.”
Mach It So finished eighth in the $275,000 Art Roney final in early June but then went to Canada where he has been perfect against Ontario-sired competition. After five consecutive victories at Mohawk and Rideau Carleton, Mach It So returned to the U.S. on Aug. 17 when he finished fifth in the Battle of the Brandywine. He then won his next start in Ontario Sires Stakes at Grand River and then last time out on Sept. 7 he finished fourth against open competition in a Simcoe division at Mohawk.
"He's been real good in Canada and he may be just a cut under the rest,” said Fraley of Mach It So, who is a half brother to the 2009 Woodrow Wilson winner Windfall Blue Chip. Owned by Bamond Racing, Mach It So has 2013 earnings of $336,751 and a career total of $371,211. His career mark of 1:49.1 came in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold race on Aug. 10 at Mohawk.