MacDonald looking for second Jug victory
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Bolt The Duer, trained by Pete Foley, has won six of 11 races and earned $583,343 this year for owners John Como Sr. and John Como Jr.'s All Star Racing. He has won four consecutive starts, beginning with his victory in the $500,000 Delvin Miller Adios final in a world-record time of 1:47.4 at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania.
He comes into the Jug off a Kentucky Sires Stakes-record win of 1:48.2 in the $250,000 championship on Sept. 9 at Lexington's Red Mile.
"He's been good all year, but I think he's gotten a tick better,” MacDonald said. "He's really good right now. We got pretty good trips with him, but he's a good horse. He makes his own luck, too, because he's very handy. There's no two ways about it, he's a very good horse.
"He's fresh too. He doesn't have a lot of tough races in him; we've kind of managed him that way and trip him out as much as we could. I think it's starting to pay off now as some of them are starting to get tired and he's starting to accelerate a little bit. I think he's starting to come into his own. I think he's starting to get a little braver and confident as we go along here.”
For his career, Bolt The Duer (Ponder-Wonderbolt) has won 12 of 19 races and earned $797,401.The horse is named after Carter Duer, the proprietor of Peninsula Farm, which produced the colt.
As for MacDonald, in addition to winning the Little Brown Jug at Delaware in 2006, he won the 2010 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers with Western Silk.
"I've had a lot of success in Delaware and a lot of fond memories,” MacDonald said. "And experience is something you can't buy; you've got to earn it. I've raced in a lot of big races now and going back into them it's nice to have that experience. I was always kind of the young guy that didn't have it and was lucky to get into the races and now it's come full circle where I've been in all the big ones and have the experience. It's nice.”
At the end of Thursday, it might even feel good. (HRC)