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Vegas Vacation wins 68th Little Brown Jug

September 19, 2013
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Vegas Vacation captured this year's 68th renewal of the $552,551 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old colt pacers on Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio, fairgrounds in straight heats, scoring a 1:50 win in his elimination and then posting an identical clocking in the second and decisive heat.
 
The win by Vegas Vacation gave driver Brian Sears his first-ever Jug victory, while it made trainer Casie Coleman just the seventh conditioner to ever win the pacing classic in back-to-back years. Coleman won last year's Jug with Michael's Power.
 
In the $265,224 second heat, Vegas Vacation left from post two and settled in third as Yannick Gingras fired longshot Urbanite Hanover fastest off the gate to the lead, with Lucan Hanover, a second Coleman trainee who also won his elimination, taking the two hole. Urbanite Hanover reached the quarter in :26.3 and half in :54.3, when Sears began to range up first-over with Vegas Vacation, followed by the Corey Callahan-driven Resistance Futile, who had won the third of the three $58,939 eliminations.
 
Vegas Vacation cleared approaching the final turn and cleared the three-quarter pole in 1:22. Resistance Futile made a break in the bend, and that allowed clear sailing for Vegas Vacation to cruise to the wire two lengths in front of Urbanite Hanover. Lucan Hanover settled for third for driver David Miller.
 
Vegas Vacation is owned by Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton, Phyllis Saunders and West Wins Stable, of which Coleman is a partner with Ross Warriner. His double wins brought his career earnings to $902,898. 
 
LITTLE BROWN JUG ELIMINATION RECAP
 
Vegas Vacation won the first of three eliminations of the $552,551 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old colt pacers Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio, fairgrounds in 1:50. The time equaled the world mark for sophomore pacing geldings on a half-mile track set last year by Michael's Power in the second and decisive heat of the Jug.
 
Vegas Vacation is trained by Casie Coleman, who won last year's Jug with Michael's Power. Coleman didn't have time to rest on Vegas Vacation's laurels on Thursday as she came right back to win the second elim with Lucan Hanover.
 
In the first elim, Lonewolf Currier and Dave Palone took control and led the way, with driver Brian Sears beginning to move on the outside with Vegas Vacation approaching the half. Sears had to move wide when Yannick Gingras also tried to send Rockin Amadeus off the rail. As Rockin Amadeus began to fade on the backstretch, Sears tipped Vegas Vacation wide to take aim at Lonewolf Currier.
 
Vegas Vacation easily brushed past and on to the victory. Right Touch and Ray Paver gave chase to finish second, with Wake Up Peter and Ron Pierce third. The top three finishers in each elim will return for the second heat.
 
Lucan Hanover rallied from behind to win the second elim in 1:49.4 for driver David Miller. Beach Memories and Gingras crossed the wire second, but was disqualified for causing interference and placed last. Urbanite Hanover and Pierce were third-placed second, with Emeritus Maximus and driver Tim Tetrick fourth-placed-third. Also a gelding, Lucan Hanover set a new world mark for a half-mile track.
 
Resistance Futile sprung a 24-1 upset in the third elimination as Corey Callahan rallied his charge wide around the final turn before drawing clear for an open-lenghs 1:49.3 victory. Odds On Equuleus finished second for Tetrick, with Sunfire Blue Chip and Gingras third.
 
Blair Burgess, who won the 2007 Jug with Tell All, trains Resistance Futile. The win was his seventh in 18 starts this year. 
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