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Vegas Vacation wins Little Brown Jug, the second leg of pacing's Triple Crown

09/19/2013 08:18 EDT | Updated 11/19/2013 05:12 EST
DELAWARE, Ohio - Canadian trainer Casie Coleman captured a second straight Little Brown Jug title Thursday.

Coleman's horse Vegas Vacation beat Urbanite Hanover in 1:50 to win the $552,551 second leg of the three-year-old pacing Triple Crown at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Coleman, a resident of Cambridge, Ont., won last year with Michael's Power.

After the first elimination, Coleman changed the shoes on Vegas Vacation.

"The shoeing change (to steel shoes) made a big difference. I knew he was sticking to the track," she said. "Plus, I shortened his hobbles by a half inch."

"I have my extremely nice horses, I have a great staff behind me," she added. "I just want to say this horse was awesome."

Lucan Hanover, another horse trained by Coleman, finished third.

Coleman also owns a share of Vegas Vacation, a gelding which has now won nine times in 15 starts this season. Vegas Vacation now has $902,898 in career earnings after collecting $256,382 with Thursday's victory.

"He is a big strong horse and I was OK with the start." Sears said. "He was coming into the race very well, so I was very confident ... Once I got through the turn and got him straightened up, he was on his way."

Also holding an ownership stake in Vegas Vacation are Adriano Sorella of Milton, Ont., Ross Warriner of Burlington, Ont., assistant trainer Tony Beaton of Waterdown, Ont., and Hamilton's Phyllis Saunders.

Coleman is the second female trainer to win the Little Brown Jug after Caroline Lyon sent out winner Nick's Fantasy in 1995.

Vegas Vacation, with Sears driving, took the first elimination with a three-wide move at the three-quarter mark, winning by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:50. Lucan Hanover, driven by David Miller, won the second elimination by 3 1/2 lengths, in 1:49.4. Miller also made a three-wide move at three-quarters to get to the top.

Resistance Futile, a 24-1 shot, made a big move past the half mile to win the third elimination in 1:49.3. Driven by Corey Callahan, Resistance Futile won by 5 1/2 lengths.

Captaintreacherous won the Cane Pace, the first leg of the Triple Crown, at Tioga Downs on Sept. 2, but did not race in the Little Brown Jug. Ownership told Little Brown Jug officials the group had decided to focus on other races

The third leg of pacing's Triple Crown is the Messenger Stakes on Nov. 2 at Yonkers Raceway.

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