The Little Brown Jug is an annual harness racing event that takes place in Ohio and has been a part of the racing schedule since 1937. This year, the Little Brown Jug is taking place between the 14th and 18th of September 2008. Amongst the hundred and forty-four horses that were eligible to participate, names such as Somebeachsomewhere, Shadow Play, Badlands Nitro, Share the Delight, Mystery Chase, Major General, Dali, Tiz a Masterpiece and Lonestar Legend made the grade. While experience and ability gets horses through their racing events, post position draws play a major role in strategy. It is therefore no surprise that post position one was seen as a stroke of luck for Lonestar Legend.
Lonestar Legend will be one of the top three year old horses competing on Thursday, 18 September 2008. Sired by Western Hanover, out of Precious Shopper, Lonestar Legend has proven that he has the speed, determination and talent to compete against the best that harness racing has to offer. After being well rested, it seems that he will be in perfect form take on the field.
So far during his career, Lonestar Legend seems to prefer a five-eighths track and will be starting on a half mile track for the first time during the Little Brown Jug. After drawing post position one, Don Swick, trainer of Lonestar Legend, does not seem to be that concerned about the change of pace for this athlete. Swick said that he believes that Lonestar Legend is up for the challenge, and was quoted saying: “Mentally, he’s really happy. He seems in a good mood. I didn’t train him hard this week, but when I trained him, he was really bright and straighter. He can hang on one line or another for really no reason at all and this week he was really straight and bright and happy. He seemed like he was ready to go.”
Atochia, the horse that beat Lonestar Legend in the last few moments of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes earlier this month, will be leaving from post position four, and it will be interesting to see these two mighty horses face each other again. But no matter what the speculations and predictions might be, everyone will have to wait and see who the better horse will be at the running of the Little Brown Jug.