Shadow Play Wins Little Brown Jug
The Little Brown Jug set Delaware on fire as spectators rose to their feet during the nail biting eliminations and the final of this magnificent harness racing event. Big names in harness racing were present, including Lonestar Legend, Art Official, Badlands Nitro, Santanna Blue Chip and Giddy Up Lucky. But it was Shadow Play that exceeded all expectations, and won his elimination race and the final, walking away victorious at the sixty-third running of the Little Brown Jug.
Shadow Play, with driver David Miller, took on the first elimination race for the Little Brown Jug and won the race, with Badlands Nitro coming in second, followed home by Giddy Up Lucky. Unfortunately, Badlands Nitro became ill after the first elimination race, and could not progress to the second heat. Each of the three eliminations races carried a purse of $58 787, while the second heat had $265 589 to run for. During the second elimination race, Lonestar Legend won effortlessly from wire to wire, followed by Rudy Rednose and Mystery Chase. Art Official won the third elimination, with Santanna Blue Chip in second and Goddess’s Justin came in third. These results ensured a magnificent line up for the final race for the Little Brown Jug.
In the Little Brown Jug Final, Shadow Play found himself up against seven other formidable competitors, but did not miss a beat when it came to taking the lead and winning the final event. Being stalked by Lonestar Legend, who finished in second position, the pace was extremely fast, and led to a record setting final. Art Official, who is the only horse to have ever beaten the magnificent Somebeachsomewhere, finished in third.
Shadow Play, who is co-owned and trained by Ian Moore, has now won fourteen of his thirty-three career starts, including the Adios which was run at Pocono Downs, and has earned $527 248. He has proven once again that he has the determination and strength to become one of the greatest horses in harness racing. Even though spectators rose to their feet in celebration of his latest victory, no-one could have been more proud than his owners Ian Moore and Serge Savard, as they stood in the winners’ circle together with Shadow Play.