Betting Line will put his 11 race win streak on the line in the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association. The son of Bettor’s Delight was established as the 3/5 morning line favorite in the first elimination for the $577,000 Little Brown Jug to be held on Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Betting Line has won $1.1 million this season and took his lifetime mark of 1:47 2/5 in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine on Aug. 20. Delaware’s leading driver David Miller will pilot Betting Line, who is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by Coleman’s West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac T. Nichol. Miller is a three time LBJ champ and Coleman won back-to-back Jugs in 2012 and 2013. Betting Line will leave from post No. 5.
Betting Line’s main competition in the first elimination, Lyons Snyder and Check Six, drew just inside in posts 3 and 4, respectively. Lyons Snyder was a strong second to Betting Line in the $157,111 Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 10. Check Six is coming to Delaware off a win in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final in a lifetime best 1:50.
Racing Hill headlines the second $92,320 elimination. Racing Hill is a Tony Alagna trainee for owner Tom Hill. The Roll With Joe colt won the $500,000 Messenger Stake in his last start. He has not finished off the board in his 11 seasonal starts and owns a lifetime mark 1:48 4/5. Racing Hill will be driven by Brett Miller and will leave from post No. 2 in the field of five.
Western Fame will be the second choice in the second elimination. Western Fame, post No. 1, is owned by Brittany Farms, trained by Jimmy Takter and will be driven my Mark MacDonald.
Jay Wolf and Jug publicity contributed to this report.