by John Furgele, Harness Racing 228
She definitely tried and the she I’m referring to is Treacherous Reign and her effort in the Jugette, the signature race for 3-year old fillies at the Delaware County Fair. Warrawee Ubeaut came into the Jugette as the heavy favorite and after she won her elimination by 6.5 lengths, that didn’t change.
In the final, Dexter Dunn did what the others apparently didn’t try to do—win the race. Dunn took his filly out through a blistering 26.2 first quarter on what seems to be an always blazing Delaware track. Yannick Gingras tried to take the lead shortly after that quarter but was thwarted by Dunn and Treacherous Reign. Those watching could see the head on Warrawee Ubeaut snap back as Gingras calmy tucked her back into the pocket.
Dunn was able to rate the second quarter in 29, but as they raced down the backstretch, once again, it was Gingras taking Warrawee Ubeaut to the outside and this time, he and his filly would not be denied. She surged to the lead, hitting three-quarters in 1:23.3 and the only drama coming home was the colt’s wheel running over a fallen pylon. The final time was impressive for the Ron Burke trained filly, as she tripped the wire in 1:50.1.
Burke thought about racing the filly against the colts in the Little Brown Jug, but fear of drawing the seven or eight post gave him enough pause to keep her with the girls. In pacing, it is very rare to mix the sexes.
You see it in trots, but pacing is different. Trotting is part speed, part form and part style; the latter two can keep the speed down enough for the fillies to keep up. In pacing, it’s more speed than form, more strength than style and the consensus is that filly and mare pacers can’t keep up. Shartin N may beg to differ, but, as good as she is, she hasn’t raced against the boys.
The two wins on the day put Warrawee Ubeaut over $1 million in earnings; $1,175,393 to be exact and for trainer Burke and driver, Gingras, it was Jugette number three for each. Ideation Hanover passed a tiring Treacherous Reign to earn place honors with Reign holding on for third.
Jugette Day is not one for the weak. The card featured 20 races with an 11:15 am ET post. The Jugette runners were sent on their way at 6:21, meaning that the card was over seven hours in length.
Today is Little Brown Jug Day with 15 entered in the most well-known race for 3-year old pacers. There are two eliminations with the top four in each advancing to the $384,000 final. The three most accomplished are Southwind Ozzi, Shake That House and American Mercury.
Like the Jugette, Jug Day features 20 races and over $1.3 million in purses. Post time is set for 11:15 am ET with the Little Brown Jug scheduled for 4:57 pm ET. The safest bet is the over on the 4:57 pm, but the 40,000 plus in attendance likely won’t mind, especially with sunny skies and a high temperature of 82 degrees in the forecast.