09/22/2016 6:21PM

Delaware County Fair: Betting Line sets world record in Little Brown Jug triumph

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The connections of Betting Line raise the Little Brown Jug

Betting Line moved into the lead at the half and sailed home from there to easily win the Little Brown Jug on Thursday afternoon at the Delaware County Fair.  His final time of 1:49 broke the world record for a 3-year-old colt pacer on a half-mile track by two-fifths of a second.

Dr. J Hanover (Scott Zeron) left strongly to grab the early lead, but elimination winner Western Fame (Mark MacDonald) popped out of the pocket and took the lead before the 26 4/5 opening quarter.  Betting Line was third at that point, but David Miller sent him to the outside as they raced in front of the grandstands for the second time, and he took the lead on the outside at the 54 4/5 half, then crossed over to the cones.

Betting Line would go on to reach three-quarters in 1:21 4/5, opening up a big lead in the process, and he continued to pour it on in the lane, winning by open lengths over Western Fame.  Dr. J Hanover, Lyons Snyder (Sylvain Filion), Manhattan Beach (Matt Kakaley), and Big Top Hanover (Yannick Gingras) rounded out the order.

The time of 1:49 broke the previous world record of 1:49 2/5 that had belonged to Somebeachsomewhere (2008, Flamboro Downs) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010, Delaware County Fair).

"Yeah, it was pretty easy," gushed Miller, who scored his fourth Little Brown Jug victory.  "He was great both trips, and I'm so glad for all the connections and the horse to win the Little Brown Jug."

It was the 13th consecutive victory for Betting Line, a millionaire colt by Blue Chip Farms stallion Bettor's Delight.  He's trained by Casie Coleman, who won the Little Brown Jug for the third time, for owners Mac Nichol, Christine Calhoun, and West Wins Stable.  He paid $2.20 as the 1-9 favorite.

"We're just so excited he got the job done and won the Little Brown Jug," said Coleman.  "He looked like he won it quite well in-hand. 

"I love the Jug.  Everybody knows I've always been supoortive of this race.  I think I pay in every horse I have.  I have some cheaper horses I've paid into this race just hoping they're good enough to come.  Every single year I'll be here supporting it as long as I have a horse good enough."

Coleman added that they are strongly considering supplementing Betting Line into the second week of the Grand Circuit Meet at The Red Mile.