DELAWARE, Ohio — A half-hour before the second heat of the $551,225 Little Brown Jug, Shadow Play was hurting badly.
But the 3-year-old pacing colt overcame a hoof separation to win the $551,225 Little Brown Jug on Thursday at Delaware County Fairgrounds, pulling away for a 6¼-length victory in the second leg of the pacing Triple Crown. The colt suffered the separation in winning the first elimination heat.
"He had shown no signs of lameness prior to the first heat of the race," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, a veterinarian from Prince Edward Island in Canada.
After his first heat, Shadow Play was noticeably lame and Moore found the problem in the heel of his right front foot. Moore and horseshoer Eric Wilt worked feverishly to get him ready for his biggest race. The colt was shod with a leather pad to alleviate the discomfort.
"Thirty minutes before the final heat, I wasn't sure he was going to be able to race," admitted driver David Miller.
The colt paced a mile in 1:501⁄5. He took the lead at the start and set a slow pace before pulling away in the final quarter. The win in the Jug gives Shadow Play 12 wins in 21 starts this season. The Jug is the second leg of the Triple Crown for pacers.