Major Little Brown Jug contenders Up The Credit and Big Jim are among 18 colts and one filly entered in Saturday’s eliminations for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. Thirteen of the colts and the filly Drop The Ball are also eligible to the Little Brown Jug.
The top five finishers in each of the two $50,000 eliminations will advance to the Meadowlands Pace Final on July 16.
Up The Credit enters the Meadowlands Pace elims off a four-race winning streak that includes a victory in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup on June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. Campaigned by the father-and-son team of Carl and Jody Jamieson, Up The Credit is 5 for 6 this season with 2011 earnings of $899,300 and $940,695 lifetime. Roll With Joe and Big Jim finished second and third in the Final.
Big Jim, who has banked $1,077,580 and is the reigning Dan Patch two-year-old champion colt pacer, captured the $400,000 New Jersey Classic on May 28 at The Meadowlands. He was second to Up The Credit in the Somebeachsomewhere on June 4 and third to Powerful Mist and Rockabillie in his NA Cup elimination.
Drop The Ball will try to become the first filly to win the Meadowlands Pace. She has finished second in two of three starts this season. In her last start, Drop The Ball paced home in :26.3 to finish second by a nose to 2010 Jugette champion Showherthemoney in a conditioned pace on July 1 at The Meadowlands.
BIG BAD JOHN GETS A REST
Big Bad John, the Delaware home-town favorite for the 66th Little Brown Jug, has returned to work following 10 days of relaxation at the Kesmarc Equine Clinic in Lexington, KY.
“He was sick, tired and exhausted following the Hoosier Cup. That was just a brutal race.” said trainer Ron Potter. “He had raced five times in 32 days. So we took him to the Kesmarc Clinic where he got to swim, workout and relax for 10 days.”
Potter says that Big Bad John has really freshened up. He feels great and returned to the Delaware Fairgrounds this week.
Big Bad John returns to action on July 15 in a $200,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows.
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