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Tell All prevails in a thrilling Little Brown Jug finish
Thursday, September 20, 2007 - by Paul Ramlow, Web Newsroom editor, the U.S. Trotting Association

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Delaware, OH --- My Desire Stable’s Tell All was a straight-heat winner in the $480,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair.

 USTA Photo/Mark Hall

Tell All (1) held off Hot Rod Mindale to win the $480,000 Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio.
The Blair Burgess trainee, driven by Jody Jamieson, won the $230,400 second heat with a wire-to-wire, 1:52 effort. Hot Rod Mindale, parked first-over for most of the mile, fought gamely in the lane to hold on to second, while Always A Virgin finished third.

The 2-1 second choice Tell All protected the rail in the final, getting to the opening quarter in :27 with favored Always A Virgin sitting in the pocket and Won The West in third.

Tell All got a bit of a breather heading to the :56.2 half, with Hot Rod Mindale (David Miller) now beginning to apply the pressure first-over on the rim, while Always A Virgin was locked in third at the rail. The top three remained in the same positions as the pace picked up at the 1:24.4 three-quarter pole.

Heading into the final turn, Tell All remained strong, but Hot Rod Mindale continued to challenge the leader and midway down the stretch it looked like he was going to be a winner. But Tell All dug in gamely and held on for the half-length victory. Always A Virgin, who vacated the rail at the head of the lane and came charging three-wide down the stretch, could only manage to finish third.

"I didn't want to be in Brian's spot (sitting in the two hole) in the final," driver Jody Jamieson said. "Dave Miller gave me a run to the wire, but I was confident at the quarter pole that I was going to win since I got away with such an easy first fraction. This horse was just incredible today. There's nothing like winning this race. Wednesday night (last night) was the hardest night of my life and I only drank water. I was so nervous about the race today.

"I was more nervous before the elimination than I was for the final. I just wanted to make the final and have a good post in it. In the final, once I got on the race track, I was pretty confident. Tell All has a great big heart -- he's bailed me out on a few first-up trips and he bailed me out today by scooting out of the gate as quickly as he did. He's so agressive and just never stops."

"It's a pretty emotional experience to win this race," trainer Blair Burgess commented. "It's very close to my heart in the way the Hambo was (which he won with Glidemaster in 2006).

"When he was 2, he had troubles with his feet and some other things and I liked him -- even though I didn't know he was going to be this kind of horse -- and that's why I quit with him and waited for him to mature at 3.

"I was glad to have the rail in the final because I believe that psychologically for the horse it makes a difference, than to have to try to rush out of there from the two or three hole and fight another horse for the lead.

"This horse has some other big stakes left this year; the Breeders Crown and Lexington. I've brought about ten or 12 horses to Delaware and I always thought I had a chance, so it's nice to finally win one.

"I was very happy with Jody's drive -- I've always had confidence in Jody. The drive today was all about rail control. He had to work for it early, but the cheap fractions really gave him an advantage. It was a very sly drive by Jody, to be sure.

"This horse's best quality is his gutsiness. He seemed to be pulling a little bit at the end, but he got a great drive from Jody.

"To get ready for the second heat, I iced his feet and I walked him a lot. He was blown out almost by the time we got back to the barn. He has great lung capacity, just like his father, Real Desire."

Tell All earned $234,240 for his victory in the Jug, raising his season's earnings to $1,386,747. He has now won 10 times in 18 trips to the post.

Always A Virgin, Tell All are elmination division winners

The 1-5 favorite, Always A Virgin, grabbed the lead heading down the backstretch for the first time and was in total command the rest of the mile in grabbing the second $76,800 elimination division.

 USTA Photo/Mark Hall

Always A Virgin was in total command in grabbing the second $76,800 elimination division of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair in 1:51.1.
Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Val d'Or Farms, the Western Ideal--Neverhaveneverwill,by Big Towner colt ran his winning streak to six in winning for the ninth time in 13 ’07 starts. Trained by Joe Holloway, Always A Virgin was driven by Brian Sears.

Kinetic Yankee (Andy Miller) grabbed the early lead in the field of seven, before Always A Virgin reached the first panel on top in :26.3. He set subsequent fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.2 before crossing the wire in 1:51.1. Hot Rod Mindale (David Miller) rallied to finish second, two lengths behind the winner, while Won The West (Greg Grismore) was third. The fourth place finisher, May June Character (George Brennan), also advanced to the second heat.

“I let the others get out of the gate quickly because I wanted to be in a good position to follow and overtake them early,” winning driver Brian Sears said. “When you’re driving one of the favorites, it’s always important to not get into road trouble early.

“Joe’s done a great job getting him ready for this race. The horse is extremely versatile and just glides around the half.

"I kept my eyes on George’s (Brennan) horse (May June Character), because even though his horse isn’t really handy he does have some go to him. I thought I had him in a good spot and I wasn’t too worried coming down the lane.”

Tell All closes with a rush

My Desire Stable’s Tell All rallied in the stretch to capture the $76,800 first elimination division.

Jody Jamieson was in the bike as the sophomore colt by Real Desire, out of the Albatross mare Have No Secrets, posted his ninth triumph of the ’07 campaign. Trained by Blair Burgess, Tell All stopped the timer in 1:50.3, which equaled the national season’s record for a 3-year-old pacing colt on a half-mile oval.

 USTA Photo/Mark Hall

Tell All rallied in the stretch to capture the $76,800 first elimination division in the 62nd Little Brown Jug.
Driver Tim Tetrick left strongly with Southwind Lynx from post position six, and was strung out by the rail horse, Fresh Deck, in reaching the opening panel on top in a snappy :26. Southwind Lynx put in a :28.1 second quarter, reaching the half in :54.1, and was still on the lead at the 1:22.1 three-quarter pole.

Tell All, who got away fourth, came first-over at the half-mile marker, and was still uncovered at the three-quarter pole. Turning for home, Tell All had plenty of pace and collared Southwind Lynx at the finish, by 1-1/4 lengths. Southwind Lynx held strong for second, while Artist’s View (Yannick Gingras) got up for third. The fourth place finisher, Charley Barley (Mike Lachance), also advanced to the second heat.

“He’s a great horse that just loves to grind it out,” driver Jody Jamieson said. “This race just set up perfect for him. Having the three hole was a great asset and it worked out well for us.

“We needed a lot of action up front and I was really happy to see that a good horse made it to the front early, and that a better horse beat him at the wire!

“He was pretty relaxed throughout the mile. People make a big deal out of him being sideways and crooked, but he’s always sideways and crooked. He was that way at The Meadowlands, and he was that way at Mohawk.

“I pulled the plugs heading into the last turn; he got into it great and straightened up right away.

“It’s always great to win these kind of races.”

--Kim Rinker also contributed to this report

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