MILTON, September 20, 2018 – Sophomore pacer Courtly Choice delivered local trainer Blake MacIntosh (Cambridge, Ontario) the biggest thrill of his career by capturing the historic Little Brown Jug on Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Courtly Choice’s ‘Jug’ win will go down in the history books, as the son of Art Major overcame a break at the start of the first-heat to finish third-placed-second. The MacIntosh trainee returned in the final to grind away first-up from the half at leader Lather Up and dug deep to come on in the lane for the narrow and thrilling victory in 1:49.4.
After breaking at start of his qualifying heat and going first over for a half-mile in final, Courtly Choice wins Little Brown Jug at Delaware County Fair in 1:49.4 for the mile with Dave Miller in the bike. pic.twitter.com/cAs2WZDAPC
— Ray Paulick (@raypaulick) September 20, 2018
Driver David Miller made the bold statement that Courtly Choice would win the final during a pre-race interview and the Hall of Fame driver delivered for his record-tying fifth ‘Jug’ victory.
Courtly Choice is owned by Hutt Racing Stable (Paoli, PA), Mac And Heim Stables (Cambridge, ON), Daniel Plouffe (Bromont, QC) and Touch Stone Farms (Guelph, ON). He was a supplemental entry to the Little Brown Jug.
Courtly Choice has now won 10 of 14 starts this season and earned $899,353 to bring his career totals to 12 wins and $952,704 earned. The MacIntosh trainee adds the Little Brown Jug to his list of accomplishments, which already included The Meadowlands Pace and Empire Breeders Classic.
— The Little Brown Jug (@LB_Jug) September 21, 2018