By: Lu Ann Stoia
DELAWARE — The Ohio State Racing Commission said Friday (today) the winner of the Little Brown Jug will get to keep his title. The Commission launched an investigation into allegations that “Betting Line” a three-year old pacer, was given an illegal supplement or drug. According to Director Bill Crawford, lab tests shows Betting Line had no illegal drugs in his system.
The Director of Racing for the Jug, and President of the Little Brown Jug Society, Tom Wright said they want to everything possible to protect the integrity of the racetrack at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The race was the 71st annual presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association.
Testing is done on every horse in the Jug, according to Wright. The Racing Commission was also looking into some texts that some believed could have implicated that Betting Line was given an illegal supplement, but others said it was a misunderstanding and the horse was being fed vanilla yogurt.
“Casey Coleman indicted that Betting Line for digestive reasons she feeds the horse yogurt twice a day before each meal,” said Wright.
The Racing Commission is expected to take another few weeks to complete the entire investigation, but said the purse for the Jug may be distributed to the winners now.