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By Jay Wolf, for Little Brown Jug — A majority of the Jug Day card will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2 as a part of their “America’s Day at the Races,” produced by the New York Racing Association (NYRA).

The broadcast window will be from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM and will feature Delaware’s races #18-24 – including the $50,000 LBJ eliminations and the $850,000 Final.

Jessica Otten will lead the coverage from the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

Brotherly Love?

Andrew and Todd McCarthy will become only the fourth set of brothers to compete against each other in the Little Brown Jug when they go postward in the first elimination.

The older brother Todd will pilot Hungry Angel Boy for trainer Tony Alagna (post 3) and Todd will be behind Blue Hunt, who is conditioned by Deborah Daguet.

The McCarthy’s are natives of Australia and join the Cameron’s (Del and Dana), the Dancer’s (Stanley and Vernon) and the MacDonald’s (Anthony and Mark) as the only sets of brothers to compete against each other in the Jug.

Both brothers are making their first Jug starts.

The good news for Andrew is that the older brothers have a 5-4 advantage against their younger brothers.

First Time

Four drivers will be making their first Little Brown Jug appearance – Andrew McCarthy, Todd McCarthy, Sam Widger and James MacDonald – and seven trainers will be making their Jug debut – Anthony Beaton, Roland Mallar, Todd Luther, Deborah Daguet, Michael Russo, Nicholas DeVita and Andrew Harris.

The last driver to win the Jug on his first trip to Delaware was Scott Zeron with Michael’s Power in 2012.

Here are the records for the drivers and trainers in the 78th Little Brown Jug:

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