Bullet, who must be considered the favorite for the Sept. 22 Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio, won the first heat in 2:00[4/5] (with a last quarter in :27[1/5]) to beat Dancer by a nose. He had little trouble with Dancer in the second heat, however, when he ripped off a mile in 1:57[2/5]. Johnny Simpson, who trains, drives and is a part owner of Bullet, said after the second heat, "By the time the Jug comes along he'll be even sharper than he was today."
Countess Adios, the marvelous pacing filly who won this spring's Messenger, rolled to her 14th straight in the $25,000 mile-and-a-quarter Governor's Cup at Roosevelt Raceway Saturday evening. Del Miller, her driver, sent the Countess right to the front from the No. 8 post position and she stayed there throughout. Normally the Countess comes from behind, but this time she carried the target and Miller eased her to the finish line a winner by three quarters of a length.
It is too bad that Bullet and Countess will not meet in the Jug. Miller failed to nominate his filly. Next year, however, we should see some tremendous races between these two. Simpson and Miller, close friends and both superb trainers and racing tacticians, are certain that each has the better horse. Harness fans can hardly wait for their first meeting.