Little Brown Jug Richest Pacing Event in Country: Ohio Feature is to Sidewheelers What Hambletonian is to Trotters, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-16


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Little Brown Jug Richest Pacing Event in Country Ohio Feature Is to Sidewheelers What Hambletonian Is to Trotters The Hambletonian is the world "s richest race for trotters, and the Little Brown Jug is its counterpart for pacers. Last year the trot grossed approximately 5,000, while the pace was not far behind, with about 5,000. Both are annual classics and, of course, are the most sought-after prizes in their respective divisions. "The Jug," as the race is called by harness horsemen, is paced at Delaware, Ohio, and last year it went to the post on September 20, some six weeks following decision of the Hambletonian at Goshen, N. Y. Like the Hambletonian, The Jug -is a Futurity. Horses are nominated as foals and must be kept eligible through the three years intervening between birth and the actual race by sustaining fees. These fees make up the purse, in large part. Last years winner was Tar Heel, who- sped around the course in 2:00 to establish a record for the race. The horse subsequently was sold at auction for 25,000, Lawrence Sheppard, of Hanover Stable fame, being the highest bidder. Unlike the Hambletonian, which had its inaugural back in 1926, The Little Brown Jug is one of the newer of the more vant-able stakes events for the standardbreds. It had its inaugural in 1946, and was an outgrowth of post-war prosperity and the new and unprecedented popularity of the harness sport. Its winners were Ensign Hanover, Forbes Chief, Knight Dream, Good Time, Dudley Hanover and Tar Heel.

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