by Frank Carulli
September 21, 2020
Fans will not be allowed at harness racing’s largest spectator event, but they will be able to watch and wager on the action during Little Brown Jug week online via their Xpressbet account.
The 5-day meet began Sunday and a full slate of races and race previews can be found on harnessracingohio.com or at ohha.com/livestream. Each day will begin with “Trackside Live,” a 30-minute interview show, followed by “Countdown to Post Time,” an inside look at the day’s races at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, home of the Little Brown Jug.
“This is an opportunity for fans to watch one of the greatest events in harness racing,” said publicity coordinator Frank Fraas.
The $700,000 Jug, part of the Pacing Triple Crown that usually draws 40,000-plus fans, will go postward at the half-mile oval Thursday, Sept. 24. The $375,000 Jugette for sophomore fillies is scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 23. Post time for the first race on both days is noon.
A total of 96 sophomore pacers are eligible for the 75th running of the Jug, while 69 are eligible for the Jugette. Southwind Ozzi and Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears won the 2019 Jug.
On Sunday’s opening day card, favorites won in 10 of the 18 races. Brett Miller and Kayne Kauffman posted driving triples and Donald Irvine Jr. guided First You Dream ($20.20) to the biggest upset to cap a driving double.
Little Brown Jug merchandise is available by calling 614-840-0599.