It took a long debate and the vouchers of fellow drivers to persuade the guard of Simpson's identity, and once he was allowed in he walked quickly to his horse, shaking his head from side to side.
The third heat, a full second slower than the first two, was still the fourth fastest in Jug history. Del Miller hustled Dancer Hanover to the top, and Betting Time was second, with Bullet third at the quarter. Just past the half, Joe O'Brien tried to steal the race with Bright Knight and he led the field to the three-quarter pole, with Bullet second. At the top of the stretch there was a wall of horses, all with a good chance of winning. Through those last few yards Simpson drove Bullet as he had never driven him before—whipping, shouting, afire with urgency. Bullet responded superbly. He won by a length.
One more kiss
Simpson was congratulated all around and photographers screamed for two of the Jug queens to kiss him for pictures. The girls kept kissing" him, and Simpson, watching carefully to see when the cameramen were about through, shouted "one more, please" and got himself kissed once again.
Bullet Hanover is of rare quality. He is impeccably bred; his father is Adios, whose offspring have won five of the last seven Jugs. His mother is Barbara Direct, a daughter of Billy Direct, who sired three Jug winners himself. Simpson believes Bullet will one day break the mile-track all-age record of 1:55. It may well happen next week on the famous Red Mile at Lexington, Ky.
The same day the Jug was raced at Delaware, a 2-year-old chestnut colt named Brooks Hanover won a stake in straight heats. The name is worth remembering for next year's Little Brown Jug. Brooks's sire is Adios, his dam is Barbara Direct. His brother is Bullet Hanover.