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LITTLE BROWN JUG
October 04, 1954
A champion who was very nearly crippled a few days before the race takes charge of the Kentucky Derby of standardbred pacing—and prevents a filly from upsetting a nine-year-old tradition
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October 04, 1954

Little Brown Jug

A champion who was very nearly crippled a few days before the race takes charge of the Kentucky Derby of standardbred pacing—and prevents a filly from upsetting a nine-year-old tradition

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Some 42,000 harness racing fans squeezed into stands, squatted on rooftops and hung over fences to see this sweeping phalanx of some of the nation's top pacers swinging around the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds' half-mile track last week in pacing's biggest race—the Little Brown Jug. Although few of the spectators got as good a view as Mark Kauffman's long-lensed camera caught here, they were loudly enthusiastic over each of the race's five heats.

Phantom Lady, who tied her own world mile record for fillies, won the first easily. A choice colt, Queen's Adios, won the third. And a proven champion named Adios Harry, who had almost lamed himself when he kicked a foot through a stable partition nine days before, won both second and fourth heats.

Thus in the fifth heat, a pace-off between the three winners, there seemed some chance that a filly might win the Jug for the first time in its nine-year history. But when the final heat got underway, it was obvious that Phantom Lady was outclassed. Winner, by a handy margin, was Adios Harry (next page). As he picked up his $26,345.84 winner's share, owner-trainer J. Howard Lyons, 66-year-old Harrington, Delaware farmer, cracked: "If my horse hadn't been lame he would have made it really tough."

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