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By Jay Wolf — Officials with the Little Brown Jug expect the purse for the 78th edition of the pacing classic to be a record and may approach $1 Million.

The record Jug purse was $677,000 won by Wiggle It Jiggleit in 2015.

“It has been our goal and mission to bring the purse to the $1 million mark,” noted Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. “Thanks to the support of our sponsors, industry partners and the Delaware County Agricultural Society, we are close to realizing that dream.”

Sustaining payments for the Little Brown Jug and the other Grand Circuit events – Jugette (3-year-old filly pace), Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) – are due February 15. These payments are for foals of 2020.

The sustaining payments are as follows: Little Brown Jug ($750), Jugette ($500), Old Oaken Bucket ($500) and Buckette ($400).

Three-year-old pacers not eligible after February 15 may, with a payment of $45,000, supplement to the Little Brown Jug.

The Little Brown Jug and Old Oaken Bucket will be raced Thursday, September 21 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, September 20.

The 2023 Delaware Grand Circuit meet will continue to feature five days of racing (Sunday, September 17 through Thursday, September 21). The Sunday through Tuesday cards will go postward at 1:00 PM. The Jugette and Jug cards will start at 12:00 PM.

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