The Little Brown Jug to many, is the most prestigious harness racing event for 3-year-old Standardbred pacers in North America each year. It is the most significant race for 3YO colts looking at forging a breeding career once their race careers come to an end.

It’s held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, on the half mile track.

The race is contested over a distance of one mile heats into a final on the same day and it usually takes place on 3rd Saturday in September. The Little Brown Jug is part of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers, along with the Cane Pace and the Messenger Stakes.

Winning the Little Brown Jug is a considerable accomplishment in the world of harness racing, and it often propels the winning horse to fame and recognition within the sport. Many top trainers, drivers, and owners aim to compete and win this prestigious event.

The jug has now been run and won by some the greatest names this sport has ever seen, however, for those that follow this sport it raises one of the greatest mysteries or questions connected to Harness Racing.

The maternal families of the standardbred in America numbered in the many thousands during the Foundation Era, yet by the Modern Era only a few hundred survived. Of these the top forty families account for the great proportion of Classic Winners. For example, of the seventy eight Little Brown Jug winners, all but eleven have come for the leading 50 families.

So what has the above got to do with the up and coming APG Sydney Sale set down for the 25th of this month. Well the N2-Bessie B family has also dominated the big races down here like the star families above.

While the Bessie B family has a number of branches, only the one through Parisienne has really bred on. A Sapling and dual Derby winner, Parisienne went on to win the 1938 Inter Dominion Championship after claiming all three heats. She retired to stud at age seven and became one of the greatest broodmare progenitors of New Zealand. Of her eight Classic Progeny, three won two year old pacing classics while her trotting daughter Scotch Paree won the New Zealand Hambletonian. Six of her daughters produced strong branches that are all still active.

Examples from the Sydney Sale are:

Lot 306 – this filly is closely related to the exciting juvenile in Hurricane Jett who won a heat and ran second in the G1 Bathurst final. The mare also produced Betting Jewel who is a heat winner of the two-year-old Bathurst Gold Tiara. More importantly this is from the great Parisienne branch.

Lot 338 – is out of the mare Janbob the dam of Little Peanut who went on to win the Victorian Sapling Stakes, janbob is also the dam of Youranut winner of $140,054 and all are from this brilliant Parisienne branch.

Lot 349 – this Lombo Newsy Scoop Colt is closely related to the Mick Lombardo two-year-old New South Wales sire stakes Group 2 and Australian Pacing 2YO of the year Lombo skyrider – who also went to amass over $841,000 and was from the powerful Parisienne branch

Lot 372 – a Better Wish filly boasting two dams who are multiple two year-old winners, including Lambo Portrait, the winner of the West Australian Diamond, classic heat and a heat of the Vicbred.  The mare  Lombo Adreamin had nine 2 year-old wins, which included the G1 Breeders Crown, the G2 Tatlow Memorial and the New South Wales Pink Bonnet final, plus the final of the G1 Vicbred Group. This mare is also is from the mighty Parisienne branch.

Lot 383 – is the brother of the Robert Watson bred Soho Burning Love, a mare who was a winner of the consolation of the Bathurst Gold Tiara, and also went on to win over $612,000 in Australia and America and produced the equal fastest time by an Australian bred Horse in 148.2. He is also the brother of Persimmon who was also a winner of a Bathurst Gold Crown Heat- he went onto amass over $242,000 and a lifetime mark of 1:49.8.  This mare is also from the exceptional Parisienne branch.

Lot 391 – a filly out of Tricka Treat Lombo – her second dam Miss Trickin Lombo won the heat and second in the final Bathurst Gold and went on to collect over $230,000.  This mare is also is from the outstanding Parisienne branch.

So get out to Warwick Farm, Sunday the 25th of February, you won’t be disappointed. For full details of these Lots as well as all catalogued yearlings in the 2024 Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sales please visit our Online Sales Catalogue or Register as a Buyer now.