Well Said won the 64th Little Brown Jug Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio, fairgrounds, winning the $650,000 renewal in straight heats under rainy conditions. Driven by Ron Pierce, Well Said won his elimination in 1:51.1 and then wrapped up the race in straight heats by capturing the second in 1:51.4, over a racetrack rated as "good," the first Jug ever contested on a track not listed "fast."
Pierce worked Well Said into a second-over trip, following the cover of Mr. Wiggles. If I Can Dream, driven by Tim Tetrick, had the lead at the :56.3 half and still had control at the 1:23.2 three quarters, but at that point Well Said was in hot pursuit. The two elim winners battled side by side through the final turn and through the stretch, with Well Said winning out by one length. Straight Shooting and Dave Palone took show honors.
"I knew they're be some speed in there and I was able to kick back and just relax," said Pierce in the winner's circle. "Callahan (on Mr. Wiggles) took us halfway down the backstretch, and I decided just to get it over with. Once I cleared...I just grabbed this colt and sat him out there. I could have just blew by him if I wanted to, that's how good this colt is. He's just an amazing animal."
Owned by Jeff Snyder and Susan Grange's Lothlorien, Well Said was bred by Fair Winds Farm and Steve Jones. A son of Western Hanover, he is trained by Steve Elliott, who won his first-ever Jug. With 10 wins in 12 starts, Well Said now has seasonal earnings of $1,929,014.