DELAWARE, OHIO, SEPT. 20 -- Beach Towel backed up his prerace billing as the top 3-year-old in the field to post a wire-to-wire 1 1/2-length victory in the 45th Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds today.

Starting from the third post position, driver Ray Remmen pushed Beach Towel to the rail at the outset of the championship heat and was never headed, winning the third of pacing's triple crown events in 1:53 3/5. Jake And Elwood, not entered here, won the first two legs.

Beach Towel, owned by Seth Rosenfeld and others under the name of the Uptown Stable of New York, won for the 15th time in 19 starts this year with three seconds. He broke and didn't finish in the other race.

In The Pocket, driven by John Campbell, was second, followed by Kiev Hanover, with Jimmy Morand in the sulky.

Beach Towel, trained by brothers Gordon and Larry Remmen, was timed in 28 2/5 seconds in the first quarter-mile, 56 3/5 at the half and 1:26 through three quarters on the half-mile track. He paid $2.80.

The only challenge came on the first time around the backstretch, when In The Pocket came up on the outside to move from fourth to second, a neck back. But Beach Towel retained command.

The victory was worth $186,038 to Beach Towel, who started the day with career earnings of more than $2 million.

Beach Towel won the third elimination in 1:54. In The Pocket won the first in 1:54 3/5, and Kiev Hanover took the second in 1:55 2/5.