Harness racing driver Jody Jamieson found room late in the stretch with Put On A Show and burst along the pylons for a world-record 1:47.3 victory in the $253,700 Lady Liberty for older female pacers Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Rebeka Bayama was second and Anndrovette was third. Put On A Show, trained by Chris Ryder, paid $9.00 to win.
"She's just an amazing mare," Jamieson said. "She put on a show again."
Androvette led the field through an opening half of :53.2, with Put On A Show sitting second and Rocklamation third. Favorite Drop The Ball made a first-over attack from fourth place and pulled even with Anndrovette as the field reached the top of the stretch.
As those two mares battled, Jamieson looked for room to his outside before diving inside and guiding Put On A Show to the fastest mile in history for a female Standardbred.
Put On A Show lowered the record of 1:48.1 previously shared by My Little Dragon and Anndrovette.
"I think it's an amazing accomplishment for her to finally have the world record in her name," Jamieson said. "It's the greatest mare to ever look through a bridle. It's an amazing experience just to get to drive her.
"It felt like Timmy (Tetrick with Anndrovette) was wanting the lead and trying to dictate, just like he did at Mohawk and got the better of us all (in the Roses Are Red Stakes). I just felt like if I was closer to her I would have a better shot. She just did what she does. She's a world champion mare."
Put On A Show, a 5-year-old who missed all of last season because of injury, is owned by Craig Henderson and Richard and Joanne Young. She was the Dan Patch Award winner as the sport's best 3-year-old filly pacer in 2010. She has won 27 of 39 career races and eight of 14 this year. She has earned $2.2 million lifetime.
"We saw some bumps (in the road) in some of the races this year, but we always thought that if she was close enough, that last quarter-mile nobody can do what she does," Joanne Young said. "She proved it today.
"Good going girl!"
by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications