Shebestingin fastest pacing female of all time in 1:47
Shebestingin became the fastest female pacer in the history of harness racing Saturday, capturing a $122,500 division of the Tattersalls Stakes at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY in 1:47.
Driven by Dave Miller, Shebestingin surpassed the former world mark of 1:47.3 set by Put On A Show in 2012 by three fifths of a second.
After an opening quarter mile in :26.4 by 10-1 long shot Authorize, Miller sent Shebestingin to the lead and was on top by the half mile marker in :53.1. Scandalous Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick then challenge first-over to the three-quarters in 1:20.
As those two fillies were neck and neck starting down the stretch, Shebestingin just pulled away and won by three open lengths in her world record time. Scandalous Hanover was second with Authorize third.
“She has always been a really fast horse,” Dave Miller said, “Obviously she has learned to carry it. The conditions were right, the track is perfect and she worked out a great mile. When I was getting around the last turn it was 1:19 on the clock and I thought we are going too fast. But she still had a hold of me all the way through the stretch. I was surprised she went that much. She is such a good horse.”
Trained by Joe Holloway and owned by the Val D’Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser, it was the ninth win this year for three-year-old Shebestingin, who is sired by Bettor’s Delight. Shebestingin paid $3.20 to win as the betting favorite. And at the start of the race, Shebestingin caused a recall as she had refused to get behind the starting gate but once regrouped she was fine.
Carols Desire wins second division
In the 8th race $122,500 second division of the Tattersalls it was Carols Desire and driver Yannick Gingras who had the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.2, then sat the pocket trip to pacesetter Parlee Beach and came back on in the stretch to win in 1:49.4.
Tim Tetrick had Parlee Beach in front before the half mile in :53.4 and led to the three-quarters in 1:21.2 before anyone in the back of the back started first-over. Belle Boyd (Jody Jamieson) tried a late first-over move but could not collar the leaders.
But Carols Desire had the perfect trip and used it well to victory lane. Parlee Beach was second with Mattie Terror Girl (John Campbell) third.
It was the seventh win this year for Carols Desire and a life time for the daughter of Real Desire. She is trained by Ron Burke and is co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Brucemi, R Ringer and P Collure. She paid $7.40 to win.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com