Lexington, KY --- Shebestingin rolled to a world record 1:47 score in the $122,500 opening division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday (Oct. 5) at The Red Mile.
USTA/Mark Hall photo Shebestingin paced the fastest mile ever by a female (1:47) on Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile in a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial.
Owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L&L DeVisser, the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Armbro Tussle is trained by Joe Holloway and was driven to victory by David Miller. Shebestingin ($3.20) won for the ninth time in 15 season's starts, while increasing her 2013 earnings to $438,664.
Authorize (Ron Pierce) set the early pace, taking the field to the quarter in :26.4 and the half in :53.1. Shebestingin, who caused a recall prior to the initial start of the race by refusing the gate, got away third, but was first over and on the move at the half-mile marker.
She grabbed the lead past the half, then was still in front at the 1:20 three-quarter pole with Scandalous Hanover (Tim Tetrick) challenging from a first over position.
But Shebestingin would not be denied and she pulled away from her opponents down the lane and paced a final quarter in :27 to reach the finish line three lengths in front in the world record time. Scandalous Hanover held on for second and Authorize finished third.
"She shied away from something so I turned her around to get her back on," said driver David Miller in explaining the recall. "She does that sometimes and she has done it to me before. Sometimes she takes me by surprise like she did today. I thought she was paying attention and she wasn't.
"I saw Ronnie going some really fast fractions up front and thought I needed to move her. So I made the move and I had to use her hard to get there. Going 1:20 is something. In the stretch she was giving all she had. She amazes me and she amazes me all the time."
"She does that behind the gate sometimes where she breaks into a canter," added trainer Joe Holloway. "I have no idea why but I wish I knew so then I could fix it.
"She's been doing really well down here and I was very happy with how she raced last week. I think Timmy Tetrick said it best last week (about the world record). When you are out there you aren't going for a number, but it certainly feels good.
"We are going on to the Breeders Crown."
USTA/Mark Hall photo Carols Desire took the second division for driver Yannick Gingras in 1:49.4.
Carols Desire ($7.40) left strongly from post two, but yielded the front to a first over Parlee Beach (Tim Tetrick) at the opening panel of :27.2. Parlee Beach then put up middle panels of :53.4 and 1:21.2, with Carols Desire enjoying the trip in the two hole.
Heading down the lane, Gingras pulled Carols Desire off the wood and she passed the leader in the shadow of the wire for the 1:49.4 victory. Parlee Beach was a game second, one length behind the winner, and Mattie Terror Girl wound up third.
"She's really a trip filly," said Gingras. "One time I put her on the front end at Chester and she really didn't like it. It was against higher quality fillies but it just wasn't her cup of tea.
"Then I raced her the week before the Jug and Ronnie said go easy on her because the Jugette is coming up in a week. Then the Jugette she was just loaded. She was really, really sharp and she still is.
"But she does need the trip. You need to come first up or stay close and hopefully you will get lucky in the stretch and that's how things were today."
"We got the easier division," added Burke, "but that's what you are supposed to do when you have the easier division. You are supposed to win.
"She gets better every week and she's a hot horse going into the Breeders Crown. We weren't going to go with her but she punched her ticket today. She likes the track and it's home for us.
"She is really good right now. If you watch what we do a lot of horses get like this as 3-year-olds. They get better as the year goes on and are good at the end of the year."
-- Kimberly French also contributed to this report