Five year old Put On A Show did just that Saturday, August 4 in the $253,700 Lady Liberty final, slipping up the rail and surging late to victory in world record time. Driven by Jody Jamieson, the Rocknroll Hanover mare held off Rebeka Bayama, Anndrovette and Rocklamation at the wire in 1:47.3 set an all-age record in the day’s second race on a packed Hambletonian Day card.
Starting from post five, Put On A Show dropped in second behind Anndrovette and Tim Tetrick, followed by Rocklamation and favorite Drop The Ball. Anndrovette clicked off fractions of :26.1 and :53.2 commanding the field through the backstretch. Yannick Gingras moved the favorite racing into the turn, bringing Rebeka Bayama with her in the outer flow.
Turning for home, Drop The Ball engaged Anndrovette, and faced with a wall of horses, Jamieson looked for an opening. He was able to find room along the rail, and once she had daylight, Put On A Show responded. The mare stormed up the inside to earn her 27th win in 39 career starts.
"I thought I was screwed at the head of the stretch,” Jamieson said. "She’s an amazing mare. She’s the best mare to ever look through a bridle. She finally has a world record.”
Fourth in her last start, the Roses Red final, Put On A Show established a new mark for aged pacing mares with the victory, eclipsing the previous all-age world record of 1:48.1 set by My Little Dragon in 2007. Bred by Green Mountain Farms and Kentuckiana Farms General Partnership, Put On A Show is owned by Craig Henderson and Richard and Joanne Young. With the victory, the mare has won eight of 14 seasonal starts. The win pushed her career earnings to more than $2.2 million.