Shebestingin paced the fastest mile ever by a female on Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, scorching the famed clay oval in 1:47 in winning the first of two $122,500 divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. The time lowered Put On A Show's mark of 1:47.3 set last year at the Meadowlands as a 5 year old, and shattered the divisional mark of 1:48.2 also set in 2012 by American Ideal at Mohawk Racetrack. It also easily took care of The Red Mile divisional track mark of 1:48.4 set by Strike An Attitude in 2011.
The race got off to a rough start for Shebestingin as driver David Miller had trouble turning her when she shied from a piece of paper on the racetrack, which forced a recall. The second time around went much better as Shebestingin was sent forward by Miller, who dropped in third behind Authorize and driver Ron Pierce and Ms. Caila J Fra and driver John Campbell. Miller tipped Shebestingin past the quarter in :26.4, finally clearing to the lead from Authorize just past the half in :53.1.
Shebestingin reached three-quarters in 1:20, where Scandalous Hanover and Tim Tetrick ranged up first-over. Shebestingin finished off her world-record mile with a final quarter of :27 flat as she finished three lengths ahead of Scandalous Hanover, with Authorize third.
"I was just hoping to win. She can go very fast, and I thought we had a shot at the world record, but for any particular time I had no idea," said winning trainer Joe Holloway in the winner's circle.
Now heading to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for the Breeders Crown, Shebestingin brings a 2013 resume of 15-9-3-1 and earnings of more than $438,000 for owners Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L&L Devisser LLC.
The second $122,500 Garnsey division went to Carols Desire and driver Yannick Gingras in 1:49.4. Parlee Beach and Tim Tetrick finished second, with Mattie Terror Girl third for John Campbell.
Ron Burke trains the winning daughter of Real Desire for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Richard Ringler and Phil Collura. The career-best win was her seventh of the year, bringing her career bankroll to more than $345,000.