Put On A Show does just that in Nadia Lobell
September 13, 2010
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Put On A Show held off the late rally of Dancinwiththestarz to win the $171,000 Nadia Lobell at The Red Mile on Monday night. With a powerful move on the backstretch, Put On A Show took control of the race and then cruised home to a career-best 1:49.4 tally over her archrival Dancinwiththestarz.
Not eligible to next week's Jugette, Put On A Show will now ship back home to the Chris Ryder Stable in New Jersey to prepare for the Breeders Crown, while Dancinwiththestarz will head to Delaware, Ohio, for the companion race to the Little Brown Jug scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 22.
Put On A Show's owners, Richard Young of Florida and Craig Henderson of Chicago, both were at The Red Mile to watch their filly earn a sub-1:50 mark and pick up her 10th win of the season.
The outcome of the Nadia Lobell seemed to be determined at the draw when Put On A Show drew post one while Dancinwiththestarz drew the outside position in the seven-filly field. In between was a group of fillies who couldn't beat, but did their best to compete with the two stars of this year's 3-year-old pacing filly class.
Driver Brad Kramer had Wenditions, trained by Ron Burke, on the bit and pushing to leave from post five. They got a quick jump on the field and Tim Tetrick elected to settle Put On A Show in mid-pack. Unfortunately for the connections of Danciinwiththestarz, the best seat at the pylons was right behind Put On A Show.
After Wenditions broke the beam at the first quarater in :26.3, Tetrick waited briefly before making his move with Put On A Show. The filly by Rocknroll Hanover quickly cleared to the front and Tetrick attempted to slow the pace, but they still reached the halfway mark in :53.2.
At the half driver Brian Sears had no choice but to start moving with Dancinwiththestarz. They led the second tier through the turn, with Panagler, driven by John Campbell, hanging tough second-over.
But with Put On A Show on her "A" game, Dancinwiththestarz couldn't out-sprint her rival. Panagler finished second while Wenditions raced bravely to finish fourth after her big first-quarter move.
Also at The Red Mile to watch the race live were Skip Spring and Shannon Brott, the owners of Dancinwiththestarz, "The draw pretty much determined the race," agreed Spring. "We're just hoping we don't draw the outside in the Jugette."