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Put On A Show to return for Overbid

January 06, 2012

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Trainer Chris Ryder told harnessracing.com Friday morning that the 2010 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Put On A Show, who did not make a start in 2011 after having surgery to remove a bone chip in a knee, is on schedule to return to the track in the Overbid Series that begins March 2 at the Meadowlands.

“She’s been in 2:15 and I expect she’ll qualify in about five or six weeks,” said Ryder, who is based at Winner’s International training center in Columbus, N.J. “We started back with her in December and she’s doing real good. We expect a full recovery, otherwise she would have been bred.”

Put On A Show is one of 21 nominations to the Overbid Series for older pacing mares, a list that also includes the 2011 divisional champion Anndrovette. After opening legs on March 2 and March 9, the $120,000(est.) Overbid final is scheduled for Saturday, March 17.

“But then she really doesn’t have any (stakes) races that suit her for two months,” said Ryder of Put On A Show, who has career earnings of $1,893,475, the most ever won by a filly over her first two years of racing. “Then she’ll have the Artiscape at Tioga Downs, and also the Betsy Ross (late-closer) at Chester. And she’ll probably go to Canada, but only for the stakes.”

After a freshman campaign in which she had seven wins and two seconds in nine starts and $732,308 in earnings, Put On A Show came back as a 3 year old to score 12 wins and three seconds in 16 starts and add another $1.1 million to her bankroll. Her sophomore victories included the $500,000 Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, the $350,000 Valley Forge at Harrah’s Chester, the $226,355 Simcoe at Mohawk, the $171,000 Nadia Lobell at The Red Mile, and the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final at the Meadowlands. She was an overwhelming winner for Dan Patch honors as 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year.

Put A Show’s 4-year-old season got derailed when soreness in a knee required surgery in March. While the surgery was deemed a success and an initial timetable for her return was set for September, it was decided by Ryder and Put On A Show’s owners, Richard and Joanne Young and Craig Henderson that the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover remain on the sidelines until 2012.--by harnessracing.com

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