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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, February 03, 2014 7:31 PM

The Sub 1:48 Club


The Sub 1:48 Club is an interesting and relatively exclusive collection of the sports’ fastest performers of all-time, and each pacer created their very own dramatic moment when they stopped the teletimer with an eye-popping number.

Eight pacers became new members of the Sub 1:48 Club in 2013:  Warrawee Needy, Pet Rock, Shebestingin (one of only two females on the list), Captaintreacherous, A Rocknroll Dance, Camaes Fellow, Fred And Ginger and Sunshine Beach.


A Rocknroll Dance became the first to reel off an astounding three sub 1:48 wins in a single season, and all three came in succession:  1:47.4, 1:47.3 and then 1:47.2 in the Canadian Pacing Derby, all with Tim Tetrick in the sulky.


With 12 sub 1:48 miles in 2013, there have now been 55 in history, and of the 43 members of the club, 12 have accomplished the feat twice:  Captaintreacherous, Thinking Out Loud, Hurrikane Kingcole, Bolt The Duer, Pet Rock, Somebeachsomewhere, We Will See, Art Official, Won The West, Lis Mara, Holborn Hanover and Real Joke. 

Captaintreacherous and Somebeachsomewhere are the only two to post both sub 1:48 miles as three-year-olds.  The Captain also lost by a nose to Sunshine Beach in a world record 1:47.4 Battle of Brandywine, the fastest mile of Brian Sears’ illustrious career.

There are only two time-trials on the list, and Cambest continues to rank number one for his 1:46.1 at Springfield, Illinois.  It’s also the oldest sub 1:48 mile, coming back in 1993 off fractions of :26.1, :51.4 and 1:19 with Hall of Famer William O’Donnell.  Jereme’s Jet reeled off his 1:47 time trial in the Fall of 2007 at The Red Mile and remains the fastest mile John Campbell has ever driven.  Campbell clocked his fastest race mile in 2013 in a 1:47.2 upset with Thinking Out Loud in the US Pacing Championship.


Jim Morrill, Jr. guided two in the top six, Holborn Hanover, the longest shot in Meadowlands Pace history, who came back at age four to win the US Pacing Championship in an all-time race record of 1:46.4.  Then, Morrill drove Won The West to the fastest Breeders Crown mile ever at 1:47 in 2009.  Morrill also put a mark of 1:47.4 on Shadyshark Hanover in the 2011 Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Dave Miller added a pair of 1:47 miles to his resume in 2013 with Pet Rock and Shebestingin, who became the fastest female in history at age three.

Hall of Famer Ron Pierce leads the way with eight sub 1:48 miles.  Pierce added Fred And Ginger to the list with a world record of 1:47.3 at the Big M in 2013.


We Will See’s pair of 1:47.2 and 1:47.4 in 2011 with Ron Pierce came in his $1.2 million four-year-old season when he was edged out for the division title by Foiled Again, whose mark of 1:48 leaves him an outsider here.   


Somebeachsomewhere’s 1:46.4 race mile in Lexington came a few months after his gallant defeat at the hands of Art Official in the 1:47 world record Meadowlands Pace in 2008, one of the greatest races of all-time.

Hypnotic Blue Chip paced the fastest mile of 2011, 1:47.2 in the US Pacing Championship, one of two 1:47.2 trips in Jody Jamieson’s career, and one of 31 sub 1:48 miles recorded at The Meadowlands.  Jamieson also guided Warrawee Needy to an all-time race record equaling 1:46.4 in 2013.  Jamieson’s other 1:47.2 sparkler came with the oldest member of this crew, the nine-year-old Primetime Bobcat, who stunned onlookers on a 53-degree night at Woodbine back in 2006.  That is still the all-age track record at Woodbine.


In some instances, racing luck played a roll and a magic mile was set up by hot fractions.

Hurrikane Kingcole scorched a record 1:18.2 three quarters, and the lightly-raced Panther Hanover with Sylvain Filion pounced in 1:47.2 to win the 2012 New Jersey Classic in only his tenth career start.  Hurrikane Kingcole also romped in a Pace Consolation in 1:47.3 in rein to Yannick Gingras, and came back to equal that 1:47.3 clocking in 2013 with Corey Callahan.  Filion added Camaes Fellow to the list last year with a 1:47.3 mile at Mohawk. 


Jenna’s Beach Boy and William Fahy sat a perfect trip behind Riyadh and the result was a 1:47.3 before-its-time clocking back in 1996.


Space Shuttle and Ron Pierce tripped out behind Western Ideal in 2000 to win in 1:47.4 in one of many in the daytime heat of Hambletonian Day.


Lis Mara and Brian Sears came charging off stunning fractions of :25.2, :52.2 and 1:20.2 enroute to a 1:47.3 Breeders Crown triumph in 2006.


On the other side of the coin, Well Said and Ron Pierce simply dominated the 2008 Meadowlands Pace in a 1:47.3 blowout.  Rocknroll Heaven did the same in his 2010 Pace elimination, yet had to settle for second to One More Laugh in a 1:47.4 final.


The Sub 1:48 Club not only stands out as a collection of fleet-footed pacers and some great champions, but this special group represents a legacy of the constant quest for speed and a memory book of heart-pounding moments.


Cambest  5,1:46.1TT 

Warrawee Needy, 4, 1:46.4

Holborn Hanover  5,1:46.4 

Somebeachsomewhere  3,1:46.4 

Pet Rock, 4, 1:47

Shebestingin, 3, 1:47

Jereme’s Jet  4,1:47TT 

Art Official  4,1:47 

Won The West  5,1:47 

Captaintreacherous, 3, 1:47.1

Captaintreacherous, 3, 1:47.2

Pet Rock, 4, 1:47.2

A Rocknroll Dance, 4, 1:47.2

Thinking Out Loud, 4, 1:47.2

We Will See  4,1:47.2 

Hypnotic Blue Chip  4,1:47.2 

Primetime Bobcat  9,1:47.2 

With Anticipation  5,1:47.2 

Bettor Sweet  4,1:47.2 

Panther Hanover  3,1:47.2 

Won The West  7,1:47.2 

A Rocknroll Dance, 4, 1:47.3

Cameas Fellow, 5, 1:47.3

Fred And Ginger, 6, 1:47.3

Hurrikane Kingcole, 4,1:47.3

Jenna’s Beach Boy  4,1:47.3 

Lis Mara  4,1:47.3 

Soul Chaser  7,1:47.3 

Well Said  3,1:47.3 

Real Joke  4,1:47.3 

Real Joke  4,1:47.3 

Rocknroll Heaven  3,1:47.3 

Hurrikane Kingcole  3,1:47.3 

Put On A Show  5,1:47.3 

A Rocknroll Dance, 4, 1:47.4

Bolt The Duer, 4, 1:47.4

Sunshine Beach, 3, 1:47.4

OK Commander  3,1:47.4 

Somebeachsomewhere 3,1:47.4 

Lis Mara  5,1:47.4 

Four Starzzz Shark  6,1:47.4 

Holborn Hanover  5,1:47.4 

Space Shuttle  4,1:47.4 

Ultimate Falcon  5,1:47.4 

American Ideal  3,1:47.4 

My Boy David  3,1:47.4 

Mister Big  4,1:47.4 

Shadow Play  4,1:47.4 

Art Official  3,1:47.4 

One More Laugh  3,1:47.4 

Shadyshark Hanover   3,1:47.4 

We Will See  4,1:47.4 

Bolt The Duer  3,1:47.4 

Sweet Lou  3,1:47.4 

Thinking Out Loud  3,1:47.4 






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Ken Warkentin has been a member of the award-winning broadcast team at Meadowlands Racetrack as the Track Announcer and television commentator for 25 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 15 editions of the $1 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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