were six new members of the Sub 1:48 Club in 2012: Panther Hanover, Hurrikane Kingcole, Put On A
Show (only female), Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou and Thinking Out Loud.
the continuous evolution of speed in harness racing, the sub 1:48 club remains
a relatively exclusive list, mostly of those pacers who definitely earned their
respective speed marks.
interesting collection of the sport’s fastest performers of all-time, and each
one with their own story, creating their very own dramatic moment when they
stopped the teletimer with an eye-popping number.
have been 40 sub 1:48 miles, and of the 33 members of the club, seven have
accomplished the feat twice:
Somebeachsomewhere, We Will See, Art Official, Won The West, Lis Mara,
Holborn Hanover and Real Joke. The first
three of those seven did it as sophomores.
In fact, more than a third (14) in this special group took their sub
1:48 marks as a three-year-old.
there are only two time trials on the list, Cambest continues to rank number
one for his 1:46.1 mile 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 of John Campbell’s illustrious career.
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 1:46.4. Then, Morrill drove the recently
retired 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.
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.
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 beaten out for the
division title by Foiled Again, whose mark of 1:48.1 leaves him an outsider
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 26 sub 1:48 miles recorded at The Meadowlands. 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.
Bettor Sweet was another who took his mark of 1:47.2 at age four
at The Big M, just won his second straight Breeders Crown and is closing in on
Sometimes you get lucky and set up by hot fractions, like
Hurrikane Kingcole’s 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 had previously romped in the Pace Consolation in
1:47.3 in rein to Yannick Gingras.
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, 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.
Hall of Famer Ron Pierce leads the way with seven sub 1:48 miles.
The Sub 1:48 Club not only stands out as a collection of fleet of
foot pacers and some great champions, but a legacy of the constant quest for
time standards and a memory book of heart-pounding moments.
Holborn Hanover 5,1:46.4
Jereme’s Jet 4,1:47TT
Art Official 3,1:47
Won The West 5,1:47
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
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
Rocknroll Heaven 3,1:47.3
Hurrikane Kingcole 3,1:47.3
Put On A Show 5,1:47.3
OK Commander 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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