There 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
Despite 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.
It’s an 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
There 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.
Although 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.
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 here.
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 $3 million.
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
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
Primetime Bobcat 9,1:47.2
Bettor Sweet 4,1:47.2
Panther Hanover 3,1:47.2
Won The West 7,1:47.2
Jenna’s Beach Boy
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
Put On A Show 5,1:47.3
OK Commander 3,1:47.4
Lis Mara 5,1:47.4
Four Starzzz Shark
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
We Will See 4,1:47.4
Bolt The Duer 3,1:47.4
Sweet Lou 3,1:47.4
Thinking Out Loud
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