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Progress Report On Put On A Show

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Published: April 26, 2010 6:58 pm ET

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After completing a nearly perfect rookie campaign in 2009 for trainer Chris Ryder, Put On A Show will be looking to live up to her name in what figures to be another dazzling division of three-year-old filly pacers.

The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Stienams Place was untouchable in the first seven starts of her career before settling for the runner-up award in her elimination and the final of the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack. Along the way she banked more than $776,000 and took a mark of 1:51.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile for the partnership of Richard and Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, FL and Craig Henderson of Chicago, IL.

Trot Insider recently caught up with co-owner Richard Young to talk about Put On A Show, who was a 1:54.4 winner in a qualifier on April 22 at the Meadowlands. Here’s the update Young gave on the filly:

Where did she get turned out after her rookie year, and when did trainer Chris Ryder start back with her?

She shipped right to Kentuckiana Farms when she was done racing last year, and Chris started back with her in mid-January.

Have you noticed any changes in her from last year to this year?

She’s grown from 16 hands to 16.2 hands and she’s put on some weight. She’s bigger and stronger, too. She trained down incredibly easy, and she’s always been a filly that loves to race. When she doesn’t train with hopples, she just canters.

Has she had any modifications to her equipment this year?

Chris has her rigged with a lighter set of hopples and they’ve been let out from 59.5” to 61”.

How did everyone like her initial qualifier?

Her first qualifier of the season was perfect. She is incredibly relaxed, but goes on her own when you pull right line. She came home with lots left and she was actually looking for more hopple. That’s not easy to say since she paced her final quarter in :26.1.

In a perfect world, what have you got mapped out for her during her first month of racing?

In a perfect world we would go in one of the legs of the New Jersey Sires Stakes and then the final. From there she’d head to the Miss New Jersey elimination and hopefully the final. Then it’s on to Canada for the Fan Hanover Stake. And, of course, in a perfect world we will be undefeated!

Tim Tetrick drove in the qualifier, will he be the go-to-guy this year?

Yes, he will be driving her since most of her races will be in the U.S. this season.

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