p,2,1:50.2; 3,1:48.2 Earnings: $1,840,656
M, 2009 By American Ideal-Trim Hanover, by Camluck
Bred by: Brittany Farms
Sale history: Retained for racing/breeding
Owned (during her racing career) by: Brittany Farms
Trained by: Jimmy Takter
Current status: Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare
World Champion at both 2 and 3; set or equaled four World Records. In 2011: Equaled World Record for 2YO pacing fillies (1:50.3) and lowered it the following week (1:50.2), O’Brien winning "2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year." In 2012: Dan Patch and O’Brien winning “3-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year,” World Champion on both mile (1:48.2) and 5/8-mile (1:49.2) tracks, year’s richest filly or mare ($1,163,449).
$500,000 Breeders Crown, $642,000 Fan Hanover, $633,000 She’s A Great Lady, $281,000 Kentuckiana, American-National, James Lynch Memorial, Bluegrass Stakes, Eternal Camnation and Countess Adios.
Brittany Farms has enjoyed astounding success in racing a long string of brilliant homebred fillies and mares, but perhaps none has ever been as great, as courageous—or as fast—as the aptly-named American Jewel.
She won her first start as a 2-year-old in late June at the Meadowlands in a North American Season’s Record 1:52.3, a sure sign of the great things that would lie ahead. In the midst of what would become an 8-race winning streak, she equaled the World Record of 1:50.3 winning her She’s A Great Lady elim at Mohawk and made the mark all her own the following week, firmly establishing her identity with a 1:50.2 World Record score in the final and becoming the sport’s all-time fastest freshman pacing filly at the time.
Despite breaking a P-1 bone in her sesamoid in the final start of her freshman campaign—and still finishing a dead-game second in Lexington—she returned to the races at 3 with her same, steamrolling ability. She became the fastest 3-year-old filly pacer in history at that time with a gate-to-wire 1:48.2 win in the $642,000 Fan Hanover, and notched her fourth World Record winning the James Lynch elim at Pocono in 1:49.2. She won six major stakes races in all that season, capped with the ultimate triumph in the $500,000 Breeders Crown over the best of her adversaries.
Now a broodmare, American Jewel's first foal to sell at public auction is the Captaintreacherous first-crop colt U S Captain, who fetched $180,000 and is a stakes performer with $230,000 in earnings.