posted on 9/8/2011 12:49 pm
As American Jewel approached the Winner’s Circle at Mohawk
Raceway earlier this month, after winning the She’s a Great Lady in world
record time, I couldn’t help but reflect back upon the family of the regal
two-year-old pacing filly.
It all started in the fall of 1980 when George Segal
purchased an Albatross filly named Opaque at the inaugural Kentucky Standardbred
Sale. He later renamed her Three
Diamonds. Three Diamonds was trained by
Hall of Fame trainer Gene Reigle and driven by his son Bruce Reigle. Three Diamonds had a remarkable racing career
and is still considered one of the best pacing fillies of the last few
decades. George Segal built one of the most
renowned broodmare bands ever seen in our sport with the help of his first
foundation mare Three Diamonds.
Her offspring includes Little Brown Jug winner and great
stallion Life Sign and a foal of 1992 named Lifetime Success who then went on
to produce the great pacing colt and newest stallion sensation American Ideal. It was in the fall of 2005 that American
Ideal established the new track record of P, 3, 1:47.4 at the Red Mile.
One month later George Segal purchased Trim Hanover at the
Hanover Shoe Farms yearling consignment in Harrisburg, PA. Besides having flawless conformation she happened
to be the great granddaughter of Three Diamonds. When Trim Hanover’s racing career was over,
there was no other choice but to breed her to American Ideal.
The result, American Jewel, our newest world record holder
and hopefully down the road another great broodmare.
At the Lexington
yearling sale on October 3, Hip #57 Source of Pride, a full brother to American
Jewel will be selling in the Brittany Farms yearling consignment. As Roger Houston would say “Be There”.