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Will Shartin be USTA Horse of the Year?

09:48 AM 30 Oct 2018 NZDT
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Shartin and Dean Braun,Harness racing
Shartin and Dean Braun

Will Shartin be crowned the USTA Horse of the Year?

Following her victory in the $270,00 Breeders Crown Open Mares Pace at Pocono Downs last weekend, the New Zealand bred mare has clearly established herself as the best pacing mare in the world. It is the first time a ‘down under’ performer has won a Breeders Crown Final.

Other feature race victories include the $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers, $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s, $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley, Ohio, $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk, $197,400 Lady Liberty at Meadowlands and the $98,500 Allerage Farms Mare Pace at The Red Mile.

Overall, Shartin has won 18 of her 23 starts in North America this season for trainer Jim King Jr. and owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King.

And with earnings currently sitting at $968,361 – she has surpassed the previous record of Dreamfair Eternal's seasonal earnings record for a pacing mare of $925,575 set in 2010 as well as moving nearer the million-dollar mark.

Her next assignment will come in the $175,000 TVG Mares FFA at Meadowlands on November 24.

Given the fact that Atlanta, a winner of the Hambletonian against the colts and geldings earlier this year, was beaten in her Breeders Crown Final only strengthens the claims of Shartin taking the top gong.

The Tintin In America mare was developed by astute Victorian based horseman Dean Braun and won 7 of her 13 starts including both the Queensland and Tasmanian Oaks.

And it was great to see Braun part of the celebrations trackside last weekend.

“That was something else to be trackside to watch her achieve something that has never been done before, a horse to come from the southern hemisphere and win a Breeders Crown plus all of the other features she’s claimed is truly remarkable,” Braun said.

“It was super to finally meet Richard and the King’s after countless phone-calls during the journey, they’ve done an unbelievable job with her and I wish them continued success. The scary part is I think she is far from finished and the team behind her believes that too.” He added.

Only recently, Braun sold Duplicated to Poillucci and he has entered the stables of Team King.

The Somebeachsomewhere gelding qualified recently at Harrah’s Chester in Philadelphia winning in a
time of 1:56.2

Duplicated is scheduled to make his North American debut later this week.
 

by Chris Barsby

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