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No one needs to worry about Shartin N resting on her laurels, although she might get to relax a little more this year than her previous two seasons. In 2018, Shartin N made at least one start in every month from January through November on her way to the first million-dollar season for a pacing mare and a Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer. Last year, she made at least one start in every month from March through November. She won 15 of 19, finished second on three occasions, earned $982,177, set the record (1:46.4) for the fastest mile ever by a female pacer, and was named top pacing mare, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year. She became the first pacing mare in history to be named Horse of the Year, as well as the first horse bred outside North America to receive the honor. The 7-year-old New Zealand import is already working toward her return to the races, which is expected to come next week at Dover Downs. Then it's off to Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, a six-week event that Shartin N has won each of the past two years. Following the Matchmaker, which begins March 13 and ends April 18, trainer Jim King Jr. will look to give Shartin N some time off. "We've decided to try to give her a split year instead of trying to go all the way through the year," King said. "If that works out, when we get done with the Matchmaker hopefully we can give her a pretty good break and then get her back ready to take off from there. It won't be a real long break, but there are some races that we're going to try to miss. "If she can be good early and be good late, she can still accomplish a lot. That's a lot to ask of a horse that you just got done racing for 10 months, twice. But so far, she hasn't minded me doing foolish things." Shartin N, bred in New Zealand by Grant Crabbe, was purchased in the fall of 2017 by Richard Poillucci. She is now owned by Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. Since arriving in North America, Shartin N has won 34 of 43 races and $2.03 million. "It's just absolutely amazing for us to be in a position to buy a Down Under mare and become Horse of the Year," Poillucci said. "I was just hoping for a nice open mare. This has far exceeded all expectations. What she's done at that level of racing is unbelievable. To keep them on their toes in those kinds of miles is a very difficult task. "I think that's what most impresses me, her ability to carry speed the way she does and standout in races where they're going (fast fractions) and she's still charging. Horses don't do that stuff on a regular basis." Tetrick has driven Shartin N in all her North American starts. "She was pretty tough (to handle) when she started," Tetrick said during this past Sunday's Dan Patch Awards banquet, when the Horse of the Year announcement was made. "But she had big lungs and you couldn't get her tired. When she was on her game she was as good as any horse I've ever sat behind. She has a ton of speed and grit. She had a mind of her own, but she worked with us and we got it done." Shartin N qualified on Feb. 19 at Dover Downs, winning in 1:51.3. Poillucci called the qualifier "absolutely perfect." "Here it comes again," King said, referring to a new season. "Every indication is that she's come back very good." Shartin N will attempt to become the first horse to repeat as Horse of the Year since trotting mare Moni Maker in 1998-99 and the first pacer to repeat since Cam Fella in 1982-83. She finished second to McWicked in balloting for 2018 Horse of the Year and, according to noted harness racing historian Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, is the first since Matt's Scooter in 1989 to be runner-up one year and come back the next season to receive Horse of the Year. "I just want to say thank you to all the voters, and most of all thank you to Shartin," King said Sunday at the banquet, adding later, "She's definitely been life changing for us." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Dover, DE - World Champion pacing mare, Shartin N, with harness racing driver Tim Tetrick in the sulky, made her return to racing in 2020 with a super sharp qualifying win Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. Tetrick left alertly with Shartin N  from post 6 and settled into third position. Highalator carved out the fraction of :28.2, :55.3 and 1:23.2 with Apple Bottom Jeans sitting the pocket trip. Both Apple Bottom Jeans and Shartin N surged off the rail in the deep stretch.  Shartin N won by a neck over Apple Bottom Jeans in 1:51.2 with Highalator was third. It was just last year when Shartin N became fastest harness racing mare in history at a distance of one mile with her amazing 1:46.4 victory on August 3, 2019 at The Meadowlands.     by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Trenton, NJ — Just three years shy of age 70, Jim King Jr. is coming off a 2019 harness racing season that could make him the subject of an AARP magazine cover story. The popular trainer conditioned two Dan Patch Award winners in pacing mare Shartin N and 2-year-old female pacer Lyons Sentinel, and Shartin N is one of the favorites for Horse of the Year, which will be announced Feb. 23 at the Dan Patch Awards banquet in Orlando, Fla. The King Stable, where Jim trains alongside wife Jo Ann Looney-King, won a career-record $4.27 million in purses last year, smashing its previous mark of $2.88 million set just one year earlier. He also had a career-best 168 victories and notched career triumph 1,000 in early December at Dover Downs. And in late December, King was named winner of the U.S. Harness Association’s Good Guy Award, which his wife had won previously in 2015. Again, this all happened at age 67. “It’s almost unbelievable,” King said. “These things don’t usually happen to old men; I’ll be 68 next month. Usually that’s on a downwind. And heck, outside of the age number, it doesn’t look to be like it’s going to be anything any different for a time to come.” The reason he’s sticking around is not just because of his recent good fortune. King will be in the barn as long as it’s feasible, no matter how few or many wins he collects. “This is what I always wanted to do to start with,” King said. “(Success) doesn’t want to make me do it any more or less. It doesn’t change anything about me, except I probably smile a lot more.” And this from a guy who is known for smiling a lot. He’s a good-natured, good-hearted soul who people enjoy being around, and he is proud to be known as a Good Guy. “That’s one of those awards that I don’t think the name suits the award,” King said. “It doesn’t sound like as much as it really is. It’s quite a thing to win that award for what it means. Of all the people that could possibly be chosen, I was, and my wife was in the past. I think that’s kind of special. “It’s a lot more than talking to reporters. The reporters get info from other people as well. It’s more than just I took the time. It’s that that other people in the business had good things to say about us. I think that plays into it. We always care about that sort of thing.” They also care about the sport itself, which is why King feels it’s important to serve as an ambassador. Then again, his general character make-up is being nice to those beyond the Standardbred business. He likes people in general. “Absolutely,” he said. “Sometimes my wife teases me about talking to total strangers about the business. She says, ‘They don’t know what you’re talking about.’ I say, ‘That’s OK, some day they will maybe.’ But anything that will catch a person’s ear and make them pay attention to it helps. I think it’s important to be a person that’s approachable, to be outgoing to people in and out of the business. It kind of lays out the way I like my lead my life. It’s not always about the gain. Sometimes it tends to be, but it’s not about the personal gain.” If the gain comes along, however, King won’t argue. With his dynamic duo of Dan Patch Award winners, opportunity knocked with a couple of heavy hooves. “Those are really nice horses, top quality, no doubt,” he said. “I don’t know if it took a genius to get the accomplishments done with them. Fortunately, I got to go along for the ride. They’re just really good horses. With a little luck, maybe we’ll do it again.” He had a known commodity with Shartin N, who had another outstanding season on the heels of her 2018 Dan Patch Award-winning campaign. Shartin N won 15 of 19 races last year at age 6 and earned $982,177 on her way to her second honor as the sport’s top older female pacer. She finished second to pacing stallion McWicked in the voting for 2018 Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year and is in the hunt for both awards again for 2019. “I was kind of disappointed she didn’t get it last year for whatever it’s worth, but she didn’t,” King said. “It’s hard for a mare to do; it’s got to be even harder for a foreign mare to do. Statistically I felt she had it last year, statistically I feel like she had it this year. I guess it’s not all about the numbers. I’ve never had anything like her before. There’s nothing like having something like her and owning part of a horse like her.” Then there was the newcomer, Lyons Sentinel, who surpassed expectations according to her trainer. She won nine of 14 races, was never off the board, and earned $801,809 to lead all 2-year-olds. “She didn’t just jump out as being the big dog, or being the best,” King said. “But each time I’d race her I would see traits that are very likeable. She liked to race, she’s not necessarily a run-off-and-leave-them type of girl, but she likes to win. Her will was just tremendous along with her ability.” And while that’s all in the recent past, it’s enough to keep King fired up for the immediate future as he is looking for another big year from the two of them and, hopefully, a few other horses who could make names for themselves. “They’re both a year older,” he said. “I’m hoping they both come back just somewhere close to where they were. At present time they both look real good. I’ve started them both back up and they’re very likeable. They kind of put themselves back together after a long year. “I don’t feel like I have any other horse the caliber of those two, but I’ve got a pretty nice bunch of horses as far as the stable goes. It’s exciting.” To hear King talk, last season’s excitement bordered on the sublime. “Things happened you just never felt could possibly happen,” he said. “It’s almost like the sky’s the limit. It’s amazing what you can do in this business. My wife and I lived in a tack room some years ago and then we go and win the Breeders Crown. I like to say I’ve walked every street.” Whether it’s another smooth street or a rocky road this year, King will continue to be a good guy and Jo Ann will remain a good gal. In fact, maybe the two of them should be the AARP cover story. They can safely be termed the “Good Couple” of harness racing. “I guess we are,” King said. “We’ve been together for 44 years now. It’s a real team at the stable. I’ve got quite a crew around here, and the support of my family (including Standardbred TV luminary Heather Vitale). It’s just kind of special. There is no such thing as Jim anymore. It’s Jim and Jo Ann. That’s the way it’s written, and it is definitely by choice.” A choice made by two good people. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent  

Tintin In America's champion daughter Shartin was an almost unanimous choice for the harness racing 2019 Older Female Pacer of the Year award in North America. The six-year-old earned a whopping $982,177 from 15 wins and three seconds in 19 starts and took a mile mark of 1:46.4 at The Meadowlands. Among her major successes were the $402,600 Pine Chip Matchmaker Series Final, $247,500 Roses Are Red, $183,500 Lady Liberty and the $179,550 Golden Girls. Tintin In America was also represented by the Redcliffe winner Andrew Jay (his 7th win) and the Rangiora, New Zealand winner Claus (1:59.1). Million Dollar Cam's exciting, young son Our Millionaire extended his current winning sequence to six with a decisive win in the Group 3 $30,000 Metropolitan Pace Final at Melton. Working to the front from the outside gate, the four-year-old entire carved out his last 800 in 55.4 and final 400 in 26.8 for an overall mile rating of 1:55.3 for 2240 metres. Our Millionaire, who has won 10 of his 19 lifetime starts, was one of five winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud over the holiday period. Other Yirribee bred winners were Weona Blaster (by Caribbean Blaster) at Temora, Levi Jimmy (by Million Dollar Cam) Launceston, Feeling The Love (Albury) and the trotter The Girls Gotflair (St Arnaud). Yirribee Stud led in a treble at the Temora meeting last Saturday night with Cams Pearl (by Million Dollar Cam), Rollecks (by Lombo Pocket Watch) and Weona Blaster (by Caribbean Blaster). Shartin in her world record 1:46.4 By Peter Wharton

Anderson, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2019 set of Harness Heroes trading cards is now available for holiday gift-giving. The front of each card features a photograph, while the back includes statistics and biographical information; both sides are laminated. The subjects include the following champions from the 2018 season: Ariana G, Atlanta, Captain Crunch, Dorsodoro Hanover, Emoticon Hanover, Exhilarated, Forbidden Trade, Gimpanzee, Homicide Hunter, Illusioneesta, Jimmy Freight, Kissin In The Sand, McWicked, Run Director, Shartin N, Shower Play, Six Pack, Stag Party, Tall Drink Hanover, The Ice Dutchess, Warrawee Ubeaut, Will Take Charge, Woodside Charm and Foiled Again. The featured humans include: Blair Burgess, Ray Cotolo, Ted Gewertz, Mark Hall, Joe Holloway, Dave Little, Marcus Melander, Marlys Pinske, Jerry Silverman, Linda Toscano, and Ted Wing. To order your complete set of HARNESS HEROES cards, send a (suggested) donation of $20 ($30 Canadian) per set along with your name and address to: Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 2711 Friar Tuck Road, Anderson IN 46013. HHYF also offers packs of 10 random cards as handouts for youth groups, farm tours, and other promotional events. A limited number previous years' card sets are also available for a similar donation. For more details, please e-mail Ellen Taylor at Ellen@hhyf.org. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in the lives of many since 1976 by dedicating its efforts and resources to projects which enable the growth of those who want to get involved and learn about the industry. These efforts include the creation of interactive learning experiences, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

For the first time in the history of the Top Ten Poll the same horse stayed #1 all season long and that horse is none other than Shartin N. This is the final Top Ten Poll for the 2019 season. Shartin N closed out the year with 23 first place votes out of 35 voters. The final Top Ten Poll did not change at all from last week. Thanks to the USTA's Ken Weingartner for conducting the Top Ten Poll. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (23) 6pm 19-15-3-0 $982,177 322 1 2 Bettor’s Wish (8) 3pc 19-13-6-0 $1,643,745 306 2 3 Greenshoe (3) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 253 3 4 Manchego (1) 4tm 17-8-1-0 $585,788 204 4 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 19-12-2-3 $950,610 173 5 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 14-8-1-2 $1,128,753 135 6 7 Caviart Ally 5pm 19-9-7-3 $672,215 114 7 8 Papi Rob Hanover 2pc 12-6-4-2 $754,774 71 8 9 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 56 9 10 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 51 10 ALSO: Atlanta 48; McWicked 41; Six Pack 39; Lather Up 38; Emoticon Hanover 10; When Dovescry 9; Captain Crunch, Forbidden Trade, Senorita Rita 8; Southwind Ozzi 6; Lyons Sentinel 5; Amigo Volo 4; Blue Ivy, Sister Sledge 3; Easy Lover Hanover, Elver Hanover, JK First Lady 2; Always A Prince, Bold Eagle, Shake That House, Winndevie 1. From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown/USTA

Hightstown, NJ — Weekend winners Caviart Ally and Papi Rob Hanover both moved into the harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown top 10 for the first time this season while the top three — Shartin N, Bettor’s Wish, and Greenshoe — remained unchanged. Caviart Ally beat Shartin N by a nose in the TVG Mare Pace championship and was seventh in this week’s rankings. Papi Rob Hanover won the Governor’s Cup and was eighth. Bettor’s Wish finished second against older horses in the TVG Open Pace and gained five first-place votes and narrowed the gap with Shartin N to 20 points, down from 52 a week ago. Shartin N has 23 first-place votes, a loss of two from last week. Greenshoe, who is retired, saw his first-place votes cut in half, to three. Tall Dark Stranger, who was idle, returned to the top 10 as Atlanta, who was second in the TVG Mare Trot, and McWicked, who was fifth in the TVG Open Pace, dropped out. Also dropping from the top 10 was retired Lather Up. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. The final poll will be released Dec. 3. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/26/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (23) 6pm 19-15-3-0 $982,177 322 1 2 Bettor’s Wish (8) 3pc 19-13-6-0 $1,643,745 302 2 3 Greenshoe (3) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 255 3 4 Manchego (1) 4tm 17-8-1-0 $585,788 204 5 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 19-12-2-3 $950,610 174 4 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 14-8-1-2 $1,128,753 134 6 7 Caviart Ally 5pm 19-9-7-3 $672,215 104 — 8 Papi Rob Hanover 2pc 12-6-4-2 $754,774 63 — 9 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 58 7 10 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 57 — ALSO: Atlanta 55; McWicked 44; Lather Up 40; Six Pack 39; Captain Crunch 14; When Dovescry 9; Emoticon Hanover, Forbidden Trade, Senorita Rita 8; Southwind Ozzi 6; Lyons Sentinel 5; Amigo Volo, JK First Lady 4; Sister Sledge 3; Elver Hanover 2; Always A Prince, Bold Eagle, Winndevie 1. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Tintin In America's harness racing champion daughter Shartin NZ is the overwhelming favourite to defend her USA Aged Mare of the Year crown despite being nosed out in the $US175,000 TV Mare Pace in a stakes record 1:48.6 at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (November 23). Shartin has banked $US982,177 from 15 wins and three seconds from 19 starts this year and took a mark of 1:46 and is clearly the richest and fastest female pacer in North America in 2019. On the home front, Million Dollar Cam's son Dollarbill, who was bred and raised by Yirribee Pacing Stud, completed a hat trick at Albion Park on Friday (November 22), coming from near last to win in a 1:57.6 rate over 2138 metres. The seven-year-old gelding has already won five races this season and boasts 17 lifetime successes Million Dollar Cam took the siring honours at Temora on Saturday night (November 23) with a winning double in Taylors Mill, another product of Yirribee Stud, and Chubbs. Caribbean Blaster was represented by two winners from his first crop on either side of the country last week. Caribbean Jack scored for the sixth time at Young, while Caruba won her third race at Wagin (WA). Tintin In America, Million Dollar Cam and Caribbean Blaster are standing this season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), alongside the great Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Fear The Dragon and Warrawee Needy. By Peter Wharton

Prior to second-place finishes in October's Allerage and Breeders Crown events for harness racing mare pacers, Shartin N had never lost consecutive starts during her North American racing career, a span of 39 races. So, trainer Jim King Jr. breathed a little easier when Shartin N snapped that skid with a win in last week's invitational for fillies and mares at Dover Downs. The 6-year-old mare, who was slowed by sickness in September, won by 2-1/4 lengths over Kissin In The Sand in 1:49.4. "That's for sure," King said. "It was concerning, trying to figure out what I might have done wrong or what else I could have done to have her back in shape. She certainly appeared in her last start to get back to being Shartin again. Everything appears to be back in order. That's how it appears. She'll have to let us know come Saturday night." Shartin N races Saturday in the $175,000 TVG Mare Pace championship at The Meadowlands, where she is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field that includes Allerage and Breeders Crown winner Caviart Ally as well as 3-year-old standout Warrawee Ubeaut. It will be Shartin N's final race of the season. The mare has won 15 of 18 starts, earned $940,177, and been ranked No. 1 in the sport's Top 10 poll for each of its 26 weeks so far. A win in the TVG would push her over $1 million for the second consecutive year; she was the first pacing mare to ever break that barrier in 2018. Shartin N will start from post one with regular driver Tim Tetrick. Caviart Ally, who leaves from post seven in the nine-horse field, is 7-2 on the morning line and Warrawee Ubeaut, the first filly to enter the TVG Mare Pace, is 4-1 from post four. "Her biggest issue is she's just a filly," King said about Warrawee Ubeaut. "I know it's late in the year, so she's almost what you would consider an aged horse, but the fact is she's still a 3-year-old and I don't remember seeing 3-year-olds doing what aged horses do. But the second half of her year has been very good. I could see why they would want to (enter). "A lot of people wanted to see Shartin go with the boys, but I don't think that's the right way to go myself. But everybody does it their own way." Shartin N has won 41 of 55 career races and $2.06 million. Since arriving in North America, she has won 34 of 42 starts and $1.99 million. In 2018, she started at least once in every month January through November. This year, she started at least once in every month March through November. She will return to the races in 2020 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tetrick. "We're very much looking forward to it," King said. "We've had two long seasons in a row here, but she's a pretty tough girl." The TVG Mare Pace is part of a stakes-filled Saturday card at The Meadowlands. Following is a brief look at the remainder of the stakes action. $175,000 TVG Mare Trot (Race 2): Atlanta is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in a five-horse field that includes retiring 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, O'Brien Award winner Emoticon Hanover, and 3-year-old filly Beautiful Sin. $401,850 Governor's Cup (Race 4): Papi Rob Hanover, fresh off his Matron Stakes win, is the 3-5 favorite in the race for 2-year-old male pacers. Cattlewash, the Matron runner-up, is 4-1 second choice. $505,050 Valley Victory (Race 5): Breeders Crown champion Amigo Volo is the 8-5 favorite in the race for 2-year-old male trotters. Kindergarten Classic Series winner EL Ideal is 3-1 second pick. $475,100 Goldsmith Maid (Race 6): Kindergarten champ Senorita Rita is the 2-1 favorite, with Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ and Breeders Crown runner-up Sister Sledge at 5-2 in the field of eight 2-year-old filly trotters. $350,000 TVG Open Pace (Race 8): Bettor's Wish, a 3-year-old colt facing older male foes, is the 3-1 favorite. He leads the sport with $1.56 million in purses this year and has finished no worse than second in 18 starts, with 13 wins. Retiring 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked is 7-2 and Breeders Crown champion American History is 9-2. $411,000 Three Diamonds (Race 9): Matron Stakes winner Lyons Sentinel received a bye to the final and is the 2-1 favorite in the field of 2-year-old filly pacers. Elimination winner JK First Lady is 7-2 and Kindergarten champ Marloe Hanover is 9-2. $350,000 TVG Open Trot (Race 10): Machego, the fastest female trotter in history and winner of six consecutive starts, is the 2-1 favorite. Three-year-old Gimpanzee, a Breeders Crown and Matron winner, is 5-2 followed by retiring Dan Patch Award winner Six Pack at 3-1 and Maple Leaf Trot champ Guardian Angel AS at 4-1. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EST) Saturday at The Meadowlands. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The final true monster card on harness racing's 2019 calendar takes place Saturday (Nov. 23) night, when just over $2.8 million in purses will be up for grabs in eight stakes events on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night at the Meadowlands. Seven of the horses in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 poll will be in action. In three events, two of those horses will go head-to-head. The 6-year-old super mare Shartin N (No. 1 in the poll), the presumptive leader in the Horse of the Year race, will take on the top 3-year-old filly in training, Warrawee Ubeaut (No. 4), in the $175,000 TVG Mares Pace. A win by Shartin N puts her on the inside track for the HOTY hardware, a loss could put that award up for grabs. Bettor's Wish (No. 2) is another 3-year-old who will take on older foes, as he'll tackle defending Horse of the Year McWicked (No. 10) in the $350,000 TVG Open Pace. Bettor's Wish is off an impressive score in the Matron in 1:49.2 and is harness racing's high money-earner this year, with a bankroll of just over $1.5 million. A TVG win would undoubtedly help his Horse of the Year cause, but he would have to beat the standout who sealed up last year's HOTY trophy (McWicked) in the very same event last November. The final matchup of Top 10 horses comes when the sport's hottest horse, the great mare Manchego (No. 5), a winner of six in a row, takes on the boys in the $350,000 TVG Open Trot. Standing in her way will be double New York Sire Stakes and double Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee (No. 6), who has banked $1.1 million in 2019. Atlanta (No. 8) is the other Top 10 member who will be on the card. She'll be a short price in the $175,000 TVG Mares Trot off an easy win in a prep at the Big M in 1:52.2. One of the great trotting mares of all time - Atlanta's Ron Burke stablemate Hannelore Hanover - a lifetime earner of more than $3 million, will also be behind the gate making the final start of her stellar career. The four TVG events are just half the story. The Fall Final Four races - all for 2-year-olds with divisional honor impact - include the $401,850 Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings (where Papi Rob Hanover is the 3-5 early favorite); $505,050 Valley Victory for trotting colts and geldings (Breeders Crown winner Amigo Volo is 8-5); $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies (Senorita Rita is 2-1); and $411,00 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies (Lyons Sentinel is 2-1). EARLY START, BIG ACTION: The Saturday night program, which will have an earlier-than-usual first race post time of 7 p.m., features an enhanced wagering menu. It will include: 20-cent Survivor Pick-6 (Races 1-6) $40,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-5 (Races 3-7) $75,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-4 (Races 8-11) Rolling Pick-3s GETTING IT DUNN: Driver Dexter Dunn's star continues to rise, as the regular pilot for horses such as Manchego and Bettor's Wish has been red hot during November at the Meadowlands, winning 17-of-60 drives, good for a gaudy win percentage of 28. Yannick Gingras and Tim Tetrick have more than earned their keep as well, as both have nine victories through the first three weeks of the month with still four November race cards remaining. TOYS FOR TOTS: Come on out to the track on Monday, Dec. 2 and bring an unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown. Not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa - the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign - as the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception takes place at the Meadowlands. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates are expected to attend. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between now and the night of the event. FANDUEL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: With Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28) just a week away, here is the holiday operating schedule for the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook: Thanksgiving Day: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Christmas Day: Closed New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. New Year's Day: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com/fanduel. GIVING OUT THANKS: "On behalf of Jeff Gural and I, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our employees, horsemen and officials for all they do to help us maintain a great racing product. I would also like to wish our faithful fans a joyous Thanksgiving holiday. This is a time for family and friends, and I sincerely hope everybody gets to spend some quality time with the special people in their lives," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. From the Meadowlands Media Department    

Hightstown, NJ — The harness racing draws for Saturday’s (Nov. 23) TVG championships and Fall Final Four at The Meadowlands were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Big M. Accepting invitations to challenge older foes in the TVG championships were 3-year-olds Beautiful Sin (Mare Trot), Gimpanzee (Open Trot), Warrawee Ubeaut (Mare Pace) and Bettor’s Wish (Open Pace). Three-year-olds have won the past two editions of the TVG Open Trot (Tactical Landing in 2018 and What The Hill in 2017). Beautiful Sin is the first 3-year-old filly trotter to enter the Mare Trot and Warrawee Ubeaut is the first 3-year-old filly pacer to enter the Mare Pace. Bettor’s Wish is the second 3-year-old male pacer to enter the Open Pace. Captaintreacherous was the first, finishing sixth in 2013. In addition, trotting mare Manchego will tackle male rivals in the Open Trot. First-race post time is 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. Following are the draws. $175,000 TVG Mare Trot 1 – Atlanta 2 – Emoticon Hanover 3 – Beautiful Sin 4 – Hannelore Hanover 5 – Darling Mearas S $350,000 TVG Open Trot 1 – Six Pack 2 – Gimpanzee 3 – Mission Accepted 4 – Fiftydallarbill 5 – Manchego 6 – Guardian Angel AS 7 – Lindy The Great $175,000 TVG Mare Pace 1 – Shartin N 2 – Youaremycandygirl 3 – Apple Bottom Jeans 4 – Warrawee Ubeaut 5 – Kissin In The Sand 6 – Divas Image 7 – Caviart Ally 8 – Reclamation 9 – Wisdom Tree $350,000 TVG Open Pace 1 – American History 2 – Endeavor 3 – Courtly Choice 4 – McWicked 5 – Dealt A Winner 6 – Dorsoduro Hanover 7 – Bettor’s Wish 8 – Always A Prince 9 – Western Joe 10 – Geez Joe $505,000 Valley Victory 1 – Book Seven 2 – Amigo Volo 3 – St Martins 4 – Moveoutofmyway K 5 – EL Ideal 6 – Ready For Moni 7 – Southwind Fulton 8 – Chestnut Hill 9 – Rome Pays Off 10 – Patriarch Hanover $475,100 Goldsmith Maid 1 – Sister Sledge 2 – Senorita Rita 3 – Hall Of AM S 4 – Winter Olympics 5 – Queen Of The Hill 6 – Common Sense S 7 – Musclesandmascara 8 – Tricky Sister $401,850 Governor’s Cup 1 – Lake Charles 2 – Cattlewash 3 – Father Nuno 4 – Papi Rob Hanover 5 – Captain Groovy 6 – Mac’s Big Boy $411,000 Three Diamonds 1 – JK Finendandy 2 – The Bethinator 3 – Hen Party 4 – Marloe Hanover 5 – JK First Lady 6 – Lyons Sentinel 7 – Baby Your The Best 8 – Perfect Storm 9 – Looksgoodinaromper 10 – Rocknificent by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

DOVER, DE - On a freezing, cold evening, a field of seven were set to dethrone the queen of harness racing, Shartin N.  The combined lifetime earnings of the participants was over $6 million dollars. Caviart Ally upset Shartin N in her last two starts.  Trainer,Jim King Jr. could not tell which Shartin N would show up after her warm up drills.  All except Shartin N’s sole driver Tim Tetrick.  As the race unfolded, Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) left alertly through a 26.4 opening quarter.  Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) lingered on the outside then made her move as Apple Bottom Jeans yielded the lead.  Shartin N settled in fourth through a pedestrian 55.3 half. At the five-eights pole Shartin N took her cue, as Tetrick stormed past Caviart Ally reaching the three quarters in 122.1. It was all over from there for the field as Shartin N glided to a powerful victory in 1.49.4. The well respected field and fans tipped their cap to the queen Shartin N. Kissin In The Sand( Nancy Johansson) and driver Dexter Dunn bravely tested Shartin N, pulling first up took the place spot. Caviart Ally (Brett Pelling) and driver Andrew McCarthy held for third. The next chapter will be in the TVG Classic for Mares at the Meadowlands.   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE — Shartin N and Caviart Ally renew their harness racing rivalry and have drawn outside posts in the $40,000 Mares Invitational at Dover Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 13). Shartin N set a world record of 1:46.4 earlier in the season for trainer Jim King Jr. and has bankrolled more than $2 million in purses lifetime. Caviart Ally upset Shartin N in the Breeders Crown for trainer Brett Pelling and has earned more than $1.7 million lifetime. Kissin In The Sand, trained by Nancy Johansson, finished third in her last two starts against Shartin N and Caviart Ally and drew the rail on Wednesday. Divas Image (for trainer Jen Bongiorno) enters off a qualifier and has been limited in her starts this year. Apple Bottom Jeans and trainer Dylan Davis) finished second at Dover in her last start, but was away from the races six weeks prior. She has earned more than $300,000 this year. Delishka N, a Wayne Givens trainee, upset Apple Bottom Jeans in her last start. Trainer Ron Burke’s Reclamation has been in the money 14 out of 16 starts this year and has a seasonal mark of 1:50. Click here for the complete field and post positions. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

There is little change this week in the Top Ten Poll. Gimpanzee did move up to #6 with Real Cool Sam dropping one notch to #7. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 25 – 11/12/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (18) 6pm 17-14-2-0 $920,177 311 1 2 Greenshoe (11) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 275 2 3 Bettor’s Wish (1) 3pc 17-12-5-0 $1,436,445 262 3 4 Warrawee Ubeaut (4) 3pf 17-12-2-3 $923,898 248 4 5 Manchego (1) 4tm 16-8-0-0 $500,038 177 5 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 12-7-1-2 $997,163 97 7 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 79 6 8 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 78 8 9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 73 9 10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 60 10   ALSO:  Caviart Ally 47; Atlanta 45; Dancin Lou 28; Papi Rob Hanover, Southwind Ozzi 23; Lyons Sentinel 15; Winndevie 12; Ramona Hill 11; Amigo Volo 10; Bold Eagle 8; Forbidden Trace 6; Elver Hanover, Millies Possesion 5; American History, Reflect With Me 4; Captain Crunch, Emoticon Hanover, Hypnotic AM, Sister Sledge, Six Pack 3; Youaremycandygirl 2; Hickfromfrenchlick, When Dovescry 1.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The end of the calendar year is less than two months away, and harness racing's biggest equine prize, Horse of the Year, is still up for grabs. Shartin N got nosed out by Mcwicked for the honor a year ago, and Joann Looney-King, who along with her husband Jim King, Jr., trains the 6-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin, is hoping to end the season on a high note at the Meadowlands on Nov. 23 and take home the trophy. "We plan on being there for the TVG Mare Pace," said Joann. "We are going to prep at Dover on Nov. 13 if the race fills. I want (Horse of the Year) so bad, but she has to win. That's what the voters want." Shartin N's main HOTY foe is the talented sophomore trotting colt Greenshoe, who, like Shartin N, tasted Breeders Crown defeat. Will Greenshoe be there on TVG Night? It doesn't look that way. "He probably won't race anymore," said trainer Marcus Melander. "He will go to Hanover now to stand stud." Breeders Crown winners Warrawee Ubeat and Manchego (who will be at the Big M Nov. 8), as well as Bettor's Wish, who leads all harness horses in 2019 earnings with just over $1.4 million, may have a puncher's chance at HOTY. It was announced yesterday by trainer Chris Ryder that Bettor's Wish will be back on the track next year at age 4. THE GREAT EIGHT: There will be eight huge stakes events at the Meadowlands on TVG/Fall Final 4 Night on Nov. 23. Two-year-olds will be in the spotlight in the $470,000 Goldsmith Maid (filly trot), $400,000 Three Diamonds (filly pace), $400,000 Valley Victory (colt trot) and $490,000 Governor's Cup (colt pace) before some of the biggest equine stars in the game will be in action in the TVG Mare Trot (for a purse of $175,000), TVG Mare Pace ($175,000), TVG Open Trot ($350,000) and TVG Open Pace ($350,000). SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALL RIGHT: The action on the track was hot last Saturday at the Big M, as El Ideal (male trot, 1:53.1), Senorita Rita (filly trot, 1:53.2), Marloe Hanover (filly pace, 1:50.3) and Force N Fury (male pace, 1:50.2) were the winners in the four Kindergarten Classic Finals for 2-year-olds. It was also a big night at the windows, as a meet bests were reached in total handle ($2,730,886) as well as the 50-cent Pick-4 pool total ($93,922). A carryover of $19,326 led to a total pool of $127,120 in the 50-cent Pick-5. As always, free program pages for this weekend's $50,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-4 are available at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com. The wager has a low 15 percent takeout. HAPPY DAYS: Not only are things well at the Meadowlands, but in the entire harness racing industry as well: The Big M is enjoying the benefits of a purse supplement with increased handle A huge Hambletonian Day, where all-source wagering topped $8 million Two weeks ago, Breeders Crown weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park saw wagering that exceeded $6.6 million The Standardbred Horse Sale (at Harrisburg, PA) saw two yearlings go for $1 million, and the opening session (on Nov. 4) set a record for average price and saw its gross increase by more then $3 million as compared to last year. AT THE TRACK: DerbyWars will host regular online qualifiers for the World Harness Handicapping Championship every Saturday night. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete information is available at DerbyWars.com. ... Every week, card players can get in on the action on "Free Poker Fridays" in the Gallery. Games begin at 7 p.m. ... "Hockey Night" is this Saturday (Nov. 9). Come on out and get an autograph and take photos (starting at 6:30 p.m.) with former players Brian Propp (of the Philadelphia Flyers), Bruce Driver (New Jersey Devils) and Nick Fotiu (New York Rangers). In addition, you could walk away with some great memorabilia. From the Meadowlands Media Department    

Hightstown, NJ — Seven of the top 10 horses in last week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll lost their respective Breeders Crown finals this past weekend, resulting in little change in positions, but a tightening in points in the upper half of the rankings. Shartin N (second in the Mare Pace), Greenshoe (second in the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot), and Bettor’s Wish (second in the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace) remained 1-2-3 in the rankings. Warrawee Ubeaut, who won the 3-year-old filly pace, also saw her position unchanged at No. 4 but added four first-place votes and gained 110 points to pull within four points of Bettor’s Wish. Mare trot winner Manchego made the biggest position move, going from No. 10 to No. 5 while picking up 108 points. Gimpanzee, the winner of the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot, and Tall Dark Stranger, who was second-placed-first in the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace, joined the top 10 at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Gimpanzee gained 71 points from a week ago; Tall Dark Stranger, ironically, dropped four points but made up positions as Southwind Ozzi and Atlanta dropped from the top 10 and Lather Up and McWicked each lost nearly 40 points. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 23 – 10/29/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (17) 6pm 17-14-2-0 $920,177 304 1 2 Greenshoe (11) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 274 2 3 Bettor’s Wish (1) 3pc 17-12-5-0 $1,436,445 255 3 4 Warrawee Ubeaut (4) 3pf 17-12-2-3 $923,898 251 4 5 Manchego (1) 4tm 15-7-0-0 $485,038 189 10 6 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 88 5 7 Gimpanzee 3tc 12-7-1-2 $997,163 82 — 8 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 75 — 9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 65 7 10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 58 8 ALSO:  Caviart Ally 50; Atlanta 48; Bold Eagle 31; Dancin Lou 28; Southwind Ozzi 24; Papi Rob Hanover 22; Ramona Hill 18; Amigo Volo 11; Winndevie 9; American History, Forbidden Trade, Six Pack 7; Lyons Sentinel, Reflect With Me 6; Elver Hanover 5; Millies Possesion 2; Captain Crunch, Guardian Angel AS, When Dovescry 1. Bold Eagle received 1 first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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