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There was little change in the Top Ten Poll from prior week. Shartin N, who lost at the Meadowlands, dropped down one position from #7 to #8 and Kissin In The Sand moved up from 8th to #7 by just two points. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 15 – 10/20/2020 Rank   Name (First Place Votes)   Age/Gait/Sex   Record   Earnings   Points   Pvs   1   Tall Dark Stranger (21)   3pc   11-10-0-0   $1,177,681   335   1   2   Party Girl Hill (14)   3pf   13-13-0-0   $736,620   326   2   3   Ramona Hill   3tf   9-6-1-1   $915,615   263   3   4   Atlanta   5tm   10-5-3-0   $613,814   227   4   5   Gimpanzee   4th   9-6-1-1   $718,464   161   5   6   Perfect Sting   2pc   8-8-0-0   $304,300   147   6   7   Kissin In The Sand   5pm   9-5-1-0   $257,484   99   8   8   Shartin N   7pm   8-5-2-0   $328,069   97   7   9   Bettor’s Wish   4ph   9-4-1-2   $372,232   73   9   10   Test Of Faith   2pf   9-8-1-0   $500,000   48   10   ALSO: Sorella 35; Amigo Volo 19; Action Uncle, Captain Corey, Ready For Moni 14; Pemberton 10; Donna Soprano 7; Manchego, Tattoo Artist 6; Charlie May 4; Peaky Sneaky, Southwind Gendry 3; Cattlewash, Southwind Tyrion, Venerate, Warrawee Vital 2; Cuatro De Julio, Hypnotic AM, Love A Good Story, Reflect With Me, Scootnroll, Woodmere Stealdeal 1.  

Talk about having a billboard event. The Meadowlands Racetrack will feature a real slugfest Saturday night as the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, Shartin N, takes on Highalator in the ninth race Preferred-Handicap Pace. Shartin N is the lone mare in the field going against five male rivals. The seven-year-old mare by Tintin In America drew post five for driver Tim Tetrick. She sports five wins and two second place finishes in seven starts during the abbreviated season. Trained by Jim King, Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N’s last start was a game second place finish in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby on October 3. “It’s been rough getting her started since we didn't go to Canada or Kentucky,” Said co-owner JoAnn Looney-King. “So, she needs to get sharp and on her game and she can't do it if she doesn't get raced.” Shartin N is the class of the field with earnings this year in excess of $326,000 and lifetime earnings over $2.4 million. “She's also gained weight even though she looks really good,” Looney-King said. “So, it was either race in what they had at The Meadowlands or qualify, and I'm qualified out. Plus, we had other horses to race Saturday night so it made sense to race her. We said just put her in with the boys so we can get raced and then next week it's time to head to Indiana for Breeders Crown. “If there are no elims for her Breeders Crown group we hope she can race in an overnight,” Looney-King added. “Is she good enough right now to beat the boys? I hope so but there are a couple really sharp boys in the group, Highilator being one of them, but she's a race horse so she's off to race and, of course, the prize is in 2 weeks and we need to get ready for that big night in Indiana.” Her main rival will be Highalator from post four for driver Rick Still. This six-year-old stallion by Somebeachsomewhere has been at his best as of late with three straight wins at the Meadowlands and winning five of his last seven starts. Highalator is trained by Jenny Bier, who co-owns the horse with Joann Dombeck. He sports six wins this season in 13 starts. Another return winner in the field is Harambe Deo from post six for driver Simon Allard. Harambe Deo last week was at his best, coming from off the pace to win in 1:48.4 at the Meadowlands. He is trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns the five-year-old Woodstock gelding with Pollack Racing, LLC. Rounding out the field are Western Joe (post 1), Wes Delight (post 2) and Geez Joe (post 3). By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway will present its marquee harness racing program of the 2020 season on Saturday night, October 3, featuring eleven stakes races and three Open events with purses totaling $1,131,500. Headlining the evening will be a trio of Dayton Derbies for male pacers, female pacers and trotters including 11 millionaire horses.   The $176,500 Dayton Pacing Derby includes a full field of nine of the sport's current superstars. Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn, 5-2) has been given the slightest morning line nod, but a case could be made for every entrant as all sport 2020 records of 1:49.1 or faster.   Trainer Chris Ryder's 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight has earned $2,124,783 in purses and two months ago won the Sam McKee Memorial at The Meadowlands in 1:47.3. Second choice Ceentury Farroh (David Miller, 3-1) could become a millionaire with a win in the Derby. He captured the Dan Patch at Harrah's Hoosier in mid-August.   Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith, 7-2) will be one of four in the Derby with local ties. The 5-year-old son of Ohio stallion Pet Rock is owned by Harold Bauder of Delaware, Ohio and trained by Steve Bauder. He has won 26 or 62 lifetime starts and last week lowered his record to 1:48.1 winning an Invitational at Hoosier while going a second faster than the Hoosier Pacing Derby on the same card.   Other Derby hopefuls are Dancin Lou (Brian Sears, 9-2), Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick, 6-1), Ocean Rock (8-1, Dan Noble), This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras, 10-1), Bllack Hole (Scott Zeron, 12-1) and Our Majordan A (Brett Miller, 15-1).   Ocean Rock is the first 3-year-old in the seven year history of the Dayton Derby to enter the track's marquee event.   The sophomore son of Rockin Armadeus has been triumphant in 11 of his 18 races over two seasons, including a 6-2-1 slate in nine starts this year. He won the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship a month ago at Eldorado Scioto Downs for owner Sandra Burnett of nearby Wilmington, Ohio and the driver-trainer team of Dan and Christi Noble.   Bllack Hole is another Ohio-sired combatant, owned by L & L Stables of Springfield, Ohio. He owns a 1:48 speed badge taken at The Meadowlands and would sport a lower morning line designation if not for his post eight draw.   Our Majordan A is the oldest Derby hopeful at age eight and will be saddled with post nine behind the starting car. The Virgil Morgan Jr.-trainee is one of three in the field with sub 1:48 seasonal victories, and he is the winningest horse in the field with 33 triumphs. In addition to being stable in Ohio, the Australian-bred is co-owned by Ned Hodkinson of Blacklick, Ohio.   The $175,000 Dayton Distaff favorite will be Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, 6-5), who will face a compact field of six that includes four million dollar winners. With $2,394,049 in her purse coffers, Shartin N is the richest mare in the race, but Kissin In The Sand (Dexter Dunn, 7-2, $1,383,094), Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, 9-2, $1,870,311) and Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras, 6-1, $1,743,523) can't be discounted. Treacherous Reign (TBA, 8-l) and Stonebridge Soul (Brett Miller, 12-1) complete the field.   The $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby will feature four of the finest older mares face five male counterparts. The mares Atlanta (Yannick Gingras, 2-1) and Manchego (Dexter Dunn, 7-2) have each won over $2 million and are expected to get heavy mutuel backing.   Majestic Player A (Brett Miller,4-1) has won 13 of 17 races this season and is familiar with the Dayton Raceway surface. Others win the field include Lindy The Great (Andy Miller, 9-2), Guardian Angel AS (Tim Tetrick, 6-1), Crystal Fashion (Jordan Stratton, 8-1), When Dovescry (David Miller, 10-1), Soul Strong (TBA, 12-1) and Pure Chance (Scott Zeron, 15-1).   The outstanding program will also include eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championship races to reward Ohio-sired two and three year olds who have competed throughout the state all season long.   A $75,000 Dayton Derby Consolation, as well as $25,000 Opens for pacing mares and trotters will complete the card.   Post time on Saturday is 6:15 p.m.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

CHESTER, PA -- 2019 Harness Horse of the Year Shartin N qualified in 1:52.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, with a :26.4 back quarter that showed her readiness for the rich season-ending harness racing events upcoming.   With the mare's regular driver Tim Tetrick at The Meadows for Keystone Classics stakes competition, trainer Jim King Jr., who himself has 3369 career sulky victories, guided the seven-year-old daughter of Tintin In America right to the front and rattled off fractions of :28.2, :57.3, and 1:25.3. He then let her speed on home in her first racetrack outing after winning the Artiscape Pace on August 16 at Tioga Downs..   King noted that the possibilities on the schedule of his mare, who is owned by his wife Jo Ann Looney-King, Richard Poillucci, and Tim Tetrick LLC, include the Dayton Distaff Derby, the Breeders Crown, and the TVG series.   Shartin N's entrymate in the high mares class, Soho Burning Love A, was also successful in a Philly qualifier, coming home in :27 in a 1:54.1 mile.   From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia        

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Shartin N made it three in a row in the Lady Liberty for harness racing pacing mares, winning Saturday's (Aug. 8) $177,100 edition by one length over Major Occasion A in 1:48.2 at The Meadowlands. Stonebridge Soul finished third.   Major Occasion A led the field to the opening quarter in :26.2, but driver Tim Tetrick already had Shartin N in gear and on her way to the front. Shartin N took the lead and reached the half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:22. She fought off a challenge from Warrawee Ubeaut on the final turn and went on to her fourth win in five starts this season and the 45th of her career.       "You just get to a point with 45 wins that you go out and you think you're going to win again, but it just doesn't always happen," co-owner Jo Ann Looney-King said. "It's just a thrill every single time. She's just a thrill."   Shartin N, the 2019 Horse of the Year, has won $2.33 million lifetime and 38 of 48 starts since arriving from New Zealand. She is owned by Richard Poillucci, Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. The 7-year-old mare is a daughter of Tintin In America out of Bagdarin.   "If it wasn't for Rich Poillucci, I would not be standing here and she would not be out there today," Looney-King said. "He picked her out, he bought her and brought her here; it's all Rich Poillucci."   Shartin N paid $2.80 to win.   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Plainville, MA --- Manchego put on a display of devastating speed in a gate to wire victory in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 26) and set a new world record for aged trotting mares over a 5/8th's mile track when she tripped the timer in 1:49.3. Manchego broke her own world record of 1:50.1 set at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 2019. The time also smashed the all-age track trotting record at Plainridge Park, besting the 1:51.2 set by JL Cruze in the 2017 Spirit Trot. Dexter Dunn had Manchego revved up off the gate and shot right for the lead with Atlanta (Yannick Gingras) dropping in the pocket from post seven as the race passed the quarter in a blistering :25.2. The field remained in single file as Manchego marched to the half in :53.3 and the three-quarters in 1:21 with Atalanta in deliberate pursuit. As the pair trotted away from the field around the last turn, Gingras pulled Atlanta off the pylons to take her best shot at the leader. But as soon as she pulled, Manchego accelerated, opened up two lengths and proceeded to the wire under no urging at all to win wrapped-up by 2-1/2 lengths. Atlanta held on for second and Run Director (David Miller) closed fast to finish third.   It was the 31st career win for Manchego ($3.00) and it pushed her lifetime earnings to over $2,342,705. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic is owned by Black Horse Racing and is trained by Nancy Takter. One race earlier in the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace, Shartin N made herself right at home again at Plainridge as she broke the all-age track record that she set here just last year. Tim Tetrick put Shartin N on the point immediately as Kissin In The Sand (Yannick Gingras) left from post four and followed closely with the two-hole trip. After the quick :26.2 quarter and with no pressure at all, Tetrick backed down the second panel to :28.1 and the race seemed well in control for him at that point. By the five-eighths, Gingras pulled Kissin In The Sand and tried to draw alongside Shartin N, but never got closer than a length around the far turn. Tetrick eased the lines a bit and gave Shartin N her head and the mare swelled up down the lane, opening up 2-1/4 lengths in a :27 flat last panel and won in 1:48.1. Stablemate Soho Burning Love A (Jordan Stratton) rallied late to finish second and 38-1 shot Philly Hanover (Dexter Dunn) completed the board.   The time was a new all-age track record at Plainridge Park which was set last year in this same stake by Shartin N when she cruised home in 1:49.1, and it was only one-fifth of a second off the world record of 1:48 for an aged pacing mare over a five-eighths mile track that is co-held by her and Somwherovrarainbow. This was the 44th career victory for Shartin N ($2.60) who has now earned $2,244,946 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and Tim Tetrick. The 7-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin is trained by Jim King Jr. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park  

Plainville, MA --- When the Grand Circuit makes its midsummer stop in Massachusetts on Sunday (July 26), the top three aged mares currently competing in the sport, all who are multi-million dollar winners, will be on hand to compete in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace at Plainridge Park. The much anticipated third round of the year between Atalanta and Manchego will take place in the Spirit and little separates the two coming into the race after each claiming one win in head-to-head competition. In their first meeting in the $40,000 Ms. Versatility at the Meadowlands on June 19, Atlanta and Manchego got away third and fifth respectively before Yannick Gingras pulled Atlanta and Dexter Dunn followed with Manchego. Atlanta cleared past the quarter and Manchego took control from her by the half. The pair remained one-two until they hit the stretch when Gingras tipped Atlanta and methodically gained ground on Manchego as both drivers heavily urged their mounts. When they hit the wire they were side by side and it took a photo to separate them by a nose, with Manchego getting the nod in 1:50 flat. The win time is the fastest trotting mile of the year to this point. The second meeting came two weeks later on July 4 in the $170,900 Cutler Memorial, also at M1. Atlanta and Manchego both gunned the gate and sprinted away in tandem from the field of 11 to a very hot first quarter of :25.4. Manchego was finally able to clear at that point but Atalanta was right on her back. Chin Chin Hall (Brian Sears) engaged Manchego past the half and pushed her through a 1:23.1 third quarter and around the far turn. Atlanta, who was sitting in the pocket, was able to get out at the top of the lane and tip three-deep turning for home. Atlanta drew even with Manchego in deep stretch and eventually was able to run her down at the wire to win by only 1/2 length in 1:50.1. That time is the second fastest trotting mile of the year (tied with Guardian Angel As). Despite this marquee match up, the 2020 Spirit Trot field has other very strong competitors who can definitely have an effect on the outcome of the race, making this a very bettable event. Lindy The Great (Andy Miller) has yet to win this year but has suffered bad luck in the draws with two consecutive eight holes, forcing him into two hellacious overland trips. However he has still performed outstanding despite those disadvantages, finishing second and third in those races. In the Cutler he was beaten only 1-1/4 lengths by Atalanta and Manchego after being parked out the entire mile. Manchego's stablemate Eurobond (Tim Tetrick) is coming off a powerful 1:51.2 win at Harrah's Philadelphia on July 5 and seems to be peaking at the right time for this race. He has a lifetime best outing of 1:50.1 last year at the Meadowlands and clearly has the ability to contend with these. Joey Bats (Andrew McCarthy) could be a big sleeper here after finishing only 2-3/4 lengths behind the favorites in the Cutler. He had a favorable draw (post one) and McCarthy has already pulled an upset in this stake when he followed fast fractions and snuck up the inside to win 2017 Spirit with JL Cruze at 60-1. Shartin N will make her second trip to the Commonwealth to defend her crown after she won the inaugural Barton in 2019. In that race, Tim Tetrick put Shartin N on the point and went gate to wire, uncontested and under a strong hold to win in 1:49.1, smashing the all time Plainridge track record. This year Shartin N started out winning two straight and taking an early season's mark of 1:50 at Dover Downs before being sidelined with a foot injury. After 18 days off she returned to the Meadowlands on July 18 in the $172,850 Dorothy Haughton Memorial and put in a huge effort, falling short by only a neck. In a first-over trip engaging the front running Kissin In The Sand (Yannick Gingras), Shartin N took the lead in mid-stretch but tired in the final strides to finish second behind Major Occasion (Dexter Dunn) who rallied gamely up the pylons. With that start under her belt, she remains the horse to beat on Sunday and Tetrick will have her on her toes. Kissin In The Sand was pushed extremely hard every step of the mile in that Haughton start and still tired only late. In her first outing of 2020 she scorched the Meadowlands, going gate to wire in a lifetime best 1:47.4, which is also the fastest pacing mile of the year to date. Shartin N's stablemate Soho Burning Love A (Jordan Stratton) won back-to-back races in 1:48.4 and 1:48.1 before finishing third in the Haughton, right between the two morning line favorites. This mare has paced home in :25.4 three times this year and will be in a position to upset. Another mare to watch is Trillions Hanover (George Brennan) who has also exhibited great closing speed. With four solid races in her last four starts, there is not much separating her from the favorites at the end of the day with a favorable trip. Kissin In The Sand, Soho Burning Love A and Trillions Hanover will give Shartin N all she can handle in this very short, six-horse field. The all-time track record on the trot at Plainridge Park is 1:51.3 set by JL Cruze and 1:49.1 on the pace by Shartin N. Both marks look to be under assault on Sunday. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. Post time for the Clara Barton Pace is 3:20 p.m. and the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot is 3:40 p.m. Lasix schedule for Plainridge Park Sunday With the early 2 p.m. post time at Plainrdige Park on Sunday (July 26), horsemen are reminded that the Lasix schedule remains the same as other race days. Lasix horses must be on the grounds four hours before post time of their respective race and non-Lasix horses must be on the grounds three hours before post time of their respective race. Stall assignments will be available when you check in. Also please remember that the barn area will open at 8 a.m.  by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts 

Shartin N, the 2019 Horse of the Year, returns to harness racing action Saturday (July 18) in the $172,850 Dorothy Haughton Memorial for older female pacers at The Meadowlands Racetrack after missing a start because of a minor foot issue. The 7-year-old mare, unbeaten in two outings this season, was scratched from a conditioned race July 5 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Prior to the brief setback, Shartin N won an invitational for fillies and mares at Dover Downs on March 4 and an open handicap for fillies and mares at Yonkers Raceway on June 30. Her victory at Yonkers, where she lost a shoe during the race, came from post eight. "It's unfortunate she had to be scratched, but it was something that was easily taken care of," trainer Jim King Jr. said. "She's had a good week. She had a good group to train with - Soho Burning Love, Bettor Joy, Donttellmeagain - and showed her dominance. That was good because those are some pretty good ones." Shartin N is owned by Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and driver Tim Tetrick. She has won 36 of 45 career races and $2.07 million since arriving in the U.S. from New Zealand. King has been more than pleased with what he's seen from Shartin N in her limited action this year. "Oh my goodness, I don't know how she could have done it any better," King said. "Both times coming from off the pace and doing her job. It is special to have a horse like her. In so many ways, she's just ordinary, another horse. But in so many other ways, she's not." Shartin N will start the Dorothy Haughton Memorial (formerly the Golden Girls) from post two and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. Her training partners/stablemates Soho Burning Love A and Bettor Joy N also are in the race, with the former at 4-1 and the latter at 15-1. Kissin In The Sand, who has a 1:47.4 win from two starts, is the 7-2 second choice and Caviart Ally, last season's Breeders Crown Mare Pace winner, is 5-1. The Dorothy Haughton Memorial (race 10) is part of a stakes-laden slate at The Big M. Following is a look at the other stakes events on the card. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. (EDT). Race 2 - $40,000 Miss Versatility for trotting mares (third leg of series) Manchego, the season's fastest trotter thanks to her 1:50 win in the first round of the series, is the 4-5 morning-line favorite. She won her first two races of the campaign before a half-length setback to Atlanta in the Cutler Memorial on July 4. Plunge Blue Chip is the 4-1 second choice. Race 3 - $253,500 Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters Empire Breeders Classic winner Hypnotic AM is the 3-1 favorite, followed by W.N. Reynolds Memorial champ Sorella at 7-2 and returning Dan Patch Award winner Ramona Hill at 9-2. Sorella is No. 2 in Meadowlands announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian rankings and Hypnotic AM is No. 5. Race 4 - $142,250 Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters (division) Amigo Volo, coming off a win in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars and ranked No. 1 in the Road to the Hambletonian, is the 3-1 favorite. Big Oil, also a PA All-Stars winner, is 7-2 followed by returning Dan Patch Award winner Real Cool Sam at 4-1 in his seasonal debut. Six of the eight male trotters in the Road to the Hambletonian ratings are in this race: Amigo Volo, Back Of The Neck (No. 3), Real Cool Sam (4), Third Shift (6), Big Oil (7), and Synergy (10). Race 5 - $142,250 Stanley Dancer Memorial (division) Reynolds division runner-up Beads is the 3-1 favorite. EL Ideal, third behind Beads in their Reynolds split, is 7-2 and seasonal debuting Ready For Moni is 9-2. Beads and Ready For Moni are in the Road to the Hambletonian rankings, at eighth and ninth, respectively. Race 6 - $194,400 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers JK First Lady, coming off a 1:49.4 qualifier win, is the 3-1 favorite. She was third by a neck in her only start, June 26. Rocknificent, who won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes her last time out, is 7-2 and returning Dan Patch Award winner Lyons Sentinel, who was second to Rocknificent in the PASS, is 4-1 from post nine in an 11-horse field. Race 7 - $391,300 William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers Dancin Lou, who won a preliminary leg of the Graduate Series and was third in the final, is the 3-1 favorite. Roll With Joe Stakes champ Backstreet Shadow is 7-2 with Roll With Joe runner-up None Bettor A at 9-2. Race 8 - $464,900 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters A 13-horse field going 1-1/8 miles. Gimpanzee, 3-for-3 this year and fresh off a victory in the Graduate Series final, is the 3-1 favorite from post 13. Forbidden Trade, the 2019 Hambletonian winner, won a conditioned race last week at The Meadowlands and is 7-2. When Dovescry, who won the 2019 Hambletonian Oaks, is making her seasonal debut and is 9-2. Race 9 - $636,650 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old male pacers Tall Dark Stranger is the 7-5 favorite. Read more here. Race 11 - $123,100 William R. Haughton consolation Sintra is the 3-1 favorite followed by Geez Joe at 7-2 and Western Joe at 9-2. For Saturday's complete Big M entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

The first Top Ten Poll of the 2020 harness racing season came out today with the unbeaten four-year-old trotting stallion Gimpanzee on top of the leader poll. Last year's 2019 Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year, Shartin N, who was #1 in the Top Ten Poll the entire season, is undefeated after two starts yet was ranked #7 in the first poll of 2020. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 1 – 7/14/2020 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Gimpanzee (18) 4th 3-3-0-0 $168,750 310 -- 2 Atlanta (8) 5tm 3-2-1-0 $115,450 292 -- 3 Tall Dark Stranger (6) 3pc 2-2-0-0 $34,375 238 -- 4 Manchego 5tm 3-2-1-0 $73,975 209 -- 5 Hurrikane Emperor (1) 4ph 4-3-0-1 $158,750 199 -- 6 Hypnotic AM 3tf 2-2-0-0 $131,125 118 -- 7 Shartin N (2) 7pm 2-2-0-0 $41,500 77 -- 8 Backstreet Shadow 5pg 8-5-0-0 $158,270 72 -- 9 Sorella 3tf 3-3-0-0 $49,000 69 -- 10 Allywag Hanover 3pc 3-3-0-0 $32,216 67 -- ALSO: Love A Good Story 23; Kissin In The Sand 19; Odds On Sarasota, Workin Ona Mystery 18; Papi Rob Hanover 17; Action Uncle 16; Tattoo Artist 15; American Courage 14; Dancin Lou 13; Bet On Becky 11; Bllack Hole 10; Charlie May, Majestic Player A, Play Trix On Me 7; Bettor’s Wish, Grand Swan, Party Girl Hill, Winella Hanover 6; Caviart Ally, Guinevere Hall, Sintra, Southwind Amazon 5; Amigo Volo, Evenwood Sonofagun, Splash Brother, Swansea, Third Shift 4; Rockin The Aces, Soho Burning Love 3; It’s Academic, Tookadiveoffdipper, Windsong Leo 2; Back Of The Neck, Chin Chin Hall, Hey Livvy 1.    

CHESTER, PA - Harrah's Philadelphia will be hosting one of its strongest non-stakes harness racing cards in quite some time this Sunday afternoon, with three $20,000 events for the fast-class older horses set to go, topped by an appearance from the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, Shartin N. Now seven, Shartin N is a New Zealand import by Tintin In America, and she certainly has been a ruthless force at the very top of the older pacing female ranks in North America the last two years. She has won 43 of her 58 lifetime starts, and she has bankrolled $2,153,030, the vast majority of it for present owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. She is the fastest pacing mare of all-time by virtue of a 1:46.4 victory at The Meadowlands last year, and she also holds her division's track record at Philly, 1:48. Shartin N has been assigned the outside post in the field of eight - but she has shown he can handle tough starting assignments in the past. In fact, she showed that fact as recently as this past Tuesday, where she won from the eight post at Yonkers despite a grueling trip. Co-owner Tim Tetrick will again be guiding the champion for trainer Jim King Jr., the husband of another co-owner. Shartin N's race will be race ten on the fourteen race card. The first of the three $20,000 events, a handicap event for older male pacers in race three, will also find the favorite starting from post eight. His name is Dorsoduro Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere five-year-old gelding who has earned over $1.6 million, most of that during his three-year-old season, when he was named the top three-year-old pacing colt in North America. Yannick Gingras is listed to drive for trainer Ron Burke, with major opposition expected from the consistent Highalator and Shake That House, making his 2020 debut after a top campaign as a sophomore last year. The sixth race high-class trot finds a Canadian import, Run Director, accorded early favoritism. A son of Kadabra, Run Director comes to Philly from Woodbine Mohawk Park, where he has been triumphant in two of three seasonal races, including a 1:52.2 mile in his last start. To be driven by David Miller for trainer Andrew Harris, Run Director at his best would be right there with Eurobond, Muscle M Up, and other top contenders. The Sunday card at Philly Sunday is so good that Western Joe and Rock The Devil, both of whom have won in sub-1:50 this year, are part of the undercard! Post time for the first event is set for 12:40 p.m. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

Shartin N, the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, returned to defend her harness racing title in winning form once again, capturing the $33,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at Yonkers Raceway. It was just the second start of the 2020 season for Shartin N as she remains undefeated for trainer Jim King. Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick.  The fifth race feature started off with Snobby Town and driver George Brennan shooting out to the early lead with Cavairt Ally (Andrew McCarthy) leaving from post seven and settling on the lead as they went by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. They raced single file until the half mile marker in :57.2 and that is when Tetrick made his move from fourth place with Shartin N. The world champion mare moved up to collar Caviart Ally and start to pass her by at the three-quarters in 1:24.3. Unable to completely clear to the lead on the final turn, Shartin N kicked in another gear in the stretch and went on to win by one and one-half lengths over Snobbytown in 1:52. Caviart Ally was third.   Owned by Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N is a seven-year-old mare by Tintin In America and she paid $4.20 to win as the even money favorite. 2019 was a banner year for Shartin N as she won 15 of her 19 starts and $982,177 in purse earnings, leading toward her being named the Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Lifetime Shartin N has 43 career wins and $2.1 million in earnings. by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, N.Y. – One of the biggest rivalries in harness racing resumes with another round Tuesday night (June 30) at Yonkers Raceway as Horse of the Year Shartin and reigning Breeders Crown Pacing Mare Champion Caviart Ally headline the featured $33,000 filly and mare open handicap pace. The pair of star mares were assigned the outside post positions, with Caviart Ally starting from post seven for driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling while Jim King Jr.’s Shartin will start from post eight with Tim Tetrick. “I actually think when you’re racing in those divisional races, when you’re in a rivalry, a rivalry is by far the greatest thing we have in the sport. It’s great,” Pelling said. “You know the other horses inside and out, the drivers get to know the horses inside and out. I think it’s cool.”  With 20 rounds between Shartin and Caviart Ally completed to date, the record stands at 15-3 Shartin with only two occasions where another horse has won when they have both been in the field. However, Caviart Ally has proven victorious in three of the last four matchups: the Filly and Mare Allerage Pace at the Red Mile Oct. 6, the Breeders Crown Open Mares Pace Oct. 26, and the TVG FFA Mares Final Nov. 23, the pair’s most recent faceoff. “Last year, it took us different attempts at different ways of trying to beat Shartin. I’m not saying we figured it out, but we got better at it,” Pelling said. “It was trial and error on Andy’s part, my part, everyone’s part. We never gave up trying to beat her. “I think one of the big things was not going full gas out of the gate. We found that (Caviart Ally) was just better to be put in position rather than trying to out-speed (Shartin) because Shartin gets off the gate extra-good and they have a lot of speed, so they take advantage of that speed. If you have three horses that are trying to race the same way, something has to give.  “A lot of times, we were drawn outside of her, so you had work that little bit harder early and you’re put in the wrong spot, sitting in the two-hole,” Pelling continued. “The two-hole is not actually a good spot to race against Shartin because she’s so quick at the top of the lane, she’d just put a length on us and we’d never really get close enough. Getting away in the three or the four spot and being able to work up close to her, that seemed to help. Sometimes the two-hole is not the best place to be; they have you stuck where they want you and horses are so good these days, they only need an eighth-of-a-mile breather and they’re tough to beat.” While Shartin is a Yonkers veteran, owning seven victories in 10 local starts, including back-to-back Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Finals in 2018 and 2019, Tuesday night will mark Caviart Ally’s first start at the Hilltop since logging a pair of third-place finishes in the Lismore Pace Eliminations and Final in May 2017 for previous trainer Noel Daley. “I had nowhere else to race, it’s as simple as that,” Pelling said of the decision to enter at Yonkers.  Caviart Ally was entered multiple times at multiple tracks since her last start June 5 at the Meadowlands, but Yonkers proved to be the only venue carding a filly and mare open. As such, Pelling was not surprised when Shartin also showed up in the entries. “They had the same issue that we had, so I kind of expected that,” he said. “I nearly raced her the week before, but I just tried to time it a little bit as well. We always planned on racing there through the winter. She was in the Matchmaker, we had her all ready for the Matchmaker, that was a real goal. The best laid plans have gone awry this year I’m afraid.” Caviart Ally Caviart Ally, a 26-time winner and earner of $1.8 million for owner Caviart Farms, qualified twice in February before winning her 2020 debut in 1:49.4 in a $30,000 filly and mare preferred at the Meadowlands March 6. She was entered in the first leg of the Matchmaker March 13, the same week racing halted at Yonkers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no way of knowing when racing would be allowed to resume, Pelling kept Caviart Ally in training throughout the interruption.  “We never missed a day, we just kept right on going,” Pelling said. “I didn’t bike them up and go (1:) 53 or any of that stuff, I just couldn’t do that. We basically treated every day as if it was an off week and just let her cruise along, just keeping her on hold. I never buzzed her or anything. She had a good time; for a horse, it was a good time. It might have been a bit boring, but she definitely wasn’t put under any stress.” Pelling describes Caviart Ally as “a machine” and says the most difficult part of training her is managing her weight. “Every time I look at her, I think she’s carrying twins. People that see her can’t believe she’s a racehorse because she carries so much condition,” he said. “She thrives on racing because she’ll just eat anything. She’s one of the best eaters you’ve ever seen in your life,” Pelling said. “Keeping the weight off of her is always the goal, it’s really nothing else; no soundness issues, no health issues, it’s all about keeping the weight off her. She was all up and ready to go in March and she really hasn’t done a lot. You can only train them so much.” Caviart Ally qualified behind Kissin In The Sand May 30 before finishing third behind the same rival upon her return to racing in a $22,500 filly and mare preferred at the Meadowlands June 5. While Kissin In The Sand dictated the pace in that start, Caviart Ally was followed the cover of Imprincessgemma, who never got closer than 1 3/4 lengths of Kissin In The Sand. Although Caviart Ally closed with a :25.4 final quarter after kicking off the cover, she could not make up the ground. “She got away fourth, she got away in the right spot and then a horse who was (10-1) pulled in front of her and basically just got in her way,” Pelling said. “She would have been much, much better just coming first-over and I think if she had got to Kissin In The Sand’s wheel, it would have been a dogfight, but she just never got close enough.” Caviart Ally tuned up with a 1:51 qualifying win at the Meadowlands June 20 ahead of her return to Yonkers.  Like Caviart Ally, Shartin had one start in March ahead of a planned attempt at a third conquest of the Matchmaker Series. Shartin earned a neck victory in 1:50 in a $50,000 filly and mare invitational at Dover Downs March 4 before the shutdown hit. She qualified twice for her return Tuesday night, scoring a 2-length win in 1:53.3 at Magical Acres training center June 3 and another qualifying win in 1:51 at Harrah’s Philadelphia June 18. Owned by Poillucci, King, and Tetrick, Shartin is a 42-time winner and earner of $2.1 million. In addition to the two heavyweights, Tuesday night’s pacing feature also includes last week’s winner Snobbytown, who drew post three for George Brennan and Ron Burke, and last week’s runner up Imprincessgemma, who will start from post five for the Bongiornos. Machnhope scored a 1:51.4 victory in a local $20,250 overnight June 23 and will start from post four for Dexter Dunn and Noel Daley. Delishka, Sandy Win, and Anytime complete the field.  “I’d just like to stay in front of Shartin, that’s all,” Pelling said. “I’m sure that will mean moving forward. (Caviart Ally) will get around there like a hoop around a barrel. She won the Jugette, so I’m not concerned about how she gets around there or anything. She’ll be fine. She also has a long stakes season coming up, so this is another race, and it’s a race because we need to race. “It’s a good race. I’m really thankful to Yonkers for going with the filly and mare open,” Pelling continued. “No one else is. For a Tuesday night, I can guarantee you that the harness racing world will be watching Yonkers, and I think that’s a good thing. Good on them for doing that.” The amended Yonkers Raceway calendar will see live harness racing conducted Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights until July 2. Beginning the week of July 6, the schedule will add Friday nights. Saturday night racing will resume the week of July 20 as the track returns to its normal five night per week schedule through Dec. 19. First post time is 7:05 p.m. The complete revised racing calendar is available online here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

CHESTER PA - 2019 Harness Horse of the Year Shartin N stuck to her recent off-the-pace tactics in a Thursday morning qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia, but she still devastated her field in a snappy 1:51 over a "good +1" oval. Driver Tim Tetrick had the daughter of Tintin In America in fourth, five lengths off the lead in a :55.3 half, then turned her loose down the backstretch, and she rocketed up in :26.3 to grab the lead before the three-quarters, drawing clear by 2¾ lengths. The Kiwi import may be approaching a career peak in short order for trainer Jim King Jr. and owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. Most of the other attention during the Philly a.m. session was paid to two-year-olds, the vast majority of whom were making their first trips behind the gate--and perhaps appropriately on a day when Shartin N raced here, both the trotting and pacing divisions saw a filly post the fastest clocking. The most impressive winner among the freshmen was Dancethenightaway, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Mikayla Rose who pulled the pocket and gained into :56 - :27.1 back fractions to get up by a head in 1:57.1 over Easy To Please. Trainer/driver Andrew Stafford is also a co-owner along of the fast distaff with Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, and Holly Case. The other two divisions of the two-year-old pacing filly events fell to Team Tetrick / King, with both winners kicking home in :27.2 - Sniper Hanover (Captaintreacherous - Snippet Hanover) in 1:58.3 and Lady Newton (Sweet Lou - I'm Sassy) in 2:01.4. Quickest of the young pacing males was the Roll With Joe - Shawnee Dancer colt Dancing Joe, who came his personal back half in :56.4 to freeze the timer at 1:58.3 at the finish for driver Tony Morgan and owner/trainer Chris Temming. Among trotters, the Donato Hanover - Dream Child filly You Ato Dream blasted home in :29.1 to win her bow in 2:02. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory is also a co-owner in the promising miss with William Richardson, George Romanoff, and Martin Garey. Success in the events for trotting males went to the Donato Hanover - Fortune Of Fables colt in 2:03.3 for driver George Dennis and trainer Joe Columbo, along with the Bar Hopping - Up Front Annika gelding Ginger Tree Knox in 2:03.4 and trainer/driver Steve Cook. Harrah's Philadelphia will present its first pari-mutuel card of the year this Sunday at 12:40. The other three cards in the normal four-day racing week will be held Wednesday through Friday at 12:25. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 9, 2020--Post positions have been drawn for the opening rounds of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker and MGM Borgata Pacing Series. Friday night (March 13th) offers three, $40,000 Matchmaker divisions (races 2, 4 and 6) for the premier mares...and it didn't take long for Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, post 1) and Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, post 5) to get acquainted, both drawing into the first grouping. The two-time defending series champ---and current Horse of the Year--Shartin N returns to town for her first visit since winning last season's finale, included in a 42-for-57, $2.1 million career resume. The 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Tintin in America began her season with a 1:50 flat win at Dover. 'Ally' also wasted no time getting her picture taken in 2020, a 1:49.4 effort across the river. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight enters with 26 wins in 73 career starts ($1.8 million). Friday night's second division includes last season's Matchmaker runner-up, Bettor Joy N (Tetrick, post 4) and Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, post 6). Both ladies find their way back from Delaware for this series, having finished third (Apple Bottom Jeans) and fourth (Bettor Joy N), respectively, to Shartin N a week ago. The final Matchmaker get-together is led by Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., post 2), a 7-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight miss fresh off a 10-win, $263,000 2019 season. Saturday night (March 14th) finds four consecutively-contested, $50,000 Borgata (nee George Morton Levy Memorial) divisions, going as races 5 through 8. The opening event of Free-For-All lads features the rock-solid None Bettor A (Tetrick, post 2) meeting up with Rodeo Rock (Eric Goodell, post 4) and millionaire-in-waiting Sintra (George Brennan, post 7). The second division is led by the series champ of a year ago, Western Fame (Dan Dube, post 7). The 7-year-old son of Western Ideal won seven races and in excess of $704,000 last season. Saturday night's third Borgata event includes weekly Local Open Handicap standout Jack's Legend N (Jason Bartlett, post 4), Trump Nation (Brennan, post 6) and Lyons Steel (Pat Lachance, post 7). The fourth and final grouping goes through the red-hot Backstreet Shadow (Tetrick, post 2), who eyes a fifth consecutive victory, the first four all down at Dover. Both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Borgata offer five preliminary rounds leading to finals set for Saturday night, Apr. 18th. Early program pages for the Friday/Saturday series races accompany this release. Changes shall be made Tuesday night (March 10th). For the fields for the Matchmaker For the fields for the MGM Borgata Pacing Series by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

When you are voted Harness Horse of the Year, there are no easy races, even when you are making your first start of a new harness racing season. Such was the case for 2019 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Shartin N, who was able to close from last place at the top of the stretch to win in her 2020 debut at Dover Downs Wednesday. The special $50,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace saw Write Me A Song (Yannick Gingras) go out to take early control of the race with Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) getting the two-hole pocket trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. There was no movement as the field passed the half mile in :55.1 and then things began to take shape in the backstretch. Bettor Joy N (Victor Kirby) came first-over and that flushed Callahan with Apple Bottom Jeans out of the two-hole as they went by the three-quarters in 1:22.1. Meanwhile, Major Occasion A (Andy McCarthy) was on the outside second tier with Shartin N and driver Tim Tetrick still in last place but fanning out four-wide to mount their challenge. Apple Bottom Jeans was able to wear down Write Me A Song, then take command starting down the stretch. It was then that both Major Occasion A and Shartin N each kicked-in another gear and Shartin N was the fastest of all, winning by a long neck in 1:50. Major Occasion A was second with Apple Bottom Jeans third.   “Last year I sent her to the front a lot,” said Tim Tetrick. “This time I told Jimmy (King) that I was taking her back and coming late and she got the job done tonight. She just showed how truly great she is.” Trained by Jim King, Jr. for owners Richard Polliucci, JoeAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N, now age seven, is sired by Tintin In America and paid $2.60 to win as the overwhelming favorite. “I don’t know how it can be any better than this,” King said in reference to Shartin N both winning tonight and winning Horse of the Year honors. “Especially the way she raced tonight. Here we go again, I hope.” Shartin N will next race at Yonkers Raceway in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. The tenth race $27,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace saw Moments Of Joy and driver Victor Kirby leave like a rockets from post eight to take the early lead with Valuable Art (Corey Callahan) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :26.2. Content to race Indian-style past the half mile in :55.3, it was not until the field reached the backstretch that Anytime N and driver Art Stafford, Jr. pulled from third place on the rail and came first-over to challenge Moments Of Joy for control of the lead. Past the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Anytime N started to wear down Moments Of Joy and Stafford got his mare to clear to the lead as they started down the stretch. Then, from last place, fanning four-wide on the final turn was Soho Burning Love A and driver Tim Tetrick. Try as they did, eating up ground in the stretch, they came up a head short to Anytime N, who stopped the teletimer in 1:51. Moments Of Joy was third.   It was a lifetime mark and the fifth win in her last six starts for Anytime N. The six-year-old mare by Bettors Delight is trained by Dylan Davis for owner Kalman Saul Liebowitz of Westlake Village, CA. She paid $10.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Dover, DE - Jack Vernon cruised to victory in the Winners Over Select Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick confidently sent the 3/5 race favorite Jack Vernon to the front.  Tetrick was able to control the race and set fractions of 27.4, :57 to the half and three-quarters in 1:25. Home’N Dry gladly sat in the pocket. The field remained in single file until Bluebird Jesse pulled at the halfway point.  Allan Davis sent his charge 1st over but his bid stalled on the outside.  Filled Donut was forced to trot three wide at the three quarter station, as time was running out. Sheez On A Cruze remained on the rail. In the stretch, it was all Jack Vernon as he trotted to victory in 1:53.2.   He won by a handy, length and a quarter as the three to five race favorite. Jack Vernon (Muscle Hill -Vernon Blue Chip-Sir Taurus) is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr.  Dylan Davis was the winning trainer. Home’N Dry finished a non-threatening second for trainer Brian Malone and driver Tyler Davis. Jamin Jack sat on the rail and picked up the show spot for trainer and driver Victor Kirby. Shartin N returns to the races in the $50,000 Mares Invitational on Wednesday night.  It will be the 12th race on the card.  Backstreet Shadow and Jesse Duke N collide in the $50,000 Invitational pace at Dover Downs on Thursday.  Both pacers have won three races in a row.   Backstreet Shadow, trained by Ron Burke, earned his victories at Dover Downs and has been assigned post 8.  In two of his wins he paced in under 1:49.4 Jesse Duke N, who dominated his fields at the Meadowlands, is trained by Chris Ryder and drew post 7. He paced his last quarters in 26 flat in all three victories. Bettor Memories finished 2nd to Backstreet Shadow and took a lifetime mark at Dover Downs.  He must be considered. Franco Totem N and Harambe Deo ship in from the Meadowlands where they raced  against Preferred company. They must be respected. The field assembled is as follows.   Trojan Banner N Bettor Memories Ideal Feeling Shnitzledosomethin Franco Totem N Harambe Deo Jesse Duke N Backstreet Shadow Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

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