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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

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

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

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    

Yirribee Pacing Stud sire Tintin In America's bonny daughter Shartin N cemented her position as the No 1 harness racing mare in North America when she led throughout in the $US137,000 Artiscape in 1:49.1 at Tioga Downs, New York. It was her 13th win from 14 starts this year which includes her eighth Stakes success. She has banked $US857,052 in 2019. Former Canadian 2YO of the Year Warrawee Needy is leaving some smart youngsters in Canada this year. They include the filly Capistrano (1:53.8) and the gelding Noch Ten (1:55). Million Dollar Cam, the Little Brown Jug champion, left two fast winners in NSW in the three-year-old Kyle Shannon (1:59.5, Bathurst) and Chubbs (1:57.2, Wagga). Caribbean Blaster sired a 'new' three-year-old winner In Caribbean Rocket and has now left 16 individual three-year-old winners to date this season, while Lombo Pocket Watch's son Mighty Moke Lombo won in a career-best 1:55.7 at Young. A pair of Yirribee Pacing Stud bred winners for the week were the three-year-old Hudsen, who notched his sixth win from 11 starts at Ballarat, and the Tamworth winner For Me. Tintin In America, Warrawee Needy, Million Dollar Cam, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of the powerful Yirribee Stud sire roster which also includes Lazarus, Lennytheshark and Fear The Dragon. By Peter Wharton          

Announcer Ken Warkentin exclaimed, "It doesn't get any better than that!" and you'd be hard pressed to argue. After doing virtually nothing wrong since arriving in North America, Shartin N is now the fastest female pacer in the history of harness racing with a jaw-dropping performance in the 2019 Lady Liberty Final on Hambletonian Day (August 3) at The Meadowlands. Driver Tim Tetrick was playing no games on Saturday afternoon, leaving alertly from the rail along with Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan). Sensing danger, Tetrick protected his position after Apple Bottom Jeans cleared and popped pocket to clear back to the lead through a :26 opening quarter. Post 10 starter Kissin In The Sand (David Miller) couldn't find a spot on the rail and was forced to press on, with Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) second over and Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy) locked in third along the rail. The field continued in this order through a :53.4 half and 1:21 third station. At this point, Youaremycandygirl tipped three-wide with third over Shower Play (Dan Dube) following that move. Coming into the stretch, it would appear that Caviart Ally would get room to make a bid, and she did. However, at that moment Tetrick gave Shartin the word and she absolutely exploded with pace. After a mile without a real rest, Shartin shot home in :25.4 to trip the teletimer in a world record 1:46.4. Caviart Ally closed in futile chase of the leader but held second over a hard-charging Shower Play. The mile time shaved one-fifth of a second off the existing standard for distaff pacers, set by Shebestingin at The Red Mile in 2013. "If there's a freak out there, she's it," said a smiling Tetrick after the record win. "I don't know how fast she can go...she wasn't done there, I never untucked my whip. Right now she's just so much fun to drive, she's getting smarter and she's just on her game." Tetrick co-owns Shartin N (Tintin In America - Bagdarin) along with Richard Poillucci of North Easton, Mass. and Joann Looney King of Harrington, Del. The Jim King Jr.-trained six-year-old now boasts 12 wins in 13 seasonal outings, and the win pushes her purse earnings just shy of the double millionaire mark at $1,967,295. Courtesy of Standardbred Canada

Welcome to a new regular harness racing segment on Harnesslink "Down Under winners" with Carter Dalgety. This weekly article will be posted on Monday afternoons and will highlight recent "Down Under" winners during the previous week of racing in North America. Highlight of last week was Shartin N winning the Golden Girls TVG FFA Mares Open at the Meadowlands. Regular pilot and leading harness racing driver, Tim Tetrick steered the daughter of Tintin In America home to grab her 10th win of the season and take her season earnings to $605,756 US. The 5yo Down Under Mare was raced in Australia by Victorian trainer Dean Braun. She was the winner of the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks, and the Group 2 Queensland Oaks in Australia before heading to the US. She is trained and prepared now by trainer Jim King Jnr. Champion New Zealand Trotter Speeding Spur N qualified at The Meadowlands on Saturday in 1:52.1 for Driver Tim Tetrick and Trainer Linda Toscano. Previously prepared by John and Joshua Dickie, Speeding Spur was the winner of over 1.1 Million and nine Group 1s in New Zealand and Australia. Friday 12th July   Bangor Raceway ME Delightful Offer N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,000 Meadowlands NY Change Stride N – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $12,500 Northfield Park OH Macy Blue Chip N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $4,000 Saratoga Harness NY Pasultimatedelite N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $8,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Better B Chevron N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $46,000 Lovin Miss Daisy N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $24,000   Saturday 13th July   Buffalo Raceway NY Harry Hoo N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $10,000 Lightning Raider N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $4,400 Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Shards Halo N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $16,000 Meadowlands NJ Shartin N – Time: 2:02.1 (1 1/8 Miles), Mile Rate 1:48, Stake: $179, 550 Saratoga Harness NY Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake, $9,100 Military Master A – Time: 1:51.2, Stake, $15,000 Solid Asa Rock A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake, $10,000 Scarborough Downs ME Bettors Fire N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake, $25,000 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Soho Wallstreet A – Time: 1:50.2, Stake, $21,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Machiatto A – Time: 1:51.2, Stake, $18,500 Imrockonrollegend N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake, $24,000   Sunday 14th July   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Quick Fun N – Time: 1.52.1, Stake, $7,000 Billy Badger N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake, $14,500 None Bettor A – Time: 1:49.4, Stake, $30,000 - Down Under Trifecta, 2nd Our Max Phactor N, 3rd Mister Ohanzee A Tiger Thompson N – Time: 1:49.4, Stake, $18,000 Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN Five Card Draw N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake, $13,500 Tioga Downs NY Steel The Deal N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake, $9,000 Kotare Yael N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake, $5,500   Monday 15th July   Ocean Downs MD Hollywood Sign A – Time: 1:55.4, Stake, $5,000 Plainridge Park MA New World Order A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake, $8,500 Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake, $14,000 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Tact Tate N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake, $11,000 The Meadows PA Fiery Lustre N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake, $6,600 Yonkers Raceway NY Benhope Rulz N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake, $29,000   Tuesday 16th July   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Miss Irish Rose A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake, $11,000 Sally Fletcher A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake, $8,500 Shady Secret A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake, $12,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Milady Denver A – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $13,500 Simply Sensational N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $13,500 January A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $18,500   Wednesday 17th July   Monticello Raceway NY Power Dreaming N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,000 Northfield Park OH Make A Statement A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $4,000 Supreme Mach N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $5,500   Thursday 18th July   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Backup A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $6,500 Plainridge Park MA Rockn Ruby N – Time: 1:53.5, Stake: $8,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Threedee Delight A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $13,500 Beyondthesilence N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $13,500 Firebby A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $18,500   Friday 19th July   Bangor Raceway ME Shez Sugarsweet A – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $5,000 Bettors Fire N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $20,000 Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Mitch Maguire N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $10,000 Yonkers Raceway NY Soho Jackman A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $19,500 Heez Orl Black N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $24,000 Miss You N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $24,000 Gold Orchid N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $30,000   Saturday 20th July   Buffalo Raceway NY Lightning Raider N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $6,400 In Runaway Bay N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $11,000 Meadowlands NJ Constntlysidewys A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $11,250 Northfield Park OH Rycroft N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $8,700 Saratoga Harness NY Eclipse Me N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $25,000 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Stormont Czar A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $11,000 Havefaithinme N – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $17,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Gunpowder N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $24,000 Machiatto A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake, $24,000   by Carter Dalgety

MILTON, ON -- Sent the 1-5 harness racing favourite, Shartin N strolled to the lead and faced little challenge when winning the $330,000 Roses Are Red final in 1:49 on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Driver Tim Tetrick sent the six-year-old Tintin In America mare to the top while Caviart Ally sat second into a :25.4 opening quarter. Tequila Monday sat third into the backstretch with Seaswift Joy N stalking fourth before getting flushed first over by Shartin N's stablemate Bettor Joy N. Shartin N continued on the front uncontested into a :54.4 half and passed three-quarters in 1:22.2 with Seaswift Joy N not advancing wide of pocket-sitter Caviart Ally. Through the stretch Shartin N kept course and cruised to a length-and-a-quarter victory over Tequila Monday sliding through the cones for second and Caviart Ally chasing in third. "I had a spot where I wanted to go in and get control, and she does the rest," Tetrick said after the race. "She's pretty easy to drive now; she'll let me relax on the lead and she just keeps going until somebody comes up on her she really likes to fight." Shartin N Now compiling $1,726,155 in earnings, Shartin N collected her 34th victory. The Jim King Jr. trainee races for owners Richard Poillucci, Joann Looney King and Tim Tetrick LLC. She paid $2.50 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Mohawk Park  

Now that the 2018 harness racing season is drawing to a close, the debate over whether McWicked or Shartin N should receive Horse of the Year honors is boiling over. Both are incredible racehorses coming off of career seasons. Both are deserving. Only one will win the honor!   What is amazing is that in a year in which the 3-year-old trotting filly Atlanta (by Chapter Seven) achieved the rare feat of beating the colts in the Hambletonian, and the 2-year-old trotting filly and colt champions both went undefeated and appear to be budding superstars (both by Chapter Seven), that it is a foregone conclusion that Horse of the Year honors will go to Shartin N or McWicked.   Shartin N (by Tintin In America who is by McArdle) raced 24 times in 2018, winning an amazing 19 times against a stellar group of North America's best pacing mares. No horse or mare won more races in 2018! She won over US$1,098,000, an amazing feat for a natural 4-year-old until late October of the year! This is even more special given Shartin N only arrived in North America from New Zealand in December 2017. She raced from mid January thru late November, always at top form....a training achievement that should afford the Jim King Jr. and Joanne Looney King training duo accolades they richly deserve.    In two of the five losses,  Shartin N broke at the start, in another race she choked - each time fighting early driver restraint. So  Shartin N was only beaten twice in 2018 races in which she got away cleanly!   McWicked (by McArdle), a 7-year-old, raced 19 times in 2018, with 11 wins, for 2018 earnings of over US$1,662,000. He raced and won on all size tracks against the best free for all horses in North America. He dominated much like Shartin N dominated! He raced from mid May thru late November, a shorter season than Shartin N's but a full and tough campaign. Trainer Casie Coleman managed him exceptionally. Shartin N's best winning time was 1:48.2 at Lexington, McWicked's was 1:46.2 at Lexington.   So which horse deserves more the award that each deserves??   McWicked wins Allerage Farms Open Pace ($179,000) in 1.46,2 at Red Mile. Lazarus 2nd   Shartin N winning the Allerage Farms Pace in 1:48.2 It is so hard to say! Perhaps the slight edge goes to  Shartin N because, as a true 4-year-old mare racing against more seasoned and accomplished North American mares, she did what few have been able to do.    Perhaps also the level of competition that  McWicked faced was unusually light compared to typical North American FFA years. Lazarus N was only himself for a few starts and beat McWicked twice and the rest of the group had seen their best days or were just not truly top class....perhaps what Shartin N did was historic, while what  McWicked did was merely dominant....But FFA is more high profile than is the pacing mare division and historically voters favor the FFA Star, renowned trainers like Casie Coleman, and horses with prior records of stardom!        Close call!   Great subject for debate!   Two world champions!      WHICH WAY WOULD YOU GO??

Saturday night's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel was the $35,400 Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series Final. Young pacers had two legs to gather points towards Saturday's Final and only one of the series' participants swept those legs. Arch Hanover recorded victories in 1:53.4 in each leg of the series and rode a five-race win streak into Saturday's Final. In leg two, the Monica Krist trainee squared off in the stretch with New Zealand invader Kiwi Tintin N (Tintin In America) who had been undefeated in three starts in the USA. Those two geldings did battle in the lane before Arch Hanover emerged victorious. Kiwi Tintin N drew post eight in that start which served as his first defeat since the trek from down under. What seemed last week to be a Final preview proved to be just that as in Saturday's rematch, the same two talent pacers slugged it out to the wire. Kiwi Tintin N cruised out to a relatively easy lead with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. After clocking a first half in 56.3, the 2-5 betting favorite Kiwi Tintin N checked in at three quarters in 1:25 as Arch Hanover (Billy Dobson) closed in. This week, Kiwi Tintin N had enough to hold off his rival and stopped the timer in 1:53.4 over a track labeled 'good.' Though Arch Hanover's win streak was snapped, the four year old was a strong second in the Final. Longshot Charlie Call Home (Pete Lancaster) came on to finish third and vaulted a chalky $7.20 exacta to a hefty $132.50 triple. With the win, the Paul Zabielski trainee added his name to the list of previous Gary Kamal Memorial Pace winners that is now comprised of Twin B Spy, Bell I No, Stirling Electra, Carolina Beach and Kiwi Tintin N. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

DOVER, Del. --- Shartin N stepped up to the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap on Wednesday, Feb. 7 for a 1:52.3 triumph ending long win streaks for two harness racing rivals over a sloppy track at Dover Downs.    . The five-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin won for the fourth straight time, including her last race Down Under, ending Divas Image and Terror At Night’s three wins-in-a-row. With Tim Tetrick at the controls, Shartin N pealed three-wide around the final turn to take the lead on the way to a 1:52.3 victory. Scandalicious (Jonathan Roberts) moved closer to $500,000 lifetime earnings, finishing second with Divas Image (Tony Morgan) third. Enhance Your Mind was scratched. Shartin N joins several others owned by Richard Pollucci and JoAnn Looney King as a top-class performer in the Jim King Stable. On the undercard: Moments Of Joy , owned and trained by Bryan Truitt with Vic Kirby driving equaled her lifetime record of 1:54 besting Goin Again (Vince Copeland) at the wire for her second consecutive win and fourth in her last six to win the $15,000 Mares pace. The Lion Sleeps (Russell Foster) was third. Moments Of Joy is a four-year-old by Western Terror-Joy Luck Hall. Montrell Teague guided Use Your Noodle to her fourth win in her last six races registering a 1:53 victory in a $13,000 distaff pace. Henry Faragalli III, Feeney, Johnson and Nanticoke Racing own the five-year-old Artzina-Lo Gophobia mare who held off a determined challenge by Duneside Chella (Kirby) by a half-length. Skateboard Chic (Russell Foster) was the show finisher. Tetrick had a triple while Teague and Callahan made the winner’s circle twice.   MISSLE J, SOMETIMES SAID, SICILY HEAD DOVER $27,500 THURSDAY Missle J, last week’s 1:50 winner of the $27,500 Preferred- Open/Handicap returns to meet emerging speedster Sometimes Said, a 1:49.3 winner of a sub-feature and Sicily, a 2017 standout,  among the seven speedballs in this week’s feature on another standout 13-race card at Dover Downs on Thursday, Feb. 8. John McGill and Brian Carsey’s Missle J, with Tim Tetrick turned in a wire-to-wire victory last week and faces Bobby  Glassmeyer’s Sometimes Said, who stepped up after his sixth consecutive win, even faster, a week ago. There is plenty of opposition headed by Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sicily, who closed out last December with a font-pacing 1:48.4 performance, with Montrell Teague at the controls. Cajon Lightning is another hard-hitter with regular driver Art Stafford Jr. back in the bike. Eric Ell trains for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisik Farms. Rich Pollucci’s Baileys Rock N has won six times with Tim Tetrick in his last eight races with two close-up seconds during that spell, Mike Hall and Dave Hamm’s Super Imposed N drew the rail with Corey Callahan while the only newcomer Jennifer Bongiorno Stable’s Gratian Hanover reports from Yonkers but must start from post 7. Three in the $18,000 4-Year-Old Open/Handicap seek to extend win streaks: George Teague Jr.’s fast Daiymir (Montrell Teague), with three in-a-row, JoAnn Loone-King’s Q’s Cruise (Tetrick) off a Meadowlands win and George&Tina Dennis’ Nothwest Yankee (Mike Cole), a 1:51.4 winner last week. Nine start in the last race on the strong 19-race card going for a $19,000 purse in a highly competitive $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicap: For the second straight week, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway (Callahan), a winner last Thursday, starts from the outside, post 8. Chief contenders are Arty Foster II and Wanda May Saulsbury’s sharp Whirl Monroe (Kirby), Mildred Ventriglio’s fast finishing Reggiano (Morgan), and Arty Foster’s Legion Of Boom (Russell Foster), On a solid undercard are a $16,000, two $14,500 and three $13,000 paces. Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Live racing each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Brilliant harness racing mare Shartin has been sold. The Queensland Oaks heroine will do her future racing in North America after being purchased by Massachusetts businessman Richard Poillucci for a hefty six figure sum. Previously prepared by Dean Braun, the Tintin In America filly will join fellow former 'down under' stars Nike Franco and Christen Me in the Delaware stables of Jo Ann Looney-King. Nike Franco was also previously prepared by Braun and has amassed earnings in excess of $350,000 this season alone on North American soil while Christen Me has amassed more than $100,000 since being sold earlier this year. The latest member of the 10,000 win club, champion reinsman Tim Tetrick, will be the new driver of Shartin. And just like her new stablemates, Shartin boasts outstanding big race credentials. The sale of Shartin was orchestrated by respected Auckland based agent John Curtin after months of negotiations. "The talent this filly possesses is very obvious and she looks like she has so much upside and that should auger well for her future in North America. All connections are satisfied and I’m really looking forward to seeing her race up there.” Curtin said. Shartin has not raced since finishing a terrific second behind star New Zealand colt (The) More The Better in the Queensland Derby at Albion Park on July 15. Her victory in the Queensland Oaks came two starts ago while she also claimed the Tasmanian Oaks at Launceston on March 19. But her most impressive display was recorded at her home track of TABCORP Park, Melton back on June 17 when parking outside subsequent Gr.1 winner Jilliby Kung Fu in a sparkling time of 1;52.5. "I've always said this filly is one of the best that I've trained and I firmly believe the best is still to come, she's an elite talent," Braun said. "Since being back in work following her break, I think she has improved and matured into a lovely mare. There's a real difference now compared to the end of her three-year-old campaign." He added. Shartin has won 7 times from 13 starts while banking more than $105,000 in stakes to date. The New Zealand bred mare is booked to fly out on November 18. Chris Barsby Shartin - Queensland Oaks Shartin - Melton 17th of June  

Star harness racing filly Shartin is chasing history. The dual Oaks winner will take her spot in the $75,000 AQWA Constructions Queensland Derby at Albion Park this Saturday night. Fresh from her dominant front-running display in last week's Queensland Oaks, trainer Dean Braun has elected to tackle the boys in the blue riband classic. Historically, the girls just don't seem to beat the boys. New Zealand filly Oaxaca Lass (2002) is the only member of the fairer sex to win the Queensland Derby, a race first staged back in 1969. Amazingly, Oaxaca Lass didn't win the Oaks feature prior to her Derby triumph; she played the runners-up role when second behind local filly Sparkling Melody while the vanquished also included the likes of Elect To Live and Sassy Sarah. So, Shartin is looking at becoming the first Queensland Oaks/Derby heroine. “I was very happy with her performance last week, while the lead time was steady it was the last mile that really pleased me and she was completely dominant at the line and Luke (McCarthy – driver) confirmed that immediately after the race.” Braun said. The Tintin In America filly will start from gate two in the 2680m feature while race favourite The More The Better starts off the second-line. And Braun is confident about the extra distance this week. “I’m not concerned about the distance, I think the longer the better for her and she proved that when successful in the Tasmanian Oaks earlier this season. While she has a very high cruising speed, she can stick a bit too given she’s out of a Live Or Die mare. “With a good draw, we should be fairly handy again and that gives Luke plenty of options. Obviously, The More The Better is the horse to beat and he looked sharp again last week but hopefully we can be right there matching it with him. “Since returning from a break, she’s proven she can compete with the very best fillies and she’s still on the way up. I’ve trained some nice fillies and mares like Nike Franco, Pacific Playgirl and Itz Nosurprisesthere among others and I’m not certain they could do what this filly is doing right now.” Shartin is not eligible for the Australasian Breeders Crown next month in Melbourne and therefore, the Queensland Derby start is likely to be her final race this term. While Braun is yet to train a Queensland Derby winner, driver McCarthy is chasing his fifth success. His winners include Slipnslide (2004), Tip Your Hat (2006), For A Reason (2010) and Bling It On (2014). Goulburn filly My Casino Belle, a runner-up behind Shartin last week in the Queensland Oaks is also backing up but has drawn poorly. Trained and driven by Brad Hewitt, My Casino Belle will start from gate 13, the outside of the second-line. The Queensland Derby is listed as Race 4 on the program. Chris Barsby

The second night of the 2017 Brisbane harness racing winter carnival at Albion Park belonged to the Victorians. Brilliant filly Shartin dominated the Gr.2 $75,000 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks when leading all the way for trainer Dean Braun and driver Luke McCarthy defeating My Casino Belle and race favourite Partyon in the 2138m feature. Shartin led comfortably from her inside draw and ambled through the lead time in 38.9 seconds with My Casino Belle tucking into the trail position while Partyon pushed forward to race outside the leader and then presenting Delightful Memphis in the one out one back trail. Over the final mile, McCarthy allowed Shartin to roll and posted sectionals of 29.8, 29.9, 27.9 and 26.4 seconds. Shartin rated 2:32.9, a mile rate of 1:55.1. Facing the starter for only the ninth time in her career, the Tintin In America filly has now won six times which also includes her triumph in the Tasmania Oaks earlier this season. The Queensland Oaks has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Braun who has enjoyed success previously with Itz Nosurprisesthere (2013) and Nike Franco (2014). It is expected that both Shartin and My Casino Belle will back-up next week and tackle the boys in the Queensland Derby. Speed machine Hectorjayjay claimed back to back victories in the Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint defeating My Field Marshal and Lennytheshark in a time of 1:54.1. The time is one of the slowest in recent years; in fact, it’s the slowest time since the incomparable Blacks A Fake scored in 2011 in a time of 1:54.5. Leading easily, Hectorjayjay and driver Josh Aiken strolled through the opening half in 29.4 and 30.8 seconds which instantly nullified the winning chances of his rivals. My Field Marshal worked around the field quickly and raced outside Hectorjayjay while Lennytheshark sat behind his stablemate. Racing down the back straight, Hectorjayjay was full of racing and the third split was timed in a leisurely 29.2 seconds. In the straight, the sprint went into overdrive and Hectorjayjay was able to hold My Field Marshal by a neck margin with Lennytheshark a further 6m away in third. The last quarter was clocked in 25.7 seconds. Hectorjayjay is prepared by David Aiken and was handled by his son Josh. The victory pushed his earnings past the $1 million mark. It was his 41st victory from 78 starts. Hectorjayjay becomes the first pacer since Cobbity Classic (2005/06) to claim back to back victories in the sprint feature. Next week, the open class feature is the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake over the staying distance of 2680m. The More The Better, nominal favourite for next week’s Queensland Derby capped his campaign with another stylish display in the Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Provincial Derby defeating Pretty Hot and Cowboys N Aliens. Fresh from his success last week in the Premiers Cup, The More The Better and driver Natalie Rasmussen sat back in the field while the leaders set a hot speed up front. In the end, the Bettors Delight colt proved too classy winning by 6m in a time of 1:55.2 for the 2138m distance. The $20,540 Burwood Stud Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes was taken out by talented local mare Cherish The Moment who beat race favourite Bettorthanspecial and Joys A Babe in a time of 1:53.9. Cherish The Moment is trained and driven by leading horseman Grant Dixon. The Mach Three mare has now won 13 of her 40 starts with earnings in excess of $120,000. Next week, the features include the $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake, the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Finals and the Gr.2 $75,000 Queensland Derby. Chris Barsby

Plans for classy three-year-old filly Shartin are in limbo. The Tasmanian Oaks winner made a triumphant return to the harness racing today (Monday) at Warragul following her stylish display at Hobart on March 19. Starting at a short quote and clear punters elect, the Tintin In America filly strolled home for an effortless victory in the Downtowner Pace rating a slick 1:56.0 for the 1790m event. Champion reinsman Chris Alford took the winning drive. Originally, the Dean Braun trained filly was being readied for the Brisbane winter carnival with the $75,000 Queensland Oaks on July 8 the main target. But those plans aren’t set in stone anymore. “We’ve been building towards the Brisbane carnival but plans may have changed given the announcement from across the weekend. There’s a fair bit to consider and we’ll discuss that in the coming days.” Braun said. The All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have outlined plans for both of their standout fillies Spanish Armada and Partyon, both multiple feature race winners this season. Spanish Armada claimed the Gr.1 $150,000 Diamond on Jewels day at Ashburton on Saturday in a time of 1:52.1 while running home her final 400m in an eye-popping 25.5 seconds. The Bettors Delight filly now adds her Jewels triumph to her Sires' Stakes, Sales Series, Nevele R Final and NZ Oaks to her list of feature race victories this season with the promise of more to come. And that has Braun on the back foot. “They’re the best stable in the world for a reason so of course I’m going to rethink my plans, it’s a long way from Melbourne to Brisbane and it’s not a cheap exercise. “Going all that way to meet a filly like her among others is something I’d like to avoid but the owners will make the final call. Spanish Armada could easily end up being one the best fillies of all time. “Since the Tasmanian trip, the filly has come up in very good order and I’m very happy with the progress she’s made. I think she has quite a future, her speed is her best asset.” Shartin has now won 4 of her 6 to date. The New Zealand bred filly will next start in the final of the heat she contested today which is scheduled for TABCORP Park, Melton on June 17. A start in the Listed $25,000 Gold Coast/Provincial Oaks at Albion Park on July 1 is also an option for Braun and his connections before the Queensland Oaks. And Braun is no stranger to success in the Queensland Oaks having prepared previous winner Itz Nosurprisesthere (2013) while his son Noah co-owned Nike Franco (2014). Chris Barsby

New Zealand bred three-year-old filly Shartin powered her way to an emphatic harness racing win in the Cripps Waratah Tasmanian Oaks over 2579 metres in Hobart last night. The Victorian filly settled last from her wide front-row draw but inside a lap her driver Chris Alford sent the daughter of Tintin In America around the field to find the lead. From there on it was a procession with the filly forging clear turning for home and she went on to score by almost 12 metres from El Jays Mystery that faced the breeze throughout with Playing Arkabella a half-head away third. It was Alford's third drive aboard the filly and he said she was always travelling like the winner. "I was mindful that this filly can do a few things wrong if she has to race wide so I dropped her out to last and then whipped around them early on and she was able to find the front without having to spend too much gas," Alford said. "Dean Braun paid about $50,000 for this filly in New Zealand but I'm sure she will pay her way. "She is still learning what it's all about but tonight she did everything right and she had the race won a long way from home. Shartin is owned by a syndicate that includes Tasmanian Dean Richards who is overseas on business. Alford said Shartin was likely to head to the heats of the Victorian Oaks next month. Shartin has won three of her five starts with this latest her most impressive and the $15,000 prizemoney took her career earnings to just beyond $25,000. It was Alford's fourth Tasmanian oaks having been successful on Concorde Lombo in 1997, Itz Nosurprisesthere (2013) and last year aboard Dancingwithsierra. Peter Staples

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