PA --- Pacing mares divisional leader Shartin N upped her seasonal bankroll to $590,040, most among all North American harness horses, with a sensational 1:48.4 effort in taking her $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series divisional event Sunday (July 29) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Shartin N was a neck winner over Tequila Monday in a lifetime best 1:48.4.
Driver Tim Tetrick reserved Shartin N off the early pace, which saw Call Me Queen Be take the lead in a :26.2 opener, then get passed in turn by Caviart Ally and then Tequila Monday before the :54 half. Shartin N began an uncovered march towards the lead on the second turn, but Tequila Monday still had the advantage on her right-hand neighbor at the 1:21.2 three-quarters and through the turn, and to halfway down the stretch.
But then Shartin N showed amazing grit, continuing forward in the :27.2 kicker and finally getting by the ultra-stubborn Tequila Monday by a neck, with Caviart Ally 1-1/4 lengths off the top pair. The victorious daughter of Tintin In America advanced to just one off the continental lead for victories with her 12th of the campaign for trainer Jim King Jr. and owners Richard Pollucci and Jo-Ann Looney King.
Despite being unbeaten in two GNOS starts, Shartin N may see action in one or more of the series’ last four cardings in August; currently she isn’t even in the top ten in the point standings, which determine eligibility for each division’s $100,000 championship at 1-1/4 miles on Sept. 2 at Pocono.
Milton, ON --- Shartin N, who made a break but recovered to finish fourth in last week’s eliminations, redeemed herself with a prominent effort in the $370,000 Roses Are Red final on Saturday night (June 16) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Shartin N was a 1:49.3 winner in the Roses Are Red final.
Blazin Britches blasted off the gate for David Miller with Shartin N pressuring outside and Tequila Monday settling in along the rail through an opening quarter in :25.4. However, an aggressive Tim Tetrick made a quick decision and cleared to the front with Shartin N to take command.
Blue Moon Stride moved first-over for Corey Callahan to provide competition for Shartin N who made the half in :54.2, while L A Delight got rolling down the back straight with a three-wide move.
Shartin N continued her lead to the top of the lane and found another gear as she straightened away to notch the victory in a sharp 1:49.3 over Blue Moon Stride who held place over L A Delight.