HOY Shartin N ready for 2020 debut Wednesday at Dover
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The 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N will make her 2020 debut on Wednesday night, March 4, at Dover Downs. The 7-year-old daughter of Tintin In America will start from post 6 in Race 12, a $50,000 Mares Invitational Pace.
A winner of 15 of 19 starts last year, including her world-record 1:46.4 effort in capturing the Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands, Shartin N comes into Wednesday’s race off a 1:51.3 victory in a Feb. 19 qualifier at Dover Downs.
“She qualified back just tremendously,” said trainer Jim King Jr. “I intended to qualify her back twice but I guess she didn’t want to do it twice because she did it so good the first time.”
Shartin N will be driven by 2020 Hall of Fame inductee Tim Tetrick, who also shares an interest in the newly-named Horse of the Year.
“She qualified as good as she ever qualified,” said Tetrick. “She looks great. She’s been carrying her weight good. It would not surprise me if she made another million dollars this year.”
Tetrick, along with King’s wife, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Richard Poillucci, share ownership of Shartin N, who has amassed more than $2 million in her two years of racing in North America after starting her career Down Under.
“You never know in this game, but I’m hoping Shartin comes back as Shartin,” said Poillucci.
King said plans call for Shartin N to head next to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series that gets underway on March 13 at Yonkers Raceway. Shartin N will attempt to win the Matchmaker Series for the third year in a row. However, unlike the previous two years where she raced from March through November, King plans on giving Shartin N a mid-season break this year.
“Two years in a row she went straight through the year from the Matchmaker to the TVG,” said King, “so we’re going to try to give her a split season this year.”
Poillucci said 2020 might be Shartin N’s last on the racetrack.
“There’s a bit of a chance she might retire at the end of this season,” said Poillucci. “It’s too early yet to get into all the details, but we’re pretty excited. There is a lot of talk right now.”