Shartin "yes," Greenshoe "no" for TVG finals
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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 Wednesday by trainer Chris Ryder that Bettor’s Wish will be back on the track next year at age 4. (Meadowlands)