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Shartin N back in winner's circle at Dover

November 14, 2019
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Shartin N, the top horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, brushed to the lead on the backstretch and was never caught in defeating a field of seven top mares in a $40,000 Invitational on Wednesday  at Dover Downs.

The total lifetime earnings of the participants was more than $6 million. Caviart Ally defeated Shartin N in her last two starts and trainer Jim King Jr. could not tell which Shartin N would show up after her warm-up drills.

As the race unfolded, Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) left alertly through a :26.4 opening quarter. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) lingered on the outside then made her move as Apple Bottom Jeans yielded the lead. Shartin N settled in fourth through a pedestrian :55.3 half.

At the five-eighths pole Shartin N took her cue, as driver Tim Tetrick and his mount stormed past Caviart Ally, reaching the three-quarters in 1:22.1 and pacing a :26.1 individual quarter. It was all over for the field as Shartin N glided to a powerful victory by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:49.4. Kissin In The Sand and driver Dexter Dunn bravely tested Shartin N, pulling first up to take the place spot. Caviart Ally held for third.

The next chapter for Shartin N will be in the TVG final for mares at the Meadowlands on Nov. 23.

Two $20,000 divisions of DSBF 2-year old pacing fillies went to post as the sun dropped behind the NASCAR stands and the mercury dropped at Dover Downs.

The first division, a non-wagering event before the regular card, was all Bag Of Jewels(Roddy’s Bags Again-Artist Jewels) in rein to Victory Kirby in 1:57.4. She is owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Bonuccelli Racing, and Bay Pond Racing. Trained by Les Givens and bred by Winbak Farm. She’s Got The Lynx got up for second and Sprinkles On Top was third.

 

The second division was the first half of the Daily Double on the wagering card. Cinder Block (Rockabillie-Cinderella), the final winner at Harrington eased to the front past the quarter and pulled away in the stretch to win by 5 1/4 lengths in 1:57.2 for reinsman Allan Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by Legacy Racing of DE Inc. and the breeder is Elam Esh. Emma got the place and Spin Sumthin was third. (Dover Downs/DSBF)

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