Shartin N, Papi Rob Hanover qualify at Magical Acres
June 03, 2020
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Driver Tim Tetrick won seven of 13 qualifiers at Magical Acres in Chesterfield Twp. N.J. on Wednesday morning, including with 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N. The 7-year-old pacing mare was last in the five-horse field, 6 ¼ lengths behind at the half in :59.2, before rallying with a back half of :53 flat to win by two lengths in 1:53.3.
Also appearing on the qualifying card was the 3-year-old pacing colt Papi Rob Hanover, who finished first in last fall’s Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace but was disqualified. With David Miller driving, he won his qualifier at Magical in 1:53.2. Miller also drove the 3-year-old pacing colt Allywag Hanover to a 1:53.2 qualifying score.
As for Shartin N, Tetrick said the strategy this year is to try and race the mare from behind. She held the lead at the half in all by three of her 19 races last year.
“Shartin was awesome,” Tetrick said afterward. “Nice and relaxed and calm. I told Jimmy (trainer Jim King Jr.) after last year that we had to make a plan to work on her and make her sit behind. We had to make her change her game plan and not be just one way. They did a great job with her over the winter, and with this break we’ve had, she’s just come back great.”
Shartin N had one start under her belt in 2020 as she won a $50,000 Invitational Pace on March 4 at Dover Downs in 1:50. She was scheduled to then head to Yonkers Raceway for the multi-week Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, which was canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic shutdown.
Tetrick, who shares ownership of the $2.1 million-winning Shartin N with Richard Poillucci and King’s wife, Jo Ann, said he was unsure of the mare’s next start.
“We’ll find a race somewhere; we’ll have to find her a spot,” Tetrick said about the mare whose 1:46.4 win last August in the Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands is the fastest race mile ever by a mare. “We’ll figure out a plan.”
While Tetrick was ecstatic about Shartin N’s winning effort, he was also plenty excited about his score with Crimson And Chrome in the finale. Tetrick bred and owns Crimson And Chrome, a 4-year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou with $228,806 in earnings, who rallied from behind to win in 1:54. Trained by Jim King Jr., Crimson And Chrome had also won a qualifier on March 11 at Dover Downs in 1:55.1.—By Gordon Waterstone