Shartin N wins 12th of year in Great Northeast
July 30, 2018
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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 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while in the Great Northeast open trot Smalltownthrowdown went a powerful 1:51.1 mile, which ended Homicide Hunter's winning streak at five.
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.
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 ¼ 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 Great Northeast 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 10 in the point standings, which determine eligibility for each division's $100,000 championship at 1¼ miles on Sept. 2 at Pocono.
Smalltownthrowdown and driver Simon Allard was away second in the trotting contest, then quarter-moved to the :27.1 opening clocking, getting a breather to a half in :56.1. Homicide Hunter had spotted fourth, then moved to the outside just past this point, but his cover did not advance and he had to retreat back inside to the 1:23.4 three-quarters. Smalltownthrowdown continued on strongly to the wire with no asking from Allard, stepping home in :27.2 to win by 1 ¾ lengths over Satin Dancer, with Homicide Hunter gaining some late after his weaving journey but having to settle for third, another length back.
Smalltownthrowdown is a gelded son of Cash Hall trained by Simon's brother Rene and owned by Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, VIP Internet Stable LLC, and Bruce Soulsby. The winner of $768,038, after three seconds in the series, finally visited Victory Lane in the series and moved to second behind Homicide Hunter in the point standings and a chance at his $100,000 championship.
A couple of 2 year olds with interesting pedigrees took their first pari-mutuel races during the undercard.
One was Hurrikane Emperor, coming off a sweep of two New Jersey Sires Stakes prelims and then the final, who equaled his mark in 1:53.1 while coming his last half in :56 for driver Jim Marohn Jr., trainer John McDermott, and owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasis Investment Group, and George Vierno.
Hurrikane Emperor's sire is Hurrikane Kingcole; his dam is Hurricane Schmumma, a full sister to Adios finalist Babes Dig Me. His third dam Babe Ruthless is also the dam of 2006 Pacer of the Year and $2 million-plus winner Total Truth.
A race earlier, Explosivebreakaway, a freshman trotting gelding by Explosive Matter–Phaeton and thus a full brother to Hambo Oaks elim winner Phaetosive, won handily for driver Tom Jackson in 1:58.1. Second in his p/m debut, Explosive Breakaway moved to the lead in quarter two and scored by 2 ¼ lengths for trainer Fred Grant, also co-owner with Janice Rubin, Steven Katz and Murray Brown. (Pocono/PHHA)