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YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 9, 2020--Post positions have been drawn for the opening rounds of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker and MGM Borgata Pacing Series. Friday night (March 13th) offers three, $40,000 Matchmaker divisions (races 2, 4 and 6) for the premier mares...and it didn't take long for Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, post 1) and Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, post 5) to get acquainted, both drawing into the first grouping. The two-time defending series champ---and current Horse of the Year--Shartin N returns to town for her first visit since winning last season's finale, included in a 42-for-57, $2.1 million career resume. The 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Tintin in America began her season with a 1:50 flat win at Dover. 'Ally' also wasted no time getting her picture taken in 2020, a 1:49.4 effort across the river. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight enters with 26 wins in 73 career starts ($1.8 million). Friday night's second division includes last season's Matchmaker runner-up, Bettor Joy N (Tetrick, post 4) and Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, post 6). Both ladies find their way back from Delaware for this series, having finished third (Apple Bottom Jeans) and fourth (Bettor Joy N), respectively, to Shartin N a week ago. The final Matchmaker get-together is led by Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., post 2), a 7-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight miss fresh off a 10-win, $263,000 2019 season. Saturday night (March 14th) finds four consecutively-contested, $50,000 Borgata (nee George Morton Levy Memorial) divisions, going as races 5 through 8. The opening event of Free-For-All lads features the rock-solid None Bettor A (Tetrick, post 2) meeting up with Rodeo Rock (Eric Goodell, post 4) and millionaire-in-waiting Sintra (George Brennan, post 7). The second division is led by the series champ of a year ago, Western Fame (Dan Dube, post 7). The 7-year-old son of Western Ideal won seven races and in excess of $704,000 last season. Saturday night's third Borgata event includes weekly Local Open Handicap standout Jack's Legend N (Jason Bartlett, post 4), Trump Nation (Brennan, post 6) and Lyons Steel (Pat Lachance, post 7). The fourth and final grouping goes through the red-hot Backstreet Shadow (Tetrick, post 2), who eyes a fifth consecutive victory, the first four all down at Dover. Both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Borgata offer five preliminary rounds leading to finals set for Saturday night, Apr. 18th. Early program pages for the Friday/Saturday series races accompany this release. Changes shall be made Tuesday night (March 10th). For the fields for the Matchmaker For the fields for the MGM Borgata Pacing Series by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

When you are voted Harness Horse of the Year, there are no easy races, even when you are making your first start of a new harness racing season. Such was the case for 2019 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Shartin N, who was able to close from last place at the top of the stretch to win in her 2020 debut at Dover Downs Wednesday. The special $50,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace saw Write Me A Song (Yannick Gingras) go out to take early control of the race with Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) getting the two-hole pocket trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. There was no movement as the field passed the half mile in :55.1 and then things began to take shape in the backstretch. Bettor Joy N (Victor Kirby) came first-over and that flushed Callahan with Apple Bottom Jeans out of the two-hole as they went by the three-quarters in 1:22.1. Meanwhile, Major Occasion A (Andy McCarthy) was on the outside second tier with Shartin N and driver Tim Tetrick still in last place but fanning out four-wide to mount their challenge. Apple Bottom Jeans was able to wear down Write Me A Song, then take command starting down the stretch. It was then that both Major Occasion A and Shartin N each kicked-in another gear and Shartin N was the fastest of all, winning by a long neck in 1:50. Major Occasion A was second with Apple Bottom Jeans third.   “Last year I sent her to the front a lot,” said Tim Tetrick. “This time I told Jimmy (King) that I was taking her back and coming late and she got the job done tonight. She just showed how truly great she is.” Trained by Jim King, Jr. for owners Richard Polliucci, JoeAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N, now age seven, is sired by Tintin In America and paid $2.60 to win as the overwhelming favorite. “I don’t know how it can be any better than this,” King said in reference to Shartin N both winning tonight and winning Horse of the Year honors. “Especially the way she raced tonight. Here we go again, I hope.” Shartin N will next race at Yonkers Raceway in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. The tenth race $27,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace saw Moments Of Joy and driver Victor Kirby leave like a rockets from post eight to take the early lead with Valuable Art (Corey Callahan) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :26.2. Content to race Indian-style past the half mile in :55.3, it was not until the field reached the backstretch that Anytime N and driver Art Stafford, Jr. pulled from third place on the rail and came first-over to challenge Moments Of Joy for control of the lead. Past the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Anytime N started to wear down Moments Of Joy and Stafford got his mare to clear to the lead as they started down the stretch. Then, from last place, fanning four-wide on the final turn was Soho Burning Love A and driver Tim Tetrick. Try as they did, eating up ground in the stretch, they came up a head short to Anytime N, who stopped the teletimer in 1:51. Moments Of Joy was third.   It was a lifetime mark and the fifth win in her last six starts for Anytime N. The six-year-old mare by Bettors Delight is trained by Dylan Davis for owner Kalman Saul Liebowitz of Westlake Village, CA. She paid $10.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Dover, DE - Jack Vernon cruised to victory in the Winners Over Select Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick confidently sent the 3/5 race favorite Jack Vernon to the front.  Tetrick was able to control the race and set fractions of 27.4, :57 to the half and three-quarters in 1:25. Home’N Dry gladly sat in the pocket. The field remained in single file until Bluebird Jesse pulled at the halfway point.  Allan Davis sent his charge 1st over but his bid stalled on the outside.  Filled Donut was forced to trot three wide at the three quarter station, as time was running out. Sheez On A Cruze remained on the rail. In the stretch, it was all Jack Vernon as he trotted to victory in 1:53.2.   He won by a handy, length and a quarter as the three to five race favorite. Jack Vernon (Muscle Hill -Vernon Blue Chip-Sir Taurus) is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr.  Dylan Davis was the winning trainer. Home’N Dry finished a non-threatening second for trainer Brian Malone and driver Tyler Davis. Jamin Jack sat on the rail and picked up the show spot for trainer and driver Victor Kirby. Shartin N returns to the races in the $50,000 Mares Invitational on Wednesday night.  It will be the 12th race on the card.  Backstreet Shadow and Jesse Duke N collide in the $50,000 Invitational pace at Dover Downs on Thursday.  Both pacers have won three races in a row.   Backstreet Shadow, trained by Ron Burke, earned his victories at Dover Downs and has been assigned post 8.  In two of his wins he paced in under 1:49.4 Jesse Duke N, who dominated his fields at the Meadowlands, is trained by Chris Ryder and drew post 7. He paced his last quarters in 26 flat in all three victories. Bettor Memories finished 2nd to Backstreet Shadow and took a lifetime mark at Dover Downs.  He must be considered. Franco Totem N and Harambe Deo ship in from the Meadowlands where they raced  against Preferred company. They must be respected. The field assembled is as follows.   Trojan Banner N Bettor Memories Ideal Feeling Shnitzledosomethin Franco Totem N Harambe Deo Jesse Duke N Backstreet Shadow Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 1, 2020-- The name may have changed, but the song remains the same. Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series has been rechristened the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, but it continues to attract harness racing's best Free-For-Allers around. Race secretary Bob Miecuna has unveiled a list of 46 such candidates for the six-week sojourn, which begins Saturday night, March 14th. As usual, it's a five-week run of preliminary legs, with each prelim race worth $50,000. The top eight point earners through the legs (according to the conditions of the event) qualify for the $200,000 (added) final Saturday night, Apr. 18th. One needn't look any further than last season's $664,000 finale, where five foes from that octet are back to try the series again. Defending champion Western Fame and runner-up Rodo Rock, along with Ideal Jimmy (fourth), The Wall (fifth) and The Downtown Bus (sixth) are among the in-to-go's. Western Fame's romp (1:50.4) in the Levy highlighted a $704,000-plus season for the now-7-year-old son of Western Ideal. He and his cronies from 2019 are not alone. Names such as... --2018 Art Rooney Pace winner Trump Nation), --millionaire-in-waiting Sintra (4-for-4 at Mohawk to begin his season), --This is the Plan, who took down the half-million-dollar Ben Franklin (Pocono) a season ago, --Wiggle It Jiggleit, the fan favorite who's on the comeback trail as he approaches the $4 million career earnings plateau enliven the event. ...and lest we forget about the Down Unders, of which there are 17, 13 from New Zealand and four from Australia. None Bettor A, who took down last season's Battle of Lake Erie (Northfield) and was a season-debuting 1:50.4 winner across the river--edging Trump Nation and Rodeo Rock--appears as potent as any of those friendly interlopers. Now for the ladies and the Blue Chip Matchmaker. It's the same month-and-a-half scrum as the MGM Borgata, only with $40,000 per event and Friday night affairs beginning March 13th. The $125,000 added final also goes Saturday night, Apr. 18th. Which brings us seamlessly to Shartin N, leading lass of the 27 mares who paid in. Fresh off her Horse of the Year coronation, the now 7-year-old double-millionairess has her sights set upon a winning a third consecutive Matchmaker. It's not as if Shartin N needs to take any track size with her, but she has won eight of her 10 Westchester work nights...all in Matchmaker competition (finals worth $402,600 in 2019 and $373,000 in '18). The Matchmaker figures to be the first 2020 renewal of Shartin N and Caviart Ally, the latter never have previously raced in this event. 'Ally's lone local tries were a pair of thirds in the 2017 Lismore (elim and final). She begins her 6-year-old season with career earnings in excess of $1.8 million. The list of eligibles for both the MGM Borgata (No. 33) and Blue Chip Matchmaker (12th edition) accompany this release, with the opening draws set for Monday afternoon, March 9th. MGM Borgat (No. 33) Blue Chip Matchmaker (12th edition) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Dover, DE — World champion and recently honored as the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year in North America, Shartin N is slated to take on five quality harness racing mares in a $50,000 Mares Invitational Pace on Wednesday (March 4) at Dover Downs. Shartin N, crowned by the United States Harness Writers Association just this past Sunday in Orlando, Florida as the  2019 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, will make her first start of the year in the 12th race on Wednesday’s card. Her clocking of 1:46.4 last year at the Meadowlands was the fastest race mile ever for a female pacer in harness racing history. She has bankrolled over $2 million in lifetime earnings. The field, in post position order, is as follows: 1. Diababa (Corey Callahan, Dylan Davis) 2. Apple Bottom Jeans (Callahan, Davis) 3. Bettor Joy N (Tim Tetrick, Jim King Jr.) 4. Write Me A Song (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke) 5. Major Occasion A (Andy McCarthy, Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman) 6. Shartin N (Tetrick, King) by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

No one needs to worry about Shartin N resting on her laurels, although she might get to relax a little more this year than her previous two seasons. In 2018, Shartin N made at least one start in every month from January through November on her way to the first million-dollar season for a pacing mare and a Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer. Last year, she made at least one start in every month from March through November. She won 15 of 19, finished second on three occasions, earned $982,177, set the record (1:46.4) for the fastest mile ever by a female pacer, and was named top pacing mare, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year. She became the first pacing mare in history to be named Horse of the Year, as well as the first horse bred outside North America to receive the honor. The 7-year-old New Zealand import is already working toward her return to the races, which is expected to come next week at Dover Downs. Then it's off to Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, a six-week event that Shartin N has won each of the past two years. Following the Matchmaker, which begins March 13 and ends April 18, trainer Jim King Jr. will look to give Shartin N some time off. "We've decided to try to give her a split year instead of trying to go all the way through the year," King said. "If that works out, when we get done with the Matchmaker hopefully we can give her a pretty good break and then get her back ready to take off from there. It won't be a real long break, but there are some races that we're going to try to miss. "If she can be good early and be good late, she can still accomplish a lot. That's a lot to ask of a horse that you just got done racing for 10 months, twice. But so far, she hasn't minded me doing foolish things." Shartin N, bred in New Zealand by Grant Crabbe, was purchased in the fall of 2017 by Richard Poillucci. She is now owned by Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. Since arriving in North America, Shartin N has won 34 of 43 races and $2.03 million. "It's just absolutely amazing for us to be in a position to buy a Down Under mare and become Horse of the Year," Poillucci said. "I was just hoping for a nice open mare. This has far exceeded all expectations. What she's done at that level of racing is unbelievable. To keep them on their toes in those kinds of miles is a very difficult task. "I think that's what most impresses me, her ability to carry speed the way she does and standout in races where they're going (fast fractions) and she's still charging. Horses don't do that stuff on a regular basis." Tetrick has driven Shartin N in all her North American starts. "She was pretty tough (to handle) when she started," Tetrick said during this past Sunday's Dan Patch Awards banquet, when the Horse of the Year announcement was made. "But she had big lungs and you couldn't get her tired. When she was on her game she was as good as any horse I've ever sat behind. She has a ton of speed and grit. She had a mind of her own, but she worked with us and we got it done." Shartin N qualified on Feb. 19 at Dover Downs, winning in 1:51.3. Poillucci called the qualifier "absolutely perfect." "Here it comes again," King said, referring to a new season. "Every indication is that she's come back very good." Shartin N will attempt to become the first horse to repeat as Horse of the Year since trotting mare Moni Maker in 1998-99 and the first pacer to repeat since Cam Fella in 1982-83. She finished second to McWicked in balloting for 2018 Horse of the Year and, according to noted harness racing historian Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, is the first since Matt's Scooter in 1989 to be runner-up one year and come back the next season to receive Horse of the Year. "I just want to say thank you to all the voters, and most of all thank you to Shartin," King said Sunday at the banquet, adding later, "She's definitely been life changing for us." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Dover, DE - World Champion pacing mare, Shartin N, with harness racing driver Tim Tetrick in the sulky, made her return to racing in 2020 with a super sharp qualifying win Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. Tetrick left alertly with Shartin N  from post 6 and settled into third position. Highalator carved out the fraction of :28.2, :55.3 and 1:23.2 with Apple Bottom Jeans sitting the pocket trip. Both Apple Bottom Jeans and Shartin N surged off the rail in the deep stretch.  Shartin N won by a neck over Apple Bottom Jeans in 1:51.2 with Highalator was third. It was just last year when Shartin N became fastest harness racing mare in history at a distance of one mile with her amazing 1:46.4 victory on August 3, 2019 at The Meadowlands.     by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Trenton, NJ — Just three years shy of age 70, Jim King Jr. is coming off a 2019 harness racing season that could make him the subject of an AARP magazine cover story. The popular trainer conditioned two Dan Patch Award winners in pacing mare Shartin N and 2-year-old female pacer Lyons Sentinel, and Shartin N is one of the favorites for Horse of the Year, which will be announced Feb. 23 at the Dan Patch Awards banquet in Orlando, Fla. The King Stable, where Jim trains alongside wife Jo Ann Looney-King, won a career-record $4.27 million in purses last year, smashing its previous mark of $2.88 million set just one year earlier. He also had a career-best 168 victories and notched career triumph 1,000 in early December at Dover Downs. And in late December, King was named winner of the U.S. Harness Association’s Good Guy Award, which his wife had won previously in 2015. Again, this all happened at age 67. “It’s almost unbelievable,” King said. “These things don’t usually happen to old men; I’ll be 68 next month. Usually that’s on a downwind. And heck, outside of the age number, it doesn’t look to be like it’s going to be anything any different for a time to come.” The reason he’s sticking around is not just because of his recent good fortune. King will be in the barn as long as it’s feasible, no matter how few or many wins he collects. “This is what I always wanted to do to start with,” King said. “(Success) doesn’t want to make me do it any more or less. It doesn’t change anything about me, except I probably smile a lot more.” And this from a guy who is known for smiling a lot. He’s a good-natured, good-hearted soul who people enjoy being around, and he is proud to be known as a Good Guy. “That’s one of those awards that I don’t think the name suits the award,” King said. “It doesn’t sound like as much as it really is. It’s quite a thing to win that award for what it means. Of all the people that could possibly be chosen, I was, and my wife was in the past. I think that’s kind of special. “It’s a lot more than talking to reporters. The reporters get info from other people as well. It’s more than just I took the time. It’s that that other people in the business had good things to say about us. I think that plays into it. We always care about that sort of thing.” They also care about the sport itself, which is why King feels it’s important to serve as an ambassador. Then again, his general character make-up is being nice to those beyond the Standardbred business. He likes people in general. “Absolutely,” he said. “Sometimes my wife teases me about talking to total strangers about the business. She says, ‘They don’t know what you’re talking about.’ I say, ‘That’s OK, some day they will maybe.’ But anything that will catch a person’s ear and make them pay attention to it helps. I think it’s important to be a person that’s approachable, to be outgoing to people in and out of the business. It kind of lays out the way I like my lead my life. It’s not always about the gain. Sometimes it tends to be, but it’s not about the personal gain.” If the gain comes along, however, King won’t argue. With his dynamic duo of Dan Patch Award winners, opportunity knocked with a couple of heavy hooves. “Those are really nice horses, top quality, no doubt,” he said. “I don’t know if it took a genius to get the accomplishments done with them. Fortunately, I got to go along for the ride. They’re just really good horses. With a little luck, maybe we’ll do it again.” He had a known commodity with Shartin N, who had another outstanding season on the heels of her 2018 Dan Patch Award-winning campaign. Shartin N won 15 of 19 races last year at age 6 and earned $982,177 on her way to her second honor as the sport’s top older female pacer. She finished second to pacing stallion McWicked in the voting for 2018 Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year and is in the hunt for both awards again for 2019. “I was kind of disappointed she didn’t get it last year for whatever it’s worth, but she didn’t,” King said. “It’s hard for a mare to do; it’s got to be even harder for a foreign mare to do. Statistically I felt she had it last year, statistically I feel like she had it this year. I guess it’s not all about the numbers. I’ve never had anything like her before. There’s nothing like having something like her and owning part of a horse like her.” Then there was the newcomer, Lyons Sentinel, who surpassed expectations according to her trainer. She won nine of 14 races, was never off the board, and earned $801,809 to lead all 2-year-olds. “She didn’t just jump out as being the big dog, or being the best,” King said. “But each time I’d race her I would see traits that are very likeable. She liked to race, she’s not necessarily a run-off-and-leave-them type of girl, but she likes to win. Her will was just tremendous along with her ability.” And while that’s all in the recent past, it’s enough to keep King fired up for the immediate future as he is looking for another big year from the two of them and, hopefully, a few other horses who could make names for themselves. “They’re both a year older,” he said. “I’m hoping they both come back just somewhere close to where they were. At present time they both look real good. I’ve started them both back up and they’re very likeable. They kind of put themselves back together after a long year. “I don’t feel like I have any other horse the caliber of those two, but I’ve got a pretty nice bunch of horses as far as the stable goes. It’s exciting.” To hear King talk, last season’s excitement bordered on the sublime. “Things happened you just never felt could possibly happen,” he said. “It’s almost like the sky’s the limit. It’s amazing what you can do in this business. My wife and I lived in a tack room some years ago and then we go and win the Breeders Crown. I like to say I’ve walked every street.” Whether it’s another smooth street or a rocky road this year, King will continue to be a good guy and Jo Ann will remain a good gal. In fact, maybe the two of them should be the AARP cover story. They can safely be termed the “Good Couple” of harness racing. “I guess we are,” King said. “We’ve been together for 44 years now. It’s a real team at the stable. I’ve got quite a crew around here, and the support of my family (including Standardbred TV luminary Heather Vitale). It’s just kind of special. There is no such thing as Jim anymore. It’s Jim and Jo Ann. That’s the way it’s written, and it is definitely by choice.” A choice made by two good people. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent  

Tintin In America's champion daughter Shartin was an almost unanimous choice for the harness racing 2019 Older Female Pacer of the Year award in North America. The six-year-old earned a whopping $982,177 from 15 wins and three seconds in 19 starts and took a mile mark of 1:46.4 at The Meadowlands. Among her major successes were the $402,600 Pine Chip Matchmaker Series Final, $247,500 Roses Are Red, $183,500 Lady Liberty and the $179,550 Golden Girls. Tintin In America was also represented by the Redcliffe winner Andrew Jay (his 7th win) and the Rangiora, New Zealand winner Claus (1:59.1). Million Dollar Cam's exciting, young son Our Millionaire extended his current winning sequence to six with a decisive win in the Group 3 $30,000 Metropolitan Pace Final at Melton. Working to the front from the outside gate, the four-year-old entire carved out his last 800 in 55.4 and final 400 in 26.8 for an overall mile rating of 1:55.3 for 2240 metres. Our Millionaire, who has won 10 of his 19 lifetime starts, was one of five winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud over the holiday period. Other Yirribee bred winners were Weona Blaster (by Caribbean Blaster) at Temora, Levi Jimmy (by Million Dollar Cam) Launceston, Feeling The Love (Albury) and the trotter The Girls Gotflair (St Arnaud). Yirribee Stud led in a treble at the Temora meeting last Saturday night with Cams Pearl (by Million Dollar Cam), Rollecks (by Lombo Pocket Watch) and Weona Blaster (by Caribbean Blaster). Shartin in her world record 1:46.4 By Peter Wharton

Anderson, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2019 set of Harness Heroes trading cards is now available for holiday gift-giving. The front of each card features a photograph, while the back includes statistics and biographical information; both sides are laminated. The subjects include the following champions from the 2018 season: Ariana G, Atlanta, Captain Crunch, Dorsodoro Hanover, Emoticon Hanover, Exhilarated, Forbidden Trade, Gimpanzee, Homicide Hunter, Illusioneesta, Jimmy Freight, Kissin In The Sand, McWicked, Run Director, Shartin N, Shower Play, Six Pack, Stag Party, Tall Drink Hanover, The Ice Dutchess, Warrawee Ubeaut, Will Take Charge, Woodside Charm and Foiled Again. The featured humans include: Blair Burgess, Ray Cotolo, Ted Gewertz, Mark Hall, Joe Holloway, Dave Little, Marcus Melander, Marlys Pinske, Jerry Silverman, Linda Toscano, and Ted Wing. To order your complete set of HARNESS HEROES cards, send a (suggested) donation of $20 ($30 Canadian) per set along with your name and address to: Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 2711 Friar Tuck Road, Anderson IN 46013. HHYF also offers packs of 10 random cards as handouts for youth groups, farm tours, and other promotional events. A limited number previous years' card sets are also available for a similar donation. For more details, please e-mail Ellen Taylor at Ellen@hhyf.org. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in the lives of many since 1976 by dedicating its efforts and resources to projects which enable the growth of those who want to get involved and learn about the industry. These efforts include the creation of interactive learning experiences, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

For the first time in the history of the Top Ten Poll the same horse stayed #1 all season long and that horse is none other than Shartin N. This is the final Top Ten Poll for the 2019 season. Shartin N closed out the year with 23 first place votes out of 35 voters. The final Top Ten Poll did not change at all from last week. Thanks to the USTA's Ken Weingartner for conducting the Top Ten Poll. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (23) 6pm 19-15-3-0 $982,177 322 1 2 Bettor’s Wish (8) 3pc 19-13-6-0 $1,643,745 306 2 3 Greenshoe (3) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 253 3 4 Manchego (1) 4tm 17-8-1-0 $585,788 204 4 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 19-12-2-3 $950,610 173 5 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 14-8-1-2 $1,128,753 135 6 7 Caviart Ally 5pm 19-9-7-3 $672,215 114 7 8 Papi Rob Hanover 2pc 12-6-4-2 $754,774 71 8 9 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 56 9 10 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 51 10 ALSO: Atlanta 48; McWicked 41; Six Pack 39; Lather Up 38; Emoticon Hanover 10; When Dovescry 9; Captain Crunch, Forbidden Trade, Senorita Rita 8; Southwind Ozzi 6; Lyons Sentinel 5; Amigo Volo 4; Blue Ivy, Sister Sledge 3; Easy Lover Hanover, Elver Hanover, JK First Lady 2; Always A Prince, Bold Eagle, Shake That House, Winndevie 1. From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown/USTA

Hightstown, NJ — Weekend winners Caviart Ally and Papi Rob Hanover both moved into the harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown top 10 for the first time this season while the top three — Shartin N, Bettor’s Wish, and Greenshoe — remained unchanged. Caviart Ally beat Shartin N by a nose in the TVG Mare Pace championship and was seventh in this week’s rankings. Papi Rob Hanover won the Governor’s Cup and was eighth. Bettor’s Wish finished second against older horses in the TVG Open Pace and gained five first-place votes and narrowed the gap with Shartin N to 20 points, down from 52 a week ago. Shartin N has 23 first-place votes, a loss of two from last week. Greenshoe, who is retired, saw his first-place votes cut in half, to three. Tall Dark Stranger, who was idle, returned to the top 10 as Atlanta, who was second in the TVG Mare Trot, and McWicked, who was fifth in the TVG Open Pace, dropped out. Also dropping from the top 10 was retired Lather Up. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. The final poll will be released Dec. 3. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/26/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (23) 6pm 19-15-3-0 $982,177 322 1 2 Bettor’s Wish (8) 3pc 19-13-6-0 $1,643,745 302 2 3 Greenshoe (3) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 255 3 4 Manchego (1) 4tm 17-8-1-0 $585,788 204 5 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 19-12-2-3 $950,610 174 4 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 14-8-1-2 $1,128,753 134 6 7 Caviart Ally 5pm 19-9-7-3 $672,215 104 — 8 Papi Rob Hanover 2pc 12-6-4-2 $754,774 63 — 9 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 58 7 10 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 57 — ALSO: Atlanta 55; McWicked 44; Lather Up 40; Six Pack 39; Captain Crunch 14; When Dovescry 9; Emoticon Hanover, Forbidden Trade, Senorita Rita 8; Southwind Ozzi 6; Lyons Sentinel 5; Amigo Volo, JK First Lady 4; Sister Sledge 3; Elver Hanover 2; Always A Prince, Bold Eagle, Winndevie 1. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Tintin In America's harness racing champion daughter Shartin NZ is the overwhelming favourite to defend her USA Aged Mare of the Year crown despite being nosed out in the $US175,000 TV Mare Pace in a stakes record 1:48.6 at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (November 23). Shartin has banked $US982,177 from 15 wins and three seconds from 19 starts this year and took a mark of 1:46 and is clearly the richest and fastest female pacer in North America in 2019. On the home front, Million Dollar Cam's son Dollarbill, who was bred and raised by Yirribee Pacing Stud, completed a hat trick at Albion Park on Friday (November 22), coming from near last to win in a 1:57.6 rate over 2138 metres. The seven-year-old gelding has already won five races this season and boasts 17 lifetime successes Million Dollar Cam took the siring honours at Temora on Saturday night (November 23) with a winning double in Taylors Mill, another product of Yirribee Stud, and Chubbs. Caribbean Blaster was represented by two winners from his first crop on either side of the country last week. Caribbean Jack scored for the sixth time at Young, while Caruba won her third race at Wagin (WA). Tintin In America, Million Dollar Cam and Caribbean Blaster are standing this season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), alongside the great Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Fear The Dragon and Warrawee Needy. By Peter Wharton

Prior to second-place finishes in October's Allerage and Breeders Crown events for harness racing mare pacers, Shartin N had never lost consecutive starts during her North American racing career, a span of 39 races. So, trainer Jim King Jr. breathed a little easier when Shartin N snapped that skid with a win in last week's invitational for fillies and mares at Dover Downs. The 6-year-old mare, who was slowed by sickness in September, won by 2-1/4 lengths over Kissin In The Sand in 1:49.4. "That's for sure," King said. "It was concerning, trying to figure out what I might have done wrong or what else I could have done to have her back in shape. She certainly appeared in her last start to get back to being Shartin again. Everything appears to be back in order. That's how it appears. She'll have to let us know come Saturday night." Shartin N races Saturday in the $175,000 TVG Mare Pace championship at The Meadowlands, where she is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field that includes Allerage and Breeders Crown winner Caviart Ally as well as 3-year-old standout Warrawee Ubeaut. It will be Shartin N's final race of the season. The mare has won 15 of 18 starts, earned $940,177, and been ranked No. 1 in the sport's Top 10 poll for each of its 26 weeks so far. A win in the TVG would push her over $1 million for the second consecutive year; she was the first pacing mare to ever break that barrier in 2018. Shartin N will start from post one with regular driver Tim Tetrick. Caviart Ally, who leaves from post seven in the nine-horse field, is 7-2 on the morning line and Warrawee Ubeaut, the first filly to enter the TVG Mare Pace, is 4-1 from post four. "Her biggest issue is she's just a filly," King said about Warrawee Ubeaut. "I know it's late in the year, so she's almost what you would consider an aged horse, but the fact is she's still a 3-year-old and I don't remember seeing 3-year-olds doing what aged horses do. But the second half of her year has been very good. I could see why they would want to (enter). "A lot of people wanted to see Shartin go with the boys, but I don't think that's the right way to go myself. But everybody does it their own way." Shartin N has won 41 of 55 career races and $2.06 million. Since arriving in North America, she has won 34 of 42 starts and $1.99 million. In 2018, she started at least once in every month January through November. This year, she started at least once in every month March through November. She will return to the races in 2020 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tetrick. "We're very much looking forward to it," King said. "We've had two long seasons in a row here, but she's a pretty tough girl." The TVG Mare Pace is part of a stakes-filled Saturday card at The Meadowlands. Following is a brief look at the remainder of the stakes action. $175,000 TVG Mare Trot (Race 2): Atlanta is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in a five-horse field that includes retiring 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, O'Brien Award winner Emoticon Hanover, and 3-year-old filly Beautiful Sin. $401,850 Governor's Cup (Race 4): Papi Rob Hanover, fresh off his Matron Stakes win, is the 3-5 favorite in the race for 2-year-old male pacers. Cattlewash, the Matron runner-up, is 4-1 second choice. $505,050 Valley Victory (Race 5): Breeders Crown champion Amigo Volo is the 8-5 favorite in the race for 2-year-old male trotters. Kindergarten Classic Series winner EL Ideal is 3-1 second pick. $475,100 Goldsmith Maid (Race 6): Kindergarten champ Senorita Rita is the 2-1 favorite, with Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ and Breeders Crown runner-up Sister Sledge at 5-2 in the field of eight 2-year-old filly trotters. $350,000 TVG Open Pace (Race 8): Bettor's Wish, a 3-year-old colt facing older male foes, is the 3-1 favorite. He leads the sport with $1.56 million in purses this year and has finished no worse than second in 18 starts, with 13 wins. Retiring 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked is 7-2 and Breeders Crown champion American History is 9-2. $411,000 Three Diamonds (Race 9): Matron Stakes winner Lyons Sentinel received a bye to the final and is the 2-1 favorite in the field of 2-year-old filly pacers. Elimination winner JK First Lady is 7-2 and Kindergarten champ Marloe Hanover is 9-2. $350,000 TVG Open Trot (Race 10): Machego, the fastest female trotter in history and winner of six consecutive starts, is the 2-1 favorite. Three-year-old Gimpanzee, a Breeders Crown and Matron winner, is 5-2 followed by retiring Dan Patch Award winner Six Pack at 3-1 and Maple Leaf Trot champ Guardian Angel AS at 4-1. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EST) Saturday at The Meadowlands. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The final true monster card on harness racing's 2019 calendar takes place Saturday (Nov. 23) night, when just over $2.8 million in purses will be up for grabs in eight stakes events on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night at the Meadowlands. Seven of the horses in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 poll will be in action. In three events, two of those horses will go head-to-head. The 6-year-old super mare Shartin N (No. 1 in the poll), the presumptive leader in the Horse of the Year race, will take on the top 3-year-old filly in training, Warrawee Ubeaut (No. 4), in the $175,000 TVG Mares Pace. A win by Shartin N puts her on the inside track for the HOTY hardware, a loss could put that award up for grabs. Bettor's Wish (No. 2) is another 3-year-old who will take on older foes, as he'll tackle defending Horse of the Year McWicked (No. 10) in the $350,000 TVG Open Pace. Bettor's Wish is off an impressive score in the Matron in 1:49.2 and is harness racing's high money-earner this year, with a bankroll of just over $1.5 million. A TVG win would undoubtedly help his Horse of the Year cause, but he would have to beat the standout who sealed up last year's HOTY trophy (McWicked) in the very same event last November. The final matchup of Top 10 horses comes when the sport's hottest horse, the great mare Manchego (No. 5), a winner of six in a row, takes on the boys in the $350,000 TVG Open Trot. Standing in her way will be double New York Sire Stakes and double Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee (No. 6), who has banked $1.1 million in 2019. Atlanta (No. 8) is the other Top 10 member who will be on the card. She'll be a short price in the $175,000 TVG Mares Trot off an easy win in a prep at the Big M in 1:52.2. One of the great trotting mares of all time - Atlanta's Ron Burke stablemate Hannelore Hanover - a lifetime earner of more than $3 million, will also be behind the gate making the final start of her stellar career. The four TVG events are just half the story. The Fall Final Four races - all for 2-year-olds with divisional honor impact - include the $401,850 Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings (where Papi Rob Hanover is the 3-5 early favorite); $505,050 Valley Victory for trotting colts and geldings (Breeders Crown winner Amigo Volo is 8-5); $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies (Senorita Rita is 2-1); and $411,00 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies (Lyons Sentinel is 2-1). EARLY START, BIG ACTION: The Saturday night program, which will have an earlier-than-usual first race post time of 7 p.m., features an enhanced wagering menu. It will include: 20-cent Survivor Pick-6 (Races 1-6) $40,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-5 (Races 3-7) $75,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-4 (Races 8-11) Rolling Pick-3s GETTING IT DUNN: Driver Dexter Dunn's star continues to rise, as the regular pilot for horses such as Manchego and Bettor's Wish has been red hot during November at the Meadowlands, winning 17-of-60 drives, good for a gaudy win percentage of 28. Yannick Gingras and Tim Tetrick have more than earned their keep as well, as both have nine victories through the first three weeks of the month with still four November race cards remaining. TOYS FOR TOTS: Come on out to the track on Monday, Dec. 2 and bring an unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown. Not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa - the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign - as the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception takes place at the Meadowlands. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates are expected to attend. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between now and the night of the event. FANDUEL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: With Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28) just a week away, here is the holiday operating schedule for the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook: Thanksgiving Day: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Christmas Day: Closed New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. New Year's Day: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com/fanduel. GIVING OUT THANKS: "On behalf of Jeff Gural and I, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our employees, horsemen and officials for all they do to help us maintain a great racing product. I would also like to wish our faithful fans a joyous Thanksgiving holiday. This is a time for family and friends, and I sincerely hope everybody gets to spend some quality time with the special people in their lives," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. From the Meadowlands Media Department    

Hightstown, NJ — The harness racing draws for Saturday’s (Nov. 23) TVG championships and Fall Final Four at The Meadowlands were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Big M. Accepting invitations to challenge older foes in the TVG championships were 3-year-olds Beautiful Sin (Mare Trot), Gimpanzee (Open Trot), Warrawee Ubeaut (Mare Pace) and Bettor’s Wish (Open Pace). Three-year-olds have won the past two editions of the TVG Open Trot (Tactical Landing in 2018 and What The Hill in 2017). Beautiful Sin is the first 3-year-old filly trotter to enter the Mare Trot and Warrawee Ubeaut is the first 3-year-old filly pacer to enter the Mare Pace. Bettor’s Wish is the second 3-year-old male pacer to enter the Open Pace. Captaintreacherous was the first, finishing sixth in 2013. In addition, trotting mare Manchego will tackle male rivals in the Open Trot. First-race post time is 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. Following are the draws. $175,000 TVG Mare Trot 1 – Atlanta 2 – Emoticon Hanover 3 – Beautiful Sin 4 – Hannelore Hanover 5 – Darling Mearas S $350,000 TVG Open Trot 1 – Six Pack 2 – Gimpanzee 3 – Mission Accepted 4 – Fiftydallarbill 5 – Manchego 6 – Guardian Angel AS 7 – Lindy The Great $175,000 TVG Mare Pace 1 – Shartin N 2 – Youaremycandygirl 3 – Apple Bottom Jeans 4 – Warrawee Ubeaut 5 – Kissin In The Sand 6 – Divas Image 7 – Caviart Ally 8 – Reclamation 9 – Wisdom Tree $350,000 TVG Open Pace 1 – American History 2 – Endeavor 3 – Courtly Choice 4 – McWicked 5 – Dealt A Winner 6 – Dorsoduro Hanover 7 – Bettor’s Wish 8 – Always A Prince 9 – Western Joe 10 – Geez Joe $505,000 Valley Victory 1 – Book Seven 2 – Amigo Volo 3 – St Martins 4 – Moveoutofmyway K 5 – EL Ideal 6 – Ready For Moni 7 – Southwind Fulton 8 – Chestnut Hill 9 – Rome Pays Off 10 – Patriarch Hanover $475,100 Goldsmith Maid 1 – Sister Sledge 2 – Senorita Rita 3 – Hall Of AM S 4 – Winter Olympics 5 – Queen Of The Hill 6 – Common Sense S 7 – Musclesandmascara 8 – Tricky Sister $401,850 Governor’s Cup 1 – Lake Charles 2 – Cattlewash 3 – Father Nuno 4 – Papi Rob Hanover 5 – Captain Groovy 6 – Mac’s Big Boy $411,000 Three Diamonds 1 – JK Finendandy 2 – The Bethinator 3 – Hen Party 4 – Marloe Hanover 5 – JK First Lady 6 – Lyons Sentinel 7 – Baby Your The Best 8 – Perfect Storm 9 – Looksgoodinaromper 10 – Rocknificent by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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