Shartin makes history in Matchmaker

Courtesy of Yonkers Raceway, New York.

"She’s a tough SOB with big lungs.”

Even-money favorite Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, $4) employed the same tactic she did a season ago, winning Sunday's (NZ time) $402,600 final of Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker.

As was the case in the evening $663,260 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, both were the richest incarnations in the respective histories.

Shartin N, from post position No. 6 among the high-end mares, was away fourth as Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan) and Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) were dueling early. The latter retook from the former by the :27.2 opening quarter-mile before Shartin N was out and moving again.

She made the lead just before a :55.2 intermission, then finished off the 11th Matchmaker from there (1:23.3, 1:52.1) in her fastest purse mile of the season, Shartin N became the first lass to defend this race’s title and the first to win it more than once.  

From the hinterlands came uncoupled stablemate Bettor Joy N (Dexter Dunn) to get second, beaten a length-and-a-half, with Apple Bottom Jeans, Don’t Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett) and Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the smaller envelopes.

A first-up Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), Ideal Lifestyle A (Jordan Stratton) and a backpedaling Feelin’ Red Hot brought up the rear.

For Shartin N, a 6-year-old Down Under Tintin in America miss co-owned by her escort, Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King & trained by Jim King Jt. it was her fourth win in five starts. The exacta paid $21.60, the triple returned $77.50 and the superfecta paid $301.50.

“I’ve put her in spots before where I didn’t think she would reach and she just digs down and finds something,” Tetrick said. “When I saw Corey (Callahan, with Apple Bottom Jeans) had to go hard to get the lead, let George (Brennan, Feelin’ Red Hot) go and retake, I thought I’d take my chance and push the envelope and he let me go.

“(Shartin N) is a great mare; she’s proven it time in and time out,” Tetrick said. “For her to do what she’s done, make a million dollars (in 2018), it speaks for itself.”

A $75,000 series consolation was won by Tetrick-driven and King Jr.-trained Newborn Sassy ($3.50) in a career-ending 1:54. The 6-year-old lass, who’s off to be bred to Captaintreacherous, retires with 33 wins in 92 career starts and just under $1,1 million.

“There’s a special place in my heart for her,” Tetrick said.

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