CHESTER PA – Shartin N, the imported pacing mare from New Zealand who has ascended to the #1 spot in North American harness racing’s weekly Top Ten poll, will race on Sunday at Harrah’s Philadelphia, drawing the rail in a field of eight for a $30,000 leg of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for pacing mares.
The six-year-old daughter of Tintin In America, trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Anne Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC, has been the dominant force among the pacing distaff ranks in the U.S. and Canada for the last year-and-a-half: she won over a million dollars in 2018 while earning her divisional championship, and in 2019 she has already won over half a million. Shartin N is undefeated in her Harrah’s career, having captured the Betsy Ross Pace in both 2018 and 2019, and also winning a GNOS contest last season.
Tim Tetrick will be in his usual spot behind Shartin N on Sunday afternoon as the Kiwi sensation goes for her eighth victory in a row.
This collection of talented mares is full of horses who love to win their races – the assembled eight have taken 47 of the 100 collective starts they have made in 2019. But Shartin N will be the key horse to go through if anyone else is to raise any winning percentages.
The GNOS mares pace will be the eighth on a 14-race card at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sunday, when first post is 12:40 p.m.