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17 “Firsts” propel Shartin N to Horse of the Year Title

The way I see it, when Shartin N was named Horse of the Year several weeks ago, she did it with 17 firsts.

My math is bad, but it’s not that bad.

You see, the big and good looking bay mare won 15 of 19 starts, but was also the first aged mare to annex the award (a 16th first) and she was also the first horse bred outside North America (New Zealand) to win the award as well ( a 17th first). 15 wins plus 2 “firsts” equals 17.

Shartin N, who was a six year old in 2019, is the fifth female pacer to be named Horse of the Year and first since two year old filly JK She’s A Lady in 2014. The others were 3-year-old fillies Rainbow Blue (2004), Bunny Lake (2001), and Fan Hanover (1981).

Shartin N earned $982,177 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick, winning eight $100,000 + races, including the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty, Golden Girls, Artiscape, Clara Barton, Betsy Ross, and Sam “Chip” Noble III Memorial.

Her 1:46.4 win in the Lady Liberty on Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands was nothing short of breath taking as she recorded the fastest mile by a female pacer in the history of Standardbred racing.

“It’s crazy good,” King said. “It’s unexplainable. It’s one of those feelings that everybody should get the chance to experience”.

Shartin N, by Tintin In America out of Bagdarin bred by Grant Crabbe, was runner-up to McWicked in Horse of the Year voting in 2018.

“I wasn’t a voter; she would have gotten my vote,” King. said with a laugh. “She had a tremendous season (in 2018) and to come back and do it again is special.”

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