Lady Liberty Hat Trick For Shartin N
Shartin N made it three in a row in the Lady Liberty for pacing mares, winning Saturday’s (Aug. 8) $177,100 edition by one length over Major Occasion A in 1:48.2 at The Meadowlands.
Major Occasion A led the field to the opening quarter in :26.2, but driver Tim Tetrick already had Shartin N in gear and on her way to the front. Shartin N took the lead and reached the half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:22. She fought off a challenge from Warrawee Ubeaut on the final turn and went on to her fourth win in five starts this season and the 45th of her career. Stonebridge Soul (Corey Callahan) closed strongly for third.
“You just get to a point with 45 wins that you go out and you think you’re going to win again, but it just doesn’t always happen,” co-owner Jo Ann Looney-King said. “It’s just a thrill every single time. She’s just a thrill.”
Shartin N, the 2019 U.S. Horse of the Year, has won more than $2.4 million lifetime and 38 of 48 starts since arriving from New Zealand. She is owned by Richard Poillucci, Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. The seven-year-old mare is a daughter of Tintin In America out of Bagdarin.
“If it wasn’t for Rich Poillucci, I would not be standing here and she would not be out there today,” Looney-King said. “He picked her out, he bought her and brought her here; it’s all Rich Poillucci.”
Shartin N paid $2.80 to win.
The Lady Liberty is one of many stakes contested on the Hambletonian Day card at The Meadowlands. Read about the rest of the action in the Hambletonian Day News Centre.