by Frank Carulli
October 2, 2019
They’re at the three-quarter pole in the 2019 harness racing season and Shartin N remains the target in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 poll. Last year’s champion older female pacer is 14-for-15 and close to adding another $1 million to her bankroll this year.
She received all 35 first-place votes in the poll that covers all of North America.
But the $6 million Breeders Crown awaits October 25-26 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park and if Shartin N doesn’t maintain her incredible pace, several others appear poised to make a run at year-end honors.
Multiple stakes winner Greenshoe trotted to a 1:49.4 victory in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last Sunday at the Red Mile to surpass world record-setter Lather Up in the No.2 spot in the poll.
Bettor’s Wish, the only millionaire this year, sits at No. 4, while Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi moved up five places to No. 5.
A pair of undefeated 2-year-olds – trotter Real Cool Sam and pacer Tall Dark Stranger – check in at No. 7 and No. 10, respectively.
Tim Tetrick, who will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame next July, is the regular driver for Shartin N. Tetrick leads all drivers with $12.4 million in earnings this year and his 583 wins ranks second to perennial leader Aaron Merriman (687) heading into October.
Ron Burke is headed to toward his umpteenth training title in wins and earnings. His 755 wins are more than double that of runner-up Nick Surick, and his $16.4 million in stable earnings tower over second place Rene Allard ($4.6 million).
Rusty’s Flying, an 11-year-old pacer entered to run this week at Kawartha Downs in Canada, deserves special recognition for having won 20 races in 32 starts this year.