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    AS SHE so often is, Shartin was simply sensational at Harrah’s Philadelphia yesterday. Duelling down a determined Caviart Ally, the Australian major winner captured... Aussie feature winner too good in USA

    AS SHE so often is, Shartin was simply sensational at Harrah’s Philadelphia yesterday.

    Duelling down a determined Caviart Ally, the Australian major winner captured the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for pacing mares.

    Unlike her previous five wins this season, finding the lead was no easy task for the six-year-old despite being pushed along from post seven by Tim Tetrick.

    Caviart Ally, driven by Aussie reinsman Andy McCarthy, offered plenty of resistance and as soon as Shartin accelerated to try to clear midway on the first turn, Caviart Ally countered and forced her rival into the pocket shortly after a gruelling 25.2-second first quarter.

    “I didn’t know about the 25.2 quarter, and it put Timmy in a tough spot, so he had to force the issue,” said trainer Jim King Jr. “I wouldn’t like to see that trip two weeks in a row, but obviously she can do it.”

    After an easier second split, Caviart Ally faced a second challenge from Shartin, which pulled the pocket just in front of Apple Bottom Jeans with three-eighths to go and worked to within a neck past three-quarters in 1:21.3.

    While Shartin headed Caviart Ally nearing the home turn, she was far from home free as the latter fought tooth and nail to offer sustained resistance.

    Shartin resolutely held her ground to prevail by a neck in 1:49.2, her fastest win of the season. Apple Bottom Jeans stayed on for third.

    “Once she was head and head turning for home, I was pretty confident,” concluded King, who campaigns Shartin for Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. “She’s just overcome everything that’s been thrown at her.”

    Shartin will be pointed to the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

    In addition to her victories in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Betsy Ross and her 2018 Breeders’ Crown triumph, Shartin has won 22 other times since arriving in North America at the beginning of 2018.

    • JAMES WITHERITE

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