PAYING the supplementary fee to have Shartin eligible for the Breeders’ Crown at Pocono Downs is shaping as a wise investment.
In order to have the Australian feature winner eligible for the prestigious event connections had to part with a $US31,250 cheque ahead of today’s eliminations.
Thanks to her stellar performance on a wet track, Shartin has qualified for next weekend’s $270,000 Final.
Driven by Tim Tetrick, the daughter of New South Wales-based stallion Tintin In America worked hard to find the front from barrier eight before enjoying a comfortable middle half.
Proving too strong for her opposition, Shartin scored by a length from Twinkle, with Caviart Ally a half-length away third in 1:52.
Successful at 17 of her 22 starts for trainer Jim King junior, Shartin is America’s richest mare for the season with a bankroll of $832,361.
Prepared by Victorian horseman Dean Braun during her Australian career, the five-year-old was triumphant in Tasmania and Queensland Oaks.
As for her pending assignment, Shartin has drawn barrier two in the rich decider, with her main danger and elimination winner, Call Me Queen Be, to come from three.
Also beginning from barrier eight in her heat, Call Me Queen Be stopped the clock in 1:50.6.
Call Me Queen Be captured the Three-Year-Old Breeders’ Crown Final in 2016.