MILTON, June 16, 2018 – Shartin N, who made a break but recovered to finish fourth in last week’s elimination, redeemed herself with a prominent effort in the $370,000 Roses Are Red final on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Blazin Britches blasted off the gate for Dave Miller with Shartin N pressuring outside and Tequila Monday settling in along the rail through an opening quarter in :25.4. However, an aggressive Tim Tetrick made a quick decision and cleared to the front with Shartin N to take command.
Blue Moon Stride moved first over for Corey Callahan to provide competition for Shartin N who made the half in :54.2, while L A Delight got rolling down the back straight with a three-wide move.
Shartin N continued her lead to the top of the lane and found another gear as she straightened away to notch the victory in a sharp 1:49.3 over Blue Moon Stride who held place over L A Delight.
Tetrick said he went behind the gate with an open mind.
“I let her tell me what she wanted to do off the gate, which I’ve always done and today I did let her step forward pretty good and get early position and it worked out. I was going to make my way to the front and I went ahead and did that,” said Tetrick.
Despite the miscue in her elimination effort, Tetrick remained confident with Shartin N in the Roses Are Red final.
“She didn’t want to listen to my audible (last week), but she’s a good mare,” said Tetrick. “She’s got her quirks but with as much speed as she has, she can overcome a lot of that.”
Shartin N held strong down the lane for Tetrick who is more confident than ever now in the five-year-old daughter of Tintin In America, who was bred in New Zealand by G. J. Crabbe.
“The times I’ve had her on the front she’s pretty lazy up there and then she won’t really go until she sees someone. She kept doing it, and I got nervous, but I should have just sent and I would have been okay,” said Tetrick.”
Shartin N, trained by James King for owners Richard Poillucci and Joann Looney King, paid $3.50 to win as the 3/5 mutuel favourite.