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Tetrick Sweeps Plainridge Stakes

Published: July 28, 2019 7:32 pm ET

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Guardian Angel As lived up to his billing in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot on Sunday (July 28) at Plainridge Park as he led every step of the way en route to an impressive victory, setting a new track record in the process, while Shartin N paced the fastest mile in the track's history to capture the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace.

Tim Tetrick wasted no time putting Guardian Angel As on the point, seating everyone else in the process before he hit the quarter in :26.4. Tetrick then slowed down the pace in the second panel to :28.3, forcing an outer flow that brought Weslynn Dancer (David Miller), La Grange A (Andy Miller) and Mambo Lindy (Drew Monti).

The field made its way up the backside and Weslynn Dancer eventually drew even with Guardian Angel As before they hit three-quarters in 1:22.4. At that point, Tetrick tapped his horse twice and he shifted gears to open up by a length. Down the lane, Tetrick reminded Guardian Angel As his work wasn’t quite finished, and he tapped the wheel disc a couple times more. The trotter closed it out on his own, winning by a length in 1:51.3.

The time was a new track record for older trotting horses, smashing the standing mark of 1:53.4 set by Kodak Lindy in 2016 and was only one-fifth of a second off the all-time trotting mark of 1:51.2 set by JL Cruze in the inaugural edition of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot back in 2017.

Guardian Angel As ($3.00) has now won five out of his last six races, and the winner’s share of the purse boosted his 2019 earnings to $312,934 for owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. Anette Lorentzon trains Guardian Angel As.

Two races before that track record-breaking performance, Shartin N put on a show of her own when she broke two standing Plainridge records in the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace.


Shartin N's 1:49.1 mile in the Clara Barton was the fastest ever in the 21-year history of Plainridge Park.

Once again, the hot-handed Tetrick vaulted Shartin N to an unopposed lead, and from there she was simply a pacing machine. As Tetrick had his hands full with his mare on the bit, Shartin N went to the quarter in :26.3, the half in :55.1 and the three-quarters in 1:22.1 with the field just trying to keep pace.

When they made their way around the last turn, Shartin N started to pull away. Tetrick was sitting statuesque without urging the mare at all while she accelerated toward the record book. Shartin N pulled away to a two-length margin and was wrapped up at the wire in 1:49.1.

Shartin N broke the older pacing mare record of 1:50 set by Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) just three races earlier on the card, and also the all-time pacing mark of 1:49.2 set by Maltese Artist in 2005.

It was the 10th win in a row and 11th of the season for Shartin N ($2.20), and it raised her 2019 earnings to $655,765 for owners Rich Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and her driver Tim Tetrick. Jim King Jr. trains the 2018 Dan Patch Award-winning mare.

“It was a great day of racing at Plainridge Park and it was good to see such a strong turnout of racing fans throughout the facility,” said Steve O’Toole, Director of Racing at Plainridge Park. “It was also great to see Massachusetts native Rich Poillucci and Shartin N win the Barton and also Massachusetts natives Jim Winske, Paul Kelley and Steve Michaels finishing second with The Veteran in the Spirit.”

(Plainridge Park/HHANE)


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