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SHARTIN N HAT TRICK LEADS THIRD ROUND OF MATCHMAKER



Four $40,000 events again brought together many of the best pacing mares.

First Division-A perfectly-pocketed Lakeisha Hall (George Brennan, $14.60) measured it off against 1-4 favorite L A Delight (Yannick Gingras).

The latter, away third from the pole, moved to the lead right at a 27 second opening quarter mile. She then had a no excuse middle half 56.4, 1:25.4. Meanwhile, Lakeisha Hall, from post position No. 4, made a quick lead before finding her sequestered in the two-hole.

L A Delight owned a length and a quarter lead into the lane. However, former Kentucky Sire Stakes champ Lakeisha Hall edged out and edged past, winning by a half length in 1:54.2. Medusa was a best of the rest, three-hole third.

For second choice Lakeisha Hall, a 5 year old daughter of Third Straight co-owned by Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jack Piatt II, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28.20, with the triple returning $88.50.

"Once I made the lead, I wanted to make (L A Delight) work," Brennan said. "She had to go some in the first quarter, then not much, but my mare was sharp.

I was kicking myself last week. It was one of the few times I picked off Ronnie Burke and she was very good. She was good again."

Second Division If Tim Tetrick has asked series leader Shartin N $2.90 at any point during the first three weeks, he did it in private, as the femme fatale made it look simple again. Chilly early from post No. 2, she watched pole-sitting Lady Shadow take over from Scandalicious.

The intervals were soft enough 28, 57.4 when Shartin N moved from fourth. She used a 27.2 third quarter to dispose of Lady Shadow, taking a length and a half lead in and out of the final turn. Shartin N finished it off by a length in 1:53.3, remaining the Matchmaker's lone meticulous mare.

Safe from Terror (Jordan Stratton) lost her tow when the winner cleared, but continued well to be second. Eclipse Me N (Dan Dube) was third.

For Shartin N, a 5 year old Down Under daughter of Tintin in America co owned by Richard Poillucci & Jo Anne Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her seventh win in eight 2018 tries. The exacta paid $10.60, with triple returning $47.20.

"She's really versatile and learning to become an Americanized horse," Tetrick said.

Apparently, she's going to turn into a "slacker" as well,
as Mrs. King indicated Shartin N is getting next week's fourth round off for good behavior.

Third Division-Second-choice Twinkle (Eric Goodell, $4.80) played leapfrog with 13-10 fave Sell a Bit N. Good thing, too, as the latter tired and the leader held sway.

Twinkle, from post No. 4, made the first lead, looping Sell a Bit N. The latter did take over before the 27.3 opening two furlongs. Twinkle left the cones to seize the initiative going into the second turn, finishing it off from there 57.3, 1:25.2, season's-best 1:54.1.

Shesjustadelight N away third from the pole, came first-up and was a very good second, missing by three-quarters of length. Third went to Miss Irish Rose A, with Sell a Bit N fading to fourth

For Twinkle, a 5 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by Dana Parham & Let it Ride Stables and trained by Ross Croghan, she’s 2 for 3 this season and won 13 of 15 career starts. The exacta paid $22.80, the triple returned $318.50 and the superfecta paid $1,035.

Fourth Division-For a second consecutive week, defending series victress Mackenzie A (Stratton, $3.10) was an off the pace beast.

Away sixth from post No. 6, she watched Newborn Sassy leave around Call Me Queen Be. Again, there's wasn't much early excitement 27.4, :57.4, but no matter.

Mackenzie A was moving, and she nearly had an unwanted deterrent for yet another week. This time however, All About Madi, slipped back in after briefly coming out from third. That left Mackenzie A to engage Newborn Sassy in and out of a 1:26 three-quarters.

The leader was tough, but the challenger was tougher. Just about synchronized turning for home, Mackenzie A wore down Newborn Sassy by a half length in 1:54.1. Call Me Queen Be wound up third.



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