Caviart Ally powers to Crown victory over Shartin N

Milton, ON — Caviart Farms’ Caviart Ally ($7.00) sustained a first-over push out of midfield to duel down divisional standout Shartin N en route to a going away 1:49.3 score in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace on Saturday night (Oct. 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Caviart Ally defeats Shartin N in 1:49.3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park for a Breeders Crown title. Michael Burns photo.

Caviart Ally stalked patiently in fourth while Kissin In The Sand (Yannick Gingras) and Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) dueled through a :25.4 first quarter. Odds-on favorite Shartin N vacated the pocket and brushed to the lead on the first turn before pulling the half back to :55.4.

Andy McCarthy angled Caviart Ally out from fourth on approach to the final turn, and the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight motored alongside Shartin N nearing three-quarters in 1:22.3. Caviart Ally stuck a head in front past Shartin N with an eighth of a mile to go, and accelerated away to a clear 1:49.3 score. Shartin N was all-out to narrowly hold second over Kissin In The Sand.

“It feels great,” said McCarthy. “It’s been a pretty good rivalry and Shartin had the better of us all year. But Caviart Ally just seems to love this time of year. She just really excels in the fall. We’re finally getting the better of her.

“We’ve tried every way to try to beat Shartin. In Lexington, we decided to try not to leave so fast and come late. We did that again tonight. We just pushed the pace a little bit. She likes first-over, she always has. She seems to be agreeing with it.”

Brett Pelling trains 24-time winner Caviart Ally, who also defeated Shartin N in the Allerage at Red Mile on Oct. 6.

The Breeders Crown victory lifts Caviart Ally’s career earnings to more than C$1.7 million.

“She’s a great tough mare,” Pelling said. “She’s got a beautiful nature about her and is one tough girl.”

Replay available at (Race 2).

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