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Published by in News · 5 November 2018
The Falcon Seelster influence, through top son McArdle, and grandson, Tintin In America, was the catalyst for the USA's top male and female performers in 2018.
Despite Falcon Seelster being humanely put down in 2011, Bromac Lodge still have frozen semen straws available from the hugely successful stallion for breeding this season.
The ever-lasting "Falcon" Breeders Crown legacy was showcased by McArdle's son McWicked and Tintin In America's NZ-bred daughter Shartin winning the respective Breeders Crown Open Pace races at Pocono on October 27.  
McWicked, the arch-rival of former NZ champ Lazarus in North America this year, pressed to the front and cleared out in the $430,000 male open final in 1:49.6 on a rain-affected track.
The seven-year-old entire is North America's top winning aged pacer in 2018, having won 10 of 17 starts for nearly $1.4 million.
A former top three-year-old, he has been in career best form this year, pacing a brilliant 1:46.4 mile to beat Lazarus at the Red Mile, Lexington, Kentucky, last month.
Last year, the Casie Coleman trained pacer won seven of 27 starts for $560,000.
McWicked, from a Western Ideal mare in Western Sahara, has amassed career earnings of $3.8 million.
Shartin, by 2010 NZ Four-Year-Old Pacer of the Year in Tintin In America (1:53.4), a former high speed son of McArdle when prepared in NZ by Geoff Small, has taken the USA by storm.
Bred at Broadfield by Grant Crabbe, she qualified in NZ but was sold unraced, firstly to the Dean Braun stable in Australia.
She won seven of 13 Australian starts for $105,718, including the Tasmanian and Queensland Oaks.
Now trained in North America by Jim King jun, Shartin led from the two barrier for Tim Tetrick in the $270,000 Breeders Crown Mares Final Pace and won again, this time in 1:52, well outside her 1:48.4 best.
Shartin, a five-year-old from a Live Or Die mare in Bagdarin (1:57.7, one win from only three starts), has won $968,361 from 18 wins in 23 starts for the year.
Her dam Bagdarin is a daughter of five-win 1:57.9 mare Slatina (Save Fuel-Kinsale, by Noodlum-Kiatina, by Fallacy-Bravine), a breed formerly developed at Ashburton by Bruce Francis, featuring former NSW Miracle Mile winner, Locarno.

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