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Little change in Top Ten after Breeders Crown

06:18 AM 30 Oct 2019 NZDT
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Hightstown, NJ — Seven of the top 10 horses in last week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll lost their respective Breeders Crown finals this past weekend, resulting in little change in positions, but a tightening in points in the upper half of the rankings.

Shartin N (second in the Mare Pace), Greenshoe (second in the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot), and Bettor’s Wish (second in the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace) remained 1-2-3 in the rankings.

Warrawee Ubeaut, who won the 3-year-old filly pace, also saw her position unchanged at No. 4 but added four first-place votes and gained 110 points to pull within four points of Bettor’s Wish.

Mare trot winner Manchego made the biggest position move, going from No. 10 to No. 5 while picking up 108 points.

Gimpanzee, the winner of the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot, and Tall Dark Stranger, who was second-placed-first in the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace, joined the top 10 at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Gimpanzee gained 71 points from a week ago; Tall Dark Stranger, ironically, dropped four points but made up positions as Southwind Ozzi and Atlanta dropped from the top 10 and Lather Up and McWicked each lost nearly 40 points.

The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year.

Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 23 – 10/29/2019

Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs
1 Shartin N (17) 6pm 17-14-2-0 $920,177 304 1
2 Greenshoe (11) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 274 2
3 Bettor’s Wish (1) 3pc 17-12-5-0 $1,436,445 255 3
4 Warrawee Ubeaut (4) 3pf 17-12-2-3 $923,898 251 4
5 Manchego (1) 4tm 15-7-0-0 $485,038 189 10
6 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 88 5
7 Gimpanzee 3tc 12-7-1-2 $997,163 82
8 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 75
9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 65 7
10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 58 8

ALSO:  Caviart Ally 50; Atlanta 48; Bold Eagle 31; Dancin Lou 28; Southwind Ozzi 24; Papi Rob Hanover 22; Ramona Hill 18; Amigo Volo 11; Winndevie 9; American History, Forbidden Trade, Six Pack 7; Lyons Sentinel, Reflect With Me 6; Elver Hanover 5; Millies Possesion 2; Captain Crunch, Guardian Angel AS, When Dovescry 1.

Bold Eagle received 1 first-place vote.

by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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