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The harness racing Top Ten Poll this week sees Manchego moving up one spot to 2nd place while Tall Dark Stranger, after his loss Saturday at the Meadowlands, has dropped to the number 3 spot. Gimpanzee remains No.1 for the fourth straight week since the Top Ten Poll first started. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 4 – 8/4/2020 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Gimpanzee (28) 4th 4-4-0-0 $401,200 336 1 2 Manchego (5) 5tm 5-4-1-0 $218,975 294 3 3 Tall Dark Stranger 3pc 4-3-0-0 $343,569 270 2 4 Ramona Hill (2) 3tf 3-2-0-1 $151,465 182 9 5 Atlanta 5tm 4-2-2-0 $177,950 176 4 6 Shartin N 7pm 4-3-1-0 $133,416 137 6 7 Dancin Lou 4ph 5-3-0-2 $254,661 100 7 8 Papi Rob Hanover 3pc 4-1-21 $173,205 82 5 9 Hurrikane Emperor 4ph 6-4-1-1 $171,625 69 8 10 Ready For Moni 3tc 2-2-0-0 $92,570 63 -- ALSO: Back Of The Neck 48; Reflect With Me 47; Hypnotic AM 22; Catch The Fire, Party Girl Hill 14; Bet On Becky 13; Action Uncle 10; Allywag Hanover 6; American Courage, Captain Corey, Charlie May, Tattoo Artist 5; Ocean Rock, Sister Sledge, Splash Brother 4; Backstreet Shadow 3; JL Cruze, Love A Good Story 2; Kissin In The Sand, My Ruebe Star N, Southwind Amazon 1.

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 3 – 7/28/2020 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Gimpanzee (24) 4th 4-4-0-0 $401,200 330 1 2 Tall Dark Stranger (6) 3pc 3-3-0-0 $336,785 308 2 3 Manchego (4) 5tm 5-4-1-0 $218,975 285 3 4 Atlanta 5tm 4-2-2-0 $177,950 171 4 5 Papi Rob Hanover (1) 3pc 4-1-2-1 $173,205 166 10 6 Shartin N 7pm 4-3-1-0 $133,416 159 8 7 Dancin Lou 4ph 5-3-0-2 $254,661 100 5 8 Hurrikane Emperor 4ph 5-4-0-1 $165,625 98 6 9 Ramona Hill 3tf 2-1-0-1 $126,465 97 7 10 Back Of The Neck 3tc 3-2-1-0 $96,145 57 9 ALSO: Reflect With Me 45; Bet On Becky 20; Tattoo Artist 14; Ready For Moni 11; Hypnotic AM 10; Sister Sledge 9; Allywag Hanover 8; Captain Corey 6; American Courage, Charlie May 5; Backstreet Shadow, Party Girl Hill, Splash Brother 4; Action Uncle 3; Workin Ona Mystery 2; Kissin In The Sand, P L Notsonice, Sorella, Southwind Amazon 1.

Hightstown, NJ — Hambletonian Maturity winner Gimpanzee remained No. 1 in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but Meadowlands Pace champion Tall Dark Stranger moved within single digits of the harness racing season’s early leader. Gimpanzee, an undefeated 4-year-old trotting stallion, picked up six first-place votes compared to last week, giving him 24, and increased his points by 17 to 327. Tall Dark Stranger got 10 first-place votes this week and added 80 points to his total from Week 1, taking over the No. 2 position in the rankings. He was followed by Miss Versatility Series third-round winner Manchego, idle Atlanta, and W.R. Haughton Memorial winner Dancin Lou, who was unranked last week. Other newcomers in the top 10 were Del Miller Memorial winner Ramona Hill at No. 7, Stanley Dancer Memorial division winner Back Of The Neck at No. 9, and Meadowlands Pace runner-up Papi Rob Hanover at No. 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll 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 2 – 7/21/2020 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Gimpanzee (24) 4th 4-4-0-0 $401,200 327 1 2 Tall Dark Stranger (10) 3pc 3-3-0-0 $336,785 318 3 3 Manchego 5tm 4-3-1-0 $93,975 245 4 4 Atlanta (1) 5tm 3-2-1-0 $115,450 241 2 5 Dancin Lou 4ph 5-3-0-2 $254,661 128 — 6 Hurrikane Emperor 4ph 4-3-0-1 $158,750 121 5 7 Ramona Hill 3tf 2-1-0-1 $126,465 111 — 8 Shartin N 7pm 3-2-1-0 $83,416 88 7 9 Back Of The Neck 3tc 3-2-1-0 $96,145 75 — 10 Papi Rob Hanover 3pc 3-0-2-1 $160,705 67 — ALSO: Ready For Moni 26; Reflect With Me 22; Hypnotic AM 21; Bet On Becky 19; Backstreet Shadow, Captain Corey 13; Tattoo Artist 12; Kissin In The Sand 11; Allywag Hanover 9; Action Uncle, Yanks Dugout 6; American Courage, Charlie May, Elver Hanover 5; Party Girl Hill, Splash Brother, Workin Ona Mystery 4; Bllack Hole, Our Majordan A, Sorella, Winella Hanover 3; Indictable Hanover, Southwind Amazon 2; Major Occasion A, Odds On Sarasota, Plunge Blue Chip 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

For the first time in the history of the Top Ten Poll the same horse stayed #1 all season long and that horse is none other than Shartin N. This is the final Top Ten Poll for the 2019 season. Shartin N closed out the year with 23 first place votes out of 35 voters. The final Top Ten Poll did not change at all from last week. Thanks to the USTA's Ken Weingartner for conducting the Top Ten Poll. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (23) 6pm 19-15-3-0 $982,177 322 1 2 Bettor’s Wish (8) 3pc 19-13-6-0 $1,643,745 306 2 3 Greenshoe (3) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 253 3 4 Manchego (1) 4tm 17-8-1-0 $585,788 204 4 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 19-12-2-3 $950,610 173 5 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 14-8-1-2 $1,128,753 135 6 7 Caviart Ally 5pm 19-9-7-3 $672,215 114 7 8 Papi Rob Hanover 2pc 12-6-4-2 $754,774 71 8 9 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 56 9 10 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 51 10 ALSO: Atlanta 48; McWicked 41; Six Pack 39; Lather Up 38; Emoticon Hanover 10; When Dovescry 9; Captain Crunch, Forbidden Trade, Senorita Rita 8; Southwind Ozzi 6; Lyons Sentinel 5; Amigo Volo 4; Blue Ivy, Sister Sledge 3; Easy Lover Hanover, Elver Hanover, JK First Lady 2; Always A Prince, Bold Eagle, Shake That House, Winndevie 1. From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown/USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Last Saturday's (Nov. 23) TVG/Fall Final Four Night at the Meadowlands promised an evening of incredible racing featuring a galaxy of harness racing stars. And it delivered. The four TVG Finals for older horses yielded no winning favorites and left a somewhat blurry Horse of the Year picture even more out of focus. The biggest surprise of the night came early for the backers of 1-9 favorite Atlanta, who got gunned down by Emoticon Hanover after a thrilling stretch duel in 1:51.4, giving Emoticon a second straight TVG Mares Trot championship. In the TVG Open Pace, Always A Prince, being driven by Yannick Gingras for the first time, blasted down the road in a sizzling 1:48.2. Rallying for second was 2-1 public choice Bettor's Wish, whose record for 2019 now stands at 13 wins and six seconds from 19 starts. He is the leading money-earning horse in the sport this year with a bank account of $1.64 million and figures in the Horse of the Year conversation. Ake Svanstedt moved Six Pack at just the right moment and charged past 7-5 shot Manchego - who was seeking to beat the boys - in the TVG Open Trot in 1:50. It marked the final career start for Six Pack (the 3-2 second choice), who finished his career with 19 wins from 35 starts and earnings of $1.93 million. His 1:49.1 win in the 2018 Kentucky Futurity is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on the trot. The last of the TVG Finals - the Mares Pace - brought high drama, as 1-2 favorite Shartin N was looking to hang on to the top spot in the Horse of the Year race facing her arch-rival - and 3-1 second choice - Caviart Ally. The stretch duel was as thrilling as they get, and at the wire, Caviart Ally had her third consecutive win over Shartin N in a race of great significance (the Breeders Crown and Allerage were the other two), this time by a nose in 1:48.3. The Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds featured some pulse-pounding performances as well. Papi Rob Hanover was much the best as the 1-9 public choice in the Governor's Cup for colts and geldings on the pace while 1-2 favorite - and Breeders Crown champion - Amigo Volo went off stride early, paving the way for EL Ideal (3-1 second choice) to go wire-to-wire in the Valley Victory for male trotters. Senorita Rita, the even-money choice, got up just in time to catch Sister Sledge after a stretch battle in the Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters while 3-1 second choice JK First Lady powered home after rallying three-wide at three-quarters to take the Three Diamonds for filly pacers. Lyons Sentinel, the 1-2 public choice, finished third. In addition to Six Pack retiring, others making their final starts Saturday included Hannelore Hanover, a lifetime earner of over $3 million who goes out as one of the top female trotters in the history of the game; 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked, who finished fifth behind Always A Prince and completes his career with a staggering bankroll of $4.93 million; and 2018 Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice, whose lifetime best of 1:47.1 came in the Big M's signature pacing event. TOUGH NIGHT FOR TOP 10: None of the seven horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 Poll who raced Saturday emerged victorious. In addition to No. 8 Atlanta, No. 2 Bettor's Wish, No. 10 McWicked, No. 5 Manchego and No. 1 Shartin N, No. 4 Warrawee Ubeaut - a 3-year-old who took on older - finished fourth in the TVG Mares Pace while No. 6 Gimpanzee - another sophomore that took on elders - finished fourth in the TVG Open Trot. LET THE DEBATE BEGIN: While Shartin N remains the favorite to take home the Horse of the Year trophy, there will no doubt be some voters who will cast their ballots elsewhere. In the Top 10 Poll that was released Tuesday, four horses received first-place votes: Shartin N (23), Bettor's Wish (8), Greenshoe (3) and Manchego (1). "The Meadowlands was proud to host an unforgettable night of racing," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The TVG races showcased the best of the best and featured several much-anticipated matchups of top 3-year-olds taking on some of the outstanding older horses in training. We watched the stars of the future in the Fall Final Four and we said goodbye to some of our greatest stars who were honored in retirement ceremonies. The TVG Finals, in unison with the Fall Final Four, certainly was the perfect way to close out a sensational Meadowlands 2019 stakes season." ON THE CALENDAR: Racing resumes this weekend on Friday and Saturday with a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. This will be the last two-card race week of the year as during the month of December, racing will be conducted on a thrice weekly basis, Thursday through Saturday. ... On Nov. 29, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. ... Bring your appetite on Saturday (Nov. 30), for the Big M's third annual Pork Roll Eating Contest. First prize is $500. TOYS FOR TOTS: Come on out to the track on Monday (Dec. 2) and bring an unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown. Not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa - the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign - as the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception takes place at the Meadowlands. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates are expected to attend. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between now and the night of the event. FANDUEL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Here is the holiday operating schedule for the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook: Thanksgiving Day: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Christmas Day: Closed New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. New Year's Day: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com/fanduel. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

Hightstown, NJ — Weekend winners Caviart Ally and Papi Rob Hanover both moved into the harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown top 10 for the first time this season while the top three — Shartin N, Bettor’s Wish, and Greenshoe — remained unchanged. Caviart Ally beat Shartin N by a nose in the TVG Mare Pace championship and was seventh in this week’s rankings. Papi Rob Hanover won the Governor’s Cup and was eighth. Bettor’s Wish finished second against older horses in the TVG Open Pace and gained five first-place votes and narrowed the gap with Shartin N to 20 points, down from 52 a week ago. Shartin N has 23 first-place votes, a loss of two from last week. Greenshoe, who is retired, saw his first-place votes cut in half, to three. Tall Dark Stranger, who was idle, returned to the top 10 as Atlanta, who was second in the TVG Mare Trot, and McWicked, who was fifth in the TVG Open Pace, dropped out. Also dropping from the top 10 was retired Lather Up. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll 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. The final poll will be released Dec. 3. 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 27 – 11/26/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (23) 6pm 19-15-3-0 $982,177 322 1 2 Bettor’s Wish (8) 3pc 19-13-6-0 $1,643,745 302 2 3 Greenshoe (3) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 255 3 4 Manchego (1) 4tm 17-8-1-0 $585,788 204 5 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 19-12-2-3 $950,610 174 4 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 14-8-1-2 $1,128,753 134 6 7 Caviart Ally 5pm 19-9-7-3 $672,215 104 — 8 Papi Rob Hanover 2pc 12-6-4-2 $754,774 63 — 9 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 58 7 10 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 57 — ALSO: Atlanta 55; McWicked 44; Lather Up 40; Six Pack 39; Captain Crunch 14; When Dovescry 9; Emoticon Hanover, Forbidden Trade, Senorita Rita 8; Southwind Ozzi 6; Lyons Sentinel 5; Amigo Volo, JK First Lady 4; Sister Sledge 3; Elver Hanover 2; Always A Prince, Bold Eagle, Winndevie 1. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Hightstown, NJ — Matron Stakes 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace winner Bettor’s Wish moved up to No. 2 in this week’s Harness Racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, receiving one point more than previous No. 2 Greenshoe. Season-long No. 1 Shartin N won an invitational for fillies and mares last week at Dover Downs and added 17 points to her total. She enjoys a 52-point cushion over Bettor’s Wish. Warrawee Ubeaut finished fourth in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers and dropped four first-place votes but remained No. 4. Manchego, who was idle, rounded out the top five. Atlanta returned to the top 10 after winning the preferred trot Saturday at The Meadowlands. Atlanta, who was previously ranked in the top 10 in week 22, was eighth this week. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll 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. The final poll will be released Dec. 3. 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 26 – 11/19/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (25) 6pm 18-15-2-0 $940,177 328 1 2 Bettor’s Wish (3) 3pc 18-13-5-0 $1,560,620 276 3 3 Greenshoe (6) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 275 2 4 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 18-12-2-3 $937,170 220 4 5 Manchego (1) 4tm 16-8-0-0 $500,038 189 5 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 13-8-1-2 $1,101,313 134 6 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 70 7 8 Atlanta 4tm 14-8-3-1 $726,200 68 — 9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 65 9 10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 63 10 ALSO:  Tall Dark Stranger 60; Caviart Ally 38; Southwind Ozzi 21; Papi Rob Hanover 20; Lyons Sentinel 15; Dancin Lou 13; Winndevie 12; Amigo Volo, Elver Hanover, When Dovescry 8; Tall Drink Hanover 6; Ramona Hill 5; Bold Eagle, Reflect With Me 4; Millies Possesion, Six Pack 3; Captain Crunch, Guardian Angel AS, Swansea 2; Easy Lover Hanover, Forbidden Trade, Hypnotic AM 1. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

There is little change this week in the Top Ten Poll. Gimpanzee did move up to #6 with Real Cool Sam dropping one notch to #7. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 25 – 11/12/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (18) 6pm 17-14-2-0 $920,177 311 1 2 Greenshoe (11) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 275 2 3 Bettor’s Wish (1) 3pc 17-12-5-0 $1,436,445 262 3 4 Warrawee Ubeaut (4) 3pf 17-12-2-3 $923,898 248 4 5 Manchego (1) 4tm 16-8-0-0 $500,038 177 5 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 12-7-1-2 $997,163 97 7 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 79 6 8 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 78 8 9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 73 9 10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 60 10   ALSO:  Caviart Ally 47; Atlanta 45; Dancin Lou 28; Papi Rob Hanover, Southwind Ozzi 23; Lyons Sentinel 15; Winndevie 12; Ramona Hill 11; Amigo Volo 10; Bold Eagle 8; Forbidden Trace 6; Elver Hanover, Millies Possesion 5; American History, Reflect With Me 4; Captain Crunch, Emoticon Hanover, Hypnotic AM, Sister Sledge, Six Pack 3; Youaremycandygirl 2; Hickfromfrenchlick, When Dovescry 1.

There were no changes from last week in the Top Ten Poll Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 24 – 11/5/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (17) 6pm 17-14-2-0 $920,177 306 1 2 Greenshoe (11) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 282 2 3 Bettor’s Wish (1) 3pc 17-12-5-0 $1,436,445 255 3 4 Warrawee Ubeaut (5) 3pf 17-12-2-3 $923,898 251 4 5 Manchego (1) 4tm 15-7-0-0 $485,038 189 5 6 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 88 6 7 Gimpanzee 3tc 12-7-1-2 $997,163 86 7 8 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 75 8 9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 70 9 10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 63 10   ALSO:  Caviart Ally 49; Atlanta 48; Dancin Lou 29; Southwind Ozzi 24; Bold Eagle 16; Papi Rob Hanover 15; Ramona Hill 13; Amigo Volo 10; Winndevie 9; Forbidden Trade 8; Lyons Sentinel, Six Pack 6; Elver Hanover, Millies Possesion 5; American History, Reflect With Me 4; Emoticon Hanover 3; The Ice Dutchess 2; Captain Crunch, Don’t Let’em, Guardian Angel AS, When Dovescry 1.

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

Warrawee Ubeaut jumped up from seventh place to fourth place in this weeks Top Ten Poll. She was very impressive Saturday in her Breeders Crown elimination victory. This week Shartin N remains atop the poll with 19 points while Greenshoe (13) and Bettor's Wish (2) received first place votes. And Manchego (who also received 1 first place vote) was able to break into the top ten poll in tenth place. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 22 – 10/22/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (19) 6pm 16-14-1-0 $848,177 327 1 2 Greenshoe (13) 3tc 12-10-2-0 $1,164,550 317 2 3 Bettor’s Wish (2) 3pc 16-12-4-0 $1,301,294 283 3 4 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 16-11-2-3 $648,748 141 7 5 Real Cool Sam 2tg 9-9-0-0 $454,575 140 4 6 Southwind Ozzi 3pc 13-9-3-0 $810,610 123 5 7 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 104 6 8 McWicked 8ph 15-6-3-3 $981,466 95 9 9 Atlanta 4tm 12-7-3-0 $658,400 83 10 10 Manchego (1) 4tm 14-6-0-0 $322,388 81 -- ALSO:  Tall Dark Stranger 79; Forbidden Trade 31; Lyons Sentinel 18; Captain Crunch 16; Elver Hanover 13; Gimpanzee 11; Hypnotic AM, Papi Rob Hanover 8; Century Farroh, Dancin Lou 7; Alicorn, Guardian Angel AS, Millies Possesion 6; When Dovescry 4; Caviart Ally, Rich And Miserable 3; The Ice Dutchess 2; Priceless, Sister Sledge, Tall Drink Hanover 1.  

Hightstown, NJ — McWicked rejoined the top 10 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll following his victory in the Dan Rooney Invitational Pace on Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. The 8-year-old pacing stallion, who was the 2018 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada, was ranked No. 9. His most recent previous appearance in the top 10 came in week 14 of the voting, when he was No. 10. Pacing mare Shartin N remained No. 1, followed by 3-year-old colt trotter Greenshoe and 3-year-old colt pacer Bettor’s Wish. 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 21 – 10/15/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (19) 6pm 16-14-1-0 $848,177 328 1 2 Greenshoe (14) 3tc 12-10-2-0 $1,164,550 318 2 3 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 15-11-4-0 $1,288,944 278 3 4 Real Cool Sam 2tg 9-9-0-0 $454,575 138 7 5 Southwind Ozzi 3pc 12-9-2-0 $804,435 132 5 6 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 120 4 7 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 15-10-2-3 $636,398 118 8 8 Tall Dark Stranger (1) 2pc 7-7-0-0 $411,265 99 9 9 McWicked 8ph 15-6-3-3 $981,466 97 -- 10 Atlanta 4tm 12-7-3-0 $658,400 88 6 ALSO:  Manchego 67*; Forbidden Trade 26; Captain Crunch, Gimpanzee 18; Elver Hanover 13; Alicorn, Hypnotic AM 10; Lyons Sentinel 9; Boadicea, When Dovescry 7; Century Farroh, Guardian Angel AS 5; Caviart Ally, Green Manalishi S 4; Rich And Miserable 3; Custom Cantab, Six Pack, Tall Drink Hanover 1. *Manchego did receive one first place vote by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

After an impressive victory in the Kentucky Futurity and a second place finish by harness racing poll leader Shartin N, Greenshoe has closed the gap in the Top Ten Poll. Shartin N is still #1 with 19 first place votes as Greenshoe moved closer with 14 first place votes and surprisingly, undefeated Tall Dark Stranger received one first place vote while remaining in 9th position. After the battle for the #1 position, the only changes in the Top Ten Poll comes at the end of the list where Warraee Ubeaut moved from 10th to 8th position and Manchego, after becoming the fastest female trotter of all time, is on the Top Ten Poll in 10th position. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 20 – 10/8/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (19) 6pm 16-14-1-0 $848,177 328 1 2 Greenshoe (14) 3tc 12-10-2-0 $1,164,550 317 2 3 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 15-11-4-0 $1,288,944 274 3 4 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 161 4 5 Southwind Ozzi 3pc 12-9-2-0 $804,435 136 5 6 Atlanta 4tm 11-7-3-0 $658,400 128 6 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 9-9-0-0 $454,575 125 7 8 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 15-10-2-3 $636,398 112 10 9 Tall Dark Stranger (1) 2pc 7-7-0-0 $411,265 92 9 10 Manchego (1) 4tm 13-5-0-0 $310,038 78 -- ALSO:  McWicked 30; Elver Hanover 21; Captain Crunch 17; Gimpanzee 16; Forbidden Trade 15; When Dovescry 12; Century Farroh 10; Caviart Ally, Six Pack 8; Alicorn, Hypnotic AM, Lyons Sentinel 7; Green Manalishi S, Guardian Angel AS 4; Capt Midnight, Rich And Miserable 3; Denali Seelster, Tall Drink Hanover 1.

Hightstown, NJ — Bluegrass Stakes division winner Bettor’s Wish moved into the top three in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown harness racing poll, where Shartin N remained the unanimous No. 1 and Greenshoe, also a Bluegrass winner, stayed at No. 2. Lather Up, who was idle, swapped places with Bettor’s Wish and was fourth, followed by idle Southwind Ozzi. The next three spots were unchanged with idle Atlanta sixth, idle Real Cool Sam seventh and Bluegrass division runner-up Gimpanzee eighth. Tall Dark Stranger, idle, improved a notch to ninth and Warrawee Ubeaut moved into the top 10 despite also being idle as Bluegrass division runner-up Captain Crunch dropped out. 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 19 – 10/1/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (35) 6pm 15-14-0-0 $826,427 350 1 2 Greenshoe 3tc 11-9-2-0 $939,550 286 2 3 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 14-10-4-0 $1,153,944 238 4 4 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 211 3 5 Southwind Ozzi 3pc 11-9-1-0 $736,935 165 5 6 Atlanta 4tm 11-7-3-0 $658,400 161 6 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 8-8-0-0 $420,038 103 7 8 Gimpanzee 3tc 9-6-1-1 $691,163 62 8 9 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 6-6-0-0 $376,890 57 10 10 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 14-9-2-3 $528,398 43 — ALSO: Captain Crunch 39; Forbidden Trade 36; When Dovescry 32; Elver Hanover 23; Lyons Sentinel 17; Manchego 13; Hypnotic AM 12; Guardian Angel AS 10; Alicorn, Green Manalishi S, Tall Drink Hanover 9; Century Farroh 8; McWicked, Millies Possesion, Treacherous Reign 6; Capt Midnight, Caviart Ally, Rich And Miserable 3; Crystal Fashion 2; American History, Papi Rob Hanover, Yall Beneath Me 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Shartin N continues once again to be the unanimous choice of all 35 Top Ten Poll voters as the #1 Standardbred in North America. The big news this week is Southwind Ozzi, after winning the Little Brown Jug, moved from #10 up to #5 position and Lather Up has dropped down a notch to Greenshoe. And undefeated Tall Dark Stranger hit the poll in the #10 spot. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 18 – 9/24/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (35) 6pm 15-14-0-0 $826,427 350 1 2 Greenshoe 3tc 10-8-2-0 $891,500 251 3 3 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 244 2 4 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 13-9-4-0 $1,109,544 218 4 5 Southwind Ozzi 3pc 11-9-1-0 $736,935 165 10 6 Atlanta 4tm 11-7-3-0 $658,400 152 5 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 8-8-0-0 $420,038 114 6 8 Gimpanzee 3tc 8-6-0-1 $667,138 69 7 9 Captain Crunch 3pc 9-5-0-1 $687,077 59 8 10 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 6-6-0-0 $376,890 54 --   ALSO: Forbidden Trade 37; Warrawee Ubeaut 30; Century Farroh 23; Guardian Angel AS, Lyons Sentinel 21; Hypnotic AM 19; Tall Drink Hanover 14; McWicked 11; Millies Possesion 10; Green Manalishi S 9; Alicorn, Evident Beauty, When Dovescry 8; Caviart Ally 7; Capt Midnight 6; Elver Hanover 4; Crystal Fashion, Zero Tolerance 3; Manchego 2; Fox Valley Gemini, Papi Rob Hanover, Rich And Miserable, Sister Sledge, Wiggle It Jiggleit 1.  

Shartin N remains the unanimous queen of the Top Ten Poll for the third straight week. Greenshoe switched positions with Bettor's Wish (3 & 4) although both horses won identical KYSS divisions on Sunday. There were no newcomers to the Top Ten Poll this week. Forbidden Trade did drop down two positons from #7 to #9 after his loss in the Canadian Trotting Derby. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 17 – 9/17/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (35) 6pm 15-14-0-0 $826,427 350 1 2 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 260 2 3 Greenshoe 3tc 10-8-2-0 $891,500 250 4 4 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 13-9-4-0 $1,109,544 239 3 5 Atlanta 4tm 11-7-3-0 $658,400 191 5 6 Real Cool Sam 2tg 8-8-0-0 $420,038 122 6 7 Gimpanzee 3tc 8-6-0-1 $667,138 108 9 8 Captain Crunch 3pc 9-5-0-1 $687,077 62 8 9 Forbidden Trade 3tc 11-6-3-1 $819,172 59 7 10 Southwind Ozzi 3pc 9-7-1-0 $480,935 52 10 ALSO: Guardian Angel AS, McWicked 36; Hypnotic AM 32; Tall Drink Hanover 21; Millies Possesion 18; Green Manalishi S, Tall Dark Stranger 13; When Dovescry 12; Capt Midnight 11; Century Farroh 9; Alicorn 8; Best In Show, Crystal Fashion, Zero Tolerance 4; Manchego, Sister Sledge 2; American History, Courtly Choice, Elver Hanover, Evident Beauty, Hannelore Hanover, Lyons Sentinel, Rich And Miserable 1.

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