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Hightstown, NJ — McWicked topped the final harness racing Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll for 2018. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote this month 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 28 – 12/4/2018 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (27) 7ph 19-12-3-2 $1,575,364 341 1 2 Shartin N (8) 5pm 24-19-1-0 $1,053,236 321 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 234 3 4 Woodside Charm 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 222 4 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 177 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 146 6 7 Tactical Landing 3tc 14-9-2-2 $810,800 135 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 15-11-2-1 $1,159,648 86 8 9 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 22-10-6-2 $1,284,562 73 9 10 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 59 10 Also: Captain Crunch 32; Homicide Hunter 27; Jimmy Freight 22; Emoticon Hanover 14; Manchego 11; Warrawee Ubeaut 10; Marion Marauder 5; Crystal Fashion 4; Plunge Blue Chip, Prescient Beauty 2; Lather Up, Pure Country 1.  

Hightstown, NJ — No. 1-ranked McWicked and No. 2-ranked Shartin N took care of harness racing business last weekend at The Meadowlands by winning their respective TVG Series championships. As a result, the two horses remained in the top two positions in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. McWicked, a 7-year-old male pacer, wrapped up a season that saw him become the oldest horse since 1975 to lead the sport in earnings for the year. Shartin N, a 5-year-old female pacer, capped a campaign that saw her become the first pacing mare ever to reach $1 million in a season. Also winning last weekend was 3-year-old Tactical Landing, who moved from No. 10 to No. 7 in the poll after capturing the TVG Series championship for male trotters. Tactical Landing defeated 3-year-old Six Pack, who finished second and remained No. 8 in the rankings, and seven older horses. The only other horse in the Top 10 in action last week was Dorsoduro Hanover, who finished second by a neck to Jimmy Freight in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination. The final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll will be released Dec. 4. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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 27 – 11/27/2018 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (27) 7ph 19-12-3-2 $1,575,364 341 1 2 Shartin N (8) 5pm 24-19-1-0 $1,053,236 321 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 236 3 4 Woodside Charm 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 221 4 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 178 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 145 6 7 Tactical Landing 3tc 14-9-2-2 $810,800 131 10 8 Six Pack 3tc 15-11-2-1 $1,159,648 86 8 9 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 21-10-6-1 $1,253,362 69 7 10 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 63 9 Also: Captain Crunch 30; Homicide Hunter 27; Jimmy Freight 22; Emoticon Hanover 14; Manchego, Warrawee Ubeaut 11; Marion Marauder 5; Crystal Fashion, Met’s Hall 4; Plunge Blue Chip, Prescient Beauty 2; Lather Up, Pure Country 1. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

For the second straight week there are no changes in the Top Ten Poll. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 26 – 11/20/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (27) 7ph 18-11-3-2 $1,403,864 341 1 2 Shartin N (6) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 309 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 249 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 222 4 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 191 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 141 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 20-10-5-1 $1,244,612 96 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 14-11-1-1 $1,075,648 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 68 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 59 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 53; Warrawee Ubeaut 39; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight 14; Marion Marauder 12; Crystal Fashion 9; Lather Up 8; Captain Crunch 5; Emoticon Hanover, Met’s Hall 4; Plunge Blue Chip 2; Pure Country 1.    

Hightstown, NJ — None of the horses in the harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll’s Top 10 were in action last week. Seven-year-old pacing stallion McWicked, the year’s richest horse with $1.39 million in purses, continues in the top spot and had 26 first-place votes. Shartin N is in second place and picked up seven first-place votes. They remaining two first-place votes went to Woodside Charm, who ranks fourth overall behind Atlanta. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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 25 – 11/13/2018 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (26) 7ph 17-10-3-2 $1,393,864 340 1 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 306 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 246 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 214 4i 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 183 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 141 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 19-10-5-1 $1,229,112 95 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 68 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 67 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 59; Warrawee Ubeaut 39; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight, Marion Marauder 12; Lather Up 11; Captain Crunch, Crystal Fashion, Emoticon Hanover 7; Met’s Hall 6; Plunge Blue Chip 3; Caviart Ally 2; Foiled Again, Lily Stride 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 24 – 11/6/2018 There was no movement at all in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (26) 7phc 17-10-3-2 $1,393,864 340 1 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 306 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 245 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 214 4 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 183 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 138 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 19-10-5-1 $1,229,112 98 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 70 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 68 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 58; Warrawee Ubeaut 40; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight, Lather Up, Marion Marauder 12; Captain Crunch, Crystal Fashion, Emoticon Hanover 7; Met’s Hall 6; Plunge Blue Chip 3; Lily Stride 1.  

There were no big changes in the Top Ten Poll this past week. But coming up this weekend will be the eliminations for the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. HambletonianoSociety/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 21 – 10/16/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (20) 3tf 12-7-4-1 $889,778 312 1 2 McWicked (8) 7ph 16-9-3-2 $1,178,864 297 2 3 Shartin N (1) 5pm 21-16-1-0 $820,861  246 3 4 Courtly Choice (3)   3pc 15-10-1-0 $910,603 209 4 5 Kissin In The Sand (2)  3pf 14-10-4-0 $730,495 193 5 6 Manchego (1) 3tf 12-7-3-1 $655,994 174 6 7 Six Pack 3tc 12-9-1-1 $958,073 131 8 8 Marion Marauder 5th 11-6-4-0 $594,680 108 7 9 Crystal Fashion 3tg 15-9-4-1 $1,027,867 48 9 10 Stay Hungry 3pc 14-6-1-4 $759,967 43 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 29; Lather Up 26; Ariana G 24; Warrawee Ubeaut 11; Phaetosive 10; Jimmy Freight 9; Lazarus N 8; Plunge Blue Chip, Workin Ona Mystery 7; Green Manalishi S 6; Dorsoduro Hanover, Ice Attraction 5; Bit Of A Legend N 4; Met’s Hall, Stag Party 3; Hannelore Hanover 2; Cantab Fashion, Cruzado Dela Noche, Lionel, Will Take Charge, Woodside Charm 1. p 

Atlanta, after losing to Manchego, is still #1 in the Top Ten Poll with 17 first place votes but Manchego is closing in fast as she received 13 first place votes and is now #2. Ariana G was not in the top ten last week, then she beat the best and is back on the board in position #8. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 14 – 8/28/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (17) 3tf 8-6-2-0 $729,074 320 1 2 Manchego (13) 3tf 9-6-2-0 $501,402 287 4 3 Shartin N (3) 5pm 18-14-1-0 $759,111 260 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 6tm 9-6-0-3 $285,267 210 2 5 Courtly Choice 3pc 11-8-0-0 $612,018 148 5 6 Marion Marauder 5th 8-5-3-0 $331,894 131 9 7 McWicked 7ph 10-6-2-1 $654,864 122 6 8 Ariana G (1) 4tm 8-4-0-0 $370,952 101 -- 9 Lazarus N (1) 6ph 1-1-0-0 $156,500 94 7 10 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 9-6-3-0 $443,881 73 10 Also: Lather Up (69); Youaremycandygirl (35); Jimmy Freight (22); Will Take Charge (8); Met’s Hall (7); Captain Ahab, Don’t Let’em, Filibuster Hanover (6); Wolfgang (5); Six Pack (4); Crystal Fashion, Swandre The Giant (3); Beckhams Z Tam, De Los Cielos Deo, Dorsoduro Hanover, Phaetosive, Stag Party (1).  

Hightstown, NJ --- There were no newcomers in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but some shifting of positions. Empire Breeders Classic winner Courtly Choice moved from No. 8 to No. 5 in the rankings while Lather Up, who won a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes, improved from 10th to eighth. Artiscape winner Shartin N did not move in the poll, but did close the gap on No. 2 Hannelore Hanover to one point. Atlanta, who was idle, remained No. 1. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (31) 3tf 7-6-1-0 $703,234 346 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (2) 6tm 8-6-0-2 $281,571 259 2 3 Shartin N (1) 5pm 18-14-1-0 $759,111 258 3 4 Manchego 3tf 8-5-2-0 $449,722 200 4 5 Courtly Choice 3pc 11-8-0-0 $612,018 153 8 6 McWicked 7ph 10-6-2-1 $654,864 144 5 7 Lazarus N (1) 6ph 1-1-0-0 $156,500 107 6 8 Lather Up 3pc 11-9-0-0 $527,365 85 10 9 Marion Marauder 5th 7-4-3-0 $316,494 80 7 10 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 8-5-3-0 $403,822 71 9 Also: Youaremycandygirl (69); Ariana G (59); Crystal Fashion (14); Stay Hungry (11); Dorsoduro Hanover (9); Met’s Hall, Will Take Charge, Wolfgang (7); Captain Ahab, Filibuster Hanover (6); De Los Cielos Deo, Don’t Let’em, Six Pack (4); Beckhams Z Tam, Swandre The Giant (3); Risk N, Thinkbig Dreambig (2); Melodies Major, Phaetosive, Plunge Blue Chip, The Ice Dutchess, Write Me A Song (1). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 12 – 8/14/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (31) 3tf 7-6-1-0 $703,234 345 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (2) 6tm 8-6-0-2 $281,571 269 2 3 Shartin N (1) 5pm 17-13-1-0 $681,831 241 4 4 Manchego 3tf 7-5-1-0 $362,222 223 3 5 McWicked 7ph 10-6-2-1 $654,864 150 5 6 Lazarus N (1) 6ph 1-1-0-0 $156,500 116 -- 7 Marion Marauder 5th 7-4-3-0 $316,494 98 8 8 Courtly Choice 3pc 10-7-0-0 $481,445 94 9 9 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 8-5-3-0 $403,822 89 10 10 Lather Up 3pc 10-8-0-0 $502,365 68 6 Also: Ariana G (64); Youaremycandygirl (42); Crystal Fashion (18); Stay Hungry (16); Dream Together, Six Pack (9); Dorsoduro Hanover (8); Will Take Charge, Wolfgang (7); Bit Of A Legend N, Captain Ahab, Don’t Let’em, Filibuster Hanover, Jimmy Freight (6); Sonnet Grace (4); Melodies Major, Phaetosive, Plunge Blue Chip (3); Caviart Ally, Risk N, Thinkbig Dreambig (2); De Los Cielos Deo, Fox Valley Gemini, Western Joe (1).

Ariana G, based on her amazing world record performance over the week, has surged aboard the Top Ten Poll in seventh place. There was no movement among the top six horses. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 7 – 7/10/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Hannelore Hanover (32) 6tm 5-5-0-0 $218,338 346 1 2 Shartin N 5pm 14-11-1-0 $560,923 269 2 3 Lather Up 3pc 8-7-0-0 $470,665 228 3 4 Atlanta 3tf 4-4-0-0 $147,584 217 4 5 McWicked (1) 7ph 6-4-1-0 $324,850 174 5 6 Manchego 3tf 4-3-0-0 $55,740 131 6 7 Ariana G 4tm 4-2-0-0 $143,750 122 -- 8 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 5-3-2-0 $264,370 97 8 9 Wolfgang 3tc 2-2-0-0 $112,630 85 7 10 Marion Marauder 5th 5-3-2-0 $169,500 49 10 Also: Courtly Choice (42); Filibuster Hanover (27); Crystal Fashion (26); Bit Of A Legend N (23); Foiled Again (21); Stay Hungry (17); Keystone Velocity (10); Six Pack (9); Shower Play (8); Mission Accepted (6); Rockin Ron (4); Katkin America, Springsteen (3); Donttellmeagain, Emoticon Hanover, Fox Valley Gemini, Nutcracker Sweet, Physicallyinclined, Warrawee Ubeat, Will Take Charge, Youaremycandygirl (1). Foiled Again received 2 first-place votes.

Freehold, NJ --- Bit Of A Legend N and Lather Up joined the harness racing Top 10 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while Hannelore Hanover remained in the No.1 spot. The top four horses from the first week of balloting remained unchanged in week two, with Hannelore Hanover followed by Shartin N, Filibuster Hanover, and Will Take Charge. All four were idle last week. Battle of Lake Erie winner Bit Of A Legend N joined the rankings at No. 6, one position behind Atlanta. Keystone Velocity was seventh and Manchego eighth while Somebeachsomewheredivision winner Lather Up entered the Top 10 at No. 9. Battle of Lake Erie runner-up Rockin Ron completed the Top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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 – 6/5/2018  Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Hannelore Hanover (17) 6tm 2-2-0-0 $99,863 300 1 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 12-10-1-0 $418,975 286 2 3 Filibuster Hanover (5) 4pg 4-4-0-0 $177,725 271 3 4 Will Take Charge (2) 5tg 11-6-3-1 $205,268 187 4 5 Atlanta (2) 3tf 3-3-0-0 $127,284 177 6 6 Bit Of A Legend N 9ph 9-3-4-1 $330,775 115 -- 7 Keystone Velocity (1) 10ph 6-2-2-0 $320,000 100 5 8 Manchego (1) 3tf 1-1-0-0 $28,240 99 8 9 Lather Up 3pc 4-4-0-0 $58,915 71 -- 10 Rockin Ron 6pg 11-5-3-0 $217,750 67 7 Ariana G (50); Trump Nation (38); Six Pack (27); Marion Marauder (16), Dorsoduro Hanover (14); Jimmy Freight, Mach It So (11); Courtly Choice, NF Happenstance, Wes Delight (9); Always A Prince, Sell A Bit N (7); Blue Moon Stride, Done Well, Dunbar Hall, Easy Lover Hanover, Jet Airway (4); Fox Valley Gemini, Somewhere In LA, Ubettergo Go, Youaremycandygirl (3); Barn Girl, Crazy Wow, Dr J Hanover (2); Agent Q, Carol’s Z Tam, Fiftydallarbill, St Lads Neptune, Theresademoninme, Velocity Stifler (1). by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Freehold, NJ --- Following is the final harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll of 2017. The year’s final stakes result, Downbytheseaside’s victory in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, did not lead to any shuffling of positions in the rankings, although “Seaside” added 36 points to his total and inched nearer to the top three. Hannelore Hanover finished the season No. 1, followed by Ariana G and Manchego. Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon completed the top five. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Hannelore Hanover (14) 5tm 17-10-5-0 $1,049,129 320 1 2 Ariana G (13) 3tf 15-12-2-1 $1,123,690 312 2 3 Manchego (4) 2tf 12-12-0-0 $873,948 276 3 4 Downbytheseaside (3) 3pc 22-14-2-3 $1,602,452 252 4 5 Fear The Dragon (1) 3pc 18-12-4-0 $1,350,156 182 5 6 What The Hill 3tc 18-9-1-2 $948,178 155 6 7 Youaremycandygirl 2pf 11-9-0-0 $895,615 148 7 8 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 13-5-4-3 $429,416 64 8 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 15-11-2-0 $540,424 62 9 10 Lost In Time 2pc 9-5-2-0 $608,112 36 10 Agent Q (27); Pure Country (20); Fourth Dimension (15); Stay Hungry (12); Keystone Velocity (9); Twister Bi (7); Devious Man (5); Huntsville, Nike Franco N, Plunge Blue Chip (4); All Bets Off, Crazy Wow, Marion Marauder (2); Alarm Detector, Beckhams Z Tam, Easy Lover Hanover, Filibuster Hanover, Mach It So (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine harness racing Horse of the Year but it might give an indication how difficult the choice will be for the members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association when they vote on year-end honors next month. Hannelore Hanover moved into the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings following her win in last weekend’s TVG Series championship for female trotters. She took over the top position from Ariana G, whose season ended with her Breeders Crown victory, although each horse received 14 first-place votes. The two female trotters were separated by five points in the voting. Manchego was third in the poll followed by Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination winner Downbytheseaside and elimination runner-up Fear The Dragon. What The Hill, who beat older horses to win last weekend’s TVG Series championship for male trotters, was sixth in the rankings followed by Three Diamonds Stakes winner Youaremycandygirl, who moved up a notch past TVG female trot runner-up Emoticon Hanover. Lost In Time, who won the Governor’s Cup, joined the ratings at No. 10. The final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll for 2017 will be released next week.  Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Hannelore Hanover (14) 5tm 17-10-5-0 $1,049,129 319 2 2 Ariana G (14) 3tf 15-12-2-1 $1,123,690 314 1 3 Manchego (4) 2tf 12-12-0-0 $873,948 286 3 4 Downbytheseaside (1) 3pc 21-13-2-3 $1,448,422 216 4 5 Fear The Dragon (2) 3pc 17-12-3-0 $1,273,141 164 5 6 What The Hill 3tc 18-9-1-2 $948,178 154 6 7 Youaremycandygirl 2pf 11-9-0-0 $895,615 150 8 8 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 13-5-4-3 $429,416 66 7 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 15-11-2-0 $540,424 63 9 10 Lost In Time 2pc 9-5-2-0 $608,112 49 -- Pure Country (32); Agent Q (28); Fourth Dimension (26); Stay Hungry (15); Keystone Velocity (11); Twister Bi (9); Huntsville (8); Plunge Blue Chip (6); Devious Man (3); Crazy Wow (2); Alarm Detector, All Bets Off, Beckhams Z Tam, Filibuster Hanover (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing three-year-old male pacers Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are neck and neck in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with a meeting in Wednesday’s elimination of the Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs -- and another potential meeting in the Nov. 30 final -- on the horizon. Downbytheseaside won last week’s Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers and moved up to the No. 4 spot in this week’s rankings, a position held previously by Fear The Dragon. Downbytheseaside is the 9-5 second choice on the morning line in the Progress Pace elimination, where he starts from the second tier’s post nine with Chris Page driving for trainer Brian Brown. Fear The Dragon, also trained by Brown, is the 8-5 favorite from post seven with David Miller in the sulky. Fear The Dragon was supplemented to the Progress Pace for $25,000. Eleven 3-year-old male pacers entered the Progress Pace. The top eight finishers from Wednesday’s elimination advance to the final. There were no other changes in position in this week’s poll. A total of seven of the horses ranked in the top 10 will be in action this week. No. 2 Hannelore Hanover and No. 7 Emoticon Hanover will face each other in Saturday’s TVG Series championship for female trotters at the Meadowlands. No. 6 What The Hill, who won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, will face older competition in the TVG Series championship for male trotters. Also in action Saturday at the Big M will be No. 8 Youaremycandygirl in the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old female pacers and No. 10 Stay Hungry in the Governor’s Cup. Click here for Saturday's complete Meadowlands card. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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 26 – 11/21/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ariana G (16) 3tf 15-12-2-1 $1,123,690 324 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (10) 5tm 16-9-5-0 $952,879 305 2 3 Manchego (5) 2tf 12-12-0-0 $873,948 288 3 4 Downbytheseaside (1) 3pc 20-12-2-3 $1,430,922 209 5 5 Fear The Dragon (3) 3pc 16-12-2-0 $1,264,391 200 4 6 What The Hill 3tc 17-8-1-2 $774,928 104 6 7 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 12-5-3-3 $385,666 103 7 8 Youaremycandygirl 2pf 10-8-0-0 $714,545 102 8 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 15-11-2-0 $540,424 93 9 10 Stay Hungry 2pc 8-6-0-0 $437,964 32 10 Agent Q (30); Twister Bi (20); Keystone Velocity (18); Crazy Wow (15); Marion Marauder (11); Pure Country (9); Lost In Time (7); Filibuster Hanover, Fourth Dimension, Resolve (6); Alarm Detector, Darlinonthebeach (5); Huntsville, Nike Franco N (4); Bill’s Man, Fiftydallarbill, Phaetosive (3); Devious Man, Easy Lover Hanover, Kissin In The Sand (2); All Bets Off, Beckhams Z Tam, Bit Of A Legend N, International Moni (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- There was little movement in this week's harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with the top five horses remaining unchanged. Ariana G continues to lead the poll with 326 points, with Hannelore Hanover second, followed by Manchego, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside. Matron Stakes winner Youaremycandygirl made the only move in this week’s poll, improving from No. 9 to No. 8 in the rankings. The remainder of the horses in the Top 10 were idle. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ariana G (16) 3tf 15-12-2-1 $1,123,690 326 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (10) 5tm 16-9-5-0 $952,879 306 2 3 Manchego (5) 2tf 12-12-0-0 $873,948 292 3 4 Fear The Dragon (3) 3pc 16-12-2-0 $1,264,391 197 4 5 Downbytheseaside (1) 3pc 19-11-2-3 $1,325,922 167 5 6 What The Hill 3tc 16-8-1-2 $758,776 116 6 7 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 12-5-3-3 $385,666 110 7 8 Youaremycandygirl 2pf 10-8-0-0 $714,545 103 9 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 15-11-2-0 $540,424 94 8 10 Stay Hungry 2pc 8-6-0-0 $437,964 30 10 Huntsville (21); Twister Bi (20); Agent Q, Pure Country (13); Crazy Wow, Marion Marauder (12); Devious Man, Keystone Velocity, Lost In Time (11); Alarm Detector (8); Resolve (7); Beckhams Z Tam, Filibuster Hanover, Plunge Blue Chip, Rainbow Room (5); Easy Lover Hanover, Nike Franco N (4); Fiftydallarbill, Panocchio, Phaetosive (3); Caviart Ally, Charmed Life, International Moni (2); All Bets Off, Wolfgang (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- There was little movement in this week's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with the top four horses remaining unchanged. Ariana G continues to lead the harness racing poll with 321 points, with Hannelore Hanover second, followed by Manchego and Fear The Dragon. Downbytheseaside, who won the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park on Saturday night, moved from sixth place into fifth. What The Hill, a ninth-place finisher in the Carl Erskine on the same night, dropped from fifth place to sixth. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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 24 – 11/7/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ariana G (14) 3tf 15-12-2-1 $1,123,690 321 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (12) 5tm 16-9-5-0 $952,879 308 2 3 Manchego (6) 2tf 12-12-0-0 $873,948 291 3 4 Fear The Dragon (3) 3pc 16-12-2-0 $1,264,391 182 4 5 Downbytheseaside 3pc 19-11-2-3 $1,325,922 156 6 6 What The Hill 3tc 16-8-1-2 $758,776 116 5 7 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 12-5-3-3 $385,666 113 7 8 Blazin Britches 3pf 15-11-2-0 $540,424 90 8 9 Youaremycandygirl 2pf 9-7-0-0 $627,195 89 9 10 Stay Hungry 2pc 8-6-0-0 $437,964 26 10   Agent Q (24); Huntsville, Pure Country (23); Twister Bi (21); Keystone Velocity (18); Marion Marauder (17); Lost In Time (15); Crazy Wow (14); Resolve (12); International Moni (10); Alarm Detector (9); Filibuster Hanover (8); Beckhams Z Tam, Kissin In The Sand (7); Fiftydallarbill, Ice Attraction (5); Barn Bella (4); Devious Man, Phaetosive (3); All Bets Off, Caviart Ally, Easy Lover Hanover, Fourth Dimension, Nike Franco N (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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