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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.

Two of the top harness racing horses scheduled to race tonight in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway have been scratched. McWicked was scratched due to a fever reported trainer Casie Coleman-Hearty. "I wanna apologize to the fans who were hoping to see Mcwicked at Rosecroft tonight. He has been in Jersey over a week and been great, he was great this am. His caretaker went to go get him a bit ago to ship for tonight and he hadn't ate his lunch (very unusual for wicked he eats everything). He felt warm so he checked his temp and he was high, even used a second thermometer both read the same. "Sadly we do gotta do what’s right for him and scratch him tonight. The vet came in on a Sunday pulled blood and treating his temp and I’m sure he will hopefully get over this quick and be able to still go to the TVG."   Also scratched from the same race is Ron Burke's This Is The Plan. Top four-year-old this year became the fastest horse ever in Canada on a half mile track with a 1:49.1 record in the $200,000 Prix d'Ete at Trois-Rivieres.    by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - One hundred grand has never been spent as well at a harness racing track as it will Sunday night when the $100,000 Potomac Pace goes to the post at Rosecroft Raceway. Not only is 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked among the eight pacers entered, but so are American History and Dorsoduro Hanover, the one-two finishers in the last weekend's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Six of the Potomac Pace entrants are racetrack millionaires. "This is our fourth Potomac Pace and this is no doubt the strongest field we've had," said Peter Hanley, Rosecroft's racing secretary. "It should be a great betting race, too." "The big dogs are coming to play," said Casie Coleman, trainer of McWicked the Potomac's 5-2 morning favorite. "This is a very tough race for $100,000." There will be an extra $10,000 at the finish line for any pacer who breaks the Rosecroft track record of 1:47 3/5 set by Keystone Velocity in the 2017 renewal of the Potomac Pace. American History will line up behind the mobile starting gate as the race's hottest horse. He rallied up in the inside part of the stretch to win the Breeders Crown Open Pace by two lengths over Dorsoduro Hanover, an earner of $1.1 million who also returns in the Potomac Pace. "He's matured as a four-year-old and he's going with these guys," said Tony Alagna, the trainer of American History, following the Breeders Crown. "He's so versatile. He can (win) on any size racetrack. He's a special animal. American History, a winner of 16 of career 42 starts and $1,037,656, will be handled by regular driver Joe Bongiorno. They'll start from the favorable No. 2 post and are 3-1 second choice on the morning line. McWicked, harness racing's amazing eight-year-old champion, was the 6-5 betting favorite in the Breeders Crown but raced evenly to finish fourth, beaten four lengths. "He raced big," said Coleman. "The track (surface) wasn't at its best and I had a bar shoe on him (left front). It's hard to switching shoes late in the game, so we went ahead and raced him in the bar shoe. He had trouble getting a hold of the track." McWicked enters the Potomac Pace with career earnings of $4.9 million, second only to Foiled Again ($7.6 million) on the all-time trot/pace list money list. Despite drawing the No. 7 post position, he's the race's 5-2 morning line favorite. The other three millionaires in the Potomac Pace are This Is The Plan ($1.4 million), Courtly Choice ($1.3 million) and Dealt A Winner ($1.2 million). This Is The Plan's 1:49 1/5 clocking in the Aug. 18 Prix d'Ete at Hippodrome Trois Rivieres is the fastest mile ever on a half-mile oval in Canada. Courtly Choice won this year's Canadian Derby at Woodbine Mohawk, and Dealt A Winner is back after finishing fourth in last year's Potomac Pace. The Potomac Pace is the ninth race on the 13-race program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. and also includes the $25,000 Maryland Invitational. The race for Maryland owned, sired, bred or foaled in the state horses has attracted a field of nine. Romantic Interest, a six-time winner in 2019, is the 3-1 morning line favorite. by Bob Roberts, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - The Horse of the Year is coming to Rosecroft. S S G Stable's McWicked, harness racing's 2018 Horse of the Year, headlines an all-star group of Standardbred pacers Sunday evening in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft. First race post time is 7:15 p.m. for the 13-race program. Rosecroft will offer a $10,000 bonus to any pacer who breaks the track record of 1:47.3,set by Keystone Victory in the 2017 Potomac Pace. In addition, there will be a $5,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick 5, races 7-11. The $100,000 Potomac Pace has become Rosecroft's signature event. In its first three years, the Potomac has attracted some of the sport's biggest stars including Split The House, Keystone Velocity Always B Miki, Wakizashi Hanover and All Bets Off. "We're very excited and really looking forward to Sunday's $100,000 Potomac Pace," said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. "Since the inaugural Potomac Pace in 2016, the event has grown and has attracted some of the best pacers in North America. We very appreciative of all the horsemen who have supported this great event." McWicked joins that list as one of the sport's top stars. A winner of 40 starts and $4.9 million, McWicked became the oldest pacer to be named Horse of the Year. Trained by Casie Coleman and driven by Brian Sears, McWicked has surpassed $1 million in purses for the third time in his career, joining Foiled Again as the only pacers with three million-dollar seasons. The 8-year-old won the Dan Rooney Invitational and Allerage Farms Open Pace earlier this year. McWicked will leave from post seven. McWicked came up short in his attempt to win a third Breeders Crown Oct. 26 when he finished fourth behind American History in the $655,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace. American History, bred by Brittany Farm, previously won the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial and has earned $437,291 this year. Those facing McWicked and American History in the Potomac include Dorsoduro Hanover, second to American History in the Breeders Crown and winner of last year's $530,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Others entered in the Potomac include Dealt A Winner, fourth in last year's Potomac, This Is The Plan, who turned in the fastest mile ever on a half-mile track in Canada earlier this year, and Maryland's Slick Tony, a winner of 14 of 34 starts this season. by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway                          

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

Harnesslink’s North America and Europe editor, Hall of Famer Steve Wolf, is putting his handicapping abilities on the line for the Breeders Crown weekend at Mohawk Park. Here are Steve’s selections with comments for both Friday and Saturday night’s Breeders Crown races. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 6th race $786,000 2YO Filly Trot #1 HYPNOTIC AM – Unbeaten streak came to an end last week in elimination division. Chapter Seven daughter had been flawless before that and feel she can avenge her defeat and wire the field in Breeders Crown final. #2 SISTER SLEDGE – Gingras gave her perfect trip last week and she beat Hypnotic AM. She should get same kind of trip again Friday and could well beat top choice in stretch battle. #5 MS SAVAHHAH BELLE – Gets first time Tim Tetrick, but filly has been so good winning four of last five starts that she figures to get a good trip and should hit the board. 7th race $786,000 2YO Filly Pace #4 NEW YEAR – Going against the big favorite here. This colt has been super for Corey Callahan/Ross Croghan and showed me plenty of true grit to win. Late bloomer has won four of his five lifetime starts and in perfect spot to score from. #1 LYONS SENTINEL – Won with ease in BC elim in 1:50.3. Currently on impressive seven-race win streak and all handicapping logic says this is the top choice. Has won from on and off the pace. #3 PRICELESS – On a four-race win streak and came to Mohawk last week from Hoosier Park and won by over four lengths. In tougher here but should be a contender all the way. 8th race $786,000 2YO Colt Trot #9 REAL COOL SAM – Undefeated with a dead heat score last start. Checking back shows he had the nine post before and won with ease in a Peter Haughton elim. Needs only to overcome outside post to win again. #8 CAPRICORNUS – Has been really competitive in Grand Circuit and needs only to work out live cover from outside post and will close at the finish. #4 AMIGO VOLO – Has been making breaks last two starts, one of which he won the race. As long as this one minds it manners it will have a shot to hit the board. 9th race $786,000 2YO Colt Pace                          #3 PAPI ROB HANOVER – First or second last six starts and has never been off the board. Won BC elim last week with authority. The kind of authority that makes him a repeat winner. #7 TALL DARK STRANGER – Saw unbeaten streak come to an end last week in BC elim. Will be gunning for the lead again and might be able to go all the way. Has been great all season. #4 CATTLEWASH – Raced well for first-time Louis Philippe Roy last week and needs only to get some live cover to be very close in here. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 2nd Race $393,000 Older Mare Pace #1 SHARTIN N – The Queen of Harness Racing saw her 14-race win streak come to a close two weeks ago. Then she wins qualifier with ease in 1:51.1. She is in fit form and ready to blow away this field as she has done all season long. #3 CAVIART ALLY – Was at her best in beating Shartin N two weeks ago. Now she faces her again and should get the trip but as most of the season she just can’t catch her every week. #4 YOUAREMYCANDYGIRL – Raced last week against some great older horses and held her own for third place finish. I see her being able to do the same here. 3rd Race $425,750 Older Mare Trot #4 MANCHEGO – Here is a 99.9% winner. Tough mare has been at her best and on a four-race win streak. She has beaten most of the mares she faces tonight and will do it again. #3 PLUNGE BLUE CHIP – First, second or third every start except when against top pick. Can race well from on or off the pace for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, just can’t seem to be able to beat Manchego. #10 EMOTICON HANOVER – Far outside post may just force this mare to leave, which she shows doing well every week. Has to get into the fray early to have any shot of getting a good check from post 10. 4th Race $655,000 3YO Filly Trot #9 ONLY TAKE CASH – Liked her last week but was beaten by another good filly. Has no choice but to leave from post nine and force her to press the front. From there she can surprise everyone with a big score. #1 THE ICE DUTCHESS – Logical top choice here after what looked like an easy score. Figures to try and wire the field again but too much on the line and will get pressed hard for control of the lead. #5 WHEN DOVESCRY – Hambletonian Oakes winner keeps racing her heart out all season with good results, just not winning all the time. May cut the mile here but at a price. Can hold on for a check. 5th Race $720,000 3YO Filly Pace #5 WARRAWEE UBEAUT – Last year’s top 2yo filly has reached peak form this year with seven straight wins. She crushed the field last week in BC elim. In case of early speed duel for the lead, this filly can also race from off the pace. #2 SUNNY DEE – This filly can be hot for the lead or sit the pocket trip to try and score form. In perfect post position for a big effort. #3 TREACHEROUS REIGN – Put in poor effort in last start at Red Mile. Rested and should be ready for strong mile in BC Final. Also, can do well from on or off the pace. 6th Race $655,000 Open Horse Pace #8 McWICKED – Last two starts for this world class pacers have been tremendous wins despite hoof problems. He seems to be able to get parked out first-over and grind his opponents down and get his nose up before the wire. Amazing $5 million winner takes another Breeders Crown. #7 DORSODURO HANOVER – Has been seeing the heels of McWicked for most of the season. Seems only to be able to win when McWicked is not in the field. That’s not the case today for this fast class top horse. Second best in here. #2 JIMMY FREIGHT – Gives it his all every week but comes up short at the wire in post cases. Game performer is in front of his home crowd and with good inside post will be heard from in this race as he always is. 7th Race $655,000 3YO Colt Trot #4 GREENSHOE – The horse to beat in here for sure. Top son of Father Patrick is on a five-race winning streak, having beaten most in this field throughout the season. As long as he minds his manners, he will be tough to beat one he gets rolling along. #8 FORBIDDEN TRADE – Hambletonian winner has done OK since big triumph, racing mainly in Ontario Sire Stakes, but tonight he faces the best in the country again. Needs to overcome outside post and get dream trip to have a chance against top choice. #2 DON’T LET’EM – Coming off big score last week in BC elim division and draws very well in here. With gate speed and post two he should cut the mile and may hold on a long way against tough opponents. 8th Race $786,000 3YO Colt Pace #5 BETTOR’S WISH – With 12 wins in his 16 starts, $1,367,000 in earning this season and on a four-race winning streak, Bettor’s Wish is heading towards Dan Patch Award honors and needs only to win tonight to seal it up. He can do it from on or off the pace as he has done most of the season for driver Dexter Dunn. #6 BEST IN SHOW – Meadowlands Pace winner has yet to win since big score in July but seems to be always in the hunt no matter what post he starts from. I see Bob McClure doing it again in here with dramatic race finish. #4 DANCIN LOU – Sports ten wins this year and last two have been super strong. Showed last week how great a closer he is with BC elim win in 1:50.1. 9th Race $655,000 Horse Open Trot #1 BOLD EAGLE – Race fans will now get to see one of the all-time great trotters from Europe here in North America. I have followed Bold Eagle’s career since he was a two-year-old and saw what great speed and ability he has. Should be a like a sprint for him going just one mile in distance and look for him to blow away the field. #6 ATLANTA – Provided this great mare does not quit by the three-quarters, she can be a real tigress in against male opposition. May not be good enough to beat Bold Eagle, but certainly second best. #10 SIX PACK – Game horse needs only to overcome far outside post to be a factor in here. Ake Svanstedt knows what to do to get his horse in the hunt despite starting from post 10 and can be on the board with some racing luck. We know Ake will be gunning him at some point in the mile. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

Hightstown, NJ - McWicked's accomplishments have already put him in rarefied air, and the 8-year-old harness racing pacing stallion has a chance this weekend to add to his achievements. On Saturday, McWicked competes in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park, where he is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. With a victory, he would join Jenna's Beach Boy as the only male pacers with three Breeders Crown trophies. The only other horses with three Crowns are female pacers Eternal Camnation and My Little Dragon as well as male trotter Mack Lobell and female trotter Grades Singing. Female trotter Peace Corps holds the record with four. In addition, McWicked is on the verge of surpassing $1 million in purses for a third time in his career. The only pacer with three million-dollar seasons is Foiled Again. McWicked will enter Saturday with C$990,198 (US$981,466). For his career, McWicked has earned C$5.03 million (US$4.87 million) and is second to only gelding Foiled Again among all pacers in history. Last year at age 7, McWicked became the oldest pacer in history to receive Horse of the Year honors from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He led the sport in earnings, with $1.57 million, and became the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. He also broke Foiled Again's earnings record for a 7-year-old, which was $1.40 million in 2011. Foiled Again holds the record for an 8-year-old with $1.20 million. "He's an amazing horse, no doubt," said Casie Coleman, who trains McWicked for Ed James' S S G Stables. "There are not too many horses that have done what he's done, and to keep doing it at his age. You really wouldn't know this horse is 8 years old. "And he's got a lot of big, tough miles under his belt; it's not too often he has an easy race. Every time he goes behind the gate, they're pacing (1):47, (1):48, (1):49. He's definitely an unbelievable horse." McWicked won his first Breeders Crown at the age of 3 in 2014. When he won his second in 2018, he became the first pacer to ever win Crowns separated by four years. He will try Saturday to become the first repeat Open Pace winner since Always B Miki in 2015 and 2016. He starts Saturday from post eight with regular driver Brian Sears. Jimmy Freight is the 4-1 second choice. "Everything has been great," Coleman said about the horse's preparation for the race. "I trained him (Tuesday) and he was awesome. He's sharp, sound, healthy. I'm very happy with how he is coming in. "I obviously would have liked a little bit better (post) but it's better than the nine and it's better than the 10. The way this horse has been racing, I'm not too concerned about it. Everybody wants to draw the inside more but it's a big track and the eight-hole at Mohawk really isn't terrible." McWicked, who has battled throat and foot issues throughout his career, has won 40 of 108 races lifetime. He has won six of 15 this year, hitting the board a dozen times, and enters the Breeders Crown final with back-to-back victories in the Dan Rooney Invitational and Allerage Farms Open Pace. McWicked is one of three horses attempting to win a third Breeders Crown. The others are trotting mares Hannelore Hanover and Emoticon Hanover. Hannelore Hanover, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, won her first Crown in 2016 in the Mare Trot. She came back the following year and won the Open Trot, becoming the first mare to knock off the boys since Moni Maker in 1998. Emoticon Hanover, a Luc Blais trainee, has won the past two editions of the Mare Trot. She was the first to accomplish that feat since Buck I St Pat in 2009-2010. Manchego, the fastest female trotter in history, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the $325,000 Mare Trot. The Nancy Johansson-trained Manchego is a past Breeders Crown champion, having won the 2-year-old filly division in 2017. Johansson's Captain Crunch was a Crown winner in 2018 in the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace. He is the 5-2 second choice behind 9-5 Bettor's Wish in the $600,000 event for 3-year-old male pacers. The most recent male pacer to win a Crown at both 2 and 3 was Artiscape in 1997-1998. Burke trained three past champions in addition to Hannelore Hanover that are in action this weekend: Warrawee Ubeaut, Youaremycandygirl, and Dorsoduro Hanover. Warrawee Ubeaut won last year's 2-year-old filly pace and is the 4-5 favorite in the $550,000 3-year-old filly pace. The most recent filly pacer to win at Crown at both 2 and 3 was My Little Dragon in 2005-2006. Dorsoduro Hanover won last year's 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace and is 6-1 in the $500,000 Open Pace. The most recent male pacer to win a Crown at ages 3 and 4 was Art Major in 2002-2003. Youaremycandygirl was a Breeders Crown champion at age 2 in 2017. Now trained by Richard Moreau, she is 6-1 in the $300,000 Mare Pace, where returning champion Shartin N is the 4-5 chalk. Shartin N, trained by Jim King Jr. and ranked No. 1 in the sport's Top 10 poll, is looking to be the first repeat winner since Shelliscape in 2013-2014. Marcus Melander-trained Gimpanzee is back after winning last year's 2-year-old colt-and-gelding trot. He is 8-1 in the $500,000 race for 3-year-old male trotters, where stablemate Greenshoe is the 3-5 favorite. There is one other past champion competing this weekend, Fiftydallarbill, who claimed his title in the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding trot in 2017. He is in the $500,000 Open Trot. Lindy The Great is the 3-1 favorite, followed by Guardian Angel AS at 7-2 and French star Bold Eagle at 4-1. Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds are Friday at Mohawk. The finals for 3-year-olds and older horses are Saturday. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership is the presenting sponsor of this year's Breeders Crown. For Friday's entries, click here. For Saturday's entries, click here. 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

McWicked and harness racing driver Brian Sears were able to grind it out first-over in capturing the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday for the second straight year. The 11th race feature saw Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) and None Bettor A (Jason Bartlett) trade control of the lead with Jimmy Freight winning out by the first quarter in :26.2. Coming around the second turn Jimmy Freight remained in control as Sears started McWicked up first-over past the half mile :55.1 and right through to the three-quarters in 1:22.4 with The Real One (Pat Lachance) hanging in the hunt second-over. McWicked was able to grind by Jimmy Freight by the top of the stretch and then was barely able to hold off a late flying Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) to win by a long nose in 1:51.1. Jimmy Freight was third by a length. “I can’t say enough about the horse and the way he races,” Said Brian Sears of McWicked. “He has been battling hoof issues all summer, but he shows up every week. I was pretty pleased where I got away in the race. I did come first-up a little earlier than I like, but he battled tough and held on to the wire.” It was the second straight win and sixth of the year for McWicked. The eight-year-old stallion by McArdle is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by the S S G Stables of North Boston, NY. (Ed James) and paid $6.90 to win. With the $125,000 winners share of the purse, McWicked now sports career earnings of $4,878,342. By Steve Wolf, for Harneslink

LEXINGTON, KY--The richest racing stallion in harness history, Mcwicked added to his harness racing record-setting bankroll with a 1:47.2 victory in the $186,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace--sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds--on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Mcwicked left the gate to secure the pocket as Dorsoduro Hanover took the front to a :26.4 first quarter. He sped through fractions of :53.2 and 1:21.1 before losing the lead into the stretch as driver Brian Sears shot Mcwicked from the pocket. The eight-year-old son of McArdle sprinted through the stretch and extended to an open-length victory over Filibuster Hanover, who launched off cover to take second. Dorsoduro Hanover held third from 9-5 favorite American History. "Everybody knows through the years I've battled foot issues with this horse," winning trainer Casie Coleman said after the race. "It's been a non-stop battle. His first start back this year he went in [1]:49 and I was like 'Wow, we're going to have a huge season' [but] then that foot blew right after his first start. I missed about a month and had to go into the Mohawk [Gold] Cup and it just messed up his early schedule but he's back on track now. "This horse does have his issue and this big track and the surface on this track--he absolutely loves it here," Coleman also said. "He's actually racing with a shoe you'd never race a horse with--a really severe bar shoe to heal up this foot he's got. I don't hide it; I put it on social media [and] everyone's seen the foot he's working with right now. He's an incredible animal." Amassing $4,753,342 from 107 starts which includes 39 victories, Mcwicked races for owner S S G Stables. Brian Sears drove the Andray Farm-bred stallion who paid $6.20 to win. Warrawee Ubeaut takes Glen Garnsey Memorial World champion Warrawee Ubeaut returned to the site of her 1:48.3 record-setting mile and exited a 1:48.3 winner in the $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial—sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm—on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Sent the 1-9 favorite, Warrawee Ubeaut raced fifth to a :26.2 first quarter set by Beautyonthebeach, who soon yielded control to Treacherous Reign heading to the backside. Driver Yannick Gingras tipped Warrawee Ubeaut first over passing a :53.2 half and advanced towards the pacesetter approaching three-quarters in 1:21.3. Treacherous Reign folded straightening for the finish while Warrawee Ubeaut swooped to command. Queen Of The Pride snuck into contention off a pylon trip to finish second, two lengths behind, while Stonebridge Soul rallied from last at 100-1 to take third. “I’m not sure how fast she could’ve gone if I let her loose,” Gingras said after the race. “[There’re] still a lot of big races left and we are not racing the clock—we’re going to race the other horses. She’s very good right now honestly. I’d love to get her against an aged mare right now—I’m not saying she’s going to beat Shartin but I’d love to get Timmy [Tetrick] to untuck his whip anyway. “Right now [trip] doesn’t matter,” Gingras also said. “I could come first up—I just don’t want to be too far back that’s the only thing; I don’t want to run out of racetrack. I’m super confident in the filly and she’s in great form right now. A tremendous job the whole Burke Brigade did with her—in the paddock she used to be a handful [but] she’s relaxed now in the winner’s circle; a complete different filly from what we had last year.” A three-year-old filly by Sweet Lou, Warrawee Ubeaut won her 17th race from 27 starts, earning $1,283,393 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke trains the Warrawee Farm-bred filly who paid $2.20 to win. For full results and entries, click here. by Ray Cotolo, for the Red Mile

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 3, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's harness racing secretary Bob Miecuna has finalized the eight-horse field for the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace. The octet, part of the undercard for Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 12th) International Trot card, is (alphabetically)... American History (age 4) --fresh off matching Yonkers' all-age track record (1:49.3) this past Saturday night (Sept. 28th) after winning Harrington' Quillen Memorial in identical time in previous start. Courtly Choice (4) - wins in the Canadian Pacing Derby (Mohawk) and Commodore Barry Invitational (Harrah's Philly). At 3, won the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug (Delaware, OH) and Empire Breeders' Classic (Tioga). Jimmy Freight (4) -- won last week's Dayton Pacing Derby as well as Mohawk's Gold Cup. At 3, won the final of Ontario Sire Stakes Gold (Mohawk) and elim of Yonkers' Messenger Stakes before second in final. McWicked (8) - Really? $4.6 million in career earnings doesn't need much in the way of introduction, but...how about 2018's Harness Horse of the Year after wins in TVG (Meadowlands), Breeders Crown (Pocono), Dan Rooney (here), Allerage (Red Mile), Canadian Pacing Derby (Mohawk), Haughton Memorial (Meadowlands) and Ben Franklin (Pocono)? This season's wins include the Ewart Memorial (Scioto), Gerrity Memorial (Saratoga) and Roll With Joe (Tioga). None Bettor A (6) - his first North American season includes win in the Battle of Lake Erie and final of Great Northeast (Pocono), plus pair of Open Handicaps here. Theartofconfusion A (9) - set the local all-age track record (1:49.3) while working his way up through the conditioned ranks. Has raced exclusively here since August of 2017. This is the Plan (4) - wins in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Prix D'Ete (Hippodrome Three Rivers), Ben Franklin (Pocono) Well-traveled number is making Yonkers his 16th career venue. Western Fame (6) - early-season standout here, winning four legs and final of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Post time for the International Trot matinee card is 1 PM. Post positions for the Rooney shall be drawn Monday afternoon (Oct. 7th). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Battle lines have been drawn for Friday's $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby as well as the $151,750 Dayton Pacing Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The seventeen harness racing horses in the combined fields have accumulated a whopping 376 victories and amassed over $20 million in career earnings. Mission Accepted (Yannick Gingras) has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Dayton Trotting Derby, based largely on his impressive runnerup finish in the recent Caesars Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park. The former Ohio Sires Stakes champion by Manofmanymissions, trained by Ron Burke, seeks his fifth win of the season and will surpass a quarter million dollars in earnings with any check in this race. Manchego (Dexter Dunn), one of two mares in the elite field, will open at 7-2 odds for trainer Nancy Johansson. The 4-year-old $1.7 million earner by Muscle Hill was a Breeders Crown winner and two and Hambletonian Oaks champion at three. Speeding Spur N (Brian Sears) has been assigned a 4-1 morning line. By far the oldest horse in the race, the 8-year-old by Pegasus Spur captured the $148,000 Crawford Farms stake at Tioga six weeks ago for trainer Linda Toscano. Others descending on Dayton on Friday are Custom Cantab (Aaron Merriman, 9-2), Fiftydallarbill (Tim Tetrick, 6-1), Two O B Wonkenobi (Brett Miller, 8-1), Bridge To Jesse's (David Miller, 10-1), I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith, 12-1) and Elmo Blatch (Jason Beattie, 15-1). McWicked (Brian Sears) got the ever-so-slight 5-2 favorites nod over 3-1 This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) and 4-1 Western Fame (Dan Noble) in the Dayton Pacing Derby. McWicked tops the eight combatants with $4.6 million in lifetime earnings, although five of the other seven have earned over $1 million, too. McWicked, trained by Casie Coleman and now 8, has won a host of the sport's most prestigious races including the Breeders Crown, Canadian Pacing Derby, William Haughton Memorial, Progress Pace and the Adios. His 2019 triumphs include the Jim Ewart Memorial, the Roll With Joe and the Gerrity Memorial. This Is The Plan copped the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in his most recent start. Western Fame paced the second fastest mile in Dayton Raceway history (1:48.1) in his local tune up. 2018 Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice (Brett Miller, 9-2) is sure to be heard from in this contest, as are Filibuster Hanover (Matt Kakaley, 6-1), defending champion and Dayton track record holder Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick, 8-1), Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron, 10-1), and Endeavor (Sam Widger, 12-1). In total, the Dayton Pacing Derby field has visited 168 winner's circles and banked over $13.2 million. Post time for the stellar Friday night card at Hollywood Dayton is 6:15 p.m. Estimated post time for the Dayton Trotting Derby is 9 p.m. with the Dayton Pacing Derby slated for two races later at approximately 9:40 p.m. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

MILTON, ON - August 27, 2019 - McWicked, the richest pacing stallion in harness racing history with over $4.5 million earned, returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday's (August 31) to defend his title in the $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Owned by Ed James' S S G Stables, McWicked sat atop the free-for-all pacing ranks last season with a campaign consisting of 12 wins from 19 starts and earnings of over $1.6 million. The son of McArdle also overcame a season-long challenge by besting the down-under wonder Lazarus N in progress to a horse of the year title--making him the oldest recipient of the honour in the sport's history. While Mcwicked won in his seasonal debut this year, he has since mostly only collected cheques in his division's top events--losing thrice to Canadian Pacing Derby favourite Lather Up. However, Coleman has only seen improvement from her stable's star. "He's always been a great horse, but I think the competition this year is the toughest it's ever been yet," Coleman said. "Lazarus was a good horse no doubt, but I was never one that lived up to how much they hyped that horse up--he was a very good horse but I always thought I was better than him. "Basically, I don't think Lather Up and Lazarus are in the same league," Coleman also said. "I think Lather Up is a complete freak and I am scared of him--I think on a smaller track I have a better chance to beat him if he doesn't pace the turns so well, but on a big track that horse is a beast. Whereas I never went to the gate thinking I couldn't beat Lazarus; I always thought I could beat Lazarus. And with Lather Up I realize that I need a lot of things to go my way and a lot of things to not go his way in order to beat him." Mcwicked, who Coleman said is training as good as he has ever trained, faces a field composed mostly of four-year-olds. He will rematch others who have beaten him this year, including This Is The Plan (PP1) and Jimmy Freight (PP4). Mcwicked starts from the outermost post in the field of nine with David Miller in the bike. "I wanted to get sick when I saw the draw," Coleman said. "The nine hole in that field... he's got his work cut out for him. That's going to be a tough race. If he had an inside post, I'd feel a whole lot more confident, but the nine hole is going to be tough, especially since Wicked doesn't normally leave a whole lot. He'll definitely be giving it all he's got. It's just that in this class of horses, everybody can come home in :25-and-a-piece and :26. So we need to hope he's not spotted too far off coming down the lane. "But saying that, the horse is in great shape," Coleman also said. "He's healthy, sound, feeling great, couldn't have trained any better this morning. Everything seems very, very good with the horse. I just really wish we could've drawn a little better but now we need a little bit of racing luck to work that way." While Mcwicked faces a challenge Saturday night, the aged dynamo could have a chance to claim stakes glory as a nine-year-old. "He's sound, healthy, sharp, you would never know the horse is eight-years-old," Coleman said. "As I've always said, if he was my horse, I would be taking one of these offers to go to stud because I just know how much money these horses make when they go to stud. "But his owner is bound and determined; if [McWicked's] racing top level and he's healthy, he wants to keep racing. It's great for harness racing that a horse like him can stay on the track this long." The Canadian Pacing Derby is carded as Race 8 on Saturday's $1.6 million card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $525,000 Maple Leaf Trot joins the 'Pacing Derby' as a co-main event. Post time is 7:10 p.m. No Training Saturday at Mohawk Park Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of a trio of Saturdays when training will not be available at the track. The track and paddock will be closed on August 31, September 14 and 21. Only horses in retention for that evening’s stakes races will be allowed to use the track on those dates. By Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Entertainment

There is very little change in the Top Ten Poll from last week. The exception is that Bettor's Wish, after his Messenger Stakes elimination victory, moved to #3 and Captain Crunch, who was idle, dropped down to #4. Most of the Top Ten rated Standardbreds will be coming this weekend in major stakes events. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 14 – 8/27/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (30) 6pm 14-13-0-0 $811,427 345 1 2 Lather Up (5) 4ph 11-8-0-1 $677,448 319 2 3 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 11-8-3-0 $859,544 230 4 4 Captain Crunch 3pc 7-5-0-0 $651,402 225 3 5 Greenshoe 3tc 8-6-2-0 $751,500 195 5 6 Forbidden Trade 3tc 9-6-2-1 $671,484 152 6 7 Atlanta 4tm 9-6-2-0 $447,150 124 7 8 Real Cool Sam 2tg 7-7-0-0 $294,038 87 8 9 When Dovescry 3tf 5-2-2-1 $285,540 43 9 10 McWicked 8ph 9-3-2-3 $501,591 34 10 ALSO: Crystal Fashion 32; Hypnotic AM 25; Gimpanzee 19; Guardian Angel As 17; Millies Possesion, Tall Drink Hanover 11; Southwind Ozzi 10; Manchego 7; Best In Show, Powerful Chris 5; Century Farroh, JK First Lady, Tall Dark Stranger 4; Capt Midnight, Green Manalishi S, Six Pack, Western Fame 3; Adriano Hanover 2; Queen Of The Pride, Sister Sledge, Workin Ona Mystery 1.

MILTON, ON - August 20, 2019 - World champion Lather Up and defending champion McWicked headline a group of nine entrants for this year's $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The entry box for Canada's oldest harness stakes race closed Tuesday morning with nine older pacers entered. Eliminations will not be required for this year's edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and all nine will compete in the $525,000 final on Saturday, August 31 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Lather Up, the co-fastest Standardbred of all-time, will return to the site of his richest victory and attempt to add another lucrative victory to his dream season. The four-year-old captured last year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Park and earlier this season matched Always B Miki's world record of 1:46 at The Meadowlands. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up is undefeated in six career starts at Mohawk Park. The son of Im Gorgeous is currently riding a four-race win streak, which includes victories in the Dan Patch, Sam McKee Memorial, Haughton Memorial and Graduate Series, to bring his season record to eight wins in 11 starts and career record to 23 wins in 36 starts. A 50 per cent interest in Lather Up was recently purchased by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, who owned last year's 'Pacing Derby' runner-up Lazarus N. The ownership group of Lather Up consists of his breeders Gary & Barbara Iles, George Teague and Taylor Made Stallions. The four-year-old currently sits at $1.7 million in career earnings. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked is returning to defend his 'Pacing Derby' title. The eight-year-old captured last year's edition in convincing fashion en route to being named the Horse of the Year in both Canada and the US. McWicked continues to add to incredible legacy with over $500,000 earned this season to bring his career earnings to $4.5 million for owner Ed James' S S G Stables. The superstar pacer led all Standardbreds in earnings last season, becoming the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. He is also the oldest horse in harness racing history to receive Horse of the Year honours. The Coleman trained McWicked most recently captured the Roll With Joe last Sunday afternoon at Tioga. Lather Up and McWicked have competed against each other five-times this season. The season-series currently favours Lather Up, who has scored victories in four of those five meetings. Ron Burke trainee This Is The Plan heads towards the Canadian Pacing Derby with plenty of momentum on his side. The four-year-old gelding captured last Sunday's Prix D'Ete at Hippodrome 3R in a Canadian record of 1:49.1. This Is The Plan's only other victory this season came against four of his 'Pacing Derby' rivals in the $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono. He sports the second highest seasonal earnings in the field with $651,868 collected in 13 starts. Done Well and Filibuster Hanover join This Is The Plan to make up a trio of competitors in this year's edition from the Burke barn. There are plenty of local hopefuls joining McWicked in this year's 'Pacing Derby. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Casimir Richie P, Blake MacIntosh trainee Courtly Choice, Richard Moreau trainee Jimmy Freight and Carmen Auciello trainee Western Fame will all compete in the $525,000 contest. Courtly Choice captured last year's Little Brown Jug and tuned up last Saturday for the 'Pacing Derby' with a 1:49 victory in the Preferred at Mohawk Park. He's won three of 10 stars to this point in his four-year-old campaign. Casimir Richie P has quietly risen to the Preferred ranks during his four-year-old season, posting six wins in 15 starts. Despite just one win this season, Jimmy Freight has banked more than $250,000 in 11 starts. The four-year-old's lone victory came in the Mohawk Gold Cup and he's also finished second in the Confederation Cup and Battle of Lake Erie. Levy Series winner Western Fame ranks third among the nine entrants in seasonal earnings with $551,400 earned in 13 starts this season. The six-year-old joined the barn of Auciello for his most recent effort, a second-place finish to Courtly Choice in last Saturday's Preferred. The nine entrants in this year's Canadian Pacing Derby have combined career earnings of $14.2 million. The draw for the $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final will take place Saturday evening (August 24). The $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot joins the 'Pacing Derby' to headline an huge stakes program on August 31 at Mohawk Park. The entrants for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby are listed in alphabetical order: Casimir Richie P Courtly Choice Done Well Filibuster Hanover Jimmy Freight Lather Up McWicked This Is The Plan Western Fame by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

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