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Freehold, NJ --- After seven weeks in the second spot, Ariana G is No. 1. The harness racing 3-year-old female trotter was idle last week, but took over the top position in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll following Fear The Dragon’s fourth-place finish in the Little Brown Jug final. Fear The Dragon was No. 1 for 14 consecutive weeks. Huntsville, who won the Jenna’s Beach Boy Stakes, moved up two spots in the rankings, from eighth to sixth. Emoticon Hanover, who won the Miss Versatility championship, joined the rankings, at No. 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 18 – 9/26/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ariana G (21) 3tf 11-9-1-1 $783,040 330 2 2 Fear The Dragon (13) 3pc 14-11-2-0 $1,161,391 318 1 3 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 11-6-4-0 $591,754 230 4 4 Downbytheseaside 3pc 15-9-1-2 $1,048,235 204 3 5 Manchego (1) 2tf 8-8-0-0 $501,948 180 5 6 Huntsville 3pc 13-8-3-1 $996,078 127 8 7 Resolve 6th 10-4-2-1 $485,149 122 6 8 Blazin Britches 3pf 12-10-2-0 $271,704 90 7 9 Agent Q 3pf 12-7-2-1 $481,066 56 9 10 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 10-3-3-3 $214,666 50 -- What The Hill (39); Marion Marauder (31); Filibuster Hanover (21); Caviart Ally (19); Alarm Detector (15); Walner (13); Devious Man (11); All Bets Off, Rainbow Room (10); Homicide Hunter (7); Bit Of A Legend N, Blue Moon Stride, Crazy Wow, Lost In Time, Pure Country (5); Keystone Velocity, Sintra (4); Nike Franco N, Pedro Hanover, Youaremycandygirl (2); Carmensdaleyapple, Mach It So, Two AM (1).  by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Three of the top seven horses in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll will be in harness racing action the next two days at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, led by a meeting between No. 1 Fear The Dragon and No. 3 Downbytheseaside in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug. Also in action will be No. 7 Blazin Britches in Wednesday’s Jugette. All three horses are trained by Brian Brown, who is stabled at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside were idle last week. Blazin Britches, who was ranked 10th in last week’s poll, won the Nadia Lobell Stakes. Other winners in the Top 10 were No. 2 Ariana G in the Elegantimage Stakes, No. 4 Hannelore Hanover in the Maple Leaf Trot, and No. 5 Manchego in the Peaceful Way Stakes. 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 17 – 9/19/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (22) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 327 1 2 Ariana G (8) 3tf 11-9-1-1 $783,040 316 2 3 Downbytheseaside (4) 3pc 13-9-1-2 $1,018,716 270 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 10-6-3-0 $531,754 233 4 5 Manchego (1) 2tf 8-8-0-0 $501,948 136 7 6 Resolve 6th 10-4-2-1 $485,149 134 5 7 Blazin Britches 3pf 10-9-1-0 $203,392 116 10 8 Huntsville 3pc 12-7-3-1 $916,078 106 6 9 Agent Q 3pf 12-7-2-1 $481,066 61 8 10 Marion Marauder 4th 7-3-1-1 $456,097 44 9 Also: What The Hill (34); Walner (27); Alarm Detector, Devious Man (15); Sintra (14); Bit Of A Legend N (12); Pure Country (11); Blue Moon Stride (8); Celebrity Ruth, Keystone Velocity, Rainbow Room (7); Crazy Wow, Lady Shadow (5); Boogie Shuffle (3); Emoticon Hanover, Nike Franco N, Stay Hungry (2); Carmensdaleyapple, International Moni, Mach It So, McWicked, Pedro Hanover, Two AM (1) by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

Freehold, NJ --- Maple Leaf Trot contender Hannelore Hanover and presumptive Peaceful Way Stakes favorite Manchego made gains in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while the three horses at the top of the rankings remained unchanged. Fear The Dragon, who was idle, held on to No. 1 while Elegantimage Stakes elimination winner Ariana G and Jug Preview winner Downbytheseaside followed in the next two spots. Hannelore Hanover won her Maple Leaf Trot elimination and moved from sixth to fourth. Resolve, who finished seventh in his Maple Leaf Trot elim and failed to advance to Saturday’s final, dropped a notch to fifth while idle Huntsville slipped a spot to sixth. Manchego, who is 7-for-7 this year, won her Peaceful Way elimiatnion and vaulted from No. 10 to seventh. 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 Fear The Dragon (25) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 335 1 2 Ariana G (4) 3tf 10-8-1-1 $625,190 306 2 3 Downbytheseaside (5) 3pc 13-9-1-2 $1,018,716 284 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 9-5-3-0 $288,624 190 6 5 Resolve 6th 10-4-2-1 $485,149 162 4 6 Huntsville 3pc 12-7-3-1 $916,078 130 5 7 Manchego (1) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $348,198 92 10 8 Agent Q 3pf 11-7-2-1 $481,066 88 8 9 Marion Marauder 4th 7-3-1-1 $456,097 75 7 10 Blazin Britches 3pf 9-8-1-0 $123,392 57 -- Also: Lady Shadow (34); Walner (32); Pure Country (27); Rainbow Room (17); Sintra (16); International Moni (13); Keystone Velocity (12); Emoticon Hanover (10); Devious Man (7); McWicked (5); Bettor’s Up, Blue Moon Stride (4); Alarm Detector, Bit Of A Legend N, Boogie Shuffle, Mambo Lindy (3); Kendall Seelster, Yes Mickey, You Know You Do (2); Art Scene, Carmensdaleyapple, Crazy Wow, Firedrake, Nike Franco N, Rockin Ron, Two AM (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Messenger Stakes winner Downbytheseaside moved up a spot to No. 3 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while undefeated 2-year-old female trotter Manchego joined the harness racing Top 10 following her victory in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Fear The Dragon, who was scratched sick from his Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, remained No. 1 while Simcoe Stakes winner Ariana G stayed No. 2. Resolve, who was idle, was fourth in the rankings while Huntsville, who finished third in his Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, slipped from No. 3 to fifth. 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 Fear The Dragon (29) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 343 1 2 Ariana G (3) 3tf 9-7-1-1 $610,840 303 2 3 Downbytheseaside (2) 3pc 12-8-1-2 $956,216 254 4 4 Resolve 6th 9-4-2-1 $485,149 183 5 5 Huntsville 3pc 12-7-3-1 $916,078 164 3 6 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 8-4-3-0 $272,424 125 4 7 Marion Marauder 4th 6-3-1-1 $456,097 106 6 8 Agent Q 3pf 11-7-2-1 $481,066 83 9 9 Walner 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 60 8 10 Manchego (1) 2tf 6-6-0-0 $335,898 59 -- Also: Blazin Britches (56); Lady Shadow (51); International Moni (22); Sintra (20); Emoticon Hanover, Keystone Velocity (19); Pure Country (11); Percy Bluechip, Rainbow Room (10); Devious Man (9); Firedrake (6); Crazy Wow, Nike Franco N (3); Yes Mickey, You Know You Do (2); Perfect Spirit, Top Flight Angel (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ--- Downbytheseaside, Resolve, and Agent Q moved up in this week's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while Fear The Dragon maintained a firm hold on harness racing's No. 1 spot.  Fear The Dragon was idle last week, as were the next two horses in the rankings, Ariana G and Huntsville. Downbytheseaside won the elimination of the Messenger Stakes on Saturday and moved from No. 5 to No. 4 in the poll. Resolve, who won the Crawford Farms Open Trot on Sunday, jumped from seventh to fifth. Joie De Vie Mare Trot runner-up Hannelore Hanover dropped from fourth to sixth and Marion Marauder, who finished fourth in the Crawford, slipped from sixth to seventh. Agent Q, who won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Saturday, moved up a notch to No. 9. 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 14 – 8/29/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (33) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 348 1 2 Ariana G (2) 3tf 8-6-1-1 $544,091 298 2 3 Huntsville 3pc 11-7-3-0 $885,838 215 3 4 Downbytheseaside 3pc 11-7-1-2 $706,216 208 5 5 Resolve 6th 9-4-2-1 $485,149 172 7 6 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 8-4-3-0 $272,424 127 4 7 Marion Marauder 4th 6-3-1-1 $456,097 103 6 8 Walner 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 95 8 9 Agent Q 3pf 10-7-2-0 $450,826 84 10 10 Blazin Britches 3pf 9-8-1-0 $123,392 65 9 Also: Keystone Velocity (34); Emoticon Hanover (28); Lady Shadow (27); Devious Man (24); Manchego, Percy Bluechip (21); Pure Country (13); Check Six (7); Crazy Wow, Pasithea Face S (6); Somewhere In LA (5); All Bets Off, Bit Of A Legend N (4); Nike Franco N, Yes Mickey (3); Perfect Spirit (2); Bill’s Lady, Magic Presto (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- No horses changed positions in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown Poll Top 10, but Fear The Dragon solidified his hold on No. 1. Fear The Dragon, who won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers last weekend, received 33 of 35 first-place votes in this week’s balloting. Ariana G, who took on the boys in the Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters and finished second by a quarter-length to Yes Mickey, remained second in the poll. She was followed by Huntsville, who was fifth in the same PaSS division as Fear The Dragon, and idle Hannelore Hanover and Downbytheseaside. The remaining five horses in the rankings -- Marion Marauder, Resolve, Walner, Blazin Britches, and Agent Q -- also did not see action last week. 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 Fear The Dragon (33) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 347 1 2 Ariana G (2) 3tf 8-6-1-1 $544,091 306 2 3 Huntsville 3pc 11-7-3-0 $885,838 224 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 7-4-2-0 $235,299 172 4 5 Downbytheseaside 3pc 10-6-1-2 $686,216 170 5 6 Marion Marauder 4th 5-3-1-1 $443,177 139 6 7 Resolve 6th 6-3-1-0 $327,070 131 7 8 Walner 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 98 8 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 9-8-1-0 $123,392 73 9 10 Agent Q 3pf 9-6-2-0 $414,975 60 10 Manchego (38); Lady Shadow (32); Pasithea Face S (27); Devious Man (15); Percy Bluechip (13); Bit Of A Legend N, What The Hill (12); Keystone Velocity (11); Crazy Wow (8); Check Six (7); Nike Franco N (6); Yes Mickey (5); Dealt A Winner, Magic Presto, Perfect Spirit (4); Holy Trout, International Moni, Western Fame (2); Summer Travel (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- The competition for the top harness racing spot in the Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll heated up this week, with the gap between No.1 and No.2 narrowing to its closest margin of the season. Fear The Dragon remained No. 1 for the ninth consecutive week, but saw his lead over No. 2 Ariana G reduced to eight points. Fear The Dragon finished second to stablemate Downbytheseaside in last weekend’s Milstein Memorial while Ariana G was idle. Huntsville and Hannelore Hanover, also idle, were the next two horses in the poll. Downbytheseaside vaulted from No. 9 to No. 5 in the rankings, representing the largest shift of the week. Agent Q, who won a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division for 3-year-old female pacers, joined the rankings at No. 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. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (18) 3pc 11-9-2-0 $999,453 320 1 2 Ariana G (13) 3tf 7-6-0-1 $464,091 312 2 3 Huntsville (3) 3pc 10-7-3-0 $882,303 274 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 7-4-2-0 $235,299 160 4 5 Downbytheseaside (1) 3pc 10-6-1-2 $686,216 148 9 6 Marion Marauder 4th 5-3-1-1 $443,177 133 5 7 Resolve 6th 6-3-1-0 $327,070 120 6 8 Walner 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 110 7 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 9-8-1-0 $123,392 73 8 10 Agent Q 3pf 9-6-2-0 $414,975 49 --   Also: Manchego (44); Lady Shadow (39); Check Six (20); Devious Man (19); What The Hill (16); Keystone Velocity (12); Crazy Wow (11); Pasithea Face S, Perfect Spirit (10); Foiled Again (8); Clear Idea (6); Fourth Dimension, You Know You Do (5); Bit Of A Legend N (4); Barn Bella, International Moni (3); Nike Franco N, Tequila Monday (2); Holy Trout, Jan, JL Cruze, Magic Presto, Percy Bluechip, Summer Travel, Two AM (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Fear The Dragon, who was idle this past weekend, remained on top in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The harness racing 3-year-old male pacer has won nine of 10 races this season and is the richest Standardbred in North America in 2017 with $924,453 in earnings. Ariana G, who last weekend won the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters, picked up nine first-place votes and moved from third to second in the rankings. Cane Pace champion Huntsville, who received the final three first place votes, fell from second to third. Hannelore Hanover and Marion Marauder rounded out the top five. Resolve, the winner of last week’s John Cashman Memorial, joined the rankings, at No. 6. Also cracking the Top 10 were Shady Daisy winner Blazin Britches at No. 8 and Jim Doherty Memorial champion Manchego at No. 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 11 – 8/8/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (23) 3pc 10-9-1-0 $924,453 326 1 2 Ariana G (9) 3tf 7-6-0-1 $464,091 305 3 3 Huntsville (3) 3pc 10-7-3-0 $882,303 287 2 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 7-4-2-0 $235,299 157 4 5 Marion Marauder 4th 5-3-1-1 $443,177 140 5 6 Resolve 6th 6-3-1-0 $327,070 129 -- 7 Walner 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 118 6 8 Blazin Britches 3pf 9-8-1-0 $123,392 82 -- 9 Downbytheseaside 3pc 9-5-1-2 $536,216 81 7 10 Manchego 2tf 5-5-0-0 $209,898 55 -- Also: Lady Shadow (42); Agent Q, Perfect Spirit (31); Crazy Wow (25); What The Hill (23); Devious Man (21); Keystone Velocity, Pasithea Face S (14); You Know You Do (13); R J P (8); Nike Franco N (5); Bit Of A Legend N, Long Tom (4); International Moni (3); Check Six, JL Cruze, Magic Presto, Percy Blue Chip, Play The Bell, Summer Travel, Two AM (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Fear The Dragon received all but three first-place votes in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The 3-year-old male pacer won last Saturday’s Delvin Miller Adios and has won nine of 10 races this season. Adios runner-up Huntsville remained No. 2 in the rankings. Ariana G, who last weekend won her elimination for Saturday’s Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters, picked up a first-place vote and moved from fourth to third in the rankings. Hannelore Hanover and Marion Marauder rounded out the top five. JL Cruze, the upset winner of last week’s inaugural Spirit of Massachusetts Trot, joined the rankings, at No. 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 10 – 8/1/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (32) 3pc 10-9-1-0 $924,453 344 1 2 Huntsville 3pc 9-6-3-0 $726,841 287 2 3 Ariana G (1) 3tf 6-5-0-1 $214,091 268 4 4 Hannelore Hanover (1) 5tm 6-4-2-0 $221,763 221 3 5 Marion Marauder 4th 4-3-0-1 $372,717 168 7 6 Walner (1) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 146 5 7 Downbytheseaside 3pc 8-5-1-1 $498,906 105 8 8 Crazy Wow 5th 7-3-3-1 $353,100 61 9 9 Agent Q 3pf 8-5-2-0 $379,124 58 10 10 JL Cruze 6tg 7-2-1-2 $194,470 55 -- Also: Lady Shadow (52); Devious Man (29); Keystone Velocity (26); Long Tom (19); Nike Franco N (18); Bit Of A Legend N (12); Magic Presto (11); Resolve (9); Blazin Britches, International Moni, Somewhere In LA (6); Funknwaffles (5); Homicide Hunter (4); All Bets Off (3); Barn Bella, Holy Trout, Percy Blue Chip, Phaetosive, Roaring To Go, RJP (1).  by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- It will be No.1 vs. No.2 in Saturday’s harness racing Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows. Fear The Dragon and Huntsville were the only horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll Top 10 in action last week and each won his Adios elimination to set up Saturday’s showdown in western Pennsylvania. Brian Brown-trained Fear The Dragon has held the No. 1 spot for six consecutive weeks. Ray Schnittker’s Huntsville is in his second week at No. 2. Fear The Dragon won this year’s North America Cup and Huntsville won the Meadowlands Pace. 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 Fear The Dragon (25) 3pc 9-8-1-0 $724,453 324 1 2 Huntsville (4) 3pc 8-6-2-0 $626,841 289 2 3 Hannelore Hanover (4) 5tm 5-4-1-0 $161,138 259 3 4 Ariana G 3tf 5-4-0-1 $193,872 207 4 5 Walner (2) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 198 6 6 Lady Shadow 6pm 6-5-1-0 $328,235 163 5 7 Marion Marauder 4th 4-3-0-1 $372,717 160 7 8 Downbytheseaside 3pc 8-5-1-1 $498,906 111 8 9 Crazy Wow 5th 6-3-3-0 $324,000 66 9 10 Agent Q 3pf 8-5-2-0 $379,124 43 10 Also: Bit Of A Legend N (20); Keystone Velocity, Nike Franco N (11); Devious Man, Long Tom (9); Drew The Dragon, Funknwaffles (8); International Moni, Oho Diamond (5); On A Sunny Day, Percy Blue Chip, Tuonoblu Rex (4); Homicide Hunter, Resolve (2); Beckhams Z Tam, Firedrake, Holy Trout (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications     

Freehold, NJ --- Meadowlands Pace winner Huntsville moved to No. 2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while harness racing stakes-winners Walner and Agent Q joined the Top 10. Huntsville rose from fourth in last week’s rankings to sit behind idle No. 1 Fear The Dragon. Hannelore Hanover, who won a division of the Miss Versatility on Saturday, remained third while Delvin Miller Memorial division winner Ariana G moved up a spot to fourth. Lady Shadow, who lost for the first time when she finished second to Nike Franco N in the Golden Girls, dropped from second to fifth. Walner makes his first appearance in the Top 10, at No. 6, after winning a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial in a stakes-record 1:50.2. Hambletonian Maturity winner Marion Marauder jumped three places to No. 7 while Mistletoe Shalee winner Agent Q takes the 10th spot. 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 Fear The Dragon (24) 3pc 8-7-1-0 $711,953 313 1 2 Huntsville (5) 3pc 7-5-2-0 $614,341 269 4 3 Hannelore Hanover (4) 5tm 5-4-1-0 $161,138 266 3 4 Ariana G 3tf 5-4-0-1 $193,872 200 5 5 Lady Shadow 6pm 6-5-1-0 $328,235 179 2 6 Walner (2) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 175 -- 7 Marion Marauder 4th 4-3-0-1 $372,717 162 10 8 Downbytheseaside 3pc 8-5-1-1 $498,906 121 7 9 Crazy Wow 5th 6-3-3-0 $324,000 77 6 10 Agent Q 3pf 8-5-2-0 $379,124 40 -- Also: Keystone Velocity (38); Resolve (17); Devious Man (15); Nike Franco N (12); Long Tom (11); Mach It So (7); Sintra (6); International Moni (5); Emoticon Hanover, Tuonoblu Rex (4); Beckhams Z Tam, Holy Trout, Mossdale Conner N, Obrigado (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

Freehold, NJ --- Fear The Dragon solidified his hold on the No.1 spot in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll thanks to his win in last weekend’s Max C. Hempt Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers. Fear The Dragon added 11 first-place votes to his tally, pushing his total to 28. Lady Shadow and Hannelore Hanover, both idle, were next in the rankings, and the only other horses to receive first-place votes. Ariana G and Crazy Wow completed the top five. Ben Franklin winner Keystone Velocity and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial winner Devious Man joined the rankings at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively. 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 6 – 7/5/2017  Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (28) 3pc 8-7-1-0 $711,953 336 1 2 Lady Shadow (6) 6pm 4-4-0-0 $271,000 284 2 3 Hannelore Hanover (1) 5tm 4-3-1-0 $146,138 238 4 4 Ariana G 3tf 4-3-0-1 $132,500 212 3 5 Crazy Wow 5th 6-3-3-0 $324,000 200 8 6 Huntsville 3pc 5-3-2-0 $238,529 147 6 7 Downbytheseaside 3pc 7-5-0-1 $323,500 128 5 8 Keystone Velocity 9ph 11-6-0-1 $618,000 97 -- 9 Resolve 6th 3-2-1-0 $166,750 93 7 10 Devious Man 3tc 5-4-1-0 $403,410 59 --   Also: International Moni (47); Agent Q (28); Mel Mara (13); Dr J Hanover (10); Long Tom (7); Barn Bella (5); Clear Vision (4); Crescent Fashion, Marion Marauder, Sintra (3); All Bets Off, Somewhere In LA (2); Holy Trout, Mossdale Conner N, Obrigado, Penpal (1). North American statistics only. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Three-year-old female trotter Ariana G beat the boys in her elimination for Saturday’s $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at Pocono and moved up two spots in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/ Breeders Crown poll. Fear The Dragon, who finished second in his elimination for Saturday’s $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at Pocono for his first loss of the season, remained No. 1 in the rankings. Lady Shadow, who was idle, held on to second while Hannelore Hanover (idle) and Downbytheseaside (a Hempt elim winner) rounded out the top five. Mel Mara, who won his elimination for Saturday’s $500,000 Ben Franklin for older pacers at Pocono, joined the rankings at No. 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 5 – 6/27/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (17) 3pc 7-6-1-0 $461,953 309 1 2 Lady Shadow (11) 6pm 4-4-0-0 $271,000 284 2 3 Ariana G (4) 3tf 3-3-0-0 $72,500 258 5 4 Hannelore Hanover (1) 5tm 4-3-1-0 $146,138 242 3 5 Downbytheseaside (2) 3pc 6-5-0-1 $298,500 227 6 6 Huntsville 3pc 5-3-2-0 $238,529 177 4 7 Resolve 6th 2-2-0-0 $120,500 112 8 8 Crazy Wow 5th 5-2-3-0 $231,500 101 7 9 International Moni 3tc 2-2-0-0 $102,565 36 9 10 Mel Mara 8ph 4-3-1-0 $45,000 28 -- Also: Keystone Velocity (26); Somewhere In LA (24); Dr J Hanover (19); Bit Of A Legend N (14); Mossdale Conner N (13); Barn Bella, Long Tom (10); Marion Marauder (9); Tequila Monday (7); Devious Man (5); Bettor’s Up (4); McWicked (3); Western Fame (2); All Bets Off, Charmed Life, Magic Presto, Missile J, Nirvana Seelster (1).  North American statistics only. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Fear The Dragon roared into first place in this week’s Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll. The 3-year-old harness racing male pacer won last Saturday’s North America Cup, where Huntsville finished second and previously top-ranked Downbytheseaside was third. Roses Are Red Stakes winner Lady Shadow remained No. 2 in the rankings while Armbro Flight Stakes champ Hannelore Hanover vaulted from seventh to third. Huntsville slipped a spot to fourth while idle Ariana G dropped a notch to fifth and Downbytheseaside fell to sixth. Goodtimes Stakes winner International Moni joined the rankings at No. 9. 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 Fear The Dragon (22) 3pc 6-6-0-0 $455,703 329 5 2 Lady Shadow (12) 6pm 4-4-0-0 $271,000 291 2 3 Hannelore Hanover (1) 5tm 4-3-1-0 $146,138 247 7 4 Huntsville 3pc 5-3-2-0 $238,529 224 3 5 Ariana G 3tf 2-2-0-0 $60,000 196 4 6 Downbytheseaside 3pc 5-4-0-1 $286,000 190 1 7 Crazy Wow 5th 5-2-3-0 $231,500 135 6 8 Resolve 6th 1-1-0-0 $93,000 74 8 9 International Moni 3tc 2-2-0-0 $102,565 50 -- 10 Dr J Hanover 4pg 12-2-1-1 $89,907 22 9 Also: Devious Man (21); Bit Of A Legend N, Mossdale Conner N (19); Barn Bella, Keystone Velocity (16); Somewhere In LA (15); Bettor’s Up (13); McWicked (11); Mel Mara (7); Marion Marauder, Western Fame (5); Clear Vision (4); Missile J, Jagersro (3); Last Gunfighter, Nirvana Seelster (2); All Bets Off, Charmed Life, Magic Presto, Safe From Terror, Tequila Monday, Western Joe (1).  North American statistics only. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Downbytheseaside and Lady Shadow remained 1-2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but Huntsville continued his surge by moving from seventh to No. 3 in the harness racing rankings. Three of the top five horses in the poll -- Downbytheseaside, Huntsville and No. 5 Fear The Dragon -- won eliminations for Saturday’s Pepsi North America Cup and will meet in the C$1 million final at Mohawk Racetrack. Charlie Hill Memorial winner Crazy Wow moved from ninth to sixth in the poll. Hannelore Hanover and Dr J Hanover joined the rankings at seventh and ninth, respectively. 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 3 – 6/13/2017  Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Downbytheseaside (25) 3pc 4-4-0-0 $207,160 323 1 2 Lady Shadow (4) 6pm 3-3-0-0 $137,775 264 2 3 Huntsville (3) 3pc 4-3-1-0 $74,279 224 7 4 Ariana G (2) 3tf 2-2-0-0 $60,000 200 3 5 Fear The Dragon (1) 3pc 5-5-0-0 $90,703 197 5 6 Crazy Wow 5th 5-2-3-0 $231,500 176 9 7 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 3-2-1-0 $53,793 106 -- 8 Resolve 6th 1-1-0-0 $93,000 89 6 9 Dr J Hanover 4pg 11-2-1-1 86,257 87 -- 10 Bit Of A Legend N 8ph 10-3-2-3 $193,170 85 4   Also: Somewhere In LA (39); Mossdale Conner N (36); Marion Marauder (12); Enterprise (11); Tequila Monday (9); All Bets Off, Nirvana Seelster (8); Keystone Velocity (7); Glassine Hanover, Missile J, Nike Franco N, Sortie, Western Fame (5); Clear Vision (4); Rock N’ Roll World, Sintra (3); Broadway Donna, Hurricane Beach, Magic Presto (2); Long Tom, Odds On Equuleus, Safe From Terror (1).  North American statistics only. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Returning Dan Patch Award winners Ariana G and Huntsville made upward moves in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll thanks to impressive wins over the weekend. Ariana G won the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old female trotters by 3-1/4 lengths in a stakes-record 1:51.1 and rose from ninth to third in the rankings. Huntsville won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes series for 3-year-old male pacers by 7-1/4 lengths in 1:49 and moved from unranked to No. 7 in the poll. Fear The Dragon also gained in the rankings, jumping from 10th to fifth following his 1:49.1 triumph in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers. Three-year-old male pacer Downbytheseaside, who was idle, remained No. 1 in the poll. Lady Shadow, a 6-year-old pacing mare, also was idle and remained second. 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 – 6/6/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Downbytheseaside (22) 3pc 3-3-0-0 $188,910 313 1 2 Lady Shadow (6) 6pm 2-2-0-0 $125,000 227 2 3 Ariana G (2) 3tf 2-2-0-0 $60,000 185 9 4 Bit Of A Legend N 8ph 10-3-2-3 $193,170 145 3 5 Fear The Dragon 3pc 4-4-0-0 $72,453 119 10 6 Resolve (1) 6th 1-1-0-0 $93,000 113 7 7 Huntsville (1) 3pc 3-2-1-0 $56,029 112 -- 8 Somewhere In LA (1) 6pg 17-7-4-2 $346,500 103 5 9 Crazy Wow 5th 4-1-3-0 $131,500 96 4 10 Mossdale Conner N (1) 8pg 4-4-0-0 $126,000 90 6 Also: Dr J Hanover (55); Hannelore Hanover (43); Keystone Velocity (36); All Bets Off (35); Missile J (33); Clear Vision (29); Rock N’ Roll World (22); Long Tom (18); Broadway Donna (15); Rockeyed Optimist (12); Highalator (10); Medusa, Sintra (9); Mackenzie A, Split The House, Western Fame (8); Tequila Monday (7); Deerfield Beach, Safe From Terror (6); Caviart Wonder, Darlinonthebeach, Sortie (5); McWicked, Red Hot Herbie (4); Barn Girl, Enterprise, Every Way Out, Soto, Treviso (3); American Virgin, Charmed Life, Gustavo Fring, Mel Mara (2); Dayson, Freeze Out, Hurricane Beach, Keystone I Wish, Knocking Around, Lord Cromwell, Magic Presto (1). Dr J Hanover received 1 first-place vote. North American statistics only. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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