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The Breeders Crown Team Handicapping Contest on last Saturday's (Oct. 27) Breeders Crown championship card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was over before the half. When Garnet Barnsdale turned his total $360 in wagers on the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot (Race 7) into a cash of $2,895, it propelled Team Gallo Blue Chip to an easy victory. As a result, New Vocations will receive the first-place prize of $1,000 from the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, which sponsored the contest that included 12 of harness racing's top handicappers. The 12 players were divided into three teams of four members each, playing for three designated charities: Harness Horse Youth Foundation, New Vocations and Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Each team member handicapped three Crown finals. All wagers were mythical and players were limited to $100 maximum win or win/place combination, $100 maximum in total exacta wagers, and $120 maximum in total trifecta wagers. Barnsdale, the Woodbine Mohawk Park handicapper for DRF Harness, took full advantage of altering his selections when morning-line favorite Six Pack was an early scratch. While Barnsdale already had a $100 win bet on eventual champ Tactical Landing, he switched his exacta and trifecta selections and was able to nail both. While his win wager resulted in a cash of just $140, Barnsdale had a $100 straight exacta ticket that returned $1,250 and a $10 trifecta ticket that was worth $1,505. Barnsdale's total cash of $2,895 was actually more than each of the other two teams had in total. With teammates Gordon Waterstone cashing for a total of $1,158.50, Gabe Prewitt for $692.50, and Ellie Sarama for $578, Team Gallo Blue Chip's total cash was $5,324. Finishing second with a total of $2,730 and earning $500 for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation was Team Foiled Again, which consisted of Allan Schott, Dave Brower, Derick Giwner and Dave Weaver. Slightly more than half the team's bankroll came from Weaver, who was the only handicapper in the contest to cash in all three of his designated races. Weaver, a host on the TVG network, saw his biggest return come in the Open Pace, where he had a $50 place wager on Filibuster Hanover, the runner-up to McWicked, as well as a two-horse $50 exacta box and a $5 trifecta box that in all totaled $868.50 and brought his overall total to $1,403.50. Finishing third with a total of $2,346.90 and earning $250 for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation was Team Moni Maker, which consisted of Mark McKelvie, Megan Maccario, Michael Carter and Sally Hinckley. It was Hinckley, a longtime oddsmaker and handicapper, who led the team with a final bankroll of $1,522.50. Hinckley's biggest cash of $1,070 came in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, where she had a $50 place wager on Lather Up, who was second to Dorsoduro Hanover, and a $50 two-horse exacta box that returned $965. "Great job by all the Breeders Crown handicappers," said Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown COO Moira Fanning. "The 12 championships from The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono had a little something for everyone, from favorites to longshots. The Hambletonian Society is happy to sponsor this contest which results in real dollars for some very special charities --- Standardbred aftercare and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Thanks to all for the efforts." From the Breeders Crown

Hightstown, NJ --- Two-year-old filly trotter Woodside Charm moved into the Top 10 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while the top-three spots were unchanged ahead of Saturday’s Breeders Crown finals at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Woodside Charm is unbeaten in six races after her 12-1/2 length romp in her Breeders Crown harness racing elimination leg last week. Atlanta remained No. 1 following her Breeders Crown elimination victory, followed by idle No. 2 McWicked and No. 3 Shartin N, also a Breeders Crown elim winner. Courtly Choice, who finished sixth in his Breeders Crown elimination and is finished for the season, dropped from fourth to sixth. Kissin In The Sand, who was idle, and Breeders Crown elim winner Six Pack moved up. Manchego, Marion Marauder, and Crystal Fashion all lost Breeders Crown eliminations but advanced to their respective finals and remained in 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. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (21) 3tf 13-8-4-1 $902,278 313 1 2 McWicked (8) 7ph 16-9-3-2 $1,178,864 298 2 3 Shartin N (3) 5pm 22-17-1-0 $833,361 262 3 4 Kissin In The Sand (2)   3pf 14-10-4-0 $730,495 203 5 5 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 166 7 6 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 164 4 7 Manchego 3tf 13-7-3-2 $658,994 144 6 8 Marion Marauder 5th 12-6-4-0 $596,680 83 8 9 Woodside Charm 2tf 6-6-0-0 $221,658 42 -- 10 Crystal Fashion 3tg 16-9-4-1 $1,029,867 40 9 Gimpanzee received 1 first-place vote by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Twelve of harness racing's top handicappers will be playing for charity on Saturday night (Oct. 27) in a unique contest on the 12 Breeders Crown championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Breeders Crown Handicapping Contest is sponsored by the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown with total prize money of $1,750 to be awarded to three designated charities. The 12 players have been divided into three teams of four members uignated charity. Second place is worth $500 and third place will earn $250. The teams and the designated charities they are playing for are: Foiled Again/Harness Horse Youth Foundation; Gallo Blue Chip/New Vocations; and Moni Maker/Standardbred Retirement Foundation. All team names honor past Breeders Crown champions, who are also the three richest North American-based horses of all-time. "The Hambletonian Society was proud to support the Grand Circuit Wagering Contest which was responsible for thousands of dollars raised for equine aftercare charities and is happy to be a part of the new format," said Hambletonian Society COO and director of publicity Moira Fanning. "The Breeders Crown Handicapping Contest will help support these charities as well as encourage real wagering on the unprecedented 15 percent low takeout on all Breeders Crown wagers. "Good luck to all the new members of the #SenditinArmy." Each team member will handicap three races. All wagers are mythical and players for each race will be limited to $100 maximum win or win/place combination, $100 maximum in total exacta wagers, and $120 maximum in total trifecta wagers. The selections will be available via a press release sent out prior to Saturday night's finals, with the results announced on Monday, Oct. 29. Here are the teams, and the charity they will be playing for: Team Foiled Again, playing for Harness Horse Youth Foundation: Allan Schott-Seasoned handicapper who was the coordinator for the Horseplayer's Association of North America (HANA) Grand Circuit Handicapping Contest. Dave Brower-Race analyst and oddsmaker at the Meadowlands, host of nationally-televised Hambletonian broadcast. Derick Giwner-Editor of drf.com/harness, DRF Harness Weekend Newsletter and Harness Eye for Daily Racing Form. Dave Weaver-Announcer for TVG for nearly 20 years. He lived out his dream covering this year's Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian and his favorite Breeders Crown moment is Foiled Again winning the 2013 Open Pace. Team Gallo Blue Chip, playing for New Vocations: Ellie Sarama-Former host and handicapper at Meadowlands, Freehold and The Racing Network, as well as commentator for ESPN's Breeders Crown shows. Garnet Barnsdale-Veteran handicapper and harness reporter/writer currently working as the Mohawk Park public handicapper for DRF Harness. Won the HANA Grand Circuit Shootout charity handicapping contest in 2014. Gabe Prewitt-Announcer at Red Mile and Pompano Park as well as race analyst at Meadowlands. Gordon Waterstone-Communicators Hall of Famer, associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World, HarnessRacing Weekend Preview and harnessracing.com. Team Moni Maker, playing for Standardbred Retirement Foundation: Mark McKelvie-Communications director for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Megan Maccario-Featured contributor for Thoroughbred Insider, also participated in the HANA Grand Circuit contests. Michael Carter-The 2017 Breakthrough Award winner, social media and publicity coordinator for the USTA as well as co-host of Mike and Mike. Sally Hinckley-Oddsmaker and public handicapper for decades, won the 2015 HANA Grand Circuit contest. From the Breeders Crown

Cranbury, NJ --- Been there, done that. It could be the slogan for Saturday's (Oct. 20) Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-olds and older horses at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eleven former Breeders Crown champions will be in action Saturday, led by two-time winners Hannelore Hanover, Ariana G, and Pure Country. A 12th former champ -- McWicked, who claimed his trophy at age 3 in 2014 -- will advance directly to the Open Pace final because eliminations were unnecessary. Another winner from 2014, Pinkman, who was 2 when he captured his Crown, also is back for another try in the Open Trot. Completing the list of former champions are Broadway Donna, Call Me Queen Be, Emoticon Hanover, Fiftydallarbill, Manchego, Stay Hungry, and Youaremycandygirl. Ariana G, Broadway Donna, and Emoticon Hanover all are in the Mare Trot. The connections of trotting mare Hannelore Hanover opted to face the boys, as they did in 2017, in the Open Trot. The only other division with multiple previous champions is the Mare Pace, with Pure Country and Call Me Queen Be. Talent is not limited to past winners. Divisional money-leaders Atlanta, Courtly Choice, Crystal Fashion, Kissin In The Sand, Marion Marauder, and Shartin N also were among the 106 horses entered Tuesday for Saturday's eliminations. History's fastest trotter, Homicide Hunter, New Zealand's two-time Horse of the Year Lazarus N, and International Trot champion Cruzado Dela Noche add to the star power. Kissin In The Sand will not race Saturday. Her connections accepted a bye to advance directly to the final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Also accepting a bye were the connections of Baron Remy. One elimination will be contested, with the top seven finishers from a nine-horse field joining Kissin In The Sand and Baron Remy. Eliminations for 2-year-olds were drawn Monday and will be raced Friday. A total of 177 horses entered the Breeders Crown. Last year, the number of entries was 166. Post time for Friday and Saturday is 7 p.m. (EDT). All finals, with purses totaling $6 million, will be Saturday (Oct. 27) at Pocono. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for post positions one through five for the finals. The draw for the $421,000 Open Pace will be Tuesday. The eight-horse field for the final is All Bets Off, Dealt A Winner, Donttellmeagain, Filibuster Hanover, Lazarus N, McWicked, Rockin Ron, and Western Fame. Lazarus N was supplemented to the event for $50,000. Following is a look at Saturday's eliminations, which have purses of $25,000 apiece. 3-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING PACE Returning champion Stay Hungry leads a group of 20 horses. Stay Hungry will attempt to become the first male pacer since Artiscape in 1997 and 1998 to win a Breeders Crown at both ages 2 and 3. Stay Hungry's victories this year include the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes. Also in the elims are Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice, North America Cup champion Lather Up (a $62,500 supplemental entry), Adios winner Dorsoduro Hanover, Max C. Hempt Memorial champ Springsteen, Carl Milstein Memorial winner Thinkbig Dreambig, and Tattersalls division winners American History and Grand Teton. The top-three finishers from each elimination advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Thinkbig Dreambig-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 2-Ideal Feeling-Tim Tetrick-Michael Deters 3-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4-Cinnamack-David Miller-Brian Brown 5-Nutcracker Sweet-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 6-Springsteen-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 7-Hitman Hill-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Talbotcreekwhiskey-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Wes Delight-George Napolitano Jr.-Chris Oakes 3-American History-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 4-Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh 5-I'm A Big Deal-Brett Miller-Chris Ryder 6-Decoy-David Miller-Jimmy Takter 7-This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke Elimination Three PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Shnitzledosomethin-David Miller-Dylan Davis 2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 3-Grand Teton-Andrew McCarthy-Jimmy Takter 4-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 5-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis 6-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Youaremycandygirl is the returning champion and will try to become the first female pacer since My Little Dragon in 2005 and 2006 to win a Breeders Crown at both ages 2 and 3. She won this year's Empire Breeders Classic and finished second to Kissin In The Sand in the James M. Lynch Memorial, Mistletoe Shalee, and a division of the Glen Garnsey. The connections of Youaremycandygirl and Jugette winner Alexa's Power both turned down the seasonal-earnings-based bye that went to Courageous Lady winner Baron Remy. The top-seven finishers from the single elimination advance to the final. Single Elimination PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Youaremycandygirl-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 2-Double A Mint-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-I'm Trigger Happy-Corey Callahan-Ross Croghan 4-Strong Opinion-Andrew McCarthy-Ron Burke 5-Alexa's Power-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 6-Percy Bluechip-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7-Solitary-Brett Miller-Nick Surick 8-Sidewalk Dancer-George Napolitano Jr.-Chris Oakes 9-Dance Blue-Andrew McCarthy-Nancy Johansson 3-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING TROT Fiftydallarbill is the returning champion and will try to become the first male trotter since Father Patrick in 2013 and 2014 to win a Breeders Crown at ages 2 and 3. His wins this season include the Indiana Sire Stakes final. Also entered were Canadian Trotting Classic and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial winner Crystal Fashion, Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial winner Met's Hall, and Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity winner Six Pack. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 2-You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Tactical Landing-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 4-Jula Downton-TBA-Susanne Kerwood 5-Lawmaker-Anthony MacDonald-Andrew Harris 6-Evaluate-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 7-Gemologist-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Six Pack-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2-Wolfgang-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Cruising In Style-Anthony MacDonald-Andrew Harris 4-Run Director-Sylvain Filion-Benoit Baillargeon 5-Fiftydallarbill-Brett Miller-Bill Crone 6-Crystal Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Manchego is the returning champion and will try to join stablemate Ariana G (2016-17) on the list of female trotters to win a Breeders Crown at ages 2 and 3. Her wins this year include the Hambletonian Oaks and Moni Maker Stakes. She is joined in this event by Hambletonian and Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Atlanta and Elegantimage winner Phaetosive. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Highland Dynamite-Simon Allard-Marty Fine 2-Looking For Zelda-Matt Kakaley-Norm Parker 3-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 4-Courtney Hanover-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron 5-Top Expectations-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 6-Impinktoo-Brian Sears-Ron Burke 7-Seviyorum-Andy Miller-Julie Miller Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Lily Stride-Tim Tetrick-Mark Harder 2-Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Atlanta-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron 4-Ciao Dolce-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 5-Supergirl Riley-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 6-Phaetosive-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer OPEN TROT Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Horse of the Year, is the defending champion and will try to become the first repeat winner of the Open Trot since Fool's Goal in 2002 and 2003. She also would become the first mare to win the event twice and her three Breeders Crown trophies would tie her with Grades Singing and Mack Lobell for the second most for a trotter. Peace Corps holds the record with four. Hannelore Hanover's wins this year include the Armbro Flight and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. Homicide Hunter, who trotted his world-record 1:48.4 mile in winning the Allerage Open Trot at Red Mile, joins Hannelore Hanover in the event along with multiple-stakes-winner and 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, Will Take Charge, Cruzado Dela Noche, and Pinkman. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2-Guardian Angel As-Matt Kakaley-Anette Lorentzon 3-Cruzado Dela Noche-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 4-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood 5-Pinkman-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 6-Lindy The Great-David Miller-Domenico Cecere Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis 2-Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-Dunbar Hall-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson 4-Homicide Hunter-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 5-Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-Warrawee Roo-Dan Dube-Luc Blais MARE TROT Emoticon Hanover is the defending champion and will try to become the event's first repeat winner since Buck I St Pat in 2009 and 2010. Ariana G will try to become the first female trotter since Peace Corps (1988-89-90) to win a Breeders Crown at ages 2, 3 and 4. She would tie Grades Singing and Mack Lobell for the second-most trophies for a trotter. Peace Corps holds the record with four. Broadway Donna won her Breeders Crown in 2016 at age 3. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Emoticon Hanover-Dan Dube-Luc Blais 2-The Erm-Charlie Norris-Charlie Norris 3-Celebrity Ruth-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer 4-Charmed Life-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 6-Royal Witch-Sylvain Filion-Benoit Baillargeon 7-Ice Attraction-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Dream Together-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Broadway Donna-David Miller-Jim Campbell 3-Barn Bella-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedhammer 4-NF Happenstance-Jack Parker Jr.-Carol Jamieson-Parker 5-Caprice Hill-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 6-Pink Pistol-Tim Tetrick-Peter Shody MARE PACE Pure Country is the defending champion and will try to become first female pacer since Shelliscape in 2013 and 2014 to repeat as the event's winner. She also would join Jenna's Beach Boy, Eternal Camnation, and My Little Dragon as the only pacers to ever win three Crowns. Call Me Queen Be won her Breeders Crown in 2016 at the age of 3. Shartin N (a $31,250 supplemental entry) is the season's richest female pacer. Her wins include the Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty, Artiscape, and Blue Chip Matchmaker championship. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Newborn Sassy-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 2-Agent Q-David Miller-Chris Oakes 3-Divas Image-Joe Bongiorno-Jennifer Bongiorno 4-Carol's Z Tam-Brian Sears-Jamie Macomber 5-Lakeisha Hall-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 6-Pure Country-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 7-Bettor's Up-Doug McNair-Scott McEneny 8-Call Me Queen Be-Eric Carlson-Ross Croghan Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Caviart Ally-Andrew McCarthy-Noel Daley 2-Nike Franco N-Matt Kakaley-Scott DiDomenico 3-Frost Damage Blues-Jody Jamieson-Kyle Caulfield 4-Tequila Monday-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 5-Twinkle-Scott Zeron-Ross Croghan 6-Blue Moon Stride-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder 7-Seventimesavirgin-Corey Callahan-Jimmy Nickerson 8-Shartin N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

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 

Below are the Detention Barn rules and notes for the 2018 Breeders Crown at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. If you would like more information about the race itself, please visit us at our website here: https://www.hambletonian.com/2018-breeders-crown-information.html             Below are the Detention Barn rules and notes for the 2018 Breeders Crown at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. If you would like more information about the race itself, please visit us at our website here: https://www.hambletonian.com/2018-breeders-crown-information.html          

Hightstown, NJ --- Action at Red Mile resulted in shuffling of the rankings in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Manchego, who finished third in her Kentucky Filly Futurity elimination and did not return for the final, dropped from No. 1 to No. 6 after three weeks in the top spot. She was replaced by Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Atlanta, who had been No. 1 in the six weeks prior to Manchego’s ascent. McWicked, who paced the second-fastest race mile in history -- 1:46.2 -- to win the Allerage Farms Open Pace, moved from No. 6 to No. 2. Shartin N, who won the Allerage Farms Mare Pace, went from No. 4 to No. 3 while Courtly Choice dropped from second to fourth after a fifth-place finish in a division of the Tattersalls Pace. Kissin In The Sand, who won her division of the Glen Garnsey in 1:47.4, the third-fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly pacer, improved from No. 7 to No. 5. Six Pack, who won the Kentucky Futurity in 1:49.1, the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old trotter, was the only newcomer to the Top 10, entering the rankings at No. 8. Results last week for the remainder of the Top 10: Marion Marauder, idle; Crystal Fashion, third in Kentucky Futurity elimination and second in final; Stay Hungry, second in Tattersalls division. 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 20 – 10/9/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (20) 3tf 12-7-4-1 $889,778 311 3 2 McWicked (6) 7ph 15-8-3-2 $1,053,864 282 6 3 Shartin N (2) 5pm 21-16-1-0 $820,861 243 4 4 Courtly Choice (3)  3pc 15-10-1-0 $910,603 204 2 5 Kissin In The Sand (3) 3pf 14-10-4-0 $730,495 192 7 6 Manchego (1) 3tf 12-7-3-1 $655,994 185 1 7 Marion Marauder 5th 10-6-4-0 $544,680 131 5 8 Six Pack 3tc 12-9-1-1 $958,073 121 -- 9 Crystal Fashion 3tg 15-9-4-1 $1,027,867 43 9 10 Stay Hungry 3pc 14-6-1-4 $759,967 41 8 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 19 – 10/2/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Manchego (22) 3tf 11-7-3-0 $650,234 326 1 2 Courtly Choice (11) 3pc 14-10-1-0 $899,353 311 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 10-6-3-1 $765,778 209 3 4 Shartin N 5pm 20-15-1-0 $771,611 195 4 5 Marion Marauder (1) 5th 10-6-4-0 $544,680 167 6 6 McWicked 7ph 14-7-3-2 $964,364 159 5 7 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 13-9-4-0 $673,620 149 7 8 Stay Hungry (1) 3pc 13-6-0-4 $703,717 79 10 9 Crystal Fashion 3tg 13-9-3-0 $908,207 67 9 10 Lather Up 3pc 14-11-0-1 $768,612 57 8 Also: Ariana G 55; Phaetosive 35; Green Manalishi S 28; Lazarus N, Stag Party 16; Donttellmeagain 9; Met’s Hall 8; Gimpanzee, Six Pack 7; Caviart Ally 6; Hannelore Hanover 5; The Ice Dutchess 4; Captain Ahab, Plunge Blue Chip, Tall Drink Hanover, Will Take Charge 2; Dorsoduro Hanover, Only Take Cash 1.

The big move this past week is by Little Brown Jug winner, Courtly Choice, who jumps from #5 position to #2, moving Atlanta to #3.  Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 18 – 9/25/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Manchego (20) 3tf 11-7-3-0 $650,234 323 1 2 Courtly Choice (14) 3pc 14-10-1-0 $899,353 305 5 3 Atlanta 3tf 9-6-2-1 $759,233 234 2 4 Shartin N 5pm 20-15-1-0 $771,611 191 4 5 McWicked 7ph 13-7-3-1 $946,364 189 3 6 Marion Marauder (1) 5th 10-6-4-0 $544,680 175 8 7 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 12-8-4-0 $610,620 130 6 8 Lather Up 3pc 14-11-0-1 $768,612 79 7 9 Crystal Fashion 3tg 13-9-3-0 $908,207 65 10 10 Stay Hungry 3pc 12-5-0-4 $658,217 49 9 Also: Lazarus N (30); Green Manalishi S, Hannelore Hanover (23); Stag Party (20); Ariana G (15); Phaetosive (12); Six Pack (10); Caviart Ally, Gimpanzee (9); Plunge Blue Chip, Woodside Charm (7); The Ice Dutchess (4); Captain Ahab, Will Take Charge, Wisdom Tree (3); Met’s Hall, Tall Drink Hanover (2); Dorsoduro Hanover, Only Take Cash, Youaremycandygirl (1).  

Hightstown, NJ --- The top seven positions in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll were unchanged this week, but two pacing colts joined the rankings at Nos. 8 and 10. Lather Up, who won his Ohio Sire Stakes championship with a track-record performance over a sloppy track Saturday at Scioto, returned at No. 8 after two weeks out of the Top 10. Stay Hungry makes his first appearance in the Top 10, at 10th, following his win in a division of the Simcoe Stakes. Lazarus N and Ariana G dropped from 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. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (21) 3tf 8-6-2-0 $729,074 329 1 2 Manchego (10) 3tf 9-6-2-0 $501,402 294 2 3 McWicked 7ph 12-7-2-1 $902,114 222 3 4 Shartin N 5pm 19-14-1-0 $759,111 217 4 5 Courtly Choice (2) 3pc 12-9-0-0 $655,393 181 5 6 Hannelore Hanover 6tm 10-6-0-3 $307,824 105 6 7 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 11-7-4-0 $599,070 103 7 8 Lather Up (2) 3pc 12-10-0-0 $664,865 93 -- 9 Marion Marauder 5th 9-5-4-0 $444,680 91 8 10 Stay Hungry 3pc 11-5-0-4 $650,000 86 -- by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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McWicked jumped from #7 to #3 in the Top Ten Poll this week off his impressive victory over Lazarus in the Canadian Pacing Classic. Also of note is Kissin In The Sand who went from #10 to #7.  Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 15 – 9/4/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (18) 3tf 8-6-2-0 $729,074 318 1 2 Manchego (11) 3tf 9-6-2-0 $501,402 301 2 3 McWicked (3) 7ph 11-7-2-1 $885,864 233 7 4 Shartin N (1) 5pm 19-14-1-0 $759,111 208 3 5 Courtly Choice (2) 3pc 12-9-0-0 $655,393 171 5 6 Hannelore Hanover 6tm 10-6-0-3 $307,824 126 4 7 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 10-7-3-0 $570,381 109 10 8 Marion Marauder 5th 9-5-4-0 $444,680 107 6 9 Lazarus N 6ph 2-1-1-0 $260,450 78 9 10 Ariana G 4tm 9-4-0-1 $425,052 70 8 Also: Stay Hungry (41); Lather Up (40); Youaremycandygirl (22); Jimmy Freight (19); Met’s Hall (17); Six Pack (15); Crazy Wow (8); Captain Ahab, Plunge Blue Chip (6); Crystal Fashion, Don’t Let’em, Homicide Hunter, Proof (5); Phaetosive, Western Joe (3); Beckhams Z Tam, Caviart Ally, De Los Cielos Deo, Dorsoduro Hanover (1).

The Red Mile Renaissance continues with the creation of $1 million harness race for two-year-old trotters slated for a blockbuster Grand Circuit weekend in 2019 at the historic Lexington, Kentucky harness track. The race for two-year-old trotters, was initiated by the Hambletonian Society and received an enthusiastic response from host partners The Red Mile, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the Kentucky Sires Stakes board. A formal announcement, outlining the parameters of the event will be made on Sunday, Sept. 16, when the Red Mile hosts the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stake Finals, the finale of the $4.5 million program on Fayette County Fair Day. Other partners include the Bluegrass Sports Commission, Cornett Agency, and the inaugural Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, slated for Oct. 7, 2018, which has dedicated net proceeds from the sale to promotion and marketing of the new event. The Hambletonian Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1924 to sponsor the race for which it was named, the Hambletonian Stake. The Society's mission is to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes, early-closing races and other special events. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

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

East Rutherford, NJ - A 2018 Hambletonian Future Wager featuring three separate pools resulted in healthy pay-offs for those who backed Atlanta to become the 14th filly winner of the Hambletonian. The minimum future wager was $1.00, with win wagering only with 17% take-out and 15 betting interests each time the pool was opened. The winner of each pool was determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2018 Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 4 The first pool, which opened June 22 and closed June 24 offered the top 14 contenders at the time with the remaining eligibles, including all fillies paid to the Oaks, as "the field." Those who bet the field in this pool got the eventual winner Atlanta and a $7.00 win mutuel. The second future pool opened on July 20 and closed July 22. Atlanta debuted in the Future Pool at 8-1. Those who bet her in that pool got a mutuel pay-off of $8.00. The third Hambletonian Future Wager was opened after the race entries were drawn into the two elimination heats on Wednesday, August 1 at noon and closed on Friday, August 3 at 10:00 pm Hambletonian Eve. With Atlanta's official entry into the Hambletonian instead of the Oaks, the future line was set at 4-1. After cutting extreme fractions and finishing second in her elimination heat, Atlanta rebounded in the final heat and won the $1 million Hambletonian final with the same pace-setting tactics. She rewarding those who backed her in Future wager #3 with $11.80, much better than the $6.40 she returned live on track on race day. Total wagered on all three pools exceeded $33,000. The bet will return in 2019. From the Meadowlands & Hambletonian Society

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