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Freehold, NJ --- Mission Brief, fresh off her victory in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot, moved into the Top 10 in this week’s harness racing  Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while the top six horses in the rankings remained unchanged. Wiggle It Jiggleit, JL Cruze, and Bee A Magician did not race and held their spots at the top of the poll. Pinkman remained fourth following his victory in the Zweig Memorial Open, followed by idle Wakizashi Hanover and State Treasurer. 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 –7/28/2015  Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (25) 3pg 15-14-1-0 $961,092 330 1 2 JL Cruze (5) 4tg 18-16-2-0 $612,788 302 2 3 Bee A Magician (4) 5tm 8-7-1-0 $408,070 280 3 4 Pinkman 3tg 7-6-1-0 $620,965 219 4 5 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 10-6-2-1 $639,902 184 5 6 State Treasurer 6ph 9-4-1-2 $305,090 102 6 7 Mission Brief (1) 3tf 4-3-1-0 $200,347 90 -- 8 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 11-6-1-1 $258,326 83 7 9 Shake It Cerry 4tm 9-3-1-2 $196,733 64 8 10 In The Arsenal 3pc 9-5-1-1 $362,405 43 9 Also: Uncle Lasse (31); Barn Doll (19); Split The House (18); Freaky Feet Pete, P H Supercam (17); Lady Shadow, Rockeyed Optimist (16); Moonlit Dance (13); Spirit To Win (11); Father Patrick (9); Artspeak, Market Share (8); Anndrovette (6); Canepa Hanover, The Bank (4); Centurion ATM, Foiled Again, Luck Be Withyou, Ooh Bad Shark, Southwind Frank (3); All The Time, Betting Line, Daylon Magician, Dude’s The Man, Handover Belle, Pure Country (2); Churita, Cinamony, Mach It So, Melmerby Beach (1). Mission Brief winning The Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Three wins, no change at the top. Wiggle It Jiggleit, JL Cruze, and Bee A Magician -- the top three horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown harness racing poll -- all posted victories last weekend and saw their position unchanged in this week’s rankings. Meadowlands Pace winner Wiggle It Jiggleit remained No. 1, followed by JL Cruze and Bee A Magician. JL Cruze won the Hambletonian Maturity and Bee A Magician returned from nearly a one-month layoff to win the Open at the Meadowlands. Pinkman, who won a division of the Dancer Memorial, moved from sixth to fourth in the poll. Wakizashi Hanover, who finished third in the Meadowlands Pace, rounded out the top five. 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 – 7/21/2015                                                         Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (26) 3pg 15-14-1-0 $961,092 340 1 2 JL Cruze (5) 4tg 18-16-2-0 $612,788 311 2 3 Bee A Magician (4) 5tm 8-7-1-0 $408,070 287 3 4 Pinkman 3tg 6-5-1-0 $435,179 209 6 5 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 10-6-2-1 $639,902 190 5 6 State Treasurer 6ph 9-4-1-2 $305,090 98 8 7 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 11-6-1-1 $258,326 84 4 8 Shake It Cerry 4tm 9-3-1-2 $196,733 68 9 9 In The Arsenal 3pc 9-5-1-1 $362,405 51 7 10 Uncle Lasse 3tc 5-4-1-0 $238,390 36 --

Freehold, NJ --- JL Cruze, who trotted the first sub-1:50 mile on a mile racetrack last weekend in winning the Graduate Series final in 1:49.4 at the Meadowlands, moved into second place in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The 4-year-old male trotter was third in the previous rankings, but jumped ahead of idle trotter Bee A Magician. Shake It Cerry, a 4-year-old female trotter who was last season’s Trotter of the Year, finished a hard-charging second to JL Cruze in his world-record performance, missing by a nose, and vaulted into the Top 10 at No. 9. Meadowlands Pace elimination winner Wiggle It Jiggleit remained No. 1 in the rankings. Also moving into the Top 10 was In The Arsenal, who also won a Meadowlands Pace elimination last weekend. 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 9 – 7/14/2015  Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (21) 3pg 14-13-1-0 $625,742 331 1 2 JL Cruze (9) 4tg 17-15-2-0 $391,138 311 3 3 Bee A Magician (5) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 294 2 4 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 10-6-1-1 $254,020 183 4 5 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 9-6-2-0 $559,418 178 5 6 Pinkman 3tg 5-4-1-0 $357,340 150 6 7 In The Arsenal 3pc 8-5-1-1 $355,345 114 -- 8 State Treasurer 6ph 8-4-0-2 $201,746 61 9 9 Shake It Cerry 4tm 8-3-1-1 $144,601 52 -- 10 Father Patrick 4th 4-1-2-0 $116,562 44 8   Also: Artspeak (42); Rockeyed Optimist (39); Uncle Lasse (25); Mission Brief (19); Lady Shadow (17); Luck Be Withyou (16); Barn Doll (13); Sebastian K (12); Wrangler Magic (6); Bettor Be Steppin, Split The House (5); Allie Labrook (4); Crazy Wow, Daylon Magician, Melmerby Beach, P H Supercam (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Wiggle It Jiggleit, who won last weekend’s Hempt Memorial, moved to No. 1 in this week’s harness racing  Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. There were no newcomers to the Top 10, but every horse with the exception of No. 7 Artspeak, who was second in the Hempt, changed position. Bee A Magician, who was idle last week, dropped from first to second in the poll while JL Cruze, who defeated debuting Sebastian K by a nose with a world-record performance in the Sun Invitational, moved from fourth to third. Graduate Series champ Doo Wop Hanover jumped a spot to fourth while Wakizashi Hanover slipped to fifth. Pinkman, who won the Beal Memorial with a world-record effort, went from No. 10 to No. 6. 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 8 – 7/7/2015                                                             Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (18) 3pg 13-12-1-0 $600,742 321 2 2 Bee A Magician (15) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 312 1 3 JL Cruze (2) 4tg 16-14-2-0 $271,138 277 4 4 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 10-6-1-1 $254,020 187 5 5 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 8-6-1-0 $546,918 172 3 6 Pinkman 3tg 5-4-1-0 $357,340 135 10 7 Artspeak 3pc 6-3-2-0 $244,075 112 7 8 Father Patrick 4th 3-1-2-0 $114,062 108 6 9 State Treasurer 6ph 8-4-0-2 $201,746 57 8 10 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 12-9-2-0 $190,525 38 9 Also: In The Arsenal (35); Uncle Lasse (30); Luck Be Withyou (28); Mission Brief (25); Sebastian K (20); Lady Shadow (13); Bettor Be Steppin, Wrangler Magic (9); Barn Doll (8); Canepa Hanover, Daylon Magician (6); Shake It Cerry (5); Yagonnakissmeornot (4); Dancin Yankee (3); Freaky Feet Pete (2); Domethatagain, Obrigado, The Show Returns (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Weekend elimination winners Artspeak and State Treasurer moved into the Top 10 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while idle trotter Bee A Magician remained No. 1. Artspeak, a 3-year-old male pacer, won his Hempt Memorial elimination by a head over In The Arsenal in 1:50 over a sloppy track last Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He joined the rankings at No. 7 this week. State Treasurer, a 6-year-old male pacer, captured his Ben Franklin Pace elim from post nine by a neck over Dynamic Youth in 1:50.3 at Pocono. He moved into the ratings at No. 8. Hempt elimination winners Wiggle It Jiggleit and Wakizashi Hanover are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in this week’s poll. Four-year-old trotter JL Cruze and 4-year-old pacer Doo Wop Hanover complete the top five. 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 7 – 6/30/2015 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Bee A Magician (26) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 331 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (7) 3pg 12-11-1-0 $350,742 290 2 3 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 7-6-1-0 $506,918 263 4 4 JL Cruze (2) 4tg 15-13-2-0 $233,638 247 3 5 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 9-5-1-1 $134,020 131 6 6 Father Patrick 4th 3-1-2-0 $114,062 116 5 7 Artspeak 3pc 5-3-1-0 $119,075 99 -- 8 State Treasurer 6ph 7-4-0-1 $141,746 78 -- 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 11-9-2-0 $178,525 68 9 10 Pinkman 3tg 4-3-1-0 $107,340 60 7 Also: Mission Brief (58); In The Arsenal (53); Uncle Lasse (27); Lady Shadow (22); Canepa Hanover (15); The Show Returns (11); Shake It Cerry (10); Wrangler Magic (9); Crazy Wow, Yagonnakissmeornot (6); Barn Doll, Obrigado, Stacia Hanover (5); Luck Be Withyou (3); Foiled Again, Natural Herbie, Venus Delight (2); Fireyourguns (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Frehold, NJ --- Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old female trotter by Kadabra, reclaimed the No. 1 spot in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll following her stakes-record 1:51.4 win in the Armbro Flight Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover, a 3-year-old male pacer, made a big move into the Top 10, adding 209 points to his total from last week to land at No. 4 in the rankings. Wakizashi Hanover defeated previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit by three-quarters of a length to win the Cup in 1:48, just one-fifth of a second off the stakes record. Wiggle It Jiggleit fell from the top spot to second in the poll. JL Cruze, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters by a half-length over Father Patrick in 1:50.4, moved from fifth to third in this week’s rankings. Father Patrick is fifth. Another newcomer to the Top 10 is Doo Wop Hanover, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, and joined the group at No. 6. Doo Wop Hanover won by one length over fellow Top 10 member Rockeyed Optimist in 2:02.3, setting the world record for the distance of 1-1/8 miles. 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 – 6/23/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Bee A Magician (29) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 342 2 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (4) 3pg 11-10-1-0 $338,242 283 1 3 JL Cruze (2) 4tg 15-13-2-0 $233,638 255 5 4 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 6-5-1-0 $494,418 242 -- 5 Father Patrick 4th 3-1-2-0 $114,062 116 4 6 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 9-5-1-1 $134,020 114 -- 7 Pinkman 3tg 3-3-0-0 $101,090 109 8 8 Mission Brief 3tf 2-2-0-0 $62,500 96 7 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 11-9-2-0 $178,525 67 9 10 In The Arsenal 3pc 5-4-0-0 $264,095 65 3 Also: Artspeak (49); State Treasurer (44); Lady Shadow (33); Canepa Hanover (18); Crazy Wow, Uncle Lasse (12); Shake It Cerry (11); Wrangler Magic (9); Barn Doll, Habitat, Physicallyinclined (8); Yagonnakissmeornot (7); Foiled Again (6); Lost For Words (4); The Show Returns (3); Venus Delight (2); Fireyourguns, JK She’salady (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- North America Cup finalists Wiggle It Jiggleit and In The Arsenal enjoyed big moves in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Wiggle It Jiggleit, undefeated in 11 career races, strengthened his hold on No. 1 following his six length, 1:49.2 win in his North America Cup elimination last weekend at Mohawk Racetrack. In The Arsenal vaulted from seventh to third thanks to his own elim triumph in 1:49.4. Older female trotter Bee A Magician, who won her elimination for the Armbro Flight Stakes in a Canadian-record 1:51.1, remained No. 2 in the rankings. The only newcomer to join the Top 10 this week is Canepa Hanover, a 3-year-old male trotter who won his elimination for the Goodtimes Stakes by 11-1/2 lengths in a track-record-equaling 1:51.3 at Mohawk. 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 – 6/16/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (29) 3pg 10-10-0-0 $155,992 342 1 2 Bee A Magician (5) 5tm 6-5-1-0 $284,910 311 2 3 In The Arsenal 3pc 4-4-0-0 $205,775 206 7 4 Father Patrick 4th 2-1-1-0 $89,062 196 4 5 JL Cruze 4tg 14-12-2-0 $183,638 152 5 6 Artspeak 3pc 3-2-1-0 $70,125 138 3 7 Mission Brief (1) 3tf 2-2-0-0 $62,500 121 6 8 Pinkman 3tg 3-3-0-0 $101,090 112 10 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 10-9-1-0 $153,525 73 9 10 Canepa Hanover 3tc 5-2-2-1 $76,000 56 -- Also: Shake It Cerry (54); Wakizashi Hanover (33); Doo Wop Hanover, JK She’salady (28); Uncle Lasse (17); Foiled Again (14); Habitat, JK Endofanera (8); All Bets Off (7); State Treasurer (6); Sassa Hanover (5); Bourbon Bay (4); Lost For Words (3); Domethatagain, Lady Shadow, Moonlit Dance (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- JL Cruze’s upset of Father Patrick in a division of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters helped to vault the harness racing gelding into this week’s Top 10 in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. JL Cruze, who has won 12 of 14 races this year and never been worse than second, won by a neck over Father Patrick in 1:51 and lands at No. 5 in this week’s rankings. Also joining the Top 10, at No. 9, is 4-year-old gelding pacer Rockeyed Optimist, who captured a division of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers last weekend at the Meadowlands. Rockeyed Optimist has nine victories and one second-place finish in 10 starts this season. Otherwise, little changed in the Top 10, with idle 3-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit remaining in the No. 1 spot, followed by Charlie Hill Memorial-winning 5-year-old female trotter Bee A Magician in second. Artspeak, another 3-year-old male pacer who was idle last week, moved to third as Father Patrick dropped to fourth. 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 4 – 6/9/2015 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (24) 3pg 9-9-0-0 $135,742 315 1 2 Bee A Magician (4) 5tm 5-4-1-0 $270,735 300 2 3 Artspeak (5) 3pc 2-2-0-0 $60,000 219 4 4 Father Patrick (1) 4th 2-1-1-0 $89,062 191 3 5 JL Cruze 4tg 14-12-2-0 $183,638 153 -- 6 Mission Brief 3tf 2-2-0-0 $62,500 132 5 7 In The Arsenal 3pc 3-3-0-0 $185,525 129 6 8 JK She’salady (1) 3pf 1-1-0-0 $15,525 84 8 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 10-9-1-0 $153,525 79 -- 10 Pinkman 3tg 2-2-0-0 $63,821 56 10 Also: Shake It Cerry (49); Doo Wop Hanover (42); All Bets Off, Radar Contact (25); JK Endofanera (22); State Treasurer (21); Habitat (15); Uncle Lasse (10); Canepa Hanover (9); Frau Blucher (7); Hurrikane Ali, Wakizashi Hanover (6); Ideal Cowboy (5); Bourbon Bay, Color’s A Virgin, P H Supercam (4); Domethatagain, Solar Sister (3); Split The House, Whom Shall I Fear (2); Crazy Wow, Let’s Drink On It, Modern Legend (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

Feehold, NJ --- Undefeated 3-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit, fresh off his 1:49.3 win over a sloppy track in the Indiana Sire Stakes final at Hoosier Park, remained No. 1 in the harness racing weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. It was Wiggle It Jiggleit’s ninth victory in nine races this year. He is undefeated in 10 lifetime starts. Trotters Bee A Magician and Father Patrick also saw their status unchanged, remaining second and third, respectively, in the rankings. New Jersey Sire Stakes champion 3-year-old male pacer Artspeak moved up a spot to fourth, followed by New Jersey Sire Stakes champion 3-year-old female trotter Mission Brief, who also improved one spot. In The Arsenal, another 3-year-old male pacer, makes his first appearance in the Top 10, landing at No. 6 after his win in the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers. Also joining the Top 10 is 3-year-old male trotter Pinkman. 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 – 6/2/2015                                                             Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (22) 3pg 9-9-0-0 $135,742 311 1 2 Bee A Magician (1) 5tm 4-3-1-0 $170,735 268 2 3 Father Patrick (8) 4th 1-1-0-0 $75,000 261 3 4 Artspeak (2) 3pc 2-2-0-0 $60,000 215 5 5 Mission Brief 3tf 2-2-0-0 $62,500 133 6 6 In The Arsenal 3pc 3-3-0-0 $185,525 118 -- 7 All Bets Off 4ph 4-2-1-0 $132,328 99 4 8 JK She’salady 3pf 1-1-0-0 $15,525 81 8 9 JK Endofanera (1) 4ph 1-1-0-0 $25,000 70 9 10 Pinkman 3tg 2-2-0-0 $63,821 68 -- Also: JL Cruze (40); Domethatagain, State Treasurer (35); Rockeyed Optimist (31); Uncle Lasse (23); Canepa Hanover (16); Art History, Melady’s Monet (12); Shake It Cerry (11); Doo Wop Hanover (10); Habitat (9); Freaky Feet Pete, Hurrikane Ali, P H Supercam, Radar Contact, Wakizashi Hanover (6); Ideal Cowboy, Wind Of The North (5); Bourbon Bay, Modern Legend, Totally Rusty (4); Allie Labrook (3); Doctor Butch, Krispy Apple, Stubborn Belle, Whom Shall I Fear (2); Classic Martine, Let’s Drink On It, Purrfect Bags, The Show Returns (1). Note: State Treasurer received 1 first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Wiggle It Jiggleit remained undefeated with a win Saturday in a division of the Indiana Sire Stakes and moved to No. 1 in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll. The 3-year-old male pacer is perfect in eight starts this season and 9-for-9 lifetime. Father Patrick made his seasonal debut on Sunday, winning the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational by two lengths over Bee A Magician and debuts at No. 3 in the Top 10. His time of 1:52.1 equaled the Harrah’s Philadelphia track record for a 4-year-old male trotter. Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old female trotter who was undefeated in her three previous races this year, dropped from first to second in the rankings. Last season’s Horse of the Year, JK She’salady, made her first trip to the races on Monday and won a division of the New York Sire Stakes. She is the only other newcomer in the Top 10, appearing at No. 8. JK She’salady is undefeated in 13 career starts. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 2 – 5/26/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (17) 3pg 8-8-0-0 $98,242 303 2 2 Bee A Magician (3) 5tm 4-3-1-0 $170,735 287 1 3 Father Patrick (13) 4th 1-1-0-0 $75,000 246 -- 4 All Bets Off 4ph 3-2-0-0 $102,328 135 3 5 Artspeak (1) 3pc 1-1-0-0 $10,000 129 5 6 Mission Brief 3tf 1-1-0-0 $12,500 93 9 7 JL Cruze 4tg 13-11-2-0 $155,513 81 6 8 JK She’salady 3pf 1-1-0-0 $15,525 79 -- 9 JK Endofanera (1) 4ph 1-1-0-0 $25,000 71 7 10 Domethatagain 6ph 10-3-2-0 $344,375 68 4 Also: Rockeyed Optimist (65); In The Arsenal (54); Pinkman (49); Wind Of The North (30); Totally Rusty (21); P H Supercam (19); Radar Contact (17); Habitat, Whom Shall I Fear (16); Great Vintage, Shake It Cerry (12); Classic Martine, Hurrikane Ali (11); Melady’s Monet (10); Art History, Modern Legend (9); Freaky Feet Pete (8); Sonofa Sizzle (7); Carolsideal, Doo Wop Hanover, Wakizashi Hanover, Yagonnakissmeornot (6); Bandolito, Ideal Cowboy, Take It Back Terry (5); Bourbon Bay (4); Doctor Butch, Physicallyinclined (3); Opulent Yankee, Stubborn Belle, Uncle Lasse (2); Let’s Drink On It, Split The House (1). Unbeaten Wiggle It Juggleit is looking more like harness racing’s next superstar. We check out his 1:49 world record performance at Harrington, winning by a humongous 14 lengths. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Bee A Magician, who on Saturday became the first female trotter to win the Cutler Memorial, is No. 1 in the first Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll of 2015. The harness racing 5-year-old is 3-for-3 this season, defeating male rivals in all of her starts. Three-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit is No. 2 in the rankings. The gelding has won all seven of his starts this year, including the Buddy Gilmour Series championship in March. His most recent performance was a world-record 1:49 effort in a conditioned race at Harrington. Confederation Cup winner All Bets Off, a 4-year-old male pacer, is third in the poll, followed by Levy Pacing Series champ Domethatagain and 3-year-old male pacer Artspeak, who made his seasonal debut last weekend with a 1:49 victory in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. Rounding out the Top 10 are 4-year-old male trotter JL Cruze, 4-year-old male pacer JK Endofanera, 3-year-old male trotter Habitat, 3-year-old female trotter Mission Brief, and 6-year-old male trotter Melady’s Monet. 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 1 –5/19/15                                                        Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Bee A Magician (27) 5tm 3-3-0-0 $133,235 341 -- 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (4) 3pg 7-7-0-0 $88,242 255 -- 3 All Bets Off 4ph 3-2-0-0 $102,328 130 -- 4 Domethatagain (1) 6ph 9-3-2-0 $344,375 122 -- 5 Artspeak (1) 3pc 1-1-0-0 $10,000 115 -- 6 JL Cruze 4tg 13-11-2-0 $155,513 99 -- 7 JK Endofanera (1) 4ph 1-1-0-0 $25,000 78 -- 8 Habitat 3tc 2-2-0-0 $81,810 77 -- 9 Mission Brief (1) 3tf 1-1-0-0 $12,500 74 -- 10 Melady’s Monet 6tg 11-6-0-2 $133,011 64 -- Also: Wind Of The North (63); Pinkman (59); Rockeyed Optimist (54); Classic Martine (53); In The Arsenal (35); Whom Shall I Fear (33); Totally Rusty (29); P H Supercam, Yagonnakissmeornot (28); Carolsideal (26); Take It Back Terry (22); Venus Delight (19); Bandolito (15); Modern Legend (13); Happiness (12); Wakizashi Hanover (11); Art History (9); Bourbon Bay, Uncle Lasse (7); Krispy Apple (6); Ideal Cowboy, Michael’s Power (5); Canepa Hanover, Hurrikane Ali, Livininthefastlane, Sassa Hanover (4); Doctor Butch (3); Not Afraid, Physicallyinclined, Windsong Leo (2); Daylon Magician, Let’s Drink On It, Penn, Radar Contact, Sam Hill, Sonofa Sizzle (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Father Patrick made it four wins in a row when he captured his division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile and as a result moved up to No. 2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown harness racing poll. The 3-year-old male trotter received eight first-place votes, an increase of five. Older male trotter Sebastian K, who did not race, remained No. 1. He received 25 first-place votes, a decrease of two from last week. Artspeak, a 2-year-old male pacer who won his division of the Bluegrass and is ranked No. 5, got the remaining two first-place votes. Sweet Lou finished fifth in the Ewart Memorial for older male pacers at Scioto Downs and slipped from second to third in the rankings. There were no newcomers to the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 20 – 9/30/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (25) 8th 10-8-1-0 $620,603 334 1 2 Father Patrick (8) 3tc 12-10-1-0 $1,183,451 308 3 3 Sweet Lou 5ph 15-10-1-1 $950,533 264 2 4 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 207 4 5 Artspeak (2) 2pc 7-7-0-0 $479,450 191 5 6 JK She’salady 2pf 7-7-0-0 $378,575 145 6 7 McWicked 3pc 15-9-3-1 $939,346 90 7 8 He’s Watching 3pc 11-5-3-1 $824,728 85 8 9 Shake It Cerry 3tf 12-10-0-1 $622,436 77 10 10 Lifetime Pursuit 3tf 14-8-2-2 $673,729 64 9 Also: Limelight Beach (38), JK Endofanera (25), Nuncio (23), Yankee Bounty (17), Sandbetweenurtoes (10), Mission Brief (7), Classic Martine, Market Share (6), Modern Family (5), All Bets Off, Billy Flynn (4), Always B Miki, Bigtown Hero, Cee Bee Yes, Dancin Yankee, Habitat, Somewhere In LA, Somwherovrarainbow (2), Wild Honey (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Three-year-old filly pacer Sandbetweenurtoes improved to 8-for-8 this season and moved from No. 10 to seventh in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Sandbetweenurtoes won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and was the only horse in the Top 10 to improve its position from last week. The top six remained unchanged, with older male trotter Sebastian K holding onto the No. 1 spot, followed by older male pacer Sweet Lou. Sebastian K, who was idle, and Sweet Lou, who won the Dan Patch Invitational, were the only horses receiving first-place votes, with Sweet Lou adding two to his total from last week. Trotters Father Patrick and Trixton were next in the poll, followed by Empire Breeders Classic winner He’s Watching. McWicked, who won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, was sixth. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 13 – 8/12/2014                                              Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (29) 8th 8-7-1-0 $502,603 343 1 2 Sweet Lou (6) 5ph 12-9-1-1 $916,500 312 2 3 Father Patrick 3tc 7-6-0-0 $520,992 245 3 4 Trixton 3tc 9-7-1-1 $786,917 244 4 5 He’s Watching 3pc 8-5-1-1 $692,247 220 5 6 McWicked 3pc 10-7-2-0 $654,271 157 6 7 Sandbetweenurtoes 3pf 8-8-0-0 $248,598 82 T10 8 Nuncio 3tc 8-5-3-0 $563,351 62 8 9 Mission Brief 2tf 5-4-0-0 $255,775 57 9 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 9-5-2-1 $633,673 52 7 Also: Shake It Cerry (35), Classic Martine (34), Rocklamation (15), Centurion ATM, Lifetime Pursuit, Yankee Bounty (9), Artspeak, Market Share (8), Modern Family (7), Intimidate (5), Archangel (4), Dancin Yankee, Somewhere In L A (3), I Like My Boss, Sometimes Said (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Sweet Lou moved nearer to No. 1 Sebastian K and Trixton pulled into a near dead heat with stablemate Father Patrick in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Sebastian K remained in the top spot coming off his world-record-equaling win in last week’s John Cashman Jr. Memorial while Sweet Lou, who won the U.S. Pacing Championship, swapped places with Father Patrick to take over the second slot. Hambletonian winner Trixton vaulted from sixth to fourth, just one point behind Father Patrick. Mission Brief, who equaled the world record in winning the Merrie Annabelle Stakes, and Ima Lula Series winner Classic Martine, who also equaled a world record, joined the Top 10. Mission Brief is ninth while Classic Martine is tied with Sandbetweenurtoes for the final spot. Shake It Cerry dropped out of the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 12 – 8/5/2014                                                Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (31) 8th 8-7-1-0 $502,603 344 1 2 Sweet Lou (4) 5ph 11-8-1-1 $791,500 307 3 3 Father Patrick 3tc 7-6-0-0 $520,992 240 2 4 Trixton 3tc 9-7-1-1 $786,917 239 6 5 He’s Watching 3pc 7-4-1-1 $564,485 207 4 6 McWicked 3pc 9-6-2-0 $618,830 156 5 7 JK Endofanera 3pc 8-5-1-1 $569,792 59 8 8 Nuncio 3tc 8-5-3-0 $563,351 56 10 9 Mission Brief 2tf 5-4-0-0 $255,775 49 -- T10 Sandbetweenurtoes 3pf 7-7-0-0 $211,157 47 9 T10 Classic Martine 4tm 9-7-0-1 $221,732 47 -- Also: Shake It Cerry (38), Dancin Yankee (37), Rocklamation (18), Centurion ATM (14), Market Share (12), Archangel (11), Intimidate, Lifetime Pursuit (10), Artspeak, Modern Family (7), Yankee Bounty (6), Perfect Alliance (2), Bee A Magician, I Like My Boss (1). Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications Courtesy of the U.S. Trotting Association

We all know that harness racing lacks in the marketing department on almost every front. However, I have recently noticed that many organizations are lacking even with the most basic marketing techniques, such as websites and social media.   For instance, The Little Brown Jug's official Twitter account was posting about the event in the months leading up to race day. However, it suddenly stopped ten days before the big day. The final tweet issued by the account was "10 Days until the Little Brown Jug 2013!!! #LBJ13."   This was a huge missed opportunity to interact with the tens of thousands of people who attended the Little Brown Jug. If they had tweeted more aggressively about the races, including facts about contenders, race results, exciting news, photos, and most importantly, fan polls and questions, then more people would have been engaged in the event.   In addition, posters and signs promoting the Little Brown Jug twitter account could have been placed around the grounds in order to gain more followers. People in charge need to realize that when the average person at the fair follows their account, every time a tweet is sent that person will see it in their feed and think about harness racing, even if they never normally would.   I contacted Phil Terry, the Director of Marketing at the Little Brown Jug, and he admitted that he was not even aware that anything had been tweeted at all, but said that he would "try finding someone to be tweeting on a consistent basis." I am not sure he understands just how important marketing via social media is to the future of racing.   Fortunately, the USTA account was very active on twitter during the Little Brown Jug and did an excellent job promoting the event. However, the vast majority of people attending the event have likely never heard of the USTA and as a result, would not have seen those tweets.     Our big names like the Little Brown Jug have to be actively engaged in social media year round in order to keep people thinking about the sport. They understand this in thoroughbred racing and you can find examples of this concept done correctly by viewing the twitter accounts of the Breeders Cup and Kentucky Derby.   Another major marketing inefficiency I have noticed recently revolves around the Breeders Crown. First of all (and I am not going to sugar coat this), their website is a disgrace. If you search "Breeders Crown" and click on the website, it brings you to a very plain looking page of horseperson's information with no relevant information for fans. Payment forms, eligibles, supplement information. Things no average fan trying to find event information would ever care about.   Ok, let's go back and click on the next link in the search. Now we get the Hambletonian Society's homepage. It's a little better, with links to news stories, blogs, and social media. That's nice, but I still have not found a website dedicated to the Breeders Crown with information for the fans.   We go back to the search and find the USTA's "mini site" for the Breeders Crown. Finally, a decent looking website with fan information.   But wait, this information has not been updated since the conclusion of the 2012 Breeders Crown.   By now you have figured out where I am going with this. One of our biggest events looks like a complete joke online and it would be almost impossible for the average fan to find useful information on the event.   Compare this to the Breeders Cup, the thoroughbred equivalent of the Breeders Crown. We search "Breeders Cup" and click on the first result, "BreedersCup.com." Imagine that, a huge event actually has a dedicated website. Not only that, there is a beautiful design, information on planning your trip, buying tickets, a short biography on every contender for every race, history of the event, fashion. It goes on and on. They get a very important concept. ANYONE who goes on that website has something that will interest them. For example, girls age 18-25, a group horse racing struggles to appeal to, might click on fashion, and suddenly someone who would never think about racing is now doing just that.   What would the same person look at on the Breeders Crown site? Nothing. That's a huge issue that needs to be addressed.   Another issue with the Breeders Crown's marketing is in their social media. I will not go into this too much since many of the things said about the Little Brown Jug can also apply here. I will say though, that the Breeders Crown is fairly active on social media. That is good. However, they seem to create a new profile for the event every year. For example, their twitter name is "Breeders Crown 2013."   The Breeders Crown also still posts Facebook updates under the name "2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack."   Anyone searching for the Breeders Crown would come across that page, think it was obsolete, and move on without looking at it. As it turns out, they also have a Facebook page simply titled "Breeders Crown" that they also post updates from.   I just came across it while researching for this article. Confused? Me too. My question: why post from two pages, one of them with an obsolete name? It is confusing and even I, a social media addict, did not know there was a second page.   The average person is not going to search for pages. They want to find what they are looking for immediately, and move on. They cannot do that with the current setup. Besides which, if you make a new page every year, you lose all of your previous followers and have to start from scratch every time.   That is a big reason why the Breeders Crown only has 556 followers on twitter and 821 likes on Facebook, less than the average teenager with a blog.   For those keeping score at home, the Breeders Cup has nearly 24,000 followers on Twitter and over 55,000 likes on Facebook.   A harness racing page will likely never have that many followers, but can't we do better than our current numbers? I think so....   Brandon Valvo   Note to the reader: In the article above, I am not taking a cheap shot at the Little Brown Jug or Breeders Crown. These are just two examples I have chosen. I could have easily chosen any number of similar events in harness racing to write about to which the same concepts would apply.

Royalty For Life’s winning performance in the Hambletonian was majestic enough for the 3-year-old colt to reign as the big winner in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Royalty For Life gained 214 points and vaulted into the Top 10, landing at No. 4. The top three horses remained unchanged, with idle Captaintreacherous at No. 1 followed by Bee A Magician and I Luv The Nitelife. Bee A Magician, who won the Hambletonian Oaks, added four first-place votes to her total and moved within 19 points of the top position. Also joining the Top 10 this week were John Cashman Jr. Memorial winner Sevruga and Peter Haughton Memorial winner Father Patrick. Pet Rock, Foiled Again and Wishing Stone dropped out of the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 11 – 8/6/2013                                                               Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Captaintreacherous (26) 3pc 6-6-0-0 $1,126,168 338 1 2 Bee A Magician (9) 3tf 9-9-0-0 $773,206 319 2 3 I Luv The Nitelife 3pf 9-8-0-1 $574,547 263 3 4 Royalty For Life 3tc 7-4-1-0 $694,850 225 -- 5 Market Share 4th 4-3-0-0 $319,272 164 4 6 Maven 4tm 7-5-1-0 $203,370 103 5 7 Sevruga 5tg 16-9-4-2 $410,275 89 -- 8 Father Patrick 2tc 4-3-1-0 $168,375 69 -- 9 Anndrovette 6pm 14-6-6-1 $463,295 68 9 10 Warrawee Needy 4ph 15-7-3-0 $252,394 51 6 Also: Sunfire Blue Chip 43, Pet Rock 38, Foiled Again 30, Vegas Vacation 24, Shake It Cerry 17, Western Vintage, Wishing Stone 12, Smilin Eli, Thinking Out Loud 11, Drop The Ball 9, D’Orsay 6, Corky, Uncle Peter 5, Bolt The Duer 4, Feeling You, Razzle Dazzle 3, Hill I Am 2, Abelard Hanover 1. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

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