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Gimpanzee remains atop Top Ten Poll

03:30 AM 22 Jul 2020 NZST
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Hightstown, NJ — Hambletonian Maturity winner Gimpanzee remained No. 1 in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but Meadowlands Pace champion Tall Dark Stranger moved within single digits of the harness racing season’s early leader.

Gimpanzee, an undefeated 4-year-old trotting stallion, picked up six first-place votes compared to last week, giving him 24, and increased his points by 17 to 327.

Tall Dark Stranger got 10 first-place votes this week and added 80 points to his total from Week 1, taking over the No. 2 position in the rankings. He was followed by Miss Versatility Series third-round winner Manchego, idle Atlanta, and W.R. Haughton Memorial winner Dancin Lou, who was unranked last week.

Other newcomers in the top 10 were Del Miller Memorial winner Ramona Hill at No. 7, Stanley Dancer Memorial division winner Back Of The Neck at No. 9, and Meadowlands Pace runner-up Papi Rob Hanover at No. 10.

The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year.

Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 2 – 7/21/2020

Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs
1 Gimpanzee (24) 4th 4-4-0-0 $401,200 327 1
2 Tall Dark Stranger (10) 3pc 3-3-0-0 $336,785 318 3
3 Manchego 5tm 4-3-1-0 $93,975 245 4
4 Atlanta (1) 5tm 3-2-1-0 $115,450 241 2
5 Dancin Lou 4ph 5-3-0-2 $254,661 128
6 Hurrikane Emperor 4ph 4-3-0-1 $158,750 121 5
7 Ramona Hill 3tf 2-1-0-1 $126,465 111
8 Shartin N 7pm 3-2-1-0 $83,416 88 7
9 Back Of The Neck 3tc 3-2-1-0 $96,145 75
10 Papi Rob Hanover 3pc 3-0-2-1 $160,705 67

ALSO: Ready For Moni 26; Reflect With Me 22; Hypnotic AM 21; Bet On Becky 19; Backstreet Shadow, Captain Corey 13; Tattoo Artist 12; Kissin In The Sand 11; Allywag Hanover 9; Action Uncle, Yanks Dugout 6; American Courage, Charlie May, Elver Hanover 5; Party Girl Hill, Splash Brother, Workin Ona Mystery 4; Bllack Hole, Our Majordan A, Sorella, Winella Hanover 3; Indictable Hanover, Southwind Amazon 2; Major Occasion A, Odds On Sarasota, Plunge Blue Chip 1.

by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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