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Ramona Hill holds #1 spot in Top Ten Poll

03:50 AM 02 Sep 2020 NZST
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Hightstown, NJ — Harness racing trotting filly Ramona Hill held on to the No. 1 spot in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but only one first-place vote and one point separate her from No. 2 Tall Dark Stranger. Ramona Hill was idle last week while Tall Dark Stranger won the Pepsi North America Cup.

Gimpanzee, who was idle, slid to third in an exchange of places with Tall Dark Stranger. Idle Shartin N and Fan Hanover winner Party Girl Hill rounded out the top five. Party Girl Hill was seventh last week.

Also seeing improved positions this week were Casual Breeze division winner Sorella (No. 6) and Goodtimes Stakes elimination winner Ready For Moni (No. 8). The remaining horses in the top 10 — Manchego, Reflect With Me, and Bettor’s Wish — were idle last week.

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 8 – 9/1/2020

Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs
1 Ramona Hill (16) 3tf 5-4-0-1 $731,535 324 1
2 Tall Dark Stranger (15) 3pc 7-6-0-0 $879,131 323 3
3 Gimpanzee (4) 4th 6-5-1-0 $592,392 281 2
4 Shartin N 7pm 6-5-1-0 $282,519 227 4
5 Party Girl Hill 3pf 8-8-0-0 $355,681 189 7
6 Sorella 3tf 7-5-0-0 $407,004 137 8
7 Manchego 5tm 7-4-1-2 $254,921 117 5
8 Ready For Moni 3tc 5-4-1-0 $493,970 98 10
9 Reflect With Me 3pf 4-4-0-0 $193,630 92 6
10 Bettor’s Wish 4ph 6-2-1-2 $208,982 26

ALSO: Atlanta 19; American Courage, Century Farroh, Macho Martini 10; Caviart Audrey, Tattoo Artist 8; Action Uncle 6; Captain Corey, Hey Livvy 5; Darlene Hanover, Papi Rob Hanover 4; Donna Soprano, Little Rocket Man, Ocean Rock, Perfect Sting 3; Back Of The Neck, Hurrikane Emperor, In Range, Warrawee Ubeaut 2; Guardian Angel AS, Love A Good Story 1.

by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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