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Zero Movement On Standardbred Poll

Published: November 13, 2018 1:23 pm ET

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There has been zero movement on the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll for the second consecutive week.

McWicked’s win in the $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace on October 27 was one of those ‘no doubt about it’ scores, as the seven-year-old steamrolled over the sport’s top older pacing horses for driver Brian Sears and trainer Casie Coleman.

In turn, poll voters have supported the $3.8-million career winner to the top of the poll. McWicked is owned by Ed James’ SSG Stables of North Boston, New York.

Coleman has announced that James has opted to race McWicked in 2019 instead of retiring the son of McArdle to the breeding shed. For compete information, click here.

Off of a gutsy win in the $270,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace, the Jim King Jr.-trained and Tim Tetrick-driven Shartin N is in the No. 2 slot on the poll. The imported Tintin In America bay has now won 18 of her 23 seasonal starts and banked over $1 million in purses since invading the U.S. from Down Under.

Atlanta, who was narrowly defeated by Lily Stride in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, rounds out the top three on the poll. The Rick Zeron-trained and Scott Zeron-driven daughter of Chapter Seven has won eight of her 14 seasonal starts and has banked more than $1 million this season. She has also yet to finish off the board in 2018.

The results from Week 25 of the poll appear below.

(Rank – Horse [first-place votes] – Total Points – Previous Rank)
1. McWicked (26) - 340 - 1
2. Shartin N (7) - 306 - 2
3. Atlanta - 246 - 3
4. Woodside Charm (2) -214 - 4
5. Kissin In The Sand - 183 - 5
6. Gimpanzee - 141 - 6
7. Dorsoduro Hanover - 95 - 7
8. Six Pack - 80 - 8
9. Courtly Choice - 68 - 9
10. Tactical Landing - 67 - 10

Also: Homicide Hunter 59; Warrawee Ubeaut 39; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight, Marion Marauder 12; Lather Up 11; Captain Crunch, Crystal Fashion, Emoticon Hanover 7; Mets Hall 6; Plunge Blue Chip 3; Caviart Ally 2; Foiled Again, Lily Stride 1.

The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll is voted on by harness racing media representatives that cover North American Standardbred racing.

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

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. The Dan Patch Awards are separate from the O'Brien Awards, which recognize Canada's top Standardbreds of a given racing season.

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