Stan Bergstein has ranked O'Brien Award winner and horse-of-the-year contender Big Jim at the top of the United States Trotting Association's 2011 Experimental Ratings for three-year-old pacers
Bergstein has projected that the Western Ideal colt, who is owned by James 'Big Jim' Carr of Hamilton, Ont., will pace in 1:47.1 at some point this season.
The speed projection is equal to what Bergstein expected from the 2010 Pepsi North America Cup winner, Sportswriter, last year.
Big Jim won compiled a record of six wins, one second-place finish and two third-place efforts from his 10 juvenile starts. He won the Dream Maker Pacing Series before capturing a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes and an elimination of the Metro Pace. After an uncharacteristic break of stride in the $1 final of the Metro Pace, the colt rebounded by sweeping his $600,000 division of the Breeders Crown and setting a World Record (1:49.1) in the $709,000 season-ending Governor's Cup.
Trot Radio's Norm Borg recently spoke with Carr in regard to his budding superstar. To listen to the interview, click here.
Other three-year-olds with Canadian connections which Bergstein has placed in his list include Cams Card Shark colt Shadyshark Hanover , who in 2010 won a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes. The colt is co-owned by John Fielding of Toronto, Ont. and Richard Strachan of Ajax, Ont. along with American interests.
Camluck colt Mystician has also made Bergstein's List. Jody Jamieson drives the colt for trainer Jeff Gillis. Along with American interests, Gillis owns the colt along with Ken Henwood of Mississauga, Ont. and Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ont.
The Dave Menary-trained Camluck colt Prodigal Seelster has also made the list. The Battle of Waterloo and Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final winner is owned by Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Ont., Denis Breton of Welland, Ont., Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Ont. and Double Or Nothing Stables of Hamilton, Ont.
American Ideal colt Great Vintage, who has mainly American connections, has also made the list. He is owned in part by John Fielding of Toronto, Ont.
The USTA's 2011 Experimental Ratings for three-year-old pacers, compiled by Stan Bergstein, appears below.
Rank) Horse Name - 2yo Record - 3yo Rating
1) Big Jim - 1:49.1 - 1:47.1
2) Feel Like A Fool - 1:49.4 - 1:47.2
3) Shadyshark Hanover - 1:50.4 - 1:47.3
4) Fashion Delight - 1:51 - 1:47.4
5) Big Bad John - 1:50.4 - 1:48
6) Mystician - 1:52 - 1:48.1
7) Great Vintage - 1:50.4 1:48.2
8) Prodigal Seelster - 1:50 - 1:48.3
9) Mystic Desire - 1:51.4 - 1:48.4
10) Lookinforadventure 1:51.3 - 1:49