Jimmy Freight Back On Top In Standardbred Poll

Jimmy Freight
Published: June 21, 2022 01:54 pm EDT

As Frank Sinatra sang, “Here’s to the winners.”

There was considerable movement in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, where winners of races this past weekend occupied five of the top six positions and seven of 10 overall. The top three in the rankings all were victorious Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Leading the poll at No. 1 was Jimmy Freight, who captured the Mohawk Gold Cup. The seven-year-old male pacer was the top-ranked horse in Week 1 but slipped to third in Week 2. He received 21 of 35 first-place votes and 313 points.

Test Of Faith vaulted from fourth to second off her triumph in the Roses Are Red Stakes while North America Cup champion Pebble Beach moved from fifth to third.

Ecurie D DK, who was idle, dropped from second to fourth. Completing the top five was Joviality S, who won last week’s Empire Breeders Classic for three-year-old female trotters. She was one of four newcomers to the Top 10.

Also joining the Top 10 this week were Fan Hanover winner Treacherous Dragon (No. 6), Armbro Flight winner Atlanta (No. 8) and Goodtimes winner Fast As The Wind (No. 10).

Dropping out of the Top 10 were Lyons Sentinel, Lovedbythemasses, Bulldog Hanover and Fashion Schooner.

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 3 – June 21, 2022

RankName (First Votes)A/S/GRecordEarnings (USD)PointsPvs
1Jimmy Freight (21)7hp18-11-1-3$283,3373133
2Test Of Faith (4)4mp5-3-1-0$158,5002864
3Pebble Beach (3)3cp4-3-1-0$441,9002755
4Ecurie D DK (4)6ht1-1-0-0$81,8171902
5Joviality S (2)3ft3-3-0-0$151,900146
6Treacherous Dragon3fp5-5-0-0$227,343139
7Funatthebeach N8gp21-7-1-4$512,2671221
8Atlanta (1)7mt4-2-2-0$112,36089
9Linedrive Hanover4gp14-11-2-0$230,067847
10Fast As The Wind3ct4-2-1-1$115,35568

ALSO: Bulldog Hanover 45; Lovedbythemasses 31; Beach Glass 23; Fashion Schooner, Lyons Sentinel 22; Carbine 12; Bella Bellini 11; Leonidas A 9; Racine Bell 8; Drama Act 5; Allywag Hanover, Forbidden Trade 4; Ellagator, Pretender, Workin Ona Mystery 3; Cuatro De Julio, Katie’s Lucky Day, Night Hawk 2; Dover In Motion, Therealprincess 1.




How did Ecurie D DK manage to receive 4 first-place votes? The year is nearly half over and he has only raced ONCE!! If he finishes 2022 with a record of 2-2-0-0, will the 4 people that gave him the vote then vote for him for HOTY?? Even a thoroughbred that only races twice in a year would never receive HOTY consideration.