Manchego continues in No. 1 spot in Poll

by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Hightstown, NJ — There was little movement in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with Bluegrass Stakes division winner Stay Hungry enjoying the biggest improvement in the Top 10, going from No. 10 to eighth.

Manchego, who was idle, was No. 1 for the third consecutive week. There were no newcomers to the Top 10.

Following is a look at how the remaining horses in the Top 10 fared last week: Courtly Choice, idle; Atlanta, second in preferred on Sept. 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park; Shartin N, idle; Marion Marauder, idle; McWicked, third in Dayton Pacing Derby on Sept. 28 at Dayton; Kissin In The Sand, won Bluegrass Stakes on Sept. 29 at Red Mile; Crystal Fashion, idle; Lather Up, idle.

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.

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

HambletonianSociety/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 19 – 10/2/2018

Rank

Name (First Place Votes)

Age/Gait/Sex

Record

Earnings

Points

Pvs

1

Manchego (22)

3tf

11-7-3-0

$650,234

326

1

2

Courtly Choice (11)

3pc

14-10-1-0

$899,353

311

2

3

Atlanta

3tf

10-6-3-1

$765,778

209

3

4

Shartin N

5pm

20-15-1-0

$771,611

195

4

5

Marion Marauder (1)

5th

10-6-4-0

$544,680

167

6

6

McWicked

7ph

14-7-3-2

$964,364

159

5

7

Kissin In The Sand

3pf

13-9-4-0

$673,620

149

7

8

Stay Hungry (1)

3pc

13-6-0-4

$703,717

79

10

9

Crystal Fashion

3tg

13-9-3-0

$908,207

67

9

10

Lather Up

3pc

14-11-0-1

$768,612

57

8

Also:Ariana G 55; Phaetosive 35; Green Manalishi S 28; Lazarus N, Stag Party 16;Donttellmeagain 9; Met’s Hall 8; Gimpanzee, Six Pack 7; Caviart Ally 6;Hannelore Hanover 5; The Ice Dutchess 4; Captain Ahab, Plunge Blue Chip, TallDrink Hanover, Will Take Charge 2; Dorsoduro Hanover, Only Take Cash 1.

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