Bulldog Hanover increases lead in Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll

Hightstown, NJ — Top-ranked Bulldog Hanover upped his lead over his nearest rival in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll to 108 points, his largest advantage of the season, in the Week 22 ratings released Tuesday.

Bulldog Hanover won the Breeders Crown Open Pace in 1:46.4 this past Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, equaling the Canadian record he already shared, and received all 35 first-place votes in the poll. He has been No. 1 for 17 consecutive weeks.

Breeders Crown Mare Trot winner Bella Bellini vaulted from No. 5 to No. 2 in the rankings, followed by Breeders Crown Mare Pace runner-up Test Of Faith. Jiggy Jog S and Joviality S, who finished first and third, respectively, in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters, completed the top five.

Pebble Beach, who won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, was among three newcomers in the final five positions of the Top 10. Pebble Beach was sixth, 2-year-old filly trot champ Special Way was ninth, and Open Trot winner Ecurie D DK was No. 10.

Sylvia Hanover, who won the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers, moved from 10th to seventh while Bythemissal, who was third in the final for 3-year-old male pacers, fell from fourth to eighth.

Dropping from the Top 10 were Fashion Schooner, Beach Glass, and Allywag Hanover.

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 22 – 11/1/2022

Rank Name (First Votes) A/S/G Record Earnings Points Pvs
1 Bulldog Hanover (35) 4hp 15-13-1-0 $1,478,231 350 1
2 Bella Bellini 4mt 17-8-3-5 $856,240 242 5
3 Test Of Faith 4mp 18-11-6-0 $800,356 223 3
4 Jiggy Jog S 3ft 13-8-3-0 $919,244 221 6
5 Joviality S 3ft 15-11-2-2 $1,075,640 195 2
6 Pebble Beach 3cp 15-8-6-1 $1,245,450 178
7 Sylvia Hanover 2fp 9-8-1-0 $670,865 120 10
8 Bythemissal 3gp 15-12-2-1 $1,064,688 115 4
9 Special Way 2ft 9-7-1-0 $692,775 74
10 Ecurie D DK 6ht 6-2-2-1 $569,039 39

ALSO: Beach Glass 27; King Of The North, Treacherous Dragon 23; Allywag Hanover 14; Grace Hill 13; Niki Hill 11; Atlanta 10; Confederate, Fashion Schooner 9; Twin B Joe Fresh 7; Gaines Hanover, Oh Well 6; Cool Papa Bell 4; Rebuff 3; Stockade Seelster 2; Ammo 1.

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