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In Harness: Confederate Is Ranked Number One Horse In Final Hambletonian Society Breeders Crown Poll

USTA/Ken Weingartner

Confederate closed out the 2023 Grand Circuit
season as the No. 1-ranked horse in the final
Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll.

(Courtesy of USTA Media Relations)

Hightstown, NJ — Three-year-old male pacer Confederate closed out the 2023 Grand Circuit season as the No. 1-ranked horse in the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll released Tuesday. The colt, who took on older rivals in Saturday’s FanDuel Open Pace Championship and finished eighth, led the rankings for the last 15 weeks of voting.

Confederate, a unanimous selection the previous seven weeks, received 31 of 35 first-place votes in the final poll. Karl, who won Saturday’s Valley Victory in a stakes-record 1:52.1, got two first-place votes while idle Sylvia Hanover and FanDuel Mare Trot champion Jiggy Jog S both picked up one.

Sylvia Hanover finished No. 2 in the rankings. She spent three weeks at No. 1 during the summer and was never lower than third following the first week of voting in June.

Karl moved from fifth to third and was followed by Tactical Approach, a 3-year-old male trotter who took on the older boys in the FanDuel Open Trot Championship and finished second to Southwind Tyrion. Completing the top five was Jiggy Jog S, who spent one week at No. 1 in July.

Rounding out the Top 10 were FanDuel Open Pace runner-up Bythemissal, idle T C I, FanDuel Open Pace fourth-place finisher Tattoo Artist, FanDuel Mare Trot runner-up Bond (another 3-year-old taking on the older foes), and idle Geocentric.

There were no newcomers to the Top 10.

The only horse in addition to Confederate, Sylvia Hanover, and Jiggy Jog S to spend time at No. 1 was It’s My Show, who topped the rankings five times early in the season.

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 25 – 11/28/2023
Rank Name (First Votes) A/S/G Record Earnings Points Pvs
1 Confederate (31) 3cp 15-13-1-0 $1,633,854 345 1
2 Sylvia Hanover (1) 3fp 13-10-2-0 $767,959 304 2
3 Karl (2) 2ct 10-9-1-0 $1,041,977 239 5
4 Tactical Approach 3ct 19-10-3-4 $1,507,989 235 3
5 Jiggy Jog S (1) 4mt 11-8-3-0 $1,038,486 197 7
6 Bythemissal 4gp 16-11-2-1 $984,666 195 4
7 T C I 2ct 12-10-2-0 $1,238,870 102 8
8 Tattoo Artist 6hp 24-9-6-2 $960,562 73 6
9 Bond 3ft 13-8-2-1 $847,071 64 10
10 Geocentric 2fp 10-9-0-0 $556,251 62 9

ALSO: Twin B Joe Fresh 50; Southwind Tyrion 24; Allywag Hanover, It’s My Show 10; It’s Academic 5; Why Not Now 3; Captain Luke, Grace Hill 2; Caviart Belle, My Girl EJ, Warrawee Michelle 1.

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