Right now, the biggest race in the standardbred world is between Sebastian K and Sweet Lou in the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll. While Sebastian K has a commanding lead when it comes to first place votes, 31 to 4, total point-wise the Swedish invader leads 344 to 307. With his miscue in the Hambletonian, Father Patrick falls one spot from second to third.
While I still believe Horse of the Year is Sebastian K's to lose, make no mistake, we have a real horse race here. Sweet Lou has become rejuvenated in his career, now reeling off victories with ease, including his last seven races at the Meadowlands. He heads out to Hoosier Park for the Dan Patch Invitational
on Friday night and should make it eight in the row.
The Norse wonder now has a month off scheduled after racing four weeks straight, something unusual for him in his native Sweden. The aged trotter should come back stronger than ever and make an assault on his own world record at Lexington. Right now, baring poor weather, there doesn't seem to be a trotter able to challenge him.
This contest may come down to the Breeders Crown but assuming all remain healthy and sound, it may be a question of which horse blinks first. The second half of stakes season promises to be thrilling.
Remember exchnage wagering? The NJRC has proposed rules for exchange wagering and the commission is accepting comments from the public through August 15. Details on the proposal and how to comment are available here.