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Harness Players’ Horse Of The Year Leads Long List Of ‘Profit Ponies’ For 2016

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December 29th, 2016

Each year the TwinSpires harness department looks into the 12-month archives of suggested contenders posted in the exclusive weekly harness blog. We categorize all of the winners that have paid at least two digits (4-1 and up) in the order of win prices high to low (while including their place and show prices). We have a separate list for our winners of specific stakes we featured.

One horse is missing, however. That is the TwinSpires Harness Players’ Horse of The Year. This horse stands alone as it is the highest paying winner from our 50-some-odd posts of the year.

There were many more winners posted during the year, paying 7-2 and lower but for the sake of space and a braggart’s love for success, we present only two-digit winners. Anyone wishing to see the entire list should make a request on Twitter @FrankCotolo. I will email the entire cast of winners to anyone requesting it.

Players’ Best Payer

The biggest win mutual for a TwinSpires harness blog selection in 2016 was the price for That’s The Ticket. On Aug. 27 at Mohawk Raceway, the two-year-old filly won a $35,000 elimination mile for the She’s A Great Lady stakes at $58.50-1. With no show betting, due to a heavy favorite that finished out  of the money, That’s The Ticket paid $119.00 to win and $50.20 to place. The race was a feature in our blog that week.

That’s The Ticket is the TwinSpires Harness Players’ Horse of the Year for 2016.

That’s The Ticket is a daughter of Roll With Joe, a sire that produced many winners this season (a lot of them suggested by our texts). She is out of the Artsplace mare Art Account. Chris Ryder is her trainer, C.W. Henderson and R.A. Mondillo are her owners and L.S. Minowitz bred her. Sylvain Fillion drove her in our landmark race.

There is one caveat to the crowning of our the TwinSpires Harness Players’ Horse of The Year. On Sept. 17, in the $436,000 Elegantimage Final at Mohawk, the winner, Royal Charm, missed getting the honor by $51.50. However, Royal Charm paid more to place than That’s The Ticket paid to win. Royal Charm paid $122.20 to place and that deserves an honorable mention to this year’s champion win price.

Congratulations to the industry’s Horse of the Year, Always B Miki. We were behind this guy strongly when he was a sophomore. We argued he was more accomplished and would ultimately accomplish far more than that year’s sophomore winner and we chose him to win many races at three and four, sometimes offering better prices than he would as he improved even more, which he did. Eventually, Always B Mike became the fastest harness horse in history, winning in 1:46. Congratulations to all of the connections.  

Feature-Race Winners, 2016

Horse name, win price, track

That’s The Ticket, $119.00, Mohawk
Rockin Serena, $90.00, Hoosier
Mythology, $67.60, Northfield
*Royal Charm, $67.50, Mohawk
Kiss Me Onthebeach, $53.40, Meadows
Shake It Off Lindy, $29.60, Red Mile
Warp Factor Three, $28.60, Meadows
Melmerby Beach, $27.00, Yonkers
Sunshine Delight, $25,60, Meadowlands
Dazzling Dollars, $22.60, Freehold
Western Fame, $23.40, Delaware
Spicedbourbongirl, $20.60, Meadows
Obrigado, $19.80, Meadowlands
Shamballa, $19.80, Meadowlands
Dia Monde, $18.30, Mohawk
Mikkeli, $16.80, Pocono
Iron Mine Becky, $15.80, Meadows
Marion Marauder, $15.20, Tioga
Santa Fe Beachboy, $15.20, Yonkers
Obrigado, $14.80, Vernon
Blenheim, $13.40, Delaware
Snowstorm Hanover, $13.40, Red Mile
Dontcallmefrancis, $12.60, Meadolands
PH Supercam, $12.60, Yonkers
Ideal Yankee, $11.80, Hoosier
Sandbetweenurtoes, $11.60, Flamboro
Chium Shift, $11.00, Delaware
Chezatter, $10.60, Meadowlands
Lindlicious, $10.60, Yonkers

* $122.20 Place price

Horses-to-Watch (H2W) List Winners for 2016

Horse name, win, place, show, track

Maras World, $94.20, $63.00, $8.40, Bangor

Friskie Cruiser, $86.60, $11.00, $4.20, Northfield
Rockinthepines, $82.00, $34.80, $16.60, Hoosier

Hugh Hefner N, $74.60, $21.80, $12.40, Philadelphia

Every Play Counts, $57.40, $15.40, $6.20, Scioto

Pastapalooza, $49.60, $14.80, $19.40 ok, Saratoga
Run And Tell, $40.90, $12.30, $7.50, Northlands
Montalbano Bi, $40.60, $18.20, $8.80, Meadowlands

Philandthequeens, $39.20, $11.00, $11.80 ok, Pompano
Bringhome Theblue, $36.60, $12.60, $7.60, Woodbine
Missus Big, $35.00, $8.90, $3.50, Western Fair
Bangbangkisskiss, $34.60, $16.00, $6.60, Monticello
Magic Vacation, $34.40, $10.60, $5.00, Scioto
Celtic Prince, $33.80, $7.40, $6.20, Meadows
Picard, $33.40, $7.00, $4.40, Dover
Avogadro Hanover, $32.80, $14.40, $5.60, Saratoga
Ideal Rowan, $32.80, $15.40, $6.00, Hoosier
Brookroad Knight, $32.40, $10.80, $5.00, Meadowlands
The Life Boat, $32.00, $10.80, $6.40, Freehold
Metro John, $30.60, $12.40, $8.00, Miami
Black Water Road, $30.40, $10.00, $4.40, Northville

Kiss On The Lips, $28.80, $12.80, $8.40, Running Aces
Gamblers Anonymous, $28.60, $11.60, $6.20, Northfield
SB On My Honor, $27.40, $7.40, $3.80, Running Aces
Lucky Jet, $25.80, $19.60, $16.40, Miami
Clear View Hanover, $25.40, $11.60, $8.60, Meadowlands
Glow Boat, $25.20, $2.60, $3.80 ok, Saratoga
I’m Babys Big Girl, $24.80, $8.80, $4.40, Northfield
Outlawblueporsche, $24.50, $9.40, $4.90, Century
Arriva’s Winner, $24.20, $8.00, $3.80, Meadowlands
Briannas Angel, $23.70, $8.10, $4.20, Charlottetown
Jester, $23.70, $8.30, $5.60, Flamboro
Heart Felt, $23.40, $8.20, $6.40, Pompano
Magglio, $23.20, $12.00, $7.60, Meadowlands
Avartartist, $23.00, $7.30, $3.80, Mohawk
Explosive Muscles, $22.80, $8.40, $3.40, Running Aces
Need You So Bad, $22.60, $7.50, $7.50, Fraser
Honi Maker, $22.50, $7.70, $4.10, Flamboro
Keeping Optomistic, $21.60, $5.90, $3.00, Batavia
A List, $21.40, $11.00, $3.60, Plainridge
Play Guitar, $20.80, $7.60, n/r, Miami
Xactly Mike, $20.80, $11.60, $4.90 (*Exacta $180.00), Monticello
Fast Fool, $20.00, $5.60, $3.50, Buffalo
Mateo M, $20.00, $5.80, $4.80, Meadows

Energy Shakes, $19.00, $5.40, $3.60, Tioga

Blue Boy Benji,$18.80, $8.60, $5.80, Scioto
Pocket Novel, $18.80, $9.20, $6.70, Century
Churita, $18.60, $6.80, $4.40, Hoosier
Powerful Madison, $18.60, $4.60, $3.80, Rosecroft
Pipecreek Yankee, $18.40, $8.20, $3.60, Miami
Boom Shazam, $18.20, $5.20, $3.00, Fraser
Dancin Thea, $18.20, $5.20, $7.30 ok, Buffalo
Linda B, $18.00, $7.80, $3.80, Monticello

Gigi From Fiji, $17.80, $5.80, $3.60, Philadelphia
JJs Flynn, $17.60, $8.00, $3.40, Yonkers
In The Clear, $17.20, $5.80, $4.80, n/r
Velocity Reign, $17.20, $8.20, $5.80, Hoosier

A Lady Sizzling, $16.80, $6.40, $4.60, Rosecroft
Gallie Bythe Beach, $16.80, $10.40, $6.80, Meadowlands
Misty On The Beach, $16.80, $6.20, $4.60, Philadelphia
Shes All Muscle, $16.80, $6.30, $3.70, Western Fair
Dark Prince, $16.20, $8.00, $5.40, Cal Expo
Shawnee Magic, $16.20, $7.80, $4.20, Tioga
Shades Of Bay, $16.00, $6.80, $4.80, Pocono

Jack Attack, $15.80, $7.40, $2.80, Batavia
Warlock, $15.80, $7.00, $3.40, Pompano
Lone Rider, $15.60, $4.90, $3.10, Century
Truth And Liberty, $15.60, $8.40, $5.60, Meadowlands
Bringhometheblue, $15.40, $7.10, $4.80, Mohawk
Galex, $15.20, $8.40, $5.00, Cal-Expo
Best Escape Route, $15.00, $7.00, $4.00, Plainridge 
Southwind Bliss, $15.00, $4.20, $2.80, Bangor

Avatartist, $14.80, $5.30, $3.00, Woodbine
Incognito, $14.80, $7.00, $4.40, Philadelphia
Freeneasy Hanover, $14.60, $6.40, $3.40, Pompano
Lucky Pablo, $14.60, $6.20, $3.90, Batavia
Civic Duty, $14.40, $5.80, $3.20. Freehold
Civic Duty, $14.40, $3.80, $2.80, Freehold
Kings Treasure, $14.20, $7.80, $4.60, Plainridge
Fast Lane Ferrari, $14.10, $4.20, $3.30, Fraser

Copper Coast A, $13.80, $7.80, $5.00, Freehold
Edith Keeler, $13.80, $5.00, $3.40, Running Aces
Master Of Desire, $13.40, $5.40, $4.00, Miami
Real Shiny, $13.40, $3.00, $2.60, Plainridge
Victory Ahead, $13.40, $4.80, $2.20
PH Supercam, $13.20, $5.30, $3.50, Yonkers
Moonlight Spice, $13.10, $7.00, $4.00, Fraser
Al Razi N, $13.00, $7.00, $4.20, Yonkers
Bruener, $13.00, $5.70, $3.40, Buffalo
Twice The Ruckus, $13.00, $6.00, $3.60, Cal Expo

Casimir Overdrive, $12.80, $4.10, $3.20, Mohawk
Ken Doll J, $12.80, $6.60, $5.80, Miami
 Lincolnjames, $12.80, $6.20, $2.80, Miami
Hot Art, $12.60, $7.40, $5.60, Hoosier
I’m Gracies Wigwam, $12.60, $5.40, $2.60, Century
King Otra, $12.60, $4.80, $4.00, Miami
One And Only, $12.60, $5.60, $3.40, Cal Expo
Hostess Lisa, $12.40, $4.00, $4.00 ok, Harrington
Catalyst, $12.40, $6.20, $4.60, Freehold
V’la Faire, $12.40, $6.10, $3.50, Buffalo
Blue Mitchell, $12.20, $6.20, $3.90, Buffalo
Jay Flight, $12.20, $5.00, $3.90, Fraser
Windsong Lightning, $12.10, $6.60, $5.60, Mohawk

Kayla Grace, $11.80, $5.80, $4.40, Woodbine
Rocky Road, $11.80, $4.50, Yonkers

Wilcox, $11.80, $5.40, $6.40 ok, Miami
Dreamstyle Herbie, $11.60, $6.40, $2.80, Hoosier
Catch The Wave, $11.40, $5.90, $3.10, Buffalo
Desperate Crowds, $11.40, $9.20, $5.20, Northfield
Paris Beau, $11.40, $6.80, $2.40, Bangor
Screaman Seaman A, $11.40, $5.00, $3.20, Meadowlands
Wizard Of Art, $11.40, $5.20, $2.40, Monticello
Mc Tinys Hope, $11.20, $6.40, $4.00, Meadowlands

Burkes Bandit, $10.90, $5.70, $3.10, Rideau-Carleton
BWT Taj, $10.80, $4.00, $2.60, Philadelphia
Desperate Crowds, $10.80, $7.80, $4.60, Northfield
King Trut, $10.80, $6.80, $3.70, Western Fair
A Hard Day’s Night, $10.60, $2.60, $2.20, Scarborough
Do Your Job, $10.60, $5.20, $3.60, Yonkers
Drake, $10.60, $4.50, $2.50, Century
Pembroke Lil, $10.60, $5.00, $2.60, Plainridge
 Live On, $10.40, $6.00, $3.80, Philadelphia
Thunder Steeler, $10.40, $6.80, $4.70, Mohawk
Uncle Hanover, $10.40, $4.80, $3.80, Pocono
The Greene Monster, $10.20, $5.80, $3.40, Scarborough
Flight Seelster, $10.00, $4.00, $3.40, Northfield
Williams Wish, $10.00, $4.60, $2.80, Vernon

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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