Each December the TwinSpires harness-racing department studies the 12-month archives of suggested contenders posted in the exclusive weekly harness blog. From that review, 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 (Features and Freshman Frolics choices include place and show prices and the track at which they won). We add a separate list for our winners of specific stakes we featured through the 52 weeks, also at 4-1 and up. There were many more winners posted during the year that paid 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. Our usual recap is presented below the annual review. First and foremost, we announce the TwinSpires Harness Players’ Horse of the Year. Each year the horse earning the title comes from either our features list or the horses-to-watch list (H2W) and is the highest paying winner from all our posts of the year. The TwinSpires Harness Players’ Horse of the Year for 2018 is Ella Michelle A. She recorded the biggest win mutual for a TwinSpires harness blog selection in 2018, On Dec. 12 at Yonkers, Ella Michelle A won and paid at 40.75-1. Across the board, her totals were $83.50, $18.40, $9.00 as a solo choice from the H2W list. Ella Michelle A is a seven-year-old daughter of Cammibest, out of the Bonamax mare Namba Girl. She was bred by Knud Rasmussen, owned and trained by Chris Scicluna and driven to victory by Joe Bongiorno. Congratulations from the harness editors and bettors at TwinSpires. Here are the winners from this year’s features, including from spin-off blogs The Hambletonian Trail and Breeders Crown Countdown, followed by the winners from the H2W: Feature-Race Winners, 2018 Horse name, win price, track Tommi Canu Hear Me, $81.50, $30.10, $18.10, Mohawk Motu Moonbeam N, $74.50, $16.60, $5.90, Yonkers Union Forces, $68.90, $10.80, $6.10, Mohawk Divas Image, $65.60, $17.80, $12.60, Meadowlands Lily Stride, $65.40, $11.80, $5.00, Pocono Volare TZ, $59.00, $22.20, $10.40, Scioto Jim Tom, $48.20, $8.00, $4.20, Little Brown Jug Fair Reigning Duo, $42.20, $7.60, n/s, Yonkers Cubfan, $40.80, $33.80, $2.10, Tioga Special Honor, $38.60, $11.80, $5.80, Meadowlands Deb, $36.60, $10.20, $4.70, Mohawk Blue Star Maverick, $36.20, $15.80, $9.20, Cal-Expo Proof, $34.20, $5.60, $4.00, Meadows Mets Hall, $27.60, $4.50, $2.90, Vernon Evident Beauty, $23.60, $5.70, $2.70, Tioga Ice Attraction, $22.80, $8.60, $4.60, Red Mile Adonis Bay, $21.20, $10.00, $6.40, Yonkers Helpisontheway, $20.60, $7.60, $4.60, Meadowlands Top Flight Angel, $20.60, $8.60, $6.80, Pocono Ataboy Hanover, $20.00, $8.60, $4.00, Philly Custom Cantab, $17.80, $6.60, $3.20, Dover Goocho Denaro, $17.80, n/p, n/s, Ocean Supergirl Riley, $17.20, $3.40, $2.90, Vernon Stella Jane, $15.40, $6.00, $5.00, Meadowlands Upfront Flor Ida, $15.40, $4.40, $3.00, Miami Captain Trevor, $14.80, $5.80, $4.00, Red Mile Tactical Landing, $14.80, $7.80, $7.00, Meadowlands Shower Play, $14.10, $3.50, $2.10, Mohawk Blazin Britches, $14.00, $6.30, $5.70, Mohawk Starita, $14.00, $4.80, $3.40, Meadowlands Future Flight, $13.80, $8.20, $4.40, Freehold Ambitious Lillian, $13.40, $6.00, $3.80, Philly Super Schissel, $13.00, $10.00, $3.60, Red Mile EL Game On, $12.80, $3.80, $2.60, Hawthorne The Ice Dutchess, $12.80, $4.80, $3.40, Meadowlands Phaetosive, $11.30, $3.30, $2.10, Mohawk Jojo Jove, $11.00, $6.40, $3.60, Meadowlands Purpose Blue Chip, $11.00, $4.40, $3.20, Buffalo Tall Drink Hanover, $10.90, $5.50, $3.50, Mohawk Warrawee Roo, $10.60, $7.10, $4.00, Yonkers Townline Flyinlady, $10.20, $5.20, $4.60, Dayton Crystal Fashion, $10.00, $4.20, $3.00, Meadowlands Hezacat, $10.00, $3.40, $4.40 ok, Hoosier H2W (Horses-to-Watch) List Winners for 2018 Horse name, win, place, show, track Ella Michelle A, $83.50, $18.40, $9.00, Yonkers PH Kenny, $67.60, $23.60, $6.00, Meadows Onemorenwallgohome, $62.00, $13.80, $11.60, Running Aces Fox Valley Eli, $60.60, $19.40, $7.60, Hawthorne Storming D Odds, $49.00, $11.80, $5.20, Cal-Expo Windemerenightlife, $44.20, $9.90, $3.90, Flamboro Momma’s Artist, $41.40, $13.60, $6.60, Freehold Five Cent Deposit, $39.20, $20.60, $3.00, Bangor Optimist Blue Chip, $35.60, $10.00, $9.60, Dayton Capitol Hill, $35.00, $5.20, $3.80, Cal-Expo Powerful Temtrist, $30.60, $18.80, $7.40, Hawthorne Sheriff Coffey, $30.60, $7.60, $4.40, Hawthorne Fire Dance, $29.80, $10.20, $4.80, Cal-Expo Eowyn, $29.40, $8.00, $3.60, Red Mile Pretty Boy Hill, $29.40, $8.60, $3.60, Dover Mildreds Button, $28.20, $11.80, $5.20, Northfield Jericho, $27.00, $14.60, $7.00, Plainridge Julep Hanover, $25.30, $16.20, $3.20, Charlottetown Beach Blast, $25.20, $8.60, $5.60, Philly Dragon Seelster, $23.60, $5.40, $10.60 ok, Bangor Hot Cakes, $23.60, $3.80, $2.80, Bangor One Swan For All, $23.60, $6.60, $4.80, Plainridge Tinhorn Creek, $23.40, $5.20, $3.20, Running Aces Yankee Osborne, $23.00, $4.80, $3.20, Northfield Twin B TK, $22.80, $9.00, $5.80, Hawthorne Cumberland Gap, $22.60, $7.60, $4.80, Scioto Dial A Chic, $22.00, $6.00, $3.00, Plainridge Drink Whiskey, $21.00, $7.00, $5.60, Monticello Beer League, $20.80, $6.20, $4.40, Scarborough Fat Boy, $20.20, $5.60, $5.20, Freehold Wish Granted, $19.60, $7.60, $3.50, Saratoga Surprisingly Sweet, $19.20, $9.20, $4.40, Cal-Expo Clifton Beach, $19.40, $10.40, $5.00, Meadowlands Annies Rocketman, $19.20, $7.40, $3.40, Northfield Ricks Sign, $16.80, $6.40, $3.20, Scarborough Barbosa, $16.60, $5.00, $3.00, Running Aces Nixie Volo, $16.60, $7.40, $4.00, Red Mile Decoy, $15.40, $5,40, $3.40, Meadowlands Precious Twilight, $14.80, $5.80, $5.00, Northville Ollie’s Z Tam, $14.60, $3.60, $2.20, Hoosier Blacktree, $14.40, $3.60, $6.00 ok, Bangor Shuttletruth, $14.20, $9.20, $4.80, Scarborough Ajessia, $14.00, $7.80, $4.60, Miami Uva Hanover, $14.00, $7.00, $4.80, Yonkers Keystone Riptide, $13.80, $4.00, $2.20, Pocono Texaco Man, $13.80, $6.00, $5.40, Plainridge Piece Of The Rock, $13.60, $5.00, $3.80, Freehold Rycroft N, $13.60, $4.40, $2.80, Meadows Captain Malicious, $13.40, $6.80, $5.40, Meadows Doo Wop Hanover, $13.40, $7.40, $4.40, Pompano Brand Security, $13.30, $4.80, $2.40, Fraser Hetties Commander, $13.30, $6.20, $3.70, Mohawk One Swan For All, $13.20, $5.20, $2.60, Plainridge Osprey Impact, $13.20, $4.60, $3.00, Plainridge Nassau County, $13.00, $4.50, $2.50, Batavia Uncle Bud, $13.00, $4.80, $2.80, Meadows Sachertorte, $12.80, $2.80, $2.20, Bangor Starface, $12.80, $4.70, $3.40, Northlands Last Dragon, $12.40, $4.20, $3.20, Hawthorne Clara Bea, $12.00, $5.60, $3.00, Monticello Do Work Son, $11.80, $3.40, $3.00, Hoosier Showboat, $11.80, $3.80, $3.20, Scioto Anegada, $11.60, $3.20, $2.60, Northfield Costello, $11.60, $3.40, $2.40, Meadows Blue Eyed Cowboy, $11.40, $5.30, $5.90 ok, Flamboro Sir Ziggs Z Tam, $11.40, $4.70, $3.70, Tioga C C C, $11.20, $2.40, $3.00 ok, Scarborough Jay Bees Grin N, $11.20, $7.40, $2.20, Scarborough Coz And Effect, $10.80, $4.20, $3.40, Cal-Expo Maradona, $10.80, $5.00, $3.20, Buffalo Hello Sevens, $10.60, $3.80, $2.80, Cal-Expo When In Doubt, $10.60, $4.60, $2.60, Bangor A Fool For Mark, $10.40, $2.80, $2.20, Pompano Myskillspaydabills, $10.40, $6.00, $3.80, Running Aces Penniman, $10.40, $5.00, $2.80, Meadows Pops Pool Room, $10.40, $4.40, $3.20, Plainridge Quint Largo, $10.40, $4.40, $3.30, Flamboro Abbeylara, $10.20, $5.80, $3.80, Meadowlands Conway Beach A, $10.20, $4.50, $4.60 ok, Monticello July, $10.20, $5.60, $2.60, Freehold Lastchancelilly, $10.20, $3.20, $2.40, Freehold Latent Print, $10.20, $4.80, $2.60, Plainridge PH Kenny, $10.20, $5.80, $3.60, Meadows Southern Palms, $10.20, $5.30, $3.70, Batavia Virgin Chaser, $10.00, $6.20, $3.40, Pompano WEEKLY UPDATE Thursday, Dec. 27 we had the winner in our Power Plays (PP) at Freehold with H-Andharleythejet ($6.60, $3.40, $2.40), half of the $76.80 Daily Double and the winner of the $22.60 exacta and $51.00 trifecta. Full Explosion (24-1) finished fourth and Jacinta Hanover (36-1) finished sixth. Justcallmeronald (14-1), was beaten by a 5-2 shot at the Meadowlands in the night’s selected feature. Justcallmeronald finished fouth. On Friday, Dec. 28, our Power Plays feature at Western Fair was on the program cancelled due to inclement weather resulting from a thaw in the frozen ground followed by heavy rain. At the Meadows in the afternoon our Power Plays feature offered two on the toteboard, the winner, Lenonaideshine ($3.00, $2.10, $2.10) and exacta partner, Starmaker ($5.20, $3.00). That was a $10.20 exacta. Our third PP choice, Hit It Maestro (8-1) finished sixth. Saturday, Dec. 29, We lined up a Power Plays feature at Flamboro that presented all the necessary elements for exotic success. One of our choices, Jodykins, scratched and the public favorite won. The three exotic partners were the horses on our PP list. Second was Juliana ($5.70, $3.70), completing an exacta worth $24.90. Third was Stonebridge Loyal ($2.50), setting up the $44.80 trifecta. Fourth was Desolation Row (23-1), the remaining horse to cash the superfecta worth $206.80. H2W Results Winners Penniman, $10.40, $5.00, $2.80, Meadows Virgin Chaser, $10.00, $6.20, $3.40, Pompano Matter Hatter, $9.40, $5.40, $3.40, Meadows Jay Jay, $3.40, $2.60, $2.10, Pompano Seconds Lauderdale, $19.20, $4.40, Meadowlands Hay Hay Alright, $11.60, $7.00 (Exacta $12.00), Cal-Expo Keystone Krystal, $4.40, $3.20 (Exacta $16.80), Meadowlands Thirds Keystone Nikki, $8.00, Meadowlands Oh Yeah, $4.40, Cal-Expo Charlie Call Home, $3.40, Pompano Myeyesadoreya, $2.80, Freehold This week, there were 23 active horses (an 17-percent win hit rate and a 44-percent ATB [in the money] hit rate). HAPPY NEW YEAR !