McNair doubles up in Grassroots

05:32 PM 18 Aug 2013 NZST
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Clint Galbraith formerly of Tara and Jean Thibideau of Hanover Momara wired the field
Clint Galbraith formerly of Tara and Jean Thibideau of Hanover
Momara wired the field
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It was another good night on the track for 2013 Johnston Cup leading trainer Gregg McNair when seven divisions of two-year old pacing fillies rolled into Hanover Raceway.  The Guelph, Ontario resident formerly of Walkerton, scored two grassroots division victories with Momara and Can Art in races five and nine respectively.

2013 Battle of the Belles runner-up Momara wired the field as the overwhelming post-time favorite.  The daughter of Lis Mara cruised to an easy victory in 1:57.3 with Stuart Sowerby in the race bike.  Momara now has four wins in six lifetime starts for earnings nearing the $50,000 mark.

Sowerby was steering once again when McNair sent out Can Art in race nine.  The Artistic Fella filly was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:58.3, as she was able to fend off all challengers in the stretch.  The win was her second in six races.

McNair also had a second place finish from Regally Ready in race seven, while Sowerby scored an OSS hat trick by adding a win with Gram Rules for Blake McIntosh in race three.

Hanover was lucky to have Hall of Famer Clint Galbraith formerly of Tara on hand, as he visited with Peter and Jean Thibideau before heading to Clinton to compete in their Legends Day of Racing program.   Galbraith trained and drove arguably the best horse of the last century in Niatross who was just this past week, was enshrined in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  Niatross was the first pacer to earn over 2 million dollars and was named the hosre of the year in 1979 and 1980.  Niatross was named the Horse of the year in both Canada and the United States during 2 year old campaign where we won all 13 of his races and won 37 of his 39 career starts. 

Hanover Raceway returns with All-Trot Night on Saturday, August 24th.  The eleventh edition of the track’s all trotting card will feature eliminations for the Balanced Image stakes for two-year olds, the 39th annual Walker Memorial, and a RUS Ontario exhibition race. 

Hanover Raceway is also participating in the Bring A Friend to the Races Challenge, as fans who bring someone new to the races, will both be entered in a draw for special behind the scenes prizing.   Fans who come early will get a chance to meet the RUS riders and several regular drivers including Jay Harris and Stuart Sowerby in a meet and greet session under the grandstand at 6:30pm.  Post time next Saturday for the 11th annual ALL TROT DAY is 7:30pm.

 

 

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