Hanover Raceways 2011 harness racing season came to an end with the seasons second largest crowd and second largest handle.
The card included 7 divisions of 2 year old Filly Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes as well as the season ending draw for a 3,000 dollar vacation voucher courtesy of Advantage Hanover Travel, Nolitours, and Transat Holidays.
Hanover also hosted Meadowlands Announcerwho called some races, did a meet and greet with fans, and helped hand out the season ending trophies to Hanover’s top horses, and horsemen. On the track, the night belonged to Eat Me Up. The 2 year old filly paced the fastest mile of the night capturing the 6th race in 1:55 flat, less than a second off the track record.
Owned by David Ratchford of North Sydney Nova Scotia, the daughter ofmanaged to grab the 3 hole despite leaving from post 6 and stayed there past the quarter in 27.1, the half in 56.1 and the three quarters in 1:25.2 before pulling off the rail in the stretch and blowing by pace setter Sauble Claire in 1:55 flat.
Afterwards, driver Tony Kerwood said he just wanted to stay close to the lead, because he knew he’d have something for the last quarter. Kerwood added he expects Eat Me Up to finish near the top of the grassroots standing.
With that win, Eat Me Up improves to 4-0 and moves to the top of the Grassroots standings with 48,000 dollars earned in OSS races, and almost 100,000 earned so far this season.
The lucky winner of the Travel Voucher was Jim Spence of Hanover.
Hanover also held a number of other draws, including the Red Carpet and Win the Thrill contests. As for the season ending awards, Paul Taylor won top dash trainer for the 9th year in a row. Bruce Richardson was top driver.
Ringlabel was the Ab Fleishauer Horse of the Year, Miss Kaylee Em was the Claiming Pacer of the year, while Lucky George was the Claiming Trotter of the year, and Wish N Win was the Trotter of the year, and Todd Begley was the Ray and Lue Leifso top non-driving trainer of the year.