Day At The Track

Big things happening at Hanover this weekend

06:30 AM 07 Aug 2013 NZST
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Fans will get the chance to drive a harness horse Saturday at Hanover Raceway
Racing fans get to see horses up close and talk with trainers about harness racing Saturday and Sunday

Hanover Raceway will host two events this weekend, aimed at giving racing fans an inside look at the sport of harness racing. On Saturday night, the Ontario Harness Horse Association will be running their popular "So You Think You Can Drive" promotion. During the evening of racing fans will have an opportunity to win a chance to drive a real Standardbred racehorse, accompanied by a professional driver on a double-seated jog cart.

The event has been running for a number of years, and is a truly hands-on, unique experience for fans to get the feel for driving a racehorse.

Then on Sunday, Hanover Raceway will host their annual open house from 12 noon until 3:00 pm. Track management invites all fans to come out to the Hanover backstretch for a behind-the-scenes view of the world of harness racing. Fans will have an opportunity to drive a racehorse, as well as learn the fundamentals of the sport including details on the rules, drug testing, equipment, and training. General manager Gord Dougan encourages
all to come out, stating "this is a as close as you can get to the action."

Guests will get to visit 3 information stations including rides on a jog cart, and there will be a free hot dog bar-b-q for guests.

The racing season continues Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. Post time is 7:30 pm.

by Gord Dougan


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