It was a perfect night for the 2014 edition of the harness racing Dream of Glory Trot at Hanover Raceway.
Police estimate a crowd of over 8,000 lined the racetrack and adjacent arena to take part in the final night of Hanover’s 110th Homecoming celebrations.
The night started with 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes, and although they came close to breaking the 2 year old Hanover Track record by Malicious in 1:53.2, 3 of the divisions set a new OSS grassroots record finishing their miles in the exact same time of 1:53.4.
The first to set the mark was Shadow Place driven by Trevor Henry in Race 2. Shadow Place came first over and battled with High Flier driven by Stu Sowerby past an opening quarter in 27.3, a 56.1 half and 3 quarters in 1:23.4. High Flier put up a good fight but Shadow Place owned by a numbered Quebec company was too much stopping the timer in 1:53.4.
Shadios driven by Billy Davis Jr equalled the new OSS mark in Race 4 for owner Tom Hill of Great Britain, and the mark was tied again in the final OSS event when Titus Seelster won for driver Sylvain Filion for owners Brian Paquet of Quebec City, and Bayama Farms of ST. Andre-Argenteuil Quebec.
The highlight of the night was the $78,800 dollar Dream of Glory final which included 6 colts and 2 fillies. The fastest of the Elimination winners was Warrawee Promesse who drew post 5 after the eliminations, and the 3 year old son of Windsong Espoir was quickest off the gate for Trainer and Driver Wayne Henry hitting the quarter mile marker in 28.4. Warrawee Promesse continued to hold a his lead over Erin Hall driven by Travis Henry past the half in 58.4 and the 3 quarters in 1:28. Henry was lucky enough to gain a breather during the race, because his 3 year old pulled to a 4 length lead at the wire winning in 1:58 flat, 1 second off the track record.
Posttime favorite Aventure driven by Trevor Henry was 2nd, and Erin Hall was 3rd.
Warrawee Promesse is owned by the Henry Stables of Arthur, and Fred Brayford of Alliston.
After the race Wayne Henry said it was nice to see so many fans cheering adding he was confident going into the final especially with his horses history of solid starts going into the first turn.
One other highlight on the night was when Bob Walker of Owen Sound won his 900th career race with Margo Plicatus in Race 7. The 4 year old daughter of Thunder Road is owned by Dr Huw Llewellyn of Allanford Ontario. The 69 year old driver has over 5.3 million dollars in career driver earnings, and over 3.5 million in Trainer earnings, most of which was made pre-slots when the purses were much lower. The son of Hall of Famer Allan Walker was joined by his sister Jean Thibideau in the Winners circle.
GM Gord Dougan says he was very pleased with the crowd and the handle which reached just over 51,000 dollars. Dougan thanked the crowd for supporting Ontario Harness Racing pointing out that Horse Racing plays a huge part in the rural economy and it was nice to see the strong local support for our sport. Dougan also welcomed the crowd to return in 2 weeks, when the Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society hosts its 150th annual Fair. The Hanover Fair runs from August 15th to 17th at the Hanover Fairgrounds.
From the Hanover Raceway press box