2013 seasons opener at Hanover Raceway

01:29 PM 08 Jun 2014 NZST
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Gord Dougan
Gord Dougan - the Hanover Raceway General Manager.
Owen Sound Sun Times photo
It was a near perfect night for the season opener at Hanover Raceway.The weather was perfect and the crowd was large for the first night of live harness racing in 2014.

The season start was delayed due to construction on a large renovation project at Hanover.

GM Gord Dougan says the OLG is almost doubling its gaming space, adding over 60 machines including automated blackjack and roulette tables which they hope to open June 20th.

On top of that, trades workers finally vacated the live grandstand space Friday after constructing a new 1500 sq foot restaurant, and new washrooms. At the same time, the raceway relocated its betting line, brought in a new tote company under the alliance racetrack program, and added new offices to accommodate racing.

Dougan says it was very difficult getting ready for opening day with less than 24 hours to turn around a construction site, but other than a few minor issues, the night went smoothly.

Hanover will feature 16 nights of live racing which is down from 32 nights under the Slots at Racetrack program 2 years ago. Dougan says that means all the excitement of our racing season is jammed into a shorter time frame for racing fans.

Next week is Molson Mens night in honour of Fathers day. Fathers in attendance can enter a draw to win up to 2,000 dollars in prizes courtesy of Molson including a new bar-b-q and mini-Fridge. Post time Saturday night is 7:15 and Hanover will also show the final of the North America Cup from Mohawk during its live racing program.

From the Hanover Raceway Press Box
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