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CHESTER, PA - In the fourth and final preliminary round for the Pennsylvania Stallion Series two-year-old pacing fillies Wednsday at Harrah's Philadelphia, Aplomp Hanover and Arden Hanover both visited victory lane for the third time - after both of them finished second to the other in the one prelim they did not win. First to parade back was the Artspeak - A Pippin Hanover miss Aplomp Hanover, already a five-time winner on the campaign, with an Arden Downs division victory on her resume as well. In Wednesday's contest, Aplomp Hanover went to the lead in front of the stands for the first time and held the advantage from there, withstanding the inside charge of Love For Sail by a neck in 1:54.4. Allan Davis drove the consistent filly for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. Captaintreacherous sired the three other Stallion Series winners of the afternoon, including the 1:55 winner Arden Hanover, who had an arduous trip in getting home first - making the top, yielding, then having to come back on in the last 3/16 for driver Dexter Dunn to defeat the previously-unbeaten Alexis's Beach by a half-length. Arden Hanover (dam Allamerican Coed) posted her third straight triumph for trainer Mark Harder, who is also co-owner with Joseph Jannuzzeli. The Party's Rockin looked on her way to join "Aplomp" and "Arden" as three-time StS winners, but the favorite made a break while on the lead nearing headstretch. Real Long Hanover (dam Rockin Everyway) proved to have the best late rally, outfooting Anthem by 1¼ lengths in 1:55 to take her second Stallion Series win in succession. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner for trainer Tony Alagna and Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz, and Riverview Racing LLC. The final division had no multiple winners, but it proved to be the fastest of the four, and its winner, Culture Shock, won by the largest margin, 3¼ lengths. Anthony Morgan sent the filly to the front before the half and went on to win over closer Speaking Of Coffee in 1:54.2, the faster victory for the filly who is now undefeated after two starts. Joe Holloway trains Culture Shock (dam Sawyer) for Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Stallion Series and the Sire Stakes, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last race revealed the following nine horses with the most points: 1. (tie) Aplomp Hanover and Arden Hanover; 3. The Party's Rockin; 4. Real Long Hanover; 5. Shotgun Persuasion; 6. Speaking Of Coffee; 7. Keystone Eureka; 8. Sweet Camille; 9. Alexis's Beach. Each Stallion Series division will have its $40,000 Championship at Pocono on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

If there were an award for consistency and reliability in the harness racing broodmare ranks it would undoubtedly go to the Hanover Shoe Farms owned matron Triplet Hanover. On Monday April 23, she foaled her 18th consecutive foal, a colt by Artspeak. She has had a foal every year from 2001 through 2018. Every one of her previous foals of age have made it to the sales ring as yearlings. This year she will be represented by a full brother to her newborn colt, Techtopia Hanover, who will be part of Hanover's consignment to Harrisburg in November. Triplet Hanover is scheduled to be bred to Betting Line in 2018. Thus far, her 16 foals who have entered the sales ring have sold for a gross of $1,153,000. No slouch in the production department, Triplet Hanover, now 22, has already produced the winners of $1,717,083 and her Stakes Winning daughter Trim Hanover, is the dam of the millionaires American Jewel p.2,1.50.2, 3,1.48.2 ($1,840,585) and Luck Be Withyou p.2,1.50f, 3,1.48f, 1.47.4f ($1,454, 166). Gunjan Patel Syndicate Administrator / Social Media Coordinator Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

Hanover Shoe Farms announces that Artspeak, the outstanding son of the sire of sires Western Ideal, will stand at Winbak Farms in Ontario for the 2018 harness racing breeding season. Artspeak's oldest foals will be yearlings in 2018. "From the ones we can see here at Hanover, and from what we hear from other breeders, Artspeak's foals are exceptionally good-looking," said Jim Simpson, Hanover Shoe Farms CEO and Artspeak's syndicate manager. "We intend to continue breeding to him and expect that he will prove to be one of North America's leading sires." Artspeak's service fee will be $4,000 Canadian. Hanover Shoe Farms announces that Muscle Massive, winner of the 2010 Hambletonian, will stand at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana for the 2018 breeding season. From only four crops of racing age, Muscle Massive has already sired numerous stake winners, including 2016 Valley Victory and 2017 Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover, and the European sensation Cruzado de la Noche. “The Indiana program is one of the very best in harness racing,” said Jim Simpson, Hanover Shoe Farms CEO and Muscle Massive syndicate manager, citing the results of the Indiana sale and the fact that three Indiana-sired horses won Breeders Crown finals this year. “We want to be part of this lucrative and growing program. Swan For All is proving to be an important sire, and we think that the blood of Muscle Massive will complement his through his daughters. We intend to continue breeding to him in Indiana.” Muscle Massive will stand at Victory Hill Farm at a service fee of $4,000.      James W. Simpson Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.    

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that Hanover Shoe Farms and Winning Key Farms have donated breedings that are now being auctioned to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship fund.   Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Artspeak, and Winning Key Farms has donated a breeding to Winning Mister.   "Both Hanover and Bob Key have been regular supporters of our collegiate scholarship program," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We are very happy that both have made donations once again this season. We hope that breeders will support everyone's efforts by bidding."   Artspeak banked over $1.6 million in his racing career and was the 2-year-old Pacer of the Year in 2014. This is his first season at stud. He stands at Hanover Shoe Farms for a fee of $5,000.   World Champion Winning Mister earned $1.1 million in his career, and his oldest foals were 2-year-olds in 2016. He stands at Lindwood Farm in Greensburg, Pennsylvania for a fee of $6,000.   The breedings are listed on the auction site Ongait.com. Bidding is currently open and will end on Friday, March 24 at 2PM.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA        

Artspeak 2, 1:50.2; 3, 1:47.4 ($1,625,869), the 2014 North American harness racing 2yo pacing colt of the year and 2015’s fastest three-year-old pacing colt, will be standing his first Australian season at Empire Stallions, Avenel (Vic.) this year. A powerful bay horse, 15.2 hands, Artspeak is now standing his first season at the prestigious Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. Besides the great Somebeachsomewhere, who stood a single season at Empire in 2013/14, Artspeak will become only the second stallion ever to be shuttled from Hanover to the Southern Hemisphere in the farm’s110-year storied history. Hanover President Jim Simpson said: “The fact that he is among the very best sons of Western Ideal played a lot into the decision to stand him. Western Ideal is still siring at the highest level so it’s nice to have one of his greatest sons to carry on a breeding cross that’s worked so well for us for so many years. Western Ideal is already a proven sire of sires with Rocknroll Hanover and American Ideal, and we think Artspeak can take that siring influence to the next level.” Artspeak was the richest two-year-old pacing colt of his year, bankrolling $742,185, the result of eight wins and two placings from 10 starts. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Canadian Scott Zeron, he was undefeated in his first seven appearances including the $667,000 Metro Pace by five lengths in 1:50.2, divisions of the $272,000 Nassagaweya Stake in 1:52.4, the Bluegrass Stakes in 1:51.3 and the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship in 1:52.  He rounded out his initial campaign by winning the $565,000 Governor’s Cup by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.4 at Woodbine. As a three-year-old Artspeak won on a further six occasions and earned an additional $883,6845 in stakes in a crop that included In The Arsenal, Lost For Words, Wakazashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit. Undoubtedly the highlight of his sophomore season was the $450,000 Tattersall’s Pace at Lexington, defeating a stellar field in a lifetime mark of 1:47.4 – only a tick outside the fastest all-age mile of the year. The $450,000 Tattersall’s Pace His other notable performances at 3 were victories in the $168,000 Simcoe Stakes in 1:48.2, the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship in 1:48.4 at The Meadowlands and eliminations of the Breeders Crown and Max Hempt Memorial. Artspeak is bred on a classic cross  – that of Western Ideal his sire and Artsplace his maternal sire. His sire Western Ideal (1:48) by Western Hanover was a champion with stake earnings of $1.4-million and has been one of North America’s leading sires for many years. Artspeak is Western Ideal’s fastest performer The Art Museum, the dam of Artspeak, has left four foals of racing age for four winners with three in 1:55. The grand-dam Southwind Laurel (1:52.4) by Matt’s Scooter produced three sub 1:55 performers and is a half-sister to the brilliant Southwind Lynx 1:48.3 ($1.7-million), winner of the 2007 Meadowlands Pace. This is a pedigree of extreme early speed. Artspeak boasts an outstanding race record at both 2 & 3, excellent conformation and a lovely temperament and being from a great maternal family, gives every indication of being an early speed sire. Artspeak will be available to Australian breeders for $6,000 including GST with discounts available. By Peter Wharton

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