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Harness racing driver Brad Forward who won both the Dash Driver and Percentage Driver of the year trophies at Hanover Raceway finished off his season with four more wins Saturday night. After his first win, the Newfoundland native said he was encouraged to come to Hanover by one of his regular owners, and he says he really loved the track.  Forward said the surface is always good and Hanover and he hopes to be back in 2017. Becky Geisel of Hanover won the Ray and Leu Leifso Trainer of the year award after a banner season.  Geisel had 39 starts with 8 wins, eight 2nds and nine 3rds for over $25,000 dollars in purse winnings.  Geisel trained two of the horse award winners. Cold Shadow won the Ab Fleishauer Horse of the year award after four wins in 13 starts and a best winning time of 1:58.   Geisel shares ownership with Shelley May of Walkerton.  May said she has always enjoyed working with horses and wanted to find a horse she could use her Massage Therapy training on to see if she could get positive results. Geisel also trained the Claimer of the year, She’s a Star Reporter who had 11 starts and a record of 3-4-3-1 and a best time of 1:58.1.  Geisel said the 4 year old daughter of Sportwriter is owned by Wil Weatherall of Flesherton and is the boss of their relationship, indicating the Star Reporter is a bit of a handful at the best of times. The other award went to Bob Walker of Owen Sound for his Trotter of the year, Margo Plicatus.  The 6 year old had 9 starts and a record of 2-2-4 and a season best winning time of 2:00.2. Bob’s sister Jean Thibideau accepted the award on his behalf. Hanover also handed out its season ending prizes including 2 lazy-boy recliners courtesy of Smittys Fine Furniture in Hanover, and the winner of a 55 inch SONY TV was Jane Bernier of Hanover.   Overall, Hanover was up about 7% in wagering compared to 2015, and was also up over 10% in Food and Beverage.     Gord Dougan

As part of the Hanover Hospital Foundation Fundraising Day and the Balanced Image Trot final, Define the World will be on hand for a meet and greet the harness racing fans with a picture opportunity Saturday. Mathew Bax says the 11 year old son of Duke of York and grandson of Balanced image earned over 1.7 million dollars in his career, went to Sweden twice, competed in the Elitlopp and still holds the world record of 1:54.2 on a half mile track at Flamboro Downs. Define the World was a homebred by Al Libfeld of Toronto. As a 3 year old the Gelding won the Canadian Breeders Championship, Simcoe and Multiple OSS Gold races ending up being named the 3 year old Obrien award winner that season. He was retired shortly after it was determined that he had torn knee ligaments after winning a race at Woodbine. Bax says that shows how tough he is, that he can win with that type of injury. He adds the gelding's greatest quality is something you can't teach. He says "The difference between a good horse and a great one is just that desire, that will to win. You can't train that. Define the World will be available for pictures from approximately 8:00 to 9:00pm in the Grandstand Horse Stall. GM Gord Dougan says we feel lucky and proud to have such a champion come and visit us on our Balanced Image final night. Hanover's Saturday program will include the $61,400 dollar Balanced Image final, a Corn Roast, live band, Human Sulky races between races 5 and 6, and Blanket presentations on 6 races with the sponsorship money going to the Hospital Foundation. Post time Saturday is 7:15pm Gord Dougan

Hanover Raceway plays host to its 12th annual Balanced Image Trot championship this Saturday and the harness racing night will be packed with entertainment. 24 horses will compete for 8 spots in the $61,400 dollar final on Saturday August 27th, meaning the top 2 in each of 3 divisions will advance as well as 2 of the top 3 third place finishers. This year's field includes a diverse and talented field of both top OSS and local horses. In Race 3, Mass Production is part owned trained and driven by Rick Zeron of Oakville. This 2 year old Muscle Mass Gelding has already earned over 100,000 dollars and has yet to finish out of the money in 5 starts, including a 1:56.3 mile at Mohawk in his last OSS Gold Elimination. Julie Walker, formerly of Owen Sound part owns and trains Rosberg in the same race. This 2 year old colt has 2 wins in his last 5 starts both of which were in OSS Grassroots eliminations. There are also 2 horses in that race with Hanover connections. Charmbo Chrome is co-owned by Jack and Randy Rier of Hanover, and former Hanover native Mark Etsell has partnered with Bob Newtown of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge on Mister Muscle who gets post 8 and will start behind Mass Production on the starting gate. Race 5 includes Expose Yourself part owned by the Henry stable of Arthur and trained and driven by Wayne Henry, as well as Parkhill Nocredit who is owned and trained by John Bax, and driven by Steve Byron, who have won Hanover's Dream of Glory title multiple times, but have yet to win the Balanced Image. The 3rd division includes another OSS Gold competitor in Mister Bianco. This Muscle Mass Colt won his only start in 1:57.2 for trainer Bill Budd and owner Brad Gray of Dundas and will be driven by Rick Zeron. The Bax-Byron duo have post 1 with Majestic Wanda who won her OSS grassroots start at Hanover on August 6th, and Wayne Henry co-owns, trains and drives Lady Justice from post 7. One of 3 filly's in that race, this daughter of Justice Hall has some impressive finishes in the OSS Gold this season and will have to use her early gate speed to find a good position early. Also taking place Saturday night will be a Racing under Saddle race which is always very popular in Hanover, as well as the 42nd annual Walker Memorial Trot. The Walker trot is named after Allan and Viola Walker of Owen Sound, who had success with many great horses in the past, particularly trotters. Allan was inducted into the Hall of Fame and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are keeping up the great Walker tradition in the industry. Hanover will also host the Deep Run Danny Pace named after a horse owned and trained by Ted and Alma McLean of Goderich, and 7 contestants are still alive in the Survivor contest which was held on August 6th and they will compete for 3 great prizes including a 55 inch Sony TV starting in Race 3. If that's not enough, the Grey Bruce Paraplegic Association will be on hand conducting a 50-50 draw, which has come close to 700 dollars for the winner in the past. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

It was a picture perfect night for Hanover Raceways 15th annual Dream of Glory. Close to 3,000 harness racing fans attended setting what may be a Dream of Glory record handle of almost 67,000 dollars. On the track, Hanover played host to 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt pacers competing in the Ontario Sires Stakes as well as the $67,500 dollar final of the Dream of Glory Trot. In the Dream of Glory, first elimination winner Wildwildmen jumped out to a quick lead heading into the first turn, while second elimination winner Smoke Monkey made a break from post 7. PC Cantore tucked in behind Robert Shepherd and Wildwildmen, while the rest of the field battled for position.   Wildwildmen hit the quarter pole first in 29.1 and the half in 59.4.  Chestnut Schofield with driver Keith Jones managed to get into second position ahead of Peter Clements and PC Cantore at the half, but couldn’t hold the pace on the outside and faded out of contention by the 3/4 pole, still led by Wildwildmen in 1:29.   Wildwildmen continued to lead past the finish line with Robert Shepherd holding his whip in the air, winning by 2 lengths in 1:58.2. PC Cantore and driver/trainer/owner Peter Clements was second, while Very Classy and Ross Battin finished third for part owner and trainer John Bax of Campbellville. Wildwildmen is owned by Catheline Pelletier and Chantal Gravel of Quebec who were part of a large entourage who chanted Wild Wild Men as their horse entered the Hanover winners circle. After the race, Driver Robert Shepherd credited his girlfriend Isabelle Darveau for getting the horse ready saying he was confident in what the horse and his trainer could do. Shepherd said the 3 year old son of Muscle Mass did just as he was expected, and was very happy with the outcome. In Sires Stakes action, the winners were Kokanee Seelster in 1:56 for driver Alfie Carroll and owners Ming Siu of Richmond,BC and Ed Lui,of Parkhill,ON. Division 2 was won by Daylight Rush in 1:55.4 for driver Billy Davis Jr and owner Trainer Blake Mcintosh and the Hutt Racing Stable. Leg 3 was won by Blue Zombie in 1:55.1 for driver Brad Forward and owners West Wins Stable and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia. Leg 4 was won by St Lads Moonwalk in 1:54.3 for driver Mike Saftic and owner/trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, and the final OSS dash was won by OK Iceman in 1:56.3 for driver Billy Davis Jr, and owners Hudson Stables and Conrad Leber of Quebec. GM Gord Dougan says it was an almost perfect night with a great crowd and handle, as well as a great band and fireworks and awesome team effort by all the staff. Hanover plays host to the Ontario Sires Stakes again next Saturday August 6th as 2 year old Trotting fillies hit the track on Country 93 Night at the races and the Survivor finale. One lucky fan will win a 55 inch Sony High Def TV courtesy of Country 93 radio and HDTV in Walkerton.   Post time is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan    

This Saturday marks the highlight of the Hanover Raceway harness racing season as the track plays host to the 15th annual Dream of Glory Trot. GM Gord Dougan says Not only is the field outstanding, it is probably one of the toughest Dream of Glory finals to handicap. Dougan says first elimination winner Wildwildmen drew post 4, and the second elimination winner, Smoke Monkey drew post 7. Dougan says both eliminations finished in 1:58 and change, and the field includes some local interests and 2 trainers with their names already on the Dream of Glory Trophy. Peter and Curtis Clements of Dobbinton each have a horse in the final, and trainers John Bax and Keith Jones know what it’s like to win the final.   Jones won the first ever Dream of Glory Trot with Abbey Road C who went on to win over $2,000,000 in purse money.  Bax meanwhile is nationally known as a top Trot producer and has won the Dream of Glory title 3 times in the past.   Jones has 2 horses in the final, Pukka drew post 5, while Chestnut Schofield has post 6.  Bax meanwhile has teamed up with 4 time Dream of Glory winning driver Steve Byron on Very Classy who drew post 2.  Local fans will be cheering for PC Foreign Affair who drew post 1 for Curtis and Amy Clements and PC Cantore who drew post 3 for father Peter Clements. Not only will the $67,500 dollar final be one to watch, Hanover also has 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt pacers competing in the Ontario Sires Stakes. 5 of the top 10 Grassroots leading Colts are taking part including leader Continual Hanover in Race 8.   The 3 year old Bettors Delight son is owned by Jack Darling of Cambridge and won his last start at Mohawk in 1:52.  Derecho has 2 wins in 4 starts this season. The horse who finished 2nd in that race was Derecho, owned in part by Dustin Jones of Waterdown.  Despite starting from post 10, this 3 year old gelded son of Big Jim finished in 1:52.1 and should be a favorite in Race 4 where he gets post relief in the form of the 3 hole. Other top Grassroots colts include Perseverant who is 5th in the standings, Spirit Shadow who won his only start in the OSS on June 16th but has 5 wins in 11 starts in his first season of racing, and is 6th in points, and Flaherty who starts from Post 7, but has already earned his ownership group over $80,000 dollars this year. Flaherty is owned by the Macks stable and Joe Carnovale of Stoney Creek, and Bill Budd of Waterdown.  This gelded son of Up the Credit won his last start at Mohawk in 1:52.4 and was 3rd in an OSS Gold event back in May in London in 1:52.4. Dream of Glory day includes a Beef BBQ, live band and huge fireworks display after the races.   Dougan is expecting a crowd upwards of 4,000 fans to attend, including some off duty Hanover Fire Personell, as well as members of the Hanover Curling Club and Hanover Police departments to help out.  Post time is 6:15pm. Gord Dougan  

Hanover Raceway plays host to the 15th annual Dream of Glory Trot this Saturday night. Last year's harness racing edition was won by Hemi Seelster who also set a new track record of 1:56.4 breaking the record set in the first event by millionaire trotter Abbey Road C. Dream of Glory Elimination day will also include a visit from NHL great Keith Primeau, and OHL draftee Connor Roberts of Owen Sound who was picked 2nd overall in the last OHL draft by the Hamilton Bulldogs. Both will be available for a short autograph session at about 9:00pm. Also on Saturday the Wanna Drive people will be on site with 2 horses and 2 double seated jog carts, and draws will be done for a chance to drive a racehorse around the track in between the races. The top 4 finishers in each elimination will return for the 8 horse final on Saturday July 30th. The post position draw will be conducted with Keith Primeau and Conner Roberts after the final elimination in front of the live crowd. Dream of Glory final day will include a Beef on a bun BBQ, Live Band, and a huge Fireworks display after the races (weather permitting). Post time Saturday night July 23rd is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan               Gord Dougan       G.M.   Hanover Raceway   265 5th St.   Hanover, Ontario   N4N-3X3   519-364-2860 x 2       Virus-free.

It was a perfect night weather wise for Bring a Friend Day and 25 people did that at Hanover Raceway Saturday.   The hosts and their friends were eligible to win prizes from Hanover Raceway, Molson and Standardbred Canada. Laura Moore of Harriston, Steward Rowley of Listowel won prizes, while Diane Stephens and Kim Mccomb of Chatsworth got to ride in the Starting Car, and Ally and Scott Cargoe of Orillia got to get their picture taken in the winners circle. On the track, leading driver Brad Forward continued his dominance with 4 more wins on the night.   Forward won race 2 with SWS Caviar for owner Jeff Williamson of Blyth in 1:58.3, he then won race 6 with CC Callme Kelly for owner Steve Morton of Nova Scotia in 1:59.4.  Forward’s 3rd win was in race 7 with Outasight Hanover in 2:02.1 for owners  Tess Mauro of Ridgeville, and Steve Mihalic of Burlington, and capped the Grand Slam in the 10th, with WinOne Soon for owner Ron Ash of Desboro in 1:57.2. The Newfoundland native now has 19 wins on the season, 12 more than Clarke Stacey and Bruce Richardson who are tied for 2nd with 7 wins each. Newcomer Natasha Day of Australia picked up another win giving her 5 on the season, tied for 4th overall. Hanover’s biggest race of the season begins next week as the Dream of Glory Eliminations take place.  66 horses are eligible, and those who are ready will battle for a shot at the July 30th final. Its also the last opportunity for fans to try and qualify for the Survivor Contest.  3 more qualified on Saturday bringing the total so far to 46.   Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway

It rained all over Midwestern Ontario, but the rain couldn’t keep away the harness racing fans on Ladies Night at Hanover Raceway. Prizes were donated by My Scissors and I, The Flower Shoppe, Bunny and the Weasel and Ladame Reflections for fans who entered a ballot into the draw box. On the track Ryan Holliday of Mt Forest went home with a hat-trick, however, newcomer Natasha Day won 2 races on Ladies Night. The 36 year old Australian says she decided to come to Canada and work for Richard Moreau and try her hand in the race bike.   Her 2 wins on the night give her 4 wins on the season at Hanover Raceway.   Day said she didn’t think she was going to have a good night, as she suffered a flat tire on her race bike early in the night, but it was meant to be. Day won Race 2 with Cold Shadow in 1:58.2 for owners Rebecca Geisel of Hanover and Shelley May of Walkerton, and Race 4 with Shes a star reporter in 1:58.1 for owner Wilbert Weatherall of Flesherton. Holliday won Race 3 with Cold Shadow in 2:03.3 for owner Jeff Williamson of Blyth, Race 6 with Snegem Bianca in 2:03.1 for owners Stacey Newman and Faith Megans of Cambridge and finished the hat-trick in Race 8 with Chewey in 2:00.2 for owner Kingfisher Farms of Seneca. 13 more fans qualified for the Survivor finale by picking 4 horses in 4 consecutive races that finished in the money.  Fans have 2 more chances to qualify over the next 2 weeks, and the final will be held on Saturday August 6th.   Country 93 and HDTV in Walkerton sponsor the contest including a 55 inch Sony High Definition for the Champion. Next week is Bring A Friend Day at Hanover Raceway.  Fans and their newbies can register next Saturday for a chance at some great prizes from Molson and Standardbred Canada, as well as a chance at a ride in the starting car during a race. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan    

The 3rd annual Country 93 Survivor Contest is set to go this Saturday at Hanover Raceway. Harness Racing fans can enter the FREE contest starting this Saturday night. GM Gord Dougan says fans will be asked to pick a horse in each of 4 races on their ballot and then hand it in before the start of Race 4. If all 4 of their horses finish in the money, or 1st, 2nd or 3rd, then they qualify for the Survivor finale on Saturday August 6th. First prize is a 50 inch high def TV courtesy of Country 93 and HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. Dougan says the contest creates a lot of excitement among the fans, and they are always curious to see how many qualify each week. The qualifying rounds last until July 23rd and fans can qualify more than once for the final. Post time Saturday night is 7:15 pm. From the Media Department Hanover Raceway 

There were plenty of kids in hockey jerseys in the crowd, despite the 30c weather Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. That's because a tradition started close to 10 years ago when Hanover competed in the CBC Hockeyville contest to try and obtain funding for a new arena was kept alive in spirit. GM Gord Dougan says "The Hockeyville contest brought our town together like we hadn't seen in a long time." He adds, Hockeyville night at the races is a reminder that it takes all members of the community to come together to be successful. The Hanover Rotary Club and Hanover Canadian Tire sponsored the night with 6 brand new bicycles, and kids wearing a hockey jersey put their ballot into the box next to their favorite bike.  A total of 6 bikes were given away in total with a retail value over close to $1,000 dollars. The Rotary club also held a 50-50 draw during the night and are still looking for the winning ticket worth $585.00. On the track, 3 different drivers, Bruce Richardson, Ryan Holliday and Clark Stacey all had driving doubles. Holliday won races 1 and 3 behind Passionate Pete in 1:58.1 and Majormotionpicture in 2:02. Richardson won 2 trotting races, race 6 with Summer Shower in 2:03.4 and race 9 with Pembroke Chip in 2:02.3. And Stacey won race 5 with After Market in 1:57 and Race 7 with Selmas Wish in 1:57.4. Hanover Raceway plays host to its 3rd annual Country 93 Survivor contest next Saturday. Fans will have the chance to fill in a ballot in their program and will select a horse in 4 different races. If all 4 horses finish in the money, they advance to the Survivor finale on August 6th for a chance to win a High Def TV courtesy of Country 93 and HDTV in Walkerton. Racing fans can enter every Saturday night in July and can qualify for the final night more than once. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm Gord Dougan

Harness racing driver Brad Forward was the big winner on Molson Mens Night at Hanover Raceway. The 45 year old Newfoundland native won four races on the ten race card, starting out with a win Behind Buttercup baby in race 1 in 2:00 for owner ICR Racing of Pefferlaw, Ontario. Forward won again in Race 4 with Outasight Hanover in the same time 2:00 for owner Jack Harris of Hagersville.  He also won Race 5 with Cat Four in 1:56.1 for owner Alyshia Williamson of Blyth and finished the Grand Slam in Race 9 with Win One Soon for owner Ron Ash of Desboro. The feature race was Race 4 the second leg of the Alliance Claiming Series for Filly and Mare pacers.   Outasight Hanover is among those who qualify for the final next week at Grand River Raceway.  Finishing second was Im not a mirage for driver Clark Stacey and owner Janet Larcombe of Clinton. Several Fathers were lucky winners as Molson donated well over $1,000 in prizes for fathers in attendance. Hanover Raceway honours our kids next week with Hockeyville day.  Children and Teens 14 and under wearing a hockey jersey can enter to win 1 of 6 bicycles courtesy of The Hanover Rotary Club, Hanover Canadian Tire and Hanover Raceway. Post time is 7:15 Saturday night. Gord Dougan  

Hanover Raceway played host to Pepsi Night and two harness racing divisions of the Alliance Filly Claiming Series Saturday night. A good crowd came out for their chance to win up to $2,000 dollars in prizes including a Patio Set, BBQ and Lawnmower.   In the Pepsi Pace, it was 12 year old Chasin Jiffy, owned by Kim Mahon of Owen Sound that held on for the victory over a fast closing Twin B JJ in 2:00.3. Chasin Jiffy used his rail advantage to control the pace past the quarter in 29.3 and the half in 1:00.2.   The son of Village Jiffy who has 26 lifetime wins continued to lead past the ¾’s in 1:30.3, and just made it home as Twin B JJ was flying to make the finish a close one. In the Allance Filly Claiming Series.  Anamazingdream esa had 2 claims on her and came into the elimination with 4 top 3 finishes in a row.   Natasha Day got away 2nd behind Zinfandart and Robert Doyle and the 2 horse stayed that was past the quarter in 29.3 and the half in 1:01.3.   Day took the lead by a head at the ¾’s in 1:31.4 and held on for the victory by a nose in 2:01.1. It was Day’s first victory of the season as a driver in 32 starts for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Stephen Morton of Windsor.   It was also the 4th win of her Career. In Division 2,  favorite Total Knockout and driver Tyler Moore were quickest off the gate and grabbed the early lead past the quarter in 29 seconds flat.   Moore then settled the pace down leading past the half in 1:00.3 and the ¾’s in 1:30.3 holding off all coming in the final quarter to win in 2:00.1.     The 10 Fillies will be back next week to battle again with the top finishers advancing to the Alliance Final at Grand River Raceway later this month. Next Saturday is Molson Mens Night in honour of Fathers Day.  Dad’s in attendance can enter to win over $1,000 in prizes including a Corona Deck Chair,  Coors Light Coolers, Beach Umbrella’s, and an outdoor Fire Pit.   Post time next Saturday June 18th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan    

Hanover Raceway celebrates its 52nd year of pari-mutuel racing on Saturday June 4th. GM Gord Dougan says many of the 16 live days will have special features attached to them, and once again Dream of Glory Day will feature live Fireworks after the races on the Civic Holiday Weekend. Opening day, Saturday June 4th will include up to 300 HR raceway caps given away with the first 300 live programs sold on site. Saturday June 11th will be Pepsi Day, with close to $2,000 dollars in prizes to be given away including backyard furniture, golf equipment and a bicycle or two. The Country 93 Survivor Handicap contest is back in July with the winner receiving a 50 inch high definition Smart TV package.  Bring a Friend day to the races will be Saturday July 16th, and Hanover Raceway is teaming up with the Hanover Hospital foundation on a huge fundraising event on Saturday August 27th during the final of the Balanced Image trot. Dougan says he’s still hoping to finalize a deal on Molson night at the races soon, and is close to finalizing a Season ending prize with another local sponsor. The 152nd annual Hanover Fair will be held from August 12-14th this year and will include a Teen Video dance at the P and H centre, as well as an adult licensed Video Dance on the Saturday night. Post time once again will be 7:15 each night,  except 1 hour earlier on Dream of Glory day on Saturday July 30th. From the Hanover Raceway Media Department

Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society, the owners of Hanover Raceway are donating $2,500 dollars towards the COSA Fire fund for the owners, trainers and grooms affected by the Monday January 4th fire at the Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, Ontario. President Randy Rier says as an Agricultural Society that is also in the stabling business we are devastated by the news and are sympathetic to every horse owners worst nightmare. Gord Dougan

Hanover Raceway will host a Winter Handicapping Contest starting Thursday January 7th. Teams of at least two players will select a horse in 10 races from the eligible harness racing tracks competing that night, and the team with the most virtual dollars based on the horse finishing first or second will win. (First prize is 2 50 inch TV's courtesy of HDTV) There will be weekly prizes courtesy of Woodbine Entertainment and prizes for the top three overall Teams courtesy of HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton, OLG Slots at Hanover Raceway and Hanover Raceway Simulcast. GM Gord Dougan says up to twenty teams have competed in the contest in the past and he's looking forward to a great competition again this winter. The contest will run for 8 weeks and the rules are listed on the website under Winter Handicap Challenge. The contest starts at 7:00pm each Thursday night for 8 weeks starting Thursday January 7th. Gord Dougan                   Gord Dougan       G.M.   Hanover Raceway   265 5th St.   Hanover, Ontario   N4N-3X3   519-364-2860 x 2      

Hanover Raceway closed out its 2015 harness racing season with its season ending awards and prize draws.  Ron Stewart of Walkerton and Lisa Meyer of Ripley won Lazy-Boy Recliners courtesy of 92.3 The Dock and Leons of Owen Sound, and Sasha Schaefer of Walkerton won the season ending draw for a 50 inch TV courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton and Hanover. On the Track, Bruce Richardson won 3 races but was 1 shy of J Bradley Harris who finished the season with 32 wins.   Harris also won the award for the top percentage driver. Eleven year old Chasin Jiffy was the Claimer of the year, while Holiday Holly owned by Callie Rankin and Laurence Baker of Alberton won the Trotter of the year award. Jen Rankin who trained Holiday Holly among others for her father was the Ray and Lue Leifso Trainer of the year, and the A B Fleishauer Horse of the year was Preppy Art, owned, trained and driven by Terry Fritz of Walkerton. Fritz said his 3 year old was big and lanky as a 2 year old so he took him time with the colt and qualified him back in May.  After winning his first start at Grand River, he won 5 times in a row at Hanover and is now getting some time off to rest after a busy rookie year. Live Racing returns to Hanover Raceway Saturday June 4th, 2016.  Post time is 7:15pm. Simulcast racing continues 364 days a year, with a winter handicapping contest planned starting in the new year.   More details will be released on in the coming months. Gord Dougan  

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