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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  

Hanover Raceway closes out its 2015 season on Saturday night and harness racing fans won’t want to miss out. Not only will Hanover announce its season ending awards winners,  including the battle for Driver of the Year between J Bradley Harris and Bruce Richardson, but there will be extra special events for fans. There will be 2 blanket presentations on behalf of a former horseman and a top local horse from the Goderich area.   Hanover will draw its 2 winners in the Best Seats in the House contest, and someone will go home with a 50 inch High Def TV courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton and Hanover. GM Gord Dougan says the TV draw will be made before Race 9 from all the ballots collected over the summer.   He adds there will also be extra prize draws, 2 for 1 ice cream, and the raceway is once again thanking its horse people with a special treat in the backstretch. Dougan says 2015 was a good year overall.  He says Hanover was up 10% in both wagering and concessions compared with 2014.   He adds obviously going from 32 days to 16 days was a big change, but he felt the crowds were strong and he was happy our horses set three new track records this year.  Two of them were in the Balanced Image and Dream of Glory trot series. Fans have said the 2015 Fireworks Display was the best ever, and Dougan says he’s already working on trying to get that same fireworks team back again next summer. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm Gord Dougan Hanover Raceway

The Rain parted just in time for perfect racing conditions Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. All eyes were on harness racing drivers J Bradley Harris and Bruce Richardson who are in a battle for top Dash Driver.   Going into the evening card, Richardson was ahead with 28 wins compared to 27 for Harris, but it was Harris who had the hot hand winning 3 of the 10 races and taking over the lead with 1 week left in the Hanover live season.   Harris started things off winning Race 2 with Red Leaf Morgan for owner Rebecca Williamson of Blyth in 1:56.4.   Harris won Race 3 with Turn a Buck for owners Bill Rankin of Dundas, Laurence Baker of Alberton and Ralph Jardine of Arthur in 2:03.4 and completed the hat-trick in Race 8 with Jet Airliner for owner Rebecca Williamson of Blyth in 1:56.4, the same time as Red Leaf Morgan.   Richardson meanwhile was held winless on the night so he goes into the final week, 2 wins behind Harris for the top dash award.   Hanover will announce its season winning horse, trainer and driver awards next Saturday during the 10 race program.   The final card will include a highschool band that plays 50’s and 60’s music called Big Bertha, and will also announce its season ending winners in the Best Seats in the House contest.  2 of the 16 weekly winners will each go home with a Lazy-Boy recliner courtesy of 92.3 The Dock and Leons in Owen Sound.   Post time next Saturday September 26th is 7:15pm.   Gord Dougan

Smoke Monkey set the Hanover Raceway track record last Saturday when he won his elimination of the Balanced Image in 1:59.2 and was the favorite going into the harness racing final. However Ginger Road used his rail advantage to jump out to the early lead past the quarter in 28.2 and the half in 59.4.   Smoke Monkey got away 3rd at the quarter and moved to the outside before the half and following his first over lead was Georgies Pockets and driver Michael Vanderkemp. Smoke Monkey took over the lead at the ¾’s in 1:29 and it looked like it might be another track record for the 2 year old, but Georgies Pockets came out 3 wide to win the race in 1:59.1, one fifth of a second better than last weeks record.  Magical Steph got up for 2nd just ahead of Smoke Monkey who finished 3rd. Georgies Pockets is owned by the M T Pockets stable from Pompano Florida.   Driver Michiel Vanderkemp said afterwards he was grinning the whole mile because he followed Smoke Monkey around the whole trip and just had more to give in the stretch. Long time Farm Manager Doug Nash was on hand to present the Balanced Image trophy to the new champion. It was also 92.3 The Dock night at the races, and Jean Yenssen of Mount Forest won a $1,000 dollar travel voucher from Hanover Travel. Next week, Hanover Raceway plays host to 3 year old Trotting Fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes.   The OSS program will provide 100 T shirts to fans who purchase the 1st 100 programs at the information Kiosk, and CKNX Radio will be on hand to give away a 50 inch Smart TV to one lucky fan.   There will also be a live band playing as Craig Dougan from the Almost Hip will be on hand with music in between the races. Post time next Saturday September 5th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

Hanover Raceway will feature twelve races this Saturday including the $75,100 Dream of Glory final, five divisions of 3 year old Filly Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes, and two Preferred 3 races. This is the 14th annual Dream of Glory trot and the field includes new Track Record holder Hemi Seelster who won his elimination in 1:56.4, breaking the previous record set by Millionaire trotter Abbey Road C in the very first Dream of Glory in 2002. Hemi Seelster is trained by John Bax of Campbellville, and driven by Steve Byron who have won the Dream of Glory twice before.   The pair won the 2009 final with Augusto, and won again in 2012 with Summer Indian.  Summer Indian came back the next year and won a Match Race against 2011 Dream of Glory Winner Traverse Seelster. The Ontario Sires Stakes field includes 2 Gold Horses dropping down to the Grassroots level and several horses in a battle to try and gain points to make the field for the OSS Superfinals this Fall. Code One Hanover highlights Race 3.  This John Darling trained Filly is 5th in the Grassroots standings after a win at Georgian Downs in her last start in 1:52.3.  Race 3 also includes Dublin Rose who is 9th in the Gold Standings after a 3rd place finish in 1:52.3 and a 1st in the Grassroots at Mohawk in her last start in 1;52.2.   Code One Hanover starts from Post 3 while Dublin Rose will start from Post 5, in what should be a very exciting race. Among the other starters. Ainsleynoelle is 4th in the Grassroots standings after a win in a Grassroots division at Mohawk most recently in 1:53.2 and will start from post 7 in Race 4 Saturday night. Dream of Glory day includes a BBQ and Live Band starting at 5:30, retired Standardbred Westgate Son and rider Taylor Fritz will be on hand to meet fans along the fence between races, and there will be a Huge Fireworks display after the races. Dream of Glory Post time is 6:15pm. Gord Dougan

After a tremendous local finish in the Dream of Glory Trot last year at Hanover Raceway, we look forward to this year’s 14th edition of the race with eliminations on Saturday July 25th and the final on Saturday August 1st. Named after the Hall of Fame stud, the Dream of Glory is dedicated to Grassroots 3 year old Colt and Filly Trotters. Warrawee Promesse owned by the Henry of Arthur won last year’s edition of Hanover’s most prestigious race in a time of 1:58, just 1 second off the track record.  The now 4 year old is competing on the preferred circuit these days. Likewise in the 2 year old Balanced Image trot, Platoon Seelster owned by David and Caroline Holliday of Mt Forest, and Dennis Hannath of Harriston finished second, but has too much money earned to participate in the 3 year old stakes race. There are a couple of local horses to watch in this year’s edition. Duh Bubbies is owned by Jamie Wilson of Huron Park near Exeter.  The 3 year old has 2 wins in 10 starts this season including a Grassroots OSS win at Mohawk, and a 5th place finish in the Tie Silk stakes race at Mohawk finishing the mile in an impressive 1:55. John Patterson of Bayfield owns Namesmuscle.  This 3 year old colt won his start in a Grassroots OSS event in July and was 2nd in an OSS Gold event at London back in May.  He is quickly approaching the $50,000 dollars career earnings mark, after a slower 2 year old season including a 4th place finish in the Balanced Image eliminations. Other contenders for this year’s event include Hemi Seelster owned by the Parkhill Stud Farm, and Matthew Bax of Campbellville, as well as John Houston of Cobourg.  This 3 year old is having a tremendous 3 year old season including winning the Goodtimes Trot at Mohawk on June 20th in 1:54, and was 2nd in the Tie Silk Trot at Mohawk on May 4th in 1:55.  So far this 3 year old has earned almost $160,000 dollars this year, after earning just $27,000 in 10 starts in his 2 year old campaign. There are some talented ladies also taking part this year. Renegade Magic is 3rd in the OSS Grassroots standings and 10th overall with $25,000 dollars earned for Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley.   The Kadabra daughter has 3 wins in 6 starts this season including 2 grassroots wins at Georgian and Mohawk the past 2 months.   The Chesley filly was unraced as a 2 year old. And another local filly is Striking Ivy,  owned and bred by Bloomingwood Farms of Harriston.  This daughter of Striking Sahbra has earned over $42,000 dollars already including a win and a 2nd in 6 starts, as a 3 year old.   The win was in a conditioned race at Mohawk in April and has since finished 2nd in an OSS Grassroots event at Mohawk and was 4th in a Gold OSS race in Ottawa. 79 colts and fillies are eligible to compete in the eliminations on Saturday July 25th, with the top 8 advancing to the final on Saturday August 1st.   Dream of Glory day also includes a live band, BBQ, and Fireworks after the races.  Close to 5,000 fans are expected to attend Hanover’s biggest race day of the year. Gord Dougan Hanover Raceway

June 27, 2015 - It wasn’t much of a night weather wise, but several children were happy they went to the harness racing racetrack on Saturday night.  In celebration of our favorite sport, and the end of school, Hanover Raceway held Hockeyville Night sponsored by Hanover Walmart.  Children 13 and under wearing hockey jerseys got to enter to win take home a brand new bicycle.   The winners included Bryer Nicole Hooyenga of Durham. Other winners included newborn Kantayah, Justin Francis of Hanover and Josh Sicard of Markdale. On the track, Bruce Richardson, Jay Harris, and Stu Sowerby all had 2 wins each, while Terry Fritz won for the 4th time in a row in the final dash with Preppy Art.   The 3 year old son of Art Colony who is owned and trained by Terry Fritz, led from start to finish in a time of 2:02.3 on a track listed as 5 seconds off due to heavy rains. July 4th marks the start of the Country 93 Survivor handicapping contest.  Fans will find a ballot in their program and are asked to pick 1 horse in each of 4 races.  If all 4 finish in first, second or third place in their respective races, the fan gets to come back for the Survivor finale on August 15th for a chance at 3 great prizes including a High Definition big screen TV. Post time Saturday July 4th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

Rain or Shine, it will be Hockeyville day at Hanover Raceway Saturday night.   Hanover Walmart has donated 6 Bikes for kids 13 and under, who wear a hockey jersey or shirt to the races. Hockeyville was started about a decade ago, when Hanover competed in the Kraft Hockeyville contest to try and win money towards the new P and H Centre.   GM Gord Dougan says the community spirit that resulted was amazing and Hockeyville day is a way to try and keep that community spirit alive. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan G.M. Hanover Raceway    

The weather was perfect for Fathers Day weekend at Hanover Raceway.   The tracks biggest harness racing crowd of the year included a lot of youngsters with Mom and Dad, as Fathers in attendance were treated to a number of great prizes courtesy of Molson.   The sponsor provided a Smoker, Wooden Cooler, Golf Bags and much more and fans enjoyed some exciting action on the track.   In the feature race, 3 year old won his 3rd race in a row at Hanover and 4 of his rookies season in 1:58 for owner trainer and driver, Terry Fritz of Walkerton.   That wasnt the fastest race of the night however.  In the very next race, 3 year old Little Clayt got away from the outside post 7 and cruised home in 1:56.1 for driver Jay Harris, trainer John Kennedy and daughter Ali Kennedy of Hanover.   Hanover Raceway celebrates its annual Hockeyville night next Saturday.     Kids 13 and under wearing a hockey jersey will have a chance to win 1 of 5 bicycles courtesy of Hanover Raceway and Hanover Walmart.     Post time is 7:15pm.   Gord Dougan

It was a perfect weather night for a harness racing Pepsi Day at Hanover Raceway. Pepsi provided close to $2,000 dollars in prizes including a Patio Set, BBQ,  Bicycles, and much more.  Fans also got a chance to taste test their new lines of Starbucks coffee, Pure Leaf iced tea, and Mountain Dew Energy drinks. On the track, Top driver Bruce Richardson who won three races on week one continued his winning ways with 2 wins, 2 seconds and 3 third place finishes. Richardsons first win was in race two with Pembroke Chip (Malabar Man) in 1:59.4 for owner Dale McFadden of Ayton.   The Arthur native also won race 6 which was the featured Pepsi Pace with Skyway Boomer (Sportswriter) in 1:58.4 for owner Glenview Livestock of Guelph. Jay Harris of Dundas also had 2 wins on the card.   The 30 year old won race 3 with Euchred (Shadow Play) in 1:57.1 for owner David Yuzpe of London and the nightcap with Modern Best (Modern Art) in 1:59.1 for owner Stephen Morton of Nova Scotia. Next Saturday is Molson Mens night at Hanover, in honour of Fathers Day.  Fathers in attendance can win some fabulous prized courtesy of Molson.   Post time Saturday June 20th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan Hanover Raceway

Great weather and a good crowd opened Hanover Raceway's 51st harness racing season of pari-mutuel wagering on Saturday night. Hanover fans enjoyed a new sound system in the grandstand and new LED Lighting as well as a number of new promotions. Teresa Marshall of Hanover was the first winner of the Best Seats in the House sponsored by 92.3 The Dock and Leons of Owen Sound and Collingwood, and Teresa Seifert of Hanover was the first winner of the Lucky 7's race when My Friend Diaz won the 7th race in a time of 1:56.1. On the track, Bruce Richardson who was the tracks top driver last year started off the season with a hat-trick winning race 2 with Oh Hannah in 2:03.1 for owner Linda Denis of Oro-Medonte. Richardson was back in the winner's circle in Race 4 with Adventure Luck for owner Bruce Winning of Madoc, Ontario in 1:58.3 and won Race 5 with Tymal Flare in 2:01.3 for owner Glenview Livestock of Guelph. J B Renaud got the ball rolling winning the opening race of the 2015 season with Sixth Man for owner and trainer Julie Walker of Owen Sound in 1:57.3. Terry Fritz of Walkerton also had a good night with a win in Race 3 with Preppy Art in 1:57.1, and won the nightcap with Campus Cutie Pie for owner Dennis Jewett of Wingham in 1:59. Next Saturday is Pepsi night at the races. Close to 2,000 dollars in prizes will be up for grabs for fans of all ages, and Pepsi staff will be on hand showcasing some of their products in a taste testing table. Post time at Hanover raceway is 7:15pm. For Wightman TV subscribers who missed the races they can watch the Hanover Raceway replay show on Fridays on Channel 6. Gord Dougan G.M. Hanover Raceway

Hanover Raceway simulcast has joined forces with Woodbine Entertainment, Hanover Raceway Slots and HDTV to host a Winter Handicapping Contest. GM Gord Dougan says as in the past the top prize will be 2 50 inch High Def SONY Smart TV's courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton. Dougan adds Woodbine Entertainment is going to provide weekly prizes for the 8 weeks of the tournament, and it will be cumultive so participants are encouraged to take part each and every week. Teams of 2 or 3 players are encouraged to enter by filling out an entry form at the Hanover Simulcast Counter, and the contest will begin on Thursday January 9th. Teams will pick 10 races per night, 5 of them pre-selected from either Woodbine or Rideau Carleton Harness. For more informatioin call Gord Dougan at Hanover Raceway 519-364-2860 x 2. From the press box at Hanover Raceway  

Hanover Raceway wraps up its harness racing season on Saturday night at 7:15pm. The final card includes the draws for the major season ending prizes, plus Hanover Raceway has added the Red Rascal Band to play live from 7-9:30. Now GM Gord Dougan says thanks to Lee and Erin Watson, fans will also be able to get up close and personal with Tragically Shipp. The 8 year old gelded son of Shipps Speed has only raced 8 times this summer but is one of the winners in the RUS program winning at Grand River in 2:02.4 earlier this summer.  He also competed in the Preferred 3 Category at Hanover this year. Racing fans can pet or take a selfie picture with Tragically Shipp starting at 7:00pm on Saturday night. Post time for Saturday’s finale at Hanover is 7:15pm. From the press box at Hanover Raceway

Hanover Raceway closes out its 2014 season on Saturday night, and has added some extra special features to the final dash. First of all, Hanover has added 2 more races so we’ll have 12 races for our local horsemen. Hanover will also pay tribute to its top horsepeople and horses on saturday with its season ending awards presentations. The awards include top Driver, Trainer, Ab Fleishauer Horse of the Year, Claimer and Trotter of the year. GM Gord Dougan says with the nice weather expected he has also added the Red Rascal Band to play on the flat roof from 7-9:30pm.   Hanover Travel and Cruises will be on hand to announce the winner of the 2500 dollar travel voucher from all the FREE ballots collected over the course of the season.  Dougan adds, we’ll also award 2 sets of Adirondack Chairs, foot rests and end tables to 2 of the 16 winners of the Best Seats in the House draw each and every race night. Dougan has also ordered some extra Mohawk programs so fans will be able to follow the OSS Grassroots Championships at the same time as the live Hanover races.  and he says there were some prizes that were not picked up during the live season, so we’ll have extra prize draws for fans in attendance to win items like Hanover Raceway Sports Bags, Tshirts and other HR memorabilia. Post time for the final day of live racing is 7:15pm From the press box at Hanover Raceway

An enthusiastic harness racing crowd braved the cold and rainy weather at Hanover Raceway Saturday night. The staff from CKNX, 101.7 The One and 94.5 Classic rock brought with them a 50 inch Smart TV and blue ray player and the winner was Dave Middleton of Port Elgin. Middleton was on hand as part of a 40 person group from Sun Life in Hanover and Owen Sound. The group enjoyed an afternoon BBQ with their families and stayed around for the evening harness races. On the track, a pair of drivers picked up Hat-tricks. Bruce Richardson who leads all dash winning drivers with 29 wins started off the hat-trick winning race 4 with Emerald Echo in 2:05 for owners Dayle McFadden of Ayton and Lynne McFadden of Barrie. The Arthur native won the very next race with The Voice in 2:05.1 which he shares ownership on with Joe Coffey of Orangeville and Terry Oneil of Arthur. Richardson capped off the night with his final win in Race 9 driving Adventure Luck to victory in 1:59.1 for owner Bruce Winning of Madoc. House meanwhile started off his winning streak in Race 3 with American Grace in 2:01.2 for the Kevin Mcmaster stables of Guelph. Win number 2 was in race 6 with Serious Fool in 1:59.4 for owner Robert Daer of Goderich and House capped the hat-trick in the nightcap with Sandburg Hanover for the Kevin Mcmaster stables of Guelph. Hanover Raceway also held Horse Racing Bingo for the first time, and unfortunately no one in the crowd filled out a full bingo card. Because of that, Hanover Raceway is going to play BINGO again next Saturday for the first 250 people who are 18 and over at the program information booth. Post time next Saturday night is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

This year’s Balanced Image Trot will include a series record final purse of $70,600 dollars.   When the series was split in 2012, the colts and fillies competed for a combined $74,000 dollars in two final purses, but this is the highest single purse final in the series.  A total of 147 two year old trotters made the nomination payment back in April, and just 28 of those horses will compete in the championship which starts this Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. Among those to watch will be Mandeville.  This son of Majestic Son is in 1st place in the OSS Grassroots colt standings with 3 wins and a 2nd  place finish in 5 starts and has already earned over 31,000 dollars for his owners Wayne Langille of Harley Ontario, and Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ont. Another top contender will be Freddie.  This is another Majestic Son youngster who has 2 wins and a 2nd place finish in 5 grassroots starts for owners Fred Brayford of Alliston and Debbie Element of Waterdown, Ontario. This year’s field will see the colts compete against some top OSS Fillies.   Gee Okeeffe currently sits in 7th place in the OSS Filly Gold standings.  This 2 year old daughter of Holiday Road has a win and a 2nd in the OSS gold and she also won her only OSS grassroots start.   Gee Okeeffe is the fields top money earner with close to 60,000 dollars earned for owners Wilbur Lang and Chris Beaver both from Ohio.  Another top filly is Judy the Beauty, who is 2nd in the Filly Grassroots standings with 2 wins and 2 second place finishes this year,  for owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre. Finally, there are a few local horses competing as well including Platoon Seelster for owners Caroline Holiday of Mount Forest and Dennis Hannath of Harriston.   Father in law Dave Holliday trains the 2 year old and husband Ryan Holiday drives the son of Federal Flex.  This 2 year old has a 2nd place finish in 1 Gold OSS start so far. And finally another local contender is Hillbilly King for Jayne Walker and Tom Smith of Holland Centre.  This son of Mutineer has just 2 starts including a 5th place finish in the OSS Grassroots at Grand River on July 30th. The top 2 horses in each of the 4 divisions will return on August 30th for the $70,600 dollar final on Saturday August 30th.   Post time at Hanover Raceway is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan for Hanover Raceway

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