Over 80 horses entered the box for the 4th and final card of the 2013 Lakeshore Horse Racing Association meet, at the Leamington Fair Grounds. Organizers are extremely pleased with the turnout and support from local horsemen and businesses. In fact, all 40 of the live race sponsorships for the meet were sold out in less than a week. The 4 day meet has included several extracurricular activities, including Guest National Anthem Singers, Riders Under Saddle, Parade Marshall horses, the “So you think you can drive” and “I Love Canadian Harness Racing” groups. Family Day this Sunday is jam packed with activities including an Off Kilter Equine demonstration, a petting zoo, meet and greet with Hall of Famers Dave Wall and Bob McIntosh, World Champion driver Jody Jamieson, and Doug Mcintosh. One lucky fan will also win a 50 inch Panasonic TV courtesy of Ernies TV in Kingsville, and the group encourages people to bring a non-perishable food item to the races for the local Salvation Army Food Drive. Leamington’s final live race program for 2013 goes this Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm. Gord Dougan
Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government will spend up to 400 million dollars over the next five years to help the struggling industry. A panel appointed by the Liberals after they cancelled the slots at racetracks program made the recommendation in a report released on Friday. The funding would cover purses and the costs of live racing. The panel also calls for a Standardbred racing alliance to operate a "world class racing circuit'' with eight tracks -- Hanover, Clinton, Grand River, Western Fair, Flamboro, Georgian, Mohawk and Woodbine. However, it says it doesn't support a full race calendar at Fort Erie's track but endorses the current 30-day calendar at Ajax Downs. Reaction to report is mostly positive from the Harness Racing industry. General Manager at Hanover Raceway Gord Dougan is glad his track is part of that eight-track alliance. He also points out the funding would be 80 million dollars a year, starting next April, compared to the 60 million that race tracks received this past year. One negative is the amount of race days. Dougan says it appears they will have only 15 dates for racing compared with 20 last year, and 32 days in 2012. Hanover Mayor Kathi Maskell is also reacting positively to the report, stating “the recommendations of the Transition Panel and inclusion of Hanover Raceway in the racing alliance is fantastic news for the industry, the regional economy and livelihood of hundreds of people in this area alone, and certainly for the Town of Hanover”. The Progressive Conservatives say the damage has already been done in rural Ontario, where farms have gone bankrupt and people have lost their jobs. To view details of the plan click link below. Ontario Horse Racing Plan (reprinted with permission from www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca)
This Sunday marks the 3rd of 4 live race days for the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association meet at the Leamington Fair Grounds and so far officials are extremely pleased with the support from the community and race fans. Not only will 5 ladies compete in a Rider under Saddle Trot, OHHA will be bringing the “So you think you can Drive” horses and double seated jog carts. There will also be a meet and greet area where fans can get up close and personal with a retired race horse, and there will be draw prizes including a 1 night stay at the Howard Johnson Hotel, and NFL signed memorabilia will be given away including a Tony Gonzalez Kansas City Chief's sweater. "Fan attendance and live handle has been very strong considering the short time we’ve had to prepare," said Director of Racing Gord Dougan, "and some of the races have had short fields due to the lack of purse money being offered. "Essex County Harness Fans, Horse owners, trainers and local Businesses have been very supportive and great to work with." Dougan added, "Fans have been cheering and clapping for the finish of each race, and have stated they are extremely happy to have Horse Racing back in Essex County." There will also be a food drive for the Salvation Army on October 6 & 13 and race fans are encouraged to please bring cans of non-perishable food to the races. Post time this Sunday is 1:00pm. Submitted by the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association
Some of the trophy presentations closing night at Hanover Raceway. Jim Watt of Clinton receives to Ray and Lue Leifso the annual non-driving trainer award from Marion Leifso. Master of Ceremony, Fred Wallace , interviews Tyler Durst of Clinton who received with Owner of the Year Award along with trainer Heather Toll of Dungannon. by Gord Dougan for Hanover Raceway
Fans who attend closing day this Saturday can enter a drawing for our daily and season ending $3,000 dollar travel voucher courtesy of Hanover Travel and Cruises, Nolitours and Transat Holidays, there will alsobe 2 for 1 ice cream on sale, Season ending driver, trainer and horse award winners announced,and 12 great races starting at 7:30 pm. General Manager Gord Dougan says attendance and wagering were up in 2013 as were our special events, including Riders under saddle, live bands on the rooftop, mini-horses, and our prize giveaways for customers. Hanover Raceway is scheduled to provide 18 live race days in 2014 under its agreement with OMAFRA likely starting on the first Saturday in May. by Gord Dougan for Hanover Raceway
Steve Condren made his first visit to Hanover in close to a decade but he remembered where the finish line was, as the WEG driver won two of the five Ontario Sires Stakes Divisions on the evening. Condren’s first win was in the opener driving 2 year old Lenny Mac. The Kadabra daughter got a pocket trip to the quarterpole behind Balanced Image final qualifier, Charstruck and Luc Blais in 29.1, but took over the lead before a half in 1:00.1, and led past three quarters in 1:31.2 and won by 4 lengths in 2:01.4. Condren also won his final start of the night with Chelseas Chance in Race 9. Both fillies were Kadabra daughters and both were owned by Bob Mcintosh stables of Windsor. Mcintosh shares ownership of Lenny Mac with Earl Hill Jr of Oshweken, and Chelseas Chance with CSX Stables of Liberty Centre, Ohio. Other OSS winners were Rutherford Lass for driver Wayne Henry and owners Henry Stables of Arthur and the estate of Daniel McCann of Parkhill in 2:01.3, Bit of Magic for driver Trevor Henry and owner Herbert Martin of Oshweken, and Just Call Me Lady was a winner for driver Trevor Ritchie and owners Blake Macintosh of Cambridge, Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman of North York. Hanover Raceway gave away dinner for 4 to the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Finals at Mohawk to Ray Stanley of Hanover, and Jean McCauley of Holland Centre won 1 of 2 season ending prizes, a 2500 dollar home renovation courtesy of Hanover Rona. Hanover Raceway closes its 2013 season next Saturday with its season ending awards for horse, driver and trainer of the year, as well as its final major prize draws. 2 people will win 1 of 2 lazy-boy chairs courtesy of 92.3 The Dock and Smittys fine furniture and someone will win a 3,000 dollar vacation voucher courtesy of Hanover Travel and Cruises, Nolitours and Transat Holidays. Post time for the final race card of the season is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan
It was another good night on the track for 2013 Johnston Cup leading trainer Gregg McNair when seven divisions of two-year old pacing fillies rolled into Hanover Raceway. The Guelph, Ontario resident formerly of Walkerton, scored two grassroots division victories with Momara and Can Art in races five and nine respectively. 2013 Battle of the Belles runner-up Momara wired the field as the overwhelming post-time favorite. The daughter of Lis Mara cruised to an easy victory in 1:57.3 with Stuart Sowerby in the race bike. Momara now has four wins in six lifetime starts for earnings nearing the $50,000 mark. Sowerby was steering once again when McNair sent out Can Art in race nine. The Artistic Fella filly was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:58.3, as she was able to fend off all challengers in the stretch. The win was her second in six races. McNair also had a second place finish from Regally Ready in race seven, while Sowerby scored an OSS hat trick by adding a win with Gram Rules for Blake McIntosh in race three. Hanover was lucky to have Hall of Famer Clint Galbraith formerly of Tara on hand, as he visited with Peter and Jean Thibideau before heading to Clinton to compete in their Legends Day of Racing program. Galbraith trained and drove arguably the best horse of the last century in Niatross who was just this past week, was enshrined in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Niatross was the first pacer to earn over 2 million dollars and was named the hosre of the year in 1979 and 1980. Niatross was named the Horse of the year in both Canada and the United States during 2 year old campaign where we won all 13 of his races and won 37 of his 39 career starts. Hanover Raceway returns with All-Trot Night on Saturday, August 24th. The eleventh edition of the track’s all trotting card will feature eliminations for the Balanced Image stakes for two-year olds, the 39th annual Walker Memorial, and a RUS Ontario exhibition race. Hanover Raceway is also participating in the Bring A Friend to the Races Challenge, as fans who bring someone new to the races, will both be entered in a draw for special behind the scenes prizing. Fans who come early will get a chance to meet the RUS riders and several regular drivers including Jay Harris and Stuart Sowerby in a meet and greet session under the grandstand at 6:30pm. Post time next Saturday for the 11th annual ALL TROT DAY is 7:30pm.
Hanover Raceway will host two events this weekend, aimed at giving racing fans an inside look at the sport of harness racing. On Saturday night, the Ontario Harness Horse Association will be running their popular "So You Think You Can Drive" promotion. During the evening of racing fans will have an opportunity to win a chance to drive a real Standardbred racehorse, accompanied by a professional driver on a double-seated jog cart. The event has been running for a number of years, and is a truly hands-on, unique experience for fans to get the feel for driving a racehorse. Then on Sunday, Hanover Raceway will host their annual open house from 12 noon until 3:00 pm. Track management invites all fans to come out to the Hanover backstretch for a behind-the-scenes view of the world of harness racing. Fans will have an opportunity to drive a racehorse, as well as learn the fundamentals of the sport including details on the rules, drug testing, equipment, and training. General manager Gord Dougan encourages all to come out, stating "this is a as close as you can get to the action." Guests will get to visit 3 information stations including rides on a jog cart, and there will be a free hot dog bar-b-q for guests. The racing season continues Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. Post time is 7:30 pm. by Gord Dougan
Three eliminations for the $70,000+ Dream of Glory Trot were contested at Hanover Raceway Saturday night. The field for the Dream of Glory final is now set, and eight horses will headline the biggest night of the year at the Hanover oval on August 3rd. In race three, Enough About You went off as the post-time favourite and had it all his way from the outset of the race. Driver Travis Henry who was making his first steer of the three-year old Mutineer gelding rated an easy mile to win in 1:59.1. After the race, Henry noted that he had talked with regular pilot Anthony Macdonald earlier in the week and simply “did what [he] was told.” Enough About You won by two-and-a-quarter lengths over Muscle On Broadway and Ross Battin who also qualified for the final. Henry also noted that the Dream of Glory final will be the richest race of his young career and he’s looking forward to being a part of it. The win was the fourth lifetime score for Enough About You, who was coming off a sixth place finish in the Canadian Breeders Championship a week prior. Carmen Auciello trains for the Wheelhouse Racing Stable in Mississauga, Ontario. Another CBC finalist El Diablo Rojo engineered a wire-to-wire win in the second Dream of Glory elimination. Bruce Richardson was in the bike for trainer Mike Bishop and owner Karen Carroll, and Richardson was able to hold off a challenge from Bop Too The Top and Matt Bax. El Diablo Rojo trotted the mile in 2:00.0. After the race, Richardson said “depending on the post we draw, then I’ll figure out what trip to look for. If we draw on the inside, maybe the top will work out again, but we’ll see.” El Diablo Rojo ended up drawing the rail for next week’s final. The third elimination was contested after a lengthy rain delay soaked the track. Eat Pray Trot fired out to an early lead from post 7 with Garrett Rooney steering. However, by the three-quarter station Bax had grinded his way to the top with Her Name Is Lola. The Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series filly took control heading for home and held off late challenges from both Eat Pray Trot and a fast-closing Standing My Ground. Two-time Dream of Glory winning trainer John Bax conditions Her Name is Lola for Parkill Stud Farm, Gaelic Stable, and Don Allensen. Bax will send out both Her Name Is Lola and Bop To The Top in the final. The field for the $71,200 Dream of Glory Final is as follows: 1 – El Diablo Rojo 2 – Katla 3 – Muscle On Broadway 4 – Eat Pray Trot 5 – Standing My Ground 6 – Her Name Is Lola 7 – Bop To The Top 8 – Enough About You AE1. PC Momma Mia AE2. Northern Nandi Off the track, Jim McCrae of Sauble Beach was the luckiest fan in attendance winning a 55 inch Panasonic Smart TV and Blueray package courtesy of 92.3 The Dock, and Modern Appliances of Hanover. McCrae said he’s a regular to Hanover Raceway and joked he’s going to need a lesson to learn all the great features the TV has to offer. Dream of Glory day festivities will include a Bar-b-q and Live band, Mini-horse race, Rides in a Clydesdale Carriage for the post parades, a Match Race between the 2012 champion Summer Indian (1:51.1) and 2011 champ Traverse Seelster (1:51.2), the 70,000 dollar Dream of Glory final, and a Mascot Race before the huge BEM fireworks display. There will also be draws for accommodations and golf at Cobble Beach, tickets to Music in the Fields, and a draw for a plane trip for 6 via Brucelandair to either Killarney or Niagra Falls. Post time for Dream of Glory Night is 6:30 p.m and doors open at 5:00. Gord Dougan
Hanover Raceway’s biggest night of the season is fast approaching as Saturday, August 3rd is Dream of Glory night. The special event card will have a post-time of 6:30 with all the on-track festivities getting underway at 5:30. Kicking things off, the Red Rascal Band will begin to play on the rooftop patio where there will be a barbecue with volunteers from the Hanover Barons Junior C hockey club. On the track, the featured events will be the $71,800 Dream of Glory final for three-year old OSS-eligible trotters and the $15,000 Champions Match Race between the 2011 & 2012 Dream of Glory champions, Traverse Seelster and Summer Indian. As well, the annual Don “Steely” Wilson Memorial race will be taking place in honour of a longtime Hanover Raceway fan. First race post-time is 6:30 and racing fans that can’t make it to the track will be able to watch and wager at the following locations: Canada Woodbine/Mohawk and its OTB’s, HPI -online, Rideau Carleton, Kawartha Downs IVR, Western Fair, Grand River, Clinton*, and Sudbury Downs and its OTBs’. United States Yonkers, Meadows, Ebetonline.com, Xpressbet.com*, Velocity Wagering, SandyDowns Idaho, and its OTB’s and online network via Idabet.* (*-awaiting cpma approval) Hanover Raceway is offering a special win rake of 14% on the Champions Match Race, which is approximately 10% lower than their standard takeout rate. This makes the match race more enticing to bettors as well as exciting for fans. Many of Hanover Raceway’s sponsors are also taking part in Dream of Glory festivities. Brucelandair, who sponsors the monthly trainer and driver awards will give away a trip for six by air to Killarney or Niagara Falls valued at $1,300. Country 93 FM has sponsored a draw for passes to Music in the Fields in Lucknow, Ontario on August 23rd and 24th, and the OLG Slots at Hanover Raceway has sponsored a draw for golf at Cobble Beach Golf Links with accommodations at Best Western Inn on the Bay in Owen Sound valued at $1000. Some of Ontario’s breeding farms have also gotten involved in sponsorship on Dream of Glory night. Northfields Farm has sponsored a prize for each owner of the eight finalists in the Dream of Glory. Each owner will take home a $1000 credit voucher towards the purchase of any Northfields Farm yearling at the Canadian Open Yearling Sale at Flamboro Downs. Seelster Farms – the breeder of Traverse Seelster – and Skyhaven Farms – the breeder of Summer Indian – have sponsored post parade blankets for the Champions Match Race. Lastly, the mainstay traditions of Dream of Glory night will remain with draws for carriage rides between races, and a massive fireworks display from BEM following the card of racing. Post time Saturday August 3rd, is 6:30pm. The Match Race will go off as Race 6, at 8:00pm. Gord Dougan
Hanover Raceway is set to host three eliminations for the $70,000E Dream of Glory Trot Saturday night. 20 of the top Ontario Sires Stakes eligible three year old trotters were entered and will try to qualify for the stakes final on August 3rd. The first elimination has been carded as race three on the Hanover program and featured Canadian Breeders Championship finalist Enough About You for trainer Carmen Auciello. The son of Mutineer is a three-time winner in sixteen lifetime starts, including a 2-3-1 record in his three-year old campaign. The OSS Gold Series competitor has the fastest lifetime mark of any horse competing in the Dream of Glory eliminations on Saturday night, as he stopped the clock in 1:54.2 at Mohawk on June 13th in an overnight event. Enough About You has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favourite over recent OSS Grassroots winner Muscle On Broadway. The second elimination will go as race six and another Canadian Breeders Championship finalist headlines the seven-horse field. El Diablo Rojo is the 2-1 morning line choice for trainer Mike Bishop. The Striking Sahbra gelding is still looking for his maiden-breaking win but has the talent to be a factor in his heat. Race nine is the third and final elimination and it features recent OSS Grassroots division winner Olly Warrawee. The Kadabra gelding heads postward for leading Canadian trainer Richard Moreau and gets Bruce Richardson in the sulky. Unraced as a two-year old, Olly Warrawee is coming in off two strong performances in OSS starts. The post-position draw for the Dream of Glory Trot will take place live in the Hanover Raceway winner’s circle after the completion of the eliminations. Saturday night Hanover Raceway also plays host to the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club, with special prize draws, fan club swag and much, much more. Post-time for the eleven race card is 7:30pm. by Gord Dougan
Hanover Raceway played host to the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series Saturday night. The twelve race card featured ten divisions of two-year-old pacing colts and the rookies did not disappoint. Driver Scott Coulter was making a rare appearance in Hanover and he guided three OSS colts to victory on the evening. The Brantford native nabbed his first win in the seventh race, as he helped Cheeky Fool stay unbeaten in OSS action this season. The Western Maverick novice shot out to an early lead from post two and never looked back, using a :28.3 final quarter kick to come through as the post-time favourite in 1:57.0. The division leader now boasts a 3-0-1 record through four lifetime starts for owner Joshua Wade Jamieson of Hagersville, ON and trainer Clifford Hill. Sword of the Spirit was an upset winner for Coulter in race 9, as the duo teamed up for a 1:57.3 victory over P L Haymaker and Waco Bruiser. The win was the first lifetime for the Artistic Fella colt, trained by Martin Lachance for Lomangino Standardbreds on Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Coulter’s final trip to the winner’s circle came with Alto Perro who overcame the seven-hole to convert on a second-over trip in the nightcap. Allen Tomlinson of Mason, Michigan trains and owns the gelded son of Another Mile, who has one win and a third place finish in two lifetime starts. The win for Alto Perro also clinched victory for Betty Gariepy in Hanover Raceway’s Survivor Handicapping Contest sponsored by Country 93 and Modern Appliances of Hanover. Gariepy took home a 58” television as reward for outlasting and out-handicapping the other 34 finalists. Other OSS divisional wins went to Shadow Place (Yves Filion – Stephane Larocque) in 1:58.1; Boomboom Ballykeel (Trevor Henry – Richard Moreau) in 1:56.4; Special Jackpot (Brad Forward – Casie Coleman) in 1:59; Hunch Man (Ryan Holliday – Robert Poljanski) in 1:56.4; Concert Artist (Paul Mackenzie – Tony O’Sullivan) in 1:57; Warrior Call (Robert Shepherd – David O’Brien) in 1:59.2; and Landfair Nipper (Paul MacKenzie – Ricky MacPhee) in 1:59.4. Fans pushed through a season-high $22,623 in handle on the evening, as a large crowd – including Hanover Mayor Kathi Maskell & MPP Bill Walker – enjoyed the OSS action. Hanover Raceway returns Saturday, July 27th with eliminations for the Dream of Glory Trot. The racetrack will play host to staff from 92.3 the Dock who will bring with them a 50 inch high definition television, which will be awarded in a free draw from all those in attendance. Post time Saturday July 27th is 7:30pm. Gord Dougan
In the glory days of horse racing in North America, when horses were kings of sport, match races were commonplace – regular showdowns of racing’s top competitors. In recent years, they’ve become less and less common at harness tracks around the world. However, Hanover Raceway will go back in time with a face-off of two great trotters on their upcoming Dream of Glory card. On Saturday, August 3rd, the Hanover track will host the Champions Match Race, between the last two victors of its signature event, the Dream of Glory trot. World record holder and 2012 Dream of Glory winner Summer Indian will battle it out on the racetrack against 2011 champ Traverse Seelster, who has posted the fastest trotting mile on any half-mile track in North America in 2013. On the line is the lion’s share of a $15,000 purse. The upcoming match race is intended to showcase the talent that comes out of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots program, as well as Hanover Raceway’s top stake race, the Dream of Glory Trot. The two horses involved took very similar routes through their rookie and sophomore seasons before being shipped to the United States to race in their aged careers. Traverse Seelster is the only horse to win both of Hanover Raceway’s trotting stakes finals as he was crowned Balanced Image champion at age two, and returned to win the Dream of Glory at three for trainer Frank O’Reilly. The trotter also earned over $60,000 in the Ontario Sires Stakes series, including four trophies while racing primarily in the Grassroots Series. Bred by Seelster Farms of Lucan, ON, the son of Angus Hall now races out of the Gary Green Stable for owner Keith Pippi. In 2013, he’s posted four victories including track record performances at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway in 1:51.2 & 1:54.1 respectively. Summer Indian is fresh off a world record setting performance, as he became the fastest four-year old trotting gelding when he stopped the timer in 1:51.1 at Pocono Downs. As a two and three-year old racing in Ontario, the Majestic Son gelding collected over $120,000 in the OSS program including a runner-up finish in the Grassroots Final in 2012. His biggest win to date came in the 2012 edition of the Dream of Glory at Hanover Raceway as he took home $50,000 for former owners Parkhill Stud Farms & trainer John Bax. Now trained by the top North American conditioner Ron Burke, Summer Indian is putting together a fantastic summer with four wins in ten starts. Summer Indian was bred by Scott Aimers & Brian Wong of Orton, ON and is now owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC, Jack Piatt, Weaver Bruscemi LLC & RTC Stables INC, all based in Pennsylvania. Hanover Raceway is overjoyed to be hosting two horses of this caliber, especially since their development and history of winning major stake races started at the Hanover grassroots track. Their success south of the border validates grassroots level racing in Ontario, and the development of Ontario-sired horses as some of the best in the world. The Champions Match Race – as the event will be called – will be held as part of the 12th annual Dream of Glory card and the track will be giving away commemorative match race posters featuring Summer Indian and Traverse Seelster. Track management is also working on securing agreements for the Dream of Glory Day card to be simulcast and available for wagering at multiple tracks across North America. More details are to follow in the coming weeks. by Gord Dougan For more information contact Gord Dougan, GM at 519-364-2860 x 2.
HANOVER - Hanover Raceway general manager Gord Dougan was encouraged to hear that a public meeting examining harness racing's future acknowledged the need to keep an active grass-roots feeder system.
Hanover Raceway played host to a special exhibition race of harness racing trotters under saddle Saturday night. The race was won by Sixth Man and was that horse's third in a row after winning in the race bike in his last two starts in Hanover. Sharleen MacDonald of Paisley, Ontario was the winning rider, competing for the first time with Sixth Man under saddle.
The biggest harness racing crowd of the season turned out for the long Canada Day weekend at Hanover Raceway. The raceway hosted a special race in honour of Deep Run Danny, who competed at Hanover in its 1st live pari-mutuel season in 1964. Owners Ted and Alma McLean were on hand in celebration of Alma 79th birthday.