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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

It was a perfect night for the 2014 edition of the harness racing Dream of Glory Trot at Hanover Raceway. Police estimate a crowd of over 8,000 lined the racetrack and adjacent arena to take part in the final night of Hanover’s 110th Homecoming celebrations. The night started with 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes, and although they came close to breaking the 2 year old Hanover Track record by Malicious in 1:53.2, 3 of the divisions set a new OSS grassroots record finishing their miles in the exact same time of 1:53.4. The first to set the mark was Shadow Place driven by Trevor Henry in Race 2.  Shadow Place came first over and battled with High Flier driven by Stu Sowerby past an opening quarter in 27.3, a 56.1 half and 3 quarters in 1:23.4.  High Flier put up a good fight but Shadow Place owned by a numbered Quebec company was too much stopping the timer in 1:53.4.  Shadios driven by Billy Davis Jr equalled the new OSS mark in Race 4 for owner Tom Hill of Great Britain, and the mark was tied again in the final OSS event when Titus Seelster won for driver Sylvain Filion for owners Brian Paquet of Quebec City, and Bayama Farms of ST. Andre-Argenteuil Quebec. The highlight of the night was the $78,800 dollar Dream of Glory final which included 6 colts and 2 fillies.  The fastest of the Elimination winners was Warrawee Promesse who drew post 5 after the eliminations, and the 3 year old son of Windsong Espoir was quickest off the gate for Trainer and Driver Wayne Henry hitting the quarter mile marker in 28.4.  Warrawee Promesse continued to hold a his lead over Erin Hall driven by Travis Henry past the half in 58.4 and the 3 quarters in 1:28.  Henry was lucky enough to gain a breather during the race, because his 3 year old pulled to a 4 length lead at the wire winning in 1:58 flat, 1 second off the track record. Posttime favorite Aventure driven by Trevor Henry was 2nd, and Erin Hall was 3rd. Warrawee Promesse is owned by the Henry Stables of Arthur, and Fred Brayford of Alliston. After the race Wayne Henry said it was nice to see so many fans cheering adding he was confident going into the final especially with his horses history of solid starts going into the first turn. One other highlight on the night was when Bob Walker of Owen Sound won his 900th career race with Margo Plicatus in Race 7.  The 4 year old daughter of Thunder Road is owned by Dr Huw Llewellyn of Allanford Ontario.  The 69 year old driver has over 5.3 million dollars in career driver earnings, and over 3.5 million in Trainer earnings, most of which was made pre-slots when the purses were much lower.  The son of Hall of Famer Allan Walker was joined by his sister Jean Thibideau in the Winners circle. GM Gord Dougan says he was very pleased with the crowd and the handle which reached just over 51,000 dollars.  Dougan thanked the crowd for supporting Ontario Harness Racing pointing out that Horse Racing plays a huge part in the rural economy and it was nice to see the strong local support for our sport.  Dougan also welcomed the crowd to return in 2 weeks, when the Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society hosts its 150th annual Fair.  The Hanover Fair runs from August 15th to 17th at the Hanover Fairgrounds. From the Hanover Raceway press box    

The 2014 edition of Dream of Glory Day will not only include the $78,800 dollar final but also 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Among the Dream of Glory finalists is last weeks fastest elimination winner, Warrawee Promesse who won his division in 1:57.4.   Wayne Henry of Arthur trains, drives and shares ownership on the 3 year old with Fred Brayford of Alliston. The son of Windsong Espoir will start from post 5 in the final which goes off as Race number 10. The Dream of Glory card also includes 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.  The field includes some of Ontario’s top trainers and drivers including the likes of Doug and Gregg McNair formerly of Walkerton, Jody Jamieson, Jack Darling and Sylvain Filion to name a few.  Among the colts competing are 4 of the top 10 Grassroots points earners including Regal Babe owned by Robert Chapple of Chatham.   The Gregg McNair trainee has a win and 2 second place finishes in 3 starts on the OSS circuit and over 47,000 dollars earned this year.   Also competing on Sunday is Lucky King owned by Glenview Livestock of Wallenstein. Driven by James Macdonald, the 3 year old Camluck son has a win, second and third place finish in his 3 starts in the OSS program this season and over 31,000 dollars earned. Jack Darling owns and trains two notables taking part in the card.  Shadowbriand has over 73,000 dollars earned this season after starting out in the OSS Gold program, and , while All Star Seelster has earned over 54,000 dollars on the Woodbine and Mohawk circuit but has just one 3rd place finish in his 2 starts in the OSS program.  Mike Saftic will be on hand to steer both Darling pupils. Dream of Glory day highlights Doors open at 5:00pm. Special Post time of 6:30pm $78,800 dollar Dream of Glory Final 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt Pacers competing for $90,000 in purse money. Half Chicken dinner BBQ at 5:00pm Buffet dinner in the Coach House from 4-8:00pm Crippled Ducks band from 5:30-8:30pm Carriage Rides with the Gregg Clydesdales 5% rebates on HPI dream of glory bets Celebrity Horse in outdoor stall Taylor Fritz and Sonny parade marshall 15,000 dollar BEM fireworks display after the races Gord Dougan

 The " Dream of Glory " eliminations were staged in front of a very large crowd Saturday night at Hanover Raceway.  The top 2 finishers in each of the 4 eliminations, all advance to the final Sunday August 3rd for a purse in excess of $60,000.   The big winner on the night was driver Trevor Henry who qualified a horse in all 4 elimination races.   After finishing 2nd to his brother Wayne Henry who shares ownership on Leg 1 winner Warrawee Promesse who won in 1:57.3, Trevor promptly won the next three elimination races with " Massacaia  for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais of Montreal, in 1:59.4, Wings of Ballykeel for owner Ballykeel Racing of Tillsonburg in 2:00.3, and Aventure for owner Orville Rursch of Illinois in 1:58.3.      Interviewed at trackside, Trevor Henry admitted he was leaning towards driving :" Aventure " for the Dream of Glory Final.   In other news from the track, Marit Valstad of Norway won the Racing Under Saddle feature taking " " Radical Dreamer " to victory in what is believed to be a record 2:03 for racing under saddle on a half mile track.   Valstad said the show of support at Hanover Raceway was terrific and her hope is the series continues to grow similar to what occurs in Scandinavia. Hanover Raceway made a presentation to Bruce Richardson during the evening for his surpassing the 3,000 career victory mark last week at Hanover.  Richardson said although winning a GOLD OSS final at Grand River was among his career highlights so has been his victories in the Walker Memorial Trot at Hanover. Dream of Glory final day kicks off next Sunday August 3rd with a BBQ and live band starting at 5:00pm, Clydesdale Wagon rides for fans, a celebrity horse for petting and pictures, and after the races a huge BEM fireworks display.   Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend.  Post time next Sunday is 6:30pm. Here are the post positions for the Dream Of Glory Final next week. 1.       Massacaia 2.       Tothepointe James 3.       Verdi 4.       Erin Hall 5.       Warrawee Promesse 6.       Kremlin 7.       Wings of Ballykeel 8.       Aventure by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway

Its been 8 years since the Whatthehecklavec set the last Aged Mare Track Record and it was in the Walker Invitational Trot. This year Trevor Henry owned and Richard Moreau trained Angies Lucky Star beat the old mark by 1/5th of a second on a track rated good, due to a light steady rain. Angies Lucky Star got away second to the quarter behind Spartan Victory driven by Ryan Holliday in 27.3, but quickly took over control, and never looked back hitting the half in 56.2, the 3/4′s in 1:26.1 and the mile in 1:56.4. The Walker Trot is named for Allan and Viola Walker. Allan was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1996 and was not only a top driver, but a well respected trainer as well and his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren are still involved in the sport. Hanover Raceway also host the staff from 92.3 The Dock radio, who gave away a $1500 dollar Smart TV, won by Randy Cook of Holland Centre, and 2 more people qualified for the Survivor handicapping contest. So far 17 fans have correctly picked 4 horses that finished in the money, and will return on August 9th for a shot at another High Definition TV package. Next Saturday is Dream of Glory elimination night. Over 90 horses are paid up to the series, and the top 8 will return on Sunday August 3rd for the 60,000 dollar final. Hanover Raceway will also host the 2nd Rider under Saddle race to feature wagering next Saturday. its being billed as Canada vs Norway, and the girl riders will be on hand after their race for a meet and greet and autograph session. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway     519-364-2860 x 2      

Hanover Raceway plays host to the Walker invitational Trot this Saturday night. The annual race pays tribute to Alan and Viola Walker of Owen Sound. The late Alan Walker was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1996 and was one of our country's top drivers. Walker not only won several driving titles, but was also an excellent trainer especially with Trotters. Some of his stock included McDuffs Lassie, Cadenza and Clement Hanover. Also at Hanover Raceway this Saturday will be the staff from 92.3 The Dock Radio in Owen Sound. The Dock staff will be awarding 1 lucky fan with a brand new high definition TV package courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton and Hanover. Saturday is also Week 3 of the Survivor Handicapping contest. Fans are asked to pick a horse in races 5-8 that they think will finish in the money. If they are right, they'll return on August 9th to compete for another high definition TV package courtesy of Countyr 93 Radio. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway

It was a Super Moon night at Hanover Raceway.  However, the moon didn’t affect J Harris who had 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third on the 10 race card. The Dundas native started off his winning streak driving Excellence to victory in Race 3 for owner Susan Downey of St George Ontario in 1:57.1.  Harris also won Race 8 with Blazing Shot for Tom Gallant of Caledon East in 2:00.3, and finished his hattrick in Race 9 with Victoria for owner Dominic Dicicco of London in 1:57.4. Saturday night was also week 2 of the Country 93 survivor contest. Close to 70 contestants took part with 9 of them picking a horse that finished in the money in 4 races in a row. The qualifiers for the Survivor final on August 9th are Bill Johnston of Wingham Dan Border of Owen Sound Ann Wilson of Markdale Norma Breadner of Owen Sound Shelley Johnston of Flesherton Scott Davis of Owen Sound Joe Allison of Kincardine Kim Mahon of Owen Sound And Bruce Patchell of Hanover They join the 6 survivors from week 1.... however, everyone has 2 more opportunities to qualify over the next 2 Saturdays.  Saturday July 19th is 92.3 the Dock day.  Fans can enter to win a 1500 dollar TV package courtesy of 92.3 the Dock radio.   Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway

It was a triumphant return for harness racing driver Trevor Henry at Hanover Raceway Saturday night. Racing in sires stakes events at Mohawk and elsewhere this summer, the multiple driver of the year at Hanover won 4 of the 6 OSS 3 year old Colt Trotting races Saturday. Henry started off winning both ends of the Daily Double taking race 1 with Passed Da Point for owners Benoit Gendron and Roland Rocco of Quebec, in 1:59.1, and won race 2 with Massacaia for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais of Montreal, Que in 2:00.2. Henry said he expects to spend more time at Hanover once the Sires Stakes season slows down but he’s got several of his own horses competing at other tracks.   The third OSS leg was won by Steve Byron who drove Totally Ripped for owner Don Leisheid of Windsor in 1:59.4. The fourth OSS event was won by TothePointJames in 2:02 for driver, trainer and part owner Wayne Henry of Arthur along with Jeff Thomson of Chelsey, the estate of Daniel Mccann, and Arnold Feldman of Quebec. Leg 5 was won by Tyrone Haji in 2:01.1 for trainer Bob Mcintosh of Windsor and accounted for Trevor Henrys 3rd win on the night, and Henry capped off the evening with the fastest mile of the night when Aventure won the 9th race in 1:58 for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown.  Budd said afterwards that if his horse was able to clear the lead before the quarter pole, he thinks he may have had a chance to break the 3 year old track record held by first Dream of Glory winner Abbey Road C back in 2002.  Budd says Aventure who is Dream of Glory eligible will be back on July 26th for the eliminations, and he expects another great performance from the son of muscle mass.  The colt is owned by Orville Rursch of Illinois. Fans at Hanover enjoyed 300 cupcakes and 300 tshirts in a t-shirt toss to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sires Stakes program.  Hanover also held its first Survivor handicapping qualifier.  Despite over 150 entries none of the fans in attendance qualified for the August 9th final.  The good news is fans have 3 more chances to qualify for a chance to win a high definition television courtesy of Country 93 radio.  Hanover Raceway features 10 live race’s and another chance to qualify for the Survivor handicapping contest on July 12th.  Post time is 7:15pm Gord Dougan  

The Ontario Sires Stakes hit Hanover for the first time this season and fans are in for a celebration. OSS Spokesperson Jackie Warner says she will be bringing 300 T Shirts to give away, as well as some OSS hats for people who enter the Survivor Handicapping Contest at the track. Warner also says in celebration of the OSS 40th birthday, she will also be bringing some baked treats for fans who stick around until the later races. Six divisions of 3 year old Colt Trotters will hit the track as part of the 10 race card, including over 20 horses who are eligible for the Dream of Glory Eliminations which start on July 26th. GM Gord Dougan says its a great chance for local fans to come see some of the best Grassroots trotters Ontario has to offer, and racing fans will get a good idea on some of the Dream of Glory eligibles who will be making their first start on the Hanover track. The Hanover program includes a Survivor Ballot where fans are asked to pick 4 horses in races 5-8 who they think will finish in the money. If fans are correct they will earn an entry into the Survivor final on August 9th. Dougan says the last survivor on the final night will win a Giant High Definition televison courtsey of Country 93 radio. its also Ladies night at the track tonight as ladies can enter to win one of several prizes courtesy of The Flower Shoppe and Greenhouses in Hanover, My Scissors and I, and Hanover Raceway. Post time is 7:15pm tonight. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway  

It was a perfect night for Pepsi Night at the races at Hanover Raceway. A large crowd was on hand for the first buffet of the season in the new Coach House Restaurant and the festivities included 2,000 dollars worth of prizes courtesy of Pepsi in Owen Sound. On the track, 4 different drivers had a double win night. Tom Smith started it off winning race 1 with Star Struck Luck which he trains and co-owns with Jayne Walker of Holland Centre. Smith also won race 9 with Whiskey Wisdom for owner Lema Chapple of Wingham. Lorne House had the biggest payout of the night when he won Race 4 with Zorgwijk Ophelia at 124-1. The 3 year old filly paid 251.90 to win for 1 lucky patron. House also won Race 8 with Sharon the Moment for Susan Downey of St George, Ontario. Bruce Richardson had the driving double with Clementine in Race 5 for owner Colleen Fox of Brantford and won Race 7 with Gracies Harmony for owner Allan Steeves of London, and the fastest mile of the night went to Jay Harris of Dundas who won Race 6 with Hope you had fun for owner Russel Ellis of Elmira in 1:57.0. Harris won his 2nd on the night with Dostal Alley in Race 3 for owner Joanne Pond of Hawkstone. Close to 1,000 attended Pepsi Night and some of the biggest cheers were for the finish of the Miniature Horse race which took place after race 3. The quarter mile dash featured 6 miniature horses and it ended in a photo finish with number 5, Royal B's Hawk narrowing out Elysium's Norma Jean at the wire. Hanover Raceway features Hockeyville Night on Saturday June 28th. Teens and children 13 and under wearing a hockey jersey can enter to win 1 of several bicycles donated by Hanover Canadian Tire. Post time is 7:15pm. From the press box at Hanover Raceway  

Harness Racing action is back this Saturday night, as Pepsi provides racing fans with up to 2,000 dollars in prizes. Among the items up for grabs will be backyard patio furniture and a BBQ. There will be an extra treat for Hanover Fans on Saturday as the Miniature Horses return. The 32-36 inch high horses will trot for one quarter mile around the hanover oval.  The event has been a fan favorite over the past several years. The Coach House restaurant opened on Monday, and will host its 1st night, which was always popular in the previous restaurant location. Patrons will enjoy the new  dining experience which will include a full menu as well as daily specials. GM Gord Dougan says if all goes well, our simulcast area will also re-open in its new location on the newly expanded Hanover Slots Floor this weekend. The expansion includes 63 new games including Roulette and Blackjack, as well as a simulcast area on the gaming floor. Dougan says it’s hoped that the integration of Horse Racing and Gaming will be good for both sides.  Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. From The Hanover Raceway Press Box

For the past decade Hanover Raceway has partnered with Molson to host Molson Mens Night.   GM Gord Dougan says Molson has provided up to 2,000 dollars worth of prizing which will be awarded to fathers in attendance Saturday night who fill out a ballot.   Among the prizes available to be won is a Weber BBQ, Mini Fridge, Team Canada Hockey Jersey and 2 Coors light Golf Bags to name but a few.   Dougan adds, their new Coach House Restaurant is coming together.  He says they plan to open on Monday with a limited menu to make sure everything is working as it should and will bring back the Saturday night Buffet Dinner next Saturday for Pepsi Night on June 21st.   Hanover also plans to show the NA Cup final on its Big Screen Video Board in between its live races on Saturday night.  Post time is 7:15pm.   From the Hanover Raceway Publicity Department

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