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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. www.avast.com

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 Hanoverraceway.com 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 hanoverraceway.com 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

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