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Hanover Shoe Farms is pleased to announce that Sweden's national harness racing hero, Elitlopp winner Nuncio, will be available to North American breeders in 2018 and beyond by way of frozen semen.   His fee has been set at $9,500, live foal.   The richest son of Hanover stallion Andover Hall entered stud this year at Menhammar Stuteri in Sweden, where his book immediately filled and was closed. Hanover will now begin handling breeding applications in the U.S. and Canada, with Select Breeders overseeing all aspects of semen transportation and servicing.   Nuncio, with records of 2,1:53f, 3,1:50.4 in the U.S. and a mile rate time of 1:50.3f in Sweden, has earned more than $3.5-million internationally and is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest trotters of his--or any--generation.   His breeder, USTA president and Hanover's chairman Russell Williams, says Nuncio is one of the rare horses that showed tremendous speed and classics-winning ability in the U.S. and abroad.   "He not only won classic races here, against a crop that included Father Patrick and Trixton, but went on to transfer that greatness across the Atlantic," Williams said. "That's the mark of a great horse--an extremely fast and sound horse--and we expect him to pass that on to his foals."   Nuncio was first or second in 26 of 27 starts at 2 and 3. His stateside wins included the Kentucky Futurity, Yonkers Trot, Bluegrass and Matron Stakes. He finished second in the $1-million Hambletonian, Stanley Dancer Memorial and 2-year-old Breeders Crown, and was third in the Breeders Crown Final at 3.   His European tour was highlighted by an undefeated, 11 for 11 season as a 5-year-old, with wins in the 2016 Elitlopp, Oslo Grand Prix, Swedish Breeders Crown, UET Trotting Masters Final, and many other major, open stakes.   "Nuncio is such a powerfully-built, dark, and striking individual that he certainly leaves a lasting impression on those who see him," Williams said. "I think market breeders will want to give him serious consideration."   Those who would like to book mares or get further information should call Hanover at (717) 637-8931 or email hanover@hanoverpa.com.   Hanover Shoe Farms

HARRISBURG PA - In a year when he drove the horses ranking 1-2-3 in the Final Top Ten polls and making a sweep of the female trotter divisional characters while contributing almost a quarter of his $12.9M seasonal sulky earnings, Yannick Gingras was selected harness racing 'Driver of the Year' in balloting conducted among the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the sport's leading media organization. One of this awesome distaff threesome benefiting from Gingras's driving talents was older trotting mare champion Hannelore Hanover, whose dam, High Sobriety, earned honors as Trotting Broodmare of the Year. And that mother-daughter connection certainly factored into Hanover Shoe Farms being picked as Breeder of the Year - they bred Hannelore, but perhaps just as importantly they set a single-season record for the earnings of the produce of one nursery, with $31.3M registered into the last days of the season. Yannick Gingras has earned the respect of the leading horsemen of this era to the extent that he is principal catch-driver for most of the top stakes performers trained by both Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter, the "friendly rivals" almost always battling for #1 bragging rights in the sport. For Burke, Gingras guided the above-mentioned Hannelore Hanover, and for Takter, he steered three-year-old Ariana G (a repeat divisional champion) and the undefeated two-year-old Manchego. The group won fifteen $100,000+ stakes among themselves, and each won her respective Breeders Crown division, with the three Crowns for Gingras putting him at the top of the 2017 table. But it wasn't all just going out there with the best horse and winning as expected for Gingras in 2017 - he drove Filibuster Hanover, who going into the Little Brown Jug Final was 2-for-13 on the season, and they combined to upset the "hometown favorite" 1-2 punch of Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. In total, Gingras won 33 stakes races worth $100,000 or more in 2017. Before Hannelore Hanover made the spotlight, if someone had told you that High Sobriety would be in contention for the Trotting Broodmare of the Year award, you might have good reason to question that person's sobriety - she had won once in a two-year racing career, and her first three foals had earned a combined total of $65,000. But then along came Hannelore Hanover, who added 10 wins, over $1M in earnings, and the second-fastest trotting mile in history - a 1:49.2 win at Lexington - to her already sizable accomplishments, and the glory of her campaign, where she defeated "the boys" on several occasions, brought honors to High Sobriety. Hanover Shoe Farms is usually among the top names considered for Breeder of the Year honors - and that only makes sense, for they have led the list of money winning graduates for each of the 69 years that the USTA has been keeping that record. Along the way, there of course have been many, many champions bred by Hanover, with Hannelore Hanover joining the very highest of those ranks this year. But the signal accomplishment of Hanover's 2017 was the $31+M intake by graduates of the Farm. This broke the old record of $30.4 - which Hanover set in 2015 - with that one breaking the old record set by Hanover in 2014 ... Hanover aggressively replenishes and adds to its breeding stock year after year, and the results speak for themselves. Yannick Gingras and Hanover Shoe Farms (as Breeder of the Year and as owner of the Trotting Broodmare of the Year High Sobriety) will be honored at the upcoming Dan Patch Awards Banquet, to be held on Sunday, February 25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL. Those wishing to take out a congratulatory ad in the Banquet's Awards Journal should contact Kim Rinker, Journal Committee chair, at trotrink@aol.com. Those wishing to attend the banquet can make room reservations online via a special "portal" on the USHWA website - but do so quickly to take advantage of the special room rates USHWA has obtained. Tickets for the banquet, priced at $175, can be obtained through Judy Davis-Wilson, Dinner Planning Committee chair, at zoe8874@aol.com. Jerry Connors

2018 HANOVER SHOE FARMS SERVICE FEE ROSTER Andover Hall $6,000 Bar Hopping $6,500 Betting Line $10,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous $15,000 Donato Hanover $7,500 Explosive Matter $5,000 Sebastian K $6,000 Somebeachsomewhere $20,000 Western Ideal $7,500   Jim Simpson President & CEO Hanover Shoe Farms 2310 Hanover Pike Hanover, Pa   17331   (717) 637-8931 (office) (717) 487-6717 (cell) (717) 637-6766 (fax)  

Hanover Shoe Farms announces that Artspeak, the outstanding son of the sire of sires Western Ideal, will stand at Winbak Farms in Ontario for the 2018 harness racing breeding season. Artspeak's oldest foals will be yearlings in 2018. "From the ones we can see here at Hanover, and from what we hear from other breeders, Artspeak's foals are exceptionally good-looking," said Jim Simpson, Hanover Shoe Farms CEO and Artspeak's syndicate manager. "We intend to continue breeding to him and expect that he will prove to be one of North America's leading sires." Artspeak's service fee will be $4,000 Canadian. Hanover Shoe Farms announces that Muscle Massive, winner of the 2010 Hambletonian, will stand at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana for the 2018 breeding season. From only four crops of racing age, Muscle Massive has already sired numerous stake winners, including 2016 Valley Victory and 2017 Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover, and the European sensation Cruzado de la Noche. “The Indiana program is one of the very best in harness racing,” said Jim Simpson, Hanover Shoe Farms CEO and Muscle Massive syndicate manager, citing the results of the Indiana sale and the fact that three Indiana-sired horses won Breeders Crown finals this year. “We want to be part of this lucrative and growing program. Swan For All is proving to be an important sire, and we think that the blood of Muscle Massive will complement his through his daughters. We intend to continue breeding to him in Indiana.” Muscle Massive will stand at Victory Hill Farm at a service fee of $4,000.      James W. Simpson Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.    

Beginning on Thursday, October 5, the Hanover Shoe Farms videos for the harness racing yearlings selling at the Harrisburg sale on November 6, 7 and 8 will be posted on a daily basis. The videos of the majority of the trotting colts selling at Harrisburg are already up and are accessible on the Hanover website hanoverpa.com. The videos will be put up on a daily basis. The trotting colts will be followed by the trotting fillies on October 6, the pacing colts on October 7 and the pacing fillies on October 9. The remainder of the consignment, weather permitting, will be posted on October 10 and 11. Once the videos have all been assembled, the yearlings will be available for evaluation at the Hanover Fairgrounds, daily, except Sunday beginning at 11.00 AM, until they ship to Harrisburg on Saturday, November 4. For further information or to arrange an appointment please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky or Murray Brown at 717-637-8931 or email at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com or mbrown@hanoverpa.com. Murray Brown

Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2017 Black Book 1, 79th Annual Yearling Sale catalog on its website here. Download the harness racing catalog and other handy PDF packets, or create and track your own yearling lists with our "My Black Book" program. QR codes on individual yearling pages will link your Smart Phone or iPad to yearling videos when available. Download a "QR reader" application from your Smart Phone's "App Store", and scan the QR code on the printed catalog page with your Smart Phone. The yearling video will soon appear! We hope you enjoy this handy innovation closer to the Sale. Standardbred will also provide the USTA's new "Best Beaten Times" report, downloadable as individual PDFs for trotting colts, trotting fillies, pacing colts, and pacing fillies. If a yearling's sibling or half sibling has a "best beaten time" faster than its official race record, or has raced but has no official race record, that horse's "best beaten time" will be listed on this report. European customers will especially appreciate this new information, which is often very important to their purchase decisions. Standardbred's goal is to incorporate this information into the catalog itself in 2018. Our iPad formatted catalog can now be downloaded using the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app - follow the link from the Black Book website DOWNLOADS page. The Black Book offers great yearlings for everyone's needs, from Grand Circuit to Fair racing. Find your champion today! Paul F. Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company 2310 Hanover Pike Post Office Box 339 Hanover, PA  17331 Phone:  717-637-8931 Ext. 212 Fax:  717-637-6766 Email:  pfspears@hanoverpa.com

The videos of the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings to be sold at the Goshen Yearling Sale and Ohio Selected Jug Sale are now available on the Hanover website - hanoverpa.com. The Goshen Yearling Sale will take place at the Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday, September 10. The consignment consists of 35 yearlings by sires, all eligible to the rich New York and Pennsylvania programs. Included are yearlings by Andover Hall(1), Crazed(3), Detour Hanover(1), Donato Hanover(3), Explosive Matter(2), Muscle Massive(3), RC Royalty(3), Roll With Joe(2), Russell Hanover(9), Well Said(1) and Western Ideal(7). The Ohio Selected Jug Sale will take place at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown Ohio on Friday, September 15. The Hanover consignment consists of all twenty of its Ohio eligible yearlings. Featured are first crop yearlings by Uncle Peter(1) and Western Vintage(4); together with those by proven stallions Broadway Hall(1), Dragon Again(10) and Yankee Cruiser(4). The Goshen Yearlings will be available for evaluation at the Mark Ford Training Center beginning on Saturday, September 9 The Ohio Yearlings will be available for evaluation at the Brave Horse Show Park beginning on Thursday, September 14. Murray Brown

Eddie Miller, the second longest Hanover Shoe Farms employee in its glorious history will be retiring on Friday June 2. Miller now 69, first came to work at Hanover in June of 1967. He started as a groom with a string of six yearlings. One of those yearlings was a Caleb colt by the name of Clu Hanover, who very well might have been the toughest and most difficult to handle Hanover yearling to ever enter the Hanover fairgrounds. It was with Clu Hanover that Eddie first showed his incredible horsemanship. Never raising his voice or getting angry with Clu, Eddie worked patiently with him to where by sale time, the colt was, if not a complete gentleman, a horse who at one time the farms had considered withdrawing from the sale because of his aggressive nature - a decent horse to work with. It was a trait that Eddie exhibited for the next half century - over and over and over. There have been very few, if any horsemen who can handle a horse better than Eddie Miller. There also have been very few, if any, horses that Eddie Miller could not work with. He gradually climbed the ladder to where he was in charge of breaking yearlings and became together with his mentor, the late Kenny Hamm, perhaps the two best handlers and leaders of yearlings in the history of the sport. Eddie became a foreman and then upon the retirement of another long time Hanover employee Billy Jessee, became for the last two decades the man in charge of raising the Farm's yearling crop. Eddie has also worked as a ring man for Standardbred Horse Sales Company for the 51 years. In this task, he also excelled as few others have. Everybody at Hanover and we are sure throughout the industry wish Eddie Miller nothing but health and happiness through his well earned retirement. Hanover Shoe Farms · P.O. Box 339 · Hanover, PA 17331 · USA  

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that Hanover Shoe Farms and Winning Key Farms have donated breedings that are now being auctioned to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship fund.   Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Artspeak, and Winning Key Farms has donated a breeding to Winning Mister.   "Both Hanover and Bob Key have been regular supporters of our collegiate scholarship program," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We are very happy that both have made donations once again this season. We hope that breeders will support everyone's efforts by bidding."   Artspeak banked over $1.6 million in his racing career and was the 2-year-old Pacer of the Year in 2014. This is his first season at stud. He stands at Hanover Shoe Farms for a fee of $5,000.   World Champion Winning Mister earned $1.1 million in his career, and his oldest foals were 2-year-olds in 2016. He stands at Lindwood Farm in Greensburg, Pennsylvania for a fee of $6,000.   The breedings are listed on the auction site Ongait.com. Bidding is currently open and will end on Friday, March 24 at 2PM.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA        

The Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is proud to again announce that a record number of horses have been nominated for the sixth annual VDM weekend of racing. The richest stakes weekend in all of Ireland and the UK, the VDM has developed into a must attend week-long festival in Dublin, Ireland with the races being held August 12 and 13, 2017. "To say we were overwhelmed with the support from the horse owners," said race founder Derek Delaney. "would be an understatement for our festival of harness racing. While we are slightly down on numbers in the two-year-old divisions, we made up for it on three-year-old's with our new joint sponsorship with Alabar Stud and Oakwood Stud." The premier event of the weekend is the sixth annual Vincent Delaney Memorial for two-year-old's. Perhaps harness racing's most grueling race as it calls for two-year-old's to race in elimination divisions Saturday and then the final on Sunday. A record number of pacing fillies entered the Diamond Creek Farm VDM with 38 nominated over 35 in 2016. The newly sponsored Hanover Shoe Farm VDM for colts saw a decline over prior year with 38 nominated for 2017 vs 45 in 2016. Rhyds Mystique, the BHRC filly of the year in 2016 and IB Coyote, winner of the Diamond Creek Farm VDM Final last year, are both nominated. Another record was set in nominations for the three-year-old Alabar-Oakwood Stud Derby with a total of 45 colts and fillies entered. The colt division has 23 entered and the new filly division has 23 nominated. Heading the list of colts for the Derby is Tyrion Hanover, the BHRC colt of the year last season and the winner of the VDM colt final. In the four-year-old newly sponsored Yirribee Paul Murtagh, SR. Memorial, only seven entered the horse division, mainly because of the presences of the 2016 Harness Horse of the Year in Ireland and the UK, Miraculous, returning for another championship season. He is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest racehorses ever in Ireland and the UK. Unfortunately, due to a lack of entries (only four) in the Yirribee Murtagh Mare Division, the race has been canceled. "We will however," said Delaney, "try our very best to stage a four-year-old and older mare's race on the weekend. "Overall we are really excited that our three major stakes events are up again in total horses." Delaney add, "This year we have 127 entered for the three stakes and last year was at 120. Anytime we can continue to increase total nominations it shows we are growing and that is always good." Complete listings of all the horses nominated will be available soon at www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial      

Bar Hopping 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:51.4 ($1,292,433), the winner of this year's Breeders Crown, Canadian Trotting Classic, and a heat of the Hambletonian, has been retired to stud duty at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. He is the second new sire for Hanover for the 2017 harness racing breeding season, with the farm already bringing in the pacing colt Betting Line. "He's passed his fertility tests and he's here at the farm settling in," said Hanover Shoe Farms president and CEO Jim Simpson. Bar Hopping is a son of Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare Cocktail Hour, who hails from the maternal families of Breeders Crown winner JEF'S Spice and sire-of-sires Garland Lobell. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Bar Hopping was a New Jersey Sires Stakes winner at age two and then followed by winning major stakes as a 3 year old and earning $1.1 million in purses. He took his lifetime mark of 1:51.4 in winning the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands on Oct. 29. Simpson said he expects Hanover will breed 25-30 mares to Bar Hopping in 2017. Bar Hopping's stud fee has been set at $6,500. Bar Hopping - Breeders Crown 3yo C&G Trot Final Courtesy of  www.harnessracing.com    

The world's leading standardbred Farm Hanover Shoe Farms have announced the service fees for all the harness racing stallions that are standing on their farm in 2017. Interesting to note that the two stallions with the highest service fees are Somebeachsomewhere and the trotting stallion Cantab Hall at $20,000 each. It is easy to see why when you look at the current Leading Money Won Sires List as of today, featured below.     Andover Hall               $7,500   Artspeak               $5,000   Betting Line               $10,000   Cantab Hall               $20,000   Captaintreacherous               $15,000     Donato Hanover               $10,000   Explosive Matter               $7,500   Muscle Massive               $4,000   Sebastian K               $6,000   Somebeachsomewhere               $20,000   Well Said               $7,500   Western Ideal               $7,500   Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pace (2016)              16-nov-2016 Starters Sire in 2016 Money ==== ======== ===== SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 84 $4,318,408 BETTORS DELIGHT 76 $1,936,261 AMERICAN IDEAL 74 $1,731,106 SPORTSWRITER 37 $1,652,169 DRAGON AGAIN 54 $1,535,658 ART MAJOR 63 $1,444,856 ROLL WITH JOE 51 $1,414,544 MACH THREE 57 $1,309,976 MCARDLE 61 $1,277,052 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 53 $1,122,816 ROCKIN IMAGE 50 $1,057,926 WELL SAID 62 $1,013,426 ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN 57 $875,916 BIG BAD JOHN 74 $839,157 WESTERN TERROR 27 $784,138 ART OFFICIAL 38 $667,425 IF I CAN DREAM 27 $601,348 SHADOW PLAY 32 $582,056 BIG JIM 18 $484,489 WESTERN IDEAL 24 $471,115 Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Trot (2016)                  16-nov-2016 Starters Sire in 2016 Money ==== ======== ===== MUSCLE HILL 55 $2,889,915 CANTAB HALL 77 $2,365,954 CHAPTER SEVEN 47 $1,634,608 MUSCLE MASS 34 $1,382,991 CREDIT WINNER 54 $1,376,644 DEJARMBRO 64 $1,167,997 EXPLOSIVE MATTER 60 $1,164,019 KADABRA 36 $1,111,634 DONATO HANOVER 58 $1,081,047 MUSCLE MASSIVE 37 $952,574 TRIUMPHANT CAVIAR 28 $870,315 JAILHOUSE JESSE 42 $830,192 ANDOVER HALL 35 $792,402 SWAN FOR ALL 39 $761,717 YANKEE GLIDE 30 $743,211 CONWAY HALL 45 $689,633 DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE 35 $636,860 CRAZED 32 $555,864 ANGUS HALL 23 $465,045 RC ROYALTY 30 $402,119   Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Pace (2016) 16-nov-2016 Starters Sire in 2016 Money ==== ======== ===== SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 94 $8,578,937 BETTORS DELIGHT 75 $4,641,575 ROLL WITH JOE 68 $3,752,748 AMERICAN IDEAL 72 $3,256,014 MACH THREE 87 $2,779,841 WELL SAID 76 $2,744,873 ROCKNROLL HANOVER 64 $2,400,186 DRAGON AGAIN 82 $2,303,801 WESTERN IDEAL 54 $2,293,474 ART MAJOR 65 $2,245,722 WESTERN TERROR 79 $1,736,929 BIG BAD JOHN 87 $1,660,696 YANKEE CRUISER 62 $1,617,065 BIG JIM 49 $1,574,999 ROCKIN IMAGE 72 $1,573,592 BADLANDS HANOVER 69 $1,466,881 ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN 40 $1,139,274 SHADYSHARK HANOVER 58 $1,128,964 FEELIN FRISKIE 63 $1,015,781 SPORTSWRITER 50 $989,166 Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Trot (2016) 16-nov-2016 Starters Sire in 2016 Money ==== ======== ===== MUSCLE HILL 53 $6,374,601 KADABRA 59 $2,892,061 DONATO HANOVER 62 $2,793,504 CREDIT WINNER 50 $2,337,085 CANTAB HALL 68 $2,038,157 ANDOVER HALL 55 $2,034,203 YANKEE GLIDE 44 $1,886,665 MUSCLE MASS 55 $1,688,241 MANOFMANYMISSIONS 46 $1,581,433 RC ROYALTY 46 $1,539,624 DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE 34 $1,491,182 EXPLOSIVE MATTER 40 $1,429,518 CONWAY HALL 36 $1,343,046 TRIUMPHANT CAVIAR 27 $1,194,368 SWAN FOR ALL 49 $1,177,896 MUSCLE MASSIVE 34 $1,054,073 MAJESTIC SON 31 $1,046,686 MUSCLES YANKEE 26 $1,025,809 JAILHOUSE JESSE 39 $947,686 LUCKY CHUCKY 32 $935,399 Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Pace (2016) 16-nov-2016 Starters Sire in 2016 Money ==== ======== ===== SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 338 $18,841,709 BETTORS DELIGHT 510 $17,801,873 MACH THREE 457 $13,271,002 AMERICAN IDEAL 369 $11,168,138 ROCKNROLL HANOVER 345 $11,107,415 ART MAJOR 356 $9,423,791 DRAGON AGAIN 347 $8,818,574 WESTERN TERROR 355 $8,621,121 WESTERN IDEAL 248 $7,208,627 WELL SAID 240 $6,325,678 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 182 $5,645,498 CAMLUCK 258 $5,340,603 BADLANDS HANOVER 254 $5,199,468 ROLL WITH JOE 119 $5,167,292 SPORTSWRITER 192 $5,117,763 MCARDLE 224 $4,885,946 SHADOW PLAY 171 $4,572,499 REAL DESIRE 221 $4,542,345 ROCKIN IMAGE 164 $4,197,959 JEREMES JET 190 $3,969,577 Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Trot (2016) 16-nov-2016 Starters Sire in 2016 Money ==== ======== ===== MUSCLE HILL 144 $11,965,588 KADABRA 238 $8,645,571 CANTAB HALL 257 $7,780,284 ANDOVER HALL 187 $6,267,327 DONATO HANOVER 204 $6,232,834 CREDIT WINNER 193 $5,908,318 MUSCLE MASS 190 $5,680,909 YANKEE GLIDE 174 $4,690,370 EXPLOSIVE MATTER 167 $4,260,089 CONWAY HALL 189 $4,175,024 SWAN FOR ALL 132 $4,143,585 DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE 131 $4,087,940 CRAZED 144 $3,641,119 ANGUS HALL 181 $3,534,660 JAILHOUSE JESSE 176 $3,223,519 RC ROYALTY 105 $2,894,858 MUSCLE MASSIVE 112 $2,875,764 CASH HALL 98 $2,815,105 MAJESTIC SON 94 $2,722,109 SJS CAVIAR 129 $2,690,497

HARRISBURG PA - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), harness racing's largest and leading membership organization for industry communicators, is very pleased to announce that Hanover Shoe Farms, the southcentral Pennsylvania nursery which has been the leading breeder of Standardbred racehorses every year since records started being kept in 1949, is partnering with USHWA in the presentation of its annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Planet Hollywood casino in Las Vegas NV.   Hanover will be the sponsor of the gift bag that will be found at every banquet attendee's seat. So before the very first of the sport's best and brightest will be formally honored on February 26, everybody will be a winner and have a "prize" of special items to take home at night's end - one that will certainly be of greater quality with Hanover's participation. Hanover Shoe Farms continues to improve and grow to remain the world's largest nursery for Standardbred racehorses. They have led the list of leading breeders of racetrack earnings of offspring produced every year since those record were begun in 1949, setting a single-season record of $30,169,439 last year, and they are keeping up close to that pace with $23.7 million won by their produce as of the first week of November. They are the breeders of Hannelore Hanover, winner of the Breeders Crown older mares trot and a leading candidate for Trotter of the Year, and their sire Somebeachsomewhere fathered three of the four winners in the Breeders Crown pacing events for two- and three-year-olds. Tim Bojarski, president of the Harness Writers Association, noted that "USHWA is honored to have Hanover partner with us for the 2017 Dan Patch banquet presentation. They are an institution in our industry that continues to set the bar in all facets of their operation. Their willingness to promote harness racing is exemplary, and we of USHWA are proud they have chosen to support us as we honor the best in our sport early next year." Further information about the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will be held the same weekend that USHWA holds its annual national meetings, is available on the group's website, www.ushwa.org, and will be updated in the next several weeks as awards are announced and final plans are set into place.   by Tim Bojarski, President of USHWA

Mississauga, ON --- Harness racing trainer Casie Coleman has informed Trot Insider that the connections of Betting Line p,3,1:47.2f ($1,879,061) have been forced to retire the multiple stakes winning 3-year-old. “We made the final decision today (Friday, Nov. 4),” Coleman said. “We wanted to end on a winning note, but it wasn’t meant to be.” Although the connections have been forced to forgo Betting Line’s next three scheduled races (the Matron Stakes and the Hap Hansen Progress Pace), Betting Line still retires on a winning streak. The son of Ontario sire Bettor's Delight was carrying an impressive 14-race win streak into October’s Breeders Crown eliminations, which he was forced to be scratched from due to having suffered two serious spider bites on one of his shoulders. “We planned on supplementing him to the Matron Stakes (which will take place at Dover Downs next week) and then follow that up with the Progress Pace, which he was paid into,” Coleman said. “He had been coming back from the spider bite well. He had been jogging well and I was happy with the way he was coming along. He seemed like he was getting better. “David Miller trained him this morning (Nov. 4) and he just wasn’t himself. He was flat. David said that he wasn’t right up on the iron. He also wasn’t striding out with the one leg, which shows to us that he isn’t over those bites on his shoulder.” The connections of Betting Line announced in mid-September that the brown colt would retire at the end of the 2016 racing campaign and stand stud at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania for the 2017 breeding season. “He’s going to stay here at White Birch Farm until Monday (Nov. 7) and he will then ship to Hanover Shoe Farms,” said Coleman. “The partners will be meeting in Harrisburg next week, at which point we will decide on a stud fee.” Betting Line retires with a career slate that reads 27 starts, 20 wins, a trio of second-place finishes and a pair of third-place finishes. He banked $1,879,061 in purses for his connections and retires with a pair of world records under his belt. His 1:47.2 victory in the Battle of the Brandywine set a new world record for 3-year-old male pacers on a five-eighths-mile track, while his 1:49 mile in the second heat of the Little Brown Jug is the world record for 3-year-old pacing colts over a half-mile track. After having just tasted defeat in an overnight to begin his 3-year-old campaign, Betting Line assembled a staggering season. He won his next 14 races, which included wins in the $780,000 Pepsi North America Cup, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine, $300,000 Millstein Memorial, the $276,960 Little Brown Jug, the $157,111 Simcoe Stakes, and a sweep of all of his Ontario Sires Stakes races, including his $190,000 OSS Super Final. 2016 North America Cup night highlights -- Betting Line Betting Line - WR The Battle Of The Brandywine Betting Line - Carl Milstein Memorial Betting Line - WR The 71st Little Brown Jug Final Standardbred Canada 

The Videos of roughly half of the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings including most of the trotters are now available on the Farms' harness racing website hanoverpa.com. The remaining videos will be posted daily as they are completed. All of them should be up and available by no later than Monday, October 17th. The yearlings will be available for inspection daily except Sunday beginning each day at 11.00 A.M. beginning on October 17th. Appointments are not necessary, but they would be greatly appreciated. For further information, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com or at 717-578-7395 or Murray Brown at hofmurray@aol.com or 717-487-1812. Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

The 2016 edition of The Black Book 2 can now be found on Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website here.. Printed catalogs are expected to be available for shipping on October 12. The Mixed Sale begins on Thursday, November 10 and ends on Friday, November 11 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA, following the Select Yearling Sale which takes place from Monday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 9. Standardbred's popular "Black Book for the iPad" from www.equineline.com is available for download from a link on our website. Past Performances First Edition for race lines is also available for download on the website. Past Performances Second Edition with most current race lines will be available for download on November 1, and will be distributed in printed form at the Sale. The Mixed Sale has a total of 768 entries, including 197 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 24 weanlings, 32 yearlings, 58 stallion shares, and 457 race horses. The Mixed Sale features top quality dispersals from Peninsula Farm selling broodmares from William Weaver Estate, Concord Stud Farm selling Katz/Libfeld broodmare reduction, and Concord Stud Farm selling stallion shares from William Weaver Estate; LITTLE MISS DRAGON p,3, 1:50.2 ($767,634), dam of DELIGHTFUL DRAGON p,5, 1:50 ($475,411) and in foal to ROLL WITH JOE; SYMPHONY IN MOTION p,6, 1:49 ($1,065,949), dam of NORMANDY BEACH p,2, 1:52.1f-16 (($95,794) and in foal to SWEET LOU; VENUS DELIGHT p,5, 1:49.4 ($1,031,164); CHARMED LIFE 4, 1:52.2 ($999,708); BETTOR BE STEPPIN p,3, 1:50f ($782,516); and many more! For further information, please visit the website or call 717-637-8931. Paul Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company

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