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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

Middletown, NY - The second annual Goshen Yearling Sale took place on Sunday, September 18 at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY and enjoyed an increased gross of $1,860,200 on 153 yearlings and an average of $12,158 that held steady from the inaugural harness racing event.   The highest priced yearling was Hip# 59, an outstanding RC Royalty colt named Vecellio Hanover who fetched $60,000 from Eugene Kurzrok of Hauppauge, NY. Considered a "real-looker" by many, the sale topper was just one of 47 colts and fillies consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. "The Greatest Name in Harness Racing" was a new addition to the Goshen Sale and helped attract prospective purchasers from all over the Northeast region.   Goshen Sale president Bob Boni noted, "We had an excellent turnout and as anticipated the more fashionable yearlings were extremely well received. The market place is very discerning and I felt the buyers were more than willing to bid on the yearlings that they wanted and we are very grateful to those that participated in our second sale."   Two individuals brought $40,000 to tie for second highest: Hip# 84, an RC Royalty colt from L Dees Maggie. Consigned by Cameo Hills Farm, he was purchased by Dan Daley of Wellington, FL.   The other was Hip# 136 a Chapter Seven colt from R S Giggles who was consigned by Concord Stud and brought home by Ake Svanstedt of "Sebastian K" fame who was also the sale's biggest buyer. He selected and signed for five yearlings for a total of $112,500.   Anthony MacDonald, representing Thestable.ca was the sale's next big spender, taking home five prospects for a total of $76,500.   Overall pleased with the results, Bob Boni also stated, "We are especially appreciative of our consignors this year and we look forward to making the sale that much better going forward as we strongly believe it offers a unique opportunity for both buyers and sellers. In addition, we intend to work closely with other industry stakeholders to ensure that potential date conflicts are kept to a minimum."   Complete results and other averages can be found on the web at: GoshenYearlingSale.com   from Goshen Yearling Sale            

Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms, and the owners of Betting Line, Ross Warriner, Christine Calhoun, Casie Coleman and Mac Nichol, are announcing that the stallion will retire after the 2016 harness racing season and that he will stand at the Hanover Shoe Farms. Betting Line at 3 has won 11 of 12 starts so far and has earned $1,090,810 which includes wins in the North American Cup, the Carl Milstein Memorial and the Battle of the Brandywine, where he posted his career best time of 1:47.2f. Betting Line has total earnings to date of $1,502,485. James W. Simpson

Two of the sports biggest breeding operations in all of harness racing, Hanover Shoe Farms in North America and Alabar Stud in Australia/New Zealand, have both signed on as new sponsors for the 6th annual Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend (VDM) in Ireland for 2017. In addition, Diamond Creek Farm and Joe Bellino Racing Stable in the USA, PJI Engineering and Oakwood Stud in Ireland, have all “re-upped” their race sponsorships for the big race weekend. The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend is the creation of Derek and James Delaney of Offlay, Ireland, who is 2012, a year after the tragic death of their younger brother Vincent, decided to have a memorial race in his honor. Little did they know that their weekend honoring their lost brother would develop into the richest harness racing stakes event in all of Ireland and the UK. “My brother James and I look back at what we’ve done with our brothers race in just four years,” said Derek Delaney. “And it blows us away. We have a VDM Committee who is the backbone of our big weekend and now we hire some outside agency’s to help us. It’s amazing. We know that Vincent is very proud of what we have done in his memory.” Hanover Shoe Farms is the leading money earning breeding farm in racing and they are now the title sponsor of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Colt Pace for two-year-olds. The icing on the cake for Hanover Shoe Farms management may have been after Tyrion Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, won the VDM colt division on August 14. He was purchased at Hanover’s Harrisburg Sale at a yearling and flown back to the UK. “Murray (Brown) came back with great enthusiasm about the weekend in Ireland.” Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms. “He told me how they are in it for the love of Horse Racing...not the money. The sponsorship was available so we took it. We sponsor races in Lexington, Meadowlands, The Hambletonian, The Little Brown Jug, Chester, The Meadows, Pocono Downs, UK and Germany.  So why not Ireland?” Simpson said that he is already planning on coming to Ireland next year for the VDM Weekend. The Diamond Creek Farm VDM filly division is being sponsored for the second straight year by Diamond Creek Farm and the Adam Bowden Family. “It was an easy decision.” Bowden said. “After going to Ireland for the 2016 edition of the VDM Memorial we were blown away by the hospitality of the Irish people as well as the Delaney family. “Joining a grassroots movement is addicting, Bowden explained, “and being part of something great is what we are all about. Diamond Creek Farm wants to be involved in events that showcase the greatness of Standardbred racing both at home in the US as well as abroad. Derek Delaney, single-handedly has energized the sport in that region and we could not be more excited about the what the future will bring. “How could you not be entirely blown away over there?” Bowden said. “You can see the event in pictures or follow Heather Vitale's live Facebook posts, but being there in person is an out of this world experience. My wife and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity and the generosity shown by everyone we came in contact with. “I grew up going to the races in Maine (especially the Cumberland Fair in my hometown),” Bowden added, “and being at Portmarnock Raceway was like being transported back in time to 1985 when I was a little kid and reliving my first harness racing experiences where everything was novel and new. It was grassroots racing at its finest.” The VDM is the world’s most rugged race for two-year-olds, requiring the young horses to race Saturday in elimination divisions and then return Sunday for their respective finals in the one-mile race. “We even have sponsors now for the VDM elimination races,” Derek Delaney added. “Clive and Anne Dalton from Australia have signed on and are guaranteeing that each elimination division for both the colts and fillies will race for €2,000 each.”    Alabar Stud, the largest breeding operation down under with 28 stallions in Australia and New Zealand, is now co-sponsoring the Alabar-Oakwood Derby for three-year-old pacers. This race calls for the same format as the VDM, eliminations Saturday (if necessary) and the finals on Sunday. The race is also at a one-mile distance.   And, with the Alabar sponsorship, there will also be a filly division for the 3YO Derby in 2017. Alan Galloway, owner and director of Alabar Stud, was in Ireland for the VDM Weekend this past August and was infatuated with everything he saw. “It was my first time in Ireland for the VDM,” said Galloway, “And what a show they put on. Just a fantastic race weekend. So much excitement. So much passion for the sport that I knew Alabar had to get involved again. “We actually were sponsors when the first Breeders Crown UK & Ireland came about over ten years ago.” Galloway said. “We were invited to come over and help them and the Ireland improve racing. I met and worked with its president, David Wilson, when he first developed the Breeders Crown series. We bred over 100 mares back then,” Galloway said. “We sent over Village Jasper, Armbro Operative and Safely Kept. It was very difficult getting all the approvals from the government but we got it done. Many of the horses racing there now are from their offspring’s. “I was really taken back this year,” Galloway said. “The Irish are such lovely people. Everything that Derek Delaney and his brother have done to promote this weekend is fantastic. Their story is very moving, so emotional, it’s what we at Alabar want to be part of.” Another major sponsor, smitten by coming to the VDM this year, was Joe Bellino and his family, all eight of them. The Bellino Racing Stable in the USA had agreed to sponsor the Rocknroll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA Pace this year and was so enthralled with the entire Ireland experience, Joe re-upped for 2017 even before he came home. “It was the way the people in racing there embraced my family,” Joe Bellino said. “And their deep love for the sport that convinced me to want to sponsor the race again. The way they celebrated a win with cheering and excitement. It’s just the same way I am whether racing for $100 purse or $500,000. It was also great to see and feel it firsthand. “In some way in North America we have lost our way with that sort of enthusiasm.” Bellino explained. “It’s almost like the people who win are used to winning and have come to expect it. That’s why I really appreciated the Hambo this year as it was great to see and feel the passion for our sport just as they do in Ireland.” PJI Engineering of England, one of the largest metal fabricators in all of the UK and Ireland, has come back on board as the sponsor of the Junior FFA Pace. “I first met Derek and James in 2015,” explained Paul Johnson, owner of PJI Engineering in England, “and he was telling me the story on Vincent and the passion the two of them have for the sport is unbelievable. “These two are trying there utmost to take this sport to the next level,” Johnson said, “and the VDM has done so. This is an event that everyone looks forward to every year now, and it gets better every year. Let's not forget the charity's they give to as well. We look forward to be a part of the VDM for many years to come!” With new and renewed sponsorship support coming from around the world, Derek and James Delaney are putting the money right back into their big race weekend. “Because of the great growth of sponsors for the VDM Weekend,” Derek Delaney said, “we will be able in 2017 to also expand the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial for four-year-olds to both a horse and mare divisions with Yirribee Stud in Australia taking on as sponsor of the mare division and there will be an increase in purse for the Elvin-Delaney Invitation Le Trot race. This is all so grand! “We now have many of the world’s leading harness racing breeders, owners, trainer, drivers, announcers and journalists coming to Ireland for the VDM.” Delaney added, “It’s hard to imagine that just five years ago we raced for €20,000 ($25,000US) in total purses that first year and now in 2017 the weekend will feature more than €100,000 ($127,000US) in purses. “The VDM has become a major success story to have the biggest breeding farms in the world sponsoring our brothers memorial weekend” Delaney added, “and it's also a major step in the right direction for our breeders, owners, trainers and drivers that they can now breed and sell, train or own horses that has real earning potential in juvenile racing and more! “When you have Alan Galloway and Alabar Farms, Joe Bellino and his Bellino Racing Stables, Jim Simpson & Murray Brown of Hanover shoe Farms, Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farms, Rod Woodhouse of Yirribee Stud Australia, all willing to advise and sponsor us and help improve the breeding in Ireland and the UK.” Said Delaney. “We all know this can only mean a very strong future for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend and a very bright future for our Oakwood Stud.” Delaney added, “We have been a major factor in the racing and breeding in Ireland and the UK and I believe our Standardbreds will become world class in the future. Ireland has a history for producing the best gallopers in the world, so why can't we in Ireland and UK not be the best producers of Standardbreds in the world or at least one of the best! “We are also working with Sire Stakes Ireland and the Breeders Crown UK and Ireland, bricking and building stronger with devoted people like my brother James Delaney, Bernie Kelly, Dave Wilson, Jackie Mann, Thomas Bennett and others. It's all going to complement our events and others stakes. It’s going to be something special how our racing will be growing in the next two to three years’ time, getting stronger year on year. “Maybe most important about all of this,” Delaney said, “is the great new friends we have made over the years that will last a lifetime.” For more information, visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. The dates for the 2017 Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend are Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend   

The videos of the 13 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to the Ohio Selected Jug Sale are now online and can be seen at the Hanover website hanoverpa.com. The consignment to Ohio consists of 13 well-bred harness racing yearlings representing prominent Ohio sires and coming from the sports best maternal families. The stallions represented in this offering are Dragon Again, Pet Rock and Yankee Cruiser. The yearlings are presently at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, PA and may be seen daily except Sunday until they ship to Ohio on Wednesday, September 14. They will be available for inspection in Sunbury, Ohio at the Eden Park Equestrian Complex beginning Thursday morning, September 15. They will sell on Friday, September 16 at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale. For further information or to make an appointment to see them in Hanover, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

The videos of the 48 harness racing Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to the Goshen Yearling Sale are now online and can be seen at the Hanover website hanoverpa.com. The consignment to Goshen consists of 48 well-bred yearlings representing most of today's prominent sires and coming from the sports best maternal families. Stallions represented in this offering include A Rocknroll Dance, American Ideal, Andover Hall, Art Major, Artiscape, Betterthancheddar, Cantab Hall, Chapter Seven, Crazed, Credit Winner, Donato Hanover, Explosive Matter, Lucky Chucky, Muscle Massive, RC Royalty, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Russell Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere, Well Said and Wishing Stone. The yearlings are presently at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Pa and may be seen daily except Sunday until they ship to Goshen on Friday, September 16. They will be available for inspection in Goshen at the Mark Ford Training Center sales site beginning Saturday morning, September 17.They will sell on Sunday, September 18 at the Goshen Yearling Sale. For further information or to make an appointment to see them in Hanover, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

Columbus, OH --- He has submitted nearly several hundred names to Hanover Shoe Farms for consideration recognizing European horsemen and horsewomen and readily admits the vast majority of those have never been selected or the horses never quite panned out, but when it came to Hannelore Hanover, Dean Hoffman struck pay dirt when he suggested this then-youngster be named after quite possibly one of the best harness racing amateur female drivers of all-time. “When Dean called me and told me a horse was named after me I was honored and thrilled,” said Hannelore Würzinger. “I asked him if she would maybe race in the Hambletonian and he said he didn’t think so as she only made two starts in her career as a 2-year-old. Even though she won one, he did not think she would amount to much, but I always had faith she would be something special. He told me she would probably be a dud and not to get too excited, but I ended up being right. What a horse she is.” The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare High Sobriety was the recent winner of the Hambletonian Maturity and has won nine of 10 starts this year, with earnings of $460,105. Trained by Ron Burke, the mare is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino. Hannelore Würzinger resides in Johanneskirchern, Germany, which is located outside of Munich, and commenced her harness racing career at the ripe old age of 17. She captured 470 amateur contests in the sulky during her days of competition and won such contests as the World Cup and the Europ Cup when she was at the controls. Unfortunately statistics are not available to truly demonstrate not only where Würzinger’s number of triumphs rank historically or internationally, but clearly this woman is not only a top pilot in respect to her gender, but anyone that sat behind a horse in amateur races across the globe. “My family has always been involved with trotting horses,” she said. “We owned them and bred them. At one time we had more than 50 horses. Since I have gotten older, I retired from driving because it just is not as easy as it used to be when I was young. We have also cut back on the number of horses we have and now have maybe 20. Harness racing is not as popular in Germany as it used to be or like it is in the United States, but my husband and I watch as much racing as we can. We watch all of Hannelore’s races and would love to come see her in America.” Würzinger has been stateside in her earlier years, In fact, she raced in Florida at Pompano Park where she finished second in an amateur competition that took place on the same timetable as the Breeders Crown that year. It was also where she met Hoffman and a certain other member of the Hall of Fame that was one of the highlights of her sojourn in the Sunshine State. “Do you know who this man is?” she asked after sending a picture of herself with John Campbell. “I could not believe such a famous horseman took the time to have his picture taken with me and recognize my accomplishments. I don’t think he realizes everyone around the world knows who he is and what he has done in racing. That occasion was just one of the many things we were so impressed with when we came to America. “I only finished second in that race in Florida, but we had such a wonderful time. My husband and I have always wanted to return, but we have not had the opportunity. Maybe Hannelore Hanover will provide us with that chance.” On any evening the world champion trots, Würzinger is glued to the Internet and has not missed any race Hannelore Hanover participates in. “I have watched her progress,” she said. “She only became stronger and stronger after her 2-year-old season. Dean called me and told me he did not think she would amount to much and he was sorry she would not become a top horse. Then last year when she was racing at Hoosier Park you could see with each start she was improving. She is a big, strong filly that kept trotting better with each race. “I was not surprised when she started winning, but for her to win like this and at this level...I cannot explain how fantastic it is to not only have an American horse named after me, but for her to be such an outstanding horse. I was beside myself watching her tie the world record and then beating males at the Meadowlands. “Every time she reaches new heights it makes me want to hop on a plane to America so I can be at her races in person. I can’t express enough how happy I am that Dean thought enough of my achievements to name a horse after me and then for her to be such a horse. There are no words to express it.” As the season progresses, Würzinger’s attention will remain focused on the mare that carries her name, but she harbors a secret hope that one day she will be in a position to do something much more than witness her compete online. “I told Dean I fervently hope she will come to the Elitlopp in Sweden next year,” she said. “My family and I not would not miss that for the world. We would certainly travel there and hopefully her connections would be kind enough to introduce her to us. We are her biggest fans and would just be overjoyed to root for her at a race like that. Can you imagine what kind of excitement that would bring to me? “I cannot thank Dean, the owners and Hanover Shoe Farms enough for not changing her name. This mare has been the ride of a lifetime and I am so lucky to have a horse like her named for me. Sometimes I still can’t believe this happened.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Goshen, NY -- The complete roster and pedigree pages for the second annual Goshen Yearling Sale on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY are now available on the web.   GoshenYearingSale.com houses a PDF link of the printed sale catalog, complete with all the pedigrees for the 162 yearlings being offered. In addition, a complete sortable roster is also available with individual links to TrackIT pedigrees which offer real time updates to current performers.   The sale features strong consignments from Hanover Shoe Farms, Winbak Farm, Blue Chip, Concord Stud and Cameo Hills, just to name a few. Colts and fillies by popular sires such as Roll With Joe and Chapter Seven are included in the 70 trotters and 90 pacers cataloged.   The sale facility is centrally located within a ninety-minute drive of all the Standardbred hot spots in the tri-state area.   Printed catalogs are being mailed on August 1, and will be available at the Hambletonian Festival at The Meadowlands racetrack, as well as at other area racetracks and training centers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.   To request a sale catalog, please call 201-863-2082 or fill out an online request on our website: GoshenYearlingSale.com   From the Goshen Yearling Sale  

Hattie, one of the greatest producers in the history of the breed, died yesterday at Hanover Shoe Farms. The daughter of Abercrombie and the Albatross mare Albaquel was 24 years old. She was a terrific race filly herself taking a two year old record of 1.55.3 and earning $266,323, when both those achievements were relatively exceptional. She was bred and trained by Doug Ackerman. Ironically she was scheduled to be retired after her 2016 foaling. She delivered a healthy Bettors Delight colt on Tuesday April 19, seemingly without complication. Unfortunately, she hemorrhaged the next day and passed on. Hattie left a huge legacy. From 14 living foals older than two, she is the dam of 4 in 1.50, 11 in 1.55, one two million dollar winner, two million dollar winners and four $500,000 plus winners. All fourteen of her living foals raced, took records and earned money. She was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in 2014. The best known of her foals are Meadowlands Pace winner Holborn Hanover p,2,1:58, 3,1:49, 1:46.4($2,070,648), Hyperion Hanover p,3,1:52f, 1:49.1($1,187,755), Hillbilly Hanover p,2,1:52.2f, 3,1:50.1f and Haverford Hanover p,2,2:01.1, 3,1:53.2, 1.49($510,295). Hattie was laid to rest at the Hanover Shoe Farms equine cemetery, where the ashes of her most notable son, Holborn Hanover lay. by Murray Brown, for Hanover Shoe Farms    

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that breedings to Well Said and Winning Mister have been donated and are being auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's College Scholarship Fund.   Two of the sport's leading breeders, Hanover Shoe Farms and Bob Key, have donated breedings for the second straight year. Well Said stands at Hanover Shoe Farms for a fee of $7,500. Winning Mister stands at Lindwood Farms for a fee of $6,000.   "These are two of the top breeders not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout the sport of harness racing," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "The MSOA cannot thank them enough for donating breedings to these two top-quality stallions. We are proud of our scholarship program here at the MSOA, and to have great partners like Hanover and Mr. Key supporting us is very important."   Bidding is currently open on the website OnGait.com. Terms are 10% non-refundable down at the conclusion of the auctions, which will end April 1. The remainder is payable upon a live foal.   For additional information, contact the MSOA Office at 724-228-3644.

Bob Boni, president of Northwood Bloodstock Agency and well known in harness racing from his many years as a yearling sale consultant and bloodstock agent and owner, has joined the Goshen Yearling Sale as its president. In addition, Hanover Shoe Farms will offer a large consignment of yearlings at the 2016 edition of the Goshen Yearling Sale, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, N.Y., near historic Goshen. “We had a great inaugural sale and we really wanted to take the sale to the next level, and bringing Bob on board, and the addition of a consignment from Hanover Shoe Farms, will certainly help us achieve that goal,” said Ford, a principal in the sale company as well as the host. “You can’t do any better than to get a guy with Bob’s experience, expertise and integrity and Hanover’s position as the sport’s leading breeder speaks for itself.” The Goshen Yearling Sale was created in 2015 because of the lack of an early-fall yearling sale with the proximity to many of the richest racing programs. Last year 113 yearlings were sold at the inaugural edition, generating gross sales of $1.4 million. “I attended the inaugural sale last year and was very impressed with the facility and what it had to offer. I am very excited about the potential of this sale going forward and the addition of a consignment from Hanover Shoe Farms immediately adds to the impact and appeal of the sale,” said Boni of joining the organization. “I believe we have a sale that will offer many opportunities to a variety of buyers and consignors and I look forward to working with Mark Ford, Tom Grossman and Joe Thomson along with Chris Tully.” Hanover Shoe Farms will join Thomson’s Winbak Farms and Grossman’s Blue Chip Farms in offering consignments at the Goshen Yearling Sale. “I think this is a good venue and good timing,” said Hanover president and CEO Jim Simpson of sending a consignment to Goshen. “I think our consignment will fit in very well. We plan to sell in the neighborhood of 40 yearlings at this sale, and there will be a mix of Pennsylvania and New York-sired yearlings.” Simpson added that Hanover will sell approximately 270 yearlings at 2016 yearling sales, and is limited to around 220 at the annual Standardbred Horse Sale Company in Harrisburg. For more information about the Goshen Yearling Sale, contact Bob Boni at bob.boni@goshenyearlingsale.com or phone 201.863.2082.

For as long as records have been compiled there has only been one farm who has led all breeders in money earnings in the sport. That farm is harness racing's Hanover Shoe Farms. In 2013, Hanover became the first farm to become the breeder of the winners of over thirty million dollars in a single season, its produce having earned $30,016,209. Now even that record has been surpassed. As of December 28, Hanover breds have earned $30,057,385 in 2015 and the numbers keep accumulating. To put those numbers in perspective, that number represents two and a half times what Thoroughbred racing's leading breeder has produced this year. Harness Racing's second leading breeder, Winbak Farm, and its third leading money producer, Brittany Farms, have each also produced the winners of more money than that of Thoroughbred racing's leading breeder. Hanover's president, Jim Simpson, when asked about his feelings of the new record responded, "We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and are thankful to our employees, owners, trainers, drivers and grooms who helped us achieve this new record. We must give extra special thanks to the ultimate athletes - the horses. Thank you all". Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

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