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Artspeak p,2,1:50.2, 3,1:47.4 ($1,625,869), last year's Dan Patch and Joe O'Brien Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, and this season's fastest 3-year-old pacing colt, will stand his first season at stud in 2016 at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. His fee has been set at $5,000. He is presently being syndicated, and shares will be available to breeders on a first-come, first-served basis. In making today's announcement, Hanover president Jim Simpson said that Artspeak makes a perfect addition to Hanover's stallion lineup. "The fact that he's among the best sons of Western Ideal played a lot into the decision," Simpson said. "Although Western Ideal is still siring at the highest level, it's nice to have a great son of his to carry on a breeding cross that's worked so well for so many through the years. "Western Ideal is already a proven sire of sires, and we think Artspeak can take that siring ability to the next level." Artspeak, out of the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, was trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron throughout his career. He was 2014's richest 2-year-old pacing colt, with $742,185, and took wins in the $667,000 Metro, $565,000 Governor's Cup, Bluegrass and four other stakes that season en route to his championship title. His signature win came perhaps this year in the $450,000 Tattersalls Pace in Lexington, where he defeated a stellar field in 1:47.4 to secure his lifetime record and just miss the year's fastest mile by a fifth of a second. After winning his Breeders Crown elim, he ended the season with a second-place finish in the $531,250 final. Those interested in purchasing shares or breeding for 2016 should contact Hanover Shoe Farms at (717) 637-8931 or email hanover@hanoverpa.com. From Hanover Shoe Farms  

Videos of all the 2015 Hanover Shoe Farms Harrisburg yearlings will all be available on the Farm's website hanoverpa.com beginning at noon on Tuesday, October 13. The vast majority of the videos are already online and can be now accessed via the website. Visitors are invited to come to the Hanover Fairgrounds to inspect the 2015 Harrisburg consignment. The yearlings are available for inspection and paddocking daily, except Sunday beginning at 11.00 AM. Appointments are not necessarily required, but would be greatly appreciated. In order to facilitate your visit, please call Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky or Murray Brown at 717-637-8931 and let them know when you can be expected. Murray Brown

The videos of the 24 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale are now online and can be seen at the Hanover website hanoverpa.com. The consignment to Lexington consists of 24 well-bred yearlings representing most of today's prominent sires and coming from the sports best maternal families. The group is headed by several yearlings by 2015's leading two year old money winning sires Donato Hanover and Somebeachsomewhere. Other stallions represented in the offering are Andover Hall, Art Major, Bettors Delight, Cantab Hall, Credit Winner, Dragon Again, Explosive Matter, Muscle Massive, Well Said and Western Ideal. The yearlings are presently at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Pa and may be seen daily except Sunday until they ship to Lexington on Friday, October 2. They will available for inspection in Lexington at the Fasig Tipton sales site beginning Saturday morning, October 3. They will sell in the Monday and Tuesday segments of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on October 5 and October 6. For further information or to make an appointed to see them in Hanover, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com or Murray Brown at 717-487-1812 or hofmurray@aol.com.                     Murray Brown   Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.   2310 Hanover Pike   Post Office Box 339   Hanover, PA 17331   Phone: 717-637-8931 Ext. 219   Fax: 717-637-6766   Email: mbrown@hanoverpa.com or hofmurray@aol.com      

The 50th Anniversary festivities continue at Pocono Downs, with everyone looking forward to an exciting weekend of tremendous harness racing and events. Friday, August 21 Racing will kick off with a special Post Time of 5:30pm, and the "Legends Race" will start off the night. The race will feature familiar names such as Bill Popfinger; Don Wiest; Jim Williard; Bill Mullin, Syl King Jr.; Eddie Nickle; and Joe Antonelli. There will also be a special Winner's Circle trophy presention by Pocono's first leading driver, J.D. Dennis, Sr., and Gene Daisey, who drove in 1965 as well. Horsemen from the past to the present are all invited into the Circle for the presentation and a group photo. After the 10th race, Wilkes Barre Mayor Thomas M. Leighton will present a proclamation honoring the track for their 50th anniversary and their contribution to the community. Immediately following the races on Friday night, there will be a free concert on the apron with a Tribute to Motown featuring The Fellas; and a Tribute to the Supremes, featuring Encorz. The time for the concert will be approximately 9:30pm. A $1 Coors Light draft drink special will be at the track apron bars only for the concert fans. After the concert, fans with the coupon from the live racing program can grab their "Decades of the Downs" 1965 t-shirts on the apron, while supplies last. Saturday afternoon, August 22 Former manager and Major League baseball player Pete Rose drops in for pictures and autographs in the racing lobby from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. This is a wristband-only event, and wristbands are available starting at 1:00pm in the lobby. Authorized photos will be signed, and are available at the event. Then the action shifts to the famous 5/8 mile oval with the $2.3 million Super Stakes Saturday. Representative Eddie Day Pashinski of the 121st Legislative District in Luzerne County will perform the National Anthem to kick off this tremendous night of racing, featuring the Battle of the Brandywine; the Colonial Trot; and the Valley Forge Pace, plus two consolations of each. Also featured on this prestigious night of racing is the Sebastian K Invitational Trot, named after the fastest trotter of all time. The famed trotter will also be honored with a special retirement ceremony after the 4th race on the card, featuring owner Michael Knuttson; driver/trainer, Ake Svanstedt and Bernie Noren; along with James Simpson from Hanover Shoe Farms. Special collectible Sebastian K color photos will be available for fans after the ceremony. A special 50th Anniversary souvenir beer mug will be given away to fans with the coupon from the live racing program starting at 9:00pm at the Trackside Concession area on the apron. Programs are on sale starting at 5:00pm. The Hanover Shoe Farms Mares Invitational Pace and the USTA Invitational Pace have also been added to this stellar card of racing, with a purse of $50,000 to each. Immediately following the races, at approximately 10:30pm, will be a spectacular fireworks display featuring music of all five decades from 1960's to the present. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a good spot on the apron. Plenty of food will be available on the apron both Friday and Saturday with food trucks Dominic's; Big Belly BBQ; Johnny Rockets; and Doc Popcorn ready to go with something for everyone's appetite. The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame will be on hand with items for sale as well. In the racing lobby both Friday and Saturday will be a special display of memorabilia from the past 50 years for fans to enjoy. Included are old photos; trophies; programs, and more. As always, parking and admission are free at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and valet parking is also free. Everyone is invited to the once-in-a-lifetime 50th Anniversary celebration! Jennifer Starr

The brothers Tristan Sjöberg and Michael Knutsson (Knutsson Trotting Inc) are proud to announce that they have reached an agreement with Jim Simpson, the President of Hanover Shoe Farms to stand the World's fastest trotter Sebastian K at the world's most renowned Standardbred breeding Farms beginning with the 2016 breeding season. "Anybody who ever saw Sebastian K at his best had to be impressed with his breathtaking speed, his incredible gait and the charisma that shone from every hair on his coat. He brings to Hanover a perfect outcross and possesses the magic elixir of the combination of great French and American blood that has dominated the best of world trotting for the last several decades. Moreover he is a great individual, who I feel confident will produce beautiful yearlings and very fast racehorses" says Jim Simpson. Tristan adds "Michael and I are delighted to be given the opportunity to stand Sebastian K at the most prestigious stud farm in the world. We are convinced that Sebastian's flawless technique and excellent conformation will translate to his offspring". Sebastian K was a beacon of trotting in North American trotting from his very first start in 2014. He won eight of his first nine races on his way to a near unanimous choice as the older trotter of 2014. The apex of his astounding season took place at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on June 28, when he shattered the world record in taking an incredible record of 1.49f in defeating a host of North America's best trotters. Sebastian K comes to Hanover with lifetime earnings of $2,973,252, over two million dollars of it earned in Europe where he took on and often defeated the best Free For All trotters in the world including victories in the Oslo Grand Prix, UET Trotting Masters and Åby Stora Pris (twice).. Appropriately he will be officially retired in a special ceremony at the scene of his greatest triumph at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on August 22nd. The Open trot will be named in his honour - The Sebastian K Invitational. Meet World Record Holder Sebastian K. in his paddock at Legend Farm, Åke Svansted's training camp in New Jersey.  Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

JULY 5, 2015 - Just over two years ago Brian Peterson made the leap from harness racing fan to yearling owner and four weeks ago he made his first start as a trainer, winning an overnight event with three-year-old trotting filly Amoureuse Hanover. On Sunday Peterson shipped Amoureuse Hanover to Rideau Carleton Raceway for the second Gold Leg of the season and the filly delivered a track record equalling 1:55.3 effort to give the Port Hope, ON resident his first training win in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "My wife and I just started going to Kawartha Downs to watch the races about six years ago, and I just kept on getting more and more interested in it and decided I wanted to give it a go," said Peterson of his transformation from fan to owner. Peterson purchased two yearlings from Hanover Shoe Farms in the spring of 2013 and, with the help of his friend and long-time horseman John Smith, started to teach them the basics of racing. One year later Amoureuse Hanover was ready to qualify and the daughter of Pilgrims Taj and A Youre Adorable proved good enough for the Gold Series. Racing out of Smith's barn, the two-year-old Amoureuse Hanover posted one win and two seconds in Gold Series action, and finished fourth in her elimination and the final of the Peaceful Way at Mohawk Racetrack, for freshman earnings of $102,435. With an additional year of knowledge under his belt, Peterson stepped into the training role in time for Amoureuse Hanover's second start this season, and the filly rewarded him with a 1:56.3 victory at Mohawk Racetrack. In the June 18 Gold Series opener one week later the filly finished fifth for her newly minted trainer and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON. "She was good as a two-year-old, and this year she just seems to have matured," said Peterson. "She just wasn't quite as driveable. Last year she was just to the front, to the front and there was no stopping her. This year she's learned to race. "Mike's done a great job driving her this year, an awesome job." Amoureuse Hanover showed off her maneuverability in Sunday's Gold Leg, circling out three-wide at the three-quarters and accelerating home to reel in the leaders and fend off a late challenge from runner-up Lady Ping. Fan favourite Stubborn Belle rounded out the top three in the 1:55.3 mile, which matched the three-year-old trotting filly track record set by the great Peaceful Way in 2004. While Amoureuse Hanover has been a full-blown success for the novice horseman, Peterson has not been so lucky with the pacing colt he acquired. "He hasn't made it to the races yet. He's got some leg issues that I've been dealing with, so he's still unraced," explained Peterson. "Gary (Oliver), I board my horses at his place now, he says, 'You've got the one percent and you've got the 99 per cent,'" Peterson added with a laugh. One percenter Amoureuse Hanover will attempt to continue her successful season in the third Gold Leg at Mohawk Racetrack on July 16. Joining her will be division leader Muscle Baby Doll, who won her second straight Gold Series trophy in the other $105,000 division at Rideau Carleton on Sunday. Starting from Post 1, driver Doug McNair allowed Muscle Baby Doll to float away from the gate into fifth spot while Juanitas Fury battled her way to the :28.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :58 half McNair tipped the heavy favourite to the outside and Muscle Baby Doll made a powerful move to the front and had opened up a two length lead before the 1:26.2 three-quarters. LMC Marshmellow attempted to catch Muscle Baby Doll in the stretch, but the leader refused to yield and hit the wire three-quarters of a length on top in 1:56. Juanitas Fury finished third. Guelph, ON resident McNair engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and owners F. Bellino And Sons LLC of Bronxville, NY. The victory was Muscle Baby Doll's fourth in five starts this season, boosting the Muscle Mass daughter's earnings to $127,640, and giving her sole ownership of top spot in the division with 100 points. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, August 13 with a unique program that will feature both the Grassroots and Gold Series divisions of two-year-old pacing colts. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, sat a perfect two-hole trip behind the pacesetting heavy favourite and previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit, before charging by the leader in deep stretch to win capture the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness racing pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48. The final time was just a fifth of a second off the stakes record at Mohawk set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. It also marked the 18th time that an elim winner had also won the final. Named for a ceremonial Japanese sword, 'Wakizashi' had come into the final off a blazing 1:49.2 elim win, when he threw down a :25.3 final quarter while upsetting last year's division champion Artspeak. The 32nd edition of the Cup brought together the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, including the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, a perfect 11-for-11, including his elim in 1:49.2 and Wakizashi Hanover, who tipped his hand last week as well. For Tetrick, it was his second Cup win, following a victory with favoured Captaintreacherous in 2013. Wakizashi Hanover, purchased for only $23,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in 2013, is owned by a group of Nova Scotians, based in Truro, and trained by Joann Looney-King. The Cup was his fifth and biggest win in six starts this year, after taking two of six last year. But the gelded son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, has only been worse than second once. The sire was fourth to Straight Path in the 1998 Cup. "It worked out perfect," said Tetrick. "I got to follow a really good horse (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and the horse did the rest. My horse tipped and we got the job done. He's a nice colt. The connections have done a great job with him. I appreciate them letting me drive the horse. He's versatile. He's a good horse and he's got tons of speed." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague for his father, owner George Teague, went immediately to the front, laying down fractions of :25.1 (equalling the fastest Cup first-quarter), 53.3 for the half and 1:21 for three-quarters. But right on his tail throughout was Wakizashi Hanover, who was then angled out in mid-stretch and wore down the leader for the mild surprise by three-quarters of a length. Betting Exchange came on for third, three lengths behind the winner, while In The Arsenal, another elim winner from last week, was fourth. "Lots of supporters calling, sending messages in the last two days, it's just been phenomenal," said co-owner Bruce Kennedy, who along with his partners, races under the Tri County Stable banner. "We're living a dream. Three of the six people are brand new owners, never owned a horse before. What a way to start a career. Now they're hooked, I hope. "We've got a great trainer in Joann Looney-King and her husband, Jim, and we have a great relationship. We're all small time operators. I don't know how you get Tim Tetrick as a driver but we did. We had the package coming in." Wakizashi Hanover earned $500,000 for the prestigious win, pushing his career bankroll to almost $700,000. Sent postward the 5-1 third choice, he paid $13.40, $4 and $3.20, combining with Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.50, $2.20) for a $30.60 (2-3) exactor. A 2-3-4 (Betting Exchange, $8.40) triactor came back $235.10, while a $1 Superfecta [2-3-4-5 (In The Arsenal)] was worth $410.45. Mark McKelvie

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Western Ideal, to be auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   Western Ideal, a winner of more than $1.4 million in his career, stands for a fee of $7,500. Bidding, which is currently underway at OnGait.com, starts at $3,000.   "We are pleased to have support from Hanover Shoe Farm on board to assist with our scholarship program," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Over the years we have had many great partners that have helped our scholarship program to benefit many deserving young people."   The OnGait.com auction for the Western Ideal breeding ends on March 2 at 2PM Eastern.   Jeff Zidek

HARRISBURG PA - Russell Williams, who is an important part of many of harness racing's major entities - Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, the U.S. Trotting Association, the Harness Racing Museum - and also serves as "Santa Claus" to horses after their racing/breeding careers are completed, has been named the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner by the United States Harness Writers Association, the media association of the industry. It is the highest award given by USHWA that is voted on solely by its membership of 220. Williams is the grandson of Hall of Famer Lawrence Sheppard, founder of Hanover Shoe Farms, the world's largest Standardbred nursery. But while always enjoying the horses, Russell carved his own path in life as a lawyer, serving as assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia and teaching law at the University of Richmond. Later, he returned to Hanover as a senior official, and to this day his contributions to Hanover and the sport are numerous and progressive. He serves the dual roles in the "Hanover family" as vice president of Hanover Shoe Farms, leading breeder within the industry since records started to be kept in 1949, and as chairman and vice president of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, which each year conducts a weeklong sale of quality horseflesh in Harrisburg, just more than an hour from the Hanover Farm near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. Williams is also vice chairman of the U.S. Trotting Association, the sport's breed registry, statistical record-keeper, and overall input into national/international issues - his background as a lawyer is especially valuable in this role. He is a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum, and the former chairman of the American Horse Council, a multi-breed organization. Russell also campaigns a modest stable of horses and owns several broodmares, including Nicole Isabelle, a second-generation Williams mare whose first foal was the trotting star Nuncio, an Andover Hall colt who won the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity en route to earnings of $1.45 million in 2014. But the main equine beneficiaries of Williams' "ownership" are those horses whose careers as racehorses are finished, and elder broodmares retired from the breeding ranks. The latter group of Hanover mares are boarded at Hanover for life; the racehorses are literally given "the gift of life" by "Santa Claus" Williams, as he purchases them and helps find them suitable homes. Russell Williams, still agile and youthful of mind approaching 60, has spread his earned talents throughout the Standardbred world, to the benefit of every level, and thus is a worthy recipient of the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award. This award, along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human award trophies will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are now available. Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet can be reserved via telephone or email by contacting Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. Substantial savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. A special rate of $115 can be reserved by calling 407-352-1100 BEFORE January 25, 2015, and mentioning code: Dan Patch or clicking this link. The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Monday, January 26. To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845-807-7538 or email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via Internet link: USHWA.org. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association     -30-  

The following are the 2015 service fees for the stallions standing at Hanover Shoe Farms. All of the books are subject to close without notice.  Andover Hall $10,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous $15,000 Donato Hanover $15,000 Explosive Matter $7,500 Muscle Massive $7,500 Somebeachsomewhere $25,000 Well Said $15,000 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farms

Hanover/Harrisburg, PA – Looking for a fun-filled way to take part in the upcoming Harrisburg sale?  Standardbred Horse Sales Company invites you to enter its new, “Stable Stars” contest.  You will have a chance at winning prizes and eternal bragging rights of being the first-ever winner! From now through 12 Noon on Sunday, November 2, 2014, you can enter your guess on the final hammer price of 10 designated yearlings being sold on November 3. Entries can be made by following the link on the company’s web site at www.theblackbook.com or by sending your guesses via email to jkrentler@hanoverpa.com Grand prize winner will be the person submitting guesses closest to the total actual prices of all yearlings in the contest.  The winner will receive a Standardbred Fleece Jacket, Polo Shirt and Hat, as well as a copy of Ellen Harvey’s “Standardbred Old Friends”.  Prizes will also be awarded for second place and the closest guesses on the individual horses. For full contest rules and details, go to the link at http://theblackbook.com/contest.php then follow along on the LIVE Webcast to Monday, November 3, as well as on our Facebook page and on Twitter, using the hashtags: #harrisburgsale #stablestars. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company

The Hanover Shoe Farms videos of the yearlings consigned to this year's Harrisburg sale are now being taken at the Hanover Fairgrounds. Videos of these yearlings will be posted on a daily basis as they are done. They may be accessed at the Hanover Shoe Farms website hanoverpa.com. It is anticipated that all of the 220 yearlings will have their videos on the website by Saturday, October 11, this of course to some degree is weather dependent. The yearlings will be available for inspection at the Fairgrounds beginning Monday, October 13. Appointments are not necessary, but they will be greatly appreciated. To arrange for the yearlings that prospective buyers would like to see please call Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or Murray Brown at 717-487-1812. By doing so your particular yearlings will be ready for you at your arrival. The yearlings will be available for inspection daily, except Sunday through Friday, October 31 beginning at 11.00 AM. They will ship to Harrisburg on Saturday, November 1 and be ready for evaluation there beginning at 8.00 AM on Sunday, November 2. by Murray Brown, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

Jim Simpson, the president of Hanover Shoe Farms and the members of the the Captaintreacherous racing group have announced that The Captain will be officially retired at Lexington's famed Red Mile during the races on Thursday October 2. Tony Alagna, the colt's trainer said "Captain just hasn't been himself for the last several weeks. He's been fighting a low respiratory bug and we just haven't been able to overcome it. Rather than take the chance of doing irreparable harm to this great horse, I think it would be wise for everybody concerned to have him retired at Hanover Shoe Farms. I have no doubts that he is destined to become a great sire. I very much look forward to the day when I will be looking at, buying and training his babies". Jim Simpson said that he looks forward to having the greatest son of the sport's supersire Somebeachsomewhere stand at Hanover. "Captaintreacherous was one of the greatest two and three year old pacers in the sport's history. It's now time for him to excel in the next stage of his remarkable career." Myron Bell, the colt's racing manager throughout his career said "I've been involved in Harness Racing for half a century. I've seen all of the greats during that time. Captaintreacherous has to rank right up there among the very best. In my entire career in the sport I've only predicted two horses as being "can't miss" sires. Those two were Artsplace and Western Ideal. The one quality that all three horses share is extreme courage. I have no doubt whatever that Captaintreacherous will follow in their footsteps in the stallion ranks. I look forward to buying and training a large number of his yearlings". Captaintreacherous was voted "Pacer of the Year" at both two and three. At 2, he won 8 of 10 starts and earned $918,253. At 3, he won 13 of 16 starts and earned $2,055,033 winning almost all of the Classic events including the three richest, the North American Cup, the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown. Captaintreacherous retires with earnings of $3,148,657. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky in whose hands the Captain will be literally be in at Hanover can't wait until the horse gets to his next home. "I don't think I've ever been more excited about an incoming stallion. The Captain has it all, great performance on the racetrack, great courage, a fantastic pedigree and perhaps most important of all, he's drop dead gorgeous and correct, something that I'm certain he will transmit to his foals." Captaintreacherous will begin his stallion career in February of 2015. Captaintreacherous 2013 Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) fighting the bit to win the Crown Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

The videos of the 29 yearlings that Hanover Shoe Farms will be selling at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale are now online and are available at the Farms' website hanoverpa.com. They should also shortly be available at the Sale's website lexingtonselected.com. The Lexington yearlings are all by the premier sires in Harness Racing including Andover Hall(2), Art Major(2), Bettor's Delight(1), Cantab Hall(2), Donato Hanover(3), Dragon Again(4), Explosive Matter(1), Muscle Hill(1), Muscle Massive(1), Rock N Roll Heaven(1), Somebeachsomewhere(5), Well Said(3), Western Ideal(2) and Yankee Glide(1). The yearlings are now at the Hanover Fairgrounds where they are available for inspection daily, except Sunday beginning at 11.00 AM. They will ship to Lexington on Saturday September 27. They will be available for inspection beginning at 8.00 AM on the Fasig Tipton grounds daily beginning Sunday September 28. For further information please contact Dr Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com or Murray Brown at 717-487-1812 or at hofmurray@aol.com. From Hanover Shoe Farms

The 2014 racing season at Clinton Raceway came to a close on Sunday afternoon (August 31), and six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions were contested on the program. The star of those races was Thinkofagameplan, who moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Grassroots point standings with a 1:57 track record performance in the third split. With Randy Waples handling the driving assignment, Thinkofagameplan overtook leader Pan Street USA (Doug McNair) from first-over past three-quarters and then drew away in the stretch to win by four lengths in the new track record clocking. Pan Street USA wound up second with Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell) back in third. The 1:57 effort dropped the track record for a two-year-old pacing colt by a fifth of a second. It had belonged to Front Row since he won a Grassroots division in 1:57.1 on September 21, 2003. Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his third win (all in Grassroots competition) from six attempts and pushed his bankroll to $36,660, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. In other action three horses picked up their second Grassroots wins of the season. The first to do it was Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who backed up his victory last Sunday at Georgian Downs with a 1:59.2 tally in the Grassroots opener. He was followed up by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon), who bagged the fourth section in 1:58 after a two-hole trip, and The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) was the last to double up as he snagged the fifth flight in 1:58.4. Trainer Jack Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ontario, owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now two-for-five in the win column with a bankroll of $30,500, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. Joe Hudon, who resides in Acton, Ontario, also co-owns Twin B Scandal, a gelded son of Mach Three-Twin B Intrigue (McArdle), with partner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Twin B Scandal now has a pair of triumphs from seven efforts, and he has banked $28,440. The dam of Twin B Scandal is out of Daylon Magic, who won 18 times in Ontario Sires Stakes competition between her two- and three-year-old seasons. Twin B Scandal, who brought $32,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale, was bred by Twinbrook Limited and James Kirk. The Fire Within is a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover ($311,480). The half-brother to millionaire Illusionist picked up his third win from six attempts and ran his rookie season earnings to $23,620 for breeder, owner, trainer Fred Drouillard of Dutton, Ontario. Also winning in Grassroots competition today were: --Star Cover (Jody Jamieson, 1:57.3). This son of Royal Mattjesty is owned and trained by Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, Ontario. Star Cover has won twice from seven trips behind the gate, and he has put away $14,060. He was bred by Winbak Farm and fetched $4,500 at the 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale. Star Cover’s dam is the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Rosebud ($721,057), an Ontario Sires Stakes superstar who won 11 times from 14 attempts during her OSS career. --Charlottes Colony (Trevor Henry, 1:58). An Art Colony colt, Charlottes Colony broke his maiden in his fifth try and boosted his output to $16,800. Charlottes Colony is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Thomas McGuffog of Hanwell and Geoffrey Macneish of Douglas, New Brunswick. Charlottes Colony, whose dam is the Mohican Pride mare OGs Starlett ($536,647), was bred by Dan Belliveau and was hammered down for $4,200 at last year’s Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale. The next Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event for rookie pacing males will take place on September 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. From the Ontario Sire Stakes and Clinton Raceway

For over a hundred years, standardbred breeders in North America have heavily patronized the Hanover Shoe Farms harness racing breeding operation. It has long had a reputation for quality and excellence and it is a reputation that they continue to build on to this day. To reach the summit in anything in life is the easier part of the equation. To stay there over a long period is the difficult thing to achieve which is why the longevity and strength of the “Hanover” brand is something to be marveled at. Every year pundits wonder aloud if this might just be the year that Hanover Shoe Farms slips from atop its pedestal in the North American breeding scene. Every year they are disappointed as the Hanover juggernaut rolls on. As is the norm every year, several two year olds with the Hanover name have been starring in some of the early stakes action. Three of those two year old horses have really taken our eye over the last few weeks and appear poised to bring further success to the Hanover brand. First up is the two year old gelding Piercewave Hanover who was sold at Harrisburg last year for $57,000. A son of Donato Hanover from the brilliant racemare Passionate Glide 1:52.2 ($2,131,377), he races out of the barn of Christopher Oakes. So far this season Piercewave Hanover is two for two and has banked $52,577 to date. His latest win at the Meadows on August 5th in a  $58,152 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in 1:56.1 was very impressive and would suggest we are going to hear a lot more of Piercewave Hanover. The second two year old to have  impressed us this season is Aria Hanover who was sold at Harrisburg last year for $ 80,000. A daughter of Well Said from a half sister to All Speed Hanover 1:49.4 ($830,738), she races out of the Jimmy Takter barn. So far this season Aria Hanover has had four starts for three wins and a second and has banked $114,115 in stakes to date. Her recent win at Pocono Downs on August 6th in a $75,720 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes in 1:53.1 was full of merit and signaled a big future for this freshman filly. The third two year old to have taken our eye is Sassa Hanover who was sold at the Lexington Select Sale last year for $50,000. A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven from a half sister to Shadyshark Hanover 1:47.4 ($771,172), she races out of the Ron Burke barn. So far this season Sassa Hanover is four from four and has banked $83,933 in stakes. Her recent win at Vernon Downs on August 7th in a $36,556 division of the New York Sires Stakes in 1:52.2 with a last quarter in 26.4 shows Sassa Hanover will be a major player when some of the bigger stakes race roll around. That is just three of the multitude of Hanover bred two year olds strutting their stuff all over North America this season. At the same time as the two year olds have been burning up the tracks, the Hanover based stallions have been having an outstanding year in all the age group divisions of the North American siring tables as the analysis below shows. In the two year old trotting division, first season Hanover based sire Muscle Massive is currently lying second on the North American sires table while Donato Hanover, Explosive Matter and Cantab Hall all sit within the first seven places on the sires table. In the three year old trotting division Cantab Hall leads the sires table from Donato Hall with Andover Hall at fifth and Explosive Matter at sixth which is a fantastic result for Hanover Shoe Farms. In the two year old pacing division, Well Said is currently lying second on the sires table with Somebeachsomewhere back in seventh due to a small third crop of just 67. In the three year old pacing division, Somebeachsomewhere has distanced the competition with Well Said just as clearly second on the sires table. As of today August 9th, horses bred by Hanover Shoe Farms have won 1498 races this season in North America for stakes totaling $15,456,084. The “Hanover” brand has always been synonymous with quality and this years results on both the track and in the stallion barn just add further kudos to the most successful breeding operation in North America.    Harnesslink media  

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