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HANOVER, ON - SEPT. 5, 2020 - Hanover Raceway wrapped up its 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday, Sept. 5, hosting a quartet of $22,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Queso Relleno and driver Jody Jamieson kicked off the stakes action in the second race, controlling the tempo from Post 1 on their way to a five length victory in 1:56.1. Coqui Coqui finished second and Docs Harmony was third. "I was very happy with her. She's started to come back to being what we thought we had at the beginning of the year," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "She had a rough start to the year and then she got a rock in the eye and we were really scared that she was going to have to lose the eye. It's a little cloudy, but it's pretty good now. We're really happy with the way she's bounced back the last couple weeks." St. George resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Queso Relleno with Sue Vernon Smith of Oakville, The Flanagan Sisters of Brantford, ON and Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. Saturday's win was the Betterthancheddar daughter's first of the season in the Grassroots program and her second overall. With a second and a fourth in her other two Grassroots starts, the 2019 division champion will wrap up the regular season with 83 points, putting her in a tie for seventh in the standings and securing a berth in the Oct. 2 Semi-Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She won it last year as a two-year-old, so we're hoping that she can repeat as a three-year-old," said MacIntosh of the upcoming post season. "There's a couple really nice horses that skipped today that will be tough in there, but we're hopeful that she just keeps getting better." The other three divisions saw Landry Seelster, Free Flyin Ticket and Mach My Kiss deliver front-end efforts to score their third Grassroots wins and cement their position at the top of the standings. Robert Shepherd piloted Landry Seelster to a one and one-half length victory over Need Ur Opinion and favourite Keystone Kalimba in the second division, stopping the Hanover Raceway teletimer at 1:56.1. "She was really good. She was strong," said Shepherd. "She got it her own way kind of on the front, but she's really good on the half, she can pace the turns so good." Shepherd crafted the win for trainer Michael Ellis and owner Kim Lezanchuk of Brantford, ON. With three wins and two thirds in her five Grassroots starts, Mach Three daughter Landry Seelster heads into the Semi-Final sitting second in the standings with 174 points. Free Flyin Ticket hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of fan favourite Mary Kay to record her 1:56.3 victory in the third $22,100 division. Saulsbrook Raven was another length back in third. "She's been racing poor her last couple of starts so we decided we'd try to wake her up a little bit and change her bridle, and we threw a set of blinkers on her today," said trainer Anthony Beaton, who handed the newly-equipped filly over to driver Sylvain Filion to steer from Post 6. "It looked like Sylvain had a bit of a handful with her there at the quarter pole when they got there, and he made the move, and it was a big move that he made there in the turn to clear the front, and then she ended up being good enough to get there." Waterdown resident Beaton shares ownership of the Betterthancheddar daughter with Gary Volpe of St. Thomas, George Quartarone of Claremont, ON and David Mercer of Sydney, NS. With three wins and one eighth in Grassroots action, Free Flyin Ticket heads into the post season ranked fourth with 151 points. Doug McNair and Mach My Kiss captured the last Grassroots division, holding off Trafalgar for a one-half length win in 1:57.2. Tuggingoncredit rounded out the top three. "She got the job done, but she's better on the bigger track," said McNair, who piloted the Mach Three daughter to the win for trainer Rob Fellows and owners Yolanda Fellows of Rockwood, ON and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. With three wins and one second for a total of 175 Grassroots points, Mach My Kiss will lead the sophomore pacing fillies into the post season, where her connections are hoping she can reprise her Semi-Final winning effort from the two-year-old campaign. "There are a bunch of nice fillies in it, but she ranks up there with them," said McNair, who engineered Mach My Kiss's 2019 Semi-Final victory. The top 20 point earners will compete in the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advancing to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Hanover Raceway Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

HANOVER, ON - AUG. 29, 2020 - Locally owned freshman trotting filly Top Of The Bar delivered an impressive performance at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 29 to earn her second  Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory of the season. Starting from Post 2 with driver Bob McClure in the race bike, Top Of The Bar settled in third as A Blue Blood led the field to a :31 opening quarter over a rain-soaked and wind-battered oval rated three seconds slower than normal. As A Blue Blood carried on to a 1:04 half, McClure sent Top Of The Bar up the outside and the filly continued to stalk the pacesetter through a 1:35.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Top Of The Bar finally reeled in A Blue Blood, getting up for a one-half length victory in 2:06. A Blue Blood settled for second and fan favourite Flanagan Destiny was third. "She's such a solid filly," said McClure. "One thing about Mark Etsell, his horses can trot, so when you go to a track like Hanover you can stand on them pretty good and know they can take it." McClure engineered the win for Rockwood resident Etsell and his co-owners Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in Grassroots action at Grand River Raceway on July 29 and finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She raced good. When she raced it was pretty muddy, windy and muddy, and she did it, I guess the hard way, first up, and Bob said she was good," said Hanover native Etsell. "He was confident. He knows that she's kind of a rugged little girl." Top Of The Bar will make her fourth lifetime start in the last regular season Grassroots leg at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 17 before heading to the Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 1. With a total of 112 Grassroots points, the filly currently sits second in the division point standings. The top 20 point earners advance to the Semi-Finals. Doing It All made a leap into the top 10 with her first Grassroots victory in the second $22,100 division. From Post 1 the Kadabra daughter and driver Stephen Byron got away second behind early pacesetter Snowfalla, who rang up a :31.3 quarter and a 1:04.3 half. Tribeca Seelster tallied the 1:35 third fraction and duelled Doing It All down the stretch, but Doing It All got a head in front at the wire for the 2:07.2 score. Kadillac Girl recovered from an early break to be third. "They weren't going much today, but it rained pretty good up there. It rained until just about post time," said trainer John Bax. "She's a big, big, good gaited filly who just doesn't know how to race yet and hasn't filled out. I think she's going to be more of a three-year-old." Campbellville resident Bax conditions Doing It All for owner Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY, who offered up $100,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. In her three previous Grassroots starts Doing It All had finished seventh, fifth and fourth, giving her a total of 65 points. The final $22,100 division saw Tipsy In Dixie claim her second Grassroots victory with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 3 that saw her trot under the wire in 2:07.2, four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Movin To The Top and Fortune Tellers K. James MacDonald piloted the fan favourite to the win for trainer Harry Poulton and fractional ownership group TheStable Tipsy In Dixie of Guelph, ON, and the reinsman said he was confident in the filly from the start. "She just buzzes around the farm track, and she got around Grand River like a hoop on a barrel. I would have been thoroughly, thoroughly shocked if she didn't handle Hanover well. I was pretty confident going in," said MacDonald. "She's just a little beauty. She's just a good gaited, nice little filly, she doesn't do anything wrong. She's a little sweetheart." With two wins and a second in three Grassroots starts, Muscle Mass daughter Tipsy In Dixie leads the two-year-old pacing fillies into the final leg with 125 points. Click the links to see complete results and replays of the afternoon's program. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Hanover Raceway next weekend, Saturday, Sept. 5, with the final Grassroots leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

HANOVER, AUG. 27, 2020 - Hanover Raceway kicks off two straight weeks of Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action this Saturday, Aug. 29 with three divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies battling for a total of $66,650. The first $22,450 division goes postward in Race 2 and trainer Mark Etsell is hoping Top Of The Bar can bounce back from sickness to add a few more points to the 62 she accumulated in her first two Grassroots starts. The daughter of Muscle Mass finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and won her division in the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway before missing the Aug. 17 event. "We just went through a bout of the sickness, that's why we missed the last Grassroots, so I qualified her there Tuesday (Aug. 25) just to tighten her up a bit, so hopefully we're coming in good," said Hanover native Etsell. "We had 15 out of 17 sick there, so it was pretty rough." Etsell, who currently calls Rockwood home, shares ownership of Top Of The Bar with Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The partners offered up $25,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Top Of The Bar and driver Bob McClure will line up at Post 2 on Saturday, alongside local filly Charmbo Princess, who starts from Post 3 for driver Mike Saftic and owner/breeders Randy Rier of Hanover and John "Jack" Rier of Kitchener, ON. In her Grassroots appearances, Charmbo Princess has tallied one win and one fourth for a total of 58 points and also missed one leg due sickness. "We're hoping she's a little sharper. She was sick, she was off five weeks before she raced two weeks ago there (Aug. 17) and I'm hoping she's a little sharper, we were able to get her trained a little better and stuff like that," said Randy Rier of the homebred daughter of Royalty For Life and Hetties Charm. "So we'll keep our fingers crossed." The other two $22,100 Grassroots divisions will go postward as Races 5 and 7 on the Saturday afternoon program, which gets under way at 2 pm. Next Saturday, Sept. 5 the Hanover half-mile will host the last regular season Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Competition will be fierce as the fillies vie for one of 20 spots in the Oct. 2 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Although in-person attendance is limited to 100 people for both Grassroots events, fans can download a program and find links to the live stream on the Hanover Raceway website. For the full program click here OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

August 19, 2020 -- Hanover Raceway has been enjoying a strong racing season under new management and will play host to this Saturday's COSA TV broadcast of the 2020 Balanced Image Trot Final. The $50,000 Balanced Image for two-year-olds will feature an excellent field of eight with elimination winner Sweet Soul David installed as the 2-1 morning line choice from four. Last week's other elimination winner, Arch Hall, has drawn the trailing post eight in the main event. The four-race broadcast gets underway at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and will be available through the COSA TV, Harness Racing Update (HRU) and CUJO Entertainment Facebook pages. It can also be seen on COSA TV's YouTube channel and will be live streamed on the Standardbred Canada website. Also featured on the show will be the Walker Memorial Invitational Trot. COSA TV will be drawing 10 more winners from Saturday's show to receive a Pepsi North America Cup Viewing Kit Prize Pack just in time for the big race on Saturday, August 29th. Each prize package is designed for a group of 10 and includes: Portable Speaker Lawn Horseshoe Game Portable Cooler Bag Commemorative NACup Rally Towel - 10 Commemorative NACup Hats - 10 Commemorative NACup Shirts - 10 Woodbine Mohawk Park Tote Bags - 10 Woodbine Mohawk Park Picnic Blankets -10 Pepsi re-usable Cups - 10 Pepsi drink cozies - 10 Pepsi beverages - 10 Popcorn & Individual Popcorn boxes - 10 Napkins, Cutlery, Plates - 10 Programs - 10 Pepsi Pens for programs - 10 To enter, viewers simply need to leave a comment during the broadcast and they will automatically be qualified for a random draw at the end of the show. The weekly poll question will also give viewers a chance to enter the draw for a new E-Bike (valued at approximately $2,500), compliments of, which will be drawn for during the season finale in November. For more information, visit From COSTA-TV  

MILTON, JUNE 18, 2020 - The inaugural Prospect Series kicks off this Saturday, June 20 at Hanover Raceway with three harness racing divisions for Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing fillies. Trainer Jack Darling will harness two fillies in the opening leg of the Prospect Series, Races 5, 7 and 9 on the 2 pm program, and is hoping for good things from both Dreamadreamforme and Twin B Hello. "Dreamadreamforme, she actually won a Grassroots up there last year at Hanover," said Darling. "But her first start she didn't race very good so I thought I'd put them both in and see how they do and go from there. Hope they can move up, if not then they will stay in the Prospect." Dreamadreamforme will start from Post 3 in the second $7,100 Prospect Series division with Jason Ryan in the race bike. The Betterthancheddar daughter heads into the race off a 1:56.4 victory in her May 29 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a fifth-place result in her sophomore debut at Georgian Downs on June 9. Last season the filly toured the Hanover half-mile in 2:00 in the Aug. 24 two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event. Ryan will steer Twin B Hello from Post 5 in the third division, and the pair will be looking to match or improve on the second-place result they posted in a June 9 start at Georgian Downs. The Sunshine Beach daughter was also second in her May 29 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Twin B Hello last year as a two-year-old, she was okay, but she really wasn't even good enough for the Grassroots. She's actually come back better this year," noted Cambridge, ON resident Darling, who also owns both fillies. "She seems a little better, so we'll try her in there and if she gets better we can always upgrade to the Grassroots, but for now that's a good spot for her." The Prospect Series is open to two and three-year-olds sustained to the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Like the OSS program's Gold and Grassroots events, Prospect Series events are numbered one through five and horses may only be entered in one of the corresponding events (i.e. Prospect Series No. 1, Grassroots Series No. 1, or Gold Series No. 1). However, should a Prospect Series leg fail to attract enough entries, horses can be entered in the corresponding Grassroots or Gold Series event. Throughout the summer horses competing in the Prospect Series will accumulate points toward one of nine spots in their respective $15,000 final, to be held Friday, Sept. 25 at Grand River Raceway. As with the corresponding events, horses are only able to declare into one post season finale - either the Prospect Series Final, Grassroots Semi-Final or Super Final. Starting fees for the Prospect Series are $100 and each division will race for $6,500 plus starting fees. Starting fees can be paid by cheque, made out to Ontario Sires Stakes, MasterCard or Visa. Like all events conducted under the AGCO Rules of Racing, horses must meet the added money qualifying times to be eligible for the Prospect Series. For additional information about the Prospect Series visit the Ontario Sires Stakes website or contact OSS program administrator Allison Glynn at To watch Saturday's Prospect Series opener tune into the Hanover Raceway live stream on the track's website, Facebook page or YouTube channel. Programs are available for download at the Hanover Raceway website. The first race gets under way at 2 pm and the Prospect Series divisions will go postward in Races 5, 7 and 9.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park

A changing of the guard at Hanover Raceway, for 2020, will see Steve Fitzsimmons looking after the General Manager duties - while Tony Elliott will assume the harness racing Assistant to the General Manager role. “It’s pretty much the role I was looking for,” says Elliott. “This puts me in line for what I’m aiming for in my career… I’m looking forward to getting some experience in both the marketing and managing sides of the horse racing business.” Elliott was a familiar face around The Raceway, in London, this past race meet. Known for his social media skills and pregame show appearances - he’ll look to continue on with much of the same and more at Hanover this season. “It’s been great getting to know the racing team in London,” he says. “I enjoyed helping out on the pregame shows and Greg Gangle was a great mentor as well… I like what London does with racing - it’s a great model for other tracks to follow.” A new time slot for Hanover, this season, will see them switch to a Saturday afternoon 2 PM post time. “We wanted to have a more ‘family friendly’ post time… And this way we’re not going up against Georgian Downs and Woodbine Mohawk Park in the evening.” Elliott will also host a pregame show and look after some in-between-race commentary during the race day broadcasts. “I got in some practice this past weekend during our qualifiers,” he says. “A little bit of test run, all around, as we get set for our opening day card this Saturday… Is was great to see that the mood on the backstretch was really good… Horse people were following all the new rules and it was clear to see that they were just happy to be back racing.” Along with a new online Survivor Challenge for each race program - race fans will enjoy the new High Definition (HD) live stream on the YouTube and Facebook Live platforms. “We’re really excited about the new HD experience,” says Elliott. “It’s a super upgrade for our racing product and it will be most welcomed by our viewers I’m sure.” I was able to watch a few qualifiers from Hanover on the weekend and a horse to watch for, in the weeks ahead, will be Presto Score. Owned by Darryl and Gerald Holmes, of Meaford, this lightly-raced 5YO son of Sportswriter just jogged in his prep race - pacing a back half in 59-flat, for a 2:02.1 score, with a motionless Tom Smith aboard. Mohawk regular Mach Code was out for an easy qualifying win, as well, for owners Jeff and Lori Thomson. “He was the standout,” notes Elliot. “Scott Young was here to drive him and he just toyed with his foes - winning by open lengths in 1:58.4. We may not see him back this Saturday, but most of the others, that qualified, will likely be with us.” For all the latest happenings at Hanover Raceway visit and be sure to follow Tony Elliott on Twitter @elliottracing99 - he’ll keep you up to speed on all things racing this summer. Camluck Classic Highlights COSA TV Though the Camluck Classic would have been contested this weekend, the signature race was nonetheless front and centre on the Sunday (May 31) edition of COSA TV Live. Host Greg Blanchard, joined by colleagues from The Raceway Greg Gangle and Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle - as well as Michael Carter from the USTA, revisited and discussed many memorable moments from the history of the Camluck Classic, formally known as the Molson Pace until 2018 and prior to that - known as the Labatt Pace. Catch the highlights & the full TV show here… Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle The Raceway at Western Fair District

HANOVER, ON -  Driver Guy Gagnon and trainer Dany Fontaine teamed up to win two divisions of the two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots harness racing season finale at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night. Gagnon and Fontaine kicked off their successful outing in the second $22,450 division with Kenogami Coco. Starting from Post 3 Gagnon sent the Wheeling N Dealin son straight to the front and never saw a challenge, cruising through fractions of :30, 1:02 and 1:32.3 on their way to a three and one-half length victory in 2:03.3. Les Nessman finished second and Marbellos rounded out the top three. "Coco is a nice colt," said Fontaine, adding that he was not surprised by the young trotter's victory. "All winter he trained good, all the time." Fontaine trains Kenogami Coco for owner-breeders Jean Francois and Marie Claude Reid of Anjou, QC. Saturday's win was the gelding's first in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program and boosted him from thirty-third in the division standings to eleventh with 62 points. The top 20 point earners will compete in the Sept. 27 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advancing to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Oct. 5. In addition to the OSS program Kenogami Coco also spent the summer competing in the Future Stars Series at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres where he won two legs and finished second in the Sept. 8 final. In seven starts he boasts a record of three wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $38,462. Gagnon and Fontaine recorded their second Grassroots win in the third division with Laval Titan, who got away second from Post 6 and took command just after the :30.2 opening quarter. Comfortably in command through a 1:01.2 half and a 1:31.4 three-quarters, Laval Titan dug in down the stretch to secure a one-half length victory over fan favourite Ripped And Ready in 2:02.2. Franks Angel was well behind the duelling leaders in third. "He's a big horse and I knew he was good on a half, the only thing I was not sure is if he run at the gate, but when I saw him starting at the gate and he take the front, for sure the race is finished," said Fontaine of the gelding, who made early breaks in three of his first four lifetime starts. "He's starting to come mature now at the end of the season." Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC bred and owns Laval Titan, who hit the board for the first time in the Sept. 3 Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park and finishes just above his stablemate in tenth spot with 67 points. Fontaine is hoping the E L Titan son can maintain his steady form through the Semi-Final and deliver on the promise he demonstrated through his early lessons. "I'm very happy about him; about both you know, but him because all winter he showed me he was good - we staked him everywhere that horse. He has very nice conformation, big horse, everything, but he takes some time to come mature," said Fontaine. "He's coming, he's not perfect, but he's coming; just in time for the finals." Former Walkerton resident Mark Etsell won the last division with Secrets Justice, who was also making his first appearance in the winner's circle. Starting from Post 3 Etsell settled the gelding in fourth as Mr Arch rolled out to a :30.3 quarter and then sent Secrets Justice up the outer lane heading for the 1:01.2 half. The pair remained in the outer lane as Mr Arch trotted by the 1:31 three-quarters, but in the stretch they succeeded in wearing the pacesetter down. At the 2:01.2 finish it was Secrets Justice with a head in front, leaving Mr Arch to settle for second and fan favourite Awesomedabra well back in third. "He toughed it out today," said Etsell. "When I saw the draw I said we're in the toughest division - the horse that beat us last time (Awesomedabra) and then the two-horse (Mr Arch), he beat us in Georgian - but it all worked out so that was good." Etsell trains and drives Secrets Justice for owner-breeder Dave Husul, Arlene Husul and Nancy D'Hulster of Langton, ON. With one win and one third in Grassroots action the Justice Hall gelding wraps up the regular season tied with Kenogami Coco for eleventh in the standings. The other division went to Enduring Strength, who carved out fractions of :31, 1:03 and 1:33.3 and then battled down the stretch to a nose victory in 2:04.2. Remember Titans finished second but was placed back to fifth for causing interference in the stretch, so Youboozeyoulose was elevated to the runner-up spot with Northern Flame moving up to third. Mario Baillargeon trains and drives Angus Hall son Enduring Strength for fractional ownership group's Enduring Strength group of Guelph, ON. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at From the Ontario Sire Stakes

HANOVER, ON - AUG. 24, 2019 - Harness racing driver Mike Saftic piloted three freshman pacing fillies to victory in Grassroots action at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening. The fillies were serving as the opening act on Balanced Image Final night and Saftic kicked off the festivities in the first race with Preeminence. Starting from Post 4 the filly made a brief break in stride at the start and was sitting last when fan favourite Landry Seelster reached the opening quarter in :29.4. By the 1:01 half Preeminence had moved up to fifth and heading by the 1:29.4 three-quarters Saftic sent her three-wide. Preeminence turned for home four lengths behind the leaders and a solid finishing kick saw her get a head in front of Landry Seelster and Wiggle Delight for the 2:01.2 victory. "I think she was the best in there because we run early and then gathered ourselves and still win," said Saftic. "She went a big trip. I was actually impressed with her to recoup like that and come three high around the turn. If she didn't run I'm sure she could have been an easier winner." The win was Preeminence's second in Grassroots action. The Sportswriter daughter also won her July 18 division at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With a second-place result in the season opener, the Marcel Barrieau trainee currently sits in a tie for top spot in the division standings with 125 points. Barrieau trains the filly for Claude Baril of Mascouche, QC, Gilles Caouette of Sudbury, ON and Michel Daneault of Terrebonne, QC. One race later Saftic was back in front of the Hanover track photographer after another come-from-behind effort with Shiraz Seelster. The pair got away sixth from Post 4 and remained there as early leader Watch My Speed and fan favourite Capistrano battled through fractions of :29.4, :58.1 and 1:28.4. The field caught up to the duelling leaders heading into the last turn and Shiraz Seelster outsprinted them to the wire, getting a head in front for the 2:01 victory. Capistrano settled for second and Shes Magic edged out Watch My Speed for third. "They kind of got fighting on the front end and we were way back, but you know we were a little better rated back there," noted Saftic, who crafted the win for trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. "She showed some guts you know, she come up the inside around the last turn, but she gutted it out. It was a surprising win, but I was happy with that one." The win was the first lifetime for the Bettors Delight daughter, who was a $107,000 purchase at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. Saftic completed the Grassroots hat trick with Dreamadreamforme in the fifth $22,450 division. From Post 6 the reinsman settled Dreamadreamforme in third as Bettorbeasecret led the fillies to a :30 quarter. Heading for the 1:01.1 half Saftic sent the fan favourite to the front once she took command Dreamadreamforme turned back a challenge from Trizzle Trazzle. Bettorbeasecret rallied in the stretch, but Dreamadreamforme prevailed for a three-quarter length victory in 2:00. In The News closed well to be third. "That's the one I came for. She was good," said the Campbellville, ON resident. "She kind of impressed me her first lifetime start (Aug. 19). There was some decent fillies in there. She got a nice trip second over, but she showed some guts getting home, and today she was pretty handy, she showed some talent. "I didn't know what to expect over a half, but she had no problem with it at all," he added. Cambridge, ON resident Jack Darling owns and trains Betterthancheddar daughter Dreamadreamforme, who was a 1:54 winner in her Aug. 19 debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The quickest mile of the night was clocked by Queso Relleno, who cruised along on the front end to a 1:58.2 score. High Roller Duke was three and one-quarter lengths back in second and Ms Brampton Beast was four more lengths behind in third. Paul MacKenzie drove the Betterthancheddar lass to the win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George and his partners Sue Vernon Smith of Oakville, ON, Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA, and The Flanagan Sisters of Dublin, Ireland. The win was the filly's second lifetime; she also captured her Battle Of The Belles elimination at Grand River Raceway on July 29. "She's got a lot of talent," said MacIntosh. "She raced so good in her elimination in the Battle - she was three-wide pretty much the whole last half - and then she came up flat in the final (Aug. 5). We pulled her blood and she had a high white (count) and her differentials were flipped, so we skipped the Gold (on Aug. 14) to go to the Grassroots, and I think we'll just stick with the Grassroots for the rest of the year." MacIntosh noted that Queso Relleno the first horse Sue Vernon Smith has owned and that the newcomer to harness racing is thoroughly enjoying her experience. "She's the first horse they've ever owned and they've just had a great time and love it," said the trainer. "It's nice to see new people get in the business and get lucky, have one that looks like she's going to be a nice filly." Another group made up of several new owners also celebrated a Grassroots win on Saturday. Need Ur Opinion went gate-to-wire in the fourth division for fractional ownership group TheStable Need Ur Opinion of Guelph and breeder Matthew Chapple of Chatham, ON. The Warrawee Needy daughter stopped the clock at 1:59.2, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Satdnite Jukebox and Back To Oz. "Any time you race five and don't miss the board it's a good night, when the five races are stake races that's a fantastic night," said founder and president Anthony MacDonald, whose other four horses, Wiggle Delight, Capistrano, Ms Bampton Beast and In Land Beach, logged two seconds and two thirds. "Need Ur Opinion found the front end and coasted home to her first-ever win. "Over 70 owners were represented in tonight's stake races from and I'm sure all left with smiles on their faces," he added. The sixth Grassroots division went to Up The Credit daughter Tuggingoncredit who delivered a 1:59.4 front-end effort for trainer-driver Guy Gagnon of Gatineau, QC and his partners Gestion Louis Latulippe Inc. of Beaupre, QC and Gestion Bruno Blouin Inc. of St-Fereol Les Neiges, QC. In Land Beach and Sunshine Hall rounded out the top three. The evening was capped off by the $56,600 Balanced Image Final which saw Aphrodite Duke romp to a four length victory in 2:01 for driver Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest. Tuckers Out finished second and elimination winner Lifeisgood Hanover was third. Holliday drove the E L Titan daughter to the win for trainer Andrew McCabe of Guelph-Eramosa and owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON. The win was Aphrodite Duke's second lifetime, she was also a winner in the July 14 two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 14 with the final Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

HANOVER, ON - AUG. 23, 2019 - On Saturday, Aug. 24 Ontario's talented harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies will gather at Hanover Raceway for six $22,000 Grassroots divisions, part of the Grey County oval's annual Balanced Image Final night. Shawn Steacy guided Lifeisgood Hanover to a win in last weekend's Balanced Image Trot eliminations and will send the gelding after a share of the $56,600 purse from Post 5 in Saturday's final. The trainer-driver will also send out a trio of freshman pacing fillies in Grassroots action - Noir, Bellini Seelster and In The News. "I've got three fillies, two of them especially, that Bellini Seelster and the In The News filly, they're both real handy, real slick gaited," said Steacy. "They've been able to get around the half good so far racing at Grand River and everything. "All three of those got the rail," added the Guelph resident, who will line up at Post 1 with Noir in the first race, Bellini Seelster in the second race and In The News in the sixth. "And the other filly we have there, Noir, she's a nice filly too. She's not quite as handy as the other two fillies, but I think she's got even a bigger engine in her than the first two." Sunshine Beach daughter Noir and Sportswriter filly In The News will both be looking for their first lifetime win on Saturday, while Bellini Seelster comes into the $22,450 contest off a 2:00 victory at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 16. Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC bred and owns Noir, while Katherine Steacy and Landmark 12 of Lansdowne and 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON share ownership of Bellini Seelster and Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON and 1187422 Ontario Inc. own In The News. Last Saturday's win was Lifeisgood Hanover's first in four career starts. The son of Royalty For Life will start inside the quickest elimination winner, Awsomedabra, who drew Post 7. The other elimination winner, Royaltys Odyssey, will start from the trailing Post 8. "He raced really good. He's a steady goer and he's good gaited too. For a young trotter that means a lot," said Steacy of Lifeisgood Hanover. "I think we drew the best out of the division winners, so I'm pretty happy with that. I like that better than the rail actually for a young trotter, because I found it was hard to get away from the rail last week." Klunowski, David Reid of Sydenham and Claus Jorgensen of Etobicoke, ON share ownership of Lifeisgood Hanover, whose resume also sports a pair of runner-up finishes in Grassroots action. The freshman pacing fillies will kick off Saturday's program at 7:15 pm in the first race and will also compete in Races 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8. The Walker Invitation Trot goes postward in Race 7 and the Balanced Image Final is slated as Race 9. Steacy expects another big crowd will be on hand to cheer on the young trotters. "Last week they had a good crowd for the eliminations," said the horseman, who currently leads all trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "Balanced Image and Dream Of Glory night always do really good up there." Complete entries for Saturday's Balanced Image night can be found at In addition to Saturday's Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies, Hanover Raceway will also host the regular season finale for the two-year-old trotting colts on Sept. 14. A complete schedule is below and can also be found at From the Ontario Sire Stakes

After hosting a successful soft opening of the newly renovated, expanded and rebranded Playtime Casino Hanover on March 19, the highly anticipated grand opening celebration on April 11 welcomed VIP guests and the public to the new dining, gaming and entertainment experience in Hanover. “We have a lot of play time planned for Hanover,” said Playtime Casino Hanover general manager Derek Tierney prior to a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the facility. Tierney thanked Hanover council for supporting the expansion of the casino, as well as community partners and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), and noted the significant boost in job creation due to the expansion. When Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited announced in September it was investing $18 million into renovations at the Hanover casino, the original plan was the expansion would create up to 70 new jobs, but Tierney announced the casino has hired 100 new employees and are still looking to hire a few more. When the hiring process is completed the casino will have more than 200 employees, Tierney added. Hanover mayor Sue Paterson said the expansion to the casino has been highly anticipated by council as it has created employment for local residents and will be an addition to local tourism that will also benefit other local small businesses. “We are excited that a building that was empty for nearly seven years now breathes new life,” Paterson said. The expansion is housed in the structure at Hanover Raceway originally intended to be a banquet facility that ceased construction in 2011 after there was a threat of reduced government funding and questions surrounding harness racing’s future in Ontario. The facility was to be built using the Hanover, Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society’s share of slots revenue, but had sat unfinished ever since. In February 2018 Gateway announced the approval by OLG of a lease agreement with the agricultural society that would include new dining experiences and allow for an expanded gaming floor in the partially finished vacant structure. Playtime Casino Hanover is the first Playtime Casino in Ontario for Gateway and features 300 slots and eight live table games, including roulette, blackjack and poker. Under the Gateway umbrella, the Playtime brand is built around the design inspiration of play and is to deliver to patrons in Hanover a high energy and fun experience with an expanded 32,672 square feet and additional 3,283 square-foot mezzanine, which is double the size of the former gaming floor. To go along with the gaming action, Gateway’s signature restaurant brands MATCH Eatery and Public House andThe Buffet are now fully up and running, as well as the new Arcade Bar. The Buffet restaurant and Arcade Bar next to the casino floor were up and running during the soft opening and the family-friendly MATCH Eatery and Public House restaurant was open for business the following week. The entire family, including adults and children, are welcome to enjoy the dining experience at MATCH. The location of the restaurant is situated so that patrons do not have to go into the casino area, and security personnel will be positioned next to the restaurant to assure minors won’t be able to wonder onto the gaming floor. MATCH offers live entertainment, including local talent, along with the opportunity to provide broadcasts of pay-per-view events in a sports bar atmosphere. Hanover native Jamie Warren, accompanied by Jeremy Williams, were the first musicians to hit the stage in the MATCH after the ribbon cutting ceremony. MATCH seats 112 patrons and this summer will debut an outdoor patio that is to seat 96, which will overlook the racetrack and hardball diamond. The Buffet complements the MATCH experience with an emphasis on exceptional value and an ever-changing menu, highlighting cuisine from around the world with something for every age and appetite. The Buffet is available for lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers breakfast on the weekends. It seats 96 patrons and is accessed from the gaming floor. The expansion provided for two separate kitchens to be built for the two separate restaurants. Next to The Buffet, the Arcade Bar offers beverages and a grab-and-go selection of food. Across the gaming floor is a complimentary coffee and soft drink concession. The gaming floor is a tremendous size compared to the former slot machine area and making it feel even larger is the high ceiling. A PlaySmart centre is located at the main entrance and is to be staffed 15 hours per week to provide responsible gambling facts, tools and advice. Gateway CAO Brad Bardua and OLG vice president of land based gaming Bruce McKenzie also spoke prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony and both were impressed with the new facility. Bardua said there was a great opportunity to partner with the town and agricultural society to expand into this facility and invest in new jobs in Hanover. “I am thrilled to be here and celebrate the grand opening of Playtime Casino Hanover and Gateway’s investment into the community of Hanover,” Bardua said. He thanked the staff for all their work in getting the facility ready for the opening and he thanked the patrons for their patience during the past few months as the casino transitioned into the expansion location. “Congratulations to the entire team and all of our community partners who worked so hard to make this possible,” Bardua said. “I know that this property will provide our guests with an entertainment experience second to none.” McKenzie said he looks forward to the partnership with the town and Gateway to provide a commitment to responsible gaming. “It’s great to be here with you today, it looks amazing,” McKenzie said, adding the facility is a lot better than the slots in a box the former casino was. As part of the official opening, Tierney announced Playtime Casino Hanover employees selected the Hanover and District Hospital Foundation as the charity partner for the grand opening. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of McLean’s Farmhouse Blonde Lager and MATCH’s Turkey Brie and Apple Clubhouse sandwich will be donated to the hospital foundation. This campaign runs until May 11. On April 12 the official opening celebration continued with an autograph session with former Toronto Maple Leaf Darcy Tucker. More promotions and features followed this week, including having table ambassadors on hand on April 16 to help patrons learn how to play the table games. The opening of Playtime Casino Hanover is the latest announcement by Gateway following the recent news of a new Gateway Casino to be located in Wasaga Beach and the opening of a new $36 million Cascades Casino in Chatham-Kent this July. Gateway recently launched its first Starlight Casino in Point Edward, Ont. after a $26 million renovation to that site. Last month Gateway added 26 live table games to the Gateway Casinos Innisfil and is proposing to build a new casino and entertainment complex in North Bay. By Derek Lester Reprinted with permission of The Kenora Daily Miner and News

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire. "We're at the time of the Winter that I start to hanker for a night of harness racing. The 2019 race season at the new-look Hanover Raceway begins on Saturday June 1st. I love Saturday nights at Hanover Raceway- truthfully I liked it even better when it was Saturday AND Wednesday nights at the track, but those days are gone. And trust me when I say what I'm about to discuss is not criticism of Hanover but rather an observation that's evolved over the past 16 years of being involved. I recently saw an article examining the Ontario Harness Racing industry which lamented a lack of new fans, or younger fans. As part of the discussion, there was a telling quote from driver Bob McClure, who grew up at Hanover Raceway and got his start there. McClure who has gone on to become wildly successful on the biggest stages in the sport said, " I have brought many friends to the track many times. It’s the same result every time at every track. They stay 3 races, get bored and leave. They all say same thing. ' It’s too slow, too much time between races with dead air. ' First, you have to respect the viewpoint of Bob McClure, a young guy who's at every track possible in Ontario and beyond. And second, I agree, based on my observations at Hanover Raceway. Bob McClure The races start at 7:15 pm. By Race 3, around 8 pm, the venue is as full as it's going to get. And then, by 9:30 pm, a LOT of people have departed, calling it a night-  & there have been cases where there's still been 4 or 5 races still to run. Yes, the demographic at Hanover Raceway is older. Certainly I've aged over 16 years. But I believe Bob McClure is accurate in his assessment and harness racing, not just at Hanover, needs to pick up the pace on race nights. I'm Fred Wallace By Fred Wallace Reprinted with permission of Bayshore Broadcasting Fred Wallace Sports Director  After graduating from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Fred started in radio in 1982 at 1230 CKMP in Midland; a station which no longer exists.   In December of 1984, Fred moved to Owen Sound & has been at 560 CFOS & Bayshore Broadcasting ever since...... (he refuses to leave).  Fred is the Sports Director @ Bayshore Broadcasting & the voice of the Owen Sound Attack Hockey Club.   If you're looking for Fred, try the Bayshore, Duncan McLellan Park, Sauble Golf & Country, Hanover Raceway, Shorty's, the Davidson Center Track, Sportsmakers, the Galaxy Center or the SMHLPA Office, or...........he's seldom home.

Driver Ryan Holliday captured a pair of Grassroots victories at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, capping off a spectacular night that saw the Mount Forest resident win a total of six races. After rain delayed the start of the program by 20 minutes, Holliday kicked things off with a win in the first race with two-year-old pacing gelding Lil Beau Duke and was back in the winner's circle following Race 3 with two-year-old pacing filly Mae Belle Duke, both for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. In the fourth race, the second of four two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots divisions, Holliday was aboard Angel Status from Post 4 and guided the fan favourite to an effortless four and three-quarter length score in 2:04.2. Kashe finished second and Nifty Trick completed the top three. "She raced good. She's nice and handy and I own her, that's the best part," said Holliday with a chuckle. "Actually all the fillies I drove raced good, but she's nice and handy and has got a bit of gate speed." Angel Status is trained by the driver's father David Holliday and owned by his wife Caroline Holliday, both of Mount Forest, in partnership with Dennis Hannath of Harriston. The win was the Archangel daughter's second in Grassroots action and her third of the season. In addition to her Grassroots victories, she captured her Balanced Image elimination at Hanover Raceway on August 18. With one regular season event remaining Angel Status sits second in the division standings with 105 points and has assured herself of a berth in the Sept. 20 Grassroots Semi-Finals. Holliday added to his win tally in Race 8 with aged trotting mare Flexie for owner-trainer Melville Giles and then picked up his second Grassroots win in the last division with Snooker. The pair went straight to the front from Post 3 and fended off a challenge from favourite Warrawee Ultra to secure the 2:04.2 victory. Warrawee Ultra settled for second, three and one-half lengths behind the winner, and Knickers was another length back in third. "She was good, she got control of the race and win pretty handily," said Holliday of the Gregg McNair trainee. "When you can control the race, and you know they're legit horses, and you're driving for good trainers, it makes the game a lot easier." Guelph resident McNair shares ownership of Snooker with Bloomingwood Farms Ltd. of Harriston and Brian Zong of Downsview, Ontario. The win was the E L Titan daughter's first, but with one second and one fifth in her other two Grassroots outings, Snooker currently sits fourth in the standings with 80 points and will be among the 20 fillies that advance to the Semi-Final. Holliday made it an even half-dozen with a win in the tenth race with aged pacing gelding Mid Town Mickey for Arthur residents Kevin and Patricia Lynn Bodz. The productive night extended Holliday's lead atop the Hanover Raceway driver standings and gave him three big nights on the season over the half-mile oval. "I hit seven here once earlier this year, I think I win five one other night, but this would be the first six," said the reinsman. "It was a good night. It's a lot easier when they go ahead." The other two Grassroots divisions went to Lady Gabbie and Order Mattie. Lady Gabbie scored her first-ever victory with a 2:05.1 effort in the first $18,100 division. The Archangel daughter started from Post 1 and led from start to finish, reaching the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Madam Shazam and Pyrrha. Cambridge resident Dagfin Henriksen drives and trains Lady Gabbie for his partners Gary Volpe and Steve Murphy of St. Thomas, Ontario. Order Mattie moved to the top of the division standings with her first lifetime victory, touring the Hanover half-mile in 2:06.4 for trainer-driver Doug Brown. The Angus Hall miss bested Stonebridge Swift and Msblackdiamondduke by two and three-quarter lengths to add a win to a trio of second-place results in Grassroots action. Brown trains the filly for Todd Coleman of Paris, Ontario and Jackson Wittup of Calgary, Alberta. The two-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 11. The top 20 fillies following the fifth event will advance to the Sept. 20 Semi-Final, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final moving on to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes          

AUGUST 25, 2018 - Hanover Raceway fans were treated to an outstanding night of harness racing on the half-mile oval's annual Balanced Image program Saturday. Warming up the crowd for the Balanced Image Final were four Grassroots divisions of two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and it was local colt Sauble Play who kicked things off with a victory in the first $18,800 split. Starting from Post 3 Sauble Play and driver Stephen Byron fired directly to the front and led the field of eight through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28. Forever Fav closed hard in the stretch, but fan favourite Sauble Play kept a neck in front to secure the 1:58 victory. Thisishowwedoit rounded out the top three. "Probably being local helped him," said Byron with a chuckle. "He raced good. It's only the second time I drove him, but he sure got around the half-mile real well and they were quite happy with him." Byron crafted the win for trainer Larry Hall and his Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, Ontario. The win was the homebred son of Shadow Play and Noble Duchess' second in Grassroots action this season and gives him a total of 108 points, good enough for third spot in the division standings with one regular season event remaining, on September 11 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The top 20 point earners advance to the Grassroots Semi-Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on September 20. The second division saw Carlisimo post his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory and equal the track record for two-year-old pacing colts with a 1:56.3 score. In rein to Brett MacDonald, the fan favourite got away third from Post 2 and watched Excaliber Seelster and DA Delightful battle to a :27.3 opening quarter. Excaliber Seelster emerged on top and took the field to a :56.4 half and a 1:26.3 three-quarters, but Carlisimo was on the move around the final turn and powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory. Excaliber Seelster settled for second and Village Champ was another length back in third. "He raced tough. At the head of the lane I didn't know if he was going to get by that one on the front, but he dug in," said trainer James Dean, who conditions Carlisimo for Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI. "We tried the Golds at Grand River (Aug. 15), but they're just too tough for him, so we're pretty happy with him tonight." The mile, which matched the 1:56.3 clocked by Grinning Breed in a Grassroots event in August 2007, was a new personal best for Carlisimo, who was also a winner at Exhibition Park on July 2. The son of Shadow Play and 2010 three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots Champion Putnam Mackenzie was a $13,000 purchase out of the 2017 Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale and has banked $21,186 through six starts. Fan favourite Moonshine Kisses took the third Grassroots division with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 4, sailing under the wire two and one-quarter lengths ahead of Gamblingterror and Ys Sunshine in 1:58.2. J Bradley Harris piloted the Sunshine Beach son to the win for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Shawn Steacy of Guelph, Ontario, Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy of Edmonton, Alberta. "He trained down nicely and his first couple starts looked good, but the next two not as good," said Steacy of the colt's early season results. "He looked back to normal tonight, so we hope he can finish his season off nicely in the Grassroots." An $18,000 purchase out of the London Selected Yearling Sale, Moonshine Kisses finished fourth and second in the first two Grassroots events of the season, then logged a fifth in an August 7 overnight event, all at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the August 14 Grassroots event at Georgian Downs he was edged out of the top three in the stretch, settling for fourth. Saturday's victory bumps him into the top 10 with 91 points. The pacing colts and geldings wrapped things up with a flourish as Sports Hero stripped three-fifths of a second off the track record with a commanding 1:56 performance in the last division. The son of Sportswriter and driver Paul Mackenzie finished eight lengths ahead of Boys Turn and Taragon. "We've been high on him all along. He's had some tough luck so hopefully everything is turning around," said trainer Blake Macintosh. "I've sort of been a little disappointed with the way he was finishing and so we changed his bridle up so he could see the horses more, and I think he responded good to that tonight." The win was Sports Hero's second in Grassroots action, the colt was also victorious in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In his other two Grassroots appearances he finished second and fourth, so Saturday's win puts him atop the division standings with 133 points. A half-brother to 2012 three-year-old pacing filly Super Final champion Mach A Wish, Sports Hero was a $60,000 purchase at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and he may be stepping up to tougher competition for his next start. "I like the colt. He's kept eligible to the Metro and everything. I don't know if he's that type of horse, but he's a nice big horse," said the trainer. "We've taken it easy on him just trying to get him to come around to where we wanted him, and he's getting there, he's getting to the way I want him. "I imagine he'll probably try the Champlain next week and then we'll go from there," Macintosh continued. "We'll see; we'll figure it out." Macintosh conditions Sports Hero for 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, 3 Hero Stables of Cambridge and Touch Stone Farms of Guelph, Ontario. In addition to the Grassroots performances from the freshman pacing colts and geldings, Hanover fans were also treated to thrilling finishes in the Walker Memorial Trot and the Balanced Image Trot final. Vesuvio Bi closed from seventh to claim the $10,000 Walker Memorial Trot in 1:59.1, reeling in favourite Twofourroadie and Irish Thunder. Scott Coulter engineered the win aboard the Manofmanymissions son for trainer Martin Lachance and his Lachance Racing Stable of Millstone Township, New Jersey and Dan Mogridge of Hillsdale, Ontario. The win was the former Grassroots winner's sixth in his four-year-old campaign. Heavy favourite Dream Nation powered up the outside from Post 6 to capture the $53,800 Balanced Image Final for two-year-old trotters in 2:00.4. Fillies Royal Rhythm and Blue Magic were second and third. Tyler Moore piloted the Archangel gelding to his fifth win in six starts for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy, Gestion C Levesque 2005, Inc of St-Hyacinthe and Marc Camirand of Montreal, Quebec. The two-time Gold Series winner boosted his earnings over $100,000 with the victory. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

MILTON, ON - May 31, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment has release details for a group of summer series, presented by Sharpe Farm Supplies Limited, to be raced at four-different tracks across Ontario. Clinton Raceway, Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway and Hanover Raceway will all host events in the Sharpe's Summer Series. The group of series will be raced during the months of June and July. The Sharpe's Summer Series consists of six-different events, all featuring two preliminary legs and an added money final. Here are the details for the six events: Event A (TROT): Horses & Geldings, 4-year-olds & younger, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Georgian Downs. Event B (TROT): Fillies & Mares, 4-year-olds & younger, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Georgian Downs. Event C (PACE): Horses & Geldings, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Grand River Raceway. Event D (PACE): Fillies & Mares, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Grand River Raceway. Event E (PACE): Horses & Geldings, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Hanover Raceway. Event F (PACE): Fillies & Mares, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Clinton Raceway. The nomination fee for each event is $100 ($80 USD) and nominations close Friday, June 15. For more information about all stakes events administrated by Woodbine, click here. Payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than June 15, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

A new agreement will result in a multi-million dollar expansion of the facilities at the Hanover Raceway, including the use of a partially finished vacant area previously known as the banquet hall. “We are very proud and very happy to be in Hanover,” said Rob Mitchell, spokesperson for Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited, which operates the casino at the raceway. “We were able to work very quickly with the municipality in Hanover. The mayor (Sue Paterson) was wonderful and the chief administrative officer Brian Tocheri was terrific, and of course the folks at the Hanover, Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society were great folks to work with.” Gateway announced Wednesday the approval by OLG of a lease agreement with the agricultural society that will include new dining experiences and allow for an expanded gaming floor. “I think it is going to be a very positive impact for the community in Hanover and the surrounding region because we are going to be building what amounts to a brand spanking new entertainment complex,” Mitchell said.  Gateway is hopeful to start construction in the spring or summer with completion in the first half of 2019. Mitchell said the company will hold an event at the facility in the future to unveil the plans for the Hanover site, including the investment in terms of the money being spent to redevelop the facility and the details on the new amenities and gaming entertainment that will be provided. “It is an existing space that was originally intentioned to be a banquet facility,” said Mitchell. “It is quite large and was never completed so we have basically an expanded footprint that we need to develop.” The raceway put the brakes on the $30,000-square-foot banquet hall project back in 2011 after there was a threat of reduced government funding and questions surrounding harness racing's future in Ontario. The proposed $11-million facility was to be built using the ag society's share of slots revenue, but has sat unfinished ever since. The government eventually reached a new agreement with the raceway, but it was strictly for operations and didn't include any capital work. In late 2016, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced that Gateway had been awarded the contract to operate a number of regional gaming centres, including the 18,720-sq.ft. slots at the Hanover raceway. The company, which started in B.C. in 1992 entered the Ontario market in May. Gateway, which is responsible for operating the facilities, re-branding them and paying staff, was awarded a 20-year licence.  Mitchell said they will need OLG approval to expand the gaming floor, but that is the company's plan. “Hanover and the surrounding Bruce Peninsula is a very good market for us,” said Mitchell. “We have been very successful there.” The expansion will also mean additional staff will be hired to compliment the approximately 100 employees already at the Hanover site. “How many more jobs we add will be determined by the size and scope of the operation,” Mitchell said, adding there will be jobs in food and beverage, at table games, in information technology, in finance, electronic surveillance, security and grounds-keeping and maintenance. “There are opportunities to convergences with craft breweries and theme nights for food and all manner of things,” said Mitchell. “All these things we believe will open up employment opportunities in the community and within the region.” Mayor Paterson said the town is thrilled that Gateway is investing in Hanover. “It is going to have a positive impact, not just for Hanover, but for the region, through the investment and jobs and support of the horse racing industry,” Paterson said. “It has been close to seven years that (the banquet hall building) has been vacant so it is eagerly anticipated to see someone expanding into that building. We are looking at it as an entertainment destination for Hanover.” By Rob Gowan, Sun Times, Owen Sound Reprinted with permission of The Owen Sound Sun Times

AUGUST 26, 2017 - Just three weeks after finishing fourth in the Dream Of Glory Final, Yo Yo Mass returned to Hanover Raceway and scored an effortless Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory to open the harness racing stakes action on Balanced Image Night. Starting from Post 2, with Hanover Raceway's leading reinsman Bruce Richardson in the race bike, Yo Yo Mass went straight to the front and led the field of three-year-old trotting colts and geldings to a :29.4 opening quarter. The fan favourites continued to set the tempo through a 1:01.1 half and 1:31.3 three-quarters before cruising home to a 2:01.3 victory. Pocket-sitter Santini finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Vesuvio Bi was well behind the leaders in third. "I was hoping to get away either first or second, and he left good enough to make the front and controlled the race from there," said Richardson. "He was very handy, well in hand." Richardson engineered the win for trainer Kyle Reibeling of Campbellville and breeder Nancy Grimble of Newcastle, ON, who share ownership of the gelding. It was the Muscle Mass son's second win in Grassroots action this season, and his fourth overall, boosting his sophomore earnings to $51,993. With one regular season Grassroots event remaining on the calendar, Yo Yo Mass sits second in the division standings with 133 points. "He's not a very big horse, but a very handy little horse," noted Richardson. "He seems to be very versatile, seems to be very handy, and has a good attitude to him." The second $18,800 Grassroots division saw Charmbo Chrome take advantage of miscues made by four of his peers, including favourite Short Term Memory, to earn his first Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) victory. Starting from Post 5, with veteran reinsman Ross Battin of Monkton, ON in the race bike, Charmbo Chrome coasted along on the front end to a six and one-half length win in 1:59.3. Enchanted Mission and Amanforallseasons finished second and third, making it a sweep for sire Manofmanymissions. Kitchener resident John Rier conditions Charmbo Chrome and shares ownership with Randy Rier of Hanover, ON. The brothers also bred the gelding, who is the third foal from their former race mare Hetties Charm, a Grassroots winner during her career. The third division also saw a first-time OSS winner as Majestic Marvel took a front-end trip around the Hanover half-mile in a sharp 1:58.4. Radical Road and Euro Gap finished well behind the leader in second and third. Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest piloted the Majestic Son gelding from Post 6 to the winner's circle for his father, trainer David Holliday, his wife Caroline Holliday, both of Mount Forest, and breeder Ron Corbett of St. Jacobs, ON. The win was the gelding's fifth in 13 career starts, boosting his earnings to 42,840, and was his second straight after an almost two month-long stretch marred by breaks and required qualifiers. "He gets beat when he beats himself, but he's definitely capable. I hope we got him set up properly now," said Ryan Holliday. "He did make me scratch my head a little while there, wasted a bit of time in the summer, but he's a fast horse, it's just if he minds his manners." Majestic Marvel and his peers will have one final opportunity to pad their Grassroots point total in the last regular season event at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 7. The top 10 point earners from the six regular season events will earn a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 30. The evening came to a thrilling conclusion in the Balanced Image Final as Keith Jones piloted Henderson Seelster to a 2:01.1 victory, pursued down the stretch by his second entry Joey Bats who finished one and one-half lengths behind his stablemate. Leaderofthepack was third for driver Ryan Holliday and owners David and Ben Holliday of Mount Forest, ON. It was the second lifetime win for Henderson Seelster, a son of Holliday Road and a full-brother to $655,638 winner Hemi Seelster, who captured the 2015 Dream Of Glory Trot Final. Barrie resident Jones conditions both Henderson Seelster and Joey Bats for Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON. Jones and McCarthy were presented with the Balanced Image Trot trophy by former Glengate Farms farm manager Doug Nash, who handled stallion Balanced Image throughout his breeding career. Before the race Nash paid tribute to the late stallion and to Hanover Raceway and its fans. "When I was a young man and in my teens and first started racing, I raced here at Hanover," Nash reflected. "It's always been an exceptional place to race. The people appreciate the horses, I think they appreciate the horsemen and the drivers, and Hanover Raceway is probably one of the nicest tracks you could come to in this whole province." OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

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