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On Friday night (July 12), the last North American foal by the immortal Somebeachsomewhere was born at Hanover Shoe Farms. The bay filly with no white markings is the first foal out of the Shadow Play mare Tessa Seelster p,4,1:50 ($521,648) and was conceived via frozen semen after her father’s death. Both mare and foal are doing well. The filly will appropriately be named The Legacy Hanover.   by Bridgette Jablonsky VMD Executive Vice President Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

Larks Crown, who led all older harness racing trotters in wins in 1990 and later embarked on a second career as a teaser stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms, died Monday (Feb. 4), owner Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky said. He was 34. A son of Mighty Crown out of Lark's Peacock, Larks Crown was born in Ohio, where he enjoyed success on the state's fair circuit at ages 2 and 3. He shipped east to compete at Yonkers and Roosevelt raceways and earned fans in New York with his gritty performances in the claiming ranks. In 1990, Larks Crown won 20 of 36 races. His victory total was surpassed by only one trotter that season, 3-year-old filly Marilu's Lady with 26. For his career, Larks Crown won 64 of 190 starts and earned $229,206. The horse was featured in the book "Standardbred Old Friends," which detailed his career and Jablonsky's history with the trotter. Jablonsky and her family owned Larks Crown, known affectionately as "Larkie," during his ascent in New York, but eventually saw the trotter claimed away. Jablonsky, who was in veterinary school during the latter part of Larks Crown's career, kept tabs on the horse on the racetrack as well as following his retirement. She regained ownership of the horse in 2005 and moved him to Hanover Shoe Farms, where he was loved by all who worked there. He found a role as a teaser stallion and enjoyed watching over the mares and their foals, said Jablonsky, who is now the executive vice president/syndicate manager at Hanover Shoe Farms. Larks Crown will be buried at the farm. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been granted exemption from the Stallion Restiction Rule. This exemption permits foals from Stay Hungry's first crop , as well as all future crops, to race at The Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs. Stay Hungry stands his first season at Hanover Shoe Farms in PA for a fee of $6,000. His book is full and closed.   Bridgette Jablonsky VMD Hanover Shoe Farms    

HANOVER PA - Hanover Shoe Farms, the southern Pennsylvania harness racing breeding operation which has led all of North American harness racing in seasonal money won by its graduates since recordkeeping began in 1949, has just broken its own mark for one-year earnings by those raised at the nursery. The $31,451,117 total it posted in 2017 was eclipsed on December 27 of last year, with the final number for 2018 reaching $31,589,496. Dorsoduro Hanover (picture attached), recently voted champion three-year-old pacing male of the season, led the contributors to the record total with $1,284,562, second-highest total of 2018, behind only McWicked. The 2017 Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover, making the difficult stepup to the free-for-all ranks (and horses such as McWicked), still brought in winnings of $661,601, the most money earned by any four-year-old in 2018 North American racing. The Hanover success story is well-known in the sport: how in 1926 Lawrence Sheppard bought the 69-horse dispersal of A.B. Coxe and used the stock as a foundation to build the premier harness operation in the sport, with racehorses graduating to the breeding ranks, and a continuous, relentless search to acquire the top sires in the sport, along with outstanding broodmares. Sheppard has been followed by John Simpson Sr., his son Jim, and Sheppard's grandson Russell Williams as visionary horsepeople/businesspeople who have continued Hanover's dominance while giving back much to the sport in leadership positions. "The record-breaking 2018 racing year by Hanover Shoe Farm-bred racehorses shows our commitment to Mr. Sheppard's vision of being the premier Standardbred farm," said Jim Simpson, Hanover's Chairman. "I am proud to have been at the helm for 20 years, and to state that the new record tops all farms in the world breeding all types of racehorses. This accomplishment takes a dedicated staff, the best stallions and mares our commercial business can buy, and talented trainers, drivers and grooms working tirelessly. What drives this entire business are the owners who buy and race these horses. All of us at Hanover Shoe Farms give thanks for the owners willing to invest the money, time and effort to keep this business alive." Giving no signs of slowing down despite "fronting its field" into an eighth decade now, Hanover has truly become synonymous with excellence in the harness racing industry, with the earnings record of 2018 just the latest proof in a list of accomplishments which continues on strongly, and shows no sign of "tiring." Hanover Shoe Farms    

Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that effective immediately Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Syndicate Manager . This follows last week’s announcement of Russell Williams as company President and CEO. Former Assistant Farm Manager Patti Murphy will replace Dr. Jablonsky as Farm Manager. Dr. Jablonsky started with the farm in 1996 and says “ I am excited to start this new chapter in my career at Hanover. While I will still oversee the breeding operation and raising of the foals and yearlings I will now be able to focus more on stallion management, customer relations and the administration of the farm as a whole. I want to sincerely thank Russell for giving me this opportunity to advance at a farm I am so passionate about”. Hanover Shoe Farms

Hanover Shoe Farms and Moni Maker Stable (The Antonacci Family and David Reid) are excited to announce that the 2017 O’Brien Award-winning Three-Year-Old Trotter Of The Year International Moni will join the Hanover harness racing stallion roster in 2019. By the outstanding French sire Love  You, and out of the $5.5 million winning Hall of Famer, O’Brien, Dan Patch Horse and Trotter of the Year Moni  Maker, International Moni took a stellar record of 1:53.1 at 2 capturing an International Stallion Stake division. International Moni took home the 3-year-old trotting colt division trophy after winning 9 of 15 races at 3. His victories included an elimination of the Hambletonian, Goodtimes (elim. and Final), Carl Erskine Memorial, Breeders Crown elim., Kentucky Futurity elim., Simcoe, and the Bluegrass. He retired with a record of 3,1:51.4 and $775,463 in career earnings. Lindy Farm’s Frank M. Antonacci says International Moni is a culmination of three generations of work and feels he is a stallion that will attract a global market as well as injecting fresh blood into North America. “That's why I say he's a special horse on so many levels... It's just really cool to think about it.” LOVE YOU has produced champions in six countries including Prix d’Amerique winner Royal Dream, Elitloppet winner Nahar, as well as the 2018 three-year-old star Face Time Bourbon. Additionally, he is the broodmare sire of the brilliant Bold Eagle. "We've had a tremendous amount of success in the business with stallions and with this horse, we think he can reshape the breed for the next 25 years says Frank “The Elder” Antonacci.  Standing 16 hands tall, with his unique pedigree and classic looks, Hanover’s Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky says, "I don't think there's a mare in Canada or the U.S. that can't be bred to him. Hanover will be supporting him heavily, amongst the mares being bred to him are D Train (dam of Donato Hanover) and two of her daughters.” International Moni will stand in Pennsylvania for an introductory stud fee of $5,000. Shares are available by contacting Hanover Shoe Farms (717-637-8931) or David Reid (914-773-7777). Hanover Shoe Farms

For the second consecutive year and third time in its history, harness racing horses bred by Hanover Shoe Farms have earned over thirty million dollars. Last year Hanover Shoe Farms set an ALL EQUINE BREED RECORD with earnings of $31,451,117. With more than one month remaining on the calendar, it is possible that last year's record will be eclipsed. Jim Simpson Hanover's President and CEO said: "We are extremely pleased and proud of this unique accomplishment. If there is one thing I've learned in this business, it is that we cannot rest on our laurels. We plan to keep breeding and raising the very best horses we possibly can. Thank you to our customers and staff who have made these accomplishments possible. Murray Brown

Harrisburg, PA — Gallie Bythe Beach, a 7-year-old pacing mare in foal to Always B Miki, was the top seller Thursday (Nov. 8) during the first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s two-day mixed sale. She was purchased for $280,000 by Hanover Shoe Farms. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Galleria, the stakes-winning Gallie Bythe Beach earned $749,898 during her career in harness racing. She retired in 2016. Her dam was a Dan Patch Award-winner in 1998 and 1999 and added an O’Brien Award in 2000. The family also includes mares Gallic Sea and Gallie Beach, who joined Gallie Bythe Beach on Thursday’s top-sellers list. Gallic Sea, a full sister to Gallie Bythe Beach, was purchased by Shmuel Farhi for $157,000, which was the day’s third-highest price. The 4-year-old mare is in foal to Always B Miki. Gallie Beach, a 4-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere out of stakes-winner Western Gallie, sold for $110,000 to Fair Winds Farm. She also is in foal to Always B Miki. Her dam is a half-sister to Gallie Bythe Beach. Gallie Beach’s price tied for the day’s fourth highest. Coming in at No. 2 on Thursday was 3-year-old trotting filly Danish Girl, who was purchased for $170,000 by Karen Carroll. Danish Girl is a daughter of Credit Winner out of Steamy Windows and a half-sister to undefeated Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. She is in foal to Muscle Mass. Rounding out the top five at $110,000 was 4-year-old pacing mare Kate Is Well Said. The mare is a daughter of Well Said out of stakes-winner Just Wait Kate. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Kikikatie. Kate Is Well Said is in foal to Captaintreacherous. One other mare, 4-year-old trotter Pure Kemp, reached six figures. She was purchased for $100,000 by agent Bjorn “Bernie” Noren. Pure Kemp is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Ally Hall. The family includes O’Brien Award-winner Amigo Hall. Pure Kemp is in foal to Walner. All of the six-figure sellers were consigned by Preferred Equine. Among stallion shares sold Thursday, two shares in Muscle Hill were purchased for $150,000 and $135,000 by Steve Stewart and Fair Winds Farm, respectively. Both shares were consigned by Preferred Equine. One Chapter Seven stallion share sold for $140,000 to Steve Jones and one Captaintreacherous share sold for $125,000 to Tim Klemencic. The Chapter Seven share was consigned by Steiner Stock Farm and the Captaintreacherous share was consigned by Preferred Equine. A stallion share for pacer Lazarus N sold for $50,000 to Urie Byler. The share was donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation by Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms. Lazarus N will stand at Deo Volente for the 2019 breeding season. The Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Friday with the second session of the mixed sale at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. For complete results visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hanover Shoe Farms, along with Brad Grant and Wendy Samelman, are pleased to announce that 2017 2 year old colt Pacer of the year, Stay Hungry, will join their stallion roster in 2019. A son of super sire Somebeachsomewhere out of the 2 million-dollar winning mare My Little Dragon, Stay Hungry won the Breeders Crown as a 2-year-old on way to his award-wining season. This year at 3, he won the first 2 legs of harness racing's Triple Crown while taking a record of 1:47.3 and amassing over 1.3 million dollars in career earnings. Called by Tony Alagna, trainer of super sire Captaintreacherous and Promising stallion Artspeak, the most correct yearling he ever purchased, Stay Hungry will stand in Pennsylvania for an introductory stud fee of 6,000. Shares are available in this promising stallion. Please contact Jim Simpson (717) 637-8931 for further information. From Hanover Shoe Farms  

The legendary, now 23 year old stallion, Western Ideal will be retired from active stud duty beginning with the 2019 breeding season. "Western Ideal, just as his sire Western Hanover and his paternal grandsire No Nukes have left an indelible impression on the history of the breed" said syndicate manager Jim Simpson. "We at Hanover are extremely proud to have been associated with the breeding careers of all three of these great horses". Through his enormously successful breeding career Western Ideal's sons and daughters have earned $128,599,216 and counting. Perhaps more importantly, is his influence on the progression of the breed through his great sons Rocknroll Hanover, American Ideal, Always A Virgin and their exploits. Still to be heard from are his son Artspeak and his paternal grandson Always B Miki. Hanover Shoe Farms Manager Dr Bridgette Jablonsky says that Western Ideal is still enjoying wonderful health. "He has earned this well-deserved retirement and will spend the rest of his days here at Hanover Shoe Farms enjoying life". Western Ideal's last crop of foals are now in utero and will be yearlings in 2020. by Gunjan Patel, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

The videos of the 233 yearlings that Hanover Shoe Farms will be selling at Harrisburg are now available online and can be found at the Farms' website hanoverpa.com. The yearlings are available for evaluation at the Hanover Fairgrounds daily, except Sunday, beginning at 11.00 AM through Friday, November 2. They will ship Harrisburg on Saturday, November 3 and will be available for inspection there beginning at 8.00 AM on Sunday, November 4. Visitor are welcome daily. Although appointments are not absolutely necessary, they would be greatly appreciated, together with a list of the yearlings that you would like to see. We will then be able to have those yearlings ready for you when you arrive. Lunch will be served daily. For further information, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com. by Vivian Jewitt, for Hanover Shoe Farm  

Hanover, PA - The videos of the eighteen Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings selling at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale are now available on the Hanover Shoe Farms website hanoverpa.com. The pacers are represented by Dragon Again, Mr Wiggles, Western Vintage and Yankee Cruiser. The trotting yearlings are by Broadway Hall and Uncle Peter. The yearlings are now at the Hanover Fairgrounds and may be viewed there until Wednesday, September 12. They will be available for inspection in Ohio beginning on Thursday, September 13. For further information, please contact Dr Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com. The Ohio Selected Jug Sale takes place at the Brave Horse Show Park, Johnstown, Ohio on Friday, September 14 beginning at 11.00 AM. From Hanover Shoe Farms  

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 80th Annual Harrisburg Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our website, www.theblackbook.com. Individual yearling pedigrees will soon follow, with yearling video links posted closer to the Sale. Yearling Sale dates are Monday, November 5 through Wednesday, November 7, featuring 852 fabulous yearlings (372 trotters, 480 pacers). 433 yearlings are by Pennsylvania sires, 185 by New York sires, 177 by Ontario sires, 27 by New Jersey sires, 13 by Ohio sires, 13 by Indiana sires, and 4 by overseas sires. First crop yearling sires include Artspeak (41), Sebastian K (24), He's Watching (9), Bolt The Duer (7), and Wheeling N Dealin (4). Printed catalogs will be mailed September 14. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple "Search" functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help you find your champion. Our convenient "My Black Book" feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. by Jennifer Thompson, for Standardbred Horse Sales, Co.  

The videos for the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings selling at the Goshen Yearling sale are now available at the Farm's website hanoverpa.com. The 26 yearlings are all either New York or Pennsylvania eligible. Included are yearlings from the first crops of the world's fastest trotter Sebastian K and the pacing Classics winner Artspeak. Proven sires represented in the consignment are Art Major, Crazed, Credit Winner, Explosive Matter, Muscle Massive, RC Royalty, Roll With Joe, Western Ideal and Well Said. All of the yearlings are out of proven producing young mares or young, well bred promising ones. The yearlings are at The Hanover Fairgrounds and may be seen there until Friday, September 7 when they will be shipped to Goshen. To arrange to see the yearlings prior to Goshen, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com. The Goshen Yearling Sale will take place at the Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday, September 9 beginning at noon. From Hanover Shoe Farms  

While the first Saturday in August is usually Hambletonian Week at the Meadowlands, perhaps the second biggest harness racing event of the month happens the following weekend, and it's only 3,200 miles away in Dublin, Ireland. It's the Vincent Delaney Memorial (VDM) weekend of racing at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin. It's the biggest harness racing weekend of the year in both Ireland and the UK and will take place Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12. The race itself was developed by the Delaney brothers, James and Derek, who first came up with the special race for two-year-old pacers after their younger brother, Vincent, tragically died from a massive heart attack in 2011 at age 27. "Our brother Vincent loved working with the horse," explained Derek, who with brother James have Oakwood Stud, one of the bigger Standardbred breeding facilities in all of Ireland. "We only saw it fitting to have a special race in his memory. Little did we know back then that this race weekend would become a world-wide event." The Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend has been hailed as a miniature Little Brown Jug and Gold Cup and Saucer all rolled into one. People from all over the world now travel annually to Dublin to attend the weekend festival and the races. "It is just amazing how this race has grown in popularity over the last few years," Derek Delaney said. "Now we have world class sponsors from the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand involved in the races and they all come over after the Hambletonian for our big weekend." And the race itself has grown by leaps and bounds. The VDM is perhaps the most grueling test for two-year-old pacers in harness racing. It requires these young horses to first race in elimination heats on Saturday with the top finishers returning the very next day (Sunday) to compete in the finals. And every year there are so many young horses entered that most of the race card on Saturday are elimination heats. There are also special stakes for three-year-old's, Le Trot events, and stakes for older horses too over the weekend. Hanover Shoe Farms in the USA is the main sponsor of the colt division of the VDM and the filly division is sponsored by the USA's Diamond Creek Farm. A new sponsor for 2018 is Tara Hills Stud (David Heffering) in Canada. What is also impressive is the "guest list" of who is coming to Dublin for the VDM. "I know I will forget someone," laughed Derek Delaney. "This year we have some well-known people in the harness racing industry coming over for the Vincent Delaney. The list includes Jim Simpson from Hanover Shoe Farm along with Murray Brown and his wife Carol, Heather and Mike Wilder, and Mike will also be driving that weekend. "Also coming are Tom Charters and his wife Sue, Dr. Courtney Pink from Diamond Creek Farm, Australia's and UK's Bill Hutchison, Sweden and Germany's Klaus Koch,," Derek went on. "Our regulars Roger Huston, Heather Vitale (wouldn't the VDM without her running about), Dale Welk, John McDermott, Jeff Kuhen and more. I am getting emails, texts and calls almost daily." The VDM weekend kicks off on Friday night with a dinner and in the special VIP Tent at the races there will be a great auction for charity. Already donated are a helmet, gloves and colors from Yannick Gingras and a set of Doug McNair's colors. If you ever really want to renew your passion for harness racing, then contact Derek or James Delaney at Oakwood Stud and they will send you all the details. It's a guaranteed must on everyone's bucket list. Check out www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com or www.oakwoodstud.ie for more information and to contact Derek and James Delaney. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial    

If there were an award for consistency and reliability in the harness racing broodmare ranks it would undoubtedly go to the Hanover Shoe Farms owned matron Triplet Hanover. On Monday April 23, she foaled her 18th consecutive foal, a colt by Artspeak. She has had a foal every year from 2001 through 2018. Every one of her previous foals of age have made it to the sales ring as yearlings. This year she will be represented by a full brother to her newborn colt, Techtopia Hanover, who will be part of Hanover's consignment to Harrisburg in November. Triplet Hanover is scheduled to be bred to Betting Line in 2018. Thus far, her 16 foals who have entered the sales ring have sold for a gross of $1,153,000. No slouch in the production department, Triplet Hanover, now 22, has already produced the winners of $1,717,083 and her Stakes Winning daughter Trim Hanover, is the dam of the millionaires American Jewel p.2,1.50.2, 3,1.48.2 ($1,840,585) and Luck Be Withyou p.2,1.50f, 3,1.48f, 1.47.4f ($1,454, 166). Gunjan Patel Syndicate Administrator / Social Media Coordinator Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

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