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Standardbred Canada has reported that the connections of Tall Dark Stranger have confirmed that the top-ranked horse in harness racing has completed his on-track career. With a mark of 1:47.2, a career summary of 19-2-0 from 22 lifetime starts and more than $2.365 million in earnings, Tall Dark Stranger will head to the stud barn at Hanover Shoe Farms to begin stud duty in 2021. His stud fee has been set at $20,000. After finishing a resolute second in the 2020 Breeders Crown Final at Harrah's Hoosier Park, there was some speculation that Tall Dark Stranger might race later this month in the TVG Free-For-All Final at The Meadowlands. Co-owner Judy Chaffee of Caviart Farms told Trot Insider that the connections have decided to shut their star Standardbred down. "Everyone is in agreement that Tall Dark Stranger will not race again," said Chaffee. "He will be going to Hanover Shoe Farms to begin his new career there." To read the rest of the story, click here.

Hanover Shoe Farms has announced their 2021 service fees.  All stallions except Nuncio stand in Pennsylvania. Andover Hall - $6,000 Bar Hopping - $8,500 **shipped semen not available** Betting Line - $ 7,500 Cantab Hall - $15,000 Captaintreacherous - $30,000 Greenshoe - $25,000 International Moni - $5,000 Nuncio - $7,500 ** frozen semen only, foals not PA eligible** Papi Rob Hanover - $10,000 Stay Hungry - $6,000 Tall Dark Stranger - $20,000 Stallion books will open this week. Please visit the stallion page at www.hanoverpa.com for more information or call Gunjan Patel or Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 637-8931. From Hanover Shoe Farms

Inspection videos for the 237 Hanover Shoe Farm Yearlings selling at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Timonium, Maryland are now being posted. They can be found both on the farm website (www.hanoverpa.com) and the sale company website (www.theblackbook.com).  The inspection videos will feature each yearling walking, as well as stationary views from the front, each side and behind. In addition, the approximate height and length of each yearling will be displayed on their video. As is always the case, we encourage and welcome your visit to the farm. The yearlings are available for your inspection now and will remain available every day except Sundays until Saturday October 31st. After a day off for shipping, inspections will resume at the Fairgrounds in  Timonium on Monday November 2nd.  Please call or text Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 for a farm appointment. She can also be reached at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com. No appointment is necessary to inspect the yearlings at the sale. From Hanover Shoe Farms    

Hanover, PA - It is with great excitement and pride that Hanover Shoe Farm’s announces the addition of three -year -old pacing colt phenom Tall Dark Stranger to its stallion roster for the 2021 harness racing breeding season. With a record of 1:49.1 at 2 and a current record of 1:47.1 at 3 and $1,741,645 earned thus far, Tall Dark Stranger has a remarkable slate of 16 wins and 1 second from 18 career starts.  Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin  and Lynn Katz, Caviart Farms, Marlene Taylor and Howard Taylor, trained by Nancy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, Tall Dark Stranger is the only horse in history to win the Metro Pace and Breeders Crown as a two year old and return to racing as a three year old and win both the Meadowlands Pace and North American Cup. Tall Dark Stranger also won the International Stallion Stakes at 2 in route to being voted 2 -Year -Old Colt Pacer of the Year in both the United States and Canada. This year at three, in addition to the Meadowlands Pace and North American Cup he has also captured The Cane Pace and The Kentucky Sire Stakes Final. Tall Dark Stranger is scheduled to start next at The Red Mile and then go on to the Breeders’ Crown at Hoosier Park.  Seemingly destined for greatness from his birth, Tall Dark Stranger was a $330,000 purchase from the 2018 Lexington Selected Sale. He was considered by many to be the premier pacing colt offered at that venue that year. A stunning individual by the legendary stallion Bettors Delight ,Tall Dark Stranger hails from one of harness racing’s most prolific families. He is out of World Champion and Dan Patch and O’Brien Award Winning 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Precocious Beauty p,2,1:50.1 ($838,004), she a sister to successful pacing stallion Sportswriter and out of a sister to Swinging Beauty P,1:49.4 ($893,268) and the grandam of Downbytheseaside P,2,1:49, 3.1:48.3f ($2,179,558) whose eagerly awaited first crop of yearlings sell this fall. “Russell and I are thrilled and honored to have been given the chance to add such an illustrious pacing stallion to our roster, we believe he is the most accomplished pacer to enter the stallion ranks since Captaintreacherous. This will be the our first partnership with Crawford Farms, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor ,which is exciting ,and  the third stallion we stand that Marvin Katz  owns part of, Captiantreacherous and Bar Hopping being the two others. It is a pleasure to work with Marvin ,he has vast knowledge of the breeding business and a  terrific band of broodmares to support his stallions”,  says Hanover Executive Vice President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky.  Trainer Nancy Takter calls Tall Dark Stranger “One of the best pacers we have seen. A champion at two and three, he’s done things that no horse has ever done. He’s a pleasure to train and knows that his job is to win”. Driver Yannick Gingras says that Tall Dark Stranger is the best pacing colt he has ever driven. “He has all the tools needed for greatness. Speed, gait, and looks but above all his desire to win races is truly unbelievable to me. He’s a champion in every sense of the word”. Tall Dark Stranger will stand in Pennsylvania His service fee and details concerning the Syndication will be forthcoming. From Hanover Shoe Farms      

The paddock videos for the 237 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to The Standardbred Horse Sale in Timonium, Maryland are now being posted daily. These videos can be viewed on both the farm website www.hanoverpa.com and the sale website www.theblackbook.com . Paddock videos will continue to be posted daily until they are finished. Inspection videos will also be done for these yearlings and will start to be posted Wednesday September 30. As with the paddock videos , they will be posted as they are done until their completion. Inspections of the yearlings at the Hanover Shoe Farms Fairgrounds will begin, by appointment only, on Monday September 28. Please call or text Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 or email her at rjablonsky@hanoverpa.com to schedule your appointment. Strict adherence to current COVID-19 protocols will be followed to in order to ensure the safety of both our visitors and employees. We welcome and look forward to your visit. by Bridgette Jablonsky, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

Paddock videos for the twelve Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to the 2020 harness racing Ohio Selected Jug Sale are now available for viewing both on the farm website www.hanoverpa.com and  the sale website www.lexingtonselected.com. The Hanover yearlings, exclusively pacers , will sell in the Midland Acres consignment. A truly select dozen, six of the twelve are by first crop sensations Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. The group is highlighted by: Hip # 39 Maddox Hanover a Well Said brother to Meirs Hanover p.1:48.1f ($740,191) Hip # 55 Elvarg Hanover a Fear The Dragon sister to the sports co-fastest 2-Year-Old of all time and 2019 Ohio Horse Of The Year Elver Hanover p,2,1:48.3,3,1:49.4h ($455,200) Hip # 57 Seaside Hanover a Downbytheseaside brother to Western Fame p,1:48.1f($1,747,333) Hip #118 Avia Hanover a Downbytheseaside sister to 2020 sensation Allywag Hanover p.3 1:48($189,903) Hip #149 Allnighter Hanover a Downbytheseaside sister to Abelard Hanover p,1:48f($820,461) and out of a sister to Caviart Ally p,1:48 ($1,849,704) Hip# 165 Makena Hanover a Fear The Dragon  sister to Martini Hanover p,1:49 ($487,939) Hip #193 Serena Hanover a Western Vintage sister to Sylph Hanover p,3,1:50.2 ($534,393) New for 2020, conformation videos will also be available for these yearlings. These are expected to be done the first week of September. Intended to be a simulation of the inspection process done on farm or at the sale, the conformation video will show a panoramic view of each yearling standing as well as shots of them walking to and from the camera. Each yearlings height and length will be displayed . Farm inspections are still welcome and encouraged. To schedule an appointment to see the Hanover Ohio Selected Jug Sale Yearlings please call  Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 or email her at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com. Bridgette Jablonsky VMD Executive Vice President Hanover Shoe Farms | 2310 Hanover Pike | P.O. Box 339 | Hanover, PA 17331 717-578-7395 Mobile | 717-637-8931 Office | www.hanoverpa.com  

Hanover, PA — It is with great pride and excitement that Hanover Shoe Farms announces that superstar pacer Papi Rob Hanover will be returning to the farm he was foaled and raised at to begin stallion duties in 2021. Papi Rob Hanover took a record of p,2,150f at two while earning $754,774. He won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, his Breeders Crown elimination, the Matron and Governor’s Cup. He crossed the wire first in the final of the Breeders Crown but was subsequently placed second. He was second in both his elimination and final of the Metro Pace (pacing both last quarters in less than :27) for a freshman slate of 12 starts with six wins, four seconds and two thirds. In an abbreviated sophomore campaign, Papi Rob Hanover started four times. He was third in the Meadowlands Pace elimination from post 10 with a :26.1 last quarter and second in the final, beaten a neck in 1:47.2 from post nine. He culminated his career with an electrifying world record performance in his Adios elimination, winning by 10-1/2 lengths in 1:47.1 with a :26.3 last quarter over the five-eighths-mile oval. Papi Rob Hanover is from the second to last full crop of the legendary Somebeachsomewhere who has already displayed his ability to sire great stallions as evidenced by the dominance of his son Captaintreacherous. Papi Rob Hanover’s maternal pedigree is one of the best the business has. He is the second foal of the very fast Panera Hanover p,4,1:51.2f, she a sister to JK Panache p,1:47.3s ($662,789) and Philly Hanover p,3,1:49.2f ($334,241). Papi Rob Hanover’s grandam is the prolific Panned Out, she the dam of the winners of more than $2 million. “Papi Rob was a great looking and extremely smart yearling. He reminded me most of his father of any Beach colt we have raised. He’s very correct and powerful and has a presence about him that signifies greatness. His win in the Adios elimination was as scintillating a performance as I have ever seen. When he came flying around that last turn I had visions of Somebeachsomewhere. Combine all of that with his pedigree and I have little doubt that Papi Rob will be Beach’s next great siring son,” says Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. Owner David McDuffee, who purchased Papi Rob Hanover from the 2018 Standardbred Horse Sale for $130,000 says, “I have been inundated with interest in Papi Rob from some of the largest breeding farms in the business. It’s very exciting to me that he is going back home and I am very confident that Hanover will give him every opportunity to become the great stallion that I know he is destined to become. I believe that the terms of syndication are very appealing, he is priced fairly with additional incentives, so that we can put together a great syndicate to increase his level of success even more.” Brett Pelling, trainer of such notables as Rocknroll Hanover and The Panderosa, developed and trained Papi Rob Hanover for the duration of his career. “Papi Rob is the most perfect horse I have been fortunate enough to train. He’s blessed with a flawless gait, strength and intelligence. He was fast and light on his feet. When you add in his looks, charisma, and wonderful temperament, I can’t fault him. He’s always left me in awe. He will be missed in the barn but I’m excited to see those traits in his offspring in the coming years.” Papi Rob Hanover will stand the 2021 breeding season in Pennsylvania for an introductory fee of $10,000. A limited number of shares are available. Please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717.578.7395 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com for further information and details of the syndication. From Hanover Shoe Farms

Columbus, OH – As part of the initiative that commenced with Hanover Shoe Farms’ Executive Vice President Bridgette Jablonsky’s announcement in April of a $250,000 matching fund grant to promote integrity in harness racing, on Monday (July 6), U.S. Trotting Association President Russell Williams announced the establishment of the Standardbred Racing Investigative Fund. The SRIF will exist as a division of the USTA but with independent, third-party oversight. “After announcing the $250,000 challenge grant, we heard from several industry stakeholders who were concerned about industry participants having the ability to exert influence on or make decisions regarding investigations into possible regulatory or criminal abuses,” said Williams, who is president and CEO of Hanover Shoe Farms. “These concerns are valid, so we have worked diligently with a leading Pennsylvania law firm to design a structure that would remove funding and investigative decision-making from the USTA and allow for total confidentiality.  This difficult task has taken time, but it is almost complete,” added Williams. The plan for the SRIF will be presented at an upcoming USTA Board of Directors Executive Committee meeting to be held within the next few weeks in order to gain Board approval. If approved, complete details including who will serve on the SRIF Oversight Board, the way that money from donations will be allocated, how investigations will be conducted, and details of the plan for cooperative efforts with state racing commissions and local, state and federal authorities will be announced. To read Dr. Jablonsky’s original announcement of the $250,000 matching funds grant from Hanover Shoe Farms, click here. From the USTA Communications Department

Hanover, PA — Cam’s Card Shark passed away peacefully at Hanover Shoe Farms on July 2, 2020 at the age of 29. He was with the people that loved him, including Hanover Shoe Farms Farm Manager Patti Murphy who has been with him since he retired to stallion duty, first in New Jersey and then Pennsylvania. Cam’s Card Shark was retired from stallion duty in 2014 and lived his remaining years in the stallion barn at Hanover. Cam’s Card Shark took his record of 1:50 at age 3 and earned $2,498,204. He was the Dan Patch Horse of the Year in 1994 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Cam’s Card Shark’s major wins included the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, New Jersey Classic, Messenger Stakes, The Adios, Berry’s Creek, James Dancer Memorial, Art Rooney Pace and the Miller Memorial. He was scratched as the overwhelming favorite to win the Little Brown Jug and never raced again. The story just starts there. Cam’s Card Shark started his stallion career at Hanover Shoe Farms of New Jersey in 1995 and moved to Pennsylvania in 2012 where he stood his last two seasons at Hanover’s Main Farm in Pennsylvania. Cam’s Card Shark sired 1,829 foals that earned $150,458,604. His most notable performers include the double millionaires Bettor’s Delight p,3,1:49.4 ($2,581,461), Shark Gesture p,1:48.1s ($2,818,021), Four Starzzz Shark p,1:47.4 ($2,537,267), Royalflush Hanover p,4,1:49.3 ($2,153,893), and the one time co-fastest pacer of all time, Holborn Hanover p,1:46.4 ($2,070,648). Cam’s Card Shark’s daughters have produced the winners of $117,544,998 including the performers A Rocknroll Dance p,4,1:47.2s ($2,429,441) and Heston Blue Chip p,3,1:48f ($1,781,881). “If he had only sired Bettor’s Delight who is unarguably one of the greatest stallions the business has ever seen, he would have left his mark, however he did so much more. Shark was a great racehorse and an even greater stallion. He was as tough and gritty a horse as you could know. It was, of course, a sad day here but he had a great life and we were blessed to have had him for as long as we did,” said Hanover’s Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. Owners Jeff and Paula Snyder were understandably sad when they received the news. “He changed our lives, he was really the start of my career in harness racing and the horse that got Paula interested in racing. We really appreciate everything he did for us and take comfort in the fact that he had such a long and happy retirement at the only home he knew after racing,” said Jeff Snyder.

Hanover, PA — On April 16, 2020, Hanover Shoe Farms Executive Vice President Bridgette Jablonsky, V.M.D., announced the establishment of a $250,000 matching fund grant to support the work of restoring full integrity to the harness racing industry. In that announcement, Jablonsky noted “investigative services appear to be necessary to aid the racing commissions in investigating wrongdoing…to support the work of restoring full integrity to our sport.” The project is moving forward and the announcement of formal details is anticipated to be released next month. “Our integrity project, which is under review by a leading Pennsylvania law firm, is making good progress,” explained Hanover Shoe Farms President and CEO Russell Williams, who also serves as president of the U.S. Trotting Association. “We realized shortly after the original announcement that a completely independent structure would be required because it must be above any charge of influence or conflict of interest. “We expect to announce full details sometime in early July,” added Williams. For further information, contact Russell Williams at rcwilliams@hanoverpa.com.  

This filly foaled April 21st is by Swan For All and out of the mare High Sobriety thus making her the first full sibling to 2017 Harness Racing Horse Of The Year  and World Champion Hannelore Hanover 1:49.2 ($3,069,057).   The resemblance between this filly and Hannelore is uncanny giving her the barn nickname “Baby Hanna”.    If this filly’s early athleticism and personality are any indicator she will be trying her hardest to fill big sister’s shoes.   Both High Sobriety and Hannelore Hanover (now a Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare) are being bred to the brilliant Greenshoe in 2020   Foals Of The Week 2020 Name That Foal * The 2nd name of the foal must be HANOVER * Name may only be 18 characters long including spaces and punctuation * Name must start with the same letter as the first letter in the mare name * You may not use a name that has previously been used 2020 Yearling Sales * Goshen - September 13, 2020 * Harrisburg - November 3 - 5, 2020 2020 Yearlings selling at Goshen and Harrisburg View website for complete list

Following is a letter from Executive Vice President Bridgette Jablonsky, V.M.D., of Hanover Shoe Farms announcing the establishment of a $250,000 matching fund grant to support the work of restoring full integrity to the harness racing industry. To All Industry Participants: I hope this letter finds you well and withstanding the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. I know that you all join me in eagerly waiting for racing to resume and life to return to some semblance of normal. I have used some of the time normally spent watching races and following entries and results to reflect on the criminal proceedings revealed to us on March 9, 2020. My initial reaction was, “What a terrible day for this business.” Upon further reflection, however, I find that my initial reaction was completely off base. This was a good day for our business. We will not survive unless the cheaters and wrongdoers are identified and exiled. I will footnote this by saying that the defendants in these proceedings are presumed innocent until they either admit their guilt or are found guilty in a court of law. If any are innocent, I hope their names are cleared with no lasting ill effects, but all of those who are found guilty of the heinous acts depicted in the indictments should be punished and never allowed to touch a horse again. This brings me to the point of this letter, which is meant to be a hopeful and positive one in these times of darkness. One useful thing we have learned from the criminal indictments is that high-powered investigative services appear to be necessary to aid the racing commissions in investigating wrongdoing by (1) gathering evidence in a timely and efficient manner, and (2) presenting that evidence in a form that will fully support the authorities that have the power to exile the cheaters. Other new approaches may be needed to make our industry more responsive to and supportive of the racing commissions. I have discussed this with Russell (Williams), and Hanover Shoe Farms pledges $250,000 as a matching grant to support the work of restoring full integrity to our sport. The term of this pledge is 12 months, beginning on the day Standardbred racing resumes in 2020. Hanover Shoe Farms is a nursery. We raise our babies with love and dedication to their well-being. When we sell them, it’s as if we are sending them off to college, releasing them out into the world to hopefully make us and their new owners proud. Above all, however, I hope that they enjoy doing what they were born to do and are being treated well. Reading the indictments grieved me deeply, because it was so plainly obvious that some horses are not treated well, nor even humanely. We hope that major financial support will stimulate better practices within the industry and go a long way toward procuring a brighter and safer future for our horses. Our approach will only work if it earns broad industry participation, and if we come up with effective new approaches to ensuring integrity. Please join us in this fight against cheating and abuse. It will save our industry, it will save lives and eliminate suffering, and it will stop the ill-gotten gains of a select few who think the rules don’t apply to them. For further information, contact Russell Williams at rcwilliams@hanoverpa.com. I hope everybody stays safe and healthy, and I can’t wait to see you at the tracks and the sales this fall. Best regards, Dr. J   from the USTA Communications Department

The Hanover Shoe Farms Stallon of the Week is International Moni, who is 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. International Moni bred a full book of 140 stellar mares in 2019 including:   Bold Dreamer - dam of Pampered Princess 3,1;53($1,648,362) Brigham Dream 4,1;53.2 ($639,280) D Train - dam of Donato Hanover 3.1:50.1 ($2,988,777) Frau Blucher 4,1:51.2 ($988,264) Highscore Kemp 3,1:51.4( $111,546) Met's Inn - dam of Met's Hall 3,1:51.2 ($1,295,306) Phaeton - dam of Phaetosive 3,1,51 ($895,277) Seaside 4,1:53.2($583,515)   Follow up on what is sure to be an outstanding first crop with a 2020 booking to the North American outcross stallion International Moni 2020 Stud Fee: $5,000   From Hanover Shoe Farms  

The 2020 book for Bar Hopping has been announced as full and closed. A son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping 3,1:51.4 ($1,292,433) is standing his fourth season at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. Bar Hopping's first crop of foals sold as yearlings in 2019 and averaged an incredible seven times his stud fee, with individual prices as high as $350,000, $185,000 and $175,000. "Bar Hopping is a beautiful horse, he's tall and long and very modern looking. In my opinion, he's one of the very best looking trotting stallions at stud today. He has a flawless gait, a superior pedigree and won several of the classics. His 2019 yearlings looked and acted special and sold accordingly. We are very excited to see his first crop race in 2020 and want to thank the breeders that have supported Bar Hopping in his first 4 years at stud " says Hanover 's Executive President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. From Hanover Shoe Farms

The book for sophomore pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been announced as full and closed. Stay Hungry P, 3, 1:47.3M ($1,303,709) is a son of the legendary Somebeachsomewhere out of the World Champion double millionaire mare My Little Dragon. Stay Hungry stands in Pennsylvania at Hanover Shoe Farms. The first foals of this exciting stallion are being born now and uniformly possess their father's strong build, sharp eye and good conformation. "Stay Hungry offers excellent value for breeders. His service fee is extremely reasonable considering all of the credentials he has to offer. He really is the complete package as far as looks, breeding and performance. It's nice to offer breeders his quality at a service fee that is affordable. Our strategy has paid off as astute breeders bred very good mares last year and he has another very good book this year, this will help him to achieve the success we anticipate.", says Hanover Executive Vice President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. With this announcement, the books for all three Hanover Pacing Stallions, Captaintreacherous, Betting Line and Stay Hungry are now full and closed. by Gunjan Patel, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

Dr. Paul Spears of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company and Hanover Shoe Farms spoke on Tuesday at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary on “Breeding a Derby Champion” to an enthusiastic audience of trotting breeders and trainers (National Trotting Breeders’ Association of Hungary “UTOE”). The program was part of an ongoing series of educational events arranged by the UTOE. Dr. Spears focused his remarks on pedigree analysis and the factors that have proven successful in the USA and at Hanover Shoe Farms. He illustrated that success using the profile of Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit, also a multiple fast-class winner in Europe. The UTOE’s Karoj Kotun (Breeding Manager) and Dr. Attila Balogh (President) presented Dr. Spears with a gift of thanks for his work to benefit Hungarian breeders. Thanks also to the other team members that made this educational event successful:  István Pacsi - CEO of two companies Kincsem Nemzeti Loverseny Kft (racing organizer) and Magyar Loversenyfogadast Szervezo Kft (wagering company) Rezs┼Ĺ Szecsi - Vice President of UTOE  Botond Kovacs - works with the racecourse company Andrea Fazekas - amateur driver, works with UTOE György Horvath - driver, breeder (left to right – Mr. Karoj Kotun, Dr. Paul Spears, Dr. Attila Balogh)   It was a packed house to hear Dr. Paul Sears speak. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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