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Hanover Raceway simulcast has joined forces with Woodbine Entertainment, Hanover Raceway Slots and HDTV to host a Winter Handicapping Contest. GM Gord Dougan says as in the past the top prize will be 2 50 inch High Def SONY Smart TV's courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton. Dougan adds Woodbine Entertainment is going to provide weekly prizes for the 8 weeks of the tournament, and it will be cumultive so participants are encouraged to take part each and every week. Teams of 2 or 3 players are encouraged to enter by filling out an entry form at the Hanover Simulcast Counter, and the contest will begin on Thursday January 9th. Teams will pick 10 races per night, 5 of them pre-selected from either Woodbine or Rideau Carleton Harness. For more informatioin call Gord Dougan at Hanover Raceway 519-364-2860 x 2. From the press box at Hanover Raceway  

On the track, Bruce Richardson who won the dash driver award added 3 more wins to his total for 32 on the season, and Lorne House won the final 3 races of the season. Richardson won the opener with Smore Pie Please for owner and trainer Norm Dunstan of Caledon in 2:03.1.  Richardsons other wins were in Race 8 with Emerald Rihanna for Colonel Schneider of Arthur in 1:56.4 and in Race 9 with Carsons Lady Luck for owner David Carson of Listowel in 1:58.1.   House won Race 10 with Sharon the Moment for owner Susan Downey of St George in 1:58.3, Race 11 with Sandburg Hanover for owner McMaster Stables of Guelph in 1:58.1 and Race 12 with American Grace for McMaster Stables in 1:58.2. Ian and Susan Downey accepted the award for Trotter of the year for Excellence who had a record of 6 starts, 3 wins and a second and a winning time of 1:57.1. Russell Ellis of Elmira won the Claimer of the year for Hope You Had Fun who won 3 of his 8 starts at Hanover and also had 3 second place finishes and a time of 1:57.0. The leading Percentage driver was Trevor Henry with a UDR of .572 in 46 starts.  The Trainer of the year was Richard Moreau with a UDR of .653 in 16 starts, and the Hanover Raceway Horse of the year was Warrawee Promesse who won 2 of his 3 starts including the elimination and final of the Dream of Glory Championship in 1:56.4 setting a new track record. Brian and Ross Henry receive the Ab Fleishauer Horse of the Year award. The winner of the season ending prize a 2500 dollar travel voucher courtesy of Hanover Travel and Cruises, Nolitours and Transat Holidays was Ron Lindsay of Hanover.  GM Gord Dougan says it was a successful season overall as Hanover was up in Handle, concessions and attendance.   Hanover Raceway now features simulcast wagering all winter long and will start its 2015 season on Saturday May 23rd.   Dougan thanked the fans, horsemen and sponsors for their excellent support, and looks forward to trying to improve on this year’s success in 2015. From the press box at Hanover Raceway

Hanover Raceway wraps up its harness racing season on Saturday night at 7:15pm. The final card includes the draws for the major season ending prizes, plus Hanover Raceway has added the Red Rascal Band to play live from 7-9:30. Now GM Gord Dougan says thanks to Lee and Erin Watson, fans will also be able to get up close and personal with Tragically Shipp. The 8 year old gelded son of Shipps Speed has only raced 8 times this summer but is one of the winners in the RUS program winning at Grand River in 2:02.4 earlier this summer.  He also competed in the Preferred 3 Category at Hanover this year. Racing fans can pet or take a selfie picture with Tragically Shipp starting at 7:00pm on Saturday night. Post time for Saturday’s finale at Hanover is 7:15pm. From the press box at Hanover Raceway

Hanover Raceway closes out its 2014 season on Saturday night, and has added some extra special features to the final dash. First of all, Hanover has added 2 more races so we’ll have 12 races for our local horsemen. Hanover will also pay tribute to its top horsepeople and horses on saturday with its season ending awards presentations. The awards include top Driver, Trainer, Ab Fleishauer Horse of the Year, Claimer and Trotter of the year. GM Gord Dougan says with the nice weather expected he has also added the Red Rascal Band to play on the flat roof from 7-9:30pm.   Hanover Travel and Cruises will be on hand to announce the winner of the 2500 dollar travel voucher from all the FREE ballots collected over the course of the season.  Dougan adds, we’ll also award 2 sets of Adirondack Chairs, foot rests and end tables to 2 of the 16 winners of the Best Seats in the House draw each and every race night. Dougan has also ordered some extra Mohawk programs so fans will be able to follow the OSS Grassroots Championships at the same time as the live Hanover races.  and he says there were some prizes that were not picked up during the live season, so we’ll have extra prize draws for fans in attendance to win items like Hanover Raceway Sports Bags, Tshirts and other HR memorabilia. Post time for the final day of live racing is 7:15pm From the press box at Hanover Raceway

ELORA, ON - The most important job at Grand River Raceway in Elora may just belong to the harness racing track veterinarian Dr. Pat Meyers. "Essentially, you're looking after the welfare of the horse, but in addition to that you're also making sure the betting public is not betting on any lame horses, said Meyers, 59, who has been the track vet at Grand River Raceway since the track opened in 2003. Before that he was the vet at Elmira Raceway and Hanover Raceway going back to 1998. On a wet Wednesday night, Meyers was busy carefully watching a group of three-year-old pacing fillies warm up for an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots event that was subsequently postponed due to the monsoon causing unsafe track conditions. The vet said one of his jobs on race nights is to watch every horse warm up. "You're looking for any possible signs of lameness," he said. "Then if you have one that is slightly off, you go and talk to the trainer and make sure that he's not racing a horse that's going to be lame." Meyers is also on hand to help horses injured while racing. "Usually if there is an accident on the track you have to make sure you take care of any horses that are injured at least from a remedial standpoint or from a first aid standpoint," he said. After races, Meyers also helps trainers determine why a horse may not have raced well by inserting a small camera called an endoscope into a horse's air passage to check their lungs. He also helps out, when necessary, to take blood samples of horses for testing. Though Meyers isn't in charge of the testing protocol, racehorses in Ontario undergo some of the strictest pre- and post-race testing in the world for performance enhancing drugs. "The only time I get involved in any of those things is, for instance, if a person has difficulty taking a blood sample from a particular horse, then I would go and assist or at the end of the night if there's no veterinary technician to take blood," Meyers said. "So, I'm not intimately involved in it, but I do on the periphery." Other than the small number of times he's had to deal with a catastrophic injury to a horse in his 26 years as a track vet, Meyers said he enjoys his work and being at Grand River Raceway. "The job is pretty fun because you get to talk to a lot of interesting people at the track and find out what's going on in the industry," he said. Meyers, who runs Emerald Ridge Farm in Rockwood, ON with his wife, Anna, hasn't bred any horses the last two years, but he's been in the breeding business for a long time. He said the horse that changed his life was Emerald Whisper, an Earl mare out of Royal Design he produced with Terry Devos. "She made about $180,000 for us as a two- and three-year-old and she almost won the (OSS) Grassroots Final for two-year-old trotting fillies (in 2007). That was the one that changed it for me personally." To hear our conversation with Dr. Pat Meyers - including his pick for the greatest fictional character in history - check out our weekly podcast, the Harness Racing Report, produced for Grand River Raceway by award-winning journalist Dave Briggs, at https://soundcloud.com/grandriverraceway  

An enthusiastic harness racing crowd braved the cold and rainy weather at Hanover Raceway Saturday night. The staff from CKNX, 101.7 The One and 94.5 Classic rock brought with them a 50 inch Smart TV and blue ray player and the winner was Dave Middleton of Port Elgin. Middleton was on hand as part of a 40 person group from Sun Life in Hanover and Owen Sound. The group enjoyed an afternoon BBQ with their families and stayed around for the evening harness races. On the track, a pair of drivers picked up Hat-tricks. Bruce Richardson who leads all dash winning drivers with 29 wins started off the hat-trick winning race 4 with Emerald Echo in 2:05 for owners Dayle McFadden of Ayton and Lynne McFadden of Barrie. The Arthur native won the very next race with The Voice in 2:05.1 which he shares ownership on with Joe Coffey of Orangeville and Terry Oneil of Arthur. Richardson capped off the night with his final win in Race 9 driving Adventure Luck to victory in 1:59.1 for owner Bruce Winning of Madoc. House meanwhile started off his winning streak in Race 3 with American Grace in 2:01.2 for the Kevin Mcmaster stables of Guelph. Win number 2 was in race 6 with Serious Fool in 1:59.4 for owner Robert Daer of Goderich and House capped the hat-trick in the nightcap with Sandburg Hanover for the Kevin Mcmaster stables of Guelph. Hanover Raceway also held Horse Racing Bingo for the first time, and unfortunately no one in the crowd filled out a full bingo card. Because of that, Hanover Raceway is going to play BINGO again next Saturday for the first 250 people who are 18 and over at the program information booth. Post time next Saturday night is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

Driver Trevor Henry was the star of the show on Saturday night at Hanover Raceway as he won five of the six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series events for two-year-old male trotters that were staged and added an overnight victory to give him a total of six triumphs on the ten-race program. Henry teamed up with trainer Paul Reid for a pair of his wins. That duo struck for the first time in the third division with Snapshot Springs, who led through fractions of :31, 1:04.1, and 1:34.4 on his way to a 2:04.3 victory, and they were back for another win photo after Olympic Son overcame an early break and a first-over trip to win the nightcap by half a length in 2:03.1. Snapshot Springs, a Striking Sahbra gelding, is a homebred for Rick and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, Pennsylvania. He has won half of his six starts this year, with all his victories coming in Grassroots company, and he has earned $31,500. He’s the eighth foal out of the S Js Photo mare Spring Photo ($246,089). Reid trains Olympic Son, a colt by Majestic Son, for owner/breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Olympic Son picked up his second win from four attempts, and he has now put away $22,320. The winner is the second foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Graceful Sister ($104,714). Henry also swept the early daily double, which was comprised of Grassroots races, with Rob Roy, who led at every call on his way to a 2:03.4 tally, and Kadabrasnewrecruit, who turned a first-over journey into a 2:01.2 score. Henry then bagged the fourth split with Call Me Richard in 2:02. Rob Roy is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Rob Roy, an Angus Hall colt, broke his maiden in his fourth try and pushed his bankroll to $10,550. Roy Roy, who was bred by Mike Sparks, fetched $5,500 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. He’s the first foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Callisto Blue Chip. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, owns Kadabrasnewrecruit, a gelded son of Kadabra. Kadabrasnewrecruit, who was bred by Tymal Farms, is two-for-three in the win column, and he has now earned $22,500. He’s the fifth foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Keystone Alberta, who was third in the $100,000 Grassroots final when she was a two-year-old. Call Me Richard, who picked up his third win in Grassroots action, is trained by Clare Bradshaw. Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ontario, owns Call Me Richard, whose dam is Andover Hall mare Olympic Dreams. Call Me Richard, now an earner of $32,940, was bred by Tri Star Farms Ltd. of Brantford, Ontario, and was hammered down for $11,500 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. The only horse to stop Henry’s run was Parkhill Lancelot, who prevailed by a head in 2:02.4 in the fifth Grassroots tilt. Steve Byron drove the victorious Muscle Mass gelding for co-owner/breeder Parkhill Stud Farm of Peterborough, and co-owner Marshall Bax of Mississauga, Ontario. John Bax trains Parkhill Lancelot, who has won once from six trips behind the gate and earned $24,660. Parkhill Lancelot’s dam is Harlequin Seelster (Duke Of York), a three-time OSS winner in her racing career. This concluded the Ontario Sires Stakes season at Hanover Raceway and the regular season for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters in the Grassroots Series. The next time they compete will be in the Grassroots Semifinals on September 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results and charts of Saturday night’s races at Hanover Raceway From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Charlie Ward isn’t sure if his two-year-old trotting colt, Secret Muscle, will be the hometown hero when he competes Saturday night at his home track of Hanover Raceway “but he’s my hero,” says Ward of Hanover, Ontario, who is quite pleased with his youngster's progress to date. Secret Muscle has post two in the fourth of six Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions with Steve Byron at the controls. The Muscle Mass colt sits with 29 Grassroots points currently and Ward is hoping that his charge will garner enough points to be eligible to compete in the Semi-Final events at Mohawk on September 19. “That’s the goal. If he doesn’t make it we’ll quit with him and wait for next year. He’s a nice colt, with a great attitude so I think he’ll make a good three-year-old,” notes Ward who also handles the gelding’s training. Ward purchased Secret Muscle, who is from the Sir Taurus mare No Secrets Hanover, from breeders Jeff and Dr. Terry Ruch at last year’s Forest City Sale for a mere $3,000. “He was small but he’s grown quite a bit. I tried to buy him privately before the sale but we couldn’t come to an agreement. “I had his full brother (Bonus Feature). I really liked him but he died last year at two from chronic pneumonia. I thought he was going to be a nice horse which is why I wanted to buy Secret Muscle. He was perfect to break, I broke him myself, I didn’t let him out of my sight because I didn’t want him to get sick. “The only issue we had with him was when I tried to school him he wanted to go right to the gate. I turned him around and called (veterinarian) Huw Llewellyn who castrated him two days later and he’s been a gentleman ever since. You’d hardly know he’s in the barn, he’s a smart colt,” praises Ward who trains at the Fritz stable just outside of Hanover. Secret Muscle has competed in all five of the previous Grassroots events for this group with two fifth place finishes and then two thirds. In his last outing, at Georgian Downs on August 16 he made a break for the first time in his career and ended up seventh. “We took three horses to Georgian that night. It was really stormy and the track wasn’t the best and all three horses made breaks. I don’t like to train when it’s muddy so I’m not sure if he stepped in a hole or got mud in his face, he’d never made a break on me before,” explains Ward who is retired from trucking and trains six horses in total. “I’ve had horses for 40 years and am training full time now that I’m retired.” Ward is quite hopeful for Secret Muscle’s potential which is why he’s turned down two offers on the colt. “He seems to be getting better, so we’ll see what happens.” Hanover’s card gets underway at 7:15 p.m. with the rookie trotting colts featured in races one, two, four, six, eight and nine. To view the full card, please click Hanover Entries - September 6. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

The sky’s were threatening but the showers held off for the $70,600 final of the Balanced Image trot Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. Three fillies and five boys took part in the final after finishing in the top 2 positions in their eliminations on August 23rd. Gee Okeeffe owned by Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Ohio went off as the favorite after the 2 year old filly won her elimination the week before in 2:01.1, and has put up impressive numbers in the Gold and Grassroots Ontario Sires Stakes program this season. The 2-year-old daughter of Holiday Road got off to a quick start leading the field through the first quarter in 29.2 and the half in 1:00.2.  Desis Dream owned by Glengate Farms and the Parkhill stud farms got away 2nd and stayed in the pocket forcing Caulfield, driven by Trevor Henry to come first over at the half.  The son of Kadabra stayed on the outside and moved to within a head of Gee Okeeffe past the 3 quarters in 1:30.3.  Despite the outside trip Trevor Henry got the most out of his gelding and slipped past the front running filly in the stretch. The hometown favorite Platoon Seelster owned by Caroline Holiday of Mt Forest and Dennis Hannath of Harriston managed to close strongly nipping Gee Okeeffe for 2nd place at the wire.    Caulfield, who is trained by Chris Beaver and owned by the Synerco Ventures company of Toronto finished the mile in 2:01, less than a second off the track record. Afterwards Trevor Henry said his colt showed a lot of guts spending most of his mile on the outside trying to catch Gee Okeeffe.  The perseverance paid off. In other racing notes, Ryan Holiday won the Earl Ash Memorial Trot with CR Amigo for owner Ron Corbett of St Jacobs in 2:04.4. The Ontario Sires Stakes are back at Hanover next Saturday as 2 year old Colt Trotters hit the track.   Post time at Hanover Raceway on September 6th is 7:15pm. From the press box at 

Four divisions of 2-year-old trotters competed last Saturday at Hanover Raceway and now the top 2 finishers in each division return for a shot at the $70,600 final this Saturday. The $70,600 Balanced Image Final will go as Race number 10 on the 11 race program Saturday night at Hanover Raceway.  Post time is 7:15pm. Among those competing is Platoon Seelster owned by Dennis Hannath of Harriston and Caroline Holliday of Mt Forest.  After his elimination win, Hannath said the 2 year old was 1 of 2 yearlings he and Caroline purchased at the London sale.  Unfortunately the other yearling died when a tornado went through the London area earlier this year.   Hannath says he's extremely pleased with the colt and is just happy they get to participate in the final.  Platoon Seelster has earned over 21,000 dollars in just 2 lifetime starts and will be driven by Caroline's husband Ryan Holliday of Mt Forest.  The morning line favorite is 1 of 3 fillies in the final.  Gee Okeeffe is owned by Wilbur Lang and Chris Beaver of Ohio.  This 2 yea rold filly is one of the top Gold OSS filly trotters in her class this year and has already earned over 60,000 dollars in just 6 starts.  She will start from the coveted rail position and driver Dave Boughton who qualified 3 different horses for the final is listed to take the reigns. Also part of the card will be the Earl Ash Memorial Trot in race number 5.   Post time at Hanover Raceway is 7:15pm and as always the card will be available for viewing and wagering on Horse Player Interactive. From Hanover Raceway press box  

There were four divisions of 2 year old trotters for the Balanced Image Trot eliminations hit the track as part of an 11 race card on Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. In the first elimination, a trio of breakers and some fancy stickhandling by driver Ryan Holliday got Platoon Seelster to the lead by the quarter mile marker in 30.2.  The 2 year old son of Federal Flex led from start to finish in times of 1:01.1, 1:32.1 and the mile in 2:01.1.  Race favorite Mandeville who has 3 OSS grassroots wins on larger tracks broke early and managed to fight his way back to second by the 3 quarter mile marker but when Keith Oliver tried to overtake Platoon Seelster around the final turn he went off stride again and lost his chances at a spot in the final.  Irish Scotch owned by Paul Lindsey of Fergus inherited second place after the miscue.  Platoon Seelster is owned by Ryan Holidays wife Caroline, and Dennis Hannath of Harriston.  Hannath says the 2 year was 1 of 2 yearlings they bought at the London sale, however, the other one had to be put down, after it was injured following a tornado near Tottenham. Hannath says he’s extremely happy with the geldings performance, and as for the final, Hannath says he doesn’t care where he finishes,  he’s just happy to make it to the final. The second division was won by Allies Gift in times of 30.0, 1:00.1, 1:30.1 and 2:00.4 for a Quebec Ownership group, and driver Anthony Haughan.  Leg 3 was won by Gee Okeefe for owners Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Ohio and driver Dave Boughton who qualified 3 horses for the final.   Boughton said the 2 year old filly who leads her OSS class this year was really easy to drive and had plenty of gas left in the tank.  Gee Okeefe led from start to finish in times of 29.3, 1:01.0, 1:31.1 and the mile in 2:01.1. The final leg was won by another Chris Beaver trained gelding.  Caulfield is owned by Synerco Ventures of Toronto and also led from start to finish by driver Boughton in times of 30.0, 1:02.1, 1:33.2 and the mile in 2:02.4. The post position draw was completed in front of the grandstand after race 10 and ended up as follows. Balanced Image Final  Saturday August 30th $70,600 Purse  Gee Okeefe  Caulfield  Allies Gift  Desis Dream  Cheque the Magic  Platoon Seelster  Pilgrims Joy  Irish Scotch Hanover also played host to the Grey Bruce Spinal Cord Injury group.  Spokesperson Merv Breadner of Owen Sound says thanks to Hanover Raceway they have been able to raise over 10,000 dollars for people with spinal cord injuries in Grey and Bruce Counties over the past 8 years.  Breadner says the money is used to help people with spinal cord injuries get adjusted and purchase much needed equipment. Racing resumes Saturday August 30th with the Balanced Image final headlining the card.  Posttime is 7:15pm. From the press box at Hanover Raceway

This year’s Balanced Image Trot will include a series record final purse of $70,600 dollars.   When the series was split in 2012, the colts and fillies competed for a combined $74,000 dollars in two final purses, but this is the highest single purse final in the series.  A total of 147 two year old trotters made the nomination payment back in April, and just 28 of those horses will compete in the championship which starts this Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. Among those to watch will be Mandeville.  This son of Majestic Son is in 1st place in the OSS Grassroots colt standings with 3 wins and a 2nd  place finish in 5 starts and has already earned over 31,000 dollars for his owners Wayne Langille of Harley Ontario, and Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ont. Another top contender will be Freddie.  This is another Majestic Son youngster who has 2 wins and a 2nd place finish in 5 grassroots starts for owners Fred Brayford of Alliston and Debbie Element of Waterdown, Ontario. This year’s field will see the colts compete against some top OSS Fillies.   Gee Okeeffe currently sits in 7th place in the OSS Filly Gold standings.  This 2 year old daughter of Holiday Road has a win and a 2nd in the OSS gold and she also won her only OSS grassroots start.   Gee Okeeffe is the fields top money earner with close to 60,000 dollars earned for owners Wilbur Lang and Chris Beaver both from Ohio.  Another top filly is Judy the Beauty, who is 2nd in the Filly Grassroots standings with 2 wins and 2 second place finishes this year,  for owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre. Finally, there are a few local horses competing as well including Platoon Seelster for owners Caroline Holiday of Mount Forest and Dennis Hannath of Harriston.   Father in law Dave Holliday trains the 2 year old and husband Ryan Holiday drives the son of Federal Flex.  This 2 year old has a 2nd place finish in 1 Gold OSS start so far. And finally another local contender is Hillbilly King for Jayne Walker and Tom Smith of Holland Centre.  This son of Mutineer has just 2 starts including a 5th place finish in the OSS Grassroots at Grand River on July 30th. The top 2 horses in each of the 4 divisions will return on August 30th for the $70,600 dollar final on Saturday August 30th.   Post time at Hanover Raceway is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan for Hanover Raceway

Hanover Raceway wrapped up its summer handicapping harness racing contest on Saturday night. 30 handicappers qualified for the Country 93 sponsored contest, and all were hoping to win the first prize, a 51 inch High Definition TV. The contest started in Race 2 and 21 of the 30 competitors picked favorite Lucky Dunk driven by J Bradley Harris, but the 3 year old colt broke in the final turn knocking out all but 9 of the competitors.   The contest was quickly down to the final four, and Susan Weatherall of Flesherton won the contest in Race 7 when the horse picked by runner-up Shelley Johnston of Chatsworth finished 4th.  Susan picked her father Wil’s horse who won the race. Johnston won a prize package including a 250 dollar shopping voucher courtesy of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce. Joe Allison of Kincardine finished 3rd winning Golf for 2 at Cobble Beach, and Bill Fitzsimmons of Meaford was 4th winning a 100 dollar prize pack courtesy of Hanover Raceway. On the track, it was the Bruce Richardson and Garret Rooney show, as the 2 Arthur men won 6 of the 10 races on the night. Richardson kicked off the night winning the opener with Passion Delight in 2:00.3  for owners Glenview Livestock.  Richardson also won 4th race with Quarter past Six in 2:03 for owners Dayle and Lynn Mcfadden of Barrie and the 8th race with Elle Machferson in 1:57.4 for owner Eugene Bauman of Drayton.   Rooney meanwhile won Race 3 with favorite All Muscled Up in 2:02.4 for owner Jim Wilson of Melancthon, Ont, Race 6 with Prettyndangerous in 1:57 for owner Hutt Stables of Pennsylvania, and got the hatrick in Race 7 with Dervish Hanover in 1:59.1 for owner Doug Riley of Seaforth. Hanover Raceway resumes its 2014 season in 2 weeks, as they break for the 150th annual Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Fair starting on Friday August 15th. Event brochures are available at the Racetrack restaurant and slot bar, or details of all the activities can be found online at www.hanoverfair.ca Hanover Raceway

It was a perfect night for the 2014 edition of the harness racing Dream of Glory Trot at Hanover Raceway. Police estimate a crowd of over 8,000 lined the racetrack and adjacent arena to take part in the final night of Hanover’s 110th Homecoming celebrations. The night started with 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes, and although they came close to breaking the 2 year old Hanover Track record by Malicious in 1:53.2, 3 of the divisions set a new OSS grassroots record finishing their miles in the exact same time of 1:53.4. The first to set the mark was Shadow Place driven by Trevor Henry in Race 2.  Shadow Place came first over and battled with High Flier driven by Stu Sowerby past an opening quarter in 27.3, a 56.1 half and 3 quarters in 1:23.4.  High Flier put up a good fight but Shadow Place owned by a numbered Quebec company was too much stopping the timer in 1:53.4.  Shadios driven by Billy Davis Jr equalled the new OSS mark in Race 4 for owner Tom Hill of Great Britain, and the mark was tied again in the final OSS event when Titus Seelster won for driver Sylvain Filion for owners Brian Paquet of Quebec City, and Bayama Farms of ST. Andre-Argenteuil Quebec. The highlight of the night was the $78,800 dollar Dream of Glory final which included 6 colts and 2 fillies.  The fastest of the Elimination winners was Warrawee Promesse who drew post 5 after the eliminations, and the 3 year old son of Windsong Espoir was quickest off the gate for Trainer and Driver Wayne Henry hitting the quarter mile marker in 28.4.  Warrawee Promesse continued to hold a his lead over Erin Hall driven by Travis Henry past the half in 58.4 and the 3 quarters in 1:28.  Henry was lucky enough to gain a breather during the race, because his 3 year old pulled to a 4 length lead at the wire winning in 1:58 flat, 1 second off the track record. Posttime favorite Aventure driven by Trevor Henry was 2nd, and Erin Hall was 3rd. Warrawee Promesse is owned by the Henry Stables of Arthur, and Fred Brayford of Alliston. After the race Wayne Henry said it was nice to see so many fans cheering adding he was confident going into the final especially with his horses history of solid starts going into the first turn. One other highlight on the night was when Bob Walker of Owen Sound won his 900th career race with Margo Plicatus in Race 7.  The 4 year old daughter of Thunder Road is owned by Dr Huw Llewellyn of Allanford Ontario.  The 69 year old driver has over 5.3 million dollars in career driver earnings, and over 3.5 million in Trainer earnings, most of which was made pre-slots when the purses were much lower.  The son of Hall of Famer Allan Walker was joined by his sister Jean Thibideau in the Winners circle. GM Gord Dougan says he was very pleased with the crowd and the handle which reached just over 51,000 dollars.  Dougan thanked the crowd for supporting Ontario Harness Racing pointing out that Horse Racing plays a huge part in the rural economy and it was nice to see the strong local support for our sport.  Dougan also welcomed the crowd to return in 2 weeks, when the Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society hosts its 150th annual Fair.  The Hanover Fair runs from August 15th to 17th at the Hanover Fairgrounds. From the Hanover Raceway press box    

Warrawee Promesse and trainer/driver Wayne Henry romped to an open length victory in the $78,800 Dream Of Glory Trot for Ontario-sired three-year-old trotting colts and fillies on Sunday evening at Hanover Raceway. The Henry family swept the top three spots with Wayne driving Warrawee Promesse to the 1:58 victory over brother Trevor aboard Aventure and nephew Travis with Erin Hall. Leaving from post five, Warrawee Promesse worked his way to the lead over Erin Hall through the :28.4 opening quarter. He continued to lead past the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:28 while beginning to draw away from the rest of the field. Meanwhile, Kremlin and Billy Davis Jr. advanced first over, but stalled on the outside prompting 4-5 favourite Aventure to rally wide from the backfield in his pursuit of the leader. However, Warrawee Promesse had opened up nearly five lengths on top turning for home and could not be caught. "I left out of there and it took me a little while [to make the lead]," said Henry after the race. "I didn't want to rush him too much because he's been known to run in this first turn before. Once he made the front, he was pretty much on his own." Warrawee Promesse now boasts three consecutive wins in seven starts this year with his sophomore earnings soaring to $51,940. The Windsong Espoir gelding is owned by the Henry Stable of Arthur, Ont. and Fred Brayford of Alliston, Ont. Warrawee Promesse paid $6.30 to win as the 2-1 second choice. Track Record Set In Ontario Sires Stakes Coming into Sunday evening’s program at Hanover Raceway, the track record for a three-year-old pacing gelding was 1:55.1, established by Bandexter on July 17, 2010. Well, after the five $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots dashes that took place over the half-mile oval, the mark had been lowered to 1:53.4, and it belonged to a trio of geldings. The first gelding to smash the track record was Shadow Place (Trevor Henry) in the second section. Shadow Place came first-over past the :27.3 opening quarter and then battled on the outside of High Flier (Stu Sowerby) through the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:23.4. High Flier fought the good fight into the lane and continued to keep Shadow Place at bay, but in deep stretch Shadow Place finally forged his way past. The race wasn’t over, though, as Lucky King (James MacDonald), who had followed from second-over, lunged at Shadow Place at the wire, but in the win photo it was revealed that Shadow Place had just held on, defeating Lucky King by a nose. High Flier was third, beaten a length. Richard Moreau trains Shadow Place, a son of Shadow Play, for Quebec owners 9174 7998 Quebec Inc. of St-Janvier-Mirabel, Les Ecuries Bruce of Piedmont, and Henri Hebert Jr. of Papineauville. Shadow Place has now won twice from six tries this year, and he has four career victories. He has put away $23,440 in 2014 and $51,522 lifetime. Shadios (Billy Davis Jr.) then equaled the new 1:53.4 track record for a sophomore pacing gelding in the fourth Grassroots flight. Fresh off a fast 1:50.3 victory in Grassroots action last time out at Georgian Downs, Shadios led through fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1 en route to a one and three-quarter length decision over Waco Bruiser (Travis Henry). Some Major Beach (Jody Jamieson) collected third. Tony Alagna trains Shadios, also sired by Shadow Play, for Great Britain-based owner Tom Hill. Shadios has won four times from seven starts this year, and he has five career triumphs. He has earned $35,860 in his sophomore campaign and $50,150 in his life. The time of 1:53.4 also flashed up on the clock following the Grassroots nightcap. This time it was Titus Seelster(Sylvain Filion) who added his name to the record book after nosing out Blacktree (Trevor Henry) at the wire after showing the way through stations of :27.1, :57.3 and 1:25.1. Finishing in third was Arrived Late (James MacDonald). Stephane Larocque trains the victorious son of Artistic Fella for Quebec owners Brian Paquet of Quebec City and Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. Titus Seelster, making his sixth trip behind the gate this year, broke through for the initial win of his season, and it was his second lifetime tally. He has banked $16,027 this year and $56,152 lifetime. The other Grassroots races were won by: --Little Ben (sired by Jeremes Jet), who halted the clock in 1:54.2 for driver Trevor Henry, trainer Richard Moreau, and owners Luc Ouellette Incorporated and Anita Ouellette of Campbellville, Ont. --Reasonable Force (Shadow Play), who was a 1:55.1 victor for driver James MacDonald, trainer Tony Montini, and owners Doug Dunbar of London, Ont. and Robert Leblanc of White Plains, New York. Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for the three-year-old male pacers will resume on August 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Canada's leading driver Trevor Henry doubled his weekend win count on Sunday at Clinton Raceway with another five-win performance in the sulky. After winning five races at Hanover Raceway and dominating the Dream Of Glory Trot eliminations, Henry was back at it racking up win after win during Sunday's 10-race card in Clinton. The Arthur, Ont. reinsman started the day with a 10-3/4 length victory in the opener aboard Ninette B for trainer Denis Kerr. He then won the third race by 11 lengths with Jason Libby trainee Ruthies Pride and the fifth as Randy Henry's Girlwithagrin prevailed by a head. Henry later won the final two races on the card with Keystone Samurai prevailing in a four-across finish for trainer Ryan Steward and trotter Strike A Light winning by one and a quarter for conditioner Stephen Brossence. Henry has dominated the Clinton standings this season and boasts 30 local wins, more than triple his closest competitor. He leads all drivers in Canada with a total of 292 wins this year. Compiled with Standardbred Canada files

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