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Saturday's Hanover Raceway card includes Ontario's second-ever monte/RUS race with pari-mutuel wagering. Seven women from Canada and Norway will compete in race three on the card. Among the competing trotters will be Radical Dreamer, a monte recent winner at Clinton Raceway in 2:04.4h. The five-year-old son of Majestic Son-Paidindreams-Royal Strenght is owned by Ron O'Neill of Cambridge and Doug Millard of Woodstock and will be ridden by Marit Valstad. He is a career winner of US$89,791 (sulky and monte) with 12 career victories and a record of 3, 1:58.4f. Race 3 - Hanover Raceway July 26, 2014 Trot, purse C$2,200 (EX, TR) RACING UNDER SADDLE (CANADIAN/NORWEGIAN CHALLENGE) Post time: 07:51 P.M. Horses Entered: 7 (Horse, Rider, Trainer, ML Odds) 1 Callie Magoo, G Berg, J Braid, 7/1 2 Radical Dreamer, M Valstad, R O'Neill, 9/5 3 King Trut, S Town, P Shepherd, 9/2 4 Charlie Tuna, B Kennedy, J Yake, 10/1 5 Tragically Shipp, A Aursand, L Watson, 3/1 6 Dayplanner, V Amundsen, J Walker, 2/1 7 Hetties Honey, A Humphris, M Macri, 7/2 Hanover Raceway will also play host to 'Wanna Drive?' on Saturday evening. Fans will get a chance to drive a racehorse around the Hanover oval between races thanks to the Hands On Horses Program. byThomas H. Hicks, for Monte America      

Not even Mother Nature's fury could keep fans from attending Georgian Downs' Family Day experience last weekend. Despite dark clouds and a few raindrops fans lined up to enjoy miniature pony racing, bouncy castles, mini golf and rides around the track with a standardbred racehorse. In fact, the sign-up list to hop in the double-seated jog cart for a tour of the oval was filled in less than a half hour. People came from all over to take part in the fun, including one family that came straight from a Blue Jays game earlier that day. "We were rushing checking the time hoping that we wouldn't miss our chance to ride behind a racehorse," said Stacey Marchand. When asked if it was worth the rush she said, "Yes! It was great, but it goes by a lot quicker than you think - probably because you don't want the ride to end." Al Whiteside, a newcomer to the track, learned of the event via a radio promotion. "I won my chance to ride with a horse on the radio and my friend's wife tried to trade me my ride for concert tickets because she loves horses that much," said Whiteside. Over forty racing fans - young and old - enjoyed the adrenaline rush of sitting behind a racehorse for the first time, and for each of them it was an experience they won't soon forget. For your chance to drive a racehorse here are events coming up at a track near you: Saturday, July 26 - Hanover Raceway (Hanover) Saturday, August 2 - Hiawatha Horse Park (Sarnia) Friday, August 8 - Grand River Raceway (Elora) Sunday, August 10 - Dresden Raceway (Dresden) Friday, August 29 - Grand River Raceway (Elora) Saturday, August 31 - Clinton Raceway (Clinton) For photos from Georgian Downs' Family Day event, visitwww.handsonhorsesprogram.ca by Stacey Reinsma, for Hands On Horses Program      

Its been 8 years since the Whatthehecklavec set the last Aged Mare Track Record and it was in the Walker Invitational Trot. This year Trevor Henry owned and Richard Moreau trained Angies Lucky Star beat the old mark by 1/5th of a second on a track rated good, due to a light steady rain. Angies Lucky Star got away second to the quarter behind Spartan Victory driven by Ryan Holliday in 27.3, but quickly took over control, and never looked back hitting the half in 56.2, the 3/4′s in 1:26.1 and the mile in 1:56.4. The Walker Trot is named for Allan and Viola Walker. Allan was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1996 and was not only a top driver, but a well respected trainer as well and his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren are still involved in the sport. Hanover Raceway also host the staff from 92.3 The Dock radio, who gave away a $1500 dollar Smart TV, won by Randy Cook of Holland Centre, and 2 more people qualified for the Survivor handicapping contest. So far 17 fans have correctly picked 4 horses that finished in the money, and will return on August 9th for a shot at another High Definition TV package. Next Saturday is Dream of Glory elimination night. Over 90 horses are paid up to the series, and the top 8 will return on Sunday August 3rd for the 60,000 dollar final. Hanover Raceway will also host the 2nd Rider under Saddle race to feature wagering next Saturday. its being billed as Canada vs Norway, and the girl riders will be on hand after their race for a meet and greet and autograph session. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway     519-364-2860 x 2      

Hanover Raceway plays host to the Walker invitational Trot this Saturday night. The annual race pays tribute to Alan and Viola Walker of Owen Sound. The late Alan Walker was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1996 and was one of our country's top drivers. Walker not only won several driving titles, but was also an excellent trainer especially with Trotters. Some of his stock included McDuffs Lassie, Cadenza and Clement Hanover. Also at Hanover Raceway this Saturday will be the staff from 92.3 The Dock Radio in Owen Sound. The Dock staff will be awarding 1 lucky fan with a brand new high definition TV package courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton and Hanover. Saturday is also Week 3 of the Survivor Handicapping contest. Fans are asked to pick a horse in races 5-8 that they think will finish in the money. If they are right, they'll return on August 9th to compete for another high definition TV package courtesy of Countyr 93 Radio. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway

It was a Super Moon night at Hanover Raceway.  However, the moon didn’t affect J Harris who had 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third on the 10 race card. The Dundas native started off his winning streak driving Excellence to victory in Race 3 for owner Susan Downey of St George Ontario in 1:57.1.  Harris also won Race 8 with Blazing Shot for Tom Gallant of Caledon East in 2:00.3, and finished his hattrick in Race 9 with Victoria for owner Dominic Dicicco of London in 1:57.4. Saturday night was also week 2 of the Country 93 survivor contest. Close to 70 contestants took part with 9 of them picking a horse that finished in the money in 4 races in a row. The qualifiers for the Survivor final on August 9th are Bill Johnston of Wingham Dan Border of Owen Sound Ann Wilson of Markdale Norma Breadner of Owen Sound Shelley Johnston of Flesherton Scott Davis of Owen Sound Joe Allison of Kincardine Kim Mahon of Owen Sound And Bruce Patchell of Hanover They join the 6 survivors from week 1.... however, everyone has 2 more opportunities to qualify over the next 2 Saturdays.  Saturday July 19th is 92.3 the Dock day.  Fans can enter to win a 1500 dollar TV package courtesy of 92.3 the Dock radio.   Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway

It was a triumphant return for harness racing driver Trevor Henry at Hanover Raceway Saturday night. Racing in sires stakes events at Mohawk and elsewhere this summer, the multiple driver of the year at Hanover won 4 of the 6 OSS 3 year old Colt Trotting races Saturday. Henry started off winning both ends of the Daily Double taking race 1 with Passed Da Point for owners Benoit Gendron and Roland Rocco of Quebec, in 1:59.1, and won race 2 with Massacaia for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais of Montreal, Que in 2:00.2. Henry said he expects to spend more time at Hanover once the Sires Stakes season slows down but he’s got several of his own horses competing at other tracks.   The third OSS leg was won by Steve Byron who drove Totally Ripped for owner Don Leisheid of Windsor in 1:59.4. The fourth OSS event was won by TothePointJames in 2:02 for driver, trainer and part owner Wayne Henry of Arthur along with Jeff Thomson of Chelsey, the estate of Daniel Mccann, and Arnold Feldman of Quebec. Leg 5 was won by Tyrone Haji in 2:01.1 for trainer Bob Mcintosh of Windsor and accounted for Trevor Henrys 3rd win on the night, and Henry capped off the evening with the fastest mile of the night when Aventure won the 9th race in 1:58 for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown.  Budd said afterwards that if his horse was able to clear the lead before the quarter pole, he thinks he may have had a chance to break the 3 year old track record held by first Dream of Glory winner Abbey Road C back in 2002.  Budd says Aventure who is Dream of Glory eligible will be back on July 26th for the eliminations, and he expects another great performance from the son of muscle mass.  The colt is owned by Orville Rursch of Illinois. Fans at Hanover enjoyed 300 cupcakes and 300 tshirts in a t-shirt toss to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sires Stakes program.  Hanover also held its first Survivor handicapping qualifier.  Despite over 150 entries none of the fans in attendance qualified for the August 9th final.  The good news is fans have 3 more chances to qualify for a chance to win a high definition television courtesy of Country 93 radio.  Hanover Raceway features 10 live race’s and another chance to qualify for the Survivor handicapping contest on July 12th.  Post time is 7:15pm Gord Dougan  

The Ontario Sires Stakes hit Hanover for the first time this season and fans are in for a celebration. OSS Spokesperson Jackie Warner says she will be bringing 300 T Shirts to give away, as well as some OSS hats for people who enter the Survivor Handicapping Contest at the track. Warner also says in celebration of the OSS 40th birthday, she will also be bringing some baked treats for fans who stick around until the later races. Six divisions of 3 year old Colt Trotters will hit the track as part of the 10 race card, including over 20 horses who are eligible for the Dream of Glory Eliminations which start on July 26th. GM Gord Dougan says its a great chance for local fans to come see some of the best Grassroots trotters Ontario has to offer, and racing fans will get a good idea on some of the Dream of Glory eligibles who will be making their first start on the Hanover track. The Hanover program includes a Survivor Ballot where fans are asked to pick 4 horses in races 5-8 who they think will finish in the money. If fans are correct they will earn an entry into the Survivor final on August 9th. Dougan says the last survivor on the final night will win a Giant High Definition televison courtsey of Country 93 radio. its also Ladies night at the track tonight as ladies can enter to win one of several prizes courtesy of The Flower Shoppe and Greenhouses in Hanover, My Scissors and I, and Hanover Raceway. Post time is 7:15pm tonight. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway  

The top 7 Grassroots starts and the top points earner in the Gold OSS series will compete this Saturday at Hanover Raceway. Tyrone Haji leads the Gold Point earners for Trainer Bob McIntosh who shares ownership of the 3 year old with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. The son of Kadabra won a Gold Elimination at London on May 30th and was 5th in the slop at Mohawk in his last start on June 24th. Mcintosh says they decided to drop the 3 year old into the Grassroots because he races really well on a half mile track, and he felt that the son of Kadabra is better suited in the Grassroots. The top points earner in the Grassroots this season is Aventure who is 2 for 2 this summer including a 1:55.3 win at Mohawk on June 26th. Bill Budd of Waterdown says he got the horse from Orville Rursch of Illinois as a 2 year old, and he returned him back this year. Budd says the son of Muscle Mass is a pleasure to work with and he's very handy both on the 7/8th and the half mile track. Budd says he expects driver Trevor Henry will leave from post position 6 but says the colt has proven he can work out a mile from the front, or from behind. Also doing well this season is Dream of Glory eligible horse, Razor Ramone for trainer driver and part owner Mark Etsell, formerly of Hanover. Etsell shares ownership on the son of Kadabra with Bob Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge. The homebred has a win and a 2nd at Mohawk in 2 OSS starts this year, including a win from Post 10 at Mohawk on June 26th. Etsell says he's not sure how his horse will handle the half mile, and isn't too concerned about getting the outside 7 post position. Razor Ramone won his last start from the 10 hole at Mohawk, and despite an early break 3 starts back, closed well enough to finish 2nd on June 9th in his other OSS start. Etsell says if he would have had a few more feet of stretch drive he probably would have won adding if Ramone does well on Saturday he'll likely be back for the Dream of Glory eliminations on July 26th. 6 divisions of 3 year old Colt trotters hit the track Saturday night. It's also Ladies Night with special prize draws, and the start of the Survivor Handicapping Contest. One lucky fan will win a high definition Television courtesy of Country 93 radio. The FREE contest starts in Race 5 and runs every Saturday for the month of July. Post time at Hanover Raceway is 7:15pm. From the Hanover Raceway Press Box

Bruce Richardson had the hottest hands on Hockeyville Night at Hanover Raceway as the 43-year-old Arthur, Ont. reinsman won half of the 10 races on the night to launch himself to the top of the track's driving standings with 10 wins in the first four weeks of the season. Richardson started the ball rolling winning race two with Watt A Funny Face in 1:58.1 for owner Morag Watt of Clinton. Richardson also won race four with first-time starter Mach Code for owners Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley in 1:58.2, and followed that up with a win in race five driving Federal Army in 2:04. Richardson co-owns that trotter with Randy Marriage of Clinton and Peter Irwin of Ayton. Win number four came in race seven with Vital Sign for the Thomsons in 1:57.4, and he wrapped up the night winning the final dash with Thunderaway in 1:58.4, for owners Ron O’Neill of Cambridge and Martin Hossack of Thamesford. Four youngsters went home with brand new bicycles courtesy of Hanover Raceway and Hanover Canadian Tire on Hockeyville Night. They were six-year-old Gabriel Yeoman of Shallow Lake, nine-year-old Corey Lacey of Walkerton, four-year-old Lucan Johnston of Hanover and 10-year-old Heidi Allen of Kincardine. To read the rest of the story click here.

Racing Under Saddle is an innovative new concept in harness racing in Canada, and the schedule for the racing under saddle season has been finalized and will be an exciting season for riders, horses, the bettor, and the general public at large. The Ontario Racing Commission has approved wagering with Standardbred Canada setting the standards for equipment and riders. There will be ten scheduled races at seven tracks from July 1 at Mohawk Racetrack to October 1 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The first race will be held at Mohawk Racetrack on July 1 and the invitational trot will be carded as “Trot For The Cure” in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. After a stop in Clinton for a Sunday afternoon tilt on July 13, which will be the first RUS event that bettors will be able to wager on, comes the first signature event of the RUS season. On July 26 there will be the first half of Norway versus Canada as part the eliminations of the Balanced Image at Hanover Raceway with the second half being held at Grand River Raceway on August 1. Three days later, as part of the Battle Of Waterloo, RUS Ontario will hold an international race featuring riders from Norway, Sweden, Finland, the United States and host Canada. This event will strive to be an annual event in Canada growing with world popularity. On July 19, Georgian Downs will play host to RUS, and on August 29 Mohawk will play host to a second RUS invitational trot, as a prelude to the Canadian Trotting Classic card on September 13. The last invitational trot will be hosted at Mohawk Racetrack. Flamboro Downs will play host to RUS on September 20 and The Raceway at Western Fair District will close out the season with a race on its opening night card on October 1. RUS would like to thank the management at all Ontario tracks for the support and cooperation shown to racing under saddle for this inaugural season as an entity of the Ontario racing scene. Please come out and support racing under saddle and enjoy the excitement of Ontario racing. For further information on sponsorships of races or riders, please contact Julie Walker at (519) 379-7244 or by e-mail at walks24dodger@aol.com. For the website click here. From RUS Ontario

It was a perfect night for Pepsi Night at the races at Hanover Raceway. A large crowd was on hand for the first buffet of the season in the new Coach House Restaurant and the festivities included 2,000 dollars worth of prizes courtesy of Pepsi in Owen Sound. On the track, 4 different drivers had a double win night. Tom Smith started it off winning race 1 with Star Struck Luck which he trains and co-owns with Jayne Walker of Holland Centre. Smith also won race 9 with Whiskey Wisdom for owner Lema Chapple of Wingham. Lorne House had the biggest payout of the night when he won Race 4 with Zorgwijk Ophelia at 124-1. The 3 year old filly paid 251.90 to win for 1 lucky patron. House also won Race 8 with Sharon the Moment for Susan Downey of St George, Ontario. Bruce Richardson had the driving double with Clementine in Race 5 for owner Colleen Fox of Brantford and won Race 7 with Gracies Harmony for owner Allan Steeves of London, and the fastest mile of the night went to Jay Harris of Dundas who won Race 6 with Hope you had fun for owner Russel Ellis of Elmira in 1:57.0. Harris won his 2nd on the night with Dostal Alley in Race 3 for owner Joanne Pond of Hawkstone. Close to 1,000 attended Pepsi Night and some of the biggest cheers were for the finish of the Miniature Horse race which took place after race 3. The quarter mile dash featured 6 miniature horses and it ended in a photo finish with number 5, Royal B's Hawk narrowing out Elysium's Norma Jean at the wire. Hanover Raceway features Hockeyville Night on Saturday June 28th. Teens and children 13 and under wearing a hockey jersey can enter to win 1 of several bicycles donated by Hanover Canadian Tire. Post time is 7:15pm. From the press box at Hanover Raceway  

Harness Racing action is back this Saturday night, as Pepsi provides racing fans with up to 2,000 dollars in prizes. Among the items up for grabs will be backyard patio furniture and a BBQ. There will be an extra treat for Hanover Fans on Saturday as the Miniature Horses return. The 32-36 inch high horses will trot for one quarter mile around the hanover oval.  The event has been a fan favorite over the past several years. The Coach House restaurant opened on Monday, and will host its 1st night, which was always popular in the previous restaurant location. Patrons will enjoy the new  dining experience which will include a full menu as well as daily specials. GM Gord Dougan says if all goes well, our simulcast area will also re-open in its new location on the newly expanded Hanover Slots Floor this weekend. The expansion includes 63 new games including Roulette and Blackjack, as well as a simulcast area on the gaming floor. Dougan says it’s hoped that the integration of Horse Racing and Gaming will be good for both sides.  Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. From The Hanover Raceway Press Box

Hanover Raceway paid tribute to Fathers on Saturday Night with Molson Men's night Molson provided close to $2,000 in prizes including a BBQ, Mini Fridge, Team Canada Jersey, Coors Light Golf Bags, Sunglasses and a Coors Light Watch. On the Track, 3 different drivers had double winners on the night. Nic Steward won the 3rd race with his own horse, Lucksgottachange in the fastest time of the night 1:57.2, and Steward also won race 7 with Gracies Harmony for Allan Steeves of London. Jay Harris won Race 5 with Go Passionate for Alan Fair of Ancaster and Race 8 with Lexus Hawkeye for owner John Sinclair of Palmerson, and Bruce Richardson also had a double win night with Mach it Paid for Richard Moreau and Isaac Waxman in Race 6 and won with Carsons Ladyluck for owner David Carson of Listowel. Next week is Pepsi Night, as Hanover plays host to the staff from Pepsi who will also bring with them close to $2,000 in prizes for Hanover Raceway fans. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. From the Hanover Raceway Press Box

For the past decade Hanover Raceway has partnered with Molson to host Molson Mens Night.   GM Gord Dougan says Molson has provided up to 2,000 dollars worth of prizing which will be awarded to fathers in attendance Saturday night who fill out a ballot.   Among the prizes available to be won is a Weber BBQ, Mini Fridge, Team Canada Hockey Jersey and 2 Coors light Golf Bags to name but a few.   Dougan adds, their new Coach House Restaurant is coming together.  He says they plan to open on Monday with a limited menu to make sure everything is working as it should and will bring back the Saturday night Buffet Dinner next Saturday for Pepsi Night on June 21st.   Hanover also plans to show the NA Cup final on its Big Screen Video Board in between its live races on Saturday night.  Post time is 7:15pm.   From the Hanover Raceway Publicity Department

It was a near perfect night for the season opener at Hanover Raceway.The weather was perfect and the crowd was large for the first night of live harness racing in 2014. The season start was delayed due to construction on a large renovation project at Hanover. GM Gord Dougan says the OLG is almost doubling its gaming space, adding over 60 machines including automated blackjack and roulette tables which they hope to open June 20th. On top of that, trades workers finally vacated the live grandstand space Friday after constructing a new 1500 sq foot restaurant, and new washrooms. At the same time, the raceway relocated its betting line, brought in a new tote company under the alliance racetrack program, and added new offices to accommodate racing. Dougan says it was very difficult getting ready for opening day with less than 24 hours to turn around a construction site, but other than a few minor issues, the night went smoothly. Hanover will feature 16 nights of live racing which is down from 32 nights under the Slots at Racetrack program 2 years ago. Dougan says that means all the excitement of our racing season is jammed into a shorter time frame for racing fans. Next week is Molson Mens night in honour of Fathers day. Fathers in attendance can enter a draw to win up to 2,000 dollars in prizes courtesy of Molson including a new bar-b-q and mini-Fridge. Post time Saturday night is 7:15 and Hanover will also show the final of the North America Cup from Mohawk during its live racing program. From the Hanover Raceway Press Box

TORONTO, May 30 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced another advancement in enhancing the fan and horseplayer experience at racetracks across Ontario.   AmTote, the betting tote machines already prevalent at Woodbine and Mohawk, will be deployed at all racetracks in the Standardbred Alliance across the province.   The AmTote devices, which offers cutting edge bet taking technology, will be installed this Sunday, June 1 at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, June 3 at Western Fair in London, June 7 at Hanover Raceway and June 10 at Flamboro Downs.   "A key objective of the Standardbred Alliance is to offer a high-quality, consistent wagering experience across all the Alliance racetracks and the Champions Off Track Betting network," said Greg Martin, WEG's Vice-President of Wagering and Technology. "By adding the AmTote machines, racing fans can now bet and cash at Hanover or Georgian the same way they can at Mohawk."   Racing fans will also now be able to use their HorsePlayer Interactive (HPI) account for wagering, deposits and withdrawals at any of the Alliance locations and earn rewards on every betting dollar.   "Offering an integrated wagering experience for customers at all of these locations is a critical initiative in growing wagering on horse races across the province, a stated goal of Woodbine Entertainment and the Standardbred Alliance," said Martin. "Extending HPI Rewards and other features throughout Ontario will benefit racing's loyal customers."   The Standardbred Alliance, led by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), is a consortium of eight Ontario racetracks. Launched April 1, the members represent a three-tier racing hierarchy, 'Grass Roots' (Clinton, Hanover), 'Signature' (Flamboro, Georgian, Grand River and Western Fair) and 'Premier' (Mohawk and Woodbine).   It was created to deliver standardbred racing and wagering opportunities with a focus on ease-of-access to existing customers, consistent and co-ordinated racing opportunities and guaranteed purses for its participants. In addition, the Alliance will deliver more efficient racetrack operations through the consolidation of services and purchasing and a coordinated approach to attracting new customers to Ontario standardbred racing.   by John Siscos, for WEG  

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