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Hanover Raceway celebrates its 52nd year of pari-mutuel racing on Saturday June 4th. GM Gord Dougan says many of the 16 live days will have special features attached to them, and once again Dream of Glory Day will feature live Fireworks after the races on the Civic Holiday Weekend. Opening day, Saturday June 4th will include up to 300 HR raceway caps given away with the first 300 live programs sold on site. Saturday June 11th will be Pepsi Day, with close to $2,000 dollars in prizes to be given away including backyard furniture, golf equipment and a bicycle or two. The Country 93 Survivor Handicap contest is back in July with the winner receiving a 50 inch high definition Smart TV package.  Bring a Friend day to the races will be Saturday July 16th, and Hanover Raceway is teaming up with the Hanover Hospital foundation on a huge fundraising event on Saturday August 27th during the final of the Balanced Image trot. Dougan says he’s still hoping to finalize a deal on Molson night at the races soon, and is close to finalizing a Season ending prize with another local sponsor. The 152nd annual Hanover Fair will be held from August 12-14th this year and will include a Teen Video dance at the P and H centre, as well as an adult licensed Video Dance on the Saturday night. Post time once again will be 7:15 each night,  except 1 hour earlier on Dream of Glory day on Saturday July 30th. From the Hanover Raceway Media Department

Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society, the owners of Hanover Raceway are donating $2,500 dollars towards the COSA Fire fund for the owners, trainers and grooms affected by the Monday January 4th fire at the Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, Ontario. President Randy Rier says as an Agricultural Society that is also in the stabling business we are devastated by the news and are sympathetic to every horse owners worst nightmare. Gord Dougan

Hanover Raceway closed out its 2015 harness racing season with its season ending awards and prize draws.  Ron Stewart of Walkerton and Lisa Meyer of Ripley won Lazy-Boy Recliners courtesy of 92.3 The Dock and Leons of Owen Sound, and Sasha Schaefer of Walkerton won the season ending draw for a 50 inch TV courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton and Hanover. On the Track, Bruce Richardson won 3 races but was 1 shy of J Bradley Harris who finished the season with 32 wins.   Harris also won the award for the top percentage driver. Eleven year old Chasin Jiffy was the Claimer of the year, while Holiday Holly owned by Callie Rankin and Laurence Baker of Alberton won the Trotter of the year award. Jen Rankin who trained Holiday Holly among others for her father was the Ray and Lue Leifso Trainer of the year, and the A B Fleishauer Horse of the year was Preppy Art, owned, trained and driven by Terry Fritz of Walkerton. Fritz said his 3 year old was big and lanky as a 2 year old so he took him time with the colt and qualified him back in May.  After winning his first start at Grand River, he won 5 times in a row at Hanover and is now getting some time off to rest after a busy rookie year. Live Racing returns to Hanover Raceway Saturday June 4th, 2016.  Post time is 7:15pm. Simulcast racing continues 364 days a year, with a winter handicapping contest planned starting in the new year.   More details will be released on in the coming months. Gord Dougan  

Hanover Raceway closes out its 2015 season on Saturday night and harness racing fans won’t want to miss out. Not only will Hanover announce its season ending awards winners,  including the battle for Driver of the Year between J Bradley Harris and Bruce Richardson, but there will be extra special events for fans. There will be 2 blanket presentations on behalf of a former horseman and a top local horse from the Goderich area.   Hanover will draw its 2 winners in the Best Seats in the House contest, and someone will go home with a 50 inch High Def TV courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton and Hanover. GM Gord Dougan says the TV draw will be made before Race 9 from all the ballots collected over the summer.   He adds there will also be extra prize draws, 2 for 1 ice cream, and the raceway is once again thanking its horse people with a special treat in the backstretch. Dougan says 2015 was a good year overall.  He says Hanover was up 10% in both wagering and concessions compared with 2014.   He adds obviously going from 32 days to 16 days was a big change, but he felt the crowds were strong and he was happy our horses set three new track records this year.  Two of them were in the Balanced Image and Dream of Glory trot series. Fans have said the 2015 Fireworks Display was the best ever, and Dougan says he’s already working on trying to get that same fireworks team back again next summer. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm Gord Dougan Hanover Raceway

The Rain parted just in time for perfect racing conditions Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. All eyes were on harness racing drivers J Bradley Harris and Bruce Richardson who are in a battle for top Dash Driver.   Going into the evening card, Richardson was ahead with 28 wins compared to 27 for Harris, but it was Harris who had the hot hand winning 3 of the 10 races and taking over the lead with 1 week left in the Hanover live season.   Harris started things off winning Race 2 with Red Leaf Morgan for owner Rebecca Williamson of Blyth in 1:56.4.   Harris won Race 3 with Turn a Buck for owners Bill Rankin of Dundas, Laurence Baker of Alberton and Ralph Jardine of Arthur in 2:03.4 and completed the hat-trick in Race 8 with Jet Airliner for owner Rebecca Williamson of Blyth in 1:56.4, the same time as Red Leaf Morgan.   Richardson meanwhile was held winless on the night so he goes into the final week, 2 wins behind Harris for the top dash award.   Hanover will announce its season winning horse, trainer and driver awards next Saturday during the 10 race program.   The final card will include a highschool band that plays 50’s and 60’s music called Big Bertha, and will also announce its season ending winners in the Best Seats in the House contest.  2 of the 16 weekly winners will each go home with a Lazy-Boy recliner courtesy of 92.3 The Dock and Leons in Owen Sound.   Post time next Saturday September 26th is 7:15pm.   Gord Dougan

Muscle Mass daughter Desis Dream arrived at the harness racing meeting Hanover Raceway on Saturday needing a win to keep her Ontario Sires Stakes season alive and the three-year-old trotting filly got the job done in thrilling fashion. Starting from Post 5, driver Ryan Holliday settled Desis Dream into fourth on the rail as Ill Stay Here rocketed out to a :27.4 opening quarter as Arthur, ON resident Wayne Henry took his foot off Ill Stay Here's accelerator in the second quarter - reaching the half in :57.1 - Holliday and Desis Dream moved up to third. Heading for the 1:27.1 three-quarters Holliday sent Desis Dream up the outside to the lead and the filly battled down the stretch to a one-quarter length victory over Flexceptional and Tymal Fireitup in 1:58.2. "She's a good, honest little filly who capitalized on a great drive," quipped Mount Forest, ON resident Holliday. "She fought hard right to the wire." Holliday engineered the filly's first Grassroots win of the season for trainer David Byron and owner-breeder Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON. In her five previous Grassroots outings the Muscle Mass daughter had tallied one second, two fourths, one fifth, and one sixth-place finish and she was sitting twenty-eighth in the division standings heading into Saturday's test. With the win, she jumped into the top 20 and will compete in the Sept. 18 Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. The other four winners also secured their spots in the post season, including local filly Mass Rail, who kicked off the festivities in the first race. Starting from Post 3, Mass Rail and driver Alfie Carroll got away fifth and moved into the outer lane heading for the half. Turning for home Carroll sent the Muscle Mass daughter after the leaders and Mass Rail got a head in front of Allies Gift for the 1:59 score. Roses In The Rain, who had served as a wind break for Mass Rail, settled for third. Iona Station, ON resident Carroll crafted the 1:59 victory for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON, Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and 1035840 Ontario Inc. of Arthur, ON. The win was the Muscle Mass daughter's first of the season, and with the two seconds, one fourth and one sixth she posted in her first four Grassroots starts, gives her 111 points and a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. "She is a big filly. She can't leave, but loves to finish," said Trevor Henry, who relinquished his usual spot in the filly's race bike due to driving commitments at Mohawk Racetrack. "With a little luck she will do good in the finals." Giona scored her second straight Grassroots win in the second division, controlling the tempo through fractions of :29.1, 1:00 and 1:28.4 before battling down the stretch to a neck victory in 1:58.4. Oh My Magic finished second and division point leader Renegade Magic settled for third after pressing the pace for most of the mile. Chelmsford, ON resident Wayne MacLean trains and drives Giona for Jocelyne Menard, also of Chelmsford. The Angus Hall filly scored her first Grassroots win in the Aug. 25 event at Mohawk Racetrack and has also finished second, third, fourth and fifth in her six regular season starts for a total of 150 points and sole ownership of third in the division standings. Elora, ON resident Bob McClure piloted Sheguindah to her first Grassroots win of the season in the third split, tipping out in the stretch and trotting home to a one and one-quarter length victory over GS Grasshopper and Tymal Signature. Sheguindah halted the Hanover Raceway teletimer at 1:59. "She's a solid Grassroots filly," said McClure, who piloted the Angus Hall daughter to the win for trainer Alan Fair and owner Elizabeth Fair of Ancaster, ON. "The Fairs have done a great job with her and she is going into the end of the season in great shape." Sheguindah wrapped up her regular season with one win, two seconds and one third in four outings for a total of 112 points. The final division saw Alfie Carroll make his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle, guiding Cincinnati Miss to a front-end score in 1:58.3. The Kadabra daughter hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Wing Flash and Summers Jewel. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON trains Cincinnati Miss for his brother Doug McIntosh of Wheatley, ON and breeder Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, OH. In five Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, one second, one third and one seventh for a point tally of 139, good enough for fourth spot in the standings. The top 20 fillies will battle in a pair of Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 18, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to the Campbellville oval for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. Ontario Horse Racing

The harness racing meeting on Saturday night at Hanover Raceway wraps up its 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes season with a Fan Celebration featuring a host of giveaways and five $18,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Early arriving fans will have their choice of an Ontario Sires Stakes t-shirt or ball cap when they purchase a program at the Kiosk, and those arriving closer to the 7:15 pm post time could catch a t-shirt or ball cap as they are tossed out trackside throughout the evening. In addition to the OSS-wear, one lucky fan will take home a 50-inch Smart TV package from HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. Personalities from CKNX AM 920, 101.7 The One and 94.5 Classic Rock will be on hand to visit with fans, award the Smart TV package to the prize winner, and present the trophy and blanket to each Grassroots division winner. To top off the festivities, fans will also be treated to live music by the Craig Dougan Band. Among those looking forward to the evening is trainer-driver Mark Etsell, who will send out sophomore trotting filly Tymal Signature from Post 4 in the third Grassroots division. "I like Hanover, it's a nice track, it's been good to me for years," said the former resident of Walkerton. "The surface is great and I always enjoy going there, even if it's just an overnight." Etsell, who currently resides in Rockwood, ON, shares ownership of Tymal Signature with Bob Newton of Walkerton and Steve Organ of Aurora, ON, and the horseman expects a crowd of friends and family will be on hand to support the filly's bid for one of 20 Semi-final berths. "Bob will be there and there will be a lot of people from the Hanover-Walkerton area. We seem to get lots of support that way," said Etsell. "A lot of people follow us still; it's going home kind of." With a pair of seconds and one fourth in her first three Grassroots appearances, Tymal Signature currently sits twenty-third in the division standings with 58 points. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe and Etsell's former racemare Blossom Seelster needs a few more points to extend her season through the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. "I haven't looked at the standings, where she is exactly, but I am assuming if she's first or second it'll give her at least a shot," noted Etsell, adding that he has not had much luck in stake events at Hanover Raceway recently. Tymal Signature competed in the Dream Of Glory Eliminations on July 25 and finished fourth, failing to advance to the final, and her two-year-old stablemate Major Muscle won her Aug. 22 Balanced Image Elimination in a smart 2:00.3, then came up sick before the Final. "It hasn't been great to us, let's put it that way," said Etsell with a chuckle. "We were a little disappointed after last week, but that's how the ball rolls and you've got to take the bad with the good. "I was on the Board of Directors when we come up with those races, the Dream Of Glory and the Balanced Image, and I always wanted to win one, but maybe one of these days we'll get her done," he added. Tymal Signature will look to reverse Etsell's luck in Saturday's sixth race, where she faces six other fillies also hoping to pad their point tallies, including Pointe Of Inquiry, who will start from Post 2 for Arthur resident Wayne Henry. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wage their last regular season Grassroots battles in Races 1, 5, 6, 7, and 9 on Hanover Raceway's Fan Celebration night. Saturday's first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:15 pm and the festivities get under way at 6 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Hanover Raceway will play host to five divisions of 3 year old Filly Trotters in the Ontario Sires Stakes this Saturday night. Among those taking part are 6 of the top 10 horses in the OSS Grassroots standings, and several with local connections.    They’ll all be trying to gather points to qualify for the season ending Grassroots Championship. Among those taking part are two owned by the Henry Stables of Arthur. Wing Flash won her first start in the 3 year old OSS program at Dresden in 1:58.2 but has struggled at Mohawk in her recent starts. Pointe of Inquiry however won at Mohawk on August 10thin 1:57.1. Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley own Renegade Magic who leads the OSS Grassroots standings with 3 wins and a second in four starts. This daughter of Kadabra has earned over 43,000 dollars already this season. Julie Walker and JB Renaud own Tymal Fireitup, who has a 3rd and 4th place finish so far and will need a good finish in order to move up the Grassroots points standings. Fans who purchase their program at the Kiosk this Saturday starting at 6:00pm will get a choice of an OSS T Shirt, or OSS hat,  while supplies last. Also Saturday Hanover Raceway will feature a live band, as Craig Dougan from the Almost Hip will be playing some classic Tragically Hip songs,  as well as some of his originals from his 1st 2 CD’s. And its CKNX Night at the Races.  The staff will be on hand to help with swag prizing and one lucky fan will win a 50 inch Smart TV package from HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. Post time is 7:15pm  

Smoke Monkey set the Hanover Raceway track record last Saturday when he won his elimination of the Balanced Image in 1:59.2 and was the favorite going into the harness racing final. However Ginger Road used his rail advantage to jump out to the early lead past the quarter in 28.2 and the half in 59.4.   Smoke Monkey got away 3rd at the quarter and moved to the outside before the half and following his first over lead was Georgies Pockets and driver Michael Vanderkemp. Smoke Monkey took over the lead at the ¾’s in 1:29 and it looked like it might be another track record for the 2 year old, but Georgies Pockets came out 3 wide to win the race in 1:59.1, one fifth of a second better than last weeks record.  Magical Steph got up for 2nd just ahead of Smoke Monkey who finished 3rd. Georgies Pockets is owned by the M T Pockets stable from Pompano Florida.   Driver Michiel Vanderkemp said afterwards he was grinning the whole mile because he followed Smoke Monkey around the whole trip and just had more to give in the stretch. Long time Farm Manager Doug Nash was on hand to present the Balanced Image trophy to the new champion. It was also 92.3 The Dock night at the races, and Jean Yenssen of Mount Forest won a $1,000 dollar travel voucher from Hanover Travel. Next week, Hanover Raceway plays host to 3 year old Trotting Fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes.   The OSS program will provide 100 T shirts to fans who purchase the 1st 100 programs at the information Kiosk, and CKNX Radio will be on hand to give away a 50 inch Smart TV to one lucky fan.   There will also be a live band playing as Craig Dougan from the Almost Hip will be on hand with music in between the races. Post time next Saturday September 5th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

The field for the 11th annual Balanced Image final includes new track record holder Smoke Monkey who won his elimination last week in 1:59.2.   However, the 2 year old colt has seven other contenders that will be looking to take the crown including a horse with local connections.  Major Muscle is owned by Mark Etsell formerly of Walkerton as well as Bob Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge. This 2 year old Filly won her elimination in 2:00.2 which was the second fastest winner on the program and will start from post position 8 in the final.  The Balanced Image final will go as Race 10 in the program for a record purse of $77,800. Saturday night also includes some special guests. Hanover Raceway welcomes Susies Garage and the staff from 92.3 The Dock. Susies Garage is a local band from Port Elgin who will play some rock and country classics for us in between the races.  The staff from the Dock have a great prize for someone as they will give away a $1,000 dollar Travel Voucher from Hanover Travel. We’ll pick a name from the Ballot bin so make sure you enter your name on one of our ballots for a shot at that great prize. Next week, we host our second and final OSS night as 3 year old Filly Trotters hit the track.   Hopefully we’ll have some of our local Dream of Glory horses back, and the Ontario Sires Stakes have left with us 100 free T-shirts and a number of OSS hats that we will give away with the purchase of a program at our information Kiosk starting at 6:00pm. The shirts and or hats will be FREE with the purchase of a program. It’s also CKNX Night at the races, which means another great prize for one of our lucky fans from our ballot box.   Post time is 7:15pm. Hanover Raceway    

With 183 nominations this could be the most lucrative Balanced Image Trot final in Hanover Raceway history. Harness racing horsemen have until 10am tomorrow, to declare to start in Hanover’s 2nd largest race event of the season.  GM Gord Dougan says with so many nominations this year’s final could be worth as much as the $75,100 Dream of Glory final earlier this month. After this Saturday’s eliminations, the top eight two-year-old trotters will return on Saturday August 31st for the Balanced image final.  Post time this Saturday is 7:15pm. Hanover Raceway

It was a perfect night for harness racing and a large crowd enjoyed the 41st annual Walker Memorial Trot. Five year old Draggin the Wagon was coming off a win in his last start at Hanover and went off as one of the favorites in the Walker Memorial. Anthony Haughan and Draggin The Wagon grabbed the early lead past the opening quarter in 29.2 and got a bit of a breather past the half in 1:00.3. Despite attempts to put pressure on the leader, Draggin the Wagon led past the 3/4s in 1:29.3 and held off a late attempt by Brandon CS to win by just under a length in 1:59. The Walker Memorial is dedicated to Allan and Viola Walker of Owen Sound who were tremendous horsemen especially with trotters. Allan was inducted in the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1996. Draggin the Wagon has won 5 of his 20 starts this season for owners James, David and Micheal Cantelon of the Toronto area, and trainer Jeff Byron. In other action, Jay Harris had the hot hand winning 3 of the other 9 races on the card including the opener with Turn a Buck for owners Bill Rankin of Dundas, Lawrence Baker of Alberton and Ralph Jardine of Arthur in 2:03.2. Harris also won Race 8 with Aldrin Hanover in 2:00.4 for owner Karl McNaughton of Clinton and Race 9 with Distinctiv Cam in 1:58.2 for owner Terry Rutledge of Auburn. On the grandstand side, Sharon Taylor of Owen Sound won the Country 93 Survivor contest. Over 50 fans qualified for the final by correctly picking 4 horses to finish in the money during qualifying rounds in July. Taylor won a 58 inch Samsung Smart TV courtesy of Country 93 Radio and HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. Next Saturday, Hanover Raceway plays host to the Balanced Image trot eliminations. 183 horses are eligible to compete in the eliminations. The top 8 finishers will return on Saturday August 29th for the 2nd biggest purse of the Hanover season. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. Hanover Raceway

Hanover Raceway is pleased to host the 41st annual Walker Memorial Trot this Saturday as the feature race on its 10 race harness racing card. The race is in honour of Allan and Viola Walker for their hard work and excellence in the field of Harness racing, especially with Trotters. Alan was nominated to the Hall of Fame in 1996.  Walker captured several driving titles at both Greenwood Raceway and Garden City, including 1963 when he achieved an impressive UDRS of .490.  He was also known for his work as a trainer with many great trotters including MacDuffs Lassie, Clement Hanover, Cadenza and Invasion. Saturday is also Survivor finale night sponsored by Country 93 Radio. Over 50 fans correctly picked 4 horses to finish in the money during qualifying nights in July and now compete for the title of Sole Survivor.  The winner will receive a 58 inch Hi Def TV courtesy of Country 93 Radio and HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. The contest starts in Race 2 and all participants will receive a ballot to select a horse to finish In the top 3 finishing positions.  If they are correct, they will receive a ballot for Race 3, and the contest will continue until there are just 3 finalists left. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. Hanover Raceway    

A jam packed crowd attended the 14th annual Dream of Glory Finals Saturday night at Hanover Raceway.  Fans enjoyed 12 great races including 5 divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes and the $75,100 dollar Dream of Glory final.   After setting a new track record last week in his elimination,  Hemi Seelster jumped out to a quick lead before the first turn and made no mistakes leading past fractions in 28.3, 59.2, 128.4 and cruised to a 2.5 length victory in 1:57.4.   The battle was for second as 4 horses battled for position behind the new track record holder with Sumthintotalkabout coming in 2nd place ahead of I’ll Stay Here who finished 3rd.   Hemi Seelster is co-owned by the Parkhill Stud Farm, Matthew Bax of Campbellville, John Houston,of Cobourg-Goin To The Show Stable,Peterborough,ON.   Bax said afterwards that a good start by his 3 year old let him settle in and then he took control of the race.  Bax said the Dream of Glory is a great event at a great track and he’s optimistic about the future of the sport.  It was the 3rd victory for Bax and driver Steve Byron who is back to form after a pretty severe knee injury in 2013, that sidelined him for over 6 months.   The win was the 4th Dream of Glory championship for Byron who also won in 2007 with The Mad Duke for trainer Norm Dunstan.   Bax and Byron won the 2009 Dream of Glory Final with Augusto and also won in 2012 with Summer Indian.     In OSS action Bruce Richardson won 2 of the 5 races including the first elimination with 3 year old filly pacer Dublin Rose.  The filly just missed the track record of 1:54.4 finishing her mile in 1:55 flat, the fastest of the 5 divisions.  Richardson said “It’s just like playing for the Leafs, in front of a jam packed house.”   Richardson engineered the win for Allen Tomlinson of Mason,    Michigan,  who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Major In Art and Bronwen Seelster.    Hanover Raceway hosts the 151st Hanover Fair next week so the next live action will be on Saturday August 15th with the finale of the Survivor Handicapping contest.   66 fans qualified for the final during the 4 weeks of eliminations in July.   The event is sponsored by Country 93 radio and the winner will walk away with a 58 inch High Definition Samsung TV.   The Hanover Fair agenda can be found at and the weekend includes a Kim Mitchell Concert on Friday night, and a Country 93 Video Dance party on Saturday night.   Both events are 19 and over and start at 9:00pm with doors opening at 8:00pm.   Gord Dougan

AUGUST 1, 2015 - In front of an enthusiastic Dream Of Glory night crowd, local harness racing reinsman Bruce Richardson piloted a pair of three-year-old pacing fillies to Grassroots victory on Saturday evening. "It's just like playing for the Leafs," quipped Richardson from the Hanover Raceway winner's circle. "A jam-packed house." The Arthur, ON resident made his first visit to the winner's circle in the opening division, guiding Dublin Rose to a 1:55 victory over Aniston Seelster and Code One Hanover. Starting from Post 5, Richardson and Dublin Rose watched from sixth as Code One Hanover rocketed out to a :26.4 opening quarter. Heading for the :56.3 half the reinsman tipped Dublin Rose into the outer lane and the fan favourites made steady progress up the outside through the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Turning for home Dublin Rose was one-half length back and she powered down the stretch to score a half-length victory, just one-fifth of a second off the track record for sophomore pacing fillies. "She's a real nice filly," said Richardson. "I drove her up in Clinton (July 5) and got locked in the two-hole with her and she finished okay, she finished third up there. Tonight she raced just real tough, I come first up with her and just grinded it out, and she raced right to the wire." Richardson engineered the win for Allen Tomlinson of Mason, MI, who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Major In Art and Bronwen Seelster. The win was the filly's second in Grassroots action and gives her 100 points in the race toward a post season berth. The driver's second Grassroots victory came in the fourth division, with lightly rated Happy Ending Gal, who lived up to her name after a rocky start to the evening. "He said that she made a break warming up, and she pulled a shoe, he said she did everything bad that she wasn't supposed to tonight," said Richardson of his pre-race conversation with trainer Gerald Lilley. "And he said that she sometimes doesn't finish her mile very good, but she got a good enough trip. They battled up at the front end and kind of slowed up, and we were in a lucky spot and got through, and she win." Starting from the trailing Post 8, Happy Ending Gal was sixth at the :27.4 quarter and :56.4 half. Richardson tipped the Jeremes Jet daughter into the outer lane behind three other horses heading for the 1:25.3 three-quarters and when the leaders seemed to stall in the stretch he sent her wider still and Happy Ending Gal sprinted home to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:56. Southwind Geisha and Got Some Spark also closed well to be second and third. The win was both Happy Ending Gal and trainer Gerald Lilley's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Dutton, ON resident Lilley conditions the filly for Bill Manes and Steven Papillon of Rockwood, ON and Donald Swackhamer and William Cripps of Acton, ON. In addition to his pair of Grassroots victories Richardson, currently second in the driver standings at Hanover Raceway, also won the evening's first race with maiden trotter Mulan Road. The other three Grassroots trophies went home with Warrawee Qually, Northern Starlet and OK Heavenly. Warrawee Qually earned her first Grassroots win of the season with a 1:55.4 effort in the second division for driver Steve Byron and trainer Pat Hunt. The Jeremes Jet daughter went gate-to-wire, besting Wishes For You and Mystical Wonder. Hunt trains Warrawee Qually for his partners Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON and Goldfinger Stables of Burlington, ON. The win was the first of three on the night for Thornton, ON resident Byron, including a romp to victory with heavy favourite Hemi Seelster in the featured $75,000 Dream Of Glory Trot Final. Northern Starlet posted her first victory of 2015 in the third division, circling the Hanover oval on the front end for driver Jean Bernard Renaud. The favourites hit the wire one length ahead of Amazing Control and Evas Girl in 1:57. Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON trains Sportswriter daughter Northern Starlet for Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-d'Argenteuil, QC. The final Grassroots division was captured by Clarke Steacy and OK Heavenly, who was also making her first appearance in the winner's circle this season. Another daughter of Sportswriter, OK Heavenly powered down the stretch to a one-quarter length victory over Windsun Chanel and Much Adoo in 1:58. Steacy crafted the come-from-behind victory for his father, trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON, and owners Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, ON, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC, Richard Karper of Saint-Laurent, QC and Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 14. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 5 with the last Grassroots test for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

Hanover Raceway will feature twelve races this Saturday including the $75,100 Dream of Glory final, five divisions of 3 year old Filly Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes, and two Preferred 3 races. This is the 14th annual Dream of Glory trot and the field includes new Track Record holder Hemi Seelster who won his elimination in 1:56.4, breaking the previous record set by Millionaire trotter Abbey Road C in the very first Dream of Glory in 2002. Hemi Seelster is trained by John Bax of Campbellville, and driven by Steve Byron who have won the Dream of Glory twice before.   The pair won the 2009 final with Augusto, and won again in 2012 with Summer Indian.  Summer Indian came back the next year and won a Match Race against 2011 Dream of Glory Winner Traverse Seelster. The Ontario Sires Stakes field includes 2 Gold Horses dropping down to the Grassroots level and several horses in a battle to try and gain points to make the field for the OSS Superfinals this Fall. Code One Hanover highlights Race 3.  This John Darling trained Filly is 5th in the Grassroots standings after a win at Georgian Downs in her last start in 1:52.3.  Race 3 also includes Dublin Rose who is 9th in the Gold Standings after a 3rd place finish in 1:52.3 and a 1st in the Grassroots at Mohawk in her last start in 1;52.2.   Code One Hanover starts from Post 3 while Dublin Rose will start from Post 5, in what should be a very exciting race. Among the other starters. Ainsleynoelle is 4th in the Grassroots standings after a win in a Grassroots division at Mohawk most recently in 1:53.2 and will start from post 7 in Race 4 Saturday night. Dream of Glory day includes a BBQ and Live Band starting at 5:30, retired Standardbred Westgate Son and rider Taylor Fritz will be on hand to meet fans along the fence between races, and there will be a Huge Fireworks display after the races. Dream of Glory Post time is 6:15pm. Gord Dougan

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