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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

 The " Dream of Glory " eliminations were staged in front of a very large crowd Saturday night at Hanover Raceway.  The top 2 finishers in each of the 4 eliminations, all advance to the final Sunday August 3rd for a purse in excess of $60,000.   The big winner on the night was driver Trevor Henry who qualified a horse in all 4 elimination races.   After finishing 2nd to his brother Wayne Henry who shares ownership on Leg 1 winner Warrawee Promesse who won in 1:57.3, Trevor promptly won the next three elimination races with " Massacaia  for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais of Montreal, in 1:59.4, Wings of Ballykeel for owner Ballykeel Racing of Tillsonburg in 2:00.3, and Aventure for owner Orville Rursch of Illinois in 1:58.3.      Interviewed at trackside, Trevor Henry admitted he was leaning towards driving :" Aventure " for the Dream of Glory Final.   In other news from the track, Marit Valstad of Norway won the Racing Under Saddle feature taking " " Radical Dreamer " to victory in what is believed to be a record 2:03 for racing under saddle on a half mile track.   Valstad said the show of support at Hanover Raceway was terrific and her hope is the series continues to grow similar to what occurs in Scandinavia. Hanover Raceway made a presentation to Bruce Richardson during the evening for his surpassing the 3,000 career victory mark last week at Hanover.  Richardson said although winning a GOLD OSS final at Grand River was among his career highlights so has been his victories in the Walker Memorial Trot at Hanover. Dream of Glory final day kicks off next Sunday August 3rd with a BBQ and live band starting at 5:00pm, Clydesdale Wagon rides for fans, a celebrity horse for petting and pictures, and after the races a huge BEM fireworks display.   Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend.  Post time next Sunday is 6:30pm. Here are the post positions for the Dream Of Glory Final next week. 1.       Massacaia 2.       Tothepointe James 3.       Verdi 4.       Erin Hall 5.       Warrawee Promesse 6.       Kremlin 7.       Wings of Ballykeel 8.       Aventure by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway

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

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