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MILTON, ON - May 31, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment has release details for a group of summer series, presented by Sharpe Farm Supplies Limited, to be raced at four-different tracks across Ontario. Clinton Raceway, Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway and Hanover Raceway will all host events in the Sharpe's Summer Series. The group of series will be raced during the months of June and July. The Sharpe's Summer Series consists of six-different events, all featuring two preliminary legs and an added money final. Here are the details for the six events: Event A (TROT): Horses & Geldings, 4-year-olds & younger, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Georgian Downs. Event B (TROT): Fillies & Mares, 4-year-olds & younger, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Georgian Downs. Event C (PACE): Horses & Geldings, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Grand River Raceway. Event D (PACE): Fillies & Mares, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Grand River Raceway. Event E (PACE): Horses & Geldings, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Hanover Raceway. Event F (PACE): Fillies & Mares, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Clinton Raceway. The nomination fee for each event is $100 ($80 USD) and nominations close Friday, June 15. For more information about all stakes events administrated by Woodbine, click here. Payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than June 15, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

A new agreement will result in a multi-million dollar expansion of the facilities at the Hanover Raceway, including the use of a partially finished vacant area previously known as the banquet hall. “We are very proud and very happy to be in Hanover,” said Rob Mitchell, spokesperson for Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited, which operates the casino at the raceway. “We were able to work very quickly with the municipality in Hanover. The mayor (Sue Paterson) was wonderful and the chief administrative officer Brian Tocheri was terrific, and of course the folks at the Hanover, Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society were great folks to work with.” Gateway announced Wednesday the approval by OLG of a lease agreement with the agricultural society that will include new dining experiences and allow for an expanded gaming floor. “I think it is going to be a very positive impact for the community in Hanover and the surrounding region because we are going to be building what amounts to a brand spanking new entertainment complex,” Mitchell said.  Gateway is hopeful to start construction in the spring or summer with completion in the first half of 2019. Mitchell said the company will hold an event at the facility in the future to unveil the plans for the Hanover site, including the investment in terms of the money being spent to redevelop the facility and the details on the new amenities and gaming entertainment that will be provided. “It is an existing space that was originally intentioned to be a banquet facility,” said Mitchell. “It is quite large and was never completed so we have basically an expanded footprint that we need to develop.” The raceway put the brakes on the $30,000-square-foot banquet hall project back in 2011 after there was a threat of reduced government funding and questions surrounding harness racing's future in Ontario. The proposed $11-million facility was to be built using the ag society's share of slots revenue, but has sat unfinished ever since. The government eventually reached a new agreement with the raceway, but it was strictly for operations and didn't include any capital work. In late 2016, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced that Gateway had been awarded the contract to operate a number of regional gaming centres, including the 18,720-sq.ft. slots at the Hanover raceway. The company, which started in B.C. in 1992 entered the Ontario market in May. Gateway, which is responsible for operating the facilities, re-branding them and paying staff, was awarded a 20-year licence.  Mitchell said they will need OLG approval to expand the gaming floor, but that is the company's plan. “Hanover and the surrounding Bruce Peninsula is a very good market for us,” said Mitchell. “We have been very successful there.” The expansion will also mean additional staff will be hired to compliment the approximately 100 employees already at the Hanover site. “How many more jobs we add will be determined by the size and scope of the operation,” Mitchell said, adding there will be jobs in food and beverage, at table games, in information technology, in finance, electronic surveillance, security and grounds-keeping and maintenance. “There are opportunities to convergences with craft breweries and theme nights for food and all manner of things,” said Mitchell. “All these things we believe will open up employment opportunities in the community and within the region.” Mayor Paterson said the town is thrilled that Gateway is investing in Hanover. “It is going to have a positive impact, not just for Hanover, but for the region, through the investment and jobs and support of the horse racing industry,” Paterson said. “It has been close to seven years that (the banquet hall building) has been vacant so it is eagerly anticipated to see someone expanding into that building. We are looking at it as an entertainment destination for Hanover.” By Rob Gowan, Sun Times, Owen Sound Reprinted with permission of The Owen Sound Sun Times

AUGUST 26, 2017 - Just three weeks after finishing fourth in the Dream Of Glory Final, Yo Yo Mass returned to Hanover Raceway and scored an effortless Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory to open the harness racing stakes action on Balanced Image Night. Starting from Post 2, with Hanover Raceway's leading reinsman Bruce Richardson in the race bike, Yo Yo Mass went straight to the front and led the field of three-year-old trotting colts and geldings to a :29.4 opening quarter. The fan favourites continued to set the tempo through a 1:01.1 half and 1:31.3 three-quarters before cruising home to a 2:01.3 victory. Pocket-sitter Santini finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Vesuvio Bi was well behind the leaders in third. "I was hoping to get away either first or second, and he left good enough to make the front and controlled the race from there," said Richardson. "He was very handy, well in hand." Richardson engineered the win for trainer Kyle Reibeling of Campbellville and breeder Nancy Grimble of Newcastle, ON, who share ownership of the gelding. It was the Muscle Mass son's second win in Grassroots action this season, and his fourth overall, boosting his sophomore earnings to $51,993. With one regular season Grassroots event remaining on the calendar, Yo Yo Mass sits second in the division standings with 133 points. "He's not a very big horse, but a very handy little horse," noted Richardson. "He seems to be very versatile, seems to be very handy, and has a good attitude to him." The second $18,800 Grassroots division saw Charmbo Chrome take advantage of miscues made by four of his peers, including favourite Short Term Memory, to earn his first Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) victory. Starting from Post 5, with veteran reinsman Ross Battin of Monkton, ON in the race bike, Charmbo Chrome coasted along on the front end to a six and one-half length win in 1:59.3. Enchanted Mission and Amanforallseasons finished second and third, making it a sweep for sire Manofmanymissions. Kitchener resident John Rier conditions Charmbo Chrome and shares ownership with Randy Rier of Hanover, ON. The brothers also bred the gelding, who is the third foal from their former race mare Hetties Charm, a Grassroots winner during her career. The third division also saw a first-time OSS winner as Majestic Marvel took a front-end trip around the Hanover half-mile in a sharp 1:58.4. Radical Road and Euro Gap finished well behind the leader in second and third. Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest piloted the Majestic Son gelding from Post 6 to the winner's circle for his father, trainer David Holliday, his wife Caroline Holliday, both of Mount Forest, and breeder Ron Corbett of St. Jacobs, ON. The win was the gelding's fifth in 13 career starts, boosting his earnings to 42,840, and was his second straight after an almost two month-long stretch marred by breaks and required qualifiers. "He gets beat when he beats himself, but he's definitely capable. I hope we got him set up properly now," said Ryan Holliday. "He did make me scratch my head a little while there, wasted a bit of time in the summer, but he's a fast horse, it's just if he minds his manners." Majestic Marvel and his peers will have one final opportunity to pad their Grassroots point total in the last regular season event at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 7. The top 10 point earners from the six regular season events will earn a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 30. The evening came to a thrilling conclusion in the Balanced Image Final as Keith Jones piloted Henderson Seelster to a 2:01.1 victory, pursued down the stretch by his second entry Joey Bats who finished one and one-half lengths behind his stablemate. Leaderofthepack was third for driver Ryan Holliday and owners David and Ben Holliday of Mount Forest, ON. It was the second lifetime win for Henderson Seelster, a son of Holliday Road and a full-brother to $655,638 winner Hemi Seelster, who captured the 2015 Dream Of Glory Trot Final. Barrie resident Jones conditions both Henderson Seelster and Joey Bats for Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON. Jones and McCarthy were presented with the Balanced Image Trot trophy by former Glengate Farms farm manager Doug Nash, who handled stallion Balanced Image throughout his breeding career. Before the race Nash paid tribute to the late stallion and to Hanover Raceway and its fans. "When I was a young man and in my teens and first started racing, I raced here at Hanover," Nash reflected. "It's always been an exceptional place to race. The people appreciate the horses, I think they appreciate the horsemen and the drivers, and Hanover Raceway is probably one of the nicest tracks you could come to in this whole province." OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

AUGUST 5, 2017 - Kicking off the harness racing entertainment on Dream Of Glory Night at Hanover Raceway Saturday, three-year-old pacing filly Shewearsthepants cruised to both her sixth straight victory and the top of the division standings. Starting from Post 4 driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON sent Shewearsthepants straight to the front and the heavy favourites never faced a challenge, cruising through fractions of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3 on their way to a 1:56.2 victory. Stellenbosch finished three and one-quarter lengths back in second, with Fading Shadow on her heels in third. "She ended up winning easy," said trainer Gregg McNair. "She raced good. She's really, I hope she stays the same, she's right on her game right now." McNair, a Walkerton native who currently resides in rural Guelph, ON, trains Shewearsthepants for Anatolia Farm LLC of New Holland, PA, who also bred the daughter of Big Jim and Simply Liz. Through 12 starts this season the filly has tallied seven wins, one second and one third for earnings of $70,220. With three wins and one second in four Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots starts Shewearsthepants now has a total of 175 points and sole ownership of top spot in the division standings, 17 points ahead of Manhattan Play. Bid Writer earned her first win of the season in the second $18,450 Grassroots division, going gate-to-wire from Post 1 for driver Bob McClure of Elora, ON. The Sportswriter daughter hit the finish three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Kloof Street and Style Snapshot in 1:57.2. Jeff Gillis of Everett, ON conditions Bid Writer for Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. The filly, a winner of $159,128 at two, started her Ontario Sires Stakes season at the Gold Series level and was making just her second appearance in the Grassroots. She was the runner-up in her division in the July 21 event at Mohawk Racetrack. The final Grassroots contest, worth $18,800, went to Treasures Pearl, who powered up the outer lane to a one-half length victory in 1:57.4. C Mary, who served as a wind break for Treasures Pearl, and Diamondtoothgertie, who did all the work on the front end, settled for second and third. "The trip worked out absolutely perfect," said driver Nick Steward, who piloted the filly from the trailing Post 8. "When Bruce (Richardson) landed in front of me I knew his horse (C Mary) was one of the better horses in the race and a good one to follow. I didn't have to move until the head of the stretch and, the trip was just too good, she did the rest of the work." London resident Steward crafted the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owner-breeder Donald Leschied of South Woodslee, ON. The win was the Sportswriter daughter's second straight and her first in Grassroots action this season. She was a three-time Grassroots winner as a two-year-old. In the $71,400 Dream Of Glory Trot local favourite Mister Muscle stormed out of the pocket to a nose victory over pacesetter Magic Night and Scene A Magician in 1:58.3. Trainer Mark Etsell, a former Walkerton resident who now calls Rockwood home, Robert Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge, ON bred and share ownership of the Muscle Mass gelding, who picked up just his second win of the season with the effort. Driver Bob McClure, who started his career at Hanover Raceway and still counts the half-mile among his favourite places to drive, said the win had added meaning for both him and Etsell. "I was talking to Mark on the way here and he's had to scratch two favourites out of the final," McClure explained. "And everybody wants to win the big ones, the Little Brown Jug, the Gold Cup and Saucer, but this was on my bucket list." Hanover Raceway's next big night of racing, the Balanced Image Trot Final on Saturday, Aug. 26, will also feature Ontario Sires Stakes action as the three-year-old trotting colts compete in their fifth Grassroots event. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

AUGUST 2, 2017 - Three Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions of sophomore pacing fillies will serve as the opening harness racing act on Hanover Raceway's annual Dream Of Glory night this Saturday, August 5. "It's a big night," said Walkerton, ON native Gregg McNair, who will send out two fillies in the Grassroots contest. "It's a good spot; it's a good atmosphere there all the time usually." The fillies will kick off the festivities in the first race, which goes in behind the starting gate at 6:15 pm, and will also battle in Races 4 and 7, warming up fans for the $71,400 Dream Of Glory Final for Ontario Sired three-year-old trotters in Race 10. McNair trainee Shewearsthepants will start from Post 4 in the first $18,450 Grassroots division and comes into the event on a five-race win streak. "She's been good, hasn't seemed to matter how she's raced, in front or out of a hole," said McNair. "She's a tough mare to handle warming up and even jogging at home and stuff, but if you get her in a race she's been all right, so far anyway." McNair conditions Shewearsthepants for owner-breeder Anatolia Farm LLC of New Holland, PA. In 11 starts this season the daughter of Big Jim and Simply Liz has tallied six wins, one second and one third for earnings of $60,995. She currently sits second in the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots standings with 125 points from two wins and one second. Stablemate Loves Angel occupies fourth spot in the standings with 76 points earned from one win, one second and one eighth-place result in the first three Grassroots events. The daughter of Big Jim and Moss Blue Chip will be looking for a return to winning form from Post 5 in the second division. "She's looked real competitive at times. She got her feelings hurt pretty bad in that race in Clinton there (July 9 Kin Pace Final). She got the two-hole behind Mark Horner's filly and she hasn't been quite as good since then," noted McNair, who currently resides outside Guelph, ON. "We trained her this morning (Wednesday), she trained good, seemed like she's nice and fresh, so we'll go from there I guess." Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic will steer both Shewearsthepants and Loves Angel for McNair, who shares ownership of Loves Angel with Jim Newton of Thornhill, ON and Kenneth Newton of Biggar, SK. Three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots point leader Delcrest Magicstar is the early favourite in the Dream Of Glory Final for trainer Mark Steacy. The daughter of Majestic Son and Stars Balance won her July 29 elimination by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.1 and will take aim on the title from Post 3 in Race 10. "She's come round nicely this summer, maturing into a nice mare," said Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy. "She seems to get around a half-mile track well and drew a nice post position. She can race on front or behind, as she's very versatile; with a little race luck she should do well (Saturday)." Clarke Steacy will steer Delcrest Magicstar for owners James MacDonald and Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The other two elimination winners, Magic Night and Scene A Magician, will start from Post 5 and 8, respectively. Former Walkerton resident Mark Etsell will send out Mister Muscle from Post 1 for his partners Robert Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge, ON. The Muscle Mass gelding finished second to Delcrest Magicstar from Post 6 in the elimination round and will be looking to improve on that result from the rail. Elora, ON resident Bob McClure will steer Mister Muscle for the owner-breeders. "They've had horses a long time that bunch, I don't know if they've win that before or not," said McNair of Mister Muscle's connections. "Definitely, if you're from up around there, that's the race you'd like to win." In addition to the on track action, Hanover Raceway fans will also enjoy a Rooftop Barbecue, live music from the Crippled Ducks and a BEM Fireworks display 20 minutes after the evening's final race. For more information about Dream Of Glory Night visit In addition to Saturday's Ontario Sires Stakes event, Hanover Raceway will also host the three-year-old trotting colts in their fifth Grassroots test on Saturday, August 26. The August 26 program also features the Balanced Image Trot Final for two-year-old Ontario Sired trotters. For more information about the Ontario Sires Stakes program please visit or To join in the conversation about the Ontario Sires Stakes program or Ontario Standardbred racing, follow @ONTSSNews, #OnSiresStakes and #OntarioRacing. The Ontario Sires Stakes publicity team would be happy to provide background information and/or contact details for local Ontario Sires Stakes participants, feature stories, and photographs to complement your local coverage. For details contact Sandra Snyder at 519-572-0167 or OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

Hanover, Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society continues to own and operate our harness racing raceway Hanover Raceway along with our restaurant, The Coach House. Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited purchased the OLG Hanover Casino as part of an OLG bundle. Gateway has signed a lease agreement with the Hanover, Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society as tenant, to continue their newly acquired operation within our facility. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited to our facility, Hanover Raceway, and the Town of Hanover. Hanover Raceway is excited for our upcoming harness-race season beginning Saturday June 3, 2017. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming new ones to our racetrack. Visit our website, for our race schedule and updates throughout the summer, or follow us on twitter @HRaceway. We bet you'll love it! Rhonda Waechter Hanover Raceway

December 16, 2016 - Hanover, Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society, operators of Hanover Raceway, would like to welcome Gateway Casinos & Entertainment to our harness racing facility and town.  We trust that the sharing of customer experiences between Hanover Raceway and Gateway will be successful for both of us. Hanover Raceway, a member of the alliance, is looking forward to our 2017 racing season and beyond. Randy Rier President Hanover, Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society Hanover Raceway  

The local harness racing scene witnessed an alteration not that long ago when Hanover Raceway's General Manager was eliminated. At the time, it seemed to me to be a curious move, especially considering that incumbent GM Gord Dougan had a lengthy and successful tenure at the track that included an upswing in every measurable financial category in 2016. The alteration makes a touch more sense today with the announcement that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has selected Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited as the service provider for the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles- Hanover Raceway being among the tracks in the Southwest bundle. The selection of Gateway is described as a modernization by OLG, designed to ensure the best possible gaming experience for customers. Under this modernization plan, Gateway, who have a quarter century of experience in the gaming industry, will assume day to day operational duties at 9 tracks in the province, including Hanover Raceway. Yes, there are some legal and contractual items to be completed by OLG anticipates that Gateway will be in place at Hanover and elsewhere by the Spring. My question was, with Gateway associated to slots and gaming,  does this mean slots but no harness racing at Hanover ? According to the OLG, the decision whether to race or not is in the hands of the track operators, in the case of Hanover Raceway, that would be the Hanover-Bentinck-Brant Agricultural Society. Fred Wallace

Harness racing driver Brad Forward who won both the Dash Driver and Percentage Driver of the year trophies at Hanover Raceway finished off his season with four more wins Saturday night. After his first win, the Newfoundland native said he was encouraged to come to Hanover by one of his regular owners, and he says he really loved the track.  Forward said the surface is always good and Hanover and he hopes to be back in 2017. Becky Geisel of Hanover won the Ray and Leu Leifso Trainer of the year award after a banner season.  Geisel had 39 starts with 8 wins, eight 2nds and nine 3rds for over $25,000 dollars in purse winnings.  Geisel trained two of the horse award winners. Cold Shadow won the Ab Fleishauer Horse of the year award after four wins in 13 starts and a best winning time of 1:58.   Geisel shares ownership with Shelley May of Walkerton.  May said she has always enjoyed working with horses and wanted to find a horse she could use her Massage Therapy training on to see if she could get positive results. Geisel also trained the Claimer of the year, She’s a Star Reporter who had 11 starts and a record of 3-4-3-1 and a best time of 1:58.1.  Geisel said the 4 year old daughter of Sportwriter is owned by Wil Weatherall of Flesherton and is the boss of their relationship, indicating the Star Reporter is a bit of a handful at the best of times. The other award went to Bob Walker of Owen Sound for his Trotter of the year, Margo Plicatus.  The 6 year old had 9 starts and a record of 2-2-4 and a season best winning time of 2:00.2. Bob’s sister Jean Thibideau accepted the award on his behalf. Hanover also handed out its season ending prizes including 2 lazy-boy recliners courtesy of Smittys Fine Furniture in Hanover, and the winner of a 55 inch SONY TV was Jane Bernier of Hanover.   Overall, Hanover was up about 7% in wagering compared to 2015, and was also up over 10% in Food and Beverage.     Gord Dougan

Brad Forward solidified his hold on the Dash and Percentage Driver of the year awards at Hanover Raceway. Its the 45 year old Newfoundland native’s first season as a full time harness racing driver at Hanover Raceway, and it was very successfull. His five wins on the night give Forward 32 on the season, more than double his nearest competitor. Forward also went into the night with a .394 UDR and those wins will surely boost that number giving his the top Driving percentage as well. One of Forwards wins was the CKNX Trot in Race 9.  Forward steered 8 year old Fantastic Flirt for part owner Bill Rankin and trainer Jenn Rankin of Dundas.   The daughter of CR Excalibur was quickest off the gate and controlled the pace past a quarter in 29.3 and a half in 1:00.1.   Oaklea Torpedo owned and trained by Jayne Walker and Tom Smith got as close as 2nd at the 3/4’s in 1:31.2, but couldn’t close the gap and ended up finishing 3rd, behind Fantastic Flirt who won in 2:00.2, with Massive Muscles finishing 2nd for Paul and Julie Walker. After the Race the staff from CKNX drew the name of Betty Ross of Wingham who was a 58 inch high def TV courtesy of CKNX Radio and HDTV in Walkerton. Hanover Raceway wraps up its season next Saturday with its season ending awards and prizes for Race fans. Two people will win Lazy-Boy Recliners from Smitty’s Fine Furniture and someone will win a high def TV from HDTV in Walkerton. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm.  

The day long rain didn’t help the attendance but fortunately Mother Nature co-operated and made it safe for harness racing at Hanover Raceway. The Rain subsided around post time, and then the sun started peaking through the clouds as Hanover hosted 10 races on Chapmans Ice Cream night. 44 staff enjoyed the all you can eat buffet and brought along prizes for racing fans including gift certificates for Ice cream for a year. On the track in the feature race, The Chapmans pace, Spaniard trained and driven by Mark Etsell used his rail advantage to grab the early lead past a quarter in 28.4 in the mud, and continued to lead past the half in 59.1 and the ¾’s in 1:30.2, but then he hit a wall and was passed by most of the field in the stretch with Wawanosh Wave and driver Tom Smith coming out on top in 2:00.1 for owner Lema Chapple of Wingham. The staff from Chapman’s came out for the winner’s circle picture. In other racing highlights, first year driver Natasha Day of Australia, picked up 2 wins a 2nd and a 3rd place driving finish, giving her 11 wins on the season, 1 shy of Ryan Holliday of Mt Forest. Driving Leader Brad Forward failed to get a win on the night, but still leads the overall standings with 27, 15 more than Holliday. Hanover Raceway plays host to CKNX Night next Saturday as the staff from Blackburn Radio will come out for the night and will give one lucky race fan a 50 inch High Definition TV courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton. Post time next Saturday night is 7:15pm.  

It was another perfect weather night at Hanover Raceway. Harness racing driver Brad Forward went into the final month as the top Dash Driver with 24 wins in just 100 starts and he continued his dominance in Race 3 with Oforpetesake.  The 5 year old son of How Fleet he is got away 3rd at the quarter in 29s and moved up to 2nd at the half in 1:00.1.  Race favorite Emperor and Ryan Holliday started moving up after the ¾’s in 1:30.1, but made a costly break in the stretch allowing Forward and Oforpetesake to grab the victory in 1:59.1. Oforpetesake is owned by Ruth Moore and James Hastie of Chatsworth, and the victory was a new life’s mark for the 5 year old. Forwards second win was in Race 7 with Irish Thunder in 2:01.3 for owner Erin Brickman of Sebringville and he finished the hat-trick in Race 9 with longshot Dubhlainn Jewill in 2:04.1 for owner Ken Jewitt of Mitchell.  The 8 year old Trotter beat race favorite Snegem Bianca and driver Ryan Holliday at the wire and paid $35.90 to win. Hanover plays host to the staff of Chapmans ice cream in Markdale next Saturday who will bring a bag full of prizes for fans in attendance.  Hanover plays host to live racing until the end of the month  Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm.  

Rain Showers may have deterred some harness racing fans from attending but the Balanced Image final was an exciting one. Hanover Raceway played host to a Hanover Hospital Foundation fundraiser with well over 3,000 made towards the purchase of some emergency equipment. There were 6 blanket sponsorships a 1600 dollar 50-50 winner, and a Corn Roast during the races, the highlight of which was the $61,400 dollar Balanced Image final. Parkhill No Credit trained by John Bax and driven by Steve Byron was first off the gate, but an unfortunate break after a quarter in 29.3, allowed Rosberg part owned and trained by Julie Walker formerly of Owen Sound to inherited the lead past the half in 1:00.3 and the 3/4s in 1:30.4. However the 2 year old son of Manofmanymissions failed to finish the job resulted in a 3 wide race to the finish won by Lucy's Man in 2:00.4. Lucy's Man is a son of Muscle Mass and is owned by a numbered Ottawa company. Lucy's Man is trained by Tan Micallef and driven to victory by Anthony Macdonald of Guelph despite his 7 starting position. Afterwards, Macdonald said it was hard to prepare for the race when you start from the 7 hole but he knew he had a talented horse. He said he managed to get away infront of the 5 and 6 horses which was his goal, and he wasn't sure how much Brad Forward had left with Rosberg but he knew his horse was going to be strong down the stretch. Early breaks by Parkhill No Credit, Lady Justice, Mister Bianco, and Scene a Magician also helped his cause. The hospital foundation also held a Human Sulky Race with 3 teams taking part. The staff at the Hanover hospital X-ray department and the Hanover Oldtimers and Goodtimers hockey teams took part with the Goodtimers coming out on top. Hanover Raceway has 1 month left of live racing, including Saturday September 3rd with a post time of 7:15pm. Hanover Raceway

As part of the Hanover Hospital Foundation Fundraising Day and the Balanced Image Trot final, Define the World will be on hand for a meet and greet the harness racing fans with a picture opportunity Saturday. Mathew Bax says the 11 year old son of Duke of York and grandson of Balanced image earned over 1.7 million dollars in his career, went to Sweden twice, competed in the Elitlopp and still holds the world record of 1:54.2 on a half mile track at Flamboro Downs. Define the World was a homebred by Al Libfeld of Toronto. As a 3 year old the Gelding won the Canadian Breeders Championship, Simcoe and Multiple OSS Gold races ending up being named the 3 year old Obrien award winner that season. He was retired shortly after it was determined that he had torn knee ligaments after winning a race at Woodbine. Bax says that shows how tough he is, that he can win with that type of injury. He adds the gelding's greatest quality is something you can't teach. He says "The difference between a good horse and a great one is just that desire, that will to win. You can't train that. Define the World will be available for pictures from approximately 8:00 to 9:00pm in the Grandstand Horse Stall. GM Gord Dougan says we feel lucky and proud to have such a champion come and visit us on our Balanced Image final night. Hanover's Saturday program will include the $61,400 dollar Balanced Image final, a Corn Roast, live band, Human Sulky races between races 5 and 6, and Blanket presentations on 6 races with the sponsorship money going to the Hospital Foundation. Post time Saturday is 7:15pm Gord Dougan

Hanover Raceway plays host to its 12th annual Balanced Image Trot championship this Saturday and the harness racing night will be packed with entertainment. 24 horses will compete for 8 spots in the $61,400 dollar final on Saturday August 27th, meaning the top 2 in each of 3 divisions will advance as well as 2 of the top 3 third place finishers. This year's field includes a diverse and talented field of both top OSS and local horses. In Race 3, Mass Production is part owned trained and driven by Rick Zeron of Oakville. This 2 year old Muscle Mass Gelding has already earned over 100,000 dollars and has yet to finish out of the money in 5 starts, including a 1:56.3 mile at Mohawk in his last OSS Gold Elimination. Julie Walker, formerly of Owen Sound part owns and trains Rosberg in the same race. This 2 year old colt has 2 wins in his last 5 starts both of which were in OSS Grassroots eliminations. There are also 2 horses in that race with Hanover connections. Charmbo Chrome is co-owned by Jack and Randy Rier of Hanover, and former Hanover native Mark Etsell has partnered with Bob Newtown of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge on Mister Muscle who gets post 8 and will start behind Mass Production on the starting gate. Race 5 includes Expose Yourself part owned by the Henry stable of Arthur and trained and driven by Wayne Henry, as well as Parkhill Nocredit who is owned and trained by John Bax, and driven by Steve Byron, who have won Hanover's Dream of Glory title multiple times, but have yet to win the Balanced Image. The 3rd division includes another OSS Gold competitor in Mister Bianco. This Muscle Mass Colt won his only start in 1:57.2 for trainer Bill Budd and owner Brad Gray of Dundas and will be driven by Rick Zeron. The Bax-Byron duo have post 1 with Majestic Wanda who won her OSS grassroots start at Hanover on August 6th, and Wayne Henry co-owns, trains and drives Lady Justice from post 7. One of 3 filly's in that race, this daughter of Justice Hall has some impressive finishes in the OSS Gold this season and will have to use her early gate speed to find a good position early. Also taking place Saturday night will be a Racing under Saddle race which is always very popular in Hanover, as well as the 42nd annual Walker Memorial Trot. The Walker trot is named after Allan and Viola Walker of Owen Sound, who had success with many great horses in the past, particularly trotters. Allan was inducted into the Hall of Fame and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are keeping up the great Walker tradition in the industry. Hanover will also host the Deep Run Danny Pace named after a horse owned and trained by Ted and Alma McLean of Goderich, and 7 contestants are still alive in the Survivor contest which was held on August 6th and they will compete for 3 great prizes including a 55 inch Sony TV starting in Race 3. If that's not enough, the Grey Bruce Paraplegic Association will be on hand conducting a 50-50 draw, which has come close to 700 dollars for the winner in the past. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

AUGUST 6, 2016 – Trainer John Bax and driver Steve Byron teamed up to win three of four $18,000 Grassroots divisions at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening. The pair had the winning touch right from the start, as Byron piloted Tymal Declan to a gate-to-wire victory in the first division, reaching the finish almost 10 lengths ahead of the field in 2:04.4. Hopeswishesndreams, who is owned by trainer Gregg McNair and Doug McNair of Guelph, Bloomingwood Farms Ltd. of Harriston and James Cantelon of Thornton, ON, finished third and Tax Savings completed the top three. “I actually really like her,” said Byron. “She missed the last Grassroots from sickness, and she was really strong tonight. I actually thought that she could get better as the year went on; she’s a nice big mare.” The win was Tymal Declan’s first. In the July 10 Grassroots event at Georgian Downs she was fifth and on July 21 at Mohawk Racetrack she was fourth. Campbellville resident Bax shares ownership of the Kadabra daughter with Anderson Family Stables of Campbellville, Happy Trails Stables of London, ON and Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI. The group acquired the filly from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $52,000. The second Grassroots division went to division point leader Inner Drive, who also led from start to finish, hitting the wire in 2:03.3.Stritch was three and one-half lengths behind the fan favourite in third, while Byron and Bax trainee Windsong Normandie claimed the third spot. Ross Battin crafted Inner Drive’s third straight Grassroots victory for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The homebred daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge boasts a five race record of three wins and one second for earnings of $30,500. Byron and Bax were back in the winner’s circle following the third Grassroots division as Parkhill Nocredit cruised around the Hanover Raceway half-mile in 2:06. Hab Faith finished second for owners Gwen McNair of Walkerton and her son, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and fan favourite Man Shes Hot settled for third. “She gets pretty fired up, but Steve said she was pretty relaxed tonight,” noted Bax. Off a :30.4 quarter, the filly laid down a 1:05.1 half and then picked up the tempo again for a 1:35.4 three-quarters. “I don’t know why. She warmed up relaxed, usually she pulls a ton, but for whatever reason she was pretty calm tonight. “I love her desire, I just wish she was a hand taller, but she sure wants to be a racehorse,” added the horseman, who also bred the daughter of Federal Flex and Harlequin Seelster. In the first three Grassroots events Parkhill Nocredit had finished fourth (July 10), third (July 21) and second (July 29), and Saturday’s victory bumps her into third spot in the division standings with 95 points. Bax shares ownership of the filly with his son Marshall Bax of Hamilton, ON and father and son were joined in the winner’s circle by Hanover Raceway’s victorious “Be A Winner” finalist Jim Spence. Spence placed his “Be A Winner” ballot in the box belonging to Parkhill Nocredit and when the filly emerged victorious he joined the Bax’s in the winner’s circle for a photo and trophy presentation. The final division saw Byron and Majestic Wanda edge out of the pocket in the stretch and reel in pacesetter Late Shift, getting a head in front to record the 2:03.4 victory. Late Shift settled for second and Hilarious Honey completed the top three. “I said to somebody before the race, ‘If Steve gets around the track, Steve will be a magician,’” recalled Bax. “She warmed up terrible. She was looking, and going sideways, and running and not paying attention. “So I wasn’t very optimistic, and I’m thinking, at least I’ve had a real good night and you know, this one, it doesn’t matter what she does, it won’t dampen it,” the trainer continued. “And then she goes ahead and does what she does, and I’m thinking, wow, I must have been a good boy this week, looking up at the stars and they’re all lined up.” Heading into Saturday’s test Majestic Wanda had made breaks in both of her previous Grassroots starts and Bax had made the rare decision to add trotting hopples to her equipment. The move, and the winning streak Byron and Bax were enjoying, convinced Hanover Raceway fans, who sent the Majestic Son daughter off as their top choice. Bax, John Houston of Cobourg, Ken Ewen of Georgetown and Bruce Norris of Caledon East offered up $25,000 for Majestic Wanda at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. In addition to the trio of Grassroots wins, Byron also appeared in the winner’s circle with pacing colt Rumour Has It Eh after the fifth race, giving the Thornton, ON resident four wins on the program. “It’s one of those nights everything went good, you keep your fingers crossed hoping for those,” said Byron. “I’ve been lucky enough to drive for John and some good trainers, they usually have them set up pretty good for me, I’m lucky that way. “I actually like driving at this track, it’s one of my favourites in Ontario,” added the reinsman. Byron and Bax will have an opportunity to replicate their Hanover Raceway success when the two-year-old trotting fillies make their fifth Grassroots start on August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

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