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The 14th annual harness racing Dream of Glory trot will include 4 of the top 10 OSS Gold Colt Trotters and 3 of the top 4 Filly Grassroot Trotters at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night. 25 horses including 10 fillies will compete in 4 divisions of the Dream of Glory trot this Saturday night. Eternal Quest is 3rd in the Colt Gold OSS Standings. Starting from post 6 in Race 1, the 3 year old has 2 wins in 5 starts for Murray Ferguson of Sutton West. The 3 year old won his last gold start at Grand River in 1:58.1 and was 2nd in an OSS Gold start at Mohawk in 1:54.3. Race 3 includes Hemi Seelster who won the Goodtimes Trot at Mohawk in 1:54, and sits 10th in the OSS Gold standings and almost $160,000 dollars earned this season. There are also some talented Ladies taking part this year. Renegade Magic is owned by Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley and sits 3rd in the OSS filly standings with 3 wins in 6 starts this season. Unraced as a 2 year old Renegade Magic won her last start at Georgian downs in 1:57, and won a Grassroots OSS race at Mohawk on June 22nd in 1:55.4. The top 2 finishers in each of the 4 divisions will return Saturday August 1st for the 75,100 dollar Dream of Glory final. Dream of Glory day also includes a live band, BBQ, and Fireworks after the races.  Close to 5,000 fans are expected. Post time for the eliminations this Saturday is 7:15pm. Hanover Raceway              

After a tremendous local finish in the Dream of Glory Trot last year at Hanover Raceway, we look forward to this year’s 14th edition of the race with eliminations on Saturday July 25th and the final on Saturday August 1st. Named after the Hall of Fame stud, the Dream of Glory is dedicated to Grassroots 3 year old Colt and Filly Trotters. Warrawee Promesse owned by the Henry of Arthur won last year’s edition of Hanover’s most prestigious race in a time of 1:58, just 1 second off the track record.  The now 4 year old is competing on the preferred circuit these days. Likewise in the 2 year old Balanced Image trot, Platoon Seelster owned by David and Caroline Holliday of Mt Forest, and Dennis Hannath of Harriston finished second, but has too much money earned to participate in the 3 year old stakes race. There are a couple of local horses to watch in this year’s edition. Duh Bubbies is owned by Jamie Wilson of Huron Park near Exeter.  The 3 year old has 2 wins in 10 starts this season including a Grassroots OSS win at Mohawk, and a 5th place finish in the Tie Silk stakes race at Mohawk finishing the mile in an impressive 1:55. John Patterson of Bayfield owns Namesmuscle.  This 3 year old colt won his start in a Grassroots OSS event in July and was 2nd in an OSS Gold event at London back in May.  He is quickly approaching the $50,000 dollars career earnings mark, after a slower 2 year old season including a 4th place finish in the Balanced Image eliminations. Other contenders for this year’s event include Hemi Seelster owned by the Parkhill Stud Farm, and Matthew Bax of Campbellville, as well as John Houston of Cobourg.  This 3 year old is having a tremendous 3 year old season including winning the Goodtimes Trot at Mohawk on June 20th in 1:54, and was 2nd in the Tie Silk Trot at Mohawk on May 4th in 1:55.  So far this 3 year old has earned almost $160,000 dollars this year, after earning just $27,000 in 10 starts in his 2 year old campaign. There are some talented ladies also taking part this year. Renegade Magic is 3rd in the OSS Grassroots standings and 10th overall with $25,000 dollars earned for Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley.   The Kadabra daughter has 3 wins in 6 starts this season including 2 grassroots wins at Georgian and Mohawk the past 2 months.   The Chesley filly was unraced as a 2 year old. And another local filly is Striking Ivy,  owned and bred by Bloomingwood Farms of Harriston.  This daughter of Striking Sahbra has earned over $42,000 dollars already including a win and a 2nd in 6 starts, as a 3 year old.   The win was in a conditioned race at Mohawk in April and has since finished 2nd in an OSS Grassroots event at Mohawk and was 4th in a Gold OSS race in Ottawa. 79 colts and fillies are eligible to compete in the eliminations on Saturday July 25th, with the top 8 advancing to the final on Saturday August 1st.   Dream of Glory day also includes a live band, BBQ, and Fireworks after the races.  Close to 5,000 fans are expected to attend Hanover’s biggest race day of the year. Gord Dougan Hanover Raceway

It was a perfect night for harness racing at Hanover Raceway, as they hosted Ladies Night and Bring a Friend to the races Saturday night. The biggest crowd of the year was on hand including close to 30 friends who visited Hanover Raceway for the first time and registered for special prizes including a ride in the starting car as well as gifts from Hanover Raceway and Standardbred Canada. My Scissors and I and the Flower Shoppe in Hanover donated great prizes for ladies in attendance, including flowers and gift certificates towards hair care, facials and swimwear. Hanover also held its 2nd qualifying night for its Country 93 Survivor contest. 21 more fans added their name to the finals which will be held on August 15th. The Lone survivor in August will win a High Definition TV package courtesy of Country 93 and HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. On the track, it was the J Harris night, as the Dundas resident won 4 of the 10 races on the card. Harris started off the night winning race 3 with favorite Maritime Girl for owner Russ Gourlie of Orangeville. Maritime Girl got away 5th but narrowed that to 3rd at the half, 2nd at the 3/4 mark and took the lead in the stretch in times of 29.2, 1:00.1, 1:29.1 and the mile in 1:59.4. Harris didnt win again until Race 7 but reeled off 3 wins in a row, including Doo Wee Rusty in Race 7 in 1:58 for his father Jack Harris who shares ownership with William Dowhan of Hamilton. In Race 8, Harris won with favorite Modern Best in a new lifetime best 1:56.1 for owners Steven Morton of Windsor Nova Scotia, and got the grand slam in Race 9 with Pictonian Sareta in 1:57 for owners Jack Harris and William Dowhan of Hamilton. Hanover Raceway

July 6, 2015 - Seventeen harness racing fans qualified for the Hanover Raceway and Country 93 Survivor handicapping Contest on Saturday night. Hanover Raceway fans are asked to pick a horse in 4 designated races and if all 4 of their horses finish in the money,  they qualify for the final. The Survivor finale will be held on Saturday August 15th with prizes for the top 3 finalists including a high def TV,  golf passes to Cobble Beach near Owen Sound, and 200 dollars in Hanover Chamber bucks to spend in Hanover stores. The first week qualifiers were; Vi Swannel John Dossel Marilyn Richards Don Richards Harold Fleet Becky Geisel Mary Lou Thompson Shelly Johnston Merry Francis Joe Allison Ross Kaufman John Lamoureux Judy Lougheed Shawn Hyatt George Teeple Tom Welsh Patricia Calhoun Fans have three more chances to qualify for the final, and fans can qualify more than one time Hanover Raceway

June 27, 2015 - It wasn’t much of a night weather wise, but several children were happy they went to the harness racing racetrack on Saturday night.  In celebration of our favorite sport, and the end of school, Hanover Raceway held Hockeyville Night sponsored by Hanover Walmart.  Children 13 and under wearing hockey jerseys got to enter to win take home a brand new bicycle.   The winners included Bryer Nicole Hooyenga of Durham. Other winners included newborn Kantayah, Justin Francis of Hanover and Josh Sicard of Markdale. On the track, Bruce Richardson, Jay Harris, and Stu Sowerby all had 2 wins each, while Terry Fritz won for the 4th time in a row in the final dash with Preppy Art.   The 3 year old son of Art Colony who is owned and trained by Terry Fritz, led from start to finish in a time of 2:02.3 on a track listed as 5 seconds off due to heavy rains. July 4th marks the start of the Country 93 Survivor handicapping contest.  Fans will find a ballot in their program and are asked to pick 1 horse in each of 4 races.  If all 4 finish in first, second or third place in their respective races, the fan gets to come back for the Survivor finale on August 15th for a chance at 3 great prizes including a High Definition big screen TV. Post time Saturday July 4th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

Rain or Shine, it will be Hockeyville day at Hanover Raceway Saturday night.   Hanover Walmart has donated 6 Bikes for kids 13 and under, who wear a hockey jersey or shirt to the races. Hockeyville was started about a decade ago, when Hanover competed in the Kraft Hockeyville contest to try and win money towards the new P and H Centre.   GM Gord Dougan says the community spirit that resulted was amazing and Hockeyville day is a way to try and keep that community spirit alive. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan G.M. Hanover Raceway    

The weather was perfect for Fathers Day weekend at Hanover Raceway.   The tracks biggest harness racing crowd of the year included a lot of youngsters with Mom and Dad, as Fathers in attendance were treated to a number of great prizes courtesy of Molson.   The sponsor provided a Smoker, Wooden Cooler, Golf Bags and much more and fans enjoyed some exciting action on the track.   In the feature race, 3 year old won his 3rd race in a row at Hanover and 4 of his rookies season in 1:58 for owner trainer and driver, Terry Fritz of Walkerton.   That wasnt the fastest race of the night however.  In the very next race, 3 year old Little Clayt got away from the outside post 7 and cruised home in 1:56.1 for driver Jay Harris, trainer John Kennedy and daughter Ali Kennedy of Hanover.   Hanover Raceway celebrates its annual Hockeyville night next Saturday.     Kids 13 and under wearing a hockey jersey will have a chance to win 1 of 5 bicycles courtesy of Hanover Raceway and Hanover Walmart.     Post time is 7:15pm.   Gord Dougan

It was a perfect weather night for a harness racing Pepsi Day at Hanover Raceway. Pepsi provided close to $2,000 dollars in prizes including a Patio Set, BBQ,  Bicycles, and much more.  Fans also got a chance to taste test their new lines of Starbucks coffee, Pure Leaf iced tea, and Mountain Dew Energy drinks. On the track, Top driver Bruce Richardson who won three races on week one continued his winning ways with 2 wins, 2 seconds and 3 third place finishes. Richardsons first win was in race two with Pembroke Chip (Malabar Man) in 1:59.4 for owner Dale McFadden of Ayton.   The Arthur native also won race 6 which was the featured Pepsi Pace with Skyway Boomer (Sportswriter) in 1:58.4 for owner Glenview Livestock of Guelph. Jay Harris of Dundas also had 2 wins on the card.   The 30 year old won race 3 with Euchred (Shadow Play) in 1:57.1 for owner David Yuzpe of London and the nightcap with Modern Best (Modern Art) in 1:59.1 for owner Stephen Morton of Nova Scotia. Next Saturday is Molson Mens night at Hanover, in honour of Fathers Day.  Fathers in attendance can win some fabulous prized courtesy of Molson.   Post time Saturday June 20th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan Hanover Raceway

Great weather and a good crowd opened Hanover Raceway's 51st harness racing season of pari-mutuel wagering on Saturday night. Hanover fans enjoyed a new sound system in the grandstand and new LED Lighting as well as a number of new promotions. Teresa Marshall of Hanover was the first winner of the Best Seats in the House sponsored by 92.3 The Dock and Leons of Owen Sound and Collingwood, and Teresa Seifert of Hanover was the first winner of the Lucky 7's race when My Friend Diaz won the 7th race in a time of 1:56.1. On the track, Bruce Richardson who was the tracks top driver last year started off the season with a hat-trick winning race 2 with Oh Hannah in 2:03.1 for owner Linda Denis of Oro-Medonte. Richardson was back in the winner's circle in Race 4 with Adventure Luck for owner Bruce Winning of Madoc, Ontario in 1:58.3 and won Race 5 with Tymal Flare in 2:01.3 for owner Glenview Livestock of Guelph. J B Renaud got the ball rolling winning the opening race of the 2015 season with Sixth Man for owner and trainer Julie Walker of Owen Sound in 1:57.3. Terry Fritz of Walkerton also had a good night with a win in Race 3 with Preppy Art in 1:57.1, and won the nightcap with Campus Cutie Pie for owner Dennis Jewett of Wingham in 1:59. Next Saturday is Pepsi night at the races. Close to 2,000 dollars in prizes will be up for grabs for fans of all ages, and Pepsi staff will be on hand showcasing some of their products in a taste testing table. Post time at Hanover raceway is 7:15pm. For Wightman TV subscribers who missed the races they can watch the Hanover Raceway replay show on Fridays on Channel 6. Gord Dougan G.M. Hanover Raceway

Hanover Raceway kicks off its 51st pari-mutuel season of grassroots harness racing Saturday (June 6) with a free Hanover Raceway ball cap giveaway to the first 250 patrons to buy a program. It’s all part of a jam-packed summer of promotions that are part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the track’s operators, the Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society. The track will race on 16 Saturday nights this summer through the Sept. 26 closing card (excluding Aug. 8 when the track is dark to prepare for the annual Hanover Fair to be held Aug. 15-17). This Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m. The first-race post time is 7:15 p.m., the same time it will be for Hanover Raceway’s whole season, except for the Aug. 1 card featuring the Dream of Glory stakes final and the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots event for three-year-old pacing fillies. That card starts an hour early at 6:15 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) and will feature a barbeque, live band, carriage rides, a celebrity horse and a fireworks display after the races. Other notable promotions include: • the Balanced Image stakes on Aug. 29 featuring a live band and numerous prize giveaways. • OSS Grassroots event for three-year-old filly trotters on Sept. 5. • a Molson Men’s day on June 20 (Father’s Day eve) in which dads have a chance to win up to $2,000 in prizes, including barbeques, golf clubs and more. • Racing Under Saddle on July 4. • The Country 93 Survivor Contest through the month of July. • A big closing card on Sept. 26 featuring prizes and season-ending awards honouring the track’s top horse and horsepeople for 2015. For more information, check out Hanover Raceway’s OHR page:                or the track’s website: Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing

It came down to the final race and an inquiry for Marilyn Spitzig and Debbie Campbell to garner the 11 dollars in points and leapfrog into first place in the Hanover Raceway and Slots Handicapping Contest. The event lasted 8 weeks and was sponsored by Hanover Raceway and Slots, Woodbine Entertainment and HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. Spitzig and Campbell each win a 50 inch High Def Smart TV from HDTV thanks to their final total of $323.80 dollars in selections over the 8 week tournament.   Ron Lauson and Mike Stachelscheid of Hanover finished in 2nd place and won $500 dollars, while Harold and Heather Fleet of Hanover finished in 3rd place, and won $250.00. A total of 15 teams of 2 and 3 players took part in the contest.  Hanover’s next Race promotion is a 2015 Dodge Ram Truck giveaway with Woodbine.   HPI or Cash Card players can register at Woodbineentertainment.com/winatruck and each time they spend $50.00 in wagers at a Woodbine sponsored simulcast theatre, they will receive 1 ballot towards the new truck giveaway.  The contest runs each and every day in March, so participants can earn up to 31 ballots.  For more information contact the Hanover Raceway Simulcast. Hanover Raceway  

Hanover, Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society is requesting approval for an amendment of the race date schedule at Hanover Raceway (Hanover). The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is circulating this application for amendment to the approved race date schedule and will receive comments on the application from interested industry participants before making its decision on the application. Copies of the application and business case to support these changes are included with this Notice. Please click here to view the full Notice to the Industry.    

A total of 13 teams took part in the first week of the Hanover Raceway Winter Handicapping challenge.  Teams of 2 or 3 players are invited to attend on Thursday nights at 7:00pm until the end of February.  There are prizes for the top team of the week, and for the top overall team after the 8 weeks of the contest. The handicappers showed their skill last night as 4 teams earned close to the 50 dollar mark, by selecting horses in 10 races, and earning points based on what those horses paid for finishing first or 2nd in their races. Team Geisel lead the field with a total of 53.20 Below is the week 1 final standings.  The contest is open to more teams. For more information contact Gord Dougan at Hanover Raceway.  519-364-2860 x 2. Week 1 Team Geisel    53.20 Chico and..Man 50.50 Win One             49.90 Team ED       48.70 PCF                   39.90 Thundercats    38.10 Lulu’s                 35.60 NO Bobs           27.70 Buddy’s Buds   15.10 H and H          12.50 Gassed up        10.10 Robo Jocks       9.90 V Backs            3.80 The contest is sponsored by Hanover Raceway, The Slots at Hanover Raceway, Woodbine Entertainment, and HDTV of Hanover and Walkerton.  Top prize for the 8 week contest is 2 55 inch  High Def tv’s. From Hanover Raceway Media Department

How did harness racing trainer Richard Moreau spend New Year’s Eve? By watching Team Canada celebrate another win over Team USA in the World Junior Hockey Championship at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. If you’re able to re-watch the game, you can find Richard five rows behind the penalty box cheering on his home country.      Continuing with the hockey theme; Richard was named after Hall of Famer and hockey legend Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard. His father was a big hockey fan, “That’s how I got my name but I don’t like it. It makes me sound old; I would have liked Michael better.” Richard says with a laugh.                 For Moreau, watching winners is a regular thing but winning is something that never gets old. 2014 was another great year for Richard, which saw him finish atop the leader board as top trainer in wins at Grand River Raceway, Hanover Raceway and Woodbine Racetrack.                 He also scored for most money won by a trainer at Hanover Raceway and Flamboro Downs.                 For all the success over the years, Moreau confirms its hard work that made him reach the level of success he’s had. “You make your own luck” says Richard on his stables’ success.                  Since 1988, he has won over $37,000,000 in purses. That’s definitely not luck!                 In 1276 starts, he finished 2014 with 247 wins and over $2,700,000 in purses. For all the success, one would think you would see Richard in the spotlight but that’s not Richard.                 He prefers to pass the accolades on to his team. “I’m more of a private person” says Richard. “I do my job and I have good people behind me.”                 Respect, humbleness and classy are words that define the essence of Richard Moreau.                 For Christmas, he threw a party for 65 guests and he enjoyed watching everyone having a good time. So much so, Richard didn’t want anyone really knowing that he paid for all of it. “I hired musicians” Richard notes, “and I told them ‘you’re not going to know who I am, but I will pay you before the night is over. Don’t mention my name on the loud speaker and everything will be cool.’ That’s just the way I am, I’ve always been like that.                 “It’s how you choose to have your name out there,” Richard states.                 Looking back at the 2013 Metro Pace won by Boomboom Ballykeel who Richard trained, you will not find Richard in any of the win photos. “I told them I was busy warming up my horse for the next race” says Richard with a chuckle.                If Richard goes to a nightclub, he can guarantee that he will not dance. If Coldplay or U2 is playing, he may groove along. If country music is on, well, country jams are not Richard’s thing.                 Though he is a reserved and quiet person, don’t let that fool you to believe he’s a pushover. Not by any means, Richard is just as competitive as everyone else. Instead of being aggressive and on edge,he prefers to laugh and enjoy the moment. “Life is too short” states Richard on his perception of life and getting wrapped up in the small things.              For the 2014 Woodbine title as top trainer in wins, he recalls laughing with Carmen Auciello about who will finish with the most wins. “He was on top by ten with a week to go” explains Richard. “On the last (race) day, I won the first race which put us at one apart. He’s a buddy of mine; it was a lot of fun.” I wish I was a fly on the wall to hear that conversation with Carmen Auciello who is a fellow classy trainer and person.                 Richards New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to continue to be consistent and keep his owners happy. Richard keeps it simple and to the point, not wanting to over complicate matters. For the 2015 season, Richard is also looking to increase his stable size with quality horses. If you’re an owner with interest, email Richard Moreau at moreaurichard@videotron.ca or reach him at 1-514-703-4235.                “It’s easy to do what I do because I love what I do.” Richard continues, “I treat my workers like family.” In one month, he admits he can have as many as 15 horses join his barn and another 15 leave his barn and it is because of his team that all of this is manageable.                To unwind from his busy schedule, Richard hits the slopes for some skiing or going to sporting events like NASCAR races, hockey and basketball games. He’s a Toronto Raptors fan!                 “Sometimes I feel like the conductor of an orchestra” explains Richard. “Sometime you need to disconnect. Every two weeks I go to Montreal to see my son, Gabriel. He’s my pride.” by Rod Balgobin, for Harnesslink.com

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

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

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