Day At The Track

14th annual "Dream of Glory" Finals

04:28 PM 02 Aug 2015 NZST
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Hemi Seelster
Hemi Seelster is co-owned by the Parkhill Stud Farm, Matthew Bax of Campbellville, John Houston,of Cobourg-Goin To The Show Stable,Peterborough,ON
Hemi Seelster
A jam packed crowd attended the 14th annual Dream of Glory Finals Saturday night at Hanover Raceway.  Fans enjoyed 12 great races including 5 divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes and the $75,100 dollar Dream of Glory final.
 
After setting a new track record last week in his elimination,  Hemi Seelster jumped out to a quick lead before the first turn and made no mistakes leading past fractions in 28.3, 59.2, 128.4 and cruised to a 2.5 length victory in 1:57.4.
 
The battle was for second as 4 horses battled for position behind the new track record holder with Sumthintotalkabout coming in 2nd place ahead of I’ll Stay Here who finished 3rd.
 
Hemi Seelster is co-owned by the Parkhill Stud Farm, Matthew Bax of Campbellville, John Houston,of Cobourg-Goin To The Show Stable,Peterborough,ON.
 
Bax said afterwards that a good start by his 3 year old let him settle in and then he took control of the race.  Bax said the Dream of Glory is a great event at a great track and he’s optimistic about the future of the sport.  It was the 3rd victory for Bax and driver Steve Byron who is back to form after a pretty severe knee injury in 2013, that sidelined him for over 6 months.
 
The win was the 4th Dream of Glory championship for Byron who also won in 2007 with The Mad Duke for trainer Norm Dunstan.
 
Bax and Byron won the 2009 Dream of Glory Final with Augusto and also won in 2012 with Summer Indian.
 
 
In OSS action Bruce Richardson won 2 of the 5 races including the first elimination with 3 year old filly pacer Dublin Rose.  The filly just missed the track record of 1:54.4 finishing her mile in 1:55 flat, the fastest of the 5 divisions.  Richardson said “It’s just like playing for the Leafs, in front of a jam packed house.”   Richardson engineered the win for Allen Tomlinson of Mason, 
 
Michigan,  who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Major In Art and Bronwen Seelster. 
 
Hanover Raceway hosts the 151st Hanover Fair next week so the next live action will be on Saturday August 15th with the finale of the Survivor Handicapping contest.   66 fans qualified for the final during the 4 weeks of eliminations in July.   The event is sponsored by Country 93 radio and the winner will walk away with a 58 inch High Definition Samsung TV.
 
The Hanover Fair agenda can be found at www.hanoverfair.ca and the weekend includes a Kim Mitchell Concert on Friday night, and a Country 93 Video Dance party on Saturday night.
 
Both events are 19 and over and start at 9:00pm with doors opening at 8:00pm.
 
Gord Dougan
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