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Ryan Clements

by Tony Elliott

Ryan Clements was born into the heart of harness racing, growing up on Prince Lee Acres in Uxbridge, Ontario. Clements is third generation in the racing business, following the footsteps of his father Dan and grandfather Norm. Norm Clements, in the 1980s, began buying racehorses and found himself owning half of one of the greatest horses of all time. This horse was the 1982 and 1983 horse of the year, Cam Fella. Cam Fella was launching pad for the breeding farm, Prince Lee Acres, that still has 10 broodmares to this day.

Building off the family's early success, Clements' father, Dan Clements was a very successful driver with just under 20 million in career earnings and over 2500 wins. He now trains many of the horses with the P L (Prince Lee) distinction and also trains two for his son, Ryan.

Ryan Clements' path into the industry is much different than the two generations before him. Clements' parents saw the potential hardships of the industry and encouraged him to find a different path. Fortunately for Clements, the love for racing was already instilled in him. After being encouraged to stay out of the racing business, Clements found himself in second year university with an idea that would propel himself into the industry. "Online Harness Owner" was launched as a fractional ownership group after Clements and his cousin, Matt, realized they did not have the funds to purchase racehorses on their own. The business thrived to top a million dollars in purses and add on 30 racehorses for over 100 different owners. The business grew exponentially to the point that Clements' dropped out of university as this business pursuit was taking up much of his time. After some difficulties with the business, it was dissolved, but the business was an eye opening experience for Clements.

Original Article: by Garnet Barnsdale, contributing writer found at DownTheStretch

Nobody has worked harder in Ontario in 2020 to promote their on-track product than the new management team at Hanover Raceway and it’s paid off handsomely so far.

General Manager Steve Fitzsimmons indicated he is elated with the response to several new promotional initiatives which have led to handle jumping by more than double, even though the racing is happening in front of empty stands.

“We’re quite thrilled with the interest in our product in the first two race dates and our handles,” Fitzsimmons beamed. “There’s no question that our Board of Directors’ decision to move to the 2 pm afternoon post time and away from some of the bigger players on Saturday night has paid dividends.”

by Steve Fitzsimmons

Fans who have visited Hanover Raceway in the past 34 years have likely heard the long-time sound track of the Raceway, the voice of Rick Rier - who has been the track announcer in multiple stints over that period. His career started innocently enough at the age of 16, when his Uncle Randy Rier suggested he give announcing a try. " The race track needed an announcer, after Billy Kell who had done it for many years had retired and they were looking for someone and there wasn't really anybody around and Uncle Randy said "Rick you're always here, why don't you go try it." I tried it and really enjoyed it and that was the start of this journey." Rier explained.

After his first season calling the action for Hanover, Rier got the call from the now defunct Orangeville Raceway, when then General Manager Mike Stoikopoulos reached out and offered him the job at their race track, which Rier called " A great opportunity." He called races at that half mile oval for many years. He also eventually became the Track Announcer for Elmira Raceway (the predecessor to Grand River Raceway) and at one point was doing all three tracks, with only Tuesdays off.

June 13, 2020 - Hanover Raceway offered 10 exciting races to horseplayers and fans. Fans were able to watch from the comfort of their own home through Youtube, Facebook and Hanover Raceway website.

Hanover Raceway Triple Double

It was a triple double afternoon at Hanover Raceway, Bruce Richardson, Ryan Holliday and Doug McNair each won two races a piece over the 10 racecard. Bruce Richardson stole the show in the Catch Driver Showdown, sealing the deal with a $34 winner to take home this weeks prize.

Big Sir and Grandpe Knows Best Go Back to Back

Big Sir and Grandpe Knows Best become the winningest horses at Hanover Raceway this season by winning a race on both race days thus far.

Big Sir, a 3 year old Big Jim gelding, took the lead early on and played catch me if you can with Ryan Holliday in the bike. Doug McNair and Deputy Seelster made Big Sir work all the way to the wire to earn his second victory of the season, closing the last quarter in 28 seconds.

Grandpe Knows Best, a 3 year old Badlands Hanover gelding, moved up in class after last weeks win to face a tougher class. The class did not prove to be much of a challenge for Doug McNair and Grandpe Knows Best as they cruised to a 2 length victory over nearest competitor.

Inaugural Hanover Raceway Pick 4, sponsored by Catch Driver

The new pick 4 proved popular with horseplayers and paid well for those who were able to hit the ticket. The Pick 4 paid $90.65 on a $1 pick 4 ticket.

Hanover Raceway wagered well over $60,000 for the second straight Saturday. Horseplayers pushed $65,280 through advance deposit wagering windows from all over North America.

Hanover Raceway is back in action next Saturday June 20th at 2:00 pm, when they host the Inaugural leg of the Prospect Series. Hanover Raceway offers live racing action through their YouTube, Facebook and website for fans to enjoy and wagering is available through HPI Bet.

Catch Driver Showdown

Drivers at Hanover Raceway this summer will have a little something extra to race for as they line up behind the gate this Saturday and every week this season thanks to the Catch Driver Showdown.

The Showdown is a season-long driving championship, but with a unique twist. Drivers will receive points based on the two-dollar win, place and show payouts for horses they drive.

The top driver each week will win a prize from Catch Driver, and the grand champion at the end of the season will receive a sponsorship offer from Catch Driver that includes a brand new custom helmet. Should the winning driver choose to accept the offer, they will represent Catch Driver and The Farm Games, and receive other perks including a product allowance, branding and design from The Farm Games' team, promotion and more.

"We are very excited to partner with The Farm Games to bring this new take on a drivers' challenge to our track! This innovative competition format gives any driver a chance to win a sponsorship opportunity from an industry leading company," said Tony Elliott, assistant to the general manager at Hanover Raceway.

(article from Standardbred Canada)

Perfect weather and great competition were the order of the day as Hanover Raceway kicked off the 2020 Harness Racing season on June 6th. The new afternoon post-time of 2:00 PM seemed popular as fans tuned into the action through the Live Streaming options on the website, YouTube, Facebook and HPIbet.

Speaking of close competition, none were closer than the 3rd Race where #3 Destiny Cruise (D Mcnair / P Shepherd) and #4 W C Kenzie Cookie (J Ryan / T Symes) finished in a Dead Heat (photo above) with a time of 2:00.4 over the 1 mile pace.

This weeks Survivor Challenge saw 64 Entries with 2 remaining after the 5th race yet both missed the top 3 in the 6th. Each player receives a $50 deposit into their HPIbet account. Free to play, the Survivor Challenge is a weekly promotion posted each Thursday and available to enter online right up to post-time on Saturday.

photo by Ryan Clements

by Steve Fitzsimmons

After almost a full two years on the shelf, 6 year old Charmbo Chrome re-surfaced in a Qualifying race at the Raceway on Saturday, May 30th, trotting home to a 206.1 win, with a two second allowance for track condition, but there's more than meets the eye with his return to the races.

A homebred trotting son of Manofmanymissions owned by local Trainer Randy Rier and his brother John (Jack), it's been a long road back for the former Woodbine Mohawk Park regular, who last raced on June 15th, 2018.

Rick Rier, Track Announcer
Rick Rier, Track Announcer
Fans at home with have the chance to catch some live Harness Racing action, as Hanover Raceway will broadcast live their Qualifiers on Saturday, May 30th, beginning at 11:45am, with a quick pre-game show with Tony Elliott, then up to the booth with Track Announcer Rick Rier, who will call the action.
“We’re very pleased that we are able to broadcast the Qualifiers for our fans, who are unable to come to the track due to current restrictions.  These races will be available on our Facebook live, our YouTube Channel and on our website” said Hanover Raceway General Manager Steve Fitzsimmons.
Mike Strome
Mike Strome, Starter

Hanover Raceway is pleased to announce that Mike Strome will be their new Starter for the 2020 Racing Season. Strome brings with him a wealth of experience as a Starter, including being the Back-up Starter at Mohawk Raceway (now called Woodbine Mohawk Park) from 2009 to 2016 and their Starter for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, which included being the Official Starter for 2 North America Cups and all Stakes races held at Canada's top race track.

The Guelph native has a long history in Harness Racing, including being a Trainer and Driver for more than 20 years, following in the footsteps of his father being in the business.

"We are delighted to have Mike join our Hanover Raceway family and with his strong background and experience, we are quite confident he'll be an excellent Starter for our race track."  commented Hanover Raceway General Manager Steve Fitzsimmons.

Holliday won the 2019 Balanced Image Trot Final, steering Aphrodite Duke to victory in 201.0, for trainer Andrew McCabe and Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein. (photo by Tiffany Chantal photography)

by Tony Elliott

As the old saying goes, "There's no place like home." For Ryan Holliday, Hanover Raceway feels very much like his second home and as the 2019 Leading Driver for wins, has the evidence to prove it.  Holliday, a native of Mount Forest, just a half hour south of the Raceway, enjoys spending his summers showing off his driving skills at the track.

The 32 year old Holliday, who has been now been driving for 12 years, has accumulated 1093 wins and over 7.3 million dollars in purse earnings in his career to date.

Holliday was raised in a Harness Racing family, learning the ropes from both his father David, as well as his Grandfather.  After stepping away for a few years as teenager, he returned and began jogging and training horses.  After experiencing the thrill of training,  Holliday felt the strong pull towards becoming a driver in the sport. “Everyone wants to be a driver.” said Holliday.

Vicki Gregg with Carsons Shadow

by Tony Elliott

Harness Racing has always been a family affair for Vicki Gregg, a long-time trainer based at Hanover Raceway. The grand-daughter of Hall of Famer Allan Walker on her mother's side, she comes by being involved in the business quite honestly.

Growing up in a racing family, she has developed a love for the sport that continues to this day. Her mother Jean, was a Driver and Trainer before having a family, while her father Peter Thibaudeau, was also long-time Trainer, who later got involved on the administrative side of the business, as the former Race Secretary of both Hanover Raceway and the former Owen Sound Race Track.

We have VERY Exciting News for the upcoming season!

We will now be offering a High Definition (HD) live stream of our live racing on YouTube and Facebook Live platforms.

The Live stream will be still available on our website, but will have upgraded quality.

This is an exciting upgrade to our current racing product and will make viewing/wagering our track even better!