Hanover honored in Pennsylvania
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Hanover Shoe Farms, located in south central Pennsylvania, has become the leading Standardbred breeding farm in the world, and its offspring have led the North American race earnings column every year since records began to be kept in the 1950s. So it is no surprise that some of the trophies to be given out at the first annual “Celebration of Pennsylvania Harness Racing” awards dinner on Feb. 10 at Harrah’s Chester racetrack will be riding back to Hanover after the evening’s festivities.
Hanover Shoe Farms is the logical choice for the inaugural Pennsylvania Breeder of the Year award. Not only does it again top the money standings for racing on both sides of the Canadian/American border, but it also was the cradle from which came Donato Hanover, likely choice for Harness Horse of the Year and the author of a 1:50.1 victory--equaling the fastest trotting mile of all time. In a fitting end to his career, Donato Hanover will be standing at stud at Hanover starting in 2008.
Donato’s glittering statistics of 2007 have also brought the award of Pennsylvania Broodmare of the Year to his dam, D Train. D Train was bred and is owned by Hanover as well, and just to show she was not a one-horse fluke, she is also the dam of the $365,000+-winning trotter Here Comes Herbie, a champion in the recent sophomore ranks.
The third award for Hanover honors the memory of the late, great stallion Western Hanover, who died of internal complications earlier this season. Western Hanover was regarded as one of the greatest pacing sires of modern times, and his effect is likely to show up in future generations as well, as his sons and daughters enter the breeding ranks. Western Hanover was first or second in the year-end standings for progeny’s money earned every year but one from 1999 until his last full season at stud in 2006. His award is one given for general outstanding contribution to the Pennsylvania breeding scene.
Tickets for the Feb. 10 banquet are $25; tickets and information can be obtained from Sandy Tetkoskie of the Harrisburg Commission Office at (717) 783-6320. (PHRC)