Hanover Raceway hosts a deep card of harness racing on Saturday (August 27). Featured on the card are five divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots for two-year-old filly pacers, the $10,000 Walker Memorial Trot for aged trotters and the signature $40,000 Balanced Image Final for two-year-old trotters.
The card also features a $1,913.35 carryover for the 15% low take-out Pick 5, which will start in Race 1 and is guaranteed at $5,000. There will also be a free $300 HPIBet Survivor Contest on the track's website.
One lucky 92.3 Bounce Radio listener will also win a 50" HDTV after Race 9.
There is certainly a possibility of a track record being set on the card. Highlighting the Balanced Image field is two-year-old Muscle Mass gelding Darbyshire (pictured above). He won the fastest of three eliminations by three lengths in 2:00 flat for driver James MacDonald and trainer John Bax. He is now four for five in his young career, with his only defeat coming when he made a break in an OSS Grassroots event.
Floyd The Freak, a son of Archangel and a homebred for Ashleigh & Ed Hensley, may not be big in stature but he towered over his competition in last week's elimination, winning under wraps to co-owner Ed Hensley in 2:01.4. He now has chalked up two wins and has hit the board in all of his five career starts, making him a serious contender.
$40,000 Balanced Image Trot
(post - horse - driver - trainer - odds)
1. Busting With Pride (Trevor Henry / Bob McIntosh) - 7-2
2. Rough Tuff Tested (Jonathan Drury / Blake MacIntosh) - 4-1
3. Floyd The Freak (Ed Hensley / Ashleigh Hensley) 2-1
4. Darbyshire (James MacDonald / John Bax) 9-5
5. Fantastic MVP (Natasha Day / Jack Moiseyev) 12-1
6. Mass Hysteria (Colin Kelly / Kyle Bossence) 5-1
7. Resolve To Win (Scott Young / John Bax) 10-1
8. New Rules (Austin Sorrie / Marcel Barrieau) 3-1
AE1. All Star Yankee
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Many of Canada's top drivers are scheduled to compete at Hanover during Saturday's card. First post time is 1:30 p.m. To view the entries, click the following link: Saturday Entries - Hanover Raceway.
(with files from Hanover)