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The 2020 book for Bar Hopping has been announced as full and closed. A son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping 3,1:51.4 ($1,292,433) is standing his fourth season at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. Bar Hopping's first crop of foals sold as yearlings in 2019 and averaged an incredible seven times his stud fee, with individual prices as high as $350,000, $185,000 and $175,000. "Bar Hopping is a beautiful horse, he's tall and long and very modern looking. In my opinion, he's one of the very best looking trotting stallions at stud today. He has a flawless gait, a superior pedigree and won several of the classics. His 2019 yearlings looked and acted special and sold accordingly. We are very excited to see his first crop race in 2020 and want to thank the breeders that have supported Bar Hopping in his first 4 years at stud " says Hanover 's Executive President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. From Hanover Shoe Farms

The book for sophomore pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been announced as full and closed. Stay Hungry P, 3, 1:47.3M ($1,303,709) is a son of the legendary Somebeachsomewhere out of the World Champion double millionaire mare My Little Dragon. Stay Hungry stands in Pennsylvania at Hanover Shoe Farms. The first foals of this exciting stallion are being born now and uniformly possess their father's strong build, sharp eye and good conformation. "Stay Hungry offers excellent value for breeders. His service fee is extremely reasonable considering all of the credentials he has to offer. He really is the complete package as far as looks, breeding and performance. It's nice to offer breeders his quality at a service fee that is affordable. Our strategy has paid off as astute breeders bred very good mares last year and he has another very good book this year, this will help him to achieve the success we anticipate.", says Hanover Executive Vice President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. With this announcement, the books for all three Hanover Pacing Stallions, Captaintreacherous, Betting Line and Stay Hungry are now full and closed. by Gunjan Patel, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

Dr. Paul Spears of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company and Hanover Shoe Farms spoke on Tuesday at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary on “Breeding a Derby Champion” to an enthusiastic audience of trotting breeders and trainers (National Trotting Breeders’ Association of Hungary “UTOE”). The program was part of an ongoing series of educational events arranged by the UTOE. Dr. Spears focused his remarks on pedigree analysis and the factors that have proven successful in the USA and at Hanover Shoe Farms. He illustrated that success using the profile of Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit, also a multiple fast-class winner in Europe. The UTOE’s Karoj Kotun (Breeding Manager) and Dr. Attila Balogh (President) presented Dr. Spears with a gift of thanks for his work to benefit Hungarian breeders. Thanks also to the other team members that made this educational event successful:  István Pacsi - CEO of two companies Kincsem Nemzeti Loverseny Kft (racing organizer) and Magyar Loversenyfogadast Szervezo Kft (wagering company) Rezs┼Ĺ Szecsi - Vice President of UTOE  Botond Kovacs - works with the racecourse company Andrea Fazekas - amateur driver, works with UTOE György Horvath - driver, breeder (left to right – Mr. Karoj Kotun, Dr. Paul Spears, Dr. Attila Balogh)   It was a packed house to hear Dr. Paul Sears speak. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Hanover, PA — Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. has announced that it has purchased 2017 harness racing 2-year-old Pacing Filly of the Year and world champion Youaremycandygirl p,3,1:48.2 ($1,566,292). Winner of the Breeders Crown, She’s A Great Lady and Three Diamonds at 2 and the Empire Breeders Classic and Matron at 3, Youaremycandygirl is from harness racing’s most productive pacing family. Not only is Youaremycandygirl a star in her own right, she is out of a sister to young stallion sensation Sweet Lou p,2,1:49s; 3,1:47.4s; 1:47f ($3,478,894), Bettor Sweet p,3,1:49.3; 4,1:47.2 ($2,782,353) and the dam of the sensational Captain Crunch p,2,1:49.1; 3,1:47.2s ($1,561,940). “The purchase of Youaremycandygirl is another huge step in our plan to add the best of the best to our broodmare ranks. Hanover has always prided itself in having the most productive broodmare band in the business and by purchasing mares such as Candygirl we show our commitment to staying on top. I believe that by purchasing Youaremycandygirl and Hannelore Hanover we have added the most exciting pacing and trotting broodmare prospects to come off the track in 2020 and probably in quite some time,” says Executive Vice President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. Plans call for Youaremycandygirl to be bred to Bettor’s Delight in 2020. Youaremycandygirl winning the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady Final (Two-year-olds) Hanover Shoe Farm

Hungary’s National Trotting Breeders' Association continues its training series, which was launched in 2018, on January 28, 2020 (10:30 am at Kincsem Park), when a world-recognized harness racing breeder and executive, Dr. Paul F. ’’Pete” Spears, will direct our further training. Dr. Spears is President of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, that conducts an annual early November auction in Harrisburg, PA ((USA), and formerly Vice President of Hanover Shoe Farms, practically growing up there, as his father worked as President and Treasurer of that world renown breeding facility. Dr. Spears has been very active in trot racing and breeding for several decades (his family’s Windsong Stable bred Hambletonian winner Windsong’s Legacy among many stakes winners), and his main expertise is genetics, pedigree analysis and auctions. Standardbred Horse Sales Company In his lecture, Dr. Spears will present examples of the possibility of pairing on related breeding and line breeding issues. He gives his opinion on the x-position and talks about the correct decisions that affect the effectiveness of breeding. There's great interest in this event. In view of this, please indicate your intention to participate by e-mail (ugeto@ugeto.com) as soon as possible. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Hanover Shoe Farms welcomed its first foal of 2020 on Thursday January 16th at 2:30 am. The sturdy bay colt is a son of Muscle Hill and the first foal of the Conway Hall mare Abbie Hall 3,1:56.3 ($41,358). Abbie Hall is out of Armbro Archer thus making her a half sister to iron horse Arch Madness 1:50.2 $4,288,981. Hanover is expecting approximately 340 foals this season. New arrivals are listed daily on the farm website www.hanoverpa.com. by Gunjan Patel, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

The Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation has made a grant of $50,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) to support their mission of accrediting and granting to programs assisting Standardbreds as they transition to new careers. "This gift is meant to incentivize the STA's establishment of advanced standards for transformative grant making," said Russell Williams, president of the Foundation and president and chief executive officer of Hanover Shoe Farms. "Transformation will be necessary to give our industry an effective network of post-career facilities using best practices." "Hanover Shoe Farms has been a leader in the Standardbred industry since 1926," said David Reid, president of the STA. "It is no surprise that the Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation recognizes the importance of caring for the cornerstone of our business -- the horses. "We greatly appreciate Hanover's faith in STA and the support of the flagship program for Standardbred aftercare with this donation. It is vitally important that our donors have confidence in the business practices of the organizations we accredit, and that funds raised are making a difference in future options for our racehorses." The STA, which was granted approval in April of this year by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable nonprofit organization, is currently reviewing and inspecting six applicant agencies. The process will be complete in early 2020 and accredited groups will be eligible for grants from the STA. Groups seeking accreditation have supplied detailed documentation of their financial, operational, and horse care policies and practices. Inspections will be conducted at each farm housing horses in the care of an applicant agency. To learn more about the work of the STA and donors who have supported its mission to date, click here. From the Standardbred Transition Alliance  

The annual Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare reduction is now taking place on the website www.ongait.com. This year's reduction features 41 well -bred mares in foal to top stallions including Bar Hopping, Betting Line, Bettor's Delight EL Titan, Huntsville,, International Moni, Stay Hungry and Swan For All. The list of mares selling can be found here: https://ongait.com/s/hanover. All service fees are paid but non-refundable with no returns if the mares fail to produce live foals. There is no reserve on any of these mares. All mares will be boarded at Hanover one week free of charge starting at the conclusion of the auction while shipping arrangements are made. Hanover Shoe Farms is committed to the welfare of all their horses, even after they are sold. Therefore, if it becomes necessary, all of these mares are welcome back to live out their lives at Hanover Shoe Farms at the conclusion of their breeding careers providing that they are not in foal at the time and that they meet the testing requirements for re-entry. 2020 Stallion books are open   From Hanover Shoe Farms

Hanover, PA — Russell Williams and Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky excitedly announce that Hanover Shoe Farms has purchased the World Champion and 2017 Horse Of The Year Hannelore Hanover 1:49.2($3,048,857).  Hannelore’s illustrious career is highlighted by the following wins: Breeders Crown twice Hambletonian Maturity Armbro Flight three times TVG Mare Trot twice Maple Leaf Trot Allerage Farm Trot Cutler Memorial “Hannelore Hanover is one of the greatest trotting mares ever to wear a harness. It is very special that she is coming home for her second career as a broodmare. She’s fast, she’s great- gaited, she’s tough, she’s great looking and she has a deep pedigree. Her foals will be consignment headliners for years to come” says Dr. J. Hannelore Hanover will be bred to top trotting prospect Greenshoe in 2020.   From Hanover Shoe Farms

Harness racing yearlings are available for inspection daily (excluding Sundays) at the Hanover Shoe Farms Fairgrounds through Friday November 1st.   To view yearlings online click here.   Appointments can be made by calling Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 or through email at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com.   From Hanover Shoe Farms  

Hanover, PA — Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli proudly announce that superstar harness racing colt trotter Greenshoe will retire to Hanover Shoe Farms at the conclusion of his 3-year-old campaign to commence stallion duty at the world’s foremost nursery in 2020. Greenshoe burst onto the harness racing scene in early June of his freshman year, winning his first 2-year-old race in 1:55 with a last quarter of :27.3. He would go on to win his next four races at 2, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes final in 1:53.3. Greenshoe made his highly anticipated return to the races as a 3-year-old in May of this year and has once again electrified industry participants and fans alike with his unparalleled speed, stamina, and determination. Greenshoe has thus far won seven of his nine sophomore starts, including both the New Jersey Sire Stakes leg and the final, his Earl Beal elimination, the Stanley Dancer Memorial, his Hambletonian elimination, the Zweig Memorial and, most recently, a Kentucky Sire Stake leg in 1:50.4 with a last quarter of :26. Greenshoe has trotted sub-:27 final quarters in each of his last five starts. To date Greenshoe boasts a record of 1:50.1 and $843,223 in earnings. According to Sabine Kagebrandt, managing director of Courant Inc., Greenshoe is slated to appear in three more races this year, the Kentucky Sire Stakes final on Sept. 15, the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 6 and the Breeders Crown on Oct. 26 (eliminations the week before if necessary). It is possible that Greenshoe will also start in the TVG final at The Meadowlands on Nov. 23. A former $330,000 yearling purchase from breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, Greenshoe is from the first crop of the trotting stallion Father Patrick and the first foal out of Designed To Be 3,1:51.3f ($656,166), she by Donato Hanover. While sporting the most modern of bloodlines, Greenshoe’s pedigree still makes him accessible to mares by preeminent stallions Muscle Hill and Chapter Seven. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Executive Vice President of Hanover Shoe Farms, has been an avid Greenshoe fan since the colt’s first 2-year-old race. Dr. Jablonsky says, “It is with much joy and satisfaction that I share this announcement with the harness racing world today. I fell in love with Greenshoe the first time I saw him race and could envision his spot in our stallion barn very early in his career. To me, he is the horse of a generation. He can do things that I haven’t seen other horses do. His acceleration is magical and his gait is a thing of beauty.” Courant’s Anders Ström says, “Greenshoe showed early talent in training during the spring as a 2-year-old and showed his capacity in his performances early on. He is, in my opinion, the most capable and technically most perfect gaited horse since Muscle Hill and there are perhaps only ten horses like this born in a century. With his ability, conformation and pedigree, I am looking forward to his career as a stallion and will of course be breeding my best mares to him.” Hanover President Russell Williams adds, “Over nearly a century, Hanover has built the greatest Standardbred broodmare band in existence, and we continue to add at the top. Potential stallions of Greenshoe’s caliber do not come along often, but when they do, they belong in our stallion roster. The Greenshoe yearlings of 2022 will begin a new page in trotting history.” The response to the syndication of Greenshoe is expected to be overwhelming. Although shares won’t be formally sold until after his fertility exam in December, we encourage all those who are interested in becoming a Greenshoe shareholder to contact Dr. Jablonsky at 717.578.7395 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com to discuss the syndication. From Hanover Shoe Farms

Middletown, NY --- The Goshen Yearling Sale is just about a month away and the 109 available yearlings are already being examined by many sets of eyes in person, on video and in the catalog. But those who know them the best are the managers of the respective farms that have sent these prospects to the auction block. The consignors are excited to make their talent available and have some opinions about who they like from their groups. Comments by Jean Brown, General Manager-Blue Chip Farms Blue Chip Farms will be representing five yearlings at the Goshen Yearling Sale. Four are out of pacing dams with collective average earnings of over $147,000. These pacing offerings include (76) Spartacus Blue Chip, an American Ideal first foal out of the Western Hanover mare Crucial Moment. Rounding out the consignment is a son of Credit Winner, (30) Chase Blue Chip, who is the first colt out of Cantata. Cantata is from the immediate family of Hambletonian Oaks winner, Creamy Mimi ($927,000.) Yearlings can be viewed at the farm prior to the sale by appointment 7 days per week. Contact the office at 845-895-3930 for more information. Videos will be available the week of August 19th. Comments by Steve Jones, General Manager-Cameo Hills Farms This year's consignment is certainly headlined by our So Surreal's. (102) Full Of Herself (So Surreal-I Am A Snob) is a full sister to So Rude who is a very smart and athletic filly. (7) Bud Truck (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) is a full brother to Hickfromfrenchlick. He is a late foal but nice looking and very correct. (22) Cougar Bar (So Surreal-Please Me Please) is from a mare who earned $750,000 racing. (16) Stop Staring (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) is the first colt and second foal from Paramelons Hanover, a daughter of Paula's Best. (90) Scratch Golfer (So Surreal-Dune In Red) is the first foal from $385,000 winner Dune In Red. We are also selling (51) Boozer (American Ideal-Whiskey A go Go) who the first foal from Whiskey a Go Go who is a sister to Always A Virgin and (79) The Yankee Chapter (Muscles Yankee-Chapter And Verse) whose dam is a sister to the great sire Chapter Seven. Cameo Hills 2018 Goshen consignment has yielded some serious results. The farm consigned a total of 11 yearlings; nine have raced and eight have done very well. Play Trix On Me (Trixton-Lima Playmate 2,1:54.3 $111,500) Undefeated in four lifetime starts and is a NJSS Champion. So Rude (So Surreal-I Am A Snob 2,1:53.3 $61,996) Multiple NYSS winner. Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art 2,1:56.2 $60,491) Multiple NYSS winner. The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover 2,1:55.4 $27,615) NYSS winner. Paulie Walnuts (Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover 2,1:56.2 $22,180). Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated 2,1:54.2 $38,401). The Party's Rockin (Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo 2,1:53.1. $15,000) PA stallion series winner. Fear The Pasta (So Surrela-Pasta La Vista 2,2:01.2 $10,050) NY Excelsior A winner. We also sold Beerthiry K (Credit Winner-Venus Hall 2,1:58h $47,260) as agent and he is a NYSS winner. Those yearlings cost a total of $130,000 and have already earned just under $400,000. Comments by Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Executive Vice-President-Hanover Shoe Farm "We have a group of really nice colts and fillies with some exceptional pedigree." (54) Acup O Joe Hanover (Roll With Joe-A Royal Hanover) is the first foal from a Somebeachsomewhere sister to Up Front Hoosierboy, Artache Hanover and Arockin Hanover. (38) Seth Hanover (Artspeak-Subtle Charm) is from the family of Glowing Report and Well Said, brother to dams of Treacherous Reign and Miso Fast. (72) Bison Hanover (Art Major-Burning Point) is the first Art Major from 3-year-old filly pacer of the year and older pacing mare of the year Burning Point. (41) Skaikru Hanover (Art Major-Sympathy Hanover) is a first foal from a sister to Shadyshark Hanover and Sharky Osborne. (20) Pinpoint Hanover (Explosive Matter-Peace Dove) is out of a sister to the dam of 2019 Hambletonian Oaks winner When Doves Cry. (26) Quimby Hanover (Art Major- Queen Teen) is a sister to UF Dragons Queen. (71) Bygone Hanover (Artspeak-Brissonte Hanover) is a sister to Blush Hanover. Comments by Garrett Bell, General Manager-Winbak Farms We are selling yearlings by five of the top six stallions in 2-year-old stallion standings for the NYSS. (American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Art Major, Bolt The Duer and Heston Blue Chip) (2) Parallel Line (Heston Blue Chip-Marshamarshamarsha) is a nice racy colt who looks the part. (6) Perfect Bella (American Ideal-Mom's Bella) is a very athletic filly that moves very nice. (11) No Pay No Way (Credit Winner-Not A Diva) is a nice, long, athletic filly. (42) Rockin Good Time (Rock N Roll Heaven-Timeless Beauty) is another very nice athletic and good sized filly. (58) Just For Luck (Lucky Chucky-Arenal) is a trotting colt that looks the part; nice size and really moves well. (55) Blue Flame (Heston Blue Chip-All Italian) is another very nice athletic good size filly that travels well. Last year at Goshen Winbak sold Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) and he became a standout in the NYSS this year. He's won five out of six starts with a mark of 1:54.3 and earnings of $115,770. The Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday (Sept. 8) at the Mark Ford Training Center located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY. Catalogs are now available online at www.goshenyearlingsale.com and at all major racetracks and training facilities in the northeast. By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale

On Friday night (July 12), the last North American foal by the immortal Somebeachsomewhere was born at Hanover Shoe Farms. The bay filly with no white markings is the first foal out of the Shadow Play mare Tessa Seelster p,4,1:50 ($521,648) and was conceived via frozen semen after her father’s death. Both mare and foal are doing well. The filly will appropriately be named The Legacy Hanover.   by Bridgette Jablonsky VMD Executive Vice President Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

Larks Crown, who led all older harness racing trotters in wins in 1990 and later embarked on a second career as a teaser stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms, died Monday (Feb. 4), owner Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky said. He was 34. A son of Mighty Crown out of Lark's Peacock, Larks Crown was born in Ohio, where he enjoyed success on the state's fair circuit at ages 2 and 3. He shipped east to compete at Yonkers and Roosevelt raceways and earned fans in New York with his gritty performances in the claiming ranks. In 1990, Larks Crown won 20 of 36 races. His victory total was surpassed by only one trotter that season, 3-year-old filly Marilu's Lady with 26. For his career, Larks Crown won 64 of 190 starts and earned $229,206. The horse was featured in the book "Standardbred Old Friends," which detailed his career and Jablonsky's history with the trotter. Jablonsky and her family owned Larks Crown, known affectionately as "Larkie," during his ascent in New York, but eventually saw the trotter claimed away. Jablonsky, who was in veterinary school during the latter part of Larks Crown's career, kept tabs on the horse on the racetrack as well as following his retirement. She regained ownership of the horse in 2005 and moved him to Hanover Shoe Farms, where he was loved by all who worked there. He found a role as a teaser stallion and enjoyed watching over the mares and their foals, said Jablonsky, who is now the executive vice president/syndicate manager at Hanover Shoe Farms. Larks Crown will be buried at the farm. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been granted exemption from the Stallion Restiction Rule. This exemption permits foals from Stay Hungry's first crop , as well as all future crops, to race at The Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs. Stay Hungry stands his first season at Hanover Shoe Farms in PA for a fee of $6,000. His book is full and closed.   Bridgette Jablonsky VMD Hanover Shoe Farms    

HANOVER PA - Hanover Shoe Farms, the southern Pennsylvania harness racing breeding operation which has led all of North American harness racing in seasonal money won by its graduates since recordkeeping began in 1949, has just broken its own mark for one-year earnings by those raised at the nursery. The $31,451,117 total it posted in 2017 was eclipsed on December 27 of last year, with the final number for 2018 reaching $31,589,496. Dorsoduro Hanover (picture attached), recently voted champion three-year-old pacing male of the season, led the contributors to the record total with $1,284,562, second-highest total of 2018, behind only McWicked. The 2017 Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover, making the difficult stepup to the free-for-all ranks (and horses such as McWicked), still brought in winnings of $661,601, the most money earned by any four-year-old in 2018 North American racing. The Hanover success story is well-known in the sport: how in 1926 Lawrence Sheppard bought the 69-horse dispersal of A.B. Coxe and used the stock as a foundation to build the premier harness operation in the sport, with racehorses graduating to the breeding ranks, and a continuous, relentless search to acquire the top sires in the sport, along with outstanding broodmares. Sheppard has been followed by John Simpson Sr., his son Jim, and Sheppard's grandson Russell Williams as visionary horsepeople/businesspeople who have continued Hanover's dominance while giving back much to the sport in leadership positions. "The record-breaking 2018 racing year by Hanover Shoe Farm-bred racehorses shows our commitment to Mr. Sheppard's vision of being the premier Standardbred farm," said Jim Simpson, Hanover's Chairman. "I am proud to have been at the helm for 20 years, and to state that the new record tops all farms in the world breeding all types of racehorses. This accomplishment takes a dedicated staff, the best stallions and mares our commercial business can buy, and talented trainers, drivers and grooms working tirelessly. What drives this entire business are the owners who buy and race these horses. All of us at Hanover Shoe Farms give thanks for the owners willing to invest the money, time and effort to keep this business alive." Giving no signs of slowing down despite "fronting its field" into an eighth decade now, Hanover has truly become synonymous with excellence in the harness racing industry, with the earnings record of 2018 just the latest proof in a list of accomplishments which continues on strongly, and shows no sign of "tiring." Hanover Shoe Farms    

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