New Looks At Hanover For 2020
A changing of the guard at Hanover Raceway, for 2020, will see Steve Fitzsimmons looking after the General Manager duties - while Tony Elliott will assume the Assistant to the General Manager role.
“It’s pretty much the role I was looking for,” says Elliott. “This puts me in line for what I’m aiming for in my career… I’m looking forward to getting some experience in both the marketing and managing sides of the horse racing business.”
Elliott was a familiar face around The Raceway, in London, this past race meet. Known for his social media skills and pregame show appearances - he’ll look to continue on with much of the same and more at Hanover this season. “It’s been great getting to know the racing team in London,” he says. “I enjoyed helping out on the pregame shows and Greg Gangle was a great mentor as well… I like what London does with racing - it’s a great model for other tracks to follow.”
A new time slot for Hanover, this season, will see them switch to a Saturday afternoon 2 PM post time. “We wanted to have a more ‘family friendly’ post time… And this way we’re not going up against Georgian Downs and Woodbine Mohawk Park in the evening.”
Elliott will also host a pregame show and look after some in-between-race commentary during the race day broadcasts. “I got in some practice this past weekend during our qualifiers,” he says. “A little bit of test run, all around, as we get set for our opening day card this Saturday… Is was great to see that the mood on the backstretch was really good… Horse people were following all the new rules and it was clear to see that they were just happy to be back racing.”
Along with a new online Survivor Challenge for each race program - race fans will enjoy the new High Definition (HD) live stream on the YouTube and Facebook Live platforms. “We’re really excited about the new HD experience,” says Elliott. “It’s a super upgrade for our racing product and it will be most welcomed by our viewers I’m sure.”
I was able to watch a few qualifiers from Hanover on the weekend and a horse to watch for, in the weeks ahead, will be Presto Score. Owned by Darryl and Gerald Holmes, of Meaford, this lightly-raced 5YO son of Sportswriter just jogged in his prep race - pacing a back half in 59-flat, for a 2:02.1 score, with a motionless Tom Smith aboard.
Mohawk regular Mach Code was out for an easy qualifying win, as well, for owners Jeff and Lori Thomson. “He was the standout,” notes Elliott. “Scott Young was here to drive him and he just toyed with his foes - winning by open lengths in 1:58.4. We may not see him back this Saturday, but most of the others, that qualified, will likely be with us.”
For all the latest happenings at Hanover Raceway visit www.hanoverraceway.com and be sure to follow Tony Elliott on Twitter @elliottracing99 - he’ll keep you up to speed on all things racing this summer.
Camluck Classic Highlights COSA TV
Though the Camluck Classic would have been contested this weekend, the signature race was nonetheless front and centre on the Sunday (May 31) edition of COSA TV Live.
Host Greg Blanchard, joined by colleagues from The Raceway Greg Gangle and Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle - as well as Michael Carter from the USTA, revisited and discussed many memorable moments from the history of the Camluck Classic, formally known as the Molson Pace until 2018 and prior to that - known as the Labatt Pace.
Catch the highlights & the full TV show here https://standardbredcanada.ca/news/5-31-20/camluck-classic-tribute-show-…
Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle
The Raceway at Western Fair District