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Farewell Hanover


By Fred Wallace

2016 Harness Racing Season Concludes



Hi this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire " brought to you by your local Auto Logic, the Logical Choice.

I know we're heading into an awesome weekend with a ton of activities in communities all over our region, but truthfully, I'm lamenting the end of the 2016 harness racing season at Hanover.

Saturday after Saturday after Saturday, I hobo my way down the various county roads and spend a couple of hours around the track.

It's not that I'm horse racing expert and understand every nuance of the sport- in fact people at the track often remark on my inability to identify the gender of a specific horse !!

And while I like betting, it's not like I make a fortune at the ticket wicket.

No, there's just something comforting about seeing something a little different and yet something exceptionally familiar week after week.

As 2016 concludes, the business numbers at the track are encouraging.

Granted, it was an exceptionally nice run of weather through the Spring-Summer and Fall, but increases in concessions, restaurant sales and in the betting handle are testaments to a successful season.

So, while I lament the conclusion of the 2016 season, it appears 2017 at Hanover Raceway will commence June 3rd......which does seem a long way off.

Have a great weekend.

I'm Fred Wallace

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