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Hot Wheelz Heads Field


By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


The richest sporting event in our region is set for Saturday afternoon as Hanover Raceway hosts the annual " Dream of Glory " Final.

The field of 8 will compete on the Grey County oval with a purse of $ 75,000 available.

The " Dream of Glory " Elimination Races were staged last Saturday, which determined the 8 finalists for the BIG race this weekend.

The takeaway from the Elimination Races was that " Hot Wheelz " will be hard to beat in the Final this weekend.

" Hot Wheelz " turned in the mile in 1:57 flat.

The other 2 winners were a touch slower, not much, but a second in harness racing can be a lifetime.

" Field Gunner " won in 1-59 & 2 while " Lexus Markus " came in at 2-01 & 2.

Obviously, the 2020 " Dream of Glory " is different than the previous decade and a half of Hanover's signature event.

There will be no roar of the crowd at the top of the stretch this year with just 100 spectators permitted on the site.

The other notable difference for the " Dream of Glory " is the calibre of the drivers who are competing.

With no offence to anyone who's competed before, the roster of drivers at the eliminations were among the best of the very best in the province.

Jody Jamieson drove " Hot Wheelz ".

The other drivers who qualified horses for the final included Doug McNair who did so twice plus Trevor Henry, Mike Saftic and Bob McClure.

Those are pretty big names in driving circles and Saturday afternoon, one of them will circle the track at Hanover Raceway and claim the $ 75,000 " Dream of Glory " title.


I'm Fred Wallace

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