On any given night, at any racetrack in North America, the name 'Hanover' is prevalent in the race program. If not tacked onto the name of a racehorse, you'll find the suffix on the sire or dam, or Hanover Shoe Farms will be listed as the breeder on numerous performers. There's a reason why many consider Hanover to be 'the greatest name in harness racing.'
The Pennsylvania nursery continues to produce champion racehorses year after year, decade after decade. Since the USTA began compiling breeder's statistics, Hanover Shoe Farms has led the annual money-earning charts every year. Hanover ended the decade with $305,277,020 in earnings, easily besting Winbak Farm ($211 million).
Stars from the 2010s bred by Hanover Shoe Farms include 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover ($3,303,952), 2019 O'Brien Award finalist and near double millionaire Caviart Ally ($1,956,238), 2017 Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover ($1,744,663) and 2015 North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover ($1,597,224).
What They Said About Hanover Shoe Farms:
"Breeding champions for decades, Hanover's position in the sport remains at the top." - Tim Bojarski, freelance journalist and Vice President of the United States Harness Writers Association
"Top dollars earned, a first class breeding operation that rehomes its retired mares and welcomes farm visitors 24-7." - Bill Galvin, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer
"Continued commitment to raising, selling and operating the yearly sales of Standardbred horses." - Bill O'Donnell, two-time Hall of Famer and President of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association
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