It was a perfect night for racing and a large crowd enjoyed the 41st annual Walker Memorial Trot.
5 year old Draggin the Wagon was coming off a win in his last start at Hanover and went off as one of the favorites in the Walker Memorial.
Anthony Haughan grabbed the early lead past the opening quarter in 29.2 and got a bit of a breather past the half in 1:00.3.
Despite attempts to put pressure on the leader, Draggin the Wagon led past the 3/4s in 1:29.3 and held off a late attempt by Brandon CS to win by just under a length in 1:59.
The Walker Memorial is dedicated to Allan and Viola Walker of Owen Sound who were tremendous horsemen especially with trotters.
Allan was inducted in the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1996.
Draggin the Wagon has won 5 of his 20 starts this season for owners James, David and Micheal Cantelon of the Toronto area, and trainer Jeff Byron.
In other action, Jay Harris had the hot hand winning 3 of the other 9 races on the card including the opener with Turn a Buck for owners Bill Rankin of Dundas, Lawrence Baker of Alberton and Ralph Jardine of Arthur in 2:03.2.
Harris also won Race 8 with Aldrin Hanover in 2:00.4 for owner Karl McNaughton of Clinton and Race 9 with Distinctiv Cam in 1:58.2 for owner Terry Rutledge of Auburn.
On the grandstand side, Sharon Taylor of Owen Sound won the Country 93 Survivor contest.
Over 50 fans qualified for the final by correctly picking 4 horses to finish in the money during qualifying rounds in July.
Taylor won a 58 inch Samsung Smart TV courtesy of Country 93 Radio and HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton.
Next Saturday, Hanover Raceway plays host to the Balanced Image trot eliminations.
183 horses are eligible to compete in the eliminations.
The top 8 finishers will return on Saturday August 29th for the 2nd biggest purse of the Hanover season.
Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm.