East Rutherford, NJ — Harness racing’s biggest stars will battle it out on the track on Saturday (Nov. 23) in the TVG and Fall Final Four finals at Meadowlands Racetrack. This year will be extra special with two of the sport’s biggest names — Hannelore Hanover and Six Pack — retiring following their starts in their TVG finals.
The great Hannelore Hanover’s retirement ceremony will be held following the final start of her career — the TVG Mares final on Saturday (Nov. 23).
The 2017 Horse of the Year has amassed more than $3 million in earnings including wins in the Hambletonian Maturity, TVG (two times), Armbro Flight (three times), Breeders Crown (two times), Maple Leaf Trot and the Cutler Memorial.
A commemorative video will be shown during the ceremony and the first 500 fans will receive a movie-style Hannelore Hanover poster that details her major victories.
Her shoes will also be pulled in the winner’s circle with one of them being given to Meadowlands Racetrack for the new “Walk of Fame” that will be unveiled during the 2020 Championship Meet.
“Hannelore Hanover is one of the greatest race horses of all time,” stated Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racetrack. “She had so many major victories here — the 2016 Hambletonian Maturity and TVG final and the 2018 Cutler just to name a few. She created so many great racing memories here and we are honored Ron Burke and her ownership agreed to retire her in our winner’s circle.”
The 2018 3-year-old trotting colt of the Year Six Pack will also retire following his TVG final on Nov. 23. This outstanding trotter had three world record performances including the 1:50 in the 2018 Stanley Dancer, 1:49.1 in the Kentucky Futurity and 1:49.2 in the Allerage Farms Open Trot. He also posted wins in the Yonkers Trot, Empire Breeders Classic and The Matron to earn close to $2 million.
Six Pack’s shoes will also be pulled in the winner’s circle with one of them being added to the Meadowlands Racetrack Walk of Fame.
“Six Pack gave us a 1:50 world record performance in the 2018 Stanley Dancer,” said Settlemoir. “It’s only fitting that he is added to our Walk of Fame.”
Details about the new conceived Meadowlands Racetrack Walk of Fame will be announced in the coming months.
Management will be asking the winning connections of some of the track’s biggest races including the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and TVG finals to contribute a shoe to the display.
“I would like to thank Dean Hoffman for reaching out to me with an idea about the Walk of Fame,” said Settlemoir. “I thought it was a great way to honor the champions that race on our track.”
TVG night details can be found at www.PlayMeadowlands.com.