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September 24 Western Hanover


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posted on 9/26/2011 1:34 pm

September 24, 1992 was a beautiful fall day for all the fans of the Little Brown Jug except for the bettors and connections of Western Hanover.  They had just witnessed the defeat of their hero at the hands of Fake Left in the final heat of the Jug.  Western Hanover raced his heart out in those grueling heats and did not deserve his fate.  After all he would go on to earn in excess of 2.5 million dollars. He then went on to attain a record of p1:50.4m followed by a great career as a stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms.

Western Hanover was purchased as a yearling in the fall of 1990 for the price of  $105,000.00 by trainer Gene Riegle on behalf  of owner George Segal.  His racing career was sandwiched between Segal’s great colts Artsplace and Little Brown Jug winner Life Sign, who would make up for Western Hanover’s  defeat in that classic event the very next year with a miraculous victory for his connections. 

After Western Hanover’s racing career ended he went to stud at Hanover Show Farm for a very modest $4,000 stud fee.  His very first crop produced the Jug winner Western Dreamer. That was just the beginning.  His offspring include Won the West, who is approaching $4,000,000.00 in purse earnings, The Panderosa , Western Terror, Badlands Hanover and Jug Winners Well Said and this years winner  Big Bad John from his final crop.  He also sired Western Ideal who unfortunately missed his Jug appearance because of an injury. 

Western Ideal became a great aged pacer and retired to stud in New Jersey.   During his career he has sired Rocknroll Hanover, American Ideal, Big Jim and a consortium of great fillies.  Rocknroll Hanover has started his stud career with the great Rocknroll Heaven.  American Ideal has sired in his first two crops Jugette winner Idyllic and She’s a Great Lady winner and world record holder American Jewel. He has also sired the very talented colt Heston Blue Chip already a winner of 8 of 9 starts as a two year old.

Western Hanover’s legacy lived on after his Little Brown Jug defeat. His accomplishments on and off the track make him one of the all time greats.

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