The undercard for Saturday includes the $385,000
Elegantimage Stakes, $256,000 Milton Stakes and three eliminations for the
The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic features a talented
field of 10 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, while 10 of the finest
older trotters in the sport will compete in the $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot.
Trainer John Butenschoen swept last week’s eliminations and
now looks to finish the job with Bills Man (PP2, Corey Callahan) and Dover Dan
(PP3, Brett Miller) in the Canadian Trotting Classic.
Corey Callahan steered both Butenschoen trainees to victory
last week and has decided to drive Bills Man in Saturday’s rich final.
“I’ll likely stick with Bills Man,” said Callahan
immediately following the eliminations.
“I think he’s the fastest of the two, even though (Dover Dan) went a bigger
heat tonight, I think just pure speed wise, Bills Man is just a little bit
Bills Man (pictured) won his elimination by a neck in 1:53.2 over
longshot Dancer Hall. The son of Credit Winner is three for 14 this season with
five runner-up finishes, including a narrow defeat by a nose in an elimination
of the Hambletonian.
Bills Man has earned $248,986 earned this season for owners
William Wiswell and M And L of Delaware LLC.
Dover Dan won his elimination by almost a length in 1:52.3.
The son of Andover Hall came into the Trotting Classic elimination off a
victory in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship.
Owned by Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, Dover Dan
is 4 for 14 this season with $229,148 earned. Brett Miller picks up the drive
behind the elimination winner.
The Canadian Trotting Classic field also includes Goodtimes
Stakes champion International Moni (PP5, Scott Zeron). The Frank Antonacci
trainee finished third, beat three-quarters of length, in the elimination won
by Dover Dan.
A son of French stallion Love You and the great mare Moni
Maker, International Moni is five for eight this season with three of his
victories coming at Mohawk in the Goodtimes (elimination and final) and Simcoe
Another notable in the Trotting Classic is What The Hill
(PP4, David Miller), who was the original winner of this year’s Hambletonian
before being disqualified for interference. The Ron Burke trainee finished
third in his elimination and was making just his first start since the
Hambletonian on August 5.
The Canadian Trotting Classic field is completed by
Southwind Cobra (PP1, Yannick Gingras), Seven And Seven (PP6, Doug McNair),
Long Tom (PP7, Tim Tetrick), Dancer Hall (PP8, Doug McNair), Victor Gio IT
(PP9, Yannick Gingras) and Lindy The Great (PP10, Mark MacDonald).
The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic is carded as Race 5.
The Maple Leaf Trot could be the site of a little
redemption, as last year’s runner-up Hannelore Hanover (PP5, Gingras) is the
probable favourite to win the $593,000 event.
The five-year-old trotting mare captured her elimination
impressively by more than two-lengths in 1:52. It was the fifth win in nine
outings this season for the Burke trainee.
A winner of over $1.8 million lifetime, Hannelore Hanover sports a
stunning career record of 31 wins in 50 starts. She is owned by Burke Racing
Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables
Mohawk has been a favourite spot for Hannelore Hanover over the past
two seasons. She is eight for nine at the Campbellville oval, with her only
loss coming in last year’s Maple Leaf Trot.
“She likes the track no doubt about it,” said Gingras
following Hannelore Hanover’s
elimination victory. “She’s a big track mare…she’s a big strong mare, she likes
to stretch her legs and she seems to like this place a lot.”
is not the only mare in the field, as Jimmy Takter sends out Pasithea Face
(PP3, Tim Tetrick). The five-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill came to North
America this summer after finding plenty of success in Sweden.
Pasithea Face has won two of five starts since coming to North America, including posting a 1:50.4 score last
month at Tioga. The Takter trainee finished fifth in her elimination, which was
her first start against male rivals.
Hannelore Hanover and Pasithea Face will look to become the
first mare since Bee A Magician in 2015 to win the Maple Leaf Trot and second
since Peaceful Way
The other elimination winner with plenty of momentum heading
into Saturday is Antonacci trainee Mambo Lindy (PP4, Tetrick). The six-year-old
gelding pulled off a 26-1 upset in his elimination, winning in a career-best
Mambo Lindy (pictured) had raced exclusively this season at Plainridge Park
prior to trying the Maple Leaf Trot. He is currently eight for 11 this season
with $84,000 earned for owner Greathorse of Hampden, MA.
Overall, Mambo Lindy is 22 for 36 lifetime with $175,260
An All-Star field for the Maple Leaf Trot is completed by
Windsun Revenge (PP1, Rick Zeorn), Odds On Amethyst (PP2, Pat Hudon), JL Cruze
(PP6, D. Miller), Warrawee Roo (PP7, Sylvain Filion), Homicide Hunter (PP8, B.
Miller), Musical Rhythm (PP9, Marion Baillargeon) and Gural Hanover (PP10, D.
The $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot is carded as Race 9.
Saturday’s card features many of the sport’s top trotters,
including superstar filly Ariana G. The three-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill
headlines the $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes.
Trained by Takter, Ariana G is undefeated against fillies
this season, with her only two losses coming against male rivals when she
finished second and third, respectively. Last week, she won her elimination by
nearly five-lengths in 1:53.2.
Owned and bred by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Ariana G is 17
for 21 overall with $1.4 million in career earnings. She will start from
post-four with driver Gingras in Saturday’s contest.
Pacers will also have a chance to shine Saturday, as a
loaded field of 10 older pacing mares will battle in the $256,000 Milton
Four-year-old Pure Country (pictured) was one of two elimination
winners last week, as she took her split in 1:50. The winner of over $2.1
million is currently riding a three-race win streak and has hit her best stride
in the second-half of her four-year-old campaign.
Owned by Diamond Creek Racing, Pure Country will start from
post-three with driver Mark MacDonald.
The other elimination winner is Blue Moon Stride, who struck
for a mild 7-1 upset last Friday in 1:50. The Mark Harder trained four-year-old
is three for 12 this season and a career-earner of $826,421. David Miller will
steer the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover
Reigning Milton Stakes champion Lady Shadow will look to
rebound after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the elimination won by Blue
Moon Stride. The six-year-old mare is six for eight this season and has 34
career-wins and $2.1 million in career earnings.
Lady Shadow, who earlier this season won her third
consecutive Roses Are Red Stakes, will start from the rail with Gingras in the
Saturday’s undercard will also feature three eliminations
for the Metro Pace.
A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were
entered on Tuesday morning. They have been split into three $40,000
eliminations with the top-three finishers in each, plus a fourth-place finisher
drawn by lot, advancing to the $816,000 final on Saturday, September 23.
Saturday’s All-Star card gets underway at 7:30 p.m. A free
program proof containing the charted lines and entries for Saturday’s $2
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