Butenschoens celebrate anniversary with PASS
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With their schedule so busy, trainer John Butenschoen and his wife, Jackie, weren't planning anything special for Wednesday, their 30th wedding anniversary. But they got something special anyway — Pennsylvania Sires Stake victories at The Meadows from John Butenschoen trainees Dover Dan and Giveitgasandgo. Corey Callahan piloted both colts. The $184,096 stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Florida Pro, was contested over four divisions, with Muscles Jared and You Can't Habit taking the other splits.
"That really helps a lot of young trotters," Campbell said. "It steadies them when they need it the most. They have more confidence with their gait. He felt good. I was impressed with him the night he raced at the Meadowlands, and he came back as good or better. In the last turn, he looked around and thought it was all over. I got his attention back, and he picked it up in the lane."
You Can't Habit also converted an uncovered move to victory, triumphing in 1:57 for Brett Miller, trainer John McDermott and owner 4 Leaf Racing. Moonshiner Hanover was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Affair Of Honor — another from the Butenschoen stable — earned show.
"He's such a nice horse — he really loves his work," McDermott said of the son of Cantab Hall-Habit Of Creature, a $55,000 yearling acquisition. "As long as he's not going too fast, he can get it done. He's staked very lightly. We want to make him into a nice 3-year-old and aged horse."
In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, I Know My Chip extended his winning streak to four when he zipped by his stablemate, Tall Cotton, to down him by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Classicality was third. Callahan drove the 4-year-old Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown gelding, who now boasts $447,793 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.
Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the action-packed card features the $147,500 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and two events for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $160,760 PASS and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1 PM. (The Meadows)