What They’re Saying – Maple Leaf Trot & Canadian Trotting Classic Night

September 14, 2017

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 – Over $2.1 million will be on the line Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, as the $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot headline a stacked card.


Saturday’s card also features the $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes and $256,000 Milton Stakes. 

Check out what some of Saturday’s participants are saying heading into the big night in the collection below.

John Butenschoen – Trainer of Bills Man and Dover Dan in Canadian Trotting Classic

– On Corey Callahan’s decision to take Bills Man

“Corey (Callahan) made no ifs, ands or buts about it that he was staying with Bill’s Man. I was not surprised that he did but I thought he might talk about it, since Dover Dan was very good in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final and he was equally as good as in the elimination.”

Full article available in Harness Racing Weekend Preview.

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 (Dover Dan won his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination in 1:52.3. Photo by New Image Media)

Corey Callahan – Driver of Bills Man in Canadian Trotting Classic

– Immediately after winning both CTC eliminations, Callahan named which horse he would drive

“I’ll likely stick with Bills Man. 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 quicker.”

Replays of Bills Man and Dover Dan’s Canadian Trotting Classic elimination victories.

David Miller – Driver of What The Hill in Canadian Trotting Classic

“I like my post. He’s handy about leaving, so I’ll probably leave and try to get a good spot. He races better when I get him involved early.”

Full article available in Harness Racing Weekend Preview.

Scott Zeron – Driver of International Moni in Canadian Trotting Classic

“The easy plan is to take back and sit and then hopefully get a trip. I haven’t left with him since before the Hambo, and sometimes it’s not like flipping a switch to get them to leave.”

Full article available in Harness Racing Weekend Preview.

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(International Moni is 3 for 4 at Mohawk, including wins in Goodtimes & Simcoe. Photo by New Image Media)

Paul Reid – Trainer of Dancer Hall in Canadian Trotting Classic

“He was a little sick the start before [his elimination], so we were hoping he would be sharp enough and he was; Doug [Mcnair] drove him great. He’s coming out of the [elim] well—right now he’s the sharpest he’s been all year. It seems like we have the soundness issues under control and now, with the eight hole, we’re going to need a little racing luck.”

Full article available at MohawkRacetrack.com.

Yannick Gingras – Driver of Hannelore Hanover in Maple Leaf Trot

“She likes the track no doubt about it. She’s a big track mare…she’s a big strong mare, she likes to stretch her legs and she seems to like (Mohawk) a lot.”

Replay of Hannelore Hanover’s Maple Leaf Trot elimination victory.

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(Hannelore Hanover jogging Tuesday at Golden Horseshoe Lanes in Millgrove. Photo by Michael Burns)

Frank Antonacci – Co-owner and Trainer of Mambo Lindy in Maple Leaf Trot

“I think he’s coming in as sharp as anyone in there, as far as current form. I wouldn’t want him sitting on my back turning for home. He knows how to go by horses in the stretch, so if he’s anywhere in striking distance I would be surprised if he’s not moving forward.”

Full article by Ken Weingartner (Harness Racing Communications) available at MohawkRacetrack.com.

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(Mambo Lindy was an upset winner in his Maple Leaf Trot elimination. Photo by New Image Media)​

Mark MacDonald – Driver of Pure Country in Milton Stakes

“I think this game is all timing. I caught her at the right time. She was kind of in a four-year-old slump and I got on her right when she was getting on a good roll and we’ve been a good roll together.”

Replay of Pure Country’s Milton Stakes elimination victory.

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