07/15/2016 8:27PM

The Meadows: Snowstorm Hanover equals stakes record in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes

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Chris Gooden
Dave Palone had high praise after Snowstorm Hanover matched a stakes record over an off track Friday at The Meadows

Snowstorm Hanover tied the stakes record of 1:56 when he won the third of six Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old colt trotters on Friday evening at The Meadows.  Trainers John Butenschoen and Chris Beaver picked up a pair of wins in other splits.

Driven by Dave Palone, Snowstorm Hanover led through panels of 28, 57 1/5, and 1:26 1/5 on his way to a 3 1/2 length victory in his section, which went for a purse of $32,149.  Stealth Hanover (Eric Goodell) finished in second and Andy M (Aaron Merriman) checked in third.

“He’s acted like a really good colt all along,” Palone said. “There’s no bottom to him. Today over that racetrack, that’s an incredible mile.”

Ron Burke trains Snowstorm Hanover, a colt by Muscle Massive, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Frank Baldachino, Phil Collura, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  It was the first win of Snowstorm Hanover's career in two starts.  He was purchased for $23,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mymomsablizzard (CR Excalibur, $480,909).

Corey Callahan drove Butenschoen's two winners, which were in the first two sire stakes contests of the day.  First up was Affair Of Honor, who led at every call and halted the clock in 1:58, and then stablemate Dover Dan brushed in from off-the-pace to prevail in 1:58 3/5.

“He kind of ran out a little bit, looked a little bit lost, but he’s starting to figure it out,” said assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen about Affair Of Honor . “He has a bunch of ability and speed, but he might be one who takes a little longer to put everything together.”

William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick own both horses.  Affair Of Honor, who was already a stakes winner by virtue of a PA All-Stars tally at Pocono, is a colt by Cantab Hall, while Dover Dan is an Andover Hall colt. 

Affair Of Honor, a $90,000 Lexington buy, is out of Fireworks Hanover (Muscles Yankee), making him a full brother to Explosive Matter ($1,510,542).  Dover Dan, who was taken out of the Standardbred Horse Sale for $67,000, is out of the world champion mare CR Kay Suzie (Royal Troubador, $1,611,131).  That means Dover Dan is a half-brother to CR Excalibur (Yankee Glide, $463,412).

“I had to just get him through the turn at the half,” Callahan said of Dover Dan. “If I could have been first-up, I think he’d have won a lot easier. But I didn’t want to move with him in either turn. He’s still trying to find his gait.”

If Butenschoen was the opener, Beaver was the closer, as he bagged the final two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races.  First, Dan Rawlings guided Explosive Matter colt Lucky Matter to a first-over victory in the fifth division, stopping the clock in 1:57 4/5, and then Eric Goodell steered Moonshiner Hanover, an Andover Hall colt, to a 1:57 3/5 decision from a second-over trip in the nightcap.

Beaver also co-owns both winners with Synerco Ventures Inc.  David Lang is also part of the ownership of Lucky Matter, and Bill Manes is a co-owner of Moonshiner Hanover. 

Lucky Matter, who fetched $10,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is out of the Malabar Man mare Maloha, a half-sister to millionaire Liberty Balance (Balanced Image).  Moonshiner Hanover, a $27,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase, is out of the Credit Winner mare Madam Hooch ($181,843).  Her first foal was New York Sire Stakes winner Gabe The Bear Dean (Lucky Chucky, $209,613).

The remaining Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner was Don Dream (Tony Hall), who stepped off stations of 29 1/5, 1:00 1/5, and 1:28 4/5 on his way to a 1:57 3/5 win.  He defeated Vegas Chuck (Brett Miller) by 2 1/2 lengths, with Perfect Spirit (Callahan) back in third.

Trainer Todd Rooney also co-owns Don Dream, a Donato Hanover colt, with Kimberly Farmer.  Taken from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $17,000, Don Dream is out of the Dream Vacation mare Gabby's Dream ($175,360).

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--