09/09/2017 10:50PM

Mohawk: Callahan, Butenschoen sweep Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations

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Bill's Man was up late to win his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination

Bill's Man and Dover Dan gave driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen victories in both C$40,000 Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations for 3-year-old trotting colts on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

In the first elimination it would be Victor Gio It (Yannick Gingras) who set the tempo, clicking off panels of 27 3/5, 56 4/5, and 1:25 2/5.  What The Hill (David Miller) vacated the pocket before three-quarters, giving cover for Bill's Man to follow. 

Victor Gio It gave way in the stretch, with What The Hill and Bill's Man going by on the inside and Dancer Hall (Doug McNair) on the inside.  At the line it would be Bill's Man getting up for a neck decision in 1:53 2/5, with Dancer Hall, sent off at 20-1, coming in second over What The Hill.  Lindy The Great (Tim Tetrick) was up for fourth, and Victor Gio It made the final by hanging on for a fifth-place finish.

"The horse had plenty of trot, and we just wanted to get through there error-free and make it on to next week," said Callahan.  "When What The Hill came out I really had to check him there for a second.  I think if I could have just steamrolled up there first-up he'd have won really easy."

Bill's Man, a colt by Credit Winner, is trained by John Butenschoen for owners William Wiswell and M And L Of Delaware LLC.  This was his fifth career victory, and he has now earned C$319,427.  Sent off at 5-2, Bill's Man paid $7.20 to win.

Dover Dan, coming off a win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, picked up a new speed badge of 1:52 3/5 in winning the other elimination.  After posting fractions of 27 4/5, 56 1/5, and 1:24 1/5, Dover Dan trotted home in 28 2/5 to keep pocket-sitter Long Tom (Tetrick) at bay by three-parts of a length on the finish line.  Race favorite International Moni (Scott Zeron) was third after a second-over trip, and Seven And Seven (McNair) and Southwind Cobra (Gingras) were the other two finalists.

"He's always been better for me when you leave with him a little bit and kind of get him interested," offered Callahan, who noted he'd likely stick with Bill's Man in the final.  "I told John ahead of the race that Scotty usually ducks his horse off, so I was going to push off and hopefully follow Tetrick, but he was content to follow me.  I kept the fractions honest, and everything worked out good."

Dover Dan, an Andover Hall colt, is owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. Out of the great CR Kay Suzie, Dover Dan now has eight career triumphs, and he pushed his earnings to C$352,047. Dover Dan was sent off at 6-1 and returned $14.40 to win.

This is how the field will line up for next Saturday night's C$684,000 final:

1. Southwind Cobra
2. Bill's Man
3. Dover Dan
4. What The Hill
5. International Moni
6. Seven And Seven
7. Long Tom
8. Dancer Hall
9. Victor Gio It
10. Lindy The Great
AE: Dunbar Hall