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Destined To Dance Aims For Clean Sweep

September 11, 2020:

When trainer John Butenschoen purchased Destined To Dance at the 2019 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, he thought the filly would be perfect for the New York Sire Stakes program. Nearly a year later, Destined To Dance enters the $225,000 NYSS Final for two-year-old trotting fillies with a 5-for-5 record....read on

Thunder, Cavill Hanover Best At Batavia

August 8, 2018:

Thrilling stretch drives with close finishes were the order of the day at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 8), when two-year-old trotting colts and geldings visited the Genesee County oval to compete in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for $109,000 in available purses....read on

Butenschoen Hopes For 'Excellence'

July 6, 2018:

John Butenschoen expects a good effort from Bills Man in Saturday’s $250,000 Graduate Series championship for four-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The only question is how good....read on

Trainer Wipes The Slate Clean

May 10, 2018:

A top trainer has discussed how he has an unconventional approach to rigging his three-year-olds....read on

Simeon Loving The Fall

October 2, 2017:

Maybe Simeon just likes the month of October....read on

Butenschoen Doubles Up In Liberty Bell

September 24, 2017:

Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old colts and geldings stood in the spotlight on Sunday afternoon (September 24) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as a quintet of Liberty Bell events—three for trotters, two for pacers—shared top billing. Trainer John Butenschoen and driver Corey Callahan teamed up with Scirocco Rob and Winston to claim a stakes double....read on

Second Hambo Appeal Pending

August 23, 2017:

After the connections of What The Hill appealed the finish and ruling of the 2017 Hambletonian, reports indicate that a second appeal is in the works....read on

Barn Bella Back In New York Sire Stakes

May 26, 2017:

Barn Bella is back for more.

The New York Sire Stakes champion from a year ago is back in search of a repeat as the lucrative NYSS season kicks off Sunday evening at Tioga Downs with three divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies. Each sports a purse of over $40,000....read on

A 'Fine Tuned' Model Of Consistency

May 23, 2017:

"She did everything you would have hoped for. If she would have earned half the money we would have been tickled to death. As it was, she got lucky in a few races where some favorites or co-favourites made breaks and she was able to take advantage and she put up a good chunk of change on her card."...read on

Trainer’s High Hopes For Devil Child

March 16, 2017:

When Devil Child makes her 2017 debut Friday night at Yonkers Raceway, she will also make her first start for trainer John Butenschoen, who was tasked by owners Crawford Farms Racing and Susan Oakes of prepping the daughter of American Ideal for the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series....read on

A Filly Better Than Just 'Fine'

February 3, 2017:

“Everyone that got behind her at first thought she was a good horse, but just good. It was when Corey Callahan drove her for the first time in her first baby race he told us she might be better than just that. As soon as he got out of the bike he came right over and said, ‘I really like this filly and I will follow her wherever she goes.’"...read on

Butenschoen Triples In Sire Stakes

August 21, 2016:

Trainer John Butenschoen took the first three of five divisions of the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts on a “sloppy” track Sunday at Mohegan Sun Pocono -- but he lost his streak in the fourth, ironically with the only baby who had a win in each of the first two legs....read on

Stakes Wins For A Special Anniversary

August 10, 2016:

With their schedule so busy, trainer John Butenschoen and his wife, Jackie, weren’t planning anything special for Wednesday (August 10), their 30th wedding anniversary. But they got something special anyway — Pennsylvania Sires Stakes victories at The Meadows from John Butenschoen trainees Dover Dan and Giveitgasandgo....read on

'Ideal' Time For Luck To Change

July 6, 2016:

“It’s very rare that these horses can go out there and be good from beginning to end. They’re going to trade blows as they go along. Hopefully he's right at the right time if we do draw inside.”...read on

Hoping To Hit A Home Run

May 11, 2016:

For the second consecutive year, trainer John Butenschoen is bringing a son of stallion Yankee Glide and the mare Celebrity Liza on to the Hambletonian trail, but there is little family resemblance between last year’s colt, Boots N Chains, and this year’s hopeful, Hititoutofthepark....read on


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