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Butana resumes her winning ways with Trillium triumph
May 24, 2009
By Sandra Snyder

WINDSOR, ON — After an untimely miscue cost her a Gold Final title seven days ago, three-year-old trotting filly Butana arrived at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening looking to redeem herself with a strong showing in the Trillium Series season opener.

Windsor fans opted to overlook last week’s error and sent Butana off as their top choice in the $70,007 Trillium contest, and the young trotter responded to their show of faith with an impressive effort.

Starting from Post 3, driver Chris Christoforou eased Butana off the starting gate as rival Daylon Mystique came flying down to the rail from the outside Post 9. Heading for the :28.3 opening quarter, Butana was sitting on Daylon Mystique’s flank, and by the time the fillies reached the :57.3 half the fan favourite had taken control of the race.

Butana cruised along on the front to a 1:27.4 three-quarters, then picked up the tempo to fend off a challenge from Friendly Amigo and sail down the stretch to a one length victory in 1:57.2. Friendly Amigo earned the runner-up’s share of the lucrative Trillium purse, finishing more than six lengths ahead of Daylon Mystique.

The win marked the third time this season Butana has graced an Ontario winner’s circle. The filly’s only loss came in the May 17 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack where she made an early break that left her well back of the field. Chris Christoforou, Sr. of Campbellville bred, owns and trains Butana, who is a daughter of Angus Hall and Seductive. In six lifetime starts the young trotter has earned $63,503.

The three-year-old trotting fillies resume their Gold Series rivalry on July 4 at Georgian Downs, while the Grassroots Series kicks off on June 8 at Grand River Raceway. The remaining Trillium Series events do not go postward until November.

Windsor Raceway plays hosts to a total of eight Ontario Sires Stakes this season, with the always exciting three-year-old pacing colts kicking off an action-packed two weeks of provincial racing in late September.

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