Adios Butler

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Adios Butler
DamDebby Hanover
TrainerClint Hodgins
1:54.3 mile
1960-61 USTA Horse of the Year

The horse Adios Butler, also known as "The Butler" (1956–1983), was a North American harness racing champion.[1]


Sired by the great Standardbred Adios and out of an obscure broodmare named Debby Hanover, Adios Butler was trained by Paige West and driven by Clint Hodgins in 1959.

Racing career[edit]

In 1959, Adios Butler won the Cane Pace, then the Little Brown Jug, where he was the first horse to win with a sub-two-minute mile, and finally the Messenger Stakes, doing it in track and stake record time to become the first pacer to capture the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers. In 1960 Adios Butler was sold in part to Ohio interests and while he remained in the care of Paige West he was driven throughout the rest of his career by Eddie Cobb. He stood at stud at Fair Chance Farms in Washington Court House, Ohio.

The following year, he lost only one race on a muddy track and later recorded a 1:54.3 mile, the then-fastest time in harness racing history. Adios Butler was named "United States Harness Horse of the Year" in 1960 and 1961 by the U.S. Trotting Association and the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

Stud record[edit]

After his racing career, he was retired to stud. Adios Butler went on to sire such notable pacers as Honest Story, Pantry Man, El Patron, Escondido, Van Kirk, Uncle Frank, Ocean Mouth, Dean Butler, Lord Butler, Trial Lawyer and many others. This despite facing fertility problems throughout his career as a stallion.


  1. ^ "Sport: The Butler". TIME Magazine. 1961-06-30. Retrieved 2010-08-12.