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Abbey Road C brilliant in sophomore colt season finale
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s finest three-year-old trotting colts wrapped up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening with Abbey Road C capturing his second straight Gold Final with a wire-to-wire effort.
The $130,000 Final for the sophomore colts closed a three day showcase of the Ontario Sires Stakes program at Mohawk and was an exciting preview of the $2.4 million Super Final Night scheduled for Mohawk on Nov. 16.
Proving that he is more than ready for next month's lucrative showdown, Abbey Road C charged to the winner's circle to claim another Gold Series trophy and $65,000 in prize money on Saturday night.
With trainer Keith Jones doing driving duties, the veteran trotter was quick to leave the wings from Post Position 4 and pulled straight to the front of the ten horse field. Posting fractions of :27, :57.2 and 1:25.4 the Incredible Abe son held the lead around the sevn-eights mile oval and hit the wire in 1:55.
Owned by George Charlton of Utopia, ON, Abbey C Road rewarded wagering supporters with returns of $3.20 for the win, $2.40 to place and $2.50 to show.
Shadowing Abbey C Road from start to finish at Mohawk was local lad Cyclone Artie. One of three possible Gold Final entries owned by trainer Harald Lunde of Campbellville, Cyclone Artie was called to the gate for after stable mate Grace of Glory was scratched from the starting line-up.
Rounding out the top three at Mohawk in the last regular season Gold Final of 2002 was the consistent Semper Fi Hall, conditioned by Doug McIntosh for Walnut Hall Limited of Lexington, KY.
With the dust now settling on the oval at Mohawk and with tonight's Gold Final now in the record books, the three-year-old Gold Series trotting colts will have just over a month to get themselves primed for the big bucks and glory of Super Final Night.